Thanks to Kevin Liu we now have a very good look at Leader class Rodimus Prime, capping off the first wave of Power of The Primes. Kevin’s video is of course in Chinese, but presented clearly enough to tell what’s going on anyway. Most interestingly, we get side by sides with Titans Return Hot Rod, which shows the Hot Rod form of this toy to actually be a fair bit bigger. As Titans Return Hot Rod was already a bit big for a Deluxe, you can imagine the new one is surely pushing the boundaries of being comparable with Deluxes! The video as well as plenty of screencaps can all be found below – keep reading to see it all!
RAC is back to spoiler-free reviews once again! This month in Optimus Prime: family, friends, and warriors coming to terms with both war and peace. “The Life of Sideswipe” is written by John Barber with art by Kei Zama and colors by Josh Burcham. Click here to read the review!
Here’s a story that Mooore than meets the cheese, the Wisconsin cheese makers Cow Candy have partnered with Hasbro to make branded editions of their cheese snacks. They have two products based on the My Little Pony and Transformers properties. The Transformers snacks are a pink concoction of monterey jack cheese and fruit juice called “Optimus Prime Fruit Punch Jack Cheese.” The package shows a nice robot shot of the Autobot Leader from the Robots in Disguise cartoon. Read on for the full product info and shots of the packaging.
Via Instagram, Prime 1 Studios has shared a teaser for another upcoming statue. Their movie-based offers continue as this piece is based on Jazz as he appeared in the first live action movie. Given there is some lower body visible in the photo, we’ll assume this depicts Jazz before his unfortunate encounter with Megatron near the end of the movie. Pricing and other release info was not provided with this image, but we’re sure that will be shared soon. Click through to have a look!
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At last. There is hope, after all.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is a 2014 3D science fiction action film based on the Transformers franchise. It is the fourth installment of the live-action Transformers film series and stars Mark Wahlberg in the lead role, with Peter Cullen reprising his role as Optimus Prime. It is both a sequel to 2011’s Dark of the Moon and a soft reboot of the franchise, and takes place five years later, after the Decepticon invasion of Chicago.
Drift is one of five remaining Autobots hiding in the United States. He transforms into a blue and black Bugatti Veyron and his robot mode resembles that of a samurai warrior. He often says haikus in his dialogue and is at odds with Bumblebee, who was acting leader in Optimus Prime’s absence, because he believes that Bumblebee is not a worthy leader, although they work very well in battle.
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Sideshow Collectibles and Prime 1 Studio are proud to present the Drift Polystone Statue from Transformers: Age of Extinction. Drift is a master of ancient weaponry who always remains calm and controlled during combat. Long ago, he fought for the Decepticons. The scars of battle changed his thinking, and now Drift wields his swords as a member of the Autobots.
Featuring LED light-up eyes and interchangeable hands with swords, Transformers fans don’t miss your chance to own the Drift Polystone Statue!
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Prime 1 Studio “Transformers: Age of Extinction” 23.5-inch tall Drift Polystone Statue specially features: LED light-up eyes, One (1) right relaxed palm, One (1) pair of dual swords, One (1) pointing sword and right arm
Some Samurai related posts:
April 4, 2008 – 1/6th scale Samurai Date Masamune 12-inch figure by DiD posted in my toy blog HERE
July 18, 2008 – 1:60 scale 18-inch tall General Marshall Gundam RX-178 reviewed HERE
March 14, 2010 – Check out Bandai Soul of Chogokin GX-30 Battle Fever Robo die-cast figure HERE
August 17, 2010 – Mattel Samurai Slash Batman action figure (pictures HERE)
November 25, 2011 – Hot Toys Artist Collection 1:6 scale Samurai Predator previewed HERE
July 13, 2013 – ThreeA (3A) 1/6 scale Tomorrow Kings SHOGUN Gorei 12-inch awesome action figure reviewed HERE
September 11, 2014 – Preview Bandai Star Wars Movie Realization Samuraidaishou Darth Vader 18 cm action figure HERE
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Via their Facebook page, Prime 1 Studios has shared images of an upcoming Premium Bust Series entry based on Brawn from the 2007 Transformers movie. The bust captures a lot of the upper body vehicle elements in great sharpness and detail, and makes an excellent representation of the character as he appeared in the movie before being killed by Bumblebee. This update does not present information regarding release date or price, but given the level of completion, we expect that to be revealed soon. Keep reading to see all the pictures!Reblogged 3 years ago from tformers.com
Another new year fast approaches and Hasbro is preparing their latest set of exclusive Transformers designed to represent the animals of the Chinese zodiac. 2015 marks the year of the goat and they’re doing something a little different this year, going with a transparent and metallic color scheme. I’m no fan of translucent plastic and gold plastic tends to become very brittle over time so I’m not all that excited about these releases, but at least they picked some great figure molds to use.
First up is the surprising return of the G2 Laser Optimus Prime. The last time we saw this mold in North America it was repurposed as Scourge for the Robots in Disguise cartoon in 2000. Nothing has changed in the mold, but now comes in translucent, gold, silver, and black. Oddly enough he’s lacking all of the stickers and paint that would have been on the previous uses of the mold except for his head which has a silver mouth plate and yellow eyes. His fuel tanker trailer still has a chrome tank, but in battle station mode they’ve made some of his parts inexplicably pink and light blue.
Second is as similarly colored version of Masterpiece Soundwave. He doesn’t have quite as many colors as Optimus has, almost entirely made from clear and copper plastic save for a section of light gray plastic. Would have been better if they had used Prime’s silver and some black to break things up. Only spot on his head with color is his red eye visor, opting to not paint his mouth plate like Optimus. What he does have going for him is that being a Hasbro release he does come with five tapes (Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Ravage, Rumble, and Frenzy) in translucent plastic and all of his weapons including a mini brass and silver Megatron gun.
Both of these figures use good molds, but my dislike for the clear plastic kills my interest entirely. Had they replaced the clear parts with the proper respective red or blue opaque plastic, similar to the 2014 Optimus Prime, I would definitely want these. They’ve also once again missed a chance at using a Beast Wars mold, this time they could have used Ramulus. Either way, expect these to hit Toys R Us and Big Bad Toy Store by the end of this year.
On the plus side, the package art is pretty epic!Reblogged 3 years ago from www.tomopop.com
The Year of the Goat is nearly here, and courtesy of Robotkingdom we know that Hasbro as always is readying a pair of commemorative Platinum Edition figures for Asian markets and US ToysRus stores. This year it’s Masterpiece Soundwave and the Laser Optimus Prime mold from late G2. Huh? Both figures are rendered in what appears to be the official YotG color scheme, which is clear plastic and copper. …Huh. But MP Soundwave even comes with a similarly-decoed set of cassettes! Keep reading to see the photos.Reblogged 3 years ago from tformers.com
At this point Transformers fans have come to learn one constant when it comes movie figures: never by the launch releases. I mean, we buy them anyway, we can’t help ourselves, but we do so knowing that at some point an even better version of that same figure is going to come along. We’re up to movie four now and we’ve seen that happen with every single movie toy line. Age of Extinction is no different, all but a few of its Generations figures have seen an improved or upgraded version released later. That’s true be it from Hasbro or Takara Tomy, but it’s Japan that’ll soon be getting the best Optimus Prime yet.
One of the major problems that toy companies have when making movie figures is that they often have to base their sculpts on concept art and early renders. This leads to figures that are way off model from how they appear in the movie. Optimus Prime was no different, having had much of his body redesigned late in the movie production causing the Leader class figure to lack screen accurate details. Takara Tomy fixed just about all of the figure’s shortcoming by extensively remolding much of it. Biggest change is the new chest which now has a proper movie sculpt and a new head that can swap between masked and unmasked faces. And just look at that paint! They replaced the garish use of chrome with metallic paint to even out the overall look. They also expanded the pallet and increased the applications to give the figure more detail beyond the sculpt. Last but not least they got around to giving the sword and shield a proper matching paint job.
Takara Tomy announced this figure a few months ago and pre-orders, along side these first colored images, only just begun this week. What’s surprising is that stores are saying it’ll be released as early as the end of October or early November. It’s pricey at ¥8,000, but it’s the price you’ll have to pay for the best transforming version of Prime’s final form from the movie.Reblogged 3 years ago from www.tomopop.com
It was way back in February at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter that Kotobukiya made a small announcement that Optimus Prime would be joining their D-Style line of super deformed robot model kits. It was only a matter of time as the line was already largely made up of popular Takara Tomy lines like Zoids and Brave saga so Transformers seemed bound to join the mix eventually. They even recently announced the inclusion of Megatron, but right now the spotlight is on Prime.
The kit looks great, at least when it’s built and painted by a professional it does. I’m a little concerned about how the seams on the arms and legs will look built straight from the box, but checking some shots of other D-style kits completed online I don’t think they’ll be too bad. His colors are easy to separate so if all goes right only a minimum amount of paint will be needed to really make him look good.
The little guy has some neat features like an opening chest with the Matrix inside, some interchangeable hands, his iconic canon, energon ax and a mini version of his semi truck vehicle mode. The figure is scheduled to be released in January at price of ¥3,204. At first I was on the fence about getting him, but with the low export prices I couldn’t resist the temptation. The slippery slope begins as I know I’m going to want Megatron as well and who knows how far this line will go?Reblogged 3 years ago from www.tomopop.com