Through LivingRangerKey and Jtprime we’ve got word of some newly datamined product listings that have led to an interesting revelation or two. As usual, there are no pictures at this stage, not even captures of the listings themselves, but the info comes from trusted sources and can reasonably be taken as legitimate.
RED Collection will expand with the addition of
Prime Optimus Prime
We presume the inclusion of Galvatron here is intended specifically to cause harm to Brian Kilby, outspoken critic of the RED Collection and noted obsessive fan of Galvatron. The overlap is too perfect to be a coincidence. Otherwise, it looks like Transformers Prime is an area that RED wants to settle in to, with Optimus and Megatron following on from Arcee, and rumors of a RED Knockout also having been floating around previously.
A listing for Voyager Blaster under Kingdom has led to some additional info being related. Apollux, who has been a reliable insider for a long while now followed up on this report to say that Kingdom has been extended to a fifth wave, with some products from the early part of the 2022 line ported backward to Kingdom branding. This is supposedly at least in part to do with Kingdom being a good sales performer at retail. Another account suggests that the first-run contents of the originally planned wave 4 might be split up to help fill out this apparent fifth wave, with reruns of earlier Kingdom Deluxes being slotted in as needed to pack out the cases. Something similar happened late in Siege, which led to Astrotrain, Apeface, Crosshairs and Spinister all landing as a final wave, when that may not have been the original intent for all of those toys.
There’s a listing for a Studio Series 86 Hot Rod “variant” which is already leading to speculation of an animation-accurate magenta Hot Rod. Though it seems like an MP-40-style The Rebirth deco might loosely be a possibility as well. Ultimately, whatever this is we’ll have to wait and see who needs to be how outraged at having to rebuy the toy for what minor deco shift.
There’s also a very vague reference to something labelled for SDCC which seems like it might be Generations-related, but has no further info of any kind. This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard about some kind of SDCC set through datamining like this and have it never materialize.
Some extra housecleaning puts the Worlds Collide four pack at Target as being part of the Buzzworthy Bumblebee branding, making it more likely to be a box set of four Bumblebees from different universes, like G1, Movie, Cyberverse and maybe Animated or Prime.
Barcode numbers for Studio Series Leader Coronation Starscream and Bee Movie Soundwave are also provided, but offer no new information about the toys themselves.
As usual, take these as what they are, text listings from a database probably assembled a while ago. Any of the details can be subject to change until pretty late in the process. But usually this stuff turns out to be pretty much right on.
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