Ever since we discovered that Takara Tomy's Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-19 Gaia Unicron had the ability to combine with both Voyager Megatron and Optimus Prime, fans were left wondering why on Earth (or Cybertron) would the Chaos Bringer merge with the leader of the Autobots? Megatron, maybe, but Optimus Prime? Well thanks to the bios featured on Takara Tomy's CNY Exclusive Transformers Prime Arms Micron Optimus Prime and Gaia Unicron set we have our answer!
In a nutshell, the dimension hopping Leo Prime used the remains of Unicron's defeated avatar to forge the Gaia Armor. See the bios courtesy of the Allspark mirrored below:
The noble leader Optimus Prime began his days as Orion Pax, a mere data clerk in the Iacon Hall of Records. It was his meeting with the gladiator Megatron that would greatly change his destiny, the first step on the path to being bestowed with the Matrix and recognized as a great leader. Adopting the motto “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings,” Optimus Prime’s battle with Megatron now continues on Earth. He fights to protect the people of Earth while uncovering the mysteries of the planet.
Legend has it that in days long past, the Chaos God Unicron was sealed away by the first 13 Transformers. As he threatens to awaken, the Earth lies on the verge of chaos and destruction. Iacon records claim that on a world in a distant dimension, civilization was driven to extinction when it attempted to harness Unicron’s energy. Now Earth risks the same dire fate. The mighty avatar Gaia Unicron, born from Dark Energon, is the first harbinger of the chaos bringer’s revival.
Optimus Prime and his Autobots faced impossible odds, yet succeeded in defeating Gaia Unicron, the earthly avatar of the chaos lord Unicron. From its remains, the macrocosmic guardian Leo Prime used his ancient sword to forge the Gaia Armor. Although the purifying power of an Energon Matrix severed the Gaia Armor from Unicron’s control, it still resonates with the forbidden might of Dark Energon, granting its wearer unspeakable power. Should Optimus Prime choose to don the armor, he must heed Leo Prime’s warning and treat it with great caution: constant vigilance is required to control the armor without being corrupted by its power. Were the Gaia Armor to fall into the hands of the Decepticon tyrant Megatron, the consequences would surely mean destruction for the already outnumbered Autobots. Whether to be used for good or evil, the Gaia Armor brings a new dimension to the battles of Team Prime.
e-Hobby has posted official images of Takara Tomy's upcoming Transformers Prime Arms Micron figures AM-30 Rumble, AM-31 Frenzy, and AM-33 Wildrider. Rumble and Frenzy both use the alternate head sculpt seen on the instruction sheet of Hasbro's Transformers Prime "Robots in Disguise" Rumble and come with a new Arms Micron figure. Wildrider makes use of the Wheeljack mold with an all new head sculpt and Arms Micron. Images mirrored below.
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Our fellow Transformers enthusiasts over on the Allspark have provided translations for the backstories featured on Takara Tomy's Transformers United EX-06 Buildmaster and EX-07 Assaultmaster. The stories are titled "Hope for the Next Generation" and "Unearthed Future" respectively. We've mirrored the translations below, images courtesy of Alfes 2010.
Hope for the Next Generation
The forces of the Master Class had assembled in the Autobot headquarters. They waited to be briefed on the operation to attack the Decepticon hideout that had been located thanks to Marinemaster’s information.
Standing before them was a dark figure…
“Assaultmaster… It’s the spare body for Optimus Prime, isn’t it?”
“Exactly, Airmaster. As it is, it’s nothing more than an empty shell without a spark. But if I ride inside it, I’ll be able to interface with its Energon Matrix and mobilize it for battle, just like you Transformers.”
Clad in a protective exosuit designed for the interface, Major Clouder’s face showed a determined expression.
“This technology was developed by human and Autobot alike. It represents our dream and yours. I won’t let anyone twist it to their own purposes, and I’m not about to ask you to fight alone. Would you let me fight alongside you?
As the Autobots nodded the affirmative, Jetmaster put the group’s sentiment into words.
“You bet we would, Major Clouder. We trust you with our lives.”
“Thank you. In that case, Autobots! Let’s transform and roll out!”
Amidst a long and vicious battle with many of his comrades sustaining damage, Assaultmaster proceeded into the cave rumored to be a Decepticon hideout.
As if being drawn in by some unseen force, Assaultmaster moved deeper and deeper into the tunnel. Strangely, Clouder could detect no trace of life from within it. Just as he began to doubt whether this “High Regent” really existed or not, a voice rang out within his mind… or more precisely, from within Assaultmaster’s body.
“I thank you, Major Clouder… or as you were known as our ally, “Doubleclouder.” This sparkless body is an ideal vessel for me. Now, the true master of the future to come… is the High Regent Scrash!”
Clouder’s control of Assaultmaster was being rapidly eroded. He struggled to activate the combiner’s internal Immobilizer unit, setting it to overload.
“Now I understand what you are… But I won’t let your scheme come to pass!”
So began a battle that held in its grip the fate of a new era…
The location was a hillside surrounded by mountains. In a cliff face, a great cavern yawned open. Around it were deep holes in the ground that appeared to be part of some archaeological dig.
Before them, Combatmaster stood alone.
“I’ve been waiting for you, Autobots.”
Dodging Racemaster’s preemptive strike, Combatmaster targeted Jetmaster and fired the first shot, but Jetmaster’s form had been hidden away by his stealth capabilities. It was Choppermaster that appeared in his place, equipped with the Jet Drones.
“You’ve got something of mine there, and I’m takin’ it back!”
As a fierce battle escalated between Autobot and Decepticon, Clouder used his Assault Drones to scan the area.
“What were they trying to dig up? Is this really their base?”
The drones’ sensors detected several large fragments of metal that seemed to have been excavated from the ground, one of which was engraved with an unfamiliar insignia.
“What’s this mark…?”
As if in answer to Clouder’s question, the Decepticon Buildmaster emerged from the cave along with the stolen construction drones.
“Take your filthy Autobot hands off of that. That’s proof of a glorious Decepticon future. It’s not for your kind to defile!”
“So, you’re supposed to be the guard dog of the construction site? If you think your future is scrapmetal, I can send you there right now! Unite!”
“A miserable human stands no chance of opposing us!”
Armed with the dual powers of construction and destruction, Buildmaster retaliated in his own Prime Mode. Pitted against the fierce spinning power of his opponent’s shoulder-mounted drill, Clouder manipulated Assault Master with the link system, but his movements were beginning to fall behind…
“Clouder, you keep on movin’! I can handle this guy!”
Grimmaster let out a howl as he intercepted Buildmaster, and as the clash between construction vehicles and dinosaurs began, Clouder continued into the foreboding depths of the cave…
A secondary member of the Constructicons who was given the moniker “Gravedigger” for a destructive temperament poorly suited to building. His motivation is to bring about the revival of his heavily wounded elder brother.
A construction drone that can use its large drill for combat or excavation. Transforms into an arm.
A construction drone that fires special disks which can be used to control the movements of enemies. Transforms into an arm.
A construction drone with a front blade that scan for underground objects. Transforms into a leg.
A construction drone that rams opponents with its roller. Transforms into a leg.
Buildmaster Prime Mode:
Combined with the four Build Drones stolen from the Autobots, Buildmaster’s power exceeds even that of Devastator. Internal sensors allow him to accurately detect metal or relics buried deep within the ground.
The ever talented David Kaye has uploaded his annual Christmas greeting. As usual the message is chock full of Transformers goodness! Enjoy his Holiday message embedded below:
David Kaye wrote:A little Transformers greeting from Beast Wars Megatron, Optimus (animated), Hardshell (TF Prime) and a quick visit from Clank from Insomniac Games 'Ratchet & Clank'
Merry Christmas kids!!!
The Masterpiece madness continues! Between Hasbro and Takara Tomy you barely have time to appreciate one Masterpiece before next arrives. Not that were complaining, of course! By way of the Planet Iacon facebook page we have a few in-hand images of Takara Tomy's upcoming Masterpiece figure MP-13 Soundwave with Laserbeak. The figure is due to release next month, the wait is almost over!
Move over Autobots, the Decepticons are coming to Takara Tomy's Super GT Line! Well at least one of them is, and naturally it's Megatron. The CyberGundam Blog has posted new magazine scans that reveal Megatron and his Race Queen. The actual figure hasn't been revealed, just an illustration of Megatron using their retooled Alternity Optimus Prime mold and his black and purple clad Race Queen. Also pictured in the scans is Super GT Optimus Prime figure.
Remember the alternate head featured in Transformers Prime "Robots in Disguise" Deluxe Ratchet's instruction sheet? Well a prototype figure with the aforementioned head has surfaced, and based on the colors and "M" on the the figure's hood it might have been intended to be Gears. TFW2005 user Deceptigtar has shared images of this prototype complete with alternate head and "Gear" symbol paint application. The figure also bears the telltale "not for sale" often found on prototypes and testshots. Images mirrored below.
Seibertron member Powered Convoy dropped by to let us know that the Allspark's facebook page has shared a nice in-hand gallery of Transformers Prime "Beast Hunters" Deluxe Wave 1. This wave features Bumblebee, Wheeljack, Soundwave, and Lazerback. Bumblebee, Wheeljack, and Soundwave are redeco/extensive remolds of their "Robots is Disguise" incarnations. Soundwave has the added benefit of coming packed with Ravage. Another interesting feature is the swirl effect used in Bumblebee and Wheeljack's plastic. Lazerback rounds out the wave as the only all new mold. We've mirrored the images below for those without facebook access.
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1. New Masterpiece Instock and Preorder items!
2. FP-DX Armored Battalion set of 3 figures Now Instock!
3. KM-03X Mirrorverse Cyclops - Now Instock!
4. Now up for preorder: Hasbro Generations 2013 Voyager Series 02 - Grimlock & Blaster w/ Steeljaw!
5. Transformer Prime/Arms Micron Update!
6. Now Instock - Kabaya Big Powered Assortment 6 - Set of 3 Figures!
7. Now up for preorder: CDMW-37 - Omega Giants Power Parts!
8. Capbots - Now Instock!
9. TFC Toys - Project Uranos - F4 Phantom Now Instock!
10. Dr. Wu and 3rd Party Customs Preorders at TFsource!
11. iGear New Mini Warriors Preorders Up and PP05W/PP05M Restock!
12. TFsource Holiday Sale Continues!
13. Now instock: KM-06 Knight Morpher Stormer!
14. Fansproject and Make Toys Restock!
15. Source Blog Updates!
16. Newest Instock items at TFsource
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_____________________________________________ 6. Now Instock - Kabaya Big Powered Assortment 6 - Set of 3 Figures!
Each set of 3 includes: Road Fire, Dai Atlas and Sonic Bomber! Each includes one piece of candy/gum with each toy. Each piece must be individually assembled. All three can form together to make legendary zone figure Big Powered! Now Instock! Order here:
F4 Phantom is the first of 5 figures by TFC toys, that combine together to form the mighty Project Uranos! When all combined, these figures will present one of the most impressive combiners to date! You can now order F4 Phantom here:
_____________________________________________ 11. iGear New Mini Warriors Preorders Up and PP05W/PP05M Restock!
Now up for preorder: MW-05 to MW-08 Mini Warriors Cogz, Duneraker, Veer & Bushwhacker! These are shipping as assortment sets of two figures, but we are offering them as singles or sets! Preorder yours at TFsource here:
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iGear Weapons and Medical Specialist Restock! We've got a restock on the popular iGear Weapons and Medical Specialists! This is the final stock from iGear on these guys from the first run, so if you are looking to get them for the holidays you may want to pick them up now! Order yours at TFSource here:
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