The Spark in Review: October 19, 2018

The Spark in Review is our weekly rundown of the week’s news in blind-bag assortment form. This week, we got our first peek at Transformers: Botbots, we reviewed Optimus Prime #24 and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, and Hasbro may be facing some financial and even legal difficulties in the aftermath of the Toys R Us collapse.

Toy News and Reveals: 
We had our first glimpse this week of the Transformers: Botbots line, in the form of a (very small) poster-style image from an investor presentation document. The themed sets appear to have no connection to classic Transformers characters, in contrast to other Transformers blind-box-style figurines, which might mean a flood of quirky new characters if this sort of thing is your cup of tea – and there already appears to be a cup of coffee included.
Back in Generations, there’s some availability news as the Walgreens-exclusive Wreck Gar has appeared in the US, while the Titans Return Siege on Cybertron box set has reappeared at BigBadToyStore. Amazon listings have also appeared, not yet available open to order, for Studio Series Dropkick and KSI Sentry, Deluxes from the next wave of the lineup representing the Bumblebee movie villain and the Age of Extinction human-created drones respectively.
Meanwhile, outside the Transformers sphere, new images have been released for Good Smile Company’s Gridman DX Assist Weapon Set on a new product page on their site for the figure, but still no images of the combination implied in the product description.
In more general news about the toy universe that could have a bearing on Transformers fans, Hasbro are entering a series of layoffs, possibly shaken by the loss of Toys R Us, while a fraud investigation has been put forward about potentially misleading reporting by Hasbro to investors about underperforming markets and the significance and stability of the company’s Toys R Us stake.
Comics, Games, and Media:
IDW have released their shipping list for October 24 and their solicitations for January 2019. We’ve released our spoiler-free review of Optimus Prime #24 and our review of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1.
Transformers: Cyberverse chugs along accessibly with Episode 7, “Cube”, now available on YouTube.
In a bit of sad news regarding the original cartoon, the composer responsible for the bulk of its very memorable music, Robert J Walsh, passed away this week.
Finally, in gaming news, Transformers: Earth Wars has announced event details for the weekend and released bios for the new Slash and Rippersnapper characters, including a sly reference to where Slash has been hiding for the last three decades.
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