There was a lot of information delivered from Toy Fair. Some of it came as reports from those who attended, but most of it was in the form of photos. With so much out there, it can be a little hard to keep up with what's what, so we're going to bring you the highlights of the coverage and break things down for you. Is Constructicon articulation really that limited? And why are they so big? How small is Minimus Ambus? Why is Defensor sad? Click through for the answers to these questions and more!
Robot Kingdom has just listed their preorders for the full range of Combiner Wars wave 3, from Legends, through Deluxe and up to Voyager. These assortments featuring the Protectobots, as well as Warpath, Viper and Cyclonus are listed with an arrival of April. Leader Ultra Magnus is also up with an ETA in June. The times given reflect arrival in Asia, with an extra several weeks before reaching the US, which seems to be putting all of these toys around Botcon time, as if that part of the year wasn't going to be expensive enough already! These dates may change, so stay with us for the latest updates.
The Collecticon Youtube channel where Hasbro's John Warden demonstrated the process of fitting the Cyberverse Legion-size Minimus Ambus figure in the space inside the torso of Ultra Magnus, which is styled like a classic mecha cockpit with considerable detail sculpted in. The video shows also that Minimus is absolutely optional by Ultra Magnus being fully formed in robot mode before the smaller figure was removed from its display stand and added. At the end, Warden suggests there may be Masterpiece reveals to come at Botcon this year. Click through to watch!
Mr Chaos has posted once again relaying news discovered from retailer inventory listings. Following what we expect to be the final product waves of 2015 including Voyager Optimus Maximus and legends Rodimus and Skywarp, we'll see several new toys in both of these pricepoints. Coming as little surprise is Onslaught, presumably the preplanned alternate use of Hot Spot, but the rest of the entries are rather unexpected. Keep reading to find out more!
The Battle Tactics mobile device game has provided us with an unexpected amount of sneak previews of upcoming items, including Viper, the Cobra Rattler-inspired Powerglide redeco, and Silverbolt's retool as Cyclonus. With the game now in full release, users have noticed a pattern to the character selection so far: They almost all have Classics toys that are the basis for their in-game appearance. This makes the presence of Joyride as an unlockable character very interesting. Keep reading to find out more!
Shark Jumper at TFW has posted a few quick images of Huffer, the retool of Legends Class Optimus prime shipping as part of the second wave of Combiner Wars branded Legends. Featuring a new head but suffering the loss of the Roller-ish partner figure, this delightfully orange figure may not be a perfect recreation of the character's original design, but it takes its own interesting direction. Click through for the photos and comments from Shark Jumper.
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: We discuss the Titan Class Combiner Wars Devastator leak, the Hasbro Gobots trademark filing, new Combiner Wars figures, The Maketoys Re:Master Series, the Hasbro Combiner Wars fan designed figure, more on Takara’s Superion, the possible reveal of the Botcon 2015 boxset and way, way, way more! There’s tons of news to analyze on this week’s Radio Free Cybertron!
Now that all of the interesting things have been leaked or otherwise shown one way or another, it's time to get in to the rest of the third Figure Subscription Service, starting with Nacelle. Once again dragging the Classics Seeker mold out of bed, Nacelle uses the unique parts created for Botcon 2007's Thrust and applies what must be an alarming amount of paint to emulate a never-produced deco from a catalog image featuring the G1 mold. Click through to check that out, and remember this batch has another of this mold in it...
Over the weekend we brought you an early analysis of a screenshot from an episode of Cybercast featuring an interview with Pete Sinclair of Fun Publications where several toys could be seen that may be Botcon exclusives for this year. Since then we've continued analyzing the image and have made some updates and corrections to our original conclusions, and one may suggest a surprising move for convention exclusive toys - or we might be seeing another surprise entirely. If you're interested in toy spoilers in advance of official reveals, keep reading...
Pete Sinclair of Fun Publications was recently interviewed over video, and in the process seems to have let a bit too much fall in frame. Based on an enhanced screencap by well known fan Monzo, we've identified and highlighted the toys that are visible. The image is low-res, but with some work defining the edges the forms of the figures can be made out well enough. Of course this is likely a spoiler for some of this year's convention toys, so please keep that in mind before proceeding. For full info, keep reading!
Age of Extinction was by far the most news of 2014, but it was by no means the best. And it may not be the worst news of last year either! ExVee and RAC have looked back over the year's news and chosen the best, worst, and just plain saddest stories of the year. Keep reading to see!
In 2014, Generations didn't die to make way for the movies. In fact, if anything, it grew. The return of the Leader class and a robust, available, and relevant selection of Legends figures helped to expand the world of Generations beyond Deluxe and Voyager. Keep reading to see RAC and ExVee's picks for the best, worst, and weirdest of 2014!
As promised, following the requested number of retweets the Botcon Twitter posted a work-in-progress form of the first page of the 2015 comic book. Set in the catch-all world of Axiom Nexus, the comic is sure to be filled with visual references. We've learned that Matt Frank will be doing the linework (which explains something Mecha Godzillaish in one panel) which has us quite excited, as Matt Frank is one of our favorite occasional Transformers artists from the IDW books. Keep reading to check out the image and get more info!
BotCon 2015 has announced the theme of its convention-exclusive figures: Cybertron's Most Wanted! The teaser image promises "The Thief. The Muscle. The Loose Cannon. The Bounty Hunter. The Boss." And if we don't get a Transformer that becomes the A-Team van, I'll be extremely disappointed. BotCon 2015 happens June 18th-21st in Chicago/St. Charles, Illinois, and we'll keep you posted on all developments with the con figures. Until then, keep reading to see the teaser for yourself!
Benscollectibles on Youtube have posted a few new video reviews for the Transformers Generations Combiner Wars figures. Get an in-hand review of the Optimus Prime, Silverbolt, and Firefly figures that we first saw last summer at BotCon and SDCC. Read on to watch all three of the video reviews below for more information on these Transformers toys.