War for Cybertron News Bonanza – Earthrise and Unicron Updates!
In a veritable onslaught of reveals, Hasbro have unveiled not just a number of deal-sweetening bonuses for the HasLab Unicron crowdfund, but also the first toys from part two of the War for Cybertron toyline trilogy, revealed to be named Earthrise! Read on for details.
First up is the much-anticipated sequel to War for Cybertron: Siege, now named War for Cybertron: Earthrise. With the story of Siege revolving around the final battles on Cybertron before the Ark spaceship left the planet, Earthrise sees their war reach our world, with futuristic vehicle modes swapped out for Earth-based ones. Here’s the lowdown from Hasbro on the new line:
Build the ultimate battlefield with the WAR FOR CYBERTRON: EARTHRISE figures (each sold separately, subject to availability). The siege is over, but the War for Cybertron has just begun. The AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS have left CYBERTRON, but their battle rages on as they speed through space in pursuit of the ALLSPARK. Adult fans nostalgic for the original TRANSFORMERS animation and kids discovering classic characters for the first time can share and experience exciting play patterns for all generations. Available for pre-order starting 10/03/2019 at 5:00PM EST on Hasbropulse.com and select online fan retailers.
The line also features a new pack-in bonus in the form of map segments, with a complete Earthrise collection allowing you to piece together the complete thing:
This ecosystem of collectible figures allows fans to build out epic space battle scenes and connect figures together to expand and customize the battlefield! Every pack includes a piece of the TRANSFORMERS Universe Map. Collect other EARTHRISE figures to piece together the full map.
Deluxe-and-larger figures also include “a red decoder to unlock the map’s hidden paths”, calling to mind the classic Generation 1 Tech Spec decoder gimmick.
Today’s pre-NYCC 2019 reveals include four Earthrise releases, detailed below:
Transformers Generations – War for Cybertron: Earthrise Micromasters WFC-E3 Hot Rod Patrol 2-Pack
(Ages 8 and Up/ Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/ Available: 3/1/2020)
MICROMASTERS AUTOBOT DADDY-O and TRIP-UP figures stand at 1.5 inches in robot mode and convert into mini car modes in 4 steps. These MICROMASTER figures are to scale with Modular Battle Stations and can ride along their connector tracks, so fans can build the ultimate battlefield!
Transformers Generations – War for Cybertron: Earthrise Deluxe WFC-E8 Ironworks
(Ages 8 and Up/ Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/ Available: 3/1/2020)
IRONWORKS, the eccentric AUTOBOT communications expert, Deluxe figure stands at 5.5 inches in robot mode, converts into a Modular Battle Station mode and comes with 1 accessory. IRONWORKS disassembles in 10 steps and reassembles into Station mode in another 10 steps. Disassembled parts can be used to armor up and modify other figures.
Transformers Generations – War for Cybertron: Earthrise Voyager WFC-E10 Autobot Grapple
(Ages 8 and Up/ Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/ Available: 3/1/2020)
The AUTOBOT GRAPPLE figure stands at 7 inches in robot mode, converts into classic crane truck mode in 16 steps and comes with 3 weapon accessories. The artistic architect, AUTOBOT GRAPPLE, features an A.I.R. Lock connection point on the truck mode crane that can attach to Modular Battle Stations to expand and customize the battlefield.
Transformers Generations – War for Cybertron: Earthrise Leader WFC-E11 Optimus Prime
(Ages 8 and Up/ Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/ Available: 3/1/2020)
OPTIMUS PRIME, the noble AUTOBOT Leader, figure stands at 7 inches in robot mode, converts into classic G1 truck mode in 35 steps and comes with 3 accessories – an Ion Blaster, Matrix of Leadership and Trailer. OPTIMUS PRIME can also convert into a Modular Battle Station mode, so fans can build the ultimate battlefield.
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In addition to these new figures, Hasbro also released details of several new bonuses for the HasLab War for Cybertron Unicron figure.
Firstly, Unicron will now feature an increased range of articulation in his hands, with three points of articulation in all his fingers and thumbs, demonstrated here with a grey prototype:
The previously-announced Galvatron mini-figure is now joined by a Hot Rod (both inspired by the characters’ Titans Return toys), as well as an Autobot shuttle based on those seen in The Transformers: The Movie! And on top of those is a new stand for displaying Unicron’s severed head, which also features attachment points for all three mini-accessories.
And in addition to these physical goodies, backers will now receive a new digital bonus: a Unicron-inspired comic bundle with original cover art by Andrew Griffith. Check out the details below:
The comic will feature an all-new UNICRON cover by fan-favorite Andrew Griffith. The digital collection will include the currently unavailable Transformers: The Animated Movie four-issue limited series by Bob Budiansky, Don Figueroa and Josh Burcham – which adapts and expands the classic film that introduced UNICRON – plus the first issue of the 2019 TRANSFORMERS ongoing series by Brian Ruckley, Angel Hernandez, Cachét Whitman and Joana Lafuente.
“IDW is proud to be long-term partners with Hasbro and the Transformers brand and Unicron has been a major character in our storytelling… I mean, he basically annihilated our previous continuity!” said John Barber, Editor-In-Chief of IDW Publishing. “Personally, I’m really excited to see the Hasbro HASLAB Unicron project—that might be the most impressive Transformers toy I’ve ever seen. It’s terrifyingly big! And in honor of the big hungry guy—we’re working with Hasbro to provide every fan that officially backs the toy through HASBROPULSE.com with a free Transformers comic bundle featuring the adaptation of the classic 1986 Transformers: The Movie plus the first issue of our ongoing Transformers comic book series!”
All those who back Unicron via Hasbro Pulse will receive a code to redeem for the bundle on the comiXology digital comics platform.
If these new announcements have tipped you over the edge on backing Unicron, be sure to visit his HasLab crowdfund page on Hasbro Pulse, where just over five days remain until the end of the campaign.
Be sure to share your thoughts on these new Unicron bonuses in the dedicated discussion thread on the Allspark Forums!