Transformers Studio Series Rise of The Beasts Deluxe Class Wheeljack
With this release, the Studio Series ROTB main cast of Autobots are finally complete! Although I'm still hoping for a Commander Class Stratosphere, id also be ok if Hasbro Takara Tomy wanted to produce him as a Titan Class.
Deluxe ROTB Wheeljack is a fun figure, with pretty good articulation. The transformation can be a bit challenging at first, its actually quite similar to one of the kids mainline gimmick versions. The vehicle mode looks good and so does the robot mode although a premium finish version could really make the mold pop.
I'm happy to finally have the main casts complete. This figure should be available now or showing up very soon from your favorite retailers.
I sure would love to have a Primus figure to rival the Haslab Unicron, it wouldn't HAVE to be the same height and weight but if it was, I wouldn't complain, this also isn't a complaint about the most recent Haslab, I love God Fire Convoy, I just also love Primus and hope we can get a figure of him someday also. Im actually surprised there hasn't been a Gold repaint of Commander Class Rodimus Prime made yet haha.
A new Primus to rival Haslab Unicron does pose a few challenges, if it were a Haslab, would it even fund? Unicron had a tough go of it most likely do to the price, most people don't have $600+ of disposable income just laying around especially in today's economy. A Titan Class Primus could be great however it would be much smaller than Unicron, quality would not be on par and many other shortcomings may be present.
I'm sure the teams over at Hasbro Takara Tomy will be able to brainstorm something. A new Primus figure being made someday is as inevitable as Unicron himself so im sure it'll happen someday so to those fans who were sad to hear that the Haslab would not be Primus, do not fret, so long as the Transformers brand continues, there's also hope for another figure of these amazing characters.
This figure is actually pretty fun. Its a simple figure, easy and fun to transform and packed with more articulation than you would imagine. The figure is very similar to the warrior class version but everything is upgraded and improved as one would expect from a higher pricepoint. The vehicle mode and robot mode both look pretty accurate enough to the cartoon for me. This figure may be in retail soon, I picked this one up from Amazon where it should still be available.
Just a quick Transformer spotlight today; Generations/Thrilling 30 Megatron. Based on a B-2 Bomber, this is a pretty unusual design for Megatron and is based on his appearance in the IDW comic series. This design was created by Don Figuerosa's artwork, and the toy was created without his permission according to the wiki files online (though I'm sure there might be an argument that Hasbro owned his designs...it's probably a huge mess, but who can argue with Hasbro).
The figure has a unique weapon in that his Fusion Cannon is actually a rail gun instead of hid legendary weapon, but the toy still calls it a Fusion Cannon.
Overall the toy is slightly metallic black and purple and like many of the Thrilling 30 toys stands out from the normal crowd of Transformers. This series seems to have fallen into a weird limbo of popularity as they were only out for a short time. The good news is that due to this odd place in popularity, many figures from the Thrilling 30 line, including Megatron, can be found for rather cheap prices in loose condition. Expect to pay around $25-$35 for this figure.
This figure would see several repaints including a 2 pack with Orion Pax, Dreadwing, a Botcon version in G1 Krok colors, and a version for The Last Knight.
Yo Adrien, we did it! God Fire Convoy..eh erm, I mean Omega Prime has now been fully backed, was there ever any doubt?
The next thought for me lays with Devil Gigatron, I mean RID2001 Galvatron. If Hasbro Takara Tomy were to make him, how should he be produced? Should they produce him at the Commander Class price point? Titan Class Price point or as the next Haslab?
Commander Class price point could work, Titan Class price point could work better, not for size but for budget as there are price points, not size classes, a Titan budget should be able to accomplish everything and have him be similar in height to Omega Prime, slightly shorter and also as a Commander or Titan Class offering, the release of a repaint is highly probable. Of course you could argue that as a Haslab release we would see the absolute best offering however there's never been a Haslab repaint and if there were, that could change alot of things and it would likely also be limited etc.
Only Primus knows what the future may hold but what is guaranteed is that Omega Prime is coming!
With the new Marvel Comic Shockwave toy coming out, I thought it'd be time to go back a few years (2019) and look at "War for Cybertron: Siege" Shockwave. This was an impressive figure with nearly unlimited potential.
The core figure is a basic G1-style figure, that closely resembles the 1985 figure. Transforming from a robot to a spaceship (or if you were to turn said spaceship upside down...maybe a G1-inspired laser weapon? Look we all know what it is, but legal has to be happy as well). The spaceship draws a lot of inspiration from the 1970s animes and looks great. Pay close attention to the bridge of the spaceship as it has Shockwave's single eye at the center.
The core robot is pretty much perfect in execution and transforms easily enough. The bot has an infinite range of motion, making him perfect for battle scenes or play. The best feature is the light piping for his single eye. This is so well done, that under normal lighting conditions, you'd think it's powered by an electronic light.
Beyond this core figure, is a set of extra pieces for the COMBAT System, meaning all of these pieces were meant to be applied to the robot in a multitude of ways and can even work with other Transformers. This is the same system that gave birth to the Weaponizers. Really hard to believe it's been five years already with these bots!
The armor pieces can be cobbled together to make a hovercraft for Shockwave (or other bots) to ride and continues that cool anime/manga vibe for the toy. These pieces can attach to the spaceship mode to turn it into a formidable weapon of war and would make a cool concept for a Titan figure down the way (your move Has/Tak).
The best use for these, however, is adding them onto the core robot to make a dystopian version of Shockwave that invokes a nightmarish appearance. In this mode, he's both awe-inspiring and terrifying. It's just such a good-looking and fun toy.
A later release of this toy saw him in mute gray hues, invoking the color scheme of the infamous G1-era Galactic Man robot toy (a retooled Shockwave sold in Radio Shack).
Complete versions of this figure range from $30-$50 while boxed examples average around $65. These prices are about the same for the Galactic Man repaint.
Do yourself a favor, if you don't have this figure, grab it. It's pretty much a perfect figure for adult collectors or for kids to play with. Just taking it down for pictures was a blast and I couldn't help but admire all the little details that went into it. Also, you'll find yourself constantly amazed by that light-piped eye.
Scorponok is a super fun army builder, I only have 2 right now but I plan to buy 2 more, maybe more haha. This figure turned out better than I personally was expecting. The scorpion mode was the main draw for me since in the film they unfortunately didn't transform so the robot mode is all extra.
The scorpion mold looks spot on so it can easily be repainted into the various different colors. Transformation is fast and fun and the robot mode has amazing articulation. It is very rare that a Transformer has the same head and face in both modes, even more rare is that it works well here. This figure gives me everything that I wanted out of an ROTB Scorponok figure and im super happy to have it in my collection.
I hope we can see more ROTB characters such as Stratosphere (Commander Class please 🙏 although I'd be ok with Titan Class if that yields a higher quality, parts count, paint budget etc), Leader Class Apelinq, Lambo Mirage, junker Mirage etc. I picked this figure up online, he should be showing up soon if not already in stores.
Marvel Comics #TRANSFORMERS G1 Comic Deco Grimlock and Shockwave Revealed via comicbook.com
“Hasbro has unveiled new Transformers figures inspired by the original comic book series, and you’re seeing them first here at ComicBook.com! The first Transformers comic was produced by Marvel between 1984 and 1991, and these new Shockwave and Grimlock figures come straight out of its pages. The year 1984 was certainly special for Transformers fans, which is why you’ll see 40th anniversary branding on the box along with iconic cover art from Transformers #5 Shockwave “Are All Dead” and Transformers #8 “And Now The Dinobots!” issues.
Inside the boxes you’ll find figures with comic book-style deco and plenty of accessories. A full breakdown of both figures can be found after the jump. Pre-order details have not been revealed at the time of writing, but they will hit store shelves in the Summer of 2024...
#Transformers Legacy Leader Class SANDSTORM Reveal via IGN
“This Sandstorm figure measures 7.5 inches tall and converts between three different modes - robot mode, dune buggy mode and helicopter mode. The figure comes with accessories like a blaster rifle and rescue stretcher.
The Triple Changer Sandstorm figure is priced at $54.99, with the release date still to be announced…”
He was the comic artist of our generation for (North American based) Marvel #Transformers fans. Various sources reporting that Mr. Delbo has passed away at the age of 90. Fun fact: #TransformersAnimated art Director Derrick J. Wyatt once told me he took classes and learned a lot in art/design college from José Delbo who was “a great teacher.” ✌️🙏
Today we'll look at something pretty different. A while back I had mentioned I have been in the process of buying several off the wall items from Brazil. I received some more stuff and these were the highlight, large store displays from 1993.
These displays are over 2 feet in size and made from a flexible and durable pvc plastic. The backs are white and unmarked, while the fronts are very colorful. They have holes at the top to hang them (one includes a set of plastic pegs), and on the bottom are thin slits that can hold plastic runners or metal pegs. The runners that came with these are very fragile from sun exposure (one runner didn't survive the trip).
They feature artwork from the toyline and include the popular white Carrera from the Argentinian Antex line. There's a lot of gray tape when it comes to Estrela and Antex that we wont cover here. Both displays feature the logo for "Magazine Mesbla", this same logo was seen on the small display from my earlier post. One display has the tag line "They arrived! The most notable group of superheroes invades Earth!"; while the other display says "Mesbla takes you to the future."
What is Mesbla? It was a series of department stores that was a major player in the Brazilian market in the 1980s through 1990s. Why do the displays all say Magazine Mesbla? I'm not sure.
There is a real possibility that these are counterfeit items, made in recent times using scans from several sources, but they could also be legitimate items from the Estrela era of toys. In the foreign markets it wouldn't be unheard of for stores to do whatever they wanted to promote a toyline.
I'm inclined to believe these are not modern fakes, but instead were generic displays to promote the G1 toys (again, these are dated 1993, indicating a late release by G1 standards and tying into the tail end of the European releases). The cost for someone to reproduce something like this in Brazil would require some pretty specific machinery as well as time and cost. The age on the signs, especially the plastic runners, also indicates something from the 1990s.
At the end of the day, I'm not sure what we have here. I personally hope it's a bit of lost history for Transformers. Maybe I threw money into the wind, in which case I have some really cool displays.
What do you all think? Were any of you living in Brazil during this time? This era of Transformers is heavily under-documented beyond which toys were made and a few catalog scans.
Either way, real or fake, I hope you can enjoy these beautiful pieces!
Battle of the Rock Lords!
Via Sonic Bomber-Core on FB. “Legacy Deluxe Shard. The next Infernac universe Rocklord character. This one is my favorite so far, the commercial-style helicopter is an alt-mode we don’t get often enough, and we finally get to see these Rocklords shine with some real color. It helps that green is my favorite color too 😉 I’m not sure what sort of weapon I’m meant to build from Shard, they have a lot of nice modular pieces, but I figure I’ll wait to let people show off what they come up with once more folks have this figure.”