We will have our own content and coverage of one of the other stragglers from Toy Fair New York 2017, but in the meantime, you can check out the write-up feature that Gizmodo did of the Winning Solutions Premium edition Transformers Monopoly! It's just a robot themed version of the traditional board game, but it does look as though it goes all out in doing so, take a look for yourselves below.
You can find a copy of Monopoly tailored to almost any interest, hobby, or pop culture property. The most popular board game in the world has been endlessly licensed, but this magnificent Transformers version from Winning Solutions raises the bar all the way to Cybertron.
Featuring original artwork inspired by the packaging of the ‘80s toy line, Transformers Monopoly replaces all of the game’s classic properties with Transformers characters. Where you’d normally find Park Place and Boardwalk, you’ll instead find Bumblebee and Optimus Prime as the game’s most valuable spots to buy up on the board. And players don’t Pass Go to collect $200, they instead “Roll Out.” Perfect.
Monopoly’s traditional houses and hotels are also gone in this version of the game. Players collect money to buy energon cubes instead which powers up the characters they’ve purchased to increase the ‘rent’ when other players land there.
Even the game’s money will have you wishing the US Mint created a similar design for the country’s official currency, with Autobot and Decepticon logos featured on each bill.
What really steals the show, though, are the game’s tokens. Hasbro recently reached out to the internet to help vote and decide what all the new tokens for the classic version of the game will look like. But had the options included Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Rodimus Prime, and the Allspark, which all come bundled with Transformers Monopoly, they would have easily swept the voting.
The game is a work of art, so Winning Solutions has designed the game board so that collectors can actually hang it on a wall if they want. Hinged aluminum panels surrounding the board can be folded in (or transformed) to cover everything except the Transformers artwork in the center. Is it a little over-the-top? Without a doubt. But when the game is finally available sometime around July 1 later this year, it’s going to come with a price tag somewhere around $500-$600, so the last thing you’d want to do is shove it back into a closet when you’re done playing.
The new Takara website section that is promoting The Last Knight toys has updated with some new images of packaging art for Hound, Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, and Barricade! These new images show the character's new looks, with Bee getting an updated alt mode and reverting back to a more Dark of the Moon styled body, while Barricade takes up his new look as the bad boy Decepticon cop that looks a little more human than his previous appearance. Looking close, it is also interesting to note that Barricade has replaced his "To Punish and Enslave" with "To Protect and Serve" in his robot mode as well, and we get a good close-up of his new brass knuckles.
Check out the packaging art below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Dengecki Hobby has a 5 hour video of the Japan Wonderfest event with guests talking about the toys they designed.
At the 4:32:53 mark, famed Takara designer Hisashi Yuki promotes MPM-3 Bumblebee, as he did with Legends Super Ginrai before. This is a joint Hasbro and Takara design, with both company names appearing on the box.
He shows off the features such as the articulation and the battlemask.
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Better late than never. We finally have official images of the Legion and Warrior Robots in Diguise toys unveiled at the 2017 New York Toy Fair.
Most were found on the show floor but we do have a never before seen figure of Legion Heatseeker, who is a component of Menasor. Some have already been seen before, but never the less, below you will see images for the following figures:
We have some god news and bad news for the collectors who saw Hasbro's The Last Knight Premier toys and were waiting to see the Takara versions to see how they wold be improved. The good news is that Takara now has promotional images for the toys as well as a whole section fo their site now live to promote them. The bad news is that there is not much improvement, if any. Below you will see images of :
Also, we have images of their Premier Voyager Prime courtesy of the Japan Toysrus website. It appears to be a Toysrus Exclusive (like the White Voyager Prime from the last film). It too shows barely any improvement over the Hasbro version and is priced at ¥ 4,499 ($40 USD!). While this may confuse many, please remember that when it comes to mainline movie toys, the Takara version of Hasbro toys rarely offers much improvement. Any major improvement is usually done through a special distinctive subsequent release. This has been the case since 2007. This should also dispel any misconceptions that the price of Takara products is related to their deco. Unlike Age of Extinction, the Takara movie line for The Last Knight will have all toys under the same TLK banner, mixing in simpler and more complex toys. The date given for TLK 01-08 is an end of April release.
Wonderfest 2017 also had all the Movie the Best toys, that are yet to be released, on display. We see their boxes and final decos. This is our best look yet at Ironhide, Ratchet, Strafe, Soundwave, Starscream and Grimlock. We also see MB11 Leader Optimus Prime, whose grey plastic seems to have more of a matte look rather than a silver finish. We also get a nice shot of Bumblebee riding Strafe and Optimus riding Grimlock. These are coming out at the end of this month with Optimus coming out in March.
This weekend, Leader Megatron from Transformers The Last Knight Toyline was revealed both in the US at Toy Fair and in Japan at Wonderfest. What is interesting is that in the Takara display, he had a faceplate. This is also how Megatron is shown in package at the Hasbro event, meaning that both toys (which are maybe the same at this point) have that feature. We have inserted images of the Hasbro one below for you to spot if this is the same toy. Also, the in box image of Megatron does not have the same detailing found on the show floor, meaning that the one on the show floor is a painted prototype. The Takara one can then be our best look yet at the finished version of this leader toy. You can see him posed below with a closeup on his faceplate, as well as shots from his back which we haven't seen yet. Let us know what you think!
Some stragglers from the news out of Wonderfest 2017, in Tokyo, Japan, include the Takara Tomy Masterpiece and Unite Warriors line - the second update is about the last set in the Unite Warriors line, UW-EX Baldigus / Ruination, which reuses the Combaticons and Bruticus' molds in a new colours scheme. Check it all out below via Twitter user chromless!
Some stragglers from the news out of Wonderfest 2017, in Tokyo, Japan, include the Takara Tomy Masterpiece and Unite Warriors line - the first update is for the MP-35 figure, a redeco and newly accessorised Inferno: Grapple! Not a lot of love for this yellow guy, but check out two images below.
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