2019 is the 35th anniversary of Ghostbusters, and the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters 2. Plenty is happening to mark this special occassion, like the Ghostbusters Fan Fest in June, and lots of merchandise tie-ins. One that has slipped under the radar was a Transformer toy – no, not Ectotron – that had not been confirmed as being an actual product. Now, we have proof and confirmation that this thing is real!
TFCLUB变形金刚联盟 Weibo has the scoop on this repaint of the Masterpiece edition Optimus Prime, decked out in Ghostbusters colors. The MP-10 GB Optimus comes with a trailer, which supposedly can fit Ectotron inside.
This special Optimus also includes a ghost-trap accessory that can be mounted on top or Roller is included.
Plus, it also has a Slimer figure, similar to the one that comes with Ectotron, except this one is fully painted.
The alt mode is mostly white with the trailer decorated with a red stripe and a Ghostbusters logo, and to top it all green slime splashes over it. The trailer also features the phrases “Call us 555-2568” and “We’re ready to believe you” on the side, and we hope you got that reference.
We also have a look at the packaging, showcasing the figure in truck mode and labeled as “MP-1GB Optimus Prime Ecto 35 Edition”.
The figure is expected to be officially unveiled at SDCC 2019, but it better not be sold exclusively there!
Take a look at the new upcoming Transformers “Siege of Cybertron”, Cyberverse” and Studio Series figures coming from Hasbro throughout the year, as seen during NY Toy Fair 2019.
The Omega Supreme figure is a true show stopper, as are the Studio Series versions of some fan favorites. Plus, the new animated Cyberverse series is headed towards “The Power of The Spark” with their new wave of toys.
Plus, a closer look at the recently announced Ectotron transformer from the Ghostbusters/ Transformers crossover!
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Hasbro is always more than meets the eye when it comes to their Transformers toys, and at NY Toy Fair 2014, there was a little less in some ways – less pain in the butt transformations.
The company has decided to try a new route this year to engage younger fans by creating some quick converting transformers toys with one-step changers, like the enormous electronic Grimlock seen in the video. Serious fans are not being left in the dust, with new figures in their Generations line, larger-scale Leader and Voyager class figures, and special 30th Anniversary figures with classic looks for your favorite characters. There are also new Construct-bots, which let you create your own robots with whatever pieces you want.
2014 is a big year for both classic Transformers and plenty of tie-in’s for “Transformers 4: Age of Extinction”, with over 60 new bots scheduled to hit the shelves this year in their more high-end lines, so stay tuned for more info as we get closer to their releases.
One of the biggest reveals that came out of New York Comic Con this year was for a movie, but not exactly a movie. Rather, Hasbro showed off a sneak peek of a new Optimus Prime action figure, which is based on his appearance in the upcoming fourth transformers movie, “Age of Extinction”.
The figure, which is part of their Leader Class line, does in fact transform, just not as much as other figures can due to the intricacy of the sculpting, and comes with a sword (for some reason) and a bizarrely shaped gun that Rob Liefield would love. No price point has been revealed yet, and an exact release date is not certain, but at the very least we know what we are getting ourselves into now when the next Michael Bay movie comes out. What other characters will be getting makeovers? We can only wonder, but this new Optimus does not look so horrible… for a Bayformer, at least.
Check out more pics of this figure, as well as other new Transformers from the Hasbro Party over at Seibertron!
The figures will be 3″ tall with seven points of articulation (Shoulders, Wrists, Head, Torso, Legs), and will feature detailed sculpts based on the characters with character-specific weapons and accessories. The first line will feature Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Grimlock, and Jazz from the heroic Autobots, and representing the Decepticons will be Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, and Thundercracker.
Three chase figures will also be floating around, with a rarity of 1/24, 1/48 and 1/72 depending on the figure. Who those characters are, we have no idea (my bet is going to Shockwave as one of them). The figures will retail for around $13 per figure, with a case going for around $104.
“The Loyal Subjects” trekked out from California and braved the big snowstorm to make it to NY Toy Fair 2013, and brought plenty of goodies to show off.
The vinyl toy makers brought their line of blind box GI Joe vinyl figurines, which includes Duke, Cobra Commander, Destro, Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes, Snow Job, Zartan, Gung Ho, and some random mystery characters.
Debuting for the first time were their blind box Transformers line, which includes Optimus Prime, Megatron, Soundwave, Jazz, Bumblebee, Grimlock, and a few other surprises not shown. The company also had their custom skateboards available, their designer “Chaos Bunnies” figures, and a multitude of great looking t-shirts that I would, and may have to, kill to get my hands on. Same goes for the Transformers figurines, but company owner Jonathan Cathey is personally guarding those to keep them out of my paws.
Check out our exclusive images in the gallery below!
In an interview with Super Hero Hype, the original (and thankfully current) voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen, said he was happy with the way the integrity of Optimus Prime has remained:
“I’m glad that he’s maintained his character, although in number three we see another side of Optimus Prime that is unique in its own: His ability to be vulnerable and to show weakness and character. They’re very strong human qualities. No matter how good a person can be, at some point or another in their life they’re gonna fall. We see that side of Optimus when he loses his temper. There’s vengeance and anger, but I think that’s a trait we all have in one way or another. I hope in four, and I hope we do four and five for that matter, that we explore the human nature side of a villain. Forgiveness, compassion, and understanding, which is very essential in maintaining the strength of any character.”
Cullen sounds like he is on board for the sequels, and rightfully so since it must be a royally massive payday for the actor. The biggest question was who should direct them, and Cullen is very content with keeping Bay on board:
That’s a really great question. Michael Bay certainly is known as a commander in chief to be able to control so many aspects of a huge production, it’s like being a general. There’s a creative element, there’s the action element. It would certainly require a director capable of putting those huge pieces together. It’s quite a challenge. I don’t want to suggest anyone in particular, I think to find a director would be just as important as finding an actor playing a certain role that you know will guarantee the character will be successfully portrayed because the entire movie requires that combination.
One thing we can all agree on, at least it’s not Uwe Boll.
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