The Spark in Review: August 31, 2018

The Spark in Review is the week’s news at Allspark in numbered collector series format. This week, new reveals from Fan Expo Canada unveiled the next wave of Studio Series Deluxes, we reviewed Cyberverse Warrior Windblade, a new voice actor was revealed for this winter’s Bumblebee film, and an unexpected show opened in Bogotá, Colombia!

Toy News and Reveals:
The biggest reveal in toys this week came from Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, still ongoing this weekend, where Hasbro revealed the next wave of Studio Series Deluxes. Present on the show floor were WWII Bumblebee, Sideswipe, and Barricade, from The Last Knight, Revenge of the Fallen, and the ’07 movie respectively; subsequent stock photo releases and product information with high-res images covered these figures as well as ’07 clunker Bumblebee and Dark of the Moon Crankcase.
The Cyberverse cartoon premiered this week, and we released a photo gallery and mini-review of Cyberverse Warrior Windblade, probably one of the more appealing Cyberverse figures to adult fans with its limited gimmickry, as the initial waves of the line trickle out to saturation.
For a few notes on availability and online retail, TFSource has listed preorders for TakaraTomy’s exclusive Golden Lagoon lineup of Generations figures and Masterpiece Convoy. Meanwhile, Power of the Primes Novastar briefly appeared on Amazon for preorder. The current round of preorders seems to have been filled and the purchase options on the page have reverted to pricey third-party sellers, though the figure could return at any time. It’s similar news for the Walmart exclusive “Vintage G1” Starscream reissue, which hit once again only to return to out of stock status.
Flame Toys also revealed the original concept artwork behind their upcoming Furai model kit Devastator by Trigger’s Akira Amemiya, bursting with super robot energy that seems to have translated well into the final sculpt.
In non-Transformer news related to Trigger and giant robots, Good Smile Company has also released a gallery of their upcoming Moderoid Gurren Lagann.
Comics, Cartoons, and Media:
IDW have released solicitations for November and their shipping list for September 5. They’ve also released the full previews of the Bumblebee Movie Prequel #3 and Lost Light #23 and the short preview of Optimus Prime #23.
Meanwhile, Boom! Studios have released more information on the new “Beyond the Grid” arc beginning with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31.
In movie news, veteran Transformers voice actor David Sobolov teased a role in the Bumblebee movie earlier this week, and later revealed himself as Blitzwing.
In gaming news, Earth Wars has announced event details for the weekend, a five-star shard alliance event.
Fandom and Events:
Fathom’s September 27 Transformers (1986) screening event picked up an additional 300 theater locations, nearly doubling the opportunities to see the film, so if it wasn’t listed for your area, you might check again!
Meanwhile, an exhibition in Bogotá, Colombia displayed a variety of very large Transformers statues and animatronics ranging from Rescue Bots to film franchise characters.
Regular Items:
Check out last week’s Allspark Art Showcase for a poster by the Allspark users Eric “Noideaforaname” Kowalick, Ikkad, and The Wadapan and administrator Steve for the Allspark’s Unofficial Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook Extended project. Stick around tomorrow for the next edition of the Showcase. You can also peer into the past with last week’s Spark in Review, or come discuss the news with us on the Allspark Forums, on our Discord server, or in our Facebook Group.