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Generations Leader Jetfire is looking slick as heck

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And then from upon high, he descended towards them, glistening white and exemplifying power and grace.

In-hand photographs of Generations Leader Jetfire surfaced today and they make this toy look REALLY GREAT!!!  The chrome is still pretty un-necessary but we can give it a pass.  The non-armored mode is SCREAMING G1 Skyfire!  So good!  Check out some comparison shots below, or see the rest at TFW.

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Just like old times, braah!

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One for the scrapbook.

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G2 Stunticons sell for $26,815 on Ebay – 71 bids – 974 watchers

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Now that’s some expensive plastic

Starting on June 27, 2014, a rather auspicious auction appeared under the ebay user z75sales: a bagged set of the Generation 2 Stunticons including never-before-seen factory-applied stickers and missile launchers for G2 Motormaster. Just yesterday, July 7th, the 10 day auction ended and the final bid was $26,815.00!  This is an unprecedented amount for a Transformers auction.  Here’s how it all went down.

The seller

The seller is a long-time ebayer who continues to state the same story: He is a broker who is selling a former Kenner / Hasbro employee’s estate sale.  The seller was kind enough to join Transfans in discussion about the items on TFW under the username starwarsprotos, which might give a hint at his history in toy collecting.  The seller was sharing photographs that were not included in the auction and during this discussion it was discovered that the G2 Menasor head didn’t appear to be in the baggy housing Motormaster.  Regardless of this missing piece, the value did not seem to be brought down.

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No purple head? No problem! Photo provided by the seller.

The Transformers

The G2 Stunticons are some of the most sought-after and hard to find unicorns that are out there.  They have a sordid past and every once in a while they rear their heads and make sure we all know that we’ll never have them.  This particular auction was the first time a stickered near-production-ready version of G2 Motormaster had ever been seen.  Other versions that have been seen online were said to be painted samples and not finished toys.  Even the legendary Karl Hartman chimed in to tell a little bit of the history of these beauties.

 

The Buyer

It turns out that the winner was indeed an active fan in the community and known as HighPrime on the TFW2005 boards.  Congrats HighPrime!  According to him, he was on vacation and agreed with his wife to sell a large portion of his collection if he could spend the dough to get these guys.

 

Sorry I kind of petered out on the details of this article and just wanted to get it up.  Congrats to HighPrime and the seller!  Here’s hoping more goodies come out of the mystery bag.

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Transformers Cloud wave 3 Rodimus and Shockwave confirmed! Awesome!

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Arise Rodimus… yeah just Rodimus, ok?

After many months of hoping and speculating, it’s been proven true that some of the strange toy-based iterations of characters drawn in TakaraTomy’s Transformers Cloud series are seeing releases!  We saw Rodimus at the inception of the toyline sporting the highly popular Triple-changing Springer Mold from Generations and an ominous Voyager Whirl-based Shockwave scientist.  Both were discovered on display today at the 2014 Tokyo Toy Show.  Also on display were photos of MP-22 Ultra Magnus in full color!  See more at TFW.

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There’s only so many toys with only one eye!

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Masterpiece 18S Silverstreak – nominated for biggest bum-out of 2014

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A now for something completely useless…

When the Datsun brothers came out, Bluestreak was far and away the aesthetic winner of the bunch.  The evenness of the alt mode, the muted color scheme, and the fact that a somewhat C-list character was getting the big bad masterpiece treatment elevated its likability above the fan-favorite Prowl. When it was announced that MP-18S would be released later down the line,  a fever raced through the fandom.  Just a year earlier, a special release of the Lamborghini Masterpiece mold had yielded a rare Diaclone-origin Tigertrack in yellow.  Diaclone figures were getting the Masterpiece treatment!  TakaraTomy is known for their stubborness to keep tradition going so the release of a special Datsun, especially Bluestreak, could only mean one thing: Blue Bluestreak!  THE UNICORN ITSELF!

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Is that what I think it is?! A unicorn in the wild!? Nope, it’s just a custom by TFW2005 user pumpkingonzo

I have done my own private retcon in my head and the silver version of Bluestreak will always be dubbed Silverstreak, until we get a real Blue Bluestreak.  So to see today that MP18-S is actually going to be the real Silverstreak really pulls at some painful strings inside my body.  This is really a big shame.  The only difference is a few paint apps on the hood of the car.

I’m just so annoyed by this that I think I’m going to let this blog post fall flat.

TL;DR: MP18-S is a huge letdown and it sucks.

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Hasbro Masterpiece Sunstorm – Fast Food seeker

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Would you like fries with that?

TFW2005 user jru42287 posted a screenshot of what is expected to be the final deco of the upcoming Masterpiece Sunstorm release from Hasbro.  Results are, shall we say, underwhelming?  In a very drastic departure from the TakaraTomy Japanese release, we have a lot of unexpected white and red in the figure, instead of the more orange deco many were expecting.

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A collection of previous incarnations of Sunstorm – photo by David Willis of Shortpacked

The figure will feature the MP-12 mold, just like Masterpiece Thundercracker.  Although hard to see, there are some flame details along the front of the wings.

So just who is art directing over at Hasbro?  Is this meant to be part of the thrilling 30?  More like squirty thirty.

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Michael Bay interested in directing “Neon Genesis Evangelion” live action film?

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Armageddon – 3rd Impact

The live action Evangelion movie has been in development hell for many years.  Check out some crazy WETA concept art that has made the rounds for about 10 years.

But recently a horrible revelation has come to light… Michael Bay has interest in directing a live action Neon Genesis Evangelion movie.

First off, how in the fuck does Bay even know what Neon Genesis Evangelion is? I mean, we are talking about a guy who stated in front of the entire attending congression of Botcon 2011 that he thought Transformers was just “some stupid kids’ toys” when he was asked to direct the first “Transformers” film.  If anyone could royally mess up Evangelion, Bay is the one.

It’s seriously crossed the line.  What’s next?  Michael Bay’s “Macbeth”?  Michael Bay presents a retelling of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds?”  I just hope everyone roped into the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie feels our pain: the pain of Bayformers.

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Shinji took the news even harder that I did

UPDATE: It has come to my attention that the original source of this news is no longer available, if it ever was. We’ll now chalk this up to total rumor and sleep a little better.

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Evangelion Angel Starscream?

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Ok shit just got really weird

Ummm ok.  Well apparently Starscream or a seeker-like Decepticon threat is taking the form of Sachiel, and angel creature from Neon Genesis Evangelion. I found this image at Seibertron.

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This is what Starscream is becoming in the image above. wacky huh?

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More awesome Evangelion Optimus Prime photos

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He’s got the Matrix of Longinus

I had to share these awesome hi-res photos of the upcoming Masterpiece Optimus Prime Evangelion Unit-01 toy.  The colors are just so garrish and wild that I might say this is the craziest TF repaint ever!  Check out more photos at the ever-vigilant S.T.F.U. Facebook page.

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Cybergelion unit-10

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MP10 NERV Optimus Prime! Unit-10?

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A logo I never thought I’d see on a Transformer!

Today is the day!  We finally got a good look at the upcoming MP10 Evangelion Unit-01 Optimus Prime toy!  This is awesome!  This is one of the craziest Transformers we’ve seen in a while, and are likely to see again!  Holy moly!  My guess is the price will be around $300 USD for this guy, but let’s hope not.  A wide release would be nice.

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Shinji’s like “Optimus Mom!!”

I’m pretty excited, but I must admit, the color scheme is a little bit strange.  I would’ve liked to see some new accessories like a progressive knife, but at least it looks like his right shoulder features a 100% real NERV logo!

One of the biggest surprises here is that this is the FULL ON MP10 toy!  It includes all accessories and even a trailer and roller.  Spike has apparently been redecoed into something resembling a Nerv Uniformed Employee.  Too cool!

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Spike started running with a different crowd after second impact.

So yeah after all the hoopla we finally got a look at the real MP10 Eva Mode toy and I am tickled pink.  This is just one of those wacky figures that will be worth gobs and gobs of money in the future, so this collecticon says if you think you might want it, get it now!!!!

PS. This also makes the reissue of MP10 a little more effectual.  I wonder if we’ll see OTHER strange redecos of OTHER Masterpiece figures soon

You can see more info at this TFW2005.com post

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TakaraTomy 30th Anniversary Optimus Prime – toy or no toy?

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Nice render you got there, pal…

I’m a little confused by the news of the new 30th Anniversary Optimus Prime “toy”.  We’ve seen a render of this big weird modern vehicle of a truck that looks like Optimus but is a vehicle that is conjoined with its trailer.  That’s very un-Optimus-like, now isn’t it?

Fast-forward to tonight, the launch of Transformers Movie 4 toys in Japan… (courtesy of Bottalk)

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That’s no toy

Sooooo TakaraTomy actually dressed up a real-life semi to be some sort of rolling life-sized Transformers-mobile.  So what gives?  All the reports say new toy, but that seems so out of left field.  It’s just strange and I’m worried something is just being lost in translation.  My mantra, as usual: time will tell.