Top 5 Best Toys R Us Transformers Exclusives of All Time

Top 5 Best Toys R Us Transformers Exclusives of All Time

Best TRU Exclusives - There are not many lists I have written which I won't have to edit in the coming years. It's only normal since more toys come out and new fiction is written (even for existing universes) that there are bound to be updates and new toys that come which make my list dated and in need of an update (like my Top 5 Best Grimlock toys for instance). But when I read the words "All stores CLOSING forever!" in a recent e-mail Toysrus sent out, I realized that with a list like this, it can be definite. So, in honour of this store we all once loved and which many will never be able to walk into again, I decided to look back on its amazing history if Transformers exclusive. Thanks to the multiple board members who suggested the topic, I hope you enjoy it!
Toys R Us rejects bid from billionaire toy CEO Isaac Larian

Toys R Us rejects bid from billionaire toy CEO Isaac Larian

TRU rejects Larian Bid - For those of us hoping that Toys R Us still had a shot at salvation, those hopes might have been squelched yesterday evening. Various mainstream news agencies reported yesterday that Toys R Us rejected billionaire Isaac Larian's bid to "save" hundreds of Toys R Us stores in the United States and Canada. Larian is the CEO of the toy company MGA Entertainment, home of the popular and highly collectible L.O.L. Surprise Dolls as well as Bratz (competitor to Barbie) and Little Tikes. As of this writing, it is unknown why Toys R Us rejected his bid, perhaps because it was not enough or maybe because it's just time to move on. Read more ...
Twincast / Podcast Episode #198 "A Night in the Studio"

Twincast / Podcast Episode #198 "A Night in the Studio"

A Night in the Studio - In this episode of the Twincast/Podcast, "A Night In The Studio", focus is on the recent high volume of toys celebrating the live action Transformers film franchise. Discussions of the recently released Studio Series Leader Class Blackout and Grimlock start the episode's talk, followed by thoughts on Voyager Class figures Optimus Prime, Starscream, and Thundercracker. Comparisons to the Takara Movie the Best line and its recent releases are also made during the discussion. A quick review of Movie Masterpiece Barricade follows, analyzing its similarities to the Human Alliance toy, plus investigation into its articulation, gimmicks, accessories, and more. After that, a first hand account of Dairycon 2018 comes next, discussing the history of the convention, its exclusives, dealer room, and similarities to other fan conventions. Speculation follows about potential themes for IDW's reboot of their Transformers comic book continuity. Closing the show are quick impressions of other toys and a chat about Authentics, Power of the Primes Nemesis Prime, LG-EX Greatshot and Grand Maximus.
Top 5 Transformers Toys whose Takara version was Better than Hasbro's

Top 5 Transformers Toys whose Takara version was Better than Hasbro's

Takara version was Better than Hasbro's - Last time, we checked the times when the Hasbro was better than the Takara version. Now, we will do the flip side, where we check the times Takara outdid Hasbro. Many fans often expect that to be the case, but with us now being in a new age of brand unification where the same toy gets released in both markets, it is a good time to look back at the times when it was really worth getting the Takara version over Hasbro's. I am well aware there are a lot of examples that can apply out there so I welcome people to let me know which toys they feel the Takara version is really worth seeking out. Also, they had to all be good toys rather than simply mediocre toys with a good paint job.
Victorion and Menasor coming to Transformers: Earth Wars

Victorion and Menasor coming to Transformers: Earth Wars

New Combiners - Space Ape has informed us that new combiners will now be part of Transformers: Earth Wars. Autobot Combiner VICTORION and Decepticon Combiner MENASOR will be joining the game very soon in the next couple of weeks. Several Transformers related websites have different info regarding these updates and the exclusive we have been given is Victorion's ultimate move. Find out more here.

Toys R Us Canada Has Been Sold

Posted 2 hours ago by william-james88 - 740 views

NEW! It seems like there is more and more good news for Toysrus and collectors worldwide. European divisions are being purchased by a beloved family toy store chain, the Asian division is getting Billion dollar offers, Grotusque is finally being found in US stores and now Toysrus Canada finally has a buyer. There was to be an auction this month and the 19 $B holdings firm, Fairfax Financial, had made the inaugural bid of $300M, ensuring that the Canadian division would not be sold for less. As - Read More

Transformers Tiny Turbo Changers Series 3 Found in Canada

Posted 3 hours ago by william-james88 - 539 views

NEW! The 3rd series of Transformers Tiny Turbo Changers is finding its way across the globe and while first being found in Asia, it has now reached North American stores. This latest series featuring small transforming figures of movie characters like Sentinel Prime, Dino and Slug have now been found in Canadian Walmarts. The sighting below comes from your fellow news editor and was found in Montreal, Quebec. These retail for $3.92 CDN and will retail for $2.99 USD once they reach the US. Below - Read More

TFSource News! Unique Toys Ragnaros Combiner, Make Toys Seekers, Fans Toys, FP Beastructor & More!

Posted 6 hours ago by WreckerJack - 1,342 views

TFSource News! Unique Toys Ragnaros Combiner, Make Toys Seekers, Fans Toys, FP Beastructor & More! NEW HOT PREORDERS: - Unique Toys Ragnaros Combiner M-04 and M-05 - Fansproject - Beastructor - Combiner Set of 6 - DX9 Toys - War in Pocket - X34W - Ranton - Transform Dream Wave Add On Kits - ToyWorld - TW-C07Y - Yellow Constructor - Full Set of 6 Figures - Make Toys - MTRM12 - Lightning and MTRM13 - Skycrow - Fans Toys FT-23 - Dracula and FT-29 - Quietus - Flame Toys - - Read More

Transformers Titans Return Grotusque Found in Toys R Us Stores

Posted 10 hours ago by william-james88 - 4,517 views

The fall of Toysrus has left a few Transformers exclusive toys in limbo. One such toy was Grotusque who was supposed to be a shared exclusive between Toysrus and Hasbro Toy Shop. It was available online but the toy was never found in stores at Toysrus, until now. Several were found at a Toysrus in Columbus, Ohio, and we have an image below for proof. This was posted on the Cybertron Cafe Facebook page. With the Toysrus website no longer active, this shows us that products are being moved - Read More

Hasbro Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Posted 17 hours ago by Va'al - 3,103 views

We received from Hasbro their report for the first quarter of 2018, regarding the company's faring during the Toys R Us troubles, and everything else taking place since the start of this financial year. The full text of the release can be found below, but if you're also interested in additional numbers, you can take a look here. First quarter 2018 revenues decreased to $716.3 million due to the liquidation of Toys“R”Us and retail inventory overhang, primarily in Europe; , - Read More

Season 3 Transformers: Robots In Disguise First Episodes on Home Release in Australia

Posted 21 hours ago by Va'al - 3,123 views

Via online electronics retailer in Australia JB Hi-Fi, we have a listing that confirms the release of the third season of Transformers: Robots in Disguise - or at least, its first six episodes, collected in a single volume titled after the first two-parter, King of the Hill. The DVD set is being released by Beyond Home Entertainment, the same company who has released the entire series so far in Australia (as opposed to Shout! Factory in the US, and Primal Screen in the UK) Transformers: - Read More

Smyth's Toys Buys Every Toys R Us Store in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Posted 1 day ago by william-james88 - 3,476 views

Here's a fun fact. Did you know that there were 93 Toysrus stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland combined? That's quite a bit of stores for such a small landmass. Other fun fact, all these toys are now owned by Ireland's very own toy chain Smyth's Toys. That's right, the family owned chain which only had 110 stores yesterday will now add these 93 to their tally of owned stores. They also inherit 4 Toysrus websites and will take on all current staff and management. This is great news - Read More

Portion of new Poster for Machinima Transformers Power of the Primes Animated Series Revealed

Posted 1 day ago by Bronzewolf - 5,396 views

The third and final installment of Machinima's Prime Wars Trilogy of cartoons, Power of the Primes. is just a few short days away. Meaning, of course, we're seeing more and more promotional material across the internet for it. Today's no different as we have (at least part of) a new poster for the series from over on the Machinima Instagram page. The poster is being, well, posted regularly in increments, meaning we've only seen a few sections of it, but the rest will probably be revealed by the - Read More

IDW Lost Light Writer James Roberts to Take Break from Transformers

Posted 2 days ago by Va'al - 6,543 views

We know that the current IDW Publishing Transformers universe (including the various Hasbro branches now part of the same narrative world) will be coming to an end as of Unicron: Darkest Hour #6 - which will coincide with the conclusion of both current ongoing series Optimus Prime and Lost Light, too. The writer of the latter, James Roberts, part of the current identity of the IDW Transformersverse (Phase 2, in any case) with John Barber and Mairghread Scott, has casually thrown out on his - Read More

New Images of Transformers Studio Series Jazz, Megatron, Brawl, Lockdown

Posted 2 days ago by Va'al - 14,272 views

Thanks to regular source of news from Weibo, the user tf-factory or 淘宝店变形金刚改造工厂, and via a notification from fellow Seibertronian westjames/notirish, we have some stock product images of the second wave of the Hasbro and Takara Tomy Transformers Studio Series line, featuring a Decepticon heavy line-up with Megatron, Brawl, Lockdown squaring off alongside Autobot Jazz. You can check out all of the images below, which include looks at the backdrops, accessories, shots of - Read More

IDW Beast Wars Omnibus in Chinese Translation Listing

Posted 2 days ago by Va'al - 5,807 views

Found on Weibo, and courtesy of user 强值装甲玩具铺, we have news of a translation into Chinese of the IDW Publishing Beast Wars comics series - including The Gathering, The Ascending, and the Beast Wars Sourcebook, effectively translating the Omnibus version of the collection - at the hands of writer Simon Furman, artists Don Figueroa, Guido Guidi, Josh Burcham, assistant writer Ben Yee, and a slew of artists working on the Sourcebook. The translation seems to be completed already, - Read More

MP 08 Masterpiece Grimlock Possibly Getting Reissued Soon

Posted 2 days ago by william-james88 - 10,026 views

It seems Hasbro Asia is rereleasing Transformers masterpiece toys left right and centre. Not only are they reissuing MP 09 Rodimus Prime, but it looks like they will rerelease MP 08, Grimlock, as well. There is no confirmation yet, but there is a post on Weibo coming from Samuel 1230, a user regularly in the know of upcoming released. The post shows an image of the very same packaging of previous releases with the Takara box saying that they received an announcement of a reissue but that it - Read More

How to Tell if your MPM-5 Barricade is a Knockoff, and What to Do Next

Posted 2 days ago by Qwan - 12,621 views

A lot of people recently have been getting burned with knockoff versions of the newest Movie Masterpiece Transformer on the market, MPM-5 Barricade. Buying highly-desired figures like this, especially on sites like eBay with individual sellers, can lead to a definite risk of ending up with a counterfeit version no matter how careful you may be. To help you identify if your own copy of Barricade is a pretender to the Movie Masterpiece throne, Seibertronian zhaobinis1 has you covered with a - Read More

New Pictures of Flame Toys Optimus Prime Model Kit

Posted 2 days ago by WreckerJack - 7,424 views

Thanks to Robot Kingdom's Facebook Page we now have some new images of Flame Toys Optimus Prime. We will post them below so you can have a look too. While this model kit does not transform is does pack over 40 points of articulation for great poseability. The post mentions that is made from ABS plastic which model fans should appreciate. This figure will be 15.5cm which is about 6 inches for those of us in the US. Also, according to the packaging this model has interchangeable hands as well as - Read More

Top 5 Best Toys R Us Transformers Exclusives of All Time

Posted 2 days ago by william-james88 - 15,015 views

Every two weeks, brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. These are personal opinions (just like movie or game reviews hosted by sites are still just the opinion of one person) so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here. Top 5 Best Toys R Us Transformers Exclusives of all - Read More

Video Review of Transformers Authentics Starscream

Posted 3 days ago by Va'al - 6,891 views

Thanks to a notification from fellow Seibertronian -Kanrabat- we now have a third video review from the Transformers Authentics toyline, after the ones for Optimus Prime and Grimlock covered here - and the newcomer is none other than The Chosen One, Lord Starscream himself! Check out the clip embedded below, let us know what you think of this smaller scale (about Legends class) figure's jet and robot mode, and the simpler transformation of the line in general, as the characters take on the - Read More April update

Posted 3 days ago by Va'al - 8,326 views

The folks over at Toyhax (formerly Reprolabels) have sent out their update for the month of April, featuring sticker sheets to help you spruce up or repurpose Transformers figures from a variety of lines. Check it all out below! We have another stellar update for you! Starting with what might be the best set so far this year: a full upgrade set for POTP Optimus! ... prime.html We've completed the final set for the Titan - Read More

More In Hand Images of Takara Tomy Transformers Quad Barreled Shotgun

Posted 3 days ago by Va'al - 9,830 views

The Quad Barrelled Shotgun campaign from Takara Tomy Transformers means that a purchase of 4000 Yen in the specified period (from 21st April) grants you the accessory, which is a sneakily redecoed Age of Extinction Hound gun, painted to suit more Optimus Prime as he wielded it in The Last Knight while fighting Bumblebee. Thanks to Japanese toy blogger Alfes2010 over on Twitter, we now have in-hand images of the accessory, wielded by a number of Studio Series figures, such as Starscream, - Read More

Sound editors Aadahl and Van Der Ryn Working on Bumblebee: The Movie

Posted 3 days ago by Va'al - 4,400 views

Thanks again to fellow Seibertronian westjames/notirish, we have a small piece of news concerning the crew of the Paramount live-action Transformers spin-off, Bumblebee: The Movie. In a piece about recently acclaimed A Quiet Place with Shoot Online, sound editors Ethan Van Der Ryn and Erik Aadahl revealed they are also working on the Bumblebee movie with director Travis Knight. Van der Ryn and Aadahl are currently working on Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, a Christmas season release being - Read More

Video Review for Transformers Power of the Primes Sinnertwin, Cutthroat and Blot

Posted 3 days ago by william-james88 - 10,199 views

We have some cool news for all you Transformers Power of the Primes fans. Fellow Seibertronian Bacem has informed us that Chefatron has now released video reviews for the deluxe Monsterbots that come out in wave 3 of Power of the Primes. They are Sinnertwin, Cutthroat and Blot. He then also reviews the combined Abominus. This means that the toys are out in the Philippines, but from previous experience there is usually about two months in between toys showing up there and being found in the US. - Read More

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #198 - A Night in the Studio
Twincast / Podcast #198:
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