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Kids Logic Megatron Tease

Posted on 06-10-2014 at 01:32 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
10430503_10152063440127610_2680973883543887549_n Kids Logic have teased their third release in their Mecha Nations line. The second new mold in the line will be the mighty Megatron, leader of the Decepticons and scourge of the galaxy. The tease shows a section of Megatron's torso, not much to go on (yet) but it portends well of the Decepticon leader being represented as his classic Generation 1 self. Check out the tease image on Facebook and share your thoughts on the discussion thread linked below.
Views: 5,131 / Credit: MartyMcfly160 of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers G1 Roar Of The Dinobots Released at US Retail

Posted on 06-08-2014 at 10:14 PM by ORIO under Generation 1
Roar-of-The-Dinobots It's Dinobot season everyone! In what appears to be another release to hype up all things Dinobots, a new Generation 1 DVD has been released and it focuses on heavy Dinobot G1 Action. The Roar of the Dinobots dvd was found today at a Wal-Mart in New England. It contains the following Dino-Episodes:
  • S.O.S. Dinobots
  • War Of The Dinobots
  • Heavy Metal War
  • Desertion Of The Dinobots, Part 1
  • Desertion Of The Dinobots, Part 2
  • Grimlock’s New Brain
Views: 1,957 / Credit: almightymaximus of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers: Legacy - A Celebration Of Transformers Package Art Book Delayed

Posted on 06-08-2014 at 01:11 AM by SilverOptimus under Generation 1
Transformers-Legacy After several small delays, Transformers: Legacy - A Celebration Of Transformers Package Art Book release date has been pushed to next year.

Targeted initially to release mid this year to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers Franchise, the book was to showcase the packaging art of the Transformers toys throughout the first 10 years.

Book Description:
Remember the thrill of tearing open a gift on Christmas morning, discovering a brand-new Transformer in a shiny new box? While the toys were amazing in their own right, what made the packages stand head-and-shoulders above the myriad competing action figures on shelves was the stunning box art. Transformers: Legacy collects hundreds of beautifully airbrushed paintings from the iconic first decade of The Transformers. Hasbro, Takara, and private collectors opened their archives, yielding an unparalled level of quality. Essays and interviews from the original illustrators give unprecedented insight into the process behind the art. This book is chock-full of extras, including never-before-seen artwork from toys that never were, original design sketches, catalog artwork, and more.

Authors:
Jim Sorenson
Bill Forster

Hardcover: 300 pages
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613779437
ISBN-13: 978-1613779439

The book's new release date is January 13, 2015
Views: 2,176 / Credit: soundwavempl of the 2005 Boards!

This day in Transformers history - 1984

Posted on 05-22-2014 at 04:05 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
Introdump_decepticons_marvelus01 Did you know, Transformers fans, that today marks another 30th anniversary milestone in the history of Transformers? Yes indeed, today is the 30th anniversary of what is thought to be the first ever post about Transformers on the internet - or rather, the proto-internet Usenet groups.

You can check out the archived post here, via Google Groups.

Sadly the first post ever about Transformers on the internet was in fact, complaining about Transformers! The post, a review of Marvel Comics' Transformers #1, picks fault with Bill Mantlo's plot and Ralph Macchio's script, and the massive amount of infodumping used to introduce the characters - valid complaints, particularly the infodumping (check out an example at left). The final verdict?

My vote for worst comic of the year would have to go to Marvel's
TRANSFORMERS #1. Has anyone out there seen it? I'm still trying
to figure out why I wanted to spend $.75 on it in the first place,
but any reason I may have had was inadequate.


Or, to borrow a turn of phrase from the TFwiki: "The Transformers launched in 1984 and was ruined FOREVER!"


In all seriousness, much as the original creative team behind the Transformers in the 1980s could not foresee the huge phenomenon that Transformers would become, neither could those reading that first comic and sharing their thoughts about its humble beginnings begin to imagine where it all might finally lead to, 30 years later, with fans ever ready to lend a similarly critical eye to all new Transformers media.


Here's to 30 years of talk about the Transformers on the internet! None of this - this website, our fan community, and indeed even many of the fan-oriented releases from Hasbro - would exist without you coming together and discussing Transformers - and like the Transformers franchise itself, it all came from a humble beginning, 30 years ago this day.
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30th Anniversary Mini Figures and 3D Puzzles Purchased at Retail

Posted on 05-22-2014 at 02:44 PM by StayingInTheBox under Generation 1
2014-05-22101326_zps6423bf51 Hat tip to TFW2005 boards members harveydent and JukeOutlander for letting us know they found the 30th Anniversary Mini Figures and 3D puzzles at US retail today. These sets are a fun nod to past and present characters of our hobby, which come in 5-pack sets, single figures, and blind packs.

Check out the images after the break.
Views: 6,003 / Credit: harveydent and JukeOutlander of the 2005 Boards!

Marvel Infinite Series Death's Head In-Hand Review and Images

Posted on 05-17-2014 at 04:14 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
Avindhead-27 Action figure blog Come, See, Toys has updated with some in-hand images and thoughts on the new Marvel Infinite Series Death's Head figure. The freelance peacekeeping agent finally has a 3.75 inch action figure all of his own through this line.

Now you might be asking, why is a Transformers website talking about a Marvel action figure? Isn't that something you'd visit Toyark for? Well, Death's Head has a rich history with Transformers through a series of stories written in the 1980s by Simon Furman, starting with "Wanted: Galvatron - Dead or Alive!" In this story, Autobot leader Rodimus Prime placed a bounty on the head of the insane Decepticon leader - and Death's Head stepped up to hunt the Decepticon and claim the prize! He would go on to feature in numerous other stories, before joining the "main" Marvel universe, but not before he crossed paths with Doctor Who.

For a long time, fans have wanted to add a Death's Head to their Transformers collection - well the good news is now you can, and by all appearances, Death's Head seems to scale well with Deluxes, so he'll look good chilling with your Universe Cyclonus and Generations Scourge.

Be sure to check out more pics and thoughts on this one over at the Come, See Toys blog. And for all your other action figure toy news needs, head on over to the Toyark!
Views: 5,393 / Credit: Soundblaster7 of the 2005 Boards!

Acid Free Transformers 30th Anniversary Print

Posted on 05-12-2014 at 01:18 AM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
whalen-autodecep-30th-foil Acid Free Gallery have revealed a special 30th anniversary print which they will be releasing today, 5/12/14, at 12:30pm EST! This print by Tom Whalen features the key players from both the Autobot and Decepticon sides, and will be available in a limited run of 150 foil prints and just 12 metal ones - plus Acid Free are advertising that every print purchased will include a free bonus print.

Check out the full details on Acid Free's blog.
Views: 4,042 / Credit: Deceptigtar of the 2005 Boards!

Original Transformers Generation 1 Optimus Prime and Grimlock Production Photos

Posted on 05-08-2014 at 03:06 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1609941_637591109653717_2203344855934551697_n Here is a very appropriate and awesome thing to share with you on this 30th anniversary of Transformers! 2005 Boards member CautionLowSign has shared with us via Facebook something extremely rare and awesome from the earliest days of Transformers Generation 1 - the original photograph slides used to create the box and instruction leaflet photography of Generation 1 Optimus Prime and Grimlock.

The Optimus Prime photos were used in the original Generation 1 Optimus Prime instruction booklet which used photos of the toy. The pictures of Grimlock, meanwhile, were used on Grimlock's box for the sequence depicting the transformation of the toy (the "Start... change... change... finish" sequence).

These are a fantastic glimpse at a real part of Transformers history, a part of the rarely seen behind the scenes process that created the earliest Transformers packaging - be sure to check out his Facebook gallery of these rare photos and be sure to tell him thanks for sharing!
Views: 7,176 / Credit: CautionLowSign of the 2005 Boards!

30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 2014

Posted on 05-08-2014 at 11:00 AM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
2014
Happy 30th birthday Transformers!

On the 30th birthday of Transformers we arrive in 2014. In this concluding chapter please join us as we look ahead to the promise of the 30th anniversary year of the Transformers, and catch up on what has already transpired this year, on this day, 30 years on from that very first Marvel Transformers comic written by Mantlo and Macchio and edited by Bob Budiansky which started it all.
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30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1995

Posted on 04-19-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1995 And so we come to 1995, what would prove to be the final year of the Transformers Generation 2 line. 1995 brought some great new toys, and the return of the Gobots, but even with these new releases, though, the Generation 2 toyline stalled. Planned releases were cancelled, and once again, it looked like the Transformers were going away completely. Meanwhile, the Transformers line was revived in Japan, with a limited release of the new mold Generation 2 toys in new packaging, and other international markets continued onward with more toys that never made it to the US.
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30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1994

Posted on 04-18-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1994 While 1993 was the resurrection of the Transformers brand in the US with Transformers Generation 2, it was 1994 that was its true renaissance. A very important innovation was added to the line in this year – full articulation! No longer were the Transformers just vehicles that turned into robots – now they were full-blown and fully poseable action figures! Elsewhere the Transformers Generation 2 comic concluded on a cliffhanger, and at Fort Wayne, Indiana, a group of fans gathered for a tenth anniversary party for the Transformers. The name of that party? Botcon…
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30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1993

Posted on 04-17-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1993 1993 arrived and Transformers were back! Transformers Generation 2 arrived in force, with a mixture of recolored and retooled old toys, and some brand new toy designs as well. For the first time since 1988, there was a Transformers cartoon on screens in the US in the form of repackaged Generation 1 reruns, and it was all topped off by the return of Transformers to comics, complete with a crossover with G.I. Joe to kick the series off. While the line was over in Japan at this time with no new toys released, Europe and the other international markets continued to lead the way for Transformers toys, with a wider range of toys released.
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Takara Tomy Transformers 30th Anniversary Plans Revealed

Posted on 04-17-2014 at 03:53 AM by SilverOptimus under Generation 1
Takara-Tomy-30th-Anniversary-Optimus-Prime Another site update from Takara Tomy reveals their plans for the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers Franchise.

4 projects will be carried out to celebrate this wonderful event:

Project 1: A special edition Optimus Prime toy featuring the likeness of his G1 self (news post image). The truck and the trailer is slightly modernized but overall a good update to the Autobot Leader.

Update: As it turns out Google Translator has incorrectly translated Project 1. The G1 Optimus Prime is not a toy according to 2005 Boards Member PoweredConvoy but rather a modified actual truck and a trailer.

Project 2: Midnight Launch of Transformers Movie Advance Line on May 16th. The launch is titled "Transformers Celebration 2014" and will be held at Toys 'R' Us, Sunshine City.

Project 3: A convention titled "Transformers Expo" is also organized and is set to become the biggest Transformers Expo ever held. The expo will feature dioramas and holographic images. As a part of this project G1 colored AOE Slug will be available for purchase. For more info about the Expo and about G1 Slug, you can read our News Post.

Project 4: The 4th project is dedicated to apply an Optimus Prime inspired deco to a SUPER GT car belonging to the Team Mach. A fictional story of Optimus Prime scanning a Mach will serve as a backstory.

You can find out more at Takara Tomy. More images can be found, after the jump.
Views: 13,318 / Credit: Gaokaiser of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers 30th Anniversary Neck Ties

Posted on 04-16-2014 at 01:59 PM by ORIO under Generation 1
ties Another announcement today from Kotobukiya as they've revealed another image of how they intend to promote the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers! Yesterday it was the classy business card holders, today, it's proper neck ties. Perfect for nerdy professionals looking to prompt a conversation with a prospective client.

Check out all six designs by clicking the title bar and join in the discussion.

Now, who can tie a tie?
Views: 4,678 / Credit: Gaokaiser of the 2005 Boards!

30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1992

Posted on 04-16-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1992 1992 was a very quiet year for the Transformers. With neither a comic nor a cartoon to support the brand, and no toy releases in the US, the line slumbered. The Japanese Transformers line, which had been running since 1985, came to its end with Operation Combination. Europe, Australia and Canada among other international markets continued to do well though, with a few more Japanese designs making it over along with some all-new toys. And although it was a quiet year, an important feature in the form of light-piped eyes would make its debut in 1992 – and would remain a feature of Transformers design off and on for the remainder of the line’s history.
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