Liege Maximo - Power of the Primes - Pretender Skullgrin (Homage?)
It will be interesting to see how/where/if (hopefully!) his story is told in Transformers fiction. Is this Skullgrin, - possessed by an original Prime, "Liege Maximo" -The "Manipulator" Prime ? Is this actually intended to be Liege Maximo, one of the original 13, himself? or simply Skullgrin, who transforms into a Matrix/cube/powermaster type conduit who bestows the power of Liege Maximo? Time (and perhaps our own personal interpretation?) will tell!
"Beyond, beyond! - anything you've ever seen before! Transformers, Classic Pretenders! The greats (or at least one of them is/...!) - are, BACK!" I realize I might be in the minority, but I always thought the Pretenders were pretty cool. Here, nearly 30 years since their original release in 2017, they're making a comeback, in a form, different than we would have imagined!
In his small (~Powermaster engine?) cube form, the toy can physically plug into Power of the Prime Deluxe, Voyager and Leader Class figures - presumably bestowing a power of the Prime. In miniature bot form, they can ride inside legends figures like Beachcomber! Check out this new gallery and new character page in the 2017 Transformers Section of unicron.com
For optimal viewing on your smartphone, images have been archived and are accesable through the app:
TFDb - Transformers Fan Database
Special thanks to Jasn0_X news contributor to unicron.com for the info and images!
Not impressed with Hasbro's official news blitz out of SDCC today? No worries. BigBadToyStore.com has you covered for all the 3rd Party Figures you could possibly want! Just this week they posted a whole slew of new preorders including D-11 Richthofen (not-Powerglide), Iron Factory's 2-pack IF EX-26 Blaze Dash & Bolt Sprint of (Not-Sideswipe/ Sunstreaker), a glorious Fall of Cybertron styled metallic Not-Grimlock from Planet X and more, check out the link below for more info!
Hot Rod Transforms to Rodimus Prime in Power of the Primes Leader Class Figure Debut!
The cab (which was not on display) is a Deluxe scale figure. The trailer becomes his armor, and when he takes on the Matrix, transforms him into Rodimus Prime! It's a toy I never realized how much I wanted, until seeing it here now. Fact is, there never has been an authentic Transformers The Movie accurate design, and wanting the trailer to become a larger scale robot in armor - like fashion is such a cool and creative idea, I never would have dreamed for it!
The bit inside his Matrix is the same shape as the transformed Mini-Primes so anyone of them can fit in there. His new gun is of course an homage to his G1 weapon. And he has stickers instead of paint apps/tamographs.
Apparently, he's going to have to die all over again, passing the Matrix on to (fan's choice) Optimus Primal later in this line, so enjoy him while you can!
Check out his new gallery mirrored in this post, and forever archived for your viewing pleasure in the 2017 Transformers Section
Also optimal viewing on your cell phone through the app -
TFDb - Transformers Fan Database!
Special thanks to unicron.com news correspondent Jasn0_X for the beautiful photos and news coverage!
Judd Nelson to Reprise his Role as Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime (!) - First Since 1986 TFTM in New Titans Return Series
The Combiner Wars webisode sequel, we are happy to see some indication of a larger budget and bette, more cohesive written story. Similarly comprised of ten, 11-minute episodes it is scheduled to debut on Verizon's go90 app. It will also include Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime and allspark'a own Transformers super-fan Frank Todaro reprising his role as Starscream.
"The show also features Will Wheaton as Perceptor; Dorn as Fortress Maximus; North as Metroplex; and Frank as Emissary.
Those new cast members join returning talent from “Combiner Wars,” including Abby Trott (voice of Windblade), Jason Marnocha (Megatron), Frank Todaro (Starscream), Lana McKissack (Mistress of Flame), and DashieGames (Menasor).
In addition, Machinima and Hasbro have added other YouTube influencers to the cast, in a bid to lure the digital stars’ fans to “Titans Return,” including MatPat, creator of the YouTube channels Game Theorist, Film Theorist, GT Live and MatPat’s Game Lab; Rob Dyke, a YouTube influencer best known for “Seriously Strange”; and Tay Zonday, best known for his viral “Chocolate Rain” video."
Stay tuned! We suspect there will be more to learn about the series this weekend at SDCC.
Power of the Primes Debut & Other Transformers Reveals Coming Tomorrow (Thursday Morning) from San Diego Comic Con 2017!
Transformers Brand Preview begins at 8AM PST and Unicron.com will be there to provide videos, photos and coverage! A complete press release and schedule is provided in the comments section below. Transformers highlights:
The TRANSFORMERS panel, held 11:00am-12:00pm on Thursday, July 20th, will get the collectors excited as the team provides an exclusive glimpse of the latest and greatest toys that have yet to hit shelves from the TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES product line. Fans will also be able to go behind the scenes of the TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT film line, as well as the movie Masterpiece Collection. In addition, members of the TRANSFORMERS team will host a Q&A session to answer some of your burning questions.
Other exciting TRANSFORMERS brand booth activities include a poster giveaway for TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS, along with a glimpse at upcoming products across the TRANSFORMERS portfolio..."
In third party news, photos are showing up on Chinese social media, Weibo, highlight a shiny new version/deco for Planet X - "Vulcan" based on video game designs Grimlock and grey resin model prototype based on Fall of Cybertron Megatron. Always loved these designs!
Industrial Lights & Magic, the special effects studio who brought Transformers to life on the big screen, recently shared concept art they developed during the making of The Last Knight. It's pretty creative and beautiful works including: Quintessa, Drift, Bulldog (the WWI tank), Cybertron and other backgrounds and more... Images mirrored for your convenience.
Prize Inside! has updated their Shapeways store with a number of new TF-related items, including Titans Returns faceplates for G1 Slugslinger (toy version), Cliffjumper and Action Master Skyfall and a replacement head for Titans Return Roadburn based on G1 Chase's toy head:
The Last Knight Leader Class Movie Megatron is soon to be in stock at BigBadToyStore.com, as they're taking pre-orders now with expected delivery yet in July. This pre-order may likely be one of your earliest opportunities to get your hands on this awesome looking pinnacle figure of the "Premier Edition" movie toy line, and definitively the best movie Megatron figure ever made!
Who's ready for San Diego, Comic Con?! While we wait with eager anticipation for all that Hasbro may reveal , check out new in and photos of one of the exclusive's, side-by-side with the regular mass retail version. - sadly no photos of the cut up all your piece, just yet!
Hasbro wants to hear from you - the visitors of unicron.com, please cast your vote in each of these 3 categories in the the comments section below. Additional info provided by Hasbro PR! For a complete listing of 2017 Transformers, see our 2017 Section http://www2.unicron.com/2017-transformers.html ...
This is Part 2 of the Unicron.com report for the first ever Pete's Robot Convention. It is strongly recommended that you read Part 1 before proceeding. Also, if you are viewing this from Facebook, it is equally advised that you click to view this report in the Unicron.com forum thread in which the report has been posted.
After the convention ended, even more special reveals continued to be unveiled via online sources. These reveals include many unproduced concepts for past BotCon and Collectors' Club exclusives, as well as behind-the-scenes information that went into the crafting of these concepts and those that were seen and/or discussed at Pete's Robo Con. All of these have been mirrored below. ...
Well, folks, this is pretty late-coming, but well worth the wait.
On the last full weekend of the previous month, June 23-24, the first ever Pete's Robot Convention took place in Covington, Kentucky (near Cincinnati, Ohio), which served as a smaller-scaled, unofficial, spiritual successor to the long-running, formerly annual, official Transformers convention, BotCon. Hosted by Pete Sinclair and Jesse Wittenrich, this convention honored the many traditions of past BotCons, recapturing the original feel of the 1994-1996 BotCons with the commodities of the more recent BotCons hosted by Fun Publications.
Yours truly was in attendance of the event's festivities, and has now brought to you an onsite report of all that there was to behold at Pete's Robo Con. For those of you reading this from Facebook, it is strongly encouraged that you click to view this report more properly in the Unicron.com forum thread in which this report is posted. ...
Yesterday, the 55th episode of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force cartoon aired on Cartoon Network in the U.S. Titled "Disordered Personalities", the Bee Team continues their research efforts to figure out exactly how they were previously able to merge into their "Ultra Bee" combiner form, and how to control it. However, their most recent experiment accidentally results in the Autobots all switching bodies, and just as the Stunticons resurface to wreak havoc in a road race. Can the mixed up Autobots overcome their predicament and stop the Stunticons from becoming "ruler of the road"? To find out, let's rev up and roll out! ...