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ROTF Optimus Prime FAB - More Pictures

Transformers News: ROTF Optimus Prime FAB - More Pictures
Date: Tuesday, January 13th 2009 3:20am CST
Categories: Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): The-Arker.com

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As the Transformers sequel inches closes, more and more toys are appearing. This time, images of ROTF Faction Action Battlers, Double Blade Optimus Prime, have popped up on The-Arker.com.

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Click here to see additional images. And click here to see previously viewed in package shots.

Hi-Res Gallery of ROTF Scouts Dead End, Rollbar and Dirt Boss

Transformers News: Hi-Res Gallery of ROTF Scouts Dead End, Rollbar and Dirt Boss
Date: Monday, January 12th 2009 8:55pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): TFClub.com, Chenkofs, Allspark.com

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TFClub.com member Chenkofs has posted a detailed, very high-resolution gallery of the previously-seen scouts from the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen toyline. The gallery gives us a good look at three scouts: Dead End the red sports car, Rollbar the delivery truck and Dirt Boss the forklift.

The Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen toyline is expected to hit stores at the end of May 2009, while the film hits theatres on June 26th.

See the photos by clicking here.

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New images of ROTF Ramjet and Skywarp

Transformers News: New images of ROTF Ramjet and Skywarp
Date: Monday, January 12th 2009 11:42am CST
Categories: Movie News, Toy News, Auctions
Posted by: Nekoman | Credit(s): eBay

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The redecos of the 07 Movie Starscream and Target exclusive Starscream toys, last seen here, show up again on eBay. The auctions provide with each two new images of the toys, click here to see Ramjet and here to see Skywarp.

The seller also would appear to have a few other auctions that give us another look at the upcoming Target exclusive Animated Sunstorm and Shockwave figures.

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Buried Treasure Review - G1 Snapdragon

Transformers News: Buried Treasure Review - G1 Snapdragon
Date: Sunday, January 11th 2009 9:44am CST
Categories: Site News, Toy News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Jeep?

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Views: 50,358

The year 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the Transformers franchise. To celebrate this incredible milestone, Seibertron.com will look back at a quarter-century of great Transformers toys, bringing back into the limelight some brilliant figures that have fallen through the cracks over the years. Once a week, a fan (be it a member of the staff or a user on the site) will have the opportunity to write about one of their favourite "hidden gems" of the Transformers Universe, and have their review posted on the site's front page.

We hope this feature will be a great success, and that many of you will be encouraged to look back at the last 25 years of Transformers and perhaps take a worthwhile second-look at some real unsung classics of the Transformers universe.

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Buried Treasure - Snapdragon (Generation 1 series - 1987)

by Jeep?

Ah, good old Snapdragon. Who could forget that loveably stinking filth-ridden Horrorcon? Well, if you were one of the unfortunates without the toy in your collection, you’d be forgiven for missing his hi-then-bye appearances in “The Rebirth” and the Marvel Comics series, since this is a character whose real legacy lies in moulded plastic, screws and washers. Now, since I didn’t have the toy growing up (being raised in the time of G2 and the European ‘Classic Series’ re-releases, coupled with the fecker being three years older than I am), I can’t speak for precisely how awesome he was considered ‘way back when’, - though the TV advert for the Horrorcons does feature a suitably enthused kiddo revelling in owning the thing. No, I’ve owned the fellow for a grand total of around six or seven months, and even in this day and age of high-tech ball joints and flashing lights, he blew me away.

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For those who don’t know, the Horrorcons were a triple-changing subgroup (well, duo) of the Headmasters series – which meant that in addition to the Headmaster gimmick of a removable head which transformed into an additional robot, the Horrorcons (Snappy and his buddy Apeface) also featured two modes, one being a fighter jet and the other an animal - in Snappy’s case, appropriately, a dinosaur. Another interesting twist is that the Headmaster partner forms both the robot-mode and animal-mode heads, which I suppose could be considered two triple-changers in one box? Eh? Ah, worth a try.

It’s probably best to look at the jet mode first, as it’s the mode he’s packaged in whilst in the box, and the mode I received mine shipped in when I got it second-hand. As you can see here:

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He’s got quite a long nose for a jet, with an opening cockpit to place his Headmaster partner – the oddly named Krunk – into. His twin guns fit under the wings, whilst two detachable fins adorn the top side. As jets go, it’s quite interesting, with a strangely sleek design more reminiscent of a star-ship than a fighter jet. Either way it’s a bundle of awesome.

Next mode is the dinosaur mode (labelled as a lizard, but damn it, you know that’s a T-Rex, and you knew it back then too!). It’s a relatively simple transformation, most of which involves flipping the jet round and spinning the turbines round to form the legs. Here’s the first instance of Krunk being used a Headmaster, when he fits into a socket in the flip-out neck used for the dinosaur. Showing an angry gob full of teeth, appropriately enough coloured a nice suggestive red, the angry lizard is further augmented with the addition of the two guns which can now be mounted on his back (or in his stubby little dino hands if you really want). You can see the blighter here:

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Worth noting here is the articulation in his tail – while not as articulated as some later figures, it’s surprising for a toy of this era to have detail like this, especially when the tail serves a whole other purpose as a jet nose – but there are two points of articulation there, allowing a few poses to be worked out, and helping with any balance issues the toy might have.

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However, the real joy of Snapdragon's toy is his robot mode. Humorously, the robot seems a complete reversal of the dinosaur, with the legs of one forming the arms of the other, and vice-versa. In fact, the robot mode head even plugs into what we could assume to be the dinosaur’s, well, poop hole. Again armed with his twin balance-destroying gyro guns, the figure is remarkably articulated for a toy of its time, as you can see here:

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Of course, the main gimmick of the Headmasters line is revealed behind the flip-down panel on his chest, revealing three of his tech spec stats – speed, strength and intelligence. Without Krunk, all of these seemingly read as zero, but plugging in the Headmaster partner gives our little Snappy a definite boost to Strength 10, Speed 9 and Intelligence 9. Head on! The Headmaster gimmick is interchangeable throughout the entire line, with each Headmaster partner giving different stat boosts to whatever robot they’re attached to. Try it out if you have any of them.

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As for Krunk himself, there isn’t a lot to say but it’s worth saying it, I suppose. His small size and the necessity for several uses means he’s not much more than functional, though he is able to move his arms up and down, either for a hug or a zombie shuffle – or, in a pinch, the monster mash. The nature of his dual head modes means that as a robot head, he’s got the yellowest cheeks you’ll ever see, and as a dinosaur head, there’s a disturbing purple mouth-plate on top of his noggin, but overlooking these is easy enough in light of everything.

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Overall, the toy holds up well even today, although it is prone to a bit of yellowing due to the huge areas of white adorning it. Thankfully, with the black and dark purple parts offering a good contrast, this isn’t enough to ruin the figure. A highly recommended figure, and a buried treasure well worth digging up – or searching for.

Links:

Snapdragon gallery
Headmaster Krunk gallery
...Or find your own buried treasures by visiting all the toy galleries here!
** If you would like to submit a review for our Buried Treasure feature, please send a private message to Skowl on the Seibertron.com forums!

Previous Buried Treasure Reviews:

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More images of Classics Universe Optimus Prime Trailer

Transformers News: More images of Classics Universe Optimus Prime Trailer
Date: Sunday, January 11th 2009 3:13am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): BTS.TOY

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Seibertron.com has just been informed that BTS.TOY has posted a few more images of the prototype trailer to go with the Transformers Classics Universe Optimus Prime figure. These images show better angles and lighting, really accentuating the features of the testshot trailer:

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This was posted on a blogspot site, so commenting and replies are available from the makers. To view the original post, click here.

First Full Pic of ROTF Sideswipe Toy!

Transformers News: First Full Pic of ROTF Sideswipe Toy!
Date: Saturday, January 10th 2009 9:47am CST
Categories: Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: GetterDragun | Credit(s): Yizhi521

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TF08.net has posted the first full pic of ROTF Sideswipe. The vehicle is based on the GM Centennial. It appears to be a deluxe class figure.

http://www.tf08.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=177


New clearer Images of ROTF Depthcharge & Ransack

Transformers News: New clearer Images of ROTF Depthcharge & Ransack
Date: Saturday, January 10th 2009 5:43am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Arlin, The Arker.com

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Seibertron.com member Arlin has let us know that The Arker.com has new clearer images of the upcoming Transformers Revenge of The Fallen Depthcharge and Ransack.
These images show us more of the detail on these new scouts.
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See more of this toy by clicking here.

Ransack:
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See more images of Ransack by clicking here.


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New, Real Transformers Watches

Transformers News: New, Real Transformers Watches
Date: Friday, January 9th 2009 8:18pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News, Collectables
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): Mkall, BBTS

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BBTS has a listing for a new Transformers line - Chrono Label, which feature working watches that transform. Based on the Transformers watches from the 1980’s, the watches detach from the wrist bands and transform into robots. The series features two characters:

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Produced by TakaraTomy, these two watches are set to release in April.

New Images of Deluxe ROTF Bumblebee Figure

Transformers News: New Images of Deluxe ROTF Bumblebee Figure
Date: Friday, January 9th 2009 1:24pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Yizhi521

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Yizhi521 has posted a collage of images of the new Bumblebee figure from the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen toyline, based off of the characters from the upcoming summer sequel to 2007's Transformers movie.

The toy uses the same mold as the original deluxe concept Camaro Bumblebee toy, but with a few changes, most notably a new head sculpt, new weapon, and a more detailed paint scheme.

See the images by clicking here.

Encore 16 - Combaticons

Transformers News: Encore 16 - Combaticons
Date: Friday, January 9th 2009 9:26am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Mkall | Credit(s): Mkall

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Views: 25,995

Site Sponsor BBTS has placed a new Transformers Preorder - Encore #16 The Combaticons Box set!

Please check out their preorder link here!

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