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Jun 25 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

BotCon 2015: Is Hasbro secretly teasing Titan Wars in the future?

Well this was unexpected. Near the Hasbro booth at BotCon was a large poster advertising Combiner Wars showing off all of the Combiners of the series including the first look at Bruticus. But hidden around the text was an une...
Jun 25 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

BotCon 2015: First look at Fan Built Combiner Victorion

USA Today was given the first look at Transformers combiner Victorion through a few comic panels from IDW. The results of Hasbro's Fan Built Combiner poll ended in an all-female Autobot combiner from the Sea of Rust with grav...
Jun 24 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

BotCon 2015: Transformers Fan Club reveals 2016 figure lineup

This past weekend at BotCon the Transformers Collectors Club laid out their plans for 2016. This year they didn't go nearly as obscure with their figure choices as they did with the 2015 selection. I don't want to join the su...
Jun 22 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

BotCon 2015: Hasbro plans big for Combiner Wars

This past weekend at BotCon 2015 Hasbro at long last revealed a first look at many figures we knew were coming, but have been eagerly awaiting a chance to see. Among them are eight classic Autobot cars reimagined as combiner ...
Jun 20 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Tokyo Toy Show 2015: MP Ironhide and Optimus Primal, UW Devastator, and Diaclone returns

Transformers fans were given a lot to be excited about at Tokyo Toy Show 2015 this past week. Takara Tomy had done some small reveals, like letting us see a finished look at their take on the Protectobots and their three evil...
Jun 20 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

UPDATED: Takara Tomy adds a trio of villainesses to Transformers Legends

[Update: The three were shown at Tokyo Toy Show 2015 earlier this week fully painted. They were only shown in bot mode and pics can be found in the gallery. Plus pre-orders are still available in a number of places. (via Daim...
Jun 15 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Shenmue III Kickstarter includes capsule figure tiers

As it seems everyone has heard already (and it was only just officially announced moments ago) Shenmue III is on Kickstarter seeking US$2 million to produce the game for 2017. Fans aren't wasting time in showing their su...
Jun 13 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 6/1 to 6/7

Normally the majority of toys we see make the rankings every week are robots. But this week things are a little different with only three bots on the list, and only two of those are Gundam. Plus we've got two girls on the lis...
Jun 10 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Select SDCC exclusives coming to Barnes & Noble

If you've got your eye on some San Diego Comic Con exclusive figures from Diamond Select Toys, Funko, and Titan but can't make it to the show then you may not be entirely out of luck. As part of Barnes & Noble's Get Pop-C...
Jun 09 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Forget monsters, at SDCC it's all about the Combiner Hunters

You can't exactly have a villain without a hero to oppose them. Or in this case a trio of heroines. Last month Hasbro previewed their first Transformers exclusive for San Diego Comic Con, the massive premium Titan Devastator ...
Jun 05 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/25 to 5/31

Hey, this is actually a really cool mix for this sales period. Sure, we've got the usual mix of Yo-Kai Watch, Super Sentai, and Gundam, but we've also got a Transformer, a second week of Hatsune Miku, another Kamen Rider, and...
Jun 02 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Share a drink with Pikachu thanks to these PUTITTO figures

The fine folks that brought us a number of familiar characters hanging off our cups from Funassyi to Disney to Madoka Magica is at it again. This time around Kitan Club is ready to electrify your favorite drinks wit...
May 30 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/18 to 5/24

Japan continues to change the concept of toys. I get that these card games are played with, but does that make them toys? Seems like quite the stretch if you ask me. OK, so Yo-Kai Medals aren't technically cards, but they're ...
May 27 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

TF Platinum Edition Trypticon reissue finally confirmed

It's really happening! A few months back there was a rumble coming out of Asia that a number of G1 reissues were on their way from Hasbro and we've finally gotten confirmation of the biggest one yet: Trypticon! Neither Hasbro...
May 26 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/11 to 5/17

Not sure why, but apparently during this period there was a surge in toy sales from Shuriken Sentai Ninninger. Japan's current big Super Sentai series claimed the bottom four overall slots. Meanwhile all of the hobby slo...
May 22 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hasbro reveals Devastator exclusive for SDCC 2015

As people suspected, one of this year's San Diego Comic Con exclusives from Hasbro is Titan class Devastator. Like with the 2013 SDCC Titan Metroplex, Titan Devastator is pretty similar to the retail version, but features add...
May 18 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/4 to 5/10

Well this is a little odd. For the first time since we started reporting these Japanese sales ranking we've got absolutely nothing new for the overall and hobby lists. In fact none of the rankings reported by Toynes.jp h...
May 13 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Achieve "Shave Impact" with Schick and Evangelion

Japan gets the best stuff. In the west Gillette doesn't make Batman shaving accessories for adults, but in Japan Schick makes Evangelion razor holders and a bunch of other cool stuff. Schick once again brings back clean shave...
May 12 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Pre-orders start for Transformers D-Style Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker

Kotobukiya continues to trudge along with their D-Style SD model kit line of Transformers characters. What started with Optimus Prime and Megatron along with an upcoming Nemesis Prime kit continues in the skies with new ...
May 11 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/27 to 5/3

Well this is interesting. For the first time since we've been following these top lists we're absent one Shuriken Sentai Ninninjer DX Shurikenjin. It and the Ninja Ichibantou have been something of a staple on the list for th...
May 09 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Transformers Masterpiece 26 Road Rage colored images surface

Back in January the ol' Transformers rumor mill claimed to know the next three Masterpiece figures coming to Japan. The first was said to be MP-25 Tracks which turned out to be true. The second was long shot MP-26 Road Rage w...
May 09 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Revoltech Mini Danboard gets new life as an Evangelion Seele monolith

This fall will mark the 20th anniversary of the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV anime series which first premiered in October of 1995. In celebration of this major milestone the original TV series and movies are being remastered i...
May 05 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Take a look at BotCon 2015's complete box set

BotCon 2015 is a little over a month away so let's see what's in store for their box set, Cybertron: Most Wanted. The story takes place on Axiom Nexus, a Cybertronian hub city at the  center of the Transformers multivers...
May 04 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/20 to 4/26

By now we should be used to Bandai owning these top lists so I won't harp on that any more. Instead we'll focus on what's actually made the lists rather than who made them. Like last week the overall list matches the boys lis...
Apr 30 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hasbro, IDW, and retailers team up for Transformers May Mayhem

May might be the month of flowers and warming weather, but Hasbro wants to make sure it's known for something else: Transformers! Through the entire month of May Hasbro will be combining fans with retailers and various events...
Apr 30 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Tomopop Review: Transformers Combiner Wars Brake-Neck

Brake-Neck is an interesting name. It's a dual play on words using brake in place of break since he's a car and making it part of a phrase meaning to drive recklessly at high speeds. It isn't a terrible new name for a guy onc...
Apr 30 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Tomopop Review: Transformers Combiner Wars Quickslinger

When Hasbro did their year-long reveal of the Combiner Wars theme for the Transformers Generations line last year fans were simultaneously excited and confused. On one hand we're getting proper updates to popular G1 combiner ...
Apr 25 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/13 to 4/19

I guess this is what we've been building up to. It started to look like they were losing their grip, but a steady gain in rankings lead to this point: total domination. I'll comment more down below. Overall (→) Yo-...
Apr 19 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/6 to 4/12

This week supported two known facts: trading card games and Gundam are insanely popular in Japan. To say it was a great week for either, especially Gundam, might be an understatement. There are only three new items this week,...
Apr 19 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Snow Miku 2016 is all about the winter sports

What's this? It's finally starting to look like spring around here and I have to think about winter again!? I guess if it's for a new Snow Miku design I'll let it slide. Slide... heh. Anyway, it's time to start thinking about...
Apr 15 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Aniplex+ video gives 10th Anniv. Saber figure one last pre-order push

Type Moon's 10th anniversary was a few years ago, but the celebration continues. Aniplex+'s Saber 10th Anniversary ~ Royal Dress Version figure for Fate/stay night has been available for a limited time pre-order for a while ...
Apr 14 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2015: figma

Back in February we got our first look at a bunch of new figma from Max Factory, Phat!, and FREEing. Since then we really haven't heard a whole lot outside of an occasional appearance here and there. While there's nothing her...
Apr 11 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Tomopop Review: Transformers Combiner Wars Powerglide

When Hasbro first announced the Combiner Wars theme for 2015 the possibilities seemed endless. And when fans began coming up with different ways to incorporate Legends figures into the combinations the doors were blown wide o...
Apr 11 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 3/30 to 4/5

So last time I lamented a bit that figma Sinon from Sword Art Online II didn't rank during her release week. Well it seems she received a delayed reaction as she ranked pretty high in the first week of April. And she wasn't e...
Apr 09 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 3/23 to 3/29

Looks like Bandai finished March on a high note by releasing a bunch of new Gundam stuff as well as their continued Sentai domination. Plus game cards keep being big sellers and... Star Wars? Here's the ranking: Overall (&u...
Mar 28 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Top selling Japanese toys for week of 3/16 to 3/22

  Curious about what's the Japanese are actually buying and how they lineup with your own collecting habit? Toynes.jp has you covered with a weekly and monthly sales round up. Last week was a good week for robot fans as ...
Mar 27 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

We finally get a blue Bluestreak, so of course he's a hard to get exclusive

Takara Tomy pulls another one out of the Transformers obscurity bag, but this time it's one a lot of fans have wanted. Quick history lesson: way back before Hasbro began the Transformers franchise, Takara was deep into the Di...
Mar 26 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hasbro adds Brake-Neck and Quickslinger to Combiner Wars

As Hasbro put it so simply, "the rumors are true". Some fans felt a little blindsided when Hasbro announced their Transformers Generations Combiners Wars series only to find Slingshot and Wildrider replaced by new member...
Mar 18 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hasbro goes large with oversized simplified Transformers

So, out of no where, we got our first look at some new simplified Transformers from Hasbro. Normally I'd just shrug these off and hope they don't take up too much space, but these are actually pretty interesting. The line app...
Mar 18 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Two original TFs get WTF repaints from Hasbro

Some things are beyond explanation. Fans of the clunky original Transformers Generation 1 figures have been wanting to see Hasbro give Blitzwing and Astrotrain a proper reissue for years now. We knew the molds were still...

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