Some interesting Technobot concept sketches have been posted by Xiao Red (who always seems to have the inside track on TFC Toys info) over on ACToys. It appears third-party toy company TFC Toys may be considering the Technobots as their next Transformers related project. This would also be consistent with the hints they dropped on their facebook page about their next project featuring red and white on each figure. The concept sketches for Afterburner, Strafe, Lightspeed, and Nosecone are mirrored below. This should be treated as a rumor for the moment. As we all know by now third-party companies are notorious for teasing and starting projects that never see fruition.
Some information has come in pertaining to the MP-11s Sunstorm. The Takara/Tomy Sunstorm will be limited to a 1000 pieces for Japan and a larger scale release for Asia. No information on a western version at this time. This rare seeker will be packaged in the traditional black MP box and is set for July/August release date at 12000 yen ($150USD)! The Encore release of the Decepticon six changer, Sixshot, will also be packaged in a Movie MP styled box with a view window. It is reported to have a "premium leather material finish". Currently scheduled for a July 2012 launch date, it also has a 12000 yen ($150USD) price point.
Both figures will support the Takara collector coin giveaway that started with MP Rodimus.
It would seem the Movie Trilogy might truly be getting a reboot. With the vague references and loose vocabulary that implies a series reset, new comments from Josh Duhamel seem to reinforce the reboot position.
Josh Duhamel wrote:"I don't think anybody's doing it," Josh Duhamel told us last night at the launch party for Sony PlayStation's new PS Vita portable entertainment system. "I know Shia [LaBoeuf]'s not doing it. I don't think Tyrese or Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] or anybody else is doing it."
Obviously the next installment of the mega-successful Transformers Movie series is set for a June 2014 release. That leaves a lot of time for things to change. This early into the process, nothing is guaranteed. Duhamel added:
"Whenever these movies make that much money they're going to make as many as they can," he said. "[But] I haven't heard anything about it. They haven't called me."
To read the entire article from E!Online, click here.
Ofcourse, this video from ClevverMovies youtube channel states that the movie WILL be a straight up sequel, but not told through the eyes of Shia LeBeouf's character, Sam Witwicky. So new cast, same story? Again, this far out from production, with no story or scripts written, anything can change. These are preliminary reports.
Our friend, Daimhoc has reported that a pictured surfaced on Weibo.com/tfctoys that depicts a Hercules (Devastator) rifle in prototype grey. The rifle appears to have some transforming or customizing options similar to the original guns released with each TFC Hercules team member. I am inclined to believe that this will integrate with the smaller handguns to allow for some serious firepower. Check out the image below!
Although it is no surprise that after Dark of the Moon's impressive $1.124 billion at the worldwide box office, another transformers film would be made. Merely unofficial rumors, until now. Paramount Pictures is planning a return of Transformers to the big screen, likely in June or July of 2014. No confirmation has been given to the return of Michael Bay, but given the success of the Speilberg/Bay combination, it is probable. ComingSoon.net posted information regarding the announcement and had this to say:
producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura wrote:"We'll be there in the summer of 2014," he confirmed, as well as addressing (albeit vaguely) whether Michael Bay will be returning as director or not. "Michael had a debate because he sort of felt at first that he'd done three. Michael and I are both the same in that we always like to top ourselves. That doesn't necessarily mean bigger. It can be bigger in places, it just means different, but we're going to push really hard as fresh and new as we can be."
What can fans expect for a major motion picture on the 30th anniversary of the brand? Time will tell. To read the full account on Comingsoon.net click here.
It had been announced last week that TF Club, makers of the incredibly large Hercules combiner, would be in attendance at Animation On Demand 2012, an annual gathering of artists, writers, animators, programmers and toy developers. TFC will have their incredibly small TargetRoids on hand in the form of a pair exclusive 2 packs! One set will include an Ultra Magnus (Naked) repaint versus Skywarp: Ultra vs Warp. The other set pits Nemesis Prime against or with Thundercracker: Shadow and Thunder. The images have been mirrored below or click here to view the rest.
Wondering what the deal is with the upcoming Transformers Bot Shots? What size are they? What are the symbols on their chest? Well some answers have surfaced thanks to TimetoPlayMag.com. Bot Shots will feature an advanced Rock/Paper/Scissors style game. By rotating the chest symbol, you can choose Blaster, Fist or Sword, and then slam 2 or more Bot Shots in a head on collision to discover the winner. Transformers Bot Shots will feature Bots and Cons from Generation 1 through the new Movie. Check out the video below for a product demonstration.
Another aspect of the Transformers Bot Shots line may have an online interactive feature. Could this be the website? No official word yet on this site, but we will keep you posted!
The Official Transformers Collector Club Facebook page has been a hot spot today. Recently uploaded there was this in hand image of TFCC 2012 Club Exclusive Runabout! Also rumored to have some in hand robot mode pics tomorrow! Check out the mirrored image below and check out the TFCC Facebook page here!
My Little Pony fansite Equestria Daily is reporting that McDonald's Happy Meals in March will feature a new wave My Little Pony toys and more importantly Transformers Prime toys.
Apparently another wave of ponies is planned for March 9th (though she told me not to quote her on that exact date), along with Transformers on the boys side. They don't know specifically what characters/designs will be available, but she did say they usually try to release new sets, so hopefully something awesome pops up.
Take this with a healthy dose of salt, but the Transformers Prime "Robots in Disguise" main line may have been found in the US. eBay seller vheryan27 has listed auctions for Deluxe "Robots in Disguise" Soundwave and Cliffjumper in domestic packaging, and claims they were purchased at a California Toys"R"Us location. As you can see in the images mirrored below from the two auctions, the packaging differs from the multi-lingual style that was recently released in the UK and bears the Hub promo sticker. You California members might want to keep an eye out.
Update: .....and it's confirmed! Transformers Prime "Robots in Disguise" Deluxe wave 1 is in the US. The Allspark member Demovere Xeno purchased Deluxe Wheeljack at a Toys"R"Us location in San Mateo, CA. Get to hunting! What does this mean for the "First Edition" figures beyond wave 1 Deluxe?