We have news from the Shizuoka Hobby Show that the previously-rumored Masterpiece Cheetor has been confirmed, and in addition, there’s even a silhouette pic to share with you all! Not a lot can be made out in this image aside from blacked-out versions of Cheetor’s robot and beast modes, but it is still nice to get visual confirmation that a second Beast Wars Masterpiece is indeed on the way. Hopefully there will be more to share soon!
Prime 1 Studio is at it again, this time with an unexpected, but pleasantly surprising product announcement via their Instagram account. It looks like they will be celebrating the Beast Wars 20th Anniversay with the addition of Beast Wars Optimus Primal.
Prime 1 Studio makes ultra high-end collectible statutes that are the definitive representation of the character, but which come at a cost. Each figure ranges in price from $1500 up to $2500 depending on the character, but by all accounts these statues are indeed museum quality and worth the price.
There are no product details to go with the announcement image, but be sure to check back for details as they become available. In the meantime, jump over to our discussion thread to share your excitement over Primal.
We advise you to take this as only a rumor for now.
We potentially just received another big piece of news from TransFes2016. TFW2005 board members Verno and levandowski have informed us that Masterpiece Cheetor may have been confirmed at the event’s Q&A panel, and that the official announcement will be made in June. @chromless, the Twitter user who was at the event and was the source of many of our pics last night, seems to be corroborating this as well.
We will most certainly keep an eye out for more info and update you as it comes in. But for now, let us know your feelings on this rumor in the discussion thread!
It’s April 22nd, 1996. You’ve just tuned in to a new cartoon, and after a brief opening credits showcasing the characters – all to a rocking theme song – you witness two spacecraft in battle above a planet. After both take damage, both ships crash on to the planet – and a new adventure begins.
It sounds like it could be the opening to the original Transformers cartoon, but what you just witnessed was the dawn of a new era of Transformers, and the franchise’s first true reimagining and reboot. Gone were the jet planes, sports cars, and tanks – this was a different era. An era of robots who turned into birds, mammals, and dinosaurs. This was the dawn of the Beast Era – the Beast Wars!
Join us after the break for a special celebration of Beast Wars and the Beast Era on its 20th birthday [Read more…]
Comic Artist Matt Frank has shared another print he has worked on just in time for Botcon 2016. This one features his signature style with three heroically posed Convoys from three different Beast Wars shows: Big Convoy from Beast Wars Neo, Lio Convoy from Beast Wars II, and Beast Convoy (Optimus Primal) from the original Beast Wars. For those attending this year’s Botcon, be sure to take some time to head over to the Artist Alley to check out this and the 20th Anniversary print at Matt Frank’s table. You can take a look at the full image after the jump!
Also coming to us this morning from our site sponsors are a whole heck of a lot of new official stock photos for Takara‘s upcoming MP-32 Masterpiece Optimus Primal, which give us another fantastic look at the boss monkey in all his glory. His robot and beast modes are on full display here along with his various accessories, and the photos give us a good idea of all the poses he can achieve as well.
Marvel at this figure’s beauty after the jump, and be sure to get your preorders in at our site sponsors below!
Artist Matt Frank has dropped by our 2005 Boards to share with us some artwork which he will be making available as a print at Botcon 2016! The print celebrates 20 years of Beast Wars and shows a scene with the original two-pack that started off the line – the Basic class bat Optimus Primal fighting alligator Megatron! The print brings these two characters to life in Matt’s signature style – check it out, and if you’re at Botcon next week in Louisville, KY, be sure to pick up a copy of the print from Matt, and let IDW know how much you’d like to see a whole miniseries done in this art style!
We have a few more images for you this morning of Takara‘s upcoming Masterpiece Optimus Primal figure. Firstly, Type-R brings us an image of Primal with all his various weaponry showcased, including his twin swords and shoulder/forearm cannons.
But the potentially more interesting news here comes from daimchoc. Details are sketchy, but we have what appears to be Primal’s skull flail weapon. At the moment, it’s unclear as to what exactly this is – official or unofficial – so we advise you to take this as a rumor for now until more is confirmed. Hopefully, we’ll get more info soon.
Update: Upon further inspection, it seems as though this flail may indeed be a fan-made render or an upcoming third party product. As said, we’ll update you with more details as they come in.
Takara‘s Hisashi Yuki has posted yet another photo up on his Twitter of the upcoming Transformers Legends LGEX Beast Wars figures, this time in their beast modes… and all stacked up on top of each other, of course. As previously stated, these are slightly changed versions of the earlier Legends Rhinox, Rattrap and Waspinator figures, with some minor alterations done to their color schemes to make them just a bit more show-accurate.
Take a look after the jump!
The Loopaza Mega Store on Facebook has uploaded some scans of the Japanese Magazine Figure King No.218, showcasing various upcoming Takara figures.
Firstly, included are photos of Masterpiece Optimus Primal, who continues to look extremely solid in both modes and armed with his various different accessories. Also pictured are more views of Takara’s Legends versions of the Titans Returns figures, including Hardhead, Skullsmasher, and Galvatron, with Hardhead in specific appearing to get the spotlight here. And last but not least, there’s a good showing of some of Takara’s upcoming Transformers Adventure and Masterpiece products.
Check it all out after the break!