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More Atmos MP-10 Convoys incoming – End of days

Only three days late with this bombshell – photo by @ldn2hk on instagram

You’d think things like this wouldn’t get past the Transformers fandom, but alas, there’s leaks in the ship. Three days ago, SEVENTY-TWO HOURS, an event in Japan rocked the sneakerhead nation: Atmos Con Vol. 6. Like usually with these shoe / toy crossovers, it happened in Japan and it seems like literally no one is around to figure out any details that can be translated into English.

The only reason I even stumbled upon this was by finding this video recap of the event on the @atmos_tokyo Instagram page which features some quick shots of before un-seen MP-10 shoe redecos. Oy vey.

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So let’s do a count of how many of these there are so far:

  • Elephant Convoy – Revealed at Wonderfest 2019
  • Viotech Convoy – Revealed at Wonderfest 2019
  • Duck Camo Convoy – Seen at Wonderfest 2019
  • MP-10ASL (Atmos Safari LeBron Ver.) – released March 2, 2019
  • Tiger Camo Convoy – revealed at Atmos Con Vol. 6 on March 10, 2019
  • Animal Convoy – revealed at Atmos Con Vol. 6 on March 10, 2019
Elephant is still out there – photo by @ldn2hk on instagram

So what does this mean for would be MP-10 completists? Well, the game just got more complicated and you better start saving up! These are going to be some of the most difficult to acquire Transformers of all time. This is my prediction since there’s still zero to almost negative amounts of information on these and they just keep popping up like weeds!

Edit: Originally we incorrectly named Animal Convoy as Tiger Camo Convoy (Yellow) and Tiger Camo Convoy listed as Tiger Camo Convoy (Black).

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The eve of MP-10ASL release…

App attack

As I was expecting, as we get ever closer to the release of the LeBron James Safari shoes and Masterpiece Optimus, things are getting interesting on Atmos-tokyo.com. The Safari releases have been added to the Launch List.

Beyond discovering that the Masterpiece toys will be available only via lottery by waiting in line outside of the store, it’s also now been revealed that there is an online lottery as well that is only accessible through the Atmos app. This is great news except that the app is only in Japanese, and unlike the Chrome browser, there is no latent translation options.

In comes I, Collecticon, who has been diligently translating screenshot by screenshot the app to get an idea of how this works. Unfotunately though, I don’t have much to say because the raffle has not begun yet on the app…

Ok scratch that. As I was writing this the page changed and now something new has begun. It’s about 4-5 hours until the raffle is expected to begin. If you’re reading this, fellow Collecticon, I wish thee luck but realize on a day like this, it’s every bot for himself.

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Masterpiece Megatron 2 arises as MP-36

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The captain has come back to reclaim the ship!

Yes, it’s true.  The gray prototype was in fact a Takara-led release of Megatron in the newer, tidier Masterpiece scale to go along with MP-10. It looks awesome.

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Botcon Registration is live!

What are you waiting for?  Registration is live!  It was seemless!  The system WORKED!!  IT ONLY TOOK TEN YEARS TO GET IT RIGHT!!~!
Register here.

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G2 Menasor appears on Taobao with ALL ACCESSORIES – listed for $30,000

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The world’s most valuable accessories, all in one place!

I love the Generation 2 unreleased toys saga and it continues today with another historic offering featuring components of G2 Menasor and the Stunticons.  This time, however, the listing features ALL of the components for a hefty $30,000 price tag.  The last time firepower of this magnitude dropped, the sale went for around $26,000 and hilarity ensued.  The important aspect of that auction was that the purple Menasor head was missing.

Well this time the gang’s all here and it’s on Taobao.  The listing can be found here. I’ve included some of the auction photos for the inevitable time when this auction ends or is pulled.

So are you going to be the ‘lucky’ buyer?

Are these authentic or has the ko market finally created a G2 version of the classics?  Your guess is as good as mine.

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The Taobao listing as seen today.

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Looks like there are a few missing paint apps, but lots of stickers.

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Is there a gun-pack missing here?

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Undersides

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So just who kidnapped Prowl? – Sins of the Wreckers mysteries

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Head of the mysterious shadow organization known as Spectretron

Nick Roche’s Sins of the Wreckers has finally been unleashed upon us resulting in showers of praise, rejoicing, and my most favorite, biting questions!  I don’t need to waste anyone’s time recapping the plot because if you ended up here from a Google search, you are already deep in the rabbit hole.  So just who could’ve possibly kidnapped our favorite asshole, Prowl?  Let’s identify some likely suspects!  Clearly if any of the crap written below is correct, these are spoilers so read at your own risk!

Suspect 1: Noisemaze

The first question one has to ask before trying to identify a suspect is whether or not the character behind this is someone we’ve seen before in the IDW-verse, or not. IDW has been on a terror lately pulling characters from previously non-G1 canon into the fray such as Knock-out, Bulkhead, and more. The trend may be continuing with more modern and under-developed characters in order to create some fresh new villains for the Autobots and Wreckers, similar to how Lockdown has been elevated to super-villain status thanks to “Transformers: Age of Extinction”.

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Evvvvil

Choosing Noisemaze as a potential culprit behind Prowl’s disappearance is kind of a lazy assumption based solely on the use of his name as a location instead of a character. Anyone reading that line on the most colorful page of the comicbook instantly conjured up visions of this guy.  Is he likely the owner of that shadowy visage?  No, but because of the wordplay, Noise-y here gets an honorable mention.

Suspect 2: Tarantulas

With all the newly introduced beast-formers such as Blackarachnia and Rattrap in the Transformers ongoing, the lack of certain notable characters was noticed more than the ones that did appear. Many of the more treacherous characters were missing from their ranks and specifically the covert evil scientist double-agent Tarantulas on TFwiki who infiltrated the Predacon ranks for the Tripredacus Council.

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My spidey-senses are off the charts!

Perhaps this would be a non-beast-affiliated version of Tarantulas more akin to how the TFCC has recently released the character… a few times now. That would make it possible for his traditionally jangly silhouette to match the bulky shoulder profile of the quick glimpse we got from Prowl’s point of view.  However Tarantulas rarely works alone.  He is typically working for someone else in charge and speaking of that man in charge…

Suspect 3: Hubcap

It feels so very in-character for creator Nick Roche to leave a giant glaring clue right out in the open for us to gush over after the series is finished and in this case, I believe it to be the ever-so-unlikely timid and polite administrator Hubcap. His posturing is wonderfully rendered by Nick and with such grace that it stood out to me. How did this guy get in the position he’s in? What’s his backstory? Nice of you to ask, because it delivers us another juicy piece of the puzzle: motivation.

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The Keyser Soze of Transformers?

The only historical data we have on Hubcap is that he was friends with the ill-fated Pipes. I say ill-fated because he was sent to an early grave by Overlord who was on The Lost Light.  The reason he was on The Lost Light in the first place was because of a covert operation Prowl conducted and has yet to be reckoned with for.

It does seem like a stretch, but there is plenty of back story to dive into for Hubcap as the issues of this comic continue.  There’s even a mention by Roadbuster about special “frequencies” going on in his brain. Frequencies that could perhaps make a lot of… noise?  So much so that his mind could resemble… a maze?

If you really think about Hubcap, there’s a lot of questions that we don’t have the answers to yet. How did he get to be on the operations side of the Wreckers?  Does he want to be there, or was he stationed? Is he more of a threat than he seems?

Hubcap certainly appears to be the least comfortable with his armaments on the closing spread, but could this be another red herring to make him seem even less threatening? Is he the Darth Darth Binks of the IDW Universe?!  There’s four issues left, so enjoy the ride!

Suspect 4: Sideways

Along the same thought-lines as Noisemaze comes the vaporous and deceiving Sideways.  Did you know that Noisemaze was his Japanese name? It all starts to make sense now doesn’t it…

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It’s time for someone to get an updated toy!

Sideways is an especially delicious suspect for the ringleader because of what his existence always seems to be a precursor to: Unicron. IDW has been very careful not to open the lid on the Unicron can for the past 10 years and with good reason. The coming of the Beachball of Doom if oft times used as the final moneyshot of a series and is the penultimate event that ever seems to happen in a Transformers saga.  It is truly difficult to out-do a titanic demon planet god once you’ve done it but if IDW ever goe down that road, it will most likely be incredibly drawn out and be a very long con.  Sideways could be a great way to start sowing the Unicron seeds.

How would Sideways feel as a villain without Unicron?  There are plenty of ways to skirt that issue and have him exist beyond being an agent of the Chaosbringer.  For instance, perhaps he is a NAIL that has gone rogue.  Maybe he’s a creation of the Quintessons instead. He could be from an entirely different race of robotic beings. The options are there and I would be delighted to see this slippery fellow join us on journey of Sin.

Suspect 5: Megatron (Beast Wars)

This is the big one.  I don’t have a lot of proof for this, I just feel this would be an amazing way to introduce a huge villain that could really shake things up in the IDW universe.  We’ve lost Megatron to the Autobots, but as Yoda said “There is a another.” Galvatron is turning out to be a despot villain, but what about a terrorist from a lost colony looking to reclaim their homeworld? Could that be the origins of IDW Beast Wars Megatron?  It would certainly seem topical for today’s social issues and elevate the big purple dinosaur to Phase-sixer level fear status.

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You want it to be me, yesssss…

If I was writing this story, I’d want access to some really awesome characters that have been waiting in the wings. Nick didn’t come back to this just to let Springer of the leash, he wants to really put another mark on the Transformers comics and after what he and James started with Overlord, I am positive they have a taste for greatness.  Beast Wars Megatron would be, in my opinion, one of the last major “Oh no you DIDN’T!” fangasm characters left to appear in the modern Transformers era.

The only problem is… what is his name?  It certainly won’t be fucking Megatron, but this would also be a wonderful opportunity to put his name on the map!

Suspect 6: Entirely new characters

It’s also entirely feasible that Prowl’s captor(s) is someone we’ve never seen and it will be a completely new character like Turmoil or Rung. If that’s the case, I’m not going to sit here and bore you with my made-up fan fiction characters because that would be more torturous than putting me in a metal box to melt my way out of.

I hope you enjoyed the read and here’s to waiting for the next issue!

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Titans Return with… Headmaster Astrotrain

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Nasty, nasty boys

New York Comic Con is happening RIGHT NOW and last night’s Hasbro Transformers panel was anything but underwhelming.  All the thunder was stolen from the night before when we saw amazing figures like Deluxe Skullsmasher, Hardhead, Leader Blaster, and most impressively, Voyager Galavtron with a tiny Megatron Headmaster (named Nucleon).

The masters are back!  They are trying to consolidate all the different types of little ‘master’ partners by giving them the even more confusing name “Titan Masters”, which really has nothing to do with the Titan scale toys we’ve grown so fond of.  Hey, whatever.  Decisions have to be made and the final product looks like a ton of fun!

The boring thing about last night was their big reveal: Voyager Sentinel Prime who is comic-book orange and takes flight and rail as a triple-changer that looks eerily similar to our big gray and purple friend above.  Better jettison some weight.

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MP9 Masterpiece Rodimus vs New Masterpiece Hot Rod

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Who wore it better?

A friend of mine posted this image to Faceballz today and we started discussing it.  I love you Hot Rod, but you’ve got a bit of Optimus Primal disease.

I’ve taken the liberty to re-adjust the proportions of his waist-down and head to match his upper body.  It looks heavenly, but we can wish in one hand…

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Not the Hot Rod we want, but the Hot Rod we deserve.

If anything, this has brought to light just how incredible MP9 really was, in terms of concept and design.  The production quality did suffer, but it was a very ambitious Masterpiece figure that I hope will begin to grow on people because the figure had really incredibly accurate vehicle and robot modes.  The modes were to a level that I really don’t feel many Transformer toys can match.

Here is another comparison look at MP9, the new Hot Rod, and our dream-version of Hot Rod front and center.  Le sigh.

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Salt in the wound.

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The Transformers Robots in Disguise 2015 Decepticons look awesome

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Some of the most unique-looking characters I’ve seen in Transformers for decades… ok, 3 decades to be exact.

Check out the still frames above to see some fun creature-based Decepticons the likes of which we haven’t seen before.  This is definitely an premutation of the TF Movie trend of ‘monsterizing’ the Decepticons to further solidify their places as the villains of the story.  But here we have some really unique things going on.  The monstrous Decepticons are just their regular form, much like Ravage or Ratbat from the Generation 1 series.  They still change into vehicles like submarines and cars!  This is great!  Anthropomorphic Decepticons!  My personal favorite is Thunderhoof who just looks like a stoic and cunny adversary that may end up the right-hand man of series villain Steeljaw.

I’ve heard some static about the Decepticons in this series, but I am loving them for a few reasons:

  1. They all seem to be brand new characters.  I don’t see a Megatron, Starscream, or Soundwave anywhere!  Yay for new blood!
  2. They still look like Decepticons.  The color schemes, their general aesthetic, and their demeanor all point right to the side of darkness that we’ve all come to love.
  3. There are TONS of them!  It definitely seems like the cartoon is reverting back to the ‘monster of the week’ type of story-telling but it has worked in the past.  Here’s hoping for tons of toy versions of these guys.

So yeah, that’s it.  Can’t wait to see more of these Decepticons in action.  End of story.

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First look at Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Thundercracker

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He’s big green motha from outer space and he’s bad

In an ‘announcement’ far less interesting than even the latest Botcon 2013 giftset reveals, we have pretty definite proof that a Machine Wars Thundercracker will be an add-on or the attendee figure for Botcon 2013. The character art was revealed on the embroidered hat for this year’s convention.  Who actually buys that stuff anyway?

Too bad I won’t be there to find out because this year’s Botcon is no longer on my list of “trips that are anywhere near worth the money.”