This week on Radio Free Cybertron: Masterpiece Star Saber, Thrustinator, new Generations photos released, Ginormous Third Party NOT Dinobots, RAMPANT speculation on the SDCC Hasbro Panel (see how wrong we were, folks) and kids! All that and more this week! Note: No video this week due to some technical issues. The video version will return next week!
BaCon's at Comic-Con International 2014, and he's got pictures of Hasbro's opening night display cases! Get a good look at the Masterpiece, Generations, Age of Extinction and Kre-O pieces on display as well as the limited edition guitar we posted about earlier. Keep reading to see wall-to-wall coverage of the booth, with a whopping 463 pictures!
HasbroToyShop has sent out a press release with a complete listing of all Comic-Con International 2014 exclusives, along with pricing. We've kept you posted on Transformers, but here it is all in one place, complete with Star Wars, My Little Pony, Marvel, and everything else! Even Jem! Keep reading for details!
Hasbro has issued a press release outlining their presence and brands for this year's Comic-Con International, along with schedules for their panels and the sneak preview of Robots In Disguise 2015. Keep reading to see the release!
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Hasbro has announced a partnership with Nuclear Blast, ESP, and Metallica's Kirk Hammett to give away two Transformers-themed ESP LTD M-10 Electric Guitars at SDCC, as well as Transformers-themed CD samplers! These tie in nicely with the Knights of Unicron exclusive boxset that will be available at the show. Keep reading to see the full announcement!
ToysRUs has sent out an email announcing that all of their SDCC exclusives will be available tomorrow morning at 10AM Eastern Time. While they are not listed on TRU's site as exclusives, it's been said that Masterpiece Prowl and Sunstorm will be sold at SDCC first before making their way to TRU stores. Keep reading for images from the email and a link to the TRU Exclusives list!
IDW Publishing and Humble Bundle have teamed up to deliver a pile of digitally delivered comics just in time to coincide with the beginning of SDCC. Humble Bundles let you pay whatever price you think is fair, but often offer more rewards for just slightly higher prices and this is no different. An assortment of classic and IDW continuity comics are available for a very low price! Keep reading for a link and more details.
Singapore fan group Planet Iacon has posted images of Kids Logic's next SD Mecha Nations figure, MN05 G1 Starscream! He's adorable, and has light-up eyes, null rays, and boot jets. He also has a Megatron gun! Keep reading for mirrored photos!
Hot Toys posted images to their Facebook of an articulated non-transforming version of G1 Optimus Prime that, for some reason, is wearing Starscream's wings. The Special Edition bonus part, a tradition of Hot Toys releases... is Starscream's severed head. The wings are removable however, and Hot Toys makes some very attractive, elaborate figures- so if you've been wanting a really big modern remake of Action Master Optimus Prime, you're in luck. Keep reading for the full photo gallery and official announcement!
Figure-Oh (Figure King) magazine has revealed that 3,000 Yen (About $30) worth of Age of Extinction toys will net you a special Astrotrain-themed Micron at Japanese ToysRUs stores this August. The clear purple plastic Mini-Con uses the same mold as Payload, the space shuttle partner of Generations Legends Cosmos. Keep reading to see the scan!
Concept Artist Steve Jung, who has also worked on The Avengers, has posted a selection of his concept art to Facebook. Highlights include the interior of Lockdown's ship and its very regal cockpit, the Hong Kong street battle featuring the Dinobots, and most interestingly Widow Maker, a female Decepticon who was to transform into a Pagani Zonda. She was Jung's only full character design for Age of Extinction and, sadly, she didn't make the cut. Click through to see all the mirrored images!
Previously we reported on a poll being held by Million Publishing for inclusion with the next volume in their Transformers Generations series of guidebooks. When we checked in last Alpha Trion (repainted from generations Scourge) was holding the lead, but things change... keep reading to find out the winner of the poll!
Facebook user Encline Designs Airbrush Studios has posted images of a test shot of Gigapower's HQ-03, which is a Masterpiece-scaled take on Dinobot Snarl. It looks good! Very close to the original design and very dynamic. Keep reading to see the mirrored photos!
First contact between Cybertron and Earth (as represented by GI Joe) didn't go so well. Second contact is coming... and it couldn't be any worse, right? "I Saw Three Ships" is written by Tom Scioli and John Barber, with art, colors, and lettering by Scioli. Continue to full review
Endgame! Windblade must discover the truth of the bombing, Metroplex's deterioration, and how it fits together. But with support falling away, time is running out and she may have to give up everything to find the answer. Written by Mairghread Scott, art by Sarah Stone. Read the full review
Transformers Colombia has brought us new catalog style photos for the upcoming Voyager Brainstorm. The photos omit any direct indication of the toy's Headmaster design, but otherwise offer a couple more detailed looks at the figure beyond what was seen from the press and display case photos from Botcon last month. Keep reading to see all the images!
It's time again for Japanese hobby magazine scans, and the first item of note is our first "official" look at Masterpiece Star Saber. Seen previously at an event where photography was forbidden, Star Saber is now revealed in full detail for all to see. And he has full transformation from his basic Saber form up to Star Saber. Brainmaster functions aren't confirmed, but you never know. Check out the scan below while we wait for bigger, clearer images to roll in!
No one can deny, Hasbro have been putting pedal to the metal rolling out a TON of new Transformers Age of Extinction products this year. According to the latest report from MarketWatch, Hasbro's Transformers sales increased 32% to bring a hefty $335.8 million in sales for the last quarter. This was backed up by strong sales for My Little Pony as well, but didn't help Hasbro meet Wall street expectations due to weak sales from games and pre-school products that are losing out to the mobile apps market. Read on for more details on Hasbro's latest earnings.