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ToyWorld's "Throttlebots" Combined Mode Revealed

Posted on 07-16-2014 at 08:23 PM by StayingInTheBox under 3rd Party Unlicensed
1FvB7n After a little bit of a hiatus on this particular project, third party/independent group ToyWorld has just made a splash with their homages to the Generation 1 Throttlebot team revealing their versions of Goldbug, Freeway, Wideload, and the team's combined mode! It's been widely speculated and assumed that this team of figures would combine, although not entirely confirmed until now. The reveal came down today over at ToyWorld's webpage, which also confirmed the expected release date for the remaining figures (although no preorder information is available yet):

* TW-T04 2014
* TW-T05 2014
* TW-T06 2014

Are you okay with your Throttlebots combining? Does the combined mode reveal make you want to track down these figures? Sound off on the boards with the discussion link below!
Views: 10,505 / Credit: triknot of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers: Age of Extinction Toyline Underperforming?

Posted on 07-16-2014 at 03:40 PM by Mechafire under Transformers Movie Toys & Products (All Transformers Movie News)
4039720150569047F52BE572DD872B3E_1397322518 As had been reported a short while back, it seemed that the Transformers: Age of Extinction toyline was off to a somewhat rocky start. And now, we have even more evidence to back that up. Disney Pixar Cars website TakeFiveADay has posted an interesting article examining the current state of movie toylines and toylines in general, of course focusing a lot on the current AOE line. Unfortunately, despite the movie itself performing well, it seems the toyline isn't, and it doesn't sound like the outlook is positive either. From the article:

"The #1 licensed toy line in America usually generates about $400-$500 million in sales a year. [...] At the rate the toys are selling, Transformers might still crack $225 million which is a lot but when you create inventory to sell $500 million dollars worth of toys? That’s not so good"

It should be noted that this isn't just related to Transformers; toyline sales in general have been on the decline for a while now. This could potentially be bad news for not just Transformers fans, but fans of toys in general. The reasons for the decline in sales are numerous, and you can read them and discuss after the jump.
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Transformers SDCC 2014 Exclusives - Official Images

Posted on 07-16-2014 at 02:57 PM by StayingInTheBox under San Diego Comic Con
10487200_678705852199612_1760395031017892983_n The official Transformers Facebook page shared a full gallery of all the San Diego Comic Transformers Exclusives in anticipation of the event just a week away. We've seen many images of the exclusives already, including in-hand and on scene at BotCon, so if you're tired of waiting to have these in your collection and will not be at SDCC, use this as a reminder that the figures will be available on after SDCC in limited quantities (make sure your F5 key works properly!).

Enjoy the official image gallery after the jump.
Views: 10,874

Age of Extinction Kre-O Microchangers Wave 2 Blindpacks feature no serial number

Posted on 07-16-2014 at 02:22 PM by Sol Fury under Kre-O
10494768_863602783668014_7957705562709004320_n It's bad news for Kre-O fans - the second Age of Extinction Kre-O Microchnagers assortment (which is series six or seven overall depending on how you count the preview wave) are reported to not feature serial numbers stamped on the packages to help identify the contents. For those picking these up in stores this is a bit of a blow - the serial numbers were a great shortcut to identifying the figures in the bags to collect a whole set. This news comes to you via the Hobbybase Facebook page.
Views: 3,824 / Credit: Moroni Prime of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers: Legends Game Event - Into The Abyss

Posted on 07-16-2014 at 01:51 PM by SilverOptimus under Video Games
INTO-THE-ABYSS Mobage has announced the next Transformers: Legends event; Into The Abyss.

The Autobots and Decepticons work together to drive off several Ammonite attacks, but the allies-of-convenience soon turn on one another! Will they annihilate each other? Will the Ammonites destroy everyone aboard the Lost Light? Find out in TRANSFORMERS: Legends "INTO THE ABYSS"!
Views: 2,835 / Credit: Exodus of the 2005 Boards!

How Hasbro Decides Which Toys They Will Turn Into Movies

Posted on 07-16-2014 at 09:33 AM by SilverOptimus under Transformers Movie (Just Movie) (All Transformers Movie News)
hasbro-toys Business Insider has posted an interesting article explaining how Hasbro decides which toys it will turn into movies and the profit they get in return.

With several more brands set to get the movie treatment in the next few years, we spoke with Hasbro Chief Marketing Officer John Frascotti to find out exactly how the company selects which of its toy lines get adapted to the big screen and how you can possibly turn a board game into a movie.

"We look for those brands that have story and character at their foundation because inevitably for any type of storytelling format, whether it's a movie, a television show, a digital comic ... it has to have great story and great characters at it's foundation," says Frascotti.

All together, the "Transformers" franchise has brought in more than $2.5 billion worldwide. The two "G.I. Joe" movies combined have generated more than $600 million at the box office.

According to Reuters, it's low risk strategy for Hasbro. The toy company pays around $1 million to develop script ideas and if a studio wants to go through with a film, Hasbro gets paid back the developing fee. After the film is in theaters, Hasbro reportedly receives 5% of the money a studio makes from theaters.

The article also states that following the success of the Transformers and other Hasbro brand movies, movies based on Jem And The Holograms, Magic the Gathering and Ouija are on their way to the Big Screen. You can read more at the Business Insider.
Views: 5,912

Diamond Comics Shipping list for July 23rd

Posted on 07-16-2014 at 09:33 AM by ORIO under Comics
windblade4 2005 Board member D-Drive has once again sent us over the Diamond Distributing list for next weeks Transformer comics. On tap next week for our beloved Robots In Disguise:

TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE #1 (also shipping 1-in-10, subscription and blank cover variants)

(W) Tom Scioli, John Barber (A/CA) Tom Scioli
SPACE WAR I! Earth makes contact with an alien race-and G.I. JOE is on the front lines of first contact! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive-their version of "peace" does not match our own...

Also of note this issue has already sold out and a second printing is due August 13th.

TRANSFORMERS WINDBLADE #4 Of(4) (Also shipping 1-in-10 and subscription variants)

(W) Mairghread Scott (A/CA) Sarah Stone
PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE! WINDBLADE seeks out the last refuge she has left, the living city METROPLEX as his malfunctions intensify! WINDBLADE realizes that even if she survives STARSCREAM, METROPLEX himself may doom them all!

(W) Simon Furman & Various (A) Andrew Wildman & Various (CA) Guido Guidi
The historic roots of The Transformers are re-presented for maximum Cybertronian enjoyment. Collects issues #77-80, the Headmasters four-issue series, and the three-issue Movie Adaptation. Freshly re-mastered and re-colored, these stories are accompanied by an in-depth introduction as well as select issue notes by Mark W. Bellomo.
Views: 1,850 / Credit: D-Drive of the 2005 Boards!

IDW Transformers Solicitations for October

Posted on 07-16-2014 at 01:02 AM by ORIO under Comics
OctSolic1 Previewsworld has posted up the October solicitations for IDW's comic book releases and 2005 board member, Sockie, has been nice enough to summarize them for us. Along with the regular books of More Than Meets The Eye, Robots In Disguise, and the new mini-series Primacy, we'll be getting the trade paper back of the popular Windblade mini-series!

Click the title bar to read the synopsis for each issue. But beware, since these issues are months down the road, spoilers may exist.
Views: 4,221 / Credit: Sockie of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Angry Birds Trademarks Reveal Character Names

Posted on 07-15-2014 at 03:52 PM by Sol Fury under Video Games
10464199_10152518946032726_5929877487583179463_n_1404333984 Four new trademarks uncovered by Transformers at the Moon have revealed the names of four of the main characters in Hasbro and Rovio's joint venture, Transformers Angry Birds. The four character names are:
  • Optimus Red
  • Bumblebird
  • Megahog
  • Starsqueal

What do you think of these names? Share your thoughts by hitting the discuss button.
Views: 4,133 / Credit: Sixshot666666 of the 2005 Boards!

Age of Extinction Generations Deluxe Wave 3 New Images

Posted on 07-15-2014 at 03:15 PM by Sol Fury under Transformers Movie Toys & Products (All Transformers Movie News)
10352896_10152551692762726_7677894622070254700_n The "infamous" Transformers Colombia has shared some new images of the next assortment of Transformers Age of Extinction Generation series Deluxes. These images show off the new model Camaro version of Bumblebee along with the offscreen characters Snarl and Hot Shot. Check out these new images and see what you think.
Views: 15,002 / Credit: Megatronus209 of the 2005 Boards!

Rumor - new Age of Extinction Platinum Series Exclusives

Posted on 07-15-2014 at 02:48 PM by Sol Fury under Transformers Movie Toys & Products (All Transformers Movie News)
black_knight Take this as a rumor for now. TFW2005 member Catz, who has never steered us wrong yet, has shared with us some listings for upcoming Platinum Edition releases in the Age of Extinction toyline. While some of the listings (like Autobots United) we've heard of before there are two new ones:
  • A First Edition Leader Optimus Prime with trailer, who comes with Stinger. Previously revealed in the Toys R Us computers, but this is the first we have heard of the mold choices... and Stinger.
  • A five pack of Dinobots in black and gray decos

Perhaps we shall learn more about these at the San Diego Comic Con?

(Pictured, Takara-Tomy's Black Knight Grimlock. Could the Dinobots five pack have a similar deco?)

Update: Retailer has posted 2 images with silhouettes of figures for these listings.

The Prime with Trailer & Stinger set seems to have a bot that looks like Movie Sideswipe (blade arms), so it's possible the Stinger is a reapaint of that rather than a new mold.

There is also an image of the Dinobots set, showing an unmistakable Slog (Sludge).

Both are listed for an October release.
Views: 13,520 / Credit: Catz & Fort Max of the 2005 Boards!

30th Anniversary G1 Optimus Prime Statue

Posted on 07-15-2014 at 12:15 PM by Tony_Bacala under Generation 1
deza3y3y We have a new clearer look at an upcoming Japanese market Generation 1 Optimus Prime statue. No details on who is making it, where or when it will be released, but this is the second look we've seen recently. Check out the shot after the break and discuss on the forums!
Views: 4,970 / Credit: S.T.F.U. FB Group and Soundwave2 of the 2005 Boards!

KFC Sencho Barbossa (Captain Shark) - New Colored Images

Posted on 07-15-2014 at 09:33 AM by StayingInTheBox under 3rd Party Unlicensed
10525696_521603207939187_3142133311204181809_n Thanks to TFW2005 boards member daimchoc for sharing with us new colored images of third party group KFC's Sencho Barbossa (also known as Captain Shark of the Brave series).

The new images show off what will likely be very close to a final deco and reveals striking details in both modes as well as a very well done, clean paint layout that is sure to please many. In-hand reviews of this figure will be highly anticipated!

Check out the new images after the jump and let us know what you think with the discussion link below.
Views: 6,951 / Credit: daimchoc of the 2005 Boards!

Unreleased G2 Go-Bots Up For Auction

Posted on 07-14-2014 at 11:21 PM by Tony_Bacala under Featured Ebay Auctions
_57 eBay seller and 2005 Boards member starwarsprotos is at is again with some rare unreleased G2 hotness. After the epic G2 Stunticons auction which ended over $26,000 USD, he now has up unreleased G2 Go-Bots in their final painted forms. These were not known to exist like this until very recently, if not right now, so it's a treat for those who fancy the rare stuff.

He's put up a ton of images, check em out over on his auction here: UNRELEASED Transformers Generation 2 GoBots SET OF 6 pre-production MINT IN BAG
Views: 2,656 / Credit: starwarsprotos of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #31 iTunes Preview

Posted on 07-14-2014 at 08:37 PM by Mechafire under Comics
STK642703_1398235161 Apple's iTunes website has updated with the brief, three-page preview for Transformers: Robots in Disguise #31:

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #31
MINDBOMB! The humans have access to a CYBERTRONIAN mind—but whose is it—and why do they want it? OPTIMUS PRIME and GALVATRON race for answers, as JAZZ faces the consequences of his last trip to Earth.

Check it out after the jump, but beware of spoilers! The full issue will be released on July 30, 2014.
Views: 4,356 / Credit: Sockie of the 2005 Boards!
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