Fun Publications have begun the process of hyping up Botcon 2015, coming to an obscure and remote suburb of Chicago near you next summer! Today they've stated that the official reveal for the box set theme will be made during the week of New Year's, with toy reveals to follow soon after. They followed this with a series of conditions to explain what the set would not represent, launching a flurry of speculative activity for what remains. You can click through and see the original tweets and find out what's off the table this year!
Revealed at Botcon this past summer, there's been much curiosity and concern over the whereabouts of Leader Class Generations Megatron who's had no new press since. Robot Kingdom has come to the rescue however, offering up preorders for the first 2015 Leader assortment featuring Megatron and its retool as Armada Megatron, offering availability in early 2015. Also listed is a solid case of Leader Thundercracker coming in April. You can check out both listings after the cut!
Combiner Wars is the topic on everyone's mind right now, and the new Optimus Prime finds itself high on that list. Despite a less than warm reception when revealed at Botcon, opinions have been changing as we've seen more and more of the toy. And like it or hate it, you can't deny that this Optimus is a huge wall of robot for being a Voyager pricepoint. We've got a couple pictures to illustrate, so keep reading and check it out!
Hong Kong based retailer Action Robo has posted a notice on their shop page and Facebook that the legal division for Phillip Morris USA, Inc. has contacted them and warned against filling orders for this product bound for the United States. Previously our sponsor BigBadToyStore reported a similar communication, and it seems the reach is now extending to stores elsewhere in the world. Use of trademarked designs was again cited as cause for this action. Keep reading for more information.
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.