Movie Toy Sightings Agglomeration
Last Updated (by column)
(1) 12/8/18 | (2) 5/19/18

Sightings Report Request

    If you're sending me a bunch of sightings from different locations at the same time, please divide them by the toy, not the location, since by-the-toy is how I organize this page. It just makes it easier for me to enter the info if all the sightings for a given thing are clumped. Thanks.

SIGHTINGS Main TF Page Dave's Online Nest Opera of the Dvandom
Bumblebee (2018)
The Last Knight (2017)
Age of Extinction (2014)
Dark of the Moon (2011)
Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
2007 Movie
Studio Series
Prime Wars
War for Cybertron
Universe 2
Post-Beast TV
RiD (2015)
RiD (2001)
Beast Eras
BW Phase 1
BW Phase 2
BW Phase 3
BW Phase 4
Side Lines
Kiddie Lines

Please include both the location (city) and store in sighting reports.


Transforming Toys


    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 at Ross.
  • COGMAN: A few have shown up at Ross.
  • VOICE CHANGER MASKS: Sqweeks and Bumblebee varieties. 11/9/18: Ross in Amarillo TX.


    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 TX.


    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.


    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: Fayetteville NC.

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 series toys.

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 Amarillo TX.

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: 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.

   NonTransforming Toys   

    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 this column.


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.