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.
Twincast / Podcast Episode #197 "Alpha Lyin' and Liege Factimo"

Twincast / Podcast Episode #197 "Alpha Lyin' and Liege Factimo"

Alpha Lyin' and Liege Factimo - Welcome to the latest episode of the Twincast / Podcast! This episode harkens back to days long past as it features your host Counterpunch along with Razorclaw quadruple zeroes and Tiiigertraackk. Our trio discusses a few of the latest news topics, but then delves into some places and questions that will challenge current and long time fans to really establish their ground rules for some of the Transformers long taken for granted history, abilities, and more. Who's right? Who's not? Is everyone wrong and you're right? We welcome your respectful and disrespectful discourse afterward in the thread.

Hasbro Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Posted 4 hours ago by Va'al - 1,104 views

NEW! 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 8 hours ago by Va'al - 1,310 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 12 hours ago by william-james88 - 1,816 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 13 hours ago by Bronzewolf - 3,090 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 1 day ago by Va'al - 4,746 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 1 day ago by Va'al - 11,139 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 1 day ago by Va'al - 4,343 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 - 8,037 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 - 10,786 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 - 6,374 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 - 14,289 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 2 days ago by Va'al - 6,236 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 2 days ago by Va'al - 7,652 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 2 days ago by Va'al - 8,984 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 2 days ago by Va'al - 4,093 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 - 9,537 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

Toys R Us Raises In-Store Clearance Discounts

Posted 3 days ago by Bronzewolf - 7,787 views

In the wake of Toys R Us Rejecting the buyout bid of the CEO of Bratz, the company has sent out an email confirming that, as of today, clearance sales have now reached up to 40% off, from the 30% they've been holding on to for several weeks. This all but confirms the initial reports of the sales going up 10% a week, as it now appears the chain just attempted to give themselves a head start of sorts by starting the sales at 30% and holding it at that percentage for exactly three weeks. Now - Read More

Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Cartoon to Premier May 1st

Posted 3 days ago by Bronzewolf - 6,634 views

We've gotten teases, we've gotten posters, but finally we have a release date for the next Machinima Transformers cartoon, Power of the Primes! Announced with remarkably little fanfare over on the Transformers Facebook page, accompanied by a clip from the previous show Titans Return, it's been revealed that the next and final chapter of the series will come on May 1st, just a few short days away. Something interesting to note is that unlike other promotional materials for the new series, like - Read More

Voice Actor André Sogliuzzo to Attend TFNation 2018

Posted 3 days ago by Va'al - 4,757 views

TFNation headquarters has sent out another announcement about their guests for this summer's 2018 edition of the UK fan Transformers convention, and it's the next voice actor in their line-up for this year's event: actor André Sogliuzzo! Find out more about his work with Transformers and what other franchises you'll know him from below. Transmission_Initiated Transmission ID: 00013 TFNation_2018 Operation: Damn, He’s Good TFNation is proud to present another voice acting guest - Read More

AJ's Toy Chest Newsletter - April 20th, 2018

Posted 3 days ago by Va'al - 6,213 views


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