Tuesday, March 16, 2021

TF Cybertron | Beast Megatron

Megatron is the baddest Cybertronian that others emulate his villainy in the next iteration of the Transformers series. In Beast Wars, there was a new Megatron, though not as brutal as the original this one had personality and idolized him to the point taking the name meant more than just mere influence.

In the last part of the Unicron Trilogy there was also a Megatron, but this one was supposed to be taking the form of a “Beast Wars character” when the Decepticons reached the Jungle Planet.

At that time Hasbro was set to celebrate Beast Wars 10th Anniversary by producing an all-new Beast Megatron, which resulted in this figure that didn't get notice only BW fans would know.

Monday, March 8, 2021

War For Cybertron: Siege | Rescue Patrol

The Autobots has taken form of cars, trucks, boats, and aircraft. Mostly, they are also recognizable as emergency crews and rescue vehicles with the exception of Barricade that changed the dynamic as the first Decepticon to be able to disguise as a law enforcement vehicle in the movies and now with Siege.

But despite all that there are still Autobots that continue to take the form of Police and Fire Rescue like these two Micromasters introduced in the second wave of War for Cybertron: Siege in 2018-2019 release. The Rescue Patrol Team has been known for not only its name, but the team behind it. They make their return as part of the characters introduced in this new trilogy from the franchise.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

TF Animated | Autobot Blurr

Blurr is a fast-talking and quick moving Autobot appearing in various parts of media beginning with the 1986 animated Transformers: The Movie voice by John Moschitta well known for Galoob’s Micromachines and Federal Express commercials in the 1980s. To sum up Blurr is what DC ComicsThe Flash to Marvel’s Quicksilver. But the character’s appearance in the animated film won’t end there.

There have been many interpretations of the character during the Unicron Trilogy, but none of them even have a semblance or inspiration based from the original character that Moschitta has voiced. No until in 2008 when Hasbro and Cartoon Network collaborated in producing Transformers: Animated.

TF Sightings | Kingdom Update at TRU Glorietta

The past few days have been quite a surprise if you’re keeping eye on the War for Cybertron: Kingdom. Local retail is slowly ramping up their shelf displays and for the stores that gets a complete assortment it is a rarity. Though it might be too early to celebrate surely there’s more where that came from. In the case of Toys R’ Us they’re the store that get most out of the new stuff.

As mentioned before not all stores get their shelves updated this is due to the strategic location of the stores for the reason they’re getting new stuff while the others aren’t. Though it appears to be unfair but at the end of the day it is a business tactic why these stores are updated compared to the others even if the store carries the same name. If you’re not from Makati City you’ll be surprised.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

TF Sightings | Toy Kingdom in SM Makati

War for Cybertron: Kingdom is slowly getting restocked in selected retail stores in Metro Manila. But is it enough to give the market the demand it needs? Well, depends on which area you’re located, but the local distributor continues to make sure there are enough for everyone despite growing numbers of interest for the toy brand that made Hasbro continue to make toys for the big boys.

Despite the challenging logistic demand is it enough? The third installment of the War Far Cybertron Trilogy in Kingdom has had a rough start being stocked late in January 202i making them fly off the shelves instantaneously not even lasting a week. For those who had limited access to this product there is hope.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

TF Sightings | Landmark & TRU Glorietta

By now everyone is getting the first wave of WFC: Kingdom, which started appearing in local retail at the tail end of January 2021. But not all stores have it as most that get the stock are the ones that get foot traffic. With the pandemic continues in 2021 there will be stores that receive restocks. Though, not enough to fulfill the market in areas that still needs to have them.

In the stores in Makati City, there are quite a few that gets them on the shelves. Most of the first wave for WFC: Kingdom is broken up. Some of the highly sought after characters don’t actually make it to the display it is either that the product gets bought online or it was not included in the delivery. This is just an update on both stores with Landmark and Toys R’ Us in Glorietta...

Friday, February 19, 2021

War For Cybertron: Kingdom | Rattrap

Beast Wars is 25 years in 2021 and that means Hasbro and Takara Tomy is celebrating the series in a subtle way by including some of its iconic characters to the current toyline, namely, War for Cybertron Trilogy’s third series Kingdom. It’s no surprise that these characters have been added or being sneaked into the toyline going as far back to Unicron Trilogy.

In the past, they were never part of the main narrative or just added to bolster the toyline. But in recent years with the last story in the Prime Trilogy, which is Power of the Primes it was Optimus Primal becoming main protagonist. For War for Cybertron: Kingdom, a slew of Beast Era characters have been produced and one of them is the Maximals smelliest rodent, Rattrap!

Friday, February 12, 2021

Beast Machines | Longhorn

When a new character toy or released as part of the Transformers franchise and brand they appear on the animated series or in the comicbooks. Rarely, you’ll ever appreciate a “non-show” character that gets immediately forgotten. With the resurging nostalgia and interest of the Beast Era through the War for Cybertron toyline some only knew a few characters that only scratched the surface of the 1990s series.

As the Chinese Lunar Year inches close by here’s a spotlight for an unsung character that is typically unknown and immediately forgotten. If you haven’t heard of Longhorn then you only know what’s popular with Beast Wars that gave a renewed interest for the Transformers brand, but with Beast Machines then you’ll be surprised.