Hasbro New York Comic-Con 2019 "Siege" (Final Wave) Unboxing Event
"Generations" War for Cybertron: Siege (Wave 5) Unboxing Event
Last year Hasbro held its first Transformers unoboxing event during New York Comic-Con. At that event, several members of the fan media were able to experience the Siege line of toys for the first time. Given that, it was quite appropriate that this year Hasbro's second unboxing event would bring us to the end of the Siege line as it makes way for Earthrise.
Meeting at a WeWork office on the East Side of Manhattan, several of us gathered on a cloudy day. First we hung out in a "Green Room" and then moved on to the room where we would get to play (I mean...seriously evaluate) the figures that would help close out the Siege line. Here's a rundown:
IDW Publishing fans will be thrilled to get the first figure made of the popular character, Rung. Without spoiling anything, this is one of those figures you probably want as part of your collection regardless of whether you were into IDW Publishing's comic books or not (let's just say his character has historical value). Rung looks great and both his modes are directly taken from the IDW Publishing comic books. His alt form is vague enough that you could use him as a blaster or a "shield generator" of some sort.
The other Battle Master we were able to check out was Singe. He is a straight forward redeco of Firedrive in a beautiful gunmetal color. He includes two green Blast Effects. Along with Shrute from the Phantomstrike Squadron boxed set, this provides Spinister with both of his Targetmaster partners from G1!
One of the final Micromaster pack for Siege calls back to the pair of Direct-Hit and Power Punch. Both characters are from the G1 "Battle Squad". Unlike the other Micromasters in the series these are Micromaster Combiners. That means each of them forms one half of a larger vehicle (and in theory if Hasbro made any other Micromaster Combiners they should be able to combine with them to form some oddball vehicles). Both these figures look fantastic and include pegs to connect to larger figures. In case you were curious the connection between them is not G1 compatible.
The other two pack we were able to check out featured two characters we traditionally do not think of as Micromasters: Rumble and Ratbat. The Rumble is fairly squat looking, but somehow he looks less "pudgy" in person. The transformation is fun and doesn't just recycle previous Rumble transforms. The detailing and deco looks great too! The Ratbat is cool but some fans may not dig how much of his beast mode you can see in the back of the "shield generator" mode. Despite some drawbacks, this pair is fun and I have an affection for them.
We were able to check out two Deluxes: Crosshairs and Spinister. Crosshairs is a redeco/retool of Ironhide representing the Targetmaster Autobot from G1. The deco on this figure is very well done, and this is the first time a mainline figure has the character's "animation model" head. Even better? The flappy panels on the legs do not fall off if you look at them funny! It has been speculated that Trenchfoot is intended to be Pinpointer, Crosshairs' Targetmaster partner. I'm fine with that and it would be cool to pair up the two.
From the non-retool/redeco department is Spinister. Spinister has gotten some attention over the years (like a Combiner Wars style figure in 2016. While that figure was great, this is the first time he has received the new mold treatment in the Deluxe Class. This figure is awesome and everyone should add it to their collection. The sculpt is beautiful, great late 80's style deco, interesting transformation and tight joints! His weapons look like his G1 Targetmasters in weapon form. You can also combine them into a "super weapon" like the G1 Targetmasters! I can't wait to do a full review of this one.
There was only one Voyager Class figure to play with at this event but man, what a figure! Apeface rounds out the Voyager Class for Siege and it is a fun figure. It has the chunky, parts-hanging-off-the-sides-from-other-modes charm of the original, but with superior articulation, proportions and details. His transformation is more complex than the G1 version but it is fairly intuitive. Like his G1 counterpart, Apeface is a Headmaster, paired up with Spasma. Note: we could not find the name Spasma on the instructions or box, but Hasbro confirmed that is his name. For those curious, the beast mode head basically goes over Spasma as a helmet-like piece in beast mode. If you are into this aesthetic of Transformers figures this is definitely worthy of adding to your collection!
Astrotrain is the last Leader Class figure for Siege. Sure we had an Astrotrain not that long ago but most folks felt that "modernized" version of the character was not quite the G1 "reborn" version of the character they have always wanted, so this one should make a lot of fans happy! With an 80's style space shuttle, a retro locomotive mode and a very G1 robot mode this guy looks great. Like other Leader Class figures in Siege, Astrotrain is really a Voyager Class figure with extra weapons and armor bits. The armor pieces also form a cargo car that you can attach to him in the vehicle modes. I did not get to play with him much (time ran out) but I look forward to reviewing him!
Towards the end of the event we were all surprised to find out that we would be able to keep the toys! This was a huge surprise and we quickly scrambled to get bags to take them with us (we wound up with clear office garbage can bags). This was very kind of Hasbro and I was deeply appreciative of the gesture.
The final wave of Siege figures is due out in January 2020 (going by Astrotrain's release date on Hasbro Pulse) but I would not be surprised if they started popping up in stores around December.
Special thanks to Hasbro for inviting Ben's World of Transformers to this event and for their generosity!