(Official Transformers, but not the main line.)
With TRU effectively gone (two stores opening by the end of
2019 doesn't really count), Target is stepping up on the exclusives. The
Buzzworthy Bumblebee line seems to be their main trade dress for exclusives,
building on their 2018 Bumblebee movie exclusives but often having nothing to
do with Bumblebee.
BUZZWORTHY TROOP BUILDERS: You know, a proper "troopbuilder" set
contains multiple copies of the same generic trooper, like a box with three
regular Stormtroopers and one that has a little bit of extra paint that marks
him as a squad leader. But not this set! It has one Animated Universe
Autotrooper (Siege Ironhide mold in white with two choices of head), G2
Universe Cybertronian Trooper (Deluxe Skullgrun mold in white and teal with
two head options), Decepticon Seeker (Earthrise Starscream mold in the
unnamed blue-purple color scheme from MtMtE part 2), and Quintesson Trooper
(Earthrise Alicon with two head options and a more cartoon-accurate deco).
Want multiple Autotroopers? Too bad, gotta buy multiple sets, or do some
trading. 11/2/23: Pensacola FL. (First reported-to-me sighting, but
I've been seeing people customizing these things online for weeks, so either
their Targets got 'em early, or these were specialty store shipments.)
DEAD IRONHIDE AND PROWL: Buzzkillworthy, amirite? Retools of Studio
Series 86-24 Ironhide (as 86-24BB) and Earthrise Prowl (as 86-20BB) with
battle damage and "argh I am dying" faces. 8/13/23: Burke VA. 8/19:
South Carson CA. 9/6: Amarillo TX, $56. I gave the set a pass, the gag's a
little too specific for me to want more of either mold just to get death
scenes. If it lasts long enough to go on clearance, I might reconsider.
(Later note: I picked it up for 66% off.)
BUZZWORTHY LEADER GRIMLOCK: Studio Series #07 Grimlock in Buzzworthy
packaging. 8/8/23: Amarillo TX. 8/19: South Carson CA. 10/12: Pace
BUZZWORTHY SMASH-CHANGER SCOURGE: RotB Scourge as a Smash-Changer.
8/8/23: Amarillo TX. Almost bought it, then thought better of it.
Even when the gimmick works, Smash-Changers are bricks. 8/19: South Carson
BUZZWORTHY TOW-LINE: A headswap redeco of Scraphook as RiD01 Tow-Line,
the "neon" colored parking law enforcer. 8/2/23: Sterling VA, appears to
be a dedicated case. 8/8: Amarilllo TX. 8/19: Hacienda Heights CA,
Manhattan Beach CA, South Carson CA.
ONE-STEP CHANGERS: Cyberverse One-Step Changers Prowl and Starscream
in Buzzworthy packaging, no changes to the toys. 5/24/23: Redondo Beach
CA. 6/21: Amarillo TX.
JUNGLE MISSION: A three-pack of Deluxes, it appears they will all get
individual Deluxe releases with little to no change in mold or color.
Cheetor (robot cheetah), Nightracer (unlicensed sportscar), and Wheeljack (VW
Minibus). $55 price point. 3/30/23: Amarillo TX. 4/1: Torrance CA.
4/2: South Carson CA. 4/6: Redondo Beach CA. 5/24: Down to half price some
places. Note, future Buzzworthy RotB toys will go on the Movie Toys page.
ORIGINS JAZZ: aka "Jazzworthy Jazz," as he showed up in the first G1
episode. 3/12/23: Baltimore MD. Also somewhere in VA. 3/18:
Vauxhall NJ. 3/22: Torrance CA. Note, there's multiple reports of paint
damage to the chest due to how it's packaged. 3/23: Amarillo TX (and no
damage, but of course I pre-ordered from Pulse). 4/6: Redondo Beach CA.
BUZZWORTHY SILVERSTREAK: With blue accents, appears to be in a
dedicated case. 3/30/22: Manhattan Beach CA, Springfield VA. 3/31:
Amarillo TX, Pensacola FL, South Carson CA. 4/2: Quincy MA, Braintree MA.
5/18: Gaithersburg MD. 8/8/23: Forgot to mention the other day, but it's hit
Ollie's closeout stores.
TOXITRON COLLECTION: More G2-than-G2 garish decos explained away as
being the result of toxic waste exposure.
- DELUXE: Dead End (actual G2 deco), Jazz (never used G2 scheme, very
orange and red), "Laser Cycle" (the planned but never released Jazz redeco of
Road Rocket, but since this would involve a gender swap they did not call
this Jazz), Mirage (unused G2 concept art), Sideswipe (unused G2 concept
art). I'm not sure a case actually contains all five, if it does the
shortpacks are probably Dead End and Sideswipe (since I found two of each
of the others on the shelves but only those). 7/22/23: Jazz, Mirage, and
Laser Cycle in Amarillo TX. 8/4: Found the rest in Amarillo TX.
- VOYAGER: Cloudcover (unused G2 design for Ramjet, but this one has
Dirge's head sculpt, Earthrise mold). 7/31/23: Amarillo TX.
- LEADER: Grimlock ("tiger stripe" unused deco), Toxitron (G2 Laser Optimus
Prime mold in existing Toxitron colors). 7/22/23: Grimlock only, Amarillo
TX. (I passed on it.) 7/31: Both Grimlock and Toxitron, Amarillo
TX. (I picked up Toxitron.)
RETRO STARSCREAM and HOT ROD: G1 reissues in movie-accurate colors.
Starscream has a small Megatron gun and fists remolded to be able to hold it,
I think. $34. 1/17/23: Amarillo TX (Starscream only).
SPEEDIA 500: A big cluster of new and old molds bound loosely by the
theme of characters appearing at (if not necessarily racing in) the Speedie
500, Velocitron's general election.
- DELUXE 1: Blurr (Studio 86 retool with a new front end in vehicle mode),
Clampdown (police redeco of the most recent retool of Sideswipe with a new
head, he's there to ticket the racers), Cosmos (good luck ever finding one,
new mold and shortpacked), Burnout (black redeco and headswap of Legacy
Skids), and Roadrocket (head swap redeco of Legacy Arcee). 7/31/22: Pace
FL. (Cosmos already gone when the sighter got there.) 8/3: Amarillo TX,
also no Cosmos. 8/5: Canyon TX, Cosmos found (but not by me). 8/15: There
seems to be a second assortment with more Cosmos and Clampdown in it, hitting
various places (including Amarillo) this week.
- DELUXE 2: Decepticon Crasher (Mirage using the Battle Against Time mold
but the 3-pack face mold), Shadow Strip (G2 Drag Strip). 12/24/22:
Minneapolis area. 1/27/23: Dumas TX.
- VOYAGER: Override (new mold), Autobot Hauler (green deco of ER Grapple,
someone gotta clean up the wrecks). 8/3/22: Amarillo TX, Canyon TX.
12/24: Now on clearance for $25, I grabbed a Hauler.
- LEADER: Scourge (RiD2000 redeco of Legacy Laser Optimus Prime).
7/31/22: Pace FL. 8/8: Amarillo TX. (I passed on it, I didn't like
the mold enough to want more of it at $56.)
LEGACY DELUXE: All based on Kingdom molds. Nightprowler (Cheetor
redeco based on an unreleased Universe toy), Buzzsaw (head-swap redeco of
Waspinator, based on BW Buzzsaw), Sandstorm (tan and red redeco of Scorponok
based on a BotCon exclusive from the late 90s). 5/18/22: Amarillo TX.
5/26: Pace FL.
VINTAGE BEAST WARS DELUXE WAVE 3: Cybershark, $25. And I finally
noticed that the techspecs use the four-icon system that Legacy does.
4/17/22: Amarillo TX. 4/30: Weymouth MA. 5/26: Pace FL.
VINTAGE BEAST WARS DELUXE WAVE 4: Wolfang and Retrax, $28.
12/5/22: Amarillo TX. Part of an aisle display of other $28 toys like
holiday color Imperial Scout Trooper (Black Series).
VINTAGE BEAST WARS SCORPONOK: In 1990s-style packaging, the old "Mega"
figure is now $42 at Walmart. I did not buy one to see what small mold
differences there might be, but it is a more show-accurate color scheme.
1/29/22: Amarillo TX. 2/3: Pace FL. 12/24: Now available at Ross for
$15, so I snagged one.
The Kingdom set is Battle Across Time, pairing a Cybertronian with a beast
warrior of some sort.
MIRAGE and GRIMLOCK: A heavily retooled Siege Mirage updated for a
more Earth-like mode, and a head-swap redeco of Voyager Dinobot.
SIDESWIPE and SKYWARP: An updated Sideswipe retool that resembles
Earthrise Sunstreaker in vehicle mode, plus a head-swap of Airazor as BWII
Skywarp (from the combiner team). 12/24/22: They've been showing up at Ross
for a few weeks now, sorry I forgot to mention it.
Other Store Exclusives
MEDIX: A Crankcase retool with Crosscut's head and Minerva's guns
added in, this is the Walgreens co-exclusive for 2023. 12/1/23: Available
(but probably just briefly) on Pulse. Scored one, woot.
MINERVA: A co-tool of Legacy Arcee with a different head and
lightbar. Walgreens co-exclusive with Hasbro Pulse, tends to be a "show up
and sell out" item online. 12/22/22: Walgreens in East Torrance CA.
12/23: Gardenia CA. (I did find some battered boxes in Amarillo TX a few
months later but forgot to note it here.)
AUTHENTICS: Replacing the repackaged Legion figures that have been
perpetually available at stores like Dollar General. The "Bravo" assortment
has Legends-sized figures for $5-6, first wave being Bumblebee, Megatron,
Optimus, and Starscream. These are simplified designs in the same vein as
the Cyber Battalion figures. The "Alpha" assortment adds a few joints and is
closer to Battalion size, but is still very simplified, and packaged on a
large blister card, $10-12. 4/23/21: Bravo class Barricade at Family
Dollar in Amarillo TX. Needs window paint, but otherwise decent in both
modes. It even has elbows. 5/17/21: Alpha class Shockwave at Dollar
General in Amarillo TX. It turns into the inevitable "spaceship,"
although I'm pretty sure the instructions and package photos have the
spaceship mode upside down. 5/22: Barricade at Family Dollar in Valley AL.
5/21/22: A year since my last sighting, and I found Alpha class Wheeljack at
Family Dollar in Amarillo TX. $11.25 is now the Alpha price point. 6/18:
Bravo class Arcee (car) at Dollar General in Amarillo TX, still $5 and $10
price points there. It's prone to popping apart on ball joints and the
transformation is very finicky, but if you do it right the car is reasonably
solid. And they didn't give her lipstick. 10/28/23: Optimus Primal
(gorilla) and a repackaged first wave Bumblebee Bravo class at Family Dollar
in Amarillo TX ($6.15). 11/1: Alpha Class Optimus Prime, Bumblebee,
and Grimlock in plastic-free packaging for $12 at Dollar General. These seem
to be more "Titan Hero" toys, but the packaging doesn't say so, hence
assuming they're just new mold Alphas. Optimus and Bumblebee looked
horrible, Grimlock looked bad but not so bad I didn't buy one. Turns out it
was very bad too. 11/3: Bravo wave 6 at Dollar General for $6, included
Optimus Prime in addition to Primal and BB. 12/6: Soundwave added into the
Titan Changer/Alpha Class assortment. $15 at CVS in Amarillo TX (I picked it
up because I had a couple of "expires today" discounts on my card, so I got
it for $9).
CYBERTRON BATTLERS: Non-transforming soft plastic figures with five
points of articulation and somewhat indifferent paint, proportions are kinda
in the Rescue Bots style. Evergreen designs of Optimus Prime, Megatron (no
heels so falls over easily) and Bumblebee, $5. 11/3/23: Dollar General in
Gotta catch a mall!
SERIES 6: Currently pre-orderable on Amazon, for Fall 2022 shipping.
Only entire cases available as of Spring 2022. Includes some vehicle sets
linked to the Netflix cartoon. Shipped in November, my review is now up (see
Side Lines in the navbar up top). As of November 2023 they're showing up at
Transformers Rescue Bots/Classic Heroes Team
In 2022, the branding changed to Classic Heroes Team, dropping Rescue Bots
entirely. But they're still basically Rescue Bots.
CLASSIC HEROES TEAM REPACKS: Repackages of "Basic" class sports car
Bumblebee and truck Optimus from back in the Rescue Bots days. 1/21/21:
Target in Amarillo TX.
CLASSIC HEROES TEAM GRIMLOCK: Robot to dinosaur, new mold. $10.88 at
Walmart. 8/1/22: Seems to have been a dedicated case, Walmart in Amarillo
TX. By November 2023 they're at Ross, as are Primal and Megatron (tank).
CLASSIC HEROES TEAM OPTIMUS PRIMAL: Robot to missile-backpack
gorilla. 8/11/22: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
CLASSIC HEROES TEAM MEGATRON: Drill tank, but in otherwise G1-ish
colors rather than hazard stripe miner colors. 8/11/22: Walmart in
CLASSIC HEROES TEAM MEGATRON (GATOR): No sightings yet as of 12/24/22,
but pictures have shown up of a gator Megatron, first time he's had that mode
in wide release since 1996-7. I eventually got it online from Macy's (they
bought the TRU name), a year later still haven't seen it on shelves.
CLASSIC HEROES TEAM STARSCREAM: Cute little jet, might be released at
the same time as Megatortron.
Due to the huge amount of Movie-specific product, this gets
a separate sightings page. Updated:
With a new show on Paramount Plus, Cyberverse's replacement as the "line for
kids that has a cartoon" is set in an alternate G1-style universe in which
the war ended over a decade ago and left a handful of Cybertronians stranded
on Earth...with Megatron having done a face turn. A new breed of Terran-born
Cybertronians (with birthing processes reminiscent of Armada's Mini-Con
plates) bond with humans and need to be kept secret because the Autobots'
human allies are maybe not trustworthy. Terrans are their own factionless
faction so far. First season came out in late 2022, toys started in 2023.
TACTICON WAVE 1: The cheapo size class, these transform into brickish
robots that are meant to be finger puppets. This wave is the inevitable
Optimus, Megatron, and Bumblebee. $5 each in tiny boxes, and I wonder if
they had to resist the temptation to make them blind boxes. 1/23/23:
Walmart in Canyon TX. 1/24: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 4/2: Target in
TACTICON WAVE 2: Hashtag, Arcee, and reships. 8/11/23: Target in
Amarillo TX, $6.99. Someone beat me to the Arcee, and at $7 this class
is now definitely overpriced. 9/15: Forgot to mention that I found Arcee
there on 9/1. Spotted both at Walmart in Amarillo TX today for $5 each.
1-STEP FLIP CHANGERS WAVE 1: Because this class ain't going away, it
just gets slightly renamed every few years. Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, and
(shockingly not Megatron) Wheeljack. 1/17/23: BB and Optimus at Target in
Amarillo TX. I guess Wheeljack is shortpacked? I did find it a few days
later at the same Target.
1-STEP FLIP CHANGERS WAVE 2: Swindle (sort of a Hummvee) and Soundwave
(stealth bomber, throwback to Cybertron Trilogy, sort of). 3/30/23:
Target in Amarillo TX.
1-STEP WAVE 3: Megatron (transport plane) and Terran Twitch (drone),
shipping with more of wave 1. 8/6/23: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
WARRIOR CLASS WAVE 1: Like previous Warriors, they involve some sort
of attack gimmick, and are a bit on the cheap-feeling side. Elita-1 (weird
SUV thing), Optimus Prime, Skywarp (a femmebot in this universe).
1/13/23: Target in Torrance CA, Manhattan Beach CA, South Carson CA.
1/14: Target in Amarillo TX (Skywarp and Optimus only). 1/23: Walmart in
Canyon TX (no Elita). 2/2: Target in Amarillo TX (all three).
WARRIOR CLASS WAVE 2:: Terran Thrash (motorcycle) and Megatron (cargo
plane, sort of).
WARRIOR CLASS WAVE 3:: Terran Jawbreaker (Pachycephalosaur with a lot
of junk in the trunk) and Starscream (minor redeco of the crappy wave 1
Cyberverse Warrior). 6/6/23: Walmart in Amarillo OH. Yeah, still no
sightings of wave 2....
DELUXE CLASS WAVE 1: Back to the Build-A-Figure gimmick on these
slightly more complex figures that are to scale with the Warriors, more or
less. The first BAF is Dr. Mandroid (who has 7 parts but that includes two
choices of left arm) who won't be complete until wave 3. This wave is
Bumblebee ("mid-life crisis" car), Megatron (cargo plane), and Terran Twitch
(Cybertronian flying drone). 1/12/23: I found just a couple of Megatrons
at Target in Amarillo TX. $20 at Target. Dunno if Megatron was
longpacked, or just unloved. 1/13: Just Megatron and Bumblebee at Targets in
Torrance CA, Manhattan Beach CA, and South Carson CA. The case assortments
might be kinda messed up? 1/17: Bumblebee added to Megatron at Target in
Amarillo TX...maybe someone who bought them all earlier decided to return
one? 1/23: Just Megatron and Bumblebee at Target in Pace FL. 1/24: Walmart
in Pace FL. 1/27: Walmart in Canyon TX. 1/28: Walmart in Amarillo TX
(finally found Twitch).
DELUXE WAVE 2: Optimus Prime (truck), Shockwave (walker tank), and
repacks. 5/26/23: Target in Pace FL. 5/27: Target in Amarillo TX
(Optimus only, fortunately I got Shockwave from Pulse today). 7/24: Walmart
in Amarillo TX (both).
SPIN CHANGERS WAVE 1: This is the largest size class so far. A human
figure placed on the partially transformed robot makes it automatically
spin-change the rest of the way into (brickish) robot mode. Each also has an
accessory that can be used by the human partner. Bumblebee with Mo Malto,
Optimus Prime with Robby Malto. 1/13/23: Targets in Torrance CA,
Manhattan Beach CA, South Carson CA. 1/14: Target in Amarillo TX.
The War for Cybertron trilogy wrapped up with Kingdom, and Generations
shifted to Legacy, which is a bit more aggressive about homages to characters
other than just G1 and Beast Wars, with a thin "interdimensional battle"
premise. Some redecos and retools of WfC toys do show up, though.
LEGACY CORE CLASS WAVE 4 (EVOLUTION 1): Slug (Triceratops), Sludge
(Brontosaur), and Soundblaster (redeco of Kingdom Soundwave). The Dinobots
will combine into a slightly larger robot. 1/25/23: Target in Torrance
CA (Slug only, oddly). 3/2: Target in Pace FL (Sludge only).
LEGACY CORE CLASS WAVE 5: Legacy Bomb-Burst in new packaging, Legacy
Evolution Thundercracker (yet another redeco of Kingdom Starscream), Grimlock
(Dinobot), and Nemesis Prime (black redeco of Kingdom Core Optimus).
2/7/23: Partial case at Target in Torrance CA. Just Thundercracker
and Bomb-Burst. 3/16: Another partial case, just Nemesis Prime and Grimlock
at Target in South Carson CA. 4/2: Just Thundercracker and Grimlock at
GameStop in Amarillo TX ($12). 9/4: Walmart in Amarillo TX (grabbed a
replacement Nemesis Prime, since my first one lost its head).
LEGACY CORE CLASS WAVE 6: Scarr (anyklosaur maybe), Swoop (pterosaur),
Starscream (repackage of Kingdom toy), and reship of Grimlock. 5/24/23:
Target in Redondo Beach CA. Note, Amazon and Hasbro Pulse both list this
wave as coming in August. 5/28: Target in South Carson CA. 6/16: Target in
Sterling VA. 7/4: Target in Amarillo TX. 7/6: Target in Pensacola FL.
7/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
LEGACY CORE CLASS WAVE 7: Snarl (stegosaur, final Dinobot) and
repackage of Core Optimus Prime. Hasbro Pulse shipped these in
mid-September, no brick and mortar sightings yet. 10/16/23: Walmart in
LEGACY DELUXE WAVE 4 (EVOLUTION 1): Armada Universe Hot Shot,
Breakdown (in regular Legacy packaging), Needlenose with Sunbeam and Zigzag,
Scraphook (Junkion truck). 2/16/23: Scraphook only at Target in Amarillo
TX. I found it all on its own in the books section, suggesting to me
that someone grabbed the entire peg's worth, then checked their budget later
and dumped Scraphook because they were too lazy to put it back in the toy
section. 2/20: Just Scraphook and Hot Shot, Target in South Carson CA. It
appeared to be a full case of just those two, so the waves are going wonky
again. 2/23: Needlenose and Breakdown, Target in Amarillo TX. (Breakdown's
packaging is not quite regular Legacy, it has the QR code on top like the
rest of Evolution.) 2/25: Just Needlenose at Target in South Carson CA; full
wave at Walmart in Amarillo TX. 3/2: Target in Pace FL. 3/20: Target in
Torrance CA (just Hot Shot and Scraphook). 3/22: The rest of the wave in
LEGACY DELUXE WAVE 5 (EVO 2): Crashbar (Modulator Junkion motorcycle),
Crosscut (Skids retool), Animated Universe Prowl (motorcycle), Shrapnel
(Insecticon). 3/31/23: Gamestop in Amarillo TX. $25 each, the one I
checked only had Crosscut, but one across town had more. (A couple days
later I checked that one and got Prowl and Shrapnel.) 6/16: Partial wave at
Target in Sterling VA. 7/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX (complete wave). 8/30:
Walmart in Perdido FL. 10/9: Case of just Crashbar and Prowl, Target in
LEGACY DELUXE WAVE 6 (EVO 3): Axlegrease (retool of Scraphook),
Beachcomber with Paradise Parakeet, Autobot Devcon (extensive Studio Blurr
retool), repack of Tarantulas. I have never gotten a sighting report of
these, they sold out very quickly on Pulse, and as of 12/1/23 only seem to be
available for at least double price from scalpers. Did the main shipment get
LEGACY DELUXE WAVE 7 (EVO 4): RiD15 Strongarm (extensive
Elita-1/Minerva retool), ShadowStriker (combo of Universe and Cyberverse
versions), and Detritus (tan Hound, an extensive retool of Siege Hound),
Insecticon Bombshell. 10/3/23: Target in City of Industry CA. (No
Bombshell) 10/11: Strongarm only at Target in Amarillo TX. (Bombshell is
already out of stock everywhere but scalpers online, of course.) 10/13: Now
just Detritus at Target in Amarillo TX. 10/14: Target in Burke VA (someone
already grabbed Bombshell, or he wasn't there at all). 11/27: All except
(you guessed it) Bombshell, Walmart in Pensacola FL.
LEGACY VOYAGER WAVE 4 (EVOLUTION WAVE 1): Leo Prime (Lioconvoy, lion)
and Tarn (Cybertronian tank). New trade dress, the QR codes are gone, and
the half-hearted attempts at combining energy weapons have been replaced by
self-contained "EVO-FUSION" gimmicks. 1/24/23: Target in Amarillo TX.
1/28: Target in Stoughton MA, Woodland Hills CA (Leo Prime only). It's
possible that some stores are getting mixed cases with Leo and Starscream.
2/5: Target in South Carson CA (just Leo Prime). 2/13: Target in Pomona CA.
2/17: Target in Torrance CA, in large numbers. 2/22: Target in Pensacola
FL. 3/8: Leo Prime and Armada Starscream case at Target in Torrance CA.
More headless Leo Primes are showing up, either vandalism or issues with
damage during shipping and toys being put out without checking for it.
LEGACY VOYAGER WAVE 5 (EVOLUTION 2): Metalhawk (jet) and Twincast
(blue redeco of Earthrise Blaster with black redeco of Eject as Rewind).
2/28/23: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 3/1: Walmart in LaGrange GA. 3/10:
Walmart in Pace FL. 3/12: Metalhawk and Armadascream in San Pedro CA. 3/20:
Dedicated case of Metalhawk at Target in Torrance CA. Both at Target in
Amarillo TX. 4/22: Target in Manhattan Beach CA.
LEGACY VOYAGER WAVE 6 (EVOLUTION 3): Dirge (Earthrise, repackage and
very minor redeco) and Nemesis Leo (black and gray Leo Prime). 8/19/23:
Target in South Carson CA. 8/27: Target in Torrance CA, Burke VA. Dirge
is shortpacked. 9/14: Target in Pensacola FL. 9/15: Nemesis Leo only,
Walmart in Amarillo TX.
LEGACY VOYAGER WAVE 7 (EVO 4): Bludgeon (Tarn retool), Trashmaster
(Junkion dump truck). As of 10/3/23, there's been some sightings in Targets,
but none sent directly to me (at least one in New Jersey). 10/12/23:
Target in Pace FL. Bludgeon appeared to be shortpacked. 10/14: Target
in Burke VA.
LEGACY LEADER WAVE 1: Laser Optimus Prime (homage to the G2 toy),
repackaged Galvatron (without damage effect deco). 3/31/22: Target in
Pensacola FL. 4/2: Target in Braintree MA, Dorchester MA, Randolph MA.
4/3: Target in Amarillo TX (someone beat me to Prime). 4/4: Target in
Bloomington IL. 4/7: Target in South Carson CA (Galvatron only). 4/22:
Walmart in Canyon TX (gone before I could get there). 4/30: Walmart in
Navarre FL. 5/5: Walmart in Amarillo TX (oddly, set up as a hanging
sidecap), although the sidecap had Voyagers and I found Laser Op in a random
blank spot near TFs). 5/18: Target in Gaithersburg MD.
LEGACY LEADER WAVE 2: Blitzwing and one presumes more Laser Optimus
Prime. 4/25/22: Target in Cleveland OH (sighting courtesy of the
AllSpark, I don't have any sighters out there). 6/21: Walmart in Sacramento
CA. Very slow trickle. 7/2: Walmart in Amarillo TX (I didn't see it,
someone else did, hopefully it's still there tomorrow). (It wasn't.) 9/20:
Target in Pace FL. (I ended up buying it online.) 10/5: Target in Torrance
CA. 10/26: Target in Amarillo TX.
LEGACY LEADER WAVE 3 (EVOLUTION 1): Transmetal II Megatron (dragon, no
chrome). Dedicated case. 3/28/23: Target in Manhattan Beach CA. (I
got mine on Pulse a while back.) 4/30: Target in Torrance CA.
LEGACY LEADER WAVE 4 (EVO 2): Prime Universe Skyquake, sort of a cross
between the Euro-exclusive late-G1 Skyquake (aka Machine Wars Starscream) and
the Prime version, including the Euro version's "dock a smaller jet on top"
feature (with Needlenose filling that role). 4/2/23: GameStop in Amarillo
TX ($56). 4/30: Case of Skyquake and TM2 Megatron, Target in South
LEGACY EVOLUTION LEADER WAVE 5 (EVO 3): Armada Megatron and a
repackage of Blitzwing. 6/12/23: Megatron only, Walmart in Amarillo
TX. 6/25: Megatron only, Walmart in Pace FL. 7/6/23: Both at Target
in Pensacola FL. (7/8 spotted both at Walmart in Amarillo, but that was a
sighting I hadn't checked at the time for Blitzwing, it had been there a
while.) 8/26: Running change puts one of each of these plus one Skyquake,
Target in South Carson CA.
LEGACY EVOLUTION LEADER WAVE 6 (EVO 4): Prime Universe Dreadwing,
redeco of Skyquake. 10/13/23: Target in Amarillo TX. (I passed, it's
not a bad mold, but if I'm going to get a second copy it's gonna be a G2
LEGACY COMMANDER CLASS: Motormaster, whose trailer turns into a
skeleton upon which you hang the rest of the Stunticons to make a
show-accurate Menasor. 7/31/22: Street date at Target, I was able to
order one for local pickup today. And it got cancelled, and is no longer
available at all online. Sounds like someone left in an automatic street
date and forgot to cancel it when product failed to show up. 8/4/22:
Target in Manhattan Beach CA. 8/5: NOW Target in Amarillo TX has it.
Too late guys, I got mine from Amazon the other day. 8/6: Target in
- MENASOR GIFT SET: Available irregularly on Hasbro Pulse as of
9/27/23 (it'll "sell out" and then get restocked), this is the whole
Stunticon group selling at about the price of a Titan. Breakdown has a new
head and all of them have toy-style decos (the originals were
LEGACY EVOLUTION COMMANDER CLASS: Armada Universe Optimus Prime,
which has had its price bounce all over even in MSRP. Like the original, a
more Deluxe sized cab/robot combines with the trailer for a super robot.
Unlike the original, the super robot can move its legs and doesn't have a
motorized gimmick. So far no meatspace sightings sent to me, but I got it on
LEGACY TITAN CLASS: Metroplex. No, not the G1 version, this is a redo
of Cybertron Metroplex, who sort of turns into a bucket excavator if you have
very blurry vision. MSRP is up to $190, I may not bother getting this one
unless I actually see it on the shelf. Definitely not ordering it online.
7/24/22: Target in South Carson CA. Case of two. 7/26: Target in Amarillo
TX. (I picked it up, but between RedCard and some Target Circle offers I had
saved up, I managed to save about $30 on it.) (The same Target has had three
on the shelf for about a month as of 9/1.)
LEGACY EVOLUTION TITAN CLASS: Nemesis, the Decepticon starship from
G1, now able to turn into a female robot. I got it online around mid-2023,
but have not gotten any brick and mortar sightings as of 12/1/23.