Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Voyager Wingspan & Pounce Action Figure Hasbro, 2020
Day #2,232: September 22, 2020
Wingspan & Pounce WFC-E30
Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Voyager Target Exclusive 2-Pack
Item No.: No. E8623 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:2 robots Action Feature:Transforms from Robot to Eagle and Robot to Puma, principal of the mountains Retail:$24.99 (and almost immediately to clearance) Availability: July 2020 Other: Wingspan & Pounce again, again
As Wingspan & Pounce rolled out in July, the first stores in Arizona showed stock and a day later, dozens of stores had them at 30% off - for the first inventory. Direct-to-clearance exclusives are highly unusual, but not wholly uncommon when the next aisle reset is just around the corner. The good news is if you didn't find them early, you might get them for a good price - the 4-inch robots are reissues of Titans Return/Legends toys from a few years ago. The deco is new to the US market, but it's pretty much the same as what Japan got a few years ago.
The last US toys of Pounce (BBTS exclusive) and Wingspan (Walgreens) were painted to closely resemble the original 1987 toy releases. These ones match the Japanese The Headmasters designs, with silver faces on the robots and dark purple replacing some of the pink spots. This also means that no toys have been produced to match the US "Rebirth" models, which had gold faces and red visors. Also blasters, and these toys don't have any weapons.
Each 4-inch robot - the same height as Cliffjumper - has about 13 points of articulation. The swivel biceps and ball-jointed elbows together seem redundant, but they're here. Each figure is about as good as the Basic or Scout class toys from Energon or Cybertron, minus any action features or accessories. The robots share a lot of parts too. Key differences include the lower legs, the backpack shoulder kibble, and the beast tail sections as well as the animal heads. They share most of the same moving parts, so the engineers squeezed two fairly different transformations out of the same parts. It's something we've seen a lot more of since Titans Return, which had some tooling shared between toys to keep costs down.
While an improvement over the 1987 set, the clones are still a little blocky and awkward. It's great that we have more articulation, but we lost most of the label deco and accessories. The animal poses are a huge improvement, but that's mostly because the originals looked a whole lot goofier. Each beast has a spot on their backs for Titan Masters and Prime Masters to ride, but unless you were sitting on some from previous lines there aren't many new ones to go around in stores right now.
With Pounce's Titans Return toy being somewhat short run in the USA, he was commanding more than a slight premium as an opened toy on the secondary market. If you missed it or the Takara-Tomy release, this $24.99 $17.98 release gets you both figures at a surprisingly decent price. Hasbro has largely been hesitant to rerelease the same toy down the road in the past, but it looks like they're warming up to the idea of reissuing in-demand toys. If you missed the earlier releases, this set i absolutely work the prices in stores. I vastly prefer the off-white to the more creamy white of the previous release, but I'd never notice the difference unless I had them both in front of me.If you're happy with the versions you have, you're fine ignoring these - I think they're slightly better (especially Pounce) but now that I have four nearly identical robot Decepticon clones on my desk, I can probably sell off one of the pairs at some point down the road.
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