Transformers Studio Series & Kingdom Roundtable Report with Official Reveals - Arcee & Hot Rod!

Hasbro held another Transformers roundtable event to give us details on the previously revealed Bumblebee Movie Studio Series toys as well as two new reveals of Kingdom Hot Rod and Studio Series Arcee. We have the full report and official product information along with screenshots from the session to share with you now.

UPDATE - Official images have been posted here for Studio Series and Kingdom.


Hasbro Team Members

Mark, Ben, Rachel, Sam, and Evan

The team today is talking about new figures with a look at Bumblebee Movie Studio Series Wave 1 and Kingdom Wave 5 reveals.


Studio Series Bumblebee Movie Wave 1

Sharing the first looks at new figure reveals and concepts with designs of each figure. The figures were not originally Studio Series figures because they did not have alternate modes, but they decided to do them eventually where they created alt modes on their own for each toy.

They include back cards with a movie scene. They wanted to preserve what we saw onscreen for the robot modes. It was a challenge to do the vehicles when they have to compromise on one to satisfy the other.

Ratchet has a port on alt mode to hold the blaster. They began with the concept art showing the windscreen and shoulders with quarter panels. Working with Takara to make a loyal render.

Wheeljack was one of Sam's favorites to work on. Using G1 elements with Cybertronian look based on Bumblebee and Cliffjumper look. Using classic design elements. Wanted to leverage Sci-Fi look. Original Wheeljack didn't have wheels on Robot mode, but they decided to hide them like Cybertron look. They feel it came out like an old design.

Brawn is the smallest of the character, they had to replicate his scale to the other figures. Comes with a blaster and drill bit weapon. Sort of like Batman Begins look with drill on front. Design by Hasui at Takara who wanted to add drill on alt mode. They didn't want to have a G1 drill, used a cinematic drill instead. Port rotates to add the drill part. Has off-road tires. Cowboy ballistic shield, with lights like Bumblebee's.

Soundwave the controversial figure was one of the first they wanted to include in the Studio Series line because fans love it. Had a battle with Optimus Prime as well. Added articulation on the figure. He had a long onscreen look so they set out to find a form that would fit figure. They went with a classic look but not a tape deck and chose a hovercraft design. Wanted to have ports and different windows instead of tape deck on alt mode. They went for Cybertron look design with Takusan of Takara.

Ravage was a debut character for the Core class. Wanted to ensure it would load in Soundwave's chest. Has more articulation than most small figures. Has jaw, neck, torso, tail, and many imb joints. Rockets can be removed and placed in different places. Missle is removable and can be plugged into Soundwave's shoulder.

Shockwave is the only one not true to scale. They wanted to highlight the Core class scale with a popular character. This is a low price point for affordable figures. Taking cues for a classic robot look. Chose Cybertronian tank mode. Has the opportunity to see another scale in the Studio Series line later.


Kingdom Wave 5 Figures

Pipes is a lovable character made off Huffer mold. They moved the cab front to go behind the head, which has pipes weapons, and different tires. The long-awaited figure has a lot of detail on the alternate mode that can tow Optimus Prime trailer. Pipes act as blasters with ports that can double up. The Head is made off of the animation. Match the cartoon colors with design help by Takusan of Takara.

Slammer Weaponizer follows the same format as Cog and Sixgun into a complex deluxe figure. Worked with Hasuisan at Takara to make a true G1 look with Kingdom level style figure. Has a third mode to be a tower-like mode with Metroplex. Has weaponizing mode that inclues a chainsaw, mega blaster gun turret and missile launchers. These can be combined with other WFC figures.

Shadow Panther was made with a Cheetor Mutant mask and a new deco. The yellow shoulders will be on the final retail resles. Cat mode in black was made to look fierce.

Dave White diorama shots shown. They love the dioramas!


Questions and Answers Section

What was the design process for the head of Brawn?

A lot of the characters were based on Bumblebee Movie for bot modes was done with the original movie designs. They started with the actual ILM CAD files to work with Takara to make mold designs. The robot modes came directly from CAD.


Will Studio Series figures come in different scales than we have seen already?

They are just getting started with the Core class, so they plan to revisit other characters too. They may do others on larger and smaller scales. They feel a character can be in both scales.


When can we expect to see these toys?

The street date for wave 1 is 2-1-2022. Some figures are already being made in the factory so they should be on time. These should begin to show up in February 2022.


Was Soundwave alternate mode from GI Joe mode?

Not really, they worked with Imiliano from Takara on the alt mode. A lot of it was looking at different options tape player, and copter-like ideas before they settled on the hovercraft. They didn't want to remove robot elements to make alt mode, such as the tape bay. They had to have a deep cavity for Ravage, which was the best compromise. The resemblance to the GI Joe alt mode was purely by accident.


Will concept art of non-movie characters a potential for new figures?

They think there is some grey area, but they may consider other options. The new alternate modes mean they can take liberties. They are starting with robot modes on screen from ILM CAD files. When they run out of characters, like the Optimus Prime concept with Cybertron design, they may consider what they can do next.


Was Ravage informed by the threezero Ravage release?

Ravage is the only one that has an alt-mode in the movie, so threezero and Hasbro could easily do it to load in Soundwave's chest. They wanted Ravage to be a little bigger to feel like a better bang for the buck as a Core class toy. They want to work off running movie changes as well, so figures like Jolt took time to do properly for example.


Will we see more Studio Series figures that need to be done?

They are aware of the Cinematic universe of all the characters. They have a list and know they have a lot to do. A lot of the films have models that were revisited and were made from the concept and or the final. They could go back to CAD files and possibly do them in Core Class.


Is Brawn the new Cybertronian mode?

They may look at how they can do these kinds of figures in the from of comics and other partnerships. It has come full circle where movies based on toys, can then go off on their own and see toys be used in movies.


Wheeljack has a car mode, why not go with a boxy van?

A lot of that stemmed from the established scales that they work off height charts. They also loot at the alternate mode and colors etc. Like the windscreen lead to them choosing more of a Lancia rally car than the boxy Cybertron form. This is because they didn't want to sacrifice the bot form. They looked at the list of past modes, but wanted something more plausible.


Will we ever get a chance to see the concept art in media form?

They would love to see them offered via Hasbro Pulse or other outlets. There is a lot to be appreciated. There are lots of ideas forming in sketches and translated to the final character. Paramount or Netflix owns these properties, so they have to be able to work with them when they are ready to do the project as well.


How many more waves will we see in the Bumblebee Movie Studio Series line and other tape bots possibly?

They know others are missing, but they going to have totally new designs to do that. They would have to consider other BayVerse designs. If there is a desire for it they would like to, but none of the other characters are planned yet. There will be 4 waves coming in the Studio Series for 2022 with a mixture from different movies.


What was the hardest to do in the Bumblebee Movie Studio series?

Sounwave was one of the hardest to do because they had to consider the new alt mode that appears on Cybertron. Do had to take liberties and they looked at past series. They played with different ideas that could be new for the character. Brawn was also hard to do because of a turtle-like look. Trying to make an alt mode that complements the bubble kind of shape. The others were easier to do because of the classic looks they could follow.


What was up with the Wave 4 / Wave 5 Kingdom and confusion over when figures will be released?

They try to give a buffer in case the preorders come late from shipping delays and other factors. They want to keep things in sync so fans are not caught off guard. They wanted to keep Kingdom in stock for holidays and space out things for Legacy later when it was fulfilled.


How much time did it take to design your own Transformation for Bumblebee Movie Studio Series?

"Movie magic" is different from the toys. So there was a lot of thought on how to make something go from one mode to the other. They rely on Takara to work out a lot of these engineering details. They may decide how they want one to look in each mode and have to consider what changes to one mode effects the other. Classic elements and colors may be considered how a figure transforms.


Do they look at early movie concept art and consider designs "that look good"?

They do look at these early designs and like to see what some of the choices, they appreciate it but have to make decisions based on the toy figure design they can achieve.


Slammer is a Partial model, based on Airwave? What was robot mode based on?

Yes, he was based on Airwave and they leave it to Takara to choose what and how much will be reused. They want to make them look as new as possible. Slammer doesn't have a past robot mode, so they looked at old official and fan art designs. Mark used the head sculpt based on the common look fans have made. They then work with Takara to go back and forth on what the final character will look like alone and with other Weaponaizers. They try to be faithful as they can because so much has been done since the 80s - It's a mix of lore and new ideas. Images are shown of Slammer tower mode. They will look at Sixgun working with Metroplex the same way.

Studio Series preorders will begin sometime in December.


Roundtable New Reveals!

Core Class Hot Rod

Lenny worked on the design with Takara's Itakusan. Comes with Energon infused sword. Works with other 5mm ports as well. Transforms like other core class figures. Has ball joint on shoulder, can do tee-pose of arms. Has chrome paint on pipes with Autobot symbol on the front. This will be part of Core wave 5 coming in early 2022.

Studio Series Bumblebee Movie Wave 2 Arcee

Cybertronian motorcycle mode. Has a slender form in robot mode with bike form. Has dual pistols that act as exhaust pipes. The wheels do roll. Has the jet packs like on screen. Very few hollow parts. Huge range of articulation. Thrusters are articulated. Wheels can flip to wheels as feet and also rotate in bot mode. She uses an off-white tone in colors. Very realistic movie look. They try to use colors from the deco sheets to be the same in the final figure. Arcee will be a Wave 2 figure with others.


Side note, they still want to do more info about the design process on Hasbro Pulse.


TRANSFORMERS STUDIO SERIES WAVE 1 2022 PRODUCT INFO

Transformers: Studio Series 80 Deluxe Transformers: Bumblebee Brawn

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $22.99 / Available: February 2022)

This Studio Series 80 Deluxe Class Transformers: Bumblebee BRAWN figure stands at 4.5 inches tall, is highly articulated for posability, features vivid Transformers: Bumblebee movie-inspired deco and converts from robot to Cybertronian off-road vehicle mode in 18 steps. In the “Cybertron Falls” scene from Transformers: Bumblebee, BRAWN helps his AUTOBOT allies hold the line against the DECEPTICONS before being knocked by an enemy blast. Fans can remove the backdrop and pose the figure out with the included drill and 2-handed blaster accessory inspired by the film, and imagine recreating this classic movie moment!

Reach past the big screen and build the ultimate TRANSFORMERS collection with Studio Series figures (each sold separately, subject to availability), inspired by iconic movie scenes and designed with specs and details to reflect the TRANSFORMERS movie universe. Now, the Studio Series line is expanding to include the epic moments and characters from the classic 1986 The Transformers: The Movie, bringing fans a whole new series of screen-inspired figures to collect!


Transformers: Studio Series 81 Deluxe Transformers: Bumblebee Wheeljack

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $22.99 / Available: February 2022)

This Studio Series 81 Deluxe Class Transformers: Bumblebee WHEELJACK figure stands at 4.5 inches tall, is highly articulated for posability, features vivid Transformers: Bumblebee movie-inspired deco and converts from robot to Cybertronian vehicle mode in 31 steps. In the “Cybertron Falls” scene from Transformers: Bumblebee, WHEELJACK and the AUTOBOTS are overwhelmed by the DECEPTICON attack and must escape Cybertron if they hope to survive. Fans can remove the backdrop and pose the figure out with the included 2-handed blaster accessory inspired by the film, and imagine recreating this classic movie moment!

Reach past the big screen and build the ultimate TRANSFORMERS collection with Studio Series figures (each sold separately, subject to availability), inspired by iconic movie scenes and designed with specs and details to reflect the TRANSFORMERS movie universe. Now, the Studio Series line is expanding to include the epic moments and characters from the classic 1986 The Transformers: The Movie, bringing fans a whole new series of screen-inspired figures to collect!


Transformers: Studio Series 82 Deluxe Transformers: Bumblebee Autobot Ratchet

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $22.99 / Available: February 2022)

This Studio Series 82 Deluxe Class Transformers: Bumblebee AUTOBOT RATCHET figure stands at 4.5 inches tall, is highly articulated for posability, features vivid Transformers: Bumblebee movie-inspired deco and converts from robot to Cybertronian medical vehicle mode in 22 steps. In the “Cybertron Falls” scene from Transformers: Bumblebee, the DECEPTICONS launch their final assault where AUTOBOT RATCHET and the AUTOBOTS find themselves outnumbered and flee Cybertron in the escape pods. Fans can remove the backdrop and pose the figure out with the included heavy blaster accessory inspired by the film, and imagine recreating this classic movie moment!

Reach past the big screen and build the ultimate TRANSFORMERS collection with Studio Series figures (each sold separately, subject to availability), inspired by iconic movie scenes and designed with specs and details to reflect the TRANSFORMERS movie universe. Now, the Studio Series line is expanding to include the epic moments and characters from the classic 1986 The Transformers: The Movie, bringing fans a whole new series of screen-inspired figures to collect!


Transformers: Studio Series 83 Voyager Transformers: Bumblebee Soundwave

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $31.49 / Available: February 2022)

This Studio Series 83 Voyager Class Transformers: Bumblebee SOUNDWAVE figure stands at 6.5 inches tall, is highly articulated for posability, features vivid Transformers: Bumblebee movie-inspired deco and converts from robot to Cybertronian hover spacecraft mode in 29 steps. In the “Cybertron Falls” scene from Transformers: Bumblebee, the fate of Cybertron is sealed as SOUNDWAVE orders the DECEPTICONS to launch a final attack, causing the AUTOBOTS to fall back. Fans can remove the backdrop and pose the figure out with the included blaster and shoulder cannon accessories inspired by the film, and imagine recreating this classic movie moment!

Reach past the big screen and build the ultimate TRANSFORMERS collection with Studio Series figures (each sold separately, subject to availability), inspired by iconic movie scenes and designed with specs and details to reflect the TRANSFORMERS movie universe. Now, the Studio Series line is expanding to include the epic moments and characters from the classic 1986 The Transformers: The Movie, bringing fans a whole new series of screen-inspired figures to collect!


Transformers: Studio Series Core Class Transformers: Bumblebee Ravage

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $10.99 / Available: February 2022)

This Studio Series Core Class Transformers: Bumblebee RAVAGE figure stands at 3.5 inches tall, is highly articulated for posability, features vivid Transformers: Bumblebee movie-inspired deco and converts from robot to cassette mode in 11 steps. RAVAGE also comes with a missile accessory and features attached side cannons and an articulated jaw. Core Class figures allow fans to collect mini versions of iconic characters from the movie universe. In cassette mode, the RAVAGE figure can fit inside Voyager Class 83 SOUNDWAVE figure’s chest (Sold separately, subject to availability).

Reach past the big screen and build the ultimate TRANSFORMERS collection with Studio Series figures (each sold separately, subject to availability), inspired by iconic movie scenes and designed with specs and details to reflect the TRANSFORMERS movie universe. Now, the Studio Series line is expanding to include the epic moments and characters from the classic 1986 The Transformers: The Movie, bringing fans a whole new series of screen-inspired figures to collect!


Transformers: Studio Series Core Class Transformers: Bumblebee Shockwave

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $10.99 / Available: February 2022)

This Studio Series Core Class Transformers: Bumblebee SHOCKWAVE figure stands at 3.5 inches tall, is highly articulated for posability, features vivid Transformers: Bumblebee movie-inspired deco and converts from robot to Cybertronian hovercraft mode in 13 steps. SHOCKWAVE also comes with a blaster accessory and features never-before-seen alt mode, specifically designed for Studio Series! Core Class figures allow fans to collect mini versions of iconic characters from the movie universe.

Reach past the big screen and build the ultimate TRANSFORMERS collection with Studio Series figures (each sold separately, subject to availability), inspired by iconic movie scenes and designed with specs and details to reflect the TRANSFORMERS movie universe. Now, the Studio Series line is expanding to include the epic moments and characters from the classic 1986 The Transformers: The Movie, bringing fans a whole new series of screen-inspired figures to collect!

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Transformers Poll

How do you like the Bumblebee Movie Studio Series Arcee?

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Votes: 1228

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How do you like the Bumblebee Movie Studio Series Ratchet?

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How do you like the Bumblebee Movie Studio Series Brawn?

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