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Fansproject Insecticon prototype gallery on TFsource.com facebook – pretty

Fansproject Insecticon figures with G1 versions

Old and new

It was over a month or two ago that TFsource.com sent me the prototypes of the Fansproject Insecticons first seen at Botcon. Me being the busy body I am took all the photos for the next TFsource Review but alas, it just never came to be. So the photos were recently posted to the TFsource Facebook and I recommend checking them out!

These were prototype versions of the toys and very flimsy, hard to transform, and over-all frustrating. The review wouldn’t have been a very positive one and it wouldn’t have been fair to the final versions of the figures. So for now, check them out on Facebook and enjoy as they head to your mailbox.

Fansproject bug bots insecticon insects

Swarm!

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Maketoys is Fansproject – 3rd parties in disguise!

maketoys devastator 3rd party

Brothers from the same mother.


There, I said it.

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Fansproject Protector & Shadow Scythe TFsource review

Yes, it’s pathetic that it took me so long to get this made but I’ve had a rough year so far. If I hear one more person tell me I said ‘scythe’ wrong, I’ll make them sorry!

Enjoy the video.

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Fansproject Protector Armor family photo

Rodimus Prime Fansproject Protector Shadow Scythe

So which one is the black sheep?

Could it be? Another video review for TFsource? Say it ain’t so!

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Thoughts on 3rd party toys – TakaraTomy says “no more!” in Japan

TakaraTomy says no to 3rd party Transformer toys

No means no, and yes means no

A startling announcement was made the other day by Japanese toy retailer Red Mercury when they cancelled a plethora of 3rd party Transformer toy orders.  Although I cannot find any information online even indicating the existence of said seller, I do not doubt the validity of the statement.

The 3rd Party Transformers toy market has ballooned in the past few years.  New “companies” appear to develop over night including manufacturers like CrazyDevy, iGear, and the leader of the pack, Fansproject.  The products these companies offer span the gamut from add-on accessories to official Transformer toys to fully transforming standalone figures.

Some fans claim that these companies fill the gaps left by Hasbro and TakaraTomy, citing a lack of figures they want and apparently deserve.  This of course assumes that customers of Hasbro and TarakTomy deserve to get what they want in any fashion.  The unfortunate thing is that the particular customer base for the 3rd party figures is speckled with selfish greedy middle-agers – a demographic that the major toy companies have again and again reminded the world they need not worry about.

igear Kup cygar 3rd party toy for generations

Cool as hell, but illegal!

It goes without saying that these add-ons and replicas of Transformers properties are in violation of copyright law and intellectual property law.   A blind eye has been turned for many years, with the potential gains from stopping production or creating a lawsuit being outweighed by the costs of protecting their properties.

I for one applaud TakaraTomy’s initial stance.  I hope it is the first in a long line of crack downs.  iGear has repeatedly pushed the limit with figures like down-sized Masterpiece molds and Masterpiece coneheads.  It takes more than a non-descript name of the character to save yourself from being an out and out fraud.

Why should TakaraTomy care if there is a ‘gaping hole’ left by not creating a masterpiece Dirge?  It is up to them to decide what gets made in the official Transformers line and if you don’t like, become a customizer.  Mass-producing figures outside of the realm of official production is beyond wrong.  I’m looking at you KOtoys.  Sure, you can still do whatever you want, but when the hammer comes down I hope it’s shiesty thieves like you that’re nailed to the cross first.

I had often wondered why the toy companies don’t attack the resellers that provide an easy outlet for these black market toys, namely TFsource, BigBadToyStore, and various other smaller shops along the way.  Sure, these shops help Hasbro and Takara sell off some of their stock, but compared to the big box stores, the novelty toy store market is a drop in the bucket.  Apparently someone poked the bear and now it’s awake.  I have been waiting for this day, and await to see how the dust settles.  Let’s ask some good questions at Botcon 2011 this year!

igear Diaclone Masterpiece Convoy

It's gonna be a blue Christmas for you, buddy!

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Fansproject Protector & Shadow Scythe review in the works!

Fansproject Protector and Shadow Scyther mixed armor

It's opposite day!!

At long last, I have finished the photo session for Fansproject Protector and Shadow Scythe! Good lord this was a long time coming. ABout 1000 photos. Hopefully I can hack this together during the week. LONG over due. Waiting for MP-9 to head over next! It’s a Rodimus kind of year!

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TakaraTomy 2010 Creator Primus in da house

TakaraTomy 2010 Creator Primus gives promotions

According to the chain of command, all the Autobots just got a raise!

Well, we screwed the pooch on getting Fansproject Protector before everyone else. The pre-release sample is drifting about somewhere in between China and the USA. Predaking is also lost in some postal jungle. So what does that leave? Creator Primus will be touching down on the TFsource channel very soon. In the mean time? PROMOTIONS!

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Fansproject Bruticus vs. Higa’s Hemi

Fansproject Bruticus on Higa's Mustang

Oh no Bruticus, not the Hemi!

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Fansproject Bruticus showing off his ‘party tricks’

Fansproject Bruticus knife in beer
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Time to Party hard with Fansproject Bruticus

Fansproject Bruticus slames a Miller Lite

Party hard party hard party hard party hard!!!!