Toy Fair 2013: Hasbro Transformers Generations
Transformers Generations sees the rise of one of their biggest figures ever!
As expected, Hasbro has had a big presence at Toy Fair this year and the event hasn't even official started yet! And among all the big movie toys the biggest show stopper from Hasbro came from the Transformers. Hasbro has announced what they're calling the biggest Transformer of all time at their Saturday night press event: an all new, over 24 inch tall Metroplex! As the first in a new Transformers Titan class this figure will apparently be even taller than the Generation 1 behemoth Fortress Maximus released back in 1987. A fitting release to usher in the 30th anniversary of the Transformers franchise. And he's got no shortage of features. For US$125 he'll have lights and sounds (including spoken phrases), all three of his transformations (bot, city, and battle station) and a boat load of features, including spots like guns and ramps made to interact with Cyberverse figures.
Speaking of Cyberverse, two new G1-style figures have been revealed, however it seems they're going back to calling these particular figures Legend class once again. You might remember the mystery teaser image we saw last month of Optimus Prime? Turns out that was one of a new Legends line that come with mini bots that turn into vehicles and weapons. Optimus Prime is partnered with a small bot being called Roller with a blue armored vehicle mode while Bumblebee comes with a bot with a helicopter mode named Blazemaster. I really hope they release that Optimus in a larger scale!
But Generations isn't all about the super large and super small, they had pleanty in between to show. Four all new Deluxe figures based on IDW comic appearances were on display including the first ever Orion Pax figure (if you don't count this and this) based on the comic Spotlight: Orion Pax. He'll be alongside updated versions of Bumblebee and Megatron from the ongoing comic series and a Trailcutter (AKA Trailbreaker) figure. All look great, but it's hard to tell if they're going back to the old scale or staying with the smaller figures.
The final reveal for Generations is a very exciting update of Triplechangers Springer and Blitzwing in the larger Voyager scale! Springer features both his helicopter and armored car modes and looks quite a bit like an updated version of the original figure. Only real problem I have is the armored car mode has a lot of yellow on the front and green in the back resembling a mallard duck head. Well, it's still a nice looking figure. Blitzwing on the other hand has a very G1 bot mode, but his alt modes are mostly fictional unlike the original figure. The most unusual feature is his ability to change to distinctly different faces ala the Animated version of the character.
While not technically part of the Generations line Hasbro has added a third figure to their Transformers Platinum line that's a joint exclusive to Amazon and Big Bad Toy Store. Ultra Magnus is a remold of Transformers Prime Weaponizers Optimus Prime in largely blue colors and comes with the Forge of Solus Prime. We can expect him along with the already seen Platinum Optimus Prime and Omega Supreme later this year.
That covers G1 portion of Hasbro's press event, but there's still much more to come. Unfortunately some of the big ticket items Hasbro promised to have on display like new Masterpiece figures and Platinum Edition Grimlock vs Bruticus didn't show up. Hopefully we won't have to wait long to see what Hasbro has in store for those!
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