Transformers

Transformers Week: Generations Deluxe Crosshairs

transformersTransformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth Michael Bay directed Transformers cinematic outing, opened this past weekend to huge box office numbers. This week AwesomeToyBlog will take a daily look at one of the new toys in support of the film. Today’s entry is the Generations Deluxe class Crosshairs.

Bio: This Autobot paratrooper has a knack for catching his enemies by surprise, either by dropping in from above, or with a lightning-fast draw of his Sidearm Blasters.

Thoughts: I’m not entirely sure why the Autobots would need a paratrooper..I mean, it would make more sense just to equip him with a jetpack or something, right? Upon pulling Crosshairs out of his packaging you immediate see most of a car hanging off his back. In fact, the robot mode is very reminiscent of 2001’s  ‘Robots in Disguise”…considering that was the toy line that got me back into Transformers, I can’t hold the car on Crosshair’s back against him. Crosshairs is a black and green robot with silver details. He includes three weapons, his two “Sidearm Blasters” and one larger gun.

The Transformation from robot to car mode is pretty easy, in fact just tuck a few tabs into place and you’re done. Personally I like the return to simpler, intuitive transformations, but maybe Crosshairs is just a little too simple.  In car mode, Crosshairs is a green Corvette with black details. The car looks sharp and the finish on the plastic give it a nice shine.

Summary: Crosshairs has a great Corvette mode and a nice robot mode with most of a car on his back and a fairly easy Transfomation to get between the two modes. On his own, he’s a perfectly fine Transformer, but when compared to other Age of Extinction Generation Deluxes I’ve gotten my hands on (most notably Drift) Crosshairs feels a bit too simple and lacking. If I was itching for a Transformer, I’d get him..but I wouldn’t make a special trip to the store.

Thanks to Hasbro and the awesome guys at HunterPR for providing Crosshairs to AwesomeToyBlog. You’re the best!

‘Kreon Class of 1984′ SDCC Exclusive Announced

SDCC 2014 logoTransformers is getting a crazy amount of love this year at SDCC, as the “Kreon Class of 1984″ is the third Transformers related exclusive announced for this years show. And if this is the result – then so be it. The “Kreon Class of 1984″ is a collection of Kreons based on all the 1984 Transformers. These figures, there’s 30 of them are collected together, are packaged together in a yearbook-like package. Also included are fun 80’s inspired accessories such as a boom-box, a mullet, and even a miniature Transformers: The Movie soundtrack.

This set is priced at $59.99 and will be available at SDCC and in limited numbers at HasbroToyShop.com after the show. This set is adorable and is one of my “must haves” from the show. What are your thoughts?

Botcon Reveals – Power Battlers

transformersBotcon is happening this weekend in California and the Hasbro panel wrapped up a little while ago. As they generally do, Hasbro has now posted official images of the new reveals! To make the galleries more manageable, I’ve split them up into different groups. This gallery covers the latest in Power Battlers, which feature simple transformations that unlock signature attacks. Check them out below.

Botcon Reveals – Platinum Edition Sets

transformersBotcon is happening this weekend in California and the Hasbro panel wrapped up a little while ago. As they generally do, Hasbro has now posted official images of the new reveals! To make the galleries more manageable, I’ve split them up into different groups. This gallery covers the Platinum Edition sets – there’s 3 sets here. The  Autobots United set with 5 figures, the Breakout Battle set with Optimus, Crankcase and Rollbar and the Leader 2-pack featuring Optimus and Grimlock. Check them out below and let me know what you think.

Botcon Reveals – Official Images of Upcoming Legends

transformersBotcon is happening this weekend in California and the Hasbro panel wrapped up a little while ago. As they generally do, Hasbro has now posted official images of the new reveals! To make the galleries more manageable, I’ve split them up into different groups. This gallery covers the latest in Legends figures – Bombshell, Powerglide, Thundercracker, Windcharger, Cliffjumper, Nemesis Prime…all right here. Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Botcon Reveals – Kre-O and Hero Mashers Jetfire

transformersBotcon is happening this weekend in California and the Hasbro panel wrapped up a little while ago. As they generally do, Hasbro has now posted official images of the new reveals! To make the galleries more manageable, I’ve split them up into different groups. This gallery covers the latest in Kre-O and one new addition to the Hero Mashers family – Jetfire.  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Botcon Reveals – Official Images of New Generations

transformersBotcon is happening this weekend in California and the Hasbro panel wrapped up a little while ago. As they generally do, Hasbro has now posted official images of the new reveals! To make the galleries more manageable, I’ve split them up into different groups. This gallery covers the latest in the Generations range, which is probably the gallery you’re looking for as it has the new Deluxe Arcee, Chromia and Voyager Brainstorm. Check these, and a few others out below and leave your thoughts in the comments.

Botcon Reveals – Official Images of New One Step Changers

transformersBotcon is happening this weekend in California and the Hasbro panel wrapped up a little while ago. As they generally do, Hasbro has now posted official images of the new reveals! To make the galleries more manageable, I’ve split them up into different groups. This gallery covers the latest in One Step Changers, which includes a new G1-ish Prowl. Leave your thoughts in the comments!

DeNA’s Transformers: Age of Extinction Mobile Game Now Available for iOS

transformersWith the box office debut of Transformers: Age of Extinction just days away, DeNA has announced that their movie-based mobile game is available now for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

“TRANFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION – The Official Mobile Game is a fantastic game not just for people who enjoy action-packed mobile games but also for TRANSFORMERS fans everywhere,” said Mark Blecher, senior vice president digital gaming & corporate development at Hasbro, Inc. “Defeating your enemies with GRIMLOCK is a defining moment for any true TRANSFORMERS fan.”

Check out the trailer below, and Android users fear now – the game will be on Google Play soon. You can pre-register and be notified when it’s available at www.transformers-mobile.com.

SDCC Exclusive G1-deco Dinobot Set Announced

SDCC 2014 logoIGN broke the news today that there was another….another Hasbro SDCC Transformers exclusive. This set takes the new Dinobots from the in-stores-now Transformers: Age of Extinction toy line and gives them a very G1 twist. With their new grey/red/gold/tan color scheme, Grimlock, Snarl, Strafe and Slug are set to take on San Diego. The Grimlock in the set is a Voyager scale, the others are Deluxe. If that wasn’t enough G1-goodness for you (alternatively if it’s too much, stop reading now) – the packaging transformers into a pop-up Autobot Ark / Mount St. Hilary playset. This two sided cardboard playset includes Teletran-1. It was designed by pop-up artist Matthew Reinhart. It is also very, very cool.

This set will cost around $160 at SDCC and will be available at the HasbroToyShop booth – #3329 (the one with the ginormous line) and limited numbers will be available after the show on HasbroToyShop.com. Check them out below.

Rovio and Hasbro Team Up for Angry Birds Transformers

transformersThe next extension of the Angry Birds franchise was announced this morning – Angry Birds Transformers. This new extension of the brand is the product of the on-going partnership between Hasbro and Rovio. Not only will there be a new Angry Birds Transformers mobile game, but also consumer goods including a new Angry Birds Transformers TELEPOD toy line.

“We’re really excited to combine the iconic TRANSFORMERS universe with the quirky world of Angry Birds,” said Blanca Juti, Chief Marketing Officer of Rovio. “This mash-up is going to appeal to both those who grew up with the brand in the 80’s, as well as fans of the brand today. People are going to love it!”

“ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS provides fans worldwide with a fun, new story and characters and innovative ways, like our TELEPODS platform, for consumers to engage with the brand,” said John Frascotti, Chief Marketing Officer at Hasbro. “We’ve collaborated with Rovio to create opportunities for kids and families to experience Autobirds and Deceptihogs across multiple formats and entertainment platforms for a completely immersive branded experience.”

More news on the Angry Birds Transformers game and toys will be announced over the next few weeks. Bookmark transformers.angrybirds.com to stay up to date on the newest intel on the Autobirds and Deceptihogs.

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Transformers Hall of Fame Finalists Announced – Vote Now!

transformersThe finalists have been announced for the two Fans’ Choice inductees into the Transformers Hall of Fame. AwesomeToyBlog readers had a voice in who these nominees are, and now you have a chance to pick the two winners. Head to http://on.fb.me/1hR80zo for an open vote – the top two characters by 12:00 pm on June 18th will become the 2014 class for the TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame! You can vote once a day between now and the 18th. The winners will be revealed at the Transformers Fan Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 20th.

The five nominees, in alphabetical order, are:
  • Arcee
  • Blackarachnia
  • Devastator
  • Optimus Primal
  • Rodimus

Who do you want to see inducted? Leave a comment below!

What I Bought Today: Mr Potato Head Mixable Mashable Heroes Starscream

wibt tn Item: Mr. Potato Head as Starscream
Line: Mixable, Mashable Heroes
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Store: Toys R Us

Thoughts: The Mixable, Mashable Heroes were one of the things that caught my eye during my second trip to Hasbro’s showroom during Toy Fair. If you were to take Optimash Prime or Spider Spud, shrink it down and mix in the Super Hero Mashers concept – this is what you’d end up with; a 2 3/4″ inch Mr. Potato Head dressed up as Starscream with interchangeable parts that let him have a jet form or swap with other Mixable, Mashable Heroes (Transformers or Marvel ones). Also you’d end up with a fun, little, awesome toy.

I’m not sure Starscream is often considered adorable – but a potato dressed up as Starscream most certainly is. Starscream’s robot mode has four pieces – the central potato, feet, a torso-ish piece with his arms and a helmet / wing piece. Starscream’s jet mode is made by taking off the helmet and feet, and putting the potato and arms into a jet base and adding a cockpit and tail engines. I thought it was a little weird for a jet to have arms, so I took the arm/torso piece off and liked that just a bit more.

I am a bit disappointed that there is not a single Decepticon insignia anywhere on Starscream. Otherwise the deco, while simple, is good.

Summary: For $7.99, this Mixable, Mashable Heroes Starscream is just about perfect. He’s absolutely adorable, the parts switching gimmick works well enough and the robot mode is a totally passsable Mr. Potato Head dressed up as Starscream. A very happy Starscream, at that! It’s a fun little toy, nothing more, nothing less. I’ll be buying more of these – I mean, have you seen the Grimlock? He’s amazing.

 

The Transformers Rock & Roll Out At SDCC

SDCC 2014 logoEntertainment Tonight spilled the beans on this year’s Transformers SDCC exclusive. The ‘Knights of Unicron’ set features Optimus Prime, Megatron, Soundwave, Laserbeak, Ratbat and Jazz all with a rock & roll twist. This set uses these characters as you’ve never seen them before – as heavy metal rock and rollers. These are packaged in a roadie case which also includes posters, stickers, a VIP Pass, a booklet with the band’s history, and the Knights record ‘Look What the Bot Dragged In’. This set will be priced around $185.

Looks like the Transformers team at Hasbro had fun with this one – check it out below and feel free to put your thoughts in the comments.

Have Your Voice Heard! Who Do You Think Should be Inducted into the Transformers Hall of Fame?

transformersBotCon is right around the corner and along with it comes the induction of another class into the Transformers Hall of Fame. Hasbro wants the fans to choose two of this years inductees, and AwesomeToyBlog is thrilled to be part of the process! In the comments below, list who you think should be inducted and I’ll send the top 5 nominees over to Hasbro on Monday June 2nd.  Once they’ve got the lists from all the participating sites, they’ll be collected and fans will get to vote on final top 5. Voting is expected to take place in early June. The two fan’s choice inductees will be announced during a ceremony at Bot-Con.

Previous inductees – who are not elible for reinduction include: Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Starscream, Dinobot (Beast Wars), Ironhide, Ratchet, Soundwave, Waspinator, Grimlock, Shockwave, Jazz, Wheeljack, Beast Wars Megatron, and Ultra Magnus.

So – who deserves the spot…and for fun, why?

 

 

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