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San Diego Comic-Con July 2017


Twin Engines of Destruction! I loves me some Transformers: Power of the Primes. The third (and according to Hasbro, final) entry in the Prime Wars sub-line trilogy is a mix-and-match gimmick set that seems to have been described as having lots of secrets and Easter Eggs. I think I may have figured some out... and maybe you did too.

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First up is Starscream, a Voyager-class toy that's a little chunky. The "Prime Master" accessories act as a snap-on hand armor/weapon, and the robot's proportions are IDW-esque but also seemingly more chunky than usual in parts. I'm trying to look for Combiner Wars ports on it - the deluxe figures shown seem to have some (or vestigial ones) so I'm just making a wild assumption here. The wings say D-22 and Ghost Attack. It looks cool, and it includes a trading card.

This is where the completism nightmare begins - Deluxe and Voyager toys include cards with a short story about how the toy interacts with the power of the Prime Masters. Each toy has up to 13 different randomly inserted cards - in short, it's going to be difficult to complete a set if you're a fiction collector.

The incestuous leader-class Rodimus Prime is a few toys in one. There's a small movie-ish Hot Rod toy that can separate from the winnebago, and is basically a Deluxe Hot Rod toy on its own. It combines with the bulk chunk to make Rodimus Prime, which has a Matrix of Leadership inside which can connect a Prime Master.

Before I continue, a Prime Master is a lot like a Titan Master. Instead of a face, the small robot has a tiny icon on it, and it connects to these toys in various ways. Prime Masters come with Decoy Suits, like Pretenders but tiny. I like these. Skullgrin Decoy Armor will be about $5, and can turn into a claw weapon. Liege Maximo was also confirmed.

Deluxe toys include Autobot Jazz, Dreadwind looks a lot like Fireflight from Combiner Wars, and Blackwing is his renamed partner. We were told they could combine in vehicle mode (like the G1 original toys on which they are based), plus it looks like they may retain some or all Combiner Wars jet gimmicks - but no feet or hands were shown. This may result in a demand for those older figures to scrap for spare parts if they still work.

Legends Beachcomber is also coming, and it does have Legends-scale Titan Master (or Prime Master) compatibility in the driver seat.

More notes are be available on the right hand side of this page from my panel write-up, which was written live as it happened. Is it good? Sure. Let's say it was good.

--Adam Pawlus

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