Special thanks to TFW2005 Member The Kup for bringing this to our attention. Earlier, there was a small convention, or “Trial Play” in Hong Kong that featured numerous items from Titans Return, including some of Wave 2, The upcoming Alt Mode line, Power Surge Optimus Prime, and last, but certainly not least, Hasbro’s release of Computron! Check out the pictures and information after the jump courtesy of TFmizer and keep the discussion here at TFW2005!
First up we have the Alt Modes line which features minature versions of some of the most famous Transformers in a SD fashion that transform into a minature version of their alt modes with their head on top of them. Shown live and in hand are Optimus Prime, Scourge, Megatron, and Ultra Magnus, and from the back of the boxes the first wave will feature we see that we are also getting Prowl, Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp.
In addition to this we have some pictures of the SDCC version of Fortress Maximus, and the SDCC Titan Force Three Pack featuring Sentinel Prime, Wind Saber, and Brainstorm. The box for SDCC Fortress Maximus appears to be huge, especially with the special slip cover that will be adorning it put into perspective against a person. The art on the box looks quite sharp. Unfortunately, it does not seem like they were allowed to open him to give us a look at the SDCC Version of the massive robot so we could see if there were anymore differences between it, and the mass retail release which was on the floor at the Trial Play.
Meanwhile, in the case of the Titan Force Trio, they were allowed out of the box and so we have our first real up close details of the figures and some comparissons between their retail releases/mold brother, and these special edition transformers. First up is Sentinel Prime who features a large amount of clear orange plastic perhaps to symbolize fire, or something else in addition to red metallic highlights throughout. This is a very extensive redeco that looks quite striking when looked at, and should be a favorite amongst fans. Next, we have Windblade in a primarily blue and gray color scheme that looks rather fitting on the character. Additionally, it looks like she is coming with a recolor of her generations counterparts sword, though a sheathe is not seen. Finally, we have Brainstorm who looks rather stunning for a retool and repaint of Blurr, especially now that we can see what exactly has been remolded so that he has the current appearance of his More Than Meets The Eye design.
Staying within the line of Titans Return releases, we are given our first in-hand look at Titans Return Soundwave, whom thankfully, looks much better in hand than his renders looked, and looks like a great successor to the Generation 1 toy. Soundwave was not all of Wave 2 that was present at the Trial Play, we also have our first in-hand looks of Ravage and Frenzy, whom is looking quite sharp in his newest iteration and hopefully Rumble is not far behind.
Next up we have our very first in hand look of Hasbros Release of Computron and all the bots who make him up. Confirmed for sure, thankfully, is the use of the hands that originally came with Victorion, as well as a new set of feet seemingly made exclusively for this release featuring a much wider base that seems perfect for the hulking gestalt. In addition, an almost metallic sheen can be seen in a number of the Technobots in Hasbros release, which can most notably be seen on Scattershot, Strage, and possibly Afterburner. All seven of the Technobots seem to be worthy successors to their G1 releases, and it’s likely to make choosing either the Takara release of this set, or Hasbros version, that much harder for some.
Lastly, we have Power Surge Optimus Prime. Power Surge Optimus Prime seems to feature a deco unlike any Optimus Primes before him, featuring a mostly white chest and shoulders, as well as blue wings, with most of the red you’d expect on prime contained to his back. However, in Vehicle Mode, this appears to change with the appropiate amount of red coming to form the cab of the figure. Also seen in hand here for the first time is Optimus’s minicon partner, Aerobolt, who helps unleash the full power of this version of Optimus.
Update: Another difference between the retail release of Sentinel Prime and the Exclusive release is the faction symbol. On the SDCC version of Sentinel Prime, one can see an insignia that looks much like that of the Autobot Elite Guard on his wings in place of the Autobot Symbol. Could that be a hint of another faction set to appear? Or is it just the relic of Sentinel Primes age. Hopefully we’ll find out soon!