Transformers

Toy News: Product Photos of "Premium Finish" Transformers and a Surprise Reveal

A few days ago images were posted online of an upcoming sub-series of Transformers called the "Premium Finish" series. The series appears to focus on providing new and well, premium quality decos to mass release figures from the past. The first two figures shown were Siege Optimus Prime and Studio Series Bumblebee from the "Bumblebee" movie.

Toy News: Amazon and Hasbro Pulse list "Kingdom" Battle Across Time Collection Deluxe two pack featuring Mirage and Grimlock

In a surprise move, Hasbro Pulse and Amazon have posted a pre-order listing for a Kingdom two pack featuring Maximal Grimlock and "Earth mode" Mirage!  Grimlock is a retool and redeco of Kingdom Dinobot while Mirage is a redeco and retool of Siege Mirage (the changes are subtle, but they're there including the knees and shoulders).  Pre-order now via this link to reserve your set and support BWTF! Here is the official press info from Hasbro on the two pack:

Movies: "The Transformers: The Movie" 1986 Promotion Kit Scans

Recently a seller on ebay posted a Promotion Kit for the 1986 Transformers animated film. Nowadays press kits are often handled via electronic means in the form of high quality images and PDF files, but back in the day they were often physical folders with information and promotional materials. I snagged this promotional kit and now I have scanned its contents for fandom to enjoy! Check out the scans of this 1986 Promotion Kit.

Movies: "The Transformers: The Movie" Press Kit Scans

Back in the 80's, it was common practice for movie studios to promote their films with printed press kits.  These would often contain all sorts of material including information on the film, stills on glossy paper, cast information and more.  Nowadays this is mostly done via electronic press kits including high quality images and press releases.  Recently two press kits went up on ebay for the 1986 The Transformers: The Movie theatrical film.  One was going for over $800 while another went for considerably less.  While the $800+ auc

Media: "Beast Wars" Cicadacon Appears on PBS Segment

On April 27, 2021 PBS Newshour aired a segment about the emerging Cicada population in the United States. The segment "Cicada season: What to expect from the coming brood" is pretty standard fare at first (but fun if you are into nature). Towards the latter half of the segment, Chris Simon from the University of Connecticut presents some Cicada themed merchandise including Beast Wars Cicadacon! The aerial member of the Tripredacus team pops up around the 4:36 mark and Simon even explains he is a Transformers figure.

Toy News: In Demand Toys Reveals Takara Tomy "Premium Finish" Series

In an out of the blue reveal, In Demand Toys has revealed that Takara Tomy will be releasing a series of figures under the "Premium Finish" name. The implication is that these figures will feature "premium" decos compared to their mass release counterparts. The photos posted by In Demand show Siege Optimus Prime and Studio Series Volkswagon Beetle Bumblebee as the first two releases in this series. However, the photos are a bit fuzzy and it is hard to tell just how extensively the decos have been changed.

Toy News: A Shocking Find at Dollar General - "Authentics" Alpha Series Shockwave

While toy hunting in Elizabeth, NJ, I visited a Dollar General store and came across a surprise: Authentics Alpha Series Shockwave!  The Authentics debuted as a lower cost line of Transformers figures at stores such as Family Dollar, Dollar Generation and (on occasion) Walgreens.  These figures use the "Evergreen" design of figures representing characters like Megatron and Optimus Prime without being tied to any specific continuity.

Toy News: New "Studio Series" Listings via TFW2005

Fellow fan site TFW2005 has reported some new listings for the Studio Series line of movie based figures. There is a lot to absorb here as the line continues to expand beyond the traditional "Bayverse" characters. From the Bumblebee Movie fans can expect characters seen in the exciting opening scene on Cybertron including Brawn and Ratchet! Then on the other side we have more characters coming from the "1986" sub-line of Studio Series figures. These include Perceptor and a Junkion named Junkyard.