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7:00 AM on 01.25.2015

Takara Tomy adds Aerialbots, obscure repaints to Japanese Transformers lines

Recently Takara Tomy teased an image of Superion's silhouette announcing their plans for Hasbro's Transformers Generations: Combiner Wars figures. This past week they released images of the Aerialbots including Slingshot...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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8:30 PM on 01.20.2015

Hong Kong event might confirm several Transformers rumors

Normally I'm hesitant to report on rumors when there's no concrete evidence, but lately some lingering rumors appear to be gaining legs. That includes the rumors of new Masterpiece figures from Takara Tomy and some really une...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

4:30 PM on 01.20.2015

[Update] TaoBao puts the Transformers Masterpiece rumor mill into overtime

[Update: Seibertron is reporting that a rumor going around UK Toy Fair right now is that Takara Tomy is also planning to release Masterpiece versions of tank Megatron (not the Combiner Wars version), Ratchet (of course), Shoc...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 PM on 01.15.2015

Next Transformers Fan Built poll goes big with Combiner Wars

For the 2014 30th anniversary of the Transformers franchise Hasbro gave fans a first time chance to give collective input on a new character through the Fan Built Bot Poll. In a few rounds fans answered some kinda v...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Tomopop Review: Sentinel's Metamor Force Dino Getter 1 photo
Tomopop Review: Sentinel's Metamor Force Dino Getter 1
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

There have been a lot of Getter Robos, but never one quite like this. What was originally a group of three aircraft that could be reconfigured into three different robot modes (Getter 1, 2, and 3) has now been reimagined as a trio of robots capable of transforming into dinosaurs. Winged Dino Getter 1 transforms into a pterodactyl, four-armed Dino Getter 2 changes into a T-rex, and Dino Getter 3 turns into a two-headed sea monster that kinda resembles a plesiosaur type thing. Sounds like a certain Transformers dinosaur team doesn't it?

Sentinel makes great figures, but are they out of their league making high-end transforming robot figures like Takara Tomy and Bandai? Follow me after the jump as we take a close look at Dino Getter 1!

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The bad bots shine at BotCon 2015 with Cybertron's Most Wanted photo
The bad bots shine at BotCon 2015 with Cybertron's Most Wanted
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

It's almost here! OK, no it isn't, it's actually around half a year away, but that's not stopping BotCon from spending New Year's Eve getting fans revved up for 2015! For Cybertron's Most Wanted expect to see a lot of parallels with Marvel's hit Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The story will feature a ragtag group of Transformers misfits saving Cybertron from an "extra-dimensional" threat. Sounds familiar, right? 

Here's how BotCon puts it:

The thief.
The muscle.
The loose canon.
The bounty hunter.
The boss.

They're criminals.
Nefarious outlaws.
Hunted fugitives.
And the planet's only hope.

In the city of Axiom Nexus, in a Universe where Autobots and Decepticons from across the Multiverse coexist peacefully, a group of renegades operate off the grid, using deception, scheming, and a hint of thievery to both survive and to further their own ambitions. However after the Transtech, the guardians of Axiom Nexus, are unable to stop an extra-dimensional threat, these outlaws will soon find themselves as Cybertron's last best hope for survival!

Yep, that's pretty much GotG. Should be interesting to see what characters they use as analogs for the movie. Being Axiom Nexus they'll be able to source their figures from any Transformers toy line of the past to make a cohesive set. One popular theory is "me Grimlock" for "I am Groot", perhaps the Animated figure? There's really an endless number of choices they could go with for any member. 

BotCon is expected to deliver another update, a preview of the comic, soon. Until then see if you can come up with who represents who in this series. BotCon 2015 will run from June 18 to 21 in Chicago/St. Charles, Illinois. 

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11:30 PM on 12.13.2014

3A's offhanded comment takes shape with movie Bumblebee figure

It's been nearly a year ago since back in January 3A made an offhanded comment about having the Transformers license despite no formal announcement. Looks like that comment is finally bearing fruit as they finally reveal a Bu...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Mega Drive Megatron gets a Genesis makeover  photo
Mega Drive Megatron gets a Genesis makeover
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Everyone's favorite video game-console-turned-killer-robot Mega Drive Megatron from Takara Tomy is getting a limited makeover. Soon Megatron will be getting redesigned as a Sega Genesis and come complete with a matching mini Sonic the Hedgehog cartridge. But despite the Sega Genesis primarily being sold in North America only, this is going to be a Japanese exclusive to the Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. shop and limited to only 1000 pieces. 

It's basically the same figure, but has had the the red replaced with purple which makes me wish this 'reformated' Mega Drive had a Galvatron head to match the new colors. Oh well, maybe they'll save that for a Saturn. Pre-orders are open now until January 8, though you'll have to get this through proxy from the Japanese store. He'll be seeing release in February which happens to also be the same month Playstation Optimus Prime is coming out. Coincidence? Probably not. 

Oh, but that's not all! As traditional for many of the Autobot and Decepticon leaders, Mega Drive Megatron will be receiving a super limited Lucky Draw gold (chrome) plated lottery figure. Famitsu is reporting that anyone in Japan that buys a copy of Sega 3D Reprint Archives for Nintendo 3DS and fills out a survey between December 18, 2014 and January 31, 2015 will get a shot at one of five of these beauties. Notice that instead of Sonic he'll come with a cart for Bare Knuckle, the Japanese version of Streets of Rage. Nice, but not something any of us are likely to see in any of our lifetimes. 

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11:30 PM on 12.05.2014

Don't be fooled, this is an amazing custom Gundum kit

One of the most exciting things about this hobby is seeing others thinking outside the box. Sure, anyone can slap paint on a model kit, and some do an amazing job at it, but then you get pieces like this that are just too epi...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Phillip Morris snuffs out sales of MP-23 Exhaust in the US

There's been a bump in the road for American Transformers fans hoping to get their hands on Takara Tomy's MP-23 Exhaust figure. The Japanese figure intended for the Japanese market is patterned off of a real-life Lancia Serie...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

9:00 PM on 11.16.2014

Hasbro shows off Transformers: Combiner Wars figures in package

We're getting a little closer to the launch of the 2015 Transformers: Combiner Wars line with the first look at the finished figures in an all-new package style. These photos are of the international packaging and are a littl...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker





Transformers New Years Optimus Prime and Soundwave really get my goat photo
Transformers New Years Optimus Prime and Soundwave really get my goat
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Another new year fast approaches and Hasbro is preparing their latest set of exclusive Transformers designed to represent the animals of the Chinese zodiac. 2015 marks the year of the goat and they're doing something a little different this year, going with a transparent and metallic color scheme. I'm no fan of translucent plastic and gold plastic tends to become very brittle over time so I'm not all that excited about these releases, but at least they picked some great figure molds to use. 

First up is the surprising return of the G2 Laser Optimus Prime. The last time we saw this mold in North America it was repurposed as Scourge for the Robots in Disguise cartoon in 2000. Nothing has changed in the mold, but now comes in translucent, gold, silver, and black. Oddly enough he's lacking all of the stickers and paint that would have been on the previous uses of the mold except for his head which has a silver mouth plate and yellow eyes. His fuel tanker trailer still has a chrome tank, but in battle station mode they've made some of his parts inexplicably pink and light blue.

Second is as similarly colored version of Masterpiece Soundwave. He doesn't have quite as many colors as Optimus has, almost entirely made from clear and copper plastic save for a section of light gray plastic. Would have been better if they had used Prime's silver and some black to break things up. Only spot on his head with color is his red eye visor, opting to not paint his mouth plate like Optimus. What he does have going for him is that being a Hasbro release he does come with five tapes (Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Ravage, Rumble, and Frenzy) in translucent plastic and all of his weapons including a mini brass and silver Megatron gun. 

Both of these figures use good molds, but my dislike for the clear plastic kills my interest entirely. Had they replaced the clear parts with the proper respective red or blue opaque plastic, similar to the 2014 Optimus Prime, I would definitely want these. They've also once again missed a chance at using a Beast Wars mold, this time they could have used Ramulus. Either way, expect these to hit Toys R Us and Big Bad Toy Store by the end of this year.

On the plus side, the package art is pretty epic!

[via CYBERGEEKS Alliance (Optimus Prime, Soundwave)]

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