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Figure King Magazine has revealed the first small photo of part of the upcoming Masterpiece Convoy (Optimus Prime) Version 3 along with the gold MP-10 Convoy and MP-27+ Lazerwave!
You can view the images below:
The Transformers Brand Team held a Google Hangout earlier this week in conjunction with Hunter PR and following on from the secret Hasbro UK retailer show where Hasbro revealed some new figures and marketing campaigns for the rest of 2015 and into 2016.
TFW2005, Seibertron, TFU.Info and BWTFs were amongst those invited to the event with TFW2005 publishing a nice summary of what was revealed and the questions that were raised.
The short version is as follows:
Fortress Maximus confirmed
Titan fan vote – Omega Supreme vs. Trypticon vs. Scorponok
G2 Bruticus boxset
Leader class Powermaster Optimus Prime
New Minicon type for RID
New product line – Alt-Modes
Read on to check out images and details!
Generations: Fortress Maximus Confirmed
Way back at Botcon 2015 we saw hints at Fortress Maximus via some artwork on display at the booth. Various rumors and leaks have surfaced since then, but now it’s official. Fortress Maximus is coming in 2016 in the Titan Class scale. He looks to be a heavy remold of Metroplex. Only artwork was shown, see the attached images below.
Vote for the next Titan Class Figure
Starting November 24th on the official Transformers Facebook Page (Facebook.com/Transformers), fans will be able to cast a vote for which of the following fan-favorite characters should be added to the line:
Starting on 11/20, fans will be treated to campaign-style posts featuring each of the three characters, leading up to the official voting post, which will go up on 11/24 at 1 pm EST. The vote will be active from 1:00 PM EST to 3:00 AM EST. Fans will be able to vote in the comments section of the post.
Additionally, this will be the first Transformers Fan Vote that will include fans from China. Chinese fans will be voting on WeChat, and their vote totals will be joined with the Facebook vote totals to determine the winner, whose identity will be shared with fans in the near future.
The winner is planned for release in Fall 2017.
Generations: G2 Bruticus Box Set Confirmed
Bruticus will also be getting the G2 treatment to go along with Menasor and Superion in boxset form. All the funky colors are present, and he will come with Shockwave, featuring his Actionmaster deco. No word on where he will be available, exclusive or not.
Generations: Leader Class Optimus Prime Confirmed
The second Leader figure to go along with Blaster in the Titans Returns line next year will be none other than Powermaster Optimus Prime. He comes with a Headmaster Apex, the Powermaster / Engine angle is not present, tho references to the old school figure’s gimmick is present in robot mode. He is a super heavy retool of Leader Class Ultra Magnus. He is also a triple changer with a base mode like Blaster.
Robots In Disguise: New Minicons and Deployers
RID will be getting several new offerings next year. Battle Packs which feature an almost-Warrior scale figure (between commander and warrior) and Minicon, with Energon like weapons and armor that then combine into a big super weapon. Drift and Overload get the Deployers treatment and interact with a new type of Minicon – Cyclones. We will also be getting a Minicon 4 Pack with Blizzard and Desert themes. Check all the pics below, waves and names are in the file names / captions. All due out in early 2016.
ALT-Modes: New Line
A new sub-line of Generations will be hitting called ALT-Modes which feature a tiny body and giant head, that does transform with a one step action. The giant head just rests on the tiny body / alt mod regardless of the mode. A mix of bobble heads, POP! and those Burger King Movie toys from a couple years ago. Looks to focus on G1 characters and should provide ample character shelf filler. These will be available via blind box.
We were able to ask some questions as well, here is a summary of what was asked and answered (paraphrased from audio recording):
TFW2005: Might there be a possibility of seeing some homages to other Transformers shows such as Beast Wars, the original Robots in Disguise, or Transformers Armada in the future?
Yes, nothing specific mentioned. Generations is a place to celebrate all versions of Transformers past, and they are aware of the anniversaries next year (86 Movie, Beast Wars, OGRID). Generations can be the place to celebrate those beyond the Titans Return story line.
TFW2005: Any characters the team would liked to have done but couldn’t for timing, cost, or other reasoning?
Answers swung into the Titans offered in the vote, all members mentioned one or the other. Biggest challenge long term is getting the figures they want to do in the proper scale.
We also slid in a strong request for Brave Max before asking our question.
TFW2005 – Takara Tomy Groove – any plans to bring him over?
Long pause, looks. Anything they do is up for grabs, they follow the chatter, nothing planned at the moment, they love Groove, keep an eye out.
BWTF – Most challenging piece to design out of all the ones you’ve shown.
RID – Weapon play, making them more than just a static weapon, the combining aspect.
Fort Max – size, weight, working with rest of line in base modes, layers upon layers of challenges.
ASM – How has switching from combiners to “Masters” / city modes changed the design process?
Dealing with base inter-connectivity, the miniature aspect of the characters, cockpit size across figures, being able to mine characters from late 80s. Head scale, went back and forth with Takara in relation to having them work across scales and figuring best size. Helmet gimmick addresses them being used on multiple class figures.
Seibertron – Repaint opportunities – Metrotitan, Black Zarak if Scorponok is done, etc.
Definitely possible, either from past lore or even current IDW series as there are Titans out there who haven’t been discovered yet. None yet planned. Metrotitan was talked about already and may be looked at in future.
Seibertron – Decision to not do Powermasters properly, the engine master etc?
Lots of “Masters” types in 80s. Wanted to make sure new fans could understand and they wanted to utilize a universal system in these new toys.
TRV – Any plans for more Masterpiece Decepticons?
Nothing that can be revealed at this time.
TFU – RID – Minicons on Auto / Decepticon sprue in slides?
Slides were reversed, Autobots will come on Autobot sprues, and vice versa, at retail.
BWTF – Are the RID armored Prime / Sideswipe Warrior class?
Little smaller, tried to keep articulation, comparable to old Commander, little bigger. Warrior style figure with the transforming weapons. Can hold (a pose) with weapon regardless of how big the weapon is.
TRV – CybertronCon – re-branding for Botcon or something else?
Hasbro looks to protect their trademarks as aggressively as they can – toys, characters or events around the world. Wanted to make sure it was protected in Asia. Committed to providing a fan experience around the world going forward, including Botcon 2016.
Seibertron – Overlord please. Can’t do PM OP without Overlord.
Laughs around the panel.
TFU – Victory Hill – will it affect Botcon?
Goal is to provide experience in all different forms. Children’s museum, traveling exhibits in Latin America, Casino stuff, Animatronic tour. It is not a fan convention, it’s an installment as seen with their other offerings for Avengers. Don’t see it replacing a fan convention, different experience.
TRV – Any more word on Machinima plans?
Nothing to announce at the moment. Machinima team is great, really understand Transformers. Should see a cross over with the toys and vice versa.
Statement from Jerry Jivoin – leaving main team, becoming head of marketing for Hasbro Italy, wants to say thanks to all the fans he’s met at the Conventions, excited for the brand and believes it’s in good hands.
A gallery on Imgur has been posted containing several high resolution background images from the 1986 Transformers The Movie animated feature film along with a few animation cells. We have mirrored the images below in case the Imgur gallery does not stay on line that long.
Jaguarshoes Collective have put on an exhibition called Industrial Origami that is currently running in Shoreditch here in London England that features some work from Transformer designer Alex Kubalsky (Classics Mirage, Animated Black Arachnia, Real Gear High Score). Alex will be holding a Q&A as well as a presentation this Thursday (September 24th) about transformable toys. The exhibition runs through November 1st. You can find more information below.
As part of London Design Festival and the Shoreditch design triangle 2015, Alexander Kabulsky will be showcasing an all new transformation design, a personal work for JaguarShoes.
Destined to be produced by a toy company later this year the new design will feature as part of Alex Kabulsky's product showcase and talk during design week, titledIndustrial Origamiat old Shoreditch and subsequently as part of an exhibition at DreamBagsJaguarShoes.
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For more than 30 years transformation has been a staple part of the pop cultural landscape in the shape ofRransformersa toy and movie franchise, born in 1984 which grew from Japanese designed Takara toys, rebranded and distributed in the USA as Transformers.
However, the art of transformation design is an ancient practice, rooted in the well documented paper folding traditions of origami.
Today this highly specialised practice is permeating the design of both purposeful and frivolous objects in society. Since metropolitan living grows increasingly dense within it's confined spaces, it is an art form that will continue to grow across all mediums.
JaguarShoes Collective believe that this design practice is long overdue some well deserved admiration and celebration. Therefore we will be hosting a talk and Q&A on 24th September alongside an exhibition of work by prop and toy designer Alexander Kubalsky.
An accomplished product designer Alex specialises in the art of Transformable design and is commissioned by numerous commercial clients inc. Hasbro, Warner Films and many other multinational toy and film franchises.
For anyone with a love of Transforming, a desire to introduce this art to their practice or to pursue and career designing transforming objects' we recommend that you book a ticket in advance.
The Taiwanese Transformers Fan group on Facebookhave posted two photographs of the Year Of The Monkey Platinum Edition Optimus Primal on the shelves of Taiwan.
Thanks to an Autobase Aichi for the initial report
HK-TF’s Facebook page has been updated with images of Unite Warriors Grand Scourge. Grand Scourge comes with two purple Ion Blasters, which can combine into one larger rifle, and the Matrix Breaker, a reused sword from the Beast Hunters Ultimate Class Optimus Prime.
The story behidn the sword is that its rumored to be so powerful that it cans separate the link between an Autobot leader and their Matrix of Leadership, which will be interesting to see if the character makes it into the show
For those keeping score this is the 6th use of the toy.
Simon Plumbe has updated the Auto Assembly website with the following release announcing that the Transformers movie replica Optimus Prime truck will be at Auto Assemby for the first, and last, time!
Optimus Prime Rolls Out For Auto Assembly 2015
Calling all Autobots! Do not grieve… for Optimus Prime will be on hand to light our darkest hour at Auto Assembly 2015! At Auto Assembly 2015, the legendary Autobot leader will be joining Bumblebee and Beaterbee in an epic stand-off against the Decepticon Police cruiser, Barricade.
This 31 feet long, replica movie truck is joining us courtesy of our amazing friends at http://www.transformerscarhire.co.uk – these huge Transformers fans are happy to bring their range of Cybertronian vehicles to any events you have planned, so be sure to check out their website!
Of course, there would be no Transformers without HASBRO – and we want to send out an Optimus-sized thank you to HASBRO UK for helping us to make this official appearance a reality.
Last but by no means least, we wish to show our appreciation to the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel who have graciously agreed to reconfigure their parking facilities to accommodate our Transforming friends.
All four replica vehicles will be on hand for photographs with attendees free of charge all weekend, but a small surcharge will apply if you wish to sit inside (and honestly, who wouldn’t?). Please remember that you MUST be an Auto Assembly 2015 ticket holder for this so no trying to sneak along for freebies – the Autobot scouts will be hiding somehwere in plain sight and keeping an eye on you…!
Auto Assembly 2015 is taking place over the weekend of Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August 2015 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. Order your tickets now to join us at what is set once again to be the biggest Auto Assembly EVER!
The Japanese Transformers PR Twitter account has tweeted out an image of the Transformers Robots In Disguise (Adventure Team) Optimus Prime animation model. You can view the image below
Robot Kingdom have posted some images of the just released Transformers-Evangelion cross-overr MP-10 Optimus Prime repaint onto their Facebook page. You can view a copy of the images after the jump. You can also click here to view the Evangelion MP-10 Optimus Prime figures which are listed on eBay.com.
Hasbro has released eighteen new images from their upcoming Transformers Generations "Combiner Wars" series, where every toy can combine.
The packaging of the figures certainly has a more premium feel to and the toys come with a collector card, a bit like Takara used to do.
The San Diego Comic Con resulted in a first look at the toys for hte 2014-2015 Transformers cartoon Transformers Robots in Disguise (not to be confussed with the US release of the 2000 Transformers series Transformers Car Robots / Transformers: Robots in Disguise.
The toys have nicely sculpted faceds to match the show, but fairly simple forms.
Ameblo.jp have updated their website with some new images of the
Sentinel transforming Optimus Prime pen, or the
"Convoy Pen" to give use it's official name. The working pen will go on sale in September of this year for 3,980 yen and will be available in three colour schemes. The first is a traditional red and blue Convoy / Optimus Prime theme, the second is a Decepticon Black recolour and the third is a white Ultra Magnus recolour. The images, which can be seen below, appear to have been coloured on a computer so the final products may vary.
Thanks to the Transformers Columbia Facebook page for another new product reveal, this time in the form of Platinium Edition Silver Knight Optimus Prime, which isi a recolour of the First Edition Optimus Prime leader class mold that was available through Amazon.com.