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TFW member SydneyY has taken time to give us a translation of Figure King Magazine's recent interview with TakaraTomy designer Hironori Kobayashi. The interview has some general coverage, but focuses specially on the development of Generations (or "Legends") Arcee and Kobayashi's unique background in design for the character, which we've written about previously. Keep reading to check out the translated interview!




The Allspark is reporting that an anonymous Wal-Mart employee has leaked a new batch of inventory listings. Among these are a group of new Deluxe and Legends figures featuring familiar Protectobot names, lending weight to long speculation that Defensor would join the Combiner Wars. The list also backs up additional fan theories of how some team members may be utilized, as well as giving us two possibly unrelated new items coming in 2015. Keep reading for the list and more details!




TFCC has emailed its members to let them know that the holiday sale has started early! Particularly of note are that individual figures from the 2013 Machine Wars boxset are currently available, as are figures from Fun Publications' e-Hobby partners- figures such as the Transformers Cloud line. Keep reading for the email text and a link!




Its been a long and rocky road for Jagex's Transformers Universe game. Starting with a very promising preview at BotCon 2011, things moved into the slow lane for the next 3 years with numerous updates and full a change out of the backend moving from an MMO to MOBA style play. The game's Ersatz Transforming robots were not attractive to players and after disappointing earnings, Jagex is said to begin layoffs according to game gamesindustry.biz.




This week on Radio Free Cybertron: News and opinions from TFCon! We share our thoughts on the 3rd Party Panel, the sales floor, the convention as a whole. Also the guys talk about Botcon 2015, the possible forthcoming Leader Class Ultra Magnus. All that and way way WAY more in this jam-packed edition of Radio Free Cybertron!





In one of those things that you can really only call a wacky coincidence, FunPub has announced that BotCon 2015 will be happening in Chicago just as TFCon Chicago is getting started. Crazy, huh? The con will be held between June 18th and 21st at the Pheasant Run Resort in Chicago/St. Charles, Illinois. More info as it becomes available!




One of the first exclusives has been revealed from TFCon Chicago, AKA Third Party BotCon. Toy Dojo will be selling Renderform's RF-004 Onyx, a limited run of 35 P.A.X. upgrade kits in the color scheme of ToyWorld's Nemesis Prime-themed Orion recolor, Orionvil! Keep reading for the announcement and the photos!




Figure King Magazine came out this week and as we reported previously featured the upcoming Legends (TakaraTomy Generations) releases of Windblade, Chromia and Arcee. In this feature, it was revealed that one of the designers on the TakaraTomy side that contributed to Arcee was Hironori Kobayashi. Some may recognize this name in connection with various toys including Masterpieces, but when it comes to Arcee there's a bit more to the story. Keep reading to find out the secret behind Arcee's creation!




It took long enough, but fans are going wild for the Transformers Generations Arcee figure that was revealed last summer at BotCon and SDCC. Thanks to Pax Cybertron we have a video review of the toy to get some first impressions. Read on to see the video review and how this G1 character measures up.




Amid a great outcry of inappropriate mold choice and deco that failed to defeat the body shape to evoke the intended character, the Collector's Club has posted a revised boxart piece for Subscription Service 3 Tarantulas. Having increased the intended paint operations, including added detail to the face, they're hoping to satisfy as much fan concern as possible with this figure. Still missing are the stripe details on the legs of the included Arms Microns, another loudly referenced negative change from the initial Botcon reveal. Keep reading to compare the new and yesterday's versions!




Just out on the official Transformers Collectors' Club site is the new image and details for the Transformers Figure Subscription Service 3.0 #2 Nacelle action figure. As promised they are re-introducing these toys along that were announced at BotCon 2014 last summer. Get a look at the TFSS 3.0 - the Decepticon Seeker Nacelle figure in both modes along with character artwork and more details now.




Following up this evening's initial reveal of Krok with full character art, the toy mock up images have also been discovered uploaded to the TFCC web store. These do not feature art of the characters, but do show some minor deco variations versus the first reveals at Botcon, indicating these are more current demonstrations of what the final toys will look like, seemingly having now passed through deco budget barriers, though some like Nacelle have come away improved compared to their initial concepts! Keep reading to see the whole set.




The official Transformers Collectors' Club facebook page updates with news of the online roll-out of their TFSS 3.0. While they announced all six figures at BotCon this summer, we only saw the preliminary mock ups. The Club will be re-introducing these figures' new official images in the coming weeks along with news on ordering. Read on to see the full details and a look at the Krok figure and character artwork.




Giant Robot Comix has commissioned a convention exclusive cover for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic issue #24 which once again features Pinkie Pie in her Optimus Prime costume. The cover features other ponies in Hasbro-themed costumed such as Rainbow Dash as Snake Eyes and even a Jem costume. The cover is by the talented Casey Coller, who has worked on IDW's Transformers books frequently in the past. Keep reading to see the cover!




Thanks to griffin at OzFormers who has recieved a review sample of the Platinum Edition Breakout Battle Transformers Age of Extinction set that will be a Myer exclusive in Australia. This one is loaded with the Rusty Evolution Optimus Prime, Vehicon and Rollbar figures. Get a look at these exclusives in and out of the box, in robot and alternate modes, and comparison shots of these figures with other shared figure molds.



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