SDCC '14: Hasbro - Transformers/G.I. Joe

Generations, Masterpieces, and Kre-O

Hasbro seems to be doing more with the Generations line now, which is great because they'll be bringing out a lot more G1 style and IDW comics style figures. First off is the awesome Generations Jetfire. I'm very excited for this figure, but I didn't realize that the weapons and boosters were red chrome. It's cool, but I'm not sure if normal red weapons would look better. Well, it doesn't matter too much because it's a new frakkin' Jetfire. I'm so happy we're seeing an IDW Brainstorm figure, along with a new Sky-Byte, Arcee, Chromia, Double-Dealer, and the fan-made character Windblade. Windblade is already proving to be a great character in the IDW comics and it'll be nice to see her figure at retail soon.

Oh, before I forget, there were Transformers: Age of Extinction figures on display, but after seeing the movie, I lost any kind of interest in the figures. I gave the movie a chance because of the Dinobots, but (spoiler!) they didn't appear until the last  twenty minutes of the movie. Grimlock was the most used part of the marketing and commercials, but he's in the movie for maybe a total of 5 - 10 minutes, if that. Ugh, fooled once again. So, there are no Age of Extinction figures here or Angry Birds Transformers here. Let's get back to the good stuff.

The big news is that Hasbro is making new versions of the Stunticons and Aerialbots who combine into Menasor and Superion respectively. Only the combined forms of Mensor and Superion were on display while I was at the Hasbro booth, but they look awesome. It's nice to have some good combiners coming out.

As for Masterpiece figures, I was really hoping that Entertainment Earth would have had Grimlock for sale at SDCC because he is impossible to find, but they just had Prowl and Sunstorm. I missed out on the first release of Grimlock and now I missed out on this one. Prowl is super cool as a Masterpiece, though. Sunstorm is just a repainted Seeker mold, so if you have any of the other jets then you know what you're getting.

The best of the Transformers exclusive this year was the Class of '84 Kreon set and it was one of the best exclusives of SDCC. Thirty G1 figures in one set with some rad accessories for $50; worth it. The Knights of Cybertron seemed to be an acquired taste and was not for everyone. The G1-colored movie Dinobots exclusive set was a good idea and while the Ark playset was neat, a cardboard playset just doesn't do it for me. I'd much rather have a playset made from plastic. Sure, all that plastic would have increased the price, but it would be worth it for something sturdy and that would really last. Cardboard, not so much.

There wasn't much on display for G.I. Joe figures. In fact, I don't think I remember seeing any G.I. Joe figures on display besides Entertainment Earth's had the exclusive 50th Anniversary V.A.M.P. and Night Raft set. All I saw at Hasbro's booth were upcoming Kre-O figures and a Kre-O Terror Drome. Amazingly, the newer Firebat set and the Storm Shadow Outpost Defender set are already on clearance at Toys 'R' Us. That doesn't bode well for the future of G.I. Joe Kre-O.

Check out some more photos of Transformers and a few G.I. Joe from the Hasbro booth.

- Shawn - 9/5/14