(Official Transformers, but not the main line.)
Masterpiece and Platinum
TRU (and eBay) tend to be the exclusive location for these
in America, but not always. Sometimes K-Mart gets 'em.
MASTERPIECE OPTIMUS PRIME MP-10: 7/28/17: TRU in Amarillo TX,
$160. 8/3: Torrance CA.
Other Store Exclusives
CYBER BATTALION: Not exactly a single store exclusive, but seems to be
limited to "second tier" retailers like Walgreens or Meijer. These are
largely Legion designs scaled up to Voyager size, but with extra joints,
changed details, and so forth. Some are entirely new, but they draw
inspiration from Legion-style transformations. Sold in non-window boxes at
Deluxe price. 9/3/17: Bumblebee (movie-style Legion design, but with
G1-inspired head) at Walgreens in Amarillo TX. Cosell is Megatron.
Someone else in town spotted Jetfire and Prowl at a Walgreens I didn't check
today, hopefully they'll still be there tomorrow. 9/4: Well, Jetfire was.
It was stuck between plush animals on the top shelf of the cleaning supplies
aisle. 9/6: Optimus Prime (based on the Legion Generations truck that keeps
showing up in Dollar General) has been spotted in Brooklyn NY, alongside BB,
Jetfire, and Prowl. So far no one has found a Megatron, despite it being on
a lot of co-sells. 9/8: Optimus spotted by someone else at the Walgreens in
Amarillo that I never visit (a part of town that's far enough away and has
few enough draws for me that I almost never go there). 9/21: Walgreens in
TITAN GUARDIANS: Another "maybe not a store exclusive" deal, the
second wave of 6" tall Titan Guardians has hit Walgreens. Optimus,
Sideswipe, and Bumblebee are held over from the first wave, with Strongarm
and Grimlock added in. (They also have "value" Star Wars action figures in
the same size and sort of packaging.) 9/10/17: Walgreens in Amarillo
TX. $6.99 each.
CHAOS ON VELOCITRON: A Toys R Us exclusive box set, a mix of redecos,
retools, and one totally new mold, for $99. Includes Laser Optimus Prime
(G2-based deco of the current Voyager figure), Quickswitch (redeco of Six
Shot), Nautica (heavy retool of Blurr), Fastclash (new mold, Fastlane name
was unavailable), and a Titan Master Rodimus Prime. 3/24/17: El Paso
TX. 4/2: Torrance CA. 4/5: Up on TRU.com. Expect it to go in and out
of stock over time. 4/8: Iselin NJ. 8/2: Peoria IL, Bloomington IL.
SIEGE ON CYBERTRON: BBTS exclusive. Magnus Prime (the Japanese
tooling of Powermaster Optimus Prime), Tidal Wave (Broadside redeco),
Metalhawk (Triggerhappy redeco), Pounce (newish mold), Titan Master
Thunderwing. Possibly some retooling on Tidal Wave or Metalhawk. Currently
slated for late July 2017.
WINGSPAN/CLOUDRAKER: I guess we won't get four $100 exclusive box
sets? Walgreens will be carrying a two-pack of the remaining two clones,
spotted in packaging (not yet in stores, AFIACT).
DOLLAR GENERAL KRE-O: As part of their Halloween reset shipments,
stores are getting two new $12 box sets, each of which has an Autobot in a
vehicle versus a Decepticon (Strongarm vs. Springload, Sideswipe
vs. Hammerstrike, each with a "capture car" inspired by the Autobot's vehicle
mode). Some are also getting carded sets of armor-up Kreons that come with
accessories to turn them into more "regularly" proportioned robots. Optimus
Prime, Bumblebee, Sideswipe, and Grimlock, each in three different color
variants (regular, arctic, desert). No Strongarm, sigh. 7/27/17: Some
stores have these out already, but since part of the shipment has an August
shelving date, many are sitting on the truck until they can do it all at
once. 7/28: Picked up the $12 sets in Amarillo TX. 9/4: Found the
"Oversized Kreons that transform" sets at the same DG in Amarillo, they're
ALSO $12, annoyingly. Picked up spaceship Megatron, Ironhide, and Grimlock,
left Shockwave (same as the TJMaxx version) on the shelf. 9/8: All four at
Walgreens in Amarillo TX. $9.99.
Transformers Rescue Bots
On a routine patrol, four 'bots in stasis....
MINI-CON WAVE 1: Same price point as the Basics, but these are partner
animals that turn into tools, called Rescue Mini-Cons. Servo the dog-bot
turns into a drill for Boulder, Drake the dragon-bot turns into a water
cannon for Heatwave. 12/22/15: Target in Amarillo TX. I passed on
them at the checkout because they'd been mis-entered in the system as costing
$14.99. 1/14/16: Target finally fixed the price, by which time only one
Servo and no Drake were left. Servo has no articulation other than his tail
(which is the weapon grip peg). 1/24: TRU in Amarillo TX.
MINI-CON WAVE 2: Drake and Servo, plus Valor the Lion-Bot (becomes
cuff/clamp tool). 10/28: TRU in Amarillo TX.
MINI-CON WAVE 3: This one's tricky, because several have shown up
online but not necessarily in stores. There's Sequoia the bear, Swift the
Cheetah-Bot, and a single-pack version of Fireplug the Dalmatian. Swift is
clearly meant to go with Bumblebee, Sequoia with Brushfire, and Fireplug with
Heatwave. 5/2/17: Swift has been available on HTS for a while, I forgot to
mention it. Sequoia at TRU in Amarillo TX, but no Fireplug or Swift.
THE FORSAKEN WAVE: So, Target is in the middle of a reset, has
clearanced the older Mini-Cons to $1.49...and is getting in a wave of Swift
and Silverback. You may or may not be able to get them, but they don't have
the same SKU as the clearanced ones and might not be in the system at all.
Check the clearance areas, stockers tend to dump things there when they can't
find a matching peg. 8/4/17: Found at Target in Amarillo TX. I was
able to buy a Silverback for $1.49, but the rest of the ones I found were put
in back until such time as the price issue can be solved. 9/15: Local Target
will actually sell them now, at last, for $4.99. TRU in Amarillo has
Silverback but if they got Swift it had already sold out.
FLIP-BOTS WAVE 1: Basically Legion-sized Rescue Bots at the $5-6 price
point. Tip them on their back to make the head and arms automatically pop
out, no articulation. Optimus Prime, Medix, Hoist, Heatwave. 7/23/17:
TRU in Amarillo TX. And yes, I added the "If they ever are" on 7/21.
8/4: Target in Amarillo TX. 8/9: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
FLIP-BOTS WAVE 2: Blurr, Chase, Sideswipe, reship of Optimus Prime.
9/15/17: TRU in Amarillo TX.
FLIP-BOTS LAUNCHERS: Bumblebee Quick Launch Garage with a little
spring-launcher thing that sends the toy through a garage facade, jet-mode
Airport Blastoff Blades with a runway-themed launcher. Blades is severely
shortpacked. 7/29/17: $9.10 at Walmart.com. 8/11: $12.99 at both
Target and TRU in Amarillo TX. Blades seems to be one per case.
FLIP-BOTS CONSTRUCTION TEAM: Boulder, Salvage, and new cement mixer
character Mortar (mostly orange). 9/21/17: Available on HasbroToyShop.com
BASIC WAVE 9: This is all repackaged stuff from the "Energize figures
with unposeable partners" line, but it shuffles some of the partners to be
correct. Optimus with Cody, Chase with Chief Burns, Boulder with Graham,
firetruck Heatwave with Kade, helicopter Blades with Dani, and Bumblebee car
gets to be with Doc Green. 1/7/16: TRU and Target in Amarillo TX. 1/14:
Walmart in Amarillo TX.
SCOUT WAVE 9: Bumblebee (black deco dinosaur), Bumblebee (VTOL jet),
reships of older figures. 4/22/17: Jet Bumblebee spotted at Walgreens in
Amarillo TX. Wave may also include Heatwave the Fire-Bot, a two-headed
dragon currently available on HTS. 6/18/17: Both Bumblebees, Brushfire,
Heatwave dragon, blue T.rex Optimus, Quickshadow, Morbot, and Boulder are all
part of Walmart's TF5 aisle display in Amarillo TX. 7/21: Target in
EPIC WAVE 2: $10 price point. Repackaged Heatwave and Boulder, new
hollow-and-non-transforming molds of Blurr and Salvage. The new ones suffer
heavily from lack of paint applications, however, even compared to the
original four. 5/27/15: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 7/2: TRU in Amarillo
EPIC WAVE 3: Adds High Tide to the mix. 6/8/16: On Kmart.com, but not
available for sale yet. 9/30: High Tide and Bumblebee spotted at TRU in
Amarillo TX. 1/8: Also at Walmart in Amarillo TX.
EPIC WAVE 4: Adds Quickswitch. 6/18/17: All of Waves 2-4 are part
of the TF5 aisle display at Walmart in Amarillo TX.
COPTER CRANE BLADES: Another $20 "Mega Bot" class figure, a somewhat
deformed vehicle mode Blades with a big hook. Packaging shows him lifting an
as-yet-unseen ATV Rescue Bot in vehicle mode. 12/20/16: TRU in Amarillo
RESCUE SETS: A Scout-class Rescue Bot, a human figure, and one or two
Mini-Cons that combine with each other, the Rescue Bot, or the human. $20
price point. Arctic Rescue Boulder (Snowcat) with a drill snowmobile and
brute arms that combine into a Yeti named Windchill, or the arms can attach
to parka-wearing Grant's backpack. Rock Rescue Bumblebee (4x4 offroad truck)
with eagle (Talon) and lion (Hunter) bots that can combine into a griffin,
and act as wings and a crane for Cody. 1/19/17: Walmart in Amarillo
KNIGHT WATCH BUMBLEBEE: Mega-Bot sized Bumblebee that turns into a
dragon, with two dragon Mini-Cons that turn into axes. The Mini-Cons are
named Wingblaze and Freezer Burn, and yes they have fire and ice motifs. $25
price point. Fairly complicated transformation for a Rescue Bot, although
the Mini-Cons are REALLY simplistic, no articulation to speak of.
7/23/17: TRU in Amarillo TX. 8/9: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
OPTIMUS PRIME RACE TRACK TRAILER: Similar deco to the 2016 Racing
Trailer, but this one is a new mold and comes with Flip-and-Change Bumblebee
and Blurr. The trailer becomes a launcher that takes robot mode FnC's and
fires them off down a track. No connector at the end for Hot Wheels track
compatibility, as far as I can tell. 8/3/17: Up on Target.com (and
actually for sale online). 8/11: TRU in Amarillo TX, $65. 8/12: Walmart
in Amarillo TX, $49.44.
Due to the huge amount of Movie-specific product, this gets
a separate sightings page. Updated:
2016 sees Titans Return, which revamps the Headmasters gimmick
whole-heartedly, after the Brainstorm experiment during T30. All heads are
the same size, so larger figures hide 'em under helmets a la G1 Scorponok,
and the smallest price point has heads with little vehicles that transform
into other vehicles. Larger figures have base modes, including Soundwave and
Blaster figures with a new sort of data minion.
TITAN MASTERS WAVE 3: Overboard (aka Overkill, a straight redeco of
Crashbash), Ptero (aka Swoop), Sawback (aka Lione), and Fangry.
12/1/16: Target in Rockville MD. 12/20: Walmart in LaGrange GA.
12/26: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 1/7/17: Target in Costa Mesa CA. 1/11:
Target in Culver City CA. 3/3: Walmart in Quincy MA. 3/15: Walmart in
Fayetteville NC. 3/17: A sort of mixed case with some older figures padding
it out seems to be showing up, including a slightly darker Loudmouth (looks
more like batch variation than intentional).
TITAN MASTERS WAVE 4: Autobot Shuffler (elephant/tank, based on
Japanese-only Shuffler), Repugnus (monsterbot), reships of Nightbeat and
Skytread. 2/16/17: Walmart in Sierra Vista AZ. 2/17: Walmart in Tyler
TX (about 6 hours away from me, so not gonna road trip for 'em). 2/18:
Walmart in Diamond Bar CA, Buena Park CA, Stanton CA. 5/8: TRU in
Bloomington IL. Seriously, what's up with this wave? 8/15: TRU in
Fayetteville NC. 8/29: Kroger in Lawrenceburg IN. 9/1: Finally...TRU in
Amarillo TX. 9/15: Target in Amarillo TX.
TITAN MASTERS WAVE 5: Ramhorn (rhino/tank, shares engineering and
maybe some parts with Shuffler), reships of Apeface, Ptero, Overboard.
7/19/17: Still no brick and mortar sightings, but I won the wave in a random
drawing from Entertainment Earth.
TR LEGENDS WAVE 4: Brawn (SUV), Roadburn (red redeco of Bumblebee with
new head, homage to Throttlebot Chase), reship of Bumblebee. 4/5/17:
Brawn only, Meijer in Goshen IN. 5/6: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 5/11:
Target in Amarillo TX. 5/16: Target in Springfield IL. 7/15: Forgot to
mention, these guys are part of the Walmart "train" for TF5, so pretty much
every Walmart has them now, and in large quantities.
TR LEGENDS WAVE 5: Seaspray (hovercraft), Cosmos (slight redeco of the
T30 one, no Mini-Con). 6/8/17: Target in Amarillo TX. 6/13: Target
in Decatur IL. 6/15: Target in Torrance CA. 7/31: Walmart in Pensacola FL.
9/20: Walmart in Quincy MA.
TR DELUXE WAVE 4: Quake (Hardhead redeco), Krok (Skullsmasher redeco),
Topspin, Perceptor, Kup. 2/17/17: Quake and Krok spotted at Walgreens in
Torrance CA. Distribution very spotty. 2/24: Quake, Krok, Perceptor at
Walgreens in Rockville MD. They've raised the prices up to $19. 3/15: Krok
and Topspin at Walgreens in Fayetteville NC. 4/11: Topspin and Kup at
Walgreens (different one for each figure) in Fayetteville NC. 5/8: Krok only
at Walgreens in Decatur IL. (I gave up and ordered all five from TFSource.)
5/13: Walmart in Amarillo TX. (I should finish my review today, so it's not
like they showed up in stores right after I committed to an online order.)
5/22: Target in Green Bay WI. 5/23: TRU, Target in Amarillo TX. 7/9: TRU in
TR DELUXE WAVE 5: Windblade with Scorchfire (new mold), Misfire with
Aimless (significant retool of Triggerhappy, IIRC), and Twin Twist with
Flameout (retool of Topspin). Reships of Wolfwire fill out the wave, the
assortment number on Wolfwire is unchanged so it probably doesn't have any
mold tweaks. 7/22/17: Target in Opelika AL. 8/11: TRU in Amarillo
TX. (Target.com claims my local Target has 'em in stock, but it lies.)
TR VOYAGER WAVE 5: Blitzwing with Decepticon Hazard, Octone with Murk.
Voyager Megatron and Optimus recolors with new faceplate, basically.
5/15/17: Target in Evansville IN. 7/2: Target in Redondo Beach CA.
7/8: Target in Pace FL. 8/11: Target.com claims my local store has 'em, but
my local store doesn't even have a place on the shelf for TR Voyagers.
Target.com is a separate company that licenses the name, though, so it's not
too surprising if they're clueless. 8/23: Target in Wilkes Barre PA. 9/1:
TRU in Amarillo TX. Also Walmart in Amarillo TX a few days earlier, but I
forgot to update the page. 9/20: Walmart in Quincy MA.
TR LEADER WAVE 3: Includes Six Shot (six-changer). 2/25/17: Target
in West Los Angeles CA. Seriously, haven't gotten any sightings since
then. WTCHOP? 7/19: Appears to have finally been folded into shipping with
TR LEADER WAVE 4: Sky Shadow (Black Shadow, pretool for Overlord,
robot splits into tank and jet). 5/22/17: Target in Green Bay WI.
Sadly, wouldn't fit into my luggage, so I'll have to hope it's on shelves in
Amarillo soon. 6/14: "Soon" is relative, I guess. Walmart in Amarillo TX.
6/15: Walmart in Toronto ON. 7/6: Walmart in Winchester VA. 7/15: Target in
Fayetteville NC. 7/19: Sky Shadow and Six Shot together in a case at TRU
in Torrance CA. 7/21: Both at TRU in Amarillo TX. 8/8: Walmart in
Amarillo TX. 8/15: Walmart in Fayetteville NC. 9/15: TRU in Pensacola FL.
TR LEADER WAVE 5: Overlord (retool of Sky Shadow). Listed on
Target.com, but not for sale online.
TITANS RETURN TITAN WAVE 2: Trypticon, dinosaur/base/starship triple
changer. As of July 2017, it is trickling out in a few mostly online places,
no store sightings yet. 7/21/17: TRU in Torrance CA. $150. 7/23:
TRU in Amarillo TX. Why, yes, my online order shipped today, a few hours
before I went shopping. 8/10: TRU in Dedham MA.
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
The sequel series to Transformers: Prime. Sort of. The comic tries to tie
them together, but the show might as well be in an entirely new universe,
unaligned with Prime. It got better about that in later seasons, though.
Smallest size that actually has articulation in robot mode.
WAVE 8: Springload (frog/car), Starscream (jet), reships (or possible
minor redecos) of Grimlock and Optimus Prime. 1/7/17: Target in Amarillo
TX. 1/11: Walmart in Greenville SC.
WAVE 9: Blurr (sports car), reships of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee,
Bisk. 5/11/17: TRU in Amarillo TX for $8.99, ouch.
The non-transforming, barely-articulated bludgeoning weapons masquerading as
12" tall action figures. (Hasbro has started making accessories for the
Marvel Titan Heroes, so maybe we'll get a sort of Actionmaster Vehicle deal
going here eventually?) $10 price point, sometimes on sale for less.
WAVE 1: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Steeljaw with a better posture
than you're likely to ever see him anywhere else. 2/5/15: TRU in Amarillo
TX. 2/6: TRU in Torrance CA. 2/14: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 10/3: $6 at
Big Lots as part of their Christmas reset.
WAVE 1.5: Swaps in Sideswipe for Steeljaw in the assortment.
3/12/15: TRU in Torrance CA.
WAVE 2?: Replaces Sideswipe with Drift. 7/14/16: TJMaxx in
Continuing from the movie line, simplified toys at the $10 spot that are
bigger than Cyberverse Commanders, but significantly less...anything else,
WAVE 10?: Blurr, cosells are regular Sideswipe and Bumblebee.
3/11/17: Blurr found at Walgreens in Amarillo TX. $12.99 base price,
but membership cardholders can currently get it for $8.99. 3/17: Target in
Amarillo TX. Case had Blurr, Sideswipe, Bumblebee, and Drift (all in
original colors). 3/21: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 6/1: Blurr along with
Bumblebee, Bisk, blue Strongarm, and new Heatseeker at TRU in Amarillo TX.
6/18: Same assortment as the 6/1 sighting, Walmart in Amarillo TX (part of
the TF5 aisle display).
While Generations continues to have Deluxe, they've made the size class
Warrior for RiD2. Simpler designs, but less fiddly.
WAVE 10: Skywarp (Starscream redeco), Windblade (redeco with new
battlemask face), Soundwave (armored truck), Blurr (not the Rescue Bots
version). 3/30/17: TRU in Torrance CA, Amarillo TX; Hasbrotoyshop.
4/20: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 5/5: Target in Amarillo TX.
Two-packs of sub-Legends sized vehicles that can turn into
brickish individuals or "crash combine" into taller bricks. Sets can be
mixed, but a legs-figure can't become an upper body. $15 price point.
WAVE 2: Reships plus new set Skysledge/Stormhammer=Skyhammer, a pair
of Autobot jets. 5/23/17: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 6/1: Target in
WAVE 3: Lunar Force Primestrong (blue Optimus redeco, Strongarm
replacing blue plastic with black), Shocknado (Shockdrive and Warnado,
redecos of the Skyhammer team with new heads based on Galvatron and Cyclonus,
although the package design is far more Cyclonus-y than the actual toy, the
combiner head is unchanged), Dragbreak (Dragstrip and Wildbreak, the only
crash combiner to actually appear on the cartoon so far as of the end of
June). 7/1/17: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
All the proportion, hollowness, and flatness issues of a
Titan Hero, but transforming like a simplified Legion class. $15-18 price
point. Really horrible toys.
WAVE 1: Bumblebee, Optimus Prime. 10/2/15: Up on Amazon.
1/22/16: At TRU in Amarillo TX for $13, not worth it.
WAVE 2: Adding in Sideswipe, plus more BB and OP. 4/21/16: TRU in
WAVE 3: Slight redecos of Bumblebee and Sideswipe, in Combiner Force
packaging. 12/29/16: TRU in Amarillo TX.
Also known as Three-Step Changers. Big, brickish, and
simple, aimed at kids at the low end of RiD. $20 price point.
HYPERFLIP OPTIMUS PRIME AND BUMBLEBEE: New molds pushing what appears
to be a one-step "Hyperflip" transformation, still $20 bricks. 1/26/17:
Target in Amarillo TX. 4/13: TRU in Amarillo TX.
HYPER-(FILL IN THE BLANK): Combiner Force toys in the Hyperchanger
style, but each has a different hyper. Hyper-Swoop Grimlock, Hyper-Hook
Thunderhoof, Hyper-Twist Bumblebee. All new molds, none impressive enough to
pay TRU's $23 asking price. 4/21/17: TRU in Amarillo TX. 5/11:
Target in Amarillo TX ($20, still not tempted).
HYPERWHATEVER WAVE 2: Hyper-Turn Steeljaw, Hyper-Vault Soundwave.
6/23/17: TRU in Amarillo TX.
Replacing the Deployers in the "$20 for a Mini-Con and a hollow brick bulk"
category, these use Mini-Cons to trigger an alternate vehicle mode a la the
Stealth Force toys from the movie line a while back.
WAVE 1: Bumblebee with Stuntwing, Strongarm with Trickout. 1/3/17:
Target in Amarillo TX. They only had Bumblebee, but with only two total
on the shelf I guess someone beat me to the Strongarm(s). 1/9: Walmart in
Amarillo TX. Confirmed that a case is one Strongarm and three Bumblebees.
WAVE 2: Not sure of assortments, but adds in Sideswipe with Great Byte
(jet plane that turns into shark-ish Mini-Con similar to Strongarm's trident
Mini-Con from the Weaponizers line). 6/8/17: TRU in Amarillo TX.
WAVE 3: Swaps in Soundwave with Laserbeak (robo-condor to jet drone
thing that also can be a turret). 7/14/17: Target in Diamond Bar CA.
9/21: Available on HTS.
WAVE? WHAT'S THAT? Optimus Prime with Hi-Test (micro-tank and turret
for truck mode). 9/21/17: Available on HTS for $20.
Most of the really big stuff in this line is also fairly simplistic.
TEAM COMBINERS WAVE 1: Ultra Bee, Menasor. $30 price point. The
individuals do transform into robot mode as well as Crash Combiners, except
for Drift, who is just a sword. 7/21/17: TRU in Torrance CA. No price
on the shelf, Menasor shortpacked. 7/23: TRU in Amarillo TX. 9/15: TRU in
Pensacola FL (only Menasor, oddly).