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

Construct-Bots logo

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

Linkin Park Soundwave Package 3 Linkin Park Soundwave Robot Mode

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

Transforming Expectations page 6 (sample) Transforming Expectations page 20 (sample) Transforming Expectations pages 30 - 31 (sample)

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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Border Patrol: Marvel Legends Dragon Man (2!), Transformers Megatron, and Masters of the Universe Classics Panthor Man

Marvel Legends Dragon Man 1 Marvel Legends Dragon Man 2

You don’t often see customized versions of Dragon Man, but this week I saw two. Each uses the original figure with customized wings. One has also been given an improved paint job.

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

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Border Patrol: Transformers Masterpiece Optimus Prime and Seekers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder and Turtles Lot

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

Transformers Optimus Prime 1 Transformers Optimus Prime 2 Transformers Optimus Prime 3

Transformers Masterpiece Optimus Prime with Lights and Sounds by CustomsByZ – I know we see a metric ton of Masterpiece Optimus Prime customs, with metallic paint, and many with LED lights – but how often do you see Optimus Prime with LED eyes and Matrix that are coordinated with a sound chip with four Optimus Prime soundbites? – that’s right, never – expect this to go through the roof for bids and final price – ends Sep 14, 2013 18:29:59 PDT

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You Must Check Out the First Issue of Philip Reed’s BattleGrip Magazine

BattleGrip Issue 1 - pg 22 - 23

If you’re not familiar with Philip Reed and his site, BattleGrip, you should check it out. When I started AFP, somehow Philip found the site, and he’s been a really great supporter from our early days – and he’s just that way in the collecting community – a terrific guy.

Earlier this year, Philip published a Kickstarter-funded book about 3rd-party Transformers called Transforming Collections. (There are a couple of copies of Transforming Collections available on Amazon.) I guess that massive effort kept him hooked on publishing, because his latest endeavor is a free downloadable magazine. I’m re-hosting BattleGrip – issue 1 here (click to download – 70MB) to help get the issue out there. If you’re an old-timer like me and miss the days when you could go to a magazine store to pick up one related to toys (or if you just want to know what that was like, in this increasingly online world), then you’ll love this.

A couple of tips – you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader or an alternative PDF reader, and the best way to read this magazine is to set it up in 2-page view (View -> Page Display -> Two Page View) and select the option to show the cover page on its own (View -> Page Display -> Show Cover Page in Two Page View). This will let you see some of the beautiful 2-page spreads, like the Predator Trophy Case above, in all their glory.

Great start to the magazine, Philip, and thanks for the link to my moot-fake-rant about the Club Infinite Earths Doomsday. Can’t wait for issue 2!

Border Patrol: Pulp Fiction Jules and Vincent, Star Wars Stormtrooper Luke Skywalker, and Transformers Soundwave

Pulp Fiction Jules and Vincent

Pulp Fiction 1/6 Scale Jules and Vincent by Rainman – I really can’t get over the head sculpts and paint job that nail the Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta likenesses – this set comes with the suits, weapons, the “dork” outfits they wore after they got brains on themselves, and even the Big Kahuna Burger drink and Jules’ Bad Mother Fucker wallet… and more! – must be seen to be believed – ends Sep 03, 2013 22:30:23 PDT

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

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