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For many years now discount store chains such as Family Dollar and Big Lots! have been receiving figures exclusive to that market. Fellow fan David A. Davis‎ has posted a photo on Facebook showing a previously unannounced segment of "Titan" figures. Not to be confused with the "Titan Class" of figures, these are reported to be roughly Deluxe sized, non-transformable figures representing Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Steeljaw and Sideswipe from "Robots in Disguise".

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Fun Publications has unleashed their final Botcon boxed reveal. When the final egg is opened, it starts with nothing...mostly because it can't fit in the egg!

The true reveal is Oilmaster, a redeco of "Generations" Swerve along with a Micromaster form that he controls in battle! However, the true surprise is what Oilmaster comes with! Check after video for my thoughts.


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Back before the "blackout" of BWTF in 2009 Ben's World of Transformers had a "Generation One" toy review section. I've begun a slow restoration by first putting back the indexes (separated by year given how extensive the line was) and now the first review reposted is the Mini-Bot Windcharger! Check out my restored review for G1 Windcharger!


The Kospego has spoken! This mythical creature has ordered his followers to acquire equipment to build...a Space Bridge?! The Autobots investigate as this creature appears to be more than meets the eye! Check out my review of "Robots in Disguise" episode 6 "As the Kospego commands!".


e-Hobby has revealed the packaging for their upcoming "Grand Scourge" exclusive. Grand Scourge is a redeco of Optimus Prime from "Combiner Wars" based on a concept originating in the "Energon" series. Grand Scourge is currently expected to be released in September 2015.

You can pre-order Grand Scourge now at Bigbadtoystore!


With folks slowly completing their first two Combiner Wars Menasor and Superion figures, Hasbro has posted two new videos featuring the Combiners as explained by Design Manager John Warden. Keep an eye out for some decos in the video that did not make it into the final design (Air Raid in particular).

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The guest list of G1 power houses grows for Botcon 2015! The awesome John Moschitta has been added to the list of guests for the convention. From the official announcement:

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USA Today has posted an article covering the earlier Windblade reveal for "Robots in Disguise" but that's not all! Also revealed is that the Fan Built Combiner for this year will be named Victorion! The article notes:

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In a surprise move, USA Today has debuted a trailer featuring Windblade! Created as part of the "Fan Poll" in 2014 this character makes a dramatic entrance battling a Decepticon! Check out the clip below.

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The Official Transformers Facebook page has posted a new video featuring the two new Rescue Bots recruits: Blurr & Salvage! At least one of these new characters is shown as a "protoform" and Optimus Prime is heard in the promo as well. Check it out in the embed below.

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The Official Transformers Facebook page has posted a promo image of Thunderhoof for Saturday's episode including the following description:

Team Bumblebee has been battling Decepticon convicts, but are they prepared to take on a Cybertronian crime-boss? Tune in to Cartoon Network this Saturday at 6:30 AM EST to find out.

Check back by Sunday morning for a review and synopsis of this episode on Ben's World of Transformers!


Thanks to Autobase Aichi, we now have clear images of the upcoming "Transformers Adventures" releases of Lockdown, Bombshell, Shrapnel and One Step Changer Bumblebee. Lockdown is a redeco of the figure from "Transformers Animated" while Bombshell and Shrapnel are from the "Generations" line. One Step Changer Bumblebee is from the current "Robots in Disguise" line. Check out the images below!


The Official Botcon site has released details of the special Frank Welker "VIP" package. From their site:

We are thrilled to offer the BotCon 2015 Frank Welker VIP PASS. This package upgrade allows you access to our very special BotCon 2015 guest, Frank Welker. The VIP PASS cost is in addition to the cost of your Primus or Golden Ticket Primus package. You must be a Transformers Collectors’ Club member to take advantage of this special event.

"The Frank Welker VIP PASS includes:


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The Official Fun Publications Youtube Channel has been updated with a fourth Botcon reveal! Check out the video (or the screen grabs in this post) to see who this mystery character is! Commentary after the video.

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There are times when the Aerialbots need to bring more power to bear than they have as individuals. When such a need arises they can merge into the titanic force known as Superion! This morning's review brings you a look at the Aerialbot combiner himself: Superion!


The past couple of weeks have brought about some fun reveals from Botcon. Each of these figures pays homage to a character from the past. So far three of the exclusives for the Botcon 2015 boxed set have been revealed:

  • Packrat aka "The Thief" - based on the Botcon 1997 exclusive
  • Battletrap aka "The Muscle" - based on the G1 Duocon
  • Stepper aka "The Loose Cannon" - a "Shattered Glass" version of the character

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"Transformers" is traditionally a very difficult subject for cosplay due to the myriad of weird forms Transformers can take. One fan has taken it upon himself to make sure one Transformer is represented in cosplay form: Rattrap! Check out the amazing work of Sam Brooker on Twitter as well as Facebook to see his incredible work. I've only embedded a couple of his Rattrap photos below, there are more on his feeds so check them out!


After helping Megatron set up his plans far above Earth, Soundwave has landed and taken on a new form. With his surveillance capabilities and battle prowess, this Decepticon is a double threat to any Autobot who gets in the way of his plans!
Today's morning review brings you a look at "Movie Advanced" Soundwave!


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