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Big Transformers announcement enroute – Fortress Maximus alternate coming?

Transformers 2013 announcement coming?

Squeeeeee! What could it beeeee!?

I have it on good faith that something ‘big’ is coming to Transformerland. Some rather ominous posts by Transformers insider Hydra were posted via Facebook today and yesterday.  I have blurred out all the personal data here, but rest assured, that is the man himself.  For those of you that don’t know, Hydra is the surname of a Transformers super collector that has made the rounds for years and resides in Japan.  He has since found himself working alongside E-hobby in various ways.  Word is that he was essential in the bridge between the US TF Collector Club and E-hobby for the G1 Shattered Glass set that is soon to come out.  He is also a very high-end TF dealer helping many, including myself, find some very rare pieces over the years.  The short of it is that when he speaks like this, all should listen.

Most of those stirring about this premonition have assumed he is referring to some announcements regarding Fortress Maximus.  He is after all the BIGGEST when it comes to “big” transformers.  Could this mean Grand Maximus?  Brave Maximus?  Perhaps something new and off the wall like the Armada Christmas Maximus, ret-conned into Pious Maximus?  Other guesses include a clear version of Fortress Maximus or an all black version.  Only time will tell, so as we patiently wait, feast your eyes on more of the illustrious Air Hammer’s digibashes.  Till tomorrow, when we shall all shit our collective pants!

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More G1 Shattered Glass??? Most likely not.

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And here’s the opposite just for fun.

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Unicron the mythical unicorn – Further unreleased G1 Chaosbringer information and pics

Generation 1 Unicron prototype head in planet mode

Peek-a-boo!

With the relatively recent release of TakaraTomy 2010 Universal Dominator Unicron, a new rush of Unicron-love has swept the fandom.  Although I was unable to touch upon this much in my review, Armada Unicron was actually not the first time the demi-god had been given a plastic effigy.  At least three iterations of Unicron had been conceived all the way to the hardcopy / testshot phase to ultimately never reach mass-production.  According to a fantastic find by Japanese Transformer collector and ultra-seller Hydra of The AllSpark, there were in fact two different versions of the unreleased G1 Unicron toy designed and fabricated.  The first was deemed “too small” by Hasbro and so back to the drawing board went the designer to increase the size.  This could perhaps make sense of the two different photos floating around of the finished design.  After some digging, it makes perfect sense according to this hacked together size comparison from an article on The Mechanical Maniacs.

Unicron size comparison

Who knew BW neo Unicron was so tiny?

So apparently, the “green bodied” G1 Unicron was a completely different design from the larger orange version. I have often heard that the green one is considered the Japanese prototype vs. the orange USA prototype. In reality, it appears that the green version was the first draft, followed by the orange one that Hasbro still has in their possession. It is also surmised that there have been multiple copies of this toy created as evidenced by the Unicron display at Botcon 2009 contained more than one of the figure in pristine condition.

And guess what – not all of those copies of the toy are owned by Hasbro!  For the first time, I am sharing these photographs publicly.  I’m not even sure where I got them anymore but the photos were taken sometime after 2003 as evidenced by the shirt in the photographs.  I do not claim owenership of these, but since I will currently be the only source on the net to have them I’ll be watermarking them and blurring out the identity.  If anyone wants to step forward and give me some more info about these, I’d love to get it.  Privacy will be protected if requested.

All in all, I highly suggest checking out Hydra’s article for some incredible information that continues to dazzle.  Dare I say I’d still like to see the original toy released??  Shame on me… BEHOLD – Unicron!

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The quest for Black Animated Optimus Prime Part 2: Madness in Kyoto

TakaraTomy Black Animated Convoy in the nega-flesh

TakaraTomy Black Animated Convoy in the nega-flesh. Photo by TFseesaa.net

The first chance to pick up Black Animated Convoy has come and gone.  Photos of the event where the figure was being sold can be seen at Japanese Transformer blog TF-Seesa (site is in Japanese).  This figure was originally expected to be incredibly limited to a total of 300.  This meant the value of the figure was expected to leave planetary orbit as soon as it left the proximity of the sales event.  However, this Collecticon was given a bit of a surprising update from an attendee of the sale:

From Bodhar:

I am officially done visiting the Takara/Tomy Museum near Kyoto.  It was a crazy event because it seems like such a small town wasn’t ready for us ravenous Transformer fans.  Instead of putting the toys behind the cash register, like past events in Tokyo, the toys were placed in the wide open.  There was an ensuing battle royale for the toys, with some Nemesis Primes getting damaged in the melee. I actually ended up at the bottom of the pile, but I did manage to get some quantity.  But that isn’t the good news…

The good news is that Takara/Tomy will hold one more event like this and a Takara/Tomy staff member said they will dramatically increase the stock at the next event.  This news means that it IS NOT only limited to 300, as previously stated by Takara/Tomy.  I didn’t get a direct answer about quantity, but she made it sound like it’ll be over 1000 pieces.

Apparently the event caused a few attendees to get into a scuffle over the figures!!!  How very un-Japanese-like!  It must have been to gaijins!  Also, the event has revealed that far more than the initial 300 figures will be sold in total.  Most likely there will 300 figures available at each event location meaning those that are really fiending for the black crack may find it easier to get their fix.

Hydra at the Transformers Museum in Kyoto, Japan

Oh hai Hydra. You blend in so well around these parts!