March 6th, 2009

Wal-Mart lists G1 animated DVD set

G1 DVD CoverWal-Mart has put up a listing on their web site for a boxed set of G1 Transformers cartoons called "Transformers: The Complete First Season - 25th Anniversary Edition: More Than Meets The Eye". The product description lists the following information:

During the 1980s, one cartoon series ruled the airwaves..."The Transformers". This is the complete first season that launched "The Transformers" entertainment franchise. It ran beginning in 1984

Actor Hugo Weaving confirms return of Megatron in "Revenge of the Fallen"

Actor Hugo Weaving (Lord of the Rings, The Matrix) who voiced Megatron in the first Transformers live action film has confirmed the character reappears in "Revenge of the Fallen" during a promotion for his new film "Last Ride" according to AdelaideNow.

Masterforce Episodes 7 and 8 Galleries restored

The ongoing effort to restore BWTF's galleries continues! Today the galleries for Masterforce episode 8: "Panic! Protect the Wildlife" and 9: "The Super Warriors, the Godmaster Brothers" have been added back into the Masterforce gallery.

In episode 7, the Destrons' activities threaten wildlife and the Headmaster Juniors are called in to help.

Transformers Animated Cybertron Mode Optimus Prime reviewed

Before the Autobots arrived on Earth, they each had Cybertronian forms that were somewhat reminscent of the terran forms they would take on later. These forms are often ignored but in "Animated" a version of Optimus Prime was created to reflect his appearance in the first few sequences from the "Animated" pilot movie. To read my thoughts on this figure and see photos, read my Cybertron Mode Optimus Prime review.

March 5th

Disney Label Transformers Mickey Robo reviewed

In their latest move to prove that they will do things that absolutely will not fly in the US, Takara Tomy has partnered with Disney to create "Disney Label", a sub-line of Transformers based on Disney characters. This small line launched last week with its first release, Mickey Robo! Check out my review of Mickey Robo, the color version.

Universe Tankor (aka Octane) Reviewed

Name confusion, mode confusion - it's all in a day's work for a Decepticon isn't it? BWTF takes a look at one of the reimagined triple changers from the Universe line: Tankor, formerly known as Octane. Can you make a cool toy based on a fuel truck and a cargo plane? Find out in this review.

March 4th

Real Gear Robots on clearance at Toys R Us

Toy retailer Toys R Us has recently begun receiving a wave of Real Gear Robots on clearance. Prices range depending on location. In New Jersey, Union County I spotted them at prices around $3.99. Among the figures I saw multiples of were Highline, Night Beat 7 and Photon T34. There may be others however. This wave was not on these store shelves in January, so they are recent shipments.

BWTF administrative updates: News system and Caption Contest

Thanks to the efforts of fellow fan Rob Jung, BWTF's news is now handled by Drupal automatically. Each news item is its own article, allowing for a news system that is archived automatically and open to comments.

Transformers Universe Beachcomber and Dinobot reviewed

Two new interpretations of popular Transformers characters from the past have been reviewed. One is cool headed guy who prefers to appreciates nature while the other is a powerful warrior with a strict code of honor. Check out the reviews for Legends Beachcomber and Universe Dinobot!

IDW to publish "I AM OPTIMUS PRIME" Robot Heroes based children's book

Chris Ryall of IDW has posted preview art and information about an upcoming IDW book targeted at youngsters on his blog. According to Ryall "I AM OPTIMUS PRIME will be a 32-page square hardcover-with-dustjacket book. I wrote it and the art is by the Sharp Brothers. It's aimed at young readers, 4-7-year-olds, but hopefully the art and words make it worth checking out if you're older than that, too.".