(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
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.
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.
TITAN GUARDIANS: Another "maybe not a store exclusive" deal, the
second wave of 6" tall Titan Guardians has hit Walgreens. Optimus,
Sideswipe, and Bumblebee are held over from the first wave, with Strongarm
and Grimlock added in. (They also have "value" Star Wars action figures in
the same size and sort of packaging.) 9/10/17: Walgreens in Amarillo
TX. $6.99 each.
CHAOS ON VELOCITRON: A Toys R Us exclusive box set, a mix of redecos,
retools, and one totally new mold, for $99. Includes Laser Optimus Prime
(G2-based deco of the current Voyager figure), Quickswitch (redeco of Six
Shot), Nautica (heavy retool of Blurr), Fastclash (new mold, Fastlane name
was unavailable), and a Titan Master Rodimus Prime. 3/24/17: El Paso
TX. 4/2: Torrance CA. 4/5: Up on TRU.com. Expect it to go in and out
of stock over time. 4/8: Iselin NJ. 8/2: Peoria IL, Bloomington IL.
SIEGE ON CYBERTRON: BBTS exclusive. Magnus Prime (the Japanese
tooling of Powermaster Optimus Prime), Tidal Wave (Broadside redeco),
Metalhawk (Triggerhappy redeco), Pounce (newish mold), Titan Master
Thunderwing. Possibly some retooling on Tidal Wave or Metalhawk. Currently
slated for late July 2017.
WINGSPAN/CLOUDRAKER: I guess we won't get four $100 exclusive box
sets? Walgreens will be carrying a two-pack of the remaining two clones,
spotted in packaging (not yet in stores, AFIACT). 10/5/17: Spotted at EB
Games in Missisauga ON for $30 Cdn. (The chain got bought out, but the
brand is still in use some places.) 10/12: Found at a Walgreens in Edmonton
AB. 11/18: Walgreens in Amarillo TX. $18 per set. 11/24: Quincy MA,
DOLLAR GENERAL KRE-O: As part of their Halloween reset shipments,
stores are getting two new $12 box sets, each of which has an Autobot in a
vehicle versus a Decepticon (Strongarm vs. Springload, Sideswipe
vs. Hammerstrike, each with a "capture car" inspired by the Autobot's vehicle
mode). Some are also getting carded sets of armor-up Kreons that come with
accessories to turn them into more "regularly" proportioned robots. Optimus
Prime, Bumblebee, Sideswipe, and Grimlock, each in three different color
variants (regular, arctic, desert). No Strongarm, sigh. 7/27/17: Some
stores have these out already, but since part of the shipment has an August
shelving date, many are sitting on the truck until they can do it all at
once. 7/28: Picked up the $12 sets in Amarillo TX. 9/4: Found the
"Oversized Kreons that transform" sets at the same DG in Amarillo, they're
ALSO $12, annoyingly. Picked up spaceship Megatron, Ironhide, and Grimlock,
left Shockwave (same as the TJMaxx version) on the shelf. 9/8: All four at
Walgreens in Amarillo TX. $9.99. 1/5/18: More of the "custom" ones with
armor bits and stuff spotted in Canyon TX.
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 9: Bumblebee (black deco dinosaur), Bumblebee (VTOL jet),
reships of older figures. 4/22/17: Jet Bumblebee spotted at Walgreens in
Amarillo TX. Wave may also include Heatwave the Fire-Bot, a two-headed
dragon currently available on HTS. 6/18/17: Both Bumblebees, Brushfire,
Heatwave dragon, blue T.rex Optimus, Quickshadow, Morbot, and Boulder are all
part of Walmart's TF5 aisle display in Amarillo TX. 7/21: Target in
SCOUT WAVE 10: Adds in Stegosaur Chase, possible others, always hard
to tell if I'm seeing a fresh case the first time out (and almost no one
sends in RB sightings). 11/1/17: Chase at Walmart in Amarillo TX.
EPIC WAVE 2: $10 price point. Repackaged Heatwave and Boulder, new
hollow-and-non-transforming molds of Blurr and Salvage. The new ones suffer
heavily from lack of paint applications, however, even compared to the
original four. 5/27/15: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 7/2: TRU in Amarillo
EPIC WAVE 3: Adds High Tide to the mix. 6/8/16: On Kmart.com, but not
available for sale yet. 9/30: High Tide and Bumblebee spotted at TRU in
Amarillo TX. 1/8: Also at Walmart in Amarillo TX.
EPIC WAVE 4: Adds Quickswitch. 6/18/17: All of Waves 2-4 are part
of the TF5 aisle display at Walmart in Amarillo TX.
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.
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 Pensacolar
FL. 9/19: 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.
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 end of 2017 had Titans Return wrapping up and the third chapter in the
"DBZ Escalation" saga kick in with Power of the Primes, in which the
faceplates on Titan Masters were replaced by icons of the Primes, whose power
could be tapped by the new figures. Combiner Wars style combination returned
(along with retools of some CW molds), and the Dinobots got a combiner that
wasn't The Beast.
PRIME MASTERS WAVE 1: Micronus (Cloudburst Decoy Armor), Liege Maximo
(Skullgrin Decoy Armor), Vector Prime (Metalhawk Decoy Armor). Listed on HTS
but not actually in stock, because their website was built by concussed
Scraplets. 12/18/17: TRU in Torrance CA, White Plains NY. 12/19: TRU
in Pensacola FL, Amarillo TX. 1/5/18: Target in Amarillo TX. 1/10: Target
in Bloomington IL, Opelika AL, Columbus GA; TRU in Peoria IL. 1/12: Target
in Torrance CA.
PRIME MASTERS WAVE 2: Alchemist Prime (Submarauder Decoy Armor), Alpha
Trion (Landmine Decoy Armor), reship of Liege Maximo. 4/7/18: Kroger in
Lawrenceburg IN. Confirmed they have screws rather than pins for the
Prime plates. 4/10: Kroger in LaGrange GA. 4/13: Kroger in Opelika AL.
6/13: Walmart in Fayetteville NC. 6/15: Walmart in Pace FL. 6/16: Walmart
in Canyon TX, Amarillo TX. 7/3: Walmart in Bloomington IL.
PRIME MASTERS WAVE 3: Megatronus (Bomb-Burst), Quintus Prime
(Bludgeon), Solus Prime (Octopunch). 7/9/18: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
(Sightings report from someone else in town, hopefully some are left when I
can get there!) (There were plenty) 7/23: Walmart in Decatur IL.
POWER OF THE PRIMES LEGENDS WAVE 1: Slash (velociraptor femmebot),
Beachcomber (dunebuggy), Windcharger (sportscar), and Skrapnel (reissue
without the Mini-Con). 11/19/17: Target in Amarillo TX. I passed on
Skrapnel, since I have two of the original plus the red and black redeco.
12/3: Target in Bloomington IL. 12/8: Holiday aisle display at Walmart in
Amarillo TX. A whole bunch. 12/11: Same aisle treatment at Walmart in
Fayetteville NC. 12/18: TRU in Torrance CA. 12/19: TRU in Pensacola FL,
Amarillo TX. 1/10/18: Walmart in Mt. Zion IL; Target in Bloomington IL; TRU
in Peoria IL. 1/12: Target in Torrance CA. 1/26: Walmart in Quincy MA.
2/15: Walmart in Fayetteville NC.
PotP LEGENDS WAVE 2: Battleslash (helicopter, Duocon combiner),
Roadtrap (SUV, other half of the combiner), Tailgate (retool of
Windcharger). 2/13/18: Walmart in Torrance CA. 2/28: TRU and Target
in Torrance CA. 3/2: Target in Amarillo TX. 3/7: Target in Braintree MA.
3/31: Walmart in Pace FL. 4/19: Walmart in LaGrange GA, Lanett AL.
PotP LEGENDS WAVE 3: Cindersaur (Slash retool) and Outback (TR Brawl
retool). 6/25/18: Available on HTS. 7/7: Target in Pace FL,
Torrance CA. 7/26: Target in Braintree MA. 7/31: Target in Pensacola
FL. 8/26: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
POWER OF THE PRIMES DELUXE WAVE 1: Jazz (sportscar), Swoop
(pterodactyl), Slug (Slag), Dreadwind (jet, Aerialbot retool). No sightings
sent to me directly, but this wave has started showing up, and it brought
controversy with it, yay. 11/21/17: Target in Pace FL. They weren't
on the shelf, sighter had to use the DCPI to get 'em out of the back (I
suspect they're not supposed to go out until after a BOGOHO on TFs expires,
since they didn't ring up as valid for the sale). 11/23: Target in
Fayetteville NC. 12/3: Target in Bloomington IL. 12/18: TRU in Torrance
CA. 12/19: TRU in Pensacola FL, Amarillo TX. 1/2/18: Target in Amarillo
TX. 1/10: Walmart in Mt. Zion IL, Valley AL; Target in Bloomington IL,
Opelika AL, Columbus GA; TRU in Peoria IL. 1/12: Target in Torrance CA.
1/20: Walmart in Pembroke NC. 1/26: Walmart in Quincy MA. 2/15: Walmart in
PotP DELUXE WAVE 2: Dinobot Snarl (Ankylosaurish), Dinobot Sludge
(Bronto), Rippersnapper (sharky monster), Blackwing (jet). 2/17/18:
Walmart in Amarillo TX. Later note: looks like Moonracer (Cybertronian
car) is in this wave too, but someone beat me to it. 2/20: Walmart in
Torrance CA. Also, a different Walmart in Amarillo, snagged Moonracer.
Confirmed, she and Blackwing are shortpacked, the others are two-per-case.
2/21: All five at Walmart in Mt. Zion IL. 3/23: Walmarts in LaGrange GA,
Lanett AL, Auburn AL. 3/26: Target in Torrance CA. 3/27: Target in Redondo
Beach CA. 3/29: Target in Amarillo TX. 3/30: Target in Manhattan Beach CA,
South Carson CA. 4/20: Target in Reseda CA. 7/17: Target in Pensacola FL.
PotP DELUXE WAVE 3: Blot, Cutthroat, Sinnertwin, and Jazz (non-MAGA
redeco). 6/30/18: Walmart in Albuquerque NM. 7/1: Walmart in
Amarillo TX. 7/3: Walmart in Bloomington IL. 7/12: Walmart in Navarre FL.
7/13: Walmart in South Torrance CA.
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.
POWER OF THE PRIMES VOYAGER WAVE 1: Back to being combiner cores.
Starscream and Grimlock (of course, you'll have to wait a few waves before
you can assemble the Dinobot combiner). 12/18/17: TRU in Torrance CA.
12/19: TRU in Amarillo TX, only had Starscream left. 1/2/18: Target in
Amarillo TX. (The TRU did get in some Grimlocks a few days later, so I have
him.) 1/8: Walmart in Milton FL. 1/10: Walmart in Mt. Zion IL, Valley AL;
TRU in Bloomington IL, Peoria IL; Target in Opelika AL, Columbus GA. 1/12:
Target in Torrance CA. 1/20: Walmart in Pembroke NC. 2/15: Walmart in
PotP VOYAGER WAVE 2: Elita-1 (Heavy retool of Starscream), Hun-Grrr
(new mold, my earlier thought that it might be a Silverbolt retool was in
error). 2/10/18: Walmart in Yuba City CA. 2/13: Walmart in Torrance
CA (Hun-Grrr only). 2/14: Both at a different Walmart in Torrance CA. 3/13:
Walmart in Amarillo TX. 3/14: Walmart in Mt. Zion IL. 3/26: Walmart in
Quincy MA (Hun-grrr only). 4/8: Walmart in Hanover MA. 6/8: Walmart in
Lagrange GA "in abundance". 7/26: Walmart in Quincy MA. 7/31: Target in
PotP VOYAGER WAVE 3: Inferno (slight retool of Combiner Wars Hot Spot,
looks to just be a new head), reship of Grimlock. 5/29/18: Target in
Santa Maria CA. 5/31: Target in Pace FL. 6/21: Walmart in Amarillo TX,
Fayetteville NC. 7/25: Target in Manhattan Beach CA.
POWER OF THE PRIMES LEADER WAVE 1: All Primes all the times. Optimus
Prime and Rodimus Prime (wave 2 will have an evil redeco of Rodimus) in
"Evolution" sets, with Hot Rod and Orion Pax each getting super armors to
become Primes. 1/10/18: Walmart in Mt. Zion IL, Valley AL; Target in
Opelika AL, Columbus GA. 1/11: Walmart in Pace FL. 1/12: Target in
Torrance CA. 1/13: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 1/20: Walmart in Pembroke NC.
1/26: TRU in Amarillo TX, Torrance CA. $50. 2/10: Target in Amarillo TX.
4/20: Target in Van Nuys CA.
POTP LEADER WAVE 2: Replace Rodimus Prime with Rodimus Unicronus (aka
Shattered Glass Rodimus, minor retool). Apparently there's variants with
purple Autobot symbols (a la Shattered Glass) showing up on eBay, but one
can't discount the possibility of "open box, relabel chest, close box" cases.
1/20/18: Walmart in McPherson KS. 2/15: TRU in Amarillo TX; Walmart in
Fayetteville NC. 2/19: TRU in Topeka KS. 3/8: Walmart in Pace FL. 3/17:
TRU in Dedham MA. 5/17: Target in Carson CA, Torrance CA.
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
The sequel series to Transformers: Prime. Sort of. The comic tries to tie
them together, but the show might as well be in an entirely new universe,
unaligned with Prime. It got better about that in later seasons, though.
Smallest size that actually has articulation in robot mode.
WAVE 8: Springload (frog/car), Starscream (jet), reships (or possible
minor redecos) of Grimlock and Optimus Prime. 1/7/17: Target in Amarillo
TX. 1/11: Walmart in Greenville SC.
WAVE 9: Blurr (sports car), reships of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee,
Bisk. 5/11/17: TRU in Amarillo TX for $8.99, ouch.
WAVE 10: Tail End Charlies ahoy! Twinferno, Heatseeker, Cyclonus.
All new molds, all nearly impossible to find in America. 4/22/18:
Twinferno only at Walmart in Amarillo TX. (I got Twinferno off Amazon a
while back, and traded with someone in Australia for the other two.)
The non-transforming, barely-articulated bludgeoning weapons masquerading as
12" tall action figures. (Hasbro has started making accessories for the
Marvel Titan Heroes, so maybe we'll get a sort of Actionmaster Vehicle deal
going here eventually?) $10 price point, sometimes on sale for less.
WAVE 1: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Steeljaw with a better posture
than you're likely to ever see him anywhere else. 2/5/15: TRU in Amarillo
TX. 2/6: TRU in Torrance CA. 2/14: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 10/3: $6 at
Big Lots as part of their Christmas reset.
WAVE 1.5: Swaps in Sideswipe for Steeljaw in the assortment.
3/12/15: TRU in Torrance CA.
WAVE 2?: Replaces Sideswipe with Drift. 7/14/16: TJMaxx in
Continuing from the movie line, simplified toys at the $10 spot that are
bigger than Cyberverse Commanders, but significantly less...anything else,
WAVE 10?: Blurr, cosells are regular Sideswipe and Bumblebee.
3/11/17: Blurr found at Walgreens in Amarillo TX. $12.99 base price,
but membership cardholders can currently get it for $8.99. 3/17: Target in
Amarillo TX. Case had Blurr, Sideswipe, Bumblebee, and Drift (all in
original colors). 3/21: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 6/1: Blurr along with
Bumblebee, Bisk, blue Strongarm, and new Heatseeker at TRU in Amarillo TX.
6/18: Same assortment as the 6/1 sighting, Walmart in Amarillo TX (part of
the TF5 aisle display).
WAVE WHATEVER: The last molds trickle out, I spotted a lone new one
(Soundwave) alongside reships. 12/15/17: Soundwave at Target in Amarillo
While Generations continues to have Deluxe, they've made the size class
Warrior for RiD2. Simpler designs, but less fiddly.
WAVE 10: Skywarp (Starscream redeco), Windblade (redeco with new
battlemask face), Soundwave (armored truck), Blurr (not the Rescue Bots
version). 3/30/17: TRU in Torrance CA, Amarillo TX; Hasbrotoyshop.
4/20: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 5/5: Target in Amarillo TX.
WAVE 11: Twinferno (dragonjet thing), Thermidor (Bisk redeco),
Bludgeon (Blastwave redeco/retool?). 10/26/17: Twinferno on
ToysRUs.com. 12/3: Target in Bloomington IL. 12/19: TRU and Walmart in
Amarillo TX (just Twinferno in both cases, weirdly). TRU in Torrance CA got
all three, one per case each (I guess Bumblebee filled out the remaining
space). 2/3/18: Twinferno with older reships at Target in Gaithersburg MD.
So far I have yet to see the other two "new" figures in stores, Twinferno
always seems to ship with Power Surge Optimus Prime, masked Windblade,
Skywarp, and sometimes Soundwave. 4/6: K-Mart in Big Bear CA.
Two-packs of sub-Legends sized vehicles that can turn into
brickish individuals or "crash combine" into taller bricks. Sets can be
mixed, but a legs-figure can't become an upper body. $15 price point.
WAVE 2: Reships plus new set Skysledge/Stormhammer=Skyhammer, a pair
of Autobot jets. 5/23/17: Walmart in Amarillo TX. 6/1: Target in
WAVE 3: Lunar Force Primestrong (blue Optimus redeco, Strongarm
replacing blue plastic with black), Shocknado (Shockdrive and Warnado,
redecos of the Skyhammer team with new heads based on Galvatron and Cyclonus,
although the package design is far more Cyclonus-y than the actual toy, the
combiner head is unchanged), Dragbreak (Dragstrip and Wildbreak, the only
crash combiner to actually appear on the cartoon so far as of the end of
June). 7/1/17: Walmart in Amarillo TX.
All the proportion, hollowness, and flatness issues of a
Titan Hero, but transforming like a simplified Legion class. $15-18 price
point. Really horrible toys.
WAVE 1: Bumblebee, Optimus Prime. 10/2/15: Up on Amazon.
1/22/16: At TRU in Amarillo TX for $13, not worth it.
WAVE 2: Adding in Sideswipe, plus more BB and OP. 4/21/16: TRU in
WAVE 3: Slight redecos of Bumblebee and Sideswipe, in Combiner Force
packaging. 12/29/16: TRU in Amarillo TX.
Also known as Three-Step Changers. Big, brickish, and
simple, aimed at kids at the low end of RiD. $20 price point.
HYPERFLIP OPTIMUS PRIME AND BUMBLEBEE: New molds pushing what appears
to be a one-step "Hyperflip" transformation, still $20 bricks. 1/26/17:
Target in Amarillo TX. 4/13: TRU in Amarillo TX.
HYPER-(FILL IN THE BLANK): Combiner Force toys in the Hyperchanger
style, but each has a different hyper. Hyper-Swoop Grimlock, Hyper-Hook
Thunderhoof, Hyper-Twist Bumblebee. All new molds, none impressive enough to
pay TRU's $23 asking price. 4/21/17: TRU in Amarillo TX. 5/11:
Target in Amarillo TX ($20, still not tempted).
HYPERWHATEVER WAVE 2: Hyper-Turn Steeljaw, Hyper-Vault Soundwave.
6/23/17: TRU in Amarillo TX.
Replacing the Deployers in the "$20 for a Mini-Con and a hollow brick bulk"
category, these use Mini-Cons to trigger an alternate vehicle mode a la the
Stealth Force toys from the movie line a while back.
WAVE 1: Bumblebee with Stuntwing, Strongarm with Trickout. 1/3/17:
Target in Amarillo TX. They only had Bumblebee, but with only two total
on the shelf I guess someone beat me to the Strongarm(s). 1/9: Walmart in
Amarillo TX. Confirmed that a case is one Strongarm and three Bumblebees.
WAVE 2: Not sure of assortments, but adds in Sideswipe with Great Byte
(jet plane that turns into shark-ish Mini-Con similar to Strongarm's trident
Mini-Con from the Weaponizers line). 6/8/17: TRU in Amarillo TX.
WAVE 3: Swaps in Soundwave with Laserbeak (robo-condor to jet drone
thing that also can be a turret). 7/14/17: Target in Diamond Bar CA.
9/21: Available on HTS.
WAVE? WHAT'S THAT? Optimus Prime with Hi-Test (micro-tank and turret
for truck mode). 9/21/17: Available on HTS for $20. 12/3: Target in
Amarillo TX. If Soundwave ships with this wave, it's shortpacked and someone
beat me to it.
Most of the really big stuff in this line is also fairly simplistic.
TEAM COMBINERS WAVE 1: Ultra Bee, Menasor. $30 price point. The
individuals do transform into robot mode as well as Crash Combiners, except
for Drift, who is just a sword. 7/21/17: TRU in Torrance CA. No price
on the shelf, Menasor shortpacked. 7/23: TRU in Amarillo TX. 9/15: TRU in
Pensacola FL (only Menasor, oddly).
TEAM COMBINERS WAVE 2: Galvatronus, reships. 10/24/17: TRU in