In an out of the blue reveal, In Demand Toys has revealed that Takara Tomy will be releasing a series of figures under the "Premium Finish" name. The implication is that these figures will feature "premium" decos compared to their mass release counterparts. The photos posted by In Demand show Siege Optimus Prime and Studio Series Volkswagon Beetle Bumblebee as the first two releases in this series. However, the photos are a bit fuzzy and it is hard to tell just how extensively the decos have been changed.
While toy hunting in Elizabeth, NJ, I visited a Dollar General store and came across a surprise: Authentics Alpha Series Shockwave! The Authentics debuted as a lower cost line of Transformers figures at stores such as Family Dollar, Dollar Generation and (on occasion) Walgreens. These figures use the "Evergreen" design of figures representing characters like Megatron and Optimus Prime without being tied to any specific continuity.
Fellow fan site TFW2005 has reported some new listings for the Studio Series line of movie based figures. There is a lot to absorb here as the line continues to expand beyond the traditional "Bayverse" characters. From the Bumblebee Movie fans can expect characters seen in the exciting opening scene on Cybertron including Brawn and Ratchet! Then on the other side we have more characters coming from the "1986" sub-line of Studio Series figures. These include Perceptor and a Junkion named Junkyard.
As a follow up to previous listings of Wal-Mart Exclusive Transformers figures, Hasbro Pulse has posted orders for the four Deluxe Class War for Cybertron: Kingdom Netflix figures. They are all currently on the "New" page but here are individual links for you to use:
In a surprise reveal, Hasbro Pulse has posted its second exclusive from the Shattered Glass line: Megatron! This is a redeco and retool of the previous Megatron "tank" release, but instead this time he becomes an aerial vehicle! Megatron is $29.99 and scheduled to ship on October 1, 2021. Check out the official product information below along with awesome images.
There has been much information released in the past couple of weeks about Masterpiece Skids and his redeco/retool Reboost. For those who have been curious about how Masterpiece Skids measures up against his G1 counterpart, Takara Tomy has your back! Earlier today the @TF_Pr Twitter account posted images of the original and upcoming Skids figures side by side in both modes! You can see the photos below and in the embedded Tweet.
Ollie's is well known for its heavy discounts including Transformers. This week their special is a huge shipment of Leader Class Doubledealer and Optimus Prime from Earthrise! These figures originally retailed for $49.99 but Ollie's is selling them for $19.99! You can head over to the Ollie's web site to see if you have a store by you to take advantage of this incredible discount. Special thanks to fellow fan Mike L. for the image from in-store below.
After the reveal of Masterpiece Skids and Reboost pre-orders have gone up at BWTF sponsor BigBadToyStore and affiliate site Entertainment Earth! In addition BigBadToyStore has posted a bunch of new images for each figure (in addition to those on Takara Tomy Mall!). Skids and Reboost are $89.99 each and due to ship in December 2021. Follow the links below to pre-order your figures and help support BWTF!
@digitamin on Twitter has posted some intriguing images which appear to be the Takara Tomy promotional images of the upcoming Masterpiece Skids and its retool/redeco! Keep in mind this is not an official reveal but these photos are consistent with promotional photos released by Takara Tomy in the past. When official word is released you can bet BWTF will post about it!
Years ago I worked with the folks at Botcon to bring the Shattered Glass universe to life, and over several Botcons (and the Collector's Club) the universe expanded. For years now the universe has laid dormant - until now! Hasbro is launching its own line of Shattered Glass figures beginning with Blurr! This is available now for pre-order on Hasbro Pulse!