Transformers

Loyal Subjects Ghost Coneheads & Shattered Glass Dinobots Round Out SDCC Exclusives

SDCC 2014 logo bYou can’t have a few Autobots without some Decepticons…and while you’re at it you may as well add some Dinobots. At least, that’s what it seems The Loyal Subjects used as their criteria for selecting their SDCC exclusives. In addition to their Autobots 3 pack with Smokescreen, G2 Sideswipe and invisible Mirage we have a set of 3 ghost Conehead seekers and a set of 3 ‘Shattered Glass’ Dinobots.

The ‘Ghost Seeker’ pack includes Dirge, Ramjet and Thrust all with a clear / frosty deco. Limited to 500, this set will be available Friday, July 25th at 11AM PST.

The ‘Shattered Glass Dinobots’ set includes Grimlock, Snarl and Slag, also limited to 500, this set will be available Saturday, July 26th at 11AM PST.

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The First Loyal Subjects SDCC Exclusive Announced – Transformers Autobot Set

SDCC 2014 logo bThe Loyal Subjects have announced their first SDCC exclusive for the show – a Transformers vinyls Autobot 3-pack. The three figures included in the set are an ‘invisible’ Mirage a G2 colored Sideswipe (black/red) and Smokescreen. These will be available at booth #5645 with a signing with Les Schettkoe on Thursday at 11AM. This set is limited to 500 pieces…and looks awesome.

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Entertainment Earth Scores Exclusive Transformers Hikari Vinyl from Funko

EE LogoYesterday I was told that Entertainment Earth had some cool stuff to show off in the next few days and they weren’t kidding. Today they posted pre-orders for two exclusive Transformers Hikari vinyl figures from Funko. They are offering ‘battle ready’ versions of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee – both with a very G1 look. Funko’s Hikari Vinyl figures are a premium figure and are hand painted with over 75 paint applications. Both of these are limited to 1000 and won’t last long. Check them out below, and find Optimus here and Bumbleebee here.

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Transformers Week: Smash & Change Optimus Prime

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 the last day of Transformers week and I’m wrapping it up with Smash & Change Optimus Prime.

In the interest of full disclosure, as soon as I opened the box I didn’t expect to like this toy very much. Boxed, he looks quite nice. As I said when I previewed the Age of Extinction toys, I’m really quite fond of the unified look of the brand with the red ‘Transformers’ logo across all the packaging. When I opened him I noted that the articulation was limited, he has elbow articulation and the equivalent of a bicep swivel. This limited articulation does give Prime a few different poses he can hold with his included sword. On Optimus Prime’s back is the cab of his truck mode. This is when I hit bottom with this toy and said – “geez, that’s sorta lame”.

To transform Optimus Prime you adjust his arms down to his sides, grab him by the handle (on the back, connected the cab – can’t miss it) and whack Prime against a solid object – I used the countertop. In one swift motion Prime was a truck. I was amused by this. I whacked him against the counter again – he was a robot. Once more – truck. Again? Robot. The ‘Smash & Change’ gimmick totally worked. At this point the cab on Optimus’ back didn’t bother me at all. Whack! Truck. Whack! Robot. Of all the Transformers I’ve futzed with over the past month, two months – I think this one was the most fun. Sure, it’s not super articulated and I can’t put him in cool poses for photographs. And no, he’s not exactly a robot in disguise, since he’s a robot with a truck on his back…but you know what he is? Fun.

Final Thoughts: As an adult collector, I always feel that it’s tough reviewing younger skewing toys. Generations Transformers are aimed at kids and collectors – I know how to approach those. The Power Battlers, One-Step Transformers, Smash & Change Optimus Prime – those aren’t aimed at collectors, they’re for kids. They’re for playing. They’re for fun. Sometimes I don’t connect with them, but in the case of Smash & Change Prime, I totally connected. He’s just simply fun.

One final thanks to Hasbro and the fine folks at Hunter PR for providing the Transformers used for Transformers week.

 

Transformers Week: Kre-O Micro Changers Combiner Grimstone

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 Kre-O Micro Changers Combiner Grimstone. Grimstone is the combined mode of Mollox, Ironeye, Crackback and Iquanox.

In the box there’s 5 bags of parts – one for each robot and a bag of parts needed to build Grimstone. Each of the robot builds are essentially legs + tors0 + “backpack” + head + helmet. Despite the formulaic approach, each of the four robots, Mollox, Ironeye, Crackback and Iquanox look distinctive. They are also each well armed. To go from robot mode to beast mode, you need to take a few parts off and rebuild each one. In general this worked well except for Mollow – the flying beast. Due to some interference between the helmet and the ‘backpack’ I had to add an extra part to the top of his head so there was sufficient space and the helmet would stay on. I checked the directions a couple times to make sure I was doing it right, and I was. Weird.

Building the combined form, Grimstone requires you to take everything apart and start with the extra bag of parts. While some might think that’s a negative, I liked it as it made the process a little more involved and the result was a little better looking that I would have expected if you had just stuck the four robots together. Fully assembled Grimstone is pretty sturdy and stands about a head taller than a 3 3/4″ figure.

Final thoughts: The Kreons are easily the run away stars of the Kre-O line, so the Micro Changers combiners hit a pretty sweet spot. You get four Kreon figures which each have their own alternate mode and, on top of that, form one larger combined form. Grimstone gets an extra bump since each character is dinosaur based. The only problem I had with the set is Mollox’s helmet not fitting right in beast mode, but it was an easy to fix issue.

As with the other Transformers week posts – thanks to the fine folks at Hasbro and HunterPR for the samples that are being reviewed.

Transformers Week: Spin Attack Dinobot Strafe

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 Spin Attack Dinobot Strafe, one of the Power Battlers.

Spin Attack Dinobot Strafe is part of a new assortment of Transformers introduced for the new movie line – Power Battlers. Each Power Battler has a signature attack ‘action feature’.  For Dinobot Strafe, his attack move is that he spins at the waist and slices his target with his wings. It’s not particularly an interesting attack move, but the move does not introduce any limitations on the toy like some action features do. In robot mode Strafe features articulated knees, shoulders, elbows and waist (the aforementioned attack move). It’s not a ton of articulation, but it works – remember that these Power Battlers are at a lower price point than Generations figures and do not have the same ‘collectors targeted’ articulation or deco. My only complaint about the robot mode is that the ‘visor’ on Strafe’s head would stand out much better in silver – rather than the aqua green which blends in with the blue helmet.

Transforming Strafe from robot mode to a dual headed pterosaur takes 8 steps. The transformation isn’t challenging by any means, but it’s also not trivial. It would be ideal for the age range this toy is recommended for, say 6-9 years old. For the older kids, it’s a quick transition – which means more time for your Transformers to do battle. As with the robot mode, in dual headed pterosaur mode the articulation and deco are basic but sufficient. It is a nice bonus that each head does have an articulated jaw.

Final Thoughts: Spin Attack Dinobot Strafe fits nicely between the basic ‘Legends’ Transformers and the deluxe ‘Generations’ Transformers. With both articulation and deco between these two bookends, Strafe ends up being a pretty solid Transformer. The Spin Attack action feature is nice that it does add a play element to the figure, but the action feature does not impact other aspects of the toy. It’s tough to not like a dinobot, frankly, and Strafe is pretty easy to like!

Thanks for the folks at Hasbro and HunterPR for the giant box of Transformers in which Strafe arrived!

Transformers Week: Construct-Bots Dinobot Riders Bumblebee

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 Construct-Bots Dinobot Riders Bumblebee.

The Construct-Bots toys are build-able module sets that allow you to construct and personalize your Transformers, with the added bonus that they Transform without being disassembled (vs. Kre-O sets which require you to rebuild). The Dinobot Riders Bumblebee is an 18 piece basic set and is packaged in a foil bag. The bag features the red Transformers branding on it’s edge, keeping a uniform appearance across all the new toys. This set is currently priced at $5.99 on Amazon.

It takes 6 steps by the instructions to assemble Bumblebee, it would be an understatement to say it was an easy build. You put the wheels on the arms and lower legs, then attach the limbs and head to the toso. Assembled, there’s no question as to this being Bumbleebee…for being a construction toy it has a good likeness. Thanks to the many ball and socket joints, there’s a fair amount of articulation that the figure can hold – although it would have been nice for the head to have more motion. One of the clever things about this set is the paint or coating used on the ball of the “ball and socket” keeps a fair amount of friction in the system. While the joints are fully mobile, they’ll not be moving on their own. As a result the figure has a good solid feeling to it.

Converting the figure to the car mode takes 6 steps – the gun and Autobot insignia need to be removed, but all other parts remain intact. Again it’s a passable car mode, however it’s not giving off a Camaro-ey vibe. Frankly the vehicle mode is pretty reminiscent of G1 Roadbuster, and that’s a good thing.

Final thoughts: For $6 this 18-piece Construct-Bots set is a fair amount of fun. With passable robot and vehicle modes and an easy conversion between the two – these sets would be perfect for younger kids into both construction toys and Transformers. I didn’t address this aspect of play (namely since I don’t have any Construct-Bot Dinobots) but Bumblebee was designed to ride them – adding a whole extra level of play. On top of that, since these are part of the Construct-Bots ecosystem, you can mix and match across other sets. There’s a ton of potential for fun here, which is what matters when you’re a kid with a new toy.

 

 

 

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

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!

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