Great Scott, it’s Sideswipe!
We’ve just got the press release in from Hasbro with the first look at Gigawatt, the Transformers Collaborative crossover figure with Back to The Future. News Desk 106 featured some speculation based on a translated copy of product info from Amazon Spain, but now we’ve got full details and lots of photos for the Transformer based on the DeLorean Time Machine.
Gigawatt is based on the engineering of Siege Sideswipe, and while there are a few parts in common, a significant amount of the toy is all new design. The gull wing doors open, although in practice that appears more like the first transformation step more than its own intentional design feature. And the hover car mode can be achieved with wheels that fold in. The time machine has a removable Mr. Fusion unit that can plug on the back of the rifle, and it comes with the lightning rod antenna, here called “whip antennae”.
The regular release of the figure is planned for October, but a special numbered edition is to be available for preorder on Walmart’s website. As of writing, the product page was not available. We would guess this version will be released sooner, but we’ll have to wait and see how that plays out.
GREAT SCOTT! TRANSFORMERS-BACK TO THE FUTURE COLLABORATION INTRODUCES ‘GIGAWATT’ CHARACTER – AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW!
‘More than Meets the Eye’ Collides with Time Travel
For 35th Anniversary of Iconic Back to the Future Franchise
An IDW Comic Book is Also Being Created for Back to the Future and Transformers Fans
PAWTUCKET, RI – July 2, 2020 – Great Scott! Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), Universal Brand Development and Amblin Entertainment today revealed the first-ever TRANSFORMERS-Back to the Future Collaboration, starring the all new character GIGAWATT. This new time-traveling TRANSFORMERS AUTOBOT commemorates 35 years since the groundbreaking adventure film, Back to the Future, took audiences back in time.
When fans of the iconic Back to the Future Time Machinelook a little closer at this nostalgic interpretation of the car, they will be treated to a new “robot in disguise” named GIGAWATT, a converting time machine robot. The figure stands at 5.5 inches in Robot mode and can convert to Time Machine mode in 17 steps, plus it includes a blaster and whip antennae accessories, and features movie-inspired details from the film, including Doc Brown-style goggles, a flux capacitor chest piece, and time circuits. In time machine mode, the gullwing doors open and wheels rotate from vertical to horizontal to produce a hovering effect as seen at the end of the film.
In addition to the collectible figure, from IDW comes Transformers / Back to the Future – the four-part, comic book series. The first issue cover is being revealed today, along with the story synopsis: Marty McFly has just returned to his home sweet home, Hill Valley 1985, and everything’s looking up… that is, until Marty and his friend Doc Brown’s time machine attracts the attention of the Decepticons! With one small mistake, Marty finds himself thrust into adventure to stop the Decepticon plot in the past, present, and future… all with the help of a new time machine: the Autobot, Gigawatt!
TRANSFORMERS robots have always been more than meets the eye, but now, through the TRANSFORMERS Collaborative, fans can experience these larger than life characters as they team-up, mash-up, and meet up with other characters, teams and people who share this same special quality. It is a world of constant change where things are not what they seem.
The GIGAWATT figure is available now for pre-order at Walmart.com with only 1,985 pieces available that feature an exclusive, limited edition numbered package in honor of the 35th anniversary of the first film’s release – July 3, 1985. A second variant release of the figure will be available starting October 1, 2020 via HasbroPulse.com and select retailers around the world; part one of the comic book also will be available October 1, wherever comic books are sold.
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About Back to the Future
From the Academy Award-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis comes Back to the Future – the original, groundbreaking adventure that sparked one of the most successful trilogies ever! When teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), he finds himself mixed up in a time-shattering chain reaction that could vaporize his future – and leave him trapped in the past. Powered by innovative special effects, unforgettable songs and non-stop action, Back to the Future is an unrivaled adventure that stands the test of time.
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