Hasbro’s new wave of toys from its Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy: Siege series have started rolling out this month, based on an original 22-episode Netflix Series that’s expected to release at some point later this year.
We have already unboxed the Ultra Magnus Spoiler Pack earlier. Up next, we have the first wave of Autobots and Decepticons who will be appearing in the upcoming series.
From left to right, we have Sideswipe, Hound, Chromia, Mirage, Scrapface, Hotlink and Megatron.
What’s interesting in this series is that each of five smaller sets (excluding Megatron and Hotlink) actually comes with a backdrop piece of Teletraan I, the semi-sentient computer that runs the Autobots’ spaceship/base, the Ark.
It’s a novel idea on Hasbro’s part, which fans of the G1 Transformers will especially appreciate a lot, and will want to collect all the pieces to complete the diorama. However, the execution is somewhat lackluster and disappointing, mainly due to the choice of material used for each piece. Each piece is made from thin, flimsy cardboard, and we do mean really thin, as you can see from the pictures below. This is very unfortunate as the pieces have trouble standing on their own when combined together. To make matters worse, they start to warp due to the humidity in the air within an hour or so.
Solid, plastic sheets would have been nice, so that it could stand the test of time when used as a backdrop for displaying the Transformers. In any case, it looks like we’ll need another 5 more from a future wave 2 to complete Teletraan I.
Now let’s move on to the toys. In similar treatment to the Ultra Magnus, the robots here are redecorations from earlier releases in the Seige: War for Cybertron range that released last year, with the addition of battle-damage details and gray weathering.
The battle-worn details are a nice touch, and Hasbro has delivered beautifully, and redeemed themselves somewhat from the cardboard diorama debacle. Lets take a closer look at some of those details via the photo gallery below:
Megatron comes with two Autobot captives, Pinpointer and Lionizer, who transform into a blaster and energy sword respectively. They each come with additional blaster and energy sword swoosh effects, which adds to the fun when posing.
Likewise, Hotlink comes with Decepticons Heatstroke and Heartburn, who transform into blasters, accompanied with blast effects.
And now, on to the rest of the gang, in both robot and vehicle modes. Enjoy.
So there we have it. Will you be collecting the whole series?
I don’t know about you, but we’re looking forward to the battle-damaged Optimus Prime in the second wave, and finishing up the Teletraan I diorama regardless. One just needs to figure out how to graft it to a hardier backing.
We’ll leave you with the Netflix trailer for the upcoming series to whet your appetite further. No release date has been announced yet for the show. Here’s hoping the current COVID-19 situation doesn’t push it back.
Yonk is a geek who is fortunate enough to have an equally geeky Star Wars fan for a wife, who owns a LEGO Millennium Falcon encased in a glass coffee table as their home’s centre-piece.