Well, I guess we'll find out about none of those leaks tomorrow - they'll be busy showing us the things we've already seen pictures for.
The question is, is the Hot Rod "variant" the Shattered Glass version? If it was, wouldn't it be labelled as part of the Shattered Glass series? And if not, then what? There's been a lot of talk of this being pink, but what else could it be? Targetmaster Hot Rod from the Rebirth? Gold Hot Rod to be Primus?
RFC this week said there are new rumours that Kingdom has done well at retail and is being extended to five waves by spreading out upcoming releases and pulling the Blaster we saw a listing for forward from 2022. Apparently Deluxe Wave 4 is now two new toys and repacks of Huffer and Warpath, and Slammer and Pipes are now in Wave 5 with other repacks.
It'd be nice to think that if sales are good it's because of interest in the beast toys, that would be vindication for BW fans. If they bung in a fifth wave though it'll be like Siege's one was, toys brought forward or switched in from exclusives.
Interesting that Blaster was apparently a 2022 Generations toy. Does that mean any cassettes he might have would be Core class? Or is that gone already?
That pricepoint never stopped, it just shifted from small figures half the size of a deluxe, to micromasters for two lines. Now that they abandoned Micromasters, they shifted back to small figures half the size of a deluxe, but with a new name for the pricepoint. Since it's been going on continuously for the better part of a decade, it's highly unlikely they'll stop now.
Yes, the price point won't stop. It would be nice to think now they've shifted the kind of legends figure that class used to do into being small Deluxes, like Cliffjumper, that they won't go back to putting figures designed to scale with the bigger classes in Core (unless they're ones without an established size already, like Dracodon). If they keep what was Legends size figures in Deluxe, then it leaves the rest of the space in Core class to continue the Op/Megs/Starscream/Soundwave line. Unless they throw in a curveball again like the Micromasters were. But no, they won't remove an entire price point. Just a question of what's in it.
It does seem like this price point has 'returned' this year, as the Kingdom ones are actually availablr in normal shops like Smyths and Entertainer. Whereas nobody seemed to carry the Micromasters of Siege & Earthrise.
Long ago, when most of G1 was done and before they started in on their seemingly endless loop of 84-86 do-overs i proposed to no one important that Generations starts over, downsizing everything one class level. This was before deluxes had reached $20 and voyagers $30
The $10 pricepoint (legend/core) for the smaller bots like Bumblebee, and the insecticons.
A $15 pricepoint introduced and made the new backbone, as the standard. Prowl, Wheeljack and the likes. This would be sizewise the equivalent to the RotF scout class.
Deluxes raised to $20, and serve for the larger bots like Optimus
A $30 pricepoint (voyagers) for the really big guys like Scorponok and Fort Max
And the $40 (leader) pricepoint would be used much the way Commander Class has been currently. Relatively rare, and reserved for giants or dudes with super modes.
I think the club board may still have been a thing. I remember it wasn't a terribly popular idea, but shortly after the 3P market switched from classics scale, to "legends scale" which is largely exactly what I'd suggested, and significantly more expensive than if Hasbro had done this.
Apologies, as I said rumours been circulating for a bit.
Here's the current rumoured figure list. No firm confirmation of ANY yet, but the rumours people haven't been ba in recent years
Unconfirmed/Rumors: -Kingdom/Generations: -The line after Kingdom is "TF: Legacy", possible trilogy -First part is named "Evolution" (possible placeholder name) -Tarantulas -Skids -Breakdown -Prime Knock Out -Prime Arcee -Prime Bulkhead (possible retool of Prime Optimus) -Nightbeat -Hosehead -Darkmount/Straxus -Motormaster/Menasor (possible Commander) -Unspecified Armada characters
I'd be happy with a line like that. Another one to dip in and out of instead of feeling compelled to buy everything. If it plugs obvious G1 gaps like Blaster, Skids and missing 87/88 characters then have at it!