Let’s look at something fun! So while The ‘Rona threw 2020 off it’s rocker and all of the conventions were cancelled, some of the exclusives are still being released; like this little gem: Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy: Quintesson Pit of Judgement!
This five figure pack comes in it’s own collectable packaging that serves as a cardboard play set itself, once you get everything pulled out and cleaned up. We’ll look at that later. First, let’s take a look at what’s included!
Kranix is the robot scientist seen in The Transformers: The Movie. While he’s a very basic, static, plastic figurine, he features excellent detailing, clean paint apps and, while not very visible in pictures, he even has light blue eyes painted in.
Another mostly static figurine, the Prosecutor actually features a articulated head, that can look 360 degrees. Like Kranix, he has an enormous amount of detailing, pristine paint applications, and features a clear, light blue “hover effect” molded into his base. While I would have liked his tentacle arms to be able to rotate a bit, it’s a minor issue.
Now we’re starting to get into the actual transforming toys, beginning with the Sharkticon. While he’s a repaint of the Titan’s Return toy, he features a new blue-green focused color scheme, and has metallic paint apps added. He’s already a fantastic little toy so I’m happy he’s included!
Oh man, I can say, without a doubt, the Bailiff is my favorite part of this set. The Quintessons are fun, but this dude is all sorts of excellent! A re-tooling (Pre-tooling?) of the soon to be released Earthrise Allicon, Bailiff features a new headsculpt and paint scheme that really makes him pop. His transformation into beast mode is a lot of fun too, I’ve toyed around with him non stop for a few days now and truly enjoy his design.
The Quintesson Judge
The Centerpiece of the set. The Quintesson Judge is a brand new design and a “voyager” scaled toy. While the Cyberverse line surprised us with a somewhat crude version of a Judge late last year, this toy has all the bells and whistles! Five rotating faces, activated by a switch at the base, three of which feature articulated mouths! Flexible, posable tentacles, and again the clear blue hover effect molded into the base! He also features a throne that is incorporated into his transformation. Yes, that’s right, he transforms! His (their?) alt-mode is a prison and power station! I love me some base-formers and am thrilled he’s added to the roster! The little prison cell is also designed to fit a Battle/Micro Master or, obviously, Kranix too! You can attach Slitherfang (or any number of them) using A.I.R Lock system.
The packaging is by far some of the best we’ve seen. As usual with “exclusives”, it gets all the treatment – open window design, unique layering along all borders, even the instructions are top notch, featuring “The Transformers – The Movie” logo, each judge face, and the names of the characters included. Coupled with the aforementioned fact that the main pit/chamber comes out for display, it’s above and beyond what we typically see. Fair warning: Go slow cutting the plastic holding trays for the figures off the inner structure. For the most part they’re all taped on and a box/hobby knife will work just fine, but the little tray holding Kranix in palace wraps around the plank he standing on so you’ll want to be very careful.
So here’s the thing: Bottom line, yes, this set is 100% worth it. The toys included are all fantastic and the packaging makes it great for either display or to play around with. However, as of the writing of this post (8/23/20), this set’s not available yet, unless you’re lucky enough to know someone in Hong Kong who attended the Hasbro Convention there. The set should be available for pre-order in September of 2020, however, it will be exclusive to Hasbro Pulse and will likely sell out pretty quick. Hasbro will likely make a big announcement before it goes live so keep your eyes peeled.