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Summary: The Original Transformers Internet Radio Show and one of the world's first (if not THE first) podcasts. We've been online since 1999. We discuss topics from around the Transformers world, bring you the news worth talking about, provide insight and commentary. We are the official podcast of TFormers.com.
This week: It's Transformers Tuesday ALL Week. Except for Friday. News Star Saber on HasLab RFC News Desk 150 – Mutant Tigatron Heralds Victory Over Unicron RFC News Desk 149 – Two Days of Transformers Tuesdays Modern Icons Soundwave Helmet
Surprising no one at all, we had the fourth of four reveals for the Amazon exclusive Golden Disk Collection, the eagerly-anticipated Terrorsaur. This toy is an extensive remodeling of Kingdom Airazor, which as far as we can tell right now only shares forearms and lower legs with the bird version of this engineering. Essentially it's an all new toy. I go in to further detail on everything that's new in the podcast episode, so be sure to listen to that to find out more! Terrorsaur is supposed to include a Golden Disk, a duplicate of one of Titan Class The Ark's Golden Disk accessories. But there's a disagreement between the product copy and stock photos as to which one it might be, so we'll have to wait and see. Terrorsaur went up for preorder at $22.99, and quickly sold out on Hasbro Pulse just in time for Amazon to finally open their listing for preorders. As of this writing, it was still available to order, with a provisional ship date of March 2022, just like the rest of the subline. You can click here to preorder from Amazon now! (affiliate link) Thanks to all of our Patrons who are making this possible! Join our Patreon and let's make awesome stuff happen! Please support RFC by using our Amazon referral link. Canadian fans: please use this Amazon.ca referral link. UK fans: Please use this Amazon.co.uk referral link
It looks very much like Amazon and Hasbro will be blowing through the entire Golden Disk Collection's reveals basically all at once. Our third reveal in a row is Mutant Tigatron, a redeco and retool of the still as-yet not officially acknowledged Voyager Kingdom Tigatron. This version of the toy is in orange like a common tiger, and more or less matches the card art for the original Tigatron toy, which presented the character in orange rather than the white the toy would ultimately be released in. This Tigatron sticks close to the design work of Kingdom Cheetor, at a larger scale and with some added complexity thanks to a little more budget flexibility. Like Shadow Panther did for the Cheetor mold, Mutant Tigatron comes with a robot head based on the Mutant Head of the original Cheetor mold family. Mutant Tigatron is up for preorder on Amazon for $31.49, with a release date in March of 2022, but in practice will probably ship sooner than that. Click here to preorder Mutant Tigatron! (affiliate link) Following up on more of yesterday's news, Haslab Victory Saber passed its minimum backer threshold, going from just under 9600 backers yesterday afternoon to nearly 12000 today. Looks like TakaraTomy Mall opening up orders to Japan may have helped a bit! From here we'll be looking towards hitting the stretch goals, but with more than 10 days remaining, hitting at least the first added tier of 14000 seems likely. Please support RFC by using our Amazon referral link. Canadian fans: please use this Amazon.ca referral link. UK fans: Please use this Amazon.co.uk referral link
After knowing about it through Amazon Australia's extremely early publishing of product listings months ago, plus a photo of some production samples just recently, the proper debut of Amazon's Golden Disk Collection exclusive subline has begun this week! Monday saw the reveal off the two pack of Road Ranger and Puffer, retools of Kingdom Huffer and Pipes, respectively. Road Ranger was originally a GoBot, and was first repurposed as a Transformer in a now hideously expensive eHobby multipack with several other likewise adapted characters. Puffer is the fan name for varieties of G1 Minibot Huffer in Pipes colors, which were sold in Europe and Mexico. The name is now canonized thanks to some Star Trek Voyager logic with Puffer being Huffer and Pipes fused together in the next best thing to a transporter accident. This set is still available to preorder on Amazon as of this posting, at $41.99 with a ship date in March of 2022 - but likely to actually be much sooner than that, given manufacturing seems to have happened already. Click here to preorder from Amazon (affiliate link) On the actual Transformers Tuesday, we lucked out and got a second Golden Disk reveal, giving us our very first look at Jackpot! Redecoed from Studio Series 86 Jazz, Jackpot features a new head and redeco of Battlemaster Pteraxadon as Action Master Partner Sights. Jackpot is up for preorder at $22.99, also due to ship in March. Click here to preorder from Amazon! (affiliate link) The remaining two toys for this subline are Tigatron and Terrorsaur, and right now we're just waiting to see if the whole bunch goes up this week, or if the reveals slow down a little from here. Finally, TakaraTomy finally began taking backers for the Haslab Victory Saber campaign. Their support period ends on October 10th, meaning Japanese fans will have less than two weeks to either decide or figure out how to budget for backing the project. While Takara's numbers probably won't be tallied until the end or very close to it, this afternoon had Victory Saber sitting at over 9500 backers, making prospects look very good for at least the minimum backer number to be rea...
This week: Leaked Transformers Legacy and other store exclusives, as well as 24/7 coverage of Victory Saber. News Star Saber on HasLab Prototype Photos of HasLab Victory Saber from Dallas Fan Expo JT Prime does it again
This week: Draculus says that he wants to Puffer your Road Ranger. Wait, can I use that as the episode description? News Star Saber on HasLab RFC News Desk 148 – Draculus Revealed And The Fall Toy Season Begins Puffer and Road Ranger
This past Friday, Target finally lauched preorders for Kingdom Road Rage, and Collaborative Draculus, giving us our first look at the Universal Monsters crossover. Draculus is profoundly just Titans Return Mindwipe, with a new chest, and fully integrated head replacing the Titan Master. A soft goods cape is also added, but otherwise the toy, right down to its accessories, is just a redeco of Mindwipe. Draculus went up for preorder at about $31 with delivery expected at the end of November, and it actually presold out on both Target and Pulse! Road Rage is still available to preorder at Target as of this posting, with shipping scheduled to begin in early October. And this seems to just be the start of the "Fall Season" of new toys, with sightings at Walmarts in the US beginning to turn up for Kingdom Waspinator and Shadow Panther, plus Studio Series Gnaw, Jolt, and Voyager Sweep. Even Selects toy-colors Galvatron popped up at a collectibles store in Canada, indicating that toy is in the North American distribution pipeline as well! We can only hope these start reaching more stores in additional locations very soon to break the new toy drought a lot of us have been experiencing. Thanks to all of our Patrons who are making this possible! Join our Patreon and let's make awesome stuff happen! Please support RFC by using our Amazon referral link. Canadian fans: please use this Amazon.ca referral link. UK fans: Please use this Amazon.co.uk referral link
This week we discuss crowdfunding projects currently in flight, from Hasbro and Eaglemoss. News Victory Saber on HasLab Eaglemoss Chess Set Kickstarter Wreck-Gar stretch goal? Toy News: New Images of "War for Cybertron" Ravage via Dengeki Hobby First Look At Transformers Kingdom Deluxe Shadow Panther & Waspinator Packaging
This week we dive into the HasLab Victory Saber news, plus we take a look at the Road Rage and NEST Bumblebee announcements. News * RFC News Desk 147 – HasLab Star Saber & Victory Leo * Transformers Tuesday: Studio Series NEST Jeep Bumblebee * Officially Revealed: Kingdom Road Rage * Transformers MDLX Articulated Figures Series Bumblebee
The second HasLab Transformers project is Victory Saber, and it launched during the Fan First Friday stream on August 27th. At $179.99 for US backers, the project has a minimum goal of 11,000 backers to enter production. The set includes both Star Saber and Victory Leo. Star Saber looks to be at an in-between point with respect to standard price points, falling somewhere between big Leader and Commander, while Victory Leo looks to be a large Leader-equivalent, possibly similar in volume to Doubledealer. Star Saber can assume the smaller form of Saber, with a working Brainmaster function and Brain of Courage. Victory Leo has both of the modes seen in the G1 toy, plus the "flight mode" invented for the cartoon. Victory Leo's V-Lock Cannon is not included - at least not initially. It represents the first unlock tier, and will be added at 14,000 backers. two additional unlock tiers have been established, at 17,000 and 20,000, though their specifics are as yet undisclosed. In locations served by Hasbro Pulse, you can back the project directly. meanwhile additional support options are being deployed for those interested in other parts of the world. The Victory Saber project will run until early October, and as of the time of this post, already has over 5,000 backers. Thanks to all of our Patrons who are making this possible! Join our Patreon and let's make awesome stuff happen! Please support RFC by using our Amazon referral link. Canadian fans: please use this Amazon.ca referral link.
This week: Super7 Ultimates wave 2 is looking pretty good. Well, Grimlock is looking pretty good. We'll hold judgment on the others until later. News Super 7 Ultimates Wave 2 Wal-Mart subline leak 8 figures total 5 Deluxe, 2 Voyager, 1 Leader. But not Leader-1, sorry. Leader supposed to be RID (2001) Scourge Overall contents said to include “1 RID, 1 G2, 2 Unicron Trilogy, 2 Diaclone, 2 G1” Strongly hinted figures include Road Rocket, Hauler, Cybertron Override.
This week we round out the leaks from over the weekend. Also, we discuss Fan Fest Friday, new photos of the MP Cliffjumper test shot, MP Shouki, and more! News RFC News Desk 146 – Generations 2022: Spoiled Toy News: Official Photos of "Cyberverse" Ultimate Class Hot Rod and Volcanicus Toy News: Hasbro Pulse Fan Fest Reveals New "Studio Series" 1986 Releases MP Cliffjumper test shot robot and vehicle mode First Look at Transformers Masterpiece Raiden Trainbot Shouki Combiner Team Figure?
It's the middle of summer, so that means it's time to spoil almost all of next year's toys! A new Generations trilogy begins next year, with the title "Legacy". The first segment of the Generations Legacy trilogy will be called Evolution, according to the insiders. I suppose "Transformers Generations Legacy Trilogy: Evolution" isn't the most ridiculous full line name we've had in the last few years... Core Class * Optimus Prime * Soundwave * Skywarp * Shockwave * Iguanus * Energon Monster Optimus and Soundwave are probably repacks from the Kingdom molds, while Skywarp will be a redeco of this year's Core Class Soundwave. Deluxe Class * Wildrider * Dead End * Drag Strip * Breakdown * Skids * Kickback * Crankcase * Tarantulas * Arcee * Pointblank * Elita-1 * Energon Monster These don't reflect known wave groupings, by the way. In fact, the Stunticons would probably be around a third wave if they're not spread out over multiple assortments, since they'd be needed to coincide with the long-rumored Motormaster in the summer. Arcee is supposedly the Transformers Prime character and not a third time up for the Kingdom mold. Likewise, Elita-1 is being hinted heavily to being related to the Nightbeat the inside info folks have been saying for a while was coming in the 2022 line. Meanwhile, a second Energon Monster at the Deluxe level leads me to believe this might be next year's Fossilizer equivalents, though that's purely speculation for now. Voyager Class * Soundwave * Armada Starscream * Jhiaxus * Bulkhead * Inferno Soundwave is allegedly a repack of the Netflix Earth-mode Soundwave, though probably without the remolded Ravage or Laserbeak. Inferno meanwhile is expected to be the Predacon fire ant, and not a repack of Kingdom Inferno, but only time will tell on that one. And going by 2014 Generations, Jhiaxus and Armada Starscream are probably co-engineered together. Place bets now on whether Jhiaxus will end up orange again... Leader Class * Galvatron * Dragon Megatron * Laser Optimus Prime * Blitzwing Kingdom Galvatron is reshipping next year - hopefully with consistently correct shoulder assembly. The rest should be new toys. Commander Class has been said for a while to be the Motormaster that would go with the listed new Stunticons, so that seems much more concrete now. Titan Class has also been touched upon, supposedly being based on Transformers Cybertron Metroplex. It'll be a while before we'd have any verification to really back that up, but we know the well is drying up for first-run G1 characters to put in the Titan class, so short of a do-over on G1 Metroplex, branching out to other series is about the only option remaining if Hasbro wants to keep the giant size going. As ever, bear in mind that these listings are long in advance of product being committed to toolings, or possibly even prototyped, so things can and may change between now and next year. Though generally speaking, listings like this turn out to be pretty accurate. We'll probably get our first official looks at the first wave's worth of toys when Pulsecon kicks off later this year. Unofficially? I don't know, maybe tomorrow? Thanks to all of our Patrons who are making this possible! Join our Patreon and let's make awesome stuff happen! Please support RFC by using our Amazon referral link.
This week: Uh, we find out what's coming out in 2022? Mostly? News Breaking: Target listings for most/all of wave 1 of next year’s Generations, and some Studio Series. Information via Voltrace and Nova Maximus on TFW Note: leaked items links go to Autobase Aichi to minimize the credit/attention given to the leakers Stolen Kingdom Pipes Stolen Kingdom Shadow Panther Stolen Selects Blue Bluestreak Icon Heroes Unicron Pen Holder Also from Icon Heroes, pin sets using G1 boxart: Grimlock & Ironhide, Starscream & Shockwave
This week we discuss the new wave of Super 7 Ultimates Transformers, and share (mostly!) non-spoiler thoughts on Transformers WFC Kingdom. News * Via Autobase Aichi: Super 7 Ultimates wave ...2?