May 31, 2011

Hasbro Masterpiece Rodimus Prime Revealed

From ToyCollectors.com.au, here's our first image of the Hasbro release of Masterpiece Rodimus Prime:


As many assumed would be the case, there's no trailer, meaning we'll have to do without the famous space-Winnebago vehicle mode. However, we are getting a new paint scheme (more in line with the original G1 Hot Rod toy) and accessories to compensate! Of particular note is the new Targetmaster (or gun transformer) "Offshoot", undoubtedly a new version of Firebolt, Hot Rod's Targetmaster from 1987. Woo! We also see that this release will be a Toys R Us exclusive as Hasbro's MP Grimlock was.

For those of you worried about the toy's overall quality after some of the initial Takara release's iffy reviews, do not fret. Many of the niggling little issues should be fixed this time around, as an improved reissue of the Japanese version is also around the corner. This Hasbro version will most likely benefit from any improvements they've made for the mold.

There's no release date as of yet, but with Botcon (the official Transformers convention) coming in just a few days, I'm sure it won't be long before we're marking the days on our calendars! Personally, I think Hasbro's Masterpiece Rodimus is looking absolutely fantastic, so sign me up.

I bet Chris from Extreme Action-Figure Videos will be pretty excited as well:

May 18, 2011

Vote for the next Dragon Ball Z S.H. Figuarts Release

Courtesy of Tamashii Nations, you can now vote on the next Dragon Ball Z release from Bandai's S.H. Figuarts line:


Choose wisely!

If you haven't checked out the existing figures, they're pretty damn swell, particularly Piccolo. Amazon still has them in-stock if you're interested in taking the plunge:

                   

May 16, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Toys Officially Released


Oh. It seems the official release of the Dark of the Moon toys is finally here. What are you gonna do about it? Well, even if you're not buying many (or any at all), it should be of marginal interest to swing by your favorite retailer and admire the pegs of new product. If you somehow missed out on all of this (yeah, right) go out there and check out the fresh plastic!

There are quite a lot of toys available from the start. Yeah, there's the one millionth movie Bumblebee and Optimus, but there are plenty of more interesting choices as well. Who are you going to grab? You may want to discuss the matter in TFW2005.com's official thread for this very topic. Go forth and get geeky, y'all.

Apparently some areas even have wave 2 out already. Whoa nelly! These toys include deluxe Topspin, Sideswipe, Jolt, and Barricade, and voyager Shockwave and Skyhammer. I didn't see any of those available when I went out to investigate today, but trusty ol' Amazon does have 'em in stock, ready to ship, and eligible for free shipping. If your stores were "behind" and you have to have those guys RIGHT NOW, check out the listings below:


May 10, 2011

First Images of Transformers Masterpiece-10: Convoy





As you can see, images of the TakaraTomy's MP-10 Convoy (or Optimus Prime as many of us know him) have leaked out upon the internets. You may be thinking, but hey, they've already done several releases of Masterpiece Convoy! Well, this is an all-new version, with a slightly different design, and most importantly, in better scale with Masterpiece Rodimus and Grimlock.

Why are they doing this? Perhaps they want to combat the smaller version of MP-01 (the original Masterpiece Convoy) made by third party company iGear. It could be as simple as the third party one showed there was a market for a smaller MP Convoy as well. They're a little late in responding, but I'm sure many fans will appreciate being able to get something of similar (albeit much improved) nature in a "official" capacity. Since it's an all new sculpt and design it really trumps iGear there too. I'm not sure if I like everything about the slight "re-design", but eh, at least it shows they put some genuine effort in. The truck mode is certainly an improvement over the original. It even has rear-view windows! It's nice that it's more in scale with the later Masterpiece releases as well, but that still leaves MP Megatron being far too large. So...is a new version of him around the corner too?

As long as there's a truly badass MP Galvatron one day, I'll be happy.

May 4, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Comic Adaptation Pre-Order - Contains Spoilers

Image courtesy of TFW2005.com

Amazon.com has listed their Pre-Order for the trade paperback of IDW's Transformers: Dark of the Moon comic adaptation. Click here to check it out. Word of warning, if you opt to use their "Look Inside!" feature, there is many a spoiler for the movie's story. If you want a total surprise when you plop down to watch it in theaters this summer, avoid these previews at all costs. Don't let this lure you into doing the opposite of what is suggested either, I know that game! I'm serious, dig?

UPDATE: "Look Inside!" feature has been removed entirely. Oh, the drama! The book is set to ship May 25, so if you can't wait until July 1 when the movie hits theaters to find out what happens, you'll have quite the comfortable head start.