Today, I followed the Hasbro Fan Media panel like pretty much all of you, from home, and it seemed like it was going on forever. I can only imagine how the guys in the audience were feeling. Though I imagine it’s easier to endure with they keep showing you cool toy pics! Now, it’s our turn.
I could not have been more wrong about how today was going to go. I haven’t bought a non-FSS GI Joe in months, my only new Transformers have come from overseas, and I can’t find new Marvel figures to save my soul. I was starting to wonder if Hasbro was still out there.
I figured Hasbro would show plenty of stuff, but I didn’t expect more than a couple additions to my 2013 Want List (which, let’s face it, is already too long as it is). I decided to get some writing done this afternoon during the show, but I still opened up a window for Twitter and others for the various Cover It Live streams (which there were surprisingly few of this year, Twitter may have finally won out) and awaited the Hasbro news.
Hasbro kicked off with My Little Pony just to meet my expectations. Transformers followed with the spotlight initially on Rescue Bots, Kre-O, the new Construct-A-Bots, and on the Prime/Beast Hunter cartoon. I haven’t taken the time to get to know the new show, but there did seem to be some cool news – even I have to take notice of a Predaking with a 21” wingspan. That’s cool. I’ve got a line out to Vault to see if he wants to add some of his thoughts about the regular Transformers lines.
I’ve been trying to distance myself from them a bit because one of the ways I can afford Masterpiece is to (mostly) give up on the smaller scale items. For the most part, Hasbro hasn’t made that too difficult (other than a stray FOC figure here or there). And yet, some of the new Generations items look tempting – the Stealth Bomber Megatron, Trailcutter, Orion Pax, and especially the Voyager Triplechangers of Springer & Blitzwing. Springer in particular has a great chance of finding his way to my shelves despite the embargo, but I was doing good and just waiting for the MP news. Then the giant white robot came into the room.
For Fall 2013, Hasbro will be producing a new class/size of Transformer: Titan. The size kicks off with the largest Transformer ever, a 25” FoC Metroplex. My jaw dropped at just the thought. That design was heavily G1 inspired and the figure looks to be a sharp update of the G1 as a result. The three modes are there, the interaction with smaller Transformers is there, but even better are lights, sounds, articulated eyes, and who knows what else. The only thing I’m not liking so far is that the figre on display looks really static. Is he too big to pose? Can he move? I hope so.
The best part about the new Metroplex though might just be the price: $125. It’s a lot, but it’s also a lot of Transformer for the money. Who know that the G1 reissue of Fortress Maximus wouldn’t be the biggest Transformer produced this year. Damn!
Finally, there was some Masterpiece news as well, but I have mixed feelings about it. Hasbro confirmed a TRU exclusive Acidstorm (the green camo seeker, 6″ version pictured at left). I knew going in to that line (post MP-10 anyway) that I shouldn’t try to be completist with it. I don’t mind picking up my favorite characters and maybe some I never had but I know could be cool (like Bluestreak). But do I need repaints like Tiger Tracks & Acid Storm? I really don’t know. I think they’ll look sweet on the shelf, but I’m not sure that they’re right for my collection. I have a pre-order out for Tiger Tracks and I imagine I’d pick up Acidstorm, but I really need to figure out what my goal is on the high dollar Transformers.
Hasbro also confirmed that their version of Masterpiece Soundwave will come with all five of the cassettes. As such, you might think that I feel like I shouldn’t have bought my Takara Soundwave. You’d be wrong. I standby him being worth every penny, but I’m still stoked about this news. I really didn’t want to pay $120+ to import the four remaining cassettes. If I can snag the US release (I only saw Optimus once), then, even if it costs $120, that’s going to be like getting a free second Soundwave. I can live with that!
Prospective Purchases: Voyager Springer, 25” Metroplex, Masterpiece Soundwave w/ Cassettes, Masterpiece Acid Storm.
Speaking of Kre-O, Star Trek will be getting a lot of love this year and it appears that Kre-O can do any era of Star Trek which is pretty cool, but Kre-O is a rabbit hole I’m trying to crawl back out of, so I’m not even going to look. For the official press pics check out The Terror Drome.
When G.I. Joe came up, it was almost the same setup as Transformers. Plenty of neat or novel items that are cool, but that I know I don’t need. That said, one of my all-time favorite childhood Joe vehicles was the Tomahawk and now that it’s getting the modernized treatment, I’m pretty stoked! The Tomahawk, renamed Eaglehawk (at least on the box) looks gorgeous and the updates might just make it better than the original. And at $40, it’s another must buy. At this point I have no idea where I’m going to put all these big toys, but I’ll figure out.
In terms of figures, there was a good mix of movie figures, some 30th Anniversary figures that were cancelled (Kwinn!), and then a new breed of figure called “Ultimate”. I didn’t see too many I really had to have, but Kwinn is always cool and the armored up Cobra with the drone looked pretty cool. Still, it’s the ultimate figures that caught my attention.
Cobra Commander & Storm Shadow are the first two figures to get the classic/ultimate treatment. The idea here seems to be that these will be the last versions of the two you’ll ever need. They look spot-on and appear to have great articulation. For the official press pics check out The Terror Drome.
Prospective Purchases: The Tomahawk/Eaglehawk, Ult. Cobra Commander, Ult. Storm Shadow (Maybe)