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New Image of ROTF Voyager-Class Starscream Figure in Vehicle Mode

Transformers News: New Image of ROTF Voyager-Class Starscream Figure in Vehicle Mode
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd 2009 6:11pm CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Yizhi521,

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Yizhi521 of has posted a photo of the new Voyager-class Starscream figure (previously seen here) in vehicle mode, giving us our first look at the actual toy. Yizhi states the clearer photos will be coming shortly.

See Starscream's jet mode in the original thread here.

New Images of Revenge of the Fallen Blue "Arcee" Bike Figure

Transformers News: New Images of Revenge of the Fallen Blue "Arcee" Bike Figure
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd 2009 5:08pm CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): S250,

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Views: 28,511

S250 has posted some new images of the blue motorcycle Transformers from the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen toyline. The figure is likely one of the three "Arcee" motorbikes that will appear in the film (one blue, one pink, one purple). Details on whether or not the bikes merge together, are all the same character, or are individual characters with individual bot modes are unclear at this time - though stills from this past sunday's Superbowl TV spot reveal a decepticon being chased by three robots with a similar build.

See the complete gallery by clicking here.

New Images of ROTF Blue "Arcee" Bike

New Images of ROTF Blue "Arcee" Bike

New Images of ROTF Blue "Arcee" Bike

And, for comparison's sake, a screen capture of what we can assume may be the same character from the ROTF Superbowl spot:

New Images of ROTF Blue "Arcee" Bike

WST Dark Retribution Set Released

Transformers News: WST Dark Retribution Set Released
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd 2009 1:59am CST
Categories: Toy News, Sightings, Store News
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): TFSource, tigertracks 24

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Views: 23,159 now has the WST Dark Retribution Giftset in stock. Some of our members have already received theirs. This limited set features the five WST Dinobots in a black color scheme. Ten lucky recipients will receive a lucky draw set.

Limited to 500 pieces worldwide, the WST Dark Retribution Giftset includes all five Dinorobots in their sinister evil incarnation! In an alternate world the Dinorobots pillage and plunder all surroundings, seeking to eliminate all sense of life much as the Dinosaurs were mysteriously exterminated millions of years ago. Each includes chromed swords, die-cast parts, and comes in deluxe display packaging. Randomly inserted will be 10 lucky draw sets, in all translucent plastic and chrome, like the Crystal Henkei Convoy. Final colors and product may vary, other details to be revealed closer to the release date.

Additional pictures of the figures, box, decals, and artwork can be seen here

Disney Label Mickey - Size Comparison

Transformers News: Disney Label Mickey - Size Comparison
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd 2009 1:34am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): AC Toys

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Views: 12,620

AC Toys has posted images of the soon to be released Transformers Disney Label – Mickey Mouse. The picture gives a good reference of scale. This figure will come in two painted versions – Red & Blue and Monochrome. The expected release month is March.

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Mickey Mouse Optimus Prime - Scale

Alternity Megatron - In Color

Transformers News: Alternity Megatron - In Color
Date: Monday, February 2nd 2009 8:20am CST
Categories: Toy News, Store News
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): Mamegyorai

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Views: 14,949

Japanese online retailer, Mamegyorai, has posted colored pictures of Alternity Megatron. Two versions: Silver & Monterey Blue. The Alternity figures are 1:32 die-cast scale models. Megatron's mold is based on the Nissan Fairlady Z, which will be released in March.

Alternity Megatron In Color
Alternity Megatron In Color

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Dinobot Island ... Coming Soon!

Transformers News: Dinobot Island ... Coming Soon!
Date: Saturday, January 31st 2009 12:20pm CST
Categories: Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Seibertron

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Views: 22,018

You just knew this was going to happen! After showcasing galleries of Transformers from around the world for the past 5 years, is set to unleash the Dinobots for your viewing pleasure. Similar to the "Shark Week" feature a few years back, "Dinobot Island" will be a fun way for you to get close to the Dinobots without risking your life! Dinobot Island ... coming soon!

Dinobot Island ... Coming Soon

First Look at ROTF Bumblebee and Soundwave In-Package

Transformers News: First Look at ROTF Bumblebee and Soundwave In-Package
Date: Friday, January 30th 2009 10:27pm CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Press Releases
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Toyfair UK,

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Views: 41,863 has posted a press release from Toyfair UK that shows us the very first in-package images of the two preview figures of the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen toyline: Bumblebee and Soundwave. It's worth noting that Soundwave's packaging has him listed as a Triple-Changer. Also shown are some new stock photos of the toys themselves.

See all the photos by clicking here.



Henkei Hot Road (Hot Shot) Delayed

Transformers News: Henkei Hot Road (Hot Shot) Delayed
Date: Friday, January 30th 2009 9:15pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Company News
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): e-Hobby, Amazon Japan

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Views: 15,707

Henkei Hot Road (better known to Western fans as Hot Shot) has been delayed. e-Hobby & Japan both have changed this figure's release date from February to March.

March is jammed packed with Takara Transformers. Expect to see:
MP Grimlock
Henkei Thrust & Dirge (exclusives)
Henkei Mini Attack Team
Henkei Mini Spy Team
Encore Cassette vol. 1
Alternity Megatron

Deluxe Figure Price Increases Coming Into Effect

Transformers News: Deluxe Figure Price Increases Coming Into Effect
Date: Friday, January 30th 2009 8:50pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Store News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Walmart

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Views: 11,380 was first to bring you the news that HASBRO, Inc. had projected price increases for Deluxe Class figures and below way back here. Now, while are initial report stated that these increases were to take affect on September 1, 2008, most Transformers products actually saw a decrease in price in the retail chain "sale wars" that took place for the 2008 Holiday season. But has just received photo proof that the price increase is upon us.



These photos were taken at an area Walmart store earlier today. While the price increase hit the Deluxe line of figures, no other figures within the 10 or less increase bracket appeared to be increased. will keep you updated with more information as it develops.

Buried Treasure Review - Frostbite

Transformers News: Buried Treasure Review - Frostbite
Date: Friday, January 30th 2009 8:19pm CST
Categories: Site News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Duke of Luns

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Views: 56,604

The year 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the Transformers franchise. To celebrate this incredible milestone, will look back at a quarter-century of great Transformers toys, bringing back into the limelight some brilliant figures that have fallen through the cracks over the years. Once a week, a fan (be it a member of the staff or a user on the site) will have the opportunity to write about one of their favourite "hidden gems" of the Transformers Universe, and have their review posted on the site's front page.

We hope this feature will be a great success, and that many of you will be encouraged to look back at the last 25 years of Transformers and perhaps take a worthwhile second-look at some real unsung classics of the Transformers universe.


Buried Treasure - Frostbite (Universe series - 2005)

By Duke of Luns

In the early part of 2003, the Transformers Universe Line was born. The intent of this line was to give collectors and kids a second chance to buy molds of previously released figures, occasionally paying homage to a past character in Transformer lore. Unfortunately, the Transformers Universe line was plagued by a dearth of uninteresting repaints in hideous or gaudy colors that sometimes hampered an otherwise great figure, and the line met its demise in late 2005. Because of the lines early end, several interesting figures and redecos were left on the manufacturing room floor. Many of these figures would either not see release for several years, if at all, but fortunately for us Frostbite was not among them.

Before I begin my review, I think a little back-story is in order. Firstly, Frostbite is a Decepticon repaint of Transmetal II Jawbreaker, a Maximal. Jawbreaker was one of the final molds from the Beast Wars line, and since he never appeared in the show or any comic (barring the Beat Wars Sourcebook) as of yet, he‘s often forgotten. Frostbite was part of the final general retail release Universe figures alongside Longhorn and Night Slash Cheetor, and he‘s now showing up in a review about forgotten Transformers. It’s probably just a coincidence, but you never know. Anyway, speaking of back-story, Frostbite actually doesn’t have any, other than he’s an agent of Unicron. Considering just how cool the figure looks it’s a shame, because after all Transformers are living, functioning aliens from outer space, and it’s nice to put a personality to a face. But since this is a review of a toy and not a character, I suppose it really is a moot point. So in that respect, let’s start by examining Frostbite MOC shall we?


Frostbite comes in normal Universe packaging, with original character at on the front of the bubble insert. In short, pretty lame packaging. However, it would be in err to judge a book by its cover, since what’s inside is more than meets the eye….

Upon opening the package, we are presented with a Transmetal II hyena….with white, purple, black and light blue fur. I guess that he’d be some kind of artic hyena, if one existed. Not exactly realistic or even “disguisable”, but considering some of the color schemes that adorned other figures in the line, it’s pretty pleasing to the eye. Anyway, the color scheme is completely original and isn’t really meant to homage any past characters, but if you squint real hard you might catch a passing resemblance to G1 Carnivac.


Molding and detail wise, it’s everything you would expect from a Transmetal II, and that’s a good thing. Almost every part on the figure is unique, with few if any “mirrored” pieces. Robotic and fleshy parts flow in and out each other very well, and this figure demonstrates very well just how much the Beast Wars line had changed up to that point. I particularly love the robotic right eye.


Moving on, I think now would be a good time to “point” out just how evil and dangerous Frostbite looks. From his toothy buck toothed mouth right to the bladed tip of his tail, this guy just screams “Beware of Dog“. Also of note the spinning saw blade located on his back. It functions perfectly in this mode, and doesn’t scrape against the back of the head or anything. Hard to believe this guy was redecod from a Maximal huh? Oh yeah, and no need to worry scratching or cutting yourself, since this is a children’s toy most of the bladed areas are molded in soft plastic and all have rounded tips, and this factor only enhances how cool his beast mode is. After all, do you really want to have a first aid kit on hand every time you play with him?


Articulation is pretty decent for a Beast Wars era figure. He has some slight head articulation with full 360 degree movement, and can even tilt up, down, and side to side slightly. His front legs can’t move side to side, the but can rotate a full 360 degrees, though they will hit the hind legs in the process. These legs also articulated at the knee, and slightly at the foot as well. The hind quarters fare both better and worse than the front. They have some slight side outward movement due to being on a ball joint, but I personally don’t think they look right when jutted out. Also due to molding issues the legs can’t rotate a full 360 degrees like the front legs can, but this doesn’t affect posing much. The legs are also articulated at the knee and at the back of the calf to simulate the “backwards knees” that most four legged animals possess. Like the front legs, his feet have some minor articulation. Finally, his tail has some slight up and down movement. Not much to write home about, but more than some earlier Beast Wars figures.


Unfortunately, this great and original beast mode is marred by a couple of technical difficulties. First of all, his head is not very well hidden, and can easily be seen underneath of him in this form. The second problem is that the front quarter of the figure doesn’t hold together very tightly. The front legs have a habit of becoming un-pegged, and the connection behind the saw blade area isn’t very secure either. However, these are very minor issues, and do little to spoil the awesomeness of his beast mode.


But hey, despite how awesome Frostbite’s beast mode is, this is a Transformers review, so now would be a good time to settle into the metal.


After a relatively simple transformation we now have a very cool, very posable robot. Articulation wise, he has fifteen points, sixteen if you move the back piece backwards a tad, giving him waist rotation. His head can rotate a full 360 degrees, and his arms are ball jointed. His right forarm is on a hinge at the elbow, and can rotate a full 360 degrees here as well. The left arm has a ball joint on the forearm. His arm kibble/beast front legs still rotate in this mode was well, but I don’t count them on his articulation tally. The legs are ball jointed, with hinges on the knees, calves , and feet. Stability wise, I’ve found no problem with my figure. The ball joints have held pretty tightly over the years, and his feet are large enough to accommodate him in almost any position. He also has pretty even weight distribution, so he’s not heavy anywhere.


Sculpt wise, Frostbite is one vicious looking Decepticon. His head sculpt is pretty standard Transformers fare, though I find it interesting that his cyborg looking eye is on the left side, whereas his beast mode cyborg eye is on the right. Maybe he has different vision depending on what mode he’s in? You’ll also notice that like his beast mode, the robot mode is not symmetrical, and there is a mish-mash of organic and cybernetic parts going on everywhere. Also, Frostbite looks good from practically any position, with the only kibble being on his arms, but this doesn’t detract from the figure in the least, and enhances his look slightly.


Yep, Frostbite certainly looks ready willing to rip any opposing Autobots to shreds! Obviously to do this he would require a weapon, and as I’m sure you’ve noticed, Frostbite not only has one built in, but very capable handheld weapon as well.

Let’s examine his right arm first. Like several Beast Wars era figures, his beast mode head has become one of his hands. Since the head is on a joint, it can be positioned to look very natural, in nearly any position. Behind his head we come to the main gimmick of the figure, namely his spinning saw blade. Often times whenever an action figure has any kind of spinning action figure, it almost always inhibits the posabilty or look that said figure could have if that feature wasn’t present. Frostbite actually bucks this trend, because not only does the saw blade look good in almost any position, it doesn’t affect posability or functionality in the least! The only trade off is that the forearm is a tad bulky, but it’s light enough that it doesn’t weigh the arm down, and the exposed lever and un-detailed areas doesn’t look too ghastly.


Now then. let’s talk about Frostbite’s only accessory. What was once his tail has now become a very deadly and sharp looking sword, excellently molded and painted. It’s molded in soft plastic, so there won’t be any poked fingers, and is light enough to be held high over his head should you wish to pose him that way. The sword is also very….big. Gee, with a weapon that size, ya think he might be compensating for something? Juvenile jokes aside, Frostbite is actually a head or so shorter than most deluxe sized Transformers, but that doesn’t make him any less deadly in this reviewer’s opinion.


So in closing, Frostbite is one excellent looking and often overlooked Transformer, and was certainly a great figure that came at end the original ill-fated Universe line, despite not paying direct homage to any particular past character. Hopefully when the Universe 2.0 line returns after the Movie we’ll see some more interesting original characters that can make their own legacy.


Visit the Frostbite gallery by clicking here
Visit the Transmetal II Jawbreaker gallery by clicking here
...Or find your own buried treasures by visiting all the toy galleries here!

* If you would like to write a review for our "Buried Treasures" feature, please send a private message to Skowl on the forums!

Previous Buried Treasure Reviews:


Cannonball by Skowl


Snapdragon by Jeep


Cybertron Downshift by Chuckdawg1999

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