We have the official images for MP-45 Bumblebee from the Amazon Japan listing that just came online.
For those wondering, here is the breakdown of costs if you were to import it yourself to North America:
Items: ￥ 9,862
Shipping & Handling: ￥ 1,200
There will also be a Hasbro release and the only difference between Hasbro's release and Takara's would be a black slip cover for eglish writing (which you can see here). In Canada, that release will be available exclusively at EB Games for $159.99.The images show us the few accessories this toy comes with. Fellow Seibertronian made a nice comparison to the previous MP Bumblebee release which you can see here.
We've got some more Transformers: Cyberverse fun coming at you, Seibertronians! Thanks to our old pal, Chuck, we've got a pair of nice video reviews of Transformers: Cyberverse 1-Step Changers Optimus Prime and Prowl! Chuck, a.k.a. chuckdawg1999, gives us an overview of Optimus Prime and Prowl in vehicle and robot modes, shows off their transformations, and demonstrates their new "Action Attack" features! Action attacks are being incorporated into the Cyberverse 1-Step Changer toys beginning with Wave 3, in which you can also find Bumblebee, Wheeljack, Hot Rod, and Megatron. As a bonus, Chuck also gives us a comparison with the previous 1-Step Changer Optimus Prime from Wave 2 and the new Warrior Class version of Prowl. Give these videos a watch below!
Are you enjoying the very G1-inspired Transformers: Cyberverse series and toyline so far? Will you be picking up 1-Step Changer Optimus Prime or Prowl for your collection, or perhaps as a gift for a younger Transformers fan in your life? Let us know in the comments below, and keep tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest news on all things Transformers!
Now Instock - Mech Fans Toys - Head Warrior - MFT VS-01 Chivalrouser! Get it here:
Mech Fans Toys - Head Warrior - MFT VS-01 Chivalrouser
In case you missed it, Voodoo Robots released their long awaited Courage Potion Animus - instock now at TFSource here:
VooDoo Robots Potion Series - Courage Potion Animus
Now up for preorder - Flametoys Furai Model line continues with Thundercracker! Preorder yours at TFSource here:
Transformers Furai Model 05 Thundercracker - Model Kit
Now instock - Transformers Furai 03 Optimus Prime IDW Ver. - Model Kit! Order yours here:
Transformers Furai 03 Optimus Prime IDW Ver. - Model Kit
Now back instock - Flame Toys - Transformers - Tarn! It's our final restock, so order it here:
Flame Toys - Transformers - Tarn
Now up for preorder - Furai Model #4 Bumblebee with Jetpack/Helicopter and Hammer Weapon! Preorders up at TFSource here:
Furai Model 04 Bumblebee
Now up for preorder - Transformers - Flame Toys #03 Star Saber! Preorder it here:
Transformers - Flame Toys #03 Star Saber
In a bit of a surprise Zeta has released ZB05 Downthrust right before CNY and he's now instock at TFSource here:
Zeta Toys - ZB-05 Downthrust
Now instock Zeta Toys ZB04 Catapult! The 4th figure in the Zeta toys series. Order yours at TFSource here:
Zeta Toys - ZB-04 Catapult
TFSource Restock! Zeta Toys Jazzy white version is now restocked in limited quantities. Instock now at TFSource here:
Zeta Toys - EX-03 Jazzy - White Version
She's been a long time in coming but MMC's Azalea is now instock! Masterpiece scaled and part of their Ocular Max line - available now at TFSource:
Mastermind Creations - Ocular Max - PS-04 Azalea
Now Instock - Mastermind Creations - Ocular Max - R-34 Cylindrus! Get it here:
Mastermind Creations - Ocular Max - R-34 Cylindrus
Mastermind Creations latest R-38 Foxwire & Ni 2 Pack available for preorder here:
Mastermind Creations - Reformatted R-38 Foxwire & Ni 2-pack
Now up for preorder - Mastermind Creations - Ocular Max - PS-12 Saltus! Preorder it here:
Mastermind Creations - Ocular Max - PS-12 Saltus
The reissue of Transformers Unite Warriors - UW-04 - Devastator Set of 6 will be arriving this week! Get your preorder in today!
Transformers Unite Warriors - UW-04 - Devastator Set of 6
New Preorder Alert! Fans Hobby MB-11A Black Power Armor! This set combines with black power baser (sold separately) and includes a cockpit that opens and can hold mini figures, extendable swords and lots more! Preorders up at TFSource here:
Fans Hobby - Master Builder - MB-11A Black God Armor
Arriving this week - Fans Hobby - Master Builder - MB-08 Double Evil! Preorder it here:
Fans Hobby - Master Builder - MB-08 Double Evil
We have a limited amount of the SGC Exclusive Purple Power Baser now instock! This SGC exclusive is limited to just 500 pieces worldwide!
Great News if you missed out on Xtransbots Boost & Hatch set: Both the toy & cartoon versions are back up for preorder at TFSource here:
X-Transbots MM-VI Boost and MM-VII Hatch Set (Cartoon Version)
X-Transbots MM-VI Boost and MM-VII Hatch (Toy Version)
Now Instock - X-Transbots - MX-17H Herald! Get it here:
X-Transbots - MX-17H Herald
Now up for preorder - KFC - P16 Raiju! Preorder it here:
KFC - P16 Raiju
New preorders up - KFC's P-14 Raijin & Power Engine & P-15 Grand Raijin Combine to form King Raijin! Preorders up at TFSource here:
KFC - P14 Raijin and Engine Power Master (EPM)
KFC - P15 Grand Raijin
KFC has announced a new metallic version of it's popular Dumpyard Figure! Better pictures are to come, preorders up at TFSource here:
KFC - EAVI METAL Phase 6B Dumpyard - Metallic Version
It's been a while since SDCC but if you missed out on the Throne of the Prime Optimus Prime we now have the Japanese version instock at TFSource! Includes his Scepter of Sparks Accessory which can hold 4 powermaster figures!
Transformers Power of Prime - PP-43 Throne of the Prime Optimus Primal
Now Instock - Transformers Power of Prime - PP-41 Wreck-Gar and PP-42 Nemesis Prime! Get them here:
Transformers Power of Prime - PP-41 Wreck-Gar
Transformers Power of Prime - PP-42 Nemesis Prime
TFSource Restock! Supreme Techtial Commander sold out right away the last time he was instock. This 3rd party figure from TFC Toys is back instock here:
TFC Toys - STC-01A Supreme Techtial
Now back up for preorder - TFC Toys Poseidon Set of 6! All 6 terrors of the deep are up for preorder at TFSource here:
TFC Toys - Poseidon - Set of 6 Figures
Now up for preorder - Perfect Effect - PE-DX09B Psychro Knight! This limited edition recolor stands 10" tall and can be preordered at TFSource here:
Perfect Effect - PE-DX09B Psychro Knight
Now up for preorder - Perfect Effect's PE-DX06B Nemesis Gorira! Lock in your preorder at TFsource here:
Perfect Effect - PE-DX06B Nemesis Gorira
New preorder up from Mech Planet in their Hot Soldiers line: HS02B General Commander Limited Edition! Preorders up at TFSource here:
Hot Soldiers - HS02B General Commander - Limited Edition
Hot Soldier's General Commander Now Instock! This Miniature Scale Figure is scaled with the other figures in the line. Order yours at TFSource here:
Hot Soldiers - HS02 General Commander - Prop Sky Pillar
New Preorders from Hot Soldiers up - Red lightning and Red Sentinel! Preorder yours at TFSource here:
Hot Soldiers - MS-05 Red Lightning
Hot Soldiers - MS-07 Red Sentinel
Now up for preorder - Transform Element - TE-01 OP! Preorder yours today!
Transform Element - TE-01 OP
Now instock - GOD09 Steel Claw! This piece is MASSIVE - instock now at TFSource here:
TF Dreamfactory - GOD-09 Steel Claw
If you missed out on Magic Square's Light of Freedom we've put preorders back up on this popular piece. Now available for preorder at TFSource here:
Magic Square - MS-01 - Light of Freedom - Opti
Also instock - Magic Square's Legends Scaled Soprano repaint! Even includes mini lion transforming cassette - order yours at TFSource here:
Magic Square - MS-B17S Soprano
Now up for preorder - Magic Square - MS-B23 - Set of 3 Figures! Preorder the set here:
Magic Square - MS-B23 - Set of 3 Figures
Now Instock - Magic Square - MS-B02F Fevernova! Order it at TFSource here:
Magic Square - MS-B02F Fevernova
Now instock - Magic Square's Space Skimming! Don't miss out on Magic Square's high quality Legends scaled figures, instock at TFSource here:
Magic Square - MS-B06 Space Skimming
Now Instock - Generation Toys - GT-03 OP EX Noir - Black/Nemesis Version! Order this limited edition Masterpiece scaled figure at TFSource here:
Generation Toy - GT-03 IDW Noir Op EX - Black Nemesis Version LE
We are receiving a very limited amount of the Generation Toys Gravity Builder full set! This is the final stock of this item, without much chance of a restock. Lock in your preorder here at TFSource:
Generation Toy - Gravity Builder - Full Set of 6 Figures + Megasorry
Now up for preorder - Generation Toy - GT-03 IDW OP EX - Classics Color LE! Featuring improved colors and limited to 500 pieces worldwide, save $50 off the MSRP and lock in your preorder at TFSource here:
Generation Toy - GT-03 IDW OP EX - Classics Color LE
It's been a while in the making but finally updated color photos of Generation Toys Motor are out! Should be released soon, preorders up at TFSource here:
Generation Toy - Guardian - GT-08D - Motor
Great News! Bandai has announced a reissue on their insanely popular and sold out Power Rangers Soul of Chogokin GX-78 Megazord! Preorder yours at TFSource here:
Power Rangers - Soul of Chogokin GX-72 Megazord
Planet-X PX-C02 Kadmos the supreme leader Now up for preorder! Lock in your preorder at TFSource here:
Planet X - PX-C02 Kadmos
Now back Instock - Planet X Ismenios! With an impressive winspan and high level of articulation, this piece is back up for order at TFSource here:
Planet X - PX-C01 Ismenios
Now up for preorder - Planet X - PX-C01 Ismenios Add on Kit! The Kit includes alternate wings, guns, an alternate head and more! PX-C01 Ismenios is sold separately and not included as part of this set.
Planet X - PX-C01 Ismenios Add on Kit
Planet X - Neptune limited reissue Instock! Get yours today!
Planet X - PX-03 Neptune
New preorder up in ThreeA's new DX line - Blitzwing! Blitzwing stands an impressive 10.6inches tall and features screen accurate detailing, 51 points of articulation, LED illuminated eyes, and die-cast metal parts! Preorder yours at TFSource here:
Transformers Bumblebee DLX Scale Collectible Figure Series Blitzwing
Now up for preorder - Transformers Bumblebee DLX Scale Collectible Figure! Preorder it here:
Now up for preorder - Limited Edition Toyworld Constructor featuring all new paint details, metallic paint and metallic chrome applications!Preorders up at TFSource here:
ToyWorld - TW-C07P Constructor Full Set of 6 Figures - LE
Now Instock - ToyWorld - TW-GS01 Waste Gas! Order it here:
ToyWorld - TW-GS01 Waste Gas
Toy World's Legends scale GS-02 - Whiskey Jack up for preorder! Grab yours here:
ToyWorld - TW-GS02 Whiskey Jack
Now up for preorder - ToyWorld - TW-FS01 - Bulldog! Preorder it here:
ToyWorld - TW-FS01 - Bulldog
A new reveal from Newage - of their Henry figure! No preorders for this miniature figure up yet but find Newage at TFSource here:
Newage - NA H3 Harry
Another 3rd party reveal Newage's Mini-kong! Don't miss out on this miniature scale UFO with tractor beam attachment! Preorders up at TFSource here:
Newage - H6 Mini King Kong
Now up for preorder - Newage - Mini King Kong, Transparent and Collector's Editions! Preorder them here:
Newage - H6T Mini King Kong Transparent Version
Newage - H6B Mini King Kong Collector's Edition
Now Instock - BadCube - OTS-10 Slick! Get it here:
BadCube - OTS-10 Slick
We have a limited restock on some Badcube items including OTS-04 Wardog! Wardog is definitely a challenge to transform, back instock at TFSource here:
BadCube OTS-04 Wardog
Now Instock - Badcube - Natures - BCN-01 Captain Huffy! Get it here:
Badcube - Natures - BCN-01 Captain Huffy
TFSource restock: Huff is now back instock! This Masterpiece scaled figure can even connect to MP10's trailer. Instock at TFSource here:
Badcube - Old Time Series - OTS-01 Huff
Next wave of Transformers War for Cybertron Siege: Voyager Wave 2 Soundwave & Starscream - up for preorder at TFSource here:
Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege Voyager Class Wave 2 - Set of 2
Also up for preorder:
Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege - Deluxe Wave 2 - Set of 4
Now up for preorder - Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege Micromasters Wave 2 - Set! Preorder them here:
Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege Micromasters Wave 2 - Set
Now up for preorder - Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege Battlemasters Wave 2 - Set of 2 Figures! Preorder it here:
Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege Battlemasters Wave 2 - Set of 2 Figures
Now up for preorder - Transformers War for Cybertron Siege: Leader Wave 1 Set of 2! Preorder Ultra Magnus and Shockwave here:
Transformers War for Cybertron Siege: Leader Wave 1 Set of 2
Transformers War for Cybertron Siege: Leader Shockwave
Transformers War for Cybertron Siege: Leader Ultra Magnus
New Transformers Siege War for Cybertron Figures Instock! Check them out here:
Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege - Deluxe Wave 1 - Set of 4
Transformers Siege War for Cybertron - Micromasters Roadhandler & Swindler Autobot Race Car Patrol
Now instock - DX9 Dutch Purple Version! This legends scaled figure even includes a repair bay in the trailer. Instock now at TFSource here:
DX9 Toys - War in Pocket - X34 Dutch - Purple Version
Now Instock - DX9 - K2 - Ancestrod! Get it here:
DX9 - K2 - Ancestrod
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Thanks to a heads up from several Seibertronians, we have word that there is a new and seemingly revamped Cyberverse line coming to us this year! This new line, which seems to be dubbed the "Spark Armor" line, has a gimmick where you have a core character and then a secondary vehicle that then attaches to that character as armor, making a super mode of said character. Each figure is also notable in that the articulation seems to have drastically improved over other Cyberverse figures.
There are set to be 3 different size classes for these Spark Armor figures. The three classes include the $14.99 Battle Class of Jetfire, Prowl, Starscream, and right out of left field, Sky Byte(!!); the $24.99 Elite Class series, which includes Megatron, Bumblebee and Optimus Prime; and finally the $49.99 Ark Power Optimus Prime, which features a tiny reproduction of the Ark as armor for Optimus Prime. The news came from Kotaku.
Check out all the images below, and let us know what you think of these new figures below!
In line with some brand synergy, Hasbro sent us the official images for MP-18+ Bluesteak (called Streak) while letting us know that they will be distributing this toy, as they do all Masterpeice releases from here on out. The only difference between Hasbro's release and Takara's would be a black slip cover for eglish writing (which you can see here). Hasbro's quick short and sweet press release tells us that Masterpiece MP- 18+ Streak will be available at EB Games Canada for $109.99 CAD
We wanted to let you know about 2 new Transformers Masterpiece figures, Streak and Bumblebee Version 2.0 from Takara Tomy! Both with be available exclusively at EB Game Canada.
Courtesy of the Snakas Blog, we have images of the presetation video Takara showed at the Wonder Festival where the new Transformers Masterpiece MP-45 Bumblebee was revealed. The video is all about this new figure and We see the extra faces he will come with along with the inovation fo having his doors open (though we do not know if Spike can sit or not).
The toy has an MSRP of 13000 Yen (which is $120 USD). The images give a good idea of where the bulk of the alt mode end up since very little of it is used in the main figure's design, unlike the previous Masterpiece toy. We see a lot of the alt mode inside his feet and in his backpack. Takara has confirmed at the show to fans that the toy is not mistransformed.
Not only that but fellow Seibertron user and Transformers TCG contributor, #Sideways# is back with his thoughts on these new cards!
They are here.
They have arrived.
But are they as good as they're hyped up to be?
Mr. Steal Yo Girl
Springer is the first of at least two Triplechangers coming in Rise of the Combiners, and he's the second Helicopter in the game. Being a Triplechanger, he has three modes, but I fear that only two of them are going to be useful -- and if you've been reading up until this point, I think you know what I'm about to say -- because of his lackluster robot mode.
Okay, before I delve into that deep black hole, let's talk about Triplechangers. We don't exactly know how they start the game. One would be able to guess that one starts in "Alt 1", but being that the rules merely state "Alt Mode", then it stands to reason one might have a choice of alternate modes at the start of the game. That being said, one would probably prefer to start the game in his Truck mode anyway given his higher Defense stats, but that's neither here nor there.
I, for one, would put money on the "star side face up" logic and have him start in Truck mode, but until we have an official ruling on the matter, then I'd refrain from playtesting it any other way.
Anyway, to the card itself, I think the versatility that Springer's vehicle modes bring to the table is actually fantastic. First off, since Springer's Truck mode is just that, a Truck, he can use Cargo Trailer which is always an interesting thought, but the fact that he has Tough 2 with an Armor already attached makes me swoon. Having that means that, with a Reinforced Plating, he becomes extremely hard to take down with his massive health pool and a permanently high Tough in an all blue list.
But that's not all! You see, his Helicopter mode is the analog to this, having Bold 2 with a Weapon attached, making his five attack turn into some pretty insane numbers in an all orange list, especially with the advent of Power Punch. With a Power Punch, Supercharge and his innate Bold, you can hit Bold 8 and deal frankly disgusting, Dinobot levels of damage fairly easily.
This brings me to something that I'd like to point out. You can build three separate lists for Springer, with one being an all blue list that focuses on defense, another being an all orange that focuses on offense, and a third, balanced list. It's a fascinating concept that brings forth several options that could each work well in their individual rights. But, balanced lists can be inconsistent, and if you choose to focus on one color you forsake the other -- and the other mode.
You really have to pick your poison with Springer. Whereas I do think that balanced is probably optimal for him, the mono color lists for him should not be ignored or discounted.
What probably should be discounted is his robot mode, sadly. You see, his robot mode doesn't really do anything. With an emphasis on Pierce if he has a Utility, that's honestly fine -- but the problem arises when you look at both his mediocre attack stat and his abysmal defensive capabilities. You'd think that either of them would have gotten boosted instead of a net loss in literally both categories but that's just my opinion. His attack is that low to justify having Pierce, though, which is understandable -- but unfortunately, it really isn't. You can't really do anything with even that high Pierce number because his Attack stat is simply so low that it forbids it.
Normally, in cases like Megatron -- Decepticon Leader, he actually had higher attack than his Pierce, which allowed plays with cards like Energon Axe to put some considerable levels of Pierce on opponents characters. That just isn't happening here, and I am extremely sad about that.
All in all, I really do like Springer and his potential variety in gameplay, especially in a balanced list, but his robot mode is incredibly lackluster which essentially turns him into a two vehicle mode character since you're almost never going to be using his robot mode. It's unfortunate, but then again, his vehicle modes pretty much have all the power you're ever going to need out of him, but I can't shake the feeling that his robot mode -- or perhaps the lack thereof given its uselessness -- make him worse than the competition.
"I'll never talk!"
"Then let's make it official."
Blitzwing makes me extremely happy just looking at him, and no, not just because of the literal action figure hands in his artwork, but the fact that he has Brave in his Tank mode, Stealth in Plane mode and an actually useful Robot mode ability.
Let's talk about that Tank mode real quick. I've already spoken about this, but teams with Brave as a starter that force your opponent to target a specific thing means that you are free to play far more important small characters. For instance, Flamewar is a very important character who kind of dies in one hit from certain characters, and if she goes down before you get to use her, you pretty much end up losing that game. With Brave, you are virtually guaranteed to be able to use your smaller, squishier characters' abilities -- sure, at the cost of some HP from Blitzwing, but hey, that's the name of the game.
Being a Tank, Blitzwing can use amazing Actions like Hunker Down to not just give him an Armor -- likely a Force Field -- and all but confirm his survival, but you will be confirming the survival of your teammates as well because not only are you using Hunker Down to Upgrade him, but you are also suddenly putting a Brave character on the field. This means not only are you accelerating Upgrades but you are also forcing your opponent to attack into a Force Field, essentially all but wasting an attack. You won't be attacking in this mode, sadly, but that's not the point of his kit.
As a lighter note, he can even make use of Crushing Treads if you really hate yourself enough to give him Pierce 1 or Pierce 0. I mean, let's be honest here, that's one thing that you're never going to use on him. Funny, though!
Blitzwing does a lot of work, but what happens when the pressure is a bit too much? Well, that's easy -- just transform him into his Plane mode, which innately has Stealth, which forces your opponent to attack someone else. If you think it's time that your squishy allies to finally take some heat, then instead of being a Tank, Blitzwing can also become a competent Plane with a moderate attack stat and Stealth. In fact, you can play him with Slipstream and Bombing Run to make a surprisingly competent Plane list, even abusing his Tank mode to take the heat off Acid Storm as a potential third partner. But despite all of that, you still won't be attacking in this mode, either.
Why? Well, let's take a look at his robot mode, which unlike Springer actually has an attack stat and ability that's worth something. Of course, you have zero defense, but you are highly unlikely to need it as you can use the abilities of his robot mode to transform after the attack into one of his alternate modes, to either the Tank to the Plane to abuse either of the abilities.
On top of that, you even draw a card to potentially aid any Plan effects you have on Blitzwing to all but confirm his transformation ability to pop from your flips. The amount of versatility that Blitzwing can bring in teammates to capitalize on either of his modes is an interesting analog to Springer, whose abilities are more useful based on a self-sustaining deck build. Blitzwing is more team-focused, aiding his team and their survivability.
Between the two, I much prefer Blitzwing given his field focus instead of Springer who -- if you simply don't draw into your specific parts -- can whiff pretty badly and lose his value. Blitzwing is a much safer pick if you're looking for consistent value, but both have their merits.
But as for Blitzwing, the thought of playing him with Warpath and Acid Storm to make use of both his modes to their fullest makes me think. I've considered other "Hate Bears" lists with both Warpath and Acid Storm, including the Super Rare Starscream, but I wonder if this wasn't their intended place. I mean, where else are you going to get a Tank and a Plane in the same place?
Jesting aside, it's always an interesting idea to consider what the developers had in mind for potential partners and playstyles when looking into new characters, because I find that they usually know more about the game than I do. Whether their logic holds true or not when a player-driven metagame takes over is another animal, though, which is why it's generally a good idea to take every supposition with a grain of salt, but the fact can't be ignored that it's uncanny that both keyword blockers are both a Tank and a Plane.
I don't know, perhaps my tinfoil cap is showing and my voice is echoing out of my tailpipe, but it's always something to keep in mind.
The last thing that went through Galvatron's mind was a four letter word and an energon blade.
Surprise Attack is not the best, but it's actually kind of niche in certain decks. It's not by any means "good", nor will it go in most lists. At all. But there is actually some merit in blue lists. Of course, you should be using The Bigger They Are and Leap Into Battle to facilitate your damage, but it's not exactly horrible to confirm a certain amount of damage in certain lists, like Aerialbots or perhaps Tanks.
It'd be like playing a redundant weapon like Erratic Lightning in a deck that already plays Grenade Launcher. It's not a bad thing -- at all, actually -- but it's redundant, which increases chances of drawing one or the other. I'm not saying it's particularly fantastic or special, but I am saying that it could be used as a third wheel to Leap Into Battle and The Bigger They Are.
You know how I feel about Pierce, so when I give a Pierce card a few options, you know it has potential, am I right? But either way, it's an interesting card, but I don't think it'll see much play outside a few lists, and even then it's kind of a redundant card in a few regards.
Triplechangers are magical. What does this mean for the game moving forward? Well, it means games are about to get a lot more interesting without much effort unlike Combiners. Combiners are always an interesting game to be sure, but they require the entire team to be devoted to that singular goal. With Triplechangers, you have the traditional playstyle married to the unique triple-sided card mechanic as well, which is sure to make more interesting, more engaging choices happen in the future.
It should almost go without saying at this point, but I am extremely excited for these guys. Super Rares or not, they bring a lot of diversity to the game without having to devote all of your points to it (Volcanicus notwithstanding).
What are you most excited about? Are you on Team Blitzwing or Team Springer? Who do you think is coming next? Let me know in the comments below!
So what are your thoughts on these? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews!
Thanks to the keen eye of fellow Seibetronian Prismartyr, we have new sightings for several Bumblebee-series figures. Found at a Big W in Erina, New South Wales in Australia, the figures found include Energon Igniters Power Series Ratchet and Nitro Series Blitzwing and Dropkick, though Dropkick was not photographed.
Astute readers will recall the memorable discovery of Ratchet prior to a reveal from Hasbro late last year in the US, so it appears the figure is finally seeing better distribution among foreign markets.
As always, be sure to be neighborly and report your sightings of any of these figures in your location’s sightings forum and be sure to stay tuned to Seibertron.com for more Transformers news and reviews.
Wonder Festival 2019 Winter has kicked off to an awe-inspiring start, as TakaraTomy’s booth has provided us with several reveals from several toylines. Most mysterious are two reveals from an ‘unknown series’, Convoy A (presumably Armada Optimus Prime) and Convoy S (Star Convoy)! Courtesy of Chohenken on Twitter, these intriguing figures seem to not be bound to any toyline as of now, though it can be assumed these newcomers belong to Transformers Legends.
Star Convoy appears to be a decent retooling of Power of the Primes Leader Optimus Prime, so make of that what you will. Armada Prime, on the other hand, appears to be a brand new mold based on the original Armada Prime.
Update: We have some more pics courtesy of the Snakas Blog which show that Armada Optimus Prime will combine to have a super mode, since we see fists in the back of his legs. We also get a better idea of the inner Prime for Star Convoy which seems to be simply G1 Convoy/Optimus Prime.
We are still getting new images from the Winter Wonder Festival taking place in Japan right now. While the new reveals are getting all the attention, other toys we know are coming but aren't out yet were also present. Like the very divisive Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3.0. We had images of the back of the vehicle in colour, which is something we had not seen yet. Grey model images showed the back of the cab as a mess of parts but you will let us know if it looks more uniform in colour.
This toy will be coming out in the US and Japan at the same time later this year for around $440 USD. Hasbro's release will be identical in every way, including Prime speaking Japanese, but it will have a slip cover with english on it so that it can be distributed in the US. You can get a look at a previous slip cover here to get a sense of what that will look like.
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