"Where are the Decepticons?" A question frequently asked following Hasbro's official reveal of Transformers Siege at SDCC 2018, which consisted solely of Autobot characters. Thanks to Amazon listings we had leads on some possible Decepticon additions to the series, though pretty much just at Voyager and up. Today though, Midtown Comics has posted listings (without any photos) that promise at least a little more coverage that we hope is for the initial offerings of the line...
Some of what Midtown has listed repeats items we saw already via Amazon listings. There's still useful info to be gained though as the groupings have a fair chance of showing us the full layout of wave 1 across the various price points:
The new reveal here is Triggerhappy's Targetmaster, which follows suit from Firedrive in introducing partner figures from already released toys that went without. Hopefully that means eventually seeing a Fracas, something that neither Hasbro nor TakaraTomy was able to provide so far. Also, just as Firedrive is a brand new figure that is similar to the Legends Series Targetmaster Firebolt, we should expect this Blowpipe to not be identical to what came with Legends Triggerhappy.
Nothing here is new information, but it does paint a picture of what Micromasters wave 1 will be bringing us: Two Autobot teams and one Decepticon set.
Hey now, there's something to talk about. Judging by these listings, we do look like we're getting a standard four character Deluxe case assortment. We have of course already seen Hound, Sideswipe, and Cog a couple of times at this point, but now we have a new player! You'll likely recall Skytread was the name given to the Flywheels-inspired Titan Master from Titans Return. With Battletrap having come and gone with Power of The Primes, it's hard to not imagine this is Hasbro "finishing the set". I personally have memory of one of the Transformers team during SDCC making reference to Battletrap at one stage being designed as a single Deluxe release, but then shifted over to Legends class to help fill out that price point, but sadly I can't track down where that came from right now.
It may sadly be too much to expect, if this Skytread is indeed Flywheels, that it will split and become two individual robots, but even if that doesn't happen, it's still likely to act as a Duocon in a more "traditional" way. But it sure would be fun if it was fully the equal of Battletrap, one of the most popular toy releases of the past year with collectors.
So again, this isn't giving us any information we didn't already have through similar means, it's just showing us which toys are paired up for the first wave. It's a little disappointing that we evidently have to wait longer to see how a Tetrajet-based Starscream will be executed as a toy. Hopefully Megatron brings something interesting in its design, though!
Midtown is listing a Leader class Shockwave as the case mate for Ultra Magnus. We previously saw reference to a Leader Shockwave, though all logic pointed to that being destined for Studio Series where the size of a Leader toy would make any kind of sense. If, then, Shockwave is to be a Leader in Siege, perhaps it will mimic what Ultra Magnus is doing and what POTP Leaders did and feature a reasonably sized Shockwave with battle armor or other "upgrade" functions. That would also make the alternate mode options a bit more interesting. Perhaps an ability to be either a tank or a "submarine"?
So, this also tells us a little more besides: Ironhide and Chromia are for sure both wave 2 toys, though people generally suspected at least one of them would be already. It also means there's a not all that small array of unseen figures for the start of the line which should be perfect for a secondary reveal event now that SDCC 2018 is well behind us. We've heard that there may be some new reveals at Fan Expo in Canada at the end of August, so that's one possibility. Otherwise, we probably have a good hint of what to expect to be shown off at New York Comic Con in October. Either way, it may not be very much longer to get to see some bad guys for the new line!
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