Back in February at Toy Fair we got our first look at the Transformers Generations Legends line. These are smaller figures similar to the Cyberverse series with even smaller partner figures that could turn into vehicles and weapons. The first two announced at the time were Optimus Prime with Roller and Bumblebee with Blazemaster. Now Hasbro has officially announced via their official Facebook page that Megatron with Chopshop and Starscream with Waspinator are joining the line.
Both figures are based on recent appearances in the IDW Transformers comics. Megatron is based on his pre-war appearance as a miner and gladiator and turns into a tank. His partner Chopshop is a very interesting remake of the G1 Deluxe Insecticon figure. It's an interesting choice as the molds used to make the original figure are owned by Bandai with no chance of being made available to Hasbro or Takara Tomy again. This is our first time getting a Chopshop figure since 1985. I'm not entirely sure if his weapon mode is Transformed right, looks like he's just sitting on Megatron's arm.
Meanwhile Starscream is looking surprisingly complex going from a slim bot mode to a sleek jet mode with very little visible kibble in either mode. Waspinator is looking good in all forms considering his tiny size. Even his gun mode is pretty convincing and his transformations look fairly intricate for the scale. To some pairing a G1 character with a Beast Wars character may seem odd, but the two do have some history. In the Beast Wars episode Possession Starscream's 'ghost' possesses Waspinator's body temporarily before getting blown up. It's a nice nod to fans of the franchise.
After this surprise announcement I'm really curious what else they've got planned for the line. At first I was only mildly interested, but if they keep going for fan favorites I can see myself getting hooked.
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