By way of IGN, the first official reveal has gone out for the Beast Wars reissue line that we first learned about through product listings on the Walmart app.
Due out this summer are reissues of Beast Wars Ultra class Optimus Primal and Megatron, along with Cheetor and Rattrap. All four toys are in their original forms, and notably the Ultras do not feature the remolding that was done for the 10th anniversary rereleases. All four toys have at least minor deco tweaks, with Primal and Megatron having the most evident, with small color changes to appear a little more accurate to the TV show.
These are not stated as being exclusive to Walmart, but they will be going up for preorder during Walmart’s second Collector Con event on Monday, the 15th, which makes a good case for these being exclusives, in a continuation of Walmart’s offerings of reissue and retro style Transformers products.
That being the case, of course, means there’s no reason to believe at all that Walmart will begin fulfillment or in-store stocking of these toys on the promised August 1st sale date, since they’ve proven notoriously bad about following through on that. However, the Netflix line, the retro Headmasters, and all of the G1 reissues past the first wave have proven that one way or the other, it’s eventually easy enough to find all these things on store shelves, so if these are for you, it shouldn’t be hard to get hold of them.
Whether they’ll be for you at their modern day price points might be another matter, though. IGN reports that Primal and Megatron will come in at $40 each, Cheetor will be priced as a modern Deluxe at $20, and… so will Rattrap. The Basic price point was always the most challenged when it came to coping with rising costs, so it’s actually not hard to imagine Rattrap now costs nearly as much as Cheetor to make. But that still may be a hard sell in the store when the moment comes and it and the visibly larger Cheetor are hanging side by side.
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