Transformers BotBots Are Coming, and You Can’t Handle the Cute

After last week’s interesting leak of BotBots, we finally get to see exactly what we’re dealing with. And what we’re dealing with is the cutest batch of Transformers since… Uh… Hmm. Not sure we’ve had any Transformers this cute. Been almost thirty five years, it’s about time we did. BotBots is a new line to be fully unveiled at London MCM Comic Con later this week, and it looks like it will give Shopkins a run for it’s money. Gone are Autobots and Decepticons. In their place are Energon-infused every-day items such as fast food, bathroom fixtures, tech gadgets, and

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Like the Ending of WarGames. Minus Actual War Games.

Let me explain that. Close to the end of the 1983 (holy cow, 1983?) movie WarGames, when it appears Joshua via the WOPR computer has launched actual nuclear weapons, General Kitridge asks several army bases if they’re still around. After a few tense seconds, we hear the jubilant response: “Yeah! We’re still here!” And that’s ASM. I’m still here. I’m more active on Twitter (@ASMzine), but I’m still around. You can see I’ve put up a fresh coat of paint on the website, and I’m still working on some of the underlying structure, but I’m here. Got some other plans.

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Never Growing Up, But It’s Time for Saying Goodbye

Today, as I type these words, the Toys R Us I called mine closed.  By the time this post is published, the other store in the area will be on its last day if not closed already, as will all of the other stores in the country. Today is truly a sad day for me.  When TRU announced new closings earlier this year, there was a store in my area listed.  I panicked at the thought of my Toys R Us being closed to save the corporation money, and then when I realized it was the Babies R Us store

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Never Growing Up — Share Your Toys R Us Memory

Sadly, the news we feared came true yesterday, and Toys “R” Us will be closing all their US and UK stores soon, unless a miracle occurs. I have many thoughts on what happened, but that is not the point of this post. No, I want to share my memories of being a Toys  Us kid, and I bet you do too. So I’ve set up a Tumblr blog to take your submissions, and I am also accepting stories, pictures, and video via email. Please join me at http://ididntwanttogrowup.tumblr.com or email tru@asmzine.com. My thanks to Andrew LoVuolo for the header graphic.

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Hasbro Kicks off “Reveal Your Shield” Transformers Celebration!

We just received the following press release from Hasbro. Time to get excited, Transformers fans! In just a few days, all stores should be selling the first new items from TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, and Hasbro wants you to join in the fun on social media and the various apps! Read on? for details on how you can participate. HASBRO KICKS OFF “REVEAL YOUR SHIELD” TRANSFORMERS CELEBRATION Treating Fans to Five Days of Exclusive TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Content and Product Reveals PAWTUCKET, R.I., April 20 2017 – Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), announced “REVEAL YOUR SHIELD,” a TRANSFORMERS celebration that

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Toy Review: Transformers Titans Return Fastclash

I never had the Autobot clones, and I only played with the Decepticon clones once or twice.  However, I was still excited to see that these box sets were going to give us two (and most likely all) of the clones.  In the “Chaos on Velocitron” set, Fastclash (formerly Fastlane) makes his debut. He is…. interesting. He’s interesting from a design standpoint. Neither a Deluxe or a Legend class, he exists in new size class Hasbro has said was created for the clones.  So, rather than try to shoehorn him into a size too big or too small, they went

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Some Quick Thoughts on Titan Master Rodimus Prime

Just had the chance to examine Titan Master Rodimus Prime from the “Chaos on Velocitron” set. This is the first diecast Titan Master we have seen here, so I wasn’t sure what to think.   It’s definitely a unique TM figure. It doesn’t look different at first glance, but when I picked it up, I could tell it was not the same. First, it was cooler to the touch.  Having been in my basement for a few hours, it was slightly cooler than room temperature, and the difference between the metal and plastic pieces was apparent. Second, the weight was off.

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Mezco Toyz Presents One:12 Collection Old Man Logan

Fresh off his latest movie, truly a spectacular tale, Logan now makes an appearance in Mezco Toyz new One:12 Collection entry – Old Man Logan. I don’t have any of their One:12 figures, but I’m a fan. This newest one looks fantastic, and it comes with some awesome accessories. Read the press release for pictures and ordering information! PRESS RELEASE The One:12 Collective Old Man Logan In the alternate future of Earth-807128, Wolverine has aged. Now know as Old Man Logan, he lives with his family in a barren wasteland trying to maintain as normal a life as possible. When

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Funko Announces “Looney Tunes” Dorbz and “Captain Underpants” Movie Pops

I grew up watching “Looney Tunes” on TV. Every afternoon and every Saturday morning, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and their pals would be on my TV screen. So these new Dorbz speak to childhood me in a big way. On the flip side… I had no idea there was a “Captain Underpants” movie coming out. I’ll probably see it at some point with KidBot, I’m sure. If you love Captain Underpants, though, these Pops are for you. Dorbz: Looney Tunes “What’s up, doc?” The Looney Tunes gang is coming to Dorbz! Collect wascawwy wabbit Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd,

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