(Figure King) magazine has revealed that 3,000 Yen (About $30) worth of Age of Extinction toys will net you a special Astrotrain-themed Micron at Japanese ToysRUs stores this August. The clear purple plastic Mini-Con uses the same mold as Payload, the space shuttle partner of Generations Legends Cosmos. Keep reading to see the scan!
Concept Artist Steve Jung, who has also worked on The Avengers
, has posted a selection of his concept art to Facebook. Highlights include the interior of Lockdown's ship and its very regal cockpit, the Hong Kong street battle featuring the Dinobots, and most interestingly Widow Maker, a female Decepticon who was to transform into a Pagani Zonda. She was Jung's only full character design for Age of Extinction and, sadly, she didn't make the cut. Click through to see all the mirrored images!
Previously we reported on
a poll being held by Million Publishing for inclusion with the next volume in their Transformers Generations
series of guidebooks. When we checked in last Alpha Trion (repainted from generations Scourge) was holding the lead, but things change... keep reading to find out the winner of the poll!
Facebook user Encline Designs Airbrush Studios has posted images of a test shot of Gigapower's HQ-03, which is a Masterpiece-scaled take on Dinobot Snarl. It looks good! Very close to the original design and very dynamic. Keep reading to see the mirrored photos!
First contact between Cybertron and Earth (as represented by GI Joe) didn't go so well. Second contact is coming... and it couldn't be any worse, right? "I Saw Three Ships" is written by Tom Scioli and John Barber, with art, colors, and lettering by Scioli. Continue to full review
Endgame! Windblade must discover the truth of the bombing, Metroplex's deterioration, and how it fits together. But with support falling away, time is running out and she may have to give up everything to find the answer. Written by Mairghread Scott, art by Sarah Stone. Read the full review
Transformers Colombia has brought us new catalog style photos for the upcoming Voyager Brainstorm. The photos omit any direct indication of the toy's Headmaster design, but otherwise offer a couple more detailed looks at the figure beyond what was seen from the press and display case photos from Botcon last month. Keep reading to see all the images!
It's time again for Japanese hobby magazine scans, and the first item of note is our first "official" look at Masterpiece Star Saber. Seen previously at an event where photography was forbidden, Star Saber is now revealed in full detail for all to see. And he has full transformation from his basic Saber form up to Star Saber. Brainmaster functions aren't confirmed, but you never know. Check out the scan below while we wait for bigger, clearer images to roll in!
No one can deny, Hasbro have been putting pedal to the metal rolling out a TON of new Transformers Age of Extinction products this year. According to the latest report from MarketWatch, Hasbro's Transformers sales increased 32% to bring a hefty $335.8 million in sales for the last quarter. This was backed up by strong sales for My Little Pony as well, but didn't help Hasbro meet Wall street expectations due to weak sales from games and pre-school products that are losing out to the mobile apps market. Read on for more details on Hasbro's latest earnings.
Hasbro has just launched SuperFanArt.com - a coup of a domain name if there ever was one - which currently offers fans the ability to upload and print fan renders of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic characters through Shapeways. No other information is currently available, though there will be a presence at SDCC and a few fan pieces are already available for purchase. What this will mean for Transformers- and especially Third Parties and customizers who offer parts through Shapeways - remains to be seen. Click through for the link!
Amazon has posted preorder links for the next collected trade paperback volume of MTMTE and a complete collection of Dark Cybertron in hardcover, both dated for December. More Than Meets The Eye Vol. 6 doesn't give issue numbers but by the description it collects the issues being released now. Keep reading for synopses and links!
Robot Kingdom has shared an image of the upcoming AD-31 "Saikyou" (Strongest/Ultimate) Optimus Prime, which appears to be a power-up form of Prime that uses the Generations Leader class mold. Seeing as that mold was already used as AD-01 in a similar but superior deco to the US release, could this be a Silver Knight color scheme like the one Target seems to be so in love with? More info as it becomes available, but for now check out the incredibly vague magazine scan!
TakaraTomy is releasing a special DVD to support Lost Age in Japan. Along with some other promotional materials, the Autobot Daishukou
DVD will contain the fun Diorama Story & Toy Demonstration
from a couple weeks back. It also appears to contain episode 1 of Fight! Super-Robot Lifeform Transformers
. Keep reading for the ad!
Appearing very, very briefly on ToysRUs' website this morning were a pair of Angry Birds Transformers products. The Optimus Prime Bird Raceway is a slot-racing set that comes with transforming "Ultimate Optimus Prime Bird" and "Ultimate Megatron Pig" figures, and the Energon Racers Pack is an assortment of Autobirds and Deceptihogs. Keep reading for images and some (hopefully temporarily) dead links!
Shartimus Prime brings us his latest Transformers 4 Age of Extinction Lockdown One Step Changer action figure video review and image gallery. Yea, its a One Step, but its LOCKDOWN!!! Give this video a gander for the full details on this snappy little guy along with a nice collection of high quality images for staring at.
A new assortment of product photos has surfaced showing toys from two upcoming assortments of Transformers generations Deluxes in what should be final production plastic and paint colors. Windblade, Nightbeat and Jhiaxus from the next new product assortment, and Arcee and Chromia for the wave following can all be seen packaged, with their comic covers, and alternate modes. Keep reading to see all of the photos of these toys which should start becoming available soon!
Third party Transformers news for the week ending July 19th, 2014.
Includes the latest news from Ark Studio, Dr. Wu, DX9 Toys, Mecha Form, Omnigonix, SXS, Toyworld and X2 Toys.
Screen shot this week is a 2013 movie Battle of the Damned.