We just received a press release from our friends at Toys"R"Us announcing their exclusive Masterpiece Soundwave and Masterpiece Acidstorm will be available for purchase at SDCC 2013! Soundwave and crew are priced at $120.00 and Acidstorm is priced at $75.00, these will be available at booth #2343.
Toys“R”Us® Heads to Comic-Con International in San Diego at
Entertainment Earth® Booth #2343 with Nine Noteworthy Exclusives
Collector-worthy TRANSFORMERS, Pretty Ponies, a Batmobile and a Limited Edition Fairy
All among Toys“R”Us Comic-Con Exclusives
Building on its tradition of offering an unbeatable assortment of toys for kids and collectors of all ages, Toys“R”Us® has revealed its lineup of nine exclusive items available in honor of its fifth appearance at the highly anticipated Comic-Con International in San Diego, which will take place from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21. Offered in partnership with Entertainment Earth® at Booth #2343, conventioneers will find Comic-Con merchandise based on fan favorite series, like Adventure Time™, WINX Club®, TRANSFORMERS, Batman and The Walking Dead.
Toys“R”Us will also provide Comic-Con goers the opportunity to be among the first to purchase exclusive merchandise not yet available in stores, such as the BATMAN Adam West Batmobile, MY LITTLE PONY NIGHTMARE MOON and RAINBOW DASH SHADOW BOLT, The Walking Dead Comic The Governors Daughter Penny, and TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Acid Storm and Soundwave, among others. These first look items will become available in Toys“R”Us stores nationwide later this year.
To help commemorate these dynamic deals from Toys“R”Us, on Friday, July 19, from 12 noon to 1 pm, Todd McFarlane, cartoonist, writer and toy designer, will be on hand in the Entertainment Earth booth to sign autographs for fans*.
Fans unable to journey to San Diego this year will also have the opportunity to purchase all nine items online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention beginning Thursday, July 18. All merchandise is available while supplies last, so fans should visit Entertainment Earth at booth #2343 or Toysrus.com/ComicConvention early to make their purchases.
Comic-Con International Show Exclusives
Toys“R”Us Exclusive San Diego Comic-Con Adventure Time™ Puppies from Jazwares®, Inc.
Jake and Rainicorn's puppies have arrived and they're heading to their very first convention! Say hello to Charlie, T.V., Viola, Kim Kil Whan and Jake Jr.! Fans will find these adorable puppies within the Adventure Time Lady Rainicorn with Pups plush item. Comic-Con goers can collect them all in this one, multi-piece, plush exclusive for $30.
Toys“R”Us Exclusive San Diego Comic-Con WINX Club® Limited Edition Deluxe Daphne Doll from Jakks Pacific® Inc.
Meet Daphne, Bloom’s sister, the eldest daughter of King Oritel and Queen Marion. Daphne shines golden, bound in Lake Roccaluce since being transformed into a spirit by a dark spell against her. This 11.5-inch doll is a limited edition, and can make its way home with Comic-Con goers for $30.
First Look Items Coming Soon to Toys“R”Us Stores Nationwide
Adam West Batmobile from Mattel®
It’s the iconic Batmobile in the style of the classic Batman television series! With room for two 6-inch action figures (sold separately), this classic television vehicle allows fans to send any dynamic duo into crime-fighting action! Comic-Con goers can take this fan favorite vehicle will home for $60.
MY LITTLE PONY NIGHTMARE MOON from Hasbro®
Available for the first time in a large scale, the MY LITTLE PONY NIGHTMARE MOON figure is the majestic ruler of the dark in EQUESTRIA. Vowing to have the night last forever, this sister pony of PRINCESS CELESTIA is a dark unicorn Pegasus princess that stands 8.5 inches tall. Push her moon-shaped cutie mark, and the NIGHTMARE MOON figure will play sounds and phrases as her midnight blue, sparkle wings illuminate and move. Her purple mane can be styled with the included comb and barrettes. This pretty pony can gallop home with fans for $25.
MY LITTLE PONY RAINBOW DASH SHADOW BOLT from Hasbro®
Ready for the fun-filled NIGHTMARE NIGHT festival, RAINBOW DASH pony dressed as a SHADOW BOLT villain is all set to pull off her next prank! Fans can now own a MY LITTLE PONY SHADOWBOLT figure of their own with this three inch, purple and black figure inspired by the popular series, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. This collectible SHADOWBOLT figure features RAINBOW DASH pony’s signature rainbow mane and tail, glow-in-the-dark accents and a SHADOWBOLT cutie mark, and can be purchased for $15.
The Walking Dead Comic The Governor’s Daughter Penny from McFarlane Toys™
Nothing is stronger than a father daughter bond, as we see with The Governor and his daughter Penny. Infected early on with the zombie virus, Penny has been cared for and fed by her unconditionally loving father. Penny features 12 points of articulation and includes a bucket of fresh body parts (severed leg, severed foot, severed hand, intestines, heart and Rick’s severed hand) that the Governor feeds to her. Figure also includes a fish tank with trophy heads collected by her father, one of which can be used as an alternate head for Michonne’s Pet Zombie Mike, allowing users to build Michonne’s second pet and Mike’s best friend, Terry. Fans can grab this first look item for $20.
TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Acidstorm from Hasbro®
Little is known about the mysterious air warrior Acid Storm. He serves quietly and anonymously under his commander Starscream and Lord Megatron. He speaks rarely, but when he does, it is in passionate defense of the Deception cause. His oratory skill is so great that those few who have heard him speak believe he has a great future among the Deceptions. Acid Storm has no ambition other than to soar high in the sky, seeding clouds with deadly corrosive rain that gives him his name. This sneak peek item can fly home with Conventioneers for $75.
TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Soundwave from Hasbro®
Behind his impassive expression, Soundwave is as cold and ruthless as they come. He cares nothing for right or wrong, for the advancement of a cause, or the welfare of his fellow Deceptions. He cares about information, and he acquires it any way he can. He spies on everyone, from the lowliest Autobot scout to Megatron himself. He hoards information the way a miser hoards gold, sharing it sparingly, if at all. No one knows what the true purpose behind his obsessive data collection is, but all fear him for the secrets he keeps. This first look item can be picked up by Comic-Con goers for $120.
World War Z Gerry Lane from Jazwares®, Inc.
World War Z revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane, who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Fans can recreate the intense action of World War Z with the new 6-inch Gerry Lane figure from Jazwares for $15. The figure is articulated and includes accessories.
All Toys“R”Us San Diego Comic-Con exclusive items are limited editions and will be available on a first-come, first served basis, while supplies last.
Maybe Univerze Like Wazzzpinator? (Spoiler free-ish)
THE DEATH OF A WORLD! Gorlam Prime—the entrance to the so-called DEAD UNIVERSE—holds many secrets… and now ORION PAX—the ’bot who was once OPTIMUS PRIME—pries its secrets loose. But will it be too late for CYBERTRON?
Guest starring: Waspinator!
We're back to looking at Orion Pax' quest after Jhiaxus and Bludgeon, as started in Syndromica. And we actually get a little more agency from the gruesome truesome, not not to mention a good look at what their plans are actually about. Sort of. But the issue features a small but good cast of old faces, bringing everything together so far.
The gang's all here
In the light of recent BotCon Beast Wars toy announcements, the presence of Waspinator is an interesting addition, and Barber manages quite successfully to give him his own idiosyncratic speech pattern without badly damaging the intelligibility or pace of the dialogue - not a small feat!
I felt like we finally get a connection with the 'Prelude' Spotlights and Annuals, too, linking the Metrotitan plot (and the first appearance of Waspinator and Bludgeon in the series) to the main storylines - though not taking it back to Cybertron, yet.
Because it is Waspinator after all
The use of Waspinator is a good one, as he's not just tragicomic relief, Orion Pax seems to have a vague idea of what is going on, there's a fairly nice battle scene, and we get to find out what might happen next. But the ending really bugs me. Not saying what it is, but I found it disappointing.
The artwork for this issue, deviating from the so far established Ramondelli-Orion Pax combo, is done by Dheeraj Verma, who also worked on the Fall of Cybertron comic. And I have to say, despite a lot of people being quite vocal against it, I really enjoyed it. Yes some characters look different, but that's the whole point of having different artists!
Look at Bludgeon, look at him!
The artwork really shines, though, thanks to the colouring work of Joana Lafuente. The whole issue has a great feel about it, keeping the familiar smokey tones and hues we've come to associate to the Orion Pax issues so far in Ramondelli's own colours - just clearer this time, and working perfectly with the linework.
And that scenic shot..!
The lettering by Chris Mowry is good as usual, and some of the soundwords are really excellently executed. One character in particular has a really good speechbubble, but I will not spoil it here. All in all, I really liked the artwork: it's new, it's different, it works. We'll see if Verma comes back later in the series, but I hope so, personally.
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
Overall, the story holds together pretty well, as we get back to Orion Pax' personal mission chasing Jhiaxus/Bludgeon, and catching up with Wheelie, Garnak and Hardhead (and others). The addition of Waspinator is a nice touch, and the artwork is great, with some gorgeous backgrounds and colours.
Revelation: Megatron is a petty child
My problem with this issue? The ending. Again, I'm not going to spoil it for anyone, but I felt that the conclusion was disappointing after an otherwise enjoyable read, finally moving away from the usual status quo conflict. Do pick it up though, as it ties up nicely some loose ends, and it just looks beautiful - and it sets up the next step really well.
From the BotCon 2013 dealer room Hasbro product case we have images of the Transformers Platinum Line. These figures included the Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Grimlock vs. Bruticus set that was mentioned at Toy Fair 2013 and a Reissue of the G1 Predacons, both in the line's signature premium packaging. Also on display were the previously released Ultra Magnus, Omega Supreme, and Optimus Prime. Click here to view the full gallery or any of the images found below:
YouTube reporter Atamaii has uploaded a video from the Tokyo Toy Fair that gives us a good look at Takara Tomy TG-23 Metroplex. Among other things confirms that the figure will come with two guns, rather than just the one like the Hasbro version, a chrome face and slightly different paint apps. The video also claims that this version is the same as the exclusive Comic Con one. Is this also the SDCC version?
Take a look at the embedded video, and discuss it below!
The Generations line has seen it's fair share of molds that are used and reused and given several different options for release. Generations Bruticus (and it's five components) are no different. We've seen Onslaught and co. in different color schemes throughout TF history, with their debut in 1986. With the newest incarnation of the Generations line, we see the Combaticons redesigned from top to bottom. No longer WWII vehicles and a space shuttle, now they're Cybertronian vehicles, the likes of which we hadn't seen before. First it was a redesign, then it was a redeco and it's been redecoed several times since. First, a retrospective of sorts...
Since mid 2012, the Generations Bruticus mold has seen various releases and designs:
And now you can be one step closer to owning Ruination with the four limb robots now available for sale at Hasbro Toy Shop! (Unfortunately, the fifth and final robot, Impactor (based on the Onslaught mold) is currently not available. Please keep checking back on the HTS site so you can order him once he becomes available.)
(NOTE: You can click on any of the images below to be taken to that product's ordering page.)
Here's another interesting listing from eBay seller lena81822, what appears to be our first look at the Platinum Edition Transformers Fall of Cybertron Voyager Grimlock. Back during Toy Fair 2013 we were told by Hasbro representatives that we could expect a Platinum Edition set featuring a redeco of Transformers Generations Voyager Grimlock and Bruticus. We've mirrored the images from the auction below, along with some comparison images of Takara Tomy's TG-19 Grimlock. Note the differences in the gold and lack of red on this figures abdomen among other deco differences.
This is for all the UK fans out there (or disgruntled Brits, as we call ourselves): Hasbro and Bite Global are partnering up this summer to take the Optimus Prime truck on tour around the country, in order to promote the Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters series and line. Read the following press release for more information!
THE HUNT IS ON: TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS TOUR HITS THE UK
“A new fearsome faction of TRANSFORMERS beasts has arrived on earth to threaten the AUOTBOTS, who must now evolve into BEAST HUNTERS to fight them…”
To celebrate the launch of the new TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS, the OPTIMUS PRIME truck is embarking on a UK tour where fans will get the chance to ‘choose their side’ and discover the new range.
Based on the third season of the Emmy Award-winning animated series TRANSFORMERS PRIME, TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS, the AUTOBOTS face off against both the DECEPTICONS and an unprecedented new foe: the dragon-like PREDACONS, led by the spectacular PREDAKING character! Hasbro’s 2013 TRANSFORMERS PRIME product line will be based on the new BEAST HUNTERS story and will feature many of the new PREDACON characters as well as new designs for favourite characters like OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE and more.
Accompanying the replica of the AUTOBOTS leader will be an interactive TRANSFORMERS Station that will showcase the new range of BEAST HUNTERS toys alongside viewings of the thrilling new DVD series TRANSFORMERS PRIME, digital play areas and the opportunity for fans to have a customisable picture taken with OPTIMUS PRIME and the new BEAST HUNTERS against a green screen.
The OPTIMUS PRIME truck and TRANSFORMERS Station will be at the following events this Summer:
Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh: 20th-23rd June
Fairford Airshow, Swindon: 20th-21st July
Sunderland Airshow: 27th-28th July
Bristol Airshow: 8th-11th August
Lollibop, London: 16th-18th August
Bournemouth Show: 29th August-1st September
For more information on the OPTIMUS PRIME truck and TRANSFORMERS Station, please contact Hasbro@biteglobal.com / 020 8741 1123
With the same press release, another piece of information has been revealed, concerning the release of what appears to be series three of Transformers Prime (though confusingly named Series One).
Also coming this Summer is the new TRANSFORMERS PRIME: SERIES ONE – DECEPTICONS UNLEASHED on DVD. The latest series sees the Transformers face their toughest challenge yet in their quest to save OPTIMUS PRIME - a must-see for any Transformers fan! The DVD is available at all major retailers and via digital download from June 24th, priced at £10.99.
Grimwing is the latest addition to the Predacon ranks. According to the Transformers panel at Toy Fair earlier this year Grimwing is an Ursagrpyh, rather than a generic dragon. He comes with Blackbeak, a semi sentient weapon/drone.
Enjoy the full galleries by clicking any of the images or links found below:
Site sponsor BigBadToyStore has come into possession of an official picture of Titan Class Metroplex's diminuative sidekick, Scamper. This suggests that US preorders for this behemoth will go live fairly quickly. SEIBERTRON.com will, of course, inform you when the listing is live; but for now let us have a good look at the final accessory to the Titan that is Metroplex: Scamper.
Our friend Ken Christiansen dropped by to let us know Hasbro has given him permission to share and discuss some of his concept work for the Aligned Continuity. First up, we have his design for Optimus Prime's alt mode, which was featured in Transformers Vault: The Complete Transformers Universe. His main goal for this piece was to maintain the conventional cab style truck mode as seen in the live action movies.
Click here to visit Ken's blog, Bad Flip Productions, to read more. Ken can also be found on facebook at: Bad Flip Productions
Last but not least, don't forget to visit Ken at this year's BotCon Artist Alley!
Ken Christiansen wrote:The request was to keep him a long nose, as he now appears in the film series, and if I remember right, that was just about it. Of course I ventured the question. "I don't have to put those flames on him, do I?" But I did keep in line with the movie logic of the long nose, giving him more mass to work with in robot mode, and we added in a roof fairing over the extended cab to build it out even more.
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