The Spark in Review: February 10, 2018

It’s been such a week of news we needed a whole extra day to fit it all in! Well, maybe not. But new video reviews of MPM-5 Barricade, hints of a continuing TakaraTomy Legends, Sonic the Hedgehog returning to comics, and some book offerings across the Pacific offer some exciting things to look forward to.
Toy News and Reveals:
The first video reviews of MPM-5 Masterpiece Movie Barricade have hit YouTube, giving us an even closer look at this intricately engineered representation of the film franchise hall-of-famer. On the opposite end of the price and target age scale, Authentics Grimlock has appeared in the Philippines, and photos from both modes demonstrate a loveably dopey dino who might make a good gift or promising custom fodder.
A small and ambiguous reference also indicates that Transformers Legends might not have breathed its last after all, a bit of hope for fans of lavishly decorated Transformers Generations figures or quirky and occasionally squicky fan-focused comics.
Via Pete’s Robot Convention, the originally intended alternate head for T30 Orion Pax was revealed as a rendition of Kup, validating a wide swath of customs projects over the last several years.
Finally, Hasbro has released its financials for the quarter. It’s perhaps unsurprising to learn that Transformers is doing well!

Comics, Cartoons, and Media:
IDW Comics has released its shipping list for February 14th. They’ve also rolled out the full preview for Lost Light #14. Perhaps more exciting, and certainly more kinetic, they’ve revealed that they will be bringing Sonic the Hedgehog back into comics this April!
In a more vintage comics vein, Hero-X have revealed the cover for the Japanese release of the original Marvel 4-part Transformers miniseries, clearly a labor of love.
Fans of Japanese Transformers may be familiar with the Brave lines, TakaraTomy’s 1990s respin of the Transformers concept into a more traditional super robot premise. An art book for the most well-known series, King of Braves GaoGaiGar, has been announced.
In the world of things not necessarily printed on paper, Kabam’s Forged to Fight mobile fighter just gained a movie-based rendition of the Autobot Hound.

Regular Items:
See the last Spark in Review release for last week’s news, and check out last week’s Allspark Art Showcase for some jerk’s custom doll.