|Here’s a bit of late news from HasCon 2017 but whatever. Being an Iron Man junkie, this collector always looks forward to any Iron Man releases in the Marvel Legends line despite every other collector being sick of them. And that goes the same for Iron Man Model 51 which is part of the Black Panther assortment coming in 2018.
Also known as the ‘Model-Prime Armor’ or the ‘Shape Changing Armor’, its outer layer is comprised of hexagonal scales that can be configured into different tools depending on the necessity.
As for the figure itself, it comes with the usual plethora of accessories expected from an Iron Man figure, including replacement manipulators and repulsor effect parts. This one also includes an unmasked Tony Stark head.
|One of the ongoing rumors for the past couple of weeks is the announcement of the next Perfect Grade kit due December 2017. These rumors mainly point to a PG Gundam Exia which would be quite logical considering it perfectly ties to the Gundam 00 10th Anniversary stuff this year.
That said, the supposedly leaked images looked really fake and many were already downplaying this rumor until Bandai Hobby finally made it official via this teaser image.
Nothing has been revealed although the teaser tells that details should be available during the All Japan Model and Hobby Show from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2017.
|Earlier in the Prime Wars Trilogy, Hasbro let the fans decide who will be the next Prime — and it was Optimus Primal. So during HasCon last weekend, images for the gray prototypes were shown, as well as some design notes which gave a better idea on how they’ll do the Maximal leader.
This is just speculation but it seems that Optimus Primal can transform into its beast mode, then combine with a separate Optimal Optimus armor either as part of the core robot, or as the hover board in the latter’s beast mode. The same ‘evolution’ feature is present in the other other Primes revealed so far — Rodimus Prime and Optimus Prime with the latter including an Orion Pax figure.
Head on to the jump for more sneak peeks into the design process for this set.
|Bit of an old news but still very interesting. Back in February, a crowd funding campaign was started for a collaboration between au and the Transformers brand in celebration for a decade of live action movies and the 15th anniversary of the "au Design Project", producing the INFOBAR mobile phones. In 2003, au’s INFOBAR won the "Good Design Awards" while the Transformers brand won in 2016 as seen in recent Masterpiece packaging.
Months after, the crowd funding campaign pulled through and the figures are now open for pre-order. While they’re not working mobile phones, they are Bluetooth receivers for notifications. The front screens can also be changed for different display options. For more information, head on to the project website linked below.