The Hasbro folks always give us lots to see whenever we visit San Diego Comic-Con and 2017 wasn’t any different. They gave us a peek at some of their convention exclusives (sadly not available to the general public except through the obvious second-hand sellers) and a tractor trailer full of glimpses at their continuing Transformers toy lines alongside lots of really big reveals. And we mean BIG! (more on that later)
As for exclusives, marketing manager John Frazier showed off the really sweet looking black and gold Power Master Optimus Prime, in conjunction with Primitive Skateboarding to create something really unique in the long standing Transformers line. It even comes with a skate ramp that turns into a weapon! Alongside that, the other hot exclusive was the Transformers: The Last Knight Voyager Class Burning Rubber Edition, tying in with the launch of the new movie. What makes this Optimus Prime figure more special than any other is that it comes with an actual piece of the Optimus Prime truck tires from the movie. It’s the kind of thing that just doesn’t get sold in stores.
Then design Manager John Warden shared with us some not-so-exclusive Transformers that really show off how scale figures into the playability of these new generations of Transformers. They stepped back into our childhoods to release a new version of the Decepticon Target Masters jets. What makes these even more fun is that each of their heads are actually really tiny Transformers that can be removed and swapped around as needed, called Titan Masters. On the other end of the scale is Trypticon, which is essentially a gitantic “sentient kaiju space dinosaur Decepticon” that could eat the tiny Titan Masters for breakfast. Why he would do that if they’re all Decepticons, I don’t know. I didn’t ask. The size of that toy was just blowing me away. Add to the fact that he can transform into a fortress battle city (of course), just makes Trypticon something really special in the Transformers world.
At Comic-Con, Hasbro always loves to build these massive dioramas featuring their characters (they do it for Star Wars and Marvel too) and this year did not disappoint.