Thanks to Hong Kong based retailer Loopaza Mega Store’s Facebook page, we received information on the release of the next figure in the Transformers Encore Toyline from TakaraTomy. It is none other than the Planet Eater himself, Unicron! According the post, this release of Unicron seems to be the version from the Japanese Series Mircon Legend (Also known as Transformers Armada outside of Japan). Encore Unicron is scheduled for release in December 2018, with a retail price of 20,000 Yen (Approximately 180.00 USD per current conversion rate). Unicron has had several coloring and figure iteration throughout history, so it is uncertain what the exact mold and paint scheme used in the release. However, you can be sure that we will bring the news to you as soon as it becomes available. What are your thoughts on this re-release? Jump on the boards and let us know!
Armada. Energon. Cybertron.
These three shows defined Transformers in the first half of the 2000s. Starting out innocently enough in Transformers Armada with a scavenger hunt for power-boosting miniature Transformers, these shows expanded in scope to become an epic saga chronicling a full-on war against Unicron, and following his demise, the struggle to save the universe from a grand black hole that opened in the wake of his destruction that led to the first ever on-screen debut of his ancient rival, Primus, creator of the Transformers. Care of our friends over at Ozformers, we have learned that Australian retailer JB Hi-Fi will be offering an exclusive boxed set which will include every episode of all three shows in this, the Unicron Trilogy. It is due to hit Australian retail on June 8th.
Hasbro Studios issued their latest Sales Guide document for the press and interested parties today via their official website.
The Los Angeles production studio highlights new and old Transformers related shows available with them and are offering them to local/international markets.
It’s interesting to note that Hasbro Studios has revised the Episode Count of Transformers: Robots In Disguise, reducing it to 45 from last year’s guide (link below) which highlights it as 78. This official announcement reiterates the details revealed from the brochure at MIP2015 Conference and Asia TV Forum & Market Expo.
Total line up is as follows:
- Transformers: Robots In Disguise – 45 X 22 minutes
- Transformers: Rescue Bots – 104 X 22 minutes
- Transformers: Prime – 65 X 22 minutes
- Transformers: Prime Predacons Rising – 1 X 66 minutes
- Transformers: Generation 1 (1984 – 1987)
- Transformers: Armada (2002 – 2003)
- Transformers: Energon (2004 – 2005)
- Transformers: Cybertron (2005 – 2006)
- Transformers: Animated (2007 – 2009)
Check out the links for both 2014 and 2015 Hasbro Studios Sales Guide documents and screenshots, after the jump.
During NYCC this past week, Anthony Brucale of TFU.info had the opportunity to sit down with a handful of folks from the Hasbro Design and Marketing team to discuss some Transformers. Posted on TFU.info is the entire interview, one portion to highlight here is that of the recently discovered Combiner Wars Demolisher prototype. Here’s the information regarding that from John Warden – Product Design Manager:
Oh, Demolishor. I have mentioned this at other conventions and at other times when I spoke to you guys… not you specifically [laughs]. But when we work with Takara on these things we always design a redeco head into it. With the case of Onslaught, Demolishor was built into the mold with the thinking that if we were ever to reuse or repurpose that tool, we could put out a Demolishor in the future. Currently there are no plans for Demolishor in the line but we appreciate all of the Demolishor and Armada love online.
So, for now at least, there seems to be no plans for the Armada Demolishor. We know how quickly plans can change though!
The Armada Omnibus is likely going to be a re-release of the Armada Omnibus IDW released in 2010, this time though they will likely not contain bonus material or extra covers given the page count decrease. Transformers volume 8 will likely be issues #42-45.
See the details of each book after the break.
Unfortunately we are here to report the sad news of the passing of Hidehito Ueda, most well known to our hobby as the Director of Transformers Armada, as well as a huge contributor for many anime series. The Anime News Network reported this news stating Hidehito Ueda had been battling cancer for well over a year, also mentioning Hidehito Ueda’s funeral services were held on July 2.
Transformers Armada marks a transition point for our franchise, one that brings many fans enjoyment and countless discussions. TFW2005 sends our thanks and warm wishes to the family of Hidehito Ueda.
In 2003, Transformers Armada hit its stride and took everyone by storm, exceeding demands and giving fans a long-awaited toy in the form of a supreme class Unicron! The series also launched in Japan under the name Micron Legend where it enjoyed moderate popularity, though Japanese fans could not get enough of the Mini-Cons, called Microns in Japan. The Transformers comics by Dreamwave continued with more miniseries including War & Peace, the second series set in the “modern day” of Dreamwave’s Generation 1 universe. Simon Furman carried on his work, penning the remaining 12 issues of Transformers Armada, as well as the important War Within: The Dark Ages miniseries. Comics were an area of major expansion, as both Dreamwave and Devil’s Due published G.I. Joe VS Transformers crossovers, the first in over 10 years. The UK even got its own dedicated (but short lived) Transformers Armada comic from Panini. Even the toyline underwent expansion, with the new Transformers Universe line launching in June-July as a side-line running parallel to the Transformers Armada toyline, and a short-lived Wal-Mart exclusive Dinobots sideline. [Read more…]
In 2002 Transformers underwent a new transformation as the “third era” of Transformers began late in the year when Transformers Armada was unleashed on the world. Though nobody, not even Hasbro, knew it at the time this line and TV show would be so successful that it would kick off a whole new continuity that would last for the best part of five years, the Unicron Trilogy. But that was not all, because in 2002, after a 10 year long absence, the Transformers finally returned to comics! [Read more…]
Shout Factory has updated their website with cover images of the upcoming DVD box sets for Transformers Armada and Transformers Energon. Each box set is currently listed for $37.99 on the Shout Factory website. The Transformers: Armada box set is currently slated for release on March 11th (and comes with an exclusive lithograph), and the Transformers: Energon box set is currently slated for a May 6th release. [Read more…]
A couple of days ago a pre-order listing popped up on Amazon for Transformers Armada The Complete Series with no other major info, and a non-Shout! Factory distributor listed. Today we get official word from Shout! that it is in fact them putting out the discs with a full press release and box art. Check out the official PR after the break, and check the pre-orders here: Transformers Armada-Complete Series [Read more…]