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Transformers Movie Barricade-Themed Backpack at Hottopic.com

Transformers News: Transformers Movie Barricade-Themed Backpack at Hottopic.com
Date: Sunday, September 9th 2007 1:34pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, Movie News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Hottopic.com

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Hottopic.com has posted a listing for a new Transformers Movie backpack with Barricade's trademark "to punish and enslave" motto and Decepticon symbol on the side.

See the listing and order your own here.

Tomy struggling with Japanese Market, possible Adult-focused ideas brewing!

Transformers News: Tomy struggling with Japanese Market, possible Adult-focused ideas brewing!
Date: Wednesday, September 5th 2007 1:31pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, Company News, Toy News
Posted by: Fender Bender | Credit(s): Alexis

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Have you ever wished that Transformers were targeted, more towards you? Well, that dream may come to fruition.

According to this article, Tomy/Takara is severely struggling, and is looking for new options.

The entire toy market in Japan is on the decline for two reasons. The first of which, is the Lead Paint scandal at Mattel. This has caused Japanese Toy Companies stock prices to fall dramatically.

The other reason is that the youth population of Japan is severely shrinking. So with fewer children for these companies to market their products to, they are looking at targeting new markets--Adults.

This could very well be the reason that the Encore series has been released from Tomy. It could also explain why Tomy is looking to reissue several rare and obscure characters like Skylynx.

So it looks like this could be good news for collectors, but it could possibly spell the doom for the next generation as what makes a collector is having the toys when we are children to begin with.

Masterpiece Generation One Dinobot Slag Custom

Transformers News: Masterpiece Generation One Dinobot Slag Custom
Date: Monday, September 3rd 2007 6:25pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, People News, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Toy News International

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You probably remember a thread in the toy forum not long ago, theorizing Grimlock as the next Masterpiece original mold.

While we are unsure about the status of that report, we do have something interesting to share related to it.

Apparently a Custom Masterpiece Slag has been created by a fan named Menchoy.

I won't keep you in suspense any longer. Check out this fantastic custom here. It really is a very creative and cool piece. And it's huge!!!

Check it out and than discuss the utter coolness...

Movie Cliffjumper On 'eBay'

Transformers News: Movie Cliffjumper On 'eBay'
Date: Monday, September 3rd 2007 3:52pm CDT
Categories: Auctions, Collectables, Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): bran10

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Bran10 has found an eBay auction for the future release, Movie Cliffjumper, the Concept Camaro Bumblebee repaint.

Check out the auction here.

Thanks Bran10. The Seibertron.com staff will keep you posted when we find out more about when the release date for this solid repaint is.

Nokia 5700 with Transformers Cover

Transformers News: Nokia 5700 with Transformers Cover
Date: Monday, September 3rd 2007 6:31am CDT
Categories: Collectables, Movie News
Posted by: Calenatarion | Credit(s): Just Another Mobile Phone Blog

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Just Another Mobile Phone Blog has posted an article regarding another Nokia mobile phone with a Transformers theme.

The phones comes it two different styles; a red and a blue one. Not only that, but they will come just like the regular version with the different accessories.

Click here to read the article and see the pictures provided.

'CVS' Has Micromasters On Sale! Hurry Before Stock Is Gone!

Transformers News: 'CVS' Has Micromasters On Sale!  Hurry Before Stock Is Gone!
Date: Sunday, September 2nd 2007 6:21pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, Sightings, Store News, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Ionacus

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Anyone still looking to complete a set of Micromaster gestalts?

Want to do it for a sale price? Seibertron's one and only Ionacus shares this info with us:

"Here's a bit of news for ya. I was at the CVS across from my house, and they have all their summer stock for 50% off. There was about five TFU micromasters trainbots and aerialbots in the summer toys. I had the cashier check the price and they came up as $2.65. If anyone's been holding off buying them this is the time to do so."

Thanks Ionacus for sharing that news! Stock will be limited because they are clearing it out, so if you want to try to find them, you should check your local CVS A.S.A.P.!

Report your findings in the Sightings Database, and also in your local regional sightings thread.

Transformers Generation One Calendar Available For 2008

Transformers News: Transformers Generation One Calendar Available For 2008
Date: Sunday, September 2nd 2007 9:09am CDT
Categories: Collectables, Media, Sightings
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): TFW 2005

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Losing track of the days? Feeling uncertain about the future?

Maybe this can help. Trends International has a 2008 calendar ready for the needy transfan.

They also have other TF merchandise available too and Trends International products can be found in many U.S. retail stores, or are available online here.

There's no excuse for not knowing when important things are happening now.


Transformers Block Toys -- It Is Time!

Transformers News: Transformers Block Toys -- It Is Time!
Date: Sunday, September 2nd 2007 8:25am CDT
Categories: Collectables, Editorials, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): An_de (video), wikipedia, youtube.com

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The purpose of this news blurb is to make awareness that locking brick Transformers is a popular idea, and a missed opportunity for the Transformers property.

There is a plethora of high quality fan made LEGO Transformers out there. The most recent version was shown yesterday (Movie Blackout), and today with this video of a transforming Movie Concept Camaro LEGO Bumblebee and others.

I believe that a large part of the collectible, and toy market is being missed because apparently there is no love for the merging of what seems like a match made in heaven...Transformers and LEGO blocks.

As a child I loved my LEGO sets almost as much as my GI Joes, Transformers, Star Wars, etc. Not true, I think I loved them more. They were a huge part of my childhood play. I used them in conjunction with and separately from all my other beloved toys. They are as much a part of my memory as those other beloved properties.

Fast forward to today, where we see a gap in the Transformers armor. Sure the movie has spawned so much TF merchandise, one would wonder just how there are any gaps at all. After all, there are bed sheets, lunchboxes, wrapping paper, toy lap tops, and so many versions of the characters in toy form that there should be no wanting for anything by any Transformers collector at all right? Wrong.

Why has the locking building blocks market been forsaken? Why are they skipping this style of play that was and is popular with children of many ages? I wish I knew. After all, you can see that many of the most popular movie franchises of late have made sure that they have their foot in that market: Spider-man and Marvel, Star Wars, and Harry Potter.

Perhaps because they are not sure how to go about doing it, especially with their first U.S. venture a few years back, Built To Rule Transformers. I can remember threads in the toy forum where all we did was come up with negative names that either rhymed with, or used the acronym, to create whatever negatives we could (many were quite vulgar). Doomed from the start some might say, because it was representing robots from the "as well loved" ARMADA television show, and not doing a very good job of it.

These Built To Rule configurations seemed like a great idea to try to get into the locking blocks market. Instead, they failed miserably. However, it was not the idea of tranforming block made robots that was bad, it was the design and execution of these robots that made people say, "Uggg..." The robots were flat, lacking in articulation, fairly fragile. And oh yeah, you had to take them apart to turn them into the more superior alternate modes. Oh and the blocks were not able to be used with LEGO bricks, so one could not modify the robots, and improve on them, unless they used another BTR set, which there were not many of at the time.

The popularity of Transformers at the time was also very low. The T.V. show was bouncing around time slots, the aisles were clogged with toys, which were actually pretty decent, but that lacked in comparison to previous lines due to the new gimmick, minicons. The BTR line was quickly cancelled after a handful of releases, although a small portion of the next round based on some Energon designs did make it into a very small number of retail stores, creating an interesting collector rarity. It could not compete in a market where LEGO was creating Star Wars based sets, highly popular, and able to fit with many other brick sets for modification, and increased play value.

One could argue that there is no better time than now for the HASBRO Transformers creative team to try this again. I don't have to tell you how hot Transformers Movie toys are, and just how popular the brand is at this time. Dia Block, a block company in Japan, released a "G1 Transforming Convoy" that met with mixed results here. Not because it was poorly designed, on the contrary it is very cool, very large, very detailed, and has the "perfect" transformation (for you Macross folks), meaning you do not have to disassemble any pieces to get it into an alternate mode. The box is G1 in design, making it a great collector's toy. The main problem, it was way too expensive for most to import. The money could easily be justified to be spent elsewhere, thus many folks do not own a very cool toy that should be available here, if marketing were thinking.

The japanese have seen the importance of locking building blocks since all the way back in Generation One when they included some smaller Transformers with environments created from locking blocks.

So why forsake this creative niche? Are the powers that be assuming that another such venture would fail miserably? Do they feel that the transforming gimmick alone is going to sell toys (Armada, Energon, and Cybertron are proof that they obviously do not)? Have they tested the market recently and found that children would rather play video games, and have other creative outlets, and that this line of toys would tank as badly as BTR Armada?

I can't argue with what I don't know. All I do know is that there are a lot of creative children and adults out there that feel that Transformers should delve back into this medium. Take time to generate 'good' quality, representative, and detailed designs. Make sure they have the "perfect" transformation, and don't be afraid to share some profits with LEGO, so that customization and creativity can occur.

Just some thoughts based on a fan's desire. Comments welcome.

Transformers Bumblebee Costume--Sorry Just For The Kiddies!

Transformers News: Transformers Bumblebee Costume--Sorry Just For The Kiddies!
Date: Saturday, September 1st 2007 8:39pm CDT
Categories: Auctions, Collectables, Movie News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): TFW 2005

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Halloween is fast approaching...sort of...so all of you ghosts, witches, and goblins beware, there is a new hero on the block for the kids to idolize and dress up as for Halloween.

More than likely soon to be released in stores everywhere that carry Halloween costumes, eBay gives us our first look at a Bumblebee child's costume.

Check out the auction here.

So if daddy (or mommy) has already nabbed himself/herself an Adult Sized Optimus Prime Costume then this is the perfect choice for the son or daughter (assuming they are young enough), so the pair of you can go 'Trick or Treating' dressed as this summer's hottest action team.

Just don't let your child do the 'ol oil leak as a trick. Your neighbors will not appreciate that one too much...

Transformable 'Sketcher' Shoe Toy Found At Subway

Transformers News: Transformable 'Sketcher' Shoe Toy Found At Subway
Date: Saturday, September 1st 2007 8:15pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, Sightings, Store News, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Bug_Byte

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No, it's not a NIKE CONVOY or MEGATRON. It's not even an official Transformers toy, but it's a pretty cool toy nonetheless.

Seibertron member Bug_Byte found something interesting when he went out to grab a 'byte' to eat...

"It is a kids meal (Kid's Pack) toy from Subway restaurant and to purchase it seperately from the kids pack was 99 cents.

Hmm...I wonder where they got the idea from ;)"





I don't know about you guys, but for those collecting the shoeformers, this would fit in quite well.

Great find BB, I know I am going to go out to Subway tomorrow to see if I can grab a couple! Thanks for the heads up!

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