As is the usual way of my blog lately, a few posts throughout the year and then I bust out a whole list of crap I picked up during the year.
It’s been an odd year for me, as it turns out there were a heap more Legends Transformers came out than I expected. Work was a tricky taking my precious precious time away from toys and a couple of ripper video games also doing that too.
Toy wise, I naturally enjoyed the Transformers, although I got the definite feel that bot Hasbro and Takara were phoning it in with Power of the Primes. The mix of half-assed Pretenders (I actually like proper pretenders) and a random mish mash of combining other figures makes them feel like left over ideas from Combiner War/Legends. It also feels like a lot has just been holding the fort until the Bumblebee movie toys come out as well.
Here in Japan, the Bumblebee movie doesn’t come out until April 2019, yet the toys are flooding the shelves, the POTP figures are disappearing (will I be able to get punch/counterpunch??) and the timing of the Siege line (of which I have some interest) starts in February 2019. Shelf space seems to be limited and I suspect that the movie toys won’t do so well right now, but will pick up when the movie comes out, but will have run out of steam by then, leaving the Transformers shelves in a rather sorry state. They already take only a small section of shops (assuming they have a section at all) as it is.