The Spark in Review: August 24, 2018
The Spark in Review is the week’s news at Allspark in trade collection form. This week, a series of reveals about the Cyberverse cartoon have been leading up to the premiere next week, Decepticon listings have finally appeared for War for Cybertron: Siege, a mass of discount toys hit Ollie’s, and IDW have launched another ComiXology sale including Transformers collections.
Toy News and Reveals:
While Hasbro has yet to reveal any of the Decepticon figures for War for Cybertron: Siege, new listings have revealed several names and price points including a Deluxe Skytread (presumably Flywheels, rejoining his fellow Duocon Battletrap from Power of the Primes) and a Leader Shockwave. With the new reveals said to be coming at Fan Expo Canada next weekend, we can hope to get a peek at some of these figures soon.
Figure King Magazine revealed new images of the new Masterpiece Optimus Prime, Studio Series figures including the Bumblebee movie Bumblebee, and Legendary Optimus Prime that also appears to be based in the film, with scans here. On the other end of the Bumblebee toy spectrum, Hasbro has launched commercials for the Energon Igniters assortment. And an image appeared of the Studio Series (Camaro) Bumblebee and Charlie set, which unexpectedly includes body kit, turbocharger, and spoiler parts to transform Bumblebee’s alternate mode into something a little less custom faded.
Cyberverse continues its rollout as Warrior Thundercracker has become the latest Cyberverse toy to appear at retail in Singapore.
There’s some news in deals and finds this week. The bargain store Ollie’s, known to Transformers fans for their flash sales of heavily discounted Prime Wars Trilogy Titans, have revealed that they bought up a massive quantity of Toys R Us stock during the latter’s liquidation, stock that appears to include the difficult to find Titans Return Wave 5 Deluxes and other Transformers items, making them an ideal place to check for discounted figures you might have missed or skipped during Titans Return. Another great deal appeared on Amazon in the form of RiD Warrior Strongarm for under $10, and Amazon has also restocked Power of the Primes Nemesis Prime, both still in stock as of this writing.
Speaking of Power of the Primes exclusives, we’ve also released our unboxing of the SDCC exclusive Throne of the Primes and Retro Rock Garage Bumblebee.
One last bit of Transformers toy news isn’t a reveal, but is the collector’s fish story fantasy made real. A user from the Cybertron Cafe Facebook group found a Diaclone Powered Convoy (pre-Ultra-Magnus) cab robot at a thrift store – for $2.99.
Outside Transformers, Hasbro has revealed their very first Power Rangers toy: White Ranger Tommy Oliver, representing their new Lightning Collection, a 6″ anthology collection lineup in the vein of Marvel Legends. Meanwhile, Funko’s MotU-inspired Savage World line, which had previously covered Mortal Kombat and classic slasher film villains, has just added a ThunderCats assortment.
Comics, Cartoons, and Media:
IDW have released their comics shipping list for August 29. Nick Roche and Mairghread Scott, both with influential contributions to the now-concluding IDW Transformers universe, appeared at TFNation, and you can see our coverage of their panels.
IDW has also launched a “Recent Hits” sale at ComiXology, with a number of titles in and out of the Transformers universe on offer, and we’ve shared some thoughts on what’s most worth picking up.
Meanwhile, the Boom! Studios Power Rangers comic series is having its own ComiXology sale, a good chance to see whether the current fiction is a good fit for you if the Hasbro acquisition and toy reveal have piqued your interest. Boom! Studios has also revealed covers, information, and a partial preview of Go Go Power Rangers: Back to School #1.
In cartoons, a second episode clip and a third as well as a release date, cast information, and a new trailer were released for Transformers: Cyberverse, with little time to spare – the first episode is being released to the Cartoon Network app on Monday, August 27!
In gaming, the YouTube channel GameHut released a pair of videos detailing unused models, levels, and characters intended for the movie-based 2007 Transformers: The Game. Transformers: Earth Wars has also announced another triple XP solo event for the weekend.
Finally, the comics subscription service InkyPen has been announced to be coming to the Nintendo Switch, bringing comics content, including Transformers, to the handheld platform.
Fandom and Events:
The Unofficial Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook Extended Issue 2 is out, building out the IDW lore from Salvo Knockout and Verity Carlo to Iron Man! Download the issue and then join the community in the Allspark’s Chronicles of Cybertron forum to contribute to the next!
Check out Allspark user Jackpot’s beautifully painted Escape from Cybertropolis in homage to the Escape from New York film poster in our Allspark Art Showcase of the Week for August 18th, and check in tomorrow for the next entry. You can also see last week’s Spark in Review.
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