Orion Pax Evolves to Become Optimus Prime in Power of the Primes!
It’s the first G1 cartoon-accurate Orion Pax toy ever made, roughly in-between Deluxe & Voyager in scale. The truck, although imperfect, is G1 faithful and complete with tractor and trailer. The combined form, ‘evolved’ Optimus Prime: pure joy - borrows a lot of the coolest elements from MP-10 Masterpiece. Now that I have one in-hand I’ll say he’s one of those toys which you keep transforming from mode to mode, because you cannot decide which mode you want to stare at it more in! Overall, it’s very well done.
The downside here is that many of the parts suffer from the modern trend of feeling hollow and cheaply made. That said, the up side still greatly outweighs the negative IMHO.
Here’s what I like about this toy in particular. I’m sure my opinion is in the minority on this next point, but I”m going to say it anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I love Masterpiece toys. But I probably don’t enjoy them as much as other fans. I think it’s because they’re so hard to get and expensive, that I tend to take it out of the package, transform it once or twice then put it in a shelf, for fear of breaking it.
Alternatively, you have this toy PotP Orion/OP. It has many of the elements that I like about Masterpiece in terms of sculpt, poseability, and esthetics. But, unlike MP, it doesn’t feel so expensive or inaccessible, that I happily transform it and keep it out without feeling overly delicate.
Hope all of you find one of these for yourselves soon to enjoy as well. His photo gallery has been updated in the 2018 Transformers Section of unicron.com
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TFYLP Episode 273 - Unicron Trilogy Standouts
The cast talks about toys and characters that really stand out as awesome or interesting from the Unicron Trilogy (Armada, Energon, & Cybertron), with added insight to the man that spearheaded the era for Hasbro, Aaron Archer.
Considering the complexity of character design in the live action movie films, I really feel that Masterpiece is the ideal price point for theses characters and figures. Came across the Masterpiece Movie Series Ironhide package art on Weibo - Chinese social media today. Who else is excited for this one?!
Just announced by 3rd Party producer Perfect Effect, the set includes swords, fore-arm upgrades for Grimlock and accessories to bulk up his combined form Volcanicus. Both feet/hands and newly announced upgrade sets are available for pre-order from BigBadToyStore. Order yours today!
Was feeling inspired to take a look back to the 2015 iteration, with combiners making a comeback in Power of the Primes and the new life that’s been breathed into him in Forged To Fight. He’s probably my favorite playable character in that game. Have you seen his G1 styled invisibility box moves? Totally awesome.
An all new gallery of the toy, shown unaltered and a few photos of him with the Reprolabels/Toyhax sticker set upgrade; has been added to his character page in the 2015 Section of unicron.com
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Only just announced yesterday, TakaraTomy Mall and its Twitter have now launched the preorder page for the new Masterpiece MP-34S Shadow Panther (Beast Wars) figure. A redeco of MP-34 Cheetus (Beast Wars)--otherwise known as Cheetor in the West--this figure represents the very first all-new Japanese-original Beast Wars character, who was later sold by Hasbro online first as his original self and then as a new version of Ravage a few months later.
Both the preorder page and the Tweet give us all new high quality images of the figure as well as its accessories. In addition to those that came with Cheetor, the figure also features a new Beast Mask accessory based on the original toy's Mutant Head, as well as two versions (one for Beast Mode and one for Robot Mode) of the long-range comm link made by Rhinox and used by Cheetor in the Beast Wars cartoon's third episode. The figure will be a TakaraTomy Mall exclusive available in August for 8000 yen. ...
Let us journey back in time two years to the very last BotCon convention, BotCon 2016. This convention featured a Beast Wars Combiner Wars set of exclusive toys, and a comic story that was set as a prequel to the Beast Wars cartoon placed at the end of the Great War of G1. However, this was not what was originally planned for that convention's toys and comic story. Originally, the theme of that year was going to be for the critically-acclaimed, alternate universe series known as Beast Wars: Uprising, a series who success and popularity only really took off in the months following the convention. Prior to then, the first plans for BotCon 2016 were to flesh out the still-growing world of Beast Wars: Uprising, but Hasbro requested that the theme instead be Combiner Wars.
Now, the Facebook and Twitter for Night Shining, Inc. (the new company now in charge of RoboCon, A.K.A. Pete's Robot Convention, the unofficial spiritual successor to BotCon) have shared some of these preliminary concepts for the Beast Wars: Uprising-themed ideas for BotCon 2016, which can all be seen below. ...
PreviewsWorld shares cover art for the upcoming issue #15 of Lost Light by Nick Roche and Brendan Cahill. Both features Scorponok and looks like the Decepticon Headmaster Leader will be making a return to some prominence in upcoming fiction! Also, the artist Brendan Cahill @bpcahill Tweets the black and white inked version.
Dengeki Hobby has just announced the next Beast Wars Masterpiece figure to come after Dinobot. It is another redeco figure rather than a new mold, but is an exclusive so it isn't taking away from any existing slot of the main Masterpiece line. It is none other than MP-34S Shadow Panther (Beast Wars). A redeco of MP-34 Cheetus (Beast Wars)--known better as Cheetor in the West--Shadow Panther is based on the Japanese-original 1997 redecoed Predacon of the same name, who was later sold by HasbroCollectors.com to fans in the U.S. first as himself and later still as a another version of the Tripredacus Agent himself, Ravage.
This toy represents Shadow Panther as his original non-Ravage self and comes with three new accessories. The first is a new "Beast Mask" based on the original toy's Mutant Head, and the others are two versions of the long-range comm link that Rhinox made and which Cheetor used in Episode 3 of the Beast Wars cartoon, "The Web". There are two versions because one is meant to attach to the figure in Robot Mode and the other is for Beast Mode. The figure will be a TakaraTomy Mall exclusive (in Japan, at least) set to be released in August 2018 for a retail price of 8000 yen (about $72 USD). ...
The writing was on the wall as Activision pulled all of its Transformers related titles from live stream at the end of 2017. Now a recent article by industry insiders gameindustry.biz and IGN confirms that the two companies have parted ways.
"Hasbro confirmed to IGN its contract with Activision to publish Transformers games has expired. However, Hasbro is not at this time discussing what, if any, plans it might have for Transformers games on PC and consoles in the future. Multiple mobile games, including Transformers: Forged to Fight, are still ongoing, however."
It's a disappointment, considering the console games we've enjoyed in recent years, War for Cybertron, Fall of Cybertron, Devastation, etc are a result of this former partnership.
Back in the earlier days of collecting, they were, for me, once a holy grail of Japanese exclusive G1 Transformers. Now, third party producer, TFC Toys has completed its set of three figures, which are updated iterations of the (Takara - 1989 Transformers Victory) “Brainmasters:” Blacker, Laster & Braver. Chinese social media personality @IAMNOFIRE shared a very nice gallery of these toys on Weibo, which I have mirrored below.
Read about the wild & wacky Brainmasters here:
After the smashing success in 2017, Pete's Robot Convention is continuing into 2018 to further the legacy that started with BotCon! Now shortened to "RoboCon", news for the 2018 convention has been popping up all about on the official RoboCon Facebook and Twitter, as well as email announcement. Below is a rundown of all the news for RoboCon 2018 that has been announced thus far (chief among which is the announcement that registration for the con is OPEN)! ...