The Spark in Review: July 20, 2018
The Spark in Review is the week’s news at Allspark in a chic swag bag, and with SDCC still ongoing, there’s a lot to unpack. The War for Cybertron: Siege lineup of the Transformers Generations line was showcased with one conspicuous omission, IDW announced books from Go-Bots to Marvel, and the Transformers 2018 Hall of Fame picks were officially announced.
Toy News and Reveals:
War for Cybertron: Siege
The biggest news in toys this week came, naturally, from San Diego Comic Con 2018, where Hasbro unveiled figures from the first two waves of the War for Cybertron: Siege lineup. (We’ve collected all the SDCC reveals so far, from Transformers and otherwise, in a still expanding list.) It started with the preview night sizzle reel and display. The sizzle reel showed off Siege’s new Battle Masters, Micromasters, and Deluxe Weaponizers and their interactions with the Deluxes, Voyagers, and Leaders, while the displays focused on new Studio Series figures, including Volkswagen Bumblebee, and a spread of new Cyberverse reveals. See images from the sizzle reel and from the displays for more.
Then, the preview night breakfast display revealed even more Siege content, with the likes of Ultra Magnus, Chromia, Ironhide, and several Micromasters doing battle in an intense diorama. Allspark’s own GB Blackrock attended the breakfast and offered an extensive report on the presentation, including questions and answers and photos, giving a detailed description of the new line’s setting, what distinguishes it from the Prime Wars trilogy, and what to expect in the line’s aesthetics and engineering. More photos from the presentation reveal stock photos of figures like Ironhide, Hound, and Chromia, the Micromaster Battle and Rescue patrols, and Ultra Magnus with his “white Optimus Prime” inner robot, and several of these slides have now been released as stock photos online.
Notably absent from the reveals have been any Decepticons aside from background appearances in artwork, hinting that the line might have another trick up its sleeve on their part; a rumored 2019 lineup of Siege and Studio Series figures appeared last weekend including some Autobots that were later shown at SDCC as well as some of the usual Decepticon suspects.
Studio Series and Bumblebee
Outside the Siege reveals, images have been released for several new Studio Series figures, including Ironhide, Dark of the Moon Ratchet, Bumblebee‘s Volkswagen Bumblebee, and three somewhat more unexpected Decepticons including Bumblebee‘s Dropkick as a helicopter and two poppy Age of Extinction redecos. Somewhat more to be expected was the reveal of a tattoo-decorated Revenge of the Fallen Starscream.
Also related to Bumblebee movie toy reveals, Hasbro has released images of the Energon Igniter lineup of action feature toys, and SDCC offered a view of a Target exclusive Bumblebee movie branded Soundwave, a retool of the Titans Return figure to pair with a set of newly decoed cassettes bundled with a One-Step Changer Bumblebee.
Other Transformers and Exclusives News
In addition to the Cyberverse reveals at SDCC, the first wave has appeared at US retail, including Warrior, Scout, and One-Step figures.
The Walmart-exclusive G1 reissue line has now been officially announced, with Starscream, Devastator, and four 1986 Minibots available for preorder alongside the previously revealed Hot Rod. It was confirmed at SDCC that this is the entirety of Wave 1, but hinted that there may be more to come if the line is well received.
Back in Prime Wars territory, Amazon preorders opened for Punch-Counterpunch and Repugnus, with Blast-Off still listed as out of stock. Meanwhile, Amazon and SDCC exclusive Transformers (and My Little Pony) T-shirts have also become available, including Amazon’s exclusive set representing their special edition trio.
We’ve released our gallery and review of Power of the Primes Nemesis Prime. DNA Design has also unveiled images and opened preorders on their Predaking upgrade kit, addressing some of the weaker points of the Power of the Primes Titan.
Two SDCC exclusives showed a cuter side to Transformers, with BAIT offering Wu Tang Clan redecos of their 4.5″ vinyls and an Uglydoll crossover offering monstrously cute Optimus Prime and Bumblebee plushies available only at the convention.
Comics, Cartoons, and Media:
IDW launched a full course of events for SDCC, with signings and panels throughout the weekend and news and debuts including the Big News Panel still to come. One exciting piece of news has been the announcement and press release regarding an all new Go-Bots comic series, a chance for that other set of transforming alien robots to have a moment to shine. IDW also held its “Transformers: Unicron and Beyond” panel, discussing the upcoming conclusive event as well as the Bumblebee movie prequel comic.
IDW have also released their shipping list for July 25 and short previews for Unicron #2, Lost Light #21, and Bumblebee Prequel #2, while we’ve launched our spoiler-free review of Optimus Prime #21.
Outside Transformers, IDW has forged a partnership with Marvel, launching a new line of comics based on Marvel favorites for younger readers. They’ve also revealed a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles miniseries, Shredder in Hell, and Team Sonic Racing one-shot.
Meanwhile, Boom! Studios has released their collection plans for Power Rangers: Shattered Grid.
In TV and movies, Voltron: Legendary Defender has been confirmed for a Season 7, a trailer has been released for a new season of Star Wars: Clone Wars, and Solo: A Star Wars Story has been slated for September release to home media and streaming. In less positive news, director James Gunn has been fired from the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 project in relation to a series of past offensive statements on social media.
In gaming, Dungeons and Dragons has released a Holidays in July plan of gift suggestions including those teased special edition cover sets. Transformers: Earth Wars has released event details for another G1-themed solo event this weekend.
Fandom and Events:
The 2018 Transformers Hall of Fame Inductees have been announced, including Blackarachnia, Battletrap, and John Barber. Meanwhile, calling to conventions past, the Botcon Video Archive has opened, presently including footage from the original 1994 event.
Last week’s Allspark Art Showcase of the Week featured lastmaximal’s Battle Gaia, repainted from the Combiner Wars Combaticons. Hang around tomorrow for next week’s showcase!
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