Mr. Herb Weiss is the Economic and Cultural Affairs officer for the city of Pawtucket Rhode Island, the home of Hasbro's headquarters, and he stopped by to let us know of a rather unique experience. Hasbro will be part of the annual Pawtucket Arts Festival. Their exhibition is titled: "From Sketches to Product Development of a Transformer Figure"
The exhibit will show several steps from design drawings all the way up to the finished product, to give people a little insight into how some of our favorite characters are immortalized in plastic. The figure in question is Stomp And Chomp Grimlock!
The annual Pawtucket Arts Festival will be displaying Hasbro's exhibit on Sunday, September 7th, from 2 to 5 PM, with a speaking program scheduled at 3 PM. The Art Festival is open to the public and everyone is invited to enjoy this once in a lifetime chance to see behind the curtain and see how the wizards at Hasbro bring us our own little Oz.
_____________________________________________ 2. Now Available For Preorder - GCreation Shuraking SRK-01!
Enter Shuraking - one of the largest combiners ever created! This figure is 10.3" long and stands an impressive 8.6" tall in robot mode! SRK-01 is approximately Voyager size and scale. When all five dinos combine together Shuraking will tower over all opponents! Preorder yours from TFsource:
_____________________________________________ 6. TFsource New Recruits!
We've received some new recruits into the warehouse! Now's your chance to pick up some vintage G1, Japanese Transformers Prime, and more! Don't forget to check out the site for restocked figures as well, and be sure to sign up for the Personal Assistant on any currently out-of-stock item; so that you don't miss out! Check out all of the new recruits here:
_____________________________________________ 7. Now Instock at TFsource: The Loyal Subjects Series 2!
Now Instock at TFsource: The Loyal Subjects Series 2! This Series features many more popular G1-inspired characters, including the chase Skywarp & Talking Optimus Prime! Order yours today, while supplies last:
Now instock TFC Star Cats sets! Dinosaur team and rescue team! These arrived in the warehouse yesterday, preorders are processing and shipping out, if you haven't ordered yet they're still available here: http://tfsource.com/star-cats/
Now available for Preorder - Transformers Generations Leader Class Jetfire! Includes swappable faceplate, removalable guns & engines; so that you can choose your favorite incarnation of this character! Preorder yours at TFsource here:
_____________________________________________ 12. 3rd Party Customs Update!
Now Up for Preorder - Professor Heisenberg Royal Arsenal Add On Weapons! Professor Heisenberg, new to the third party world, conjures up his second offering, another add-on kit to go with Feral Rex. This set includes G1-inspired weaponry designed to increase the fire power of Feral Rex! Preorder yours today at TFsource:
New 3rd party figures by Badcube! Old Time Series - OTS-02 Brawny and OTS-03 Backland - Set of 2 Figures. These figures are MP scaled (check out the photos on the site) and each features die-cast parts, ratchet joints, thick and durable plastic, rubber coating on the tires and more! We've just received some great new photos of Badcubes Brawny & Backland, check out these MP scale and size comparison of these guys! Additionally we now can sell these individually as well as in a set,so preorders are up for both singles and sets! Preorder yours at TFsource here:
New review up! TFSource sponsored reviewer Peaugh breaks down MECH iDEAS Gauntlet and Piston - check out the review here: http://tfsource.com/mech-ideas/gauntlet/. Simply scroll down the page and click play to watch his review right on TFSource!
Now back instock - Before & After Six Sigma - Red Arm version! Instock at TFsource here:
Now Instock - S.H. Figuarts Naruto! In addition to Naruto, we have S.H. Figuarts figures from many other popular series; such as: Dragonball Z, Super Mario Bros., Sailor Moon, Megaman, Kamen Rider, Persona, Power Rangers, and more! You can order yours today, at the ToySource:
New Bandai Tamashii Nations Luigi & Playset Preorders UP! Includes everyone's favorite green plumber and an all new diorama with piranha plant plus the legendary red turtle shell - preorder yours today!
NEW SOURCE REVIEW! Check out TFSource Sponsored Reviewer' Peaugh's review of Dai Stack here on TFSource: http://tfsource.com/kfc/dai-stack/ Simply scroll down the page and hit play to watch. Instock soon!
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Coinciding with the release of Transformers: Lost Age in Japan this week, the Japan Times has posted a fairly lengthy article with interviews with the main cast and crew. Featuring comments by director Michael Bay, leading cast members Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, and Nicola Peltz, the article, posted here, looks at various aspects of the movie, its production and different people's take on it - check out some sections below!
His latest, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” promises more of the action and explosions Bay is known for, but the director reportedly almost didn’t take the job this time around. He’s not saying why, but he admits he was “prevailed upon. Expertly.” Coming back on board for a fourth time, he decided to make a few changes to the franchise. In particular, he didn’t want the robots to look too much like toys.
“I understand the need to draw an audience of kids and the global considerations, but I wanted to be involved with something that had a longer-lasting, even cerebral appeal. And I don’t want to be tied — artistically or in people’s minds — to ‘Transformers’ after ‘Transformers,’ ” he says, perhaps alluding to the series’ planned fifth installment.
While the Japanese roots of “Transformers” may be apparent in the design of the robotic heroes and villains of the film, the “global considerations” Bay refers to come mainly from the newly important Chinese market.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” was partly financed by Chinese backers, has Chinese product placement and co-stars Li Bingbing as the owner of a factory manufacturing Transformers for a U.S. outfit named KSI. Bay says that cooperation between China and the United States for future filmmaking ventures will be important. The tendency of Hollywood to cast the citizens of foreign nations in villainous roles might be coming to an end if that’s the case, I suggest, to which Bay replies, “I don’t think the Chinese see themselves as villains. They do want to be admired.”
Grammer, who played the titular role in the popular U.S. sitcom “Frasier” (1993-2004) takes on the role of Harold Attinger, the paranoid head of an elite CIA unit.
“His name’s Harold — isn’t that a perfect, anal-retentive, paranoiac name?” Grammer says with a grin. “Then you have Cade, pretty much an average Joe, and his daughter Tessa (Peltz) — these wonderful names! Stanley Tucci is this arrogant technocrat (head of KSI) who wants to make and control his own Transformers, and his name is Joshua Joyce. It’s a bit comic-bookey, but it really works on screen.”
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” has succeeded in drawing in a large audience despite replacing its cast, and Grammar believes this is because the film brings back the real draw — familiar robotic characters.
The people over at Nikko RC have been in touch with some interesting news about their upcoming radio-controlled Transformers: Age of Extinction products, first seen at Toy Fair UK. They've been teasing the reveals on their Facebook page, but we now have an exclusive Seibertron.com look at: two transformable vehicles (with the push of a button) in Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, two 'Street Cars' Bumblebee (2014 Camaro) and Lockdown (Lamborghini Aventador), and a yet unnamed helicopter. Check them out below, and stay tuned for more news as we receive updates!
This set was mentioned in a press release during Toy Fair back in February. Here's the product information from that release:
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION CONSTRUCT-BOTS DINOFIRE GRIMLOCK
(Ages: 7 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: August 2014)
Construct, change and customize the ultimate DINOBOT warrior with this huge, 10-inch tall electronic version of the breakout character from the new film TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION! Kids can build GRIMLOCK and convert him from robot to dino-mode and back without taking him apart. Plus, GRIMLOCK unleashes his fire breath in dino-mode with electronic light-up jaws and 3 rapid fire projectiles! Armor up for battle with two additional rapid-fire cannons and an epic battle sword. All of the parts for TRANSFORMERS CONSTRUCT-BOTS DINOFIRE GRIMLOCK can be interchanged with parts from any other TRANSFORMERS CONSTRUCT-BOTS action figure, so kids can create the ultimate DINOBOT action figure! Also comes with a DINOBOT RIDERS-scale OPTIMUS PRIME figure that can ride GRIMLOCK in dino-mode, and which also features customizable parts that work across all TRANSFORMERS CONSTRUCT-BOTS sets!
We've mirrored the images below:
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We have our first Transformers: Age of Extinction TV toys commercial! As expected, the focus is on the simpler figures for now, showing off the play value of One-Step Optimus Prime and Flip and Change Grimlock in a live-action setting (which looks like an archaeological excavation site) mixed with CGI characters (mainly the two robots). Not as expected, this particular clip is in Polish, and hails from the MegaDyskont store channel - but still fairly understandable to non-Polish speakers, really. Check it out below!
Hasbro Australia has updated their online product catalog with a couple of new official images of the Leader Class Transformers: Age of Extinction Grimlock figure. What's interesting about these images is they differ from the official images that we given earlier this year at Toy Fair. As you can see in the new images mirrored below Grimlock now has chrome on his chest, legs, and dino head. We've included the original official images below for comparison. Check 'em out below:
Just a reminder to help you on May 17th, when the toyline is officially released. (And when some stores break that release date.) Back on January 9th, we posted an article which contained Target's DPCI numbers for the upcoming Transformers Age Of Extinction toy line.
This list also confirms the higher price points we had heard about earlier this year at Toy Fair back in February. However, some items seem to be priced lower than expected, such as some of the smaller Constructbots offerings.
As a courtesy, we are reposting this information now that the release of these toys is getting closer. The street date for the Age of Extinction toy line is May 17th, but several stores have already put the Age of Extinction toys on shelves in limited locations.
We have seen a lot of this information before, especially directly from the Seibertron.com reporting from Toy Fair 2014 in New York - but now fans in Brazil, thanks to fellow fansite Transformers Dioramas also get their share of the dino/robot cake! Check out below some of the images from the ABRIN/2014 event, featuring most of wave 1 (Deluxe, voyager and Leader class) of the Transformers: Age of Extinction figures and some pretty neat display art - and head here and here for more.
We've reported on the various versions of newly redesigned Optimus Prime, from First Editions to Leader Class, but the one everyone seemed to really take notice of was the Voyager Optimus with the shotgun that looked like Megatron's from DOTM and what seemed to be a flat nose alt mode. Turns out he's what everyone thought he was at Toy Fair and thanks to official images, we've seen more detail and the overall design, but we haven't seen the one aspect everyone has wanted to see, and that's the transformation. Well, that is, until now.
Thanks to YouTube reviewer Darryl Laughy we get a look at the actual Transformers: Age of Extinction Voyager Evasion Mode Optimus Prime figure!
You can see the figure, the transformation and hear Mr. Laughy's thoughts by checking out the video review embedded below.
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