Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail

Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 8:38pm CDT

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While we got the latest reveals in the Alt Modes line a few days ago, we now have some great news for fans wanting these: they have been found at retail.

Counterpunch has found the first wave at TRU in Metairie, LA.

Transformers News: Transformers Alt Modes Forst Wave Found at US Retail


This article was last modified on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 8:51pm CDT

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Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1808576)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 23rd, 2016 @ 10:20pm CDT
I didn't expect these to actually be coming to mass retail toy venues. I was thinking they'd be more at home in places like gift shops, novelty shops, places that sell nick nacks and such.
Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1808577)
Posted by william-james88 on July 23rd, 2016 @ 10:30pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:I didn't expect these to actually be coming to mass retail toy venues. I was thinking they'd be more at home in places like gift shops, novelty shops, places that sell nick nacks and such.

Toysrus does have a whole section with stuff like this and other blind bag items.
Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1808591)
Posted by DecepticonFinishline on July 24th, 2016 @ 12:38am CDT
Lincoln, NE has them as well.
Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1808620)
Posted by crazyfist on July 24th, 2016 @ 4:51am CDT
I found these in the Transformers section at the Winston-Salem, NC TRU. $6.99 a piece.
Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1808624)
Posted by Giant Purple Griffin on July 24th, 2016 @ 6:33am CDT
It's interesting that these seemed to hit pretty uniformly at the same time across the country. I found these in CT earlier this week. Usually you see the first sighting out west somewhere, and then they trickle East.
Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1809310)
Posted by william-james88 on July 26th, 2016 @ 12:29pm CDT
Our podcast star xRotorstormx went wild on these new Alt Modes figures and bought the entire first wave and sent us pictures. While they are blindbagged, there is a small hole in the back where you can try to figure out which character is in the box. A video review after the images will show you how to find the one you want. You will also be able to get an idea of the scale of these when looking at the reviewer handling them. Thse are small 2.5 inch one step figures and the first wave features:

Megatron
Ultra Magnus
Optimus Prime
Prowl (who looks super grumpy)
Nemesis Prime
Starscream
Skywarp
Thundercracker

Here are a few words from Rotorstorm regarding her new purchase:

Last night I was able to get my hands on these adorable (yes, I said adorable!) little figures from my local Toys R Us. To me, they are more of a display piece, much like Kreos, as they are simple 1-step figures but I found them quite enjoyable to play with.

They come in blind boxes, similar to the Loyal Subject figures, but much cheaper ($6.99 each). On the plus side, there is a small hole in the back of the box that allows you to see inside a bit so you can try and figure out what character is inside.

In vehicle mode, they look like Micro Machine versions of the G1 vehicle modes and have little wheels that you can drive them around :D which I got a kick out of. Be careful though with your Starscream nosecone, as I ended up somehow being able to spin him in the wrong direction and scuffed the tip a little. :(

In robot mode, they are a little top heavy...no surprise there... so it takes a little finagling to get them to stand without any support but it can be done!

and...if you feel compelled...decapitate your prowl to form PROWLASTATOR!

Overall, I think they all look good. Megatron and Prowl could use a little more paint detail but I love that the trucks remind me Micro Machines, Starscream has sparkly blue paint, and how can you not love sad face Prowl?

If you're looking for something simple and fun, I say pick some up. I'm definitely looking forward to wave 2!

//grumpy prowl out


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Our other pocastig star, Tigertrack, got Prowl and took some comparison images to giv you a sense of scale.

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Lastly, here is a video review of Optimus Prime and a quick quide on how to find the one you want.

Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1809324)
Posted by RodimusConvoy13 on July 26th, 2016 @ 1:50pm CDT
Nuff said!

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Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1809327)
Posted by whacko on July 26th, 2016 @ 2:07pm CDT
These might actually be kind of cool, if not for those big stupid logo tabs on the top of the head. For me that just ruins what would otherwise be a neat little inexpensive toy.
Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1809330)
Posted by william-james88 on July 26th, 2016 @ 2:32pm CDT
Sabr, this is the section I was referring to. Not sure if they will show up there or in the transformer aisle, but Toysrus does have a novelty blinbag collectables section:

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Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1809343)
Posted by Tyrannacon on July 26th, 2016 @ 2:54pm CDT
OOC: Are these blind-bagged or whatever?
Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1809391)
Posted by Bumblebee21 on July 26th, 2016 @ 6:44pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:Sabr, this is the section I was referring to. Not sure if they will show up there or in the transformer aisle, but Toysrus does have a novelty blinbag collectables section:

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They would be in the transformer section if they had any
Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1809393)
Posted by Sowndwave76 on July 26th, 2016 @ 6:52pm CDT
Can the symbols on the heads be hidden away??

Overall, I don't mind the look, but seriously... Blind boxes. :BANG_HEAD:
Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1809399)
Posted by Bumblebee21 on July 26th, 2016 @ 7:26pm CDT
Sowndwave76 wrote:Can the symbols on the heads be hidden away??

Overall, I don't mind the look, but seriously... Blind boxes. :BANG_HEAD:

There is a hole in the box so that you can see who it is
Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1809411)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on July 26th, 2016 @ 9:13pm CDT
Sowndwave76 wrote:Can the symbols on the heads be hidden away??

Overall, I don't mind the look, but seriously... Blind boxes. :BANG_HEAD:


They can be folded back to lay back on the head
Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1809422)
Posted by Lucky Logician on July 26th, 2016 @ 10:09pm CDT
Why do some have colored logos but most have gray logos? Are the color ones the chase figures...?
Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1809468)
Posted by xRotorstormx on July 27th, 2016 @ 7:48am CDT
Lucky Logician wrote:Why do some have colored logos but most have gray logos? Are the color ones the chase figures...?


I was wondering that myself. Both Magnus and Prowl have red autobot logos but Primes is Grey like the other decepticon logos.

Yes, the logos can be folded back onto the head to make them less noticeable.


The hole in the box makes for a pretty easy process. I ended up getting one of each with no duplicates but I took the time to shake the box while staring into the hole to see who was in there. It's pretty easy when a defining feature lands in the hole like one of the jet cockpits or just by the color
Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1809475)
Posted by reluctantyouth on July 27th, 2016 @ 8:08am CDT
Wow...Just wow are these stupid.

The large emblem on top is enough to turn me off. Then you add in them being top heavy and they're garbage. It's as if the designers initially thought these would be cute "transforming" Christmas ornaments. Then that idea was scrapped for mainline production. Couldn't you just see a small hole in the emblems for Christmas hooks? You could drill holes yourself I'm sure. :???: :-?

~reluctantyouth~ :BOT:
Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1811129)
Posted by no-one on August 1st, 2016 @ 12:59pm CDT
I picked up the last Prowl at my TRU.

Has anyone notices these guy auto transform by pulling the insignia on top of their head? They are all geared up to do so, the hanging down tab on the right side their head is housing part of the mechanism.

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These are fun little work distraction toys and can even be transformed in one hand, manually or via the pull tab.

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Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1830847)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 5th, 2016 @ 7:48pm CDT
New York Comic Con keeps on trucking along, and we now bring to you images of the upcoming Transformers: Alt Modes figures! These little dudes have massive heads and tiny bodies, and the 8 on display at New York Comic Con included: Megatron, Bumblebee, Sideswipe, Bluestreak, Hound, Starscream, Cliffjumper, and an eighth figures that is a grey redeco of Optimus Prime. Check out the images below, and stay tuned for all your New York Comic Con information!

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Re: Transformers Alt Modes First Wave Found at US Retail (1830985)
Posted by primalxconvoy on October 6th, 2016 @ 6:22am CDT
NOPE.

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