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Universe and ROTF toyline news

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Sabrblade at 2008-12-16 1:57 pm

TFW2005 has some interesting news regarding the future of the Transformers Universe toyline:

In an interview that is printed in Toyfare #138 (February 2009 issue), Hasbro's Transformers Universe designer Bill Rawley talks about the future of the Universe line. He states that the Universe line, which is going on hiatus next year for the movie line, may return in some incarnation following Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen but is dependent on several factors. If Universe does return, Bill states that two character on top of his wish list are Generation One Soundwave and Beast Wars Rhinox. The article goes on to state that Rhinox is invisioned as being at least a Voyager-sized figure. While the article provides no confirmation that Universe will return after the movie line nor confirmation of Soundwave or Rhinox being produced, having these two figures on the designer's wish list provides hope that these two characters will receive updated figures.

In addition, they also have received the first in-package images of four Revenge of the Fallen Legends Class toys: returning to the shelves in all new molds are Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, joining the ranks of the Decepticons is the newcomer Jetfire (rumored to join the Autobots later), and introducing the newest Autobot known for the toyline Autobot Springer!


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starscreamer said,  - 2008-12-16 14:41:15
wow very nice!!!!very nice indeed.
but i would like to see if any changes have been made for starscream. hopefully he has hands that changes to his weopons . that would be great!!!!
Powerglide said,  - 2008-12-16 14:51:22
prime looks fake but other look good
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-12-16 15:01:03
I just hope Rhinox is done good and not like how Cheetor and Dinobot were done.

He is in dire need of a new, more show-accurate toy. His Beast Wars Telemocha Series toy is in the right colors, but not the right shape.
Overhaul said,  - 2008-12-16 15:07:59
I'm sad that Universe is going on hiatus, but I understand why (both with the movie AND the Animated series lines going as well, plus with the various crossovers).
Can't say his top choices for Universe figures thrill me terribly though... although I wouln't bash them either. But I guess Soundwave and Rhinox are pretty cool... I'd just like to see some other G1 ish stuff, like VOyager class Dinobots, or the Stunitcons or something. But then, that's my wish list...
Luketroop said,  - 2008-12-16 17:03:45
well Springer is a big shock or is it. Jetfire a Decepticon, didn't see that one coming. But since there was a rumor about him and prime powerlinking together, I expect Jetfire's decepticon symbol to be a key part of the cons.

The universe line seems to be making new toys I already have like I already have Soundwave and Rhinox so I don't plan on that wave.
starscreamer said,  - 2008-12-16 17:53:01
well im not to big of a fan of tf universe toys. but i do love the animated and movie lines.
Sidewinder said,  - 2008-12-16 18:12:01
Does anybody else think that "Autobot Springer" bears a striking resembelance to Obsidian from Beast Machines?
Jumpercliff said,  - 2008-12-16 18:32:55
Springer?! They're featuring SPRINGER in the new movie?!
Black Starscream said,  - 2008-12-16 18:50:38
Actually sidewinder, you're right. In fact there was the earlier osprey character with that type of look too. That's a bit disapointeng. Whoever threw in the Jetfire being a decepticon bit in was definately treating the fans to nice reference. Now we just need Starscream to play a role in it and its gonna be the best fan treat ever.
Oh and the bumblebee looks just like a second loc version except as a 2009 camero instead of the 1974
Agent X said,  - 2008-12-16 19:32:40
if the Universe line returns,I'd like to a triplechanger Springer.
Sidewinder said,  - 2008-12-16 20:05:08
At this point, Agent X, I'd like to see just about any Autobot Triple Changer. Heck, I'd be happy with Broadside! They've had multiple opportunities to do Springer as a triple changer and have let them pass completely. The Universe line already has a Springer in it's Target exclusive Springer/Ratbat two pack. I don't know if it's shortsightedness on the parts of the designers or if there is some weird Aubotbot Triple Changer embargo.
Sidewinder said,  - 2008-12-16 20:08:30
Black Starscream, now that you bring up Incinerator from the 2008 Movie line, I can't help but notice the similarities between the head of "Autobot Springer" and Incinerator, leading me to believe that this Legend class figure was originally sculpted to be a Legend class Incinerator and the mold just got recycled into Springer.
Black Starscream said,  - 2008-12-16 22:26:00
Could Autobot springer end up a redeco of incinerator then?
Sidewinder said,  - 2008-12-16 23:33:45
I'm thinking the Legends sized figure is definetly a use of an unused (at least to my knowledge) Legends Incinerator. Whether or not they will re-paint the voyager class Incinerator into Springer, I don't know. I hope not. I've never been a "major" fan of Springer, but he's an interesting enough character to warrant at least one original action figure and not a slew of re-paints.
Wheelie is My name said,  - 2008-12-17 03:50:31
They need to keep the universe classics line going. I found out they are releasing more figures for the 25th anniversary line. Smokescreen and ratchet. I am sorry beastwars are not classics. Stick with g1 1984-86. Jazz,trailbreaker,hoist, and the insecticons would be nice.
They are also releasing a superion set. reissue of energon superion.
Sidewinder said,  - 2008-12-17 10:24:16
Agreed. I love the Universe/Classics line, but I think they should focus more on the G1 material and less on Beast Wars. I'm not knocking Cheetor or Dinobot as characters, but we've got a G1 Grimlock through the Classics line, now we need Swoop, Snarl, Slag, and Sludge. What would be fantastic out of the Universe line would be Omega Supreme and/or a G1 Shockwave.
Someone said,  - 2008-12-17 11:35:01
I'm not really fussed about Universe toys. But about the ROTF Legends: Springer looks suspiciously familiar to a kitbash Jin Soaotome did out of Incinerator. But releasing Jetfire as a 'Con is ineffective spoiler prevention, coz we all know that he joins the 'Bots sometime.
starscreamer said,  - 2008-12-17 16:18:28
ok i know this is off subject is hasbro making a tf animated omega supreme.
Black Starscream said,  - 2008-12-17 19:33:29
I wonder if the movie will sport more seekers. And I wonder if thanks to Jetfire Screamer will have a larger role this time around instead of simply "failing" megatron "again" and shooting down some rapters.
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-12-18 16:56:01
>>ok i know this is off subject is hasbro making a tf animated omega supreme.

"Hasbro: Not in the near future. In order to do Omega Supreme justice, it would need to be Leader or Supreme Class. And we typically only launch those as new molds in the fall. With the Movie coming out this summer, the higher priced toys will be in the Movie line. But we do love the way he turned out and would love to see him in the line."
starscreamer said,  - 2008-12-19 11:49:10
ok that answers my question .
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