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Transformers News: Update: 20% Off Sale and More!
Date: Sunday, August 5th 2007 3:50am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
Posted by: Air Commander Starscream | Credit(s): Joel of

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Another update from Joel from

Hi - Here is another exciting update from
about many more new preorders, more new arrivals, a new exclusive, and our
latest sale!

20% OFF SALE: Save 20% on everything in the store except 'new' and
'preorder / backorder' items! We've just removed the 'new' designation
from hundreds more products so even more figures are on sale. This sale
will last until 7:00 PM Central time on Monday August 6th. Just choose
your favorite menu to start shopping.


worldwide, we are proud to present the new Ramjet, Thrust, and Dirge
busts. These busts fit in nicely with the rest of Diamond Select's
Transformer line and they are priced at $59.99 each, or save $15 and buy
the entire set for $164.99. Due to the extremely low edition size, this
should be a tough set to find in the future. Check out the coneheads
below, and stay tuned for more exclusives in the future!

GI JOE 25TH - WAVE 3 SINGLES: These were on display at Comic-con so we
have some early images of all the wave 2 & 3 figures! Wave 3 includes
these figures: Zartan, Shipwreck, Stalker, Red Ninja, Firefly. We have
sets at $34.99 and cases of 8 with a few extra figures at $47.99

DC SUPERHEROES - NEW BATMAN WAVE: Mattel has just announced a new case
wave that contains 6 brand new figures. This case will be released in
October and it includes one each of: Batman (Classic Black and Gray),
Clayface (from comic line), Joker, Nightwing, Catwoman, and Bruce Wayne to
Batman. We have preorders open at $59.99 for the full set of 6 here:

SPIDER-MAN UNLEASHED: Hasbro's first batch of Unleashed figures from the
Marvel world look great - We have the New Goblin, Spider-Man, Sandman,
Venom, and Black Suited Spider-Man up for preorder at $24.99 - in and out
of package photos are available here:

MARVEL LEGENDS ICONS - WAVES 5 & 6: Two great new waves that each feature
variant versions of one figure. We have sets of Nightcrawler, Daredevil,
and Yellow Daredevil as well as Phoenix, Colossus, and Dark Phoenix at
$74.99 per set of 3.

STAR WARS ADMIRAL ACKBAR BUST: Another cool new offering from Gentle
Giant, this bust is up for preorder at $43.99

STAR WARS CLASSICS BUSTS: More smaller scale busts are up for preorder at
$26.99 each - Queen Amidala, Snowtrooper and Hammerhead are listed here

TRANSFORMERS - JAPANESE EXCLUSIVES: We have small quantities of the Gold
Metallic Bumblebee with movie ticket, and the new Micron Booster sets.
These are available at $79.99 and $84.99 respectively - here are the two
= Bumblebee
= Micron Booster Case

SIDESHOW TOYS - TONS OF NEW STUFF: Sideshow easily had the largest
display of all new products at Comic-Con - a very impressive setup and the
new figures are amazing. This is a big list - here goes:

--PREMIUM FORMAT TOMB RAIDER - LARA CROFT: This awesome figure was one of
the best at the show - up for preorder at $229.99

--THOR VS LOKI DIORAMA: These end up being very limited and usually
appreciate quite nicely - preorders have been listed at $279.99

--BLACK CAT DIORAMA: Another beauty from Adam Hughes - $119.99

--ROBOCOP PREMIUM FORMAT: 19 inches tall - $259.99 - very cool

--CHUCKY - LIFE SIZE DOLL: This huge Chucky from 'Seed of Chucky' is up
for preorder at $519.99

--WARCRAFT DIORAMA: Blood Elf vs Draenei Paladin - early prototype images
only, but it looks very nice - $279.99

--1:1 SCALE R2-D2 & C-3P0: At over $5k each, these two life sized droids
are the ultimate replicas from Sideshow

--ALIEN VS PREDATOR PROPS: Three cool new items including Predator Mask,
Predator Plasma Cannon, and Predator Shuriken are up for preorder at
$24.99 to $279.99

--MUCH MORE SIDESHOW: We just don't have room to do a full listing for
everything, but here is a rundown of some of the other items Sideshow
produces or distributes:

13" Sall-Mountable Alien Diorama
Wolverine Legendary Scale Bust
Electric Tiki Mighty Mouse
Electric Tiki Prince Valiant
Disney VCD: Guitar Mickey, Tinkerbell, Tigger, Belle, Ariel
Buffy Tooned Up Maquette
Elizabeth Swann - Hot Toys 12"
Prison Break - Lincoln & Michael Street Clothes
Saw Puppet VCD
Rambo - First Blood
Trick 'r Treat - 15" Sam
Star Wars - C3P0 & Wicket VCD
Hannibal Lectur - Real Action Hero
Alien - 16" Brown Alien Warrior
Cosbaby - Jack Sparrow & more PotC figures
Star Wars - Luke Skywalker Rebel Commander
Frankenstein - 20" Figure
Godfather - Don Vitto Corleone Premium Format
Terminator - T-800 Life Size Bust

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVES: We had a buyers at the show working hard
to secure a variety of show-only items. More exclusives will be listed
later in the week as our buyers get everything counted and shipped, here
is the current list of items - most in quite limited quantities. The
pricing is not as low as we'd like, but our buyers needed to be rewarded
for the time spent and getting these is a fairly expensive process:

--LIVING DEAD DOLLS RESURRECTION: Limited to only 400 sets worldwide,
this set of 4 LDD figures is sure to appreciate nicely in the future:

--GI JOE SILVER HEADED DESTRO: Pimp-Daddy Destro - very limited numbers:

--STAR WARS - SHADOW SCOUT: A very cool all-black Speeder Bike Set:

--BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TITANIUM: A 3-pack of hard to find figures

--WAR WITHIN GRIMLOCK BUST: Limited to only 600 pieces - by DST $59.99

--MARVEL LEGENDS STAN LEE: Stan finally gets his own figure & cool box:

--SW CONCEPT YODA & OBI-WAN: Another nifty addition to the concept lineup

--TITANIUM MENASOR: A cool dark repaint of Rodimus Prime

--MY LITTLE PONY: A Comic-Con inspired paint job on this pony

GEKI RANGERS - DX SAIDAIOH: A huge Rhino figure with a large sword for a
horn. This one is up for preorder at $144.99 - looks to be a cool set.

HOT TOYS MILITARY: The USMC II Marine Expeditionary Force - Tan Version
figure, and its barrel-full of accessories is now up for preorder at
$109.99. Another awesome release from Hot Toys.


STAR WARS ULTIMATE GALACTIC HUNT 2007: We've just received a variety of
the new Gold Coin UGH figures and have them listed between $14.99 and
$19.99 each. Some are on preorder, but that shipment is on the way so
they should arrive next week.

HOT TOYS ROCKY - APOLLO & IVAN: We have all five of the 12" Hot Toys
Movie Masterpiece Rocky figures in stock now - all figures are $149.99 and
they are nicely executed with cool packaging.

HOT TOYS PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Jack Sparrow and Sao Feng are now in
stock for $159.99 each, and the Elizabeth Swann figure is up for preorder.

REVOLTECH: The new Saber Alter version is now in stock and we've
restocked a variety of other items. Check them all out here:

A CHRISTMAS STORY: Ralphie and The Old Man are each in stock for $10.99 -
its a bit early for Christmas, but these may sell out before its time.

STAR TREK - RETRO CLOTH FIGURES: The first set of figures is now in stock
for $29.99 - get your Kirk & Klingon now and be sure to reserve wave two:
Spock & Andorian as well.

GEKI RANGERS - DX FIRE SET: Another cool mecha from Bandai, this set is
in stock for $84.99 and it looks to be fairly complex, the box was pretty
good sized so its a nice big figure.

HUNDREDS MORE ITEMS: There are well over 150 other items that arrived
this week, we just don't have room to list them all, so take a quick swing
through your favorite menus to see if anything new has arrived.

Thanks for your interest in and be sure to take
advantage of the 20% Off Sale - it ends Monday night at 7:00 Central time.

Joel & The BBTS Crew

Preview of New Avengers / Transformers #3

Transformers News: Preview of  New Avengers / Transformers #3
Date: Sunday, August 5th 2007 2:15am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s):

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New Avengers/Transformers #2 due is due to hit comic shelves this Wednesday. Before issue #2 hits comic stand there is already a preview for the third issue. has posted a preview of New Avengers/Transformers #3. Check it out by clicking here. To keep up with all the latest Avengers/Transformers news keep checking out the Comics Section.

IDW Photos from San Diego Comic-Con 2007

Transformers News: IDW Photos from San Diego Comic-Con 2007
Date: Sunday, August 5th 2007 1:54am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News
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IDW has updated their website once again. This time they have updated with some photos from San Diego Comic-Con 2007. Take a look at the pictures here.

G1 Knock Offs at Big Lots (Prowl and Red Alert)

Transformers News: G1 Knock Offs at Big Lots (Prowl and Red Alert)
Date: Saturday, August 4th 2007 8:40pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Knock Offs
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): TFW 2005

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Big Lots is a great place for KO's, especially G1 combiners.

It appears that another kind of KO can be added to the list.

Large size Knock Off versions of World's Smallest Transformers Prowl, and World's Smallest Transformers Red Alert have been found at Big Lots.

Read the full siting here along with pictures of these interesting KOs.

As always keep an I peeled towards the Toy News Section for more information on vintage, Knock Off, and New Transformers' Toys news.

Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest

Transformers News: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest
Date: Saturday, August 4th 2007 5:57pm CDT
Category: Digital Media News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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Extreme Tech recently held a contest asking people to design their own type of casing for their personal computers. 36-year-old John Mangus from Pennsylvania won first place in this contest by modeling his PC case to resemble G1 Optimus Prime. Check out the article and the pictures of the winning PC case.

"This Optimus Prime PC mod is made out of aluminum from ranges of 14 ga to 1/4" material and formed and tig welded. It stands 6'10" tall while in transport mode. When I was designing this PC I wanted it to transform in some way or another. It is a Transfomer, what kind would it be if it did not transform. So, I made it transform into a much smaller desktop form. The hands are from casts I made from my own hands. I thought it would be cool to have something of me built into the mod. I used a slideout motherboard design for the MB mounting and external PSU mounted in a custom enclosure mounted on the back. It also has a 7" LCD sreen mounted in the waist to watch movies or such. I made the Autobot Matix center out of a solid peice of brass then milled it on my lathe to accept a 7" blue plasma disk and mounted on a 1/4" aluminum frame and polished it to a mirror shine".

Exclusive G1 Ramjet, Dirge, and Thrust Busts at BBTS

Transformers News: Exclusive G1 Ramjet, Dirge, and Thrust Busts at BBTS
Date: Saturday, August 4th 2007 1:51am CDT
Categories: Sponsor News, Collectables, Store News
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Our sponsor has announced they will be sellin a new exclusive product. They will be selling an exclusive set of three seeker busts. The busts are of G1 Ramjet, Dirge, and Thrust. The bust are made by Diamond Select Toys and are limited to only 250 pieces worldwide. Each individual seeker will cost $59.99 each, howeverm, you can buy the entire set for $164.99. Click here to view the busts.

Living and Dying in Wal-Mart (Because eBay isn’t fast enough)

Transformers News: Living and Dying in Wal-Mart  (Because eBay isn’t fast enough)
Date: Friday, August 3rd 2007 5:29pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Toy News, Site Articles
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Counterpunch

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It has been awhile since our last site article. Our own Counterpunch has posted an insightful article in the toys forum that we thought everyone would enjoy. With out further delay here is Counterpunch's article:

This is an article I wrote, it is themed as a conversation or argument even. Hopefully it sparks some discussion and helps some of the new guys out as they get into the hobby. For those interested, this kind of article may become a regular thing.

Punch: This one’s about the market folks or more specifically the current market for Transformers collecting. We’re going to look at a few trends, traps, and realities of what may be the most stable and profitable (read: Expensive) toy collecting fandom.

Counterpunch: Any discussion of this issue would be completely off base if we did not first separate the market into two distinct and equally treacherous branches: G1 and everything else.

Punch: Agreed. However, in saying ‘everything else’ we aren’t meaning to degrade or somehow put off the non-G1 toys. It’s simply that the realities of the G1 market merit their own side discussion.

Counterpunch: There are basics to all manner of Transformers collecting that we are going to first and foremost agree on. There are three cardinal rules where if we and more importantly you can’t accept, you should just quit reading right now.

The Rules:
1. Pay to play. Don’t kid yourself, ever. Pound for pound, collecting Transformers is about banking money and understanding that you are going to pay early, often, and in considerable sums.

2. Prices do not ‘go down’. Unlike StarWars or other collectable where technology consistently improves and the toys are actually better than they were 20+ years ago; Transformers only becomes different. Sure, articulation improves, but essentially, a car is still going to unfold into a robot. Even the oldest Transformers toys are no where near as time dated as the 1990’s Star Wars stuff. So, Transformers fans never have to ‘upgrade’ a character. Where as a 1990’s Luke Skywalker is a retarded hunk of plastic compared with an SA version.

Punch: and third:

3. Quantities are limited. As for some of the mass-produced figures like Classics Starscream or Energon Tidalwave…where are they? Shouldn’t these be on the shelf when we want them? Why am I literally battling Wal-Mart to find Cybertron Wingsaber? The popularity of Transformer combined with you, me, kids, and sweaty fan-boi #7 really ensures that toys do not linger on the shelves. (Though Energon Ironhide is a note worthy exception. ‘F’ that toy, right?)

Counterpunch: So we’re in agreement then?

Punch: Most certainly. I think we should dive right into the vintage market and address this issue up front. This of course means tackling the big issue, the elephant in the room per se.

Counterpunch: The movie?

Punch: The movie and its relevance to the vintage market is very, very important. What we’re seeing is not even a gradual assault on the formerly stable vintage market. We’re seeing a bump in prices which approaches 30% in most areas. The movie has awakened hordes of former fans who now want a piece of the action. They are older (about 25-30), have jobs, and are willing to drop some cash to reclaim their childhood.

Counterpunch: I agree with you that the movie is the driving factor here. I am not entirely sure it is purely Gen-Xers that are fueling this though. Sellers are doing their part as well. Looking through eBay of late reveals that many vintage figures are simply placed online with considerably higher BuyItNow prices than they were drawing even a year ago. The marketplace is taking advantage of the movie fervor by upping the cost of entry into the collecting game.

Punch: I will concede that even the dealer room of BotCon this year was very difficult to find a deal of any kind in.

Counterpunch: And I can concede that there really are more people out there to snatch up any deals that do lend themselves to the market at any given time.

Punch: At any rate, the vintage market is a tough sea to navigate properly. Remember when the reissues were announced and everyone thought that the values of those reissued toys would crash?

Counterpunch: Indeed and it never played out that way at all.

Punch: Exactly, this all goes to support my demand side for this discussion. The demand from the growing fan-base is enough to support even several rounds of reissues.

Counterpunch: Touché good sir. You are indeed a scholar and a gentleman. All things considered, the vintage market remains a solid investment. It follows the 3 rules perfectly. Prices are prohibitive, even in the best situation you aren’t going to find ‘deals’ which means the market is steady and people recognize the worth of the toys they have.

Punch: Right, and to further this, Prices do not go down. We already mentioned the reissue, issue. The market is varied enough (incorporating both ‘true’ vintage, read: originals, and character vintage, where the figure, not the date, is important).

Counterpunch: And lastly, quantities are limited and more limited every year. G1 figures break and degrade into uselessness more so every year. If you don’t believe this, go out and try to hunt down a good condition Vroom. If that proves too difficult, go with Jetfire. Approaching 25 years in age for most of these toys means they are becoming real antiques.

Punch: So we move on now to the Post-G1 era. This will encompass everything from G2 through Classics (Beast Wars/Machines, RiD, Armada, Energon, Cybertron, you name it)

Counterpunch: If you had asked me about the value of these toys a year ago, two years ago, I would have pointed to the wasteland known as eBay as proof that these toys just do not have or hold value.

Punch: Now in retrospect, that would make you an ass.

Counterpunch: Indeed it would.

Punch: Something has happened to this side of the market and no one can really point to a time or event that was the catalyst. Even the movie can’t really claim credit for this one.

Counterpunch: I first notices the trend at Christmas a year or so ago when several people were commenting that they were having trouble finding Cybertron Leobreaker on eBay for a reasonable price. My disbelief was considerable especially since the toy had been so absurdly plentiful not long before.

Punch: Before we continue, be assured that there is an argument about to develop in this discussion, we’re not all sunshine and lollipops on this issue at all.

Counterpunch: Right, but we have to agree that there are many, many figures that have been released over the past few years which are now seeing close to 100% increases in their value on the secondary market. Noteworthy mentions include the aforementioned Leobreaker- $50, Brave Maximus $250-$350, Classics Starscream- $25, Armada Starscream $40+?, Energon Omega Sentinel- $65-100, BW Rattrap (75$ F’ing dollars for a basic?!?), Alternator Camshaft, Swerve, Decepticharge, Mirage…- More $$ than they should be…. and so forth.

Punch: That we do. I’ve seen Universe Tankor and Obsidian sell for upwards of $35-40 on eBay. Those are horrible toys people and you should all be ashamed of yourselves.

Counterpunch: So, we’re left with a choice; to pay now, or to pay later. Many collectors have taken up the mantra: If I find it, I buy it. I subscribe whole-heartedly to this concept. It’s much better to pay retail on sight than it is to suck it up and pay (grudgingly) 2-3x the MSRP on eBay.

Punch: On the other and potentially more intelligent hand, I can not remember a line in recent history that has NOT gone to clearance at sometime or another. Maybe there are 3-5 figures in a given line that will perform very well on eBay and the secondary market. That leaves 30-40 figures that will not increase instantly. The real incentive and smart, practical move for any collector (or completionist) is to wait out these deals. What you will save over time, should be considerably more than the premium you may or may not pay on those hard to find figures.

Counterpunch: As compelling an argument as that is, it ignores our firmly established Rule #1: Pay to Play. For that matter, it basically ignores Rule #2 as well. If prices will not go down, they can really only go up.

Punch: You should realize that those rules apply to the long-term for collecting. It’s taken Energon up until now to see those realized values for the toys. In the short term, playing the retail market to its fullest can help keep the frugal collector afloat. Keeping with Energon, there were a lot of people who were able to acquire the majority of the line after the Christmas season it ended and all on clearance prices.

Counterpunch: That’s a great single instance you pointed out there. It did not happen in Armada, Cybertron, or Classics. For that matter, good luck finding Titaniums or Alternators from the first wave or two 3-4 months after release (which people never did). Mass market lines have the potential to provide excellent clearance prices under the right circumstances, all I am cautioning people on, is that in no way should you make a strategy of that when looking to acquire a line or even a specifically popular figure, otherwise, you end up paying $40 for Energon Tidalwave like an ass (of which the author of this article is guilty, but would like to redeem himself by saying that he bought Alternator Swerve on sight just because he’d ‘probably never see it again’)

Punch: Fair enough, since you were able to concede the G1 analysis to me, I can let this one go to you. Despite all the ranting and venomous assaults on the quality and design of the new age of Transformers toys, they have been undeniably popular. While I can’t understand exactly just who out there is buying these things, they are leaving the shelves.

In Conclusion:

We either pound the pavement, in search of these toys as they hit, or we fume on eBay in vain attempts to not fund ‘scalpers’ as we try to get the best deal on the latest figure. The ‘wave’ release system has gone a long way to almost demanding our presence in stores to hunt down the latest figures. Recent trends have shown that the cost of not being up to date on what is available and when will literally cost us in the long run. On the other hand, there is a whole lot of satisfaction in buying a $20 figure, only to see it approaching 40-60 dollars on eBay in a year or so.

The vintage G1 market is and has always been a bed rock of collecting. In almost no instance will your investment in these toys, over time, see you at a loss. It’s a hard market to deal in, because condition, completeness, and availability are all demons that will haunt you as you collect. Prices are rising for these toys for a variety of reasons and kind of like the housing boom, these reasons will most certainly cause a permanent increase in value no matter how much we’d still like to find affordable G1 Wheeljacks at $60 (Try the $100-120 range for a nice C9 version…)

Good luck to you in your hunting endeavors. Just know that whatever figure you are looking for in Wal-Mart, I’m there snatching up before you at the butt-crack of dawn and when you get sniped for that G1 figure you really wanted on eBay, well, check back with Rule #1.

We’re out.

Gallery of Music Label Spark Blue Soundwave Now On-Line!

Transformers News: Gallery of Music Label Spark Blue Soundwave Now On-Line!
Date: Friday, August 3rd 2007 10:24am CDT
Categories: Site News, Toy News, Collectables
Posted by: GetterDragun | Credit(s): Maldroth, Seibertron

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First we had the gallery of the iPod white version of Music Label Soundwave. Now we present to you the 253 photos of the Spark Blue version; the modern rendition of our G1 favorite!
Gallery of Music Label Blue Soundwave

Be sure to check out the previous gallery of Music Label White Soundwave here:
Gallery of Music Label White Soundwave

And don't forget to check out the rest of's galleries in the Toy Section.

More Detailed Images of Nike Free 7.0 Ultra Magnus

Transformers News: More Detailed Images of Nike Free 7.0 Ultra Magnus
Date: Friday, August 3rd 2007 2:22am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s):

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The release of Sports Lable Nike Free 7.0 Ultra Magnus is getting closer and closer. Now new detailed pictures of the figure have surface on the auction site Here are the newest images:

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New In and Out of Package Photos of Encore Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New In and Out of Package Photos of Encore Optimus Prime
Date: Friday, August 3rd 2007 2:12am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s):

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Very soon TakaraTomy's next line of G1 reissues, Encore, will be released. The first figure in the line is Optimus Prime. New in and out of package picture of the Encore Optimus Prime have been posted on The pictures show some interesting things. First and most noteably, the Autobot symbol on Optimus Prime's shoulder looks like it is stamped on and will not be a sticker. Also, Roller is the silver version. View the images for yourself here.

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