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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: 5,739 / 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: 5,199 / 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: 3,948 / 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: 7,058 / 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
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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: 13,129 / 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: 4,586 / 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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30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1991

Posted on 04-15-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1991 The Transformers brand was effectively finished by 1991 in the US, with the last embers fading out early in the year as the long-running Marvel comic finished in both the US and the UK - with a promise that the comic would continue in the UK being utterly, cruelly dashed at the last by Marvel UK itself folding. The Transformers toyline in Japan started to slow down with fewer new toys released as Takara’s new Brave franchise found its legs and took Transformers’ place as the company’s main transforming robot action property. In Europe, Australia and Canada, some toy releases continued, with a handful of additional Action Masters, reissued original toys and even some Japanese imports. Even in this bleakest of times, the Transformers brand soldiered on.
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Transformers 30th Anniversary Business Card Holders

Posted on 04-15-2014 at 09:46 AM by StayingInTheBox under Generation 1
13869206335_cef968d298_z Does anything say "I mean business" better than your own Transformers business card holders? We didn't think so either. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Transformers, the company Kotobukiya will be making 3D Embossed Business Card holders. The two holders feature images of Generation 1 Optimus Prime and Megatron. The slick addition to your business attire will be released this July at approximately 2,800 yen (or roughly $27.47 USD).

Check out the images after the break!
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Hallmark Keepsake Generation 1 Optimus Prime Ornament

Posted on 04-14-2014 at 05:39 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
optimus-prime-root-1495qxi2656_1470_1 Hallmark have unveiled a 2014 Transformers Keepsake ornament. Perhaps fittingly for the 30th anniversary year, this ornament is inspired directly by the toy that started it all for many of us, the Generation 1 Optimus Prime, in a pose reminiscent of how he appeared in the original Generation 1 box art. Check it out and see what you make of this item.
Views: 5,249 / Credit: Blazere of the 2005 Boards!

30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1990

Posted on 04-14-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1990 And so we reach 1990, the final year of Transformers Generation 1 for the USA. By now Transformers was truly coming to an end, with the original Generation 1 comic series reaching what writer Simon Furman had intended to be a finale with issue 75. The Transformers toyline carried on with more Micromasters and also the Action Masters – poseable Transformers that did not transform – which are sometimes blamed for killing the toyline, and there is no doubting they were a nail in the coffin. Even Japan, which had persisted with cartoons and new toys all of its own, began to show signs of a decline with Transformers Zone being a single episode direct-to-video release instead of a full broadcast TV series. With the comic coming to a close and no new cartoons on TV anywhere in the world, it was a very bleak time for the Transformers brand.
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