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Several days ago news broke that one scene in the upcoming "The Last Knight" film will feature Nazi flags. While this in itself is not too unusual for Hollywood what was surprising is that the flags were hung at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, where Winston Churchill himself was born! Many veterans spoke out against this, however the home is actually maintained and occupied by a distant relative of Churchill, Jamie Spencer-Churchill, 12th Duke of Marlborough.

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The Sea of Rust is one of the most desolate and dangerous areas of Cybertron and that is where the Rust Renegades (aka the Torchbearers) come from. They are amazing survivors individually but when they need more power they can combine into Victorion! Check out my review of Victorion!

Great news for Freya, also known as "The World's Loneliest Dog"! As reported back in June, "Transformers" Producer and Director Michael Bay had given this adorable dog a role in "The Last Knight". Now Freya has been adopted and we have our first look at her on the set of "The Last Knight"! Check out the official press release and video below:

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Long time Transformers writer Simon Furman and artist Geoff Senior have launched their newest non-Transformers project: "To the Death"! You can check out their web site and if you like what you see, be sure to contribute to their Kickstarter. Want to know more? Check out the behind-the-scenes video by Mr. Furman himself below!

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IDW Publishing has released its December 2016 solicitations. Check out the Transformers related ones below which include the "Revolution" titles!

Revolutionaries #1—SPOTLIGHT
John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)
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Starscream's plan has been revealed and it may spell doom for Cybertron! Can Optimus Prime, Megatron and Windblade put an end to the Decepticon once and for all? Check out my review of "Combiner Wars" episode 7: Darkest Hour!

Continuing my series of scans and translations from "Cool Toys" magazine, this part focuses on names and brief descriptions of many early "Beast Wars" toys including the much loved Volcano playset! Check out the scans of pages 3 & 4 with translations here!

Last week we gave you a heads-up of the balancing changes that we were looking into. We’ve been listening to your feedback and some of these changes are set to go live within the game later this week.

22-September-2016 - Release 1.30.2

  • Behaviour improvements to all bots - When retargeting, bots are more likely to attack defensive bots than nearby buildings.
  • Defense Hack (Bombshell) - Ability cast range increased from 14 to 16. Duration increased by 10%.
  • Healers - Increased attack (not heal) range slightly to keep them out of harm’s way when not healing.
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Hunt for Depleted Crystals to learn the secrets of the Crystal of Power and earn Force Field Boosts, Spark, Crystal Shards, and a chance to unlock 2 or 3 Star Bots in this weekend’s event!

Fire on the Mountain Event

Many cycles ago, the Decepticons discovered the Crystal of Power in Peru and attempted to weaponize it! Their efforts were thwarted by the Autobots, resulting in the destruction of the Crystal of Power.

Now, Earth's Crystals have sparked the imagination of Autobots and Decepticons alike, with their destructive potential!

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Featuring intricate sculptural work and incredible costume detailing, the One:12 Collective Joker figure is created by Mezco with the iconic vision of the greatest villains of all time with a "real world" look. $75.00

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One of the most impressive offerings from San Diego Comic-Con 2016 was an exclusive release of Fortress Maximus. This version featured a new deco, the Master Sword and the Cerebros head sculpt previously only available in Japan. Check out my three part review of this set featuring the photography of Ben Trivett!

"Toy News" may seem like an odd category for this news, but these may be the coolest, biggest "Transformers" around in the near future. Turkish company Letvision has developed "Letrons", a new line of full sized remote controlled cars that transform into life sized robots! Check out the videos below and then then check out their Facebook page for more. No word on availability or cost at this time but this is really a fascinating look at our favorite Robots in Disguise affecting a real life product.

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A couple weeks ago a rumor popped up that a "Shattered Glass" Masterpiece Optimus Prime figure was on on its way. "Shattered Glass" refers to an alternate universe where the Autobots are evil and the Decepticons are good, but this has been largely relegated to figures exclusive to Botcon and the Transformers Collector's Club - until now!

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Almost two decades ago Japanese collector magazine "Cool Toys" featured a multi-page article focusing on "Beast Wars II". Written by super fan Fumihiko Akiyama, this article featured tons of information and photos of "Beast Wars" toys. In celebration of "Beast Wars" starting in 1996 BWTF presents part one of scans and translations from this article! Check out part one now!

Whether it's the Praxus Piledriver or the Hydrax Hammer Fist, Groundbuster is one Decepticon you do not want to battle in the ring! Check out my review for Legion Class Groundbuster!

Prime 1 Studios, makers of high quality collectibles have released photos of their upcoming Lockdown bust. Based on the bounty hunter from "Age of Extinction", this highly detailed bust features the creepy Decepticon's flip down helmet and what appear to be working lights! Check out the official write up below:

PBTFM-13: LOCKDOWN (Transformers: Age of Extinction)

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Space Ape has announced some changes to be made to the "Earth Wars" game. Check out the official post for details:

Autobot Jazz & Mixmaster - These bots will have equal stats. This means more damage for Autobot Jazz (but less health) and less damage for Mixmaster (but more health). Overall, this change is not large and will be most visible at the high-end spectrum of the game (where the imbalance was greatest), and helps us make the game more balanced AND more fair for all players across both factions.

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Space Ape has announced the latest event coming this weekend for "Earth Wars". Check out the details below along with the attached images for prize breakdowns.

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Compete for the light or darkness in this weekend’s leaderboard event for a chance to win a guaranteed 3 or 4 Star Rodimus vs. Nemesis Prime!

Will Rodimus’ "Blessing of the Matrix" light our way or will Nemesis Prime's "Power of the Darkness" consume everything?

Start Date: 16/09/16 10:00 UTC
End Date: 19/09/16 10:00 UTC

How do I participate?

The National Toy Hall of Fame has announced its twelve finalists for the 2016 National Toy Hall of Fame. Among them are well known brands such as Nerf, Clue, Care Bears and and even bubble wrap! However of interest to readers of this site will be another toy line on the list: Transformers! Whether or not our favorite robots in disguise will make the Hall of Fame will be announced Thursday, November 10, at 10:30 a.m.. Even being nominated however points to the strength and longevity of the Transformers brand. (Read more...)

Ahead of their usual Wednesday morning announcement, Space Ape has released a video featuring the next two characters to be introduced in "Earth Wars": Rodimus and Nemesis Prime! Nemesis is of course a "repaint" of the Optimus Prime model in the game, but Rodimus is a new design based on his Generation One appearance. Check out the character trailer below!

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