AFP’s Best of 2013 – Talyn’s Picks

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There were a lot of amazing toys this year, and a return to larger scale figures, which is very welcome.

I have narrowed my favorites down to two.

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Transformers Year of the Dragon Ultimate Optimus Prime Cyber Monday Deal at Amazon.com – $42.49 Until 2:20PM PST

It’s already the Year of the Snake, and soon will be the Year of the Horse (the next Chinese New Year is January 31, 2014, for those of you planning toy production at Chinese factories) – that might explain why Amazon has the Transformers Year of the Dragon Ultimate Optimus Prime as part of its Cyber Monday Deals Week. It’s discounted to $42.49 from a list price of  $89.99 until 2:20PM PST, or while supplies last.

I’m not a huge Transformers fan, so I hadn’t seen this humongous beast before – but apparently this repaint was an Asian exclusive that was available in 2012, naturally, since that was the Year of the Dragon. Gung hay fat choy! (That’s Happy New Year in Chinese, you heathens!)

Year of the Dragon Ultimate Optimus Prime

  • Optimus Prime and the Omega Combat Armor combine to form Ultimate Optimus Prime
  • Biggest Optimus Prime toy!
  • Equipped with the incredibly powerful Mechtech weapons system!
  • In robot mode,Trailer converts to the Omega Combat Armor!
  • Wings extend over 55 centimeters!

via Amazon.com: Year of the Dragon Ultimate Optimus Prime: Toys & Games.

Border Patrol: G.I. JOE Firefly, Transformers Grimlock, and Marvel Legends Deadpool

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This week we’ve got customs from across three of the major Hasbro brands:

  • G.I. JOE Firefly by by Stronox – good things do come in little packages – Firefly comes decked out with a ton of accessories – if you like the work, Stronox also has a Storm Shadow up this week – ends Nov 14, 2013 10:15:51 PST
  • Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock by encline_designs – ok, maybe you have a Masterpiece Grimlock already – do you have one with the headsculpt based on his look in the IDW comics? – ends Nov 14, 2013 21:31:14 PST
  • Marvel Legends Deadpool by Rat Pack Studios – there’s another Deadpool up this week, from a somewhat notorious customizer who’s been accused of shill bidding on his auctions, but it’s a mishmash of costume elements from Deadpool’s various looks over time – this custom is specific and truer to the look during a very popular run in the comics, and it comes with a customized scooter from that run – awesome! – ends Nov 21, 2013 18:48:44 PST

In AFP’s Border Patrol, we scour active eBay auctions for customized action figures that you won’t want to let slip by!

Customizers, don’t forget to check out the submission guidelines for CustomCon 36.

Kickstart BMOG – Weapons and Accessories that Combine into Robot Animals

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With your help, we could be launching another small toy company with the aim of producing action figures, with a twist – the robot animal figures are made out of weapons and accessories that work with themselves or with your other toy lines. BMOG Toys just began their Kickstarter campaign to get the first two figures, a bear and a manta ray, tooled up and launched.

Sounds similar to what our pals at Spy Monkey Creations has done with the Weaponeers of Monkaa, but with BMOG (Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts), the figures and the weapons are one and the same. The Spy Monkey weapons packs have their roots very much in Masters of the Universe Classics. BMOG has its roots in Transformers – the project team members have worked with Hasbro. You can find more info on the BMOG Toys website.

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Border Patrol: Transformers Edition – Piranacon, Galvatron, and Metroplex

Transformers Piranacon by frenzyrumble – when a custom tops $1K, you know it’s special – this combiner was originally a commission, but I suppose an unlucky collector was not able to pay – ends Oct 16, 2013 18:00:21 PDT

In AFP’s Border Patrol, we scour active eBay auctions for customized action figures that you won’t want to let slip by!

Customizers, don’t forget to check out the submission guidelines for CustomCon 36.

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NYCC 2013: Hasbro Transformers Construct-Bots Roll Out in Force for Holidays

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If you weren’t convinced at San Diego Comic-Con that Construct-Bots were going to be the driving force for the Transformers line this year, maybe this slew of product imagery will. There’s a ton of them coming out for the holidays, including new Beast Hunters-themed figures.

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NYCC 2013: Hasbro Transformers Generations Optimus Prime Leader Scale Reveal

Hasbro NYCC Transformers Reveals

If you were hoping for a lot of Transformers reveals from last night’s Hasbro pre-NYCC party, I hate to disappoint you. For their traditional lines, they put out a Generation Leader scale Optimus Prime.

I don’t follow Transformers closely enough to know, but it seems like with the hit movies a couple years back, maybe it’s a bit slower at retail for the brand. But as we’ll see, the new Construct-Bots line is going strong.

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NYCC 2013: Hasbro Marvel, Star Wars, and Transformers Party Instapics

We’re at Hasbro’s ‘Twas the Night Before… cocktail party on the eve of New York Comic-Con. Here’s some quick pics of what they’ve got spread throughout the party.

To get you the pics you want as fast as I can, I’m hooking you into my Instagram feed. If you’re on Instagram, follow me at afpron – that’s for AFP Ron, not AF Pron :). Stay tuned for better pictures soon.

Hasbro Releases Linkin Park Special Edition Transformers G1 Soundwave Exclusive

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Almost a decade ago, U2 let Apple put its name on a special edition iPod, sparking the co-mingling of rock and roll with product sales. As much as the U2 iPod was largely superficial, today’s news certainly has more than meets the eye – Hasbro is releasing a special edition Transformers Soundwave with Linkin Park. Besides Linkin Park having several songs on the soundtracks of the Transformers movies, their Joe Hahn also happens to be a fan and collector of the Transformers action figures.

The Linkin Park special edition Soundwave has a unique gold deco from the G1 mold. It includes Ravage, Lazerbeak, Buzzsaw and Ratbat which transform into microcassettes that fit within Soundwave’s tape compartment. The Soundwave set is $150, exclusively from Suru in Los Angeles, through October 3, or while supplies last.

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Kickstart the Transforming Expectations Toy Reference Book by BattleGrip’s Philip Reed

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Just over a year ago, Philip Reed from BattleGrip launched the Kickstarter campaign for Transforming Collections, his first book about third party Transformers. Thanks to folks like you and me, the campaign was successfully funded and Philip ended up delivering a book that far exceeded the initial vision – it grew to be hard cover and 80 pages large.

He’s just kicked off the sequel – Transforming Expectations will be a companion piece, also hard cover and 80 pages. For those of you who missed the first book, there’s a pledge level that includes both – but there’s a limited quantity so get your pledges in soon!

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