(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.
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).
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. 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.
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.
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.
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?
TITAN MASTERS WAVE 5: Ramhorn (rhino/tank, shares engineering and
maybe some parts with Shuffler), reships of Apeface, Ptero, Overboard.
7/19/17: Still no brick and mortar sightings, but I won the wave in a random
drawing from Entertainment Earth.
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. 7/15: Forgot to
mention, these guys are part of the Walmart "train" for TF5, so pretty much
every Walmart has them now, and in large quantities.
TR LEGENDS WAVE 5: Seaspray (hovercraft), Cosmos (slight redeco of the
T30 one, no Mini-Con). 6/8/17: Target in Amarillo TX. 6/13: Target
in Decatur IL. 6/15: Target in Torrance CA.
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. 7/9: TRU in
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, Octone with Murk.
Voyager Megatron and Optimus recolors with new faceplate, basically.
5/15/17: Target in Evansville IN. 7/2: Target in Redondo Beach CA.
7/8: Target in Pace FL.
TR LEADER WAVE 3: Includes Six Shot (six-changer). 2/25/17: Target
in West Los Angeles CA. Seriously, haven't gotten any sightings since
then. WTCHOP? 7/19: Appears to have finally been folded into shipping with
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
Amarillo soon. 6/14: "Soon" is relative, I guess. Walmart in Amarillo TX.
6/15: Walmart in Toronto ON. 7/6: Walmart in Winchester VA. 7/15: Target in
Fayetteville NC. 7/19: Sky Shadow and Six Shot together in a case at TRU
in Torrance CA.
TITANS RETURN TITAN WAVE 2: Trypticon, dinosaur/base/starship triple
changer. As of July 2017, it is trickling out in a few mostly online places,
no store sightings yet. (I preordered mine from BBTS.)
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.
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).
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.
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. 7/14/17: Target in
Diamond Bar CA.
Most of the really big stuff in this line is also fairly simplistic.
Nothing currently out in bigger than the $30 size.