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Footage of Transformer toy assembly and production in Veitnam – how Transformers are made

Ok, so it’s been almost 2 months since I said I’d be updating more frequently, but I don’t want to just post fluff.

I’ve been doing some deep diving into some topics and I came across this hardly viewed (as of this post less than 1000 views) videos from a company in Vietnam that is assembling some The Last Knight and Robots in Disguise series Transformers! This footage is awesome for those that have been wondering how the process works.

No, transformers are not completely manufactured by machines. Actual people do the assembly.  The parts are far too delicate and difficult to assemble for complete automation.

I must say, the factory looks very well-kept, clean, and modern!  I’d love to take a walk on the production floor! Specifically you can see The Last Knight Leader Optimus Prime and deluxe Squeeks being assembled along a conveyor with dozens if not hundreds of assembly line workers.  See for yourself!

The channel is named GTF Group HK.  It’s been a few months since they’ve posted anything new, but let’s hope for more!


Combiner Wars Titan Class Devastator finally leaks 12 days before US reveal – Looks dope!


Is that a crane on your shoulder or are you just glad to see me? Schwing!

As much as Seibertron tried to get the major scoop, 4chan wins again and various sites have since posted the full photograph of Transformer G1 Combiners Wars Titan Class Devastator from the Nuremberg Toy Fair.  After typing that sentence, I have to ask if the amount titles we have to supply any given figure these days really shakes my faith in this hobby.

This guy is looking, well, better than I expected!  I think there is a bit of mis-transformation here but I like what I am seeing.  The poseability looks great, the proportions appear sound except for the rather small head, and the colors are exactly what we have been yearning for in a modern Devastator.

I wouldn’t go so far as to beg for quality individual modes for the pieces of Devastator, but the combined mode is standing up to the hype.  Just for fun… let’s give a look at what some redecos of this figure could look like.


Kaybee Generation 2 Titan Class Devastator digibash


Generation 2 Titan Class Devastator in yellow – not too different than the original!




3A Transformers release schedule – Neo Masterpiece toys in the work?


Do we need more renditions of these guys? I hear an unanimous YES!

UPDATE: Well my calculations were incorrect – the figures are all going to be from Dark of The Moon, not G1.
I’ve been given a tidbit of information regarding the reveal of the upcoming officially licensed 3A Transformers toys.  Fans of 3A need no introduction to the company, but for those Transfans that hate to stray, they do ultra-realistic model-esque action figures that defy the rules of what an action figure actually is.  What remains to be seen is just how far 3A has taken the Transformers license.  Will they go the Hot Toys route and just have a really nice looking poseable action figure or will we get the holy grail – fully transforming accurate robot and alt-mode action figures?  I’m sure we’ll find out soon because here’s the proposed schedule of releases!

  • 2nd week of December 2014 – Bumblebee
  • 2nd week of January 2015 – Optimus Prime
  • February 2015 – Megatron, Starscream

Holy shit-cakes, I’m excited but my bank account is trembling.  Actually, there’s no word yet on if these are even going to be G1 or not.  Let’s hope so, and NOT MOVIE TOYS!!!!


An example of 3A’s mastery of the craft.



Beast Hunters Megatron first look – prototype


Spikey and finny – sounds like Beast Hunters to me!

I received photos of the upcoming Beast Hunters version of Megatron.  Unfortunately, it’s exactly like the rest of the line.  Enjoy?


Just as weird from the back


Botcon 2013 Machine Wars possibilities

Botcon Machine Wars Seekers

Machine Wars Seekers Thundercracker and Skywarp

With Botcon 2013 on everyone’s mind, it’s time to play that old game of “what the heck are the toys going to be this year?”  We know Machine Wars, but what molds and characters?  There really aren’t too many to pick from, and we are sure tom see some brand new “who the heck is this?” characters as well.  Thanks to the lovable Air Hammer from Bottalk, we can speculate all we want while perusing his digibashes.

Ultimately, the choices made for these toys is what will either steer me clear or near Botcon 2013.  Are you going?


Machine Wars Megatron and Megaplex


Machine Wars Mirage and Prowl, how redundant!


Machine Wars Sandstorm


Machine Wars Soundwave

Black Machine Wars Starscream Botcon 2013

Big old black Starscream


Machine Wars Hubcap and Hoist


Last but not least, Machine Wars ATB Megatron, sans Starscream


In case you couldn’t tell… Fall of Cybertron Jazz and Sideswipe are remolds

Transformers Fall of Cybertron Sideswipe and Jazz

Don'tcha'll pull a fast one on me, ya hear?

I knew something wasn’t right when I saw Fall of Cybertron Sideswipe during the Hasbro panel at Botcon. It wasn’t completely obvious, but it is true: Sideswipe is a remold of Jazz with a huge ass gun instead of a pea-shooter.

So maybe before you start praising Sideswipe, make sure you weren’t one of the FOC Jazz haters, mmm kay?


In-hand photos of TFCC Shattered Glass Drift and Over-Run – Classics Runabout

Shattered Glass Drift car TFCC over-run Runabout shockwave

A bunch of cool dudes

I thought I’d share some more eye-candy now that I’ve transformed them. Enjoy!

Shattered Glass Drift is lame


Shattered Glass Drift under hood

Where does he get all those wonderful toys?

Runabout Over-run and SG Drift



Fall of Cybertron combining Bruticus – the iron fist of Hasbro silences the land

Fall of Cybertron Bruticus on screen

"And our prayers were answered by fists of steel and rain of blood..."

Today was a day where the mighty returned and the weak were silenced. Today was a day where wrongs were made right and a solidarity that has been fragmented for years was made whole again. Today was the day that the true king to the throne returned and that king is a company named Hasbro.

Let’s get a bit more realistic now and explain what happened this week in Transformerland. This year (it’s only been one month long so far!) has been one of the most insane years to be a Transformer fan since the movies started in 2005. Let us list the notable events, shall we?

  • We’ve already weathered through the madness of registering for Botcon
  • Tolerated Funpub’s dismal track record with a webstore they’ve only had, well, about 5 years to perfect
  • Discovered rather shockingly that Transformers Prime contains a rather large multitude of toys that we were kept very successfully in the dark about (jolly show, Hasbro secret service, jolly show)
  • Discovered even more shockingly that all the fabulous, and expectantly readily available First Edition Prime toys were to become exceedingly desirable and hard to find, especially in the USA
  • SDCC will featured another GI JOE / Transformers crossover, this time with a Shockwave-styled Hiss Tank

It’s already been a topsy-turvy year and without going into begrudging detail about the Transformers Prime toy fiasco, let’s just set the stage to a world where everyone is feeling a bit frustrated and disappointed. Put yourself on that stage, and then feel yourself get nailed by a giant cream pie of surprise. Hasbro just knocked everyone’s socks off with the announcement of a figure no one dared dream would become a reality – a fully formed gestalt figure the way it was meant to be done. Five (supposedly) deluxe individually transforming figures that include minimal extra parts or internal connections. There is not a ton of data other than what was discovered in the latest issue of Game Informer, but it’s enough to drop any current transfan to their Primus worshiping knees.

Fall of Cybertron Bruticus revealed

Bruticus! Bruticus! Bruticus!

Beyond the excitement, what does this all mean? Well I couldn’t call myself a Collecticon if I didn’t figure this shit out for you so here goes.

– Some say that these 5 figures are what remains of the supposed 8 figure count for the Fall of Cybertron line, as reported at the UK Toyfair. While possible, to me this seems unlikely due to a weighted consistency of Decepticons amongst the ranks. We are likely to see Grimlock, maybe Jetfire, Ironhide or Ratchet, and with any luck, some seekers. They didn’t just re-design Megatron for nothing, either.

– Another question is whether these will be sold individually or as a large set. The answer? Who fucking cares. You’re going to buy them so move on.

– Is this really happening? After what feels like a prison riot full of 3rd party companies doing “everything that Hasbro won’t”, did the giant just stir in its sleep? It sure seems like it to me. Like always, Hasbro follows through but not in the 3 day timeframe that the Transfan manbabies decree. Enjoy your shoddy-plastic 3rd party Devastators boys, they will all be made obsolete soon. And that, my fellow Collecticons, is a fact.

Fall of Cybertron Bruticus from the trailer

Bruticus says: Don't fuck with hasbro


Masterpiece Grimlock – you’re doing it right!

Masterpiece Grimlock bartender

He's not just tending the bar, he was born this way.

This wonderful photo from my friend Joe is a perfect example of how all owners of the original Masterpiece Grimlock ought to do it. You need to revel in the fact that you own that little apron and drink set. MP-08 was meant to be the silliest looking Transformer ever, so let its dim light shine and display that bitch in alt-mode slangin’ some scotch! If you’re not, then YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG!


Botcon 2012 Metalhawk mold – I changed my mind

Botcon 2012 Metalhawk could be the Terradive mold

I claim this sand in the name of Spain!

So I am reneging on my claim that Metalhawk would be the Cyclonus mold. I still think that is a wonderful option and would like to see it, but now that the Overlord choice threw me for such a loop, I am thinking of alternatives. So here we are: Terradive, my favorite Transformer toy of 2010, and actually ever. I think this has a great chance of becoming Metalhawk along side of the Banzaitroned-out Overlord.

But really we’ll all find out soon enough.