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Generation 1

Get the scoop on what's coming out related to the original Transformers line, G1. Includes updates for Japanese reissues, US re-releases, Knock Off alerts, DVD and Blu-Ray udpates, TF:G1 Statues and Busts, and anything else related to the classic Transformers series.

New Official Images of Platinum Edition Blitzwing and Astrotrain

Posted on 03-26-2015 at 02:41 PM by Matty under Generation 1
372EA4A650569047F5C6BEE4A6DEFB45 Thanks to Hasbro's Transformers webpage, we have new images of the Platinum Edition Blitzwing and Astrotrain Generation 1 reissues. We first saw some stock photography of these brightly colored figures earlier this month, but these new images reveal all modes and packaging.

Make the jump to see the new images and description of the release. Are these bizarre decos growing on you yet? Sound off!
Views: 5,480 / Credit: Nevermore of the 2005 Boards!

10 Things We Learned From the 1986 Transformers Movie's Original Cast & Crew

Posted on 03-19-2015 at 09:13 AM by ORIO under Generation 1
TransformersPoster1986 There have been several screenings of the much beloved 1986 Transformers movie lately and Topless Robot recently were lucky enough to get a Q&A with some of the creators. At this particular screening they spoke with the movie's story consultant Flint Dille, voice director Wally Burr and voice actors Neil Ross and Michael Bell about its enduring legacy. They cover many topics including the late Leonard Nimoy and Orson Welles, voice acting, having to make the Transformers edgier than the GoBots and ultimately, killing Optimus Prime.

We've mirrored the whole Q & A session for you and you can view it by clicking the title bar. Or you can watch it in it's entirety below courtesy of RealistikkVideos on youtube!!

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New Stock Images of Platinum Edition G1 Triple Changers Blitzwing & Astrotrain Reissues

Posted on 03-17-2015 at 10:35 AM by Mechafire under Generation 1
iN8f5fX TFW2005 boards member Jalaguy has uncovered new stock photos of the bizarrely-colored Platinum Edition G1 Triple Changers Blitzwing and Astrotrain Reissues from Issuu, showing them off in their robot and vehicle modes.

Check them out after the jump!
Views: 9,152 / Credit: Jalaguy of the 2005 Boards!

Hikari Japanese Vinyl Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (Battle Ready) Photo Shoot

Posted on 03-09-2015 at 04:19 PM by Tony_Bacala under Generation 1
Hikari-Optimus-Prime-EE-18 Here's a little something different for our "gotta have it all" fans. As we all know, Transformers are popping up in tons of different form factors. Action figures are the primary thing for most of us, but there is some cool, and sometimes weird, stuff out there. The folks at Funko and Mindstyle combined to create a line of Hikari vinyl pieces, which are inspired by old school Sofubi Japanese vinyl figures. They a minimal in articulation, feature cartoonish proportions, and in this Hikari line, have high end hand painted details.

G1 Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (along with Skeletor and some others) are featured in the line, and have gotten multiple repaints already. We got our hands on the Entertainment Earth excluisve "Battle Ready" versions and have done up a quick photo shoot to show them off.

Read on to check out over 40 pics of them in "action"! If you dig them, you can pick them up here!
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Ultimetal Optimus Prime In-Hand Review

Posted on 03-03-2015 at 07:40 PM by Sentinel under Generation 1
image Thanks to TFW board member Kuma Style, we have the first in-hand and extraordinarily detailed review of the oft delayed but highly anticipated figure, Art Storm Ultimetal Optimus Prime. Collectors have been extremely patient waiting to add this piece to their collections, but according to Kuma Style the wait more than paid off.

Standing an impressive 17 inches tall and weighing in at a shipping weight of almost 30 lbs, this figure is at first glance awe-inspiring. Full of diecast and sporting an incredible paint job, this figure is hugely (pun intended) impressive. What really sets this figure apart from previous incarnations of the famed Autobot leader is the removable armor over a highly-detailed and articulated skeleton. This figure is unique in that it allows collectors to remove parts of the armor to show the inner workings of Optimus, including functioning pistons in the wrists, ankles and ribs.

Additionally, the sheer mass of this figure dictates that special measures be taken into consideration with its engineering, so Art Storm added locking joints to support the dynamic posing that most collectors would be almost compelled to attempt with such an impressive and imposing figure. Lastly, the designers added lights and sound effects to truly bring this figure to life. Prime has light-up eyes, running lights and Matrix chamber, plus a moving mouthpiece that moves in tandem with a number of phrases spoken by Peter Cullen.

This is a massive and expensive addition to the world of Transformers collectibles and without a doubt a centerpiece of any collection.

Click through to see the full gallery of pictures plus the detailed review of this highly impressive figure.
Views: 7,088 / Credit: Kuma Style of the 2005 Boards!

First Look at Platinum Edition Blitzwing & Astrotrain

Posted on 02-26-2015 at 06:29 AM by Mechafire under Generation 1
16652551825_68b3c9029d_z The Cybertron Phils Facebook page has just given us our first look at the upcoming Platinum Edition Blitzwing & Astrotrain set! This set includes, of course, the G1 Blitzwing and Astrotrain molds, but done up in some rather strange new colors.

Check it out after the jump and let us know your thoughts!
Views: 11,707 / Credit: vproject of the 2005 Boards!

TFW2005 Member Protoman On Storage Wars Canada

Posted on 02-20-2015 at 11:26 AM by Matty under Generation 1
Longtime TFW2005 member and TFcon staff, Protoman, recently was a featured guest on the TV show Storage Wars Canada. Many of you may have seen Transformers collections pop up on similar TV shows such as Pawn Stars, this time around a large lot of Generation 1 figures were won during a storage locker auction, in which Protoman was called in to provide the appraisal for.

Shout out to Protoman for his representation of the Transformers community, TFW2005, and TFcon! Check out the video clip below as well as the full list of what was purchased.

Views: 2,704 / Credit: Protoman of the 2005 Boards!

Unused Action Master Designs - Predaking on a Motorbike and more!

Posted on 02-18-2015 at 01:59 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
10960367_430069933836788_8525692108703405201_o Long time friend of TFW The Spacebridge has shared something exceptionally cool on his Facebook page. Many of us are aware that the Action Masters assortment were among the very last releases that came out in the Transformers line in the US - and a few final releases made it to Europe in 1991.

But, as with any line cut short, designs were made that would never see the light of day. That is where The Spacebridge's post comes in. He has shared eight pieces of artwork showing some Action Masters that never made it off the drawing board - and some are rather cool.

These bits of art show Action Master versions of Ultra Magnus - who would have come with a trailer in a similar size class to the Optimus Prime one, which could split into two separate battle vehicles. Combiners Bruticus, Superion, and Predaking all were concepted, with Superion and Predaking having motorbikes that turned into gunnery stations, much like the Prowl that was released in 1990. A Perceptor was also concepted, but like Bruticus there is no hinting at what he might have came with. All the figures are shown with additional armor / weapon parts in a second robot sketch, which suggests this would have been the overall gimmick of these Action Masters, after the transforming partners of the initial releases and armor of the European ones.

Check out the images and give some major thanks to The Spacebridge for sharing all of this with the fandom at large!
Views: 8,589 / Credit: TheSpacebridge

Powermaster Optimus Prime Original Design Sketch

Posted on 02-17-2015 at 10:09 PM by Matty under Generation 1
10974577_429588737218241_4239268436685561336_o Something fun to close out your day with is a bit of Generation 1 trivia to share with you, courtesy of The Spacebridge Facebook page. In this post we get to see a rare look at a Powermaster Optimus Prime design sketch, which shows off the planned Headmaster gimmick that was later dropped.

Here's the full blurb with some great information about the Powermaster Optimus Prime figure and its originally planned gimmicks:

Trivia Tuesday! - Did you know that Powermaster Optimus Prime was originally planned to be a POWERMASTER + HEADMASTER + TARGETMASTER! The Headmaster part was dropped late on, this explains why the large head is removable and why the trailer has a compartment in the back with a ramp. Originally "Roller" would have become Optimus's head and be stored in the back of the trailer when in vehicle mode. Here are some rare design pictures showing the Headmaster. No pictures of his Targetmaster gun have been found (yet), Hasbro staff who remember working on this recall two identical transforming guns were planned. The first patent for this toy still shows the Headmaster. I'm going to do a big update this week on G1 toy concept art, stay tuned!

Pretty cool? Feel free to share your thoughts by clicking the discussion link below!
Views: 8,365 / Credit: The Spacebridge

Transformers Metallic Vinyl Optimus Prime and Bumblebee Figures

Posted on 02-06-2015 at 08:24 AM by Matty under Generation 1
Funko_BB Continuing the vinyl collectibles news, Funko will be releasing two metallic vinyl figures exclusively through the online store of Hot Topic. The two figures getting the limited edition treatment will be none other than Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in their Generation 1 aesthetics. These figures will be hand numbered and retail for just under $40 USD.

Check them out after the break.
Views: 1,434 / Credit: IceMagnus of the 2005 Boards!

Platinum Edition Generation 1 Reissue Insecticons Out in the US

Posted on 01-11-2015 at 02:53 AM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
27489981d1420949292-insecticons-platinum-edition-20150110_174644 TFW2005 member Autobot_82 has let us know that the Platinum Edition reissue set of the Generation 1 Insecticons has arrived at US retail at a Kmart in Commerce, CA. The set rereleases the three original Insecticons, Shrapnel, Bombshell and Kickback in a giftbox with some excellent artwork on the front.

The bad news though is that K-Mart is selling these at $79.99 - which is a little more than double what the trio went for the last time they were reissued in 2009. Granted, costs have also risen since then, but probably not to double that baseline.

Happy hunting, one and all!
Views: 11,692 / Credit: Autobot_82 of the 2005 Boards!

Rare Japanese Transformers the Movie Promo Video Footage

Posted on 12-24-2014 at 04:59 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
Long time friend of the site TheSpacebridge has shared an exceptionally cool slice of Transformers lore with us. This 20 minute video is a digitization of a VHS promo for the 1986 Transformers the Movie. The video features a recap of the story so far in Japan, with openings for each Japanese show and toy commercials for each. It also includes the American trailer for the animated movie, and the promo reel made with test footage, which features an alternate cut of Autobot City transforming into battle mode, as well as Ultra Magnus in his Diaclone "Powered Convoy" colors.

While this footage all exists online, we thought it worthy of sharing with you as the quality is exceptionally good. Check it out embedded below:

Views: 2,935 / Credit: TheSpacebridge of the 2005 Boards!

Kids Logic Reveals Devastator Figure

Posted on 12-19-2014 at 08:07 AM by Matty under Generation 1
61e3354ejw1eneseuz2o2j20xc18gdq4 Images continue to trickle in from the Toy Soul convention in Hong Kong, this time coming from TFW2005 boards member uranusdd (original source via Weibo member 软体动物). This new batch of images reveals Kids Logic Devastator! This Devastator news comes hot on the heels of the convention exclusive 5-pack containing Ultra Magnus, Kick Back, Sound Blaster, Skywarp, and Thundercracker. No pricing or release date info is available at this time, so keep it here and we'll update you as soon as news is available.

Make the jump to see the prototype images and discuss with fellow fans!
Views: 7,163 / Credit: uranusdd of the 2005 Boards!

Platinum Edition Generation 1 Reissue Insecticons and Coneheads Coming?

Posted on 12-17-2014 at 02:21 PM by Matty under Generation 1
10453007_10203433296101161_2797456165341563111_o A bit of news just cropped up, one that has little information attached to it for now, but TFW2005 boards member Cheem The Rup has passed along images of a packaged set of Generation 1 Insecticon reissues! The original source of this news is unknown, but it appears it started from a post on /toy/ 4chan. The packaging of the Insecticons are done up in the style of recent Platinum Edition releases.

Also interesting to note is the cross sell we can clearly see on the package of a set of Generation 1 Conehead Seekers! Given how we're already seeing packaged samples of the Insecticons, we might assume these are definitely heading for release, at this time we're just not sure when or where.

As more information surfaces from official sources we will be sure to update you accordingly. Hit the discussion link below!
Views: 13,255 / Credit: Cheem The Rup of the 2005 Boards!

Kids Logic Toy Soul 2014 Exclusive Edition 5-Pack

Posted on 12-16-2014 at 07:26 AM by Matty under Generation 1
10515083_10152416469157610_9142511354263588384_o Thanks to the Facebook page of Kids Logic, we've just learned of an exclusive 5-pack set to release at Toy Soul 2014. This set will include Ultra Magnus, Skywarp, Soundblaster, Kickback and Thundercracker! These figures stand approximately 9 cm in height, feature a detailed paint job, and have LED light up eyes for the finishing touch! You can see the full set of details after the jump!
Views: 4,151 / Credit: BladeStorm of the 2005 Boards!
 
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