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Package Art Leak For Starscream, Grimlock, Bumblebee - Is this Cyberverse? Plus Fidget Its Optimus Prime Cube
RAC - Friday, September 01, 2017

The TFcn Facebook Page has posted four pieces of leaked packaging art to Facebook, and they're fascinating. We've got artwork for Starscream, Bumblebee, and Grimlock, as well as an image of an Optimus Prime from a new line of anthropomorphized fidget cubes named Fidget Its. This raises a bunch of new questions, and we'll tell you what we know and how this has caused us to reconsider the possibility that Cyberverse is what everybody thought it was. Keep reading for more info!
It seems unlikely that these pieces of packaging are intended for use with Power of the Primes. Starscream - identified as a Voyager in the initial post - could be a matter of artistic license. But that Grimlock does not seem to match the details - vague though they were - on the major Power of the Primes leak briefly circulated just after SDCC. And due to those leaks, we have a pretty solid idea of what's coming out in the next year, but there is no Bumblebee in the line. So odds seem very high that this is related to Cyberverse

To further complicate things, this Bumblebee does indeed match the art used in the My Busy Book Transformers set people have been pointing to. Furthermore, about a week ago TFW2005 reported on a second mass-market item using the "My Busy Book" Bumblebee art. The artwork shown for Starscream, which we've included in this post's gallery, is very similar to the leaked Starscream package art.

So: were we wrong, and is this Cyberverse We freely admit that, given all this new evidence, it is a strong possibility? But if so, why does none of the early-release merchandise say "Cyberverse" on it? Well, now we have a new hypothesis...

Cyberverse is rumored to be Generation One Redux, a straight-up reboot of the original series. If that's the case, what if this represents an attempt to reunify the brand? Better coordinate the characters in the kids and adults lines, and make Transformers less confusing on the shelf? If that's the case, it seems entirely possible that in stores the kids-oriented line will not be known as Cyberverse but simply as Transformers.

That would be the best explanation for why none of the products have any mention of that name on them. If so, that'd leave Cyberverse as the name of the TV show simply to give licensors (and streaming TV patrons, and Wiki operators...) a simple way to tell it apart from the 1984 cartoon.

This is all, of course, speculation. But the new information all seems to support the idea that it's related to Cyberverse, the next animated series. Luckily, we have only a week between us and HasCon where we'll likely find out for sure!

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Hasbro Pulse's Instagram account has an interesting little feature today, an image depicting a process they call "pretengineering" or "pretend engineering." This seems to be their catchphrase for the very early parts of developing new Transformers, before going to prototyping, where things like the movable parts, gimmicks, and special design details are all plotted out in lineart to explore the form the designers would like the toy to take as it moves in to the physical design stage. The subject model here seems to be an early iteration of the Cyberverse line's Megatron, which really goes to show how far the development cycle can go from initial idea to realized toy. Click through to get a better look!
Just in from our very own Transformers forums member, TMan978. We have a video review of the Grimlock Transformers Authentics action figure. Watch the video to get the scoop on how this figure measures up.
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This is a basic, budget Transformer. It's still fun though. Check it out with me.

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