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SDCC 2008 Transformers Panel, Club Exclusives, Marvel Crossovers, and Drift

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Sabrblade at 2008-07-27 12:00 am has a report from the SDCC Transformers Panel that consists of a gallery of images featuring several new figures for the Animated and Universe lines, and a Q&A section that focuses on the Animated, Universe, Movie, and "other" toylines. Here's a run down of all the new figures in this gallery:

Animated: Activators Cliffjumper, Deluxes Blurr, Swindle, Voyager Longarm/Shockwave (I think his head's mistransformed), Leader Shadow Blade Megatron.

Universe (previously known, but not seen till now): Deluxes Hound w/ Ravage (can fit into Reissue Soundwave), Cyclonus w/ Nightstick Target Master, Cheetor, Robot Heroes (BM) Cheetor vs. Tankor and (RiD) Optimus Prime vs. Megatron.

Universe (not known or seen until now): Voyager Inferno, Legends BrawnBeachcomberBumblebee (looks like a mix between G1 and TFA BB), and Cosmos.

They've also got image galleries of the TF Collectors Club exclusives (Seacons and Nightbeat), and the IDW Panel report and gallery (which includes images of the new character Drift, who will be made into toy later).

Also, Marvelous News has images of the newer Marvel Crossovers figures, including the Human Torch, Spider-Man (black costume) (redeco), Captain America, Carnage (Venom redeco), a redeco of Iron Man that seems to be War Machine, and the Mighty Thor.

lord megatron said,  - 2008-07-27 00:22:26
I really like the looks of the new Classics Cyclonus! He looks to be very promising. Also, that Animated Shockwave/Longarm looks beautiful!
Romorini said,  - 2008-07-27 08:38:38
Is it me, or does drift look kinda like a backwards alternator Mirage?
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-07-27 10:20:25
I'm not going to lie, the Universe Cheetor figure kinda makes me want to die. Maybe one day, there'll be show accurate BW figs. I really like the Ravage that comes with Hound and I'm also glad to see more Beast Era Robot Heroes.
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-07-27 12:36:27
I think the BW Telemocha Series Cheetas is a LOT better than this Cheetor.
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-07-27 13:31:24
I can't believe that Shockwave and Longarm are getting two different figures. That just blows my mind. I thought for sure they were just going to make the changing head and go from there.
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-07-27 13:53:15
What gave you that idea? Look closely at the two. You can see where the parts that flip out and hide to form the the two robot modes are stored.

And the Vehicle modes seem to be made from bending and twisting different parts.

As for as I can tell, they're the same figure with two robot and vehicle modes.

I think the reason why they have two different pictures for each persona is that they might've started working on these awhile back before we knew they were the same guy, and so made two different images so not to reveal his identity (if one didn't know they were the same guy, one might think they were brothers or something).
Jumpercliff said,  - 2008-07-27 13:59:55
I can't wait for these! I wonder if the Activators are the only way we'll get Cliffjumper. Now for a burning question: Where's Ironhide?
Cheetor2 said,  - 2008-07-27 17:30:54
I hate to dis agree with you guys about Cheetor. I think the beast mode looks gfreat. Yes, the robot mode could use some work but that's why some of us do custom figures. :)
lord megatron said,  - 2008-07-27 17:55:05
yes, his beast mode does look wonderful, but his robot mode is overall lacking. I don't know what they were going for when they made this figure, because it certainly doesn't look at all Show-accurate. Maybe all the Animated Hype is going to Hasbro's head.
Darkton said,  - 2008-07-27 19:28:00
Very interested in the Animated Figures, especially Shockwave. Leader Megatron redeco is only a plus if it's on the series at all, otherwise it's a pass.

Hoping for a full-sized Cliffjumper as opposed to an Activator. Definately will be a Bumblebee Retool, would be nice to have a new accesory.

Unless there will be Henkei releases of the 25 line, they're mine. Cheetor has a nice beast mode, but a poor robot mode. Besides, I like my BW10 from Japan just fine. (I actually bought it in a Japanese store in Akibahara!)

Not interested in Legends, but these Minibots look nice and are a great update to the original.
Autobutt said,  - 2008-07-27 21:02:38
I think that Longarm and Shockwave are the same figure!!

TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-07-27 21:13:14
Hmm... Now that you mention it, I think you may be right, Sabr. Still, it's a pretty convincing switch; a lot more elaborate than a facial.
Perceptor said,  - 2008-07-27 21:19:37
Universe Inferno: Love it.

Cheetor: unnecessary, that was the most show accurate BW toy they made. If they're going to redo an original BW figure, it should certainly be Rhinox or Dinobot (voyager price point!)

Longarm/Shockwave: Ya mon! Sure looks like ONE (1) awesome figure to me! Like Punch/Counterpunch only better because it comes with 2 alt modes. WOW. Nicely done!

Blurr and Swindle look top notch also. love, Love, LOVE Transformers Animated. Cannot get enough. Can't wait for Omega Supreme!
Autobutt said,  - 2008-07-27 22:49:51
Perceptor your statement made me thing about Longarm/Shockwave... isnt he like a quadruple changer???

and for once a recolor of Megatron isnt renamed "Galvatron"
Perceptor said,  - 2008-07-27 23:20:40
Yeah, man. It sure looks to me like Longarm/Shockwave is a "quadruple changer." How freaking awesome is that!?!

Swindle looks completely freakin' awesome too doesn't he?! Look at all those weapons! Just the way he should be. Packin' heat and loaded to the hilt!

So it looks like Universe Powerglide is in stores now too, huh? Awesome.
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-07-27 23:32:35
Well, this isn't the first "Quadruple Changer" we've had. Off the top of my head, there's the Optimal Optimus figure, which had a beast, jet, ground vehicle, and robot modes.

This one is cool because it's literally two figures in one.
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-07-28 00:08:20
According to the Beast Wars Sourcebook released by IDW, Optimal Optimus is called a "quad-former", so I guess that's the "official" term. And off topic but speaking of which, all of the color errors that were released in the sourcebook issues have been corrected in the collected version, as far as I can tell.
Scorpomike said,  - 2008-07-28 00:20:53
I like the improvements on Ravage, I'm buying Hound just to get Ravage. Inferno looks to much like Optimus Prime in robot mode to be called Inferno. Longarm/Shockwave, definitely the same figure, will be a hard one to find. Megatron, just another recolor I won't buy. I don't care about the legends, activators and Robot Heroes. Same thing goes for the Marvel crossovers. Blurr and Swindle, nice figures but I think I'll pass. Cyclonus looks very promising. I seen this new mold but I also seen the Energon Storm Jet mold recolored and the head resculpted as Cyclonus.
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-07-28 10:07:43
That Storm Jet remold was a fanmade kitbash, Scorp.
spartan said,  - 2008-07-28 23:00:35
i wonder what is this omega supream figure going to be able to do i know he will transform into the ark
spartan said,  - 2008-07-28 23:05:53
i cant wait for season 3 to began i wonder if there is going to be new decepticons to replace the old ones
tonybsuave said,  - 2008-07-29 04:54:15
Great SDCC this year! I can only imagine how many ramen lunches I'll eat to cover the price on these bad boys. Already ordered Nemesis Prime from HTS, and it looks like the spending won't stop there. It's just too bad I have to wait forever for the animated toys to show up where I live. Still waiting for Soundwave and Jazz, oddly enough I saw the big ugly OP toy today, but still no Soundwave. Oh and its such a shame that Shockwave's cannon just attaches to his arm, aw well he still looks really cool. Man I'm gonna be so poor.
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