The Spark in Review: August 3, 2018
The Spark in Review is the week’s news at Allspark in easy-to-build snap-kit form with stick of gum. This week, Masterpiece Hound has been revealed and the G1 reissues have hit retail, Transformers: The Movie will be showing in theaters as a one night-event, we’ve reviewed the latest from IDW, and Action and Adventure interviewed John Barber!
Toy News and Reveals:
TakaraTomy made a showing at the Summer Wonder Festival, revealing Masterpiece Hound and a new anime-deco Wheeljack, as well as rolling out the first display of War for Cybertron: Siege on that side of the Pacific. Meanwhile, a Hasbro Q&A on Instagram and an interview with John Warden dropped some hints about the plan for Siege and the broad strokes of the Bumblebee movie.
One detail of TakaraTomy’s Siege display was the reveal of the line’s new packaging, with Deluxes presented in window boxes like those of Studio Series. The packaging art for Hound also may have revealed his alternate head, indicating who else this mold might become.
Back in the present, Power of the Primes Wreck-Gar has appeared in Taiwan and in an in-hand gallery. Meanwhile, SDCC Optimus Primal has been revealed as a general release in Japan, Unite Warriors Devastator and Superion have been slated for re-release, and all three have been put up for preorder at TFSource. And the third wave of Prime Masters, not yet universally available at retail have shown up at HasbroToyShop.com.
The Walmart exclusive “vintage” reissue line is also appearing at retail, thus far in Canada, including Starscream and the minibots.
Outside the main lines, the licensed Flame Toys Transformers lineup has had some new reveals, including Furai Model kits of Devastator and IDW Optimus and Megatron, as well as high-end Kuro Kara Kuri action figure Victory Saber. Furai Model Starscream is also now available for preorder.
And if the Furai kits aren’t enough Trigger-inspired robot goodness, Good Smile Company has revealed toys for SSSS Gridman.
Comics, Cartoons, and Media:
IDW have released their shipping list for August 8. We’ve rolled out spoiler-free reviews for Bumblebee Movie Prequel #2 and TMNT Universe #25. IDW artist Ron Joseph also revealed his original design for the Rom villain Axiom.
Outside Transformers, the Star Wars: Episode IX cast has been announced, including a reassuring note that Carrie Fisher’s Leia will not be recreated using CGI.
In gaming, Paizo Inc. have released the schedule for the playtest of Pathfinder Second Edition and revealed previews for the system, with the playtest process set to continue into November to hone the system to its ideal edge.
In video gaming, Arcade1Up have opened preorders for their home arcade cabinets including reproductions of a variety of classic arcade games, while Transformers: Earth Wars has revealed event details for this weekend and a new Prime Core.
Fandom and Events:
Through Fathom Events, Transformers: The Movie (1986) will be showing on Thursday, Sept. 27 at select theaters, and Fathom has listed locations. It’s a tiny convention at a theater near you.
Meanwhile, The Mutant Monster and Mayhem Toy Show has announced an exclusive figure from the recently released, Kickstarter-launched Animal Warriors of the Kingdom line.
The Action and Adventure podcast landed the one and only John Barber again for an interview, this time discussing the close of the IDW Hasbro universe.
If you’re catching up, check out last week’s Spark in Review. Then come share your thoughts or findings on this week’s news in our forums or Discord server.
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