A quick rundown of what is new to see will be presented first, along with the Q&A, and then you will get the deluge of photos.
Here is the back of Scourge's box
New RID products (I think they are remote control cars)
The back of the minicon weapons packaging which shows compatibility with all classes
Also, the playability of the power surge toys
Here is the Q&A, which is specific to the Australian market.
Q - What upcoming store exclusives for Australia that are allowed to be made public?
A -Note, Retailer details are subject to changes from now until they are released.
Platinum Edition Planet of Junk Clash (Wreck-Gar, Autobot Hot Rod, Scrapheap) - NO
Platinum Edition One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall (Optimus Prime, Megatron) - Myer
Platinum Edition Armada of Cyclonus (Cyclonus, Scourge, Sweep) - NO
Platinum Edition RID Bumblebee & Grimlock - NO
Chinese New Year - Year of the Goat Optimus Primal - NO
Superion (Gen2 deco) boxset - ToysRUs & Target
Menasor (Gen2 deco) boxset - ToysRUs & Target
Bruticus (Gen2 deco) boxset - Target (only)
Victorion boxset - BigW, ToysRUs & BigW
Japanese Masterpiece imports - on hold for a while. Tracks should be the last one for a while.
Q – Any more Hasbro Masterpiece toys this year?
A - There is one coming, but it hasn't been officially revealed yet.
Q - Any chance of getting more of the HK bonus coins and their other freebie items here?
A - Possibly, as the Ultra Magnus coins did well.
Q - RID Happy Meal toys coming here?
A - Should be Early 2017.
Q - Any planned Transformers exhibitions or promotional displays planned for here that you know of (like at Conventions)?
A - Some things are being planned for this year, but nothing has been locked in yet, so nothing can be announced until it is.
Q - Any chance for the Cyber Commander Toys & Cyber Battalion toys here?
A - No
The perks of returning to a country where Easter is fairly big on its chocolate eggs include coming across some Transformers: Robots in Disguise themed products too! Spotted by yours truly in the Florence area, Italy, the Kinder GranSorpresa Maxi for 2016 include two possible variations of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Grimlock and Sideswipe - vehicle (plus dino) and robot - but no transformation, only minor articulation, and a few stickers. Some in-hand images of the Optimus robot are also mirrored below from Italian collector site Giocattoli Vecchi!
After our monster New York Toy Fair Episode, we took a break from the toys to bring you an all Comics, TV, and Games episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! Hosted by ScottyP, this episode also includes Seibertron, Razorclaw0000, and recurring special guest star, Starscream/Paul from Ript Apparel.
After a brief catch up, we took a hard look at episodes 3, 4, and 5 as part of Beast Wars 20th Anniversary Rewatch. First up, we dive into the Cheetor-heavy episode, "The Web". At least one of us on the show got to watch this episode with Kup in 1996 and will tell you all what that was like!
Next up, we dive into the - bear with us - Cheetor-heavy episode, "Equal Measures".
In our final Beast Wars re-watch episode for this show, we tackle the first big "world building" episode, "Chain of Command".
With Beast Wars tackled, we turn our attention comics - wishing the teams at IDW a heartfelt congratulations on Transformers #50 and More Than Meets The Eye #50. For the spoiler-heavy discussion to follow, we discuss some of the revelations, future directions for both comics, and reflect on how the books have evolved over the last few years. You can also check out Dr Va'al's excellent reviews of More Than Meets The Eye #50 and Transformers #50 to go with the discussion. If you're a trade-paperback only reader, you'll want to jump to about the one hour and twenty-five minute mark to avoid being completely spoiled in regards to these issues.
After this, it's the return, for a while, of toy talk as we look at the upcoming Takara Masterpiece Delta Magnus as well as recent releases Hot Rodimus and (in a bit of playing catch-up) Ironhide. Tune in to hear what we think of these latest attempts to create definitive toys of these Generation One characters.
Recent news has revealed that the Transformers Collectors' Club and Botcon, as we know them in their current forms, will end as of this year. The Twincast team shares their thoughts on these developments within.
In our last discussion of the night, we bid farewell to Transformers: Battle Tactics and welcome in Transformers: Earth Wars from Space Ape.
To close out the show, we have a few "bragging" rights. Following up on News Crew Member william-james88's Top 10 Worst Transformer Toys of All Time, the cast shares some of the guilty pleasures or shameful holdouts in their collection. What awful toys lurk on each of our shelves?
Don't forget, the show only gets better if you tell us how. Drop us a review on iTunes and be sure to tell us what you love, what you hate, and what you want to hear!
Not on the show to give your take? Probably not, so don't forget to keep the discussion going on the Seibertron.com Energon Pub Forums by simply replying to this post!
Got a question for the Twincast? We take all of them, we just don't take them all seriously! Leave a question in the Ask the Twincast thread and, if it makes the cut, it may get read and answered on the show.
Fellow Seibertronians, Hasbro has released official renders of Titans Return Voyager class Astrotrain and Legends class Ravage after the Australian Toyfair Preview event concluded. Astrotrain's Titanmaster appears to be named Darkmoon, and is a straight repaint of Sentinel Prime's Titanmaster, with a new face for Astrotrain, while Ravage is an all black retool of Legends class Stripes. It is important to note, that the render shows Ravage as repaint of Stripes, the prototype shown at the toyfair has a new head.. We've mirrored the images below for your viewing pleasure. So what do you think of these renders? Interested in Astrotrain and Darkmoon? Let us know in the comments below.
We learnt at Toy Fair 2016 that one of the Transformers Platinum sets would have the previously Takara Exclusive Voyager Grimlock retool and a Warrior Bumblebee redeco. This set is now available at Walmart.ca and selling out quickly.
One of the reasons for this might be because it's price is not that bad. It is CDN $80, which is the equivalent to about USD $60 which is about the same price it cost to initially import those two toys to the US (Granted the Bumblebee mold was also available in the US and this Platinum deco is different to all the previous decos of that mold). If anyone is curious, that Grimlock is long gone from any site offering him and is now only available on e-bay for the price of this whole set. There is no solid evidence indicating where and when this set will be available in the US.
The listing offers us something extra too, some new photos. We can now see the alt mode deco and it seems that Grimlock is not painted black like the Takara version but rather gun metal black/dark grey, with some more grey at certain places making him less show accurate than the original Takara deco.
ONE:12 COLLECTIVE CAPTAIN AMERICA
Fighting for the red, white, and blue for over 60 years, Captain America is the living, breathing symbol of freedom and liberty. Meticulously developed to capture Captain America's modern heroic look, this One:12 Collective figure is the first in Mezco’s Marvel Universe line up. Featuring over 32 points of articulation, intricate sculptural work, incredible costume detailing, and tons of accessories, the final product creates an iconic vision with a "real world" look. $80.00 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
NEW TAKARA TRANSFORMERS
Next up in the Masterpiece line is MP-31 Delta Magnus, a diaclone color redeco of Ultra Magnus that comes with alternate faces, super blaster gun, a couple of missiles and an articulated Marissa Faireborn figure that fits in the cab of his vehicle mode! Hardhead, Skull and Galvatron are joining the Transformers Legends lineup and all come with weapons and a headmaster figure. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=20824
NEW THIRD PARTY FIGURES
MakeToys continues their Citybot line with MCB-003 Pandinus who transforms into a scorpion and a ruined temple; Dinogo and Dinoroku are the final two figures in the six figure combiner known as Saurus Ryu-Oh. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=20845
BISHOUJO NEW 52 HARLEY QUINN
Harley Quinn makes her triumphant return to the Bishoujo series with traditional Japanese “pretty girl” styling of her unique New 52 outfit of blue and red contrasting colors featuring a lace-up top, short shorts, thigh-high stockings, and short cape in addition to twin pigtails. The amazing details on this figure include her exaggerated makeup, bright red lipstick, and color-coordinated painted nails. In addition to her hammer, Harley has twin holstered pistols attached to her gun belt along with spare ammunition clips circling her waist. $69.99 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
NEW BANDAI JAPAN
Expand your import figure collection with these new offerings from Bandai including Super Robot Chogokin Mazinger Z Iron Cutter Edition, S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla 1954, Robot Spirits MS-07B Gouf A.N.I.M.E. and Gunner Zaku Warrior, NXEDGE Style Gundam Astray Gold Frame, S.H.Figuarts Alien Baltan and Ultraman 50th Anniversary, a couple of Tamashii building stages, S.H.Figuarts Shibuki Ran from Aikatsu!, and S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider Black Version 2 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=20831
NEW BATMAN V SUPERMAN PLAY ARTS KAI
Wonder Woman is one of the Big Three of DC Comics, and she’s the world’s first and strongest female super hero. Combining beauty and strength, this Play Arts Kai action figure is a powerful representation of the Amazon princess. Many dynamic action poses are possible thanks to the utilization of a flexible material for her hair and skirt. The careful paintwork on her face accentuates her dignified yet delicate facial features. $149.99 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... %20justice
DC COMICS XXRAY FIGURES
ToyQube and Mighty Jaxx are very excited to officially introduce their XXRAY series, teaming up with artist and sculptor Jason Freeny, who is famous for his cute dissection style. The first figures in the series are Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman! Each figure stands 4 inches tall, and features a unique dissected sculpt on half the body. These collectible figures are individually hand painted and assembled. Collect all the specimens to form the ultimate collection! $19.99 each http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... arch=xxray
TED FIGMA FIGURE
From the film 'Ted 2', comes a figma of the living teddy bear, Ted! His expression features articulated eyebrows as well as smiling, laughing and upset muzzle parts. Alternate sitting parts allow you to display him in the classic sitting pose from the series! Ted also comes with a beer bottle as well as a bong and an articulated figma stand. $36.99 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
FUNKO CAMPAIGN 2016 ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE
The Campaign 2016 Road to the White House Pop! lineup includes Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders all showcases their signature style in Pop! vinyl format. The Donald Dumpty and Billary Hillary are full of the hilarious and grotesque details you would expect for Garbage Pail Kids figures. $9.99 each http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=20838
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AND THE WALKING DEAD 7 INCH FIGURES
Begin your hunt for in-demand figures from the new larger size and incredibly detailed McFarlane Toys line up. Each figure is sculpted in a classic outfit from the show and the likeness is taken from 3-D scans of the actor. From the record smashing The Walking Dead, this all-new Rick Grimes comes with his iconic Colt Python revolver and walkie-talkie, and Michonne comes with her Katana sword; and from Season 1 of Fear the Walking Dead, Travis Manawa comes with a shotgun. $17.99 each http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... ing%20dead
ULTRAMAN VINART BALTAN FIGURE
Alien Baltan is Play Toy’s first antagonist figure from the Ultraman series. This 12 inch tall vinyl figure features a transparent gradient that is inspired by Baltan's stealth ability. $109.99 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
HALO NEEDLER PROP REPLICA
Complete your Spartan armor with a colossal 1:1 replica of one of Halo's most iconic weapons! From the award-winning video game series, the Needler is now available as a limited edition, full-size 1:1 replica featuring LED lights and over a dozen motorized "crystal shards". $249.99 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
S.H.MONSTERARTS GODZILLA 1954
Godzilla 1954 is coming to life in classic monochromatic form. Meticulously sculpted, his rough skin seems to stand out even more with the simple color pallet that pays homage the original film. S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla 1954's release is timed for the same month that the new Japanese Godzilla film will start showing in Japan. Celebrate this exciting time for Godzilla fans everywhere with a new (yet classic) addition to your S.H.MonsterArts collection! $77.99 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
MADBALLS VINYL FIGURES
Mondo is excited to bring back the classic Madballs characters as highly detailed vinyl ball figures. Based on the gross-out Madballs characters from the 80s: Horn Head, Skull Face, and Slobulus, Mondo has re-imagined them—and they are even more grotesque than ever! $19.99 each http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... h=madballs
PREMIUM FORMAT THE DARK KNIGHT JOKER
“Some men just want to watch the world burn.” Commemorating Heath Ledger’s critically acclaimed performance in Christopher Nolan’s remarkable film trilogy, Sideshow is proud to present the Joker Premium Format™ Figure from The Dark Knight. Sideshow’s artists have created a vision of chaos and anarchy incarnate, capturing every haunting detail of Heath Ledger as Batman’s greatest enemy, from his disheveled green hair to the creased lines of his heavy makeup, and chilling scars of his Glasglow smile. $499.99 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
SIDESHOW PURGATORI STATUE
Sideshow is proud to introduce the Purgatori Statue, spinning out of Dynamite's best-selling Chaos! Universe. As desirable as she is deadly, the stunning vampire goddess takes off like a bat out of Hell amid a base of fiery demons, with outstretched arms and sweeping translucent wings. Driven by her insatiable lust for blood, Lucifer’s crimson-skinned lover is dressed to kill, scantily clad in a wicked ensemble with long black gloves, thigh-high boots, and a sacred ankh pendant exuding Egyptian allure. Standing beside Lady Death or Vampirella, Sideshow’s Purgatori statue is a must-have for fans of the bad girls of comics! $429.99 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
POP! THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
Have you ever wondered what your pets do when you're not around? Maybe the Pop! figures from the upcoming animated comedy film The Secret Life of Pets can help out! Max the Jack Russell Terrier, Duke the mongrel, Snowball the white rabbit, Gidget the white Pomeranian, and Chloe the tabby cat are ready to join your Pop! collection. $9.99 each http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... ret%20life
NEW USAOPOLY GAMES
Put a new spin on family game night with these cool licensed versions of your favorite games including Alien vs Predator Clue and Yahtzee, Halo Monopoly, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Map Puzzle, Harry Potter puzzles, and The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker puzzle. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... h=usaopoly
KIDDESIGNS STAR WARS ELECTRONICS
Rule the galaxy with these incredible iHome Bluetooth speakers shaped like the Millennium Falcon, Special Forces TIE Fighter and Star Destroyer! Wirelessly stream music from any audio device for a sound that's out of this world! You can also enjoy sounds privately with the X-Wing over-the-ear headphones that feature high-quality audio with integrated volume control and adjustable padded headband and ear cushions. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... kiddesigns
POP! DOCTOR WHO
The Ninth Doctor, haunted by the Last Great Time War, is joined by his faithful companions, "Captain" Jack Harkness and Rose Tyler! The Eleventh Doctor's wife and "child of the TARDIS", River Song joins them! Sarah Jane Smith and her trusty K-9 robot are also essential! You'll need all the help you can get to stop The Silence! $9.99 each http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... ctor%20who
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR WALL ART
Show your fandom for the Captain America franchise with these limited edition FilmCells and MightyPrint wall art. Each FilmCell features officially licensed image(s), a certificate of authenticity, and real 35mm film clips in a double matted quality frame with acrylic front and back to allow natural light to enhance the film frames. The MightyPrint wall art is printed on durable and tear resistant material with vivid colors and a matte finish that is fade resistant and diffuses light. With a variety of styles and prices there is something for everyone! http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... %20setters
1/6 SCALE LA MUERTA FIGURE
La Muerta is the story Maria Diaz, a US soldier returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan to be reunited with her family on Dia de los Muertos, the day of the dead. Maria wakes out of a coma 8 months later to find her family dead and gone. Daring the impossible, Maria - aided by the mysterious Faustino - decides to avenge her family and send the Zavala’s to hell, even at the cost of her own humanity. This 1/6 scale figure is built on the Phicen female seamless body with stainless steel armature and comes with her skeleton outfit, ceremonial robe and weapons. $159.99 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
NEW HOT TOYS AND SIDESHOW
We have a few new items from Hot Toys and Sideshow in stock now including 1/6 scale Age of Ultron Scarlet Witch, 1/6 Scale Batman Returns Batman & Bruce Wayne, Sixth Scale Imperial Probe Droid 2nd Edition, 12” Indiana Jones “The Temple of Doom”, and 1/4 Scale Premium Format Boba Fett. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=18178
BISHOUJO LADY DEADPOOL
Chimichangas (and General America) beware, because Lady Deadpool is ready for action! The Earth-3010 denizen wears her distinctive take on the standard Deadpool costume with a full body skintight suit that shows off her curves and muscles. And like her Earth-616 counterpart the lady accessorizes her black and red suit with silver leg and arm bands, a brown belt with pouches and Deadpool symbol buckle, and a brown chest harness holding twin katanas on her back. Lady Deadpool comes with not one but two different interchangeable heads and hands. $69.99 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
THE WALKING DEAD TV FIGURES
The 9th series in McFarlane’s The Walking Dead TV Series figures includes Grave Digger Daryl Dixon (dirt version), Beth Greene, T-Dog, Water Walker, and Constable Michonne. Figures are $15.99 each or in a set of 5 for $74.99 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... ERIES%2009
ONE:12 COLLECTIVE MUTANT LEADER
After leveling the gang called the Mutants from within the armored tank-like Batmobile, Batman is challenged to a one on one fight by the gang's leader; it's a fight the aged Batman is not sure he can win. Digitally modeled to craft an uncanny comic likeness and assembled on a One:12 Collective body with over 28 points of articulation, this figure features a leather like outfit to create an amazingly accurate collectable. $64.99 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
1/6 SCALE MALCOLM REYNOLDS
Captain Malcolm Reynolds, the first in Quantum Mechanix’s line of realistic 1:6 scale figures of Firefly’s Big Damn Heroes, is the first screen-accurate, articulated collectible figure that features one of the most realistic renderings of actor Nathan Fillion that has ever been done. This figure includes 38 points of articulation, real fabric tailored clothing, and faithfully reproduced pistol with holster. $179.99 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
HEROES OF THE STORM FIGURES
NECA’s second series of 7" scale action figures from Heroes of the Storm™, the new online team brawler filled with favorite characters from Blizzard Entertainment's vast video game universes includes Arthas (World of Warcraft™) and Tyrael (Diablo III™). Arthas comes with Frostmourne sword accessory, and Tyrael comes with El'Druin sword accessory. These fantastic figures feature game-authentic sculpts and nearly 30 points of articulation for great battle poses. Set of Arthas and Tyrael is $41.99 http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... he%20storm
The Snakas Blog (Autobase Aichi) has just releasd a ton of high definition images of MP-31 Delta Magnus. These include comparison images with Masterpiece Ultra Magnus as well as images of the accessories he comes with. He comes with different faces which have different coloured eyes (Blue and Yellow). He also comes with a mini figure of Marissa Faireborn.
Hopefully, these should tide you over for a while.
Fellow Seibertronians, TFW2005 member BattleUpSaber has reported finding the RID Platinum set in Singapore, where the set is priced at 129.90. The set, first seen at NY Toyfair this year, is of particular note, as it utilizes the Takara Tomy voyager class Grimlock - an extensive retool of Fall of Cybertron Grimlock. The picture has been mirrored, and can be seen below. And, as always, let us know what you think of this in the comments below.
It is time for the Transformers Robots in Disguise App to have a new update and that leads to a ton of new possible characters and classes that can be unlocked. While some of these new additions have been game specific (as Ironhide and Pumpkin Optimus were), many of these will become toys. Some, like One Step Bisk, have already been revealed but we have other nice new surprises.
Firstly, Bisk and Ratchet seem to be getting quie a few new toys. Also, for those who thought it wasn't fair that only the Autobots were getting all the repaints, the Decepticon characters Paralon and Scatterspike appear to be redecos of Warriors Scorponok and Quillfire.
Below is a list and images of all the new charaters found in the app (courtesy fo the snakas blog) and please remember that these are only possibilities of upcoming toys and not confirmation that we will be getting them.
• Power Surge Optimus Prime
• Warrior Power Surge Optimus Prime
• Warrior Power Surge Elite Optimus Prime
• Switchblade Night Bumblebee
• Power Hero Bumblebee
• Power Hero Surge Bumblebee
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