Hasbro's Star Wars booth featured new Star Wars: Rebels collectibles including figures for the female Mandalorian weapons expert Sabine Wren and the Twi'lek pilot Hera Syndulla (albeit both are for the relatively basic 3.75-i...
It's hard to believe that with so many new Transformers yet to be released from Toy Fair in February and BotCon back in June that there would be anything left to show at San Diego Comic Con. Well, believe it, they've got more!
At Hasbro's Transformers Breakfast Thursday morning they've given us a very early first look at the first figures in their new Transformers: Combiner Wars sub-line with Aerialbots Superion and Stunticons Menasor! Both teams feature Voyager class figures as their central leader with Deluxe figures making up the limbs. It appears that all eight Deluxe figures are new molds or at lest slight variations on multiple molds. However, as suspected, Stunticon leader Motormaster is a remold of the Optimus Prime figure revealed back at BotCon. Even more interesting is that both teams also make use of a surprise sixth member. Superion is shown using Legends Powerglide (also shown at BotCon) as a gun, while Menasor's chest shield is a yet unrevealed legends car. Keep in mind that these are very early hand painted prototypes, they're even being held together with glue, but they appear to have learned from every mistake they made with the Fall of Cybertron Combaticons.
Then came Hasbro's Transformers panel were there were more reveals and some general clarification on some of the things said back at BotCon. Starting with Kre-O they revealed new figures of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. This time around they finally caught on and made it so you can build and transform them without having to take them apart again (as it should have been from the start). For Age of Extinction Generations figures they pointed out that the Platinum Edition Optimus Prime and Grimlock set will actually be a Kmart exclusive while Silver Knight Optimus Prime is a Target exclusive. This is the first time Platinum Edition figures have been sold in a physical store other than Toys R Us. They also revealed that Amazon will be getting a G1 repaint of Slog to go with the SDCC exclusive set. There was also mention that Masterpiece Grimlock might be making a return trip to Toys R Us soon.
They then went into more detail on the Combiner Wars series explaining that the title will be used as the central theme for all Generations figures (aside from the movie figures) for 2015. The Deluxe figures will include comics that reveal the origins of the teams. Like with the original G1 figures the Deluxe figures are interchangeable and all use the same connection piece to form either arms or legs. They also pointed out that the new Voyager Optimus Prime can indeed combine with either team as well! Art shown for combined Optimus appears to have Combaticon Blastoff as his right arm so take that as you will.
Unfortunately there have been a few name changes thanks to copyright losses over the years. Fireflight is now Firefly and Slingshot is now Alpha Bravo (I really hope that's temporary, he's also a helicopter now), while Wildrider is completely replaced by truck Offroad. Here's what release waves for Generations look like in 2015. Of course there will likely be much more released later.
Deluxe Wave 2: Air Raid, Dead End, Breakdown, Offroad
Voyager Wave 1: Silverbolt, Optimus
Voyager Wave 2: Motormaster
Only a small amount of time was spent talking about next year's Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series. They revealed One-Step Changers for Sideswipe and Decepticon Underbite, Legends figures for fembot Strongarm and Optimus Prime, and what they're calling Warrior class Bumblebee.
That appears to be it for reveals from SDCC. It's a little lighter than years past and surprisingly there was nothing new revealed for the movie which could mean they might be putting that line to rest pretty quickly. Enjoy the gallery!
Hasbro's non-Marvel Legends at the Marvel part of the booth were a little underwhelming when Tomopop's SDCC team visited yesterday, although some items might be added to the case later on.
There were a lot of upcoming or recently released 3.75-inch Marvel Infinite figures, but there didn't seem to be any new ones. The kid-friendly 3.75-inch Amazing Spider-Man 2 line is apparently picking up a few new figures including a movie Green Goblin and a weird Rhino repaint (first seen in the Fiercest Foes line... and then repacked into a MU 2-pack); it basically looks like the first Rhino we saw but with a painted black face.
The Marvel Superhero Mashers looks like it may have added a thing or two, as I don't recognize the Electro or the Iron Monger. Hasbro also some kiddy gimmick "Battle Master" line which consists of super-deformed characters with what could be either a rock-em sock-em function or a launcher. The figures on display for this line included Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Wolverine. While I'd normally pick one up for the novelty, these are surprisingly expensive with a US$15 MSRP for the single-packed figures and US$25 for a 2-pack.
Hasbro's oversimplified line "Titan Heroes line" (which are 10-inch or 12-inch tall) has apparently added Spider-Man 2099, Doctor Doom, and others to its roster. I'm a little annoyed that Spidey 2099 seems to pop up everywhere except for in Hasbro's Legends lines.
We have seen the future and it is (Marvel) Legendary! Hasbro's Marvel Legends SDCC display included an unveil of the first wave of 2015. Consisting of a few orphans from earlier or planned waves (such as Sentry, the proposed running change for Hyperion in the Hit Monkey wave), it's a fairly stellar assortment topped off with a brand-new Odin BAF.
Allegedly dubbed "Avengers Legends", the line-up features a long-overdue new Scarlet Witch (legend has it that the original was so bad that Toy Biz originally didn't dare to sell it in the US until fans demanded it), a Marvel NOW! Thor, Sentry, Machine Man (who I literally learned about today), and the new Captain Marvel (which features an alternate head) with Odin as the BAF. Supposedly the wave is slated to release in February and -- I can't confirm the following -- but I've been told that it might also include a Hawkeye. I believe that may refer to the Hawkeye we saw at NYCC 2012 which I thought was going to be a running change for the Rocket Raccoon-wave Hawkeye but, again, speculation.
Also on display was the upcoming Toys "R" Us exclusive Jubilee wave (a revision I still dislike) along with The Guardians of the Galaxy wave which should be at retail now, some of the SDCC exclusive ones, a few figures we've seen before that I believe are still orphans, and then a lot of stuff that's been out for a while. However, the big news is that there will be another Spidey Legends wave to be announced later today (Friday). Can it top an Odin BAF? Probably not, but I'm still looking forward to it.
Otherwise I'm just happy that we're finally getting a fairly decent-looking ML Scarlet Witch, which justifies my decision to pass on the MU version.
Back in the late '70s and part of the '80s Kenner created a (kinda small) Millennium Falcon vehicle-playset for their then pioneering 3.75 inch Star Wars line. It wasn't bad and found new life in the mid '90s when S...
Looks like Homer Simpson is living the phrase 'you are what you eat'. In the latest figure pairing Mr. Potato Head with different entertainment franchises Hasbro has found an interesting way to celebrate the 25th anniversary ...
You might remember back in April Transformers fans finding Masterpiece Prowl listed in Toys R Us computers, including computers in the UK complete with price. Well bad news came this week as Hasbro has officially canceled the...
Hasbro recently revealed the My Little Pony portion of their San Diego Comic-Con exclusives line-up. The company will have two figures available, Mane-iac Mayhem Pony (US$49.99) and her Equestria Girls' human doll equivalent (US$29.99). Hasbro had this to say of Mane-iac Mayhem Pony:
This power-mad pony from Maretropolis features a metallic purple outfit, accessorized with fashionable black and gold glittery boots. She comes with Spike the Dragon as 'Hum Drum.'
Pretty fitting for SDCC, don't you think? They don't go into much detail in regards to her humanoid counterpart but I think the picture speaks for itself. Crazy hair matching her pony plus a super-wild outfit certainly give the impression of a out-of-the-ordinary girl.
These figures will be sold at San Diego Comic-Con at Hasbro's booth. Edition sizes have not yet been revealed. Any remaining stock will put up for sale online on HasbroToyShop.com post-SDCC.
The end of BotCon 2014 came with the Transformers Collectors' Club and BotCon heads revealing the Transformers Collectors Club 3.0 offerings for 2015. I have to say, I've seen some obscure references translated into figures by this crew and really dug deep for this one. So deep that two of the figures were nothing more than Hasbro test prototypes that have never been released as figures or used in fiction before.
Zap with G.B. Blackrock - Zap uses the Generations Bumblebee mold and is based on an unused Carzap figure that would have been part of Takara's unreleased Block Town building block series. Blackrock is a reoccurring Marvel Transformers comic character that is getting his first figure ever as a Kre-O Kreon. Seeing the block theme here?
G2 Starscream - Classics Starscream in G2 red and white with gray camo.
Super obscure prototypes, somewhat obscure comic characters, an Actionmaster, a G2 figure, and a BotCon character. Why yes, that is one interesting roundup for characters. I like that this set doesn't create character designs (Tarantulas is debatable), but everything, including Nacelle and Zap, are based on something that already exists in one form or another. No woolly mammoth Ultra Magnus equivalent this year. As with the TFCC 2.0 there will be a mystery bonus seventh figure released with the sixth figure. No word on when the sub orders begin or prices, but I'm thinking that info should be coming soon.
BotCon 2014 may be over, but there's still a lot more to see. We've gotten official images direct from Hasbro of all of the major (and more than a few minor) Transformers reveals to share. You can find a list of what was newl...
[Update: TFormers has photos of the updated display with all of the newly announced 2014 figures!]
Hasbro held their Transformers brand panel at BotCon 2014 moments ago and made several exciting announcements. They were surprisingly light on revealing new Age of Extinction figures, aside from the previously announced Lockdown, which will indeed have a gun head, and a repaint Crosshairs in blue as Hot Shot. They did finally give those wolf creatures the name Steeljaw and one will be included in the One Step Changers line which may actually look decent next to the movie Generations figures figures, going to have to wait on photos to say for sure. I'm sure they'll have a lot more for San Diego Comic Con after the movie has been seen.
On the non-movie Generations line side they've made several popular announcements that are sure to get fans excited!
Nemesis Prime (Optimus repaint) with Spinister
Cliffjumper (Bumblebee repaint with new head) with Suppressor
Chromia - all new motorcycle mold people are comparing to a Tron bike.
Arcee - all new mold, apparently it's very G1!
Brainstorm - all new mold and an actual Headmaster!
For 2015 they're redoing the package design. Deluxe figures will continue to come with comics while Legends, Voyagers, and Leaders(!!) will have collectors cards (like in Japan).
Powerglide - all new mold
Thundercracker (Starscream repaint, Skywarp possible later)
Windcharger (Tailgate remold)
Bombshell - all new mold
Optimus Prime - all new truck mold!
Megatron - new tank figure that looks near G1 in bot mode. Has working rubber treads and a sticker sheet that includes Autobot stickers.
Armada Megatron - probably a remold of the previous announced Megatron.
Bluestreak (same colors as Takara Tomy version)
Of course they saved some reveals for later, we are still a year away on the 2015 figures. They didn't show any Deluxe figures, but they say they have 16 planned, and they're going to follow a theme: Combiners! A Silhouette of Superion (the Aerialbots) was shown! Hmm, 16 divides into four pretty easily and the only Voyager shown was Optimus. Maybe they've learned from the Combaticons and will do a proper four deluxe figures and one Voyager this time around. They also have plans for more Legends and Leader class figures so that's something to look forward to.
Overall Hasbro did not disappoint with the announcements this year, sticking close to G1 for the Generations fans. Sounds like Arcee and Brainstorm are going to be very popular figures when they're released late this year. Was hoping for a new Titan class figure, but maybe at SDCC. While I don't have photos yet hopefully Hasbro will send some official images along soon enough. In the meantime I'll toss some links along to other sites when they upload their pics.
Thanks to the official BotCon Facebook page we got several photos of many of the upcoming Transformers figures. Most of the stuff on display we've seen before back at Toy Fair, but there are a few new things on display that we haven't seen in person yet. Some for the better, some for worse.
For Masterpiece figures we can see that Hasbro's upcoming MP Prowl really is near identical to the Takara Tomy version. Sunstorm is pretty disappointing. His color scheme isn't really based on anything. The yellow is much too bright (the figure he's based on is orange), the white is in the wrong spots (forearms, not lower legs), and there's too much red. Not so impressed.
They haven't added much to the Age of Extinction line, but did have on display the helicopter version of Drift coming using the Dark of the Moon Skyhammer figure mold with new head and swords. Plus Deluxe Lockdown was on display looking like one of the best figures of the series. We know from Robotkingdom.com that a movie accurate version of Evac Mode Optimus Prime (the G1 looking figure) is there in his white and rusty colors, but he ended up not going on the display.
For the regular Generations line it was mostly more of the same figures from Toy Fair. They did include some packaged samples for us to ogle, proof that we're getting that much closer to their release. Worth mentioning is that the Nightbeat figure packaged comic art shows the figure using the Reveal the Shield Jazz figure mold (as he appeared in leak images) when the final figure uses the IDW Bumblebee mold.
Lots of things on display this year that I want and they're just getting started. Traditionally after Hasbro holds their panel Saturday they'll add their newest revealed figures to the display. We have the figure pics mirrored in the gallery, but follow the link above to see additional images including shots of the fan art and customs on display as well as images from the dealers' room.