This is definitely a continuation of Hasbro's move towards what fans want in an attempt to curtail the third party market. Hardhead has been released already by Toyworld, as has Skullcruncher but Fansproject's upcoming Hardhead is now likely to suffer as is their just released Crox, plus fans may stay away from preordering the rest of the Function X line in case Titans Return see the remaining characters released. Maketoys have only released one Headmaster but presumably Hasbro's announcement means we're less likely to see any more in the line.
With Galvatron in the mix, are fans likely to abandon the Masterpiece sized Tyrant from DX9 in favour of a smaller but infinitely cheaper Voyager release? Between these announements, the Combiner War figures and Takara's ramping up of the Masterpiece schedule ( including the Quakeblast and Quakewave killing reveal of an official Masterpiece Shockwave/Laserwave) the free ride of third party companies seems to be at an end with HasTak determined to make life difficult for them.
Here's what we've seen so far.
At the smallest end of the scale come Rewind and Stripes. Both convert from tablets to attack vehicles. Triple changers definitely seem to be a theme with this line.
As a major character in More Than Meets the Eye, it's no surprise to see a Rewind figure as Hasbro attempts to tie the comics, games and toy universes together. Presumably an Eject repaint will appear too judging by the number of repaints we saw in Combiner Wars.
Stripes was a character who appeared in a draft of the Transformers the Movie script where he would have been one of Blaster's cassettes. The character finally became a toy in 2012 when released as an E-Hobby exclusive repaint of Ravage...presumably everyone's favourite Decepticon cat can't be far behind. A very obscure choice intended to perhaps head off KFC who haven't yet released this character, but are releasing the equally obscure scorpion cassette who was also written out of the movie.
The first two figures to be announced are Skullcruncher and Hardhead. Another two deluxes will round out the wave.
Skullcruncher will come with his Titan Master Grax. Skullcruncher debuted in this month's More Than Meets the Eye as a stand up comedian, does a toy release suggest we'll be seeing more of his ahem...comic representation?
Hardhead comes with his partner Duros
2 Voyagers have been announced so far - Sentinel Prime, which is almost guaranteed to be remade into Astrotrain and Galvatron.
Galvatron's Titan Master is none other than Megatron!
Sentinel is also a triple changer with a train and space shuttle alt modes.
2 Leaders will be initially released although only one has been confirmed - Blaster. Will the second Leader be Soundwave? Leader figures will also be triple changers.
Blaster can store the legends class figures in their pad mode in his chest. His Titan Master is Twincast, a miniature version of himself.
Additional Titan Master figures will be sold with small transforming vehicles, somewhat similar to the G1 Micromaster Transports. 4 have been announced so far - Crashbash, Loudmouth, Nightbeat and Terri-Bull. The vehicles can become weapons for the deluxe, voyager and leader class figures. You can find the 12 images here.
You will be able to order Titans Return figures at www.masterforce.co.uk