We may not be running out of time, but we are definitely running out of shelf space! Hasbro is bringing us the 2020 crossover we always knew we wanted– the Back to the Future DeLorean meets Transformers!
What do we know so far? This new hybrid creation is called “Gigawatt” and he is overall looking pretty cool. The technical bits? This is a retooled Sideswipe mold. While I’m personally digging the overall look and packaging, fans have other things to say. Transformers is notorious for its 3rd party creations and home-brew crossovers, so many people thought the box art was a fan creation. One complaint is regarding the windshield…bars? And there are already discussions in forums about how to create an after market decal to cover that up.
But overall, the chrome coloring with time machine touches are really working for me. I think the car in auto mode looks clean and in robot mode, I like the face, colors, and pose. I own the Ecto-1 x Tranformers crossover and the Ghostbusters x Optimus Prime crossover and I think they’re both really great. We’ve come a long way since Transformers x Pepsi. (Which was also kinda cool).
Official Press Release:
GREAT SCOTT! TRANSFORMERS-BACK TO THE FUTURE COLLABORATION INTRODUCES ‘GIGAWATT’ CHARACTER – AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW!
‘More than Meets the Eye’ Collides with Time Travel
For 35th Anniversary of Iconic Back to the Future Franchise
An IDW Comic Book is Also Being Created for Back to the Future and Transformers Fans
PAWTUCKET, RI – July 2, 2020 – Great Scott! Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), Universal Brand Development and Amblin Entertainment today revealed the first-ever TRANSFORMERS-Back to the Future Collaboration, starring the all new character GIGAWATT. This new time-traveling TRANSFORMERS AUTOBOT commemorates 35 years since the groundbreaking adventure film, Back to the Future, took audiences back in time.
When fans of the iconic Back to the Future Time Machine look a little closer at this nostalgic interpretation of the car, they will be treated to a new “robot in disguise” named GIGAWATT, a converting time machine robot. The figure stands at 5.5 inches in Robot mode and can convert to Time Machine mode in 17 steps, plus it includes a blaster and whip antennae accessories, and features movie-inspired details from the film, including Doc Brown-style goggles, a flux capacitor chest piece, and time circuits. In time machine mode, the gullwing doors open and wheels rotate from vertical to horizontal to produce a hovering effect as seen at the end of the film.
In addition to the collectible figure, from IDW comes Transformers / Back to the Future – the four-part, comic book series. The first issue cover is being revealed today, along with the story synopsis: Marty McFly has just returned to his home sweet home, Hill Valley 1985, and everything’s looking up… that is, until Marty and his friend Doc Brown’s time machine attracts the attention of the Decepticons! With one small mistake, Marty finds himself thrust into adventure to stop the Decepticon plot in the past, present, and future… all with the help of a new time machine: the Autobot, Gigawatt!
TRANSFORMERS robots have always been more than meets the eye, but now, through the TRANSFORMERS Collaborative, fans can experience these larger than life characters as they team-up, mash-up, and meet up with other characters, teams and people who share this same special quality. It is a world of constant change where things are not what they seem.
The GIGAWATT figure is available now for pre-order at Walmart.com with only 1,985 pieces available that feature an exclusive, limited edition numbered package in honor of the 35th anniversary of the first film’s release – July 3, 1985. A second variant release of the figure will be available starting October 1, 2020 via HasbroPulse.com and select retailers around the world; part one of the comic book also will be available October 1, wherever comic books are sold.