Wow, this is one massive mixed bag, isn't it? First, those Wal-Mart exclusives - what's the point of those? Did Hasbro not get enough re-uses out of those molds with the Selects series releases? This means that there's going to be two very similar versions of Megatron on the shelves at the same time as well. It's... baffling.
This is one of those days where there's so much going on it's hard to process it all, which sets off those collector alarm bells about missing bits or not being able to process it all into some sort of sense.
The Walmart stuff looks like what B&M do here with the Doctor Who figures - straight repaints churned out cheap for low margin profits. However in the case of Doctor Who, they use moulds that have been out of circulation for a good while, but I see here Hasbro have basically said, these moulds are still on the production line - you can have some cheap random colour repaints to knock out if you like cos you know the fans will lap them up.
But, umm, I don't think we will. As Phil says, the only interest here is the sets with the Battlemasters in. So Megatron has the red and black one of Pinpointer/Peacemaker that isn't the one with the Alpha Strike Sideswipe set, but who are the two light blue ones with Hotlink? Just random recolours?
I may have to get Hotlink just to go with the Cybertron Tetrajet team. Even though he's one of the four from the pilot episode and not the Rainmakers. And will stand out a mile as he has some paint on him.
Did Hasbro not listen to the reaction to the battle damage? 'Here, you hated it last time, so here's Sideswipe and Hound again with slightly MORE battle damage! Yeah! You know you love it!'
SPOILER ALERT: Hidden within this pack are spoilers for the War for Cybertron series! Fans shouldn’t decode the Cybertronian if they don't want key events from the show revealed! SERIES-INSPIRED FIGURE: This Ultra Magnus figure is inspired by the character as seen in the War for Cybertron series. With 53 deco ops, this series-inspired figure brings fans the most detailed and series-accurate version of Ultra Magnus CLASSIC TRANSFORMERS CONVERSION: This Ultra Magnus toy converts to armored truck mode in 26 steps, the included Battlefield Rung converts to weapon mode in 4 steps. Includes 12 accessories DIG FOR ENERGON: 3 vibrant pink Energon cubes are hidden inside a compound for fans to dig out. Also comes with Battlefield Rung figure with epic Energon-infused deco AMMO BOX-INSPIRED PACKAGING: Awesome packaging designed to look like a battered and worn ammo box straight out of the trenches of War for Cybertron
Build the ultimate battlefield inspired by scenes from the Transformers War for Cybertron series. This pack includes a Leader Class 7-inch scale Ultra Magnus figure inspired by the character as seen in the War for Cybertron series. With 70 deco ops and battle-worn details this is the most series-accurate version of the character. Ultra Magnus, the selfless Autobot Major, will do whatever it takes to end the war on Cybertron.
The Ultra Magnus toy converts to armored truck mode in 26 steps and includes 12 weapon and armor accessories to build up the figure. Also includes Battlefield Rung figure with epic Energon-infused deco. Comes with 3 Energon cubes hidden inside a mysterious compound. Fans can imagine digging the valuable Energon out to fuel the battle!
SPOILER ALERT! Inside the awesome ammo-inspired packing are spoilers for the War for Cybertron series written in Cybertronian!
Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Includes: 2 figures, compound, 3 Energon cubes, accessories, and instructions.
Figure scale: 7 inches
Ages 8 and up Warning: Choking Hazard - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. CONTAINS WHEAT. COMPOUND NET WT. 5 OZ (142g) Not intended to be eaten. Non-toxic. Conforms to ASTM D-4236.
INCLUDES 2 BATTLE MASTERS FIGURES: Fans can imagine the techy tinkerer Hotlink taking great pleasure in using and upgrading the weapon modes of the flamethrower twins, Heatstroke and Heartburn. They convert into their weapon modes in 5 steps
INCLUDES 2 BATTLE MASTERS FIGURES: Fans can imagine Megatron taking the Autobot Battle Masters as prisoners and using their weapon modes to his advantage. Captive Lionizer and Captive Pinpointer convert into their sword and blaster modes in 5 steps
At least this solves the 'which red and black Targetmaster is which' problem. So Pinpointer has been abducted by Megatron, therefore Trenchfoot has to be Peacemaker. And the two with Hotlink are supposed to represent his flamethrower.
The metallic sheen on that Megatron will make that figure look awesome. I might go with that one as my G1 Megatron. I think this new Earthrise one is bound to get a green Selects version this time. It can only be why the last one was purple. That'll be the version of the new mould I go for.
I might get Mirage and Scrapface(?). Mirage's renders did it no favors. It actually looks nice irl.
What struck me, is that these are all walmart exclusives. Most of these molds (all except mirage) are clogging up the shelf spaces here, making it harder to find anything new. Then the Walmarts that got the Siege 35th figures folded those shelfwarmers edging out EVERYTHING.
So over here a year later, once we finally get rid of all the damn Sideswipes, Hounds, Chromias, and Megatrons, here come those same characters in the same molds, in basically the same decoes, to reclog the shelves.
That Magnus set is just ridiculous. At the panel the Hasbro reps actually told people to make sure they buy the box set before the 1st episode of Siege airs, and then not open it until after the episode. I mean... really? They can expect fans to *not* stick photos online the minute it goes on sale and they open it? *Really*? And that's not even taking into account the fact that non-US fans won't be able to get ahold of it at all. It's an absolutely ridiculous idea.
That's the Megatron and Hotlink battle pack for £40 each. £40 for old £25 molds that have in some places been shelf-warming, packaged with figures that are currently £3.99 in B&M. The Voyagers will be worse - some of them are still on shelves and not shifting. It's madness.
That's quite a surprise to see those suddenly appear on Smyths. Voyagers though and not the deluxes. Makes sense if you're a buyer, given the originals of those will be on shelves still. At least the voyager packs offer the targetmasters and Hotlink is a new repaint.
I'm quite keen to see those two. Nice the chance is there to do it in hand.
I wonder if this Netflix line exists as the Siege cartoon is so late it has missed the line. This way there are Siege moulds out at retail that match the show models when the series drops and more casual fans who don't follow the lines closely watch the show and want toys of them so they toddle off to Walmart?