In late 2015, Hasbro asked Transformers fans to choose from one of three massive classic characters to update for the modern age. Decepticon city Trypticon beat our Omega Supreme and Scorponok, and now we have our first look at the biggest official Decepticon toy ever.
It pretty much had to be Trypticon, the only character of the three not to get a new version since his 1986 debut, despite being the go-to evil guy when a Transformers video game wants a mind-bogglingly huge villain to play with. His Autobot counterpart, Metroplex, saw an alternate character with his name in the Unicron Triology of toys/cartoons, and was retooled by Hasbro into one of the biggest Autobots back in 2013.
Here's original Trypticon:
And here's new and improved Trypticon:
Hasbro assured me the new Trypticon is the biggest Decepticon they have ever made, at 51cm tall and 23cm wide in Dino mode, and 91cm wide, 76cm long and 41cm tall in City mode. We get the same basic beats. The city tower backpack, the orange gem in the hips, the snout gun and those ineffectual little arms. He's just much bigger and more detailed than ever before. Since the new figure is part of the Titans Return line, it features a gimmick that allows Trypticon to swallow tiny head robot figures, which can be retrieved in his stomach later.
Here we see Tryps in city mode. Transformers has a different idea of what constitutes a city than humans, but it's nice. Note that the figure also comes with a deluxe-sized Full-Tilt figure (the purple car), which attaches to the bigger robot's chest in dino mode.
Finally we have spaceship mode, which looks much cooler than I thought it would. The translucent green plastic helps a lot.
Trypticon will be available in the US this spring for a suggested retail price of $US149.99 ($196). Australian pricing and availability has not yet been revealed. I'll be at Hasbro's event during Toy Fair 2017 in NYC tomorrow, so I'll be sure to get plenty of shots of this beast.
TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS TITANS RETURN TRYPTICON Action Figure
(Ages 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $149.99/Available: Fall 2017)
The TRANSFORMERS battle explodes into uncharted territory when the TITANS RETURN! To control an ancient race of giant, city-sized warriors — TITANS — the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS must harness the power of TITAN MASTERS, smaller bots that give bigger bots enhanced abilities in battle. The ultimate Decepticon weapon is joining the Titans Return battle! Trypticon will destroy everything and devour everyone in his path. The Titan Class Trypticon figure is the largest figure in the 2017 Titans Return universe and is also the biggest Decepticon figure ever made. The towering T-Rex converts between 3 different modes: dino, spaceship, and city. When the figure is in city mode, it connects to Titans Return Leader Class figures (each sold separately) to form the giant Nemesis Command. When the figure is in T-Rex mode, it can "eat" Titan Master figures: Trypticon can chomp them down, then you can open his stomach to get them out. Comes with a Deluxe Class Full-Tilt figure and a Titan Master Decepticon Necro figure. Additional Titan Master figures are each sold separately, but with so many to collect, the Titans Return battlefield is a veritable all-you-can-eat bot buffet for Trypticon. Full-Tilt figure attaches to the Trypticon figure's chest. Titan Master figure becomes the head for the Full-Tilt figure and works with all Titans Return Deluxe, Voyager, and Leader Class figures (each sold separately). Also features a storage compartment in the figure's tail.