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Odds ‘n Ends > Atari action figures, Robo Force comics, NECA stands, Bayformer Grimlock, Grayskull credit card issues

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Kickstarter Plug > Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts

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I don’t collect many Transformers these days, but if I did, I would be all over this Kickstarter project – BMOG – Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts. They’re essentially robot toys that break down into component parts that can be swapped around. Why not make them, say, Glyos-compatible, you ask? Because the pegs used to attach all these items are the near-universal Transformers size of 5mm, and  each part of the robot can be used on its own as an accessory or combined to make other accessories – a gun, an axe, a hammer, and more. (It’s worth noting there are other lines, or specific figures from other lines, that also use the 5mm peg, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.)

Hasbro Reveals New SWB 6″ figure, Star Wars: Rebels, TF & Kreo-O Dungeons & Dragons

So, Hasbro has a “‘Twas the Night Before” party the night before New York Comic Con, and this year featured some fairly big reveals.

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Here’s Optimus Prime as he’s going to look in the next movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction. I’ll confess I don’t really see much difference from the previous movie versions except the blue-to-red ratio seems to have been inverted.

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Hasbro is also adding Dungeons and Dragons sets to their Kre-O line. How do people like Kre-O, anyway? Is it going over well? Is it derided by Lego fans? I’ll admit the added poseability seems like an improvement over Lego. I admire Lego’s commitment to their long-successful figure design, but it seems to me Kreons may offer a bit more play value.

Odds ‘n Ends > Power Lord Soldiers Return, Retrobots, Transforming Expectations

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LoES > Bootlegs, knockoffs, and third-party products

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So, I suggested this week’s topic for The League of Extraordinary Bloggers, “Bootlegs, knockoffs, and third-party products.”

My original suggestion was “third-party toys, yay or nay,” and my main reason for even suggesting it was as a way to get me to finally write this editorial that’s been rattling around in my brain for a while.

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A little bird gave me this info. Okay, a raven. A ghostly raven. The type of raven that Edgar Allen Poe would write about, only Ghostly in all details.

So here are a few little leaks:

Pic of the Day > Flawless Victory by nobudius_5192

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Review > Fall of Cybertron Shockwave (Transformers Generations, Hasbro)

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One reason I’ve never gotten back into Transformers is because I felt like there was just too much product out there to get on board. Too many universes, too many different styles, too many different scales, and most significantly, no clear successor to the G1 I grew up with, i.e., no “200x” G1, no “25th Anniversary” G1. But when the War for Cybertron (WFC) and Fall of Cybertron (FOC) games came along, it seemed like I might finally have gotten the line I had wanted.

Unfortunately, Grimlock made no appearance in War for Cybertron, and so I passed on the toys (though I now wish I’d picked up Megatron). But when the Dinobot leader was added to the cast of Fall of Cybertron, I knew a new Grimlock was just a matter of time. In the meantime, there was a very cool-looking Shockwave available. I figured I’d need someone for my eventual Grimlock to fight, so I picked him up. Aaaaaand then it turned out that Grimlock was going to be a “Voyager”-class figure, which means it towers over the “Deluxe” Shockwave. (Although I’ll admit I haven’t played enough of the game to know whether that’s actually an accurate size comparison between the two.) Still, FOC Shockwave looked really cool, so I decided to keep him.

Hasbro Announces the “Fan Built Bot”

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Looks like Hasbro is taking a crack at their own “Create a Character” scheme, except they’re doing it a bit differently. Rather than have people submit their own designs, fans will vote on various features such as the alt mode, weapons, color scheme and even the character’s personality.

It’s a bit more impersonal than Mattel’s Create-a-Character contest, but it’s still pretty cool. And since they’re not showing any of the results when you vote, there’s no bandwagon effect.

Full text of the press release after the jump.

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