Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail

Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 7:25pm CDT

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Seibertronian news staff member on hiatus Bounti76 comes at us live from Salt Lake City (during a lunch break) to report a sighting of the Transformers Studio Series Voyager class Megatron and Brawl figures - which were first reported in a sighting from Singapore a while back - now found at US retail in a Walmart store for the price of 29.84 USD each.

If you come across these or any other Transformers figures of interest, make sure to mark them down in the Sightings Database and our regional (worldwide) Sightings forum to help out fellow collectors - we currently have reports for Ohio and California too, along with this Utah one!

Transformers News: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail

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Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963511)
Posted by fruityrobo on June 6th, 2018 @ 7:46pm CDT
the only figure I'm getting has finally showed up. Now to wait 3 more months before I finally see it in Long Beach California, which takes FOREVER to ship here.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963533)
Posted by Bounti76 on June 6th, 2018 @ 11:20pm CDT
fruityrobo wrote:the only figure I'm getting has finally showed up. Now to wait 3 more months before I finally see it in Long Beach California, which takes FOREVER to ship here.


Long Beach is the big port in SoCal, no? Why would it take things so long to show up there if that's where they come in to the country?
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963629)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on June 7th, 2018 @ 2:31pm CDT
Distribution is weird that way. Sure, Long Beach is where the port is, but that's not the big governing factor. The people in charge of ordering stock for stores, what stock is already sitting on the shelves, what stock orders are in the queue.. Those have a far more direct influence.

D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Among other things, Studio Series Blackout is on sale on HTS Ebay for $39.99, and it is still eligible for the 20% off coupon expiring in 3 hours (7pm west coast time) code PICKDADSGIFT. Just got my Blackout for $34 after tax!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Transformers-S ... SwIIha3u2~

HTS transformers page on ebay: http://stores.ebay.com/hasbrotoyshop/_i ... ansformers


Oh, that just f***ing figures, I don't find that out until AFTER I go and pay full price for him at Target. I could have saved a notable amount!

All the same, last I looked complete Movie 1 Voyager Blackouts were often going for around that much... And he's a bigger and better Blackout than that one by far.

I'm tempted by a lot of the Studio Series, honestly, though I'm prioritizing Power of the Primes. Blackout was an impulse buy due to frustration at the dearth of new PotP Deluxes at my local Targets combined with not wanting to have to buy him later when he was selling for $80 to $100 on eBay.

There is one Studio Series figure that I'm not tempted by in the slightest: Optimus. His original movie design is one they already mastered, all they needed to do was scale down Battle Blades Optimus a smidge and he'd have been fine..
But no, they had to be stupid and reinvent the wheel and end up with a figure that looks almost like a regression to the 2007 Movie Optimus toys.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963667)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 7th, 2018 @ 5:45pm CDT
Thanks to a heads up from Seibertronian and 'Leaked from Cybertron' watchdog westjames/notirish, we have a new 'Leaked from Cybertron' video, this time in the form of Studio Series Brawl!

In this video, designer Mike once again takes center stage as he talks about the just now hitting stores Studio Series Brawl figure, and an interesting bit of information that is new to us. While working with the design team, there were 2 different heads designed for Brawl, with a 2nd what appears to be more of a screaming head shown off. This screaming face version of the head was the head that got chopped (not by Prime though) and the head that we now see on the figure was chosen as it was more accurate to the film.

You can now watch this video either on the Transformers Facebook page or the Instagram page. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963668)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on June 7th, 2018 @ 5:46pm CDT
What about the dimes, though? :lol:
That aside, has anyone taken a photo of Blackout tanking up Starscream yet? Or him tanking up anyone else for that matter? I mean, he does have the requisite probe for it.
I have plans to take some such photos myself, though I don't have a couple figures I would really like to see him refueling (Studio Series Screamer, and HFTD Leader-class Screamer).
Never mind, had the probe's function backwards

I'd love to have a 2nd Blackout to make into Grindor (who I doubt they'll make), and maybe more beyond that.

My hopes for the line include a Movie 1 Megatron, an improved DOTM Megatron (sure, the existing DOTM Voyager Megs is a decent figure and even cleverly pulls off some trailer articulation, but his weapon was dumb since without it his altmode is incomplete... I may be slightly bitter because I got mine secondhand and have had sh*t luck finding a replacement), a better Voyager Sentinel Prime, a do-over of Optimus since they blew it with the one that's out now, and last but not least... a new Leader Jetfire.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963713)
Posted by Octobotimus on June 7th, 2018 @ 10:42pm CDT
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:What about the dimes, though? :lol:

That aside, has anyone taken a photo of Blackout tanking up Starscream yet? Or him tanking up anyone else for that matter? I mean, he does have the requisite probe for it.
I have plans to take some such photos myself, though I don't have a couple figures I would really like to see him refueling (Studio Series Screamer, and HFTD Leader-class Screamer).

I'd love to have a 2nd Blackout to make into Grindor (who I doubt they'll make), and maybe more beyond that.

My hopes for the line include a Movie 1 Megatron, an improved DOTM Megatron (sure, the existing DOTM Voyager Megs is a decent figure and even cleverly pulls off some trailer articulation, but his weapon was dumb since without it his altmode is incomplete... I may be slightly bitter because I got mine secondhand and have had sh*t luck finding a replacement), a better Voyager Sentinel Prime, a do-over of Optimus since they blew it with the one that's out now, and last but not least... a new Leader Jetfire.

um.... from my knowledge (which includes vids) that probe is for him to get refueled mid air, not to fill someone else's tank.....
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963722)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on June 7th, 2018 @ 11:19pm CDT
Is it just me, or does SCREAMING Brawlastator look about 100X less intimidating than the strong, silent noggin'? I certainly understand sculpting another option, but doubt that was seriously considered for more than 5 seconds upon completion.

Always nice to see a mighta-been prototype though!
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963733)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on June 8th, 2018 @ 1:06am CDT
Octobotimus wrote:um.... from my knowledge (which includes vids) that probe is for him to get refueled mid air, not to fill someone else's tank.....

You're right, my bad
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963739)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on June 8th, 2018 @ 3:08am CDT
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:a do-over of Optimus since they blew it with the one that's out now


I don't agree with 'they blew it'. I think it's actually become my fave Voyager Optimus Prime figure to play with and certainly for it's excellent articulation and easy transformation. I'm hoping Toyhax include smoke stack extenders along with their sticker sheet when they're done but I'm very happy with my Optimus Prime after having added some of my own paint to it and vastly prefer it to the Battle Blade/Revenge mold (which looks nice at first but is fiddly as hell and the arms are hampered by kibble and having to accomodate the swords and oh god i hate the backpack and dislike the tiny feet).

This be mine at present, waiting for Toyhax flame stickers
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Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963745)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on June 8th, 2018 @ 5:28am CDT
Why do you hate the backpack that at least somewhat resembles the backpack from the movies? Studio Series' Optimus' is COMPLETELY wrong. On top of that, his leg tires are reversed from where they should be, his window pecs end up oriented too flat and have too large a gap between them, the hood sections/faux hood sections in his chest seem to be tucked in too far, the big hinges on either side of his torso make it look too blocky, and his truck mode's bed is ugly as heck - it looks more like something a legion-class figure would be forced to have. The most I can say for him in his favor is that the arms are more accurate-looking.

The Battle Blade figure's transformation scheme puts everything about where it should be, has a better-looking chest and torso shape, looks way better in truck mode due to having a proper truck bed... The awkwardness of the forearms could easily be dealt with by eliminating the sword integration. It'd probably still be a bit fiddly, but sometimes that's the price you have to pay for accuracy with Bayformers because of how blasted complex the designs are.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963748)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 8th, 2018 @ 6:14am CDT
Maybe he likes it for the reasons he gave. You may not agree with them but it's his opinion. I quite the ss op as well, people with it in hand do say it's fun to handle and that's enough for me :-)
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963749)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on June 8th, 2018 @ 7:17am CDT
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:Why do you hate the backpack that at least somewhat resembles the backpack from the movies? Studio Series' Optimus' is COMPLETELY wrong. On top of that, his leg tires are reversed from where they should be, his window pecs end up oriented too flat and have too large a gap between them, the hood sections/faux hood sections in his chest seem to be tucked in too far, the big hinges on either side of his torso make it look too blocky, and his truck mode's bed is ugly as heck - it looks more like something a legion-class figure would be forced to have. The most I can say for him in his favor is that the arms are more accurate-looking.


I find the backpack on the Battle Blade mold far too fiddly and difficult to lock into place (on mine the slightest touch and that whole red wheel-arch section falls down) and because of that design it has no waist articulation (Studio Prime does since nothing needs to connect from the crotch/butt area to the torso other than the actual waist joint)

The Battle Blade figure's transformation scheme puts everything about where it should be, has a better-looking chest and torso shape, looks way better in truck mode due to having a proper truck bed... The awkwardness of the forearms could easily be dealt with by eliminating the sword integration.


It's not the swords that cause the most problems, it's the huge truck hood panels and the shoulder pads that aren't actually connected to the shoulders where they should but are actually fixed to the upper arms. Plus those shoulder panels are still very wrong being that they are flat panels (wheras Studio Prime has proper three dimensional shoulder pads). I also really dislike the hands since they are molded with a rectangular hole meaning he can hold his own (weird looking fuel tank) guns but not much else. I prefer Studio Prime having the swords as seperate pieces you insert into the hands from underneath and it using the 5mm standard so that Prime can hole a lot more different weapons too (or let someone else use his swords just for fun). Plus I like that his swords are plastic and transparent rather than bendy rubber.

Battle Blade/Revenge certainly has the more accurate truck mode but I often find it such a chore to change it into that mode and back again it sometimes doesn't seem worth it so if I am to keep mine I may just leave it in truck mode.

And again the fun factor in Studio Prime wins it for me. He's non-fiddly, he's well proportioned, has superb articulation (even the soles of his feet can touch each other almost flatly) and his large feet and good centre of balance means he can even stand on one foot pretty easily for some nice action poses. :P

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Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963751)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 8th, 2018 @ 7:44am CDT
Have you touched up the paint work on any of the other studio figures yet like megs?
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963752)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on June 8th, 2018 @ 7:52am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Have you touched up the paint work on any of the other studio figures yet like megs?


Nope. I didn't want to start on Megatron yet cos I'm very low on silvery paint and don't want to leave him hanging with just a lil paint on him (he's one of my fave figures) and he's a big guy with a looottt of grey areas to cover. :O He still looks rather cool as he is though whereas Prime really needed a bit of colour fixing up to bring out his awesomeness and I'm pleased with it despite my lack of skills. :)
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963844)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 8th, 2018 @ 4:17pm CDT
Girlfriend will be here soon, so probs won't get to play with this guy till next week, but so far I am loving him.

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Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963942)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on June 9th, 2018 @ 6:28am CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Girlfriend will be here soon, so probs won't get to play with this guy till next week, but so far I am loving him.

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Does look cool. I'll have to wait til I can find that one cheaper. :)
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963981)
Posted by Hellscream9999 on June 9th, 2018 @ 10:16am CDT
In case anyone's interested, hts has voyager megatron and brawl in stock to purchase as of right now, dunno how long they'll last though
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1963989)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 9th, 2018 @ 10:57am CDT
Carnivius_Prime wrote:
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Girlfriend will be here soon, so probs won't get to play with this guy till next week, but so far I am loving him.

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Does look cool. I'll have to wait til I can find that one cheaper. :)

Got him for $32 on Wednesday night with that 20% off Ebay coupon coupled with HTS Ebay having him for 20% off! I would have paid the $50 for him, but $32 makes him even better cause I feel like I stole him
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1964052)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on June 9th, 2018 @ 2:32pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Got him for $32 on Wednesday night with that 20% off Ebay coupon coupled with HTS Ebay having him for 20% off! I would have paid the $50 for him, but $32 makes him even better cause I feel like I stole him



I keep getting outbid on eBay on Blackouts that have a low starting price as they get bid more than I can afford. I can't go very high as have spent a lot of money on Studio figures the past couple months so Megatron that I got a week and half ago probably has to be my last one for a while til my bank balance is ok again. :P

Anyways enjoy your Blackout. He looks awesome in that pic. :)
Re: Transformers Studio Series Megatron & Brawl at US Retail (1964057)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 9th, 2018 @ 2:47pm CDT
Carnivius_Prime wrote:
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Got him for $32 on Wednesday night with that 20% off Ebay coupon coupled with HTS Ebay having him for 20% off! I would have paid the $50 for him, but $32 makes him even better cause I feel like I stole him



I keep getting outbid on eBay on Blackouts that have a low starting price as they get bid more than I can afford. I can't go very high as have spent a lot of money on Studio figures the past couple months so Megatron that I got a week and half ago probably has to be my last one for a while til my bank balance is ok again. :P

Anyways enjoy your Blackout. He looks awesome in that pic. :)


Too bad you're not in Canada. Currently SS Blackout and Grimlock are on sale at 52$CAN. Add one of those 3 TrU Club coupons for Hasbro products bought at TrU (20$ off when spending 50$+)(Buy 2 get the 3rd free)(10% off) and you can get a Blackout for very cheap. ;)

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