Surprises in store at Roll Out Roll Call 2015?

We are less than a week from the UK’s biggest and best G.I. Joe/Transformers Convention, Roll Out Roll Call, in Southampton!  Attendees have come to expect a fantastic show with lots of great dealers, great insight from special guests and lots more.

Well, this year, things might be getting even MORE interesting.

Fun Publications’ own Pete Sinclair will be in attendance at Roll Out Roll Call this year, and will be hosting panels to talk about what’s coming up for the Transformers AND G.I. Joe Collectors Clubs!  Time will tell if there will be any special news or reveals from the show, but it seems to be they wouldn’t be doing panels if they didn’t have some fun new stuff to talk about.

If you live anywhere near Southampton, UK, this could be a very unique opportunity to come to a show and soak up this fun hobby and enjoy the company of a GREAT crew of diehard G.I. Joe (and Transformers, and Masters of the Universe, etc…) fans.  Everything I hear about the show is good.

Check out all the details at All The Cool Stuff or on Facebook and I’ve mirrored some info below as well.  This should be another great show!

So on top of the amazing exclusives that were available for pre-order atRoll Out Roll Call, The UK Transformers, G.I. Joe & Action Force Show, the Transformers Collectors’ Club (Official) and G.I. Joe Collectors’ Clubhave a few special surprises AND PRODUCT REVEALS in store.

Saturday, Transformers Collectors’ Club Panel at 16:00

Join Pete Sinclair from the Transformers Collectors’ Club as he gives you an insight into the Club, offers up NEW PRODUCT REVEALS and discusses the 2016 official Collectors’ Convention, BotCon.

Sunday, Transformers & G.I. Joe Collectors’ Clubs Q&A Panel at 15:00

Once again join Pete Sinclair from Fun Publications who will field your questions relating to both Collectors’ Clubs, with A SPECIAL FIRST LOOK AT UPCOMING ITEMS for the G.I. Collectors’ Club.


G.I. Joe/Transformers joint exclusives and Wave Crusher w/ Sub Viper are in the Club store!

A pleasant Thursday afternoon surprise today as the G.I. Joe Collectors Club and Transformers Collector Club joint exclusives are now up and ready for purchase in the Club store!

This includes Marissa Fairborne w/ Afterbreaker and Old Snake w/ Stealth B.A.T.s!  The G.I. Joe community has been clamoring for a Transformers crossover for a long time, and now we’re starting to see something develop.  Pretty cool.

Also in the Club store today is the 2015 Vehicle exclusive Wave Crusher w/ Sub Viper.  Links to all three products can be found below.

Check out images for all three products below as well as a pretty cool looking banner to advertise this special event!


G.I. Joe and Transformers co-mingle in new Loyal Subjects video

If you’ve been following G.I. Joe news recently, you’ve likely heard that the Loyal Subjects are reinventing their G.I. Joe vinyl figure brand in pretty exciting new ways. More on that in a bit…

For now, though, they’ve also produced a pretty hilarious video putting their Transformers and G.I. Joe vinyl figures together with pretty great results.

They have three episodes planned, with the first one now on YouTube. Check it out below, and keep watching for the latest info!


Combiner Wars Hot Spot and Defensor Reviewed!

Two more Protectobots reviews come your way this morning, courtesy of Entertainment Earth!  Today we look at the leader of the team, Hot Spot, as well as the combined gestalt, Defensor.

Hot Spot transforms from fire truck to robot, and Defensor stands tall with the combined might of all five Protectobots behind him.  Check out my Transformers Review section, or click the links below to see what I think.

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Combiner Wars Streetwise and Rook reviewed!

Two more Protectobots reviews come your way this morning, courtesy of Entertainment Earth!

Streetwise and Rook make up the law enforcement group of the Protectobots, and they are two really fun Transformers to boot.  Check out my Transformers Review section, or click the links below to see what I think.

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Combiner Wars Protectobots Reviews – Brought to you by Entertainment Earth

Things have been a bit quiet around here from a review front, but thanks to site sponsor Entertainment Earth, things are going to get lively again this week!

Throughout the week I’ll be reviewing the latest Combiner Wars releases – Deluxe Protectobots Blades, First Aid, Streetwise, and Rook as well as their Voyager commander Hot Spot!  I’ll also review Defensor as a whole.

Check out the first two reviews below, and keep watching my Transformers Review section for more.

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Transformers: Combiner Wars Devastator Pre-Order on


The first retail listing for the upcoming Transformers: Combiner Wars Devastator comes our way from which has listed the item for pre-order!  The pre-order listing comes in at $149.99 with a listed release date of August 1st, 2015.

For Prime members free two-day shipping is a very nice incentive for going with Amazon, and who knows when these might be found in brick and mortar stores.

Check out the banner below to pre-order!

Transformers Collectors Club announces other G.I. Joe/Transformers shared exclusives

If you’re a toy fan, you know that Botcon is today, and along with some spectacular Hasbro reveals (SKY LYNX OMG!1!111) the Transformers  Collectors Club is also holding a panel where they’re announcing their latest Figure Subscription Service as well as other items.

Some of those other items are a couple more G.I. Joe/Transformers pseudo shared exclusives, a human Springer Rodimus and Arcee from the Transformers episode “Only Human”.  We all know about Old Snake and Marissa Fairborne from that same episode, but that particular era of Transformers history also involved several Autobots being transferred into human synthoid bodies.  Springer Rodimus and Arcee (along with Springer and Ultra Magnus) were two of those.

You can check out more about this episode at Teletran-1, and a couple of images from the episode are below.

They also announced that the previous exclusives, Old Snake w/ the Stealth B.A.T.s and Marissa Fairborne with Afterbreaker will be carded and offered to both clubs.

EDIT – Early reports from Botcon had identified the male figure as Springer.  It has since been clarified to be Rodimus.  Apologies for the misinformation.

The new Combiner Wars Protectobots are landing, and I hate them

The new Combiner Wars Protectobots are landing, and I hate them

Actually almost the entire opposite. I kind of love them, and because I love them, I hate them.

I had told myself when Combiner Wars was first revealed that I would just stick with the Stunticons and Aerialbots…well, and Devastator, of course. Those are the three combiners I had as a kid, and gosh dangit, those would be the three combiners I would have as an adult. I figured the Protectobots would be reshelled and minorly retooled versions of the others, and yes, they are that indeed (well, except Hot Spot), but in spite of this they look SO DANG GREAT.

I won’t buy them.

I won’t.

But you should. While they don’t appear to be in stock everywhere online, there are reports of pre-orders shipping and sightings at Target stores throughout the country. Check Big Bad Toy Store, Entertainment Earth, and while I sit in my corner and pout.

As if that’s not bad enough, Brake-Neckand Quickslingerwere in stock at Amazon for like 14 seconds before selling out. Keep your eyes open!

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Rumors swirling about future Transformers: Combiner Wars releases

Over on TFW2005, forum member Mr. Chaos is revealing a list of potentially new Combiner Wars figures pulled from the computer listings of an unnamed retailer.

Take this all with a huge grain of salt, as none of it is confirmed, but the rumors certainly are intriguing.

I believe most Transformers fans already knew that Bruticus and the Combaticons were slated for an appearance somewhere within the Combiner Wars line, and these listings confirm that, with four of those Combaticons supposedly slated to appear as Deluxes!

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Following the formula of the Aerialbots and Stunticons, I think we can assume some repaints and retools, as well as some re-shelling, which is fine with me, because the cores of most of the Deluxe figures I’ve handled so far are excellent.

But here things get interesting… along with the above wave of Deluxes, a whole separate wave is listed (though no Voyagers appear in the system yet). This other wave consists of:

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This certainly raises some eyebrows! Classic Autobots as combiners? Could the three above figures work with some minor retooling and reshelling? Hrmmm…

Along with the above, some Legends figures were listed as well:

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Now, I’ll say right off, I’m not sure I’m “all in” on the Protectobots yet, but I will be all over those Combaticons for sure. And if the classic Autobots look good individually, too? Ouch. It’s looking more and more like my passing fascination with Transformers may not be so passing.

Check out the full reveal on TFW2005.