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Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders
Date: Sunday, November 19th 2017 12:29am CST
Categories: Site Articles, Editorials, Top Lists
Posted by: william-james88

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Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. These are my 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 Transformers Troop Builders

Ah the infamous troop builder. I will be honest, it was a concept I was not familiar with when I got back into collecting in my adult life. As a kid I got toys on my birthday and Chritmas so you bet your ass that I was gonna ask for a different toy and not the same one again just because there was more than one of the same character model on the screen sometimes. But of course, I get it now. With more disposable income, we can now indulge in recreating scenes and armies from the shows we love. And to build those armies in your display, you are gonna need troops. The Transformers brand has had a lot of toys to build troops with over the years and we will look over the best ones right now. Enjoy!


5. Transformers Titans Return Scourge

I really like the Generations Scourge toy but what makes the Titans Return version better for troop building is that you can change his face. So now, your army of Sweeps can have some different characteristics. The Ptero head for instance looks like the type of head given to his sweeps in previous releases. Takara also released a different head (shown below) just to build a sweep army. But you don't have to stop there, you can given them any heads and make them as diverse or similar as you like. It's a decent toy all around as well. Very accurate to the cartoon and both the Takara and Hasbro versions have fun features in their different decos.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

4. Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Cyberverse Hardshell

This is one of the very best Commander Class toy from the Cyberverse line, if not the best, and it also happens to be a troop builder. The size works well for a Cyberverse scale army and an affordable one at that since he was at a lower price point than deluxes. Intricate transformation, well detailed and show accurate, what more would you want? Well aside from a voyager scale one for a much pricier army.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

3. Titans Return Sharkticon

Yes, Titans Return have given us several troop builders, and good ones too. Sharkticon is an iconic little guy, due to his appearance in the 86 movie and this is his best toy yet. He is a fun little guy on his own, with a smooth and smart transformation, a great look and even the ability to act as a sub for little Titan Masters. But then you add more of them and you get a menacing (while also cute) army. And them being smaller figures, which is true to the scale, makes them a more affordable troop to build.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders


2. Transformers Prime: Robots In Disguise Vehicon

I have raved on this toy before and it's pretty crazy that an undisputed top 5 (top 3?) toy from that whole Prime line was the troop builder Vehicon toy. If only the jet versions were as readily available and affordable, we could replicate Megatron's army as seen on the show.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

1. Transformers G1 1985 Insecticons

I think this is the first time a G1 toy ends up being number 1 on a list not specifically about g1. But yeah, there is no better option to me. This is the original swarm and the original troop builder and still the most impressive. These guys take the cake because of their variety of design from one another while also being uniform. This is where the generations versions of these guys fail since the colours, plastics and builds don't match. they end up being seen more as individual toys than a united swarm. While the articulation may not be optimal, the quality of these toys remains unmatched to this date with a combination of clear plastic, chrome, die cast and even functional wheels to give that extra mecha component. And the swarms are in insect mode anyway, so robot mode articulation is useless. Plus, these guys have been rereleased plenty of times that they end up being the same price point as a set of the 3 generations figures anyways, so I whole heartedly recomend anyone curious about g1 toys to check these out. They are still to this date the most faithful looking versions of the most iconic troop in Transformers history.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

Honourable metions: Beast Machines Sonic Attack Jet

While Beast Machines deluxe Jetstorm was a decent toy, it lacked screen accuracy in both the deco and the sculpt. In comes a redeco that has more vibrant colours, closer to the look and feel of the show. And it happens to be an army builder for the Jetstorm drone army. So while not ideal we do get a differentiation between the leader and his goons and it is luckily the masses that have the more screen accurate deco, which I personally feel looks much better.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Troop Builders

New Images for Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Showing Transformation Scheme

Transformers News: New Images for Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Showing Transformation Scheme
Date: Sunday, November 19th 2017 12:06am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): 北马伊斯力's Weibo page

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Fellow Seibertronian Cyberpath sent us some scans of the newly released Japanese Transformers Generations 2018 book which feature the upcoming Takara MP39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker.
We see multiple angles of his vehicle mode as well as how it converts into its super countash mode.

We also get a detailed look at the transformation. However, as detailed as it is, it still isn't fully clear how certain elements take form, such as his fake chest, with his chest changing from a real windshield to a fake one from one picture to the next.

The scans also show us concept sketches of Sunsteaker and his accessories such as his alien head.
This toy is to be released December 28, 2017.

The scans were from 北马伊斯力's Weibo page. Enjoy the images below!

Transformers News: New Images for Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Showing Transformation Scheme

Transformers News: New Images for Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Showing Transformation Scheme

Transformers News: New Images for Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Showing Transformation Scheme

Transformers News: New Images for Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Showing Transformation Scheme

Design Artwork for Transformers Legends / Titans Return Leaders Sixshot and Overlord

Transformers News: Design Artwork for Transformers Legends / Titans Return Leaders Sixshot and Overlord
Date: Saturday, November 18th 2017 11:55pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): 北马伊斯力's Weibo page

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Fellow Seibertronian Cyberpath sent us some scans of the newly released Japanese Transformers Generations book which feature some lovely detailed sketches of the finished models for the recent leaders Overlord and Sixshot. While this book is for Japanese audiences, the artwork for Overlord seems to be specific to the Hasbro release since only one Titan Master is shown as becoming a face and the technical drawing indicates the possibility of filling out his chest holes with Titan Masters. The image of Skyshadow in no way confirms that Takara has plans for him and is there to show how that design compares with the Overlord design. Of course, the Takara version of Overlord mostly remains the same from the Hasbro version, mold-wise, so these drawings cover the bulk of the design for both releases.

These technical drawings appear to be very close to the final products indicating that these are very near to the last phase of product design, right before the next phase involving the physical construction of the mold. These drawings show us how much Takara is involved with the design process of all Transformers toys, regardless of which company they will be released under.

The scans were found on 北马伊斯力's Weibo page.

Transformers News: Design Artwork for Transformers Legends/Titans Return Leaders Sixshot and Overlord

Transformers News: Design Artwork for Transformers Legends/Titans Return Leaders Sixshot and Overlord

Video Reviews for Transformers Power of the Primes Legends Beachcomber and Slash

Transformers News: Video Reviews for Transformers Power of the Primes Legends Beachcomber and Slash
Date: Saturday, November 18th 2017 11:26pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Long's Toys on Youtube

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Thanks to several Seibertronians, such as bacem, for pointing out to us that we now have reviews for Transformers Power of the Primes legends class Beachcomber and Slash. Both are part of the first wave of legends class toys and have appeared at Target in the US (and no where else in the world so far). They both come two per case, as can be seen in an image of an opened case below. Their wave mates are Skrapnel, a slight redeco of the previously released Generations Skrapnel, and Windcharger, who is a completely new mold. All new molds can have a Titan/Prime Master pilot them.
If any of you find thse interesting and hope to find one at Target, please check this article which specifies the product (DCPI) code for the class and how to use it to check if those products are in stock.

bacem wrote:Found a video review of beachcomber and slash.
gotta say, beachcomber's transformation is a bit more complex than I imagined. Liking him now.








Transformers News: Video Reviews for Transformers Power of the Primes Beachcomber and Slash

In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Skrapnel

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Skrapnel
Date: Saturday, November 18th 2017 7:51pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Sightings
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Mindmaster

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From fellow Seibertronian Mindmaster, we have some in-hand images of the recently found at US retail Legend class Transformers Power of the Primes - namely Windcharger, Beachcomber, Dinobot Slash and the repurposes Insecticon Skrapnel - as we reported from Target stores.

You can find a quick summary of Mindmaster's thoughts on these four smaller toys, with Prime Master compatibility and comparison shots to other figures in the line, below!

Anyway, had some fun with them (case in point, Jurassic World reference with Slash and Windcharger using his “powers” on Beachcomber). If I had to choose a favorite, it would be Slash because she’s just freaking awesome but that’s not to say I dislike the other two. They’re all strong figures and worth getting! Just like the Deluxes, there appears to be variations of the collector card included with the Legends. I got excited at Beachcomber for a second because I saw the word “combined” and thought he could be a weapon or something with a combiner but then I finished reading and got really sad. Slash’s card is lamely yet joyfully optimistic, and Windcharger’s kinda eh.


Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers News: In-Hand Images of Transformers Power of the Primes Legend class Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, Sk

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Character Art Rundown

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Character Art Rundown
Date: Saturday, November 18th 2017 5:51pm CST
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: Tyrannacon | Credit(s): Walter Gatus' and Jose Lopez Portfolio Sites

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With the Transformers: Robots in Disguise series coming to a close after 3 seasons, some of the artists that worked on the series are showcasing some of their artwork they did for the series. That means there’s a lot of character designs to be shared here with the fandom. Of note, artists Walter Gatus and Jose Lopez on their respective portfolio sites. Lopez also includes some of the work he did for Transformers: Prime, the previous series before Transformers: Robots in Disguise. We're mirrored some of the images below for your viewing pleasure, you can click any of them to be forwarded over directly to their gallery and browse the others in it.

Jose Lopez's Work:

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Character Art Rundown

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Character Art Rundown

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Character Art Rundown

Walter Gatus' Work:

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Character Art Rundown

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Character Art Rundown

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Character Art Rundown

Transformers Titans Return Arcee Back In Stock on TRU.com

Transformers News: Transformers Titans Return Arcee Back In Stock on TRU.com
Date: Saturday, November 18th 2017 5:30pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Store News
Posted by: Tyrannacon | Credit(s): Toysrus.Com

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Blink and you will miss it! At least that's what the motto with exclusives usually are. The exclusive Transformers: Titans Return Arcee is back in stock on the Toysrus website. After issues with getting orders canceled there it is definitely nice to see it back in stock for those that may have missed grabbing the figure themselves or weren't able to lock down their order. Here is to hoping for an altogether easier and smoother transaction here with grabbing this of course, while supplies last of course. Go ahead and click the image of Arcee below to be forwarded over to the Toysrus website to place your order!

Transformers News: Transformers Titans Return Arcee Back In Stock on TRU.com

For those that need a refresher, Arcee is said to have the following features:

Includes Deluxe Class Arcee figure, Titan Master Leinad figure, die-cast Titan Master Ultra Magnus figure, 2 blaster accessories, 2 collector cards with tech specs, and instructions.

Amazon Sale on Titans Return Sixshot

Transformers News: Amazon Sale on Titans Return Sixshot
Date: Saturday, November 18th 2017 5:16pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Store News
Posted by: Tyrannacon | Credit(s): Amazon

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By way of Seibertronian itscramtastic we have found that it looks like Walmart wasn't the only one to do a sale for Transformers: Titans Return Leader class Sixshot, Amazon is another store offering a deal for this Decepticon six changer! He is one of the three Decepticon Phase-Sixers (if you follow the IDW comics) produced for the wave along with Overlord and Skyshadow. Right now he is marked down to $25.09 USD as well like the offer on Walmart's end. If you got the funds and the shelf space, while ultimately lacking the figure, go ahead and snag him up before you cannot get him! More sales will most likely be oncoming here as suppliers will need to clear out room for the Power of the Primes line here. Click the image of Sixshot below to head to Amazon to snag 'em.

Transformers News: Amazon Sale on Titans Return Sixshot

New Images of Takara Transformers Masterpiece MP 41 Dinobot Showing Transformation, Weapon Storage and More

Transformers News: New Images of Takara Transformers Masterpiece MP 41 Dinobot Showing Transformation, Weapon Storage and More
Date: Saturday, November 18th 2017 1:16pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): 北马伊斯力's Weibo page

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Are you curious as to how Takara's Transformers Masterpiece MP 41 Dinobot transforms? Well images from the new Generations 2018 book are out and we see that there was a portion dedicated to Dinobot shown in his unpainted prototype, which even covers the transformation. We only see it divided up into six parts which still leaves room for a lot of discovery for those looking forward to transforming him. We also see several features for the first time such as
- weapon storage in robot mode where you can stick his weapon on his back
- how to change his velociraptor eyes
- all potential face configurations

The six possible faces are due to his three interchangeable faces having mouths capable of opening and closing.
Below you can see all the scans related to this section which also includes an interview with the designer in Japanese. We also see once again how big he is compared to his maximal brethren, which seems to be the right scale. The scans were found on 北马伊斯力's Weibo page.

Transformers News: New Images of Takara Transformers Masterpiece MP 41 Dinobot Showing Transformation, Weapon Storage

Transformers News: New Images of Takara Transformers Masterpiece MP 41 Dinobot Showing Transformation, Weapon Storage

Transformers News: New Images of Takara Transformers Masterpiece MP 41 Dinobot Showing Transformation, Weapon Storage

Transformers News: New Images of Takara Transformers Masterpiece MP 41 Dinobot Showing Transformation, Weapon Storage

Transformers News: New Images of Takara Transformers Masterpiece MP 41 Dinobot Showing Transformation, Weapon Storage

Transformers News: New Images of Takara Transformers Masterpiece MP 41 Dinobot Showing Transformation, Weapon Storage

Transformers News: New Images of Takara Transformers Masterpiece MP 41 Dinobot Showing Transformation, Weapon Storage

Transformers News: New Images of Takara Transformers Masterpiece MP 41 Dinobot Showing Transformation, Weapon Storage

Transformers News: New Images of Takara Transformers Masterpiece MP 41 Dinobot Showing Transformation, Weapon Storage

One Step Soundwave from Transformers: Robots in Disguise Found at US and Canadian Walmart Stores

Transformers News: One Step Soundwave from Transformers: Robots in Disguise Found at US and Canadian Walmart Stores
Date: Saturday, November 18th 2017 1:00pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Sightings
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Scotty P and William-James88

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There are still several toys left to be released at US retail for the Robots in Disguise line, before the next show toyline, Cyberverse, comes. A big returning character from Transformers Prime this season was Soundwave, in a new alt mode, and several toys in different classes were made for this character. The latest of which, the One Step Soundwave, has now hit both US and Canadian retail the very same week. The sightings below come from Scotty P who found it in Walmart in Cary, NC for $7.86 USD and from your fellow editor who found it in Walmart in Montreal, Qc for $9.92 CAD.
Below are images of both these sightings along with an image of the robot mode.

Other Robots in Disguise toys that have yet to be found at US retail would be warriors Bludgeon and Thermidor, legions Heatseeker, Cyclonus and Twinferno and Crash Combiners Optimus Prime/Grimlock and Saberhorn/Bisk. Let us know if ever you find those in the wild!

Transformers News: One Step Soundwave from Transformers: Robots in Disguise Found at US and Canadian Walmart Stores

Transformers News: One Step Soundwave from Transformers: Robots in Disguise Found at US and Canadian Walmart Stores

Transformers News: One Step Soundwave from Transformers: Robots in Disguise Found at US and Canadian Walmart Stores

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