View Full Version : "Movie Preview" toys preorders and PICTURES!

2006-10-21, 11:48 AM

Dunno if anyone else has noticed, and I've been out of the loop for the last week for family matters, but I see Forbidden Planet have Deluxe Optimus Prime and Deluxe Starscream from the movie up for preorder, priced at 16.99 ($32) and said to be available from 14th April (although they have been wildly out before with other TFs... and they certainly have the movie release date wrong, unless I've missed something huge!).


Starscream - http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=34661

Optimus Prime - http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=34660

They also have the Classics Legends figures up for 4.99.

I have had bad experiences ordering TFs from Forbidden OPlanet before, but I do believe that was just bad luck (Dodge Ram Prime was an ultimate nightmare...).

Sorry if I am rehashing!

2006-10-21, 06:50 PM


inflatable dalek
2006-10-21, 06:52 PM
Ohhhh. Cybertronian modes. I wasn't expecting those to get a release...

2006-10-21, 06:54 PM
Don't care for Prime. Starscream looks interesting though. And the idea of them transforming into these "entry mode" formats--probably what Bay decided to have them do instead of arrive on a ship.

Fallen In Darkness
2006-10-21, 08:44 PM
They seem interesting.And very futuristic as cybertrons modes should be.Though Prime from behind seems like he transforms into a fish ... And Starscream's face is a more morbid than the usual one ... still not simillar to the usual one. Finally transformations seems very similar... to my eyes of course.

2006-10-21, 08:55 PM
The similarities to Optimus Primal and Jetfire (despite the very different colours on the latter -- look at the back of box pic for where I'm coming from) aren't accidental, are they?

another tf fan
2006-10-21, 09:29 PM
they say movie preview on them... are they going to be hard to get?

2006-10-21, 10:07 PM
Those are...bland. Nothing really sets one apart from another except for a mild palette swap. Bland colors, bland design, bland alternate modes, yech.


2006-10-22, 12:17 AM
Designs aren't bad, it's the colours... those really look like partially painted prototypes...

another tf fan
2006-10-22, 03:42 AM
i think the packaging is cool, if a bit like Star Wars.

2006-10-22, 03:57 PM
I like the idea, but am not convinced - particularly the colours!

Also, if those are the chaps appearing for pre-order everywhere, how big are they? It strikes me they look rather overpriced...

And the transformations do look quite similar, but you can't really tell from the photos.

(The handles on their backs are a bitty strange, but perhaps all will become clear...)

Wildfire Herald
2006-10-22, 05:39 PM
How does Starscream go from "fairly normal robot" in protoform mode to "hulking gorilla robot with no hands" in the final form?

2006-10-22, 06:17 PM
By getting (partially) rebuilt through the aid of nanomachines.

By taking on an alt mode that's a lot bigger than he used to accomodate (F-22), he'll need to significantly adapt his endoskeleton.

Starscream does have hands in both his protoform and planetside mode.
The F-22 based robot mode just happens to have "barrel roll blasters" pinched inbetween his claws/fingers.

His weapons extend from his forarms through his hands, Wolverine style.
Launchers are just a tad bigger than blades, though. ;)

2006-10-22, 09:12 PM
You know, I'm not fond of these as Transformers.. but Hasbro could have a hit on thier hands with them if they made their own Sentai line and made use of these designs in , say , 2008 or 2009.

2006-10-22, 10:22 PM
I dunno if i should be impressed or disgusted. The forms look blocky to say the least in vehicle mode. If i wanted a brick that transformed to humanoid robot, I would have just bougth old G1 toys *laughs*. The robot modes are realistic though, so no complaints there, but just those alternate modes bug the living crap out of me! Other than that, those are my biggest complaints.

The hands do look interesting also, and maybe these are just prototypes for the final toy itself where they will work out all the bugs hopefully? <------------- I am just hoping my comment is true and we will se vast improvements within the next few months.

Cunning Ravage
2006-10-22, 10:38 PM
My biggest problem is that their Alt-mods look almost exactly the same.

Petatron 2006
2006-10-23, 04:53 AM
oh well...

at least theres the option of pre-earth TF's...

2006-10-23, 08:38 AM
Awh... they turn into ickle stasis pods.


2006-10-23, 11:50 AM
Originally posted by Wildfire Herald
How does Starscream go from "fairly normal robot" in protoform mode to "hulking gorilla robot with no hands" in the final form?

Cos these designs are a lot newer and they hears the screaming about Gorillascream and streamlined his design for the movie?

There was always the strong possibility that previously leaked designs weren't anywhere near final, and Megatron's head's certainly changing, so chances are Starscream's changed too.

another tf fan
2006-10-24, 12:47 AM
These robots are starting to grow on me.

Alseides Prime
2006-10-25, 01:01 AM
I think they did a fairly good job on both the robot and alt. modes.
Though it does bug me why they havbe an alternate mode solely for atmospheric entry purposes.

Noticeably cybertronian but yet very alien. Its the best of both worlds. :)

2006-10-25, 09:27 AM
Of course. That's why Rob Orci was saying it was silly that they had a spaceship for interstellar travel when they can turn into whatever they want - Hasbro wanted to get another set of toys out of it.

2006-10-25, 01:58 PM
I imagine Hasbro would have found a way to get more toys out of it, whatever the concept.

another tf fan
2006-10-26, 12:20 AM
hasbro is in the toy buisness. at least thats what i heard.

Darth Zax
2006-10-26, 12:35 AM
Originally posted by Denyer
The similarities to Optimus Primal and Jetfire (despite the very different colours on the latter -- look at the back of box pic for where I'm coming from) aren't accidental, are they?

okay, i've looked at the pics three times and i still don't know what you're talking about, plz explain.

2006-10-26, 04:49 PM
Prime has paws with toes, and is generally ape-like and prehensile. The head sculpt is a bit more fluidly shaped and closer to the Primals than to classic Op.


Valkyrie lines and stylings in there as well as the Seeker chest turbines. Someone amongst the designers likes Japanese mecha, at a guess.

2006-10-26, 11:08 PM
Someone amongst the designers likes Japanese mecha, at a guess.

Certainly not a bad thing, at least in my books!

I do like the robot designs, and I have nowt against the alt modes - I just can't get round the colours, and I do think they look to have very similar transformations... something no amount of mecha worship can remedie!

And they really need a lotion for that back problem...

But, all things considered, I reckon I could easily end up picking them up, if it weren't for the apparent price!

2006-10-29, 01:00 AM
No way are these worth anything near 17. Maybe a tenner at a stretch but thats it.

These remind me of Beast Wars a lot and not just cause they're protoforms. Prime has a Cheetor-esque look to him, and Starscream more of a Waspinator. Typical sneak-preview stuff though. These'll be the things that will warm shelfs for months.

Fallen In Darkness
2006-10-29, 11:37 AM
Originally posted by Denyer


Wait man.First link is not jetfire ... its the link with optimus and starscream...or did I misunderstand something???

2006-10-29, 05:26 PM
Originally posted by Fallen In Darkness
did I misunderstand something??? *nod*

It's the back of box pic has the mecha, Valkyrie-ish stylings. The toy itself doesn't look a lot like anything, due to the flat plastic tone.

(On a side note, Hasbro's airbrushed stock photography is probably going to land them in hot water for wrongful advertising one of these days, in the UK at least...)

2006-10-30, 02:15 PM
Screamer! Slurp! Gimme!!!!!!!!

Colours might not be so hot, but he's looking good and is more like what I might have expected. Guy needs wings.... Anyways, according to G1, Screamer can fly into space (Fire in the Sky), and he does same when carrying Arkeville; suppose I can live with Shi'ar styling in the movie until he gets to be a F22.

Prime is way cool. Might even be tempted to splash a little cash on him, but colours are, again, a bit off. And I will not believe Prime as a spaceship. It's kinda....wrong.

2006-10-31, 04:55 PM
New pics of Starscream from one of the usual suspects.


2006-10-31, 05:02 PM
Ztarzcream haz planz.

2006-10-31, 06:18 PM
Ah, Nevermore. You pander to my obsession...;)

Alseides Prime
2006-11-02, 04:15 AM
Hmm, I do like it, but Screamer HAS to have wings. He has almost no similarity to the original design except for the name.
I also like the transition of the Waspinator-esque face to the f-22 body.

Im curious as well to see what they do for Megsy.

Darth Zax
2006-11-02, 02:48 PM
his head reminds me of TM2's terrorsaur's

2006-11-11, 09:16 AM
New pics: