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8:00 AM on 09.13.2014

Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber and Exhaust get full color galleries

I hope you aren't tired of listening to me ramble on about how amazing these figures are because I'm sure not tired of doing it. Thanks to a combination of official galleries and photos from Takara Tomy designer TFYuki on Twi...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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8:00 PM on 09.11.2014

FuRyu's Transformers 4 Bumblebee prize figure is impressive

FyRyu's first shots at doing Transformers prize figures are actually pretty impressive. Their first figure, Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime, comes loaded with finely sculpted details, and the type of paint ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:00 PM on 09.02.2014

MP Star Saber gets a surprisingly low price and distant release date

It took long enough, but Takara Tomy has finally given us all of the details we've been begging for over the last few months. Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber has finally been officially designated number MP-24 in the line...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

4:00 PM on 09.02.2014

Transformers Masterpiece 23 announced as Decepticon Exhaust

When Takara Tomy or Hasbro come out with a new Transformers figure one of the first things they do in development is figure out how to make the most out of the figure's sculpt. For the more expensive to make Masterpiece figur...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar pre-orders begin, don't last long photo
Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar pre-orders begin, don't last long
by Martin Siggers

After appearing in scans a few weeks back, Bandai's Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar went up for pre-order yesterday. Despite the wallet-battering ¥32,400 price tag customers weren't deterred as several stores sold out immediately. As of writing Amiami, Hobby Search and Hobbylink Japan have closed orders (though there's still a chance a second wave will become available). He's still up at several of the smaller stores however.

Stoking the frenzy, the Amiami Blog also released a full hands-on preview that confirms several tantalising facts like size (big!), level of detail (high!) and transformation ability (show accurate!). As ever for the Soul of Chogokin line there's minute attention to show accuracy, with little stuff like having full rolling tracks on DrillGao or a sculpted cockpit in LinerGao. Disappointingly, the preview also confirms that accessories will be limited to replacement hands, although you do get hands for both GaiGar and GaoGaiGar, including specific hands for the Hell & Heaven attack. The Dividing Driver is also present and correct, but there's no sign of a Goldion Hammer, which suggests to me an extremely lucrative add-on coming at a later date. There's also no sign of the traditionally fabulous SoC base, though I'm sure that'll be in there somewhere.

Despite the incredibly high cost, this really does look to be the ultimate toy for any fan of the show, and I can tell you I buckled almost immediately and put in an order. Most stores are offering hefty discounts on that list price, which makes the whole affair slightly less insane. It's a tough call, but I'd make it soon - I don't think he's going to hang around for long.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big Bad Toy Store | Nippon-Yasan ]

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2:00 AM on 08.30.2014

Takara Tomy compares new and old with MP Star Saber

Thanks to Takara Tomy's attempt at being screen accurate with their upcoming Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber we're seeing them take an interesting slant on bot mode scale. Starting with the Brain of Courage (the tiny bot)...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

6:00 PM on 08.27.2014

Magazine scans show off all of MP Star Saber's features

Once again we get another month of scans featuring the incredible looking Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber. The Dengeki Hobby scans from TAG give us our best look yet at all of the little features that have made their way ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 PM on 08.21.2014

Mag scans show off Kabaya Transformers Go! Samurai Team candy toys

It's been a while since Transformers Go! ended, both the figure line and the anime series, so everyone is a little surprise to see that Kabaya is planning a series of candy toys based on the toy line's Swordbot Samurai team. ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

12:00 PM on 08.21.2014

New scans reveal Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar release date, price

Ever since it was announced last November, I've been chomping at the bit to know more about Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar. Who wouldn't be eager to see more of one of the all-time great super robots joining the undoubted king of...

Martin Siggers



TFCC adds Nova Prime and Marissa Faireborn/Afterburner to 2015 club store photo
TFCC adds Nova Prime and Marissa Faireborn/Afterburner to 2015 club store
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

The official Transformers Collectors' Club has announced two new figures that will be in the club store in 2015. The first is Nova Prime, a repaint of the remolded Lio Convoy that will be given to active club members next year. Nova Prime is one of the Primes that came before Optimus Prime and would eventually fall from grace to become the evil Nemesis Prime. TFCC released a Nemesis Prime in their first Subscription service (in the style of Robots in Disguise's Scourge) so this will be a fitting companion figure. It is a little unfortunate, however, that they're using the same mold as two TFCC exclusives at the same time rather than saving one for BotCon like they did with the 2014 Rampage (TFCC) and Shokaract (BotCon). Think I would have rather seen Generations Dreadwing repainted into Beast Wars II's BB to go with the Lio Convoy theme, but whatever, it's a nice looking figure. 

Second store exclusive is a surprise G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover set featuring Earth Defense Command's Marissa Faireborn and Autobot Technobot Afterburner. Marissa made regular cameos in the later G1 Transformers cartoon episodes and hardcore fans might recall that she is the daughter of none other than G.I Joes Flint and Lady Jaye making this an all the more fitting figure. The figure was mashed together from parts from various Scarlet, Cover Girl, and Baroness figures to make a for a convincing likeness. She comes with jet pack and null-ray as a call back to the episode Five Faces of Darkness. She's partnered with a non-transforming Afterburner motorcycle repainted from a Cobra Wheel Blaster Bike meant to represent her teaming up with the Technobots in the episode Money is Everything. Considering the nature of the figure I'm curious to see if this will also be made available in the G.I. Joe Collectors' Club store as well. 

Not bad as TFCC exclusives go, but not exactly exciting either. I like the idea of Marissa as a club exclusive, but I wish she came with a transforming partner. Still, TFCC doesn't give us multiple store exclusives that often anymore so the extra effort is appreciated. Keep in mind that all of these images are digitally painted so the final product will likely vary. 

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8:00 PM on 08.13.2014

Transformers Expo 2014 reveals MP Star Saber in color

Last Weekend in Japan was Transformers Expo, more or less the equivalent to BotCon in the US. They were a little light on the announcements this year, not giving away any real plans for upcoming figures past what's been previ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



10:00 PM on 08.09.2014

PlayStation Optimus Prime makes first colored appearance

At the recent corporate UDX conference in Akihabara where many new hobby goods for 2014 were displayed for people within the industry, Takara Tomy was showing off a relatively finished looking Sony PlayStation Optimus prime. ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker