Great Scott! A ‘Back to the Future’ / ‘Transformers’ Mash-Up Action Figure

by Gary Catig

It has been 35 years since Back to the Future hit theaters with its mix of 1950s nostalgia, Micheal J. Fox and time travel shenanigans. To celebrate, Hasbro has mashed up the popular franchise with one of its own. This first ever TransformersBack to the Future collaboration from the toy company, Universal Brand Development, and Amblin Entertainment is the new character, Gigawatt — presumably pronounced “Jigawatt” in honor of the film.

If fans take a closer look at the time traveling DeLorean toy, they’ll find a “robot in disguise”. Gigawatt stands 5.5 inches in robot mode and can transform into the time machine in 17 steps. The Autobot comes equipped with a blaster and whip antennae and is detailed with Doc-Brown style goggles, a flux capacitor chest piece, and time circuits. While in vehicle mode, the figure has gullwing opening doors and wheels that can rotate from vertical to horizontal to recreate the hovering effect.

In addition to the figure, a brand-new four-part comic from IDW will be released entitled Transformers/Back to the Future. Check out the synopsis and the cover of the first issue below from Juan Samu.

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!

You can pre-order Gigawatt right now from Walmart.com. There are only 1,985 pieces available that will 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.

Gary Catig

Gary Catig is west coast raised, east coast educated, and has a touch of southern charm. He has spent most of his adult life making science fiction a reality as an engineer conducting research in the military, microprocessor, and biotechnology fields. While currently living in San Diego, he enjoys all facets of pop culture including but not limited to comics, TV, movies, and music.

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