TFcon Orlando 2023 is under way this weekend and the crew over there were kind enough to send through the 3rd Party Panel slides in full! Read on to check out all that was shown from the various companies. Make sure to hit the Third Party Discussion Forum to talk about each project!
TFCon Orlando 2023 is underway here down in the Sunshine State. A busy dealer room is packed with Transformers toys from all generations. Read on to check out some goodies we found, we’ll update thru the day as more pop. Stay tuned later for a recap of the 3rd party panel!
Note: there are no pucks inside this article :/
Robosen has been pumping out Transformers themed robotic figures for a bit now, starting with the Autobot leader himself Optimus Prime, who auto transformed, then his trailer, then a smaller version of Prime, and beyond. Non-Transforming but programmable bots with moving parts, lights and sound got in the mix with Performance Bumblebee and Signature ROTB Optimus. And of course, the truly superb auto transforming Grimlock earlier this summer.
One thread has been present with all these pieces as awesome as they are – when they are powered off they tend to go limp, not really a display piece any more. The robotic nature keeps them posed and active while on, but when there is no power, they are truly offline. Today however, there is a solution. The Robosen AI Base is a display stand designed to work with Robosen bots, allowing you to connect them to the base and a dedicated power source, ready to accept voice commands and do a pose, battle scene, and more. In addition, that base also has adjustable lights and comes with Amazon Alexa built in, so it can be used as a connection point to all things Alexa would normally do. It lets you keep your bots out and active on display even when you’re not actively trying to Transform them.
Overall it was a great piece, easy to set up, and makes for a nice centerpiece display. The early unit I have came with connection pieces for Flagship Optimus Prime, but it will work with Elite Optimus as well, and other Robosen bots should become compatible in the future.
Robosen was kind enough to send through a copy for us to check out. Read on to check our in-hand shots of the base and then hit Robosen.com below to snag your copy and see some additional info about the piece!
Earlier today, Toys R Us Canada listed the first official product page for toys based on the upcoming video game Transformers Reactivate. This game was originally called Transformers Rise, but changed names at some point through the long development process. The toys listed today had Transformers Rise branding on it, so everyone was a bit confused, especially since we haven’t heard much about the game since it’s reveal. (See the launch trailer for the game here). Hasbro has shared an update via their PR firm with the following.
We wanted to note that recent TRANSFORMERS product information and images revealed by a Canadian retailer were listed incorrectly. Our partners at Splash Damage are working hard on the TRANSFORMERS: Reactivate game. We’re excited to announce that we will lead the charge with two game-inspired 2-packs, revealing and pre-ordering on November 14th.
Stay tuned to Transformers and Hasbro Pulse social channels for further details!
So stay tuned and prepare for some goodies next month!
New York Comic Con 2023 is under way up in NYC. Not much was present at the show Transformers wise, though there is a Skybound Comics panel coming up on Saturday. Robosen was in attendance on the show floor and had out their line up of auto transforming and robotics based Transformers figures. Of note was the final production level paint for Rise of the Beasts Optimus Prime, and a copy of the extremely limited “Lucky Draw” Golden Elite Optimus Prime. Read on to check out some shots from the booth! Make sure to check out all they have for sale right now over on the Official Robosen Store here (#ad), and at our sponsors below!
New international (aka US/Western) pre-orders for recently revealed Japanese items are going live across the web today. Masterpiece Rhinox, the premium paint versions of Generations Shockwave, Soundwave and Megatron in the Nemesis Bridge set, and the Beast Wars Again Ghost Starscream and Waspinator set are all available via (more) local retailers. Read on for pics and details, hit our sponsors below to snag your sets!
Transformers Masterpiece MP-59 Rhinox
Transformers Dramatic Capture Series The Decepticon Nemesis Bridge Set
Transformers BWVS-08 Ghost Starscream vs. Haunted Waspinator 2-Pack
Update: PSA – this goes live at 10 AM today (15 mins).
This week is New York Comic Con, so Walmart is hosting one of their online Collector Con events at the same time. There will be multiple exclusives made available for several brands, including Transformers. Three new pieces will activate on Friday 10/13 at 10 AM Eastern, all Retro G1 releases. TFTM G1 Perceptor (finally) plus two recently teased in 40th Anniversary G1 Blaster and 40th Anniversary G1 Soundwave. Read on for full pics and details, plus links to their eventual pages. Keep in mind these things can randomly pop online as active, so keep an eye out even before launch time if you dig em.
TRANSFORMERS RETRO THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE PERCEPTOR
(Ages 8 and Up/ Approx. Retail Price: $34.97 / Available: Fall 2023)
Re-experience the nostalgia of your favorite G1 action figures with the TRANSFORMERS Retro Perceptor toy! These TRANSFORMERS Retro G1 action figures are designed like the original releases and feature vintage styling, accessories, exclusive package art and tech specs inspired by the 1986 animated film, THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE. The Perceptor 5.5-inch action figure features classic conversion from microscope to robot mode in 10 steps.
Includes 2 blaster accessories and 3 blast effects. Clip out and save the on-box tech specs to share, then see how this figure stacks up against other heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons (each sold separately, subject to availability). Available for pre-order on 10/13 at 10 AM ET on Walmart.com.
TRANSFORMERS RETRO 40TH ANNIVERSARY AUTOBOT BLASTER AND STEELJAW
(Ages 8 and Up/ Approx. Retail Price: $44.97 / Available: Fall 2023)
Re-experience the nostalgia of your favorite G1 action figures with the TRANSFORMERS Retro Autobot Blaster and Steeljaw toys! These TRANSFORMERS Retro G1 action figures are designed like the original releases and feature vintage styling, accessories, exclusive package art and tech specs. The Autobot Blaster 7-inch action figure features classic conversion from boombox to robot mode in 9 steps while the Steeljaw 1.5-inch figure converts in 4 steps (cassette to lion mode).
Includes 3 blaster accessories for the figures to hold. Clip out and save the on-box tech specs to share, then see how this Transformers collectible figure stacks up against other heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons (each sold separately, subject to availability). Available for pre-order on 10/13 at 10 AM ET on Walmart.com.
TRANSFORMERS RETRO 40TH ANNIVERSARY, SOUNDWAVE, LASERBEAK, AND RAVAGE
(Ages 8 and Up/ Approx. Retail Price: $44.97 / Available: Fall 2023)
Re-experience the nostalgia of the G1 action figures with the TRANSFORMERS Retro Soundwave, Laserbeak, and Ravage toys! These TRANSFORMERS Retro G1 action figures are designed like the original releases and feature vintage styling, accessories, exclusive package art and tech specs. The Soundwave 7-inch action figure features classic conversion from cassette player to robot mode in 6 steps. Ravage 1.5-inch figure converts in 2-steps (cassette to jaguar mode) and Laserbeak 1.5-inch figure in 3 steps (cassette to condor mode).
Includes 7 blaster accessories for the figures to hold. Clip and save the on-box tech specs to share, then see how this TRANSFORMERS collectible figure stacks up against other heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons (each sold separately, subject to availability). Available for pre-order on 10/13 at 10 AM ET on Walmart.com.
Masterpiece Movie MPM-11D Ratchet is live at international retailers today. This has him in his Dark of the Moon color scheme, lighter green, white and yellow lettering. US retail is around $169.99 with a ship date of May 2024. Read on for pics and details, hit our sponsors below to snag your copy!
Transformers Masterpiece Edition MPM-11D Ratchet
Today is the first day of October 2023 Prime Day Deals over on Amazon, and a good mix of Transformers items are available at discounted prices. Generations, Studio Series, Amazon Exclusives and even the kiddo lines all have varying levels of savings. Read on to check out a selection of links, and hit the first link to see them all and browse around! Good luck hunting!