(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.
YEAR OF THE MONKEY OPTIMUS PRIMAL: Ross has been getting this in for
$39.99. I remember buying the original for $30 full price...in 2001.
Ollllld. 12/29/16: Ross in Amarillo TX.
MASTERPIECE BUMBLEBEE & SPIKE: 8/2/16: TRU in Torrance CA.
$65. 8/4: TRU in Culver City CA. 8/7: TRU in Bloomington IL, Peoria IL.
8/26: El Paso TX. 10/21: TRU in Amarillo TX.
PLATINUM AUTOBOT INTEL OPS: May not be a Target exclusive,
but this is the only place I've heard has it yet. Reissues of G1 Perceptor
and Blaster, with Steeljaw, Ramhorn and Eject. Perceptor comes with
microscope slides to look at. $100 box price. 11/2/15: Available online
at Target.com. Code BESTGIFT to get 25% off.
Other Store Exclusives
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.
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 Firepluyg or Swift.
FLIP-BOTS WAVE 1: Basically Legion-sized Rescue Bots at the $5-6 price
point. Starting to show up on HTS, but not buyable, will add names and other
info once they're buyable in the US.
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 7: Bulldozer Boulder redone in the smaller scale, new
smaller scale Medix (rather different looking from the original).
2/16/16: TRU in Amarillo TX. Their usual $13 overprice. Picked up
Medix, left Boulder. 4/9: Walmart in Amarillo TX, $7.88.
SCOUT WAVE 8: Quickshadow (sportscar) and Morbot (formula racer, like
Combiner Wars Dragstrip, same basic engineering as Blurr but looks to be an
entirely new mold). 6/8/16: Listed on Kmart.com, but not available yet.
9/24: Quickshadow spotted at Walgreens in Amarillo TX ($13, so passing on it
for now). Looks to be the same transformation as Bumblebee. 9/25: Both at
TRU in Amarillo TX. (I had an about-to-expire coupon, so I grabbed
Quickswitch...will wait for another store or another coupon to get Morbot.)
10/17: Spotted Hoist the Tow-Bot at Walgreens, not sure if this is a 9th
wave, or just a running change in wave 8, or what. Does not appear to have
an actual towing hook, uses Optimus Prime truck engineering as far as I can
tell. 10/30: Hoist showing up at Walmart now, it does indeed have a hook,
the package photos simply didn't have the toy transformed properly. 2/18/17:
Morbot at Walgreens in Amarillo. 2/28: Quickshadow and Hoist at Target in
Amarillo TX. 3/2: Morbot also showed up at Target in Amarillo TX.
SCOUT BRUSHFIRE: Running change to the wave above adds Brushfire, a
non-show character who pairs with the Mini-Con Sequoia (not included),
implied to be part of the Pacific Northwest team. Turns into a halftrack
ATV. 4/1/17: Target and TRU 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.
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.
RACERS: Deluxe-sized figures with pullback motors for their altmodes,
and race-themed vehicles. Not sure what the first wave is, since only
Bumblebee (formula racer) and Sideswipe (street racer) were left on the
shelf, but the packaging also shows Blurr, Quickshadow, and what I think is
probably a Morbot. And a new Optimus Prime car carrier, but that's at a
higher price point. 7/24/16: TRU in Amarillo TX.
TRACTOR-TRAILER SETS: At the $20 price point, a Scout-sized Rescue Bot
designed to tow a trailer that becomes a roleplay accessory. Capture Claw
Chase (pickup truck) with trailer that becomes a capture claw, Fire Ladder
Heatwave (fire truck) with trailer that becomes (water-shaped-)missile
blaster. 1/28/16: TRU in Amarillo TX. 8/5: Target 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
OPTIMUS PRIME RACING TRAILER: A redco of a previous transforming
Optimus cab, with a new trailer that turns into a drive-down ramp, and a
pull-back version of Blurr, for $30. 7/29/16: TRU in Amarillo TX.
8/5: Target in Amarillo TX.
HIGH TIDE RESCUE RIG: A Basic-sized High Tide submarine with a chibi
cargo ship/rescue rig. The boat does not transform into a robot, despite the
use of the giant robot in the art, it just turns into a playset. $30 price
point. 8/4/15: Target and TRU in Amarillo TX. 7/16/16: Forgot to
mention, Walmart's had it on clearance for $20 for a while now. 8/5: Walmart
has it down to $7.
GRIFFIN ROCK RESCUE TEAM: A four-pack of the most recent Scout sizde
molds of the main four in their "normal" altmodes. 8/27/16: Walmart in
Amarillo TX, $35. Given that the four of them retail for $7.88 each at
Walmart and there doesn't seem to be anything extra in the set, not exactly a
GRIFFON ROCK FIREHOUSE HEADQUARTERS: Big building facade set that
looks very little like the actual show's firehouse. Comes with yet another
color variant on Cade, a Bumblebee-colored reverse-trike for him to drive,
water blaster, firepole, etc. $40. 7/16/16: TRU in Amarillo TX.
8/5: Target in Amarillo TX. 8/12: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
Sets can be built into robot and vehicle modes, but without any
halfway-transforming attempts like the BTR cores. And, more importantly,
there are minifigs of the characters as well...so a minifig Bumblebee can
drive the Bumblebee car. They call the minifigs "Kreons" because "minifig"
is trademarked or something. :) Now we need a fan Autobot femme named
Antigon-E. The Kre-Ons come in two varieties: little G1 Transformers, and
"Stunt Drivers" that are humans with crash helmets. The size classes are not
official, just my best guess at wedging them into the price structure.
BUMBLEBEE DISC DEMOLISHER: Part of the abandoned RiD Kre-O line,
featuring a Bumblebee car with disc launcher, and Kreons of BB, Bisk, and
Clampdown. 9/8/15: Spotted at TJMaxx in Champaign IL and Cincinnati
OH. Let the hunt begin! 9/9: TJMaxx in Decatur IL. 9/16: Forgot to
mention it, but I found some at the TJMaxx in Amarillo.
OTHER PRID KRE-O: Less commonly found, but still showing up at TJMaxx
and related stores, are some Battle Changers (transforming sets, of
Shockwave, Grimlock, Ratchet vs. Soundwave, Optimus Prime vs. Megatron), the
Strongarm Capture Cruiser, and the Optimus Prime Beast Blaster. Not all of
these are strictly PRiD-based, some are more G1. 9/16: Marshalls in Peru
IL, Chicago IL. 9/18: TJMaxx in Amarillo TX (Battle Changers of Hound,
Bumblebee, Shockwave, Op/Megs; Optimus Beast Blaster set). 11/6: Underbite
Attack Takedown (with Kreons of Optimus, Ped, and a humanoid Underbite) at
TJMaxx in Amarillo TX. 12/15: TJMaxx in Opelika AL has some.
NOTE: The line is reportedly going TRU-exclusive during 2014. It has
effectively been TRU exclusive except for Microchange blindbags anyway for a
KRE-O LEFTOVERS: Leftover sets are being repackaged and sold cheap
through Big Lots, Family Dollar, and the like. 5/1/15: Year 2
troopbuilders (Vehicons, Autroopers) sets at Big Lots for $5. All the
parts seem to be there, but there's no instructions. 5/2: Dollar General has
the troopbuilder cubes for $8 (or maybe $5...shelf tagging is inconsistent),
and for $12 has a repackage set of Mirage and small Optimus Prime from the
first year. 5/31: Family Dollar has $5 cubes with Megatron or Bumblebee.
Each of those seems to have a more generic "build whatever" set to go with
the Kreon, but enough bits to build some sort of vehicle for each. No
instruction or pictures as guidance, and I can't recall any set that these
may have come from previously. 11/7/15: The Megatron/BB cubes, along with
the year 1 Jazz/Bumblebee two pack, are part of the Walgreens holiday reset.
4/16/16: There's now an Optimus Prime cube in the mix. 9/24: Walgreens has
the Ripclaw Beast Hunters set in their $9.99 holiday toy section.
MORE DOLLAR GENERAL KRE-O: A $12 set of three combiner teams (Menasor,
Bruticus, Superion), and a repackage of the Optimus Prime Beast Hunters set.
4/16/16: Southwestern PA area. 4/22: Repackaged Microchangers (no codes, so
it's bag-feeling if you want a specific one) at several DGs in Alabama. So
far, waves 1
and 2 have
been spotted. $3 each, so no savings on these.
Rumor has it that all the new stuff seen at previous toy shows is
going to be Not United States Exclusive. Grrr.
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?
LEGENDS WAVE 3: Bumblebee, Kickback, Gnaw (Sharkticon). 1/22/17:
Walmart in Decatur IL, Opelika AL. 1/27: Walmart in Greenville SC (BB
only), Walmart in Brewton AL (all three); Target in Culver City CA (BB
only). 2/16: Briefly showed up on HTS, then sold out. Might come back in
stock, but you have to try to add it to your cart to see if anything's in
stock anymore. 2/19: Walmart in Diamond Bar CA. 2/25: Walmart in Amarillo
TX (only a lonely Kickback remained, sadly). 3/5: Walmart in Canyon TX.
(Amarillo one restocked too, so now I have all three.) 3/15: Walmart in
Fayetteville NC. 5/11: Target in Amarillo TX.
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.
TR LEGENDS WAVE 5: Seaspray (hovercraft), Cosmos (slight redeco of the
TR DELUXE WAVE 3: They're done with the original Headmasters, now for
more Targetmasters, Powermasters, and just "whatever came out around the same
time" characters. Twinferno (Doublecross rename) with Daburu (not a reused
Japanese name, just sounds like one), Triggerhappy with Blowpipe, Autobot
Breakaway with Autobot Throttle, and Autobot Hot Rod with Firedrive.
Breakaway seems to be shortpacked. 12/2/16: Walmart in Canyon TX,
Amarillo TX. 1/25/17: Twinferno alone at Walgreens in Torrance CA.
1/26: Just Twinferno at Walgreens in Amarillo TX. 2/24: Walgreens in Milton
FL. 3/3: Walgreens in Quincy MA. 3/9: Target in West Los Angeles CA. 3/15:
Target and TRU in Torrance CA; Walmart in Fayetteville NC. 3/19: Target in
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.
TR VOYAGER WAVE 2: Astrotrain with Darkmoon, (Sentinel Prime body),
Alpha Trion with Sovereign (Lioconvoy predeco). 11/8/16: Target in
Torrance CA. 11/10: Target in Amarillo TX. $24.99. 11/11: Target in
Opelika AL. 11/15: Target in Pace FL; Walmart in Amarillo TX. 11/23: Target
in Bloomington IL. 12/20: Walmart in LaGrange GA. 3/15: Astrotrain only
(entire case) Walmart in Fayetteville NC.
TR VOYAGER WAVE 3: Optimus Prime with Diac (Octane pre-tool), Megatron
with Doomshot (Blitzwing pre-tool). 2/17/17: Walmart in Tyler TX.
2/18: Walmart in Diamond Bar CA, Buena Park CA, Stanton CA. 2/22: Walmart in
Canyon TX. 2/24: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 2/25: Target in West Los Angeles
CA. 3/3: Walmart in Quincy MA. 3/15: Target and TRU in Torrance CA.
TR VOYAGER WAVE 4: Broadside with Blunderbuss (extensive Alpha Trion
retool), just a whole case of this. Some shipments are 50-50 with Alpha
Trion, who is in the new purple packaging. 3/31/17: Walmart in Amarillo
TX. 4/1: Target in Braintree MA. 4/4: Target in Torrance CA. 4/10:
Target in Pace FL. 4/13: Target in Amarillo TX.
TR VOYAGER WAVE 5: Blitzwing with Decepticon Hazard. Voyager Megatron
recolor with new faceplate, basically. 5/15/17: Target in Evansville
TITANS RETURN LEADER WAVE 1: Powermaster Optimus Prime with Apex
(Leader Ultra Magnus retool), Autobot Blaster with Twin Cast (boombox or
dance club base). 8/16/16: Optimus Prime only at TRU in Redlands CA.
Blaster only at TRU in Torrance CA. 8/27: TRU in Bloomington IL. 9/18:
Walmart in Amarillo TX. 9/23: Walmart in Pace FL. 9/24: Walmart in LaGrange
GA. 10/1: Walmart in Kearney NE.
TITANS RETURN LEADER WAVE 2: Includes Soundwave with Soundblaster
(retool of Blaster). Note, locally it seems to be shipping with PMOP, but
there's been at least one sighting of Sixshot in the wild, so maybe running
change or holiday panic-shipping mixup yielding two distinct waves hitting at
the same time. 11/4/16: Soundwave spotted at the Universal Hollywood
store. 12/17: Walmart in Canyon TX. (Blizzard day, did not drive down
there to see for myself.) 12/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 1/25/17: Target in
Decatur IL. 2/16: Walmart in Milton FL. 2/17: Walmart in Tyler TX. 2/18:
Walmart in Diamond Bar CA, Buena Park CA, Stanton CA. 3/15: Target and TRU
in Torrance CA.
TR LEADER WAVE 3: Includes Six Shot (six-changer). 2/25/17: Target
in West Los Angeles CA.
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
TITANS RETURN TITAN WAVE 1: Fortress Maximus, an extensive retool of
Metroplex, with the same Matrioshka-Headmaster trick as the G1 toy. 7/1/16:
Available from BBTS for $150. 7/21: TRU in Torrance CA. Also $150
shelf price, shockingly. 7/25: TRU in Culver City CA. 7/29: TRU in
Monroeville PA, West Mifflin PA. 7/30: TRU in Champaign IL. 8/7: TRU in
Peoria IL. 8/16: TRU in Redlands CA. 8/26: TRU in El Paso TX. 10/28: TRU
in Amarillo TX.
COMBINER GIFT SETS: Apologies for being behind on these, they've been
essentially online-only and I tend to not report those. G2 Menasor and
Superion gift sets have been up on HasbroToyShop.com for a while now, $100
(for a $25 core, four $15-20 limbs, and a $10 Legends, not too bad). In
addition to these redecos, the Victorion fan-voted set and the Computron set
will also be available pretty much only online. (Scattershot in the gift set
may be slightly different than the one sold separately.) 5/15/16: Various
Amazon resellers have the Victorion gift set, $106 and up. Not on HTS
yet. 6/25: Victorion's been up on a lot of places for a while, sorry. Also,
G2 Bruticus set is up on HTS now. 8/7: G2 Superion gift set at TRU in
Bloomington IL. 9/23: Forgot again, but Computron is up on HTS. Mine
arrived this week. 10/29: TJMaxx has G2 Menasor sets for $40. 10/31: A few
TJMaxxes also have the G2 Superion, but it seems to be rarer.
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 7: Bisk (car), Groundbuster (snow vehicle), Blizzard Strike
Autobot Drift (blue deco), Blizzard Strike Optimus Prime reship. 7/28/16:
Bisk and Groundbuster on HTS. 8/12: All four at TRU in Amarillo TX,
Torrance CA. $7.99, so passed on getting Drift, but might get it later
at Walmart prices. 9/10: Target in Amarillo TX (grabbed Drift for $5.99).
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 8: Autobot Ratchet (retool of the second version of Strongarm),
Bisk (new mold), reships. 7/29/16: Target in Amarillo TX. 8/6:
Walmart in Amarillo TX (in with the Rescue Bots). 8/10: TRU in Torrance CA.
WAVE 9: Looks to be all repackaged stuff, although some new ones are
out there that I haven't gotten solid sightings for. New open-faced
packaging with Combiner Wars trade dress: Quillfire, Bumblebee, Optimus
Prime, Blizzard Strike Sideswipe. 3/5/17: Walmart in Canyon TX.
WAVE 10?: Blurr (Generations-inspired, not Rescue Bots), 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
While Generations continues to have Deluxe, they've made the size class
Warrior for RiD2. Simpler designs, but less fiddly.
WAVE 9: New Combiner Force packaging, almost all redecos. Alpine
Strike Autobot Drift (redeco in Generations Drift red and white), Starscream
(same as TRU exclusive but without circuit paint apps), Grimlock (more black,
less green), Strongarm (slight color rearrangement), and then the only new
mold, Stormshot (Autobot jet). 12/29/16: TRU in Amarillo TX. 1/3/17:
Target in Rockville MD. 1/7: TRU in Bloomington IL. 1/9: I have
confirmation that the "Skyfire" available on Amazon is actually Stormshot.
1/15: Running change may have replaced Stormshot with Blastwave (heavy
Megatronus retool, Bludgeon homage, but an Autobot) in some cases, and others
have both of the two new ones. Hard to be sure. Blastwave-only wave spotted
1/12 at TRU in Amarillo TX, second case put out on 1/15 that had both. 1/21:
Blastwave and Stormshot at TRU and Meijer in Springfield IL. 1/26: Blastwave
and redecos at Target in Amarillo TX. 2/18: Blastwave and Stormshot at
Walmart in Amarillo TX.
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 1: Primestrong (Optimus Prime on top, Strongarm on bottom) and
Beeside (Bumblebee on top, Sideswipe on bottom). I suppose mixing them would
get Beestrong and Primeside. 1/3/17: Target in Amarillo TX. 1/9:
Walmart in Amarillo TX. 1/22: Walmart in Opelika AL.
WAVE 2: Reships plus new set Skysledge/Stormhammer=Skyhammer, a pair
of Autobot jets. 5/23/17: 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.
STEALTHASAURUS REX GRIMLOCK: A mostly black redeco but still with
green head and I'm afraid not very stealthy no matter how you paint him.
12/3/16: Target in Amarillo TX.
ENERGON BOOST BUMBLEBEE: More "Allspark Blue" paint apps.
12/22/16: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
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).
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.
Bigger stuff is coming later this year, including larger Hyperchangers with
electronics, and a Titan-class-sized Bumblebee shown off at Toy Fair (also a
one-step or three-step sort).
MEGA WAVE 2: Power Surge Bumblebee (probably the mold that was a
co-sell on the Optimus Prime last year) with Buzzstrike (Weaponizer Mini-Con
that is an axe or a winged robot); Power Surge Sideswipe with Windstrike
(different from the Battlepack Windstrike, but still turns into a sword).
These are Hyperchanger style, with negligible articulation and simple
transformations. They have sound chips with voice clips and various sound
effects. 7/14/16: On ToysRUs.com and Walmart.com. TRU in
Amarillo TX. 7/24: Target in Amarillo TX.
SUPER WAVE 1: Huge sound-and-light simplistic Bumblebee, claimed to be
a three step transformation. Zero articulation, very hollow and floppy, not
even the head turns. 7/23/15: Listed on HTS for $50. 8/4: TRU in Amarillo
TX, really unimpressive in person. They had it in with the Rescue Bots,
which says something about it. 10/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX, $48.
SUPER WAVE 2: A bit smaller, still with sound and light, Power Surge
Optimus Prime & Mini-Con Aerobolt is basically supposed to be the "totally
amped up for fighting Megatronus" mode or something, plus a breastmaster bird
Mini-Con. 7/3/16: TRU in Amarillo TX. $50, passing on it for now, at
least. Seems to have decent articulation, at least. 7/4: TRU in Peoria IL.
7/29: (I ordered it online, didn't care for it) Target in Amarillo TX. 8/4:
TRU in Culver City CA.