The Spark in Review: July 13, 2018
The Spark in Review is the week’s news at Allspark in a convention-friendly travel tin. This week’s news includes renders for the War for Cybertron: Siege line, photos of the much-anticipated Prime Wars Punch-Counterpunch, new Bumblebee movie Decepticons, our reviews of Lost Light #20 and Unicron #1, and the reveal of the rumored Transformers TCG from Wizards of the Coast.
Toy News and Reveals:
The big news in toys this week is the reveal of War for Cybertron: Siege, with renders of Deluxe Sideswipe, Voyager Optimus Prime, and “Battle Master Firedrive” in the form of Targetmaster Firebolt, with more information to come at San Diego Comic-Con next weekend. Siege’s Voyager Optimus Prime was first teased in silhouette on Instagram before the reveal. Further, new listings on Amazon under the names of G1 Micromaster patrols combine with past rumors of a Micromaster price point to hint that some version of the original Micromaster patrols really might be making a return in the Siege lineup.
In the shorter term, the Prime Wars aren’t over yet: Nemesis Prime has landed, but the remaining exclusives are still rolling out. Punch-Counterpunch was revealed in stock images, surprising some with a faithful rendition of the original disguise gimmick, rather than a new limb mode. Repugnus, derived from Titans Return Twinferno like his fellow exclusive Monsterbot Grotusque, was also revealed in stock images and opening for order on Amazon. Meanwhile, we’ve released our gallery and review of Power of the Primes Abominus.
The SDCC Throne of the Primes and Retro Rock Garage sets, based on Power of the Primes Optimal Optimus, Studio Series Bumblebee, and two Japan-exclusive G1 cassettes, have been listed on Hasbro Toy Shop, with a release date, extensive details, and stock photos.
Outside Generations, stock photos have been released of TakaraTomy’s upcoming Encore Armada Unicron, based on the exclusive “Unicron of Light” representing the combined Microns from the climax of Micron Legend, while Masterpiece Beast Megatron has also appeared in a stock photo gallery.
One of our first looks at a Bumblebee movie toy has materialized in the form of Power Charge Bumblebee, a large and electronic but fully transforming version of the character. More traditional figure representations of the characters are still expected to be limited to Studio Series and Movie Masterpiece.
Cyberverse toys have landed, and video reviews of the Warrior Class Wave 1 figures have arrived, showing both some features of the RiD lineup and some big changes with the new emphasis on action features.
Outside the Transformers sphere, stock images have been released for Diaclone’s Battle Buffalo and Powered System Maneuver Delta.
In one final toy note, another SDCC exclusive has been announced in the form of Playmates’ Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set, representing the four Turtles in the style of the new Nickelodeon series of the same name.
Comics, Cartoons, and Media:
IDW Comics have released their shipping list for July 18, released previews for Optimus Prime #20, Unicron #1, and Lost Light #20, and announced a long list of exclusives to be sold at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. We’ve released our own spoiler-free review of Lost Light #20 and our spoiler unfree review of Unicron #1.
Meanwhile, the Bumblebee movie team have revealed two new villains to add to the known cast of Bumblebee, Barricade, and Starscream – the new Decepticons Shatter and Dropkick. Director Travis Knight explains that the “villain plot” isn’t the focus of the film, which should allay fears that the ongoing cast reveals might indicate less focus than we’ve been promised so far on the focus characters and personal story.
In gaming, Forged to Fight updated with the addition of the Predacon bull Tantrum. Over in Earth Wars, Space Ape Games have released event details for this weekend as well as the new “G1 Power Cores”, which include G1-based cosmetic makeovers for the characters.
Finally, Wizards of the Coast have officially announced their upcoming Transformers trading card battle game, with details on the art and gameplay. Oversized, double-sided (transforming!) character cards will be equipped with regular-sized battle cards, all available in booster pack style.
Also from the Wizards but outside Transformers, Dungeons and Dragons has teased a new set of limited edition covers for the player handbook and dungeon master guide.
Fandom and Events:
Voting for the Transformers Hall of Fame 2018 is still open, ending Sunday, so make your vote count!
Night Shining Inc., the crew behind Pete’s Robot Convention, are running an upcoming Mutant and Monster Mayhem Toy Show in August. They’ve revealed a never-realized pitch – to be on display at the show – for an exclusive set for “Lost TMNT Convention”. The set creatively reworks a series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures from the 2012 lineup to bring past characters into its stylistic universe and should be an exciting display at the show.
Action and Adventure has released Episode 25: Shocking Revelations, catching up on the Micronauts, Lost Light, and Optimus Prime stories up to that universe-bending reveal.
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