A couple of weeks ago we wrote a post about how one of our favorite brick and mortar retailers, Toys R Us, was looking into various options regarding how to deal with their tremendous debt load. As of yesterday, Toys R Us officially began the process of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. If you're interested in learning more about what the road ahead looks like for Toys R Us and the legal/financial implications of this decision, check out the bloomberg.com link below. In short, this does not mean the end of Toys R Us, but it does mean that a MAJOR restructuring is in its future which will most certainly entail the closing of main retail locations. What do make of this news as fellow Transformers fans and toy collectors?
We had a fun surprise waiting for us at the Transformers Power of the Primes display of near the end of #HASCON. Design Director John Warden took out the two jet mode toys on display and combined them. The result is a very G1 accurate combined mode jet, just like the original.
The convention may be over, but I still have photos to share. Check out the latest additions in the 2018 Transformers Section of unicron.com
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You've seen his work in IDW Transformers comics, Hasbro Toy Packaging (even ripped off bootleg toys!) and mobile app game Forged To Fight. Today artist Marcelo Matere shares his first work he did on Transformers, the oddly named red race car Minicon Swindle, partner to Starscream, from back in the early days of the Unicron Trilogy!
Make your Last Knight Barricade a little more screen accurate, give Titans Return Deluxes a little more authentic G1 styling, add some additional details to the latest Titan: Trypticon, or make Broadside a GI Joe USS Flag... New sticker sets available from ToyHax and Reprolabels, in their latest update. Check out these at more at the following links..
Yesterday, the 63rd episode of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force cartoon has aired on Cartoon Network in the U.S. Titled "Breathing Room", as tensions continue to build up within the Bee Team, exiled to hide inside cramped caverns after the scrapyard was destroyed in the previous episode, Bumblebee seeks to alleviate the tensions by scouting for a new base. However, he is soon taken prisoner and tortured by Steeljaw's pack, followed shortly by Sideswipe and Strongarm. With Fixit the only Autobot who knows their location, it's up to him alone to keep Steeljaw and co. at bay while his comrades find a way to escape. Can Bumblebee, Sideswipe, and Strongarm make it out of this alive? To find out, let's rev up and roll out! ...
Longtime friend and contributor to the Transformers fandom, Jim Sorenson, has come upon some very cool G1 rarities. He recently held a silent/private auction for these pieces from the original series on his Facebook page. We thought it's still worth sharing these amazing and beautiful photos, even though the auction is over as these pieces have already sold.
He updates the post by saying
"...There may be some more interesting material forthcoming so watch this space."
So stay tuned!
To commemorate my new Headmaster Arcee toy, thought I'd use my freshly earned T1 Alpha Spark on Arcee in Forged To Fight! Yeah, I know the 3D models in F2F are not really based on that toy but I still dig them both!
The often overlooked Dinobot! He appeared in only a few frames of Transformers The Movie (1986), was part of the second wave introduced (w/ Swoop) in the G1 cartoon series but unlike Swoop who was featured quite heavily in at least one episode (Desertion of the Dinobots) Snarl never got a bright moment in the fiction spotlight! In Transformers Animated, the (Slag/Slug) Triceratops character was even renamed "Snarl" - adding to his aura of non-relevance. Poor Snarl!
Finally, G1 Snarl gets some love and a beautiful update! He is now, as always, an important member of the Dinobot team, in Power of the Primes. Without him, Volcanicus would be missing a limb! I asked designers about my concern that **gold plastic** in the tail parts might crumble to dust over time, but they assured me they were aware of this "gold plastic syndrome" concern and make sure it is not as fragile as what we've seen in the past.
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One of the more colorful Decepticon characters we've had in Transformers films, his toy was on display last weekend at #HASCON. Meanwhile, artist Josh Nizzi shares some of his character concept work. Pretty cool to see them side-by-side. Wish he had had more screen time before meeting his demise. -- better yet, would love to have seen his head get ripped off by Cogman (!) as can be done with the toy. Oh well, maybe someday!
Predaking (Predacons) vs Volcanicus (Dinobots) coming to mobile app game Earth Wars 9/21. --- Interestingly, it's not unlike what we expect to see in Power of the Primes! Teaser trailer can be viewed through the link below.
"Sludge not see these Decepticons before!
Not see again either. Because we dynamite them to pieces!"
Recently revealed at #Hascon, we received our first good look at the next members of the Dinobot Combiner team - Sludge.
I'll admit it does look small compared to the G1 version we're used to, but the increased pose-ability, Combiner limb mode and G1 sculpting makes up for it. I particularly love the clear plastic piece that covers the dinosaur head and upper neck. It a beautiful tribute to the original, reinvented for modern times!
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This round of leaks features PotP characters we recently learned about at #Hascon.
While there, we heard about this fascinating conceptual idea the designers discussed to compare Transformers descending from original primes being analogous to zodiac symbols being a way for humanity to understand its place in the universe.
The 62nd episode of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force cartoon has aired on Cartoon Network in the U.S. Titled "Exiles", the Bee Team comes under intensely heavy gunfire and are forced to evacuate the scrapyard as it is utterly annihilated by their assailants. On the run and all alone, the team must defend the Crown City Dam while Sideswipe's case of PTSD endangers their safety and the success of this do-or-die mission. Can the team overcome these overwhelming odds? To find out, let's rev up and roll out! ...
The 61st episode of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force cartoon has aired on Cartoon Network in the U.S. Titled "Moon Breaker", Optimus Prime returns to Earth to recruit Drift for a special mission on Cybertron. But before the two can depart, Optimus must assist the Bee Team in a mission to the Moon to recover a dangerous weapon hidden within Windblade's final weapons cache. To make matters worse, the Stunticons are hot on the Autobots' trail, and an armed orbital defense satellite soon becomes a threat to the Earth. It's Ultra Bee vs. Menasor in the ultimate showdown on the Moon, while Optimus and Fixit race to catch up with and disable the satellite. Can our heroes make it out of this one alive? To find out, let's rev up and roll out! ...
This morning, the 60th episode of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force cartoon aired on Cartoon Network in the U.S. Titled "Combine and Conquer", the Stunticons at last show their full potential as Motormaster himself takes the fight to the Bee Team, unveiling his team's trump card combiner form of Menasor. The Bee Team must find a way to form Ultra Bee and work as one in order to put an end to the Decepticon menace before them. Can they pull it off? To find out, let's rev up and roll out! ...