THE LAST KNIGHT
There's a few things that never really made it to regular retail (possibly in
part due to TRU closing) but are hitting stores like Ross and TJMaxx.
- LEGION FINAL WAVE: Hound (truck), Dragonstorm (three-headed
dragon), possibly others. 11/9/18: Ross in Amarillo TX.
- ALLSPARK TECH FINAL WAVE: Sqweeks starter set, Megatron regular
figure. 11/9/18: Sqweeks has been at Ross and TJMaxx in Amarillo TX
for a few weeks (significantly cheaper at Ross), Megatron spotted on this day
- COGMAN: A few have shown up at Ross.
- VOICE CHANGER MASKS: Sqweeks and Bumblebee varieties. 11/9/18:
Ross in Amarillo TX.
TINY TURBO CHANGERS
These are blind-bagged Tiny Titans-sized figures that transform. Simplistic
and underpainted, and not worth the $3.99 TRU wants, but more or less worth
the $3 Walmart and Target ask. Most of the figures can hold 3mm pegs, but
they didn't put much effort into consistency, and some hands are too big.
BB WAVE 1: Some redecos of previous ones, some new. 10/12/18:
Target in Amarillo TX.
For the Bumblebee movie, they renamed Legion class as Speed Series. Same
basic idea as Legion, though. Too small to have Energon Igniters (the
line-wide gimmick) plug in on top, they have sockets in back so that they can
be pushed along by the motor.
BUMBLEBEE WAVE 1: VW Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Barricade, Camaro BB,
Hot Rod (retool of Barricade). 9/24/18: Target in Amarillo TX. A
local sighter found them, they're street dated for the 30th but got put out
by mistake and were buyable. 9/30: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
These seem to be sort of an in between step straddling One-Step and Deluxe,
with Energon Igniters that plug into vehicle mode as part of a "stealth
force" sort of attack mode. Articulation seems more on a par with One-Step,
but the transformations are a little more involved and include a vehicle
attack mode. They do not include the Igniters.
BB WAVE 1: Bumblebee (Camaro), Megatron (RotF tank), Dropkick
(different Camaro, character triple-changes to a helicopter in the movie),
Hot Rod (retool of Dropkick with new head). 10/1/18: Walmart in Amarillo
POWER PLUS SERIES
Same basic complexity as Power Series, but these come with Energon Igniters,
which are pushbutton friction motors (flywheels). $13 price point.
BB WAVE 1: Bumblebee (VW), Bumblebee (Camaro), Optimus Prime (truck).
10/5/18: Target and Walmart in Amarillo TX.
DELUXE STUDIO SERIES
Traditional Deluxes in boxes without motion gimmicks or autotransform, a sort
of Generations for the movies.
STUDIO SERIES WAVE 1: Crowbar (aka Berserker), Ratchet, Bumblebee, and
Stinger. The Studio Series are supposedly "we learned how to do these
characters better" versions. Despite appearances, they are either entirely
new molds (Stinger, Ratchet) or extensive retools. 4/4/18: Available on
HTS. 4/7: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 4/10: Walmart in Torrance CA (two
branches). 4/13: Target in Amarillo TX. 4/15: Target in Culver City CA.
4/16: Target in Pensacola FL. 4/17: Walmart in Mt. Zion IL. 4/18: Target in
Manhattan Beach CA. Some indication that 4/19 may actually be a street date
for these. 4/20: Target in Reseda CA.
STUDIO SERIES WAVE 2: Jazz (Mission City Battle) and Lockdown (Enemy
Ship Infiltration), plus reships. 8/7/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
8/14: Target in West Los Angeles CA. 8/23: Target in Pace FL. 9/8: Target
in Amarillo TX.
STUDIO SERIES WAVE 3: Ratchet (redeco in Dark of the Moon colors, with
a gun instead of a saw), Shadow Raider (the nameless mercs working with
Lockdown in Age of Extinction, Lockdown mold with a battlemask head and
different weapons), and beetle-mode Bumblebee (yes, nostalgia line entry for
a movie that hasn't come out yet). 9/16/18: Meijer in Noblesville IN.
10/11: Walmart in Pace FL. 10/14: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 11/11:
STUDIO SERIES WAVE 4: #22 Dropkick (helicopter) from the Bumblebee
movie, #23 KSI Sentry (Stinger retool), reships of VW BB and Shadow Raider.
12/8/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX. Oddly, Sentry rang up for $16.82
while Dropkick cost $19.97.
The usual kinda cruddy in both modes but able to put up with abuse Titan
GREATEST HITS BB: Target exclusive, Camaro BB with a sound chip that
plays music and makes sound effects, $20. 10/12/18: Amarillo TX.
10/19: Pace FL.
These appear to be proper Deluxe or maybe small Voyager toys with more
complicated transformation (than Power Series) and good articulation, they
also come with Igniters. A bit disappointing compared to Voyagers, though.
BB WAVE 1: Bumblebee (VW), Bumblebee (Camaro), Optimus Prime (Truck),
Barricade (police car). 10/1/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 10/5:
Target in Amarillo TX.
The standard more or less gimmickless Voyager size, $30 to start but later
dropping to around $25-28. In 2018, this may be limited to Studio Series,
but there's some Bumblebee movie toys that may share the price point (and
Nitro Series might be their Voyager equivalent).
STUDIO SERIES WAVE 1: Starscream, Thundercracker (a head swap of
Nitro, apparently TRU exclusive), Optimus Prime. As with the Deluxe version,
the claim is that these are also in some way "premium" and better than
previous versions. Starscream seems to be the RotF mold with a swappable
weapon hand. 4/4/18: Starscream and Optimus Prime available on HTS.
Thundercracker has been spotted at a handful of TRUs that were lucky enough
to get shipments before the closing was announced. 4/7: Starscream and
Optimus at Walmart in Amarillo TX. 4/13: Target in Amarillo TX. 4/15:
Target in Culver City CA. 4/16: Target in Pensacola FL. 4/19:
Thundercracker at TRU in Amarillo TX. Currently 15% off. 4/20: OP and SS at
Target in Reseda CA. 4/27: Thundercracker in Pensacola FL, 20% off.
STUDIO SERIES WAVE 2: Brawl (tank), Megatron (greebletank).
6/6/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 7/16: Target in Torrance CA. 7/31:
Target in Pensacola FL. 8/14: Target in West Los Angeles CA.
STUDIO SERIES WAVE 3: Ironhide (pickup truck), and as far as I can
tell the rest is reships. 10/24/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 11/11:
Starscream in RotF tattoos with buzzsaw hand at Target in Amarillo
TX. This may be part of the same wave as Ironhide, it might not, it
doesn't have Ironhide as a cosell. 11/14: Ironhide at Target in Pace FL.
11/29: Starscream at Target in Pace FL.
I'll report sightings on Leader and up, but I'm unlikely to actually buy
any. I've been leery of the bigger toys for some time now, and when you add
in the "Bayformer" aesthetic's challenges to engineering, I almost always
feel totally ripped off by anything above the $30 class.
STUDIO SERIES LEADER WAVE 1: Blackout with tiny Scorponok. Appears to
be a bit more detailed than previous versions. Also Grimlock, which is
apparently a new mold with a LOT of rubbery plastic for the spiny bits.
4/4/18: Blackout available at HTS. 4/13: Grimlock at Target in
Amarillo TX. 4/15: Both at Target in Culver City CA. 4/16: Grimlock at
Target in Pensacola FL. 4/20: Target in Reseda CA. 5/7: Target in Torrance
CA. 5/10: Both at Target in Amarillo TX.
POWER CHARGE BUMBLEBEE: Leader size, Deluxe complexity (more or less),
with a friction motor in the chest that triggers sound and light gimmicks.
$50 price point. 10/3/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 10/12: Target in
STUDIO SERIES BUMBLEBEE MULTIPACK: Listed as 24 and 25 in a single
box, it's appears to be the same molds as the existing Last Knight Camaro and
VW Studio Series BBs, maybe with slightly different colors, sold as an
exclusive two-pack by Target for $40. 11/28/18: Target.com claims these are
available in stores now, but I haven't gotten any eyes-on reports yet.
(Checked myself, not merely not in stock, there's no sticker on the shelf for
it yet.) 12/2: Confirmed in Pace FL.
TARGET EXCLUSIVE GREATEST HITS: Soundwave with Doombox (retool of
Titans Return Soundwave), Bumblebee Cassette Pack (redecos of three datapads
from Titans Return as Frenzy, Buzzsaw, and Howlback; plus crappy One Step
Changer Bumblebee redeco). 10/12/18: Amarillo TX.
Membership in this category can seem kinda arbitrary, and sometimes it will
be. Basically, if it's a robot or vehicle toy, or a weapon, but it doesn't
"really" transform (whatever that ends up meaning to me), it goes here.
Construct-Bots and Kre-O sets fall in this category. I've largely given up
on the "artifacts" stuff like clothing and party favors, since it's no longer
noteworthy, but if something impresses me in some way, I'll also list it in
WALL WALKERS: Blind-bagged assortment, all the same shape but with
different faces and torsos printed on them. Assortment includes Bumblebee,
Crosshairs, and two versions (one normal and one energy ghost outline) each
of Optimus and Megatron. 5/19/18: At Dollar Tree.
Nothing new lately, but probably coming soon for Bumblebee.
Nothing new lately, although the Halloween costumes on the main sightings
page are probably movie tie-ins rather than evergreen.
$30 and up
Nothing new lately.