The good folks at transformersnewzealand.com
have let us know that Power of the Primes
Deluxe Wave 3, featuring Terrorcons Blot, Cutthroat,
have been sighted in New Zealand stores! This is well ahead of the anticipated Summer release, so hopefully it'll spread across the globe soon enough. Keep reading for in-package photos!
The sale date for Studio Series toys looks to have fallen earlier than we thought - possibly 4/2 rather than 4/20 - and retailers are properly stocking the new assortments now. Latest on that score is Walmart, where I can personally report a sighting in the middle Tennessee area, west of Nashville. On hand were the full assortment of both wave 1 Deluxes and Voyagers. Leaders had not been stocked yet. Take note, though the photos below show the toys stocked in existing spaces, a quick price scan reveals Walmart is following along with the suggested retail prices, so about $20 for Deluxes and $30 for Voyagers - no undercutting like we saw with The Last Knight. Happy hunting, movie collectors!
This Studio Series Leader Class lineup features premium figures, each with movie-inspired scale, detail, and backdrop. Figures stand at a scale relative to their characters height in the movie and feature deco. Each package comes with a movie scene backdrop that can be removed to display the figure on shelf. Fans can use the backdrop and pose their figures in the scene with their own style.
Thanks to Paladin
who reported the find on twitter this afternoon, we can confirm that the Leader Class figures from Studio Series are hitting retail in the US. This sighting happened at a Meijer location in Wixom, Michigan, and at least one each of both Blackout and Grimlock were seen. Also reported on the shelf, though not photographed, were the wave 1 Deluxes. Voyagers have also previously been found at Meijer, so if you're in the Midwest, that looks like the place to go for the entire Studio Series lineup right now!
Thanks to Ryan
on Twitter, we have photos confirming that both the second wave Power of The Primes Voyagers (Elita-1 and Hun-Gurrr) as well as the first wave Studio Series figures are out in Canada now, at EB Games locations in or around Toronto. We've got photos from both finds below. It looks like Studio Series is not doing the best job holding to the street date we've been expecting of it, though the larger national retailers in the US at least seem to be playing along for the moment.
Via reddit, we have a first in-store sighting of the complete first wave of Studio Series product, comprising the Deluxe, Voyager, and now Leader classes. The find is from Auckland, New Zealand, and the original poster confirms that both Grimlock and Blackout were present at the store, marking their first appearance at standard retail. Their debut in the US is a bit of a question mark as we wait for a street date to come and go, but with Toys R Us on the way out, it's unclear if they may jump the line and go ahead and push whatever inventory is on hand while they have the chance. Click through for the sighting photo!
Thanks to SurgeOpressor
we have a sighting report of the new assortment of Cyber Battalion figures featuring Shockwave and Sideswipe, plus some new photos of Shockwave. The figures were purchased at a Walgreens in San Francisco (of which we assume there must be a staggering number all told) with at least one other sighting in the same area indicating the beginnings of distribution for the new wave. They're priced the same as their predecessors at Walgreens, around $18, though it seems to vary by location. Click through to check out the new photos.
Tonight, just hours before Toy Fair 2018 kicks off with Hasbro's fan media presentation, we finally have confirmation of Power of The Primes Deluxe Wave 2 at retail in the US. signals3
picked up a Moonracer at a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, albeit by taking it from an unopened shipping case. While we don't endorse that behavior, it does tell us that the Deluxes are in to the distribution system and should start properly hitting shelves soon, filling in the last hole in US availability for wave 2. Click through for the sighting photo.
Author of It's Walky, Shortpacked!, Dumbing of Age
and the Recordicons
strip from the Transformers Collector's Club magazine, has posted a sighting of pricetags for the Transformers Studio Series
Leader, Deluxe, and Voyager classes at his local Meijer store. It seems a little early for that: last we'd heard, the Studio Series
was scheduled for April. But of course, so were the Power of the Primes
figures currently hitting stores. Keep reading to see the pricetags!
proprietor, RFC alum, and Being Awesome
host Rob Springer
has posted the results of an Authentics
toy hunt to his website! Initially checking Dollar General in accordance with the first sighting, Rob decided to follow that up with a visit to Family Dollar, where he hit paydirt. Keep reading for photographic proof and a link to the full article!
It's "Find Power of The Primes Wave 2 In Stores" Day in the US, from the look of things. Already today we had our first in store sighting of Prime Masters wave 2 at Meijer locations in Illinois. Stepping that up, we've got confirmed sightings of Legends wave 2 at a Walmart in Ohio, which includes Battleslash, Roadtrap, and Tailgate. But we also have the first sighting for Voyager wave 2, which manages to be our very first real look at Elita-1. Elita and Hun-Gurrr were found at a California Walmart. Click through for photo proof and more specific location info!
TFW2005 users Wolfman
have sighted the second wave of Power of the Primes
Prime Masters in a Illinois Meijer store! This wave consists of two repeats from the first wave, Skullgrin and Metalhawk, alongside two new figures, Submarauder and Landmine. Keep reading!
Regular news-breakers, Singapore fan group Planet Iacon
has let the world know that Power of the Primes
wave 2 Deluxes - Snarl, Sludge, Moonracer, Blackwing,
and Terrorcon Rippersnapper
- are now available in their country! There's a solid in-hand gallery available at the group for all but Blackwing, and we've mirrored the photos here. Keep reading to see!
> The Autobots and Decepticons use Prime Masters to wield the godlike powers of the most legendary bots in the universe: the Primes. Prime Masters carry the spark of a Prime, allowing them to share a Prime's godlike ability with other bots. Anything is possible and everything is at stake when the Power of the Primes is unleashed! Set of Elita One and Hun-Gurrr priced - Order now at bigbadtoystore.com
Continuing the trend of the second wave of Power of the Primes
Legends hitting Europe before North America, UK retailer Global Comics has announced that the figures are in stock! Battleslash and Roadtrap combine to form G1 Duocon Battletrap, and Tailgate is the second, less IDW-derived modern take on the G1 Windcharger remold. Keep reading for more details!
This mash-up of Transformers and Star Wars gives the Millennium Falcon the ability to split apart and transform into Han Solo and Chewbacca robots! Robot Han can be armed with his blaster pistol while Chewbacca has his bowcaster. Mini figures of Han and Chewbacca are also included. Estimated to arrive June 2018.
Canadian fans will be glad to know they can get the Transformers Generations Year of the Rooster Platinum Edition Optimus Prime on clearance price for just $98 CAD.
That's a nice discount from the regular $159 price on this exclusive set that has never been offered here in the USA. Unfortunately for us, Walmart Canada does not ship to the USA - I checked.
Takara has released 10 new figures into their Power of The Primes line. This wave features quite a few dinobots and fighter jets including Grimlock, Sludge, Starscream, and Dreadwing. Also included is a prime master of Alchemist Prime.