Monday, January 30, 2017

Video Preview of Three Last Knight Toys

Below is a video that provides the first real look at three Transformers: The Last Knight deluxe sized toys that will be coming out by this summer for the movie. While the transformation isn't shown we do get a look at Bumblebee, Berserker, and Bumblebee in their robot and alt modes. The main takeaway is the figures will sport the same simplified transformation sequences that Hasbro Transformers toys have been aiming for in the last few years with the pluses and minuses that come with that.

Berserker looks like the same SUV robot in the highway sequence from Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The 2011 toy was called Crankcase but he was unnamed for the movie. So either this is yet another dead Decepticon returning, a twin, or Hasbro is merging old and new Transformers into the line. Takara is doing a 10th anniversary re-release of previous movie toys but they are using the same molds from then while this looks like a redesign to fit the simplified transformation goal. Between Barricade and Berserker I can't help but wonder if part of the plot involves dead Decepticons being revived (or rebuilt by humans). The idea would also have the benefit of saving production a whole lot of money as ILM could re-use the previous movie's existing CGI files. After human salaries, creating a new Transformer from scratch to be photo real and transformable is probably the most expensive costs for the production each time.

If want to see more, here is a video slide show of the same toys.

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