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. Sponsor News: Darkseid, Infinity War, TF Studio Series, MAFEX Spider-Man, Marvel Legends, Overwatch & More!

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Transformers Studio Series Thundercracker Listed on Entertainment Earth

Posted 14 hours ago by Qwan - 3,847 views

There has been some uncertainty around the Studio Series Voyager-class Thundercracker, up until now an exclusive to the slowly-dying Toys R Us chain of stores. Luckily for those who have been unable to find him so far and fear they might not do so before TRU shuts its doors for good, Entertainment Earth has added a listing to their website for this very figure! The pre-order listing states Thundercracker will be available from their site some time in July (between one and two months from - Read More

The Chosen Prime Newsletter for April 24, 2018

Posted 14 hours ago by Va'al - 2,511 views

THE CHOSEN PRIME NEWSLETTER FOR APRIL 24, 2018 Greetings from The Chosen Prime! We have a number of new arrivals and pre-orders available, presented below. Let us know if there's a particular product you're looking for that isn't listed here or on the website. Happy shopping! LATEST PRE-ORDERS Mastermind Creations R-27L CALIDUS LUMINUS Estimated Release July 2018 SEN-TI-NEL Metamor-Force "Bari"Ation GOD GRAVION "Super Heavy God Gravion" Estimated Release - Read More

Variant Transformers Studio Series Optimus Prime with Blade Colour Difference

Posted 15 hours ago by Qwan - 4,710 views

We have some more news for you hailing from the Transformers Studio Series toyline - specifically, the Optimus Prime figure in Voyager size class. According to site owner Seibertron, there appears to be a variant of the mold out at retail with some more accurately translucent orange 'battle blades' as seen in the fight scenes in the Transformers live action movies, especially with Revenge of the Fallen. In Seibertron's words: Original wave has a less translucent orange blade (73461) while - Read More

Netflix The Toys That Made Us Transformers and Other Episodes Releasing on May 25 #TTTMU

Posted 1 day ago by Va'al - 4,607 views

Folks, we have a date! The second half of the first season of the Netflix documentary The Toys that Made US - focusing this time on Star Trek, Lego, Hello Kitty, and our very own Transformers - finally has a release confirmation for May 25th 2018, uploaded to all countries that have their own version of Netflix across the globe! The first half, you'll remember, featured the likes of Barbie, Masters of the Universe, GI Joe, Star Wars toys, and was extremely well received in both fandoms of - Read More

New Trailer for Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Animated Series

Posted 1 day ago by Bronzewolf - 7,285 views

A trailer for the upcoming Machinima Transformers apower of the Primes cartoon has appeared online, specifically from the Machinima YouTube channel. The trailer is pretty brief, but establishes the cast, where we left off in the last show, and some new shots of new characters. It give us our first look at the Dinobots in action, Volcanicus, Predaking, and Optimus Primal, as well as our returning characters Megatron, Overlord, Windblade, Megatronus, and Victorion. You can find the new trailer - Read More

New Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Predaking in Figure Oh! Magazine

Posted 1 day ago by Va'al - 8,150 views

Via one of our regular news sources on Facebook, the Hobbymizer discussion group based in Hong Kong, we have an update on the upcoming Titan class figure part of the Transformers Power of the Prime toyline - combiner Predaking, with the Prime Master Onyx Prime! The update, namely, includes images of the lineart sketches for the main combiner figure and the Predacons that form it, some prototype and cartoon reference shots, a small comparison with predecessor Devastator, and a colour look at - Read More

'Leaked from Cybertron' Images of Transformers Studio Series Grimlock

Posted 1 day ago by Va'al - 6,639 views

The official social media accounts for Transformers have shared another short clip collecting three images of the process behind the Studio Series figure for Leader class Grimlock - much like we saw for Blackout last him, right here. What we get to see are the Dinobot leader's schematics, prototype figure and final retail version stock images, for both Tyrannosaurus Rex (vaguely) mode and robot mode, and we've embedded the clip below for you to view. Take a look, and let us know what you - Read More

Transformers Power of the Primes Wave 2 Legends Sighted at Australian Retail

Posted 2 days ago by Qwan - 6,154 views

Australian collectors, the day has arrived! At least partially. Via Ozformers user 1azrael1, we have word that the second wave of Power of the Primes Legends have turned up at Australian mass retail! This is the wave that includes Tailgate, Battleslash and Roadtrap, and have been found at a Kmart in Penrith. Hopefully it also means that Wave 2 of the other size classes aren't far away from appearing down under, either. Check out the sighting on Ozformers' Facebook page here! And speaking of - Read More

The Chosen Prime Newsletter for April 23, 2018

Posted 2 days ago by Va'al - 5,600 views

Greetings from The Chosen Prime! We have a number of new arrivals and pre-orders available, presented below. Let us know if there's a particular product you're looking for that isn't listed here or on the website. Happy shopping! . . . . Pose+ Metal Series P+01 GOLD LIGHTAN Estimated Release Q2 2018 Toyworld TW-C07B CONSTRUCTOR Full Box Set (Yellow Version) Estimated Release May 2018 Flame Toys Furai Model 01 - OPTIMUS PRIME (Attack - Read More

Toys R Us Canada Has Been Sold

Posted 2 days ago by william-james88 - 7,149 views

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 2 days ago by william-james88 - 5,808 views

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 2 days ago by WreckerJack - 5,966 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 2 days ago by william-james88 - 10,072 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 2 days ago by Va'al - 5,040 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 3 days ago by Va'al - 5,077 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 3 days ago by william-james88 - 4,801 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 3 days ago by Bronzewolf - 6,932 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 3 days ago by Va'al - 7,906 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 3 days ago by Va'al - 17,396 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

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