Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail

Sunday, August 12th, 2018 7:36PM CDT

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Many were worried that our first toy of Firestar would only end up in a few collector's hands thanks to being in the final wave, but Power of the Primes Novastar has already been seen on U.S. shelves! Found at Walmart in Edinboro, PA, this sighting comes to us from Reddit user Guitarsnmotorcycles over at the Transformers subreddit in this post:

Look who I found already (Edinboro PA)

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail

While this doesn't necessarily mean distribution will be good, this is not the only sighting as this toy has also been found in West Virginia. This means that the country's most prominent retailer is not skipping this wave! This is good news for those on the lookout for Novastar, as well as possibly lending credence to the idea that Hasbro's new four-wave system does result in (at least marginally) better distribution. Share your thoughts on this development over at the Energon Pub Forums, and keep your eyes on Seibertron.com for more news and exciting sightings!
Credit(s): Guitarsnmotorcycles on Reddit
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Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978189)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on August 12th, 2018 @ 7:44pm CDT
I just got Moonracer here, so Novastar is a given to get. This should also mean Slug, Rippersnapper and Blackwing will be sticking around for a while longer.
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978193)
Posted by william-james88 on August 12th, 2018 @ 8:08pm CDT
Well there you go, wave 4 has not been skipped in the US.
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978196)
Posted by Ultra Markus on August 12th, 2018 @ 8:29pm CDT
i have already preordered the Takara tommy novastar as i didnt want to take a chance at not getting her
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978197)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 12th, 2018 @ 8:42pm CDT
Okay, so, after a bunch of priorities kept putting it off for me, I finally took the time to open up my Blast Off w/ Megatronus set.

Being a Takara-original design, Blast Off is a bit more complex to transform than the average Hasbro-designed CW Deluxe, but he's got zero QC issues.

Megatronus, however, I'm sad to say, is not so pristine. His left shoulder joint has a defect. The inner cavity on the arm that the shoulder peg slots into is missing some plastic that is meant to make the hole a complete circle, making the cavity slightly larger than it should be and thus making the arm's connection to the torso rather loose and delicate. It'll stay on if I'm gentle with the little figure and don't move the arm, but it does come off rather easily. On the flipside, this defect does give the left arm a greater range of motion than it was intended to have, but it also makes Megatronus look like his left shoulder is constantly sagging and slouching while his right shoulder remains firm at attention.
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978205)
Posted by DeathReviews on August 12th, 2018 @ 10:15pm CDT
Ultra Markus wrote:i have already preordered the Takara tommy novastar as i didnt want to take a chance at not getting her


I'll get Novastar simply because this mold makes a great gestalt arm. Paired with Moonracer, it'll give good symmetry and balance to a combiner...
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978215)
Posted by bodrock on August 13th, 2018 @ 12:57am CDT
The Hunt is on! I'm hoping she somehow appears this week, but when I went to Target today, there was no sign of wave 2+, but plenty of Cyberverse.
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978217)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on August 13th, 2018 @ 1:28am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:
Wolfman Jake wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:January of 2019, yes. On the plus side, this seems to be a general retail release as no stores are explicitly advertised.

As an aside, someone asked in a different thread what exactly was wrong with Prime Wars Blast Off... nothing major, just that his shoulders are swapped: both UW Blast Off and UW Shuttler has the raised section pointing away from the cockpit, not towards like this Blast Off does. No worries, it only really affects the limb mode, and even then it's dealing with how to tuck away the arms. Just take an example from UW Strafe and set them as a 45 degree angle.


Do you think it's possible to "correct" Hasbro's arm assembly to work more like what Takara did for Unite Warriors Shuttler/Movor?


Yes. Someone on Twitter said you can pop the arms off at the shoulders and the forearms are on mushroom pegs so they can easily come off too. Keep in mind I haven't done this and wouldn't recommend it because there always a chance of breaking the joint.


Which is why I'm keeping mine as is. I did have to cut off some flash from the left leg, in the combiner port cavity. It left a tiny nick but it's hardly visible.
By the way, my clear Megatronus has a bit of a paint oddity, in that the right arm is two-toned. Upper arm is a darker grey, found nowhere on him, while the rest is the same grey as the rest of the figure. Is that me being "lucky" again?


I just went ahead and did the arm swap on my Hasbro Blast Off. It was pretty easy. First, I popped the arms off at the shoulder ball joints and switched them. Then I slid off the arms from the bicep down at the mushroom peg joints and switched those around. The arms are now configured exactly as they are on Takara's Shuttler/Movor figure. It doesn't change the fact that the hollow bits in the forearms are exposed in shuttle mode (Shuttler/Movor is like that too, unfortunately), but it does help with some of the tolerance issues with the shoulders getting in the way of other parts of the shuttle.
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978219)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on August 13th, 2018 @ 1:46am CDT
I wonder how much of a bother it would be to rebuild Novastar to transform like Firestar's actual cartoon design does, or if I'd be better off customizing a TR Kup to be her cartoon body.
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978221)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on August 13th, 2018 @ 4:15am CDT
I just picked up Novastar at my Walmart this morning. She finally showed up with Blackwing and Rippersnapper. :lol: :lol:
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978222)
Posted by william-james88 on August 13th, 2018 @ 5:16am CDT
bodrock wrote:The Hunt is on! I'm hoping she somehow appears this week, but when I went to Target today, there was no sign of wave 2+, but plenty of Cyberverse.

Dont waste your time looking for her at Target, the way things have gone retailers are rarely in sync. If you go hunting for her this week, just look for her at Walmart
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978225)
Posted by mordhelm on August 13th, 2018 @ 8:13am CDT
So has Optimal Optimus (not Throne) been spotted at US retail yet? I cannot remember.
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978237)
Posted by Emerje on August 13th, 2018 @ 10:25am CDT
mordhelm wrote:So has Optimal Optimus (not Throne) been spotted at US retail yet? I cannot remember.

Not according to the sightings section.

So, anyone else camping HTS right now for SDCC exclusives? I started at 9am just to be safe since they're so unpredictable. Hopefully this isn't another 2 or 3pm year.

Emerje
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978238)
Posted by Autobot N on August 13th, 2018 @ 10:27am CDT
Emerje wrote:So, anyone else camping HTS right now for SDCC exclusives? I started at 9am just to be safe since they're so unpredictable. Hopefully this isn't another 2 or 3pm year.

Emerje
I am. I'm not worried that I won't get it, since I do still have my BBTS pre-order for PP-43, but it would be nice to get it in a week or two instead of in January.
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978239)
Posted by starrhero on August 13th, 2018 @ 10:27am CDT
Emerje wrote:
mordhelm wrote:So has Optimal Optimus (not Throne) been spotted at US retail yet? I cannot remember.

Not according to the sightings section.

So, anyone else camping HTS right now for SDCC exclusives? I started at 9am just to be safe since they're so unpredictable. Hopefully this isn't another 2 or 3pm year.

Emerje


Yup, been waiting since 8 A.M. It's been quite the wait, especially since I'm sick, so it's been quite a pain. Hopefully this waiting will be worth it.
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978240)
Posted by TF-fan kev777 on August 13th, 2018 @ 10:36am CDT
Emerje wrote:
So, anyone else camping HTS right now for SDCC exclusives? I started at 9am just to be safe since they're so unpredictable. Hopefully this isn't another 2 or 3pm year.

Emerje


Yep, I am. Last year I went out to lunch when Grotusque was made available and sold out by the time I got back. This year, I packed a lunch.
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978247)
Posted by william-james88 on August 13th, 2018 @ 10:59am CDT
I dot think this will sell out, as its a more expensive item and those have not sold out as quickly in the past. Plus there is a 2 per household limit.
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978249)
Posted by TF-fan kev777 on August 13th, 2018 @ 11:03am CDT
william-james88 wrote:I dot think this will sell out, as its a more expensive item and those have not sold out as quickly in the past. Plus there is a 2 per household limit.


I'm not so much worried about missing out, I'm just impatient. I have him on preorder from BBTS, but it would sure be nice to have him in a few weeks instead of January.

As of right now he says in stock, but no way to add him to the cart.
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978250)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 13th, 2018 @ 11:04am CDT
Ocean decal sheet for Optimal Optimus gives him his proper orange cockpit and more - https://www.ebay.com/itm/312208084567

Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978251)
Posted by Autobot N on August 13th, 2018 @ 11:06am CDT
Throne of the Primes is live on HTS!
Re: Power of the Primes Wave 4 Deluxe Novastar found at U.S. retail (1978253)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on August 13th, 2018 @ 11:20am CDT
Throne of the Primes went live on HTS just after 12:00 PM EST. I just got mine! Go get yours now!
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