After Hasbro made a surprise tweet revealing the existence of Nitro Series Dropkick and Blitzwing we now have a clearer look at the pair. Coming from regular breaking news source Snakas we get to see a better view of Blitzwing in package and Dropkick in what looks to be a series of stock photos. As with other Nitros they come with Energon cores to enhance their alt modes.
Articulation is pretty minimal like the rest of the line, but is that double elbows I see on Dropkick? Sure, it's all for the transformation, but take the extra range of motion where you can get it. I mean, Nitro Bumblebee doesn't even have elbows and it's his toy line!
So what do you think of Nitro Dropkick and Blitzwing? Sound off in the Energon Pub and keep coming back to Seibertron for all the latest Transformers news.
While the US has been having fun with new generations line toy for a little while (as per usual), Siege has finally hit Canada all at once. Here is a quick rundown of where certain classes are found in various retailers:
Walmart: New Siege display (picture below) for Deluxes and Voyagers. These are apart from the Transformers section, in a central aisle.
Toysrus: While the Battle Masters were already reported, they now have the Micromasters, Deluxes and Voyager classes.
EB Games: They have the Micromaster two packs.
The prices are the same across the board with the Micromasters at $12.99, Deluxes at $29.99 and Voyagers at $39.99. These are all in Canadian dollars. Like in the US, the MSRP is made to match the movie figures price jump we saw last year with The Last Knight. Of course, there are always deals and right now at Toysrus there is a BOGO 50% off sale. So buying two Siege deluxes gives you 25% off each figure.
This weekend saw the Gamer Event 2018 take place in Taiwan, and while so far the biggest news to come out of it was the surprise reveal of a trailer-less reissue of G1 Optimus Prime, that doesn't mean that there wasn't anything else there...Thanks to the people over at Transformers Never Die Facebook Group, we have some in-hand shots of Wave 1 Leader Class figures Ultra Magnus and Shockwave from the Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege line!
The pictures include a comparison shot of Siege Optimus with both the inner white robot of Ultra Magnus and with Ultra Magnus all armoured up. There is also a good look at Shockwave, included being handled as if he had his original alt mode.
We have mirrored the images below for your convenience.
What do you think of these? Do they wet your appetite for these figures even more? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews.
While the Transformers Cyberverse Optimus with Battle Trailer playset is a Toysrus exclusive anywhere which still has a Toysrus, we now know who is going to carry it in the US: Walmart. It has been found in stores very well stocked for the rather affordable $30 USD (see this Optimus actually comes with a trailer and costs $20 less than the upcoming G1 reissue). This was part of a new Bumblebee themed display sent to Walmart from Hasbro. The display also had Studio Series figures and the latest wave of deluxed sized Rescue Bot Academy figures which includes Hot Shot. Those were priced at $7.88 and you can talk about them in their thread if you so desire. We thank Scottimus Prime for letting us know of this sighting.
With thanks to fellow Seibertron user, Nemesis Primal, we've learned that YouTuber TonTon Reviews has uploaded another review of a forthcoming Studio Series deluxe! This time it's #26 WW2 Bumblebee! Inspired by flashback footage in the fifth Transformers movie, The Last Knight. As well as having a hand held gun, he also comes with a mighty looking hammer,which forms the barrel of the tanks main weapon.
We have embedded the video for your convenience.
Has this review sold you on this figure? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews.
First came the rumor, then came the confirmation, and now we can finally bring you our first look at G1 reissue Optimus Prime in all his glory thanks once again to Transformer Never Die. If you've handled a G1 Prime before there isn't a whole lot new to see here. Unless the lighting is throwing things off (it's entirely possible!) his colors appear to be based mainly on the 25th Anniversary version from 2008 in a slightly pink shade of red. He does have a small bonus in seemingly including both the skinny and chunky versions of his blaster, but that's apparently it.
Unfortunately these new pics also squelch a few theories about including the Music Label head, a Matrix, axe, or blue windows seen on other iterations. At least the stickers aren't pre-applied. Also, listings on brickseek for this item have him currently priced at $49.97.
So what do you think? Still excited about the return of long stacks? Disappointed that he's a basic figure with no trailer? Let yourself be heard down in the Energon Pub!
We finally have some confirmation about an impending Walmart Exclusive G1 Reissue Optimus Prime. Following on from our rumor\leak earlier today, thanks to Seibertron member Jtprime17, we have a working SKU Code (210385764). This release currently appears to be sans Trailer, which would be a first for G1 Optimus Prime releases in the Western market. Below is a mirror of the original article's leaked image -
The listing itself can be found on Walmart's own website as well as on Brickseek. With Hasbro reissuing G1 Transformers again – Optimus Prime seemed more like an eventuality than a maybe, but another chance to grab this iconic character for yourself is always welcome.
Until an official announcement is made, why not take a moment to refresh your optics with a look at Seibertron.com's own G1 Optimus Prime gallery!
Are you excited for this release? Leave a comment on Seibertron's own Energon Pub!
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Hot on the heels of the new reveal of Transformers SIEGE Greenlight in box, we have some nice stock photos, care of 蓝色正午 on weibo.com, of Elita One's most verdant teammate! Enjoy these closer looks at Greenlight in both robot mode and vehicle mode. We also have an interesting treat in the form of a comparison between Greenlight's new toy (in both robot and vehicle mode) and some nicely done fan-generated character models from Seibertron.com user Zobovor, who had originally posted his piece on his Deviant Art account. (Please note that these are not official G1 character model sheets, with the robot mode being a recreation of the on-screen appearance of Greenlight and the vehicle mode being a mostly original design, since Greenlight wasn't seen in vehicle mode during her cartoon appearance). Next, we have a nice group shot of Greenlight with all of her accessories, including a Power of the Primes style combiner hand and a repaint of Transformers SIEGE Lionizer as "Dazlestrike," a new Battle Master partner for Greenlight. Dazlestrike also seems to come with a nice fire effect not seen previously on any Transformers Siege Battle Master figure. Finally, we have a nice comparison picture of Greenlight with Power of the Primes Moonracer and Firestar, all three in their robot and vehicle modes! Enjoy these new pictures below!
What do you think of Siege Greenlight now after seeing these stock photos? Will you be adding her to your collection? How does she stack up to other uses of the "Moonracer mold?" Let us know what you think in the comments below! As always, stay tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest news on all things Transformers!
Fellow Seibertronians, we have a very tantalizing rumor to pass along! Our own Shajaki has pointed us to some pictures gleaned from the Facebook group Transformers Never Die. The pictures depict none other than the most famous of all Autobots, Optimus Prime, in all his G1 glory (minus his trailer). He's packaged in the same style of retro "Vintage G1 Transformer" box that Hasbro has used this year for the Walmart Starscream and Hot Rod G1 reissues. Not a lot information is to be found yet about this mysterious addition to the "Vintage G1" line-up. These pictures may have been taken at a Taiwan trade show. If anyone is able to translate any of the information on the post on TFND or anything in the comments, please let the Seibertron New Crew know so that we can update this story! For now, enjoy what could very well be appearing on Walmart shelves in the near future in the United States and Canada!
Take particular note of the first picture. This alleged Vintage G1 Optimus Prime release is sitting atop the soon-to-be released Transformers Siege Leader Shockwave and Leader Ultra Magnus. You can just make out "Decepticon Shockwave" on the left box and WFC-S13 on the box on the right, which is the designation for Ultra Magnus in the War for Cybertron: SIEGE line.
What do you think of the possibility of getting another reissue of G1 Optimus Prime, but without his signature trailer? Is this a hoax? A clever knock-off? A Hasbro Asia exclusive? Tell us what you think in the comments below as we delve deeper into this mystery. As always, stay tuned to Seibertron.com for all the latest news on everything Transformers!
Please note that the text has been translated with Google Translate and cleaned up by TFW2005 member opoptimus. Here is the translation.
1: When did the project planning start?
We normally start planning for an MP project a long time in advance, this was started from back in December 2016. At that time we still thought MP10 (Convoy 2.0) was the best/definitive OP, but looking at the time line from 1.0 to 2.0, a 3.0 would be on the table sooner of later, so we started planning real early.
2: Where did you start？
The first thought was "to surpass OP 2.0", but we couldn't quite imagine exactly what counts as "surpass" at the beginning. We thought of areas of improvement, for example a more accurate mouth plate, better articulation etc. Also the comparability with MP 36. we wanted to do a cartoon accurate Optimus just like MP 36 Megatron. So we drew up an Optimus with ideal proportions then started to think about the mechanism within,
3: It'd be difficult to recreate a cartoon accurate Optimus?
For example the truck wind shield and the 'bot mode chest. The angle and height-width ratio are both different. In the past we would find a middle ground between truck and bot then achieve a balanced look by detail design. But this time around, we really wanted to recreate this difference in physical form. Although MP 10 has quite an involved transformation, the parts placement actually follows the G1 toy. But in order to create the definitive Optimus, we were willing to change it up this time around. If it couldn't surpass OP 2.0 this project would be pointless.
4: Proportions have evolved too!
From past experience designing Optimus, the balance in the cab and back section is very tricky. First it's the size of 'bot mode chest; it'd be too wide to be toon accurate if using the truck wind shield directly. Also the trailer hitch section needs to be thin in order for the trailer to sit at a proper height, but on the other hand Optimus' legs are long and thick in the cartoon so kind of mass shift between modes, it's very difficult to achieve a balance.
5： How did you solve this?
We had a flash of genius to move the mass as solution, so that in 'bot mode the volume in the legs is increased and volume in the chest decreased. So we came up with the transformation to move some of mass on the side of the cab to the lower half of 'bot mode. We used to have to put a lot of effort into concealing the arms seamlessly into the cab, with this design it's automatically solved as well.
6: What an amazing idea!
But here comes the color problem: the upper body (cab) is red and the lower body is blue. So we had to hide the red surface within the legs, with the rear tires too.
7: The tires have finally disappeared
The rear tires are narrow and rotate to conceal inside the legs. We felt this is a must.
8: Another evolution in design is a clean and flat waist.
Finally able to make the waist flat (LOL). Initially we though of the same mechanism as Megatron. Then we wanted to achieve better articulation without breaking up the sculpt, so this time the waist doesn't have the articulated front skirt pieces but has an automatic mechanism where if the thighs move up the skirts retract. And we made them pop back up automatically as well.
9: The double knee joint gives off an action figure impression
This is a modern construction we only started to pay attention to recently. The friction resistance in the the two joints is different, so only when the first joint is bent to a certain degree then would the second joint engage. So that in normal posing only one joint is engaged to keep the body proportions. Because MP 36 has incredible articulation, this Optimus definitely needs to be able to match up with that.
10: The trailer has several new gimmicks, a lot more play value
We thought if the trailer isn't re-made properly, it wouldn't be called Optimus 3.0, so we can't have a similar trailer to MP 10's. So we thought about what gimmicks hadn't been done before. For example the mobile artillery in "Fire in the Sky". We thought it could be formed from the battle station with wheels added.
11: Using Roller to drag the artillery; seems like a very Takara-esque Sci-Fi design
Yeah we wanted to include this kind of Takara-esque Sci-Fi gimmick similar to Diaclone. The figures included have magnets on the bottom of their feet so they can stand on the deck etc. Although it's not an official way to play, you can have this interact with the Diaclone figures as well. This sort of product cross over play pattern is something we'd love to see.
12: There are two styles of head sculpt..lots of accessories!
Because there's two drawing styles in the G1 cartoon so we made two head sculpts. And the head is removable so that scene from "City of Steel" where Bumblebee is holding Prime's detached head can be recreated.
13: I almost forgot there's that episode where Prime had a jet pack...
Yup he sure did.
14: What's with Starscream's head and the intakes
To recreate that certain scene lol.
15: So technically it's not Prime
Yep, so yeah these can't be stored inside the trailer (does it sound like an excuse? lol)
16: Which part to design has most effort gone into?
The trailer. Although the cab is always more important and the trailer just kinda needs to be a square box, its thickness is quite hard to get right. Making it too thick would effect the overall height, so it took several tries to get to where we are.
17: Something not in the cartoon?
We've made slight changes to the toes and added bumper-like details so they look more realistic.
18: Would this product be the benchmark for future releases just like MP 10 did before?
MP 10 already had the design philosophy of "recreating the cartoon". In a sense we finally arrived at a time where we can face the origin of Transformers, where staying true to that source material without modifying or compromising can be viewed as a good thing.
19: Now that the project is finally done and dusted, how do you feel?
Feel like "we've done everything we could". This is Optimus Prime after all, so we put in our heart and soul. At the same time even if we overdid it, Prime would forgive us (LOL). After MP44, the MP benchmark might have been raised again!
What do you think of the interview? Do you think they've gone too far on this or that this is the pinnacle of the Masterpiece line to date? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews.
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