TFCon USA's Third Party Panel just finished earlier this afternoon. We can't show you any of the slides that were displayed since the TFCon organizers do not release them to the majority of sites that might be interested in carrying them afterward, but we can sum up the presentation pretty quickly: Lots of things that have already been shown off, and more of the same things everyone is doing or has done already. Few new reveals, and most were only shown as concept art or renders. At least one report from the event noted booing from the audience at the end of the presentation. It seems not to have been a good day for unlicensed products. Keep reading to find out more...
So as of about 10 days ago at HasCon, it's official: Power of the Primes,
the third and final leg in the Prime Wars
Trilogy, will return to combiners! And we're fine with that - or so say the row of Combiner Wars
boxsets RAC has in his room. Combiner Wars
was fun, and produced some good toys... but it wasn't perfect. There's room for improvement, and he thought of some areas that it'd be nice to see Power of the Primes
address. Keep reading!
Back in July after SDCC,
we published a quick... well, Prime
r on the upcoming Generations line Power of the Primes.
In the wake of HasCon 2017 we've got some more information, so it's time to go back through and lay it all out, class by class. Keep reading to see!
So we now know that the next series will be named Transformers: Cyberverse.
But what else do we know about it? And what suppositions are going around that are maybe not as solid as people think? We cover all of that - and a little bit more, such as the origins of the Cyberverse
name - in the popular Q&A format. Keep reading to see!
has produced an impressively wide range of characters from Transformers: The Headmasters
. Characters who've never been updated before, and characters who were never seen outside Japan before. But there's a tiny, tiny handful of Headmasters who have not seen - and do not seem to be in the running for - any kind of representation whatsoever in either the Generations or TakaraTomy Legends line. So, who's missing? Keep reading to find out!
At the Q&A part of the Transformers brand panel at San Diego Comic Con today, the Hasbro reps were asked about missing combiners not covered during Combiner Wars getting made. The question was met with a "stay tuned" standard non-commit answer. But you know, the real answer might have been staring us in the face all day - as well as the answer to another question or two, and Power of The Primes in addition to its Prime Masters gimmick may just turn out to secretly be Combiner Wars II. Keep reading!
It was a fine, if occasionally frustrating tradition, started with Metroplex in 2013. A Titan Class Transformer hits the shelves at general retail, and a slightly modified version would also be seen at the Hasbro Toy Shop booth for sale during San Diego Comic Con. For the three Titans released between 2013 through 2016, it was a sure thing. But, here we are now, two weeks away from the beginning of SDCC 2017, and we've yet to hear the slightest hint of a special convention edition Trypticon to come our way. Has the streak been broken? Is this a sign of a bigger change? Keep reading for rampant speculation!
Very few people have gotten hold of Trypticon thus far - mostly collectors in Australia where once again the year's Titan came out a bit early relative to the rest of the world. But it was enough to allow a serious problem to be identified! It seems that, as assembled, Trypticon's ratcheted hips are rather self-destructive, as the strength of them leads some of the softer plastics to become mangled. Qwan, who offered a great look at Full Tilt recently, has figured out one way to fix this issue, and composed a complete guide to that effect, which you can find below!
This was the question posed by Business Insider this week. Citing the poor critical reception of the just-released The Last Knight
- not to mention less than stellar reviews of the prior entries to the series, along with diminishing domestic box office numbers, why do the sequels keep getting pushed forward? The answer to this is probably not a surprise to those who've been following along closely, but the article contains a series of charts that help to lay out the situation very clearly. Keep reading for more info and a link to the original post!
Hasbro was kind enough on June 1st to invite TFormers to a conference call, along with several other fan media representatives, to hear about the upcoming merchandise in the Transformers The Last Knight Premier Edition and store exclusive lineups, official images of which you'll have seen earlier today right here on TFormers. We were afforded the chance as well to ask a few questions of the Transformers Brand Team once the main presentation had wrapped up. Keep reading to find the highlights of this afternoon's event!
We're always looking for the next BIG toy to put on the shelf, but what about the little 'formers? Those tiny bits of plastic depicting our favorite Transformers characters can be a lot of fun to collect. What's quite remarkable is the quantity and quality of toys you will find, especially from Japan. Where, gashapon (capsule toys) and other types of tiny collectibles are extremely popular. For this week's Far Out Friday, I am going ape with a look at some of the Beast Wars Optimus Primal small toys from Kabaya, Takara and Hasbro. See them all in the image gallery below.
Don't ask me why, but Hasbro and Takara Tomy keep trying to make small die-cast type cars... In 2003, the Japanese candy toy company Kabaya teamed up with Majorette of France to produce a one of series of die-cast Matchbox style cars for the Micron Legends series. The toys were packed on similar style Matchbox J-Cards that all featured an image of the Micron Legends (Densetsu) Convoy with the word CONVOY behind him, regardless of the car in side, with a roll of tart candies packed in.
This Far Out Friday is a going to be a bit shorter than the others, as its all about these odd Generation 1 mid-Formers sold exclusively in Japan. Starting in 1986 as the "Gokin" series, then revived as the Takara "TF Jr" (Transformers Junior) series in 1987. You may have seen the Optimus Prime figure without realizing it because they looks pretty good at first sight. While smaller, they are actually very clever simplified re-designs of the full the sized toys.
The retailer info leaked very recently for the first post-Trypticon Legends Series releases, and as it happened we got to have a first look at these figures quite a bit sooner than many may have expected. But it's likely that what Hot Rod(imus) and Kup ended up being was probably not quite what most were anticipating. Some of that is for the better, some not so much. But not all of it is entirely obvious either. Keep reading to find out more details for these TakaraTomy toys.
After the awesome Transmetals II treatment. Anything less was going to look puny, spindly, and pretty much boring. The BM Deluxe Optimus Primal offered in Wave 1 was just that. Nicely articulated with cool light-piping. BUT, it didn't look much like the show character. Overly blue, and both of the head sculpts missed the mark on show accuracy. Which, is what makes this week' feature an interesting specimen as it was a Knockoff (KO) that managed get the faces right.
So we've looked at the three basic forms that toy articulation takes: hinges, swivels, and ball joints. But there's one last feature that pops up frequently on Transformers: ratchets. That pleasant clicking sound. The satisfying resistance when you tug on a hip or an elbow. The ability to hold the weight of a weapon or for larger toys to hold poses. How is that accomplished? And what are the pros and cons for the ratchets on our `Bots and `Cons? Keep reading to find out!
Today RAC rounds out the basic forms of toy articulation with a look at ball joints! (Pun entirely intended, and offered with no apologies.) Ball joints were, in the 1990s, the salvation of the Transformers brand to a certain degree, as they allowed more complex and articulated Transformers figures to be made while passing US toy safety tests. But beyond that, they're just a really great and versatile part of modern toy design. Keep reading to find out why!