I thought that. Given wave three of the movie toys hasn't surfaced (or has it in America?), a whole new concept based on a film that's already been largely forgotten seems a bit redundant. I suppose it depends on whether the returns for TLK change Hasbro's plans. They were clearly going for a film a year constant rolling programme approach, and the laks/images/reveals we've had for the movie stuff implied it would keep going into next year to keep momentum before the BB movie, but I wonder if that's changed in the wake of TLK's reception. I remember Hasbro giving that conflicting news that what we've seen from the Premier line was everything for TLK, but that the line itself wasn't finished.
Perhaps Allspark cubes also pop up in whatever the new kids cartoon is?
As for the movies, a press release had stated June releases in 2017, 2018 and 2019 for The Last Knight, Bumblebee and Untitled. As the Bumblebee release date has quietly shifted to Christmas 2018 it's reasonable to assume plans have changed. I can't see production stepping up to putting out Transformers films only 6 months apart. Studio plans change all the time.
I reckon this means there'll be loads of them in Home Bargains and B&M in the spring. Hasbro will have made all these toys, no retailer wants them, so they'll get shoveled into the discount stores when the Bee movie hype starts.
Having finally opened most of my most recent purchases, I can now pass the following judgements:
The Allspark Cube figures are - in a revelation that'll surprise no-one - shite. Sure, they didn't look like good toys to begin with, but at least the Cube gimmick looked fun. And it would be. If it worked properly. Which it doesn't. And I've only got two so far, but both Prime and Drift share the same vehicle mode noises; I suspect this is why there's been no actual Megatron release, because they couldn't be bothered to come up with a suitable sound set. On the plus side, both Prime and Drift are suitably psychotic, and Drift reminds me a lot of the old Ertl Knight Rider KITT transforming figure. So that's something.
Infernocus, on the other hand, is great fun. Although mostly because I got it cheap in the TRU sale. The unified colour scheme works really well, even on the individual figures. And although it could be a negative that Skulk, the new central figure, doesn't actually have his own alt mode, it doesn't really matter. Because he's got two skull faces. He's metal as fuck. And looks brilliant.
And the Deluxe Megatron is pretty good too. I never had the original Gen 30 version of the mode, but this is really nice. The colours work nicely, I like the way that he basically collapses into jet mode, and the new head sculpt is very nicely Megatron. Happier with both him and Infernocus than I am with the Allspark Cube figures. But then, who here is surprised by that..?
Ridiculously, I may add. The TF shelves are only half full. And several cases worth were all stacked on the very top shelfe where you can't even see what they are, save for the bottom of the boxes. Except for one Slug, which had been stocked to the somewhat spartan pegs. I only realized the above was wave two, because of slug.
Very impressed with the voyager Megatron. Excellent robot mode that has a movie accurate silhouette, only flaw is hollow forearms for the fists to fold into, everything else is proportionally right and very posable. Ankle rockers mean he always stands well. The transformation is clever and turns a near kibble free robot into a really nice jet. Vaguely reminiscent of RotF Jetfire's. Really well executed figure.
Have a look at the clear blue spikes on his bottom flap. Do they point slightly up or slightly down? Now have a look along the top edge of the clear blue panel which includes the spikes: is there a gap?