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Unused Pre-production Alternate Deco G1 Scorponok Found

Transformers News: Unused Pre-production Alternate Deco G1 Scorponok Found
Date: Tuesday, August 30th 2016 8:06am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): ROROC

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A curiosity for this Tuesday. In a long line of what could have beens and never was-isms, we have an alternate deco revealed for a figure from way back when - courtesy of Roll Out Roll Call, The Spacebridge and Transformers At The Moon - in the form of Scorponok! Rather than the regular 1987 Headmaster deco, which you can see in our galleries here, the prototype sports some fairly neon hues, with blue instead of purple, green instead of orange, and orange instead of more purple. Check it out below, and let us know what you think!

Thanks to our friends and guru's at The Spacebridge and Transformers At The Moon - www.transformertoys.co.uk we are proud to showcase a previously unknown preproduction alternate deco for Scorponok. This awesome alternate deco may have at one point been a consideration for the Italian market, via distribution through GiG under license from Takara directly in 1987. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to providing you with more awesome reveals in the future.


Transformers News: Unused Pre-production Alternate Deco G1 Scorponok Found

Transformers News: Unused Pre-production Alternate Deco G1 Scorponok Found

New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge

Transformers News: New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge
Date: Friday, August 26th 2016 12:13pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Alfes2010

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As fellow Seibertronian Cyberpath notifies us, Japanese toy blogger Alfes2010 has clearly a lot of spare time and spare toys of recent, and they're delving into the upcoming Takara Tomy Transformers Legends releases: LG 24 Shockwave (and Titan Master Cancer), LG 25 Blurr, LG 26 Scourge. Check them out, as some fairly amusing poses make it into the mix too (is Blurr's Headmaster doing what it looks like it's doing..?)

Transformers News: New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge

Transformers News: New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge

Transformers News: New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge

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Transformers News: New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge

Transformers News: New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge

Transformers News: New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge

Transformers News: New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge

Transformers News: New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge

Transformers News: New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge

Transformers News: New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge

Transformers News: New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge

Transformers News: New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge

Transformers News: New Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Shockwave, Blurr, Scourge

AJ's Toy Chest - 08 / 25 Newsletter Hasbro Titans Return Deluxe and Legends Wave 02 Pre-Orders OPEN!!! Combiner Wars G2 Bruticus and Computron NOW INSTOCK!!!

Transformers News: AJ's Toy Chest - 08 / 25 Newsletter Hasbro Titans Return Deluxe and Legends Wave 02 Pre-Orders OPEN!!! Combiner Wars G2 Bruticus and Computron NOW INSTOCK!!!
Date: Thursday, August 25th 2016 10:41pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
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Comicave Studios Transformers Collectable Figures Age of Extinction Optimus Prime New Images, Video

Transformers News: Comicave Studios Transformers Collectable Figures Age of Extinction Optimus Prime New Images, Video
Date: Monday, August 22nd 2016 8:31pm CDT
Category: Collectables
Posted by: D-Maximus_Primal | Credit(s): Comicave Studios

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Comicave Studios has updated us with more images of their upcoming Die-cast statue of Age of Extinction Optimus Prime! Optimus is a beautiful rendition of the character after his redesign in Age of Extinction and includes many accessories and points of articulation. Check out the images and full description below, along with a bonus video!

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Omni Class 1/22 Scale Age of Extinction Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime is getting ready to roll out in end August, and begins to ship estimated in September.

We are in the midst of finalizing Prime’s packaging, and you should expect similar structural design to our iconic Omni Class series — Tri-fold packaging box.

The 1/22 Scale Optimus Prime is a 50% die-cast metal, fully articulated figurine with interchangeable accessories, and LED light features in the eyes. At over 15 inches in height, the figure itself weighs close to 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg). Extendable joints at key points of the figure enable extensive posability and playability.

Featured in Transformers: Age of Extinction, Optimus Prime is from the planet Cybertron, and is the leader of the Autobots in the film.

FEATURES
•50% die-cast metal
•Over 60 points of articulation
•LED lighted eyes and interchangeable masks

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
•Approx. figure height: 15.3 in / 38.8 cm
•Approx. figure weight: 3.5 lb / 1.6 kg
•Articulated flaps on armor
•Die-cast metal legs, and arms
•Ball-jointed shoulders, and shoulder pads
•Double-jointed neck, elbows, knees, body, bendable at upper and lower torso
•Ball-jointed wrist and groin, ankles with bendable boot front
•Extendable joints at chest, thighs, and ankles

PRODUCT INCLUDES
•1 die-cast metal Optimus Prime figure
•1 die-cast metal shield
•1 sword
•1 set of battle and face masks
•1 pair of fists (on figure)
•1 pair of sword wielding hands
•1 pair of articulated hands

AJ's Toy Chest - 08 / 20 Newsletter Combiner Wars Computron Giftset and Kabaya Fortress Maximus NOW INSTOCK!!! Legends, Masterpiece, and Titan's Return pre-orders updated

Transformers News: AJ's Toy Chest - 08 / 20 Newsletter Combiner Wars Computron Giftset and Kabaya Fortress Maximus NOW INSTOCK!!! Legends, Masterpiece, and Titan's Return pre-orders updated
Date: Saturday, August 20th 2016 12:49am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
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Pictorial Review Titans Return Voyager Class Alpha Trion

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Titans Return Voyager Class Alpha Trion
Date: Thursday, August 18th 2016 10:20am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Hellscream9999 | Credit(s): Nathan Blakeley

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Fellow Seibertronians, hot on the heels of his sighting yesterday, fellow Tranformers fan from Australia Nathan has kindly done a pictorial review of the voyager class Alpha Trion for your viewing pleasure. Read on to see what he had to say about the highly anticipated upcoming triple-changer, and check out the accompanying pictures, and be sure to let us know what you think of the figure in the comments below.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Titans Return Voyager Class Alpha Trion

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Titans Return Voyager Class Alpha Trion

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Titans Return Voyager Class Alpha Trion

Alpha Trion is awesome, He looks like a viking berserker was raised as a samurai or maybe the other way round, either way he doesn't give off an especially "Alpha Trion" vibe. Its not necessarily a bad thing, he does still feel very wise and learned but now there's no doubt he can kick some ass.

He has quite a boxy torso which limits posing a little bit, but I feel like you can get him into all the positions and poses you would want a character like this to throw out.


Transformers News: Pictorial Review Titans Return Voyager Class Alpha Trion

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Titans Return Voyager Class Alpha Trion

I thought these figures made good comparison toys not just for their alt mode similarities but also the similarities in design elements of the robot modes, which I'm sure I'm not the only person to have thought so.


Transformers News: Pictorial Review Titans Return Voyager Class Alpha Trion

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Titans Return Voyager Class Alpha Trion

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Titans Return Voyager Class Alpha Trion

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Titans Return Voyager Class Alpha Trion

Both alt modes have obvious elements of the other in their design, but that's kinda just the nature of the beast. As far as beast modes go, it's not bad, he can throw some fairly regal shapes if you need him to.


Transformers News: Pictorial Review Titans Return Voyager Class Alpha Trion

Transformers News: Pictorial Review Titans Return Voyager Class Alpha Trion

His spaceship mode seems very tame by comparison, but I like that aspect to it, it's almost like he has a Jekyll and Hyde motif to it, I hope this version is one we get to see in the comic's, as I would love an explanation for these alt modes. The other thought I'm left with is how are they going to reuse this mold?

Of the three voyagers in this line I own (Galvatron, Astrotrain and Alpha Trion) he is quickly becoming my favorite due to the uniqueness of his design, my eye is continually drawn to him because he's so weird. I'm looking forward to displaying him on metroplex's shoulder.


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Transformers: Robots in Disguise Power Surge Starscream, Deluxe Optimus, Paralon, Starscream, Stasis Pod 2-Pack at US Retail

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Power Surge Starscream, Deluxe Optimus, Paralon, Starscream, Stasis Pod 2-Pack at US Retail
Date: Wednesday, August 17th 2016 1:10pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sightings
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): ScottyP, Multicron, Seibertron

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We have a couple of new sightings sent our way from across the States, for the Transformers: Robots in Disguise line! First up from a Toys'R'Us in Cary, North Carolina, via ScottyP, we get the new Power Surge 10-step Starscream figure, complete with his Mini-Con Lancelon ($29.99). And via Multicron in Fairfax, Virgina, we have confirmation of the TRU exclusive Deluxes, including Optimus Prime, Starscream, and Paralon, plus the Bumblebee and Steeljaw 2-pack with Stasis Pod!

UPDATE: Site owner Seibertron has also come across the full load in Schaumburg, Illinois. Photo proof below! The figures are out there, Seibertronians. Go hunt.

Remember, if you have any sightings to notify us with, please email us via the contact form, or flag it up in the Sightings database and regional boards! Happy hunting.

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Transformers News: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Power Surge Starscream, Deluxe Optimus, Paralon, Starscream at US

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Power Surge Starscream, Deluxe Optimus, Paralon, Starscream at US

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Hasbro To Attend Brand Licensing Europe Expo 2016

Transformers News: Hasbro To Attend Brand Licensing Europe Expo 2016
Date: Saturday, August 13th 2016 1:37pm CDT
Categories: Event News, Company News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): BLE 2016

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With the new Hasbro UK and Ireland appointment, as we reported a while back, it looks as though at least the brand Licensing & Publishing departments will attend the 2016 Brand Licensing Europe expo in London, if not the UK Toy Fair. The news comes from the event's site, here, which lists the following under Hasbro's exhibitor page:

About Hasbro Brand Licensing & Publishing
Hasbro is committed to leveraging its beloved brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAY-DOH, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and our newest franchise HANAZUKI to Create the World’s Best Play Experiences. At Brand License Europe 2016, Hasbro will continue to bring our stories to life across multiple mediums including entertainment, publishing and branded experiences. Hasbro will also showcase a successful range of High End Fashion from industry taste-makers, as well as a broad range of consumer products including Toys & Games, Back to School and Apparel & Accessories at this year’s show.
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Dare To Be Great: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Transformers: The Movie

Transformers News: Dare To Be Great: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Transformers: The Movie
Date: Sunday, August 7th 2016 9:28pm CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Digital Media News
Posted by: ScottyP

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Dare To Be Great
The Transformers: The Movie Turns 30 - A Tribute
Author: Scotty P | Editor: Counterpunch
Additional Written Contributions from: Burn, Bronzewolf
Special Thanks To: Shout! Factory, Seibertron

Transformers News: Dare To Be Great: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Transformers: The Movie


With today marking 30 years since the release of The Transformers: The Movie, the fine folks at Shout! Factory (from whom you may Preorder the upcoming Blu-Ray release of the movie by clicking here) posed a question: how did this movie capture a special place in the hearts of millions and kids of the 80s? We'll explore the answer to this by carefully looking at the characters, themes, and imagery of the movie with a bit of input from the Seibertron staff along the way.

Transformers News: Dare To Be Great: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Transformers: The Movie

Transformers has always been about its characters, not merely robotic automations as seen in other media, but rather fully fleshed out individuals with distinct personalities and stories. The Transformers: The Movie continued this tradition and made new room in the hearts of fans for the characters it introduces even as it takes away some beloved favorites.

Transformers News: Dare To Be Great: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Transformers: The Movie

This movie introduces around a dozen more icons to an already robust mythos. Hot Rod, Galvatron, Cyclonus, Springer, Kup, Scourge, and even characters that didn't get toys at the time like Arcee, Unicron, and the Quintessons all brought something new to the table. A cavalier Autobot? Not a brand new idea, but never had children seen that element within an Autobot destined for leadership. A sleek futuristic car mode tricked out with flames and attitude to spare and you've got a character designed to capture the imagination of a young audience. For those looking for the stately authority figure, another Autobot introduced by the movie, Ultra Magnus, was around to pick up the slack. Forum Administrator Burn offers his personal story about how Ultra Magnus made him a Transformers fan for life:

Burn wrote:The year was 1986, and The Transformers: The Movie was released on Boxing Day here in Australia. I was 10 years old. I remember going during the day to see it as this could very well have been the very first movie I got to see on my own. It was at "The Airdome Theatre", one of those 'old style' movie theatres with canvas seats, thick red drapes, and even a balcony area. Very old school. (This theatre would be demolished a few years later and the town has been left without a full sized theatre since.)

So there I was, 10 years old, on summer break. I went into the theatre as a burgeoning fan of The Transformers, and I came out an even bigger fan. Oh sure there was that traumatizing moment when Optimus died. But then, there was Ultra Magnus. "ULTRA MAGNUS IS AWESOME!" is all I could think right then. I left that theatre on a high and walked around the corner and up the street a bit to a newsagent, going straight to the comics section and that's where I found it: Marvel UK Transformers #74.

That began my collecting of the Marvel UK comics, which also had a tremendous influence on my life. So on the same day so many years ago, not only had I walked out of the theatre after witnessing what I considered to be the greatest movie ever, but I also became a comic book fan.

Just a few weeks ago, my girlfriend, who is a major Studio Ghibli fan sat me down to begin what my introduction to Studio Ghibli movies, "My Neighbour Totoro". It was one of the first Studio Ghibli movies she saw as a child and wanted to share that with me. So we watched it, and I decided that it would only be fair that I show her The Transformers. She'd never seen it before. She sat there watching, listening some of the greatest lines in cinema history ("Why throw away your life so recklessly?", "One shall stand, one shall fall", "Their defenses are broken, let the slaughter begin", "Megatron must be stopped, no matter the cost"), and it was just wonderful to be able to share something special in return.

To say this movie that is 30 years old had an influence on me would be an understatement. It turned me into a fan of comic books, it made me (and most of you may not even know this), a Ultra Magnus Fanboy and a hater of Hot Rod. As an adult I can watch it and see all the flaws. But I don't care, this movie, like collecting Transformers toys, reminds me of a simpler time in my life where I didn't have to worry about bills and other annoying adult things.

Happy anniversary to The Transformers: The Movie!



While the impact of new characters from the movie would mark a lasting shift in the franchise, it was perhaps the ones who were taken away that left the biggest mark on the fandom. In most cartoons of the time, if older, established characters needed to step aside to give some screen time to new ones, plot devices would be used more often than not to harmlessly have them go off on another adventure, or disappear ambiguously to set the stage for some future return. Not in Transformers: The Movie. Within the first ten minutes of the movie, the body count begins to add up. Most famously, Optimus Prime falls in battle with Megatron, an emotional moment that was a sad, but somewhat protracted goodbye to the hero that kids had idolized since the series' inception.

There are dozens of accounts and articles about Optimus Prime, but less about other significant characters such as Ironhide, Prowl, Ratchet, Brawn, Wheeljack, and more. Why would the deaths of these characters also lead to emotional moments that made this movie stick in the consciousness of countless fans for years? It was hard to know as a child, but reflecting back, as this was a story about war, even these important characters were killed off in darkly appropriate, anti-climactic, quick, and not really even mentioned again ways. The desperation in Peter Cullen's Ironhide, crying "No!" when he hears of the plan to destroy Autobot City, is then cut off by one of Frank Welker's most ruthlessly delivered lines as Megatron - "Such heroic nonsense." Ironhide then takes a point blank shot to the head from a fusion cannon and is never heard from again. It's quick, it's brutal, then it's over. It's war.

Transformers News: Dare To Be Great: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Transformers: The Movie

While Transformers had always been a story about a war, it was more or less toy soldiers off to battle, and whatever the result, they would come back next week for you to pull out of your toy box while their adventures continued again on screen. With Transformers: The Movie, some of kids' favorite heroes became disposable, and their endings signified just that. This battle between Autobot and Decepticon was now more real than it had ever been, and the quick establishment of this new paradigm gripped those that weren't crushed, as now, truly, anything could happen.

There was another foreboding presence casting a shadow over the film’s events in the form of a giant planet that devours other worlds: Unicron. This now legendary villain is introduced in a beautifully animated opening sequence, with a slow panning shot revealing the colossal scale of what Vince DiCola's score immediately tells you is a villain to fear. A quick look at the surface on an unknown alien planet, later found out to be Lithone, shows beings very similar in appearance to Transformers on what looks like a peaceful world. Just as your new robot friends go to do some science, they are (mostly) eaten. Yes, eaten alive by the new terror that's been put in front of the audience and there is no room for doubt that the danger to our transforming friends is very real.

Transformers News: Dare To Be Great: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Transformers: The Movie

Many children could watch the Battle of Autobot City and think in the back of their minds "what happens if that big planet shows up again?” The futility of the conflict finally comes to the forefront when a depleted Autobot crew trying to rebuild receives a transmission from Jazz and Cliffjumper that their moonbase is about to be eaten, but then receive a similar message from Daniel's dad, who was the kid avatar Spike in the earlier TV episodes. Now, suddenly, even the characters intended to represent the captive audience in front of the television was in mortal peril. Before they can act, a rebuilt Megatron, now Galvatron, shows up and chases them away. All of that establishing material, which took away many childhood heroes, was now, ultimately, for naught. The recently defeated Megatron not only immediately returned, he did so rebuilt and strengthened by a galaxy-spanning threat the like of which the Transformers had never seen.

The lessons about the nature of conflict and its brutal consequences are ones that have resonated with the generation that grew up on the movie through the theatres or the various VHS releases. Those consequences are real for the Transformers just as they are in a real war, without the sugar coatings that accompany some of the other TV cartoon movie adaptations of the same era.

Yet among the heavier messages, there's still a childlike wonder to the film that's kept us captivated enough to go back and be able to find those all these years later. The imagery alone, such as a shuttle taking off from a massive Moonbase, Daniel seeing those first glimpses of Autobot City over the horizon, an entire city transforming, Optimus Prime catapulting through the air to stop the Decepticons in his final battle, an underwater minefield of aquatic robot threats on a planet that looks like a corkscrew, and even a planet made of nothing but actual trash painted a picture of a much larger world. The tagline of the cartoon had always been that the Transformers were "More Than Meets The Eye". It certainly delivered on this promise, but The Transformers: The Movie took it to another level.

Transformers News: Dare To Be Great: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Transformers: The Movie

This wonder also facilitated a necessary escape into a friendly place for many fans, even those born much later than the Transformers franchise itself. Site News Staff member Brozewolf shares a story about why this movie means so much on a personal level:

Bronzewolf wrote:"I'm not an 80's kid, far from it actually, so I didn't grow up with the original cartoon or the original toys, but Transformers is still a big part of my life. I first watched Transformers: The Movie with my brother. We were "Vacationing" to Kansas City at the time due to some issues in our family. It was stressful for all of us, especially my brother and I. We had heard of Transformers before. We had seen a bit of G1, a bit of Prime, we had a few toys, but when that movie came on TV, we both knew we were hooked. It gave us the ability to forget about what was troubling us for a moment and get sucked into a world of action, adventure, cool cars, and awesome robots. It was a world we knew we'd never leave, and years later, we still haven't."


Ultimately, fans keep coming back to watch this movie again and again and buy it repeatedly on different formats because it's not only amazingly animated, composed, and acted, it's also a story about growing up. People change, like Spike, now a father to his son Daniel. We make well intentioned mistakes, like Hot Rod accidentally helping Megatron to deliver the fatal shots to Optimus Prime. Our moments of triumph are sometimes short lived, like Starscream's incredibly short leadership of the Decepticons. But if we take the lyrics of Stan Bush and stay sure to be at our "best when the going gets rough", we can rise above the darkest hours of our lives and become people that can make a difference, at least for a moment.

Transformers News: Dare To Be Great: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Transformers: The Movie

Arise again, The Transformers: The Movie. Thanks for traveling with us on this journey through life, and hopefully we'll be here to celebrate many more birthdays to come.

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