If I were a betting man, I'd 100% take this as an example of "pre-use" for those swords, and a potential sign that they'll be released with Swoop, as rumoured, or potentially another weapons pack down the road.
I STRONGLY feel like they should move up to two commanders a year, considering all of the characters they have price bumped up into that class, and the number of truck characters they've been wanting to do. It would also give them a bit more space to do redecoes of existing molds (Let's go...
So I just opened SS86 Ultra Magnus and WOW, photography on this figure was so misleading. Even seeing pictures from earlier in this thread showed him as a slightly more mellow blue, closer to the movie or a darker version of his toy blue, but in person it has a LOT more purple to it, I'm...
I still feel like, if they had just set ATC in-universe, as fans of the originals or having to step up bc the originals weren't there or something, the movie would have gone over a lot better, and could have served as a bridge for Afterlife.
Beast Wars Quickstrike
Beast Machines Thrust
G2 Hooligan (retool into alt cyberjet mold)
G2 Manta Ray
Prime Jet Vehicon
I would have said Armada Sideways as well, but I really feel to do his minicon gimmick justice he'd have to be voyager.
I'm somewhat confidant that any remolding they do will be intended to pull double duty as Dinoking & Monstructor, with a fair bit of compromise in there. If they're setting it up as a box set, that also might mean additional new parts or accessories, like some of the Combiner Wars boxed sets.
I actually found the pacing really refreshing, and I think they managed to fit in almost the same amount of plot as you'd normally get from a normal episode once you scraped all the filler off. It was really interesting to see as a concept.
Got to check out the Skyquake a bit in person this weekend, seems pretty solid. What are we thinking the chances are that a G1 coloured version would be remolded rather than just a repaint? Remolded & smaller shoulder pads would be much more accurate, and would slim down the jet mode to be a bit...