Toy Fair 2017 – Day 2 Coverage

Day two is up! We have our Hasbro Transformers press kit images as well as our showroom galleries from Mattel, Bandai, Tomy, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Dark Horse, Diamond Select Toys, Fascinations, Good Smile Company, Hearts for Hearts Girls, Playmobil, Square Enix, The Loyal Subjects, and Tonnder Doll Company! And we got more Four Hourseman/Mythic Legions pictures, too! Find it all at http://toyfair17.asmzine.com!

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Requiem for a roBOT CONvention

This weekend is Last BotCon, they say.  One last go for the stalwart of the Transformers fandom.  As the great scribe William Joel once penned, “Stack the chairs on the table tops, hang the sheets on the chandeliers.” BotCon was life changing for me as I suspect it was for many of you.  The friends I have made, the places I’ve gone, the things I’ve done thanks to this convention — it’s astounding when I step back and think about it. I wasn’t at the first BotCon; no, silly me thought it was stupid to drive six hours to a

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“Transformers: Age of Extinction” Preview Event – News, Reviews, Cybertron Monday, New Apps

Last week, a number of Transformers fan sites got a goodie box from the folks at Hasbro and Hunter PR.  This box contained four toys from the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction line.  These toys included Deluxe Autobot Drift, Deluxe Dinobot Slug, Voyager Grimlock, and Leader Optimus Prime.  Today, ASM and other sites are putting up reviews and thoughts of these toys as well as some other news.  To read our reviews, click the names of the toys above.  Get more news after the jump. 

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Toy Review: “Transformers: Age of Extinction” Leader Optimus Prime

NAME: Optimus Prime ALLEGIANCE: Autobot ALTERNATE MODE: Western Star truck cab CLASS: Leader SERIES: M4: #001 CO-SELLS: Grimlock COMES WITH: Sword of Judgment, Vector Shield OPTIMUS PRIME has long believed that freedom is the right of all sentient beings. He has never wavered from his belief, no matter what has befallen him in battle. Once again ready to defend the people of his adopted planet, the unyielding AUTOBOT Commander prepares for the battle that will allow the AUTOBOTS to reclaim their role as Earth’s honored protectors. It wouldn’t be a Transformers movie without Optimus Prime leading the Autobots. Optimus gets another makeover in

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Toy Review: “Transformers: Age of Extinction” Voyager Grimlock

NAME: Grimlock ALLEGIANCE: Autobot ALTERNATE MODE: T-Rex CLASS: Voyager SERIES: M4: #002 CO-SELLS: Optimus Prime (Evasion Mode) GRIMLOCK is the ultimate wildcard.  The DINOBOT leader has the power to decide the fate of Earth almost singlehandedley. His ferocious strength makes him a devasating force in battle.  If that strength can be focused and harnessed for good, it could be enough to turn the tide. If not, it could be what seals Earth’s doom. Fans have been calling for his inclusion ever since the first movie was announced. “We want Grimlock!” they shouted, loudly and repeatedly. Supposedly those same fans were told that

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Toy Review: “Transformers: Age of Extinction” Dinobot Slug

NAME: Dinobot Slug ALLEGIANCE: Autobot ALTERNATE MODE: Triceratops CLASS: Deluxe SERIES: M4: #003 CO-SELLS: Bumblebee, Crosshairs, Scorn This fiery warrior hates taking orders, unless it means he gets to destroy something. He’ll level anything in his path with a fit of white-hot dino rage. Ah, poor Slag — got caught in the vortex of Trademark Loss. But since this isn’t the Generation 1 character, having a new name isn’t such a bad thing. (Never mind the fact we’re getting a G1-decoed minicon Slug at some point….) The Dinobots in the new film are unlike the Dinobots of old. No longer

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Toy Review: “Transformers: Age of Extinction” Deluxe Drift

NAME: Autobot Drift ALLEGIANCE: Autobot ALTERNATE MODE: Bugatti Veyron Grand Vitesse CLASS: Deluxe SERIES: M4: #006 CO-SELLS: Strafe, Dinobot Slash AUTOBOT DRIFT used to fight for the DECEPTICONS. Now, he wields his swords against them, alongside the heroic AUTOBOTS! When I first saw Drift at Toy Fair 2014, I was unimpressed. Part of it was my lack of affinity for the Generation 1 new character that was introduced a few years ago. Part of it was his goofy head design. After getting the toy and playing around with it for a while, I admit it – my opinion’s changed. This

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C2E2 2014 – Overall Convention Thoughts

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo hit the Windy City again this past weekend, and ASM once again had a great time! This is the fifth annual C2E2 show, and we’re proud to have been at every one of them. When the show first started in 2010, it was a much smaller affair, one that we easily could see in a day. But the show showed promise of growth, and boy did it grow.  By 2012, we decided it was large enough to warrant a weekend trip, and our instincts were proven right.  Each year C2E2 has been bigger and better,

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C2E2 2014 – Full Coverage Round Up

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo hit the Windy City again this past weekend, and ASM once again had a great time!  This sticky will let you find all our coverage in one handy place. Overall Convention Thoughts The Anovos Booth The Diamond PREVIEWSworld Booth The Diamond Select Toys Booth The Kosart Atelier Booth The Saturday Costumes The Valyrian Steel Booth

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