Toy Sightings Agglomeration
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(1) 6/7/19 | (2) 5/19/19 | (3) 4/12/19

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    Note that toys may be out in places I haven't mentioned, if I don't get a report from somewhere I don't post it. When I stop mentioning specific cities, it usually means the toy is in wide enough release that I'm not going to bother listing individual sightings anymore. Note: I am not going to cover package variations unless there's actual content variations (such as the case of the Primus with and without Unicron heads).

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Masterpiece and Platinum

   TRU (and eBay) tend to be the exclusive location for these in America, but not always. Sometimes K-Mart gets 'em. Also tossing the new Studio Series (with theoretically superior paint jobs) into the mix.

STUDIO SERIES THUNDERCRACKER: This is the Nitro Zeus mold with a new Seeker-style head, in blue. 3/7/18: TRU in Torrance CA. $29.99, four to a case.

Other Store Exclusives

WALGREENS WRECK-GAR: Retool of the Deluxe Groove mold, with the axe from the Thrilling 30 Wreck-Gar, and a Dinobot-mold Prime Armor. 10/27/18: Amarillo TX. 11/2: Fayetteville NC. 11/5: Greenville SC.

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, 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. First Alpha wave is Optimus, Grimlock, and Bumblebee. 3/30/18: Bravo Optimus and Megatron at Dollar General in Amarillo TX. 3/31: Bravo Megatron, Bumblebee, and Starscream at Family Dollar in Amarillo TX. $5.25 at FD. 5/10: Alpha Bumblebee and Optimus Prime at Family Dollar in Amarillo TX, $10. 5/11: Had to check five more FDs, but found Grimlock. 5/14: Bravo at FD in Lanett AL. 5/31: Alpha at Dollar General in West Point GA. 6/1: Alpha at Dollar General in Amarillo TX. 9/1: Bravos at Walgreens for $7. SOOOOOO not worth that much. 10/19: Alphas at Big Lots for $10. 1/3/19: Alpha class Megatron at Family Dollar in Amarillo TX. 3/16: Bravo class Grimlock at Big Lots in Amarillo TX.

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 Simpsonville SC. 3/19/18: Sideswipe and Shockwave have been spotted in California. 3/29: Sideswipe and Shockwave at Walgreens in Quincy MA. 3/30: Sideswipe at Walgreens in Amarillo TX. (Sideswipe is clearly meant to be G1 Sideswipe, but the vehicle mode brings in slements of PRiD Sideswipe.) 4/1: Found Shockwave in Amarillo. Sideswipe definitely seems to be the shelfwarmer of the two. 4/6: Shockwave wave Big Bear CA. 4/8: Jetfire in Quincy MA. (They seem to be pushing out leftovers of that pair while sending the Shock wave.) 6/7: Shockwave at Walgreens in Fayetteville NC.

WALMART G1 REISSUES: First wave largely clearanced, other than the Minibot redecos, which are easy to find at Walmarts for about $8. 1/13/19: Reissue Optimus Prime without trailer, Amarillo TX. This is $50, so a hard pass from me.

MINIBOT REDECOS: Bumblebee, Outback, Swerve, and Tailgate. Based on the recent Japanese release of the G1 Minibots, these have more paint apps and Bumblebee has a new face. Another Walmart exclusive, with a December 17 street date (but you might get lucky early). 12/17/18: Okay, it's street date, I grabbed BB in Amarillo TX. $7.86 each. 12/18: Quincy MA.

MINIBOT REDECOS WAVE 2: Warpath and Gears, plus more Bumblebee. 5/9/19: Walmart in Amarillo TX.

TITAN GUARDIANS: Walmart has brought back some of the old (4-5 years ago) Titan Guardians for $5 each to flesh out the low end of the G1 reissues displays. These are rotocast softer plastic non-transforming figures with limited articulation (shoulders, neck, waist), same ones that showed up at Big Lots in 2012-14 but with "Walmart Exclusive" stickers slapped on the tags. Tray assortment I saw has three TF:Prime Bumblebees, one TF:Prime Shockwave, five G1 Optimus Prime, two G1 Megatron, one each of G1 Starscream and Soundwave. 10/3/18: Amarillo TX. 11/11: Fayetteville NC.


Transformers BotBots

    Gotta catch a mall!

SINGLE-PACK WAVE 1: A blind assortment, $3 each. 12/5/18: Walmart has these in their holiday impulse buy aisle bins. 1/10/19: Some Walmarts are getting POP displays of all 24 in a nice display box. 1/11: Target in Pensacola FL.

SINGLE-PACK WAVE 2: Green blisters instead of red, and the codes are on the top of the cardback just under the hook. #1-12 are redecos, #13-24 are new molds. Unfortunately, I missed that and ended up just getting the back half of a fresh display, which was all the redecos. 5/2/19: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 5/5: Target in Menlo Park NJ. 5/19: Target in Amarillo TX (just one on a peg, so for all I know it was a return-and-reshelf that was bought at Walmart).

FIVE-PACKS WAVE 1: While themed for one of the tribes (i.e. Toilet Troop), these really only have two from the named tribe, two more from other tribes, and one "blind" (always the same one for a 5-pack, though) Lost Bot. 12/5/18: A few have been available on Amazon for a few weeks, but you don't get to pick which of the two or three out of a theme (so you'd buy a Toilet Troop set, and get a random one of the two different Toilet Troop sets). 12/30/18: All eight sets (two Techie Team, three Toilet Troop, three Sugar Shocks) are at Big Lots in Amarillo TX. $10 each. Finally used one of those "$10 off $50" email coupons.... 1/1/19: Target in Amarillo TX. 1/11: Target in Pensacola FL. 1/13: Walmart in Amarillo TX.

FIVE-PACKS WAVE 2: Also with the green Lost Bots blister. 5/5/19: Target in Menlo Park NJ. 5/23: Walmart in Amarillo TX.

EIGHT-PACKS WAVE 1: Same basic idea as the 5-packs, just bigger. Eight different sets, $15 price point. 1/8/19: Target in Amarillo TX. I got all 8, ouch to my wallet. 1/11: Target in Pensacola FL. 1/13: Walmart in Amarillo TX.

EIGHT-PACKS WAVE 2: Green blisters set these apart from wave 1. The tribes featured are Swag Stylers and Spoiled Rottens. Target in Fontana CA. (Oops, forgot to put a date on that one.) 5/5: Target in Menlo Park NJ. 6/7: Target in Amarillo TX. (Someone beat me to the one pack with Big Cantuna.)


Transformers Rescue Bots

    On a routine patrol, four 'bots in stasis...who have now set up an Academy.

ACADEMY SCOUT WAVE 1: Hot Shot (jet mode, a "same engineering" version of the jet Bumblebee) with the RBA logo, and Wedge (a head-swap redeco of Arctic Rescue Boulder). 12/19/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX. (Just Hot Shot) 12/20: Walmart in Amarillo TX (both).

ACADEMY SCOUT WAVE 2: New packaging design for the RBA characters, not just a slightly lighter blue on the name banner. This wave has Hot Shot (boat), Medix (head swap redeco of RB Medix), and some older stuff fleshing out the wave. 5/16/19: Target in Amarillo TX.

EPIC WAVE 5?: $10 price point. Hollow "Titan Hero" style figures, but the chests open up to let human-scale figures ride inside. This wave adds Optimus Prime (truck), and seems to have reships of Boulder, Heatwave, and Bumblebee. 10/14/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX.

MEGA MIGHTIES WAVE 1: These are like the Epic ones, but with oversized heads and broader shoulders, priced at $20 while still just being rotocast figures with minimal articulation. First wave seems to just be Bumblebee and Hot Shot, based on what showed up in the aisle display I saw. 11/30/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 1/4/19: $9.99 at Target in Amarillo TX. I suspect the Walmart pricing was in error.

DELUXE RBA WAVE 1: Based on the engineering of Scouts, but somewhat larger and with a motion gimmick, at the $15 price point. Medix (inspired by Quickshadow, with a claw gimmick), Whirl (loosely based on Blades, with a spinning blades gimmick). 1/4/19: Target in Amarillo TX.

BUMBLEBEE RESCUE GUARD: A large (but still simple) sports car Bumblebee with two animal helpers based loosely on the firehouse dalmation and Valor, but about twice as big. $40 price point, partially explained by light and sound gimmicks. 8/3/18: Target and Walmart in Amarillo TX.

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The Movies
   Due to the huge amount of Movie-specific product, this gets a separate sightings page. Updated: 3/31/19.


Transformers: Cyberverse

    Replacing the 2015-18 Robots in Disguise series, with similar levels of complexity in design, is the Cyberverse series. This is the first tie-in to the "evergreen" concept with designs that are supposedly going to keep being used in some fashion forever (i.e. until there's another management change). The Scout class is back, as a sort of Actionmaster Elite riff, robots that only partially transform. Warriors have motion gimmicks, which always hurts articulation and appearance. We'll see if it's any good. (Narrator: They weren't.)

SCOUT WAVE 2: Slipstream (redeco of Starscream), Windblade (VTOL jet with legs), reships of Bumblebee and Optimus Prime. 9/30/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX. I'm sure they came out elsewhere, but no one cared enough to report it (not even me, I saw Windblade in Target too).

SCOUT WAVE 3: Grapple Grab Autobot Ratchet (car-taur sort of deal), Stealth Sniper Shot Shadow Striker (another car-taur), plus reships (probably Windblade and Optimus). 5/19/19: Target in Amarillo TX.

ONE-STEP WAVE 2: New molds, of Megatron, Optimus Prime, and Starscream. 12/8/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX. Part of the holiday aisle displays. 12/16: Target in Amarillo TX, regular display.

ONE-STEP WAVE 2.5?: Prowl (police car) shipping with Optimus, Starscream, and Bumblebee, with slightly changed packaging. 2/15/19: Target and Walmart in Amarillo TX.

ONE-STEP WAVE 3: Wheeljack and Hot Rod, plus reships of Optimus and Megatron. 3/22/19: Walmart in Amarillo TX. (On sale for $7.82, so I grabbed Wheeljack.)

WARRIOR WAVE 1: Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Starscream, Shockwave. Shockwave is the only one with an altmode other than The Usual, he turns into a crab-walker reminiscent of the Scrapmetals from Cybertron. $15 price point. 7/27/18: Target in Amarillo TX. 7/31: Target in Pensacola FL. 9/19: Walmart in Amarillo TX.

WARRIOR WAVE 2: Windblade (VTOL jet), Megatron (Tank), Acid Storm (green redeco of Starscream), reship of Optimus Prime. 9/30/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 12/6: Target in Bloomington IL. 12/16: Target in Amarillo TX.

WARRIOR WAVE 3: Fusion Flame Hot Rod (Cybertronian sportscar with energy bursts from the elbows), Jetblast Prowl (police cruiser, pop out shoulder launchers), Laserbeak Blast Soundwave (SUV with roof weaponry, Laserbeak does a chestburster trick in robot mode). 3/2/19: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 4/30: Target in Decatur IL, Bloomington IL. (Just Prowl in both cases.)

BATTLE BASE TRAILER: Still listed as Warrior Class on the box, but this is a $30 toy with the Energon Axe Attack Optimus Prime plus a trailer that unfolds into a base that can hold some Warrior class vehicles (okay, mainly just Bumblebee at the moment). 12/20/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX. Part of the Bumblebee movie displays, if you can't find it in the regular toy aisle. Note, this is a TRU exclusive in Canada, and may be a Walmart exclusive in America.

ULTRA WAVE 1: Reviving the old class name, roughly Voyager sized, with action gimmicks. Bumblebee, Grimlock, Starscream (with huge missile pods that pop the missiles out on the ends of smoke trails rather than actually firing them). $20 price point. 7/27/18: Target in Amarillo TX. 9/8: Walmart in Amarillo TX. Stocked with the Rescue Bots rather than with the regular Transformers. 9/19: Now moved to the regular Transformers section.

ULTRA WAVE 2: Shockwave, Shadow Striker, apparently a Bumblebee reship. 9/21/18: Shockwave at Target in Amarillo TX. 10/5: Walmart in Amarillo TX. (The Shadow Striker showed up at Target too.)

ULTRA WAVE 3: Adds Slipstream (new mold) and Optimus Prime (new mold) into the mix, reships of Shadow Striker and Shockwave. 3/24/19: Slipstream at Target in Amarillo TX. Didn't see Optimus, but there might have been one...I just sort of glaze over anymore when seeing more Optimuses.

ULTIMATE WAVE 1: Leader sized, but not as complex. Optimus Prime (still just the cab), Megatron (tank). $30 price point. 7/27/18: Target in Amarillo TX. 7/31: Target in Pensacolar FL. 9/2: Best Buy in Decatur IL. 9/8: Walmart in Amarillo TX, also with the Rescue Bots. 9/19: Now moved to the regular Transformers section.

ULTIMATE WAVE 2: Sting Shot Bumblebee, plus reships. This is a pretty bad design, it looks like something that would be MARGINALLY acceptable as a Warrior class, but between the lack of elbows and how 2/3 of the hood ends up replacing the left forearm for a "stinger pops out" gimmick, it's certainly not worth $30 or the space it takes up. Will not be buying. 2/3/19: Walmart in Amarillo TX.


Transformers: Generations

    The "Prime Wars" Trilogy wrapped up in 2018, and the end of the year saw the beginning of a new trilogy, the War For Cybertron (yes, we've seen that one before). Siege is the first year's worth, bringing back the Micromaster Patrol idea (albeit at half size) and Targetmasters (renamed Battle Masters and also including melee weapons). They also come with energy blast effects that can peg onto various parts of every toy as a unifying gimmick.

BATTLE MASTERS WAVE 1: Firedrive (robot to gun), Lionizer (lion to sword), Blowpipe (robot to gun). 11/13/18: Target in Racho Palos Verdes CA. 11/18: Target in Amarillo TX. 11/20: Target in Fayetteville NC. 12/2: Target in Pace FL. 12/5: Target in Braintree MA. 12/6: Target in Bloomington IL. 1/10/19: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 3/1: Walmart in Lumberton NC.

BATTLE MASTERS WAVE 2: Pteraxadon (axe to pteradon), Aimless (gun to robot), plus wave 1 reships. 3/24/19: Target in Torrance CA. 3/26: Target in Manhattan Beach CA, South Carson CA, San Pedro CA. 3/31: Target in Decatur IL. 5/3: Walmart in Pensacola FL. 5/5: Walmart in Amarillo TX.

MICROMASTERS WAVE 1: Replacing the Legends class, these are two-packs that are based on the G1 Micromaster Patrol teams. To make up for having only two guys, they combine into weapons. The first wave has Roadhandler and Swindler (half of the old Race Car Patrol), Storm Cloud and Visper (aka Whisper, half of the old Air Strike Patrol), and Topshot and Flak (half of the old Battle Patrol, Bigshot name lost or something). 11/15/18: Target in Amarillo TX. (Another guy in town found them, I won't be able to check today.) (Update: I managed to get one of each on 11/16.) 12/2: Target in Pace FL. 12/5: Target in Braintree MA. 12/6: Target in Bloomington IL. 1/8/19: Walmart in Mt. Zion IL. 1/10/19: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 3/1: Walmart in Lumberton NC.

MICROMASTERS WAVE 2: Red Heat (Red Hot) and Stakeout (half of the old Rescue Patrol), Laserbeak and Ravage (Soundwave Spy Patrol). 4/20/19: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 5/3: Walmart in Pensacola FL.

SIEGE DELUXE WAVE 1: Sideswipe (sportscar), Cog ("Weaponizer" with a sort of "pile of weapons with wheels" altmode), Hound (jeep), Skytread (Duocon, but unlike Battletrap there's no individual robot modes, making it more of a pure update). 12/6/18: Target in Pace FL. 1/8/19: Walmart in Mt. Zion IL. Also, I forgot to put this update in, but Target in Amarillo TX in mid to late December. 1/13: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 3/1: Walmart in Lumberton NC.

SIEGE DELUXE WAVE 2: Ironhide (van), Chromia (heavy retool of Moonracer without the combiner bits), Sixgun (weaponizer), Prowl (police cruser). 3/8/19: Walmart in Fairfax VA. 3/22: Walmart in Pensacola FL (just Ironhide). 3/26: Walmart in Germantown MD, Torrance CA. 3/27: Walmart in Amarillo TX. (I ordered all four from Pulse, order expected to ship in early April, but I grabbed a Sixgun so I'd have more guns.) 3/29: Target in Amarillo TX. 3/31: Walmart in Amarillo TX; Target in Decatur IL.

SIEGE VOYAGER WAVE 1: Optimus Prime (truck with a visor), Megatron (tank). 1/8/19: Target in Amarillo TX, East Peoria IL. (Looks like Target did their reset today.) 1/10: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 1/11: Target in Pensacola FL. 3/26: Walmart in Germantown MD.

SIEGE VOYAGER WAVE 2: Soundwave (boxy spaceship) and Starscream (what if a G1 cybertronian mode tetrajet merged with a Colonial Viper). The early shipments of Starscream reportedly omit a pin that helps secure a chest hinge, but as yet there's only one picture supporting this claim. 3/18/19: Target in Torrance CA. 3/19: Walmart in Amarillo TX, Mt. Zion IL. 3/22: Walmart in Pensacola FL.

SIEGE LEADER WAVE 1: Ultra Magnus (transport truck), Shockwave (flying gun thing, with a sort of brute armor to compete with Magnus). 1/5/19: Target in Braintree MA. 1/8: Walmart in Mt. Zion IL; Target in Amarillo TX. 1/11: Target in Pensacola FL. 1/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX; Target in Rancho Palo Verdes CA, Torrance CA, North Carson CA. 3/1: Walmart in Lumberton NC.

SIEGE LEADER WAVE 2: Galaxy Upgrade Optimus Prime shipping with more Shockwave. Optimus is an extensive retool of Ultra Magnus, with the cab/inner robot being fairly close in molding to Magnus's inner bot, but the trailer is entirely new and based on Cybertron (Galaxy Force) Optimus Prime's trailer, leading to a Cybertron-homage powerup mode. 4/30/19: Target in Torrance CA. 5/4: Walmart in Amarillo TX.

COMMANDER CLASS WAVE 1: $70-80 price point version of Jetfire (pretty close to the animated Skyfire vehicle mode).

TITAN CLASS: Omega Supreme with Countdown. Might as well homage the other rocket base from Micromasters, eh?


OTHER STUFF

Note: I will be less detailed about sightings on this side.
OTHER TF STUFF
(TF-themed but probably not transforming)

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    VALENTINES: 1/2/19: Walmart has evergreen-design cards with temporary tattoos, yawn. They also have decided that Easter Baskets should be extended to Valentine's Day, so there's not-actually-Easter baskets of various licensed properties, including a movie Bumblebee mini-lunchbox with water bottle, puzzle, and coloring/activity book (with some partially melted crayons). 1/4: Target has Valentine's cards with glow sticks, $4.

    METALS G1 OPTIMUS PRIME: Same company as the Hollywood Rides movie tie-in die-cast vehicles, this is the G1 vehicle mode and the box has G1-style packaging. $7 price point. 1/1/19: Walmart in Amarillo TX.

    PLUSH CLIPS: These transform by turning inside out, so the cloth of the altmode gets wadded up inside the chibi head of the robot mode. Optimus Prime (tractor-trailer), Starscream (jet), Hot Rod and Bumblebee (seem to be the same "mold" of car, but with different patterns), Soundwave (tape player). $6 at Target. 11/2/18: Spotted at Target in Amarillo TX. On an endcape, decided they weren't quite worth $6. 11/16: These have been moved to the stocking stuffers aisle and dropped to $5. 1/1/19: On clearance for $1.49 at Target.

    TF CCG: Oversized warrior cards and regular sized "battle deck" cards, $15 for a faction starter with 4 warriors and 40 battle cards, $4 for a booster with one warrior and 7 battle cards. 9/28/18: Found at Target in Amarillo TX. Note, there's ONLY an Autobot starter, if you want to play Decepticon expect to buy a lot of boosters. The full rules are not included in the starter, just the "basic game" that can be played with one starter and none of the card abilities, glorified "War". Everything about this release stinks of abandonware, like they committed to making it and then changed their minds after it was too late to completely stop it. It is easily the worst bad-faith release of a CCG I can recall seeing, and I was around for the CCG boom. Not going to bother reviewing the mechanics, just gonna say to not waste your money. 10/5: Now also part of Walmart's collectible stuff aisles.

    MY BUSY BOOK: TRANSFORMERS: A board book with figures and playmat, using the Evergreen designs. Has robot and vehicle mode painted sorta-decoys for Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, and Hot Rod. 8/31/18: $10 in the Bargain Priced kidbook section at Barnes & Noble.

    HOLLYWOOD RIDES R/C BUMBLEBEE: A 1:16 sale Last Knight styled Bumblebee with remote control (2.46GHz controller) and USB connection. $25 price point. 8/3/18: Target in Amarillo TX.

    PEZ: G1 Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Bumblebee. Megatron could use a bit more paint (especially on the forehead), but otherwise decent. $2.49 at Toys R Us. 10/31/15: TRU in Amarillo TX. 7/14/17: RiD versions out now, I've seen Optimus and BB but suspect there might be more. 2/8/18: Pez Conenctibles, which come with torsos and arms that snap onto the dispenser, are available in RiD Optimus and BB varieties, $5.

   I've stopped tracking most of the "artifacts" stuff, since Transformers has reached the cultural saturation point where you can be pretty sure there'll be party supplies, water bottles, t-shirts, and so forth readily available.

NON-TF STUFF
(Things a TF fan might be interested in.)

    POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS: Not much actual morphing in the toys, mind you. But the $15 price point does have the Cruise Beastbot, a partformer humanoid to motorcycle. 4/12/19: Spotted at Target in Amarillo TX.

    TRANSFORMING BEN 10: Basically, the alien's torso flips open to swap Ben's head out and put his t-shirt on the chest, while turning the legs at the waist so that you an see his little human arms behind his big alien arms. Like those head-swap Power Rangers toys, but very much worse. 1/18/19: Spotted at Walmart in Amarillo TX.

    X-CHANGERS ROBOT BLASTERS: Nerf-style dart guns that turn into bricky robots and combine into a giant brick. $15 each at Cracker Barrel Country Stores. 1/3/19: Spotted in Amarilo TX. Passed on them.

    DOLLAR TREE KNOCKOFFS: Sold as Robot Transforing Vehicle, these are Legion sized, and $1 each...you get what you pay for. There's a jet (with elements of Thunderwing from the Classics Clear Skies Team of Mini-Cons), a tank (clearly based on the G1 Micromaster Sidetrack), a missile truck (which sucks), and a military ship. They're molded in two colors each, and color-flip version are also available (so a green tank with gray guns, or a gray tank with green guns). 3/23/18: Amarillo TX. (Later notes: the jet IS Thunderwing, just misassembled. The missile truck is Red Hot with some tweaks. Best guess on the boat is that it's a bullet train turned upside down and with boat details added.) 3/16/19: Legends-size simplified Windcharger, upscaled Legion movie Brawl, Legends-size jet of unknown origin. Dollar Tree in Amarillo TX. Windcharger and the jet come in two varieties, swapping colors as with the previous Robots (Windcharger is red and gray, the jet is yellow and purple). Brawl comes in three schemes: blue/white, white/blue, and green/gray. (If there's a gray/green, it wasn't on the pegs where I found these.)

    MECARD: Bakugan with cars that pop open into sorta-robots when you run them over the metal card, basically. The ones I saw didn't impress me (Prince Kong, Tanatos, Mirinae). No price on the peg, wasn't motivated enough to drag one to a a working price check. 3/2/18: TRU in Amarillo TX.

    SCREECHERS WILD: Cars and other vehicles that turn into disk-shooting critters. The $7 price point is cars (spider, hawk, pterosaur, scorpion), the $10 price point has a trukkmunky and a T.rex/tank. The $10 ones are more "Turns into a rolling platform with a beast riding it" though. There's a tie-in cartoon on YouTube. They transform by driving up to and capturing a disk. The included checklist doesn't say which one is what price point. If there's a game that goes along with them, there's no rules in the $7 package (I got Nightweaver, not terribly impressed). 3/16/19: Showing up at Dollar Tree.

    MARS Converters: $10 large toys, generally found at Walmart and various discount stores (TJMaxx, Family Dollar, etc). Current wave is dinos and dragons, with a red T.rex, a blue sorta-stegosaur, and a yellow dragon. 9/30/16: Family Dollar carrying these as part of their holiday toy expansion. 4/20/17: The vehicle waves are starting to show up again at Walmart in new packaging, with a "Cybotronix" line name in addition to MARS Converters. Spotted the blue sportscar and the gray sportscar in the new packaging today. 10/13: Tank and fighter jet join the assortment, found at Family Dollar. 11/4/18: A two-pack of the red and blue dinosaurs has shown up at Ross, $18. 11/9: There's also two-packs of the tank and jet, plus the blue and silver sports cars, part of their holiday displays at Ross.

    SUPER WINGS: This is a show for very little kids, like "too young for Rescue Bots" level, from what I've heard. At the $10 level there's Rescue-Bots-level aircraft that turn into cockpit-torso'ed robots: Jett (cargo jet), Donnie (cargo heavy lift prop plane), Jerome (fighter jet), and Dizzy (pink female helicopter). 3/31/17: These are finding their way back into non-TRU stores after months of absence or "stick it in a corner somewhere" stocking, and the larger sized Paul is now in the assortment. Cosells indicate Grand Albert, Bello (safari striped bush pilot plane) and Mira will also be available at this size soon, if not already. 5/22: Grand Albert and Bello Deluxes at Target in Green Bay WI. Decided to not try to fit them in my luggage, though. 8/13: New rescue vehicle sets have hit TRU as part of the Fall reset. The main four characters each get $15 sets that use a "Legion" sized figure as the driver, and a vehicle that turns into a mech suit for which the little figure forms a head. Transtectors, basically. Dizzy's Rescue Tow, Jett's Robo Rig (fire truck), Donnie's Dozer (more of an all-purpose construction vehicle), and Paul's Cruiser (Paul displaces Jerome in the main four, apparently). There's also a super-sized $40 Jett's Robo Rig that uses a $10-size "Deluxe" Jett as the pilot and head. They all have functionally the same transformation. 1/21/18: Finally found Deluxe Mira at TRU in Amarillo TX. 2/8: New Legion-type set found at Walmart in Amarillo TX for $9.80. Astra (space shuttle), Flip (cargo plane), Todd (drill plane o_O) and Agent Chace (sic, jet). 3/29: Found Deluxe size versions of Astra and Todd (Chace and Flip are cosells, but didn't see any on the shelf).

    OTHER KNOCKOFFS: 2/18/18: Dollar General's Easter baskets include a really cruddy looking non-transforming 4" tall Optimus Prime in their $5 baskets. 11/18: Tuesday Morning is carrying Voyager-sized but not Voyager-detail "Mega-Tech Dinos" in near duplicates of TF5 Voyager packaging, $5 each. Tech Predator is Scorn, with back frill removable to use as melee weapons, and Armor Dinosaur is Grimlock. The package warns that "Specificiations colours and contents may vary from ollustrations." Heh.