So, this is a bit disappointing, and....strange.
Before that, though, let's cover the other stuff. It seems the bodies have had more of a redesign than we thought. It seems that some of the cut joints, like at least the shoulders, are now ball-joints. I don't really think that was necessary, but it's not really a big deal anyway.
They're also now listed as having 8 points of articulation, not 7. It seems the heads now have greater movement, which I think might be the extra joint?
As we know already, the wave 2 Optimus has a sound chip inside him. Okay, cool. Nice way to separate him from the wave 1 version, and any of the repaints. BUT the battery is NOT accessible. So it can't be changed, or even taken out for long-term storage. The battery life is 2 hours, which equates to roughly 400 uses.
I enjoy the little stories they come up with. Here's the general blurb for series 2: ''The War rages on. Cybertron is plagued by Civil War and the complete dilution of resources consumed by its inhabitants. With plans to invade Earth, the Autobots must stop Megatron and his insurgence from taking Earth's resources for their own. With help from the Dinobots, Optimus pushes back Shockwave and his forces, including Ramjet and the Insecticon known as Shrapnel. While the Dinobots are continuously annoyed with Optimus Prime, their greater disdain for the Decepticons keeps them of somewhat neutral threat to Optimus and his cadre, including Prowl, Mirage and Sideswipe.''
Release date is late May/June. Pre-orders are up at a few places already, though BBTS is only listing full cases and random singles at the moment. The Loyal Subjects store itself is offering bundles that actually work out cheaper.