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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.




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!




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