Keen observers focused more on reading product copy than quickness of purchasing shiny new merchandise didn't take long to discover something slightly off about the information on Hasbro Pulse's listing for Combat Megatron after it went up for order on Saturday. In the summary of contents near the bottom, it describes "Decepticon Red Wing figure" rather than "Combat Megatron" or similar. So, just what is a Decepticon Red Wing?
It's the thing that's probably gonna keep me from getting a tetrajet Sunstorm. Red Wing is a seeker character created by Fun Publications some years ago as a result of odd circumstance, which never quite managed to get a toy representation during FunPub's tenure. Jesse Wittenrich, formerly of Fun Publications, took to Twitter over the weekend to give a history lesson for all those coming to this revelation without having any context. The short version basically goes that due to some wacky shenanigans, a planned Sunstorm exclusive was going to maybe not get to be Sunstorm because another entity wanted to also make a Sunstorm, so the orange Classics Starscream redeco was tweaked a bit and given a different name as a new character. That's not Red Wing yet, though. The comic book produced to go with that year's Botcon set was to feature two orange seekers, out of belief that FunPub's toy and another, as Sunstorm, would come to exist by the time the comic was distributed. Orange Seeker #2 was given a shade far deeper to the red side, and when later pressed for an identity for that character, it was eventually given the name Red Wing. But plans to later produce an exclusive based on the idea never panned out, leaving it as fiction-only.
That may change now, if the odd Combat Megatron listing error was somehow the result of someone mistakenly copy/pasting information from a different, later toy, rather than being some remnant of an earlier plan that got shelved. Considering the first toy in Selects ended up being an interpretation of a cancelled G2 deco, using this venue to produce the first toy of a convention-fiction character doesn't seem like a huge stretch. It does raise some questions though. Importantly, how will the deco be realized? The character's profile art (seen below) does reflect the major color being a shade of orange, but FunPub's pitch image for a later planned exclusive looks much more red, for instance. meanwhile, the Transformers Legends game art seems to depict Red Wing in a much more orangey-orange. (yes, that's a technical term.) There's even the unfortunate possibility the name may be taken a bit too literally resulting in a red-bodied seeker.
There's still a fair few things whose existence we have indication of that remain unrevealed by Hasbro, with the Toy Fair presentation now behind us. Vague things like the apparent Leader class Astrotrain, and things that seem to have already gone through manufacturing like Greenlight. Conspicuous in their absence from Toy Fair, hopefully Hasbro has some plans in the works already for a way to share some more info with us in the near future, which hopefully will include Red Wing since all we have about it currently is questions.
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