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2012 Transformers Generations Waves

By Loran

It’s been no secret that Transformers: Classics was one of the best ideas ever. Transformers had never had direct updates to the original characters in the modern era, just repaints and homages. Classics was a line nobody ever saw coming and was a huge hit, spawning two offshoot lines. The latter of which is getting a continuation this summer to coincide with the release of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, the sequel to 2010’s hit game War for Cybertron. It’s likely that we’ll see more classics-based figures later on, but for now all we have are game figures, and for the most part, they look pretty good.

Wave one is going to consist of a new Optimus, Jazz, and SHOCKWAVE! Yes, Shockwave is finally getting a figure fit for our Classics shelves. Keep in mind, though, that we won’t be seeing these until about fall. It’s a shame we have to wait so long, but I guess it gives Hasbro plenty of time to get all the Robots in Disguise/Prime product on the shelves.

I’m kind of lukewarm on Optimus’ new design. I don’t really like it, and I don’t hate it. It makes sense as an upgrade to his design from the first game, as it looks more hardened and experienced, but on the other hand it just seems pointless. Still, it’s a nice looking toy I’ll probably pick up.

While I don’t really need a new Jazz after the fantastic Reveal the Shield release, Fall of Cybertron Jazz is FANTASTIC as well. I really wanted to see other carformers outside of Bumblebee in the first line, and Jazz fits the bill nicely. He looks great in both modes, and he’s probably my favorite of the first wave. Continue reading

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Best of 2011: Super late edition part 1

By Chris Troy

My 2012 is off to a brutal start, as the first day of the year started with me having no power in half of my apartment for 4 days, but rebounded when I went down to DC for MAGfest 2012 for another 3. The latter was rad, but explains my absence. NO WORRIES, NOW I’VE RETURNED, I CAN TALK ABOUT TOYS THAT CAME OUT LAST YEAR, SEVERAL OF WHICH YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE AT FPNYC!! So without further delay, my ultimately meaningless list:

Let’s start off with some import goodness shall we? While not the strongest year for Figma as a brand (IMO, people who love them some Madoka may disagree), Max Factory managed to pop out a few rad figures this year, one of them being the Figma based on Evangelion 2.2 ‘s Mari. In a sea of Asuka/Rei merchandise, Mari was a welcomed addition and her Figma, which came with a cockpit and a ton of variant parts and accessories, was great. In addition to that, the Dorothy (of Big O fame) Figma dropped as well, and I am bias as hell towards Big O merch, so that makes the list. Also Robocop, because, well, he’s Robocop; why wouldn’t he, right? 2012 looks solid too, as we’re expected to get a Figma based on Guts from Beserk, as well as Samus Aran of Metroid fame. This is best in life. We still have the Eva girls and Dorothy in stock BTW, as well as several other characters I couldn’t tell you about.

Revoltech had a stellar year, especially if you’re into giant robots. Evas? A ton of them, all of them rad. Zone of the Enders finally got some love, with the release of Jehuty, and more are on the way apparently, which pleases me to no end. A ton of American properties got some love as well, including the likes of Iron Man, War Machine, Optimus Prime, and Bumblebee, rocking their Michael Bay designs. 2012 looks to be full of more giant robots AND more movie stuff, including the likes of Pixar movies NOT named Toy Story. In the words of Achewood‘s Ray Smuckles “That’s alright, coz that’s okay.” And wrapping up the super pose-able import toy trinity is SH Figuarts: which, while delivering awesome Godzilla, Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, Megaman X, and One Piece figures, stole my heart with the release of their Tiger and Bunny line. This line is hot, and I think we had the Tiger and Bunny Figuarts in for like a few hours before they sold out. We do have a nice variety of non-T&B Figuarts still in stock though, so hey, it’s not a complete loss if you come in looking for some. We also got a ton of new Gunpla in this year, including kits from the new series Gundam Age. Continue reading

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Transformers DOTM Voyager Sentinel Prime Review

By Loran

Over the years, Sentinel Prime’s been seen in one form or another, and typically, no two are alike. Typically, he’s Optimus Prime’s predecessor, but in the case of his most known incarnation (Animated) he was Prime’s rival. As much as I liked Animated Sentinel, I think it was a wise idea to make him Optimus’s predecessor again. Most importantly of all, it gave us a chance to hear the ever-fantastic Leonard Nimoy in Transformers again. I gotta say, Leonard Nimoy’s performance was the best part of Dark of the Moon, and I’ll fight you if you think otherwise!

I opted for the Voyager-class figure to give myself a figure to go with the similarly-scaled Optimus and Megatron.

Sentinel Prime’s vehicle mode is a big fire truck, the kind used to put out fires at airports. I had a LEGO set like one of these once! It was awesome. Some people were upset about the fire truck wasn’t Inferno, seeming to forget the fact that sometimes the name of the character and their personality are a liiiittle more important than what they turn into. Anyway, it’s a pretty cool vehicle that I don’t think we’ve seen at a larger scale before. Continue reading

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Transformers DOTM Fireburst Optimus Prime Review

by Loran

Usually I don’t go for smaller versions of big characters, but sometimes I’ll cave and do it. After the spectacular new Transformer Voyager Megatron, I needed an Optimus at about the same size to take him on. It really wouldn’t be fair to put such a small Megatron against the Leader Optimus, now would it? I’ve considered getting the Wal-Mart exclusive version because of his price and bonus figure, but after watching the movie, I knew which one I had to get:

I needed an Optimus figure that came with his awesome axe. Continue reading

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Reveal the Shield Optimus Prime Review

By Loran

As a kid, I had a lot of Optimus Prime figures, but there was only one that I considered “my own”.

I grew up with Transformers G2, and as such, never had a shot at G1 Prime or Powermaster Prime. I actually got every Prime released during G2 at some point… except the repaint of the original toy, ironically enough. I enjoyed the Go-Bot and Combat Hero Primes sure enough, but it wasn’t until really late in the game that I got the one toy that would represent G1 Optimus for years on end: The Laser Rod version. Continue reading

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