Last March we reported on figures being made for the Transformers: Reactivate Game, and it seems they have just landed as the Transformers: Rise Starscream and Bumblebee 2-Pack. We know there are also plans for a Voyager Optimus Prime and Deluxe Soundwave 2-pack as well. The figures look interesting, somewhere between Cyberverse and Generations, hopefully the quality is closer to the latter. Read on to see the official product details and images of the first set.
Retail Price: $97.99 CAD / $72 USD
When the Quintessons attack New York City, an unlikely alliance must be forged to stop the alien threat. In Transformers: Rise, Autobots and Decepticons team up to stop the Quintesson menace before they take over the universe. This two pack includes an unlikely team-up: the scheming Decepticon air commander, Starscream, and the courageous Autobot scout, Bumblebee. Starscream figure converts to jet mode in 26 steps and Bumblebee figure converts to dune buggy mode in 20 steps. Both figures feature premium metallic battle damage deco reflecting the character graphics in the video game. Rise figures feature special packaging inspired by the Transformers: Rise with image stills from the game. Look for other Transformers: Rise figures to capture iconic moments from the game (each sold separately, subject to availability). Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
TRANSFORMERS: RISE: When the Quintessons attack New York City, an unlikely alliance must be forged to stop the alien threat. In Transformers: Rise, Autobots and Decepticons team up to stop the Quintesson menace before they take over the universe
CHOOSE YOUR PLAYERS: Fans can add an unlikely co-op to their collections! This 2-pack includes an Autobot-Decepticon team-up of Starscream and Bumblebee figures
VIDEO GAME-INSPIRED ALT MODES: Starscream figure converts to jet mode in 26 steps. Bumblebee figure converts to dune buggy mode in 20 steps
BATTLE DAMAGE DECO AND ACCESSORIES: Both toys feature premium metallic battle damage deco reflecting the character graphics in the video game. Includes 2 Null Rays and 2 Ion Pistol accessories
RISE-THEMED PACKAGING: Rise figures feature special packaging inspired by Transformers: Rise with image stills of characters from the game. Look for more Transformers: Rise figures to capture moments from the game (each sold separately, subject to availability)
Includes: 2 figures, 4 accessories, and instructions.
Ages 8 and up
Warning: Choking Hazard - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
MFR Number: F0383
Ship to Quebec: Yes
Maximum Order Quantity: 5
Toysrus Recommended Age: 8 - 12 years
Item Height: 9.49 inches
Item Length: 3.19 inches
Item Weight: 1.08 lbs
Item Width: 12.99 inches
Batteries Required: false
I like this Optimus design. I don't usually play video games, so I probably won't play the game; but I do very much like the designs. I have been looking for an Optimus with the Matrix of Leadership and this one looks perfect. So far the only problem that I see is the handle shape design on the ax, and the fact that it comes in an overpriced two-pack. Other than that, I think this is a solid figure.
Okay...what's with the decos? Is that supposed to be scorch marks and battle damage or something? I'm not quite feeling whatever that is. I don't mind the asymmetrical nature of it so much. It's more that it doesn't seem to belong. I don't think the figures are designed to be asymmetrical like a Transmetal 2 or Energon Starscream. Nor is this intentional for twins like Combiner Wars Stormclash and Skyburst.
It's not quite as noticeable on Bumblebee as black is in his color scheme normally and it's seemingly not as prominent on him. With Starscream though it's very noticeable in a bad way. There's several Starscream figures that have black on them but that's due to some kind of stupid shit for cheaper figures and it always looked out of place.
Sure would like to know if there's ever going to be "clean" versions before committing to getting this set as I like that Starscream so much better than the Earthrise mold. It looks like the IDW T30 legends class/CW leader class Starscream design and I really liked that updated look. With a bit of SSBB Cybertronian Starscream oddly enough or maybe I'm seeing SSBB Blitzwing.
The price is a bit weird too. It's more than what a deluxe and voyager would be by $12. Is this representative of another price increase? Is this maybe licencing fees to the game designers? Does this mean that this isn't a standard deluxe and a voyager? The box dimensions are 9.5 inches tall by 13 inches wide by 3.2 inches deep and a little over 1 pound in weight. So that would make me think that these are indeed a voyager and a deluxe at most.
So that makes me want to know if/when we're getting "clean" versions all the more. I wouldn't want to pay the prices on upcharged figures just for them to be released later with decos I like better. This isn't a Siege and Premium Finish Starscream situation either where they're both fine and have the exact same decos but in different color saturations and shades. This also isn't a case of Kingdom vs Legacy Galvatron or Siege vs Legacy Soundwave either where it's just a little bit of battle damage paint apps that are not applied for the newer versions and can be removed from the older versions.
Looking forward baby, wanna play this game with my cousin and friends. Can't wait for the details.
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