Toy News: New "Authentics" Transformers Revealed
In the past couple of years, Hasbro has been developing official Transformers product targeted at stores such as Family Dollar and Dollar General. Unlike figures of years past at these chains, these were not just simple redecos of existing product in new packaging, they were all newly developed for this market. It appears these figures have been successful as Family Dollar has just updated their web site with some new images that feature previously unannounced figures in this line!
Ratchet will be joining the "Bravo" series of Authentics in 2020. These are the smaller figures roughly five inches (about 12.7 centimeters) tall utilizing the "Evergreen" Transformers designs.
Soundwave will be added to the "Alpha" series of Authentics figures this year. These figures are roughly 7 inches (about 17.78 centimeters) tall. This Soundwave will actually come with two accessories, a first for the series. The listings do not have individual character descriptions, but the general description of the wave is pasted below:
Transformers Authentics Alpha Series figures feature popular Transformers characters like Grimlock and Bumblebee at a 7-inch scale. Experience the excitement of Transformers conversion play with figures that change between modes in just a few steps. Choose a side and collect other Transformers Authentics figures to stage epic Autobot vs. Decepticon battles (each sold separately. Subject to availability).Transformers Authentic figures are a great way to start any Transformers collection. Ages 6+
Grimlock and Starscream
"Titan Changers" are very simple figures. Versions of this Class have appeared in other lines such as The Last Knight. These figures stand at about 11 inches (about 27.94 centimeters) tall. Last year Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Megatron were released in this assortment. This year Grimlock and Starscream are being added in. There is no individual character description. Instead there is a general description of the assortment (pasted below):
Transformers Titan Changers figures feature popular Transformers characters at a 11-inch scale. Experience the excitement of Transformers conversion play with this Transformers Titan Changers Optimus Prime figure. It changes from robot mode to vehicle mode and back in just 6 steps. Choose a side and collect other Transformers Titan Changers figures to stage epic Autobot vs. Decepticon battles (each sold separately. Subject to availability).Ages 6+
Authentics are generally sold in-store only, though here and there online sources such as Amazon outside the United States have had third party retailers stocking them at a bit of a markup. Outside of the holiday season (when toys are heavily stocked), these tend to appear randomly and only in small amounts so if these interest you, keep your optic sensors open for'em!