The Spark in Review: September 21, 2018

The Spark in Review is the week’s news at Allspark in an assorted booster pack. This week, new teases and art were released for War for Cybertron: Siege, we discussed Earth Wars loot rolls, and we looked back in time to review one of Armada’s finest in Demolishor, then observe the 34th anniversary of the Transformers cartoon’s original premiere.
Toy News and Reveals:
New artwork was revealed for War for Cybertron: Siege in the form of Battle Masters packaging and a new poster featuring the Ark launch, emphasizing the trilogy’s place just before the Transformers leave Cybertron. More concretely, Hasbro answered a series of questions via their Instagram account regarding Ultra Magnus including his size and armament (no hammer included, sadly!) and the design’s inspiration, as well as a tease of the line’s inclusion of a Titan class figure.
There is some toy news in the Bumblebee movie vein this week as Studio Series Wave 3 Deluxes have been spotted on US shelves, including Volkswagen Bumblebee. We won’t be able to say the same of the Movie Masterpiece rendition of the same design; it’s been announced as an Amazon exclusive in the US market. Finally, somewhat related to the film, at least by its Bumblebee movie branding, the Target exclusive redeco of Titans Return Soundwave has also been sighted in the US.
In an interesting bit of rumor control, it seems that the Amazon exclusive Punch / Counterpunch is not misassembled, and the suggested reassembly presently circulating online is better considered a mod.
In the Walmart exclusive G1 reissue lineup, Hot Rod has finally appeared in the US, leaving only the Devastator set to materialize; if the pattern holds, we shouldn’t expect another Hot Rod reissue for another sixteen years. Meanwhile, Legends (not Encore) Blue Big Convoy has opened for preorders.
And in one final bit of flashback fun, we reviewed Armada Demolishor, one of the very finest contributions to Transformers from a line truly dedicated to fun and play.
Comics, Games, and Media:
IDW Publishing have released their solicitations for December 2018 and their shipping list for September 26.
In addition to the Cartoon Network app and website, Transformers: Cyberverse is now being released to YouTube. Given inconsistencies among the various services regarding episode availability, including the third episode technically premiering on Xfinity OnDemand boxes exclusively, it’s unlikely that YouTube will be the first place to see any episode, but it may be among the most convenient.
In a slightly different cartoon vein, Ducktales has been confirmed for a third season, with the second beginning to air in October.
In gaming, Transformers: Earth Wars received some fan backlash this week – including our own – in response to the launch event of the Sentius twins, who were kept exceptionally rare among event participants even by the standards of the game’s already somewhat frustrating and costly booster pack or gacha system. Regardless, Space Ape have expressed concern and intentions to make the system more rewarding and have posted this weekend’s event details, a triple XP solo.
Outside Transformers, Dungeons & Dragons released “Waterdeep: Dragon Heist”, an adventure set to continue in November with the release of “Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage”.
Fandom and Events:
On Monday, we observed the 34th anniversary of the G1 cartoon’s premiere. As a final reminder of a similar visit to the 1980s, the Fathom Events screening of Transformers: The Movie is coming this Thursday night.
The YouTube channel I Like to Make Stuff built a Bluetooth speaker system in a convincing likeness of Generation 1 Soundwave’s alternate form, scaled up to the size of a boombox. You can check out the video for details on how to build your own. Much kudos to anyone who adapts the process for a giant (USB) data slug Rewind.
Regular Items:
Check out longtime member and retired staffer Devcon’s Power of the Primes Packrat in last week’s Allspark Art Showcase and stick around tomorrow for this week’s edition.
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