The Spark in Review: November 9, 2018
The Spark in Review is the week’s news at Allspark reimagined in a sleek and modern form as a transforming stand for your new watch. That metaphor doesn’t make any sense, but there’s news in Siege with several new video reviews, we’ve had the full reveal of the Transformers TCG’s Metroplex deck, and we launched our retrospective on Lost Light.
Toy News and Reveals:
There’s some big news in Siege this week. For a warmup, Amazon Japan released new stock images of several Siege launch figures, including some oddly presented in preproduction form. But as the Battle Masters appear at retail, online reviewers have begun capturing copies of the line’s wave-1 figures, and Optimus Prime and Megatron, Sideswipe, Hound, Cog, and Skytread have all received video reviews. Meanwhile, new stock photos were released of the Leader-class figures Ultra Magnus and Shockwave.
One last apparent hint at new Generations figures comes from an unexpected source – the seemingly concluded Power of the Primes, in the form of listings for Ricochet and “Red Swoop”. We’re crossing our fingers for this one, since the two would potentially complete some collectors’ sets. On the note of Power of the Primes, we’ve also released our Wreck Gar gallery.
In Studio Series news, Dengeki Hobby released stock photos for upcoming TakaraTomy releases like Barricade and WWII Bumblebee. We also caught another peek at the cloaked Dark of the Moon Megatron via TakaraTomy thumbnail release images. Video reviews have appeared for Revenge of the Fallen Starscream and Age of Extinction KSI Sentry, and we took a quick shoot with Shadow Raider.
Outside the main lines, a Casio partnership has been revealed involving an Optimus Prime themed watch that combines with a (much larger) stand to form an Optimus Prime robot, as has a lineup of Fascinations Metal Earth G1 Transformers character kits. Outside Transformers entirely, we’ve rounded up some recent news from Hasbro on their upcoming Overwatch offerings including the Ultimates figures and Nerf guns.
Some Transformers figures also warranted mention in Walmart’s 2018 Toy Book.
IDW have released their comics shipping list for November 14 and the full preview of Lost Light #25. We released our review and retrospective on the occasion of the same issue, reflecting on the story and its development over the course of its run under the More than Meets the Eye and Lost Light titles.
In gaming news, the Transformers TCG has revealed the Metroplex deck and its exclusive cards, a whole combat team and mighty base in a box. Meanwhile, Transformers: Earth Wars has revealed event details for the weekend and a look at upcoming bots. Finally, outside Transformers, Destiny 2 is now free for PC.
Check out last week’s Allspark Art Showcase for a look at a very convincing custom Power of the Primes Rung from user Walky and another lovely piece of monstrous character art from Noideaforaname. You can also check out last week’s Spark in Review and, as always, jump into the present on the Allspark Forums, our Discord channel, and our Facebook group.
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