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Hasbro prepares for Transformers 35th anniversary with potential new subline

Transformers News: Hasbro prepares for Transformers 35th anniversary with potential new subline
Date: Tuesday, February 19th 2019 1:15am CST
Categories: Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: Emerje | Credit(s): Ryan Penagos on Twitter

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Five years ago Hasbro went all out with Thrilling 30 to celebrate the Transformers franchise's 30th anniversary in 2014, and now it looks like they're once again in the festive move! While Hasbro hasn't made a statement on their plans we did get a quick glimpse of what appears to be a 35th anniversary subline displayed at Toy Fair based around War for Cybertron: Siege. Thanks to a photo posted on the personal Twitter account of Ryan Penagos of Marvel we're shown a series of repaints featuring Soundblaster, Bluestreak, Optimus Prime and Megatron. Or, more specifically, mockups of the packaging as the only figure actually shown is Soundblaster. There's been some speculation that the two faction leaders may be given toon shaded decos, but this has not be confirmed. The side of the box shows a large "35" rather than the more elaborate logo shown by Takara Tomy at Wonder Festival 2019 Winter.

Transformers News: Hasbro prepares for Transformers 35th anniversary with potential new subline

After the photo was taken the figures and boxes were removed before media representatives were allowed to view the displays. Considering they're shown next to the Walmart exclusive G1 reissues it's entirely possible, but again not confirmed, that these will also be exclusives and only displayed to shop to buyers from different stores as Toy Fair is, first and foremost, a trade show for the toy industry. There's even a small possibility that these will never see the light of day.

So what do you think of this potential celebration of the franchise's 35th anniversary? Any characters you hope will turn up? Sound off in the Energon Pub forums below!

Rumor: Is Voyager Red Wing coming to Generations Selects?

Transformers News: Rumor: Is Voyager Red Wing coming to Generations Selects?
Date: Monday, February 18th 2019 7:46pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: Emerje | Credit(s): Hasbro Pulse

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The character born from a BotCon 2013 comic error may finally be getting his first figure in Generations Selects! And, appropriately, we're learning about this possibility thanks to an error on Hasbro's part. When Hasbro Pulse first listed the upcoming Combat Megatron figure they accidentally gave the package content for a figure that is decidedly not Megatron.

Includes: Voyager Class Decepticon Red Wing figure, 2 weapon accessories, and instructions.

The page has been since updated with the correct contents; "Generations Selects Combat Megatron figure".

So why is this a big deal and who even is Red Wing anyway? Well for starters he was supposed to be an orange Seeker as the original incarnation of Hotlink in a collaboration between BotCon and Japan's e-Hobby which was going to contribute a new Sunstorm figure, both using the Classics Seeker mold. That plan would fall through and the name Hotlink would be given to the purple Rainmaker figure that same year. However, a cameo for the unnamed orange bot was planned for the BotCon 2013 comic in homage to their original plan, but after printing the character turned out red! And thus, Red Wing was born, though he wouldn't receive a name until fans spotted him in the comic and wanted to know who he was.

And it didn't end there. He would surface multiple times over the years, including a Japanese Kre-O comic and a character in the Transformers Legends game. Despite a strong fan demand a figure has remained elusive all these years. Could Red Wing finally be getting his first figure, likely a repaint of Siege Voyager Starscream? Time will tell. For now, let us know what you think in the Energon Pub forums below!

Rumor: Leader Astrotrain coming to Siege

Transformers News: Rumor: Leader Astrotrain coming to Siege
Date: Thursday, February 14th 2019 10:48pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: Emerje | Credit(s): Mr. Chaos on TFW2005, Autobot N on Seibertron.com

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Well this was unexpected if it turns out to be true. User Mr. Chaos on the TFW2005 forums has posted some new UPC codes for known figures from an anonymous source, but included was a new UPC for a figure that we haven't heard rumors of yet: Leader class Astrotrain.

WFC Leader Class Astrotrain. E3419. UPC 63050988227


Now, obviously, this hasn't been confirmed by Hasbro so take this rumor with a grain of salt. We are heading into Toy Fair starting Friday so there's a possibility this figure may make an appearance at the event if it's true. Thanks to Seibertronian Autobot N for making us aware! Feel free to speculate away in the Energon Pub forums below!

Rumour MP-45 to be Bumblebee ver 2.0 with cartoon accurate alt mode?

Transformers News: Rumour MP-45 to be Bumblebee ver 2.0 with cartoon accurate alt mode?
Date: Tuesday, February 5th 2019 5:41am CST
Categories: Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: ZeroWolf | Credit(s): TFanPage101 and Cyberpath from Seibertron, TTEmploy from TFW2005, TagHobby.com

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So this is still very much a rumour at this junction, but two of our fellow Seibertron users, TFanPage101 and Cyberpath have shared with us a rumour first circulated on the TFW2005 boards by a user over there by the name of TTEmploy

The rumour states that the masterpiece following MP-44 will be none other than a new version of Bumblebee, with a robot mode closely resembling the G1 animation model and with an Alt mode to match the chibifed cartoon model which was done to match the original G1 toy.

Transformers News: Rumour MP-45 to be Bumblebee ver 2.0 with cartoon accurate alt mode?

The rumour also gives a run down on what he'll include and a Japanese price as well as his release date. These details are included in the original and subsequent posts. He also states that preorders will open on the twelfth of February. Apparently included is the figure itself, a Spike figure, two different faces, a gun effect part, a numberplate, seal and instructions.

Prehaps as proof to these claims, or as a reaction to the rumour, the TagHobby website created a listing for the figure, with matching details.

Here is what the listing says:

[BREAK NEWS]

TAKARATOMY於2019年9月推出變形金剛 MASTER PIECE系列 MP45 大黃蜂 Ver.2,暫時知道附有人偶Figure、武器及Effect部件,售價達日圓13,000(未含稅),會有什麼新玩法,留意我們日後報導。

TAGHOBBY get the updated news!! TAKARATOMY will release the TRANSFORMERS Master Piece Series MP45 Blublebee Ver.2.0 in Sep 2019. It include figure, weapon and effect part. We are very surprise for the price of ver.2.0 is 13,000Yen(Not included tax).


No source is given on the TagHobby site.

So again, it must be stressed that this is all rumours currently.

Till then why not have a look at Seibertron's own gallery of MP-21 Bumblebee to see the old version or check out a top 5 list of non-movie Bumblebee toys as compiled by several Seibertron.com users:

Transformers News: Rumour MP-45 to be Bumblebee ver 2.0 with cartoon accurate alt mode?
Transformers Masterpiece Bumblebee Gallery

Top Five Non-Movie Bumblebee Toys

What do you think of this? Would you pick up a new Bumblebee? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews!

Hints at a potential Beast Wars movie from Bumblebee producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Transformers News: Hints at a potential Beast Wars movie from Bumblebee producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Date: Saturday, January 5th 2019 1:21pm CST
Categories: Movie Related News, Rumors, Interviews
Posted by: Amelie | Credit(s): china.org.cn

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China.Org has reported of a potential Beast Wars movie as well as the (still rumored) Optimus Prime movie. Bumblebee movie producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura was also careful to state that the chances of subsequent movies are riding on the success of Bumblebee at the Box Office.

He also mentioned the animated movie was in its writing stage, though with other titles already riding on Bumblebee's success – being in the writing stage doesn't exactly guarantee even the animated movie's release, either.

China.org wrote:"We have an animated movie in the writing stage right now. We are trying to figure out an Optimus Prime movie, while the Beast Wars franchise has the chance, too."

However, the producer stressed this could only happen under one condition: "Bumblebee" must be a success.”


Transformers News: Hints at a potential Beast Wars movie from Bumblebee producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura

You can read the full report here, which also mulls over design choices for the Bumblebee movie and its more G1 centric aesthetic.

With the Bumblebee movie still being pushed at the cinema is it too early to be giving hints of Beast Wars and Optimus Prime to generate hype for more movies or is it a carrot to generate additional sales for the Bumblebee movie? If Beast Wars or Optimus Prime is going ahead – what are you hoping for? Share your thoughts on the Energon Pub right here on Seibertron.com!

Transformers: SIEGE Deluxe Lancer teased by Hasbro, new name for Elita-1 Combiner, all current codes for online bios

Transformers News: Transformers: SIEGE Deluxe Lancer teased by Hasbro, new name for Elita-1 Combiner, all current codes for online bios
Date: Thursday, January 3rd 2019 8:13am CST
Categories: Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: Wolfman Jake

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We have some exciting news, Transformers fans! Just a few weeks after the official reveal of Transformers: SIEGE Deluxe Greenlight, complete with Combiner Wars/Power of the Primes style combiner compatibility, we have confirmation that Hasbro will indeed complete the female Autobot combiner, formerly (and informally) known as "Elita Infin1te." Seibertron.com member Survivefan23 has tipped us off to some classified files from none other than Teletraan 1! Want in? First, go to Hasbro's official Transformers website HERE and click on "Decode Message." Next, choose "Enter Access Code." When prompted, type in "LANCER." You'll be taken to a Data File on... Greenlight!? That's NOT the part of this reveal that's particularly interesting, though. We know Greenlight is coming and that she will be a modern combiner limb. What's more interesting is the unlocked "Item 2" below, pictured below. It depicts a fully combined female Autobot combiner, with Elita-1 as the torso and Moonracer, Novastar, and Greenlight as limbs, along with a fourth limb that remains "Classified." Its silhouette is still consistent with the rest of the female Autobot team so far, though, so it likely shares a basic mold with the other Deluxe female Autobot figures released so far. Since the code word to find this information was "Lancer," it's not too much of a stretch to guess that is the identity of this classified fourth limb. We already know it won't be Chromia, as she is being released in Deluxe Wave 2 of SIEGE without combiner compatibility. Take a look at the schematic below for "Orthia." Yes, it seems the Elita-1 combiner is not named "Elita Infin1te" afterall, or maybe that name only applies when anyone but her designated team is used in combination with her, akin to how Scattershot can either form "Computron" with the rest of the Technobots or "Betatron" when combined with any other figures. Take a look at the schematics below, which also show the official configuration of the limbs for combiner Orthia.

Transformers News: Transformers: SIEGE Deluxe Lancer Teased by Hasbro?

As a bonus, Survivefan23 has provided us with the access codes for several other Transformers: SIEGE figures on the Teletraan 1 site. Each provides you with a short date file on each character, just as with Greenlight.

Cog: FORTRESSMAXIMUS
Hound: MACCADAMS
Megatron: KAON
Optimus Prime: IACON
Shockwave: TARN
Sideswipe: SUNSTREAKER
Skytread: DUOCON
Ultra Magnus: FORGEOFSOLUS

What do you think of the prospect of having a finished, official roster for the Elita-1 combiner started in Power of the Primes last year? Do you think the "Classified" fourth limb member is none other than Lancer from the original G1 cartoon episode "The Search for Alpha Trion?" Share your theories with your fellow fans in the comments below and stay tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest news on all things Transformers!

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