It's been two weeks since Studio Series Roadbuster was revealed, and thanks to Seibertroian PrimeVsPrime, we have an early review of this Scottish fella!
PrimeVsPrime showed great content for this figure, citing its superiority to the Deluxe Class Roadbuster, which is shown through comparisons. We also have a nice comparison between this and the other two Deluxe Wreckers from Dark of the Moon, in which the toy fits in nicely. Since this is an early review, there is unfortunately no view of the figure's backdrop or box.
If you have any interest in Roadbuster or PrimeVsPrime's reviews, than we suggest watching the video, and telling your thoughts in the Pub forums below!
There is barely any info on this aside from a silhouette but we still wanted to share it with you.
Powermaster Ultra Prime reached out to us with images at a booth at the Singapore Comic Con. On there we see silhouettes of three characters, Megatron, Optimus and Bumblebee. We have all the details on the upcoming Optimus Prime figure, which is from Yolopark. It measures 24 inches tall and is articulated. So, looking at the size of the silhouette, that Megatron would be a true behemoth when it comes out. The most interesting thing though is that we will see another rendition of Megatron in the new G1 movie aesthetic Travis Knight brought to the movie verse.
My friend Rodimus Unicronus went to The Singapore Comic con and there he was hinted a Familiar Silhouette. He actually got to be the first to see the design but could not take a pictures the Design sadly. Would be nice. The figure is going to be made by Yolopark. He thought you guys would love to have these pics he has taken there. Oh and also he wanted to point out that the Gun barrel cannon is short
Am I the only one getting a bit sick of Studio Series Bumblebee toys? Not in the fact that there are lots of them, but more that it's the same functional design every time. Unlike Optimus, where movie toy designers kept reinventing the transformation throughout the years, Bumblebee toys suffer from just changing incrementally every time. And that's been the case since the first deluxe toy (which you can see in a comparison shot below). That doesn't make them bad toys, it just makes them predictable and rather boring in terms of transforming figures.
That's what this toy suffers most of. It's based on the same movie Bumblebee transformation we have gotten since The Last Knight (TLK). Meaning, the car roof folds up and gets stuffed into the torso, the arms with no wrist swivels are tucked at the base of the car, you get that back window flip for the double wings, the middle of the car hood is separated from the sides and under it is a fake kibble piece for a more accurate chest and the legs unfold through a series of 90 degree pivots with the feet doing a full 180. These are all ok steps to go from a good looking car to a decent looking robot but they are all steps we did before. And the fact that it's the same steps results in robot modes that look about the same from one toy to the next, as you can see below.
I will repeat, none of that makes this a bad toy, it just makes for a boring experience. If this is your first movie Bumblebee toy, then you will probably be satisfied. What is frustrating is that this toy only comes with the battle mask, meaning that if you want a Bumblebee toy looking closer to his movie one appearance where all the Autobots meet up the first time with Sam, then you are gonna fork out some money again for another incremental change.
The car mode is fine. It's apparently not a perfectly accurate alt mode, but I can't tell. I have it compared to the alt mode his first movie toy had, which is said to be a perfect representation in car mode. Looks fine to me though. I will say that I much prefer how the car mode tabs together than other Bumblebee toys with this transformation, like the one from TLK or the one from the Bumblebee movie.
The robot mode looks great but I would have really liked to have a normal face, it feels a shady not to include it. While the transformation is a rinse repeat of other toys, design wise this does make it the first Bumblebee with that now iconic Camaro alt mode to have those extra little wings in the back, along with a very nice looking chest and even those small clavicle-like details next to his neck (pretty sure those are supposed to be his mirrors). I would have loved them to paint those yellow though. I mean it would go a long way and highlight the novelty to the sculpting. His robot mode is the best looking transforming deluxe representation of this Bumblebee design.
He has an arm cannon accessory which covers his hands. It feels really cheap though since it's just all in black and clashes with the rest of the deco. I mean for a line that is all about movie accuracy, the sole accessory to come with the figure looking like this is a bit lame. In terms of articulation, while he is missing some (like wrist swivels), there is a transformation joint on the leg that you can use to make up for a lack of ankle pivot.
The best thing I can say about this figure is that nothing falls apart, it tabs in as it should, nothing feels too loose and you can pose him with little issue. While this should all be a given for a toy of passable quality, it's almost a miracle for a movie Bumblebee toy of recent years. Still I'd wish for more articulation because right now even Cyberverse has surpassed Studio Series in terms of articulation for the deluxe class. Also I would have liked that additional face and some kind of effort for the cannon's deco.
I'll cut to the chase, this is the best representation of movie Soundwave we have ever gotten. I have comparison images to the on screen character below and looking back I am baffled that we were all so laissez fair about what came before. I know I love the Human Alliance mold (you will see it below in the comparison shots as the Movie the Best redeco) but it doesn't really convey the proportions of the character properly, definitely not as good as this new deluxe does.
The car looks fine. I really like how everything tabs in well. Everyone will be very happy that the car is covered in the appropriate silver paint (no more off white plastic, yay!). The clear windows do mean we see some of the robot junk in there, but I am fine with it. The clean interior and opening doors lead to lots of sacrifices on the Human Alliance toy so I prefer that the designers chose to favour different aspects this go around.
And it pays off, boy does it pay off, because the robot mode looks perfect. Soundwave was a stocky guy in the films, and while he had a large torso, it wasn't immense compared to some teeny tiny legs. He was more Wolverine than Johnny Bravo and we finally get that here. What impresses me most with this toy is how few steps there are to the conversion to get from two modes that look nothing alike. People often think that more steps may equate to a better design/engineering, but I never did. There can be beauty in simplicity. In fact, I would argue that it is much harder to get to a good looking and accurate robot mode, especially of a movie bot, with fewer steps. Toys can be overcomplicated just as much as they can be oversimplified and this one is just right.
The designers picked their battles well here with the alt mode integration and what parts should be real (like the chest) and which can be designed to look like alt mode detail (the front of the legs). I love how the arms are half car detail and half robot detail and each mode orients it just right so taht you think it can only belong to one particular mode. It's just a very efficient design. The car lights reorienting to give him the side panels framing his chest are the best example of that.
In terms of articulation, I didn't notice until comparing these to the new Cyberverse toys, but it's lacking for today's standards. Unlike deluxes in the Siege and Cyberverse line, this toy and many other Studio Series deluxes do not have wrist swivels, ankle pivots or even waist articulation. Which is kind of ironic since the movie look has them sculpted to make it look like they are made up of a million moving parts. Kudos to the designers for at least tricking me into thinking it is made of more parts than other lines (and I mean that sincerely).
He comes with a very important accessory, Laserbeak. While I never liked the skeletal chicken look, I can't fault it for looking the part. It latches well onto wither or Soundwave's forearms and can even tag along in the back of the vehicle mode. Those are two different type of latches and the mini figure will slightly convert to fit in whichever scenario.
It's odd how objectively, this toy may not be offering much as much as other Transformers toys at his price point (for instance, he has less steps, less height, less accessories and much less articulation than the new Cyberverse toys), but subjectively I feel more satisfied by him than many other toys. He always had a unique design for a car bot and he did not get as much representation in the movie lines in the west, and unlike Siege and Cyberverse this isn't retreading the same G1 design, so he feels more fresh. He surprised me, and I loved discovering the efficient conversion, and sometimes that's all I need for a toy to stand out. I would thus recommend him to any Transformers fan, regardless of their feel for the Bay aesthetic.
Great news for Americans looking for the 2020 Studio Series figures, the new voyagers have just been spotted at Walmart. Chris, a friend to the site reached out on Facebook to let us know that he found both Studio Series voyagers SS-54 Movie 1 Megatron and SS-53 Revenge Of The Fallen Mixmaster at in Savannah, Georgia. This hits the same time as the same voyagers hitting Canadian retail at EB Games. Since the deluxes for that wave (Arcee Sisters, First Movie Bumblebee, Soundwave and The Last Knight WW2 Hot Rod) reached both Toysrus and EB Games in Canada, it will probably be just a matter of days before some shops in the US get that stock too. All these toys are slated to be in stores January 1st so it makes sense that some start trickling down as we cross the first half of December. Since we still have yet to see those deluxes at US retail, let us know if you find them.
With the first wave of 2020 Studio Series deluxes practically here, we are now getting a better look at what will come next. The Transformers Overdrive page on Facebook posted some images of Transformers Studio Series Jet Mode Shatter. We get a good look at the finished deco and the great face sculpt. This toy turns, as the name suggests, into a jet. There are car parts on the chest to match the movie look. This toy is due out in April and will retail for $19.99 USD.
Thanks to Nemesis Primal from Seibertron and jtprime from the TFW2005 boards, we have more Studio Series Soundwave news for you!
The new info comes to us from the Walmart mobile app, where a new UPC code was found for a Revenge of the Fallen Soundwave figure. Now this is interesting seeing as how the next wave of Studio Series deluxes includes the Dark of the Moon Soundwave, and the following wave was just revealed to include Offroad Bumblebee, Shatter, and Roadbuster. Could we be looking at a possible new mold exclusive?
Another note to think about is the nature of this Soundwave rumor. We are getting the Dark of the Moon Soundwave, and while there is a Revenge of the Fallen Soundwave body, we also now have the Bumblebee movie Soundwave. The Revenge of the Fallen Soundwave transformed into a satellite and featured an interesting triple changer toy complete with Ravage-esque missile in the 2009 line. The Bee movie Soundwave did not transform, so we are not quite sure what he would turn into.
But both are possibilities. Sound(wave) off below to let us know what you think of this rumor in the comments section below!
Thanks to an update to the Transformers Weibo page we have new images of the upcoming Transformers Studio Series #52 Revenge of the Fallen three pack with Arcee, Elita-1, and Chromia! Included in the pictures is the 2009 release of the Mudflap and Skids Icecream truck for scale. Until we can get our hands on this unique and stylish three pack we'll have to keep ogling and imagining how many rubber bands and how much tape it will take to pull off your own triplet combiner fan mode. Will you be rounding up this team of the smallest Studio Series bots to date or is this an easy pass? Let us know in the forums and as always stay tuned to Seibertron for the ultimate in Transformers news!
Chinese company Tongshifu and Hasbro are bringing us something new. In for a penny in for a pound takes on new meaning with these new copper based statues and figurines from the metal workers and furniture makers. Thanks to the Transfans Facebook page Sohu website and Weibo we have some new images of their upcoming products including a few pieces of classy Autobot furniture. Unfortunately no word on upcoming prices, release, or availability out of China, yet, but as always stay tuned for further details:
Charming copper G1 figurines of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Soundwave and Starscream:
Transformers: The Last Knight statues with fully painted larger scaled Optimus Prime and Bumblebee:
There's some Last Knight Chibi figurines of Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and Sqweeks:
There's some Bumblebee Movie statues with Optimus Prime, Soundwave, Arcee, Bumblebee, and Blitzwing (with some interesting Starscream-esque paint touch ups), all in scale with each other which is a very nice touch:
Enjoy the views and share your thoughts with the Seibertron crew in the forums, and as always stay tuned to Seibertron for the ultimate in Transformers news!
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