Hasbro Toy Shop has updated their listings and made available Combiner Wars wave 2 for preorder. Currently, some of the figures have already pre-sold out, such as G1 Leader Class Megatron and Legends Class Blackjack, but most of wave 2 is still available at this time.
The Legends Class, Voyager Class Menasor and Leader Class Armada Megatron (as well as the G1) ship within 5-7 business days, while the limbs/Deluxes will begin shipping on March 27th. (It should be noted that that is an estimate and HTS has been known to ship items sooner than the expected date. It's not guaranteed we'll see them sooner, but there's at least a chance.)
Now up for Preorder - APS-01U Asia Premium Series - Optimus Prime - Ultimate Edition!Update! APS-01U Will include a mini die-cast Allspark Cube & Metal Card w/ Serial #. These bonus items will be included for free when you preorder at TFSource here:
Also instock - Ultimetal Optimus Prime! For all that preordered we'll be reaching out regarding the balance of payment, all preorders are spoken for but if you are interested in this piece sign up for product assistant and we'll notify you if more become available!
KFC Clearance Sale! We're having a clearance sale on several KFC figures, including KFC - EAVI METAL Phase Three: A - Citizen Stack, KFC - EAVI METAL Phase Three: B - Dai Stack, KFC - CT-02 Tempest , KFC - Mugan Scope and more! Check out all of the sale items here:
Now up for preorder - Play Arts Kai Variant - Wild West Timeless Batman! Two icons that represent America come together in this VARIANT series when wild west meets DC Comics! Standing 10.6" tall preorder this figure at theToySource here:
Now up for preorder - Star Wars Black 6" 2015 - Wave 1! Set Includes: EP4 Han Solo Stormtrooper, EP6 Emporer Palpatine, EP4 Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper, EP2 Clone Captain Preorder yours at theToySource here:
New Kotobukiya Preorders! We've listed preorders for new Kotobukiya items like Age of Ultron the Hulk and Hulkbuster Iron Man, Cardfight - Vanguard Omniscience Regalia Minerva, Kancolle Fubuki and Amagi Brilliant Park Isuzu Sento Ani Statues! Check out all of the new preorders at theToySource here:
New Bandai Tamashii Preorders Up! We have a bunch of new preorders from Bandai Tamashii including Metal Build - Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu Mina, TAMASHII BUDDIES - Sailor Mars, Figuarts Zero - FROZEN - Anna and Elsa, Armor Girls Project - Kancolle Musashi Kai, and many more! Check out all of the preorder goodness here:
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Thanks to fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999, we've been able to determine what IDW Publishing Transformers comics will be packed in with Wave 2 onwards (and retroactively the first wave) of the deluxes in the Combiner Wars toy line! In a strange twist, rather than including comics from the actual Combiner Wars storyline, they feature issues from the pre-Dark Cybertron era - so far, at least. Check out below the synopses and confusing numbering from Offroad, Air Raid and Dead End, showing the very beginning of gestalt technology in Phase 2 of the IDW universe: Megatron's return, the control of Prowl, and the start of Prowlestator!
It has been a very long while since we last heard of the IDW mini-comic 'fun packs', but it seems they've now moved from local comic shops to bigger stores - such as the Target in San Jose, CA, where Seibertron.com member cdavid3 has found them for $2.99 each, featuring Optimus Prime, Drift, Grimlock, and Bumblebee! Still interested in these? Head out for your weekend hunt and grab a couple.
Bob Budiansky who worked on the Marvel Transformers comic will be attending East Coast Comicon at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ on April 11 and 12. You can see all the guest information here.
East Coast Comicon wrote:During a 20-year career in the comic book industry, mostly at Marvel Comics, Bob Budiansky worked as an editor, illustrator, and writer. Although he edited titles like Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, was the regular penciler on Ghost Rider for more than a year, and even created and wrote his own series, Sleepwalker, Bob is perhaps best known for the work he did on The Transformers.
Bob was the editor on the very first Transfomers mini-series in 1984. He followed up that hugely successful four-issue intro by scripting most of the next 50-plus issues of the monthly Transformers comic book. He also named, created character profiles of, and wrote Hasbro packaging copy for approximately 250 Transformers during the first six years of the brand’s existence, and developed story treatments as Hasbro introduced new lines of Transformers. And occasionally he even penciled a Transformers comic book cover or two.
The second piece of news from Rachel Stevens of Women Write About Comics has some of a crossover with the CBR article we posted earlier, but offers some interesting additions and further developments to that interview, as Mairghread Scott and John Barber answer even more questions about the upcoming Combiner Wars event with IDW Publishing and where the two series - Windblade and The Transformers - will be going from there. Read more here, and some selected quotes below!
If you were to pitch the story to a new reader that hasn’t had the fortune of reading prior IDW Transformers comics, what is Combiner Wars and why should you be reading the current Transformers stories?
Mairghread Scott: Combiner Wars is about a world on the verge of imperial takeover. Cybertron has recently discovered one of a series of long lost colony worlds (this is where Windblade comes from), and they’re reaching out to them once more. But with the rise of the combiners, Cybertron (and more accurately Starscream) has military power no one’s ever seen before. He could easily turn these colonies into conquered worlds, creating a vast empire even Megatron never imagined.
John Barber: If you’ve never read Transformers, you probably wouldn’t guess what the IDW Transformers books are like. I mean, there’s a lot of action, yeah—and Combiner Wars definitely has some serious fighting—but a lot more personal interactions and political machinations go on than somebody might expect. I think word of mouth has spread about what we’re doing in these books, and hopefully something like Combiner Wars will give new readers a good place to take a look at this universe.
What do you want to do after Combiner Wars? Windblade Returns has been confirmed to not just be a miniseries, but little more besides that has been stated.
MS: That’s by design. Actually, the comic is named Transformers: Windblade; “Windblade Returns” was just a title card put up to announce our comeback. And we haven’t said much about it because Combiner Wars is so linked in with Windblade’s story that saying too much could spoil this event. I will tell you one thing. There’s this old saying I keep thinking of as I write it: “God never gives you more than you can handle.” Windblade is a lot stronger than she was when we first introduced her, but that just means her problems have grown that much bigger with her. I want to believe that Windblade really can build a better future for Cybertron and Caminus. But, as a writer, it’s my job to push her as hard as possible and see if she actually does.
JB: The next set of issues of Transformers deals with the ramifications of what happens in Combiner Wars back on Earth, and the rest of our solar system. With the changes in CW, we’ll see Arcee taking on a new role, and get some good Cosmos stuff, finally. And see what happened to Kup when he was in the Dead Universe. Plus, somebody will return. I won’t say who.
A couple of news posts courtesy of Cybertronian correspondent Rachel Stevens over on Women Write About Comics, starting with a lengthy interview with current IDW Publishing writer for Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye. The hour-long audio deals mostly with general issues of the series, from its conception to ongoing issues, but there are some very interesting snippets throughout. You can listen to it in its entirety below!
James Roberts, writer and mastermind, talks robots, disguises, and the scope and humanity of IDW’s Cybertronian comics universe. Robot gender, robot psychology, and entry points for new readers — this sprawling conversation with WWAC staffer, Rachel Stevens, has it all.
Courtesy of entertainment website ComicBookResources.com, we have another interview with some of the creators behind the upcoming IDW Publishing Transformers: Combiner Wars event, crossing over current ongoing The Transformers and returning series Windblade. Read some snippets from the full piece - found here - below, in which John Barber and Mairghread Scott touch upon some of what is to come in terms of stories and themes, including some preview art for from Sarah Stone and Livio Ramondelli!
CBR News: This is the first big "Transformers" crossover since last year's "Dark Cybertron" epic. While we understand the basic gist of the crossover, what more can you tell us about "Combiner Wars?" Who, exactly is combining? Who is warring?
Mairghread Scott: "Combiner Wars" starts when Starscream (a rather evil guy and ruler of Cybertron) gains the ability to make a Combiner (a super-powerful giant) and seems poised to build a new Cybertronian empire.
Let that sink in.
Because when we talk about empire in "Transformers," we're not talking a few countries in Europe. We're speaking of whole planets who might be about to bow to the power of one man. Combiners are the ultimate weapons of Transformers, and Starscream can now make as many as he wants.
So you have two very different wars happening at the same time. Windblade and Optimus Prime are fighting a war for influence (Can they get people to see the danger Starscream poses?), while others take a much more literal war with every weapon they have.
John Barber: Meanwhile, on Earth, Prowl is sitting at the head of the up-to-now only really properly-functioning Combiner -- the other attempts have basically failed outright or driven the component people mad -- and he's not keen on Optimus Prime's leadership of the Autobots, or Starscream's ruling of Cybertron.
To put it in a real world setting: It's six issues (one "Opening Salvo" and five actual parts, just like most of the Combiners have) that starts in "Transformers" #39, goes to the new "Transformers: Windblade" #1, back to "Transformers" #40 and alternated until it's done. Mairghread and I are writing it, and the art is by the amazing Sarah Stone and Livio Ramondelli, alternating issues
Diversity is a big issue in comics -- and everywhere, really -- and something that I know is important to both of you, but how exactly do you promote diversity through stories about giant sexless, raceless robots?
Scott: The term "sexless" is debatable in my view. I want to be clear: There are Transformers who are inherently male and inherently female. That doesn't mean the same thing as it does in humans, but Transformers that call themselves "she" aren't doing it because they like the 'sh' sound. They are female, and we're going to meet a lot more of them.
The term "raceless" is also misleading. Transformers have a long history of racial tension against cassettes, animalistic transformers, headmasters, etc. They are just as noble as humans and we're pushing the envelope to make them at least as diverse as we are. So what can you expect in terms of Transformers in the future? More! More body types, more races, more LGBTQ, more religions and creeds and classes. More conflict about all of the above. Working with robots doesn't stop us from exploring diversity. It offers us the chance to push the boundaries of diversity in a lot of interesting, allegorical ways.
Barber: Yeah, what Mairghread said there. One of the things that non-"Transformers" fans might not realize is how wide-ranging and inclusive the "Transformers" fanbase is. I mean, it's self-evident if you're part of the "Transformers" world, but "Transformers" readers, "Transformers" fans encompass the entire spectrum of people. And it's important to have the characters in the comic be reflective of that.
It's sometimes a complex line to walk, between the out-and-out science-fiction-ness of the "Transformers" universe and its relationship with the real world, but it's important.
We previously reported on the Fan Built Autobot Combiner and that it originates from the Sea of Rust. Well, the Transformers: Battle Tactics mobile game has updated (as reported on here) and the final round of voting has begun.
This final selection of choices contains the following options:
Gender (The obvious options: Female, Male)
Name (New options you may not have heard of: Quakebreak, Slammoth, Victorion)
Nemesis (You get to pick the villainous scum! Devastator, Galvatronus, Menasor)
Personality (Speaks for itself: Independent, Loyal, Leader)
Do you want your voice heard? Of course you do! You can participate in the voting by downloading and installing the game by clicking on either of the links below.
The Transformers: Battle Tactics app has updated, as well as provided us our first glimpse of what the upcoming Galvatronus combiner will look like once Voyager Class Cyclonus is released. (Cyclonus's torso mode features the head to Galvatronus.)
We've mirrored the image below and if you'd like to participate in the game itself, you can download it from the following sources: