The Spark in Review: October 26, 2018

The Spark in Review is the week’s news at Allspark available as a set, carded with a bonus mystery figure. Actually there’s no mystery figure, but we do have the reveal of Transformers: BotBots, new Studio Series teases and reveals, and the advent of the Titan Metroplex in the Transformers Trading Card Game.

Toy News and Reveals:
This week saw the official reveal of Transformers: BotBots, the new tiny, adorable blind-packed lineup of characters coming to household items near you. The figures are transformable and represent a whole new slew of characters in themed series.
On the Generations side, TakaraTomy released stock images of the opening figures of War for Cybertron: Siege, including recently revealed Decepticons, who also feature prominently in the latest Figure King. (The piece also includes images of LG-EX Big Powered, in turn also featured in a new round of high-res official images.) Meanwhile, packaging images surfaced for Deluxe Sideswipe and three of the Micromaster team two-packs.
In more movie-universe-oriented toys, the big news this week was the reveal at the MCM London Comic Con of Revenge of the Fallen Jetfire, complete with a new Optimus Prime to combine with, and Dark of the Moon Megatron, complete with a fabric cloak, plus TF2007 Bonecrusher and possibly an RotF Long Haul on the way. Official images followed offering a better look at Bonecrusher and a peek at the Optimus-Jetfire combination. Meanwhile, an unidentified MPM-8 figure has appeared in preorder listings, including BigBadToyStore.
In-hand photos of Legendary Optimus Prime surfaced, as did a video review of the same figure and of Studio Series Bumblebee Dropkick.
Finally, in a bit of availability news for anyone still waiting, Amazon’s exclusive Power of the Primes Punch-Counterpunch is back in stock.
Outside Transformers, Hasbro have revealed the first Fortnite NERF Blaster, a rendition of the game’s Assault Rifle in more safety-conscious colors.
Comics, Games, and Media:
IDW have released their shipping list for October 31.
Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena appeared in a short interview with B&B Theaters, reflecting on the film and the nostalgic quality of both Transformers and the setting.
In gaming news, the Transformers Trading Card Game has revealed the Metroplex Deck, including the titan-sized Metroplex card himself, scaled (apparently) to battle a whole team of opponents. Space Ape have revealed event details and a new Prime Core for this weekend in Transformers: Earth Wars.
Transformers: Cyberverse has released Episode 8, “Terminal Velocity,” to YouTube.
Fandom and Events:
We don’t have any word on whose it is, but a custom truck to match all of those movie Prime rigs appeared in the form of a 1:1 scale G1 Optimus Prime. A fan spotted the very big toy “while driving around”; we’ll hope for more details in the future.
Regular Items:
The Allspark Art Showcase is back after a brief hiatus, so check out last week’s entry for two custom miniatures and a unique piece of monster design art, and stick around for tomorrow’s entry. You can also check out last week’s Spark in Review, or jump into the news of now on the Allspark Forums, on our Discord server, or in our Facebook Group.