(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. 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.
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.
G1 REISSUES: Not entirely sure these are Walmart exclusives (they may
have ben intended as TRU exclusives and Walmart picked them up). Hot Rod,
Starscream, and a Constructicons gift set. Hot Rod is $30, Starscream is
$35, but there was no shelf tag for the Constructicons I saw. 10/1/18:
Walmart in Amarillo TX. 10/2: Walmart in Fayetteville NC. Constructicon
set is quite expensive, $74 on the website, no guarantee of the same price on
the shelf though. (It is $74.00 here, though.) 10/6: Mt. Zion IL. 10/14:
Walmart in Canyon TX. 10/19: Quincy MA. 11/3: Orlando FL.
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 Rescue Bots
On a routine patrol, four 'bots in stasis....
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 WAVE 3: Muscle car Bumblebee, muscle car Boulder,
single-packed jetplane Blades. 4/13/18: TRU and Target in Amarillo
TX. 4/14: Walmart 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
FLIP-BOTS GRIFFON ROCK RACING TEAM: Chase, Blurr, and Sideswipe.
2/18/18: Found at TJMaxx in Amarillo TX for $13.
FLIP RACERS CHOMP & CHASE RACEWAY: (Chase sold separately) Your basic
race track that goes through a bit of scenery, in this case a weird hybrid of
Chase's police station and a giant T.rex Optimus Prime head. Comes with a
clear red Morbot Flip Racer. $40 price point. 12/15/17: Target in
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 WHO KNOWS? Seriously, the official wave number is about
twice as big as the last one I used, probably because slight assortment
tweaks got labeled as distinct waves. Anyway, the latest batch is Heatwave
(Morbot racecar retool), Bumblebee (redeco of the Rock Resue Team version,
without the Mini-Cons), possibly others. TFWiki calls this Rescan Series
wave 16. 11/9/18: 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.
Night Rescue Heatwave: A slight redeco of the previous Epic Heatwave,
replacing some of the yellow with orange. 5/4/18: Target in Amarillo
TX. 6/6: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
QUICK DIG BOULDER: Entirely new mold, Boulder turning into a sort of
"four tread/leg" vehicle (think Alphonse from Dominion Tank Police, or Huffer
and Pipes from TF:Animated) with a backhoe. 5/16/18: Target in Amarillo
TX. 6/6: Walmart 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.
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:
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.
SCOUT WAVE 1: Partially-transforming Legends-sized figures. Bumblebee
(robot poking up out of car chassis), Grimlock (robot with dino head),
Megatron (robot riding tank treads like an RX-75 Guntank), Starscream (sort
of a Gerwalk mode). $8 price point. 7/25/18: Target in Manhattan Beach
CA. 7/27: Target in Amarillo TX. 9/21: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
SCOUT WAVE 2: Slipstream (redeco of Starscream), Windblade (VTOL jet
with legs), reships of Bumblebee and Optimus Prime. 9/30/18: Walmart in
ONE-STEP CHANGERS WAVE 1: Bumblebee (redeco of RiD Patrol Bumblebee),
Blurr (slight redeco of RiD Blurr), Soundwave (redeco of RiD Soundwave).
Yep, no real reason to get any of these. $10 price point. 7/27/18:
Target in Amarillo TX.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
MICRO MASTERS 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.)
PotP FINAL DELUXE WAVE: Novastar (retool of Moonracer), plus reships.
8/26: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 8/27: Walmart in Torrance CA. Supposed
to have a shelf date of 8/28, and the case assortment seems to be just wave
2 with Novastar swapped in for Moonracer, 2 Novastars to the case. 8/30:
Walmart in Pace 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).
SIEGE VOYAGER WAVE 1: Optimus Prime (truck with a visor), Megatron
POTP LEADER WAVE 3: Optimal Optimus and Rodimus Prime (possible
sub-waves with others in the reship slot). 11/13/18: Target in Redondo
SIEGE LEADER WAVE 1: Ultra Magnus (transport truck), Shockwave (flying
gun thing, with a sort of brute armor to compete with Magnus).
TITAN CLASS: Omega Supreme with Countdown. Might as well homage the
other rocket base from Micromasters, eh?