Had a chance to meet this cool dude, Mark Maher a few years ago at Botcon, where he told me about his background in graffiti art and how he applies these talents to provide decos for toys like Transformers! Check out this cool video showing some of the figures of yesteryear coming to life!
Bearing a striking resemblance to the CGI models seen onscreen in Transformers films, comes these... I'll be honest, I don't know what to call them, or what they are. They could be one-of-a-kind customs, could be **third party prototypes, statues, resin models, or (I wish!) upcoming official products. (Not likely but one can hope!). These to-scale items look perfect next to Leader Class Hasbro toys and include an incredible level of detail. Stay tuned, more info as it becomes available.
In case the robot mode version was not enough for your collecting needs, Soldierstory shows off its next coming attraction, another "lamp" (I think they get away with calling it a lamp because it has a has so many LEDs; apparently enough to light up a room!) -this version, however, comes in planet mode. No word yet on MSRP but if it's like the robot mode version, be prepared for another $800 price tag!
Photos come courtesy of BBICN on Facebook, from 2017 Hobby Expo in Beijing, China.
Frank Welker & Peter Cullen Encourage Fans to Reveal Their Shield!
Day 1 of the Hasbro announced event includes a fun video of the classic original and modern day voice actor duo for Megatron & Optimus Prime. They show off a few new toys (Voice Changer helmets) and have some fun. So which side shall you choose, #Autobot or #Decepticon ??
Sadly we have virtually no reports of new toys showing up at retailers across the U.S. did you have any luck with your toy hunting?
Waspinator in Forged To Fight - Official Press Release & Video
SIGNATURE ABILITY – WASPINATOR LIVES!
Waspinator’s ability to endure otherwise fatal blows and quickly reassemble himself makes him a tough bot to take out.
Despite his loyalty to the Predacon cause, the stalwart Waspinator never gets the respect he deserves from both his team mates or the universe. He has a knack for being crushed, smashed, and torn apart, but this bug has shown himself to be nearly indestructible, always appearing reassembled and ready for the next battle.
STATS AND ABILITIES:
2-Star: Health: 1662 Attack: 144 Max Rating: 571
3-Star: Health: 4081 Attack: 30 Max Rating: 1326
4-Star: Health: 10600 Attack: 785 Max Rating: 3524
When Waspinator drops below half of his Base Health, he diverts power to his ranged weapons, doubling Projectile Speed for the remainder of the fight.
When Waspinator drops below a quarter of his Base Health, he gains a 15~29% Special Damage for the remainder of the fight.
Ranged Attacks: Basic ranged attacks sting the opponent, inflicting a 20~28% Resistance De for 2 seconds after a short delay.
100% chance to instantly inflict a 20~28% Resistance De for 5 seconds.
100% chance to Nullify a Resistance .
On Knockout Blow
If Waspinator’s HP would become 0 he instead becomes Invulnerable, Purifies all Des and Heals 1~20% of his health.
Special 1 – Eye Lasers
Waspinator overloads his optic sensors!
70~90% chance to gain a 13~25% Precision , increasing Critical Rate and lowering the opponent’s chance of Evading attacks for 5~7 seconds.
Special 2 – Unsteady Sting Shot
Waspinator use kick then Waspinator use gun.
100% chance to instantly inflict a 20~28% Resistance De for 5 seconds.
100% chance to Nullify a Resistance .
Special 3 – Surprise ‘Nuke
Now Waspinator has the giant bomb! Now Waspinator is greatest of Predacons!
This attack has a 100% chance Waspinator Burns the opponent dealing Heat Damage equal to 100% of his attack over 5 seconds.
Enemies with Rhinox
Rhinox and Waspinator both receive increased Attack Rating when paired with each other.
1~8% Attack Rating.
Sky Assault with Windblade
Waspinator and Windblade receive improved tracking when paired with each other.
Opponents become 5~25% less evasive.
Weaponsmiths with Mixmaster
Waspinator gains an increased Critical Chance on Heavy Attacks when paired with Mixmaster.
6~15% Heavy Attack Critical Hit
Ultra Magnus’s Resistance s make him one of the tougher bots in the game, but weakening the Resistances of bots is Waspinator’s specialty. Resistance down and Nullification of Resistance s make the Wasp a great counter for the Autobot leader.
Waspinator’s Signature Ability to nullify des allows him to stave off death from bleeding once per fight. Arcee’s low health also becomes a serious disadvantage when facing a well timed Special Attack from Waspinator.
Rhinox’s Shield offers the perfect counter to Waspinator’s punishing Special Attacks. The Shield’s ability to withstand Waspinator’s Ranged Attacks ensure it is available when the Wasp unleashes his highest damage.
The quickest way to mitigate Waspinator’s powerful Special Attacks is to deny him Power. Mirage’s Power Drain mode will allow him to keep Waspinator from unleashing his full damage.
RECOMMENDED MODULES FOR WASPINATOR:
Waspinator has some of the most devastating Special Attacks, and the Superconductor 1000 helps him use them more often, and with less resistance.
The Superconductor-1000 is exclusive to the Raid Store.
Defense: Repair Module
Waspinator’s Signature Ability gives him more opportunity to heal up with the Repair Module’s abilities, helping ensure he sticks around for fight after fight.
The Repair Module is found in the Premium Modul
Is this what the Transformers Section looks like at your local retail toy store too? With the official release of The Last Knight movie figures coming tomorrow (Monday 4/24) we're hoping this means other #Transformers toys like Wave 4 Deluxe/Voyager/Leader Class Titans Return toys will start being stocked everywhere again as well! It appears many retailers seemingly wrongly self-imposed the movie toy hold from stocking other lines as well. Be sure to report your toy sightings with:
Transformers Database app - TFDb
Just scan the barcode with your phone and report your findings!
Or online, The old-fashioned way through our site
Liege Maximo - Evil Incarnate Member of Original 13 Primes!
IDW artist Sara Pietre Durocher tweets character design art, presumably teasing an upcoming appearance, in the ongoing series Til All Are One. To learn more about this mysterious trouble maker check out additional info and images on the wiki
This beautiful and thorough series of classic TV ads brings back a flood of memories for old school fans like me. There is even footage I had never seen before. Ranging from the very earliest days of Transformers, to the final hours when Action Masters very nearly killed the franchise! Enjoy this walk down memory lane, courtesy of Toy Rewind.
Upcoming Legends Extra figure starts w/ Titans Return Optimus Prime, and recolors him as (2000 Carrobots/ 2001RID) Black Convoy/Scourge! He should look great with your recently released Baldigus/Ruination a recolored CW Bruticus!1
Photo cred @spriggam_fuku on Twitter
Congratulations to Hasbro! - Earns #1 Spot on 2017 Prestigious 100 Best Corporate Citizens List
Happy that the company responsible for our beloved Transformers not only makes this list, but tops it!
"We are deeply humbled to be ranked No. 1 for our commitment and performance in Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability,” said Brian Goldner, chairman and CEO, Hasbro, Inc. “Being a responsible corporate citizen is core to our business strategy, how we operate and who we are as a company. Today, more than ever, consumers, investors and employees around the world expect companies to act responsibly and transparently, and we are committed to continuing to raise the bar for ourselves in this area.”
New screen captures from (as yet unknown) Summer Movie Magazine posted on Instagram by a dude named adam.glam. Images provide some of our best looks yet at the movie-verse Autobot Cavalier. (At least there is a little more orange on him than would have been guessed based on his alt mode!)
"The Transformers are about to go medieval on moviegoers. It turns out that the war between Hasbro shapeshifting robots extends all the way back to Arthurian legend. In the fifth movie, an astronomer (Anthony Hopkins) tracks these connections to Oxford's Viviane Wembly (Laura Haddock) a fellow scholar who has no idea she harbors a genetic secret which could destroy (or save) the world. The humans are empowered in a way that is very different than we've experienced before, and honestly, it's not that easy figuring out how to empower the six-foot human versus the 35- or 45-foot robot, Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says.
Wembly comes face-to-face with a friend she didn't even know she had - the Autobot Hot Rod.
Hasbro Announces “Reveal Your Shield” Transformers Celebration
Kicking off next Monday April 24 this online event will include five days of Transformers content and product reveals, coinciding with the release of the first wave of toys for #TransformersMovie #TheLastKnight. Fans will be invited to “reveal their shield,” using social media, transformers.com or the official Transformers mobile app to declare their allegiance to Autobots or Decepticons. Complete press release below!
HASBRO KICKS OFF “REVEAL YOUR SHIELD” TRANSFORMERS CELEBRATION
Treating Fans to Five Days of Exclusive TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Content and Product Reveals
PAWTUCKET, R.I., April 20 2017 – Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), announced “REVEAL YOUR SHIELD,” a TRANSFORMERS celebration that will offer fans five days of TRANSFORMERS content and product reveals, beginning on April 24th with the release of Hasbro’s first wave of toys and consumer products inspired by the TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT film. Throughout the week fans will be encouraged to “reveal their shield,” using social media, TRANSFORMERS.COM or the official TRANSFORMERS mobile app to declare their allegiance to the Autobots or Decepticons.
The REVEAL YOUR SHIELD program kicks off with new content inspired by TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT on TRANSFORMERS digital and social channels, a video featuring a new BARRICADE action figure, and the release of on-sale dates for some of the exciting products from Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT line. And the action won’t stop there - fans should stay tuned throughout the week for celebrations and a few surprises that will appear on TRANSFORMERS social channels, as well as new games and activities coming to Transformers.com and in the TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT App.
“The TRANSFORMERS brand is one of the most recognizable franchises in the world, and 2017 is a massive year for the Autobots and Decepticons,” said Tom Warner, Senior Vice President of the TRANSFORMERS franchise at Hasbro. “Our REVEAL YOUR SHIELD fan celebration will deliver a week’s worth of TRANSFORMERS content, including new material inspired by the upcoming film, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT. The movie is the biggest TRANSFORMERS adventure yet, and REVEAL YOUR SHIELD is the perfect way for fans to get in on the action before it arrives in theaters on June 23rd.”
To “REVEAL YOUR SHIELD” and see all of the exclusive TRANSFORMERS news and content, please visit TRANSFORMERSm.COM, Instagram/TRANSFORMERSOFFICIAL or the official TRANSFORMERS Facebook page, Facebook.com/Transformers each day next week.
Not sure exactly how to get him without paying money or playing the game around the clock, but it appears Waspinator is now a character you can potentially add to your "dream team" in the mobile app game Forged to Fight!
Hasbro has sent out an official email announcing the premiere date for the third season of the current Transformers: Robots in Disguise cartoon. Subtitled as "Robots in Disguise: Combiner Force", the first episode will debut on Cartoon Network on Saturday, April 29, 2017. This news also officially confirms that the six-episode mini-series that came before was not Season 3 but an extension of Season 2 after all. Don't miss the brand new season as the Bee Team battles against all new Combiner foes. ...
Let's take a trip back to April 1986. The second season of the G1 cartoon had ended and Transformers: The Movie was set to hit theaters in August as a means to bridge the gap between the cartoon's second season and its third season, which was due to air in September of that year. However, the same would not be the case for Japan, as the Japanese version of the first two seasons was still airing new episodes at the time, and the movie would not see release in Japan until 1989. As a means to bridge the forthcoming time gap between the Japanese versions of seasons 2 and 3, a brand new piece of Transformers animation was created by Japan for Japan, for the first time ever: Scramble City.
This original video animation (OVA) featured the first ever animated appearances of Ultra Magnus, Ratbat, Metroplex, and Trypticon, with the latter two appearing in rather different designs from how they would later appear in Season 3 of the G1 cartoon. Over the years, there have been a few attempts to share this OVA with the English-speaking world, be they subtitled rips of the original VHS tape, fan-produced unofficial dubs of the video, or even an audio-less version provided as a bonus on Sony's 2006 release of the 1986 movie. But now, Karyuudo Fansubs has done the fandom yet another courtesy (after their having subbed Car Robots, Zone, Micron Densetsu, and Beast Wars II) of releasing a special high quality, newly-fansubbed, downloadable torrent release of Scramble City, complete with a fresh new subtitle translation, two optional subtitle tracks, and extra bonuses. Below is a copy of their original announcement of the release: ...