For that one fan out there who isn't tired of morenews on the Three Step Changers, here is something for you. While he was first seen at SDCC 2015, we now have the official images for Transformers Robots in Disguise Three Step Changer Night Ops Bumblebee. He is a redeco of the original three step changer and not of the retooled Clash of the Transformers version. Sideswipe, is also seen in this picture.
The big news today was that the elusive Transformers Cyber Series (which are GIANT simpler transforming figures) are now available at a US e-tailer. However, the price of importing them does make them over the Hasbro MSRP so people aren't sure to go all in or not, understandably. So, to help out those on the fence, here is a review of the Optimus Prime (who we also just got some new pics of).
Neonkiwi sent this Bot Toys video review our way. Enjoy!
While these may not be for every collector, fans of Cyberverse and Legends toys are sure to enjoy these big versions of popular characters! Let us know what you think by replying to this post, and be sure to let us know whenever you see potentially breaking news in the world of Transformers.
COSMOS UNLEASHED! A misunderstood AUTOBOT. A DECEPTICON space station. Cut off from their allies, SOUNDWAVE and COSMOS come face to face… alone.
We have been following the side-adventures of Cosmos, in his new, but not as upgraded as it seems, body, new paintjob, new sass. We have also seen glimpses of what Soundwave is up to on Jupiter, and how it might shape the future of what's left of the Decepticon movement - what happens when the two meet?
Yeah, ok, expected
John Barber takes a very different approach to how the scenario might have unfolded just a couple of years back, with Soundwave in the driving, silent, cunning - even diplomatic - seat of the action. By placing Cosmos as our window into the Decepticon commune, we gain an entirely different, humorous side to the events.
Floaty and Big
And Cosmos is not the only relief in an otherwise potentially establishing-heavy issue of politics and ideologies. Barber has found his stride once again, and this title easily sets itself back to the shared vision of an intrigue-based, backstabbing-driven, turning and twisting to avoid debris, broken promises and head into future settings.
And then, of course, you have the human factor, predominantly with Blackrock, his type of humour, his take on things, and his own, personal scheming - though yet to be confirmed as if working with, for or in spite of Soundwave's plans. There is definitely something afoot, and clues are being sown..
We know Andrew Griffith's skill with imposing characters, statuesque Galvatron, stoic Soundwave - and adorable Cosmos, in his smaller, more compact and contained presence among the bulkier Decepticons. And of course, the wonderfully sharp 'Decepticon bird hecklers' Buzzsaw and Laserbeak in the opening scenes. And of course, just the general design of *everything*.
The scenes taking place in the wider scope of the Solar System are magnificently executed colour-wise by Josh Perez, too, who masterfully balances the inside of the various sets appearing in the issue with the much more vast landscape of space surrounding them.
Lettering duties, once more in Tom B. Long's capable hands, remind us that there is no sound in space, but plenty in spaces within space, Big or Floaty as they may be - and the dialogue is perfectly measured for the different interactions. As for covers, both the main Griffith/Perez and Casey Coller/Joana Lafuente help in capturing the tension between the major players in the issue, while the previously seen James Biggie RI variant is just pretty too look at. Very much so.
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
Perhaps a slower issue, in pacing and advancement of the overall plot - whatever that may be at this point, because I really have no idea, and revel in this feeling - but one that pits two unlikely characters against each other, only to have a very unexpected, deep, meaningful exchange of power and influence. If anything could make me want to see more of Cosmos, this is it.
It still hurts, doesn't it..?
Barber's writing of Soundwave has always been a personal favourite, and Griffith/Perez's visual rendition definitely adds to the stunning scenarios laid out by the script. The space scenes are wonderfully rendered, in both linework and colours, and the long conversation between Soundwave and Cosmos highlight just how deep the former's ideas run, and how hurt he has been. Heart of gold, indeed. Or is it?
Fellow Seibertronian Cyberpath is still keeping their eyes open on TFYuki's Twitter doings, and reports back with a new image of Takara Tomy Unite Warriors UW-02 Menasor, in combined mode next to its packaging! You can check out the Japanese market version, scheduled for an August release, of the Stunticon combiner in the mirrored image below.
In case some of you may have forgotten the SEGA Transformers Human Alliance game, fear not! The Tokyo Joypolis arcade has unveiled its new, updated 'Special' version of it, featuring a system apparently based on the Sega R360, allowing players to move 360°, and also 2 player games. More information and images, other than below, can be found on Arcade Heroes here - and check out the embedded video, too!
Through Sega’s history, they have launched a variety of games as Medium scale attractions – not necessarily something that would fill up a huge space in an amusement park like a ride but not small enough that would allow for a typical mom & pop arcade to have it either. Some of those have carried the “Special” moniker – The Lost World: Special, House of the Dead 4 Special or Showdown. Now they have taken their popular light-gun game Transformers: Human Alliance and given it the Special works, while hearkening back to another famous gaming technology of theirs – the Sega R360.
Via the Takara Tomy Transformers page, we have an update on the new iteration of the Lucky Draw campaign taking place for the Adventure line - a gold plated Warrior class Optimus Prime (you can see the Hasbro version in its gallery here), in the limited number of 10 items, and a selection of 30 batches from the TAV line for 'second prize'.
The contest, running from now until 30th September, is open to collectors living in Japan, as shown in the poster below!
A brief update on the Transformers Cyber Series line Optimus Prime figure, courtesy of Twitter user singgg4, revealing the actual height of these new simplified bots - as compared to Leader class Ultra Magnus! They're huge!
TFcon just announced that the hotel block for TFcon USA in Charlotte, North Caroline is now available! You can check out the information below on how to book your rooms and the amenities provided with the TFcon rate.
Hotel Information for TFcon Charlotte 2015
The TFcon Charlotte hotel block is now available. You can book your hotel room for TFcon Charlotte 2015 by calling the Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord reservation department direct at 704-455-8200 or toll-free @ 1-800-EMBASSY and mention TFcon. When booking by phone, please ask for the TFcon rate to receive the discount. You can also book your room via the hotel reservation website at http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/g ... ndex.jhtml
The TFcon hotel rate gives you:
-Complimentary Breakfast Buffet
-Complimentary High Speed Internet
-Complimentary 2 drink vouchers per day
The group rate is good for October 11th to October 22th, 2015 at the price of $149 per room.
Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates!
Site sponsor BBTS just put up pre-orders for the Hero of Steel 01 - Optimus Prime by Ori Toy!
Hero of Steel Optimus Prime is a stylized non transforming figure with over 40 points of articulation. He stands 9 inches tall and will include some die-cast parts. This figure is priced at $139.99. We also have a special version that comes with a mini Megatron pistol priced at $159.99.