'Fall of Cybertron' Spawns Transformers Toy Line
More news out of Toy Fair in NYC: a whole bunch of Transformers toys have been inspired by the forthcoming Transformers: Fall of Cybertron video game. Does this vote of confidence from Hasbro mean we’re finally getting a killer Transformers game?
In the past, new Transformers toys have always preceded Hollywood productions, with the (admittedly humongous) exception of Michael Bay’s big-screen movies, which spawned loads of new toys. But I’m not familiar with a line of Transformers toys that’s been inspired solely by a video game property, aside from Transformers: War for Cybertron, the precursor to this new game.
It’s pretty darn cool that High Moon Studios, which has been toiling away on Transformers games for years now, is getting some love from Hasbro for its original Transformers franchise. Hasbro previously released toys for High Moon’s Transformers: War for Cybertron, which introduced pre-exodus-to-Earth versions of the familiar Autobot and Decepticon characters many of us grew up with. War for Cybertron also has the distinction of being the first Transformers video game that… well, that didn’t suck. While it didn’t get universally superlative critic scores, it was the first time that fans and media both felt like a video game developer actually cared about the franchise.
Fall of Cybertron continues that game’s storyline, following the saga into the last days of the Cybertronian War. The trailer shows promise, and the inclusion of fan-favorite characters like Grimlock have given gamers hope that maybe, just maybe, this could be the utterly awesome Transformers game we’ve always dreamed of.
This week at Toy Fair in New York City, Hasbro unveiled some great-looking new toys based on characters from the Fall of Cybertron video game. I think that’s kinda huge. The new characters being introduced in this form include Blast-Off, Vortex, Brawl, Swindle, and Onslaught, which combine in the game to form the enormous Bruticus — and combine in toy form as well. Hasbro will be selling the five characters separately, so if you want Bruticus, you’ll have to shell out for all five toys.
Check out the entire gallery of toys below.