Just announced from Hasbro, a new Transformers Crossover figure, Gigawatt, based on the hit 1985 film, Back to the Future to celebrate its 35th anniversary, with a limited edition first run exclusive to Walmart going live for preorder today.
The preorder is supposed to be live now at Walmart.com; however, at the time of this publication (1:42pm EDT), it is still returning an error.
UPDATE: 6:25pm EDT – having spoken to Hasbro’s PR, the figure’s pre-order is confirmed to be available now. That means the current issue preordering the limited edition is an issue with Walmart’s website. A very small window of time, less than 20 seconds, had Gigawatt available, most of those preorders did not go through but there are a very small number of confirmed successful preorders.
From the Hasbro press release:
GREAT SCOTT! TRANSFORMERS-BACK TO THE FUTURE COLLABORATION INTRODUCES â€˜GIGAWATTâ€™ CHARACTER â€“ AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW!
â€˜More than Meets the Eyeâ€™ 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 â€“ July 2, 2020 â€“ 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 â€œrobot in disguiseâ€ 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 â€“ 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 upâ€¦ 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 futureâ€¦ 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 filmâ€™s release â€“ 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.