Despite only being available for pre-order, Hasbro’s Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Devastator Figure Set is already the top seller in Amazon’s Action & Toy Figure category. Priced at $149.99, the set will be available starting August 1st and contains figures of Construction Scrapper, Construction Hook, Construction Bonecrusher, Construction Long Haul,Construction Mixmaster and Construction Scavenger.
The Loyal Subjects is now taking pre-orders for its new Transformers mini assortments. Standing 3 inches tall, the figures, which include the lines of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Jazz, Soundwave, Starscream, Grimlock, Megatron, Thundercracker as well as three chases, feature 7 points of articulation. Priced at $12.99 a piece, each figure is blind boxed and was designed by Les Schettkoe.
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An Autobot or Decepticon figure will soon be avilable with every Happy Meal thanks to McDonald’s latest promotion featuring a host of robots from the Transformers: Prime animated series. Six different figures will be part of the promotion, which is set to begin on January 25th. For more information about McDonald’s Happy Meal Transformers: Prime promotion, check out the official website. The Transformers: Prime series, which first debuted in late 2010, will see its third season start during the spring of this year.
The year of the snake begins on February 10th, 2013 and Hasbro plans to mark the occasion with the release of two new Transformers figures. The two figures, a Transformers Platinum Edition Optimus Prime and Omega Supreme, both feature year of the snake themed packaging. Hasbro has also previously marked the Chinese New Years with the release of Transformers figures. For the year of the Dragon, which ends February 9th, 2013, Hasbro released a Transformers Dark of the Moon Ultimate Optimus Prime that featured dragon-inspired artwork.
New York and Los Angeles based artist kaNO will see his aviation inspired Flight Dunny released on Janaury 17th via kidrobot stores. The Flight Dunny draws inspiration from the Transformers and specifically seems to sport the color scheme of Starscream. Limited to an edition of 3000, the figure will carry a price tag of $15.
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According to data compiled by the NDP group, building sets saw their sales increase a whopping 17% year over year as of September, 2012. Unfortunately, other toy categories did not fare as well. Dolls saw sales remain flat while every other category saw a decline, such as that of action figures, where sales fell 11%, or plush, where sales declined 19%.
Building sets appear to have had a stellar year thanks in part to releases such as Mega Blok’s World Of Warcraft, LEGO’s The Lord Of the Rings and Kre-O Transformers. But sales that occur this holiday season may provide a better long term perspective of what toys are hot and what toys are not.
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While the alternate mode of Transformers often take the form of cars, the new Transformers GT line breaks from the mold with its offerings. The Transformers are based on Nismo vehicles and feature an alternate mode color scheme inspired by the cars from the Super GT Japanese racing series.
Thus far, the GT Prime (Red Color) and GT Saber (Blue Color Scheme) have been revealed in color on the Transformer’s GT website.
As for the Robot mode, currently, only uncolored prototype pictures are available, such as the one of GT Prime above.