With all the focus on traditional Combiner characters like Superion and Menasor in the "Unite Warriors" line one Combiner has been in the background: Ultra Prime. Though not his official name in Japan (yet) this Combiner formed from four Autobot limbs (likely retools of the Stunticons) and the Voyager class Optimus Prime figure has now been revealed as an item that will join Superion, Defensor and Menasor in the "Unite Warriors" toy line! (Read more...)
Thanks to the ever awesome TF Yuki, fans now have new images of "Unite Warriors" Superion to drool over. Most striking are the two photos of the packaging for this gift set, showing new artwork different than the one used for the markets outside of Japan. The photos also give us a look at the way the front flap opens up and a graphic showing off the "Scramble City" ability to swap out limbs from one part of the Combiner to another. These pics have me even more excited than I already was for this set!
Just as a new Decepticon appears on the scene, the Autobots also gain a new ally - but will he be enough to help them stop this powerful new foe? Find out in my synopsis and review of "Can you dig it?"!
The Official Transformers Facebook page has posted its Friday preview of what to expect from tomorrow morning's episode of "Robots in Disguise"! This time a new Autobot rolls into town: Jazz! Ben's World of Transformers will be posting its review of this episode tomorrow, so keep those optic sensors open!
Boulder the Rescue Bot embodies some of the ideals of the Autobot cause. He is a highly skilled engineer who has a gentle nature and a desire to learn more about his new homeworld of Earth. When he needs to change up his form, he sometimes takes on the alternate mode of a dump truck to help with construction activities. Check out my review of Boulder the Dump Truck!
Ben's World of Transformers has received a press release from Hunter PR about the promotions for "May Mayhem", an event centered around "Combiner Wars". Read carefully to see an upcoming Target promotion (20% off select Transformers), an upcoming Victorion announcement and more!
TRANSFORMERS INVITES FANS TO COMBINE TOGETHER FOR “MAY MAYHEM”
ONLINE RETAIL AND FAN EVENT CELEBRATES THE ICONIC BRAND
Takara Tomy Mall has updated its site with several new images of upcoming "Transformers" product. These range from "Unite Warriors" (the Japanese version of "Combiner Wars") to "Transformers Adventure" (aka "Robots in Disguise" 2015) releases. Many of the figures feature different or additional paint details compared to their U.S. counterparts, even the "One Step Changers". The figures revealed include:
Hot on the heels of this morning's leak of the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Devastator, The Official Transformers Facebook page has been updated with new images featuring the boxed set! One photo shows off Devastator combined while the other shows the individual Constructicons in robot mode. Sharp eyed fans will note that several of the details on the individual Constructicons are based off stickers from the G1 action figures!
DIAMOND SELECT NEW PREORDERS
The folks over at Planet Iacon posted images last night of an upcoming exclusive Titan Class Devastator boxed set! Right now it is presumed this is a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive (though no official confirmation has yet been released). This version sports chrome parts (check out Mixmaster's mixing drum) and what appear to be tampograph details based on the G1 Devastator toy! The box features exclusive artwork and a cover that resembles Scrapper's shovel. I can't wait to get this guy and review him!
It was only a couple months ago that it was revealed the "Transformers" cinematic universe was going to expand beyond the main series of films. Originally Akiva Goldsman was brought onboard to manage this expansion, but now Deadline is reporting that Goldsman has brought on a powerhouse of writers to join the team that will write this expansion. According to Deadline:
Twitter user @tagoal has posted photos from a Japanese Hobby magazine featuring several exciting upcoming releases in Japan. Among them is the upcoming "Unite Warriors" Defensor along with a prototype of Deluxe Groove! No word yet on whether this will see a release outside Japan, but I am optimistic that at the very least, import shops will carry this figure. Also pictured in these photos are new "Transformers Adventure" releases including Cosmos, Powerglide and a police car themed redeco of Warrior Class Steeljaw.
Amazon.com has received a small stock of "Robots in Disguise" Jazz and Sideswipe! Both Warrior Class figures are up for sale for $15.99 each. Each comes equipped with a melee weapon and "Generations" style transformation. Use the links below to purchase yours and help support Ben's World of Transformers!
Funny or Die has posted a really fun video showing how the interference of Transformers can ruin some of the most classic movies in Hollywood. Among the stories ruined are "Speed" and "Titanic"! Check out this fun video below.
IDW Publishing has released its solicitations for August 2015! Here are the Transformers related titles you can expect.
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)
LOVE AND HATE! Two emotions only inches from each other—and TRACKS and NEEDLENOSE have felt them both. On opposite sides of an eons-long war, what happens when they meet again? And what’s ARCEE up to on CYBERTRON?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Transformers #44—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Back on Cybertron Thunderhoof was the leader of a criminal organization. After awakening on Earth, he found himself alone and without his gang. Now he wants to get back to Cybertron to resume his leadership role, and no Autobots are going to get in his way! This morning's review brings you a look at "Robots in Disguise" Thunderhoof!
Amazon.com has put up its listings for Protectobot leader Hot Spot and Voyager Class Cyclonus! Hot Spot becomes the torso (and part of the shoulders and legs) for the giant Defensor while Cyclonus forms the core of Galvatronus. Both figures are due to be released on June 15, 2015. Follow the links below to order yours and help support Ben's World of Transformers!
Strongarm is on her first solo mission, but when she encounters a Decepticon gone mad will she be able to stop him? Meanwhile Denny and Fixit begin arguing and the Scrapyard may not be big enough for the both of them! Check out my review of "Rumble in the Jungle" from "Robots in Disguise"!
Mark Evanier of "News from me" has published a story on his blog reporting that voice actor John Stephenson has passed away. Stephenson's long career ranged from live action to animated work. Mr. Stephenson was working all the way up to 2010 after which he moved to a nursing home. Before that he had over 200 acting credits. "Transformers" fans will best remember him as the voice of characters such as Alpha Trion, Thundercracker, Devcon, Huffer, Kup (on TV) and Windcharger. (Read more...)
In a sign that 2015's "Combiner Wars" toy line is roaring along the Titan Class Devastator set has been listed on Amazon.com. However the set is currently listed as "unavailable". (Read more...)