Alpha Group has partnered with Man of Action to introduce its hit Chinese media franchise Opti Morphs to western audiences. However, like Blazing Team before it, the company has decided against dubbing the pre-existing material and will instead create all new content under the name Screechers Wild. The centre piece is an entirely new 52 episode animated series that’s currently under development, but that’s a while’s away. So, to kick things off the pair have created 60 2-minute shorts that’ll be distributed throughout 2018.
The original Opti Morphs (爆裂飞车) series launched on March 14, 2016 on China’s Jiajia Cartoon channel and ran for 40 episodes before starting a 26 episode second season on March 3, 2017. The show has been translated into a handful of langauges, including English (as of this writing, only available in Singapore) but is going for a clean start with its western launch. The franchise itself is a spin off of Alpha’s 2010-2011 Mechnimal (机甲兽神) line.
At the brand’s core are transforming vehicles that launch via racing. The range features street cars, rescue trucks and military vehicles that shape shift into insects, beasts and birds when the cars make contact with the disc. Alpha Toys will sell three different lines: smaller vehicles, larger vehicles and two disc transformers. The company will also offer a launcher that can shoot 12 feet and the Coin Morph Launcher which has the player aim the discs at the cars.
While the Screechers Wild release will consist of all-new content, you can check out the Opti Morphs toy line to get a sense of the brand’s play style.
The Screechers Wild toys are already starting to trickle into retailers in Canada and the United States. It’ll launch in Europe this spring. Alpha will support the brand with television commercials and digital tie-ins.
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