Thursday, February 19, 2009

ToyFair 2009, New York City, NY

My drive and ride into New York were uneventful, which is a good thing. The Hasbro staff were very accommodating to everyone in attendance. It was interesting to see all the sites represented from to and others.

Inside the theater, we were treated to a slide-show of the upcoming toys for G.I. Joe, Marvel, Star Wars, and of course, Transformers. Universe started with Smokescreen and Dinobot, which are already in stores. Hot Shot and Jolt look awesome and definitely worth a look. The Voyager class will get Inferno, a simply amazing fire truck.

Transformers Animated line will get Arcee, which caused quite a stir in the theater. Her robot mode looks just like she looks in the series and her vehicle mode looks a lot like her G1 self. Also in Animated is a repainted Soundwave with Ratbat guitar. Ratbat changes from the guitar to a huge bat with wings that spread completely across Soundwave's vehicle mode. Also, Wreck Gar was confirmed.

In the Movie line, Devastator was quite impressive. The only problem is that the individual pieces do not transform into their own robot mode. The Deluxe and Voyager Constructicons do not merge to form Devastator. By the looks of Demolishor and Rampage, which I doubt are their real names, it would be impossible to design the Constructicons to transform and form Devastator.

Instead of Real Gear, the scout class for the second movie will get brand new molds like Dead End and Dirt Boss. In the Deluxe realm, everything was spectacular. Sideswipe as the future Corvette is awesome. I'm not sure who Breakaway is, but he has a nice F-16 mode. Soundwave has a satellite mode and a mode that reminds me of Megahead Megatron from Beast Machines. The brothers Skids and Mudflap are great, having one huge hand opposite from the other. Bumblebee gets a new mold. In the Voyager class, Starscream and Ironhide get new molds. Starscream has a new feature that when you move his head parts of his chest move. Many toys in the Movie line are supposed to get this new technology, but no others were confirmed. Leader class Optimus Prime also gets a new mold. His truck mold looks clean, with hardly any transformation lines and his robot mode looks even closer to the movie than his first toy. He also has two retractable blades.

There will be three Human Alliance sets, with a human and a Transformer sold together. The only one mentioned was Bumblebee with Sam. Bumblebee has Alternator like transformation with a smooth gloss finish. Sam can sit inside as well as the other humans in the line. There's places on Bumblebee for Sam to sit and "help" like behind his shoulders.

The movie line also gets RPM's, 1/64th scale cars with the robot mode pictured on the bottom. Characters from both movies will be featured. A Devastator attack track will also be offered. This is the same scale as Hot Wheels in case you were wondering. View the complete gallery below. Human Alliance Bumblebee was my favorite, what's yours?

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