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Summary: The Original Transformers Internet Radio Show and one of the world's first (if not THE first) podcasts. We've been online since 1999. We discuss topics from around the Transformers world, bring you the news worth talking about, provide insight and commentary. We are the official podcast of TFormers.com.
Well, sort of. Photos were posted to Planet Iacon showing a Barricade version of Earthrise Smokescreen, displayed with a TakaraTomy Generations Selects box. So while an offering via Pulse may well happen too, it seems like the Earth form for Barricade is going to be an exclusive for Japan. Does make you wonder about that Walmart listing for what was believed to be a Netflix Barricade from some months ago, doesn't it? Thanks to all of our Patrons who are making this possible! Join our Patreon and let's make awesome stuff happen! Please support RFC by using our Amazon referral link. Canadian fans: please use this Amazon.ca referral link. UK fans: Please use this Amazon.co.uk referral link
This week on RFC: PulseCon, Kingdom, MP Seeker 2.0, Gigawatt, and a squirt gun. The News PulseCon Transformers Kingdom Reveal Panel RFC Extra 050 – Hasbro Pulsecon Masterpiece Starscream 2.0, Gigawatt And More In Figure King Magazine Pages Transformers Prime 10th Anniversary Official Images - Breakdown & Vehicon, Hades Megatron Transformers G1 Megatron P-38 Walther Returns as a Water Pistol! Transformers 2015 Combiner Wars Devastator Reissue
The guys catch up with everything that happened at Pulsecon!
This week: Holy crap, Pulse Con exclusives pre-sale went extremely well. What kind of witchcraft is this? Also, incoming reveals. Official and...not. The News Just Before PulseCon, The Official Kingdom First Reveal RFC News Desk 119 Transformers Prime 10th Anniversary set revealed PulseCon Full Schedule Studio Series 86 Factory leaks: Hot Rod Kup Scourge
A surprising number of questions answered! First up we have the reveal for the contents of that Transformers: Prime 10th anniversary product. Contrary to all logic (and package labeling) it actually is a two pack, and what's more it's reissues of two Arms Micron-exclusive molds: Breakdown and Jet Vehicon. The set is on sale now in The Philippines, and Eric John A Cruz from Cybertron Philippines posted photos of the package contents. Over there it's being sold for the equivalent of about $82. Compared to the aftermarket pricing on these two, that'll be a steal if it comes out for the rest of us at a similar price. Next up, we have details of PulseCon's panel schedule. Two Transformers panels will take place next Saturday, the 26th. The first is a Peter Cullen and Frank Welker panel, which sounds like a trip down memory lane of recording for their characters. Following that is the very directly-titled "Transformers War For Cybertron Kingdom Toy Reveal!" panel. The whole first wave of Kingdom will be shown off, and more. They mention reveals for exclusives, which will probably cover everything we have left due up for release in 2020. They also mention celebrating an unnamed tenth anniversary, so hopefully we get preorders for the Prime anniversary pack at that point too. Finally, they'll be carrying out this year's Hall of Fame ceremony following the product reveals, and John Warden will make his official departure from Transformers. That's going to be one busy panel! Look for wrapup coverage of that sometime next Saturday. And in the meantime, let's hope the leakers take a vacation so we get some genuine first looks directly from Hasbro. Thanks to all of our Patrons who are making this possible! Join our Patreon and let's make awesome stuff happen! Please support RFC by using our Amazon referral link. Canadian fans: please use this Amazon.ca referral link. UK fans: Please use this Amazon.co.uk referral link
This week: Studio Series, Hall of Fame, PulseCon, and way more! The News PulseCon 2020: Exclusives available September 23rd for Pulse Premium members, and 24th for everyone else. Limit of one each per customer. PulseCon Sneak Peek stream on September 22nd First Look At Kingdom Fossilizer, Studio Series Kup And Hot Rod The 2020 Transformers Hall of Fame Voting What Color Is Netflix Edition Soundwave’s Visor, Anyway?
This week: Did we just see our first glimpse of a Titan Class Ark? And what about that 10th Anniversary Prime photo? At least the Shattered Glass reveal is official. Yay? The News * RFC News Desk 118 – Alleged First Look At Rumored Titan Class Ark * Apparent Transformers Prime 10th Anniversary Line Packaging Leaked * Transformers Tuesday Part 5: Shattered Glass Two Pack * TakaraTomy Generations Selects Dinobot Boxset * First Look At Earthrise Runabout
The Spooky Season is upon us and Zone Base has its pumpkins on the porch! This month Rob talks Transformers Generations and random thoughts on figure sizes before talking about the days leading up to Halloween!
It really is like 2017 all over again, as now we have a purported leak image that's been scribbled all over to hide all but the specifically-chosen details. Released via Marco Madrys over instagram and Youtube, the image is claimed to be a first look at next year's Titan Class offering: The Ark. The Ark has been rumored as the Titan by the he-tell-me crowd for a little while already, and that part is generally not being held in question anymore. Whether this image that's been leaked today genuinely depicts the referenced upcoming toy is however still open for debate. The image is very poor quality; we can imagine that it would have been a photo taken of a screen where the image was being displayed. What we get to see is an aft view of the Ark itself, a Teletraan-1 console, and a shape that seems to be the Teletraan console transformed as possibly an Autobot shuttle inspired by the one seen in the finale of Beast Wars. It may be a bit obfuscated by the poor image quality, but it seems most likely that these are renders or other stages of art assets for the project, rather than photos of even a painted early prototype. In particular, Teletraan-1's console looks like it's had coloring effects applied, most noticeable on the screens. The ship itself also seems to have dark lines visible along some of the corners and edges that resemble cel-shaded CGI or fine-detail, colored lineart. The only element that looks like it might be a physical object is the shuttle-like component. We have traditionally gotten our first look at a physical piece of the following year's Titan at NYCC in previous years. Even though that event is not happening as planned, Hasbro PulseCon is taking place in a very close timeframe, during which we expect the official reveal of Kingdom with looks at first wave toys. It's possible the Titan tease will proceed as it otherwise would have during that event, and using the shuttle that might transform into Teletraan-1 would probably be the best thing they could use as a "hint". Less and less of Kingdom seems to remain un-ruined for the fandom. But at least we'll still probably be surprised by the last Generations Selects reveal on Tuesday...? Thanks to all of our Patrons who are making this possible! Join our Patreon and let's make awesome stuff happen! Please support RFC by using our Amazon referral link. Canadian fans: please use this Amazon.ca referral link. UK fans: Please use this Amazon.co.uk referral link
This week: Matt was happy. Also: That weird possibly Volcanicus Selects repaint, Toy Fair has been delayed, we're getting a Hasbro Pulsecon apparently, and the next Siege spoiler pack has been spoiled. Mentioned on the show New York Toy Fair Has Been Postponed RFC News Desk 117 – Hasbro PulseCon Announced For September 25-26 Transformers Tuesday Part 4: Generations Selects Diaclone Sunsteaker 2-Pack, Plus Red Wing Reissued Second Netflix WFC Spoiler Pack Spoiled: It’s Nemesis Prime RFC News Desk 116 – Ratchet And Lifeline Galactic Odyssey Collection Pack Who’s That Generations Selects Pokemon?
Hasbro has officially announced Hasbro PulseCon, a 2-day virtual convention dedicated to Hasbro properties. Taking place on the 25th and 26th of September on the Hasbro Pulse YouTube channel, which has gained a ton of subscribers due to The Marketing Heaven campaign, the event will be hosted by SyFyWire's Jackie Jennings and is said to feature entertainment, music, and of course toys. Product announcements are promised for "Dungeons & Dragons, G.I. Joe, Magic: The Gathering, Power Rangers, Transformers as well as premiere partner brands Marvel, Star Wars, Ghostbusters, and more." The press release for the event also specifies that this event will be accompanied by a series of "Convention-exclusive" items - in the case of Transformers, this means the much-anticipated Quintesson Pit of Judgment 5-pack featuring a Quintesson Judge, Prosecutor, Bailiff, and Sharkticon along with prisoner Kranix minifigure. PulseCon is slated to feature over 50 product reveals, and given the timing making it an excellent replacement for New York Comic-Con - one of two places that tended to be home to the year's product line debut - it seems extremely likely that the first <em>official</em> reveal of Kingdom products will happen there. As discussed extensively in our recent Emergency Leakcast</a>, we've been privy to the bulk of Kingdom's contents via Walmart's computer systems. On top of which, recent leaks have shown us Core class Rattrap and Deluxe class Cheetor, Blackarachnia and Warpath, and months ago we got a look at a Voyager Cyclonus which, unknown to us at the time, turned out to be a Kingdom figure. One of the most enlightening possibilities could be a showing of the Annual Titan Chunk. A tradition of the last few NYCCs, the Hasbro design team would typically cap off a Transformers product reveal stream by showing off a piece of the next year's Titan class figure such as Trypticon's leg, Predaking's wings, Omega Supreme's tank, and most recently Lord Zarak, Scorponok's Headmaster figure. Given that the Titan class figure is one of the less solid parts of the Kingdom leak barrage, this could help to confirm or deny the rumors that the Ark itself is the Titan of 2021. At the time of this writing the official PulseCon website hasn't yet gone live. Hopefully more information will become available at that point. The event is, for some reason, limited to North American audiences. Thanks to all of our Patrons who are making this possible! Join our Patreon and let's make awesome stuff happen! Please support RFC by using our Amazon referral link. Canadian fans: please use this Amazon.ca referral link. UK fans: Please use this Amazon.co.uk referral link
Okay, that rules out Ratchet for a Transformers Tuesday. And in fact, it presents us with a total of five more exclusive sets that we didn't know would be a thing before today! Amazon launched preorders in the US for the first War For Cybertron Galactic Odyssey set, featuring the rumored two pack of Earthrise Ratchet, and Lifeline. We'd been hearing some conflicting reports regarding the Earthrise retool of Ratchet, including that it would be a Selects release, but many of the most recent statements had pointed to come kind of two pack with a Paradron Medic deco Arcee, and that part at least has come true. Preorder Galactic Odyssey Collection Ratchet & Lifeline here Neither Ratchet nor Lifeline seem to present any unexpected surprises. Ratchet has a new robot head, and an added lightbar on the van roof topper, but otherwise shows little or no sign of evident mold changes. Lifeline looks like it's going to be a direct redeco of Arcee with no mold changes at all. This set falls outside of Generations Selects and the regular Earthrise numbering, being part of a new Galactic Odyssey Collection. This series of apparent exclusives serves the purpose of chronicling the journey of the Ark after it leaves Cybertron. The product copy for this two pack, for instance, describes Ratchet visiting Paradron in search of energon, where he meets Lifeline. Whether even this much will be documented with the toys themselves is unknown, and questionable at best; much long form print material like that has been abandoned in the last couple of years in favor of making the products as internationally marketable as possible with the fewest print variations they can get away with. It looks like there will be five Odyssey sets in all, including this one. The inside flap of the product packaging has a space map based on what collectors have been assembling bit by bit with individual retail toys so far, with five locations prominently displayed: Paradron, Biosfera, Botropolis, Dominus, and Micron. We can assume there will be loosely themed sets of figures based on each world. Biosfera, for instance, likely to include at least one beast form toy. Amazon has the set for preorder now, with an expected release on December 1st. As of post time, the set was only available to order within the US, and how or when it might become available to international customers was unknown. With Ratchet's status now confirmed, this does guarantee that the final two Selects reveals for Transformers Tuesdays are something that we don't know about yet, or at worst,
This week: Kingdom, New Masterpiece Starscream, more Generations Selects, the hits keep on coming. Mentioned on the show RFC Extra 049 – Emergency Kingdom Leakcast | Walmart Leaks All of Kingdom And Mysterious Headmasters Assortment Transformers Kingdom Core Class Rattrap Unofficially Revealed Kingdom Leaks Continue! Blackarachnia, Cheetor, and Warpath Photos RFC News Desk 115 – Generations Selects Sandstorm and G2 Megatron Officially Revealed Transformers Tuesday Part 3: Generations Selects Black Roritchi Prototype Images Of New Masterpiece Starscream
On this RFC Extra, the guys discuss all of the Transformers War For Cybertron Kingdom information discovered on Friday! Join our Patreon and let's make awesome stuff happen! Please support RFC by using our Amazon referral link. Canadian fans: please use this Amazon.ca referral link. UK fans: Please use this Amazon.co.uk referral link
And it's not even Tuesday! In a surprising move, the official reveal for Selects G2 Megatron has come over the weekend, rather than as part of the five weeks of Transformers Tuesdays. Even more surprising is the first reveal of Selects G2 Decepticon Sandstorm! Our first official look came from an unboxing feature on the website Geek Culture, which featured a video and a few in-hand style photos. Domestic preorders and the usual stock photo assortment became available soon after. Sandstorm fulfills a long-abandoned alternate deco plan for the original G2 use of the seeker mold beyond G2 Starscream and Ramjet, and would have been a new character taking on a legacy name similar to what G2 Smokescreen would do a little later on. Like with Combat Megatron, Selects will be the first retail release of this deco and character concept, decades after it was pitched. G2 Megatron is far from being an unused or unreleased deco, but you can find out more about Selects G2 Megatron in News Desk 114. Both of these toys are up for preorder on fan channel retailers and Hasbro Pulse, with delivery as soon as December, depending on retailer. Thanks to all of our Patrons who are making this possible! Join our Patreon and let's make awesome stuff happen! Please support RFC by using our Amazon referra...