COUNTDOWN TO TOY FAIR 2018: Five Things We'd Like To See At The Show (But Won't)

Tomorrow is the day! New York Toy Fair 2018 is finally here, and we go into it with a great deal of uncertainty. What happens with the Transformers movie franchise in stasis lock? Are Cyberverse and Evergreen really going to run two parallel toylines with clashing and overlapping pricepoints using basically the same character models? But what we are certain about is that there are things that we could be shown tomorrow that RAC would love to see... and won't. Keep reading to find out what they are!

5.(More of) Power of the Primes Wave 4

So we talked last time about the fact that, as far as we know, Power of the Primes Wave 4 is only Deluxes, and only one of those Deluxes, Novastar, is new. That's according to what's been leaked so far. Which... leads us to wonder what, if anything, is happening in Power of the Primes after that. The tea leaves read as though this is it for the Prime Wars Trilogy - but if there is more to show us, we'd love to see! There's so many options as to what could be in there. Like...

4. Legends Class Huffer, Pipes, Warpath, & Cliffjumper

Face it, it's always going to be "More Mini-Cars" with collectors. If you give us more Mini-Cars, we'll just start asking for other Mini-Cars. We're very hard to please, honestly. (But definitely are appreciative of the effort the design team and Hasbro make in order to try!) And this also gets into nitpicky territory, because we've technically had all of these characters in the Legends scale before. But compared to the current format, the extant versions just aren't a good match. Huffer and Pipes were made from the Legends Optimus Prime mold, from back when our current round of Legends were supposed to be a separate scale unto themselves. Warpath was made from the matching Megatron mold. Because of that, The three of them have tiny, tiny heads in comparison to the other Legends, and just do not look anything like themselves. Cliffjumper was, as he frequently is in the modern day, a recolor of Bumblebee, who has a less severe but still present version of the head problem. But beyond that aesthetic issue, we'd just love to see him get his own mold in Generations for a change.

Also, there's five more Throttlebots to do in Legends now that Titans Return opened that can of worms...

3. Leader Class Star Saber

All the signs are there! The designer of G1 Star Saber was the lead on Power of the Primes Optimus Prime, and the gimmick on these Leaders is just so right for a Star Saber! We're never going to regret getting a new Optimus Primal, but given how PotP Leaders work, we'd love to have seen Star Saber make this vote instead. Hopefully, even if it doesn't happen in this line, it'll happen sometime soon.

2. Power of the Primes Monstructor

There's already a mold for one of the Pretender Monsters' heads, Wildfly's in specific, as an alternate part for one of the Power of the Primes Terrorcons. Odds seem good that they're planned, though this could just be some future-proofing on Hasbro's part. It's the most possible thing on this list - but we've seen parts that never happen before. (We'd still love to see that Fall of Cybertron Grimlock-bodied Beast Wars Megatron.) There's always exclusives and cons and such, so we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed for now.

1. Two More Female Autobots

There's two of Elita-1's Female Autobots left on the wiki that have never received toys: Greenlight and Lancer. After Moonracer and Novastar, we'd need two Female Autobots to have a full Combiner. It's things like this, along with the mixed nature of the Deluxe waves, that make us think that Power of the Primes was perhaps intended to run longer than it seems like it's going to. We're getting Volcanicus, Abominus, and a scattering of other characters that are almost but not quite enough to make a miscellaneous combiner. If you discount the special teams, there's not enough Autobot or Decepticon figures in the line to make limbs for a combiner on their own. Maybe that was the plan all along, but it seems like leaving incomplete combiners - even if they are compatible with toys that haven't been on shelves in two years - would not be a first choice for anybody.

That's just the off-the-top-of-our-heads wishlist! Don't even get us started on how it appears the line is going to leave four or five Primes unmastered. But for all that, good or bad, Prime Wars or Evergreen, we're excited to see what the future of Transformers looks like. Join us tomorrow to see for yourself!

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