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Toy Fair 2014 was this past weekend in New York City and Hasbro went all out to show their upcoming products for Transformers: Age of Extinction. They are focusing on the dinobots and new simplified play patterns with toys based on the movie. With over 80 different Age of Extinction toys revealed, here are a lot of them too.
Some interesting revelations were made from the reveal of these toys, such as character names, possibly plot points, and the general scope of the movie. I’ll be revealing my assumptions below so be warned, there will be major spoilers posted! And just so you know, I was pretty much right about everything I wrote about the Movie Trailer a few weeks ago as well.
Galvatron is in the movie and he may be human made
Let’s forget that Galvatron already happened in “Revenge of the Fallen”, but I might guess that after the battle of Chicago, humans reverse engineered what was left of Megatron’s head and started building their own Transformers. It appears that humans may once again lose control of their creations as indicated by the Kreon set named “Galvatron Factory Battle.”
Perhaps instead of being a full on sentient being, maybe “Galvatron” is just what they are calling human-bred clones of him and they make him en-masse? Optimus Prime appears to be standing over the body of this character when is being shot in the Superbowl Trailer. Why would he be towering over the body of this character? Strange days ahead, indeed…
The Dinobots are all Autobots and they transform into robot mode
There’s been a lot of speculation since the confirmation of Dinobots in Transformers 4. Would they be mindless beasts? Would they be Autobots or Decepticons? Can they transform at all?
It was confirmed that all the dinobots transform into robots in the movie during the Hasbro Toy Fair 2014 panel. This was a relief to many. Their names are Grimlock, Slug, Scorn, Slash, and Strafe.
Decepticons may be clones or drones
Call me crazy, but after looking at these Kreon sets, there seem to be a lot of those little grey and blue guys. Here you see there are two included with the “Grimlock Street Attack” set (also includes ancient Chinese gate that Grimlock destroys!). You see these guys appear again in the image below of Crosshair’s Kreo set..
These guys have a strong resemblance to the Lockdown Kreon which may mean they have a connection to him somehow? Perhaps I’m reading into this too much but it sure makes sense to moia.
Grimlock is fucking huge
We all know that Optimus Prime is large when it comes to Autobots. Ever since the Trailer, we’ve had to realize just how big Grimlock must be in order for Optimus to ride him. Hasbro is planning to highlight his size by making him the largest of all the upcoming Age of Extinction toys and also slapping a whopping $80.00 price tag on this hunk of plastic. The sad part is that these large toys often are the worst bricks around, and this example appears to be no different. This guy appears to be almost as large as Devastator was in “Revenge of the Fallen.” I’d like to see that match-up, but no such luck. You’ll also be able to find Grimlock as a Leader and a Voyager class Generations toy. He’ll have a figure in pretty much every sub-line and also has a larger scale figure for the Construct-bots as well. We can be sure that he will continue to be “the king” for a long time coming.
Hound is a grizzled lumberjack survivalist
We now have a new archetype to throw into the mix of Transformers, the crazy gun-toting bearded mountain man robot. I guess without the wreckers and Ironhide anymore, it was decided this was the way to get the red-neck demographic back on board. Great job guys! I have to say though, he at least seems interesting. I must agree with other Transfans though that his name ought to have been Bulkhead.
This design just hurts my brain. Slinky arms and tire feet? I know I’m beating a rotting horse here but who comes up with these stupid design decisions?
Optimus Prime changes body-forms at least once in the movie
It can be seen in the trailer that Optimus sports two different body styles. One represents his previous trilogy body type, and the new features the more knightly look. It has become clear that the rusty flat-nose semi seen on the set of Transformers 4 was indeed a version of Optimus Prime. A toy version of this vehicle mode was seen at Toy Fair and features a very G1 paintjob. With the name “evasion mode”, it leads me to surmise that perhaps Optimus starts out this way because humans fear the Transformers and it’s more discreet. Another possibility is that Optimus gets away from Lockdown and needs to hide in this body shape for awhile. Either way, this makes Michael Bay’s insistance on the long-nose peterbilt cab a little suspect, but what about the man isn’t suspect?
Lockdown is likely the main villain of Transformers 4
It seems pretty likely that Lockdown is our main baddy, but we’ve been deceived before.
From the looks of the Kreon sets mentioned above, Lockdown seems to share a similar body type with clones. Does this mean that Lockdown controls an army of copies of himself? Are they all just mindless hive mind robots? Did the humans create Lockdown or reverse engineer him? Why do so many of the toys feature him with a human face, while others with a faceless neon green screen-face?
None of those questions are likely to be answered prior to the release of the film, but the sheer number of toys for this character make it pretty obvious that he is expected to be noticed and important to the plot. There are five Lockdown toys and only 2 Galvatron toys. Hmmmm, curious.
It definitely appears that Lockdown appears from off world considering the style of his Kreon set. The real question is if his flip and change toy includes his gun face.
Congratulations Hasbro on making a really stellar move and using the right mold for Generations Nightbeat. It’s so strange that the mock up we saw was NOT the final piece! There is something new and unexpected to surprise this crotchety Transfans every day!
We are not often privvy to the decision-making process as it happens, but apparently there are sometimes major decisions that get made in conjunction with marketing and sales efforts going on behind the scenes. Apparently the choice for what mold to use for Nightbeat was up in the air at some point. You guys definitely made the right decision!
I felt the need to discern the difference between the currently known versions of the Transformer toys. We are definitely getting multiple versions of the characters this time around. Oh boy.
Well this is a delight: we received some of the official Transformers 4 toy photos a day early! You can see many many more at USA Today, of all places. What are shown here are the new 1-step transformation toys aimed at the “middle” age audience.
What I cannot believe is that giant horrible Grimlock toy is not the same size as the rest of these $9.99 toys, it’s almost $80.00. They will just never, ever learn. Then again, I guess shelf-warming isn’t the wholesaler’s problem, now is it?
Well, as expected, the simplified Transformers 4 Age of Extinction toys look really bad. Hasbro has solidified their residence in Brick City by display these admittedly lousy product shots today during an investor event covered by TFW2005.
I don’t have much to say about it other than express my disappointment, but at least the Generations toys look like they are our tried and true figures. Hopefully this is just another few-year phase, but who knows? Maybe Hasbro is playing their cards correctly and kids will want these completely inferior toys, that lead them to want them for so long that by the time they are 20+, they’ll be clamoring for articulated movie toys.
Oh the irony…
Just noticed this story about Transformers 1-3 star Shia LeBouf. He apparently has decided to retire from public life, which was reported a few months ago. Now he’s acting really weird. Go here for the full story.
It seems to me that he has decided to pull a Joaquin Phoenix or something. I hope he’s doing all right, because although he was in some pretty bad movies, he’s still a person.
Something has been bothering me and I didn’t put my finger on it until just now.
I recently purchased the First Edition TF4 Optimus toy. To say it’s a bit underwhelming is just the sad reality of it. It shellforms, it has limited articulation, and it fake forms worse than most toys in the past 5 years. It’s really a step backward in many ways. Let’s hope that it hits the mark for which it was meant and makes a lot of kids and parents happy.
That’s not really what was bothering me though. Since the NYCC reveal of Optimus Prime, I knew something was strange and I just now figured it out for sure. The figure shown at NYCC is not First Edition Optimus Prime. It is instead the leader-sized Generations toy for the same character. I’ve supplied some Hasbro product shots for reference.
It’s a little hard to tell from looking at them, because they’re so similar, but those are two distinctly different toys in alt mode above. Notice the difference in the sides of the nose of the cab, the blue on the driverside window canopy, the flames. All different.
In the robot mode photos the most obvious difference is the shield and the faceplate versus non-face plate.
So yeah, totally different. To me though, the Generations version doesn’t a whole helluvalot more intricate or well-thought out than the First Edition one. Here’s hoping… and if only I could figure out where I pre-ordered the Japanese version from!
Wow, who expected Lockdown to take such a center stage in Transformers 4? He is all over the new trailer which aired during the second quarter of tonight’s Superbowl. We got a look at a few new robots, but the most ominous of them all was “Gun Face”, or the guy you can easily deduce is Lockdown. If you check out the image below which I posted over a week ago, you’ll see some similar design features.
Oh yeah, watch the Transformers 4: Age of Extinction trailer below.