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Title: Transformers
Post by: Ben on June 20, 2003, 09:09 PM
I don't know if there's a thread about this or not, but here goes.
Anyone else collect these here? I'm a G1 addict. Anything G1 that Hasbro reissues, I buy, even if I have the Japanese counterpart. I just found the TRU exclusive Prowl, and thirty dollars later it was sitting on a shelf next to the rest of my G1 stuff.

I might post pics of my stuff later. I'm hoping they don't have to be on the 'net as they do when trying to post at RS. ::)
Title: Transformers toys
Post by: dustrho on June 21, 2003, 01:36 AM
I used to own Transfromer toys (all original), but I sold everything on eBay about a year ago to help the growth of my Star Wars collection.  I do regret selling that stuff though.
Title: Tennessee Finds
Post by: Mandalorian Madman on June 25, 2003, 12:15 AM
I don't collect them at the moment but I really like the re-releases they are doing, basically get the same toy without paying insane prices. soundwave is coming soon so I will be all over him (and starscream once I see him again). there is a shop here in the international district that sells some of the asian market exclusives like megatron and 'stealth' starscream, etc. I drool over them everytime I go by.
Title: Tennessee Finds
Post by: MetalJedi on June 25, 2003, 02:26 AM
The only Transformer stuff I collect are the PVCs. Takara mostly with a few Hasbro ones here and there.

But I did have a bunch of Tformers when I was younger and were sold for Star Wars as I got older.

Regards,
MJ
Title: Tennessee Finds
Post by: Darth Broem on June 25, 2003, 11:26 AM
No, I don't and won't.  I like them though.  Some dad was singing the original cartoon series song to his son in the toy aisle the other day.  That guy was annoying as hell but it was funny to hear a thirty year old man singing it.
Title: Tennessee Finds
Post by: dustrho on July 17, 2003, 02:42 PM
Does anyone here have any of these Transfromrers busts?  These look sweet!  I'm thinking about maybe getting some of these (AFTER I find a job).

http://www.actionfigurexpress.com/busts1.html
Title: Tennessee Finds
Post by: Lemon-Viper on July 18, 2003, 12:49 PM
Mandalorian Madman,

I'm in Redmond, I know the shop you're talking about.  How much are their imported Transformer G1 re-issued figs selling for?

Thanks
Title: Transformers Alternators
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on November 24, 2003, 10:27 AM
Are these coming out in the US? If so, when and where? The more pictures I see, the more I want them :)
Title: Transformers Alternators
Post by: Ben on November 24, 2003, 12:38 PM
They're coming to the US, but they won't be made out of die cast. They'll be plastic.

I don't think they're exclusives, but I'm not sure. I just want Hound.

(http://www.offthecard.com/images/2003/alt/hounda.jpg)

(http://www.offthecard.com/images/2003/alt/houndb.jpg)
Title: Transformers Alternators
Post by: CorranHorn on December 18, 2003, 02:18 AM
If anyone collects the Hasbro "Heroes Of Cybertron" 3" PVC line of Generation 1 characters be forewarned that word is coming in that the line is ending with Wave 5 due out this Spring. Wave 5 consists of yet another Optimus Prime (w/ communicator), another Megatron (w/ Laserbeak), Devastator, Omega Supreme, Ratchet, and my personal favorite "Coronation" Starscream from TFTM. Much like Wave 4, this final wave will have each figure come with parts to build a 7th figure, that being Metroplex.

I found several Wave 4 figs recently at a Zany Brainy store that is closing down. I think all Zany Brainy's are closing down as they are owned by FAO. The figures were $4 before a 20% off discount on all action figures. A must get for sure.

Also would anyone happen to have or know where to get for cheap loose versions of the OTFCC HOC exclusives, the orange seeker Sunstorm and the generic purple seeker?

Thanks!
Title: Transformers Alternators
Post by: CorranHorn on December 18, 2003, 02:22 AM
As of yet I've not heard that they will be exclusives, here;s hoping their not so the price can be relatively low. So far I've read that the following will be or have been made:

Smokescreen: Subaru Impreza WRX
Hound: Jeep (as shown above)
Sideswipe: Dodge Viper
Bluestreak (called Silverstreak for copyright purposes): Subaru Impreza (a rehash of Smokescreen, which is ok since thats how the original G1 line was made)

You could also throw the Masterpiece Optimus Prime into the Alternators line since he's a true rendition of both his cartoon form and of a huge big rig. Here's to hoping we get a Masterpiece Starscream, that would be soooooo sweet.
Title: Transformers Alternators
Post by: Ben on December 18, 2003, 01:15 PM
Wow, I am SO shocked that the line is ending. ::) Couldn't be because it was near impossible to find at retail, would it? I hadn't seen anything beyond wave 2.
Title: Transformers Alternators
Post by: CorranHorn on December 24, 2003, 02:21 AM
Wow, I am SO shocked that the line is ending. ::) Couldn't be because it was near impossible to find at retail, would it? I hadn't seen anything beyond wave 2.

I dunno about it being impossible to find. There was some question with Wave 3 for a couple months, then sightings of it exploded. In my own area I found Wave 3 figs at least at a half dozen walgreens. The same seems to be occuring for Wave 4, of course I can't find the last one I need :( The big problem with the line fading out is that there aren't that many more G1 based characters to release from the original Takara line and as such there isnt much to offer. Too bad Hasbro just wouldn't commission Takara to make some for US release, woulda loved to have gotten a Shockwave, Scourge, and Prowl....
Title: Transformers Alternators
Post by: CorranHorn on January 4, 2004, 02:29 AM
Whoa nelly, just got the Alternators Smokescreen and it's just downright awesome. Words really can't explain how great of a Transformer this guy is, but I'll do my best. The transforming of this guy is outta sight, took me 15 minutes to get him completely transformed on the first try. There's just so many intracacies that you could easily miss the first time thru. The paintjob, sculpt and detailing  are top notch. Standing in at around 8 inches tall this looks like what a Transformer SHOULD be, not some disgusting piece of plastic like the Energon Optimus Prime. He's just so fun to play with and just look at, I'm really happy with this purchase. And for $20 you can;t go wrong. If you were just thinking about picking this one up, once you see it in person all doubts will go away.
Title: Transformers Alternators
Post by: CorranHorn on January 10, 2004, 11:05 PM
For the Detroit Auto Show Mazda debuted the newest Transformers: Alternator figure based off the 2004 RX-8. He doesn't have a name yet, but speculation is running with the bot actually being Jazz. Once you see the pics and animation you will know why I would prefer this not to be Jazz, perhaps Hot Rod but not Jazz....

http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/NA_Autoshow/frameset.html (http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/NA_Autoshow/frameset.html)
Title: Transformers Alternators
Post by: Ben on January 10, 2004, 11:43 PM
Jazz really should be the Porsche GT2, IMO.
Title: Transformers Alternators
Post by: Muftak on January 11, 2004, 03:01 PM
I haven't bought a Transformer since the 80's and Generation One, but I grabbed Smokescreen last week and I'll get Optimus and Hound for sure (still on the fence about Sideswipe).

I really enjoy the scale of these Alternators--Smokescreen is mixed in among some Star Wars figures, and he looks about the right size towering over them just enough. I'm sure Optimus will be really impressive in just such a display. The articulation really impressed me as well. Poseable trigger-fingers? Outstanding!!!

I can see the Mazda being Jazz as far as the transformation is concerned, but why an almost identical transformation to the Subaru and the Jeep? It seems there ought to be more variety to these this early in the game. Why not a Wheeljack or Sunstreaker?

I've also heard rumors of at least one jet being in the works (I'm sure repaints could follow easily). Then all we would need is a portable stereo!
Title: Transformers Alternators
Post by: Brian on January 12, 2004, 09:58 AM
I haven't had a Transformer toy since my childhood, but the Alternators line is awfully tempting.  I haven't seen any of these in person yet, but from what I have seen online they all look pretty great.  I guess I don't really have the $ or room, so I should just forget about it...but they do look pretty great :).
Title: Transformers Alternators
Post by: CorranHorn on January 13, 2004, 05:30 AM
Came across this pic earlier in the day, thought it was hilarious and wanted to share...  ;D

(http://www.fantofan.com/photo%20gallery/superlink/grandconvoy/DSC00009.JPG)
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ben on January 13, 2004, 01:33 PM
Energon Prime: Daddy, why does Hasbro hate me?

 :D
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: CorranHorn on January 21, 2004, 12:14 AM
Energon Prime: Daddy, why does Hasbro hate me?

 :D

MP Prime: I ain't yo daddy ya freak!  :P

Just found some news from seibertron.com about a Q&A that went down with Hasbro, with news about a 6th Alternator and the G1 re-issues:

Q: Is the Corvette ALTERNATOR a remold of the Viper or all new?
A: The ALTERNATORS Chevrolet Corvette "AUTOBOT TRACKS" is an entirely new mold. We will not use the same molds to create two different cars from different car manufacturers.

Q: Are there plans to re-release Sunstreaker in the G1 Commemorative Series?
A: No, there are no plans to release G1 Sunstreaker at this time.


So we're getting a Vette alternator, WOOOOOOO!!!  :D
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: CorranHorn on January 23, 2004, 02:15 AM
Speaking of a Vette Alternator, tformers.com had a news post about this eBay auction (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=753&item=3171341127) for a prototype of Tracks. Looks pretty good so far, an accurate portrayal of a modern Corvette and a fairly cool looking bot. I just hope that since this is a prototype they aren't going to stick with that butt ugly yellow color.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Muftak on February 5, 2004, 09:22 AM
Anyone else find the Hasbro Sideswipe yet? Happened across him last night at Wal*Mart--there seemed to be an even number of Vipers and Subarus, so I'd assume they're shipping equally per case. Might make Sideswipe a little scarce in the short run, though.

I had fears that Sideswipe wouldn't be as posable as Smokescreen, but they were vastly unfounded. All the same articulation is included, in both modes, front wheel axle-magnets, trigger-fingers, and all. I am very impressed with this line. Can't wait for Hound.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: CorranHorn on February 8, 2004, 01:15 AM
Yeah I just found Sideswipe this evening, looks like a case had been put out today as there was the lone Sideswipe which I swiped (pun intended :P) and 4 Smokescreens.

The transformation on Sideswipe was a lot quicker for me than on Smokescreen, The only things that concern me are that the steering wheel popped off easily when trying to finish the torso and it could easily get lost. Plus his legs look a little crooked when standing normally. But overall another great TF!!!
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: CorranHorn on February 16, 2004, 12:38 AM
TFormers.com has a gallery of Hasbro's TF offerings at Toy Fair....

http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=2541&dispsize=800&start=0

Looks like Tracks will remain yellow. It looks like such a cool TF, but the yellow coloring is a big distraction.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Muftak on February 18, 2004, 05:04 PM
My fiance' got me the 20th Ann. Optimus Prime for Valentine's Day! I'm a very lucky guy. The box was a little smashed up (which is probably why it was at the store for her to find at all).

I haven't enjoyed a toy this much for a long long time. The transformation is surprisingly smooth, actually simpler than the Alternators I've played with so far. The sheer weight of this thing is something to be admired. The tiny hydraulics are top-notch details...all the little touches really make this so much more-- the little leg vents, the moving mouth plate, the flip-screens on his arms. It's one of the best-made toys I've ever owned.

Tracks looks a little dodgy to me, so far. Not much like his G1 namesake at all, is he? Well, except for the red face...
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: CorranHorn on February 24, 2004, 02:54 AM

Tracks looks a little dodgy to me, so far. Not much like his G1 namesake at all, is he? Well, except for the red face...

Yeah Tracks doesn't look as streamlined as his G1 counterpart, but I think overall it's a cool looking bot even with the fugly yellow.

Hasbro's announced that the Mazda RX-8 Alternator will be known as Camshaft (one of the G1 Omnibots). So there ends the rumors of Jazz being the RX-8...
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ben on February 26, 2004, 02:42 AM
Off topic of Transformer toys, but stil TF-related-

From this week's The Onion-

Transformer Refuses To Change Back
Into Volkswagen


CYBOTRON—Following an intense battle with Megatron and his evil Decepticons Monday, former robot-in-disguise Bumblebee refused to revert to his natural state as a yellow Volkswagen Beetle. "I hid my existence in this world by taking the form of a vehicle! I revealed my true nature when I was called upon to protect earth!" said Bumblebee, a member of Optimus Prime's heroic Autobots force. "I refuse to change back into a humiliating bubble-shaped compact car!" Bumblebee added that Megatron arrived on earth with one goal: Destruction!

Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Boba Binks on March 20, 2004, 01:18 PM
For a last Bday gift I got the new 20th Anniversary O-Prime in the mail from my Aunt in New York. This is one cool Transformer. I am not into the new Transformers line but I was into the original line long ago. This Prime brings back many memories. A nice piece. I recomend picking it up.

Only if my brothers and I still had those old Transformers...
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: CorranHorn on May 19, 2004, 04:01 AM
Saw recently at a Target, 20th Anniversary Primes on clearance for $48.98 (down from $69.99). I passed on it as I didn't have $50 to burn, but if you're looking for a cheaper Prime, it may not hurt to check out the local Targets.

Does anyone know if Wave 5 of the Heroes of Cybertron line have come out yet? All I see nowadays are Wave 2 leftovers at a time where I haven't even finished Wave 4. :(
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: jjks on July 4, 2004, 06:50 PM
Not sure if this is newsworthy, but Target has Unicron on sale for $19.99 right now.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ook on July 6, 2004, 01:45 AM
Saw recently at a Target, 20th Anniversary Primes on clearance for $48.98 (down from $69.99). I passed on it as I didn't have $50 to burn, but if you're looking for a cheaper Prime, it may not hurt to check out the local Targets.
I've never seen the fig at a Target and my Walmart has them for $63 and change. I would love to find this thing at a good sale price.

I'd also like a couple World's Smallest TFs.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Nicklab on July 7, 2004, 11:43 AM
I caved and finally bought the 20th Anniversary Optimus.  Thankfully it was at WalMart, so I got a decent deal.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Muftak on August 1, 2004, 05:04 PM
Finally saw a new Alternator at the store today. It was Silverstreak, one of 'em on the shelf amidst dozens and dozens of Sideswipes and Smokescreens (hmm, all of them are "SS" names, what does it mean?). I wandered around holding him for a while, but in the end didn't bite. I will say if he had come out the same time as Smokescreen I probably would've picked up BlueSilverstreak instead. The silver paint job looks much more like a real car (not glaringly plastic) and I think I prefer the "street edition."

(Who am I kidding, someday I'll own it, but not today...)
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ook on August 2, 2004, 03:12 AM
I put Prime on layaway at Wally's. What the hell, I'll get it out for my birthday. :)

Also found a tiny Prime at Comic Con, and I think it's really neat. I was disappointed when I finally saw these in person because naively, I thought they were exact scaled down replicas of the G1 TFs. That would be a bit much to hope for. Anyway, they're really cool. I'd sure like the trailer, but a chase item that sells around $50? I don't think so. :-X
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: CorranHorn on October 31, 2004, 12:07 AM
Well I wasn't aware of this, but the next 2 Alternators have been released, Tracks (Corvette Z06) and Meister (Mazda RX-8). I picked them up tonight, and they are great looking figures, my only complaints would be that Tracks legs are very rigid which does not allow for a good pose range, while Meister's head is limited in movement due to the design of the chest. Otherwise, these are the best Alternators yet!
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ben on November 3, 2004, 07:28 PM
I finally saw Hound tonight, but I didn't pick it up.
Not sure if I want this one or the Decepticon version, which is painted yellow.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Bob Crane on December 23, 2004, 12:42 PM
FYI-

Quote
Here's a must-have for die-hard Transformers fans: Jive's Transformers First Series Complete! Packed with full-color photos and screen shots, "biographies" of the various 'bots, and tons of other information, this little volume packs quite the punch! Don't miss out; it's in stock and shipping!

http://www.hlj.com/scripts/hljpage.cgi?JIV76036

Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ben on December 24, 2004, 12:32 AM
Nice.

Now to learn Japanese so I can comprehend the book. ;)

I also noticed my local TRU has drastically lowered the prices on G1 reissues. I picked up Inferno for $13. I wanted to get Rodimus Prime, Dirge, Skids, and Tracks, but they were gone locally already.

Strangely, Prowl and Smokescreen are $20. It's weird.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Pete_Fett on February 22, 2005, 02:51 PM
Couple of quick questions....

1) Has anyone seen the Decepticon repain of Meister - the purple RX-8 Shockblast yet? I've found Battle Ravage and I thought they were to come out in the same case assortment but I must be mistaken.

2) Does anyone know a place online where I could pick up Tracks (#5)? I tried looking at Shoppertron and every place listed there is out of stock. eBay doesn't turn up anything other than the Yellow Japanese version. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: CorranHorn on February 24, 2005, 03:10 AM

1) Has anyone seen the Decepticon repain of Meister - the purple RX-8 Shockblast yet? I've found Battle Ravage and I thought they were to come out in the same case assortment but I must be mistaken.

As far as I know the purple RX-8 Shockblast (aka Shockwave) will be coming out in a spring assortment that includes the repaint Mustang, Wheeljack. Ravage came in the assortment that included Grimlock (silver Mustang), Windcharger (red S2000), and Swindle (yellow Wrangler). I found that set last weekend, and picked up the Grimlock, who kicks all sorts of ass, once you're able to get him transformed. He's the most difficult Alternator to transform yet.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Bob Crane on April 25, 2005, 10:26 AM
New book:

http://www.hlj.com/product/asp21111
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Aucassin on April 26, 2005, 01:52 AM
As far as I know the purple RX-8 Shockblast (aka Shockwave) will be coming out in a spring assortment that includes the repaint Mustang, Wheeljack. Ravage came in the assortment that included Grimlock (silver Mustang), Windcharger (red S2000), and Swindle (yellow Wrangler). I found that set last weekend, and picked up the Grimlock, who kicks all sorts of ass, once you're able to get him transformed. He's the most difficult Alternator to transform yet.

Grimlock, Swindle and Windcharger (mostly the last two) have been showing up around here together for the last couple of months, but I never saw Ravage until last week. I found him with Wheeljack and Shockblast at Wal-Mart. I should have put them on layaway!  >:(
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: 10incher on June 2, 2005, 10:53 AM
Yep, love the G1s. I have a near complete collection of loose G1 Transformers up to 1987. ;D
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: iFett on June 7, 2005, 06:09 PM
Looks like Star Convoy is set to be released by Takara this September.  This is good news as there's still hope I'll eventually get my Overlord as well.  Orion Pax is also being released as a repainted Targetmaster Kup which looks kinda lame.  I thought I'd bump this to see if anyone else here cares about the reissues.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ben on June 7, 2005, 06:30 PM
I cared until Hasbro started releasing characters I didn't care about before not releasing any at all.

It's too bad these were so overpriced. We could have gotten a Soundwave reissue here.  :(
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: iFett on August 6, 2005, 05:44 PM
Custom Dinobot Combiner...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5989817873&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1

Looks kinda funky, but it's nice to see them linked up as they should have been.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ben on August 9, 2005, 01:37 AM
Tomy/Takara merger, Takara dissolved. (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=4878&mode=flat)

I really hope this doesn't mean the end of those neat TF reissues. I really don't collect them, but it'd be a shame to see them go. I do want to pick up one of the Galvatrons when they come out this winter.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Brian on August 26, 2005, 09:04 AM
I just had a quick question for those of you more familiar with the current Transformers line.  Although I look at the pics online/toys in the store once in awhile, I don't collect them and really don't know much about them.  I did enjoy Transformers a lot as a kid though, and thing the classic reissues are quite cool.  Those have tempted on more than one occasion.  Anyways....our nephew/Godchild is really a fan of Transformers.  I'm not sure if he watches any of the shows or anything, but sure does like the toys.  We've started just looking over possible Christmas presents while we were out and about, and have started looking at the Transformers "Cybertron" series that are currently on the pegs.  The one that caught our eye is the Optimus Prime "Cybertron" which runs about $40ish at Target/Wal-Mart/Amazon.  I thought it looked quite cool, and might be a "big one" that he normally wouldn't get for a gift.  Anyways, I was just looking for opinions on what might be fun for him, or if this version of Prime was any good or not.  Thanks for any advice you might have.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Darth_Ennis on September 4, 2005, 03:29 PM
he new Cybertron stuff was hitting New Orleans just before I had to leave. There are a few of the new toys around here at the local Target. Im definately going to have to pick up a bubch of these bad boys. That Starscream is EXCELLENT. A fitting tribute to my first and all time favorite Transformer. It is certainly a far cry from that pitiful thing they were calling Starscream in the Energon line.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Brian on October 11, 2005, 11:05 AM
Just by chance, I actually got my first Transformer since my childhood this past weekend.  We were picking up one for one of our nephews for Christmas (spreading the shopping out), and TRU had basically a "two for the price of one" deal going on some of their Alternators.  I decided I'd get Sideswipe, since he was my favorite as a kid, and one of the few I actually had that weren't the real small ones.  Although he is now a Viper, he looks much the same as I remember (although a little bigger).  It was kind of fun getting it out and "transforming" the toy like when I was a kid.  They still are a pretty neat toy.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: JesseVader08 on October 11, 2005, 12:02 PM
When I was a kid, the only Transformer I had was Optimus Prime, but I loved it.  I sure wish I'd held onto it.

Someday I'd like to get a hold of that 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime.  I remember it was on sale for $50 last year (regular $100 in Canada) and I kick myself everyday for not grabbing it.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Brian on October 11, 2005, 01:50 PM
Quote
Someday I'd like to get a hold of that 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime.  I remember it was on sale for $50 last year (regular $100 in Canada) and I kick myself everyday for not grabbing it.

That is something that I was tempted by a lot when it was out too.  I never had Prime as a kid, but always thought it would be nice to have the modern one at least.  Within our little group of friends as kids, we kind of each had our own assortment of Transformers...and when we got together, we had most of them covered.  The largest ones I had were the mid-sized ones like Sideswipe and Slag (? - the Triceratops Dinobot - the dinobots were cool :P), as well as some other smaller ones (Bumblebee, Huffer, etc. come to mind).  Definitely some fun toys though, I kind of forgot until I got this new, basically free one this weekend.  The nostalgia comes rushing back ;).
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: iFett on October 13, 2005, 10:08 PM
I despised the US 20th Prime because of his small stacks (just like the TRU reissue ex) and held off on the Takara MP version at the time because I had so much other stuff to worry about - now he's a little too pricey, but MP Ultra Magnus seems to be at a good price.

I did get my Star Convoy today (if anybody knows who/what he is) today from BBTS, but I've yet to crack the box open.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: iFett on November 18, 2005, 10:21 AM
(http://www.e-hobby.co.jp/media/tf/pepsi_convoy_02_m.jpg)

(http://www.e-hobby.co.jp/media/tf/pepsi_convoy_01_m.jpg)

Pepsi Prime anybody?
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 22, 2005, 09:26 PM
Actually, I've got that cool looking version on order from RoBBy.jp.  I had an Optimus Prime when I was a kid but lost most of the pieces and eventually got rid of it.  I still regret ever getting rid of it, even if it was beaten up.

I figured this would put a unique spin on my childhood toy.   8)
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ben on December 12, 2005, 11:44 PM
Apparently, the Hasbro reissue of Sideswipe is showing at KBs nationwide, at least the ones that are left. I don't have one locally, and I think they're all closed in Iowa. Bleh.

And, HTS.com has a G1 Astrotrain on their site now. If even comes in a Hasbro styled box. I hope this means a new future for G1 reissues in America, since I'm dying for a Soundwave reissue.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ben on January 16, 2006, 03:54 AM
Wheee! I got a Galvatron!  :D

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f49/scififan81/beholdgalvatron012.jpg)

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f49/scififan81/beholdgalvatron005.jpg)

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f49/scififan81/beholdgalvatron019.jpg)

My toys can beat up your toys. They're so badass, they kick each other's asses for fun.

Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Darth_Anton on February 5, 2006, 11:17 AM
When the TRU re-issue of Side Swipe was released, I never saw it. I had picked up Optimus, but Side Swipe was the only other than I wanted (my brother got our transformers, I got our SW.) Well, KB has gotten in the Side swipe and is getting rid of them for $15, just in case anyone is interested.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ben on February 5, 2006, 12:53 PM
Yeah, I wish I had a KB near me. I'd have me one.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ben on February 5, 2006, 03:11 PM
Bought my first Alternator today. It's Wheeljack. I decided to get him since my local TRU knocked off $5 because it was in a destroyed box. Everything including the instructions were there, which was good, since this a complex Transformer.

I can't believe I waited this long to buy an Alternator. Holy crow, this thing is awesome. Now I'm going to go nuts looking for the ones I've missed like Hound, Shockblast, Smokescreen, Jazz/Meister,  and some Decepticons.

There's also an Optimus Prime that turns into a Dodge Ram coming up in the line (which is also where I'll get my Shockblast since he comes in the same case) but I think I'll try to get one of those 20th Anniversary Primes to go with these Alternators.

And, I found this kitbash a while back.

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f49/scififan81/megatronhumvee2.jpg)

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f49/scififan81/megatronhumvee1.jpg)

Megatron as a Humvee. I hear the guy who made it used the Grimlock/Wheeljack body and attached some 1:24 scale model parts to it to make it. I wish I had that talent, or Takara/Hasbro would make one.

I doubt this Binaltech/Alternators line will continue much longer, since Takara isn't going to use the Dodge Ram mold. Hasbro will, but Takara isn't. Weird.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Madcow on February 6, 2006, 08:37 AM
When the TRU re-issue of Side Swipe was released, I never saw it. I had picked up Optimus, but Side Swipe was the only other than I wanted (my brother got our transformers, I got our SW.) Well, KB has gotten in the Side swipe and is getting rid of them for $15, just in case anyone is interested.

My local KB has like 50 of them. I'm going to wait for clearance like TRU did. If anyone needs one, I have (5) TRU Tracks re-issues left...
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: iFett on February 6, 2006, 09:50 AM
Glad to see someone else on this site that's interested in the Alts.  I've been collecting them since Smokescreen was released and I'm up to Skids and Sunstreaker right now.  I've heard reports that Rollbar (D) and Ricohet (A) are hitting stores in case you're interested.

I haven't had a chance yet to transform Grimlock or Wheeljack back into their vehicle modes and frankly, I'm not looking forward to it.  These things are pretty complex and it takes a lot of fiddling with them to become good at transforming them back and forth so I pretty much either leave them all in the vehicle modes or the alt forms which I "alternate" every few months or so.

Hope you find the other guys you're looking for and I hope you enjoy the line!

Mike
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Darth_Anton on February 6, 2006, 09:59 AM
I've been very tempted in the alternators. Very old school. What Transformers should be.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ben on February 7, 2006, 01:56 AM
When the TRU re-issue of Side Swipe was released, I never saw it. I had picked up Optimus, but Side Swipe was the only other than I wanted (my brother got our transformers, I got our SW.) Well, KB has gotten in the Side swipe and is getting rid of them for $15, just in case anyone is interested.

My local KB has like 50 of them. I'm going to wait for clearance like TRU did. If anyone needs one, I have (5) TRU Tracks re-issues left...

Hey, I'm looking for one of those Tracks reissues, as well as a Sideswipe reissue. I have good cash.  :)

I saw Cybertron Downshift today. I almost picked it up, but I decided to wait and see if Rollbar shows up this week. Don't want to spend too much on TFs this week, after all.

I also noticed those Beast Wars reissues are really sitting around. Now, some might say they deserve it, but I was kind of hoping they'd get to Tigatron and Scorponok eventually. It looks like these two series they have planned might be it. Which sucks. They want way too much for these, so that's what kills them in my eyes. $15 for a mold that was paid for a decade ago, not to mention for $10 back then. Sure, you get a DVD and a piece of Transmutate, but I doubt that's worth an extra $5.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ben on February 11, 2006, 09:21 PM
Mirage and Optimus Prime Alternators. (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=5550&dispsize=800&start=0)

I am so picking up Mirage. I'm undecided on Prime. I'd rather spend that money to acquire the 20th Anniversary Prime.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Jeff on February 11, 2006, 10:09 PM
http://www.hasbro.com/media/pl/page.release/dn/default.cfm?release=452

Hasbro press release says they will be doing 3" scale Transformers in the Titanium Series AND 6" Titanium Transformers that actually transform?   :o

"Throughout the year, the TITANIUM SERIES universe will continue to expand with the addition of vehicles and figures from TRANSFORMERS...

... to be introduced in July 2006, will include a variety of unique 3” robots as well as fully changeable 6” robots. Each one comes with a display base. "

Should be interesting to see how they turn out.
Title: Re: Transformers toys
Post by: Ben on February 11, 2006, 11:26 PM
Yeah, I can only imagine how expensive a 6" TF that's made out of die-cast will cost.  :o

There's also Transformers Attacktix. I saw a big box full of Star Wars and Transformers characters, labeled Star Wars vs. Transformers.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 25, 2006, 04:38 PM
I received an Alternators Shockwave (screw the 'Shockblast' name) and G1 Astrotrain from HTS today.

Great stuff.  ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DSJ™ on February 26, 2006, 01:55 AM
I was just putsing around the net and found this interesting clip on a robot transformer.  8)

WR-07: A Real Transformer  (http://www.devilducky.com/media/42185/)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on March 15, 2006, 11:10 PM
Transnemesis Prime Alternator.  Can't wait to see when the true pics finally pan out.
(http://www.action-hq.com/action-hq/images/items/oth003302.jpg)


Next Masterpiece??  Starscream.  Many o repaints coming out if this holds to be true.
(http://www.actoys.net/bbs/attachment/Mon_0507/26_84096.jpg)

Gen 1 Revisited Astrotrain due out next year supposedly with other bots.
(http://www.allspark.com/albums/album17/20060318035848479275_G.jpg)

http://www.allspark.com/albums/album17/20060318035157903127_G.jpg
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 3, 2006, 11:50 PM
I hear that the Masterpiece Starscream has been confirmed. As for the inevitable repaints, I plan to stick to just Starscream and Skywarp.

Can't wait to see the rest of the series Astrotrain belongs to.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 23, 2006, 10:13 PM
Alternators Rumble!  I'm sure that Frenzy is inevitable.  Gotta love that G1 wink of the tape deck chest thing he has going on plus the guns shooting up from the back.
(http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/65/35/69/14/0065356914883_500X500.jpg)

"A twist here, and a turn there and you'll find this amazing robot figure changes into a Honda Civic Si vehicle! This model features a detailed interior and working pile drivers. You can even open the hatchback!" - WM.com
 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DrunkJedi on April 26, 2006, 03:16 PM
I saw that Rumble pic on another forum and the first thing I noticed was the cassette tape design for the chest.

I wonder what they mean by working pile drivers. Now I just need to find a pic of him in car mode.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 26, 2006, 10:33 PM
I think what they mean by "workng pile drivers" is that they can move in and out of his upper arm sections.  By no way would they stick electronics in this guy.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 27, 2006, 11:26 AM
Some better pics of Mirage
(http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/65/35/69/13/0065356913598_AV_500X500.jpg)

(http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/65/35/69/13/0065356913598_500X500.jpg)

TFCC exclusive Astrotrain.  This guy was supposed to hit retail a few years ago, but never found the support.  Gotta love the detailing on the wings plus that big fat Decepticon logo!
(http://www.transformersclub.com/_images/spacewarp_shuttle.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: drewlam on April 28, 2006, 03:24 PM
Man, that Mirage is awesome.  I picked up a few of these in the binaltech line (hound, silverstreak), but due to the cost I haven't gotten any more.  Seeing pics like that one really makes me want to add to the collection though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Aucassin on April 28, 2006, 07:03 PM
Mirage is probably going to be the first Alternator I buy multiples of, since he was the first Transformer I ever bought! I still remember the day I went to KB's looking specifically for Transformers. He was the only one they had, but I didn't mind!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 30, 2006, 12:52 PM
New pics of Voyager class "Classic TF's" to be released by Hasbro next year sometime.  Yes they're horrid images, but you'll get the point.

Prime - looks like a heat rub symbol on the side of the cab.  Yay!
(http://www.action-hq.com/action-hq/images/items/oth003359.jpg)

Megs - obviously some type of gun, but hard to make out.
(http://www.action-hq.com/action-hq/images/items/oth003358.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 28, 2006, 12:24 AM
Here's more stuff some of you may find of interest from the TF classic line due to be released before the movie.

Prime
(http://www.hasbro.com/common/images/news/transformers//optimus_truck_sm.jpg)

Megs...Looks like a Super Sooker gun, but at least he's still a gun, right?
(http://www.hasbro.com/common/images/news/transformers//megatron_blaster_sm.jpg)

Astrotrain.  Looks good, not sure if he turns back into a train though.
(http://www.hasbro.com/common/images/news/transformers//astrotrain_vehicle_sm.jpg)

Rodimus..
(http://www.hasbro.com/common/images/news/transformers//rodimus_vehicle_sm.jpg)

Starscream..
(http://www.hasbro.com/common/images/news/transformers//star_bot_sm.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on June 2, 2006, 12:11 PM
My Transformers collection:

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f49/scififan81/haul1002.jpg)
Shelf o' G1. Probably not the best way to keep super-expensive toys, but it's the best I got.

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f49/scififan81/haul1003.jpg)
Alternators. I'd have a bunch more if they weren't $20 a crack.

This doesn't include my beasties, RiD, or PVCs. I'd need a couple more shelves for those to be out. Anyway, thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 8, 2006, 10:18 PM
Cute...no?
(http://www.16bit.com/newspics06/0607tf1.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on June 28, 2006, 11:52 AM
I was just reading through some info at TNI today about the Transformers Classics line (http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=7&itemid=9775) that has been mentioned above by iFett.  I don't keep up on the TF stuff as much, so what's the story with this line?  When is it expected to come out, this year or next?  Also, what is the size(s) of these - varying, uniform, etc.?  Just curious what this line is all about, it doesn't look too bad.  Not like I need something else to buy, but I was just curious.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 3, 2006, 01:42 AM
The "classics" line is just a filler in between Cybertron and the new movie toys.  The classics should be hitting shelves this fall as Cybertron is moving towards its end.  The majority of the bots will be at the deluxe pricepoint - $10 - Bumblebee, Hot Rod, Astrotrain, Starscream.  $20 Voyager - Prime (no trailer) and Nerf gun Megatron  >:(.

I'm sure that there will be more to be announced as the new movie isn't expected to hit till summer of 07.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JayDouble on July 31, 2006, 02:17 PM
I saw the Titanium line at Target today.  They have the prices switched on them.  The micros are listed at $14.99 while the bigger ones are priced at $4.99.  Don't know how long this will last, but it might be worth a look.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 19, 2006, 05:04 AM
Heroes of Cybertron are coming back, (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=HAS12617&mode=retail) which is great. Hopefully they rerelease Galvatron, Grimlock, and Devestator. I never found past series 2 at any of my local Walgreens. I hope these don't show only at online stores and drugstores, rather, I hope they're everywhere.

Transformers movie toys! (http://www.tfarchive.org/forum/showthread.php?p=38367#post38367) Much spoilerage there, but if you're curious to see what Prime will look like, there he be.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 9, 2006, 06:07 PM
Has anyone found Mirage or Prime Alternators lately? I finally found Meister today, but the other two and Camshaft were, of course, long gone.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Aucassin on September 10, 2006, 06:12 AM
I saw a Prime a couple of days ago, but it was a return so I didn't get it. Yesterday I found two Mirages at WM. I almost bought both, but only took one. I've seen Meister quite a bit the last couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 10, 2006, 02:17 PM
I ended up preordering them from BBTS, $90 for all four. I wasn't sure if I wanted Camshaft, but I'll take him.

In other nooz, Classics Ramjet! (http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y30/BArachnis/Classics/Ramjet/)  And Jetfire! (http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y30/BArachnis/Classics/Jetfire/)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 10, 2006, 03:34 PM
I found Prime and Mirage only once a week or so ago, and I've been checking everywhere locally for quite some time.  I wasn't willing to fork over the extra cash online.  Still haven't seen Camshaft though...I suppose he's the last release for the Alts this year.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 30, 2006, 12:27 PM
I found the Classics line at TRU yesterday, during their buy 2 get 1 free sale. I picked up Rodimus, Starscream, and Astrotrain, leaving Bumblebee for another day.
I'm still undecided on Prime and Megatron.

I also saw the 20th Ann. Prime there. If it's going to be $90 for that one, I just as well get the Takara relase for a little bit more money.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 30, 2006, 03:52 PM
Good score on the Classics!!

I'm holding off on Prime as well.  I never got him the first time around (due to the shortstacks) and now the US release has no chrome and a stupid talking base.  I'm just going to buy the Takara version that comes with the trailer.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 1, 2006, 11:15 AM
The base doesn't sound anything like Prime either. Talk about disappointing.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on October 14, 2006, 12:01 PM
I actually shocked myself yesterday and today by buying the Classics Bumblebee, Rodimus, and Starscream at TRU.  I think it was more nostalgia than anything else, as the main reason I got Rodimus was because I never had Hot Rod as a kid and my Rodimus Prime was stolen when I took it to a friend's house.  :'(

These are the first Transformers (other than the Boba and Jango Slave Is in the SW:TF line) I've bought or even had the urge to buy in almost 20 years.  I've had a bit of fun tinkering around with them, and I'm seriously considering buying the 20 dollar Optimus Prime just so I can have a semi-original lineup of the main characters in the old cartoon.  I like the fact that Megatron is a gun again, even if it is a corny looking sci-fi concept, but I'm on the fence about him right now.

How long is the Classics line supposed to last, and who else is going to be included from the original cartoons/comics?  Is this going to be a small subline that goes for a few months, or is it going to lead up to the movie toys?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 14, 2006, 08:21 PM
It's supposed to be a filler until the movie line starts. There's an exclusive two-pack with Ultra Magnus and Skywarp coming to Target (repaints of Prime and Starscream), plus a $20 Jetfire. There's also the $10 Mirage and Grimlock coming quite soon.

I hope there's more, and it continues longer than Hasbro is saying it will. But after the movie, there's a new cartoon starting called TF: Heroes, and I assume that there will be a new line for that.

Edit- there's also Cliffjumper coming in Classics wave 2, which is a repaint of Bumblebee.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Darth_Ennis on October 15, 2006, 09:00 PM
I havent even seen these yet, but I am very anxious to get the whole slew of them. Pardon any puns, there is definately something classic about these. It makes me remember the TF's as they truly were.  Much more so than any of the modern lines.

Not that I have any negative thoughts about any of the current lines, they just never actually made me want to go out an buy them. These remind me of the ones that I grew up with.

And seeing what the Movie Transformers look like, I do not have very high hopes for any toyline based on them whatsoever. This may be my last chance to get real Tramsformers for quite some time.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on October 15, 2006, 09:28 PM
I havent even seen these yet, but I am very anxious to get the whole slew of them. Pardon any puns, there is definately something classic about these. It makes me remember the TF's as they truly were.  Much more so than any of the modern lines.

Not that I have any negative thoughts about any of the current lines, they just never actually made me want to go out an buy them. These remind me of the ones that I grew up with.

Thank you, DE, as you pretty much put my feelings about these into the words I couldn't find.  :)

I picked up Optimus Prime today on a TRU run, and I absolutely love it.  If this is going to be a finite line which concentrates on the main characters from the old cartoons and G1 stuff, I might have to collect all of them (at least the ones from those days).  As long as they don't go nuts with pointless repaints, I might be in this line for the short-long-haul. 

One question:  After digging around on the Hasbro website, I noticed that in addition to the Ultra Magnus/Skywarp pack, there is also a Wal-Mart exclusive Constructicons/Devastator box set coming early next year.  Unlike the TRU Soundwave, however, it looked like these were not based on the actual G1 toys, so I was curious as to whether they were newly designed or based on an older design from one of the post-G1 lines I'm not aware of. 

It's nice to be able to get characters I could never afford to get (or find) as a kid, and the TFs I've gotten these last couple of days have really brought back some happy memories of childhood for me. :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 15, 2006, 09:55 PM
DP: The Devastator giftset you speak of is a repainted repack of 5 TF Energon figures that were all sold individually.  They also made a newer version of Superion and Bruticus in that line.  Sorry to say though that the Classics line will end prior to the movies release, then there's a new line coming after that so I wouldn't expect this line to continue.  But hopefully Hasbro can crank out a lot more for us as we have 10 months to go before the preview movie toys come out.

I got my MP-04 Prime last week.  Worth every penny!  Even though I could have bought a few 20th Primes at the price I paid for him.  I'm holding off on MP-03 Screamer until they paint him correctly for a future release.  I'm sure we'll see all six seven (SunStorm) seekers eventually.  I don't count MP03 as Starscream as his paint scheme looks nothing like him.

EDIT - Glad to see some other Transformer fans on this site!!   ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on October 19, 2006, 07:14 PM
DP: The Devastator giftset you speak of is a repainted repack of 5 TF Energon figures that were all sold individually. 

The picture I saw on the Hasbro site of Devastator looked pretty interesting, but my main fear is how well the character stays together (general sturdiness, etc) when he's totally assembled.  I had all five Predacons and Combaticons as a kid and while I liked Predaking's overall sturdiness, the Combaticons when assembled into Bruticus seemed kind of clunky.  For someone who is buying these purely for the nostalgia value (and hey, they're a lot of damn fun that makes me forget the misery of trying to find certain SW figures in this day and age), will this "new" Devastator hold up well to my not-so-scrutinous scrutiny? :)

I picked up Astrotrain and Megatron on Monday following a delightfully long trip to the doctor.  Astrotrain isn't as good as I had hoped (the train mode is really pushing it for the whole "Triple Changer" thing), but Megatron is actually very cool and a lot of fun.  Definitely a lot sturdier than the original G1 Megatron too. 

Have Grimlock, Mirage, or Jetfire shown up at retail yet? 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 20, 2006, 09:52 AM
The old "clunky" combiners plugged into the main body via their heads.  The newer ones have octangular male/female connecting pieces built into the toy, but doesn't affect the head.  I only picked up Superion and he's been in storage for quite some time now.  He didn't hold together as strong as I thought he would.  The leg assembly was wanky and he would fall from time to time.  Oh, also the individual figure weapons "transforms" into the gestalt's hands and feet.  Sounds kind of strange, but it looks nice IMO as did the other two gestalts from Energon.  I'm looking forward to the Devestator repaint - If I can find him at WM that is.

Grimlock, Mirage, and Jetfire are part of the next wave even though Jetfire is a Voyager class ($20 toy) and the other two are deluxe ($10) price points.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DrunkJedi on October 21, 2006, 04:28 PM
I only picked up Superion and he's been in storage for quite some time now.  He didn't hold together as strong as I thought he would.  The leg assembly was wanky and he would fall from time to time.

I only have the torso and 1 arm for Devastator, but tried using the Superion bots to test the torso and he is a bit sturdier than Superion, but still has some problems.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 21, 2006, 08:20 PM
Transformers movie preview toys! (http://forums.toynewsi.com/index.php?showtopic=2025009)

Hm. There's a couple of plot points on the back of the cards, so I didn't post the pics here.

More pics here. (http://z4.invisionfree.com/The_Transforum/index.php?showtopic=2259)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on October 22, 2006, 01:58 PM
I picked up the 20th Anniversary DVD Optimus today at WM.  At 70 dollars, it was a bit of a hit, but I suppose it's better than TRU's 90 bucks that they're charging.  As thrilled as I've been with the Classics line, I'm even more thrilled with this OP.

The only stupid part about it is the base not using Cullen's voice from the film, even though you'd think sound files of OP's lines are readily available somewhere.  It almost comes across as bad as the SW CommTech chips sounding like an emotionless Speak and Spell experiment.  Still, the base looks good, so I can't complain too much. 

Target also had two of these on the shelf at the same 69.99 price tag, so if you're not buying this because of TRU's 90 buck price, check out WM or Target for a bit lower price. :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 22, 2006, 05:04 PM
Transformers movie preview toys! (http://forums.toynewsi.com/index.php?showtopic=2025009)

Hm. There's a couple of plot points on the back of the cards, so I didn't post the pics here.

More pics here. (http://z4.invisionfree.com/The_Transforum/index.php?showtopic=2259)

Haven't read the plot points, but the bots look like **** IMO.  Looks like Beast Wars crap that I hate and never collected.  Yee-haw.  Get the move **** out of the way so we can get back to some real toys.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 22, 2006, 05:09 PM
Thankfully, they're only protoforms, and only at the beginning of the movie. I imagine if those were the looks of Prime and Starscream for the entire movie, fans would hate this movie more than they already do.

I'm with you in already awaiting the end of the movie line.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 23, 2006, 10:47 AM
Target also had two of these on the shelf at the same 69.99 price tag, so if you're not buying this because of TRU's 90 buck price, check out WM or Target for a bit lower price. :)

I paid $180 :o for the Takara version that comes with the trailer.  I thought this would be superior compared to the US release, but I was wrong.   Somethings wrong with his left leg so I can't transform him into truck mode. >:(  I've never had to dissect a toy to find out how it works, and I'm upset that I have to do it on one of the most expensive toys I've bought in some time.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on October 27, 2006, 05:12 PM
Somethings wrong with his left leg so I can't transform him into truck mode. >:( 

I've been having a similar problem with mine.  The right leg's little tank button works just fine, but the left leg seems to be sticking on something.  Somehow when I wiggle the leg/knee joint a little bit and kick the wall three times (seriously, it's THAT random that it works), the leg retracts and I can transform him into the truck.  My point being that either it's a weird coincidence or the Hasbro version has the same design flaw.

The local TRU is doing a sale on the Cybertron deluxe assortment (7.99), but for some reason decided that 10.99 wasn't enough for the Classics Deluxe, so they've been cranked up to 12.99.  I guess if they're going to lose 2 dollars on one assortment, they need to make 2 dollars on another assortment.  ::)

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 27, 2006, 05:35 PM
WoW.  That's pretty sad.  For such and expensive toy, be it the Takara version or Hasbro's - you'd think they would have addressed this issue especially since it's Primes second release in both markets.

DP - what do you mean by kicking the wall??  With the actual toy?  Are you crazy?  I've just about broken his leg off trying to get it to retract. 

This just isn't "prime."
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on October 28, 2006, 10:44 AM
DP - what do you mean by kicking the wall??  With the actual toy?  Are you crazy?  I've just about broken his leg off trying to get it to retract. 

Oh no, I didn't meant it literally.  I was just referring to how randomly mine's leg would retract.  I don't know why I chose the leg metaphor.  I guess I could have said something different like "...wiggle the leg and spin around in a circle three times while singing songs from 'Oklahoma!'" to communicate the randomness of the whole leg transformation dealie.  ;D

So GOD NO, I'd never beat a toy against the wall with my foot to get it to operate. :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 28, 2006, 01:28 PM
You guys have me afraid to buy any MP or 20th Prime now.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 29, 2006, 09:06 AM
You guys have me afraid to buy any MP or 20th Prime now.  :)

Ya, kinda hard to return a toy to Japan.  Well, I tried DP's method with non luck so I took apart his leg.  Yay! - I thought to myself.  Anyway it still wont let me get at the spring assembly inside the "gas barrel" so I have to take his leg off EVERYTIME I want to transform him from robot to cab

I finally got some help on TFANS.com, but the guy said to take the leg off and sand down the offending clip or use sticky tape?  BS!!  This is supposed to be a "MASTERPIECE".  Ya, master piece of ****!

It's not fun playing doctor with such an expensive toy btw.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on October 29, 2006, 07:00 PM
It's not fun playing doctor with such an expensive toy btw.

I guess that all depends on the toy and the lady.  ;D

I ended up returning my 20th Prime to WM earlier this afternoon.  The more I sat and looked at it (and the more I read about this being a widespread problem with the toy itself), the less I was able to justify keeping it.  Thankfully WM gave me a refund and marked it as "DEFECTIVE", so I'm hoping the bad press comes to Hasbro's attention.

Oh what the hell am I saying?  They don't care!  :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 29, 2006, 08:35 PM
I just bought one, in spite of the bad press I've read here and elsewhere. I was pleased that mine transforms A-OK, but the right leg is a little loose in bot mode at the knee.

I think there might be some disappointed kids at Christmas if they get this big guy. And if a lot of parents return it as defective, that should help to get Hasbro's attention.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 4, 2006, 01:59 AM
I picked up Classics Megatron today. I know that it's said that the reason his colors are so funny is because of toy safety laws (which I think is BS, since I've seen some realistic looking guns at TRU before), but this guy could be one of the greatest TFs ever if his purple parts were gray or black, and that stupid green on his wings was red.

But other than that, this is a great toy. I think they killed their chances at a Galvatron repaint by putting all that purple on this Megatron, though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on November 4, 2006, 11:11 AM
WoW.  That's pretty sad.  For such and expensive toy, be it the Takara version or Hasbro's - you'd think they would have addressed this issue especially since it's Primes second release in both markets.

DP - what do you mean by kicking the wall??  With the actual toy?  Are you crazy?  I've just about broken his leg off trying to get it to retract. 

This just isn't "prime."

I had a similar problem with my original 20th Ann Prime. I eventually just played around with it and got it to work. It was such a pain to get it into truck mode and I didn't even like the way it looked so I said F-it and decided to leave it in robot mode. It looks 10000 times better that way. This reason alone is why I never broke down and bought the trailer when they offered it seperately. Speaking of the trailer, how is it? Does it open up like the old school one. Does it come with Roller?

As for the Classics line, I really like them but just haven't picked any up yet. I'm holding out for Grimlock and Mirage then i'll nab Starscream and maybe Hot Rod. I wasn't too impressed with the others...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 4, 2006, 05:06 PM
The trailer is pretty sweet actually and is pretty much like the original except it's twice as big obviously.  They added "shocks" to the rear wheels the back of the trailer has an added brake light bar, double opening doors, and a fold down ramp.  No roller, but it's still got that thing inside (never new what it was that unfolds with the arm and satellite thing.)  Here is where I store a piece from Prime's inner leg that I can't figure out where to attach it to.  It's also got slots inside to store Prime's gun, axe, and Megs.  Oh, can't forget the side leg things that fold out from underneath the trailer when you open it (just like G1)  No stickers, but the inside has tons of raised mechanical details etched into it.

Well, I guess the most important thing is that you can fit an ALT/Binaltech inside the trailer.  Sweet!  Anyway...I won't buy another "Masterpiece" again.  This was it.  In fact, I'm happier with the trailer than I am with Prime himself..   :-\

Classics have been sitting in my trunk for the past three weeks.  I've got waaay too much SW stuff to get through before I crack them open.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on November 6, 2006, 10:01 AM
Wow that trailer sounds AWESOME!  :o i'll have to hold off though...

Has anyone bought the WST Dinobot reissues? They're really cheap and seem to be extremly accurate to the original G1s. I'm tempted to grab Grimlock and Snarl, the only 2 I originally had as a kid...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 8, 2006, 02:09 AM
Wal-Mart's aggressive markdown tactics have spread to the Transformers Classics Deluxes. I was there tonight and found the pegs marked at $7.62 or something. Only a lone Astrotrain remained, so somebody feeling the love there.

20th Prime wasn't marked down, and this particular store didn't have any Voyager-sized figures, so I don't think those will be marked down. (Though if that 20th Prime gets marked waaay down before Christmas, I'm gonna be pissed.)

EDIT- I've found out that cheap price is actually for Cybertron toys, not Classics. Ooops.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 8, 2006, 12:37 PM
How's your 20th Prime been holding up?  And what's the deal with the price difference on these things??  I saw Target at $69.99 then TRU has them for $89.99...Quite a price difference there and they don't seem to be moving at either retailer.  I hope I can find one on clearance so that I can use it for parts. 

Note: I hate Wal-Mart.  The only time I'll be visiting that store anytime soon is for the final TSC figures, oh and the Devastator giftset.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 8, 2006, 10:37 PM
So far, so good on the 20th Prime. I only transformed him to truck once, and back to robot mode. He's been sitting on a shelf with my Alts, so no problems there.

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f49/scififan81/haul3004.jpg)

I don't know why TRU is charging so much for theirs. Not like it matters, Prime is sitting everywhere else. I theorize that TRU might have a big price cut on it, and if they do, they can make the customer think they're getting a great deal if, say, they lowered the price to $60. The customer thinks they're getting $30 off, but it's only about $10 when compared to the competition.

Has anyone bought a Masterpiece Starscream? I'm curious on that one, but not quite $100 worth of curious.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 9, 2006, 11:11 AM
Nice pic!  GET SOME STACKS FOR PRIME!!  Those tiny things always just irk me.  Glad to see you finally got Alt Prime & Mirage.   ;) Were you ever able to track down Camshaft?  I saw him once at a Target, and wow...It was like the holy grail in my eyes.  I can't wait until they start shipping the newer Alts.  Not sure when they will, but I hope Nemesis Prime is re-released in there.

Alt Screamer?  I've heard some bad things about him too.  I'd at least wait until they repaint him properly.  I'm sure they're going to repaint him to death so it's going to be nice to have all of the seekers, but at $600-$700 for all of them??   ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 9, 2006, 12:27 PM
No luck on Camshaft. I got Prime, Mirage, and Meister through HTS, and while I had a preorder for those three and Camshaft at BBTS, I just couldn't resist the $15 Alts and free shipping. I can do without those common cars as Transformers. If I buy Alts, it has to be a character I want (which explains why I own Prime) or a model of exotic car that I'd like to have a 1:24 scale version of (which is why I own Rollbar. That and I never got my hands on Hound.)

I haven't looked around on ebay for any longer stacks, and I agree with the tinyness. I'm really doubtful toy safety laws prohibit them, but I guess short stacks would be better than rubbery stacks.

I'm holding off until I hear an announcement that Starscream will be coming stateside. This is a good chance for Hasbro to outdo Takara by offering a properly-painted Starscream. But I'm afraid Hasbro's plate is going to be too full with the movie line, and it's not like the 20th Prime is setting sales records.
If I did buy any repaints of this mold, they would just be Thundercracker and Skywarp. I doubt they'll be able to get that much mileage out of this mold, however. Look at all the problems the Prime mold is having.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on November 9, 2006, 12:35 PM
Is anyone here collecting the Transformers Classics line?  I noticed a number of these at Target earlier this week, and was half tempted to pick a couple up to check them out.  My wife would just be thrilled to hear me say that. :)  They didn't look too bad, and have looks that are at least similar to the G1 stuff many of us grew up with.  I noticed some of you have picked up at least one or a couple, what do you think of them?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on November 9, 2006, 12:39 PM
I'm holding off until I hear an announcement that Starscream will be coming stateside. This is a good chance for Hasbro to outdo Takara by offering a properly-painted Starscream. But I'm afraid Hasbro's plate is going to be too full with the movie line, and it's not like the 20th Prime is setting sales records.
If I did buy any repaints of this mold, they would just be Thundercracker and Skywarp. I doubt they'll be able to get that much mileage out of this mold, however. Look at all the problems the Prime mold is having.

I'm not really sure if Hasbro will take a chance and release him. At the price point, Prime doesn't do to well. Most average americans wont pay $70+ for a 12" action figure in a retail store. The reissues did well because they weren't any more than $40. I'll be really shcoked if they release MP Starscream over here...

Well, I broke down and ordered the WST Dinobot reissues of Commander (Grimlock) and Flamethrower (Slag). From what i've heard these are really good quality, comparable to the Takara reissues. For only $33 dlvd for both it's worth a shot. i'll post pics when I get them...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 10, 2006, 02:15 AM
Is anyone here collecting the Transformers Classics line?  I noticed a number of these at Target earlier this week, and was half tempted to pick a couple up to check them out.  My wife would just be thrilled to hear me say that. :)  They didn't look too bad, and have looks that are at least similar to the G1 stuff many of us grew up with.  I noticed some of you have picked up at least one or a couple, what do you think of them?

They're great. If you don't want to wade into the line to deeply, I'd suggest getting Starscream, Rodimus (Hot Rod), and/or Bumblebee. Astrotrain is OK, but the other three are better, IMO.

I have Megatron as well, and he's worth the purchase. I might be picking up Prime this weekend. Not sure yet. But I like this line, I can tell you that.  :) There's Grimlock, Mirage, and Jetfire in wave 2. I can't wait for those guys.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 10, 2006, 02:19 AM
I'm holding off until I hear an announcement that Starscream will be coming stateside. This is a good chance for Hasbro to outdo Takara by offering a properly-painted Starscream. But I'm afraid Hasbro's plate is going to be too full with the movie line, and it's not like the 20th Prime is setting sales records.
If I did buy any repaints of this mold, they would just be Thundercracker and Skywarp. I doubt they'll be able to get that much mileage out of this mold, however. Look at all the problems the Prime mold is having.

I'm not really sure if Hasbro will take a chance and release him. At the price point, Prime doesn't do to well. Most average americans wont pay $70+ for a 12" action figure in a retail store. The reissues did well because they weren't any more than $40. I'll be really shcoked if they release MP Starscream over here...

That's what I'm afraid of too. I've been to two different WMs that have endcaps full of Primes, and I sincerely doubt they'll move them all at $70 each. But I also didn't think Hasbro would offer the Beast Wars Reborn set of Primal and Megatron since they had the Cybertron repaints coming out, and that showed at TRU.

Maybe it could be an exclusive item to TRU. That's the only possible way I'd see it happening, if at all.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on November 10, 2006, 10:09 AM
That's what I'm afraid of too. I've been to two different WMs that have endcaps full of Primes, and I sincerely doubt they'll move them all at $70 each. But I also didn't think Hasbro would offer the Beast Wars Reborn set of Primal and Megatron since they had the Cybertron repaints coming out, and that showed at TRU.

Maybe it could be an exclusive item to TRU. That's the only possible way I'd see it happening, if at all.

An exclusive would probably be the only way it might work...

With Prime, the thing I can't see is why they even released it again. I can understand that they wanted to capitalize off the DVD re-release but it didn't sell well the first time around. The only thing this release has going for it is the Holiday season which may boost sales. Sadly, i'm hoping these sit and get clearanced out again. I'd buy one at $20 bucks just for the base...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 13, 2006, 03:46 AM
Man, I wish I had the skills to do something like this. (http://www.angelfire.com/mech/jinsaotome/JinsDangerousToys/Megatron.html)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 21, 2006, 11:55 PM
I scored Classics Jetfire tonight. I haven't opened him yet, but he has to be the best value by far for the Voyager class. Dude fills up the box pretty well.

There were two there, and of course, they were both on the top shelf. Had to ask to get one down.  ::) But I wasn't leaving without him.

Now if I could find Mirage and Grimlock, I'd be set until the Prime/Megs 2-pack and Soundwave reissue come out.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 22, 2006, 12:08 PM
Good find on Jetfire.  I'm eagerly awaiting his arrival in my area.  Also looking forward to Grimlock - it sure would be nice of Hasbro to do the rest of the Dinobots.  Mirage...meh.. Not too excited about him.  This line came out at the wrong time.  I wish they had a longer run with this line.

Do any of you guys collect the SW TF's??  I have to buy the WM Millenium Falcon because it comes with the gold Tites, so I'm probably going to have to cave and buy the rest of the line just because that's how I am.  I've yet to purchase a single one even though all I collect is Star Wars and Transformers.....Nothing has really had me "foaming at the mouth" with these things.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 22, 2006, 12:32 PM
I have Luke, Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, and the Clone Pilot TFs. I'd probably have them all if they didn't want $15 for each.
I'm going to try to get my hands on the Han/Chewie set on Friday, because I always thought that set was pretty neat, just much too expensive.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on November 22, 2006, 05:48 PM
Just a heads-up, Ben: the Megatron vs. Prime two pack is out now.  I saw about 6 at the local TRU earlier this week.  No sign of Jetfire, Mirage, or Grimlock yet, though. 

That Megatron repaint looks very nice.  Like you, I wish I had the skills and/or steady nerves to do something like that.  As great as the Classics Megatron is, that paint job makes it look a million times better.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 24, 2006, 04:17 PM
Thanks. I tried stopping by TRU today, but after seeing all the cars there and having no luck on the Han/Chewie TF set at Target, I thought I should wait until later to try looking.

I was shocked to see all the Han/Chewie sets had disappeared at Target. I was there Wednesday night, and I could have sworn they had about two hundred sitting on the overstock shelf. I'm sure I'll be able to score one at WM after Christmas on clearance, so no worries there.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 27, 2006, 11:52 AM
Okay....So I caved and bought the entire SW TF line.  I'm fairly happy with all of them with the exception of Boba/Jango, Luke, Grievious, and somewhat - Maul.  Interesting to see that most of them could fit in the $5 Titanium packaging while in their robot modes.  That would have saved quite a bit of space in the toy aisles.

Picked up the Han/Chewy set on the cheap@Target, but I've yet to open it because I can't find the damned WM version with the gold tite ships in it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on November 27, 2006, 12:17 PM
The Mrs. and I went out to Target last Friday, and the Han/Chewie TF set was flying off the shelves.  I saw so many people with them in their carts, in many cases several.  When we were back on Sunday (for the Shuttle), they hardly had any left - which I would have never believed after seeing piles of them for the past month or so.  I kind of wanted to pick one up for $15, but with all the spending on other stuff lately I decided not to.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on November 29, 2006, 07:17 PM
My local Target, in their infinite customer service friendliness, had taken all of their TF MFs back in the stockroom before the sale and only returned them once the sale was over.  And people wonder how Target gets their bad reputation among collectors.   ::)

Toys R Us, on the other hand, had plenty of Starscreams on the shelves at half price, so some child is getting one from Toys For Tots because of that.   :)

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 29, 2006, 11:09 PM
More movie toy prototypes. (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=8927)

They don't suck like the protoform Screamer and Prime, but then again, NO PICS OF 'BOT MODES! Argh. What kind of doofus takes pictures of TF toys and doesn't take a picture of the robot?

Still, it will be neat to own the Jazz/Solstice one, since that's probably the only way I'll ever get to own a Pontiac Solstice.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 29, 2006, 11:14 PM
I managed to pick up a Han/Chewie set on Saturday when I picked up the Shuttle. I sincerely doubted that Target sold every unit they had on Friday, and sure enough, there were a lot more on Saturday night. I found it hard to believe that the 125 or more units they had were sold before 2 PM on Friday.

Look at it this way- whatever Target didn't sell during that sale, they're going to have to offer on clearance after Christmas, and probably for cheaper.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on December 1, 2006, 02:51 PM
Look at it this way- whatever Target didn't sell during that sale, they're going to have to offer on clearance after Christmas, and probably for cheaper.

Cool, then I can finally buy one just for the Chewie. I refuse to pay $25+ for that...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on December 1, 2006, 11:17 PM
I agree. I wouldn't miss it for the retail price, but knock it down to $15, and I'll gladly buy one.

I found Grimlock and Mirage at WM tonight. I saw about six Mirages and only two Grimlocks.  ::) I'd like to meet the goofball that thought up these early wave 2 case assortments. But anyway, I'm glad to finally have these two after weeks of searching high and low for them.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 2, 2006, 02:06 PM
Ya, I've found Jetfire, Mirage, & Grimlock in the past two weeks.  All of my classics are still in my trunk and I've yet to get to rip any of them open.  I guess I'm waiting for Christmas to give myself a nice gift.   :-\

I may be out of the loop, but what do we have to look forward to after the UM vs. SW pack, Cliffjumper, & Ramjet?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on December 3, 2006, 03:46 PM
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Ya, I've found Jetfire, Mirage, & Grimlock in the past two weeks.

I've yet to see hide nor hair of them at any retailer around me.  Wal-Mart doesn't even have any space set aside for Classics on the pegs, and Target is packed to the gills with wave one of the Deluxe and Voyager classes.  TRU is so pathetic it's not even funny, since not only have they not stocked any Classics in about a month (outside of the Megatron vs. Prime two pack), they also, as previously mentioned, jacked the price of the Deluxe class up to 12.99.   ::)

I did notice that Target is having a sale on Classics this week (I assume this is nationwide) with the Voyager assortment (Prime and Megatron) at 17.99, and the Deluxe assortment (SS, BB, Rodimus, and Astrotrain) at 8.99.  They also had the 20th Anniversary Prime on sale for 62.99.  Not a big discount on those, but a discount nonetheless.

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I may be out of the loop, but what do we have to look forward to after the UM vs. SW pack, Cliffjumper, & Ramjet?

I think the only thing I've seen outside of those is the WM Exclusive Devastator box set.  Boxed images of that just showed up on Ebay earlier this week according to one of the TF site (I can't remember which one), but I've yet to hear or see anything solid on when UM vs. SW will show up.  I'm hoping to have found Mirage, Grimlock, and Jetfire by then, though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 3, 2006, 07:38 PM
DP - Check your Targets for Mirage & Grimlock.  The times that I've found them was buried deep on the pegs.  My WM's suck extreme ass here in MN.  Jetfire for me - I think that was a freak accident at WM though as they had a few stuffed up on the overhead shelves - in the wrong aisle I might add. 

I'm tempted to bite at that 20th Prime at Target though so I can chuck my MP on Ebay and buy replacement stacks.  How did I have to end up with a ****** version that can't transform properly?  Now that I see how sweet Masterpiece Megs looks...I'm tempted, but I'm bound to get a broken leg version.

Oh, and the Devastator set are Energon repaints....I was just wondering if there would be any "new" Classics.  Repaints, or new molds.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on December 12, 2006, 09:42 PM
I lucked out and got Grimlock this morning at Target.  No sign of Mirage, so I assume Target did their typical "stock half a case and forget the rest" thing, and Grimlock luckily made it out.  Nice toy, although the transformation process is a little confusing.  Still, it made for an entertaining morning at work. :)

TRU also got what I guess are now called the "Mini-Cons" the other day.  That was the first TF thing they've stocked in a while (since the Prime vs. Megatron two packs), and I recall seeing some dinosaurs, some Decepticon vehicles, and some Autobot vehicles, but as I recognized no one, I passed.  Just a heads-up to those who might be looking for them.

Still no sign of anything at Wal-Mart other than Prime and Megatron.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on December 13, 2006, 09:47 AM

I'm tempted to bite at that 20th Prime at Target though so I can chuck my MP on Ebay and buy replacement stacks.  How did I have to end up with a ****** version that can't transform properly?  Now that I see how sweet Masterpiece Megs looks...I'm tempted, but I'm bound to get a broken leg version.

Where can you get replacement stacks? I'd like to get a set for my 20th Anniv Prime...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 13, 2006, 11:41 AM
Check out the thread at Tfans.  Fourth page under the Talk button about half way down in the Transformers Toy Descussion Topic.  "Long stacks for Hasbro "Masterpiece" Prime.  I'm unable to link to the page for some reason, but agesthreeandup.com has em for $10.99.  I'd read the buyer's comments in the thread though.  I've heard they're awesome though and easy to replace.

(http://www.agesthreeandup.com/sites/age3andup/products/1741856.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on December 13, 2006, 02:26 PM
Mike -

With that set do you get 2 of each, or just the 1 of each? I wouldn't mind putting longer stacks on Prime, but I don't want to have to shell out 22 bucks + shipping for such a small part on the toy.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 13, 2006, 03:13 PM
You get 2 long chrome stacks for $10.99 + shipping.  The pic was just a comparrison of the original US stack, unpainted custom, painted custom.  Not a bad deal.  Trust me, it'll make your Prime.....Prime  :D  I think it makes him look like a different toy.  You may not think so on such a small accessory, but you'll like it.  ;)


Ryan - here's your 20th Prime with MP02.....purty!
(http://img50.imageshack.us/img50/5359/toysandliltbirthday001fb5.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Reid on December 26, 2006, 03:23 PM
Received the Titanium Series 3' Megatron for X-Mas.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 28, 2006, 09:41 AM
Received the Titanium Series 3' Megatron for X-Mas.

Which did you receive - Beast Wars or Cybertron Megatron?  I think they look horrid though.  I found a 3" Galvatron last night complete w/G1 sticker on the bubble - really liking this one.  I'm pretty sure that he shipped with a battle damaged Prime, but I'm not sure who else would be in this wave.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Reid on December 28, 2006, 10:35 AM
Received the Titanium Series 3' Megatron for X-Mas.

Which did you receive - Beast Wars or Cybertron Megatron? 

I'm pretty sure it's Cybertron. I don't know a lot about TFs, as this is my first item, but i'ts this one:

(http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/Files_Main/3391424a427d_main400.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 28, 2006, 03:11 PM
Yep...That be Cybertron Megs.  Such akward posing + silly deco.  Cybertron Galvatron has a much better paint scheme, but they haven't repainted him for the tite line yet.

Picked up a 20th Prime at Target on clearance for $48.88.  Not sure what to do with him, but I sure hope his legs work better than my MP04.  I'd love to repaint the guy into Magnus, but I have no idea where to begin.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on December 30, 2006, 07:53 PM
Picked up a 20th Prime at Target on clearance for $48.88. 

I grabbed one tonight at a Target here, but it had already hit the 50% off mark, so I got it for $34.98.  This is the first version of this figure that I've ever picked up, and I couldn't be happier with it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 31, 2006, 02:39 AM
Neal,

Great deal you found on Prime!  I have to ask, do his legs retract properly when transforming into cab mode?  I've yet to open mine, because I really don't want him - but if his legs work, then that may be a different story.  I still think the voice actor for Prime on the base is god awful.  Laughable even - sounds nothing like Peter Cullen.

DVD pack with Megs vs. Optimus.  Haven't opened it.  Still in my trunk with all my other Classics stuff.  What DVD is included with this set?  I can't recall a cartoon series where Megatron was a tank and Prime was his original g1 self.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on December 31, 2006, 04:33 PM
Movie cell phone bot. (http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=118828)

Looks like one of the ****** transforming toys you'd find at Dollar General.

New Transformers Classics Ramjet Test Shot Images  (http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=118834)

NICE. This line seriously needs to continue after the movie comes and goes.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on December 31, 2006, 08:01 PM
Neal,

Great deal you found on Prime!  I have to ask, do his legs retract properly when transforming into cab mode?  I've yet to open mine, because I really don't want him - but if his legs work, then that may be a different story. 

On the one that I purchased, the legs work quite well.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on January 2, 2007, 10:14 AM
This line seriously needs to continue after the movie comes and goes.

Agreed.  After seeing how nice all of the toys in the Classics line remakes have turned out so far, I really wish they would continue them.  There's still so much they could do (especially in the 10 dollar line; I'd love to have updated versions of Prowl, Kup, Soundwave, Thundercracker, etc) to keep this line going, even if it is based on nostalgia.  With the first season being released again on DVD, it'd be nice to have some more Classics to go along with it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 2, 2007, 03:08 PM
One of my local Targets reset recently and the TF pegs were full of 3 pack min-con "Classics" sets - I guess that's how Hasbro is going to run the line out before the movie stuff starts clogging stuff up. 

Horrible idea   ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 10, 2007, 03:28 AM
Has anyone found the Commemorative Series Soundwave reissue yet? I'd really hate to see the plug be pulled on this one. I know there were some that made it out on ebay, BBTS, and even TRU, but there's been nothing going on for a month now, and I'm thinking that it's history or lost in eternal limbo like GI Joe DTC wave 4.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on January 10, 2007, 10:15 AM
Has anyone found the Commemorative Series Soundwave reissue yet? I'd really hate to see the plug be pulled on this one. I know there were some that made it out on ebay, BBTS, and even TRU, but there's been nothing going on for a month now, and I'm thinking that it's history or lost in eternal limbo like GI Joe DTC wave 4.



I'm too wondering what's up with them. They were up for preorder at TRU.com for a while then just disappeared. I'd like to nab one of these...

Also anyone still needing the Millenium Falcon TF, keep an eye out at Target. They've been hitting clearance for various prices. Mine had it for $24.48 but a friend picked me up one at his for $8.48! I was shocked to say the least...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on January 10, 2007, 03:33 PM
Has anyone found the Commemorative Series Soundwave reissue yet? I'd really hate to see the plug be pulled on this one. I know there were some that made it out on ebay, BBTS, and even TRU, but there's been nothing going on for a month now, and I'm thinking that it's history or lost in eternal limbo like GI Joe DTC wave 4.



Inadvertant Imiitation & Madcow,

I snagged one. I got it off of BBTS and it shipped to me in the begining of December. I like it for the most part, just not thrilled with the bigger cassette cover. I will attempt to post some pictures of it. Ifett (Mike) saw it at our monthly get together in December as I had received it just a couple days prior.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 10, 2007, 03:46 PM
One of my fellow MN comrads got his at BBTS a month or so ago.  Oh, there's Ryan chiming in.  I was thinking that Soundwave would hit retail by Christmas, but nadda.  I did find the Titanium 6" Soundwave and Roddimus at TRU though.  Good filler until I can get the real Soundwave - well he's not really true to the original because of the double door.

Transformers Millenium Falcon - I really like this toy.  Solid construction/transformation.  I wish I could say as much for  the rest of the line.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 10, 2007, 10:31 PM
I might go for BBTS, but I really only wanted it for Laserbeak and Ravage, since that'd be a great way to acquire those two. I bought a minty fresh vintage Soundwave last year about this time, so I'm good there.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 11, 2007, 10:06 AM
I bought my vintage Soundwave complete with horrid vintage box a few years back, but he's seen better days.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on January 12, 2007, 09:21 AM
I want one too, but can't nail it anywhere, and don't want to get to reamed on the price.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on January 12, 2007, 11:30 AM
Some of the Alternators are on clearance at Target. I picked up a Ricochet for $4.84...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 12, 2007, 11:49 AM
Some of the Alternators are on clearance at Target. I picked up a Ricochet for $4.84...

It's about time they clearanced those things out.  I was getting sick and tired of seeing Ricochet & Rollbar everywhere.  He's based of a good mold, but on a poor character IMO.  Smokescreen is still amongst my favorites - he was the first ALT to be released.

Rebrolables (http://www.reprolabels.com) has a lot of nice sticker upgrades for ALTS/Binaltech + replacement stickers for vintage stuff.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 16, 2007, 06:59 PM
This may be the only movie-based toy I pick up.

(http://xa6.xanga.com/05483167c5058101413405/m71478328.jpg)

Can't wait to see what he looks like once he's painted.  At least it's a face character you can look at and know who he is.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 19, 2007, 03:19 AM
I was thinking the same thing, only I'd pick up a Jazz as well.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 19, 2007, 06:40 PM
Optimash Prime...
(http://www.seibertron.com/images/toys/uploads/1169144954_optimashprime.jpg)

Not quite sure what to think of it, but I'm sure I'll pick it up.

Transformer role play toys called Real Gear...
(http://www.actoys.net/bbs/attachment/Mon_0701/99_755_48254d84e1b4af6.jpg)

They're also coming out with TF Plushies that can "transform" when you turn them inside out.  Interesting concept there.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on January 19, 2007, 07:22 PM
OH MY GOD! That Potato Prime is sooooooo mine...  ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 22, 2007, 06:14 PM
BBTS (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10695&mode=retail&picture=out) has a preorder up for a real working MP3 playing Soundwave.   :o

(http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/images/products/out/large/TAK10695.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 22, 2007, 10:37 PM
I was just thinking about buying an iPod yesterday, too. Unfortunately, BBTS is pre-sold out already.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on January 24, 2007, 04:04 AM
I just ordered the MP Megatron after seeing the picture.  I still haven't purchased the MP-04 Prime but I'll have to soon.  I ordered it from Canada where they aren't going to put the orange tip on the gun.  Hopefully, it makes it across the border.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 24, 2007, 06:18 PM
Canukia?  I order my re-issue Megatron when it came out a few years ago from Maybang.com (http://www.maybang.com/) and had no problems getting him in straight factory condition unlike other stories I heard.  Silly name, yes I know.  It even says in their description for MP05 that he'd ship in the way it was manufactured.  They're based in SoCal and specialize in imports.  I've ordered from them a few times over the past few years and their service was great.  Not trying to promote them, but just throwing out an option.

I'm still on the fence about MP05 after I received my MP04 Prime in non working condition.  I have a 20th sitting on my dresser that I picked up on clearance with working legs unlike mine  >:(  Note: I don't consider the two to be the same toy.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on January 24, 2007, 06:46 PM
Starscream
(http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s265/yackbacker/RSS5.jpg)

Also a closeup of Prime from the movie

http://tformers.net/i/a/movies/primehead1.jpg
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 24, 2007, 10:48 PM
Also a closeup of Prime from the movie

http://tformers.net/i/a/movies/primehead1.jpg

OK, now they're just changing **** for the sake of changing it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 25, 2007, 10:27 AM
Also a closeup of Prime from the movie

http://tformers.net/i/a/movies/primehead1.jpg

OK, now they're just changing **** for the sake of changing it.

I agree.  That's just so....wrong.  Thanks Michael Bay!!  - ass
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 26, 2007, 11:31 PM
Soundwave MP3 Player back up for preorder at BBTS. (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10695&mode=retail&picture=out)

I went ahead and preordered one. It's cheaper than an iPod, but you have to buy a mini SD card to have any music on it.  :P I likely won't use it in its MP3 player capacity anyway.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on January 29, 2007, 01:41 PM
Soundwave MP3 Player back up for preorder at BBTS. (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10695&mode=retail&picture=out)

I went ahead and preordered one. It's cheaper than an iPod, but you have to buy a mini SD card to have any music on it.  :P I likely won't use it in its MP3 player capacity anyway.

If they actually come in, in July all I have to say is...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!


Other Note:

I ordered the Chrome long stacks from AgesthreeandUp.com and it has been over 2 weeks and still no stacks. I e-mailed them and they assured me that the product was shipped, but there is NO at my office that would have reason to hide/steal these from me.

don't mind me I am just venting about them.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 29, 2007, 06:05 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v42/MightyMegs/tf7_h_1_big.jpg)

Doesn't look as much as Primus to me as I thought it was going to turn out besides the wing things to some extent.

I ordered the Chrome long stacks from AgesthreeandUp.com and it has been over 2 weeks and still no stacks. I e-mailed them and they assured me that the product was shipped, but there is NO at my office that would have reason to hide/steal these from me.

Hang in there Ryan, hopefully they'll turn up.  I'm not sure how they ship, but I can't imagine the package/envelope to be very big so maybe it just got misplaced?

Oh, and word on the street is that the Commerative Soundwave has been showing up a retail.  It's about frikkin time!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on January 29, 2007, 06:21 PM
Has anyone else pointed out the Stormtrooper and Vader minifigures housed in the translucent red parts of Vader's "wings"?  That just kind of jumped out at me a minute ago and I hadn't seen it brought up yet.

Also, is the Ultra Magnus vs. Skywarp Classics two pack supposed to be put out as part of an endcap reset at Target, or is it just one of those "try your luck" exclusive deals?  Also also, with Soundwave and UM/SW showing up at retail apparently, any word on when we can expect Devastator?

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 29, 2007, 06:32 PM
Has anyone else pointed out the Stormtrooper and Vader minifigures housed in the translucent red parts of Vader's "wings"?  That just kind of jumped out at me a minute ago and I hadn't seen it brought up yet.

Also, is the Ultra Magnus vs. Skywarp Classics two pack supposed to be put out as part of an endcap reset at Target, or is it just one of those "try your luck" exclusive deals?  Also also, with Soundwave and UM/SW showing up at retail apparently, any word on when we can expect Devastator?

Ya, that Stormtrooper jumped out almost instantly to me.  Ultra Magnus vs. Skywarp pack is part of the endcap deal at Target with the Ilum and Felucia battle packs.  Street date "should" be 02/04 if you haven't found a set yet.  I picked mine up last week and I have to say that I'm quite impressed!!  It shouldn't be too long before Devastator starts showing up....It's apparently shipping to Asain outlets, so it should only be a matter of time.  Assuming if any of my Wal-Marts decide to stock the damned thing!  :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 2, 2007, 03:09 AM
Scored Cliffjumper and Ramjet tonight. Ramjet is pretty knockers. I hope we get the rest of the Seekers since it's dumb to only have half of them in this line. (Though we all know Hasbro and dumbness...)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 2, 2007, 10:44 AM
Scored Cliffjumper and Ramjet tonight. Ramjet is pretty knockers. I hope we get the rest of the Seekers since it's dumb to only have half of them in this line. (Though we all know Hasbro and dumbness...)

Ya, I finished off the series yesterday with Ramjet.  Kinda sad in a way.  I've not heard anything about additional Classics products on the way, but HELLO!!  Hasbro - this is a no brainer here to repaint these suckers.  I just think they're done with the entire line because the Movie toys are going to be showing up sooner than later.  Who knows though what'll happen at Toyfair.  Hopefully they still have a few suprises up their sleeves.  I don't consider the Devastor repaint to be part of this line, but I'll still be picking him up if Wal-Mart decides to stock him.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JayDouble on February 2, 2007, 04:46 PM
Picked up TRU G1 exclusive Soundwave today.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on February 4, 2007, 01:18 PM
Ya, I finished off the series yesterday with Ramjet.  Kinda sad in a way.  I've not heard anything about additional Classics products on the way, but HELLO!!  Hasbro - this is a no brainer here to repaint these suckers.  I just think they're done with the entire line because the Movie toys are going to be showing up sooner than later. 

That really depresses me for multiple reasons, not the least of which is we'll no doubt be seeing gobs of unsold movie figures for months on end.  I really wish they would AT LEAST repaint Starscream into Thundercracker so the original three Decepti-Jets would be around.  Instead, they'll start a new line for a new cartoon with uninspired and cheap looking characters that piss all over the old characters.  :-\

On a happier note, I found Ramjet and Cliffjumper at Wal-Mart yesterday, and there were at least 3 Grimlocks on the pegs (a real event around here, since he's been disappearing really quickly whenever he hits the pegs).  Still no sign of the UM/Skywarp two pack at Target, which is kind of distressing considering today was supposed to be the big endcap/reset day with the two SW BPs.  Oh well, maybe I'll have the time/money/energy to do a run to the next closest Target 50 miles away next weekend. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on February 5, 2007, 08:30 AM
Just wondering if you ever received your stacks yet....

I was asked earlier and promised that i would get picks of the new version of Soundwave out. Here are picks of both...

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n302/knashdx/Transformers/sound-stacks.jpg)

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n302/knashdx/Transformers/soudwave.jpg)

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n302/knashdx/Transformers/primestacks.jpg)

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on February 5, 2007, 09:22 AM
yeah nice.

I saw the Titaniums/ultra version of Soundwave the other day and passed on it in hopes of getting this one.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 5, 2007, 11:29 AM
I don't open my Titanium stuff up, but I hear that Soundwave is really lame, but Roddimus is fantastic.

Thanks for the pic Ryan!  Hopefully the operation on Prime wasn't too bad.   ;)  Is that a stand I see holding up your Unicron? I never did manage to pick one of those things up.  Does it work the same with Primus - or did you ever even pick him up?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on February 6, 2007, 06:10 AM
I don't open my Titanium stuff up, but I hear that Soundwave is really lame, but Roddimus is fantastic.

Thanks for the pic Ryan!  Hopefully the operation on Prime wasn't too bad.   ;)  Is that a stand I see holding up your Unicron? I never did manage to pick one of those things up.  Does it work the same with Primus - or did you ever even pick him up?

The operation was a success. Took all of 10 minutes and the short stacks were removed, and the long ones added. Agesthreeandup.com sends instructions with pictures so any guy can do the swap.

The stand is for my Unicron. I never picked up Primus so I wouldn't know how it worked with that. But if you are interested in getting one BBTS (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=UNI10002&mode=retail) has them for $15.99 + S&H. I picked mine up when I had a huge order come in as I have the PILE OF LOOT option with them. It really helps to deter cost.

edit - Just fixed your linky - Jesse
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jeff on February 8, 2007, 04:38 PM
So who's all going to run around their neighborhood dressed like Optimus?  I know if it were a G1 Prime Helmet/Mask, Mike would be all over it...  :P

From Hasbro's Pre-Toy Fair Press Release:

OPTIMUS PRIME VOICE CHANGER HELMET

Our world will be changed forever on July 4 when an alien race of robots make Earth their final battleground in DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures' live-action feature film TRANSFORMERS. Fans of all ages will witness the legendary struggle of the AUTOBOTS versus the DECEPTICONS, which has captivated kids and kids at heart since it was first introduced to the world in 1984. The OPTIMUS PRIME VOICE CHANGER HELMET allows kids to "become" the AUTOBOTS leader hero, OPTIMUS PRIME, and sound like a TRANSFORMERS robot for the first time! The OPTIMUS PRIME VOICE CHANGER HELMET features 3 modes: VOICE CHANGER: Make your voice sound like a robot; BATTLE PHRASES: OPTIMUS PRIME speaks iconic phrases; CONVERSION SOUNDS: Hear OPTIMUS PRIME change from a truck to a robot and back! (Approximate retail price $29.99; Ages 5 & up; Available: June 2007)


Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 8, 2007, 04:51 PM
So who's all going to run around their neighborhood dressed like Optimus?  I know if it were a G1 Prime Helmet/Mask, Mike would be all over it...  :P

Yep, Halloween will never be the same at my house again....No more Darth Vader for me.

(http://i.a.cnn.net/money/galleries/2007/news/0701/gallery.toyfair_preview/images/hasbro_helmet.jpg)

They also have a cool nerf gun thing coming out.  It's Optimus in his truck mode with cab, then you can "transform" it so it looks like your arm is his - with a gun.

Oh, and there's transforming sneakers (not seekers) coming out too, but that's taking this franchise a little too far.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on February 8, 2007, 04:55 PM
Hey, my brother had Transformers Velcro shoes when he was little. So it not out of the realm of possibilities.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 8, 2007, 10:30 PM
I had sandals with a silver Autobot logo on them back in the day, but they didn't turn into 'bots.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on February 9, 2007, 01:45 PM
Black G1 Convoy (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10661&mode=retail) for preorder at BBTS
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Matt R. on February 16, 2007, 01:00 AM
TRU Today put out a case of the New Soundwave. so Ben if you are still looking for it, its there.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 16, 2007, 02:57 AM
Sweet. Looks like I have a reason to get up this morning after all.  ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on February 16, 2007, 08:48 AM
Maybe I'll hit my local one too. Hope I get lucky !
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 16, 2007, 09:32 AM
The TRU website has been quite sporatic - to say the least about his availability.  My local TRU stocked him once and that was it.  I had to have a buddy of mine pick him up at another TRU on the other side of the city and that was the last one.  It's about time they released Soundwave, but he's proving to be a bit more popular...duh
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 16, 2007, 01:02 PM
Finally got my hands on one. I noticed the box says this is only appropriate for ages 8 and up. As if any kid was going to get a $30 TF that's this small.

Anyway, I'm glad they chose this character to reissue. Since he's proving quite popular, maybe we'll see more G1 reissues at TRU.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on February 16, 2007, 02:31 PM
Is it tiny ?

Should I pursue it or just get the Titaniums Ultra one ?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 16, 2007, 03:22 PM
He's a bit bigger than the titanium one.  I have both and although I don't open my titanium stuff - I hear that version sucks ass.  You simply can't go wrong with a G1 re-release  ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: darth punkinhed on February 16, 2007, 05:15 PM
I picked one up and I have the original. They are the exact same size as far as I can tell. For the most part it is just like the original with only minor changes. The blue is a slightly different shade, the silver parts look more painted then cast colored plastic and the cassette drawer is double deep instead of flush with the face. Overall if you just had this one the only thing you would notice is the cassette door sticking out from the body. I'd love to more reissues.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 16, 2007, 06:21 PM
Hmmmmm.....Hasbro has launched a Classics website (http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/default.cfm?page=Classics) mini site.  I don't count those stupid mini-con things or the legend crap as "classic" but it is promising that perhaps this line isn't completly dead....for the moment that is.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on February 16, 2007, 06:26 PM
The local MN TRU I went to tonight had 6 G1 Soundwaves
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 16, 2007, 07:00 PM
The local MN TRU I went to tonight had 6 G1 Soundwaves

Hmmmmm.....I'm thinking about picking up another in hopes that somebody might be able to repaint him into Soundblaster.  That is, if he has the time/patience of course.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 16, 2007, 09:38 PM
NAA Kicks Off Literacy Campaign w/ Prime As Spokesman (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=7176)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on February 19, 2007, 10:47 AM
The local TRU put out a case of Soundwaves yesterday and while I hadn't originally intended on picking one up, after seeing it in person, the nostalgia was too much to take. :)

Overall I'm pretty happy with it as a toy and a memory-inducing thing of a rather pleasant time in my life, but it definitely shows how far the line has come in the 23-or-so years since I first got it for Christmas.  I like the addition of the cassette cases for Ravage and Laserbeak, and the packaging is also top-notch (kudos to Hasbro for making it collector-friendly).

On a totally unrelated topic, has anyone here read the TF comics over the past few years?  The more I read about them, the more interesting they look to me (especially since the Marvel comics didn't hold up so well to time when I reread some of them a few months back), and I was curious if anyone could give me a solid recommendation on how good they were (I'm referring, of course, to the G1 character-driven stuff) and if it was worth ordering them from Amazon or not.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: darth punkinhed on February 19, 2007, 10:58 AM
Picked up the 20th DVD anniversary Optimus Prime this weekend on clearance for $18 at a Wal-Mart. Later I was at another Wal-Mart that had it at clearance for $50. I also snagged a titanium Megatron for $10. I'm wishing I'd picked these up when they first came out. I can't find a Titanium Optimus anywheren now.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on February 19, 2007, 11:00 AM
That's a steal for Optimus. I wish I could find one for that cheap ! NIce score !
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 19, 2007, 11:00 PM
Well....Finally got around to opening all of my classics last night since I originally started collecting them back in November.  Prime was a waste of money for $20, not a bad toy, but he could have been much better/bigger same with Magnus....  Seekers - LOVE THEM!!!  WANT MORE!!!  Bumblebee/Cliffjumper - cute!!  Mirage - skinny, but okay, Grimlock....Uh...I have no idea how to transform him for some reason.  Astrotrain?  Train mode is sucky, but I like his bot mode for some reason.  Hot Rod (Roddimus).....meh - he was one of my fav's as a kid, but this mold isn't doing anything for me.  Megs - still in gun mode...Not ready to transform him - same with Jetfire.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on February 21, 2007, 07:42 AM
Well....Finally got around to opening all of my classics last night since I originally started collecting them back in November.  Prime was a waste of money for $20, not a bad toy, but he could have been much better/bigger same with Magnus....  Seekers - LOVE THEM!!!  WANT MORE!!!  Bumblebee/Cliffjumper - cute!!  Mirage - skinny, but okay, Grimlock....Uh...I have no idea how to transform him for some reason.  Astrotrain?  Train mode is sucky, but I like his bot mode for some reason.  Hot Rod (Roddimus).....meh - he was one of my fav's as a kid, but this mold isn't doing anything for me.  Megs - still in gun mode...Not ready to transform him - same with Jetfire.

On Grimlock you have to rotate part of him that the legs (in animal mode) that become his arms (in Robot mode) 180 degrees. It took me a bit too to get that figured out. Once you get him figured out you will never forget.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on February 21, 2007, 03:30 PM
I've just been an Alternators collector until a few months ago.  I picked up Classics Bumblebee and he fits well with the Alt's in robot model  I also got the original 20th Anniversary Prime, so that whole display looks sweet.

I've been picking up a few other lines lately - mainly the Classics to get the Jets (Starscream and I think Thundercracker? from the new Target 2-pack).  I like these, but they're a hair small compared to the rest of the Alts.  Oh well.  I picked up a diecast Sound wave as well the other day and am pretty unimpressed with him.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 21, 2007, 06:12 PM
For those of you who ordered the Soundwave MP3 player:

(http://www.digital-toys.com/MLFRENRUM.gif)

Rumble & Frenzy (http://www.digital-toys.com/transformers.html)


Ohh......and this.....Spongebob (http://iesb.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1934&Itemid=99) is going to be the voice actor for Starscream in the upcoming TF Heroes animated series.

kinda looks like Spongebob, no?
(http://iesb.net/images/stories/actors/tomkenny.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on February 22, 2007, 12:18 AM
That's a steal for Optimus. I wish I could find one for that cheap ! NIce score !

I saw these for 75% off at the Northtown Target store back in January but I passed.  If it came with a trailer I would have purchased it.  I'm goin to pick up the Masterpiece set with trailer one of these days.

I can't wait for the new MP Megatron in March.

Has anyone purchased a KO Swoop and if so how is the quality?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 22, 2007, 01:06 AM
Robot Heroes (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=9586)

I guess that, with Hasbro owning the TFs, a line such as this was inevitable.

I wonder when the cutesified GI Joe ones will be out.  ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 22, 2007, 10:50 AM
I don't understand the point in these.  I mean, they're a little bit bigger than the small titanium ones, but I suppose they're doing away with that line due to poor sales - I always see gobbs of these things at every store.  I suppose 2 figs for $5 if better than 1.

I never intended to get into the GH stuff, but I caved and I've even given thought to collecting the Marvel stuff (very cute) even though I've never even read a comic book in my life.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on February 22, 2007, 11:02 AM
Check out the G1 Busts from Diamond:

Here (http://www.bbts.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=526&company=17)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jeff on February 22, 2007, 11:27 AM
I don't understand the point in these. 

I'd much rather give a little kid a plastic toy than the die cast versions... die-cast can do more damage when chucked across the room.   :P
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 22, 2007, 11:59 AM
I'd much rather give a little kid a plastic toy than the die cast versions... die-cast can do more damage when chucked across the room.   :P


Sorry about that Jeff.  I forgot that these are toys for children...afterall.  I don't do much chucking myself ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on February 22, 2007, 12:44 PM
Robot Heroes (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=9586)

I guess that, with Hasbro owning the TFs, a line such as this was inevitable.

I wonder when the cutesified GI Joe ones will be out.  ;)

I'm drawing the line at these.  I buy all the star wars ones and I started collecting the Marvel ones that contained Avengers figs (just because the Hawkeye fig is ultra cool), but I'm not buying the TF versions...a man has to have limits.  :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 22, 2007, 06:04 PM
I picked up a diecast Sound wave as well the other day and am pretty unimpressed with him.   :-\

I assume you mean the Titanium version as they both have diecast.  If that's the case, then I can see why....
(http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/7283/dsc08832kq4.jpg)
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Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on February 22, 2007, 09:22 PM


I assume you mean the Titanium version as they both have diecast.  If that's the case, then I can see why....


Yeah, I'm talking titanium.  He's extremely loose right out of the package - I haven't even tried to transform him.  Is the reissue diecast?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jeff on February 22, 2007, 09:32 PM
I saw that HasbroToyShop has a bunch of Transformers on sale - Up to 50% off on some figures (http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ProductsByBrand.htm?BR=496).

Nothing much new, but some nice deals if folks are looking for stuff...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 22, 2007, 10:30 PM
Is the reissue diecast?

His feet are diecast as was the original....that's about it unfortunatly..Still a fantastic toy though compared to that crappy titanium thingy.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 22, 2007, 11:00 PM
I found a code for HTS, and I'm told it can be used even with the sale going on right now:

RCAT10


I haven't tried it yet, but for those little Rodimus and Thundercracker Titaniums, I might.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 23, 2007, 12:08 AM
More Robot Heroes. (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=9593)

Prime and Ravage seems like an awfully odd combination. But I like it.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on February 23, 2007, 12:29 AM
I found a code for HTS, and I'm told it can be used even with the sale going on right now:

RCAT10


I haven't tried it yet, but for those little Rodimus and Thundercracker Titaniums, I might.

How much is this good for?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 23, 2007, 02:46 AM
10% off. I used it for an order tonight, and it worked.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 23, 2007, 08:49 AM
Rodimus and Sharpnel look fantastic....from what I can see.

I'm so unfortunately in on this line.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on February 23, 2007, 09:39 AM
I picked up a diecast Sound wave as well the other day and am pretty unimpressed with him.   :-\

I assume you mean the Titanium version as they both have diecast.  If that's the case, then I can see why....
(http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/7283/dsc08832kq4.jpg)
SUPERIOR    -----------------------------------------  >>                                  inferior




Ummm whcih is which here ?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 24, 2007, 12:58 AM
In order...

WST (World's Smallest Transformers) Soundwave on Titanium base

G1 reissue Soundwave on Titanium base

Titanium Soundwave
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on February 24, 2007, 10:43 PM
Is the G1 Reissue pretty much identical to the original Soundwave from the 80's?  I have an original, so I'm not sure I want to fork over $30 for this new one, assuming I could even track it down... :P
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 24, 2007, 11:24 PM
It's not really identical. It shares the same basic shape, but the tape deck door is double wide, and the Play/rewind/eject buttons are different from the regular Soundwave. The door is also clear instead of a smoky black like on the original.

But it's great otherwise. The reason I bought it was for Laserbeak and Ravage, which aren't cheap on the secondary market.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 25, 2007, 12:44 AM
The reason I bought it was for Laserbeak and Ravage, which aren't cheap on the secondary market.

Good point...I had all the tapes when I was a kid including the later combiner type sets.  Had I known I could have bought a house if I still had them just blows my mind.   ;)  j/k  RATBACK was always my fav though and it pisses me off that they included his pic umongst other tapes on the back of the box.

I so wish Takara would release two boxed sets - one of all the autobot tapes and the other of the decepticons.  That'd be ******* sweet!!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on February 25, 2007, 10:10 AM
It's not really identical. It shares the same basic shape, but the tape deck door is double wide, and the Play/rewind/eject buttons are different from the regular Soundwave. The door is also clear instead of a smoky black like on the original.

But it's great otherwise. The reason I bought it was for Laserbeak and Ravage, which aren't cheap on the secondary market.

Sweet - I might need to get my hands on this if anyone comes across one...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on February 25, 2007, 10:49 PM
I came across a couple of the reissue Soundwaves yesterday and I was appauled. While the packaging and idea were nice I thought the figure looked like crap in tape player mode. The tape door on the chest was hideous. I'm glad I didn't pre-order one when I had the chance. The only highlight for me was Ravage and Laserbeak but I didn't feel like bothering...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on February 26, 2007, 12:32 AM
I haven't seen or purchased the reissue Soundwave.  I'm going to pass and use the $29.99 plus tax on another original version instead.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on February 27, 2007, 12:27 PM
Can anyone post pics of the Soundwave in robot form ?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 27, 2007, 12:37 PM
This pic is kind of a tease as it doesn't really show the exposed chest, but I'm lovin him.
(http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/1328/dsc08834hm7.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on February 27, 2007, 03:02 PM
iFett, do you have a comparison pic with the original G1 Soundwave? The new one look smaller to me...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 27, 2007, 03:36 PM
My tattered vintage one is in storage and I can't seem to yield a pic on the net. 

From what I heard, Hasbro/Takara lost/broke the mold to him back in the 80's/90's.  Then they got there hands on a vintage Soundwave to re-cast the molds for Takara's original Soundwave reissue and for Soundblaster a few years back.  The TRU reissue is based off of Soundblaster's mold (he's a black Soundwave with a double tape deck)  I'm not sure where he played a roll in the TF Universe, but I assume it was the Japanese series.

Case in point: he may be a bit smaller, but not by much if he is.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on March 1, 2007, 02:29 PM
I have an old one on display that I could take a few shots of, though it won't help with your size question.  :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on March 6, 2007, 01:58 AM
Found a new promo code for Hasbro Toy Shop- BDLSP7

It's good for $10 off a purchase of $50 or more, and works with the current sale they have on some stuff like Transformers.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on March 16, 2007, 10:20 AM
I just purchased a G1 Jetfire from another MN Collector (Darth Vlad) and it didn't come with the directions for transforming it. Does anyone on here have a set of directions that they could photocopy for me and e-mail to me?

Thanks

Ryan
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on March 16, 2007, 11:02 AM
Dude, it's not that hard - the only difficult part I can see you having would be with the chest plate/head area.  My instructions are packed away in storage and I'm not sure where to find a set online.  Wait till our next SW meeting if you're in fear of breaking him - if you can wait that long.  I can even show you how to put him in gerwalk mode  ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on March 16, 2007, 11:08 AM
I just purchased a G1 Jetfire from another MN Collector (Darth Vlad) and it didn't come with the directions for transforming it. Does anyone on here have a set of directions that they could photocopy for me and e-mail to me?

Thanks

Ryan

(http://www.yakface.com/jayson/instr_jetfire.jpg)

I emailed it to you as well.

 :-*
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on March 16, 2007, 10:48 PM
Thanks Jayson. I appreciate it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on March 23, 2007, 06:01 PM
Looks like the last two Alternators - Ravage & Rumble are set to be released within the next few weeks, and you know what the ****** part is??

That's right...They're going to be Wal-Mart exclusives.  Such a shame as I was actually looking forward to these guys.

**** you Wal-Mart!   >:(

...and I have no idea what the hell happend with the Devastor giftset...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on March 23, 2007, 10:00 PM
I've heard that the Devastator set is due in two weeks. It's supposed to be a featured item for week 10, and they're on week 8 or 9 right now.

I don't like the fact that those two Alts are WM exclusives. My local WMs don't even carry Alts, and while one briefly did, it didn't last long.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on March 24, 2007, 04:38 AM
Those last two alts look crappy anyway.  I'm going to skip them. 

By the way, I have an old 80's Devastator complete if anyone's interested in it...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on March 24, 2007, 04:48 PM
Just a heads-up that the Devastator sets are starting to trickle out.  I saw four of them on the shelf of a semi-local Wal-Mart earlier this morning, but only at one store, so be on the lookout.

I ended up not buying it because I'd spent way too much money this morning on toys and couldn't justify another thirty bucks at the time.  It still looked okay, though, so I'll grab it when it hits locally.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on March 30, 2007, 11:46 AM
Can anyone give me the list of all the cassettes that were made for Soundwave beyond Rumble, Frenzy, Lazerbeeck, and Ravage?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on March 30, 2007, 11:51 AM
Can anyone give me the list of all the cassettes that were made for Soundwave beyond Rumble, Frenzy, Lazerbeeck, and Ravage?

Deception Cassettes:
Laserbeak
Ravage
Rumble
Frenzy
Buzzsaw
Ratbat
Squaktalk
Beastbox
Slugfest
Overkill

Autobot Cassettes:
Eject
Ramhorn
Rewind
Steeljaw
Grandslam
RainDance
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on March 30, 2007, 06:04 PM
Nice job on that list Jay.  I totally forgot what the combiner tapes were even called, and since Transformers is a the land of many o repaints - I thought I'd point these out as well

"KISS" Glit, Sundor, Rosanna:
(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t293/anglo88/Ebay%20Sg/z_ehobbycassettes1.jpg)
I don't really get this KISS thing, as I thought it was just Binaltechs paired with nearly nude lil Japaneese girls, but somehow these guys or girls are linked to that series for whatever reason..


Cobalt Sentry Ravage and Laserbeak done in Diaclone colors:
(http://i12.ebayimg.com/03/i/05/57/f0/87_1.JPG)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on April 1, 2007, 07:24 PM
I actually/finally bought the Devastator gift set at the same "road trip" Wal-Mart I mentioned in my last post of this thread.  $29.76 plus tax.

I didn't realize that two of the five toys are repaints of two others, but it isn't terribly bothersome, but does cause it to pale in comparison to the variety of the vintage Constructicons.  My main gripe is that it's nearly impossible, even with directions, for my stupid self to transform the central larger robot (I can't recall his name off the top of my head) into vehicle mode.  Right now it's simply displayed as Devastator and will probably stay that way for a while. :)

Overall, it is a nice deal (5 TFs for 30 bucks), so I can't complain too much.  I've still only ever seen it at that particular WM, though, so who knows when it will show up in larger numbers.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 1, 2007, 08:40 PM
I finally found "Constructicon" Devastator over the weekend and he's still boxed up.  I bought all of the Arielbots when they were out in Energon, but never picked up the Combaticons or the "constructicons"  I loved the individual bots that Superion was, but he was a bitch to combine and keep him that way.  I'm really glad to have picked up this set though as I originally found pieces of himself on clearance back in 05 but never found a complete set.

I kinda like the pic on the side that shows the bot in actual size - never seen that done before...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 2, 2007, 12:57 AM
My local WMs have yet to stock that Devestator, which would bug me if I wanted it. They haven't received their exclusive Alts either, which is irksome until I remember they're $20 each.

Movie Protoforms in stock at HTS. (http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ProductsByBrand.htm?BR=496&SBR=493&PG=1) These are kind of tempting, since I'd like to see some movie product before writing it off completely. But I think I'll wait to see them at retail, which will be another month now.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on April 2, 2007, 07:00 AM
Mike -

Did you ever get a hold of 3&up on your stuff?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on April 2, 2007, 08:17 AM
By the way, I have an old 80's Devastator complete if anyone's interested in it...

PM to you  ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 2, 2007, 10:57 AM
Mike -

Did you ever get a hold of 3&up on your stuff?

All I can say is that they need to be trained in the art of customer service.  It's been over two weeks now and they finally wrote back to let me know that the package is "now shipping" and that one of the items I ordered wasn't in stock and that they'd be crediting back my card.  This took them two weeks mind you....just for a valid response.  Now I have to probably wait another week or three as the package will probably get mishandled in customs or something.

Damned Canadians  >:(   :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on April 2, 2007, 01:51 PM
BLAME CANADA!!!

It worked for South Park!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on April 2, 2007, 02:27 PM
Here's an interesting item/bootleg I came across this weekend....

I punished myself by visiting my local K-Mart, as when I was heading out the door, a strange yet familiar Easter Basket caught my eye. It was packed with G1 Aerialbots including all the components to create Superion. They are obviously bootlegs as they do have any Autobot symbols, but they are molded is the same colored plastics as their G1 counterparts. So they look essentially fresh from the 80s. There were several of the baskets so it wasn't a fluke type thing.

So if anyone is missing a component for their Aerialbots check out your K-Mart. The whole set can be had for $10.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 2, 2007, 10:38 PM
I wish my local K-Mart would get those in. I remember a few years back when the G1 Devestator boots were in the same type of deal, and they never got those.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: solrac on April 3, 2007, 02:12 AM
I bought some 3" silver and clear transformers at the SDCC a few years ago and the guy said they where Japanese. they are in plastic bags with no tags.dose any body know what they are or where i can get info on these figures and names. they look cool and would like to know a little info of what i own...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on April 3, 2007, 01:52 PM
I bought some 3" silver and clear transformers at the SDCC a few years ago and the guy said they where Japanese. they are in plastic bags with no tags.dose any body know what they are or where i can get info on these figures and names. they look cool and would like to know a little info of what i own...

Can you post some pics?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: solrac on April 3, 2007, 04:02 PM
here are some of the pics(http://www.msnusers.com/_Secure/0RgDoDvMTwZ*L7t2xyEc7QBxoxnqRvbwtJgKExunLyvARLsx!6x6*XBTCMZR4mjs52IPoctdr5jMXu1Opoqn*KoILfZpC1gZrL2zfLy5XThY/P1010242.JPG?dc=4675617058488129128)(http://www.msnusers.com/_Secure/0RgDoDvoTbKHL7t2xyEc7QK5FQHA19GrDK5QT3TyciLTAXUqu3NXraOFya0li2UAsFtnoUMQpAaACu1R6adnC6uKh4*y90SHvnjiNQmYir7M/P1010249.JPG?dc=4675617058621082227[img])(http://www.msnusers.com/_Secure/0RgBIDvkTL6HL7t2xyEc7QLD4zMaQvXiz*c26UZ2ysbDnD7m9u4lBa9mV*Mt9hwNjq*jF!5ucIaua3yH4yYSw4YudAsaWrjXqQ35dpD*rB9A/P1010248.JPG?dc=4675617058750869776)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 3, 2007, 04:14 PM
Hmmm...They look to be PVCs  I collected the Heroes of Cybertron a few years back which were exclusive to Walgreens and I've heard that they'll be making a come back to Hot Topic too.  They're about the same size as a basic fig.  I've never seen silver or clear versions though so they're probably an Asian exclusive or chase figs.

(http://www.theoutereaches.com/GetPhoto.asp?FName=ItemLarge&ID=5828)

Oh wait...Another search on Ebay (http://cgi.ebay.com/Transformers-SCF-Pewter-PVC-Act-4-Ultra-Magnus-MIB-HOC_W0QQitemZ6056203385QQcategoryZ4694QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem) yielded the following:

Transformers SCF Pewter PVC
(http://www.robozone.com/images/tfpvc24a.jpg)

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: solrac on April 3, 2007, 05:01 PM
thanks ifett. though my figures don't come in a box, these are probably the same line. now to find the rest of them...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 4, 2007, 03:19 AM
Those PVCs should be at your local Hot Topic by now, but they're $7 each. I got a set of five from BBTS for $23. Linky! (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=HAS12617&mode=retail)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: solrac on April 4, 2007, 06:38 PM
these figures are made in 2000 and 2001 you think they are the same. the back of the legs say takara...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 4, 2007, 06:56 PM
They are the same...Takara-Tomy makes all of Hasbro's Transfomers.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: solrac on April 4, 2007, 06:59 PM
i thought tomy was for the US stuff and takara was for japan...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 4, 2007, 11:21 PM
Takara has made toys in Japan for years, including TFs. Tomy bought Takara sometime in the last two or three years. I think Tomy is responsible for the Kiss Players and the ending of the TFC reissues, but they've also allowed for the Masterpiece line. I guess Japanese toy companies can be schizophrenic just like American ones.

Has anyone seen the prices for unmodified Masterpiece Megatrons on ebay? I was checking them out last night, and HOLY ****. I guess I might have to go with BBTS, even though they're modified, but they still have the cheapest price by far, and it doesn't involve having to import it, since they'll already have done that.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 4, 2007, 11:30 PM
Botcon details. (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=9877)

It figures that the rest of the Seekers based on the Classics molds would be con exclusives.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 5, 2007, 09:17 AM
Botcon details. (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=9877)

It figures that the rest of the Seekers based on the Classics molds would be con exclusives.

Ya, that's been rumored for a while and it COMPLETELY sucks ass.  These will probably go for well over $329 a set on Ebay.  I could care less to be a member and attend Botcon.

**edited with correct pricing.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on April 5, 2007, 10:47 AM
Botcon details. (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=9877)

It figures that the rest of the Seekers based on the Classics molds would be con exclusives.

Ya, that's been rumored for a while and it COMPLETELY sucks ass.  These will probably go for well over $200 a set on Ebay.  I could care less to be a member and attend Botcon.

Have pictures been released of what they will look like?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 5, 2007, 01:22 PM
No pics, just yet.

I looked around, seeing if I could score these without having to go to Rhode Island. I can, if I buy a $329 package and wait three to four weeks after the show is over.  ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 5, 2007, 01:38 PM
Hasbro is lame...  >:(  I wish they would have given us Thundercracker instead of Ramjet.  At least that we we'd have a half set.  I kind of had a feeling something was up when we so that remold.

Anyways...The Target Ultra Magnus vs. Skywarp sets are now on clearance for $4.98 if anyone is interested.  Fantastic set and you can't go wrong for that price.  $20 was even a good deal.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 6, 2007, 06:57 PM
Oh, I saw the LOC giftset today at Target.  Never got into that line, but they looked neat in the packaging...Not sure how much it was though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on April 6, 2007, 07:58 PM
Oh, I saw the LOC giftset today at Target.  Never got into that line, but they looked neat in the packaging...Not sure how much it was though.

Like the Order 66 sets diplayed near them, the TF set is $9.99.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on April 9, 2007, 08:54 AM
Oh, I saw the LOC giftset today at Target.  Never got into that line, but they looked neat in the packaging...Not sure how much it was though.

I saw them too. Not really that impressed by them. I passed.

Does anyone know if we will get any more pieces in the "classic" line after Devastor ?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 9, 2007, 11:01 AM
Sadly, the only remaining "classics" will be the Botcon exclusives.   :'(

Maybe they'll return to something like this line when Heroes comes out.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on April 9, 2007, 11:22 AM
Man that sucks !!!!

What are the Botcon exclusives and how costly will they be for us to get ?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 9, 2007, 11:40 AM
What are the Botcon exclusives and how costly will they be for us to get ?

$329.00 - that should stop you in your tracks right there.  There's no pics yet, but the set includes the remaining seekers - Thrust, Ramjet, Thundercracker, Bugbite (Bumblee repaint), and Dreadwind (Jetfire repaint)

Stooooopid Hasbro.  That's $60 of toys....I understand that fact that exclusives should be a bit more expensive than the normal stuff, but this is just off the wall + they're denying their core fanbase as they know that we all wanted a complete set of seekers and most of us won't pay that much.

All re-rapes paints in a fancy schamancy box.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on April 9, 2007, 12:29 PM
Guess I'm done then. lol.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on April 9, 2007, 04:15 PM
The $329 is the same price they charge for attending the convention.  They always do this at least for the GI Joe Con they also put on.  The price also includes admission to the con, seminars, snacks, dinner, etc.  Unfortunately, they also charge the same amount for not attending and you don't get the extra toy they give out if you show up in person. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 11, 2007, 01:57 AM
Ordered an MP-05 Megatron and an unmodified #6 TFC reissue Megatron from TFsource.com (http://www.tfsource.com/) just now. Apparently, even though the pictures featured there have a plugged barrel, the plug isn't glued in, and judging by this thread (http://www.seibertron.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3635&sid=) at Seiberton. just pops right out. So I decided to take a chance with them, since the options for this Megatron are a little limited on these shores unless I wanted to lay out nearly $180 for an unmodified one on ebay.

I bought the reissue Megatron just because one day I'm going to own the entire TFC collection. Plus that morningstar accessory. Gotta have that.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on April 11, 2007, 09:35 AM
Post pics when you can.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 11, 2007, 05:46 PM
Ordered an MP-05 Megatron and an unmodified #6 TFC reissue Megatron from TFsource.com (http://www.tfsource.com/) just now. Apparently, even though the pictures featured there have a plugged barrel, the plug isn't glued in, and judging by this thread (http://www.seibertron.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3635&sid=) at Seiberton. just pops right out. So I decided to take a chance with them, since the options for this Megatron are a little limited on these shores unless I wanted to lay out nearly $180 for an unmodified one on ebay.

I bought the reissue Megatron just because one day I'm going to own the entire TFC collection. Plus that morningstar accessory. Gotta have that.  :)

Thanks for the tip on MP Megs II!!  $105 shipped is not a bad deal at all for him especially since he can be plug free.  I already have the original Takara reissue of Megs from a few years back so I suggest you open him first before you open the Masterpiece.  Disappointed you will be.   ;)  But hey, you'll still have the nostalgia thing going.

Oh, I finally finished out my TF DVD collection with Season 3: Box Set - Part 2/Season 4 and it only cost me pinch over $100 shipped.   ::)  I'm not sure why, but that's the only season I skipped back when they were in print.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 11, 2007, 10:38 PM
I have the D-16 reissue from a few years back too, I just couldn't resist the newer one.  ;D I'll say that G1 Megatron is one of the most overhyped TFs ever, since he's pretty lame as a toy.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 11, 2007, 10:42 PM
I noticed that TFsource is sold out of Megatron, and I haven't gotten a confirmation email from them yet.
****.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 11, 2007, 10:50 PM
TakaraTomy to reissue G1 TFs again (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=9972)

Whee! Here's a chance to get a minty-fresh Prime with long smokestacks.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on April 12, 2007, 09:31 AM
I noticed that TFsource is sold out of Megatron, and I haven't gotten a confirmation email from them yet.
****.

Crap was just gonna order it...

Ok, what do you guys think of these pieces?

Revotech Megatron (http://www.tfsource.com/Reissues/Revoltech%20Megatron/revoltech-megatron.html)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 12, 2007, 12:50 PM
I noticed that TFsource is sold out of Megatron, and I haven't gotten a confirmation email from them yet.
****.

That sucks!!   >:(  Hopefully you still got your foot in the door though!  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 12, 2007, 01:08 PM
It doesn't seem like it. Still no email from them, but I didn't use Paypal, instead I used my credit card, so I assume I'm lower on the list.

I still have it on order at BBTS, even though it's modded.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on April 12, 2007, 06:05 PM
Ok, what do you guys think of these pieces?

Revotech Megatron (http://www.tfsource.com/Reissues/Revoltech%20Megatron/revoltech-megatron.html)

That Meg looks awesome and $25 feels about right. Wish he was a little bigger to match 30 Anniversary Prime though...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 13, 2007, 02:30 AM
My MP-05 is on its way from BBTS. I only live a state away, so it should be here before the end of next week.

I'm going to try to remove the plug. They have a pic on their site that has a completely different look to it than the other modded ones we've seen, and they keep saying theirs is glued in. I guess it's a 50/50 chance here.

Haven't heard back from TFsource. I find that odd. Not like it matters now, since my $110 is already spent.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 13, 2007, 10:56 AM
My MP-05 is on its way from BBTS. I only live a state away, so it should be here before the end of next week.

I live 30 minutes from BBTS  ;D  I used to actually live across the street in a condo development.  Sadly, they won't let you pick up anything from them directly at the store and sadly I still get raped on shipping fees, so sadly - I refuse to buy from them.

Let us know how it goes with the plug.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 14, 2007, 03:29 AM
Ouch. That kind of stinks that they'll go to all that trouble of shipping when you're that close.

I'll hopefully have that Megatron by this time next week, and I already have my pliers ready just in case the plug is really glued in there.

I picked up the Prime vs Megatron 2-pack today. I'm disappointed that Prime spins around like he does. I've heard there's a way to fix that, but I haven't found it on any site nor have I figured out a way to do it by futzing with the figure. It's great to have a Prime with waist articulation, but this is a little ridiculous.

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 14, 2007, 01:08 PM
I picked up the Prime vs Megatron 2-pack today. I'm disappointed that Prime spins around like he does.

I am SOOOO disgusted with that pack.  I feel sorry for myself that I even wasted the money on it.  Prime looks pretty cool in bot mode, but that's all this set had going for it.  I could piss on the lame ass DVD pack in.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 14, 2007, 03:54 PM
I hear that. I wanted a nice G1-inspired Prime that had some articulation, and while I got it, well, TFs don't need action features like that. It's basically ruined this Prime for me. He looks great standing there, but as soon as you pick him up, he spins like crazy.  >:(

At least Megatron is a pretty kick-ass toy, IMO. Even though he looks like he just walked out of the Energon line.
I watched the DVD last night, and I'm thinking I probably should have watched the Cybertron toon when it was on. I remember watching Armada occasionally and thinking it was the worst thing I had ever seen (and that was after watching the entire run of RiD....) and never bothering to watch any modern TF cartoons ever again.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 15, 2007, 03:52 PM
RID was fairly decent.  That's what got me back into collecting Transformers.  I really liked watching Beast Wars back in the day on Fox, I'm just not a big fan of transforming animals/bugs.  I bored myself through Armada, Energon, & Cybertron.  They all sucked hardcore ass.  I'm hoping that Heroes leads to a better story rather than just a 30 minute toy ad.  My Season 3 pt 2/season 4 DVD showed up on Friday so I'm looking forward to catching up on those episodes - I missed them all when I was a kid so I'm pretty stoked.  ;D

Oh...I was walking by WM's poster book thing and they have a pretty cool G1 sheet in there.

Anybody having any luck finding ALT Ravage & Rumble?  One of my local WM's must have "accidentally" stocked the Devastator pack which I found a few weeks back.

The only reason I go to WM is when Hasbro awards them an exclusive.  I so wish they could handle them as good as Target does..  ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 15, 2007, 05:12 PM
I've been going nuts looking for that G1 poster and the Alts. We never got the Devestator pack or the Saleucami BPs either, so I assume us here in Iowa are up the creek on all this stuff. Which is really starting to piss me off, since I wanted to buy all of these exclusives and I'm just about sick of doing all this legwork. I wouldn't go to WM at all if they didn't have exclusives, since I order my 30AC online.
I don't know if they're waiting on a reset or what, since everyone else started finding this stuff a month ago.

I liked RiD too. Those were the toys that got me back into collecting TFs as well. I still like that Prowl in that line. It's one of my favorite TFs of all time. I should get a new one since the driver's side door on mine refuses to stay in place in bot mode. I'm still looking for the Scourge from that line, and I might have to settle for the Black Convoy from Takara's Car Robots line instead since it's a hell of a lot cheaper.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 16, 2007, 11:20 AM
The Autobot brothers were a tad hard to transform - I need not mention trying to form Omega Prime, but I loved em all.   ;D 

Scourge was awesome!!  Both his character and the toy.  I thought - at the time that he was an entire new sculpt as I didn't even pay attention to TF until RID started.  I just scored the Takara Laser Optimus a week or so ago and I was actually a little upset that the trailer was all chromed like Scourge.  I never owned the G2 version and that one came with a flat grey color scheme.  Well needless to say, there's a big honkin sticker that came with it so it'll be different enough for me.

I picked up 2 Korean Brave Max's because the Car Robot's versions were going for too much.  That would have been sweet if he would have been released here in the states...Damned drop test!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 17, 2007, 01:57 AM
I always thought that reason was code for "we couldn't find a taker for this exclusive" but maybe the big H was telling the truth then. I really want one of them, as it's one of my grails (next to a mint G1 Shockwave and Swoop) but the prices on all of them keep getting higher, and now is not the most ideal time to buy TFs since the speculation is really starting to pick up on ebay.

I found that G1 poster at my local Wm tonight. It's really impressive in person. For $5, you can't go wrong.  :) They've got a bunch left, so if you don't find it soon, LMK and I'll try to get one for ya.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on April 17, 2007, 07:50 AM
Are there any pics of the poster online ? I have not seen one yet.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 17, 2007, 11:20 AM
I picked mine up on Saturday....

***seems that I can't link the pic for some reason.  I assure you that it's chocked full of G1 goodness though!

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on April 17, 2007, 11:29 AM
Anyone get the MP-05 Megatron? BBTS was saying that their entire shipment was going to be opend off shore by a 3rd party company and they were going to insert the orange plug into the gun barrel to abide by US Customs. I just want to get anyones feedback who went that route on the figure as I am debating getting one.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 17, 2007, 11:36 AM
Ohhh....Looks like Skywarp is next in line for the MP treatment, and the "new" Takara reissues will be called Encore.  Seibertron (http://seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=9887)

Ryan,

inadvertent imitation ordered his from BBTS and he should have his pretty soon.  I'm sure he'll give us a play-by-play.  ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 17, 2007, 01:04 PM
I'm supposed to have it by Thursday, according to UPS. But they require a signature, so it might be Friday.  :(

That's great news about MP Skywarp. Hopefully they get the colors right this time.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 18, 2007, 10:36 PM
Got my Masterpiece Megatron today. Happy dance!  ;D
 
The plug was astonishingly easy to remove. I broke out some channel locks, broke the adhesive's seal with those, and was able to remove the plug the rest of the way with my fingers. No damage to Megatron, thankfully, except for a bit of adhesive stuck inside the barrel. If I was more ambitious, I'd try to get it out of there, but there's no reason to.

So, if you're on the fence about getting it from BBTS, I wouldn't be. They have the best price, and for 30 seconds worth of work, you can save yourself a bundle.

I'll blather on more about it later, after I've soaked it all in.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on April 19, 2007, 08:59 AM
Hit us with some pics bro !
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 19, 2007, 05:57 PM
Well, here's Dirge (http://tformers.com/BotCon-07-Games-of-Deception-Set-Preview-Dirge/7453/news.html)...........too bad they didn't fix the wings, and too bad I'll never own him  :'(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 19, 2007, 11:08 PM
Dang, that sucks. The toy looks great, just I'll never own it.  :(

I'm curious about something. I know Master Collector of GI Joe infamy offers Joe exclusives every year, and they're not made by Hasbro. They only lease the molds to MC who makes the toys, hence the high price on those. Is that the same kind of deal with Botcon and Hasbro? I find it hard to believe Hasbro would be so daft to offer these only there at Botcon. I know they make some dumb decisions, but this just seems out of their league in stupidity.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 24, 2007, 06:03 PM
Thundercracker (http://tformers.com/BotCon-07-Convention-Set-Preview-II-Thundercracker/7483/news.html)  >:( :'(

I wish I was skilled in the art of painting plastic.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on April 24, 2007, 08:38 PM
Thundercracker (http://tformers.com/BotCon-07-Convention-Set-Preview-II-Thundercracker/7483/news.html)  >:( :'(

I wish I was skilled in the art of painting plastic.

Who would you like it to look like?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Aucassin on April 24, 2007, 11:27 PM
I found the the preview Protoform Optimus Prime and Starscream at Wal-Mart yesterday. I was briefly tempted to get Prime, but changed my mind. I'm definitely going back to get Rumble and Ravage, though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on April 25, 2007, 08:37 AM
I found the the preview Protoform Optimus Prime and Starscream at Wal-Mart yesterday. I was briefly tempted to get Prime, but changed my mind. I'm definitely going back to get Rumble and Ravage, though.

I have not seen these. What do they look like?
Are the exclusive ??

P.S. Still can't find that G1 Poster in stock at Wal-Mart!!!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 25, 2007, 10:48 AM
Thundercracker (http://tformers.com/BotCon-07-Convention-Set-Preview-II-Thundercracker/7483/news.html)  >:( :'(

I wish I was skilled in the art of painting plastic.

Who would you like it to look like?

What I meant was - I'd like to pick up a Starscream and Ramjet and paint them into the remaining three seekers..


I have not seen these. What do they look like?
Are the exclusive ??


They look bad IMO....and they're not exclusives
(http://www.cinemablend.com/images/news/3686/_1161489333.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on April 25, 2007, 04:07 PM
They look bad IMO....

Agreed.  How amazing - they transform from fairly uncool looking robots into a metal comet.  Wow.  I'm really dissapointed that the movie robots don't look more like the toy/comic versions of the characters.  :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on April 25, 2007, 04:12 PM
These toys represent their "protoform" configurations. Once they "scan" our Earthly vehicles, their robot and vehicle modes will appear different from these raw modes.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on April 25, 2007, 07:46 PM
No matter what they look BAD!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 25, 2007, 08:34 PM
These toys represent their "protoform" configurations. Once they "scan" our Earthly vehicles, their robot and vehicle modes will appear different from these raw modes.

Kind of makes me wonder what "Earthly" vehicles some of the Decepticons scanned though....

Don't you throw a spoiler out there Jay!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Scott on April 25, 2007, 09:50 PM
Any chance GNT will be made in the movie line?

(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/optimus.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DSJ™ on April 25, 2007, 09:55 PM
(http://www.telusplanet.net/public/djustus/rotfl.gif)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 25, 2007, 10:29 PM
Any chance GNT will be made in the movie line?

(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/optimus.jpg)


I'm sure he's considered offensive to many cultures...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 26, 2007, 01:10 AM
I thought Has/Tak already made a fat Prime toy.

(http://www.seibertron.com/images/toys/files/25/r_stdconvoy024.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on April 26, 2007, 08:55 PM
These toys represent their "protoform" configurations. Once they "scan" our Earthly vehicles, their robot and vehicle modes will appear different from these raw modes.

I know, but they still look pretty rediculous IMO.  Guess I'm too nostalgic for the old school G1 characters... :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 27, 2007, 12:40 AM
Thrust (http://www.botcon.com/)

Dammit, they even went to the trouble of giving him retooled wings. Now I really want this set. I suppose if I wasn't moving in a month or hadn't bought Masterpiece Megatron, I would have sprung for the set.

Well, Hasbro and (possibly) TRU missed the boat on a pretty great exclusive set by only offering these Seekers at Botcon.

In happier news, I got a TFC reissue Perceptor in the mail today from ebay. I've wanted this guy for twenty years, and it's great to finally own it.  ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on April 27, 2007, 09:09 AM
Thrust (http://www.botcon.com/)

That is just so wrong. Damn !
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 30, 2007, 12:48 PM
Alternators: Life after movie? (http://www.actoys.net/bbs/read.php?tid=180615)

I hope so. I almost bought the Kiss Players Rodimus last fall, and here it is, hopefully coming stateside.

Though I desperately hope it's not a WM exclusive, since I've been to WMs in five different cities and still haven't found Ravage and Rumble.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 30, 2007, 12:55 PM
Sweet!!  I'm sure it's going to be an exclusive though.  Last I heard this line is dead, but I wouldn't mind a Nemesis Prime reissue.  I've never bit on the Binaltech or Kiss stuff just because I consider them to be their own breed with all the die-cast so I didn't want to get forced into buying all of them.

Oh, I finally found ALT Ravage & Rumble over the weekend.  I've been looking for these guys for weeks and I actually managed to cover 2 different states before lucking out.  Looks like only one if the Twin Cities WM's received these guys as far as I know.  I can grab you a set if your sick of the hunt..  ;)

I'll be dragging my avatar back out once the next WM exclusive gets announced.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on April 30, 2007, 07:17 PM
Although not the greatest news in the world, I found the Protoform Starscream and Optimus Prime at the local disaster area K-Mart yesterday.  Since the only people who usually shop there on a regular basis are the C.H.U.D.s, all eight were still on the shelf.  $10.99 was the damage for each.

Long story short, Starscream is interesting yet disappointing (his legs are strangely designed, making any leg stance other than an "attention" or sitting position nearly impossible; the ball joint used for his waist is very easy to come apart), and Optimus is great.  I'm referring, of course, to the robot modes, which are very well articulated.  The less said about the "Mechano-Sperm" modes, the better. :)

I've been keeping a close eye on the WMs around here for the exclusives, and outside of my previous Devastator find on a road trip, none of the three local WMs have gotten either that set or the Alternators (or the SW Saleucami packs, come to think of it).  I really don't understand why retailers (any retailer) gets an exclusive item if they're not going to, you know, actually carry it to begin with.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 30, 2007, 11:03 PM
I really don't understand why retailers (any retailer) gets an exclusive item if they're not going to, you know, actually carry it to begin with.

This is why I hate Wal-Mart and will always continue to.  My Targets have been nothing less than fantastic about stocking their exclusives and TRU has been pretty good to me as of late.  Target's HQ's is based here in MN so maybe I have a head's up, but I've had nothing but problems for each and every single one of WM's exclusives dating back to the Cantina figs + the Bruticus repaints.  I've gotten lucky on a few occassions, but I've wasted more gas than I would have liked to, so I guess I'll be ebaying it from now on unless I can get help form the local front.  I've only seen the Saleucami set once in the wild of which I'm sure I'll never see again...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 1, 2007, 01:13 AM
I did see the Saleucami pack a few weeks ago, but no Alts or Devastator. It pisses me off, but I figure they're probably just holding them with the preview figures, and all that stuff will be out tomorrow (or right now.)

I'm actually looking forward to owning those preview figures. I do think the comet modes suck, but I never display my TFs in vehicle form anyway. I suppose they'll be out on 5/1, but I'm expecting them to be held until Wednesday.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 1, 2007, 01:16 AM
Bugbite revealed. (http://www.botcon.com/)

It's hard to buy that cutesy Bumblebee mold as a Decepticon, but since I'm never going to own this set, eh.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 1, 2007, 08:26 AM
Bugbite revealed. (http://www.botcon.com/)

It's hard to buy that cutesy Bumblebee mold as a Decepticon, but since I'm never going to own this set, eh.

*YAWN*  No thanks.  Seriously - is anyone else tired of TFormers and SW just repainting the same toy over and over and slapping a new name on it?  Is it that hard to just change the head to look different or alter the wings or do SOMETHING other than just changing the paint scheme?  Is this on my priority list of wants, right next to the polka-dot jedi starfighter.  :P
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 1, 2007, 11:31 PM
Got my movie preview toys today. They're a lot bigger than I thought they'd be, and neater too.

One of the employees at the local TRU that I bought them at was all "OMG, these aren't supposed to be out!" even though there was like twelve pegs full of them, all with MOVIE PREVIEW clearly written on the package. I tried explaining that these were fine to be out, since I'd like to at least think I was a somewhat knowledgeable collector, but she wouldn't have any of it. At least she let me buy my two, but she'll be getting an earful from her manager later since she took down the whole display.

While I appreciate some independent thought from toy store employees, at least do a bit of research, yeah?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 2, 2007, 12:34 PM
I found those at TRU last week and I vowed never to pick them up after seeing them the first time and I'm still holding true to that after viewing them in hand.  I may perhaps pick up the Protos if the movie impresses me.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 2, 2007, 10:32 PM
I saw these all over today.  Three words:

Worst
Figures
Ever.  :P
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on May 3, 2007, 09:07 AM
I picked up the prime just to have. I have no interest in the line. I'll stick with my classics.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 3, 2007, 10:31 AM
I saw four full pegs of these yesterday morning.  Went to the same store today and they had 3 starscreams and 1 optimus...someone is buying this crud.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on May 3, 2007, 10:34 AM
I stopped by TRU yesterday, and noticed they had the two preview figures out as well.  It looked like they had plenty of both.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 3, 2007, 05:36 PM
Well here's Dreadwing (http://www.botcon.com/) err..Jetfire
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on May 3, 2007, 06:37 PM
Yesterday, I got confirmation from the Transformers Club that they will fill my order for the convention set.  Over the past week I've been tempted to make plans to travel to the Con but I couldn't make it happen and I'm saving for the Atlanta GI Joe Con.  Also, all of the spots, except some by lottery, for the Hasbro HQ tour were full.  Also, the movie premiere during the Con sounded great too.  So in the end I just ordered the non-attending package.  Hopefully, they don't have Sunstorm as an attending premium or con exclusive.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: P-Siddy on May 3, 2007, 08:50 PM
I saw the new movie protos at the local TRU. *yawn*
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 4, 2007, 02:13 AM
Dang, no love for the protoforms here, eh?  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on May 4, 2007, 04:54 AM
I saw the movie preview figures too and I didn't think they were that bad.  I'll probably pick them up someday but when they hit clearance.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Nicklab on May 4, 2007, 05:14 PM
Dang, no love for the protoforms here, eh?  :)

Not really.  Especially after I saw a Masterpiece edition Starscream earlier this week.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on May 4, 2007, 10:51 PM
We all know there is nothing like G1 !
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 5, 2007, 05:22 PM
We all know there is nothing like G1 !

That doesn't matter to me.  I have almost all of the the G1 line except for the Pretenders and Micromasters.  I've embraced *most* of the other lines minus all the bugs and animals.  I've only picked up bits and pieces of toys from RID, Armada, Energon, Cybertron, Universe - only the ones I like.  Not like SW where I feel compelled to pick up every piece no matter how crappy it is.  :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 6, 2007, 12:00 PM
Dang, no love for the protoforms here, eh?  :)

I like them.  I'm still not too happy with Starscream's legs, but I really like Prime.  I think I'm definitely in a minority, though, in that the movie designs that I've seen don't really bother me all that much.  I can see where they were going with the more "realistic" designs, although the alien heads on some of the characters are going to take some getting used to.  Just looking at the movie toys, though, I find myself wanting more than several of them just for the fun of it. 

And speaking of, does anyone know of a complete list of movie toys that have been announced?  I looked at Hasbro's list of wave 1 stuff (which I assume will be part of the first of June launch), but I've also seen photos of an Ice Man Megatron and the fighter jet Starscream, so I assume they're part of wave two.  Specifically, are they planning on doing more Unleashed outside of Bumblebee?

As for the Wal-Mart exclusives, I literally walked into Bizarro Wal-Mart on Friday while out of town.  Along the back wall of the toy section were shelves FILLED with display boxes of the SW Treachery on Saleucami packs, the Devastator gift sets, the two Alternators (Rumble and Ravage), the tubular SW Unleashed toys, and a lot of Titanium TFs.  Given how they never even showed up locally at all (which seems to be the prevailing sentiment given comments here), I was shocked to see such a large contingent of them in one particular store.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 6, 2007, 12:41 PM
I'm a bit lazy at the moment but here's a list (http://www.transformerland.com/transformers-movie.html) of what's coming out, but it's not complete as there's supposed to be some additional "drones" and all sorts of other weird things coming out.  I'm really looking forward to the Unleashed stuff + the cutesy GH style 2-packs.  Still on the fence about the $90 Bumblebee though..

Good find on all the WM exclusive stuff DP!  What a freak occurance.  I found ALT Ravage & Rumble a week or so ago at only one of my local WM's and they had a whole **** load of them - yet no other WM even in the next state received any product.

I'll say it again...I hate Wal-Mart.  I have a bad feeling that the Seacons combiner set is going to be out sooner rather than later and I have a bad feeling it's going to end up at that **** hole.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 11, 2007, 02:51 AM
Optimus Prime Unleashed (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=7589)

Neat. Not sure about $20 worth of neat.

Robot Heroes in stock now at TRU.com.
Bumblebee vs. Soundwave (http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2534992&cp=&sr=1&f=Taxonomy%2FTRUS%2F2255956&origkw=transformers+movie&kw=transformers+movie&parentPage=search)   Optimus Prime vs. Ravage (http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2534988&cp=&sr=1&f=Taxonomy%2FTRUS%2F2255956&origkw=transformers+movie&kw=transformers+movie&parentPage=search)

I ordered both sets just now. Not sure if these are under the June 2nd embargo or not.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 15, 2007, 03:57 AM
I really hate to make my chances of not winning one greater, but I have to let you guys know- Pepsi is currently running a TF movie tie-in where you enter codes for prizes. Normally, I wouldn't give a rip, but one of the prizes is this beauty:

(http://pepsi.yahoo.com/transformyoursummer/images/image_optimus_collect2.jpg)


Pepsi Prime, for us American fans.  :)

You can get started here. (http://pepsi.yahoo.com/transformyoursummer/)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 15, 2007, 12:36 PM
Deluxe Figures now officially available at retail!
 (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=10307)

According to Hasbro:

Deluxe Figures now officially available at retail!

To coincide with the new Transformers movie trailer being released this week, we are now allowing retailers to sell all figures from the 81057 Movie Deluxe Figures, beginning immediately. All other movie product will keep the 6/2 street date. Please be patient with retailers as it may take a couple days for communication to filter down to store-level.

Enjoy a little taste for your huge Transformers appetites!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 15, 2007, 01:04 PM
Good news!!  I'm definately looking forward to pick up a few of the deluxes + the leader class stuff when that hits.  I can't believe how much product will be out for this movie.  I quit hitting some of the fan sites as I'm just getting way too overwhelmed.  Not that I'm going to pick everything up, but my god....

Oh, and too bad Pepsi Prime has his stacks hacked....I'll stick with the Jap version - if I ever feel like buying it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on May 15, 2007, 05:18 PM
I picked up the new Transformers Generation 1 Guide by Mark Bellomo today.  Very cool book with a lot of great info.  It's set up the same way as his GI Joe Guide.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 15, 2007, 05:59 PM
I fully expect most Targets to sit on whatever deluxe stock they have in the backroom despite what any Hasbro directive tells them.  I've quickly learned that if it's a toy with a release date stamped on it, they'll be damned if they'll put it out before that date, unless a Target employee happens to be the one buying it.   ::)

On a happier note, I ordered the Voyager Class movie Ironhide from Amazon.com earlier this afternoon and it's already preparing to ship!  And it's still listed as in stock, so if you want to be impatient, head on over!

Movie Ironhide at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-81120-Transformers-Voyager-Ironhide/dp/B000M6B6DM/ref=sr_1_2/102-7416871-7747334?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1179266271&sr=8-2)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 16, 2007, 12:28 AM
Yeah, I was thinking I'd have to wait until June 2nd as well. I'm sure that they'd put the stuff out, but not update their computers, and a whole scene will be made over whether or not I can buy the stuff.

All I was looking to get for now is Blackout, Jazz, and Bonecrusher. But Blackout won't be available until June 2nd. Argh.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 16, 2007, 02:44 AM
Fun with Bayformers:

(http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/9481/beevslistonmj4.jpg)

(http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/3880/optimusteasingje0.jpg)

(http://www.nurdlab.com/images/fark/megamantron.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 16, 2007, 11:36 PM
Still no luck finding any movie toys around here. I suppose I should just go to TRU.com since they have free shipping and stuff.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 16, 2007, 11:40 PM
Found a code for Hasbro Toy Shop. 25% off and free shipping.

FNFSPR7

The TF movie toys are there, but they don't ship until 6/4. What's the point then?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on May 17, 2007, 03:05 AM
I stopped at the Champlin, MN Target today and saw the new deluxe movie Transformers.  All of them were very tempting but I'll wait for a good sale someday.  Here's a picture I snapped.   

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/224/501725597_62eb0921ca.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Nicklab on May 17, 2007, 08:45 PM
I was pretty surprised to find a lot of the movie transformers at a couple of stores today.  Even Optimus Prime!  Sure, that was at a mom & pop store, but this is one of the premiere pieces in the line.  I thought there was a street date in the first week of June?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 18, 2007, 01:36 AM
Yup, June 2nd for everything but the Previews and the Deluxe figures. Was that the Leader Class Prime you saw? I'm totally buying that one.  :)

I got my Robot Heroes from TRU.com today. The Bumblebee/Soundwave pack revealed some new ones we haven't seen yet, like Ultra Magnus/Megatron, Jazz/Thundercracker, and Optimus Prime w/Matrix/Unicron.

The packs I got, Prime/Ravage and Bumblebee/Soundwave, are great. Not a great replacment for Heroes of Cybertron, but something that you can give to your kids, if you have them.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 18, 2007, 05:53 PM
Still no sign of any non-Protoforms around here.  Target put out another case of the protos this morning, though, so until their inevitable three-days-late reset after the official street date, I doubt they'll be doing anything soon.  Wal-Mart is still sitting on a mountain of Cybertron stuff and hasn't even stocked the protos as yet, so they're coming up empty.  I keep hoping TRU will get something but no luck there either.

Just to complain a little, Amazon is taking their sweet time getting the Ironhide to me.  It allegedly shipped on the 15th, although when I've tried to track the package, it keeps giving me the "sender notified USPS of the imminent shipment" message.  Amazon, if it could be said again, has really gone to **** in terms of shipping methods and speed.  I used to be able to buy something listed as in-stock and it would be on my doorstep within three days, and now when I finally do get the package (often over a week later), the box is half-opened and has numerous puncture holes and very little packing material.   It's like Bezos hired the folks who started off at Shop.Starwars.com a few years back on their launch.   ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 21, 2007, 08:16 PM
After a long day at work, I arrived to find the package from Amazon waiting on me on the porch.  10 minutes later, Ironhide was freed from his plastic and cardboard prison and the long and arduous process of transforming him had begun. :)

Long story short, in vehicle mode, he's bigger than the Classics Voyager Optimus Prime, and in robot mode he's pretty big, too.  The transforming action/skill level is along the lines of something like the Alternators rather than the Classics Voyagers, and the instructions are (like the one Alternator I own) vague and difficult to follow from time to time.  I'm still not certain that I have the upper body transformation performed correctly. 

On the "automorph technology" front, Ironhide's shins and feet have this feature.  When you pull his front foot/bumper part down, the back part automatically folds down, the tire swings back, and the truck bed folds back to form shin armor.  Pretty neat little action, to be quite honest. 

He's pretty well articulated, too, with balljointed shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and a swivel head and waist.  He could be articulated beyond that, but I haven't had a chance to really fiddle with the toy since I did my first transformation back and forth.  The guns are okay, disguised as the side-of-the-bottom-of-the-cab fuel tank looking things in vehicle mode.  One of the things I like about the modern TFs (at least the ones I've gotten) is how the weaponry is integrated into the actual robot/vehicle so I don't have a bunch of loose pieces left over when I go from one mode to another.  Ironhide is no exception.

Overall, I'd give Ironhide a 4 out of 5. :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on May 22, 2007, 03:56 AM
Today, I finally received my Masterpiece Megatron shipping confirmation from agesthreeandup.com.  I saved a lot by ordering both sets from them.  However, it sure took a while for them to get the toys in the mail.  They ordered a lot of them and then had them shipped by boat.  Hopefully, they will be here by this Saturday. 

I haven't seen any of the yet to be released TF Movie toys since Target the other day.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on May 22, 2007, 04:54 PM
It is probably due to the movie hype, but its made me feel nostalgic for the Transformers days of my youth - the toon and the toys.  Anyways, it has got me to want to maybe pick up a few toys, but I'm not sure if I can afford much.  I'd like to get some type of Optimus Prime to display, just because he is so iconic from the TF world.  Anyways - I was wondering if you guys could recommend a nice looking (and hopefully affordable) Prime I could go after.  I'm leaning towards the G1 look, or somewhat close.  Would the Classics version be a good choice?  Should I just pick up the small Titanium one due to affordability?  Like I said, I'm looking for a nice looking robot form, and fairly simple "transformability" :P.  There are so many different TF lines, I thought I'd turn to the experts to see what the best options would be, if I were able to pick one up.  Thanks for any advice.  Its such a nostalgic year for kids of the 80s with the 30th Anny of Star Wars, 25th of Joe, and now Transformers on the big screen.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 22, 2007, 05:39 PM
I didn't really like the classics version very much at all, but you might be able to find him on clearance at Target for cheap to fill a fix.  The small titanium ones are pretty cool if you just want a lil Prime to sit next to your monitor to keep you company...

But nothing screams G1 like his first incarnation, so I'd hold off and wait until Takara releases its Encore version of him - full stacks and all not like the butchered US release which has always bugged me.  Not quite sure what "changes" they're making to him in this release but they mentioned new deco or what not.  Most people would say to pick up the Masterpiece version of him, but I honestly think he's too big and a bit too overpriced, but he fits in good with my Alternators.  Of course there's plenty of other Primes from all the different sublines, some are good, some are bad but it's kind of pointless for you to try one of them if you're feeling that nostalgic feeling as you would recognize him, but it's just not the same thing.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 22, 2007, 08:28 PM
I'm going to be the devil's advocate (or the iFett's advocate, who is in no way, shape, or form a demonic presence I can assure you  ;) ) and say that I love the Classics Prime.  He's not so large that he takes up a lot of space in robot or truck form, the transformation is pretty easy, the articulation is great, and if you can find him at a Target right now, he's well worth the investment (I saw two the other day for 5 bucks each; these were gone fairly quickly or I'd try to score one for you).  I will agree with iFett that there's nothing that can substitute for the original G1 toy, but if you want a good Prime on a budget, the Classics version would be my advice as the way to go.

Still no sign of the (non-preview) movie toys around here, but June 2nd isn't too far away.  I just hope that TRU, Target, and WM will actually stock the stuff that day instead of (the middle of the three, at least) waiting for some stupid reset date. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on May 22, 2007, 09:21 PM
Keep an eye on ebay because somethings you can find an original 1984 Prime for about $100 and in great condition.  I picked up a pre-rub 1984 Prime back in January for about $100 and it was near perfect.  Caution, because once I bought Prime then I
went on a 1984-1987 buying spree.

Now I may be starting up again because since buying the Bellomo book I had to go out and find a nice Predaking set.  Next up I need to get Trypticon. 

Then I start looking at all the 1988 toys and see some cool one's too like Dreadwing.  I managed to pick up a Darkwing in January but I still need the Dreadwind.

If anyone wants to get hooked buy Bellomo's Transformers book and his GI Joe book too if you want hooked.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 22, 2007, 11:14 PM
I'm going to be the devil's advocate (or the iFett's advocate, who is in no way, shape, or form a demonic presence I can assure you  ;) ) and say that I love the Classics Prime.

Still no sign of the (non-preview) movie toys around here

Glad to hear that you settled on a Prime DP!  I'm actually a big fan of bricks and very minor articulation in my bots, so I think you'll have found what you've been looking for in classics Prime.

I've not seen a lick of any of the movie toys either besides those stupid Protos...

I picked up most of my G1 stuff 3-4 years ago on Ebay when I took a break from SW and I just started the cleanup recently with some of the cassettes I missed...Quite sick I am of people grading things in "excellent" and "collector" shape.  Guess I've been out of the loop for awhile on Ebay and have forgotten to double, and re-double check with sellers on their descriptions.  Case in point...I think it's foolish to bid on a vintage Prime at that price.  Wait for a reissue so you can get one at half price + it's minty fresh!

The Predaking reissue was a key piece I was missing and he's one of my fave's between him  and the original Scorponok.  I got a killer deal on Scorpy + Trypticon a while back. mmmm....headmasters.

I'd have to say though that my favorite Prime would be the Powermaster Version + Godbomber even better yet is FireGuts Convoy (piss yellow & orange) and then Nucleon Quest Convoy (all black) all sharing the same mold
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 26, 2007, 11:52 AM
Thursday morning I walked into the local Wal-Mart to find two cases on the "to be stocked" pallet with "TRANSFORMERS MOVIE VOYAGER ASSORTMENT WAVE 7 ASST ???" on the side of the box.  As the stock person was standing right there, I asked the woman if I could open one of the two cases to see what was inside.  At which point she looked up and said "NOT UNTIL JUNE 2nd, I'M SORRY SIR, NOT UNTIL JUNE 2nd!" in a very agitated voice and repeated "NOBODY TOUCHES IT UNTIL JUNE 2nd!"  I left kind of bewildered at what inspired such psychotic passion in this woman due to a polite request, but oh well, it's only a week or so UNTIL JUNE 2nd SO I CAN TOUCH THEM ALL I WANT!  ;D

On a more ironic note, that same Wal-Mart, later in the day, had installed the "aisle arch" featuring Prime and someone else (either Barricade or the helicopter) above the toy aisle on one end.  Never mind the fact that they haven't even put out the protoforms yet and their entire TF stock consists of Classics Prime vs. Megatron, tons of Cybertron toys from early summer '06 and a lot of SW TFs, and, you know, that it ISN'T JUNE 2nd YET.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 26, 2007, 02:08 PM
Some local guys here said that Target has these in, so there and TRU is likely where I'll be getting my movie toys. WM just hasn't stocked any TFs since Classics wave 2. They suck, though.

Also, our very own Darth Rock works at TRU, and he said that the TF movie stuff will be taking over the area where all the Spider-Man 3 junk is right now. I guess TRU would be the place to go for this stuff.

Also, found this profile on MySpace that may or may not feature a song from the movie soundtrack.
Clicky. (http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=44191635) He makes several references to the appearances of characters and even names Blackout specifically, so I assume it's legit. Or the guy could just be a really big fan.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 26, 2007, 07:49 PM
Picked up Barricade and Jazz at Target today. Jazz was the one I was looking forward to the most, but it was Barricade that blew me away.

This guy better be a maniac in the movie. Dude looks like he was built to kill Autobots.

The transformations on both were a little more difficult than I expected, but I think that's due to the designs of the bots having to fit into a reasonable facsimilie of a Saleen Mustang and a hardtop Pontiac Solstice (which is a car that doesn't really exist, yet.) Once you get them transformed, they're actually very neat. Jazz's forearms and shoulders gave me a bit of trouble, since Hasbro still doesn't take them time to add any text to the instructions, but once you get it figured out, it will stick with you.
Barricade's transformation is a little easier. He doesn't have any weapons, but once you see his hands, you'll see why.


As an added bonus, Barricade comes with a small version of Frenzy, who pops out of the grill of the Mustang. He doesn't do much besides fold up, but I suppose that's why Hasbro is going to offer a Deluxe version later this summer. I wonder if this bugger was supposed to be Soundwave, since he transforms into a CD player.

Anywho, these are some really neat toys. I'm almost tempted to run back to Target to pick up Bumblebee.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 27, 2007, 12:33 AM
Well you two sure have me "jazzed" up about getting my hands on these guys.  Only my local TRU broke the street date by offering a tite Prime & Bumblebee 2pack and some bump and go lame ass things.  I'm still sick and tired of seeing those protos everywhere and I still refuse to pick them up even though I wanted my toy fix today.

patience.......
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 28, 2007, 09:06 AM
Yeah, iFett, the local TRU had the Titanium Prime and Bumblebee packs as well.  Everybody still seems to be sitting on the unembargoed Deluxes, though.  But, like I said (and have been trying to convince myself of for the past few days), it's not too long until the stuff hits en masse, so I'm not too upset. :)

So, where is everyone going to be shopping this Saturday morning?  It looks like TRU and WM are each going to have "exclusive" packages containing regular release toys, but I don't know if there's a discount for buying them together or not.  So far, this is what I've been able to figure out as far as what will be on the shelves for the opening salvo:

DELUXE CLASS:
-Jazz
-Bumblebee
-Barricade
-Scorponok
-Brawl
-Bonecrusher

VOYAGER CLASS:
-Ironhide
-Ratchet
-Blackout
-Starscream
-Optimus Prime (????)
-Megatron-Ice Man (????)

LEADER CLASS:
-Optimus Prime
-Megatron

EXCLUSIVES:
-WAL-MART:  Bumblebee (Deluxe) vs. Barricade (Deluxe)
-TOYS R US:  Blackout (Voyager) and Scorponok (Deluxe)
-TARGET:  Robo Vision Optimus Prime (Voyager, seemingly vac-metallized)

Have I missed anything?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 28, 2007, 11:27 AM
Depending on how much money I have, I want to get the Blackout/Scorponok 2-pack and the Target Voyager Prime.

Though it might have to wait until Sunday for me.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 28, 2007, 06:16 PM
One of my WM's (the only one where I've ever found TF exclusives) had the Protos with free posters....still passed.  They also had a dancing or singing Bumblebee.  I hit one of the buttons and it played the original G1 theme song VERY LOUD so I quickly geeked out and hit another aisle until it finished.

I haven't been on the upidy up so are the figs in the 2-packs the same as the individual carded versions??  I generally open all of my Transformers unless the exclusive is uber cool.

I'm going to be so broke come next weekend.   ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on May 29, 2007, 02:01 PM
I finally found the Bumblebee DLX figure. It's not too bad but it feels bit cheap for $10 if you ask me. The only other pieces i'm waiting for are Unleashed Prime and the Optimash Prime Potato Head...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 31, 2007, 12:55 PM
I stopped by Target earlier today, since I knew they had the Deluxe figures out and I was looking for Bonecrusher. Well, they pulled the entire display, including the protoforms and even some Cybertron and Classics stragglers.

I ******* hate street dates sometimes. That and ******* whistleblowers who don't realize we've been able to buy Deluxes for two weeks now.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 31, 2007, 01:12 PM
Ya, most of my Targets have reset and they just have HUGE gaping holes where the Spidey stuff used to be.  None of my local stores broke the "street date" except for a TRU that put out some of the lamer stuff.  No deluxes, voyagers, or leaders.  I'm really looking forward to those GH style 2 packs and the Unleashed stuff...I know I'll definatley be picking up a leader class Prime, but I'm still on the fence about the other toys...especially the Protos.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on May 31, 2007, 01:24 PM
Nothing has broken here either from what I've seen.  Our WM has replaced the Spidey 3 aisle header with a Transformers one and reset their aisle, but there's just gaping holes there as well.  Target hasn't done anything yet, and was a little late the last time (with Spidey/Pirates stuff).  I'm hoping they do reset this weekend, just so some of the VTSC figures show up :).  All three stores here do have the sneak preview Transformers out though, but that's about it.  TRU has a couple other things (Titanium 2 pack with Bumblebee and Prime I noticed), but none of the figures that I've seen.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 31, 2007, 01:46 PM
Oh one other part of the Target reset that I really liked besides them having no movie toys.......They actually seperated the Transformer tites from the SW ones  :o

Now I just hope they can keep it this way

***Looks like they're also holding off on stocking the TF shirts they had in this weeks ad as well...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 31, 2007, 11:02 PM
I don't get why they took it down at my local store. The Spider-Man 3 crap is still everywhere. Not like it matters, though. I probably won't be able to buy any movie toys for a week or two. I'd be lucky to afford Bonecrusher right now.  :P

Also, did anyone else try to get the 1986 movie's rereleased soundtrack this week? I went to two WMs, one Target, one Best Buy, and one FYE and I didn't see it anywhere. It annoyed the piss out of me.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on June 1, 2007, 09:15 AM
Also, did anyone else try to get the 1986 movie's rereleased soundtrack this week? I went to two WMs, one Target, one Best Buy, and one FYE and I didn't see it anywhere. It annoyed the piss out of me.

THEY REISSUED IT?!?!?! Looks like i'm going on a run at lunch...  :P
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on June 1, 2007, 12:30 PM
I don't know if it's a reissue or not. They changed the cover and added four tracks to it. I suppose I'll have to get it from Amazon or something.

Linky. (http://www.amazon.com/Transformers-Movie-Original-Soundtrack/dp/B000PHW236/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-0615473-6322528?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1180715415&sr=1-1)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 1, 2007, 06:17 PM
Here's just another reason why I hate WM (http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/default.cfm?page=News/Item&newsid=E7D57538-D56F-E112-49FFDB953D635BDC)  >:(

I don't think I'll have spent so much money on transformers at one single time other than this weekend.  Not that I'll actually find that Robot Heroes set, but on most of the other crap.  :-\


OOOhhhh......US Masterpiece Screamer?? (http://tformers.com/First-Look-US-Version-Masterpiece-Starscream/7748/news.html)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Aucassin on June 1, 2007, 09:06 PM
OOOhhhh......US Masterpiece Screamer?? (http://tformers.com/First-Look-US-Version-Masterpiece-Starscream/7748/news.html)

I hope so, that looks great!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 2, 2007, 10:13 AM
Well I just dropped 2 bills this morning on TF Movie stuff.  The Robot Heroes was the very first thing that I went for.  I may end up waiting to open stuff as I recall there are supposed to be exclusive 2 packs, but I'm not sure when those are supposed to be released.  There was even a Hasbro rep at the WM I hit who watched in horror as I tore through her freshly stocked display.  I even asked her about the Robot Heroes exclusive WM 5 pack and she had no idea what I was talking about.  ::)  I was the first TF buyer there so she even pleasantly escorted me to the register - that was cool  8)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on June 2, 2007, 10:37 AM
I stopped at Target this morning and they had NOTHING! It was all set for product but the shelves were bare...

This forced me to go to Walmart where they only had HALF of what was supposed to be out. Luckily they had Optimash Prime ( ;D) and the Optimus/Ravage RH 2 pack. I really like these Robot Heroes and think i'll go back for the rest later today...

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on June 2, 2007, 02:03 PM
I dropped by Target myself this morning and they had freshly stocked the huge blank space allotted after the aisle reset yesterday.  The only thing that kind of irritated me was that there was three times as much space given to those Fast Action Battlers things as to the actual deluxe class toys (12 pegs for the former, only 4 for the latter, which were, of course, stocked full of Preview Protoforms).  Tons of the Optimus Prime and Starscream arm cannon things, and gobs upon gobs of those Scout Class repaints exclusive to Target.  They had about seven Leader Class Primes and only one Leader Class Megatron (the latter of which I picked up; I didn't see it again at any other stores today, so I'm glad I did).  Two endcaps devoted to TF stuff, with Voyager Starscreams and Ironhides, and wave one Deluxe class hanging out alongside the exclusive "Robo-Vision" Optimus Primes and the Unleashed Bumblebee.  Target was, for all intents and purposes, the best stocked of the three stores I hit this morning, both in terms of amount and variety.

Wal-Mart, after vowing that nobody would touch their toys until June 2nd, decided to only stock those two cases of Voyagers (SS, Ratchet, Blackout, and Ironhide) in addition to their exclusive Bumblebee vs. Barricade two pack on an endcap.  Other than the wave two Deluxe remanants from earlier this week (Swindle, Bonecrusher, and Jazz), they put NOTHING else out.  I did find a rather beaten-up 30AC Stormtrooper though, so it wasn't a total loss.

TRU got rid of about 75% of their SM3 stuff in the feature area and proceeded to stock the pegs full of nothing but the movie preview protoforms.  No deluxe class stuff other than that.  They didn't stock their exclusive Blackout/Scorponok pack either.  They did have the four Voyagers as well as the Leader Primes (for five bucks less than Target; no Megatrons though), and gobs of the arm cannons, Potato Heads, Robot Heroes, and those FAB things.  What was interesting was that TRU devoted about 2/3 of their Voyager stock space to the Classics Jetfire, Prime, and Megatron, leading me to wonder if they were shorted some of their stock they were supposed to get on the movie stuff.

So, between three stores, I wound up with the two Leader Class toys, two deluxes (Wreckage and Scorponok), and three Voyagers (Starscream, who is incredibly cool, Ratchet, and Blackout), after finding the wave two Deluxes (Bumblebee, Brawl, Barricade, Bonecrusher, and Jazz) earlier in the week.  So, my TF movie collecting is taken care of for a little while. :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: P-Siddy on June 2, 2007, 02:37 PM
There was even a Hasbro rep at the WM I hit who watched in horror as I tore through her freshly stocked display.  I even asked her about the Robot Heroes exclusive WM 5 pack and she had no idea what I was talking about.  ::)  I was the first TF buyer there so she even pleasantly escorted me to the register - that was cool  8)

I wonder if this is the same Hasbro rep (I assume it may be unless this one's moved on to better things) that I used to chat with when I was spending more employment time at TRU. She was very nice and would take notes on concerns I made about SW product to send them to HQ, interested that I knew so much (not more than most of you) about it. She was so impressed by my interest that she gave me a Hasbro/RotS April 2nd Midnight Madness pin that she said each rep only got 2 each in their area.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JangoTat on June 2, 2007, 06:47 PM
looks like the unleashed figures were ditched from star wars and replaced with Transformers. i have no idea who it was but i saw the yellow/orange sports car unleashed figure. looked pretty cool but im not getting myself into another toyline :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 3, 2007, 07:23 AM
Wal-Mart, after vowing that nobody would touch their toys until June 2nd, decided to only stock those two cases of Voyagers (SS, Ratchet, Blackout, and Ironhide) in addition to their exclusive Bumblebee vs. Barricade two pack on an endcap.

Mkay..that was the other WM exclusive that I didn't find, but my TRU had a very healthy stock of the Blackout/Scorponok sets so I got that one, but I'm just not sure if it includes the mini scorpion from the voyager set.  I picked up everything that was decent - toy wise except for the 4 cars...as I know they'll be plentiful.  No scouts or the other lame battle things, but Arcee looks pretty sweet.  Still on the fence about Optimash Prime due to the Disney SW exclusive stuff.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on June 3, 2007, 10:03 AM
looks like the unleashed figures were ditched from star wars and replaced with Transformers. i have no idea who it was but i saw the yellow/orange sports car unleashed figure. looked pretty cool but im not getting myself into another toyline :)

I think this is the unleashed bumblee.  I'e only seenit online, but it looks on par with the other unleashed stuff. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on June 3, 2007, 02:52 PM
As an FYI, Target is running a sale this week on the TF movie stuff.  I saw that the Leader Class (Prime was the only one they had, making me really happy I got Megatron when I did yesterday) was at 40 bucks (the same as the regular price at TRU), with the arm cannons marked down a bit, and the exclusive Robo-Vision Prime was 20 dollars (down from 25).  It looked like everything else was 10% off.

As I've had a chance to play with examine these toys over the last day or so, I've come to the conclusion that these are pretty cool items, and the robot designs don't bother me a bit.   ;D  The only one that I feel kind of cheated on is Scorponok, who doesn't even really transform at all, and in his scorpion mode he's interesting, so I don't even feel that cheated on him.  The only one that I really don't like is Jazz, and that's only his upper body.  The arms are horribly designed and executed, and his head/shoulder piece is just not well constructed, IMO. 

Other than that, the Leader Class Prime is awesome and I recommend everyone getting one. :)

Oh, and iFett, there is a Deluxe Class Arcee coming later this summer (along with a 2008 Camaro version of Bumblebee and, IIRC, a Battle Damaged Jazz).  If I can dig up a photo before anyone else, I'll post a link.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on June 3, 2007, 04:34 PM
Want...movie...toys...have...no...money.

I stopped by Target yesterday, and I was sorely tempted to pick up Blackout, but I held off. I'll have to wait until I get my deposit from my old apartment back before I can go nuts on TF toys again.   :(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 3, 2007, 06:44 PM
Thanks for the info DP!  I knew that a new Bumblebee was coming out but had no clue as to a deluxe Arcee or BD Jazz....I still haven't seen leader Megs which is extremely odd as Prime is much more recognizable.

Looks like I have ALOT of returns to do this week due to the Targets sale.  ::)   If I recall correctly - all deluxes are $7.99 and everything else is 10% off.  Bah...I knew there would be a sale today, but I just couldn't resist getting an early start on Saturday morning.  Almost had the same feeling with the SW street dates!

Question - I haven't opened anything yet (due to sales)  The TRU 2pack with Scorpy..Is Blackout the same size in this set as the Voyager class??

**Sadly I had to pack away my classics to make room for the movie toys - except for Jetfire.  Not because I love him, but because one of his missle's got lodged behind my entertainment center the first day I had him.  I never thought that I'd be consumed by the movie stuff to this extent, but oh well I'm in for a good ride  ;)                        i hope

There's also a TF Movie special on tonight's MTV Movie Awards at 7c...cant wait!!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on June 3, 2007, 07:34 PM
I still haven't seen any photos (or, thankfully, a spoiler-laden explanation) of the BD Jazz, but if they fix the arms, I'm all over it.  If not, it's a definite pass, as after getting the Leader Class Megatron and Prime, I'm definitely not getting the Voyager class versions as they will no doubt pale in comparison.

There was a review of the Deluxe Class Arcee posted on a TF board with photos, though, which you can see here (http://cybertronphils.proboards18.com/index.cgi?board=toyreview&action=display&thread=1180807973)

I actually like the look, even if it isn't in the film (it may be for all I know), so I'll probably pick this one up.  I'm still on the fence about Swindle, who is apparently a game-related character and not in the actual film, so any reviews of him would be appreciated. :)

I've noticed (at least around me) that the local Wal-Mart didn't get any of the Wave 1 dexlue assortment and instead got those "dump bin" boxes with multiples of Wave 2 (with Bonecrusher and Swindle, in addition to Barricade, Jazz, Bumblebee, and possibly Brawl), and I have only seen one Leader Class Megatron (again, the one I got at Target) in the wild at this point.  The transformation and/or alternate mode (of a Cybertron Jet) is a little wonky, but in bot mode he looks great and menacing as hell. :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on June 3, 2007, 07:41 PM
I stand (or sit, as the case may be) corrected.  Here's a shot of forthcoming deluxes from the back of the Long Arm package (apparently an Autobot tow truck from the video game):

L to R:  Arcee, Final Battle Jazz, 2008 Camaro Bumblebee, Payload, and Dreadwing (http://aycu05.webshots.com/image/15844/2003258998256158270_rs.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 4, 2007, 10:03 AM
Sweet!  Thanks for the pic  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on June 4, 2007, 10:25 AM
It was definitely a Transformers weekend out there.  I was out and about looking for VTSC, and it was kind of neat seeing all the Transformers stuff.  I think it was selling pretty well actually too, I saw a lot of people checking it out anyways - even more so than the Spidey 3 weekend I think.  I have to admit, I'm half tempted to pick one or two things up.  Having just the Prime would be kind of neat, but that might be too much for me to spend on another "other" line :).  Maybe Bumblebee would be a better choice.  The Robot Heroes packs were awfully tempting as well.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 4, 2007, 11:32 AM
The Robot Heroes packs were awfully tempting as well.

Those were the toys I was most looking foward to picking up on Saturday - besides Prime.  I think I even heard that Jeff was going to be collecting the lil guys as well.  :o
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on June 4, 2007, 11:54 AM
I LOVE the new Robot Heroes line! So far i've picked up Prime/Ravage and Megs/Magnus with intentions on getting the rest. My heart will always be with G1 so these are right up my alley and the price doesn't hurt the wallet too much. I also picked up my long-desired Optimash Prime. This is easily the BEST potato head they've put out yet. Keeping it G1 and including the Cab are HUGE pluses. Could a Megatron be next?  8)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JesseVader08 on June 5, 2007, 12:35 AM
The Robot Heroes packs were awfully tempting as well.

Those were the toys I was most looking foward to picking up on Saturday - besides Prime.  I think I even heard that Jeff was going to be collecting the lil guys as well.  :o

I haven't read this thread for at least a month, so I didn't even know they were coming out until I saw them at WM today.  I was so tempted to grab them, they'd look great with my SW Galactic Heroes.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on June 5, 2007, 09:07 AM
I picked up two packs today for my son...

Hoping they will be around for me to get him all... But having him collect the GH, Marvel Heroes, Spidey Heroes, these... It's alot...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on June 6, 2007, 02:34 PM
I stopped to check for some TAC Wave 3 figures today (no luck), and took a look at the Robot Heroes packs.  I couldn't resist, and picked up the Optimus/Ravage pack.  The look of them really reminds me of the cartoon I grew up watching, even in the "Galactic Heroish" style.  I probably should have skipped it, because now I'd like to pick up some more.  Is there a list of what two packs are out now?  I see the ones listed on Hasbro's site are the following:

Optimus Prime/Ravage
Grimlock/Shockwave
Mirage/Starscream
Rodimus/Insecticon
Ultra Magnus/Megatron
Bumblebee/Soundwave

Decepticon Sneak Attack Pack

I didn't know if any further packs were rumored, if these were all technically out now, or what.  They are pretty neat.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 6, 2007, 03:16 PM
Well I know that Optimus/Unicron & Thundercracker/Jazz are coming according to AP, but I've not seen anything else about this line.  I sure hope it continues though as mm mmm mmm I'm lovin it!!  I think it be great to get some of the combiners ala the Marvel Galactucus cinema scene.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on June 6, 2007, 03:37 PM
Decepticon Sneak Attack Pack

3 Walmarts checked and still no signs of this set. I know theor website has it but I don't want to pay the shipping if I don't have to..
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on June 7, 2007, 10:04 AM
Ditto here. I can't find it....
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on June 9, 2007, 12:26 AM
I just picked up the Target exclusive Robo-Vision Prime. This Automorph Technology will be the death of me. But otherwise, it's OK. Probably not as awesome as the Leader version, but it's OK for $20. I don't think it's possible for a TF to have any more kibble on the back than our boy Prime here.

Still looking for Bonecrusher.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 9, 2007, 04:17 PM
Ya, I'm waiting for the RV Prime to hit clearance as I have the leader class.  Superior vs. Inferior...ya you get it.   ;)

Oh, and I finally spotted Megs for the first time today  :o

I like him.....ALOT!!

it's just to bad that I didn't have enough cash to pick him up, but I finally got my USPS stamp set out of the way before I forgot to snag one.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on June 9, 2007, 05:10 PM
Scored a Bonecrusher late last night. Why, oh why is he not a Voyager class toy?

The Leader Primes went pretty quick around here. But I probably won't get that one until after I see the movie.

And if you guys are looking for Robot Heroes, try out-of-the-way WMs. I found several complete sets there, but no exclusives.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on June 10, 2007, 01:33 AM
Well, after passing by these many times in the isles, i finally broke down and picked up a Barricade, and he is tres awesome. I think i may have to pick up a few more now. This doesn't bode well for my wallet....
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on June 10, 2007, 02:23 PM
Scored a Bonecrusher late last night. Why, oh why is he not a Voyager class toy?

Yeah, no kidding, Ben.  It seems like, design-wise, he is one of the more interesting Decepticons in robot mode, but the toy's size just doesn't take advantage of that all that well.  I'd like to see them eventually do a Voyager class version of him, as the deluxe class version, while neat, just seems disappointing after seeing the "freeway" clips of him and Prime fighting.

I picked up Swindle earlier in the week on lunch break and, as I feared, he's pretty pointless.  He's featured in the prequel comic book/TPB (along with that Dreadwing guy and Arcee), but it still doesn't keep the toy from sucking.   :-\

On a happier note, I gave in and picked up four of the Robot Heroes two packs.  These guys are really cute and cool, and I'm probably going to end up getting the rest of them now.  I assume there will be Movie Version RHs at some point in the future?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 10, 2007, 10:23 PM
I'm pretty sure that I saw a pic on Tfans that Bonecrusher will eventually be released as a leader class toy as well as a rumored Screamer.......I'm just too lazy to dig around for a linky at the moment.

Oh, and TRU has a free $5 giftcard for any TF purchase over $25.


***Edit with linky (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=10304)

Looks like these may just be issued overseas via HobbyLink - Voyager Bonecrusher & Leader Screamer..

And then there's this pic from Ultiimate BB's packaging for Brawl (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=7687&pic=205408_128126987.jpg&dispsize=800&start=0)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on June 13, 2007, 06:12 PM
I hope that a Voyager class Bonecrusher is in the offing here in the US, as I don't want to/don't know the first thing about importing a toy from overseas.  The only time I've ever done it was when I went in with several guys back in 2000 for a case of Episode I Eopies, and even then it was just one guy ordering a case for 7 other guys, and he split them up and shipped them out.  I would fully assume that ordering one Voyager Bonecrusher would crush my wallet more than my bones. :)

Still no sign of the Robot Heroes five-pack (although I did get the last two sets of two packs that are out right now) around here, but WM did put out some Optimus Prime box set earlier in the week.  It had the Classics Deluxe "1984" Prime (from the "vs" two pack with Megatron) and a seemingly new Deluxe class "2007" movie version of Prime.  It was called "Leader of the Ages" or something equally silly.  Needless to say, I passed on it, as the Leader Class Prime is damn near perfect. :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on June 14, 2007, 09:25 AM
I was looking through Hasbro's site yesterday, and saw that "Leader of the Ages" Prime pack listed on there (as a WM exclusive).  I was picking up a few things at Target yesterday, and ended up picking up another one of the Robot Heroes packs - Bumblebee and Soundwave.  These things are pretty cool.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on June 14, 2007, 04:18 PM
Does anyone have any opinions on the movie Deluxe Bumblebee?  I'd kind of like to pick something up from the movie range, and I'm not sure if I can talk the Mrs. into the $40 plus Prime (at least not so far).  I thought about looking into the more affordable deluxe range, and was a fan of Bumblebee growing up.  Just curious if anyone had any thoughts on this one (or any others you particularly like).
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 14, 2007, 04:35 PM
I haven't had a chance to open Bumblebee or any of the movie toys for that matter as I still have a backlog of SW stuff to get through.  Hasbro will also be releasing the 09 Camaro deluxe this summer, but I'm really looking forward to this bad boy. (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-82419-Transformers-Ultimate-Bumblebee/dp/B000OKXRQ0)  Not sure if your wife would approve of a $80 robot though...

Classics BB was a fun little toy and you still might be able to find him at a WM or TRU.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on June 14, 2007, 06:06 PM
Does anyone have any opinions on the movie Deluxe Bumblebee?  I'd kind of like to pick something up from the movie range, and I'm not sure if I can talk the Mrs. into the $40 plus Prime (at least not so far).  I thought about looking into the more affordable deluxe range, and was a fan of Bumblebee growing up.  Just curious if anyone had any thoughts on this one (or any others you particularly like).

The Deluxe '74 Camaro Bumblebee is actually really nice, although it looks like Takara's Japanese version is just a bit nicer, since the US version has painted-on windows and yellow missles, while the Takara version has the clear blue windows and missles.  Oh well, that's not what you asked about Brian.  ;D

Back to the original point, the Deluxe Bumblebee is a really nice toy.  Lots of articulation, a relatively easy transformation, a good level of detail, and all that at a great price.  The only thing to be aware of before you get it is that there is apparently a run of these whose Automorph feature is a bit more difficult than others (the first step of the transformation is to firmly push the button on the hood down, which releases the entire piece to fold into the chest; some people have tried to transform the hood without the button being pushed and it's broken a rather small piece that holds it together in car mode).  That being said, it is a really nice toy and since Bumblebee's one of the more prominent characters in the film, I'd say to pick this one up. 

If you're going old-school, the Classics Bumblebee that iFett mentions is a great little toy, too, especially if you're a fan of the character from the G1 days. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on June 15, 2007, 09:00 AM
Thanks for the advice guys.  I'd actually been looking at that classics Bumblebee since it came out, always tempted to pick it up, so I might end up going that route too, we'll see.  I see both of these are available at HTS, and I think TRU here might have them as well.  Thanks again.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 16, 2007, 01:19 PM
That RH Sneak Attack set is available online at the place i hate (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5839305)

I haven't even been to a WM since I found ALT Ravage & Rumble a few months back.  That father's day SW thing wasn't enough to get me in that store.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on June 16, 2007, 07:47 PM
Still no sign of the Robot Heroes pack at the two local WMs around me, so it looks as if I'm going to have to make a brief road-trip in the coming weeks to the Uber-Wal-Mart I mentioned earlier in this thread (the one that had the mountain of Devastators, Alternator Rumbles and Ravages, and the SW Treachery on Saleucami Battle Packs along the back wall) to see if they're stocking this.  I don't think I'll ever understand how some retailers get exclusives that the vast majority of stores don't end up getting in the end scheme of things.

Target, my personal favorite retailer as far as exclusive items go (sarcasm heavily implied), did, however, put out their newest exclusive that will be in the dollar bin within the month earlier this morning.  It was a three pack of Titanium figures with a supposedly exclusive Protoform Prime, Movie Prime in truck mode, and Movie Prime in robot mode.  They had about 6 of them on the shelf, and I would be willing to bet they'll have six of them next week, too.  ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 17, 2007, 12:56 PM
That's what I love about Target exclusives...Not only does EVERY store stock them, but they also make sure you can get them for half price if not more one month after they're released.

I skipped the TRU tite 2pack, but the 3pk at Target seems like an okay deal.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on June 18, 2007, 09:16 AM
Online only... guess I am stuck. Wish I could see how they looked in the box.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on June 18, 2007, 01:02 PM
We stopped to look at the Transformers movie stuff a little more closely this weekend, and things look pretty nice.  I just about picked up a Bumblebee (only one at TRU, none at Target), but ended up passing since we were picking up some more stuff for the baby.  I might end up getting that though.  I was looking at the Optimus Prime toys as well.  Not sure if I can swing the $40-45 Leader class Prime, but how are people feeling about the Target exclusive (robo vision?) version?  I know there are some differences, but anything that would make it vastly inferior to the leader class version?  Its half the price, so I was just curious.  Thanks again for any advice.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on June 19, 2007, 08:32 PM
Here a cool Megatron for all you Revoltech figures collecotrs.

http://www.ningyoushi.com/product_p/rev017-a1.htm
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on June 20, 2007, 09:50 AM
On a Transformers-related note, a pic has shown up online (http://picsmcgee.com/displayimage.php?album=34&pos=30) showing Optimus Prime from the upcoming new "Transformers Animated" cartoon.  Aside from the G1 toons I grew up with, I think the last time I watched any type of Transformers toon was the Beast Wars days with my younger brother.  I think I've taken a look at a couple of the others, but I just couldn't get interested in them.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 20, 2007, 10:56 AM
Beast Wars had something going, but I just never got into the animal/beast aspect. 

Trust me, your not missing A THING on the other shows other than crappy storylines and bad animation.  RID (Robots in Disguise) got me back into collecting Transformers and that show was at least watchable.  Armada, Energon, and Cybertron all sucked - I somehow got through each season, but it was rough.  The whiny little kids in the cartoons didn't help much either.  I really thought the story line surrounding Unicron and Primus would have been excecuted much better, but they completely blew it so I don't have much hope for the new series, but I'll suck it up and watch it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on June 20, 2007, 11:02 AM
Yeah, I was up early this week and noticed that Transformers: Cybertron was on Cartoon Network, so I checked it out.  Maybe it was just a bad episode, but I didn't care for it, and couldn't keep watching it.  I guess I am maybe too used to the old days :P.  I think I might have seen an episode of RiD as well, but it was quite awhile back.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on June 21, 2007, 09:09 AM
I finally found the Optimus Prime w/Matrix & Unicron robot heroes pack. This thing is AWESOME! The best set yet IMO. I really hope this line continues...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: darth punkinhed on June 21, 2007, 03:24 PM
Yeah, I was up early this week and noticed that Transformers: Cybertron was on Cartoon Network, so I checked it out.  Maybe it was just a bad episode, but I didn't care for it, and couldn't keep watching it.  I guess I am maybe too used to the old days :P.  I think I might have seen an episode of RiD as well, but it was quite awhile back.

Aside from actually locating the toys in stores when I was a Kid (which is how I discovered Transformers) it was the comic mini series and the extended comic series that defined Transformers for me growing up. The same thing with He-Man but that's another thread. It took me a bit to get into either cartoon after reading the comics. I like the new line, don't get me wrong, but for me G1 is what Transformers was and megatron will always be a Walther P-38. The new stuff though is starting to bring me around though. I did start picking up the RID line. I just never liked the idea of the characters changing designs. Slight upgrades to the toys sure but complete overhauls drove me nuts. Then again, I'm old. On another not, I dig those Heroes packs. Those are pretty sweet.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on June 24, 2007, 01:13 PM
The local Target got in a case of the new Robot Heroes wave this past Friday with the Jazz/Thundercracker and Prime/Unicron packs.  Very neat little figures, especially Prime with the Matrix.  I figured they would just wind up sticking new arms on the first Prime body, but it looks to be a totally new figure.  Unicron's cool as well, although I wish they would have (and maybe they still will) done him in the same scale as those Sentinel/Galactus Superhero Squad figures that are supposedly coming soon for that line.

One warning, though:  Jazz's head isn't supposed to turn, which I found out the hard way.  :'(

Still no sign of the Decepticon Sneak Attack 5-pack at any WM, though, and I'm starting to get a little worried about it.  I may end up having to order it from the site so they can ship it to my backwoods hellhole of a store and subsequently lose it under their ever-present mountain of Garth Brooks boxsets.  ::)

Oh, and I got my ticket for the 07/02 8:00 showing of the movie!  I AM NERD WIN!  ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 24, 2007, 06:03 PM
I found the Prime vs. Megs 6" excl tite pack at TRU yesterday.  I would have bought it if I didn't already own that version of Prime.  That new Megs looks pretty sweet though.  Seems like Targets and Walmarts have completely done away with the 6" Titanium line which is a real shame.  Oh and I finally picked up my Leader Movie Megs - I like him..I just hope I'll still like him when I crack him open.

I finally popped into a WM yesterday and found that Prime of the Ages thing or whatever boxed set for $18.  Looks like good clearance fodder to me, but WM's not very good at clearancing out old toys.  No signs of the RH 5 pack of course.

Oh, and I got my ticket for the 07/02 8:00 showing of the movie!  I AM NERD WIN!  ;D

I'm going to do the same.  I'm not worried that this showing will sell out, but at least I won't have to make a midnight moive trip to make me sleepy at work.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on June 24, 2007, 06:22 PM
I'm kind of torn about what show I'll be going to. I could take off early on Monday, but I have the rest of that week off (4th, 5th, and 6th) as it is, and really don't want to burn more time off.

I suppose I'll go on the 5th, so crowds won't be too crazy.

I picked up the TRU exclusive Blackout and Scorponok 2-pack this weekend. I haven't opened it yet, but it looks pretty neat. I just couldn't see myself paying $10 for Scorponok, so thankfully TRU had this exclusive.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JesseVader08 on June 25, 2007, 02:29 AM
Here a cool Megatron for all you Revoltech figures collecotrs.

http://www.ningyoushi.com/product_p/rev017-a1.htm

Thanks for the link!  I decided to order one, along with Prime - they look like they'll be a lot of fun to pose since they're superarticulated.  8)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 25, 2007, 06:35 PM
ohhh pretty!! (http://enewsi.com/news.php?catid=194&itemid=11280)

Looks as if they've got a fantastic crew on board for this series, and low and behold - Prime is another fire truck..yet again, but man -  I'm diggin that animation style!!   :o  I just hope that we get a good story in this one especially with it being on the heels of the movie.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on June 26, 2007, 08:11 AM
Here a cool Megatron for all you Revoltech figures collecotrs.

http://www.ningyoushi.com/product_p/rev017-a1.htm

Is it me or are they a bit on the small side ?

ohhh pretty!! (http://enewsi.com/news.php?catid=194&itemid=11280)

Looks as if they've got a fantastic crew on board for this series, and low and behold - Prime is another fire truck..yet again, but man -  I'm diggin that animation style!!   :o  I just hope that we get a good story in this one especially with it being on the heels of the movie.

I don't know... looks a little over the top... even for a toony.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 28, 2007, 12:11 PM
Here's (http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=4393) what's next for the RH line.

I can understand wanting to make movie versions of these guys, but I sure hope they don't just ditch the whole G1 thing they had going on.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on June 28, 2007, 04:31 PM
Here's (http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=4393) what's next for the RH line.

I can understand wanting to make movie versions of these guys, but I sure hope they don't just ditch the whole G1 thing they had going on.

YIKES! Well there's $25 i'll be saving...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on June 29, 2007, 02:45 AM
PEPSI OPTIMUS PRIME arrives in the US: Exclusively at BotCon 2007 and Hasbrotoyshop.com
 (http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/default.cfm?page=News/Item&newsid=430A017D-D56F-E112-4CECF91D0CF03A86)

I figured this would happen. It's supposed to be $25, which I'll gladly fork over so I can stop buying Pepsi products. It'd be nice to know if I won one from the promotion already, but since I don't, I'll buy this.

I just wish the Botcon exclusive set of Seekers was on HTS too, even for $100.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on June 29, 2007, 09:06 AM
Found the Robot Heroes 5-pack at a local Wal-mart priced at $8.49.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 29, 2007, 03:40 PM
I really like the idea of that Pepsi Prime, but it's just those short stacks that just totally ruins an otherwise great idea.  Makes it look like a very inferior toy IMO.  Still, it'd probably be cheaper to buy the US version then get some replacement stacks from ages3+, but I dunno...

I can't even believe that Hasbro had thoughts about releasing Brave Max in the RID line.  Even if it didn't pass the infamous drop test, that thing is just a huge weapon that could really hurt somebody, yet they have to pick on G1 Prime and butcher his stacks so some dumb kid doesn't sit on him?  Geesh..  ::)

Probably not the best comparison, but Hasbro doesn't butcher to many things G1 - usually just makes them longer as in the TRU reissues from a few years back.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 29, 2007, 07:02 PM
As reported at Botcon....Masterpiece Starscream (http://tformers.com/Masterpiece-Starscream-to-be-WalMart-Exclusive/7983/news.html) will be a WM exclusive for $60 come this Fall.  Not much news on the linky, but it's something.

Great news....if I can find him that is  :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on June 29, 2007, 10:05 PM
I have insanely horrible luck with WM Transformers exclusives. But there is no way I'm letting this one by me.

I was expecting that to be a TRU exclusive. I have no problem at all getting my hands on those.

But it's great that Hasbro's selling that guy stateside, and in the proper colors. Hopefully they do Skywarp too so I don't have to pay $100 for TakTom's version.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on June 30, 2007, 09:29 AM
PEPSI OPTIMUS PRIME arrives in the US: Exclusively at BotCon 2007 and Hasbrotoyshop.com
 (http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/default.cfm?page=News/Item&newsid=430A017D-D56F-E112-4CECF91D0CF03A86)

I figured this would happen. It's supposed to be $25, which I'll gladly fork over so I can stop buying Pepsi products. It'd be nice to know if I won one from the promotion already, but since I don't, I'll buy this.

I just wish the Botcon exclusive set of Seekers was on HTS too, even for $100.

It's only going to be $25? Wow, that's good to know. I've been entering the Pepsi promotion like mad in hopes of scoring one. The screwed up thing about that promo is that they don't tell you if you won, the prize just shows up at your house. And since this prize hasn't started shipping yet, no one knows if they won...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 1, 2007, 10:36 AM
I (finally) found the Decepticon Sneak Attack RH 5-pack at the local WM yesterday morning.  As is usually the case with this WM, they were shoved rather unceremoniously under the three Marvel Legends figures and mostly bare pegs instead of, you know, putting them with Transformers toys.  ::)

Anyway, the set is pretty neat.  Can't remember if this had been said earlier in the thread (and I'm too lazy to look), but the "Super Metal" paint job on Prime isn't terribly different than the regular version in the 2-pack with Ravage.  Megatron, however, looks a million times better with the silver paint job.  Cliffjumper and Skywarp are okay, but Mirage is really cool.  Even though I don't like the pose, the hologram effect is very well done, and he's even got part of the "Citanes" on his upper biceps like the G1 version. :)

I've been preparing for the film by picking up the IDW comics (well, most of them) over the last month or so.  The ongoing "rebooted" series (Infiltration, Stormbringer, Escalation, and Spotlight) are really good, and I'd highly recommend grabbing those.  IDW also reprinted the War Within TPBs (at least the first two that were finished), and while those are good, I was a little disappointed in them.  The Movie Prequel comic is good, too, so if you enjoy the film, I'd say to grab it.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on July 2, 2007, 09:57 AM
Sounds like there was a Q and A with Hasbro (http://tformers.com/Hasbro-Whats-new-in-2008/8005/news.html) about the future of Transformers lines at Botcon this weekend.  I'm sure those of you more familiar with the various lines will get more out of this than me, but there is some new info at the linky.  It sounds like Titanium and Alternators are going away, Classics is coming back (eventually), and they're happy with how Robot Heroes are doing (Beast Wars ones on the way).  Lots of info on the new cartoon on the way as well (and a toyline along with it), not so sure about it yet though.

From what I understand, Classics was pretty well received by fans and collectors, right?  I never picked any of them up, but have been tempted to get Bumblebee and/or Prime (they still have them at our TRU, and I think maybe Wal-Mart).  I've been debating whether to get Classics versions of movie figures, if any, but it sounds like Classics were pretty well received the first time around - again, you guys know more about it than I would.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on July 2, 2007, 10:19 AM
I love the classics. It is what got me back into this line.

If they bring them back, I will be there to hand them the funds...  :P
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 2, 2007, 11:39 AM
Brian, the Classics series was, by and large, damn near perfect.  My only gripe with the line was that only two of the three original Decepticon jets were released to retail and the third was part of an exclusive box set that hardly anyone who isn't loaded couldn't get (along with two of the three second wave of Decepticon jets, making it even more frustrating).  If they continue the Classics line (even under this "Universe" banner) in terms of quality and character selection, I'll be in it for the long haul. 

BTW, for those of you who haven't read it, there are apparently plans for Classics Sideswipe and Sunstreaker, Ironhide, (a distant possiblity of) Ratchet, a totally new Galvatron that isn't a repaint of Megatron, and Prowl, along with the possibility of larger, Leader Class Classics/Universe toys.  On the RH front, the only confirmed set was a Beast Wars Cheetor vs. Megatron, and the mention of a RH Galvatron relatively soon.

On a current note, I picked up the "Real Gear Robots" Booster X10 at Wal-Mart this morning after I read a positive review on a TF board.  What the review implied is pretty much true:  it's an updated, movie-style, 21st century version of Laserbeak, colors and all.  The rest of the stuff looks like crap, but this one is very cool and very recommended for fans of G1.  Here's to hoping there is an eventual black and gold repaint of Laserbeak/Booster X10.  ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 2, 2007, 01:12 PM
Pepsi Prime on HTS (http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ProductsByBrand.htm?CDT=1183386291&ID=19749&BR=496&pn=Products%2FDetail)

Ordered one. Now I can finally stop begging for caps and drinking Diet Mountain Dew.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on July 2, 2007, 01:32 PM
crap... out of stock !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on July 2, 2007, 01:47 PM
Pepsi Prime on HTS (http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ProductsByBrand.htm?CDT=1183386291&ID=19749&BR=496&pn=Products%2FDetail)

Ordered one. Now I can finally stop begging for caps and drinking Diet Mountain Dew.  :)

Meh, oh well. Here's to hoping for the contest. They still haven't started shipping them out yet so there's still a chance...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on July 3, 2007, 10:09 AM
Thanks for the info on the classics line guys.  I'll never be able to collect Transformers too deeply, but I wouldn't mind picking up a few and right now I'm trying to decide between the Classics line or the movie line.  The two I'd get first would be Bumblebee and Optimus, and it seems like they are available in some form in both the classics and movie lines.  Anyways, thanks again for the info, I really appreciate it.  Oh, is there a checklist somewhere of what was released in the classics line?  I was looking through HTS and BBTS listings, but I wasn't sure if there were some things missing from those.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 3, 2007, 10:35 AM
Even though it's not an official checklist (and one I just whipped up myself), here is a list of what was released under the Classics banner (not including the Mini-Con packs, since those suck):

DELUXE CLASS:
-Astrotrain
-Bumblebee
-Cliffjumper (repaint of Bumblebee)
-Grimlock
-Hot Rod (named Rodimus for copyright reasons)
-Mirage
-Ramjet
-Starscream

VOYAGER CLASS:
-Jetfire
-Megatron
-Optimus Prime

EXCLUSIVES:
-Defense of Autobot City Two-Pack: Ultra Magnus (Optimus Prime repaint) vs. Skywarp (Starscream repaint)-Target Exclusive
-Constructicon Devastator Gift Set (Energon Constructicon Maximus repaints)-Wal-Mart Exclusive
-G1 Soundwave with Ravage and Laserbeak-Toys R Us Exclusive

Oh, and lest we forget the hideously overpriced BotCon boxset from this past weekend that included Thundercracker, Thrust, and Dirge amongst others, as well as the Holographic Deluxe Class Mirage that was given away at the convention.

The only disappointing one on the list for me (at least among the mass market releases) was Astrotrain.  Other than that, every other figure was top notch and well worth picking up.

Oh, and I saw the movie last night.  Three words:  OH.  MY.  GOD.  It won't be winning any awards for plot or screenplay quality, but it was just overwhelming.  Jaw droppingly visually intense is the only way I can describe it. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JesseVader08 on July 3, 2007, 02:40 PM
Pepsi Prime on HTS (http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ProductsByBrand.htm?CDT=1183386291&ID=19749&BR=496&pn=Products%2FDetail)

Ordered one. Now I can finally stop begging for caps and drinking Diet Mountain Dew.  :)

That's gotta be a hell of a deal.  I ordered one of those from Japan a couple years ago and I'm sure I paid way more than $25.

I bought the 20th Anniversary Transformers movie DVD a couple days ago and it sure brought back some memories of those toys.  I haven't collected any Transformers since I was a kid (the only one I ever had was Prime, so that's why I bought the Pepsi version), but it sure made me want to get into these.  BTW, thanks for that list DP, so I have another question.  Anyone familiar with a TF website that would have pics of the various toy releases from the last couple years? 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 3, 2007, 03:33 PM
Ben Yee's site bwtf (http://www.bwtf.com/) has a lot of really good pics and descriptions of all Transformer toy lines, but it's not quite complete.

Also looks like TRU was running a huge sale-still is just not on the good stuff.  $7.50 Soundwave (http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2475393&siteID=3mEK3aGB3.Y-Dkq_uzteLkGoT_qkdtjx4g), $5 ALT Mirage (http://www.toysrus.com/search/noResults.jsp?kw=2264778), and $22.50 for 20th Prime (http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2297747&siteID=3mEK3aGB3.Y-RMtV8dZfJVeje9toy1booQ)....Maybe they'll come back up though...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on July 3, 2007, 04:16 PM
I happened across a post that mentioned some Marvel stuff on sale at TRU, and noticed the Transformers stuff up as well - but unfortunately, I was too late.  I would have definitely picked up that Prime though, hopefully it will come back up (or they'll follow suit in the stores).  The Soundwave would be cool too.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 3, 2007, 05:05 PM
Anyone familiar with a TF website that would have pics of the various toy releases from the last couple years? 

The two "biggest" sites in terms of content out there seem to be Seibertron (http://www.seibertron.com) and Transformer World 2005 (http://www.tfw2005.com).  The former has a pretty exhaustive photo archive from the new movie toys, and it looks as if they have the same thing for the entire history of the line back to G1, so that would be the first place I'd go for photos and whatnot.

That said, here's direct link to Seibertron's Classics galleries (http://www.seibertron.com/toys/index.php?f_series=39).
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 3, 2007, 06:07 PM
BigBrawl (http://tformers.com/transformers_database/movie/145/brawl_Decepticons_Leader.html)

I didn't care much for the deluxe version as I couldn't get him to hold together very well...

Well designed toy, just poorly executed at least in the case of my sample.  Hopefully they get it right in this class.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Aucassin on July 3, 2007, 11:41 PM
Also looks like TRU was running a huge sale-still is just not on the good stuff.  $7.50 Soundwave (http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2475393&siteID=3mEK3aGB3.Y-Dkq_uzteLkGoT_qkdtjx4g)...

Damn! Soundwave's gone!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 4, 2007, 02:27 AM
BigBrawl (http://tformers.com/transformers_database/movie/145/brawl_Decepticons_Leader.html)

I didn't care much for the deluxe version as I couldn't get him to hold together very well...

Well designed toy, just poorly executed at least in the case of my sample.  Hopefully they get it right in this class.

Yeah, mine doesn't hold together well either. And after seeing the movie tonight (which was AWESOME) a bigger one is much deserved.
Here's hoping for a Leader-sized Blackout and maybe Starscream too. And, of course, a Voyager-sized Bonecrusher.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JesseVader08 on July 5, 2007, 02:29 AM
Anyone familiar with a TF website that would have pics of the various toy releases from the last couple years? 

Ben Yee's site bwtf (http://www.bwtf.com/) has a lot of really good pics and descriptions of all Transformer toy lines, but it's not quite complete.

The two "biggest" sites in terms of content out there seem to be Seibertron (http://www.seibertron.com) and Transformer World 2005 (http://www.tfw2005.com).

Thanks for the great links guys!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on July 5, 2007, 12:03 PM
Yeah, thanks for the links/resources on Transformers everyone.  Its nice to have a better idea of what is out there (and what's good) with all the various lines there have been over the years.  I have to admit, after seeing the movie yesterday, I'm really tempted to pick up a couple of Transformers (Bumblebee and Optimus are tops on the list for me).  Now I'm just trying to decide whether to go the movie route or the Classics route.  Just to have a couple of Transformers to display/mess with on the desk, as I doubt I could afford to collect them too much with all the Star Wars stuff (not to mention Spidey/Marvel and 25th Joe).
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 5, 2007, 12:25 PM
Okay, I have a question.  I'm not a Transformer collector and my knowlege ends at mainly what I see in the toy aisle.  But, after seeing the film, I want to pick up a Bumblebee figure.  I see the deluxe version for $10 but it's the vintage Camaro and I'm looking for the new 2009 model.  The only one I've seen photos of appears to be the upcoming Ultimage animatronic version but that's going to run $80.

Anyone know if there will be a 2009 Camaro version done in either the Deluxe or Voyager lines?  Or, better yet, the Leader line?

If not, anyone have more details on the Ultimate version coming this fall?  I found some photos on the Seibertron and TFW2005 sites but, unless I missed it, I didn't see any written review or descriptiion.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 5, 2007, 12:32 PM
Anyone know if there will be a 2009 Camaro version done in either the Deluxe or Voyager lines?  Or, better yet, the Leader line?

The DLX 09 Camaro will be shipping in a couple more months along with more bots that weren't in the movie.  The only other movie version of BB will be the ultimate one - at least at this point.


***Unleashed BB is on clearance at Target for $13 as well as the Prime Tite 3-pack for $9 even though they just stocked those in my neck of the woods...No doubt that RoboVision Prime will come next.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 5, 2007, 01:37 PM
Thanks for the info.  I think I'll hold out for the Deluxe Bumblebee.  The Ultimate looks cool but I don't need to pay $80 for lights and sounds.

Also, it sounds like the Unleased won't sell in the 8" (or larger) size no matter what the line?  Interesting.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on July 5, 2007, 02:08 PM
I know of at least one collector who already has the "new" deluxe Bumblebee.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 5, 2007, 02:16 PM
Pepsi Prime on HTS (http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ProductsByBrand.htm?CDT=1183386291&ID=19749&BR=496&pn=Products%2FDetail)

He's back....and I caved even though he's got short stacks.

...I just checked Ebay and these things are going for $50-$60+
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 5, 2007, 02:34 PM
I know of at least one collector who already has the "new" deluxe Bumblebee.

Someone doing a review for CoolToyReview.com by any chance?  How do they like it, have you heard?  Is it basically the current robot mode just with a new outter shell or is it all different?

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on July 5, 2007, 05:30 PM
Pepsi Prime on HTS (http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ProductsByBrand.htm?CDT=1183386291&ID=19749&BR=496&pn=Products%2FDetail)

He's back....and I caved even though he's got short stacks.

...I just checked Ebay and these things are going for $50-$60+

I caved also just in case my entries in the Pepsi contests don't pan out... Now to find the actual Japanese Pepsi Twist bottle...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 5, 2007, 06:42 PM
Supposedly the 2008 Camaro Deluxe Bumblebee is just starting to ship, as someone reported finding Arcee (one of his casemates) at a Mom & Pop-type store a week or so ago.  I'm assuming these will start showing up in huge numbers soon, as Hasbro has to know how popular that particular Bumblebee is going to be now that people have seen the film. 

Oh, and just as a note on future releases...

-Movie Deluxe Wave Three:
--Bumblebee (2008 Camaro)
--Arcee (Motorcycle; from Prequel Comic)
--Dreadwing (Decepticon Drone Jet; from Prequel Comic)

Movie Deluxe Wave Four:
--Recon Barricade (EU repaint from unknown source, if any)
--Final Battle Jazz (I'm split on what this could be-har har)
--Payload (Decepticon Drone Truck; from Video Game)
--Long Haul (Autobot Tow Truck; from unknown source, probably the video game)

Movie Voyager Wave Three:
--Optimus Prime (same as the Target Robo-Vision Prime, but not as shiny)
--Megatron (with non-removable ice decoration)

Movie Voyager Wave Four:
--Thundercracker (EU repaint of Starscream with a new head)

Movie Leader Wave Three (or Figure Three, as the case may be):
--Brawl

It actually surprises me that Hasbro didn't get the Prime and Megatron Voyagers out by the time the film was released, since I'm sure a lot of parents are getting asked for one or the other and are saying "No" due to the 40-45 dollar versions being the only available ones right now.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 5, 2007, 06:58 PM
Movie Frenzy (http://cgi.ebay.com/Transformers-movie-2007-Frenzy-Very-Rare-New_W0QQitemZ270142421678QQihZ017QQcategoryZ753QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

I have to admit that I was DISGUSTED by the way this lil guy looked, but after seeing the flick I have to have him even though his bot mode is still funking looking.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on July 5, 2007, 11:01 PM
Someone doing a review for CoolToyReview.com by any chance?  How do they like it, have you heard?  Is it basically the current robot mode just with a new outter shell or is it all different?

   E...

It's not Curto, if that's what you're thinking, but it is a member over at RS.  Check the Transformers thread in the CTR section of the Forum over there.  He posted pics and gave a review. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 5, 2007, 11:30 PM
Anyone familiar with a TF website that would have pics of the various toy releases from the last couple years? 

Ben Yee's site bwtf (http://www.bwtf.com/) has a lot of really good pics and descriptions of all Transformer toy lines, but it's not quite complete.

The two "biggest" sites in terms of content out there seem to be Seibertron (http://www.seibertron.com) and Transformer World 2005 (http://www.tfw2005.com).

Thanks for the great links guys!

I go by inadvertent imitation over at Seibertron too. I like that place.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 6, 2007, 12:12 AM
Someone doing a review for CoolToyReview.com by any chance?  How do they like it, have you heard?  Is it basically the current robot mode just with a new outter shell or is it all different?

   E...

It's not Curto, if that's what you're thinking, but it is a member over at RS.  Check the Transformers thread in the CTR section of the Forum over there.  He posted pics and gave a review. 

You know, I found those photos after I posted.  It looks pretty good, I'm definitely going to pick that figure up when it hits.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on July 6, 2007, 12:41 AM
tfu.info is a good resource.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 6, 2007, 12:27 PM
I found Prime, Bumblebee, & Blackout 3" movie titaniums last night.  I thought these things got cancelled or what not, but it was nice to finally get something new in this line as I haven't seen new SW/BSG stuff in months.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 6, 2007, 01:33 PM
I don't know if you guys saw these or not, but David Willis of Shortpacked! infamy toured Hasbro and took a couple of pictures of some great 6" Titaniums I'd have given valuable pieces of anatomy for.

Arcee and Shockwave (http://pics.livejournal.com/shortpacked/pic/000kwpkz/)

Cybertron Bumblebee and Classics Cosmos (http://pics.livejournal.com/shortpacked/pic/000ktwyk/)

Hopefully, Cosmos, Arcee, and Shockwave get funneled into the 2008 Classics line.  :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on July 6, 2007, 02:46 PM
I'm sure you guys are more than familiar with the line, but I noticed that WIZARD (http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/toyfare/005063468.cfm?page=1) has a nice little guide covering the Transformers Classics line so far.

I'm really torn on what to pick up.  I guess I'm hyped up on Transformers after seeing the movie, and I've been wanting to pick up a couple for a long time now.  Now I can't decide whether to go the Classics route, or the movie route - with Bumblebee and Prime being the two I'd like to get (or at least start with).  I was thinking the Robo Vision Target version for Prime if I went the movie route, since its more affordable.  Looking at those classics pictures though, it really brings back G1 memories :).  Decisions, decisions.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 6, 2007, 06:00 PM
ick (http://tformers.com/transformers_database/movie/251/recon_barricade_Decepticons_Deluxe.html)   I think it's safe to say that Hasbro intends on repainting/rescaling most of the movie toys as they're planning on milking this line until well into 08.

Payload (http://tformers.com/transformers-database/item.php?itemid=250)...kinda looks like a milk truck...hmm

Final Battle Jazz (http://tformers.com/transformers-database/item.php?itemid=248)  I sure hope he comes in two pieces  ;)


Unrelated.....Death Star (http://jediinsider.com/index.php?catid=8&itemid=10496) now with Tie Fighters
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 6, 2007, 09:52 PM
I find the fact that Final Battle Jazz is packaged in robot mode to be pretty telling, especially since the official photos just released to the TF fan sites make it look like the battle damage is minimal in robot mode and practically non-existent in alt mode.  And I have no idea who thought "Recon Barricade" was a good idea; I would assume this same person was responsible for the Cruisemissle Trooper back in the late 1990's. :)

From what I can tell so far (the game is pissing me off to no end right now), there are a variety of Decepticon drones to be had.  Swindle is one of them, along with Dropkick and I would assume Dreadwing; there is also (so far) a Swindle-esque drone that changes into a forklift and a larger "let's piss DP off due to his lack of skill with video games" drone that changes into a tow truck and swings his chain around endlessly, knocking Ironhide three miles away from any potential cars (okay, so he only does that to me).  ;D

Anyway, enough complaining about what, by and large, have been some really fun toys.  Target has, as I think iFett mentioned earlier, placed Unleashed Bumblebee and the Titanium Prime three-pack on clearance.  If anyone is considering getting the UL Bumblebee, I have one and think it's really well done and easily worth the 13 dollars it's going for on clearance.  Given the fact that there are more than a few around, though, you could probably hold out for another week or so and get it a bit cheaper.



Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 7, 2007, 05:02 PM
Ya, I haven't bit yet on that titanium 3 pack as my local Targets just started stocking it a week or so ago and they're still not moving at the $9 price...Same with the Unleashed BB at $13 even though I bought him at full price...I just hope that the Prime can make it's round - I thought that one was rather interesting.  I'm sure I can pluck em off when they hit 75% off.  Robovision Prime can't be too far off from clearance hell as well.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on July 9, 2007, 10:51 AM
This may not be news to anyone, but I saw the first wave (Megatron, Bumblebee, Barricade) of the Robot Replicas series today at a local K-Mart.  Sure, they don't transform, but they look pretty damn sweet.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on July 9, 2007, 01:19 PM
I had some gift card money to spend at Target, so I decided to try a couple of the Transformers.  I picked up the movie Bumblebee (which seems to be really scarce around here now), and the Target Exclusive Robo-Vision Optimus Prime (last one at our store).  It seems like the Transformers toys - particularly these two - have been selling like crazy here now.  I haven't sat down and "transformed" one of these probably since I was a kid, so that brought back some memories.  I have to admit it kind of got me interested in Transformers again, although I definitely don't need something else to collect.  Damn all these 80s property revivals :).  Part of me is thinking about picking up some of the Transformers classics here and there (Prime/Bumblebee now, then when they start coming out again) - and if I'm not too completist about it, I might be able to get a few.  I was hoping to stick to mainly Star Wars from now on, especially with the Marvel lines dying down a bit - but with the 25th Joes and now Transformers, its tough to pass up these 80s properties.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 9, 2007, 01:59 PM
Welcome back Brian   :)   :D

I'm glad that the movie sparked enough interest for at least one of you guys to pick up a few of the toys so I hope that it brought back some good memories for you.  Some of these things can get so complicated that I can't even fathom how a little boy would even know where to begin as even Hasbro's directions can be quite confusing at times, but the two you picked is a great start.  Just hopefully not that start of another large collection for your sake (money/space wise)  ;)

I had a couple SW figs/ships growing up, but Transformers and Joes was such a HUGE part of my childhood.  I got back into SW/Transformers/GI Joe in 2000, but I unfortunatly had to nix my Joes in 2002 as three lines was simply too much to handle at the time.  Outside of MASK, it looks like I'm back to everything I was into as a kid.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on July 9, 2007, 03:39 PM
Quote
Some of these things can get so complicated that I can't even fathom how a little boy would even know where to begin as even Hasbro's directions can be quite confusing at times, but the two you picked is a great start.

Yeah - coming from an admitted novice since I haven't "played" with these since the G1 ones from my childhood - it seems like some are pretty tough to transform, and I can't imagine a kid figuring them out as you said.  Bumblebee is simple, Prime isn't bad either (although it did take me a little bit longer than Bumblebee).  I know we picked up an alternators T'former for our nephew a couple Christmases back (and got a free one), and neither one of those seemed exceptionally simple to transform.  I'd just as soon they be on the simpler side, so it doesn't take me a half hour to transform back and forth ;).  Now I'm really debating on whether or not to pick up some of the classics - especially since that line is coming back now.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 9, 2007, 05:47 PM
 Voyager Prime & Dlx Bumblebee 2 pack (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=8049)  Looks like a no brainer and something Hasbro should have offered at launch..

G1 Starscream Voyager (http://tformers.com/transformers_database/movie/246/starscream_-_g1_Decepticons_Voyager.html)

Thundercracker Voyager (http://tformers.com/transformers_database/movie/226/thundercraker_Decepticons_Voyager.html)

Rescue Ratchet Voyager (http://tformers.com/transformers_database/movie/252/resuse_ratchet_Autobots_Voyager.html)

G1 Jazz Dlx (http://tformers.com/transformers_database/movie/245/autobot_jazz_-_g1_Autobots_Deluxe.html)

Longarm Dlx (http://tformers.com/transformers_database/movie/241/longarm_Autobots_Deluxe.html)

Dropkick Dlx (http://tformers.com/transformers_database/movie/243/dropkick_Decepticons_Deluxe.html)

Unleashed Megatron (http://tformers.com/transformers_database/movie/244/megatron_Decepticons_Unleashed.html)

Unleashed Prime (http://tformers.com/transformers_database/movie/247/optimus_prime_Autobots_Unleashed.html)

Looks like Hasbro is still tweaking with the tube packaging for the Unleashed stuff...I dunno...these two just look very small for $19.99

Whewww....I'll take a break now.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 9, 2007, 06:35 PM
I only have one Alternator (Ricochet) and he is a royal pain to transform, so I can't imagine how a child would be able to convert him without cursing like a drunken bending unit.  Sometimes I rationalize it by saying that smaller hands might be able to do the transformations a little easier, but then I look at those IKEA-esque instructions and wave off that rationale.

Brian, as someone who just recently fell back into the TFs with the Classics line, I can say that you need to set limits for yourself as to what you will and won't buy.  I've only bought one TF since I returned to the line last fall that I regret buying (Titanium 6 inch Soundwave), and after that, I swore to myself that I wouldn't buy anything outside of Classics and/or the Movie line that I didn't really like.  So far, though, outside of the mini-cons in the Classics line and the ancillaries, Scout class, and Real Gear stuff that isn't Laserbeak in disguise, I've stuck to that.

That being said, if I had to suggest any Classics stuff as a must-have, it would be:

-Voyager Optimus Prime
-Deluxe Bumblebee (based on what you've said)
-Voyager Jetfire (just beyond cool)
-Deluxe Starscream (because it's Starscream)

Or if you want to just act like a giddy kid again (which I can neither confirm nor deny I do when I got these), I'd suggest picking up the Robot Heroes line.  Look at how little Shockwave is!  ;D

This may not be news to anyone, but I saw the first wave (Megatron, Bumblebee, Barricade) of the Robot Replicas series today at a local K-Mart.  Sure, they don't transform, but they look pretty damn sweet.

I'm going to be all over these.  Thank you for the heads-up, Neal.  I'll wade through the debris at the local K-Mart and see if these are there yet. :)

Oh, and major spoiler for the TF video game which by all rights SHOULD translate to toys given how Hasbro is making so many characters from the game into toys....






Keep scrolling......Spoiler ahead.....
















Shockwave.  As a huge purple gun emplacement and very similar to a movie version of the G1 character in robot mode.  Hasbro, make this ASAP.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 9, 2007, 06:57 PM
I only have one Alternator (Ricochet) and he is a royal pain to transform, so I can't imagine how a child would be able to convert him without cursing like a drunken bending unit.

Believe it or not...the Subaru mold is actually one of the easiest of the ALTS to transform.  :-X

..Seriously  ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on July 9, 2007, 11:07 PM
I must admit that, since I've seen the movie (twice now), I keep getting closer and closer to buying some of the movie toys.  I was pretty big into Transformers as a kid and still have a ton of G1 stuff, but I've managed not to buy anything since then.  I'm thinking of getting a few of the Deluxe vehicles, a couple of the Voyagers, and maybe Prime and Megatron.  For those of you that already have these, which toys would you recommend to someone who doesn't intend to buy them all?  I'm really interested in Ironhide and Barricade.  How are they?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 10, 2007, 10:42 AM
Ironhide blew me away onscreen and by far I think he's the best movie toy other than Leader Prime.  He just looks so freakin evil and badassish even though he's one of the good guys.  Very articulated accept for some limited movement in the arms.  He's even pretty simple to transform so that's always a plus.  Barricade...Well he looks really good as a Mustang, not so good in his robot form IMO.  His legs are really wanky so it's hard to get him to stand properly, and I really don't like the way his head looks, but he's not bad for $10 if you're looking to get started somewhere.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on July 10, 2007, 10:56 AM
Great!  Thanks for the help.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 10, 2007, 12:52 PM
Targets (should) have a new endcap set up in the front by the registers containing a bunch of deluxes and new four packs of LOC type toys which is just as lame as the last set they had IMO.

Proto Prime
Movie Prime
Proto Megs?
Cybertron Megs

lame..
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 10, 2007, 09:20 PM
Targets (should) have a new endcap set up in the front by the registers containing a bunch of deluxes and new four packs of LOC type toys which is just as lame as the last set they had IMO.

Proto Prime
Movie Prime
Proto Megs?
Cybertron Megs

lame..

Yeah, mine's had these for the last three weeks or so.  They put them out around the same time they put out the Clearance Destiny Titanium three-pack.  Not only are the eight pegs afforded to the Deluxe class filled with Protoform Starscreams and Primes, the packaging for this new Legends four pack is almost identical to the last pack, and includes two of the same figures. 

It's basically Movie Prime, Cybertron Prime, Movie Megatron, Cybertron Megatron, and nothing interesting to entice folks into buying it.  See you in the clearance aisle exclusive four pack!

Add me to the "Ironhide is friggin' awesome" choir.  I got mine about a week or so early from Amazon (I think I sang its praises a few pages back), and it really is a fun toy with decent articulation and a great likeness to the movie model.  Heck, I'll even go so far as to say there isn't one of the first four Voyager class TFs (Ironhide, Starscream, Ratchet, and Blackout) that isn't a 9 out of 10 in my eyes at this point, with Starscream being my personal favorite, although Blackout gets cooler every time I transform him.

That being said, out of the TF Movie toys I've gotten so far, I can't say any of them are really disappointing, except for maybe Bonecrusher's size, Brawl's inability to keep his arms attached to his torso, and Swindle, well, in general.  Even Scorponok, whose transformation is minimal (and probably not even necessary) is a great toy in and of itself, made even better through his rather well-thought out interaction with Blackout. 

Yet again, and this goes out to Neal and anyone else on the fence, the movie stuff is addictive, but the best part about it is that there's nothing that isn't worth its retail price amongst stuff that was actually in the film.  Even the non-film stuff like Wreckage or Booster X10 is top-shelf quality.  In the first batch of stuff at retail right now, there isn't much you could go wrong with.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on July 10, 2007, 10:20 PM
Yet again, and this goes out to Neal and anyone else on the fence, the movie stuff is addictive ...

Yeah.  That's what I'm afraid of.

 ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 11, 2007, 11:28 AM
Here's a snipit from Joel's email from BBTS (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=1265):

TRANSFORMER MOVIE - WAVE 2: Late friday night we'll be listing a big
batch of new Transformer Movie figures! We can't give specifics yet, but
these new items will be available: 4 new Voyagers, 5 new Deluxe, 6 new
Movie Robot Replicas, 8 New Robot Hero 2-packs, 5 Transformers T.E.C.H., 2
Unleashed, 1 Leader and much more!


I have a pretty good idea of what the Voyagers and Deluxes will be, but 8 new RH packs??  Appears that 4 are from the movie based on past photos, but I hope the other sets are more G1ish.  Also not too sure what Transformers T.E.C.H. is...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on July 11, 2007, 01:28 PM
Also not too sure what Transformers T.E.C.H. is...

http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/default.cfm?page=News/Item&newsid=6D8D7F5A-D56F-E112-4AF55EC596A7BCB7
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 11, 2007, 11:55 PM
Well, I broke down today and finally bought a Transformer figure from the new movie.  I picked up an Ironhide which I'd been looking at since the movie hit last week.  Plus it was on sale at Target.

Pretty nice figure.  Took me almost an hour to transform him to robot mode and back the first time, though.  I have no idea how kids do it!  I think if I was 10 or so I'd have the thing in pieces the first time and that would be it.

Still holding out for the modern Camaro Bumblebee before I pick up another, though.  I'll probably also get either Barricade or Blackout...probably Barricade to go with Bumblebee.

Target also had some new sets today marked with an exclusive tag.  They had Arcee, Hard Top and one other one.  I hadn't seen them before.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 12, 2007, 01:25 AM
Congrats E!  Welcome back  :D

My Ironhide is sitting here next to my printer as I type and he's very happy about your purchase.  :D  I do agree that the current evolution of these toys makes them much more difficult from the good ol days, but it's still fun to some extent.

Target also had some new sets today marked with an exclusive tag.  They had Arcee, Hard Top and one other one.  I hadn't seen them before.

   E...

Those would be the basics that are all repaints from Energon/Cyberton.  I've only bit on the Ravage/Battle Ravage basics from Energon from any of the lines but these new colors on new cards sure make them look good, but $7.99 is a bit too much for them IMO.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 12, 2007, 10:07 AM
One thing that I found interesting on those new Basics vehicles is that they used both a motorcycle and a fast attack vehicle in the film and these vehicles are out there.  Not having followed the TF line I'm not that familiar with what vehicles are represented in the toy line already but I wonder if Bay and the producers looked and then used vehicles in the film that they could easily adapt toys for as well as include as robots in a sequel?

As for Ironhide, after I played around with him more last night I got so I could transform him in a few minutes rather than the hour it took the first time.  I still have problems with the center part putting him back into Topkick mode but other than that I really like it.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: ruiner on July 12, 2007, 11:28 AM
Hope you guys don't mind me posting this gem of an auction:

Ultimate G1 Transformer Auction - $1MM (http://cgi.ebay.com/The-Ultimate-Boxed-G1-Transformers-Collection-1984-1987_W0QQitemZ230150167114QQihZ013QQcategoryZ4696QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

Any idea what this lot is worth?

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on July 12, 2007, 03:05 PM
Hope you guys don't mind me posting this gem of an auction:

Ultimate G1 Transformer Auction - $1MM (http://cgi.ebay.com/The-Ultimate-Boxed-G1-Transformers-Collection-1984-1987_W0QQitemZ230150167114QQihZ013QQcategoryZ4696QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

Any idea what this lot is worth?



No way is that worth $1M. Nice sob story and all but it's not worth that much...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 12, 2007, 04:04 PM
WM Ultra Magnus? (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=6225620)  ???
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 12, 2007, 09:12 PM
WM Ultra Magnus? (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=6225620)  ???

All the stuff that I've been reading leads me to believe that, if anything, this is going to be a US rerelease of the Takara MP Ultra Magnus.  Given how "well" the 20th anniversary Prime did, though, I can't imagine WM would be handling yet another version of the same toy at a slightly higher price.

I'm willing to hold out hope that Hasbro will eventually do a Classics update of Ultra Magnus in his total G1 form (not just as a Prime repaint).  The Titanium version looks nice, but I'd rather have something in scale with the other Classics. 

Not having followed the TF line I'm not that familiar with what vehicles are represented in the toy line already but I wonder if Bay and the producers looked and then used vehicles in the film that they could easily adapt toys for as well as include as robots in a sequel?

Bay's been pretty outspoken that the toy aspect of the characters didn't appeal to him as much as the characters themselves; I could be mistaken, but outside of Hasbro helping out on the actual robot designs that were in the film, the toys had nothing to do with the film's content (most visible lately with this whole "Brawl vs. Devastator" thing in the subtitles, which I still can't figure out).  The stuff they're doing for the Target exclusive Scout class are repaints of existing toys, so I think it's more a case of Hasbro seeing vehicles in the movie (such as motorcycles, buggys, etc) and thinking it's fertile ground to get some more lower-priced toys back onto the market to tie in with the film itself.



Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 13, 2007, 03:41 PM
WM Ultra Magnus? (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=6225620)  ???

All the stuff that I've been reading leads me to believe that, if anything, this is going to be a US rerelease of the Takara MP Ultra Magnus.  Given how "well" the 20th anniversary Prime did, though, I can't imagine WM would be handling yet another version of the same toy at a slightly higher price.

WTF (http://www.seibertron.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10659&sid=) ???

I thought this thing was way overpriced at $40-$45 when TRU had it a few years back, but $90??.  Masterpiece Screamer is only supposed to be $60.  With that said...I'm hoping that my custom repaint of 20th Prime is doing well.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 14, 2007, 04:15 PM
Maybe WM.com has a few third-party items on there, and this is one of them. Maybe WM is like a lot of online sites, in that they really only use the store's name. Remember eToys and KBtoys.com? That's kind of what I was thinking.
I would have thought that for the size, weight, and price, it would have been a case of UM reissues, but I guess it's only one piece.  :-\

It'd have been great if they unearthed some Powermaster Prime reissues, since that's the only domestic reissue I lack.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 14, 2007, 04:17 PM
US Masterpiece Starscream boxed images. (http://cgi.ebay.com/transformers-mp-3-starscream-red-and-white-repaint_W0QQitemZ130134267774QQihZ003QQcategoryZ4696QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

I can see that box getting beat to hell at Wal-Mart.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 15, 2007, 12:05 AM
Speaking of beat-to-hell boxes, I got my Pepsi Prime from HTS today. The back of the box was pretty well dented in, and the cardboard in general is pretty flimsy. I suppose the thing was intended as a mere promotional piece, but it's still kind of annoying for the one TF I was going to keep boxed to have a pretty rough box.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 15, 2007, 01:00 PM
Speaking of beat-to-hell boxes, I got my Pepsi Prime from HTS today. The back of the box was pretty well dented in, and the cardboard in general is pretty flimsy. I suppose the thing was intended as a mere promotional piece, but it's still kind of annoying for the one TF I was going to keep boxed to have a pretty rough box.

That really sucks Ben  :'(

I'm hoping that mine arrives in better shape as I never intend on opening him, but still $25 for Pepsi Prime w/butchered stacks ain't all that bad.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on July 16, 2007, 09:57 AM
Man sorry to hear that Ben...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Madcow on July 16, 2007, 11:00 AM
Wow, those are shipping already?! So much for the 7/24 date...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 16, 2007, 01:02 PM
I got my order in before they went out of stock, and the date for those to start shipping was one business day. It still took about nine days to arrive.  ::)

Believe me, Hasbro isn't going to send anything out early.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on July 16, 2007, 03:04 PM
I officially entered the world of movie toy collecting today.  A local Wal-Mart had the Concept Camaro Bumblebee and Dreadwing.  I left Dreadwing on the pegs and picked up Bumblebee.  I haven't had a chance to open it yet, but the car looks pretty nice in the package.
Just curious ... because of his description on the back of his card, shouldn't Dreadwing be Skywarp?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 16, 2007, 03:15 PM
I found Dreadwing over the weekend, but no new BB.  I haven't played the game yet, but judging by the head that both he and Swindle shares leaves me to believe that they're both drones in the game as they're not in the movie obviously.  I'm almost positive that a voyager repaint of Skywarp is coming as Hasbro still has plenty of time left to milk from this line.

Dreadwing's bio basically says that he's a moron and that he obviously stole the warping technology - but it doesn't say from who or what though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on July 16, 2007, 04:14 PM
Dreadwing's bio basically says that he's a moron and that he obviously stole the warping technology - but it doesn't say from who or what though.

True.  Maybe he stole it from Skywarp.
 ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on July 16, 2007, 04:25 PM
From what I've seen at our stores around here, the Transformers movie stuff seems to really be flying off the shelves - particularly since the movie opened.  Its nice to see the line (and movie) do well.  I'm debating picking up any more right now.  I know I shouldn't, but I will admit that it is tempting.  I got the first version of Bumblebee, and will definitely get the '08 version if I find it.  I also picked up the Target Robo Vision Prime, because I always wanted to get an Optimus Prime, and had some b-day gift cards to use.  The one that is tempting me the most at this point is Ironhide.  That would be the next one I'd get most likely, unless that 08 Bumblebee is hitting more heavily.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on July 16, 2007, 07:20 PM
Alpha Trion/Weirdwolf Convention set available at transformersclub.com.
Looks like they have over 50 or so.

https://www.transformersclub.com/shop/index.cfm?ProductID=1301&do=detail
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 16, 2007, 07:28 PM
Still no sign of 08 Bumblebee/Arcee/Dreadwing in my neck of the woods, but I'm expecting them any day as the pickings are pretty slim.  One local WM has 12 Swindles, 6 Bonecrushers, and 2 Brawls, with the other having 18 Swindles, 2 Bonecrushers, and 1 Scorponok.  TRU has no deluxes other than Protoform Primes and SS'es, and Target only loses that race by their 4 Wreckages, 2 Jazzes, and 1 Scorponok.  Plenty of Ratchets to go around, although Blackout, Ironhide, and (particularly) Starscream are getting scarce.  Primes outnumber Megatrons by about 10:1 at this point, which I'm kind of surprised by.

Apparently my wish for a Movie (Game) Shockwave has been dashed, as someone on another board said Hasbro ruled it out at BotCon.  Oh well, he would have needed to be bigger than Leader Class Prime and a Triple Changer (Helicopter/Gun Emplacement/Robot), so I'm really not shocked Hasbro isn't doing one.  As for the inevitable Skywarp repaint, I think it's only a matter of time, since Thundercracker has already been announced and surely Hasbro wouldn't **** the fans over by doing 2 of 3 again so soon after the Classics Thundercracker being so hard to get.

Oh, and if anyone cares, I've also seen the new waves of the Fast Action Battlers at TRU twice this weekend.  Bumblebee disappears within minutes, followed by Megatron, but there were still several Frenzys and Blackouts after a few days.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on July 16, 2007, 08:46 PM
Plenty of Ratchets to go around, although Blackout, Ironhide, and (particularly) Starscream are getting scarce.  Primes outnumber Megatrons by about 10:1 at this point, which I'm kind of surprised by.


Things are a little different here, depending on what stores you go to.  I swear that TRU got cases of Voyager-class vehicles that only contained Starscream and Ironhide, because those are the only two Voyagers that both local TRUs have, and they have a ****-ton of them.  That damn Ironhide is still calling to me .....

I actually see more Megatrons than Primes around here, but the ratio is much closer than 10:1.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 16, 2007, 09:41 PM
[That damn Ironhide is still calling to me .....

Let him continue to keep doing so.  He's one of the best bots I've seen in all of the recent lines.  You won't be disappointed.  ;)  I'm still having problems with transforming Megs which is really pissing me off....Ironhide is a true gem though...fantastic toy

**One of my local Targets has completley sold out of RoboPrime, yet the Unleashed BB + tite 3pack are still warming at 25% off as of the past few weeks.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on July 16, 2007, 11:40 PM
Let him continue to keep doing so.  He's one of the best bots I've seen in all of the recent lines.  You won't be disappointed.  ;)  I'm still having problems with transforming Megs which is really pissing me off....Ironhide is a true gem though...fantastic toy


I don't think I'll be able to hold out much longer.  I finally opened Bumblebee tonight, and I absolutely love it.  I'll need to get a few more of these .....
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 17, 2007, 12:23 AM
Go get Ironhide!  It was the first one I picked up, as I mentioned, and it's a pretty awesome piece.

I also snagged a deluxe Barricade on Saturday while it was on sale at Target.  Still no sign of the '08 Bumblebee though. 

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on July 17, 2007, 01:03 PM
I picked up Ironhide and Barricade today.  That's it.  I'm a lost cause.  TAC Wave 4 really needs to hit soon so I stop buying toys from other lines.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 17, 2007, 06:43 PM
Congrats on Ironhide Neal!  I hope you enjoy him.  Oh, and don't worry about the lull of SW product at least from Hasbro's prospective...They're still taking your money be it from TF's or GI Joe  ;)

I think this may have been in their master plan with this long delay of w4 and w2 of Legends...With the introduction of the movie toys and the 25th Joes, I think they wanted the 80's kids to get back into the respective toy properties they grew up with - afterall Hasbro is evil, right?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DSJ™ on July 17, 2007, 07:13 PM
Hope you guys don't mind me posting this gem of an auction:

Ultimate G1 Transformer Auction - $1MM (http://cgi.ebay.com/The-Ultimate-Boxed-G1-Transformers-Collection-1984-1987_W0QQitemZ230150167114QQihZ013QQcategoryZ4696QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

Any idea what this lot is worth?

Apparently $1M to a Canadian buyer, $2,500.00 US to ship to Canada. Oy!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 17, 2007, 11:14 PM
The 2008 Camaro Bumblebee hit three stores locally today, and I didn't get a damn one of them.  ::) I could tell by all the left over Arcees, Dreadwings, Swindles, and Bonecrushers.

It's months like these I ******* despise Hasbro. Can't find the Joes, can't find the TFs, I can't wait until wave 4 of the 30AC comes out so I can lose out on that.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on July 17, 2007, 11:53 PM
I just transformed Ironhide for the first time.  My ... what a royal pain in the ass that was!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 18, 2007, 08:55 AM
It's months like these I ******* despise Hasbro. Can't find the Joes, can't find the TFs, I can't wait until wave 4 of the 30AC comes out so I can lose out on that.

You know, I'm sure Hasbro uses different factories for different lines they put out, but if you look at this spring Hasbro had to ramp up for movies for Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man and Transformers as well as get out waves of Marvel Legends, SW 30th and GI Joe 25th.  When do you guys remember Hasbro having so many irons in the fire at one time?

Nearly an entire side of an aisle at Target is Hasbro product right now between the Marvel license, SW and Transformers.  I just wonder if that has anything to do with some of the delays in new product hitting the shelves?  Granted, they didn't do huge lines for Ghost Rider or F4 and I think they've only done 2, maybe 3, waves of ML but their Spider-Man and Transformer lines have been huge.

I'm thinking that when the Transformer movie hype dies off a little towards the end of the month we'll start seeing better stock of that line as well as seeing the SW waves start hitting with a little more frequency.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 18, 2007, 10:40 PM
Yeah, I did forget they've got a lot on their plate. I've been pretty ARGH-HASBRO SUCKS-GRR since this year's Botcon exclusives were announced.

It's kind of dumb to expect to find the new Bumblebee since he's only been seen since Saturday. But the Joe thing is really starting to get under my skin.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JesseVader08 on July 19, 2007, 12:25 AM
I've gotta have the Concept Camaro Bumblebee - is that the 'deluxe' class I should be looking for?  (I'm having a hell of a time keeping all the lines straight as a noobie Transformerite)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 19, 2007, 12:59 AM
Yeah, that Bumblebee is a $10-or-so Deluxe TF.

Or, you could go with this one. (http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ProductsByBrand.htm?BR=496&SBR=499&ST=SO&ID=20237&PG=1)  ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 19, 2007, 01:12 AM
Yeah, I did forget they've got a lot on their plate. I've been pretty ARGH-HASBRO SUCKS-GRR since this year's Botcon exclusives were announced.

It's kind of dumb to expect to find the new Bumblebee since he's only been seen since Saturday. But the Joe thing is really starting to get under my skin.

What did they do for a BotCon exclusive that pissed you off?

I know the Club always does some awesome stuff for their Joe con and last year they even got me to lay out $300 for their 12" Adventure Team Exclusive.  This year's 12" set is cool but not my thing.  The 3.75" set this year, I'd love to pick up the female Cobra troops but I don't think I'll buy the set.  Actually, I haven't really been that interested in the RAH sets since the first one they did with the crimson Baroness and troops.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 19, 2007, 02:30 AM
It was the rest of the Seekers based on the Classics molds- Thundercracker, Thrust, and Dirge. I should have spent the cash, but $370 for a mere five toys wasn't financially responsible, at least for me.

.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 19, 2007, 09:16 AM
Ah, gotcha.  Yeah, when they finish off characters from a line like that and they're exclusive and expensive it's kind of a kick to the nads.  Especially fan club prices.

The Joe figures have always been high as well and, honestly, a couple years the souvenirs have been as good as or better than the boxed set and you can't get those unless you go to the show.  Like I said, last year I bit.  The Fight for Survival set is incredible and, of course, I had to add on the additional 3 sled dogs and loose figure which made the whole thing over $300 shipped. 

The RAH sets usually run about $220 or $250 without any of the extras and that's still about $15 per figure, but that's better than $50+ per figure.

It's definitely cheaper to sit home and order the SW exclusive McQuarrie figures this year that's for sure.

   E...

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 19, 2007, 05:45 PM
Evolution of a Hero (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=8120&pic=bdbb_2.jpg&dispsize=800&start=0)

I'll definately be picking up a set on clearance to keep packaged.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 19, 2007, 11:27 PM
That's not a bad looking set.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on July 20, 2007, 11:16 AM
NOW THAT I WANT !!!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 20, 2007, 06:19 PM
I found the 3" Titanium movie vehicles at Target tonight.  Prime, Blackout and Bumblebee.  I snagged 'Bee and that was it.  Hadn't seen these before.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 20, 2007, 06:23 PM
I found the 3" Titanium movie vehicles at Target tonight.  Prime, Blackout and Bumblebee.  I snagged 'Bee and that was it.  Hadn't seen these before.

   E...

I found those three a few weeks back at a WM before I placed my order for the RH 5pack.  There's also supposed to be Megs, Jazz, & Ironhide - but I've yet to see those three.  My Targets haven't restocked any 3"Titanium stuff since Spiderman hit - and even then it was just Spiderman crap.  I really miss collecting the SW/BSG vehicles  :'(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 21, 2007, 12:28 AM
My Target stocked new SW/BSG today as well.  Finally picked up the Battlestar Pegasus.  They also had the Firespray fighter (Slave I repaint), Luke's Snowspeeder and Jabba's Sail Barge which were all newly stocked.  Before that, a few weeks ago, they got in the V-Wing wave but they've only had about 3 waves this year.

My WM hasn't stocked new Titanium since the middle of 2005.  Well, they might have gotten a couple cases at the beginning of last year but that's it.  They still have all their 2005 stock and it was a really bitch when I watched 2 year old stock get bumped up a $1 in price late last year.

Since I posted earlier I got around to opening that Bumblebee Titanium and although it looks good, I was disappointed to find out how little metal there was in it.  Honestly, if Mattel can do $1 Hot Wheels I expect more from Hasbro in the Titanium lines for $4 more.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 21, 2007, 10:58 AM
Yeah, I've only opened my extra Imperial Shuttle tite, but that thing is chock full of metal, but Hasbro cheaps out on a lot of the other ships and the Transformer packages don't feel quite as heavy as some of the SW ones.

Picked up RoboPrime on clearance for $13 and the Titanium 3 pack for $6 at Target today.  I can't believe how picked over the Transformer toys are at most Targets.  At least it's not all sitting like the Spidey stuff was/is.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 21, 2007, 01:31 PM
The Transformers line offered new stuff with a hot movie.  No matter how hot the Spider-Man movie may or may not have been, there was really nothing new offered in the toy aisle.

There are literally hundreds of Spider-Man figures avaialble in all shapes and sizes and even Venom has his fair share of toys.  They may not all be easy to get, but Spider-Man's Rogue Gallery has pretty decent representation out there.  I'm not surprised that line didn't sell well.  Plus, isn't it a slightly different scale from the previous Toy Biz versions?  Or did Hasbro only do that for the Fantastic Four figures?  I recall reading that they had adjusted the F4 figures due to the vehicle they wanted to put out.  But I could be wrong on that. 

Plus we've had 3 SM movies so I don't think it was as hot as the first TF was with it being that franchises first live action movie and first big screen movie in, what, 20 years?  ****, I haven't picked up a Spider-Man movie figure of any type yet and I'd only bought 2 Transformer toys in 20 years till this year.  I've already bought 3 TF movie toys in as many weeks with plans for at least one more.

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Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 21, 2007, 04:32 PM
Picked up my "site to store" Decepticon Sneak Attack set at WM today....The whole process went very smooth.  I would have thought that by me ordering 1 set that the store would actually decide to stock these, but no dice.  Really diggin the set with the cardboard buildings/airport tower.  Hologram Mirage looks sweet as do the Prime & Megs in metallic finish.

Very satisfied with this set  ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on July 22, 2007, 12:33 AM
I was at the St. Louis Park, MN Sam's Club today and they had a new Transformers movie 3-Pack. 

http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/default.cfm?page=News/Item&newsid=AC31D446-D56F-E112-4FC96E92C08BF927
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 22, 2007, 01:06 PM
Good last few days around here for new TF stuff.  Wal-Mart put out the new deluxe wave, and those are, by and large, pretty cool.  If anybody is on the fence about the 2008 Bumblebee Deluxe, get down off of it, as this is the best deluxe class TF that's been done for the movie line, hands down.  Great toy.  Arcee's great, too, but Dreadwing's kind of disappointing.  Pointless might be a better word. :)

I also found wave 1 of the "Robot Replicas" at K-Mart the other day, although they were erroneously labeled as being 17.99 (they wound up being 9.99 and were "on sale").  For what they are (non-transforming Transformers), they're pretty nice with lots of detail.  Some of the paint apps are a little iffy, and Megatron is just flat dull in every conceivable way.  Barricade, however, is nice, and Bumblebee is just a little bit nicer than him.  Nice desk decorations if nothing else.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 23, 2007, 09:14 AM
I picked up the generation 1 Soundwave re-issue. How can you tell the original from the re-issue?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: darth punkinhed on July 23, 2007, 10:04 AM
The cassette drawer is flush with the body on the original and is only 1 tape deep. The reissue sticks out from the body and it can hold both cassettes.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Reid on July 23, 2007, 03:31 PM
Stopped by Target today and picked up one of the Movie line "Real Gear" Transformers, Spy Shot 6.

(http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/Files_AltB/810642fd1953_b400.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on July 24, 2007, 03:38 PM
I just had to thank everyone for the advice on the classics line.  I was placing an order for a few SW figs through HTS, so I threw a Classics Bumblebee in the cart to give them a try.  After opening it up and displaying it on my desk, I'm really happy with it.  Like many of you said, its just such a nice update on the G1 line.  The face/head sculpt of Bumblebee reminds me of the cartoon I grew up with, along with the "heat activated" sticker on his chest.  That brings back some memories as well.  Anyways, I really like it, and I'm really giving thought to going to our local TRU or Wal-Mart to pick up the Optimus Prime as well.  I like the movie ones too, and was thinking about getting Ironhide next (I have early Camaro Bumblebee and the Robo Vision Prime), but now I'm not sure which way to go.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 24, 2007, 04:30 PM
You reallly can't go wrong with Ironhide IMO.  I've been back with Transformers since RID - 2001 and he's easily one of my favorites from all lines since then.  The stacks were shortened a bit ala G1 Prime, but it's no big deal as he totally makes up for it in his bot mode.  He just looks bad-assish and evil even though he's one of the good guys.  Arms are a bit limited in movement, and they put up a fight with me when I first tried to get him back to his alt mode the first few times.

Classics Prime is cool, just not my favorite version of him.  He's a very solid toy though - just not worth the $20 due to his size.....The only issue you might have with him would be the "arm tabs" or the windows of the cab....A trailer wouldn't have hurt either.  I remember seeing him and the UltraMagnus/Skywarp sets on clearance at Target for $5.

I hope you - or any of the other guys that haven't bought TF's in years don't plan on going back to pick up G1 stuff....It's fun and all, but it's a long, long, expensive path.  Plus prices on Ebay on this stuff is a bit high right now (obviously) 

Classics v2.0 (Universe) or whatever sounds really interesting and I can't wait to see what the new cartoon stuff will look like compared to the art pic we've seen.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 24, 2007, 06:36 PM
Some dude won 3 Pepsi Primes (http://www.tfans.com/talk/index.php?showtopic=24686&pid=1192549&mode=threaded&start=4400#entry1192549)  >:(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JangoTat on July 24, 2007, 08:22 PM
how much do the untransformable transformers sell for in the States? i saw a bumblebee and thought it looked really good but $22 seemed pretty unrealistic (comic shop of course) so im just wondering the price difference.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on July 24, 2007, 10:28 PM
how much do the untransformable transformers sell for in the States? i saw a bumblebee and thought it looked really good but $22 seemed pretty unrealistic (comic shop of course) so im just wondering the price difference.

I've seen them at both K-Mart ($10.99) and Wal-Mart ($9.88).
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Aucassin on July 24, 2007, 11:41 PM
I picked up the generation 1 Soundwave re-issue. How can you tell the original from the re-issue?

Did you get it at TRU? I need to check the store near me. I really don't want to have to try to get in on ebay.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 25, 2007, 12:51 PM
Found the "2-way" Unleashed Prime at a TRU last night...Wasn't too impressed with him so he stayed behind.  Oh, TRU also took down the massive TF display in the front of the store...oh is well.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on July 25, 2007, 01:32 PM
Found the "2-way" Unleashed Prime at a TRU last night...Wasn't too impressed with him so he stayed behind.  Oh, TRU also took down the massive TF display in the front of the store...oh is well.

I saw this yesterday as well (also at TRU).  Not only was I not that impressed with the look of it, I really wasn't impressed with the $29.99 price tag.  Damn!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 25, 2007, 07:02 PM
Count me third in the "Saw Unleashed Prime But Not Impressed" brigade.  I really don't know what Hasbro is getting at with the Unleashed brand these days.  Their rampant price increases on only slightly modified SW figures in fancy packaging has been catalogued ad nauseum (and frequently by yours truly), and it seems like right out of the gate, they're intentionally screwing up the TF UL line.  Bumblebee is a great piece, albeit overpriced by five bucks or so, and Prime just looks, feels, and seems cheaply made, cheaply designed, and poorly executed.  And then they go and jack the price on it up!   I can't help thinking they could have spent that time and money on something people might actually think about buying like, oh, I don't know, more G1 Robot Heroes?  A Voyager or Leader Class Bonecrusher (okay, so that's just me...)?

TRU did take their front-of-store display down fairly quickly, although I guess when your full pegs of Proto Starscreams and Primes aren't selling after two months, it probably looks like TF toys in general aren't doing so well.  If anything, the actual movie toys (Deluxe, Voyager, and Leader classes) are doing exceptionally well unless your name is "Swindle", and it's the ancillary stuff like the "Cyber Slammers" that aren't selling at all. 

Just an update for the interested parties:  Target's apparently going to be doing their reset at the beginning of August and Ultimate Bumblebee is going to be the feature item on an endcap.  No word on price, or if Target will actually bother to do the reset on time, but Ultimate BB is supposed to be there.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on July 26, 2007, 09:06 AM
Count me third in the "Saw Unleashed Prime But Not Impressed" brigade. 

Me Fourth !!!!

But it did make me appreciate the Bumble Bee alot more... I really liked it when I saw it again.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: 212th Battalion on July 26, 2007, 02:59 PM
i was debating on getting the movie leader optimus and megatron and i was just wondering if anyone knew if they were realy worth spending $40 for each of them.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 26, 2007, 09:24 PM
i was debating on getting the movie leader optimus and megatron and i was just wondering if anyone knew if they were realy worth spending $40 for each of them.

As far as Prime is concerned, ABSOLUTELY.  Great sculpt, great detailing, great articulation, challenging yet relatively easy transformation...an altogether great toy.  Buy it now, you won't be disappointed.

Megatron, well, if you liked the movie version of him (which I did), he's worth picking up.  The alt mode is a little iffy due to the legs hanging off the underside of the wings and the battery pack/jet tail, but overall, it's a nice toy.  Unlike Prime, though, I hesitate to say he's a must buy.  If you liked the movie and if you buy the Leader Prime and like it as much as I do, I'd think Megatron would be an eventual purchase just to have the old rivalry be complete on your shelf.  :)

Wave Four Movie Deluxes are supposedly out at Wal-Marts and Targets.  These include Final Battle Jazz, Payload (the Decepticon Bank Truck), and Longarm (the Autobot Tow Truck).  I might see them next year should the army of Swindles at my local Wal-Mart decide to disband.  ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: 212th Battalion on July 26, 2007, 11:06 PM
i was debating on getting the movie leader optimus and megatron and i was just wondering if anyone knew if they were realy worth spending $40 for each of them.

As far as Prime is concerned, ABSOLUTELY.  Great sculpt, great detailing, great articulation, challenging yet relatively easy transformation...an altogether great toy.  Buy it now, you won't be disappointed.

Megatron, well, if you liked the movie version of him (which I did), he's worth picking up.  The alt mode is a little iffy due to the legs hanging off the underside of the wings and the battery pack/jet tail, but overall, it's a nice toy.  Unlike Prime, though, I hesitate to say he's a must buy.  If you liked the movie and if you buy the Leader Prime and like it as much as I do, I'd think Megatron would be an eventual purchase just to have the old rivalry be complete on your shelf.  :)

Wave Four Movie Deluxes are supposedly out at Wal-Marts and Targets.  These include Final Battle Jazz, Payload (the Decepticon Bank Truck), and Longarm (the Autobot Tow Truck).  I might see them next year should the army of Swindles at my local Wal-Mart decide to disband.  ::)
thanks for the help
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 28, 2007, 08:15 AM
Received my PepsiPrime the other day...Box is minty fresh....still pissed about the stacks though
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 29, 2007, 02:03 PM
Not sure how many states actually have Big Lots stores, but....stopped by today and they had the Superion, Defensor, and Devastator knock-offs for $6 a piece.  Not a bad price considering you can't even get an original single piece to any set for that price.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 29, 2007, 05:05 PM
Not sure how many states actually have Big Lots stores, but....stopped by today and they had the Superion, Defensor, and Devastator knock-offs for $6 a piece.  Not a bad price considering you can't even get an original single piece to any set for that price.

As someone who has never seen the knock-offs, how are these, quality-wise?  I'd assume "bad" or "awful", but again, I've never seen them.

Just looked over Hasbro's slideshow from SDCC and there's some interesting stuff in there, particularly the concept drawings of Sunstreaker and Sideswipe for the Classics 2.0/Universe line.  The only bad thing I saw was the TF Movie 2008 Bumblebee being repainted into Cliffjumper.  Yes, Hasbro, I know they used the same mold in the old days and it worked; I know they used the same mold in Classics, and it worked.  This time, however, it just doesn't look good and it won't work.  Spend the time and money on actually getting that 2008 Bumblebee into stores and less time on repainting Ironhide blue and Bumblebee red.  ::)

On a related note, parents are increasingly irritated with TF toys at retail.  I overheard three separate parents and/or parental couples complaining at three different Wal-Marts and Targets last Friday about the total lack of ANYTHING other than Swindle on the pegs.  One parent was digging around looking for "Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, and Megatron" but kept coming up empty on EVERY scale.  EVERY retailer I've been to (around 10 different stores) have had NOTHING but Swindle these past few days, and Swindle's been there in full force (at least 8-10 in every store).  The movie's a hit, Hasbro, collectors and parents and kids actually want to buy the toys from said hit movie, and all they can get out in decent numbers is a video-game character that nobody knows from Adam? 

Oh, but wait, I can hear the Hasbro "What you are seeing on a local level is not indicative of what is happening on a national level" excuse coming through the pipes now...   ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 29, 2007, 07:24 PM
After spending almost my entire afternoon of freeing 30 o-66 packs from their prison (what a bitch that was)...setting my mind apart - I've purchased the Devastator knock-off a few years back (a different version) and it held together just fine compared to my crappy vintage one that I got off Ebay back in the day  Cheesy plastic and stickers all in the wrong places, but it looks almost perfect against its conterpart - same with the Arielbots and Protectobots even though their in the wrong color.  Again - no going wrong with a $6 set of 5-6 toys that combine to form a larger robot.

Movie Transformers are all but gone in my neck of the woods.  Plenty of Bonecrushers and not much else.  I still can't even find my concept BB.  I'VE NEVER HAD A HARD TIME FINDING ANY TRANSFORMER until now.....Hasbro and retailers pooped out too soon on this line which is unfortunate for so many.  Spidey/F4/P3 must have ruined it for a line that actually warrented attention.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 29, 2007, 08:40 PM
Big Lots have disappeared from this area. Which is too bad, since I'd have paid money for those. Oh well.

Same situation with the movie line around here. Nothing but Bonecrushers and Swindles as far as the eye can see. Maybe TRU will have something other than those two, but it's usually just the protoforms.
At least there's a few Leaders and Voyagers out there in the wild. But that's about it. I wonder how bad the hunt for the Concept BB is really going to be. It's sucked so far, but I hope it isn't as fruitless as my Joe hunt has been.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on July 30, 2007, 01:20 AM
I'm seeing similar things here in NY.  My Target has been wiped out of Deluxe and Leader class figures for about a week at least.  Maybe a couple protoforms but that's about it.  They have some other figures, including Rachet last I looked, but I haven't paid much attention to the other lines as I'm not interested.  One hope, my Target started their reset this weekend so hopefully when they finish they'll have some new stuff to put out.

My Wal-Mart has some Deluxe Bonecrushers and Swindle but that's about it.  And I think that's because Bonecrusher should have been in the Voyager class, he should be bigger than Ironhide and even Ratchet.

My Wal-Mart did get the Robot Replicas in a week or so ago.  I almost picked up Bumblebee but passed.  They look pretty good in robot mode since Hasbro didn't have to cut corners for the transformation.   

Still waiting on the concept Deluxe Bumblebee.  I don't think it's even come up for sale on HasbroToyShop.com yet.

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Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on July 30, 2007, 09:48 AM
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Same situation with the movie line around here. Nothing but Bonecrushers and Swindles as far as the eye can see. Maybe TRU will have something other than those two, but it's usually just the protoforms.
At least there's a few Leaders and Voyagers out there in the wild. But that's about it. I wonder how bad the hunt for the Concept BB is really going to be. It's sucked so far, but I hope it isn't as fruitless as my Joe hunt has been.

I've noticed the same thing as the rest of you.  The Transformers movie toys are all but wiped out around here, aside from the usual suspects (Swindle, Bonecrusher, and sometimes Protoforms).  Outside of those, I don't know that Target or WM has any other movie figures on the pegs right now.  TRU is a little bit better, as I think you can find some of the voyager class stuff there - at least there was some the last time I was there.  No sign of Concept Bumblebee here either, although he must have been at our WM at some point (saw the Arcee from that wave there).  I've been watching HTS as much as possible though, hoping he'll pop up there.  I've noticed that some of the Classics Primes from our WM are starting to sell now, probably to parents who can't find a movie version.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 30, 2007, 12:46 PM
HTS just pulled Rodimus from my cart right before I was going to check out  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 31, 2007, 06:05 PM
Still pissed at HTS for stealing my Rodiums out of my cart, but.....at least they gave me a 3 minute window before he was gone  :'(

Anyone else seen the pics (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=8194&dispsize=800&start=0) for the rest of the movie line/classics/universe/toon?

Really diggin the Sunstreaker and Octane they have lined up for classics.  The toon line looks interesting to say the least.  This is the first "toony" looking line for Transformers so I'm looking forward to it. 

I also hear that the Seacons set is being given to the TFCollector group which really sucks because now I'll never own this set.  You know the group that robbed us all of the final seekers??  Here's their excuse.....

 The club is aware of the Fans dismay over the classics molds in the set but felt that since Hasbro had no plans to make the molds, this would be the one chance fans had to get them.

Kinda makes sense as Hasbo hasn't released all 6 seekers in any one line since G1, but it still sucks.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JangoTat on July 31, 2007, 09:14 PM
ok i really dont know what they are called but the TF that dont transform finally made its way to a local zellers. but it was not on file :P. Knowing that it should have been around $10-$14 i went to Customer Service to ask anyways. And what did i get....some moron came and told me it was $29.99. i tried to tell him it wasnt and that he was thinking of the wrong line but he kept insisting he was right and then pulled the whole " im not lying i collect these toys myself. you should really get this one its super rare and you'll probably never see it again". i again tried to tell him he was wrong (i really wanted bumblebee) but in the end he made it clear that he had no clue in what he was doing and was just desperate to sell it off. i ended up telling him he should buy it..because it was "super rare and he would never see it again".

heck at that price i was better off buying it from a scalper. zellers sucks when it comes to customer service  >:(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on July 31, 2007, 10:12 PM
Still pissed at HTS for stealing my Rodiums out of my cart, but.....at least they gave me a 3 minute window before he was gone  :'(

Anyone else seen the pics (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=8194&dispsize=800&start=0) for the rest of the movie line/classics/universe/toon?

I didn't see this - thanks for posting!  All of the classics figs look good to me - sunstreaker, Sideswipe, Octane!  Not impressed by the Allspark crap or the animated figures - I'll pass on those.  I'm very dissapointed to see no Alternators in the lineup - is this line dead?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 1, 2007, 07:12 AM
I'm very dissapointed to see no Alternators in the lineup - is this line dead?

Yes....sad, but true. I guess they milked as many chararcters/molds they could.  Comicon ALT Rodimus was the very last one after WM's Rumble & Ravage.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on August 1, 2007, 04:15 PM
I'm very dissapointed to see no Alternators in the lineup - is this line dead?

Yes....sad, but true. I guess they milked as many chararcters/molds they could.  Comicon ALT Rodimus was the very last one after WM's Rumble & Ravage.

I didn't even know about Roddy until you brought him this week.  Have they said this is the end of the line or just assuming that based on everything else that's coming out and no word of more at the CC?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 1, 2007, 05:40 PM
I'm a bit too lazy at the moment to track down the official word from Hasbro, but it's been confirmed on several websites by the man.....Plus Hasbro has a bit too much on their plate at the moment with the movie/classics 2.0-universe/cartoon/robot heroes.

If you've noticed - all of the Decepticons were all repaints except for the final two - Rumble and Ravage of which had their own unique molds.  Just an observation, but the bots in this line outnumber the cons 18 to 9, plus there weren't really any G1 con cars besides the Stunticons.  I believe Hasbro had a Megatron Caddy on tap, but that went down the drain.

Smokesceen  Subaru WRX
Sideswipe  Dodge Viper
Silverstreak Subaru WRX
Hound  Jeep Wrangler
Dead End  Dodge Viper
Tracks  Chevrolet Corvette
Meister  Mazda RX8
Grimlock  Ford Mustang
Swindle  Jeep Wrangler
Windcharger Honda S2000
Battle Ravage Chevrolet Corvette
Shockblast Mazda RX8
Wheeljack Ford Mustang
Swerve Chevrolet Corvette
Decepticharge Honda S2000
Prowl Acura RSX
Skids Scion xB
Sunstreaker Dodge Viper
Rollbar Jeep Wrangler
Ricochet Subaru WRX
Mirage Ford GT
Optimus Prime Dodge Ram SRT-10
Camshaft Acura RSX
Nemesis Prime Dodge Ram SRT-10
Decepticon Rumble Honda Civic Si (WM)
Ravage Jaguar XK (WM)
Rodimus Fort GT

I've never purchased any of the Binaltech or KISS stuff, but I sure would have enjoyed that extra metal/weight to the toys.....Also a bit to lazy at the moment but I believe there at least 5-6 repaints that we never got in the states.

It's a shame that the Transformers Titanium line bit the dust.  I must admit that the 3" stuff was pure crap, but I really enjoyed the 6" stuff....In fact I just received my order from BBTS with G1 Magnus, WW Megs, and The Fallen.  Beautiful they are  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 1, 2007, 11:29 PM
I also hear that the Seacons set is being given to the TFCollector group which really sucks because now I'll never own this set.  You know the group that robbed us all of the final seekers??  Here's their excuse.....

 The club is aware of the Fans dismay over the classics molds in the set but felt that since Hasbro had no plans to make the molds, this would be the one chance fans had to get them.

Kinda makes sense as Hasbo hasn't released all 6 seekers in any one line since G1, but it still sucks.

I always thought that was a lame excuse. Hasbro could have had another Target or TRU exclusive with those. It may have taken a while, but it would have happened eventually. Now those Seacons are headed their way, but I saw some pics of the proposed colors, and I don't think I want them. I usually go nuts for G1 toys, but not those.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on August 1, 2007, 11:57 PM
I've never purchased any of the Binaltech or KISS stuff, but I sure would have enjoyed that extra metal/weight to the toys.....Also a bit to lazy at the moment but I believe there at least 5-6 repaints that we never got in the states.

It's a shame that the Transformers Titanium line bit the dust.  I must admit that the 3" stuff was pure crap, but I really enjoyed the 6" stuff....In fact I just received my order from BBTS with G1 Magnus, WW Megs, and The Fallen.  Beautiful they are  :)

Remind me to show you the Binaltech Tracks figures I have - I picked up both the yellow and red one back when the US version was impossible to find.  I'm bummed that this line is taking a back seat, but hopefully it will be back someday.  Only one I still want to get out of your list is Nemesis Prime.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on August 3, 2007, 02:10 AM
I think I've become addicted to these things, I'd only planned on picking up a single movie figure and that would be that, but now I've got five of the movie guys and think I may get more!  :P Really hoping to score a Concept Camaro Bumblebee but from the reports on this board, they seem pretty elusive.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 3, 2007, 01:03 PM
Really hoping to score a Concept Camaro Bumblebee but from the reports on this board, they seem pretty elusive.

That they are. I found two cases of new stuff at my local TRU, and all the Bumblebees were pruned. I did see Longarm, Final Battle Jazz, and Payload, but I didn't want them. So, those new ones are out.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on August 3, 2007, 01:17 PM
Everyone's probably seen this by now, but here's a trailer for the upcoming Transformers Animated (http://enewsi.com/news.php?catid=261&itemid=11455) that was shown at Comic Con.  Just thought I'd post it in case anyone was interested.  Its definitely something different, but from many of the comments I've read online, it seems to be going over fairly well so far.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on August 3, 2007, 06:32 PM
The closest Wal-Mart to me is officially empty of movie TFs.  No Deluxes, no Leaders, no Voyagers.  Nothing but empty space and continually complaining parents.  Of course, you could go down to Target and look over their selection of Protoform Starscreams, or go to TRU and look over their selection of Protoform Starscreams.   ::)

In all seriousness, what the hell is Hasbro waiting on?  They aren't even putting the new stuff up for sale on their own damned website!

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: darth punkinhed on August 3, 2007, 06:40 PM
I got home today and it looks like typing in all those Transform your summer codes might finally be paing off. Sitting in my mailbox today were 2 of the pepsi primes from the contest.  ;D

Anyone know where I can order a set of long stacks for it?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 3, 2007, 06:51 PM
They simply underestimated supply due to the glut of Spidey and F4 figs IMO anyways...I don't shop at WM, but Targets out here in MN are just wiped out of just about everything except for the role play stuff.  TRU's TF section is jammed with Protos and all the other stuff from the front of the store that couldn't sell.  I'm sure that Hasbro realizes this and I hope they're beefing up supply, but who knows?  I've never had a problem picking up any TF beyond a few ALTS since I started back collecting with RID back in 01.

Encore Convoy Packaging (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=8225&dispsize=800&start=0)

I kinda get the feeling that this Encore stuff will be made a US exclusive due to the sucess of the movie.  I'm sure that now - more than ever that people would want original designs of the classic toys....

We'll see

I got home today and it looks like typing in all those Transform your summer codes might finally be paing off. Sitting in my mailbox today were 2 of the pepsi primes from the contest.  ;D

Anyone know where I can order a set of long stacks for it?

Congrats!  I have to ask - how many codes did you enter??

Here's where I ordered my long stacks (http://www.agesthreeandup.com/main.jsp?p2=shopping/catalog.jsp&catalog_id=44) for my 20th Prime from.  Scroll down a few to find the G1 stacks. Kinda expensive though.  They're in Canada, have poor customer service as there's a very limited staff, and they take about three weeks to ship out, but it's better than nothing..  I say poor customer service as it takes them days to respond to emails, but the emails were friendly and very professional - oh and did I mention how long it takes on shipping?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: darth punkinhed on August 3, 2007, 11:09 PM
Believe it or not only 31 codes. But that was over a month ago. Thanks for the info! Optimus just doesn't look right with the short stacks. Don't get me wrong, it's still a great toy and it's not really that noticeable, but sitting next to my GI it just seems out of place with the shorter stacks.

I almost forgot to mention this, the pepsi primes coming from Mountain Dew might have two pieces of tape on one end. It looks like at one point a bunch of these were assembled and they forgot something so they had to slice the tape, insert whatever it was, then reseal it. I mention this because both of them are like this and the ones coming from hasbro don't have two tape pieces on either end. Both of the ones I got shipped seperately too. I've opened one and there's nothing missing. Just thought I'd share for those who might get one of these of ebay and think they got jacked because one end appears to have been opened. It may not have been. Just ask if the one you are bidding on is one of the mountain dew ones and ask they send you the 3"x4" congratulation card that comes with it. Of course I'm sure most of you either got one at BOTCON, a friend who went or off HTS when they were available but I thought I'd mention this just incase. My guess is at one point they forgot to insert the sticker sheet or instructions and had to rework a bunch of these. Or they had to remove something. Either way it shouldn't be something to be too alarmed about.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 4, 2007, 12:01 AM
Prime does suck ass with chopped stacks.  Not quite the same toy without them fully extended.  I guess some dumb ass 10 year old must have fallen and hurt himself on the original Prime's stacks. 

I did fine as a kid of the 80's without getting injured on any toys for that matter unless someone was not "mentally correct" ...I'd figure kids nowaday's are more into video games, but I still find it hard to believe that some kids can get injured by Prime's full stacks.  That's just not right IMO
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on August 5, 2007, 09:35 AM
I wouldn't have guessed this to be hazard either, but no surprise if they thought it might poke an eye out or break off or something.  It kind of sucks what they've had to do with toys - I can't remember the last time I opned a SW figure without a bent gun, but I guess if it saves one kids life its worth it.  I would think they could bend the rules a little though on the more collectible pieces...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on August 6, 2007, 09:02 AM
After checking the stores this weekend I have to say that the Transformers stuff is just wiped out around here.  I was half-heartedly looking for an Ironhide (and of course the 08 Bumblebee), and just looking at the stores things were really bare.  Even some of the Swindles seem to be selling now (probably to desperate parents).  All the movie characters seem to be sold out with the exception of a few Ratchets or Scorponoks here and there.  I do feel for parents, because you know there are kiddos wanting Bumblebees, Primes, Ironhides, etc., and they are out of luck for now.  Hopefully there will be more shipments of these guys (in their regular paint schemes) so the kiddos can have them at least by Christmas.  This line had to be successful for Hasbro though, it seems like the "regular" movie stuff is selling like hotcakes.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on August 6, 2007, 12:46 PM
I saw the movie Optimus Prime w/ small Bumblebee and Jazz at the Costco in Coon Rapids, MN.  About $35
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 6, 2007, 08:50 PM
I've been secretly hounding HTS every few weeks since last Comicon in hopes of scoring Nemesis Prime with no dice of course.  His pic was still up right before this year's Comicon....Just find it odd that Rodimus comes up when you type his name in....Also I have no idea why the TF Imperial Shuttle comes up when you do a search for Destro.

I've given up finally and I'm ready to pay eBay prices, but just thought I'd point it out.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on August 9, 2007, 07:17 PM
We're on Day Three of Wal-Mart's "reset but don't restock" here in my neck of the woods and the first signs of life have started to make themselves known.  They (finally) put out a case of the Robot Replicas this morning, along with a case of the current Voyager revision (1 each of Ironhide, Starscream, Ratchet, and Megatron), which is the first time I'd seen the latter of the four.  I went ahead and picked him up because the ice looked interesting in the package, but I can safely say that if you're going to buy one Megatron, make it the Leader Class version.  The "Cybertron Jet Mode" is quite simply the most forced alt mode I've seen in a TF toy in years, and looks next to nothing like the actual Cybertron Jet mode.  Still, the ice effect (not removable) is pretty and I don't regret buying it too much. :)

One thing I've noticed, though, is that Megatron's head design must have changed a bit late in the development process, as the photo on the back has a completely different facial structure than the one used in the film and on the actual toy.  I also remember seeing a similar head design to this on something else a few weeks back (the Robot Replicas card, maybe?).  I'd really like to see a book of concept art for the TF movie, just to see how much things did change through the pre-production and (apparently) the production process.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on August 9, 2007, 09:37 PM
I've been secretly hounding HTS every few weeks since last Comicon in hopes of scoring Nemesis Prime with no dice of course.  His pic was still up right before this year's Comicon....Just find it odd that Rodimus comes up when you type his name in....Also I have no idea why the TF Imperial Shuttle comes up when you do a search for Destro.

I've given up finally and I'm ready to pay eBay prices, but just thought I'd point it out.

I'd love to get NP, but not for $50+ ...that's ridiculous.  I'm betting this will be available again at some point.  ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 9, 2007, 10:14 PM
Well since I last posted about the Comicon crap....ALT Roddy has been completely removed from the site and now when you type in Nemesis it brings up some other weird crap...Oh well.

Justin - be prepared to shell out around $75 for Nemy Prime with shipping included if you want him and I've found ALT Roddy for as low as $60 with shipping.  I haven't bit the bullet yet, but I'm almost at that point as I really need these two.

but I can safely say that if you're going to buy one Megatron, make it the Leader Class version.  The "Cybertron Jet Mode" is quite simply the most forced alt mode I've seen in a TF toy in years, and looks next to nothing like the actual Cybertron Jet mode.

I'm a bit confused by your post as to whether you like the leader version or not....I still have no idea how to get his legs wrapped around in jet mode and it's been pissing me off to some extent - almost to the point of returning him.  His bot mode is decent and easy to handle, but I'm baffled by the instructions as to how to get his legs right in the alt mode.  He's actually the first TF that I threw back in the box and said **** you
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on August 10, 2007, 07:07 AM
I'm a bit confused by your post as to whether you like the leader version or not....I still have no idea how to get his legs wrapped around in jet mode and it's been pissing me off to some extent - almost to the point of returning him.  His bot mode is decent and easy to handle, but I'm baffled by the instructions as to how to get his legs right in the alt mode.  He's actually the first TF that I threw back in the box and said **** you

Oops, sorry.  To clarify, I think the Leader Class Megatron is the better of the two (Leader vs. Voyager), and I actually like the Leader Class version quite a bit.  Likewise, the robot mode of the Voyager Class Megatron is nice as well, although the Cybertron Jet mode is really wonky.

As for the transformation of the Leader Class Megatron's legs, I know exactly what you mean.  It took me forever to get it right, and off the top of my head, the best advice I can give you is to do the transformation steps out of order, because if the wings are already down, it makes it much more difficult to get the legs under there.  Make sure you move the shins outward (which triggers the automorph feet) and then rotate the hips in a "splits" position.  When you move the crotch upwards, the feet should be facing downward, and there are little white tabs that fit into snap holes on the undersides of the wings. 

I know that probably isn't the best explanation for it, but it took me for-hell-and-ever to figure it out myself, so I can certainly empathize with you. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 10, 2007, 11:48 AM
Thanks for the info DP!!  I'll have to try out your instructions to see what I come up with.  I can't beleive how Hasbro leaves out so many steps or has them in the wrong order on their instruction sheets....No wonder he's a level 4.  Oh, and I love notes on the very last instructions that says to reverse the order to convert back...yeah, that's a lot easier said than done on quite a few Transfomers.

Looks like the Bumblebee Evolution 2pack is available at Target.com (http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-2/qid=1186707570/ref=sr_1_2/601-1764791-6097720?ie=UTF8&asin=B000OQMBF2)  Website says that it's not available in stores, but I can't imagine this being an online only exclusive...but who knows?

Anybody seen Ultimate BB yet??  I saw 2 at Target earlier in the week and he looks pretty cool, but I'm just not sure if he's $80 worth of cool.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on August 10, 2007, 02:59 PM
  He's actually the first TF that I threw back in the box and said **** you

LMAO!  That's a hilarious visual.  believe me, I've been there a few times over the past few years withsome of my alts and binaltechs.  The only way they could make the instructions worse is to do them in crayon, which I'm sure is on the horizon.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 11, 2007, 02:46 PM
My Encore Convoy and Soundwave reissues are on their way from BBTS. It'll be keen to have a Prime with long stacks, finally.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 12, 2007, 02:01 PM
transformers movie Starscream voyager custom repaint (http://cgi.ebay.com/transformers-movie-Starscream-voyager-custom-repaint_W0QQitemZ140145132731QQihZ004QQcategoryZ4696QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

Man, if only Hasbro and Takara could paint their stuff this nice for mass production.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 12, 2007, 04:57 PM
Looks pretty and all, but $200 is a bit too much for a custom.  I can understand the length of time it takes to put into these things, but the $20 Hasbro version is just fine with me.  It does kinda suck that they couldn't spend a little extra time here and there with a few more paint apps, but no big deal.  I have a buddy that has been working on a Magnus repaint of the DVD Prime and it's taken him quite awhile and he's still not finished.  I'm in no hurry, as I know it takes a steady hand and a good dose of patience to do these customs.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 15, 2007, 11:40 PM
Most of my local Targets have finally started to restock the 6" Titaniums so I'm pleased beyond punch even though I only need WW Magnus, Sunstorm, BW Cheetor to finish off that collection.  I'm glad that at least one retailer is responding to the total lack of (transformable) movie product that can be found nowhere...   woo-hoo...and stuff  :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 16, 2007, 01:28 AM
I received my Encore Soundwave and Convoy today. Man, these boxes are beautiful. It's going to be hard to bring myself to open them.

Of course, what good is a Transformer if you don't transform it?  :)

Still a total lack of movie product around here too, except the Robot Replicas. I almost bought that Bumblebee since I have yet to find the 08 Camaro BB. There are a few Voyagers here and there, but Megatron certainly isn't among them, which sucks since he and the new BB are the last movie-featured TFs I have to buy, and I can't pay money for Leader Megatron and not feel ripped off.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on August 16, 2007, 08:01 PM
Don't know if any of the rest of you guys have seen this or not, but one of my two local Wal-Marts stocked their pegs full of Cybertron and Classics earlier this morning.  It looked like it was case-fresh stock, too, and not rerouted or closeout stock from other stores and/or retailers.  They put out about three cases worth of Classics Wave 3 (Cliffjumper and Ramjet, with Grimlock, Mirage, and Rodimus mixed in), a case of Classics Jetfire, and a lot of Cybertron Voyagers and Deluxes that I couldn't care less about.  As I looked around the net, it looked like some stores were also getting 20th Anniversary Primes and the Prime/Dodge Ram wave of Alternators, but mine didn't.

The two sore points with me on this are:

1-This stuff is still at their full, original prices. 

2-The pegs are now full at Wal-Mart, meaning that there is literally no room for the new Movie stuff when Hasbro finally gets their act together and ships it to the stores. 

But hey, I'm sure Target and TRU will take my money.  Way to go, Wal-Mart.  I didn't realize that Kay Bee wasn't the dumping ground for closeout crap anymore.   ::)

I did find one each of the Movie Robot Heroes at another Wal-Mart that wasn't afflicted by the Cybertron virus v2.0 this afternoon, though.  Ratchet's a little iffy and cheap feeling and (my biggest disappointment) Frenzy's so thin that his legs were warped in the package, but the rest of them are pretty cool.  I'm hoping that an Ironhide vs. Brawl or Starscream pack comes out eventually, just to make the lineup complete. :)

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 17, 2007, 11:15 AM
I hit my local TRU last night and they were overflowing with Voyager Primes & Megs....Litteraly - they were everywhere.

They also put out a fresh stock of Dlx Classics and a bunch of Jetfires/Primes.  I'm not sure what's up with all of this Classics restock so late in the game, but it'll give a lot of people a second chance at a great line.  Oh and now they jacked the price of the Unleashed turnaround Prime thingy to $29.99.  What a joke.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on August 17, 2007, 11:22 AM
I haven't checked our WM lately, but they've been sitting on a pile of the Classics Cliffjumpers (and a couple Mirages/Primes) for awhile now.  I wonder if this "restock" will happen everywhere, because I wouldn't mind picking up a Grimlock if I saw one.  I'll have to take a look around next time I'm out and about.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on August 18, 2007, 01:06 PM
Well, I finally (if "two weeks" can be considered "finally") caved and bought the Ultimate Bumblebee earlier this morning.  It's still a little early to give a full review (as I'm still figuring stuff out), but I can say that it is (as I told a friend in an email) a ******* awesome toy.  He's pretty impressive in both car and bot mode, and outside of him not having a second, non-cannon right arm (which would be impossible given the electronics and animatronics) and the big-ass battery pack, he's really pretty accurate to the film prop.  The voice isn't the one from the film, and some of the songs are corny and cheesy, but a toy that can aim it's cannon AND fire a missle on its own?  Again, ******* awesome.  ;D

As for the price tag ($80.00 at Target and Wal-Mart, $90.00 at TRU; I got mine at WM), I don't know if it is really worth 80 bucks, but I don't really feel cheated, either.  He's definitely the coolest TF I have in my (albeit small) collection, and I don't regret buying him in the least.  If you've got the money to waste and/or indulge, I'd say to pick him up. :)

In related news, even though I haven't seen him yet personally, the G1 Movie Voyager Starscream is supposedly showing up in some areas.  An official "release date" (as in Target's "We Aren't Going To Do **** Until This Date, So Stop Bugging Us" reset dates) is August 26, but someone on TFW2005 posted the DPCI number for SS, which is 087-06-0006 in case anyone is interested. :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 19, 2007, 03:44 PM
Believe it or not, but Kohl's of all places is getting in the Concept BB/Arcee/Dreadwing cases. I can attest to this, as I saw a lone Dreadwing and an army of Bonecrushers and Swindles at my local location. No BBs. They're currently running a sale, where you buy 1 and get the other half off. Of course, Kohl's is charging $13 for their TFs and $10 for their Star Wars toys, so it's about the same as big-box retail if you buy two.

If anyone happens upon two BBs and wants to sell me the extra, I'll gladly pay the $13 price plus shipping.  :)

Oh, and keep your eyes on TRU. Today, they restocked their Voyagers and Deluxes. I didn't get BB there either, but I did get Final Battle Jazz. I considered Longarm and Arcee, but I'll leave them for another day.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on August 19, 2007, 04:16 PM
I saw pretty much all of the new deluxe bots (including two Concept Bumblebees) at a local KB a few days ago ... so, if people aren't checking there yet, you may want to start.  Like Kohl's, deluxe figures are $12.99 at KB.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 20, 2007, 12:45 PM
SkyLynx (http://tformers.com/C3X-Hobby-Expo-Japan-Sky-Lynx-Re-Issue/8279/news.html)   ???

I hope not...Very poor choice for a reissue IMO.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on August 22, 2007, 06:26 PM
My local TRU put out a case of the Wave 3 Voyagers (Prime and Megs) today.  I'd already gotten Megatron at Wal-Mart the week before last, and hadn't planned on getting Prime, but this total dearth of TF Movie toys that are both transformable and interesting had me go ahead and pick it up.  I'm not terribly impressed, but then again, compared to the Leader Class Prime, the Voyager class would have to breakdance to impress me. :)

Still a complete lack of movie Deluxes around, though.  One Wal-Mart is still jam-packed with last week's Cybertron stock dump, and the other one has had completely empty pegs for the last four weeks running.  Target is empty as well, but I'm hoping they'll at least see fit to put out the G1 Jazz this weekend (when their precious endcap date takes place).  A good friend of mine (Hi Becky!) was able to run the DPCI and got me the G1 Starscream over the weekend, and it's very cool.  Is this the first TF with a lightpipe mouth in addition to the lightpipe eyes?  :D

But seriously, for the millionth time, what is taking Hasbro so long with this stuff?  They can't use their "regional experience" excuse this time, because it seems like everyone is not finding much, if anything.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 23, 2007, 01:18 AM
Some Targets have taken to putting up a sign in their TF section regarding the "production delay" and are basically pointing the blame at Hasbro. I saw a pic of it on Seibertron's forums, but I haven't seen it locally. It doesn't make that much sense, since they'll have the G1 repaints soon, so maybe it's just that one Target.

I really can't blame Hasbro for playing it conservatively when it came to production numbers on these toys. Everyone from here to the Moon hated the robot designs when they first saw them, and Hasbro pays attention to that stuff.

But I still want my ******* Concept Bumblebee, goddamn it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on August 23, 2007, 08:55 AM
Yeah, still just nothing here either - with Deluxes in particular.  I don't know how much more I'd be able to pick up anyways, but like everyone else, I'd really like to get an 08 Concept Bumblebee.  Pretty barren at all stores around here though.  TRU has the protoform deluxes, and Wal-Mart might have some Swindles, but Target doesn't have anything anymore in the "regular" deluxe Transformers section (or Leader/Voyager class either at this point).  I was just telling my wife when we were there yesterday that I feel kind of bad for parents if this doesn't improve - because come Christmas time, I'm guessing Transformers are going to be on a lot of kiddos' wish lists, and there won't be any to be found.  I guess they could always get Cybertron figures, which are rumored to maybe be re-released to cover the lull.  Disappointed kids either way :).
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on August 23, 2007, 10:22 AM
Wait - they make these things for kids?  Huh.  Who knew.

 ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 23, 2007, 10:45 AM
I found Big Brawl this morning at Target.  Of course the pegs were still a barren waste land, but it was nice to finally see something new there.  He's pretty short for a leader class toy, but he's damned bulky.  I'm just *hoping* that he holds together better than his deluxe conterpart..
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on August 23, 2007, 12:18 PM
But I still want my ******* Concept Bumblebee, goddamn it.

Right! 

Nothing here either.  I was in my local Wal-Mart and one up the road about 45 minutes that I don't get to often.  Neither store had Deluxe but they both had a ton of the Cyberton vehicles.  I don't even recall seeing a lot of them at my local store when they were first out so it's kind of sad. 

Target keeps putting the Real Gear stuff in the Deluxe slots which is just kind of annoying at this point. 

But it's not just Transformers although they're the worst culprit right now.  None of Hasbro's stuff is stocking consitently here.  Not TF, not GI Joe (after the initial rush) and not Star Wars TAC.  You can tell the difference between stores just not getting new stock and stores not having supply from Hasbro and right now I think it's a lack of supply from Hasbro.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Reid on August 23, 2007, 08:46 PM
Stopped by my local grocery store on a milk and popcorn run, and noticed they had some of the TF movie toys. Picked up the smaller Legends class Ratchet.

(http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/Files_AltB/81371133a3f3_b400.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 23, 2007, 10:53 PM
I love these Legends figures. For one thing, I can find them, and they're only $5. I have Prime and Jazz so far.

They remind me of the minibots back in the G1 days.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on August 23, 2007, 11:39 PM
With the exception of Iron Hide, I'm really not liking the movie figures.  All of their faces look goofy to me.  I swear, every time I see one I think of that robot from "Short Circuit"...Johnny #5.   ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Reid on August 24, 2007, 12:08 AM
I swear, every time I see one I think of that robot from "Short Circuit"...Johnny #5.   ::)

(http://www.johnny-five.com/simplenet/Shortcircuit/Pics/Pictures/Misc/Johnny5.jpg)

"No disassemble!"

That and the sequel are the 3rd and 2nd best late 80's comedy, next to Ernest Goes To Camp.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 24, 2007, 06:06 PM
Picked up the G1-ish repaints of Starscream and Jazz today. Jazz looks really good. Starscream I'm not sure of, but I thought it wise to pick it up, especially since Thundercracker is on the way.

I picked up Ironhide too. I got him at TRU, where I saw the TRU exclusive Legends six-pack that had Starscream in it, who I haven't seen packaged singly. I almost bought it, but I'll leave it for later.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 24, 2007, 06:19 PM
Best Buy exclusive Ratchet and Megatron (http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=36041&st=0&#entry722096)

Nice. Kind of sucks I bought the regular Voyager Megatron, but I don't have Ratchet yet. I think I'll just get this one as long as they aren't $30 each.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on August 24, 2007, 06:29 PM
Actually, that Ratchet looks pretty cool.  I haven't bought him yet either and didn't think that I would, but the repaint looks pretty good.  Like you said, if it's not $30 maybe I'll pick one up.

I'll probably pass on the Megatron, though.  I didn't really care for the figure although I thought the design looked cool in the film.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 24, 2007, 08:08 PM
I swear, every time I see one I think of that robot from "Short Circuit"...Johnny #5.   ::)

(http://www.johnny-five.com/simplenet/Shortcircuit/Pics/Pictures/Misc/Johnny5.jpg)

"No disassemble!"

That and the sequel are the 3rd and 2nd best late 80's comedy, next to Ernest Goes To Camp.


I actually just received my SC2 from Amazon  :P

But how in the world could you have forgotten this classic  >:(   :D

(http://www.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/25/A70-12766)

Oh....Encore Ratchet and Ironhide are up next (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=1357)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Reid on August 24, 2007, 10:30 PM
But how in the world could you have forgotten this classic  >:(   :D

(http://www.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/25/A70-12766)

 

Bah... Just looks like an ET rip-off to me...

 :P
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 24, 2007, 10:42 PM
Oh....Encore Ratchet and Ironhide are up next (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=1357)

Sweet. Got my set preordered.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on August 24, 2007, 11:03 PM
My local Target unbelievably stocked a little bit in the TF section this morning.  They put out a case of the latest deluxes which broke down like so:

1 x Recon Barricade
1 x 2008 Camaro Bumblebee
1 x Payload
1 x Dropkick
1 x Longarm
1 x Final Battle Jazz
2 x Dreadwing

Obviously the person in charge of Star Wars case assortments prior to ROTS is now adding his or her genius touch to the TF case assortments.  ::)

They also had 2 Leader Brawls, so I grabbed the Payload, Dropkick, and Longarm in addition to one of the Brawls.  On cursory inspection and first transformation, they're pretty cool.  Brawl, as expected, blows the Deluxe Class version away; plus his arms will actually stay put without after-market finagling, so you've got to love that.  There's a bit more variability in terms of sounds than Prime and Megatron had as well, so he comes across sounding a bit cooler than those.  Oh, and Dropkick is bad-ass. :)

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: bikerscout1 on August 27, 2007, 08:05 PM
G1 forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 28, 2007, 06:56 PM
Buy a Chevy...Get a free Transformer (http://tformers.com/Buy-A-Chevrolet-Receive-an-Aveo-Swerve-For-Free/8319/news.html)  ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 28, 2007, 10:29 PM
I'd be interested in it, but since Hasbro loves to pimp their molds out a few times each, I'm sure they'll stick it in the Universe line.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 28, 2007, 10:30 PM
G1 forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/images/1/12/O_RLY.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on August 29, 2007, 12:57 PM
I saw the Voyager-Class Thundercracker and G1 repaint Rachet today at a local Wal-Mart.  I have no interest in these, but it is the first time I've seen them at retail.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: bikerscout1 on August 29, 2007, 04:32 PM
Last night I opened the Ultimate BB I scored last week.  I love it so far.  Quite an engineering feat.  Transforming is awesome.  He's huge. It's like having a MP edition with animatronics.  Pretty amazing.  2 thumbs up! 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on August 29, 2007, 07:36 PM
Crap in a hat.  I skipped one day of hitting the local stores, yesterday, and sure enough, both WM and Target stocked the deluxe Transformers wave with the concept Bumblebee in it.

I think WM only got one case but I don't know what Target got, at least one but I don't know if they got more.  Of course, no 'Bee figure.

Target did have an assload of their excluisves, though.  Eight or more of the G1 Jazz re-paint and 10 or more of the Starscream re-paint.  Both stores had the big Ultimate BB.

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Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: bikerscout1 on August 30, 2007, 09:39 PM
i've been on several runs in the past few weeks and I haven't seen any deluxe figs save for a few at a target yesterday, this was like the first time in 3 or 4 weeks that I saw any dlx class. They had 3 dreadwing (the mig 29 looking one) and 2 of the armored bank truck guy Payload i think was his name.  No Jazz, no BB, you can attribute most of this to scalpers - those bastards -let kids/parents get them at the regular price for christsakes.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 30, 2007, 10:54 PM
One of my local Targets did a minor restock of the DLX stuff this morning so I picked up the truck with the fat Decepticon logo on it and I also scored the milk truck/bank thing/truck.  I'm short on names and they're currently buried under a mountian of other toys.  I was in too much of a hurry to catch their names, as I was ultimatley looking for Concept BB....This was the very first restock I've seen of the DLX variety in months......

No Transformer has been more elusive to me other than Energon Magnus, Grimlock & Swoop, and those damned WM Combaticon repaints, but this sucker is holding tight in that spot so far.   :(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on September 1, 2007, 01:20 PM
It looks like stuff is starting to show up a little bit more frequently, at least in my area.  Granted, it's still not coming out in numbers like they should, but it's better than the two months of nothing that preceded it.  The Leader Class Brawl seems to be the most prevalent new thing right now, with TRU, WM, and Target all three getting at least two cases (TRU has about 10 Brawls on the shelf right now).  Target still has two G1 Starscreams and 4 G1 Jazzes, and they've also been getting a case of Wave 4 (the one with Dropkick and Recon Barricade) about every five days or so.  Strangely, Dropkick is the one who sticks around the longest, despite being packed with the inferior in every way Dreadwing.

One of the three local WMs got a case of the Voyager Wave 4s in yesterday, and I was able to grab the Rescue Ratchet and Thundercracker from that assortment.  I've also been noticing some differences in the actual sculpts of the repaints that I wanted to pass along for everyone's edification (this might not be news to some of you):

-The arm hinges on Final Battle Jazz have been changed to make his arms less wobbly and line up more appropriately.  There's no "hinge and slide" this time around; only a black double hinge.  The arms still look like crap, but hey, it's better than the first version.

-Recon Barricade's "waist" tabs now snap securely into his upper torso instead of just resting on the tabs, and his head can be pulled up further so the halves of his hood/torso can be slid back together a bit, making his torso not look quite so ridiculous.  If they would do this to the regular movie Barricade toy (and make it obvious that we're getting the improved mold), I'd buy another one in a second.

Oh, for those of you who care, Target has been getting the 6" Titaniums fairly regularly over the past few weeks.  Mine currently (this morning) had War Within Ultra Magnus, Starscream, and Cheetor, but I know they've had Fallen, Rodimus Prime, and Optimal Optimus Prime at various points lately as well.  No sign of the G1 Ultra Magnus, though.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 1, 2007, 06:21 PM
Oh, for those of you who care, Target has been getting the 6" Titaniums fairly regularly over the past few weeks.  Mine currently (this morning) had War Within Ultra Magnus, Starscream, and Cheetor, but I know they've had Fallen, Rodimus Prime, and Optimal Optimus Prime at various points lately as well.  No sign of the G1 Ultra Magnus, though.

I care!!  I bought the 3pack case of the Fallen, G1 Magnus, WW Megs off BBTS at a decent price a month ago...I really thought these things were going the route of the SW $15 Titaniums so I was glad to get those as WM, TRU, Target stopped stocking these tail enders for quite a few months.  I was lucky enough to find Sunstorm and WW Magnus last week.  All I need now is Cheetor - who I don't care about what so ever - but at least I'll have a complete collection....I decided not to open my TF 6" Tites just because they look so good in the packaging so they're eating into my SW space.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on September 2, 2007, 02:49 PM
I saw the Legends pack (the one with Starscream) at TRU this morning.  25 bucks, but the Legends class still look like toys I could get out of a 25 cent bubble toy dispenser in the front of Dollar General and have cash left over for a cup of coffee.  I also saw new "Cyber Slammers" of Brawl and Ratchet this morning at Target, and again, Hasbro's need to "diversify" lines instead of concentrating on their bread and butter products astounds me.  They can get gobs of this crap to retailers, but can't ship more than one case of deluxe class at a time.  Jeez.

Speaking of Deluxes, someone at TFW2005 posted the other day that a LOT of revision cases are in the pipeline (if they'll ever get out of it is another question, har de har har), with 5 of the 6 planned containing at least 1 2008 Bumblebee, Arcee (who is apparently a bit of a pain to find as well), an emphasis on more actual movie toys per case than video game based ones.  Here's to hoping my aforementioned wishes for a "fixed" Barricade come to pass. :)

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on September 7, 2007, 08:38 PM
Now I'm starting to get pissed.  Target stocked exactly one case of Deluxe today and guess what 1 figure wasn't on the shelf when I got there?  Yeah... 

****.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 8, 2007, 01:00 PM
Now I'm starting to get pissed.  Target stocked exactly one case of Deluxe today and guess what 1 figure wasn't on the shelf when I got there?  Yeah... 

****.

   E...

Get used to it...That's the same picture I get at almost every single Target that has been restocking the Dlx class.  I've never seen scalping with any of the Transformer lines at retail, but it look like things have changed.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 14, 2007, 04:04 PM
Transformer Moive Screen Battle Sets (http://tformers.com/Movie-Screen-Battles-Sets-Revealed/8397/news.html)

Pretty neat idea to some extent....I'll definately pick up a set to keep boxed because they look groovy in the packaging (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=8397&dispsize=800&start=0)  I don't see a Target or TRU stamp and these things are just screaming "exclusive" IMO so I wonder where they'll end up at?

.....Witwicky
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on September 14, 2007, 04:15 PM
Those do look kind of neat, and at least its another chance at that elusive Bumblebee figure.  I agree, they sure do look like they would be exclusive to someone though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 14, 2007, 05:28 PM
Now I'm just waiting to find those at stores and have all the sets with the Concept BB picked clean then as well.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on September 14, 2007, 05:49 PM
I think Hasbro does the same thing with their TF exclusives as they do their Star Wars exclusives and that's drop the assortment number from the packaging.  The re-paint Jazz at Target, for example, has a number but no assortment.

The packaging for these new sets have assortment numbers so I'm guessing they're not exclusives.  Which is good.  More opportunities to find the Bumblebee set. 

I just hope Hasbro figures out what the problem is getting their action figures to store shelves.  Then I'll be happy.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jeff on September 14, 2007, 06:28 PM
I think Hasbro does the same thing with their TF exclusives as they do their Star Wars exclusives and that's drop the assortment number from the packaging.  The re-paint Jazz at Target, for example, has a number but no assortment.

The packaging for these new sets have assortment numbers so I'm guessing they're not exclusives.

That is true... when it's a single pack case like Jazz or a vehicle is.  But, when it's an exclusive with an assortment (like the Order 66 sets this past year), Hasbro has had the assortment number on there.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on September 14, 2007, 10:45 PM
I have to admit that these sets look pretty interesting.  Hopefully the Barricade will have the "corrected" tabs on his hip/chest connection point, as that will save me a bit of stress in the long-run.  I'd considered getting the set of the "B-Movie Victims" that Entertainment Earth (and other retailers) has been selling over the past year or so to have the TFs assault and threaten with gigantic robotic feet of doom, but it's good to know that I'll have some film-accurate (more or less) versions to do the same thing with relatively soon.  ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 16, 2007, 02:02 PM
I've been looking at those Real Gear things for quite awhile now and I finally caved on the line as WM had 2 packaged together for $12.  I always loved reflector and these lil guys look kinda cool.  I thought there were only six of these things, but then I found a white laserbeak and a watch dude at Target....wooohoo and stuff.

Has anybody else picked up these things?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Reid on September 16, 2007, 03:14 PM
Has anybody else picked up these things?

I picked up the camera guy at Target after I saw the TF movie... These things rock. My only beef is that I wish they had made the Mountain Dew transformer, as seen in the movie. That would be so great.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 16, 2007, 06:15 PM
I picked up Spy Shot and the orange Laserbeak-ish one. That's all I'm getting. They're OK, but I only got those two because they reminded me of Reflector and Laserbeak.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 16, 2007, 06:54 PM
Cool...Good to hear that some of you guys have dipped into this line.  I guess there's also a video game controller guy that I have to track down as well.

My only beef is that I wish they had made the Mountain Dew transformer, as seen in the movie. That would be so great.

Ya...That evil Mountain Dew machine rocked!!  There was a Transfomer stop light (seriously) which was in the middle of nowhere along with a payphone in the Cybertron cartoon and IIRC Hasbro said they were hinting on possible making the stop light former.  I think he was in the first few episodes, then you didn't see him again until one of the final episodes where he finally transformed.  It's so lame, but I'd really like a transforming stop light  :D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on September 17, 2007, 11:02 AM
I'm seeing a lot of new titanium stuff out, including Starscream and Cheetor.  Target seems to have fresh cases, but the Cheetor was actually at K-Mart (yes, there is still one K-Mart store open).
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 17, 2007, 11:49 AM
I actually just picked up Cheetor yesterday - he was the last one I needed to finish off this set.  I don't care for BW-BM stuff, but a set is a set.  There are rumors that Hasbro has a 6" titianium mold for Shockwave and possibly a few others that could eventually be cast in plastic for Classics 2.0/Universe.

I actually enjoyed collecting these $15 figures compared to the SW crap.  I didn't get into collecting the SW $15 tites until they hit clearance, and I still feel like I got ripped off....Much more meat on the Transformers for the same price.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JesseVader08 on September 17, 2007, 01:01 PM
Do you guys know if there are plans for more Robot Heroes beyond the movie wave?  I've bought everything except the movie wave and I'm really hoping to see more based on the original toys.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 17, 2007, 01:48 PM
There's some Beast Wars crap coming out soon - I think by the end of the year/early next year...Also no word on what's up next after that, but they seem to have been selling very well - even the movie based stuff, so who knows?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on September 17, 2007, 03:29 PM
What about the classics line... is it truly dead ?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 17, 2007, 03:53 PM
Classics will be back this fall as 2.0/Universe or something like that and it looks like it's yet another filler line along side the Allspark toys/repainted movie toys until the cartoon toys start showing up next year.

Here's a linky (http://tformers.com/SDCC-Hasbro-CN-IDW-Publishing-Joint-Panel/8194/news.html) but it's a bit messy.  Looks like there will be more G1 RH stuff before the end of the year, but not sure what.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on September 17, 2007, 06:06 PM
Has anybody else picked up these things?

Yeah, I picked up three:  "Laserbeak" (MP3 player), "Reflector" (mini-cam), and "Camcorder Bot" (which I got simply because an image on TFW2005's forums made me laugh so hard).  I may pick up the blue/white repaint of the MP3 player if it ever shows up around here, but outside of that, the above three are all I'm going to get.  I'm actually surprised at the amount of articulation these things got, considering back in the day for 7 bucks, you got a relatively static combiner-character for that price.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 20, 2007, 01:26 PM
New Robot Hereos (http://www.cooltoyreview.com/story/front/Hasbro_New_Transformers_Robot_Heroes_108912.asp)


....don't get too excited    :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on September 20, 2007, 02:02 PM
WTF !!!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JayDouble on September 20, 2007, 08:05 PM
New Robot Hereos (http://www.cooltoyreview.com/story/front/Hasbro_New_Transformers_Robot_Heroes_108912.asp)


....don't get too excited    :-\

WTF !!!

Saw those at Target and I had the same reaction.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on September 21, 2007, 01:17 PM
Huge thanks to Neal who just hooked me up with the Deluxe Concept Bumblebee figure!  It came last night and it's a really nice looking action figure.  Took a little while to get him transformed to robot mode but he looks just as good in that form as in the car mode.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on September 21, 2007, 04:08 PM
Huge thanks to Neal who just hooked me up with the Deluxe Concept Bumblebee figure! 

Not a problem.  Glad I could help.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on September 23, 2007, 03:00 PM
Don't know if anyone cares, but I found the new wave of Robot Replicas from the TF movie on the pegs at the local Wal-Mart.  They had several each of Jazz, Frenzy, and Prime, along with a BB or two (I would assume he was in the case with the new ones; if only Hasbro could, you know, reship more actual transforming Bumblebee toys already).  I picked up one of each, and they're beyond disappointing.

Prime's head doesn't look like it's even been painted completely, and I went through all the ones on the pegs to make sure it wasn't just this one.  There's no attention to scale with this line, so Prime is the same size as Jazz is the same size as Frenzy is the same size as Megatron and so forth.  Frenzy, despite being my favorite character from the film, is the weakest of the six RR figures overall, mostly due to the fact that he's not well articulated in the arms, and what articulation that's there is awkwardly executed.  Jazz, however, is very well sculpted and detailed, although his toilet seat on a stick weapon is somewhat silly looking.

If you've gotten the first three, go ahead and pick these up, but as I often say, prepare to be underwhelmed.  :-\

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 23, 2007, 04:08 PM
I saw those this weekend too, and since I buy all things Solstice, I was going to buy Jazz, but I just couldn't do it.

It's disgusting Hasbro can get this **** on pegs without a problem, yet the Deluxe pegs have been bare for two months.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 23, 2007, 04:43 PM
I saw those this weekend too, and since I buy all things Solstice, I was going to buy Jazz, but I just couldn't do it.

It's disgusting Hasbro can get this **** on pegs without a problem, yet the Deluxe pegs have been bare for two months.

I could care less for the RR crap...Nasty stuff here.

I still laugh everytime I walk past the TF stuff to see just a sea of empty pegs.  One of my local WM's has had 20+ empty pegs devoted to the Dlx line and it's been empty on each and every visit.  I guess I missed out on Dlx Arcee, but I've got the rest even though my Jazz v1 has both blue and yellow "fog lights"  Always wanted to exchange him, but I never saw him again.

**Oh...I'm very happy to say that I finally finished off my ALT collection in the past two weeks as I picked up Comicon Rodimus & Nemy Prime.  I paid a lot more than I would have liked to, but it's another collection I can say I'm done with.  Really hate the fishbowl design on the newer ALTs as you could easily repackage the cars into the older boxes which still made for a nice boxed display.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 26, 2007, 04:12 PM
I read on Seibertron's forums that WMs nationwide are restocking Deluxes en masse. It's happening here, but the closest ones only restocked the first wave.  ::) So I headed out to an out-of-town WM and finally got my hands on a Concept Bumblebee.

So check them WMs if you're looking for stuff. I found several 77 Bumblebees, Barricades, and Brawls out there.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on September 26, 2007, 06:15 PM
I read on Seibertron's forums that WMs nationwide are restocking Deluxes en masse. It's happening here, but the closest ones only restocked the first wave.  ::)

This happened at both of my local Wal-Marts, but we actually got a crapload of "Wave 5, Revision 4" (I think it was Revision 4) that included Brawl, Scorponok, Bonecrusher, Swindle, Dreadwing, Dropkick, 2008 BB, and Arcee.  First time I've ever seen more than one Bumblebee on the pegs at one time, and the first time I've seen Arcee at all in a couple of months.

So when are these (sure to be overpriced) "screen scene" packs supposed to be out?  I think the only one I'm going to definitely be getting is the Barricade set (and maybe the "Capture of Bumblebee"), but didn't know how much they were charging and how long it would be before they hit.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 26, 2007, 06:37 PM
Classics 2pac s (http://tformers.com/A-Look-At-Classics-Two-Packs/8439/news.html)

I'm thinking Sam's Club or Costco for some reason..
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 26, 2007, 08:03 PM
So when are these (sure to be overpriced) "screen scene" packs supposed to be out?  I think the only one I'm going to definitely be getting is the Barricade set (and maybe the "Capture of Bumblebee"), but didn't know how much they were charging and how long it would be before they hit.

BBTS (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=1265&company=0&category=4103) is asking $30 for the Capture of Bumblebee set, and $25 for the rest of them. I suppose they'll be about $15-20 at retail then. Their preorder says 1st Quarter of 2007, which we're way past, so I suppose it's 4th Quarter 2007 or 1st of the next year. I'm thinking they'll be out by Christmas.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 26, 2007, 10:03 PM
A new promo code for Hasbro Toy Shop:

25FALL

Good for 25% off and free shipping, good until October 8, 2007.

I picked up a Clone Officer, Pit Droids, and Legends Blackout for $14 shipped. Not bad, considering it's going to be bloody getting those Pit Droids locally.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 26, 2007, 11:12 PM
A new promo code for Hasbro Toy Shop:

25FALL

Good for 25% off and free shipping, good until October 8, 2007.

I picked up a Clone Officer, Pit Droids, and Legends Blackout for $14 shipped. Not bad, considering it's going to be bloody getting those Pit Droids locally.

Thanks for the promo code!  I still haven't seen a lick of Legends w3 or w2.5 or whatever at retail, but Jeff was kind enough to hook me up with the Darktrooper and 2 of the colored clones (yea...you get jealous you  ;) )

My local TRU stocked an assload of deluxes tonight.....Very first time I've ever seen Concept BB on the pegs, let alone 3 all together...so it looks like there's hope for the rest of you folk..

I have to throw DP some props in this thread for hooking me up with BB as I thought I'd never see that sucker ever.  Impossible to believe, but it's rare to see a current Transformer on the scalper market at release time.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 27, 2007, 03:01 AM
I suppose if TRU is finally restocking, the drought might be coming to an end.

Of course, this could be the last restock of the year for all we know. I'm just glad I got my hands on a Concept BB. When I pick up the Best Buy versions of Ratchet and Megatron, and then the Rescue Ratchet and Thundercracker Voyagers, I can put the movie line to rest.

And you're welcome for the code.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 29, 2007, 12:38 PM
Made my toy runs this morning and all of my local Targets and even WMs for that matter all had a very healthy stock of Deluxes...This should make a lot of folks happy  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on September 29, 2007, 07:54 PM
Made my toy runs this morning and all of my local Targets and even WMs for that matter all had a very healthy stock of Deluxes...This should make a lot of folks happy  :)

Same here ... at least at the local Wal-Marts.  One store I stopped at had EIGHT Concept Bumblebees on the pegs.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on September 30, 2007, 07:39 PM
Made my toy runs this morning and all of my local Targets and even WMs for that matter all had a very healthy stock of Deluxes...This should make a lot of folks happy  :)

I saw this all over yesterday at several Targets and Wal-Marts.  Tons of Deluxes, tons of Voyagers (including Thundercracker and Rescue Ratchet, but no Primes), tons of the new Real Gears (with the Decepti-Watch), tons of the new FAB Bumblebee and Barricade, Leader Brawls and Megatrons all over the place, and Target even stocked the new Scout Class (with Elita One).  And the damndest thing: every store I went into had at least 2 2008 CC Bumblebees.   :-*

It would have been great had this actually happened a while back when parents were going nuts looking for the stuff.  Oh well, at least with the DVD coming out in two weeks' time, there will be toys to sell alongside it. :)

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on October 2, 2007, 06:19 PM
My local WM stocked Deluxe last Friday.  I stopped counting at 8 Concept Bumblebee figures.  Plenty of everything. 

I was through Binghamton, NY over the weekend and didn't think to look at Transformers anywhere besides TRU.  They had some of the newest Deluxe including Arcee.

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Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on October 3, 2007, 09:05 AM
I checked our WM yesterday, and they had restocked the Deluxes as well - but no Concept Bumblebees.  It was mostly the older figures from what I could tell, but I'm not as familiar with the assortments for TF.  I'm hopefully heading to Target today, maybe there will be better luck there.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 4, 2007, 06:58 PM
My local Targets are clearancing out the 6" Titaniums at $7.98...Kinda said as they just started restocking them a month ago after a 4-5 month drought...Oh well
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 5, 2007, 01:08 PM
Just scored another Pepsi Prime from, well, Pepsi. I guess they're sending all the prizes out that they have left, since I gave up entering codes well before the promotion ended.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 6, 2007, 02:02 PM
Nice freebie Ben!  I have to ask you as well - how many times did you enter codes?

I found the Evolution of Bumblebee today at Target.  Very nice looking set, but I didn't pick it up because I haven't even opened up any of my new deluxes.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 7, 2007, 12:07 AM
I think I entered codes for two or three weeks solid throughout July. I stopped well before the promo ended, since I bought one off of HTS.

I suppose I can open one of these now, since the one I got from HTS was significantly damaged.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 7, 2007, 01:16 AM
I suppose I can open one of these now, since the one I got from HTS was significantly damaged.  :)

Those short stacks still bug the **** out of me...Wish I would have kept a Pepsi TF bottle to load onto the trailer though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on October 10, 2007, 04:16 PM
Stopped off at Target today and finally found the 08 Bumblebee.  They also had the two pack (several actually) there, but I was happy to find the single carded one since I already have the previous version.  That Camaro is just all sorts of cool :).
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on October 10, 2007, 11:47 PM
Skylynx reissue....

http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10766&mode=retail
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 11, 2007, 12:20 AM
Skylynx reissue....

http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10766&mode=retail

Yup.  That's what has been coming down the pipeline and that's $90 wasted on a piece of crap....Never liked this toy as a kid and I still hate it to this day even though I own one (somewhere in storage.)  I would have much preferred Overlord who is crazy expensive on eBay and was never available in the US.  Could have worked especially after re-releasing Star Convoy....He's a brick, but that's why I love him so much.  :)

While you may already have a vintage G1 Sky Lynx, wouldn't a new one with pearly white plastic, working electronics, and pristine stickers look nice on the shelf?

NO!   >:(  You could have picked something better TakaraTomy!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 11, 2007, 12:29 AM
Ooooo. Tough choice here. I like the choice, but where would I put such a big and goofy-looking 'bot at?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on October 14, 2007, 08:42 AM
That Skylynx is one ugly figure.  If anyone is still looking for 20th Anniverary Prime, I saw about six of them on clearance at Wal-Mart.  Only down to $65 from $80, but that's still $15 off.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 16, 2007, 10:30 PM
Scored the Best Buy exclusive Ratchet and Megatron today. I figured these would sell quick, so during lunch I made a beeline to BB and bought a set. There was quite a few left, so I felt kind of dumb.

Be wary when picking your free lithograph too. I assume there are different ones, since I ended up with Megatron.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Resurrection Bob on October 16, 2007, 11:44 PM
I think the lithographs are all Megatron, so everybody'll have the same story there.

However, people won't have the same story as you with the toys.  I hit my local Best Buy at opening and they had maybe 8 toys total (presumably four of each).  I was lucky enough to get the Ratchet I was after, but I bet anybody who arrived after 10:10 or so was in for a disappointment.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 17, 2007, 10:42 AM
Ya, my BB had 2 of each Ironhide & Megs up front on the display and one more set by the regular DVD's.  I didn't care for them - thank god.  I am sorta wishing that I picked up the Target version of the DVD though instead of getting the RH repaints as I'm almost positive Hasbro will re-release them..
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 17, 2007, 03:38 PM
Jazz  (http://tformers.com/Encore-Reissue-08-is-Meister/8540/news.html) Meister is up for the next Encore reissue.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 23, 2007, 09:12 PM
Blah...Some third world kid really ****** up the paint job on my exlusive BB set on Prime - very bad, but Cliffjumper turned out just fine.  I'd post pics, but I'd rather not waste your're time.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 24, 2007, 06:46 PM
Unleashed Turnarounds Sets (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=HAS14261&mode=retail) with Ratchet & Jazz - Blackout & Barricade.  These things are still way too expensive for my taste, but the Decepticon set actually looks kinda cool.

Oh, and I already new about the Nightwatch Prime repaint, but here's "Deep Desert" Brawl (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=8578)  Has better deco than the original release.  I only rebuy the leader class repaints on clearance so we'll see what happens with these two.


K...I'll try and make this my last post in this thread until someone else pokes around in here.   ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 24, 2007, 10:30 PM
Why don't they repaint Leader Megatron so he doesn't look so ******? I'd buy one if the Leader version was painted like the Best Buy Megatron.

I think I missed Leader Prime, and I don't want that repaint, so I'll just stick with buying the regular Brawlastator. Here's hoping they do a Leader Blackout at some point.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on October 25, 2007, 08:39 PM
I hate to be the wet blanket, but both of those new Unleashed turnarounds look horrid.  If the heavily overpriced (and overshipped) Prime wasn't bad enough on its own, now they're having to resort to doing two characters in one sculpture?  I mean, Yoda vs. Palpatine is one thing, but Jazz and Ratchet together for the sake of being together?  Jeez, let it die Hasbro...   ::)

I can't see picking up any of the Leader Class repaints, either.  I actually regret buying the Voyager Prime and Megatron (although I do like the BB Megatron and don't regret it), so I can only imagine the level of buyer's remorse I would have with something double the price of those. 

The repaints are getting out of hand with this line, though, in my opinion.  I mean, G1 inspired repaints like Rescue Ratchet, Starscream, and Jazz I can understand as a niche item, but that "new" Ironhide and "G1 style" Optimus Prime look like ass, and instead of doing a "Nightwatch" Prime, why don't they just reship the movie accurate paint job version that nobody has on shelves anymore?  And don't even get me started on "Evac" or whatever the hell the day-glo Blackout repaint is.

Now, in typical fashion, I'm going to be a hypocrite and say that the one Voyager class I would buy in a heartbeat would be Skywarp, which is pretty much a straight repaint of SS/TC. 

Okay, so I did turn into a bit of a wet blanket there.  How long until Classics 2.0 comes out? ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 26, 2007, 01:54 PM
Okay, so I did turn into a bit of a wet blanket there.  How long until Classics 2.0 comes out? ;D

Wet blanket indeed my friend...Classics is supposed to be out after the Allspark crap.  I think Springish.  I'm just wondering what ever happened to the WM Masterpeice Screamer that was supposed to hit in September.....

I just hope they're not holding it back for the "Black Friday" special because that means I'll either never find it or possibly find it in the women's apparel dept or next to the Doritos after 5 months of its release - that's how bad my WM's are about stocking stuff.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 26, 2007, 09:30 PM
Man, I hope SS isn't a Black Friday thing. I have enough trouble with WM exclusives for them to make that available then.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 29, 2007, 02:25 PM
Speak of the Devil...

Screamer has been found (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=11875&f_cat=5)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on October 29, 2007, 06:21 PM
Speak of the Devil...

Screamer has been found (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=11875&f_cat=5)

Sweet.  What size is this thing in relation to the 20th Anniversary Optimus?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 29, 2007, 06:57 PM
Here's a comparison of MP-03 aka Screamer's overseas release with MP-04 aka 20th Prime.
(http://www.fantofan.jp/news/mag/hyperhobby/hh10-4.jpg)

I have no idea why they painted him up like that, but they'll be re-releasing him again over there with our colorscheme with a $99 pricetag while the US version will be $49.  I also hear that he's very fragile - so beware.

Hasbro was going to work a jet theme into the Alternator line a few years ago but that fell through - not sure if it would have been larger/smaller or if this is the true child of that idea.

It'll be interesting to see how many repaints we can get outta them for this mold.  I think it's obvious that most fans want a full set of seekers, but Hasbro has "proven" that we don't for some reason.  The TF Classics line is finally getting released in Japan, so I'm hoping that they release Thundercracker, Thurst, and Durge so I can pick those up at a fairly decent price compared to the Botcon set.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 1, 2007, 07:03 PM
New The Robot Heroes (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=8604&dispsize=800&start=0) on the way.  Nice to see a few more G1 characters..
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on November 1, 2007, 07:07 PM
New The Robot Heroes (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=8604&dispsize=800&start=0) on the way.  Nice to see a few more G1 characters..

That Hound looks sweet.  I almost regret not buying these, but just don't have room for one more line of figs.   :(

Thanks for the size comparison of SS.  I'm definitely going to break down and get one of these despite the crazy price.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 1, 2007, 11:36 PM
Hound FTW!  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on November 9, 2007, 07:48 PM
Last night at Target in their new Christmas seasonal layout I found a set of at least 3 small movie Transformers.  Starscream, Optimus and Blackout.  They're about 3" tall and transform.  I don't follow the line close enough to know if they've been out in some other venue before but they looked pretty cool.  $4.99


   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on November 11, 2007, 12:14 PM
Well, I saw the Masterpiece Starscream (x eight) at the local Wal-Mart this morning.  I picked it up twice and carried it around the store, debating on whether or not I should buy it, but ended up passing on it.  It was quite a bit smaller than I expected for that price, although I know I shouldn't be complaining given how the vast majority of the Masterpiece figures cost at least double that when they're imported from Japan.  Maybe if they stick around until payday/the end of this week I might be able to justify it, but not right now.

TF stuff is drying up again, which is nice to see (in that people are still interested in the line), but it seems to be restocked on a more regular/frequent basis than during the drought following the release of the film.  The only problem is that, as with Swindle this past summer, Payload, Longarm, and Dropkick are the only things you can actually find.  I've seen several Leader Class Primes the last few days as well, which I'm sure a lot of folks are happy about given their relative scarcity as of late.  Still tons of extraneous **** like the voice changer helmets, TECH gear, and the WM exclusive Prime blaster, but no Robot Heroes are to be seen at Wal-Mart or Target, and even the Real Gear stuff is drying up most places.

And in case nobody's seen it yet, a photo was posted on TFW2005 of the upcoming "Deep Space Starscream" Target exclusive toy.  The photo was really small, but it appears as if it's another film-accurate repaint of the Voyager Class SS along the lines of the Best Buy Megatron and (to a lesser extent) Ratchet.  While I'm thrilled to get one of these, I have to be a little irritated at the fact that we're having to deal with the actual film-accurate toys as late-release exclusives and not as mass market items.

On a final note, does anyone have a list of the upcoming "All Spark Power" assortments/toys that identifies which are actual new toys (Stockade, etc) and which are pointless day-glo repaints that would make 1990's-era Batman figures say, "Damn, that's overdoing it?"
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 12, 2007, 03:51 PM
I'm a bit lazy at the moment, but here's a partial list of stuff (http://www.otca.com.au/checklist.html) even though I know it has gaps in it especially with the few that were revealed this past week.

Good thing I absolutely hate the movie Starscream mode.  I usually like "some" TF repaints, but that's #4 right there so there's some cash saved.

Also been finding mountains of Unleashed Primes clearanced out at Target for 50% off.  $12.48 is still way too much for that thing.  Horrible..Horrible idea Hasbro...Shame on you!

I've been searching high and low for MP Screamer - and naturally I'm not finding it just like with every other freakin exclusive Hasbro gives to those clowns.  Horrible...Horrible idea Hasbro...Shame on you!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on November 12, 2007, 03:57 PM
Those Transformers I found at Target in the Christmas seasonal area appear to be the same as being sold on regular shelves.  I found some similar releases, no Starscream or Optimus, at TRU this weekend.  Since I don't have a TRU locally I never noticed these before and my Target and WM aren't carrying them with their other TF stuff.

So, nothing special, just selling them as stocking stuffers I guess.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 15, 2007, 07:00 PM
I finally caved today and picked up the Unleashed Prime for $6.24.  I think that's a fair price.  Also picked up a G1 colored Screamer that I stashed away at Target for $4.98.  I don't care for the mold, but I couldn't pass it up at that price.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 16, 2007, 02:56 PM
So, has anyone found a Masterpiece Starscream yet? I'm starting to fret, with next Friday being Black Friday and all.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 16, 2007, 03:23 PM
I haven't seen one personally and I know I've used up more than a half tank looking for him.  WM's suck beyond words here in MN so it's extremely rare to come across one of their exclusives.  The very first reports of him being found were in MO - which is two states below me so you'd think I'd have some luck, but no dice...

DP was kind enough to pick one up for me in Virginia so I'll have him soon enough.

I still have a strange feeling that Screamer is going to be part of their Black Friday thing and that some stores just starting stocking a bit to early.  We shall see.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 16, 2007, 06:41 PM
I'm right in between states, sitting in Iowa. No dice here either. I suppose there's too many DVD Primes and Cybertron Primuses (Primii?) sitting around at the local outlets. I already went out of town looking for one, so I'm not about to do that again.

I suppose I should see what happens next weekend. I usually go out a little later in the day on BF, so I might have some luck.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on November 16, 2007, 10:34 PM
So, has anyone found a Masterpiece Starscream yet? I'm starting to fret, with next Friday being Black Friday and all.

A local Wal-Mart that I stopped into tonight had 18 of them on the shelves.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 16, 2007, 11:27 PM
So, has anyone found a Masterpiece Starscream yet? I'm starting to fret, with next Friday being Black Friday and all.

A local Wal-Mart that I stopped into tonight had 18 of them on the shelves.

Lucky...You must live in a state where WM actually likes to stock & sell through exclusive product.

congrats
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 18, 2007, 07:37 PM
I wanted to buy something, and I knew if I waited any longer, they'd all be gone, so I picked up a Leader Class Prime tonight. This thing is easily the crown jewel of the movie line. Color me impressed.  :)

Hopefully, some Brawls will still be left locally after Black Friday, because I want that one now. I doubt I'll buy Megatron, since I have the first Voyager release and the Best Buy repaint.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 18, 2007, 08:38 PM
I wanted to buy something, and I knew if I waited any longer, they'd all be gone, so I picked up a Leader Class Prime tonight. This thing is easily the crown jewel of the movie line. Color me impressed.  :)

I'm almost disappointed to hear that.  I saw it at Wal-Mart a couple weeks ago but decided that I shouldn't spend the money.  Of course, I haven't seen it anywhere since, and I'm thinking I want it after all.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 19, 2007, 02:14 AM
Oh. Sorry about that.  :)

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 19, 2007, 08:32 AM
I wanted to buy something, and I knew if I waited any longer, they'd all be gone, so I picked up a Leader Class Prime tonight. This thing is easily the crown jewel of the movie line. Color me impressed.  :)

Hopefully, some Brawls will still be left locally after Black Friday, because I want that one now. I doubt I'll buy Megatron, since I have the first Voyager release and the Best Buy repaint.

Glad you like Prime - he's been my favorite TF for the time being.  Don't bother with Megs - he's one huge piece of crap.  Kinda sorry that I even bought him, but it just doesn't feel right having a Prime and no Megs to go with him.

I haven't had a chance to crack open my Brawl yet, but I've heard nothing but good things about him - plus there seems to be tons of him everywhere so you shouldn't have a problem finding one.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 19, 2007, 06:54 PM
Here's some toy catalog scans (http://www.transformersontheshelf.com/catalogueList.html) of just about every Transformer ever made both here and overseas with the exception of the ALTs/Binaltech.  WoW....just wow...I really wish this line didn't get the boot as soon as it did over here.  There's some really cool looking stuff in there that I've never even seen before.

Oh, I highly recommend checking out the JC Penny linky (http://www.transformersontheshelf.com/catalogueJCP.html).....Brings back some awfully good memories  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 20, 2007, 12:38 AM
$40 for a Devastator in 1985? Makes me cringe to think what it'd cost these days.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on November 20, 2007, 05:15 PM
No luck on the Masterpiece Starscream at the Riverdale Coon Rapids Wal-mart. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 20, 2007, 10:30 PM
No luck on the Masterpiece Starscream at the Riverdale Coon Rapids Wal-mart. 

Soak in the glory of WM Minnesota toy exclusives = nothing
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on December 5, 2007, 06:32 PM
So I guess everyone has seen the news about Hasbro continuing the "Premium" line of movie toys in the new year.  There are going to be film accurate repaints of Jazz, Barricade, 2008 Bumblebee, Blackout, Ironhide, Starscream, Leader Megatron, and Leader Prime (the latter of which have new head sculpts and Prime comes with his sword instead of the gun).

Let me be the first in this thread to ask WHY THE **** DIDN'T HASBRO DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME?  I mean, other than the whole "Let's milk people for all they're worth" factor.  >:(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 5, 2007, 06:51 PM
Ya, I saw this stuff last week and just looked the other way.  I know that Hasbro has to repaint every toy and rerelease it over and over again, but the freaking movie just came out less than six months ago and the majority of the people that were into it already have the toys they wanted from the line.  This is just a major no no pulling this crap especially so soon.  I really hope these things tank at retail, but I must say that I am somewhat intrigued by Prime's new head and sword.  I'd maybe pick that version up on clearance, but it really starts getting expensive having to rebuy $40 toys over and over again.  Kudos to the idiots completists that will bite on this line.

Oh...I finally got around to opening the shipping box with MP Screamer - thanks for the assist DP  ;D   He's a beauty!  I'm hoping to free him from his packaging before 2008 starts up.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on December 5, 2007, 11:34 PM
The Leader Megatron is interesting, because I don't have one and this new one looks better, but I can leave the rest of the line.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 10, 2007, 06:24 PM
TF Animated kicks off Dec 26th on Cartoon Network with a 3part - 90 minute special.  The toys aren't expected until June, so I don't quite understand the logic in that, but it is what it is.  I'm not expecting a lot from this series, but I'll definitely catch the special, then follow it loosely if I happen to catch it here or there...


Episodes 1-3: Transform & Roll Out!
Optimus Prime & his small crew of Autobots come into possession of the AllSpark, a powerful Cybertronian artifact that actracts the attention of their long-forgotten enemies the Decepticons and sends them crashing to a strange & distant planet known as Earth.

Episode 4: Home is Where the Spark is
The Autobots settle into their new home base - an abandoned automobile manufacturing plant but the ancient assembly line machinery seems to have developed a mind of its own.

Episode 5: Total Meltdown
A bio-engineering genius experiments with some of Bumblebee's hydraulic fluid & accidentally transformers himself into Meltdown, whose corrosive touch can melt anything - including Autobots!

Episode 6: Blast From the Past
Professor Sumdac Upgrades a trio of animatronic dinosaurs from a local theme park, but the creatures develop minds of their own & become rampaging Dinobots, bent on destroying the Autobots.  

Episode 7: Thrill of the Hunt
While Autobots encounter a mysterious muscle car creating havoc in Detroit, Ratchet keeps flashing back to his "tour of duty" in the Great Autobot-Decepticon Wars.

Episode 8: Nanosec
Bumblebee's self-proclaimed title as "fastest thing on wheels" is threatened by Nanosec, a super speedster crook on a deadly mission that could destroy all of Detroit.

Episode 9: Along Came a Spider
Bumblebee & Bulkhead's first Halloween turns even spookier when they encounter a giant spider that turns out to be the deadly Decepticon Blackarachnia.

Episode 10: Sound & Fury
Sari's new toy musical robot seems to have an evil streak - and the ability to control other machines - but Bulkhead is the only on who sees it.

Episode 11: Lost & Found
The Autobots clash with Decepticons Lugnut & Blitzwing, who come to Earth searching for their missing leader Megatron.

Episode 12: Survival of the Fittest
Sari is kidnapped & the evidence points to the Dinotbots. So Prowl & Bulkhead head to a mysterious island to investigate - with a highly suspicious Captain Fanzone on their tail.

Episode 13: Headmaster
A disgruntled Sumda employee seeks revenge & profit by taking control of one of the Autobots & sending him on a rampage.

Episode 14: Nature Calls
Prowl, Bumblebee and Sari get more than they bargained for when they head out to the remote woods to investigate a mysterious energy signal.

Episode 15: Megatron Rising, Part One
Prime begins to doubt his leadership abilities as the Decepticons mobilize for a big invasion of Earth.

Episode 16: Megatron Rising, Part Two
The Autobots are decimated by the Decepticon invasion, but still must rally to prevent the AllSpark from falling into their clutches.

Episode 17: The Elite Guard
The Cybertron Elite Guard arrives on Earth to retrieve the AllSpark & relieve Prime & his crew of their post, but they prove less than adept at blending in with the human world.

Episode 18: Return of the Headmaster
Optimus Prime is forced to team up with his rival Sentinel Prime after Sentinel has a humilliating - & potentially fatal - encounter with the Headmaster.  

Episode 19: Mission Accomplished
Convince there are no Decepticons left on Earth, the Elite Guard prepares to take Optimus Prime & his crew back to Cybertron - unaware of the increasing Decepticon activity taking place uner their very noses.

Episode 20: Garbage In, Garbage Out
AllSpark energy turns junk pile into a sentient robot who tries to help the Autobots, but ends up doing more harm than good.

Episode 21: Velocity
Investigating a mysterious race car, Bumblebee gets involved with an illegal underground street racing circuit, which also captures the attention of the Decepticons.

Episode 22: Rise of the Constructicons
Bulkhead befriends a pair of construction vehicles brought to life by AllSpark energy. But the Decepticons have their scanners set on the duo for their latest construction project.  

Episode 23: A Fistfull of Energon
Prowl goes off on his own to capture the fugitive Starscream, but finds some competitions in the form of a Decepticon bounty hunter.

Episode 24: S.U.V. - Society of Ultimate Villainy
Aided by a mysterious benefactor, Detroit's B-level villains team up to take down the Autobots once & for all.

Episode 25: Autobot Camp
On the trail of an escaped Autobot traitor, Bumblebee flashes back to a previous encounter with the traitor when he first met Bulkhead in Autobot Boot Camp.

Episode 26: Black Friday
Blackarachnia enlists Prometheus Black - aka Meltdown - to aid her with a dangerous experiment, while Prime & Dinobot Grimlock are force to team up to stop them.

Episode 27: Sari, No One's Home
Left along in the Autobots' home base, Sari must defend it against an intrusion by the Constructicons.

Episode 28: A Bridge Too Close, Part One
The Decepticons kidnap Bulkhead to aid in Megatron's ultimate plan to take over Cybertron.

Episode 29: A Bridge Too Close, Part Two
The fates of Cybertron & Earth lie in the balance as Optimus Prime & his Autobots battle Megatron & his Decepticons in a fight to the finish.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 19, 2007, 01:07 PM
meh... (http://seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=12150)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on December 19, 2007, 10:39 PM
So this is why the animated toys don't come out until June.

At least they're exclusive to Target, so they won't sit around anywhere else.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on December 20, 2007, 07:53 PM
At least they're exclusive to Target, so they won't sit around anywhere else.

Yeah, and after they sit around at Target for two weeks, Target will just throw them in the clearance aisle for 3 dollars apiece.  Even though they don't interest me in the slightest (and while I have to question the rationale of Hasbro making these at all), I have to wonder if Target will charge more for them just because they're an exclusive item.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on December 20, 2007, 10:49 PM
I went to my local TRU tonight and found the pegs absolutely PACKED with Cliffjumper and Landmine Deluxes from the Allspark Power line. I didn't know these were out yet.
There were more of these than I ever saw for the movie line at one place. Kind of sad, really. I almost bought Landmine, since he looked neat, but I was buying a couple other things, so I left it.

So if the Allspark line catches your interest, they're out there.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on December 29, 2007, 01:10 PM
First Look at Classics/Universe Onslaught (http://transformersclub.com/_images/TF19coverWEB.jpg)

Doesn't look like he's part of a combiner set to me, but I can do without that.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 30, 2007, 10:35 AM
All I'm looking for from the Allspark line is Cliffjumper - and maaaybe Nightwatch Prime.  I've been finding the Barricade & Longarm "cinema scenes" around at both WM's and Targets.  No way I'm forking over $20 for these sets, but I kinda dig the halved Bumblebee.  I also finally picked up the second movie wave of Robot Heroes.

(http://transformersclub.com/_images/TF19coverWEB.jpg)
Meh....Doesn't remind me of Onslaught at all.  Reminds me more of Hotshot v2 from Cybertron.  One of my local buds actually just hooked me up with G1 Bruticus and I'm quite happy with the original version.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on December 30, 2007, 11:20 AM
I saw whatever the Autobot repaint of Swindle was at a TRU while on the road for the holidays.  It was the only TF toy on the shelves at all, which I found somewhat amusing and/or telling. :)  I'm still undecided on Cliffjumper, but I'd definitely like to get the Sector 7 vehicles from the "Allspark Day-Glo Nightmare" collection. 

I had planned on getting the Barricade "screen scene" in the hopes that it would have the "fixed" waist clips and head (like the Recon repaint), but since there's going to be a "premium" version coming soon, I'm just going to hold out for that. 

Meh....Doesn't remind me of Onslaught at all.  Reminds me more of Hotshot v2 from Cybertron.  One of my local buds actually just hooked me up with G1 Bruticus and I'm quite happy with the original version.  :)

Bruticus was the only one of the combiners that I actually had when I was a kid (minus the tank, and I just replaced that leg with one of the Stunticons), and I was very fond of the original Onslaught toy in and of itself.  While this one looks okay, my nerd rage declares it unfit of being called Onslaught.   ;D  Are there more pictures of other Classics 2.0 toys inside the magazine, or is Onslaught just a teaser?

Oh, and I watched the new cartoon "movie" on CN yesterday morning.  It wasn't awful, but it wasn't anything great either.  I will have to get an Animated Starscream toy, though. :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 30, 2007, 12:28 PM
Oh, and I watched the new cartoon "movie" on CN yesterday morning.  It wasn't awful, but it wasn't anything great either.  I will have to get an Animated Starscream toy, though. :)

Lucky....All of the past TF animated shows were really lame, but I was really looking forward to catching this new version on TV, but I forgot to set my VCR before I left on vacation.  >:( Sounds like Spongebob did good as Screamer though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on December 30, 2007, 07:22 PM
Saw the new Allspark Battles (I think that was the title) Legends-scale figures at Target tonight. They were very tempting, but the $8 price tag and the repacked earlier figures made me hold off for now. Typical Hasbro, repacking old stuff with new guys like Brawl and Bonecrusher.

I also saw the Screen Scene things. The only one gone was the set with the Concept BB. I almost bought the one with Payload, but $20 is pretty steep.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 1, 2008, 03:00 PM
MP Starscream in stock at WM.com (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=7732657)

About ******* time.  ::) Anyway, I have one on its way to me now, just before I bit the bullet on ebay.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 1, 2008, 04:03 PM
MP Starscream in stock at WM.com (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=7732657)

About ******* time.  ::) Anyway, I have one on its way to me now, just before I bit the bullet on ebay.  :)

Thanks for the tip on this!  I've been wanting one of these, but had given up hope, since I rarely get out to an actual Wal-Mart store.  I did the ship to store delivery - what a great feature!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 1, 2008, 05:38 PM
MP Starscream in stock at WM.com (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=7732657)

About ******* time.  ::) Anyway, I have one on its way to me now, just before I bit the bullet on ebay.  :)

No ****!  I've still not seen one of these damned toys at any of my local WMs.  Stooopid WM and your stoooopid distribution process.   >:(  I noticed that they have MP Skywarp (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=8223691) on their site for $148.99.  Only 100% more in cost for the black paint.  I really have my doubts now that Hasbro will repaint Screamer in the Hasbro line for the other seekers, but we'll see.

Oh, Doc Padawan/Michael - thanks again  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 1, 2008, 05:59 PM
That Skywarp brings up an interesting point to me. I'm sure Skywarp isn't dumbed down enough to be sold in American stores (short missiles, dangerous plastic, etc.) so I'm surprised that Wal-Mart allows third-party sellers to sell Skywarp and the Encore Megatron on their site. They're so careful about anything litigation-related.

Then again, maybe the ridiculous price will scare idiot parents away from them.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 9, 2008, 03:27 AM
Got my Masterpiece Starscream from WM.com today. Is it worth $50 ($60 after shipping)?
I didn't think so, but it's the best I'm going to do on this one, and it's still pretty neat. I transformed it into the jet mode and started making laser blast sounds, so this thing succeeded on some level in impressing me.  ::) :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 9, 2008, 10:52 AM
You should have just used the site to store thing.  Worked pretty well for me last time I used it.  I've yet to crack open my Screamer yet, guess I'm waiting for my Megs first.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 9, 2008, 01:18 PM
I thought about that, but then I remembered I trusted WM less than UPS, so I paid to have it shipped.  :) It wouldn't have been available until Friday with the Site-to-Store, so I guess the extra ten in shipping was worth it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 9, 2008, 01:23 PM
You should have just used the site to store thing.  Worked pretty well for me last time I used it.  I've yet to crack open my Screamer yet, guess I'm waiting for my Megs first.   :-\

I did this a little over a week ago, but have yet to be notified that WM got it in.   >:(  Hope it still comes, what with it already being paid for and all.   >:(  >:(  >:(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 13, 2008, 01:49 PM
Upgrade set for MP Starscream (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=12254)

Looks pretty neat. I'll never buy another MP Starscream just for the cape and crown, so I'm glad someone is making a set like this.
I'm wondering how much people will charge for it when it comes out.  :o
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 13, 2008, 02:03 PM
Upgrade set for MP Starscream (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=12254)

Looks pretty neat. I'll never buy another MP Starscream just for the cape and crown, so I'm glad someone is making a set like this.
I'm wondering how much people will charge for it when it comes out.  :o

Pretty.  I won't buy it though unless there's another different seeker US release with this included.  Doesn't look like it'd be too expensive though.

Just checking out the rumor list (http://www.theprivateuniverse.co.uk/cgi-bin/showarticle.pl?section=news&articleid=2464) list and found the following:

MARVEL TRANSFORMERS CROSSOVERS
Wave 1 - June 2008
Wave 2 - August 2008

Any ideas ???
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 13, 2008, 03:53 PM
You should have just used the site to store thing.  Worked pretty well for me last time I used it.  I've yet to crack open my Screamer yet, guess I'm waiting for my Megs first.   :-\

I did this a little over a week ago, but have yet to be notified that WM got it in.   >:(  Hope it still comes, what with it already being paid for and all.   >:(  >:(  >:(

STILL no Starscream at Wal-Mart.   >:(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 13, 2008, 11:56 PM
You should have just used the site to store thing.  Worked pretty well for me last time I used it.  I've yet to crack open my Screamer yet, guess I'm waiting for my Megs first.   :-\

I did this a little over a week ago, but have yet to be notified that WM got it in.   >:(  Hope it still comes, what with it already being paid for and all.   >:(  >:(  >:(

STILL no Starscream at Wal-Mart.   >:(

Just stare at my avatar....It helps.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 14, 2008, 03:36 AM
Just checking out the rumor list (http://www.theprivateuniverse.co.uk/cgi-bin/showarticle.pl?section=news&articleid=2464) list and found the following:

MARVEL TRANSFORMERS CROSSOVERS
Wave 1 - June 2008
Wave 2 - August 2008

Any ideas ???

Jesus, Hasbro is getting carried away with trying to apply the same strategies with each of their toy lines.  First SW TF, now Marvel TF too?  Oi.  ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 14, 2008, 10:36 PM
Ordered my MP Megs w/upgrade kit on Friday from TFsource (http://www.tfsource.com/) last Friday and received my shipping notice today. 

Killer price on a killer toy  :)

Justin - anyword yet on your Screamer from WM?  I've heard they've been in and out of stock of him so you may have to wait a bit, but that doesn't seem right especially after they already charged you...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 15, 2008, 05:29 PM
Encore 9 & 10...... (http://tformers.com/transformers-encore-9-10/8857/news.html)

5pack of mini bots.....and....Omega Supreme!

Minibots are Bumblebee, Powerglide, Huffer, Warpath, and Cosmos.  I might pick up another Omega as one of the legs on my vintage one doesn't work quite right, but he sure likes zoomin around his track.   :D

Oh...Screamer is now listed as NOT SOLD ONLINE (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=7732657)  I wonder what went wrong with this exclusive?  Stores refuse to stock it and their website now refuses to sell it?  ???
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 15, 2008, 09:53 PM
Ordered my MP Megs w/upgrade kit on Friday from TFsource (http://www.tfsource.com/) last Friday and received my shipping notice today. 

Killer price on a killer toy  :)

Justin - anyword yet on your Screamer from WM?  I've heard they've been in and out of stock of him so you may have to wait a bit, but that doesn't seem right especially after they already charged you...

It finally showed up Monday and I went to get it today.  I like saving on shipping, but I must have waited a good 30 minutes for the WM folks to figure out the process.  I checked before I got the notice last week and they were able to look it up in minutes via my name.  Today I went in with a copy of the email and barcode and it took them forever to figure out how to get in and scan it, then they complained that not all of my email was there ...hellow, use my name and picture ID and go get my package you idiots!   ::)

Screamer is very nice.  Haven't cracked him open yet, but he looks sweet int he package.  I like having him to scale with my alternators, though I'm still undecided if he's worth $50. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 16, 2008, 03:31 AM
Encore 9 & 10...... (http://tformers.com/transformers-encore-9-10/8857/news.html)

5pack of mini bots.....and....Omega Supreme!

Minibots are Bumblebee, Powerglide, Huffer, Warpath, and Cosmos.  I might pick up another Omega as one of the legs on my vintage one doesn't work quite right, but he sure likes zoomin around his track.   :D

AWESOMESAUCE. Man, Takara/Tomy is going to make me bankrupt this year.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 16, 2008, 08:26 AM
Oh...Screamer is now listed as NOT SOLD ONLINE (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=7732657)  I wonder what went wrong with this exclusive?  Stores refuse to stock it and their website now refuses to sell it?  ???

I don't get what's going on here either.  The package also states "Wal-Mart" Exclusive - I wonder why it isn't in broader distribution?  There could have just been more demand than anticipated or production problems, but this seems very odd.

BTW, I opened screamer up last night and he is worth every penny.  Holy crap what a cool figure.  He fits perfectly withthe Alt line and the articulation is ridiculous.  Very very very very cool!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 16, 2008, 01:04 PM
Congrats on finally getting your Screamer Justin.  Glad you like him. 

My MP Megs + upgrade kit just showed up at my desk an hour or so ago.  Thank god they remembered to put my name on the shipping label.   :-X 

What a mess that would have been...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 16, 2008, 08:54 PM
Congrats on finally getting your Screamer Justin.  Glad you like him. 

My MP Megs + upgrade kit just showed up at my desk an hour or so ago.  Thank god they remembered to put my name on the shipping label.   :-X 

What a mess that would have been...

Where did you get MP Megatron?  I didn't even know that was available!  Is it a Japanese exclusive?  Are there any other MP formers I should know about?  I just have Optimus, my alts, and Screamer.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 16, 2008, 09:45 PM
Where did you get MP Megatron?  I didn't even know that was available!  Is it a Japanese exclusive?  Are there any other MP formers I should know about?  I just have Optimus, my alts, and Screamer.

Read up a few posts Justin  ;)  Megs is a foreign exclusive.  The US will NEVER sell this guy, but there's sellers here in the US + these guys don't open the packages and mod the barrel with an orange tip which is what all the other US wholesellers do like BBTS who sold out and have him backordered.  You even quoted my post earlier with the linky.  VERY fast service and a very decent price as well.  I got my Megs + parts kit for $155 shipped within four days, but you can just get Megs alone for $105 shipped which is still a great deal as these will dry up pretty soon.

TFsource.com (http://www.tfsource.com/Reissues/MP-05%20Megatron/MP-05%20Megatron.html)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 16, 2008, 10:48 PM
Thanks for the tip!  That's a little steep for me, but tempting for Megs.  If they end up doing Soundwave or Shockwave, I'll probably cave.   :P

Just an FYI - not sure if these are new or not, but I haven't seen them before:  Target Plymouth had a voyager class autobot - some kind of orange rescue helecoptor.  They also had a leader class night watch optimus that looked pretty cool.  I work right by there, so let me know if you want me to pick up either for you.  ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on January 17, 2008, 09:15 PM
I didn't get to see a clear photo of him in robot mode, but I just saw the Japanese exclusive Classics repaint of Megatron, and I would LOVE to get my hands on it.  He's done in the silver, black, and red paint scheme and is a million times better looking than the (already fantastic) 2006 US Classics Megatron.  Here's to hoping that I can get one cheap once they're released, as that is one import that I would pay a (slight) premium for. :)

Just an FYI - not sure if these are new or not, but I haven't seen them before:  Target Plymouth had a voyager class autobot - some kind of orange rescue helecoptor.  They also had a leader class night watch optimus that looked pretty cool. 

The orange helicopter guy is "Evac" and is a repaint of Blackout with a new head.  Pretty boring overall.  I saw the Nightwatch Prime earlier this week at a Wal-Mart and it did, indeed, look really cool.  If it wasn't for my lack of space and/or lack of money, I might consider getting it.  :)

Oh, and I don't know if this has been posted yet (probably has, but I'm far too lazy to look), but the Premium Figures are going to be released as part of the regular line (meaning, I hope, no premium price for them).  I'll probably grab Blackout, Barricade, and the Target Starscream, but I really have no need for a premium Jazz, especially since the arms will still suck.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 21, 2008, 10:53 AM
Me Grimlock? (http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=6770)

Supposedly he's going to be the next Masterpiece....
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 22, 2008, 06:06 PM
Me Grimlock? (http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=6770)

Supposedly he's going to be the next Masterpiece....

AWESOME!  I'm a little miffed - I was hoping screamer would be my last masterpiece, but Grimlock is a must have.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 24, 2008, 06:59 PM
Shhh!  Classics Sunstreaker....Not sure how long this pic will last though  :-\   :-X

(http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h184/buddykiller/sunstreakerwebed4.jpg)

Taken down.  Stupid sneak peek through the "fan" website.  Bastards.  Pretty sweet looking bot for $10 though.  Powerglide is coming back as an Ultra - $20 toy.  No pics though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 25, 2008, 03:35 AM
Dang, missed it.  >:(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 25, 2008, 10:38 AM
Dang, missed it.  >:(

He's back....go back a page...shhh!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on January 25, 2008, 11:29 AM
Oh...Screamer is now listed as NOT SOLD ONLINE (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=7732657)  I wonder what went wrong with this exclusive?  Stores refuse to stock it and their website now refuses to sell it?  ???

Damn - Missed this one. This is one that I always wanted.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on January 28, 2008, 10:21 AM
ToyFare (http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/toyfare/007455828.cfm) now has the links up to pictures of the upcoming Universe (Classics) Sunstreaker and Onslaught.  It also has the lineups for the first wave of Deluxe and Ultra:

Deluxe Wave 1:
Sunstreaker (sports car)
Prowl (police car)
Tankor (a.k.a. Octane, oil tanker/jet)

Ultra Wave 1:
Onslaught (SWAT Vehicle)
Powerglide (plane)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 28, 2008, 10:43 AM
ToyFare (http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/toyfare/007455828.cfm) now has the links up to pictures of the upcoming Universe (Classics) Sunstreaker and Onslaught.  It also has the lineups for the first wave of Deluxe and Ultra:

Deluxe Wave 1:
Sunstreaker (sports car)
Prowl (police car)
Tankor (a.k.a. Octane, oil tanker/jet)

Ultra Wave 1:
Onslaught (SWAT Vehicle)
Powerglide (plane)

Sunstreaker is the only one tempting me at this point.  I only have room to display one of each key character, so I'll probably just stick with the Alternators version.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 30, 2008, 03:02 AM
Classics wave 1 at transformers.com (http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/universe/default.cfm?page=News/Item&newsID=A795A47F-D56F-E112-48649ACADFB6ADDC)

They all look great to me, especially Powerglide. I just as well start signing over paychecks to Hasbro what with the GI Joe and TF Classics lines looking so great.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on January 30, 2008, 11:06 AM
They all do look pretty good, don't they?  I actually like Onslaught.  The vehicle mode is cool enough but the robot mode really looks badass.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 30, 2008, 11:23 AM
They all look fantastic.  I'm a bit confused on the timeline as the animated stuff is supposed to start hitting in June and these are coming out in August ???  I don't get it.. 

I'm also suprised that Hasbro was actually the first to spill the beans. 

Odd...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 2, 2008, 11:26 PM
Received my MP Megs a few weeks ago from TFsource and I finally decided to crack him open.  Extremely detailed figure and he comes with some awesome accessories.  He's also a very tall figure just like Prime, but he's very light and I don't think he has any die cast with the exception of very few parts.  Kind of afraid to transform him because he seems so fragile and I initially had problems with one of MP-04 Prime's legs when I first got him.  Can't believe how much Prime + Trailer is selling for the secondary market so I wanted to grab him before he shot up in value.

WM Screamer is next......after I try and figure out how to transform Megs.  *hoping that I don't break him*
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 4, 2008, 10:32 PM
K.  I'll reply to myself once more until I get to Screamer.  Megs wasn't as tricky until I got to his legs.  Took me awhile to figure that aspect out, but he looks awesome in gun mode with the replacement parts that came from the third party kit. 

Beautiful toy...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on February 4, 2008, 10:58 PM
K.  I'll reply to myself once more until I get to Screamer.  Megs wasn't as tricky until I got to his legs.  Took me awhile to figure that aspect out, but he looks awesome in gun mode with the replacement parts that came from the third party kit. 

Beautiful toy...

Ooooo I'm so jealous.  What did youhave to pay for MP Megs?  Any chance of a US version being released?  I'd love to have him or a MP Shockwave, but just can't stomach the big big prices.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on February 13, 2008, 07:05 PM
Not that anyone cares about them anymore, but I managed to find two of the new "Gaudy Neon All Spark Power" toys earlier this week.  Wal-Mart had gotten a case of the Voyagers with Incinerator (the Osprey copter thing) and a case of the Deluxes with Stockade (the Decepticon/Sector 7 SUV).  Although they're kind of neat (since they are TFs), the transformations are astonishingly simplistic compared to the other movie toys (even the non-movie movie toys), and the designs are fairly uninspiring in robot mode.  They'd fit in great with the Classics line, though, so if you're into that, you will probably like these (and that's where these will be displayed when I finally get a shelf to put them on). :)

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 13, 2008, 09:24 PM
I've given up on buying repaints for this line, but I did pick up the dune buggy guy - forgot his name, but he's got issues with his head from the plant that I'm not all to happy with.  Not sure who Incinerator is though so I'm out of the loop there.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 13, 2008, 11:51 PM
That would be Landmine. I think he's pretty great, so sorry to hear about your bum one.

My local WM has an endcap just chock full of these Allspark things. It's too bad it's happening now instead of later when the Premium BB with battle mask comes out. I know that's going to be chore just like this past summer with Concept BB.

I almost bought both the Osprey Incinerator and the Blackout repaint Evac, but the colors are just a little too weird.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on February 13, 2008, 11:53 PM
Just an FYI for Transformers fans - Target has some nifty autobot black T-Shirts in the men's section along with all the other printed T's.  I think they're just $10 and some were on clearance this weekend for $7, so if you want a TFormer shirt, might be good to check out.  They also had an Imperial Logo shirt on clearance, but every store I've been to just has Mediums and I need an XL.   :P
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 14, 2008, 06:16 PM
blah blah blah (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=9002)

nothing to see here.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on February 15, 2008, 09:29 AM
Has anyone picked up the Silencer & Arm piece accessory  (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=JIT10003&mode=retail&picture=aux2) set for Masterpiece Megatron (MP-05)?


I have debated picking it up. I just want to know it is worth it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 15, 2008, 10:49 AM
Has anyone picked up the Silencer & Arm piece accessory  (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=JIT10003&mode=retail&picture=aux2) set for Masterpiece Megatron (MP-05)?


I have debated picking it up. I just want to know it is worth it.

I have it and I think it completes Megatron.  It comes with die-cast replacement "leggings" so you can attach the rear extension of the gun, plus it makes him MUCH more sturdier is his bot mode besides making him look outstanding with all of the pieces attached in his gun mode, plus it makes him unbelievably long.  He really looks naked without these extra pieces.  All the parts fit nice and snug and the box matches with the MP design.  I'd bring him to our next get together, but I don't have a license to carry.   :-\  Not sure about ordering through BBTS though as they like to plug everything.

KREMZEEK!!! (http://www.tfsource.com/Reissues/MP-05%20Perfect%20Edition/mp-05-perfect-edition.html)  ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 15, 2008, 05:58 PM
'TILL ALL ARE GONE! (http://www.botcon.com/08figures.cfm)

meh..  ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 15, 2008, 11:24 PM
At least I won't feel bad about not getting this year's Botcon set.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 16, 2008, 01:34 PM
Classics/Universe in color! (http://www.wizarduniverse.com/021508nytftransprev.html)


Hell yeah.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on February 17, 2008, 12:36 PM
Damn, that Prowl looks AMAZING.  He was always one of my favorite toys when I was a kid (Bluestreak was my first TF I ever got), so I'm really excited to get this one. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 18, 2008, 10:33 AM
Damn, that Prowl looks AMAZING.

I agree 100%  I almost thought he was an ALT on my first lookover.  The rest of these guys all look great except for the lame attempt on the Cybertron repaints.  ick.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 18, 2008, 01:01 PM
Galvatron (http://toyfair08.asmzine.com/gallery/hasbro/transformers-universe/slides/IMG_8904.html)

You know, I was expecting a little bit more from this guy. Apparently, he's a Deluxe, so he won't be as tall as the G1 Galvatron.

I'm not really fond of the Animated toys, but I might get Soundwave. (http://toyfair08.asmzine.com/gallery/hasbro/transformers-animated/slides/IMG_9115.html) I like that his guitar transforms into Laserbeak.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 18, 2008, 05:54 PM
Galvy looks pretty good in bot mode, but I'm getting ill of tanks.  I plan on picking up the entire animated line so Soundwave is just a plus.  Great "throwback" to the original.  ;)

I picked up another Allspark Landmine today in hopes of a better head, but no dice.  More bad paint apps and problems with the sides and the top of his head.  Also one of his shocks didn't work, so I just ripped his head off and returned him back to WM.  Poor quality control there.  I did find a Stockade though (Cady Escalade) and I think he's just fantastic. 

All I need now is that Voyager Incenerator and I think I'm done here unless I can find Leader Prime & Brawl on uber clearance.  Don't really care much for BB's new head to buy him again.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on February 19, 2008, 11:05 AM
Galvy looks pretty good in bot mode, but I'm getting ill of tanks.  I plan on picking up the entire animated line so Soundwave is just a plus.  Great "throwback" to the original.  ;)

I picked up another Allspark Landmine today in hopes of a better head, but no dice.  More bad paint apps and problems with the sides and the top of his head.  Also one of his shocks didn't work, so I just ripped his head off and returned him back to WM.  Poor quality control there.  I did find a Stockade though (Cady Escalade) and I think he's just fantastic. 

All I need now is that Voyager Incenerator and I think I'm done here unless I can find Leader Prime & Brawl on uber clearance.  Don't really care much for BB's new head to buy him again.

On Thursday if you bring the head with and an idea of what you would like the head to look like paint wise I can give it a crack.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 20, 2008, 10:56 AM
I picked up another Allspark Landmine today in hopes of a better head, but no dice.  More bad paint apps and problems with the sides and the top of his head.  Also one of his shocks didn't work, so I just ripped his head off and returned him back to WM.  Poor quality control there.

On Thursday if you bring the head with and an idea of what you would like the head to look like paint wise I can give it a crack.

Thanks Ryan!  I can also bring the extra pieces for Megatron if you're willing to transport him (the actual toy) to the meeting.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 29, 2008, 05:50 PM
5pk of metallic RH repaints (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=8798&pic=tfrhfb-1.jpg&dispsize=600&start=0) at Wal-Mart (http://tformers.com/transformers-movie-robot-heroes/9093/news.html)

Oh...and this set just came out and they're already on clearance   ???   Wasn't the last G1 set $9.96 or something?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 29, 2008, 09:26 PM
Couldn't tell you. I never did find the G1 set.

I saw this set last night, and left it. I'm not collecting the movie RH, but I can't wait for the next G1 series to come out.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on March 3, 2008, 09:30 AM
I don't know if anyone here cares about these or not, but I saw some of the Animated Transformers on an endcap at Wal-Mart this weekend.  They were mixed in with movie versions, and seemed to all be in the "deluxe" size, although I didn't look at them real close.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on March 3, 2008, 11:10 AM
I don't know if anyone here cares about these or not, but I saw some of the Animated Transformers on an endcap at Wal-Mart this weekend.

That's odd...These weren't supposed to be out until June.  Hmmm
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on March 3, 2008, 11:20 AM
That's what I thought as well.  Like I said, I didn't look at them closely, but just noticed the big "Transformers Animated" logo on the box.  They looked deluxe sized, and were only in endcap displays at our store (mixed with movie deluxes).  I don't know which ones they all had, but I did notice an Optimus Prime.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on March 4, 2008, 09:25 AM
Blah blah blah (http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/default.cfm?page=News/Item&newsid=71769054-D56F-E112-4BCBA371241EF5BB)

I think I've lost count how many times these things have been re-released or repainted....
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on March 4, 2008, 09:59 PM
I just ordered MP-4 from tfsource.  I was going to buy this last year when I bought MP-5 but I passed.  Then I started looking again but the prices were going past $400 on ebay and sold out everywhere.  Over the weekend I put in an order for some wave 7 GI Joe at BBTS and I noticed they had some MP-4 coming in soon for $250 plus shipping.  I ended up looking at the tfsource site and they have it for $255.95 shipped.  Still expensive but I had to get this thing.  How much was this when it first was released with the trailer?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on March 4, 2008, 11:07 PM
I just ordered MP-4 from tfsource.  I was going to buy this last year when I bought MP-5 but I passed.  Then I started looking again but the prices were going past $400 on ebay and sold out everywhere.  Over the weekend I put in an order for some wave 7 GI Joe at BBTS and I noticed they had some MP-4 coming in soon for $250 plus shipping.  I ended up looking at the tfsource site and they have it for $255.95 shipped.  Still expensive but I had to get this thing.  How much was this when it first was released with the trailer?

I got mine for $170 shipped off eBay when they first hit...Be careful though as there were problems with the legs on the second run of MP-01 as well as the first run of MP-04.  Fabulous toy, but it sucks when you can't transform a Transformer.   :-\     Leg issues...Either too stiff (gas barrel not allowing you to detract the leg or you may have a problem with a leg falling off all together.)  Hopefully the've fixed the problem with this re-release?

On a happy note....I just transformed my MP-05 from gun mode with extra pieces into bot mode in less that 10 minutes with no instructions.  That's a first for me with this dude.  Back in the box he goes and then off to storage.

Tfsource is a great place for buying Transformers...The owner is a big fan and he's VERY good at shipping everything so it arrives in minty fresh condition.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on March 8, 2008, 12:36 AM
MP Starscream Coronation set preorder at BBTS. (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TFC10000&mode=retail)

For $20, I'll bite. I thought it was going to be a lot more expensive than that.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on March 8, 2008, 04:13 PM
MP Starscream Coronation set preorder at BBTS. (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TFC10000&mode=retail)

For $20, I'll bite. I thought it was going to be a lot more expensive than that.

Thanks for the link.  Not a bad deal at all.

I found the WM RH 5pack this morning and I just had to pick it up.  HUGE improvement on the paint versus the 2pack releases expecially on Megs.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on March 25, 2008, 04:02 PM
Transformer question.

My 5 year old son is BIG TIME into the movie Transformers and we want to keep up to date with what new "guys" are coming out.  We were recently at a WalMart and saw a bunch of the new WalMart Exclusive figures (Jolt, Big Daddy, etc.).  He bought himself (yes, he gets an allowence at 5 yrs old  ::) ) the yellow jet (forgot the name).  Anyways, without doing any kind of archival romping through this thread, can you tell me off-hand any good sites, forums, etc. that we might see what new stuff is coming out?  He likes pictures of the TFs so we can see what they look like.

I know that the Toy Fair was recently and JD had some great pics of stuff coming out.  He is looking forward to the animated Transformers now.  Is there a list of TFs for these coming out this year as well?

Thanks for any help.

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on March 25, 2008, 04:07 PM
I am not a big Transformers fan but I wanted to see what other members of the board thought about the new cartoon. I actually got to see some of the new cartoon on youtube........OMG what utter garbage! I have to vent about this because I was almost outraged by how bad it was. I felt it is a slap in the face to G1 and Transformers legacy for that matter. It was the most mindless production I have ever seen.

I cannot believe how bad cartoons have become, it makes me appreciate the level of detail and sophistication of 80's cartoon when you compare them side by side. The dialog and story is so mind numbingly dumb it makes you lose brain cells as you watch. The Autobots are a bunch of goofy teenagers who say "dude" and act awkward as they "grow up"!!!!!!! Are they going to have a robotic pimple or a crying fest next?

Where is the dramatic action stories that represents the heroic struggle of the autobots vs. decepticons? Too many other cartoons today mimic this kind of feel good ****. It's no wonder why kids today, boys in particular, are so overly emotional and do not act like boys. They act like a bunch of girls who struggle with everyday problems and discuss them in detail instead of dealing with them head on. They need to see Optimus prime save the world as he kicks the **** out of Megatron in the process, then celebrate with the rest of the autobots on another great victory won. In other words deal with the problem, defeat it then move on and do not dwell on the victimization of life.

Rodimus Prime was not confident and he was an emotional autobot back in the day, he was a perfect example of what you should not become:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq1_6D9QS9Y

Tell me this does not kick ass for dated metal:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZUTleBwiiw
(it makes you want to join the autobots and save the day)

So yeah or nay on the new cartoon?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on March 25, 2008, 06:48 PM
Transformer question.

My 5 year old son is BIG TIME into the movie Transformers and we want to keep up to date with what new "guys" are coming out.  We were recently at a WalMart and saw a bunch of the new WalMart Exclusive figures (Jolt, Big Daddy, etc.).  He bought himself (yes, he gets an allowence at 5 yrs old  ::) ) the yellow jet (forgot the name).  Anyways, without doing any kind of archival romping through this thread, can you tell me off-hand any good sites, forums, etc. that we might see what new stuff is coming out?  He likes pictures of the TFs so we can see what they look like.

I know that the Toy Fair was recently and JD had some great pics of stuff coming out.  He is looking forward to the animated Transformers now.  Is there a list of TFs for these coming out this year as well?

I don't know about an exact checklist (especially one with photos) of upcoming stuff, but the two fansites that I return to time and again are Seibertron (http://www.seibertron.com) and Transformer World 2005 (http://www.tfw2005.com).  There are other sites that are great resources as well (tformers.com is another one that comes up a lot), but again, I think it all comes down to personal preference and what you're looking for.   Hope that helps!

So yeah or nay on the new cartoon?

At times I've found it moderately entertaining (mostly the episode with the Dinobots), but more often than not, it bores me to tears.  The vast majority of the episodes featured no Decepticons whatsoever (and when they did, it was only Megatron's head a lot of the time), and it just didn't hold my interest.  I'll probably pick up a Starscream toy, just because, but it's definitely not something that breaks my heart if I happen to miss it on Saturday mornings.  I'd much rather read the IDW comics series which continues to be compelling and entertaining, but again, that is probably just me.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on March 25, 2008, 10:21 PM
I'd much rather read the IDW comics series which continues to be compelling and entertaining, but again, that is probably just me.

I'm with you on the IDW series.  These are great books.  My only struggle with them is figuring out the timelines between on going mini series and the one-shots.  :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on March 25, 2008, 11:52 PM
Thank you DoctorPadawan for those links.  I will check them out.  We basically just want them so my son can make a check list of the ones that he wants to save up for in the future.

Secondly, the animated TF show is really kind of lame.  Even though I am a child of the 80's (born in 70'), I was more of a GI Joe fan than a TF fan.  So it's hard for me to compare.  My son and I recently watched the remastered TF movie from the 80's.  Kind of hard to enjoy since I wasn't into them back then.  Anyways, even though Daniel (my son) loves the movie figures, the show tends to bore him as well.
Dinosaur King on the other hand...... :D

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on March 26, 2008, 06:05 PM
Nice to have some life in this thread again.  I've only seen one episode of the animated stuff and it was the one where the Dinobots got created and I thought it was okay.  It's a shame that Optimus is pretty wimpy and that the rest of the bots are all giddish and stupid.  I hear that the Decepticons haven't even shown up yet which is a shame.  It also looks like they're cutting some corners by reducing the number of frames in the animation.  I hope to catch another episode someday.

Still on the fence about the toys, but I'm really diggin Grimlock (http://tformers.com/gv.php?mode=album&album=268&dispsize=600&start=0) especially since I was extremely dissapointed in the Classics version

I think Brian said that he found an endcap of the deluxes at WM awhile back which was odd, but HTS (http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/SearchResults.htm?PG=2) has a few up for order right now.

Blah blah blah (http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/default.cfm?page=News/Item&newsid=71769054-D56F-E112-4BCBA371241EF5BB)

I think I've lost count how many times these things have been re-released or repainted....

You should be seeing Blah blah blah sharing the same endcap with the o66 packs in the coming weeks.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on March 27, 2008, 09:29 AM
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I think Brian said that he found an endcap of the deluxes at WM awhile back which was odd, but HTS has a few up for order right now.

I did indeed see a couple of the Animated deluxes at WM, just mixed in an endcap with movie stuff.  The only one I saw was Optimus Prime, and they were both gone the next time I was there.  It was definitely a strange occurrence though, but I haven't seen anything since.

EDIT: This is the one I saw at WM a month or so back:

(http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/Files_AltB/834652f157f4_B400.jpg)

I've seen some of the new cartoon, and its ok I guess.  I've been taping them off for our nephews, since they're into TF and don't have cable/dish.  I thought it might be a nice surprise for them.  Its definitely not G1, but a few episodes have been ok that I've seen - and I'm guessing kids will enjoy it.  I really wish some station (like Boomerang or something) would get the rights to air the old G.I. Joe, Transformers and He-Man shows - I don't see (other than rights issues) why this isn't done.  I would think they would get pretty good viewership with all the 80s nostalgia going on lately.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 2, 2008, 06:49 PM
I'm probably the only one that cares, but I just placed my order for KO Metrotitan over at TFsource (http://www.tfsource.com/Reissues/Remake%20Metrotitan/remake-metrotitan.html)  He was a Decepticon (repainted Metroplex) in one of the Japanese series.

I can't believe how many KO Transformers are out there now and they're selling for very high prices.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on April 2, 2008, 10:47 PM
Am I the only one that thinks Transformers shot themselves in the foot by getting rid of the Alternators line?  Those things always sold out at the stores I hit and I bought close to every one of them even at $20 a pop.  Seems like a pretty strong seller - why walk away from it?  Now I buy zero transformers unless the fit with the quality/scale of my alt line.   :P
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on April 3, 2008, 09:30 AM
You know, I was just looking around at BBTS yesterday and noticed that all of the Classics line (the previously released ones) have really received a price jump.  They seem to be pretty much gone from HTS as well.  Have these really become "hot" now or something (although some have always been tough finds)?

Anyways, I'm not as familiar with TF news as many of you, but I know that "classics" is coming back later this year (under the Universe banner, right?).  Has there been any mention of re-releasing some of the older figures in this line?  I'm not a big TF collector, but did pick up the Classics Prime and Bumblebee, and really liked them.  They remind me of the toys/toon when I was a kid.  Anyways, I wouldn't mind getting a couple of others, preferrably like Megatron/Starscream to balance the whole good guy/bad guy dynamic, but I know they are pretty pricey.  I was just curious if there was any talk of those making a comeback in the new line.  Also, what is all confirmed so far for the new classics (I seem to remember Sideswipe and Sunstreaker).  I might have to pick up Sideswipe if I'm right about that one, he was my first Transformer (at least larger one) and a favorite of mine as a kid.

Also, TFormers (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=9231&dispsize=800&start=0) has some pics of the upcoming Animated figures, for those interested.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 3, 2008, 05:56 PM
Am I the only one that thinks Transformers shot themselves in the foot by getting rid of the Alternators line?  Those things always sold out at the stores I hit and I bought close to every one of them even at $20 a pop.

I certainly don't.  There was more than enough of these things sitting on the shelves constantly with the exception of a few characters.  These were very complex in the transformations so that probably led the kiddies away even though the ALTs were obviously aimed at collectors. 

Hasbro was also running out of ideas for cars, with Prime being the only execption as one of the larger vehicles and Screamer to some degree, but he wasn't marketed as an ALT.  Takara/Tomy is starting to reboot the Binaltech line with a repaint of Decipticharge as Arcee, and I think a yellow Prime.

There's still a few vintage characters they could touch on, but look at the last two releases - Ravage & Rumble?  Those were tapes...Not automobiles.  I would love to see this line continue, but I think it's been put to bed.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on April 3, 2008, 09:52 PM
Am I the only one that thinks Transformers shot themselves in the foot by getting rid of the Alternators line?  Those things always sold out at the stores I hit and I bought close to every one of them even at $20 a pop.

I certainly don't.  There was more than enough of these things sitting on the shelves constantly with the exception of a few characters.  These were very complex in the transformations so that probably led the kiddies away even though the ALTs were obviously aimed at collectors. 

Hasbro was also running out of ideas for cars, with Prime being the only execption as one of the larger vehicles and Screamer to some degree, but he wasn't marketed as an ALT.  Takara/Tomy is starting to reboot the Binaltech line with a repaint of Decipticharge as Arcee, and I think a yellow Prime.

There's still a few vintage characters they could touch on, but look at the last two releases - Ravage & Rumble?  Those were tapes...Not automobiles.  I would love to see this line continue, but I think it's been put to bed.

Well, I agree with a lot of those points, but I never thought Ravage or Rumble should be in this line - would have much rather seen runabout and runamuck.  I would have liked to see a few more of the autobots - some kind of smaller compact for the little guys like Bumblebee and more of the bigger G1 guys like Red Alert.   Thing is, these fit perfectly with the masterpiece line, so if you want more decpticons, this helps oen the door for a bigger Soundwave, the tapes, Shockwave, Seekers, etc.  :-\  I guess I shouldn't complain - this is one more line I don't have to spend big bucks on. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on April 4, 2008, 03:01 PM
That Metroplex KO repaint looks cool. 

I received the Masterpiece Prime a few weeks ago and ever since I've been on a small G1 buying spree.  I started with Fortress Maximus.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on April 5, 2008, 12:48 PM
I just got back from Target where they had stocked the "Premium" (read: film-accurate) versions of Blackout and Ironhide.  Ironhide didn't look different enough to warrant a purchase (he was just shinier and had some painted wear detail on the windows), but I did pick up Blackout, who is significantly more detailed than the original version.  I haven't opened him yet, but the alt mode looks really nice (and the mini-Scorponok is painted this time around!).

Wal-Mart is choking on the "All Spark" neon crap right now, and has a ton of their exclusive repaints.  Who in their right mind actually thought "BIG DADDY" was a good name for a TF?  I mean, I can see some of the white trash folk seeing it and going "WHOOO BIG DADDY!" but other than that...  :P
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 5, 2008, 01:51 PM
Big Daddy (http://transformers.wikia.com/wiki/Big_Daddy) was based on a G1 Micromaster who apparently suffered from small-man syndrome. Plus, he uses that truly great Cybertron Downshift mold.

I passed on this guy a few weeks ago, because I was saving for vacation, and I kind of regret it now.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 5, 2008, 05:03 PM
I passed on this guy a few weeks ago, because I was saving for vacation, and I kind of regret it now.

I never pass up a WM exclusive "IF" I am fortunate enough to come across one.  It's the only reason why I step foot inside their stores.  I still can't believe that none of my WM's ever stocked MP Screamer.  Thank god for friends.   :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 21, 2008, 06:16 PM
SDCC 08 Exclusive Nemesis Prime (http://tformers.com/transformers-sdcc-2008-exclusive/9320/news.html)

I can probably live without it, but I may cave if HTS.com doesn't pull stuff out of my cart this year.   ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on April 21, 2008, 09:08 PM
SDCC 08 Exclusive Nemesis Prime (http://tformers.com/transformers-sdcc-2008-exclusive/9320/news.html)

I can probably live without it, but I may cave if HTS.com doesn't pull stuff out of my cart this year.   ::)

Pass.  Didn't someone post news about an upcomming masterpiece Grimlock a while back?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 21, 2008, 10:11 PM
Didn't someone post news about an upcomming masterpiece Grimlock a while back?

That'd be me Justin.  I'll chime into this thread when/if everything pans out. 

Did you pick up Megs yet?  You may still think he's a buck too high, but he's completely worth it im my book.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on April 21, 2008, 10:24 PM
Didn't someone post news about an upcomming masterpiece Grimlock a while back?

That'd be me Justin.  I'll chime into this thread when/if everything pans out. 

Did you pick up Megs yet?  You may still think he's a buck too high, but he's completely worth it im my book.

I am not buying Megs you MP Pusher!   ;D  Only getting my faavorites and only if they're South of $100.  Grimlock, Shockwave, maybe a bigger Soundwave and cassettes are all I need for my remaining Tformer collection.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 21, 2008, 10:39 PM
I am not buying Megs you MP Pusher!   ;D  Only getting my faavorites and only if they're South of $100.  Grimlock, Shockwave, maybe a bigger Soundwave and cassettes are all I need for my remaining Tformer collection.   ;)

I can't see MP Soundwave being made simply because the cassettes would be WAY too big, but I do believe Grimlock is on the way.

*buy MP Megs*  You'll be happy you did.  He's only going to jump in value once they stop making him.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 22, 2008, 12:51 AM
I don't know about MP Megs. I bought one from the first run, and the feet are insanely loose already. I never transformed mine, either. I'm pretty disappointed about that, especially since it cost me so much money and it requires a doll stand just to be displayed.

But, like iFett said, he's only going to get more expensive. He is necessary for a complete MP display, he's just not the best TakaraTomy has to offer. Maybe mine is just a bad one.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 22, 2008, 12:55 AM
I just got a notice from BBTS that my MP-3 Coronation Upgrade set has arrived and is sitting in my Pile O' Loot. Just a heads-up for those who preordered.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 24, 2008, 05:26 PM
e-Hobby City Guardian Robot (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=9335)  Yes, he was in the original cartoon (http://www.e-hobby.co.jp/cgi-bin/omc?port=33301&req=PRODUCT&code=tfe28#)

One for me please.   :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on April 25, 2008, 02:51 PM
Hi I just wanted to pass this along for Transforming Robot fans. You can save some cash on the very cool V_Bot R/C Toy. (The box sucks but once you open this toy it's amazing and a must for any Transformer fan. You have to see it in person. (You can see alot of video on youtube.) Here is the website:
http://vbot.johnnylightning.com/

Here is a special coupon code if anyone is interested.


50% off Discount Code

Limited time only 50% off www.shop.learningcurve.com

Use Discount code SD419 this offer code. Code is only good until Sunday.

V-Bot  http://shop.learningcurve.com/product/detail/72030A would be $50 normally $100

BattleWheels http://shop.learningcurve.com/battlewheels would be $15 normally $30


Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 25, 2008, 05:34 PM
Botcon is going on right now...

Robot Heroes (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=9346&dispsize=800&start=0)  old news

Classics & Universe (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=9343&dispsize=600&start=0)  Acid Storm! ?  Classics seeker repaint

movie crap (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=9344&dispsize=800&start=0)  blah blah blah

Marvel/Transformers (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=9345&dispsize=800&start=0)  meh..

Animated (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=9342&dispsize=800&start=0)  Soundwave Superior

Seacons (http://botcon.com/Botcon08/webfiles/DSCN2353.JPG.html) - coming soon I hope.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on April 25, 2008, 09:38 PM
I'm really not much for animated style lines, but I think I'll have to make an exception for that Jazz and Soundwave. They just look neat.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 25, 2008, 09:40 PM
I was kind of hoping Hasbro would say "here ya go, whiny fanboys, Classics Thundercracker!"  But no, it has to be a new character.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 26, 2008, 09:55 AM
I was kind of hoping Hasbro would say "here ya go, whiny fanboys, Classics Thundercracker!"  But no, it has to be a new character.

They have the molds for Dirge & Thurst so one would think Hasbro wouldn't waste an opportunity to reuse them.  If not - I'm still hoping that Takara/Tomy will release the final three seekers in their line.

**EDIT - got to thinking about this today and Hasbro probably has a legal contract with Botcon to not release any of their exclusives...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 26, 2008, 08:43 PM
That's my fear. I doubt Takara would have the same restrictions, but I doubt they're really interested in releasing the leftover Seekers. I'm hopeful for Thundercracker, but I can live without them.

I was going to buy that set, but Botcon was too close to me moving last year, so I couldn't part with the money.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 28, 2008, 06:20 PM
READ THIS!! (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=9351)   :o

..if you haven't already that is.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Sugart on April 28, 2008, 09:04 PM
Sounds like a lot of cool stuff is coming. My 3 1/2 year son is in love with TF right now so Im sure Ill be buying most if this stuff. Right now he is into the movie figures, but Im sure he love the animated series stuff too. He also watches the original movie and keeps asking for dinobots, so he be very excited to see them on the shelves.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on April 28, 2008, 09:08 PM
MP Thundahcrakah!  Yeah!  Happy to hear this and that the Alternators are not dead...yet.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 29, 2008, 01:43 PM
MP Grimlock and Cracker confirmed (http://tformers.com/transformers-botcon-2008-takara/9352/news.html)....so says Tformers.com
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on April 29, 2008, 02:01 PM
MP Grimlock and Cracker confirmed (http://tformers.com/transformers-botcon-2008-takara/9352/news.html)....so says Tformers.com

YES!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on April 29, 2008, 02:23 PM
Put me down for a Grimlock!!!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on April 29, 2008, 07:01 PM
I'd love to get one of those "City Commander" accessory sets for the Classics Ultra Magnus that are up for order at BBTS and TFSource, but with the BMF Falcon and the AT-TE, I can't justify the high price.  I am more than aware of the reason for the high price, but I'm not that committed to TFs. :)

And after looking at the photos from BotCon, I am going crazy with anticipation for the Universe/Classics 2.0 lineup.  Prowl is incredible-looking, Ironhide is great as well, and it has me hoping for Bluestreak and Ratchet repaint versions in the not-so-distant future (although if they were mass-market releases and not overpriced con exclusives, that would be great, Hasbro).

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 29, 2008, 08:29 PM
I'd love to get one of those "City Commander" accessory sets for the Classics Ultra Magnus that are up for order at BBTS and TFSource, but with the BMF Falcon and the AT-TE, I can't justify the high price.  I am more than aware of the reason for the high price, but I'm not that committed to TFs. :)

That thing is like $80 - is it not?  This is an upgrade for Classics Magnus.  I might pay that much for an upgrade to MP Magnus of which I don't have - and I hope they re-release btw because he's selling for mad cash on eBay.  Does it convert into a trailer as well?  I've only seen pics of the robot armor kit, but that's way too much to pay for such a small toy.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 29, 2008, 10:54 PM
MP Grimlock and Cracker confirmed (http://tformers.com/transformers-botcon-2008-takara/9352/news.html)....so says Tformers.com

I should really get a Skywarp soon before they skyrocket in price.

And after looking at the photos from BotCon, I am going crazy with anticipation for the Universe/Classics 2.0 lineup.  Prowl is incredible-looking, Ironhide is great as well, and it has me hoping for Bluestreak and Ratchet repaint versions in the not-so-distant future (although if they were mass-market releases and not overpriced con exclusives, that would be great, Hasbro).

I think they learned their lesson after last year's fiasco and the resultant pestering they get at every opportunity. They probably don't want that again, but that's just my faith talking.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 30, 2008, 02:01 AM
Saw the Premium Barricade and Jazz at WM tonight, plus the Allspark Stealth BB. I don't know if the Premium BB was out yet or not, but he wasn't there. If he is, it's going to be a total headache to find that guy, again.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 2, 2008, 12:56 PM
Been seeing alot of the premium edition crap...pass.  I did find Stealth BB and Salvage though today at Target so I picked them up, plus another Cobra Trooper to get the $5 off, but my total came in at $22 something.  Totally forgot that the dlx figures dropped down to $6.99 a pop.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 4, 2008, 02:15 PM
I'm hoping to find the Premium Barricade before all the movie stuff disappears, as I'd really like an accurate version (and since I assume the head and waist flaws of the original were fixed for this version).  Other than that, Starscream, and Blackout (the latter of which I already have), the Premium stuff does nothing for me. 

Anybody have any idea why the animated toys aren't being released until June?  The cartoon's been on for a good five months now, and you'd think Hasbro would want toys out there alongside it. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 4, 2008, 02:38 PM
They decided to pimp out the movie toys as long as possible, plus I'm beginning to think Hasbro will want a street date for the Animated toys too, since they love those.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 4, 2008, 03:28 PM
I'm actually enjoying the cartoon (when I catch it)  Megs is more of a badass now, plus he's finally voiced perfectly.  Starscream is already a ghost - that was quick.  blah blah blah.   :)

Looking forward to the toys in June, then it's onto August for Classics 2.0/Universe.  Kinda wishing I didn't pick up the Joe line money-wise, but I'm sure a lot of folks are thinking the same thing about the Indy stuff.  Hasbro completely owned me from 84-89, and they've had me now from 00-08.  Thanks for the 11 year break!   :D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: darth punkinhed on May 5, 2008, 09:33 AM
I picked up two of the Stealth Bumblebee figures last night. Has anyone heard about any paint variations on this?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 5, 2008, 10:40 PM
Saw an auction for the Shattered Glass set as well as all of the other exclusives repaints going for $900 on eBay.  Insane....Hasbro could totally milk this, but again the contracts with Botcon.......bastards!  I'm still holding out for Takara/Tomy releasing the remaining seekers...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on May 8, 2008, 04:49 PM
Two questions for you guys.  I might have mentioned before, but my 5 1/2 year old son is really into the movie Transformers.   He doesn't know any of the old school characters from the 80's besides the ones from the movie, obviously (Prime, Bumblebee, etc.)  Anyways, my first question is, are they going to stop producing the movie toys now that it (the movie) has come and gone?  Or have you heard if they will continue with this line?

Second question, the thing that my son likes even more than Transformers is dinosaurs.  So obviously he is in love with the Dinobots since he saw them on the cartoon.  Do you guys know or have you heard if they will be coming out with any new Dinobot figures this year, specifically Grimlock?  If so, will they be the cartoon version, not like it matters.  I don't keep up with all of the news coming out at the cons or toy fairs, usually just Star Wars or GI Joe news, so I haven't heard either way.   I have a chance to buy him a Grimlock for his birthday from a few years back for $25, this seems kind of steep and if they are coming out with a new version, I can just wait.

You guys seem to know your stuff here, so I figured that I would ask you if you know off-hand. 

Thanks,
Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 8, 2008, 06:04 PM
my first question is, are they going to stop producing the movie toys now that it (the movie) has come and gone?  Or have you heard if they will continue with this line?

The movie figures will all be gone by June when Hasbro starts up the Animated line.  hint - clearance  ;)   Most Targets already have the deluxes "on sale" for $6.99 so that's not a bad deal.

Do you guys know or have you heard if they will be coming out with any new Dinobot figures this year, specifically Grimlock?  If so, will they be the cartoon version, not like it matters. 

You're in luck!  There is an animated version of Grimlock coming out and he will be priced at $20.  Classics had a $10 version last year, but I really thought he sucked big time.  If the $25 version you were reffering to was a G1 toy - then that was an excellent deal...not so much for the Classics version.  Hasbro will also be releasing and animated Swoop and I assume the other original dinobot - forgot his name though - Sludge?  Snarl?  Slag?

Takara/Tomy also has a Masterpiece edition of Grimlock in the works for this year and he'll likely be around $100.  This is a Japanese company and they are exclusive to Japan, but they are imported to the US.  Obviously a bit out of your priceline, but I'd thought I'd let you know even if you're not familiar with the MP line.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 8, 2008, 06:30 PM
Takara/Tomy also has a Masterpiece edition of Grimlock in the works for this year and he'll likely be around $100.  This is a Japanese company and they are exclusive to Japan, but they are imported to the US.  Obviously a bit out of your priceline, but I'd thought I'd let you know even if you're not familiar with the MP line.   ;)

He will be $50 and readily available via Wal-Mart online and I don't want to hear anything else about it!  :-X
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on May 8, 2008, 06:32 PM
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The movie figures will all be gone by June when Hasbro starts up the Animated line.  hint - clearance     Most Targets already have the deluxes "on sale" for $6.99 so that's not a bad deal.

June?  Yikes!  No wonder I've noticed that Target hasn't been restocking these, or so it seems.  Makes sense now.

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You're in luck!  There is an animated version of Grimlock coming out and he will be priced at $20...If the $25 version you were reffering to was a G1 toy - then that was an excellent deal...

As for the G1 toy, I don't believe so.  I thought that I saw a production date on the box for 1996.  Could that be correct?  My wife and I bought our son a construction Transformer (forgot the name) about 2 years ago from TRU with a similar look in the packaging.  Was there a more recent released Grimlock?  As for the animated version, we may just wait until they release the new version.  If they release the whole group of Dinobots, that would be way cool.

Thanks iFett!   :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 8, 2008, 10:23 PM
He will be $50 and readily available via Wal-Mart online and I don't want to hear anything else about it!  :-X

What are you smoking?  He will never be availible in the states, buy we shalll see....
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on May 9, 2008, 11:24 AM


What are you smoking? 


Cheapo Knollwood toys!!!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 9, 2008, 11:35 AM
He will be $50 and readily available via Wal-Mart online and I don't want to hear anything else about it!    :-X
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on May 9, 2008, 03:03 PM
So, I checked on that Grimlock that I was talking about.  It is $24.99, production date 2006 (not 1996 like I posted), in a box-type package, and it has one of those flaps on the front that show the two "modes" of Grimlock.  Is this a good toy to buy and if so, is this a good price to purchase him at?  If the newer version coming out this year is $5 less, I might wait until then, but since it is an animated version, I might consider this version instead.  I don't know if my son will like the animated version.  Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 9, 2008, 03:49 PM
Well the only Grimmy that was produced in 06 was Energon Grimlock. (http://tfkenkon.com/collection/act277/)  He came packed with Swoop and they combined into a larger bot.  This was a very difficult set to come by so $25 isn't too bad for just Grimlock.  I never found this, but I heard that both Grimlock and Swoop from that set are horrible toys.

The animated one is pretty darned close in appearance as Grimmy was in G1.  Clicky (http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/animated-8/first-image-of-colored-animated-grimlock-robot-mode-with-more-t-rex-mode-images-164400/)

Hope that helps  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 10, 2008, 11:30 PM
The animated one is pretty darned close in appearance as Grimmy was in G1.  Clicky (http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/animated-8/first-image-of-colored-animated-grimlock-robot-mode-with-more-t-rex-mode-images-164400/)

Hope that helps  :)

Thanks for the pic, but I'm holding out for MP Grimlock.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 11, 2008, 02:46 AM
Just picked up a Premium Bumblebee. My local WM got in five or six cases of this wave tonight, so they should be popping up everywhere shortly.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on May 11, 2008, 05:17 PM
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Hope that helps 


Yes, thanks for the link.  I was checking it out.  Some neat stuff there. 

BTW, what is the "MP Grimlock"?  Sorry, I'm not familiar with the initial/terminology on the Transformer line.
Also, what is the Premium Bumblebee?  I was looking it up, is it the one with his battlehelmet-thing on?

Finally, I picked up that free animated Transformers comic for my son this week that came out last week on Free Comic Book Day.  Also bought the sequel to the movie this week; "The Reign of Starscream".  It looks like it will be multi-parts.  Going to start reading them both to my son at bed time.  He can't wait.

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 11, 2008, 10:23 PM
MP = Masterpiece.  I'm a newb compared to the other TFormer fans here, but I think there is a Masterpiece Megatron, Optimus (essentially 20th Anniversary version), Starscream, and Thundercracker.  They're foreign jobbies and not usually available around the US, though you can find online dealers for them and of course, Ebay.  I believe the usually run around $100 - Starscream was available on a very limited basis through Wal-Mart online.  I don't collect most of these, but had to get 'scream and am hoping for a cheap way to nab Grimlock.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 13, 2008, 10:30 PM
Looks like Victory (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=9451) is coming to DVD region free - I have no idea if that means it will be available in the US, but I'll bite if it is as I have no idea what happend after the US rebirth toon.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on May 14, 2008, 01:03 AM
I bought a couple of the Real Gear TF recently and they are very cool.  Picked up the digital camera and video camera.  They look very cool in robot mode and fit in well with Reflector on the shelf.  I'm not sure if I'll buy any of the others but I've been tempted to buy these 2 for the past year and I caved. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: jedi_master_sal on May 14, 2008, 10:36 AM
I bought Salvage last night.

Still looking for a Jolt (WM exclusive). If anyone can help here, I'd GREATLY appreciate it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 14, 2008, 10:45 AM
I bought a couple of the Real Gear TF recently and they are very cool.

I returned all of mine like six months ago once I found out they were repainting every mold 8 different times.  Too much for me.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on May 17, 2008, 04:14 PM
Looks like you were right, the movie TFs seem to be going on clearance at Target.  They are marked down to $6.99 from $9.99.  I don't know if it is just this week or they are going to keep going down until they get rid of them.  They sure aren't stocking them, but since they are outty in June, that would make sense.  My son got a black Bumblebee and a Stockade for around $15.

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on May 17, 2008, 04:27 PM
Looks like you were right, the movie TFs seem to be going on clearance at Target.  They are marked down to $6.99 from $9.99. 

The deluxe figures have been $6.99 at Target for some time now.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on May 17, 2008, 07:34 PM
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The deluxe figures have been $6.99 at Target for some time now.

Are the deluxe the same as the movie figures?  I guess I don't know the technical terms for them. 
I don't frequent the toy sections in department stores regularly.  The last time I checked on them a few weeks back, they were still $9.99 in my neck of the woods, so I was a little excited about a $3 markdown.  I apologize if this is old news for most of you. 

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 17, 2008, 07:46 PM
I don't quite understand your question, but here is the current pricing for TF movie figs:

Scouts = $7.99 (lil guys - never bought one myself)  Target exclusive I think
Deluxe = $9.99 (6.99 at Target for some reason) - BB, Salvage, Camshaft, etc.
Voyager = $19.99 (Ironhide, Incenerator, Blackout, etc.)
Leader = $39.99 (Megs, Prime, Brawl)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on May 18, 2008, 01:45 AM
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I don't quite understand your question, but here is the current pricing for TF movie figs:

Sorry if I was making that confusing.  I had no idea that the movie figures were broken down into groups; scouts, deluxe, voyager and leader.  Try to understand from a "layman" p.o.v. who doesn't collect this line of toys and never have until my 5 year old started wanting them just this past year.  So, I guess what I meant by "movie figures" where what you guys would call the "deluxe" figures.  Again, I apologize for being somewhat of a novice at this.  :-\  Thanks for the info.

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 18, 2008, 09:13 AM
One of my local Wal-Marts marked down their TF movie stuff yesterday:  deluxes and the "kid deluxes" are 7 bucks, Voyagers are at 15, Robot Heroes and Real Gear down to an even 5 bucks.  The good news is that they actually stocked the "Premium" wave with Bumblebee, so I grabbed him and Jazz.  Amazingly, BB isn't that much of an improvement (his outer vehicle shell is pretty much identical; he simply has gray parts instead of black and the "helmet" head), and Jazz actually is an improvement (the shiny paint works really well and, crappy arm design aside, makes him look about 10 times better than the original).  A friend also got me Barricade a week or so ago, and thankfully he has a really tight waist lock that makes him much easier to display.

I also saw two of the four new sets of movie Robot Heroes at Target.  They only had BB/SS and Ironhide/Dispensor, but all of them are pretty neat, the IH/Dispensor set, especially.  I really hope they do a (well-made) deluxe version of Dispensor eventually. :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 18, 2008, 10:39 AM
Again, I apologize for being somewhat of a novice at this.  :-\  Thanks for the info.

It's cool   :)   Hopefully I got that straightend out for you.

I really hope they do a (well-made) deluxe version of Dispensor eventually. :)

I agree.  I really like cool/lame concepts for some reason.  I also hope they get around to making a transformable stoplight like they had on the Cybertron toon.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 18, 2008, 10:47 AM
I also hope they get around to making a transformable stoplight like they had on the Cybertron toon.

Well now that's just ridiculous.  You'd be proud of me Mikey - I missed the Friday meeting to help out at a Mothers of Multiples sale, and low and behold - they had a toy section.  Lots of transformers stuff, so I picked up a Megatron (armada?) Tank to add to the ranks for $2.  His tank mode is lamer than I thought, but surprised by the cool electronics.  ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on May 18, 2008, 01:11 PM
I read some reviews on the original Voyager Blackout figure and they took issue with the Automorph head.  I've now seen the Premium version and I like the looks of both Blackout and Scorponok better.  What I'm wondering is, does anyone know if they improved on anything over the initial release last year, such as the Automorph feature or other places?

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 18, 2008, 01:16 PM
I read some reviews on the original Voyager Blackout figure and they took issue with the Automorph head.  I've now seen the Premium version and I like the looks of both Blackout and Scorponok better.  What I'm wondering is, does anyone know if they improved on anything over the initial release last year, such as the Automorph feature or other places?

I can't speak for everyone, but I picked up the Premium Blackout and, deco/paint aside, nothing was improved on this version over the original release, meaning the head and chest "automorph" still doesn't work worth a damn, and as far as my own goes, might even be worse than the original.  That's not to say that the Premium Blackout doesn't look a whole lot nicer, but if you go beyond aesthetic changes, it is still the same toy with the same flaws.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 19, 2008, 12:13 PM
I thought Blackout was a waste of time/money so there's no way I'm double dipping for a "premium" figure.  Same goes for Megs.  Just some lame figures IMO.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 21, 2008, 12:50 PM
Looks like Takara/Tomy is releasing their version of Classics Thundercracker. (http://www.takaratomy.co.jp/products/TF/event/event.html)  Supposed to be around $30 which is a bit steep, but it's a bargain compared to the Botcon seekers.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 21, 2008, 12:58 PM
Looks like Takara/Tomy is releasing their version of Classics Thundercracker. (http://www.takaratomy.co.jp/products/TF/event/event.html)  Supposed to be around $30 which is a bit steep, but it's a bargain compared to the Botcon seekers.

Yes.

Hopefully, they manage to get Thrust and Dirge made too. :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 21, 2008, 06:08 PM
Now we couldn't Hasbro do something like this? (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=9493&dispsize=800&start=0)

Seems that we always get shorted when it comes to detail. 

Mikey likes chrome.   :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on May 23, 2008, 03:58 PM
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The deluxe figures have been $6.99 at Target for some time now.

Nothing new to report, I just noticed that my local Target has the deluxe figs marked back up to $9.99 again.  The $6.99 seemed to be a one week deal at my stores.  Glad that we picked up two of them when we did.  So maybe they were marked down "for some time" at areas around the US, but not in my neck of the woods.  Back up in price again.  Bummer.  :-[

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 23, 2008, 06:59 PM
BB 3 pack (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=9504&pic=lobbf.jpg&dispsize=600&start=0)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on May 23, 2008, 07:22 PM
That's a pretty cool looking set.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on May 23, 2008, 11:21 PM
That looks sweet!  Just like the Star Wars Evolution packs.  So are they going to do this for more characters?  I showed my son this pic and he definately wants the animated BB now.  He has the movie one and the black one that we just bought, but he doesn't recognize the vintage one, so we would probably wait until the single animated characters come out this fall.

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 23, 2008, 11:25 PM
BB 3 pack (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=9504&pic=lobbf.jpg&dispsize=600&start=0)

Like the package - hate the idea of releasing even more bumblee figures though.  How many bumblebees have come out in the last two years?  10?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: jedi_master_sal on May 27, 2008, 02:41 PM
BB 3 pack (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=9504&pic=lobbf.jpg&dispsize=600&start=0)

I actually like this set. I'm not getting the animated figures. And I'm no longer into "classic" versions either.

So for me the draw is the movie one with the "helmeted" Bumblebee. I was going to spring for a movie one and another stealth one to make this variant. However I'll be happy to get this set instead and get two new figures out of it and not have extra parts as I would have with getting the other two mentioned above. What's the cost of this set? If it's comparable to just getting the two movie bumblebees then I'll get this "evo" set instead.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 27, 2008, 03:00 PM
Should be $19.99...   :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: jedi_master_sal on May 27, 2008, 04:26 PM
Should be $19.99...   :)

Sweet, then I'll get the set. But I wonder how hard it will be to find being a WM exclusive?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 27, 2008, 07:07 PM
So for me the draw is the movie one with the "helmeted" Bumblebee. I was going to spring for a movie one and another stealth one to make this variant. However I'll be happy to get this set instead and get two new figures out of it and not have extra parts as I would have with getting the other two mentioned above.

Sal, I don't know if these have/will show up near you, but the just-released "Premium Series" Bumblebee is the same as the previously released Deluxe Class version with gray body/limbs rather than black and the helmet head instead of the regular head.  So, if all you want is the helmeted BB, the Premium Series version might be more cost-effective in the long run.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 28, 2008, 02:14 AM
Henkei Skywarp and Thundercracker preorder at BBTS. (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10836&mode=retail)

They had Thundercracker available singly for $74, but I missed the preorder and now they're sold out of those. However, this one is still available, so I decided to preorder a set.

Better than paying $300 for a Botcon Thundercracker on ebay. Though this might be a little hard to afford in September, what with the Classics 2.0 line being available then.
Ugh, this Classics Seeker situation is ridiculous.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 28, 2008, 07:57 AM
Henkei Skywarp and Thundercracker preorder at BBTS. (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10836&mode=retail)

These are Classics style, not Masterpiece editions right?  I'd pay that price for two MP Seekers to flank Starscream.  Was just looking thru their site and saw this too:

Alternators Honda Arcee (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10820&mode=retail&picture=out)

Anyone else know this was coming?  Any idea whether it will be released in the US?  I want one, but not for $70.  ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 28, 2008, 10:49 AM
Henkei Skywarp and Thundercracker preorder at BBTS. (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10836&mode=retail)

These are Classics style, not Masterpiece editions right?

Yes.  Apparently it's a Jap exclusive to some event limited to 9,999 pieces.  I'm guessing that the guys in Botcon are all laughing in our faces about this not being a general release in their market.

Alternators Honda Arcee (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10820&mode=retail&picture=out)

Anyone else know this was coming?  Any idea whether it will be released in the US?  I want one, but not for $70.  ::)

Yes.  Takara/Tomy is giving the Binaltech line a bit of a reboost with Arcee and another Prime Dodge Ram (though I'm not sure what's different about that one.)  As far as Hasbro is concerned - Alternators are dead so don't expect to see these over here.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 28, 2008, 06:03 PM
Jap exclusive Powerglide (http://www.fantofan.jp/earlybirdsp/tfhenkei-poweglide.jpg)

Jap exclusive Silverbolt (http://www.fantofan.jp/earlybirdsp/tfhenkei-silverbolt.jpg)

Jap exclusive Onslaught (http://www.fantofan.jp/earlybirdsp/tfhenkei-onslaught.jpg)

They're all painted to match their G1 likeness instead of the ones we're getting here in the states - if you couldn't figure that out.   ;)

New Robot Heroes (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=9517&dispsize=600&start=0)  I don't care for the BW stuff, but Arcee & Rumble are a must have.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 28, 2008, 08:55 PM
Yes.  Takara/Tomy is giving the Binaltech line a bit of a reboost with Arcee and another Prime Dodge Ram (though I'm not sure what's different about that one.)  As far as Hasbro is concerned - Alternators are dead so don't expect to see these over here.

I thought an earlier report from Hasbto said Alts were not dead, just shelved for another year?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 28, 2008, 10:48 PM
Yes.  Takara/Tomy is giving the Binaltech line a bit of a reboost with Arcee and another Prime Dodge Ram (though I'm not sure what's different about that one.)  As far as Hasbro is concerned - Alternators are dead so don't expect to see these over here.

I thought an earlier report from Hasbto said Alts were not dead, just shelved for another year?

Sorry for the yes - as I knew this was coming (referring to Arcee & Prime), but I've heard nothing positive from Hasbro regarding the ALT line, but please enlighten me if you will.   :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 28, 2008, 10:55 PM

As far as Hasbro is concerned - Alternators are dead so don't expect to see these over here.

Sorry for the yes - as I knew this was coming (referring to Arcee & Prime), but I've heard nothing positive from Hasbro regarding the ALT line, but please enlighten me if you will.   :)

Actually, it was at the end of the article you posted...

READ THIS!! (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=9351)   :o


"Alts not dead, just sleeping."  Time for them to wake up!   ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 29, 2008, 12:54 PM
Funny how things slip from your mind after 30 days.   :-[

Seriously though, I think they've got too much on their plate with Universe/Classics/Animated/T2 stuff so I can't really see them going back to the ALTs until 2010 after these other lines die out.  Even then, I can't really see a total relaunch as there's really not that many "cars" left to do unless they started with the mini-bots or maybe even HotRod, Blur, Wheelie?  Yeah..no

Let's hope I'm wrong though  ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 29, 2008, 08:44 PM
Funny how things slip from your mind after 30 days.   :-[

Seriously though, I think they've got too much on their plate with Universe/Classics/Animated/T2 stuff so I can't really see them going back to the ALTs until 2010 after these other lines die out.  Even then, I can't really see a total relaunch as there's really not that many "cars" left to do unless they started with the mini-bots or maybe even HotRod, Blur, Wheelie?  Yeah..no

Let's hope I'm wrong though  ;)

I'm definitely hoping you're wrong.  I miss having Transformers on the market that I actually want to buy, and with Arcee mold already available, it just makes sense to at least launch one or two of these, even as exclusives.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 30, 2008, 12:21 AM
Henkei Thundercracker preorder at BBTS (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10837&mode=retail), again available singly.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 31, 2008, 01:27 AM
Animated Jazz (http://tformers.com/transformers-high-resolution-photos-of-animated-jazz/9528/news.html)

I don't watch the show, and barely look at pics of the toys. But I saw these pics, and I was almost instantly converted. I hope it's a Deluxe, because I'd like to own this guy.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 31, 2008, 09:49 AM
Animated Jazz (http://tformers.com/transformers-high-resolution-photos-of-animated-jazz/9528/news.html)

I don't watch the show, and barely look at pics of the toys. But I saw these pics, and I was almost instantly converted. I hope it's a Deluxe, because I'd like to own this guy.

Kind of cool, but not real impressed that they have transformers with nunchucks.  ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on May 31, 2008, 12:36 PM
So my son got a black Ironhide for his preschool graduation last night from "Grandma and Grandpa", and I tell you, this thing is impossable to transform.  Maybe it's just me since I'm not used to this line of toys, but even following the darn directions doesn't help us get him completely into "robot" mode.  Especially his darn hood.  So now I have a 5 year old who "HATES Ironhide"  :D and a toy that I'm about ready to smash with a hammer.  Now I know that these figures have different difficulty levels on them, but have you guys ever come across and characters that are unusually difficult to transform?  Just curious.  I want to see if it is just me or the toy.  *whispers* Please say it's the toy, please say it's the toy.  ;)

Jeff (trying to be smarter than the piece of plastic)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 31, 2008, 05:31 PM
All of the movie toys are like that for me. Ironhide and Starscream are the worst offenders.

I just keep them all in robot mode, because I don't think there's anyway I'd get them back into vehicle mode convincingly.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 31, 2008, 07:29 PM
Ya, me and movie Megs never got along and I litteraly threw him back in the box and haven't seen him since.  I still can't figure out how to get Leader Brawl into tank mode either, but I like him. 

Lame
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 31, 2008, 08:10 PM
Megatron was pretty lame. I can't believe I ended up with two examples of the Voyager mold. (Regular, and Best Buy Premium version.) At least I learned my lesson there and didn't get the Leader version. Blackout wasn't all that great either. Hell, I think all the Decepticons were great as toys, but bad as Transformers.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Sugart on June 1, 2008, 07:31 AM
My son loves the movie line, so Ive spent a lot of time transforming. Some of the worst offenders for me was Evac, Blackout repaint, and leader class Optimus Prime.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on June 1, 2008, 09:52 AM
Now I know that these figures have different difficulty levels on them, but have you guys ever come across and characters that are unusually difficult to transform?  Just curious.  I want to see if it is just me or the toy.  *whispers* Please say it's the toy, please say it's the toy.  ;)

It's the toy.  :)

Ironhide is pretty difficult to get right, especially since (on mine, at least) the waist peg doesn't fit securely into his upper torso during the transformation process.  I still haven't perfected the upper torso/hood parts, and I don't know if I ever will.  Still, once you get him into a reasonable approximation of what he's supposed to look like, he's pretty impressive in robot mode. 

I know Hasbro puts that "parts are made to separate under stress" blurb on the instructions (which, I think you won't get any disagreements on this, are horribly vague and often incomplete), but some of these things are waaaaaaaaay too stiff/tough for adult to do without "separating" them, much less kids who got into them with the movie.

I still say the worst offender in terms of difficult transformations among the movie toys was Blackout.  The automorph feature was useless and actually impaired the toy rather than helped it, and the pieces (especially the side panels that "snap" onto the upper torso/cockpit section) look really flimsy and seem to want to stretch and/or break under the slightest pressure.  He looks great in robot mode and vehicle mode, but as Ben said about other Decepticons, as a Transformer, he kind of sucks.

I actually like Starscream, though.  Any word on when the "accurate" Target exclusive version will be coming out?  I saw the photos at either seibertron or tfw2005 and thought he looked really nice.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on June 1, 2008, 05:24 PM
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It's the toy.


Thanks guys for all of your feedback.  It's good to hear that it isn't my lack of knowledge of these figures or that we are getting defective toys.  Yes, Blackout is another one that my son just leaves in helicopter mode because it is such a pain in the butt to switch back and forth.  It sounds like we are having the same areas of issues with the same characters.  He gets so frustrated trying to get them back and then he gives it to me to figure out, then I get frustrated.  >:(   I think I have a better shot at a Rubix cube sometimes.  I hope that the animated figures will be easier to transform because those are what he will be eyeballing next.  Did I read that correctly, are they coming out in June instead of August now?

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on June 1, 2008, 06:59 PM
Deep Space Starscream found! (http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/deep-space-starscream-found/13191/)

This figure isn't due to hit the shelves of Target stores nationwide until the end of June. Deep Space Starscream was available through Target.com but the listing is no longer available via a recent search.

Well, at least we have an approximate release date. It'll probably be June 22nd, when the Animated toys hit shelves at Target.

Did I read that correctly, are they coming out in June instead of August now?

The Animated toys were always due to arrive in June-ish. It's the Classics/Universe line that hits in August. :) Though I expect to see those earlier than that, for some reason.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on June 1, 2008, 11:29 PM
Deep Space Starscream found! (http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/deep-space-starscream-found/13191/)

That is one ugly robot.  Anyone else hate the design of the movie figures?  The only robot mold I can stand from these is Iron Hide.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: jedi_master_sal on June 3, 2008, 11:32 AM
I dig them. Bumblebee is probably my favorite.

What I'm surprised about is that I'm actually starting to like the Animated TFs. I haven't decided about buying them yet, but I'm edging ever so much closer to it. Problem is, I don't have cable to watch the darned program! So it will be hard to justify the cost.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on June 6, 2008, 01:41 PM
Color me surprised.  I walked into the local WM and found the pegs and shelves fully stocked with the animated TF Deluxes and Voyagers.  I don't know what the assortments were, but I definitely remember seeing:

Deluxes:  Cybertron Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Black Arachnia, and the bounty hunter bot
Voyagers:  Cybertron Megatron, Bulkhead, Starscream

I picked up the deluxe BB (he's okay) and Voyager SS (he's great in robot mode, but difficult to transform back into jet mode), as those were the only two I wanted, but the others looked like great representations of the animated style.  I can honestly say that the BB and SS, at least, look nearly identical to the animation in robot mode.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on June 6, 2008, 11:12 PM
These things are really starting to grow on me. After seeing pics of Grimlock at 16bit.com and on Shortpacked, I'm almost ready to buy one. Good thing I haven't found the Animated toys yet, since I need to save that money for the Universe line.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 7, 2008, 04:23 PM
Found a ****load of Animated figs today at WM.  I'm actually diggin the toon, and the figures look identical so I'm in for the most part, but I'm waiting for Target to reset so I can put those coupons to good use.  I'm just not happy with all the size variations that are coming out with ala Prime, Megs, & Bulkhead.  It also doesn't make sense to me that Blitzwing towers over Lugnut (stupid name btw) but a kick ass Con.

Swindle was on today's show as a Hummer I believe and he was quite true to his G1 form for the most part (most notible was the head and arm cannon).  I hope we get a combiner team or two out of this series as the Energon ones weren't quite up to par.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on June 8, 2008, 12:51 PM
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Found a ****load of Animated figs today at WM....but I'm waiting for Target to reset so I can put those coupons to good use.

So these are going to be at both WM and Targets?  Good.  We don't hit WM that often.

Are there going to be certain waves coming out at certain times of the year for these as well?  As mentioned a million times before, my son wants Grimlock, so I was wondering when to be on the lookout for that.

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on June 8, 2008, 04:31 PM
In a complete "what the hell was I thinking" moment, I picked up the animated Voyager-class Megatron, Starscream, and Grimlock this morning.  They're still sitting in the trunk of my car.  I may take them back ... not sure yet.
The moral of the story, as always, is that I'm pretty stupid.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 8, 2008, 07:37 PM
They're still sitting in the trunk of my car.

I have at least a 6 month backlog in the trunk of my car that I need to go through of TF, Joes, and SW.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on June 8, 2008, 11:13 PM
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...I picked up the animated Voyager-class Megatron, Starscream, and Grimlock this morning.

Awesome!  So Grimlock IS one of the first wave of figures for this animated line.  Cool!  My son and I will be on the hunt for this one.

By the way, I just wanted to thank you guys for all of your help in answering questions and such when it comes to the Transformers.  I was a GI Joe guy in the 80's and didn't get into TFs, so with my son infactuated with the TF movie and cartoon, this is all kind of new to me.

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on June 9, 2008, 11:19 AM
Awesome!  So Grimlock IS one of the first wave of figures for this animated line.  Cool!  My son and I will be on the hunt for this one.

I'm not sure if he's part of wave 1 or wave 2 (others in this thread can help you with that one), but so far, I've seen five different Voyager-class ships on the shelves:  Grimlock, Bulkhead, Lugnut, Starscream, and Megatron.  I'm pretty sure that they comprise two separate waves, but I'm not positive on the breakdown.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on June 10, 2008, 03:42 PM
Finally saw the animated characters at WalMart today, but my son was at preschool, so I didn't want to pick anything that he might not want.  So we will have to go back there later.  Anyways, these looked interesting.  I'm not sure about the animated look, but whatever floats his boat.  I saw the basics; Bumblebee, Prime, Bulkhead, Prowl, Lugnut and the Spider-chick (Arachnid?).

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on June 10, 2008, 06:32 PM
Picked up the Animated Grimlock and Prowl today at another Wal-Mart, which is the only retailer who has put these out so far in my area (I assume Target is waiting on yet another mythical "set date" for them, meaning that everyone will get what they want at WM and Target's stock will sit for months on end while they wonder why their stuff isn't moving).  I hadn't planned on getting Prowl, but he's actually pretty neat, and Grimlock is all kinds of fun.  The sword is particularly nice. :)

I think that, outside of Soundwave, I'm done with the animated line at this point, though, unless Shockwave finds his way onto the show and into the toy line. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on June 10, 2008, 08:19 PM
Saw a bunch of the animated figs at Brooklyn Park WalMart today.  They were cooler than I expected, but not cool enough to buy. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 10, 2008, 10:05 PM
Saw a bunch of the animated figs at Brooklyn Park WalMart today.  They were cooler than I expected, ut not cool enough to buy. 

Watch the toon.....It'll change your mind.   Even though you're not a hard core collector - neither am I for that matter.  You forgot a "b" in there somewhere in your post though.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on June 10, 2008, 10:16 PM
Saw a bunch of the animated figs at Brooklyn Park WalMart today.  They were cooler than I expected, ut not cool enough to buy. 

Watch the toon.....It'll change your mind.   Even though you're not a hard core collector - neither am I for that matter.  You forgot a "b" in there somewhere in your post though.   ;)

When and where is it on?  Won't get suckered into uying these, ut would like to check out the cartoon anyway.  Oh, and I never forget my b's.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on June 10, 2008, 10:36 PM
Saw the green van and Megatron from the animated show at the Riverdale WM tonight.  They looked ok.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 10, 2008, 10:38 PM
Cartoon Network @ 9:30AM CST.  You've missed out on quite a bit, but this has been the best toon version of TF since G1...and I've been a fan since 84.   ;)

Tivo or VCR it...can't hurt to try it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on June 10, 2008, 11:03 PM
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Cartoon Network @ 9:30AM CST.


Duh!  :o  You missed which days they are on.  That would be Saturday mornings and then a repeat on Sunday mornings as well.  Believe me, I know.  We have to watch it twice every weekend.  ::)   ;)

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on June 10, 2008, 11:06 PM
I almost forgot, I also saw the Prime/Megatron combo pack with the DVD today at WalMart.  Funny thing, there was no price on the shelf, so when I went to scan the box, it came up as "See Associate".  I guess these weren't supposed to be out yet, hmmmm?

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on June 11, 2008, 11:11 AM
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Cartoon Network @ 9:30AM CST.


Duh!  :o  You missed which days they are on.  That would be Saturday mornings and then a repeat on Sunday mornings as well.  Believe me, I know.  We have to watch it twice every weekend.  ::)   ;)

Jeff

Also, for anyone wanting to catch up on older episodes, I noticed the other morning that CN is replaying older ones at 5 and 5:30.  I'm not sure if that is still going on, but it was last week.  I've caught some of the episodes, and they weren't too bad really - the ones I saw anyways.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 11, 2008, 11:58 AM
Yup... double episodes (http://schedule.cartoonnetwork.com/xmlServices/ScheduleServices?methodName=mainSchedule) every morning from 5-6 at least through the 25th.  I missed quite a bit so I'm setting phaser to record.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on June 11, 2008, 01:37 PM
Yup... double episodes (http://schedule.cartoonnetwork.com/xmlServices/ScheduleServices?methodName=mainSchedule) every morning from 5-6 at least through the 25th.  I missed quite a bit so I'm setting phaser to record.

I have been DVR'ing the CN episodes. It is okay. Not a big fan of the redo's that they have done to Prime & Bumble Bee, but the Megatron is cool in Robot mode (looks like G1).
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on June 11, 2008, 11:00 PM
I don't get the Cartoon Network anymore, so no dice.   :'(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on June 13, 2008, 02:18 AM
Finally found some Animated toys tonight. I only found the first wave of Deluxes, but the Cybertron Mode Prime was there, so I bought one. I like it. :)
The transformation was fun, not overly complex like the movie toys, plus the articulation is amazing. I didn't have any issues with loose joints or missed paint apps, at least from what I can tell.

I wasn't a big fan of this design aesthetic when it was first shown, but I'm taken in now. I doubt I'll buy the whole line, but Grimlock, Jazz, Prowl, and Soundwave look pretty neat to me, and I'm looking forward to owning them. And this is coming from a 'trukk not munky' guy.

I think I might start watching the show, too. I see the first season is on DVD in August, so that's good.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 13, 2008, 06:55 PM
One of my Targets did an early endcap reset so it looks like Deep Space Screaming Meemy will be on the top shelf and the three shelves below will be all Animated Voyagers.  Me got Grimlock this morning and I can't wait to get home and set him loose.   :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on June 14, 2008, 01:28 AM
Finally seen the animated TFs at Target and TRU last night.  I think we've seen most of them, yet my son didn't want to spend his allowence on any.  So I guess I'm not too worried about them now. 

Also saw at a couple of Targets over the past two days, end caps with the Target exclusive Deep Space Starscream. 

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on June 16, 2008, 10:06 AM
Any one pick up the Deep Space Starscream? Any thoughts on it?

I have been debating picking that one up.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on June 16, 2008, 09:22 PM
Any one pick up the Deep Space Starscream? Any thoughts on it?

I have been debating picking that one up.

KW has a half endcap dedicated to it.  Looked interesting, but I just couldn't do it.  I don't like that mode and have the MP StarScream, which is light years beyond this one.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 16, 2008, 10:38 PM
Any one pick up the Deep Space Starscream? Any thoughts on it?

I have been debating picking that one up.

KW has a half endcap dedicated to it.  Looked interesting, but I just couldn't do it.  I don't like that mode and have the MP StarScream, which is light years beyond this one.   :-\

Yup...I can't stand that mold of Screamer, but I did snag the Target G1 movie color scheme at $5 even though I hate it.  It's nice to be able to hide things at Target.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on June 17, 2008, 12:24 AM
Saw the Deep Space Starscream, but my son opted for his first animated TF over the weekend.  We picked up Prowl.  Heck of a lot easier for a 5 year old to transform and no frustrated fathers having to do it for them.  :D

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on June 17, 2008, 02:01 PM
I saw the animated Transformers figures at TRU and at least one WM this weekend.  They're kind of cool looking.  The Prowl and Starscream both looked like fun.  I don't think I'll be picking any up, however.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on June 17, 2008, 04:06 PM
Any one pick up the Deep Space Starscream? Any thoughts on it?

I have been debating picking that one up.

KW has a half endcap dedicated to it.  Looked interesting, but I just couldn't do it.  I don't like that mode and have the MP StarScream, which is light years beyond this one.   :-\

Been trying to find one of those MP Starscreams at the store with no luck. Not willing to pay online prices either.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 17, 2008, 04:11 PM
Been trying to find one of those MP Starscreams at the store with no luck. Not willing to pay online prices either.

WM sold out of MP Screamer about 5-6 months ago (the ones that bothered to carry him)

Sorry Ryan.   :'(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on June 17, 2008, 09:17 PM
Dunno if there's any other Canadian Transformers fans on these boards, but if so, Classics Universe have started showing up at Canadian Wal-Marts. I picked up Prowl and Sunstreaker tonight, both of which are pretty cool!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 17, 2008, 10:21 PM
Now I hate Canada as well.   >:(   
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DSJ™ on June 17, 2008, 10:32 PM
(http://joygantic.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/03/05/blame_canada_1.jpg)

 :P  :-*
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 19, 2008, 06:20 PM
MP Cracker & some new Nissan Binaltech (http://fantofan.jp/news/event/toyshow2008/report.htm) 

I reeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaally hope they release both in the states.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on June 19, 2008, 10:36 PM
MP Cracker & some new Nissan Binaltech (http://fantofan.jp/news/event/toyshow2008/report.htm) 

I reeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaally hope they release both in the states.

That Alternator looks awesome.  Come on Hasbro, bring this line back.  My money is begging to go straight to you.   :P
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 20, 2008, 05:58 PM
Transformers Alternity (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=9669)

Apparently that Nissan is Prime/Convoy and this is a new line that is "slightly larger than deluxe figures"  I'm fine with that if they want to start up a new line because Prime looks amazing and apparently I have money to burn, but with that name - you'd think they'd release them in the states, but who knows.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on June 22, 2008, 02:51 PM
Transformers Alternity (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=9669)

Apparently that Nissan is Prime/Convoy and this is a new line that is "slightly larger than deluxe figures"  I'm fine with that if they want to start up a new line because Prime looks amazing and apparently I have money to burn, but with that name - you'd think they'd release them in the states, but who knows.

I don't get the size reference - any chance this is same size as Binaltech/Alternators?  Can't seem to find a good picture, but the ones I have seen look Amazing!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 22, 2008, 07:14 PM
I don't get the size reference - any chance this is same size as Binaltech/Alternators?  Can't seem to find a good picture, but the ones I have seen look Amazing!

Deluxes are the $9.99 Transformers.  That should give you an idea on size.  Good or bad   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on June 22, 2008, 10:51 PM
I don't get the size reference - any chance this is same size as Binaltech/Alternators?  Can't seem to find a good picture, but the ones I have seen look Amazing!

Deluxes are the $9.99 Transformers.  That should give you an idea on size.  Good or bad   :-\

The carded ones?  Boo!  Iron Hide Move Version in the box is almost Alternatorish (yes, that's a word), but apparently that's not the size they're going with.   >:(  >:(  >:(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on July 4, 2008, 08:32 PM
The local TRU got in a crapload of Universe stuff yesterday (of course, it was just the first assortments in bulk, but it was still the most new TF stuff I've seen at TRU since the movie launch date), and I was able to pick up the three wave 1 deluxes (Octane, Sunstreaker, and Prowl), as well as the G1 RH sets (Blitzwing vs. Hound and Galvatron vs. Sunstreaker).  Plenty of the 2 BW sets hanging around, as well as two pegs full of the little "Legends" toys.

Prowl is easily the winner of the deluxes, although he isn't as nice as the prototype pictures made him out to be.  The transformation on his doors and front fenders is a little wonky, and due to the leg construction, his feet don't hold him up very well, but otherwise, he's a great toy.  Sunstreaker is so-so, although it's very noticeable how they're going to turn this into Sideswipe (as you can literally turn the pertinent body parts around and make another unique figure), but that doesn't detract from the toy.  I do miss the shoulder rocket launchers, though.

Octane...erm..."Tankor" is a little weak in bot mode.  The plane mode is great, and the tanker truck mode is acceptable (far better than Astrotrain's "train" mode to say the least), but the robot mode is very weak in design and execution.  He feels like the equivalent of the SL Battle Droids in that he's very flimsy, with very thin limbs, and he probably won't stand up on his own for too long.  Definitely the weakest of the three.

No sign of the Ultra assortment (Powerglide and Onslaught), nor the Voyager repaint-o-rama, which I'm not touching with a 10 foot pole. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 5, 2008, 01:34 AM
I just found a couple cases of Universe stuff at WM, and picked up Prowl and Sunstreaker. I left Tankor, figuring if he looks bad on the back of the package, he's probably even worse as a toy. I was surprised that with Star Wars, GI Joe, and Indy toys being $8 for a figure nowadays, that these Deluxes are still $10.

I haven't cracked them open yet, but I'm glad they're out. I was about to start buying more Animated toys since I'm jonesin' for a TF fix.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on July 5, 2008, 04:33 PM
Sorry, idiot novice chimming in here again to ask you guy; what is this "Universe" line?  ???  Can you provide a link or some pics?  My son is just getting going on the animated line, now there is a different line?

Thanks dudes.

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on July 5, 2008, 07:04 PM
Oh, one other question.  My son said that he saw a commercial for animated Transformers at McDonalds.  If so, does anyone have the skinny on these? 

Thanks,
Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 5, 2008, 07:10 PM
Sorry, idiot novice chimming in here again to ask you guy; what is this "Universe" line?  ???  Can you provide a link or some pics?  My son is just getting going on the animated line, now there is a different line?

I'm a feeling really lazy at the moment so I'm not posting any links, but it's basically a continuation of the Classics line from last year.  "Classic" remakes of G1 toys.  Really good stuff here.  You'll know when you find them due to the different packaging.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DSJ™ on July 5, 2008, 07:28 PM
Oh, one other question.  My son said that he saw a commercial for animated Transformers at McDonalds.  If so, does anyone have the skinny on these? 

Thanks,
Jeff

HappyMeal.com launches Transformers Animated promotion (http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/happymeal-launches-transformers-animated-promotion/13438/)

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HappyMeal.com (http://www.happymeal.com/en_US/standalone.html?s=NextUpBoy&swfH=450&swfW=772&ID=&bs=NextUp&swf=/en_US/swf3/sections/toys/boyintro/intro.swf&bgc=%23000000#NextUpBoy) has posted a preview of their upcoming Transformers Animated and Littlest Pet Shop Happy Meal promotion which is due to begin around July 5th at McDonald's. The subsite on HappyMeal.com (http://www.happymeal.com/en_US/standalone.html?s=NextUpBoy&swfH=450&swfW=772&ID=&bs=NextUp&swf=/en_US/swf3/sections/toys/boyintro/intro.swf&bgc=%23000000#NextUpBoy) gives us our first look at all 6 of the Transformers Animated toys that will be part of this promotion. The 6 figures that will be released are Optimus Prime, Megatron, Ratchet, Starscream, Bumblebee and Lugnut. Click here (http://www.happymeal.com/en_US/standalone.html?s=NextUpBoy&swfH=450&swfW=772&ID=&bs=NextUp&swf=/en_US/swf3/sections/toys/boyintro/intro.swf&bgc=%23000000#NextUpBoy) to visit HappyMeal.com (http://www.happymeal.com/en_US/standalone.html?s=NextUpBoy&swfH=450&swfW=772&ID=&bs=NextUp&swf=/en_US/swf3/sections/toys/boyintro/intro.swf&bgc=%23000000#NextUpBoy) to view the promotion.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 5, 2008, 08:48 PM
Sorry, idiot novice chimming in here again to ask you guy; what is this "Universe" line?  ???  Can you provide a link or some pics?  My son is just getting going on the animated line, now there is a different line?

I'm a feeling really lazy at the moment so I'm not posting any links, but it's basically a continuation of the Classics line from last year.  "Classic" remakes of G1 toys.  Really good stuff here.  You'll know when you find them due to the different packaging.   ;)

The packaging looks like this, (http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/toys/classics/prowl/1485/1/0/) so they'll be easy to spot.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 5, 2008, 11:57 PM
Looks like we're getting another chance to buy Unicron. (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=9777)
I remember seeing an endcap full of these for $20 back in the Armada days, but I didn't buy it. Glad I have another opportunity, since I don't want to pay $20-30 just for shipping on this guy on ebay.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on July 6, 2008, 10:41 AM
Thanks for the links, guys.  While they look awesome, I think we will be staying clear from the Universe line.

As for the Happy meal figs.....eh, "figs"?  Pieces of something?  They look almost like chewy baby toys than an actual "play" toy for a 5 yr old.  So I think we will be skipping the drive-thru lane as well.

Again, thanks for the info.

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 6, 2008, 12:40 PM
Looks like we're getting another chance to buy Unicron. (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=9777)
I remember seeing an endcap full of these for $20 back in the Armada days, but I didn't buy it. Glad I have another opportunity, since I don't want to pay $20-30 just for shipping on this guy on ebay.

Now he's a Decepticon   ???

I found an entire endcap of Armadacrons at Target for $5.  Stocked up on a few of them, just not sure why.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on July 6, 2008, 03:44 PM
I watched the animated show today with my son.  Must've been the season finale' or something because it was 1 hour long and the way that the show ended just seemed like a season ender.

Also hit Target in Apple Valley (MN) this morning and my son bought a Snarl/Triceratops with his allowence.  They also had a guy named Oil Slick.  Never heard of him, but he looked like some tricked out Dreadnok chopper.

That's all,

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 7, 2008, 06:47 PM
Oil Slick (http://transformers.wikia.com/wiki/Oil_Slick_(Animated))

Kinda lame IMO
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on July 7, 2008, 09:08 PM
Oil Slick (http://transformers.wikia.com/wiki/Oil_Slick_(Animated))

Kinda lame IMO

Well, its no transformable Stop Light, that's for sure.   ;)


Anyone still seeing the "Real Gear Robots" around Target stores?  I bought Wire Tap V20 and would like to exchange it for a Night Beat 7 or similar robot (looks like a phone and ear piece/Lazerbeak).  I haven't seen these around lately.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 7, 2008, 09:17 PM
Oil Slick (http://transformers.wikia.com/wiki/Oil_Slick_(Animated))

Kinda lame IMO

Well, its no transformable Stop Light, that's for sure.   ;)


Anyone still seeing the "Real Gear Robots" around Target stores?  I bought Wire Tap V20 and would like to exchange it for a Night Beat 7 or similar robot (looks like a phone and ear piece/Lazerbeak).  I haven't seen these around lately.   :-\


Nothing wrong with transformable stoplights Justin.   ;)       Or phonebooths or Mountain Dew machines for that matter.  I've been collecting these things for so long that I welcome an oddball here and there.

I think I've said this before in this thread, but I gave up and returned all my real gear stuff once I found that Hasbro was repainting everything more than twice which is their usual.

Oh - I found the last batch (I think) of TRU movie exclusives over the weekend.  Red Energon Cliffjumper and the yellow repainted blue crane guy from Cybertron.  Never picked up the original versions as they're very sucky.  Even more sucky at $30..
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on July 7, 2008, 09:30 PM
Oil Slick (http://transformers.wikia.com/wiki/Oil_Slick_(Animated))

Kinda lame IMO

Well, its no transformable Stop Light, that's for sure.   ;)


Anyone still seeing the "Real Gear Robots" around Target stores?  I bought Wire Tap V20 and would like to exchange it for a Night Beat 7 or similar robot (looks like a phone and ear piece/Lazerbeak).  I haven't seen these around lately.   :-\


Nothing wrong with transformable stoplights Justin.   ;)       Or phonebooths or Mountain Dew machines for that matter.  I've been collecting these things for so long that I welcome an oddball here and there.

I think I've said this before in this thread, but I gave up and returned all my real gear stuff once I found that Hasbro was repainting everything more than twice which is their usual.

Oh - I found the last batch (I think) of TRU movie exclusives over the weekend.  Red Energon Cliffjumper and the yellow repainted blue crane guy from Cybertron.  Never picked up the original versions as they're very sucky.  Even more sucky at $30..

I think you're the only in the MN group that collects Tformers, so if you happen to see any of the birds around, can you let me know?  I'll owe you big!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 7, 2008, 09:45 PM
I think you're the only in the MN group that collects Tformers, so if you happen to see any of the birds around, can you let me know?  I'll owe you big!

I haven't even bothered to look at these pegs since I made my returns months ago, but I'll keep you in mind.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on July 8, 2008, 12:37 AM
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At BotCon 2008, it was revealed that Oil Slick was an original Eric Siebenaler design that was never intended to be in the show...but upon finding out about it, the Animated cartoon crew said "we would have worked him in had you told us about this." As such, Oil Slick is currently not slated to appear in the cartoon...but may be worked into the third season

Now I see why we never saw him in the cartoon.   ;)

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on July 8, 2008, 10:49 PM
I think you're the only in the MN group that collects Tformers, so if you happen to see any of the birds around, can you let me know?  I'll owe you big!

I haven't even bothered to look at these pegs since I made my returns months ago, but I'll keep you in mind.

Thanks, but you can go back to ignoring the section.  I found two different paint jobs for the birds at SLP on the way home tonight.   ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 11, 2008, 04:27 AM
Found the new Robot Heroes and Oil Slick from the Animated line tonight at my local WM. I hope Soundwave and Jazz weren't shipping in that same wave, since I really want those guys at Blackarachnia has killed any chance of seeing a huge rollout of this line locally.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 12, 2008, 05:26 PM
I finally found Universe w1 at TRU and holy **** are there some bad paint apps on all of that wave.  I left them behind in hopes of finding a more solid wave at a better price.  Scored an Animated Soundwave this morning at Target and he's rockin the house!!  Really great figure!!  Jazz had very poor paint apps as well so I left him behind as well as that stupid motorcycle guy.  No Snarls which was odd.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 17, 2008, 10:30 PM
Got around to opening Animated Prowl & BB and they're spot on accurate to the cartoon.  Just not sure how to get them back into vehicle mode - something I've always hated about Hasbro's instructions.  Also been having a hell of a time with Screamer's arms getting back into jet mode for the past few weeks, but I finally got it right after ******* up his paint.  Grrrrr..  At least it should be easier when Hasbro releases his Spawn.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on July 18, 2008, 07:09 PM
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Just not sure how to get them back into vehicle mode

This may be old news to some of you, but a client of mine that I talked to on Wednesday said that she goes on YouTube and watches videos people have downloaded on how to transform your Transformers.  She said that this has helped with a bunch of her sons' TFs.

On a different note, my son picked up a Bumblebee and Lugnut TF toys from McDonalds.  Cute, but definately cheap.

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 21, 2008, 06:59 PM
Looks like Hasbro indeed butchered Prime's stacks. (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=9863&pic=Optimus_03.jpg&dispsize=800&start=0)  Early photos showed the fully extended versions, but I knew this was coming.  What's odd is there's room in the packaging (just enough) for the longer ones. 

Oh well.  Easy pass now.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 22, 2008, 02:16 AM
That one is an easy pass for me, anyway. It's $70 and I have four Primes as it is. (One Hasbro reissue, one Takara Encore, and two Pepsi Primes from last summer's giveaway.)

But if it goes on clearance, I'll try to get one. Every Prime reissue has shot up in value, and I doubt this one will be any different.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 23, 2008, 05:58 PM
MP-02 (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10305&mode=retail) is getting another go this fall.  Definately biting this time as he's selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay.  I don't quite remember it coming with that cardboard trailer, but hopefully one of those third party companies gets around to making the trailer/armor.  I believe there's one coming out for the Classic's version, but he doesn't need it IMO.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on July 24, 2008, 11:55 AM
Anyone got/getting the ENCORE #10 (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10798&mode=retail&picture=in) figures?

Are these the only one, or are they coming out with more? All of the descriptions say that they are repaints from the originals, are there remakes of the originals, or is this it?

Ultimately is this a set worth getting?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 24, 2008, 05:53 PM
Looks like Hasbro is getting pretty nutty with the Mighty Muggs treatment (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=9894&pic=DSCF2867.JPG&dispsize=800&start=0)  The SW ones were very tempting for me, but I've stayed away.  Now they're just going to town on them.  If I would have started with SW then I'd be compelled to go for the Joes and now TFs.

I also don't get this pic....Perhaps Prime comes with interchangeable stacks? (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=9893&pic=DSCF2724.JPG&dispsize=800&start=0)

Anyone got/getting the ENCORE #10 (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10798&mode=retail&picture=in) figures?

Are these the only one, or are they coming out with more? All of the descriptions say that they are repaints from the originals, are there remakes of the originals, or is this it?

Ultimately is this a set worth getting?

I've not delved into the Encore line because I have everything they're re-releasing.  This set may be slight repaints (I'm colorblind to some extent) but there's nothing screaming here for me.  Everything the've released thus far has been pretty much true to the originals.  I do think it's a good value if you don't have any of those mini-bots.

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 28, 2008, 06:01 PM
Wow.  Looks like I'm one of the few still collecting these things.  Anyways - the Ultra "Universe" figs are starting to hit shelves - Onslaught & Powerglide.

It really sucks now trying to figure out which line to buy from one week, and which the next week within itself but especially with SW and GI Joe. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on July 28, 2008, 06:08 PM
I picked up the new Universe Deluxe cars and Octane a couple weeks ago.  Very cool.  I managed to find some with good enough paint jobs.  Passed on the Voyager repaints.  Will buy the Ultra wave as soon as I see them. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 29, 2008, 05:37 PM
Borrowed these pics....

Universe
 Ironhide (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3537.JPG)
 Sideswipe (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3538.JPG)
 Sorm Cloud (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3540.JPG)
 Breakaway Fracture and Crankcase (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3546.JPG) 
 Hound and Ravage (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3556.JPG)
 Hound close up (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3559.JPG)
 Ravage (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3560.JPG)
 Cyclonus (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3562.JPG)
 Cyclonus 2 (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3566.JPG)
 Inferno (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3571.JPG)

Animated
 Blurr (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3527.JPG)
 Swindle (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3528.JPG)
 Longarm (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3534.JPG)
 Sentinel Prime (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3520.JPG)
 Swoop (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3521.JPG)
 Shadow Megatron (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3535.JPG)
 Ultra Magnus (http://tformers.net/g/albums/9906/DSCF3523.JPG)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on July 29, 2008, 11:06 PM
Awesome pics!  Thanks for sharing those.  My son has Snarl, and he is getting Grimlock for his birthday (Sept 12).  If Swoop comes out on Sept 8th or around then like it says, I will try and get him that one as well.  COOL!   :)

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on July 30, 2008, 12:03 PM
I'm buying Hound and Cyclonus for sure. This new Classics line is a little underwhelming compared to the 2006-7 range, but that's because the character choices are kinda sucky in this new line.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on July 30, 2008, 06:32 PM
Transformers Panel (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=9906)

More ALTs??

Pretty cool that the tape that comes with Hound fits into Soundwave's chest.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on July 30, 2008, 06:38 PM
Transformers Panel (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=9906)

More ALTs??

Pretty cool that the tape that comes with Hound fits into Soundwave's chest.

About as clear as their anser on alts last time. I think we will hopefully see something next year.  Their is a pretty sweet binaltech Arcee out there now...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 1, 2008, 01:56 PM
Deep Space Screamers are finally getting clearanced out at 50% off.  What a stupid exclusive/toy.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 2, 2008, 04:27 AM
Sumbitch. I actually paid full price for that one. When will I learn to let Target exclusives go to clearance before buying them?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on August 2, 2008, 01:37 PM
Sumbitch. I actually paid full price for that one. When will I learn to let Target exclusives go to clearance before buying them?

Seeing as how they haven't been out for 90 days, you should be able to get the clearance one, then just return it with your old receipt.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on August 3, 2008, 09:53 AM
I picked up the Universe/Classics 2.0 Ultra Onslaught and Powerglide at Target over the course of the last few days and I'm generally happy with them.  The transformation on Powerglide is a bit weird with the shoulder joints needing to rotate in a way that I don't think the construction allows very well, but there doesn't appear to be any sign of stress in the joint when I do it.  Onslaught is huge compared to the other deluxes/voyagers, but his robot mode seems a little..."off" to me.  He just looks underwhelming for some reason.   ???

As for the electronics, I'm not really impressed.  Powerglide has jet engine noises and lights and machine gun sounds when you push his button in alt mode, he makes the transformation noise when turning into robot mode (and the reverse transformation noise when turning him back into alt mode), and makes machine gun noises in robot mode, along with light-up eyes.  Onslaught's noises are really bad, as his siren only makes a slight "bleep" when in alt mode, along with light up eyes and machine gun noises in robot mode.  Oh, and he too has a "secret" noise in SWAT truck mode, as rolling him forward/backward will trigger a clanking/rolling noise. 

So yeah, while nice, I would have preferred they dropped the electronics and release them as Voyagers, but hey, what can you do?

Oh, and one question if anyone knows:  is there going to be an animated Blitzwing toy?  I've seen listings for just about everyone else on the cartoon except him, and I was wondering if I'd missed it or he just wasn't being made yet or what?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 3, 2008, 06:38 PM
Oh, and one question if anyone knows:  is there going to be an animated Blitzwing toy?  I've seen listings for just about everyone else on the cartoon except him, and I was wondering if I'd missed it or he just wasn't being made yet or what?

He's due in September.....and thanks for keeping this dying thread alive.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on August 3, 2008, 09:12 PM
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He's due in September.....

Will he have interchangable faces like on the cartoon?  I always liked how that old school He-Man character (forgot his name) rotated faces on the action figure.  Maybe they will come out with something like that.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on August 3, 2008, 09:15 PM
Man-E-Faces (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man-E-Faces)  ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 16, 2008, 07:12 PM
So yeah, while nice, I would have preferred they dropped the electronics and release them as Voyagers, but hey, what can you do?

Lame.  I just picked up the pair and I would have been fine with larger bots as to having stupid lights and sounds - as these are "obviously" geared toward collectors.   Still kinda pissed that Target is charging $3 more for the animated leaders.

Will he have interchangable faces like on the cartoon?  I always liked how that old school He-Man character (forgot his name) rotated faces on the action figure.  Maybe they will come out with something like that.

He has three faces and he's been spotted in the states.  Keep your eyes open. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on August 16, 2008, 07:14 PM
When am I going to be able to buy a binaltech Arcee in the states?  :(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 16, 2008, 07:21 PM
When am I going to be able to buy a binaltech Arcee in the states?  :(

Never..  Get over it and buy the Jap version.  I'm not going there myself - never purchased any Binaltechs or those filthy versions with the half naked girls.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on August 17, 2008, 12:33 AM
When am I going to be able to buy a binaltech Arcee in the states?  :(

Never..  Get over it and buy the Jap version.  I'm not going there myself - never purchased any Binaltechs or those filthy versions with the half naked girls.

Half nekkid robot girls sems like a silly concept.  I just want my damn alternators line to come back.   :'(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 18, 2008, 06:13 PM
3rd party MP Roller (http://www.robotkingdom.com/services/eshop/main.php?action=details&CatType=Category&II=MPKIT03&lang=us&CatID=55) comes out in November.

Kinda interesting.  I may bite to compliment my trailer.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on August 19, 2008, 09:22 AM
3rd party MP Roller (http://www.robotkingdom.com/services/eshop/main.php?action=details&CatType=Category&II=MPKIT03&lang=us&CatID=55) comes out in November.

Kinda interesting.  I may bite to compliment my trailer.


I have the 20th Anniversay Prime, and they sell the trailer that doesn't transform like the Masterpiece trailer, but I might finally get the Trailer and Roller now.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 26, 2008, 05:20 PM
ick (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=10047&dispsize=600&start=0) and icky (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=10039&dispsize=800&start=0)  I can't beleive Hasbro keeps repainting these silly things especially since the movie is long gone.  Would have been nice to get this line clearanced out, but looks like they're going to keep going with the same skus for TF2.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 27, 2008, 02:47 AM
I got to thinking about next summer and its inevitable movie line. I think it may have been dumb for me to spend so much time hunting the Premium BB since they're probably going to do a really fantastic new version in that line. But there's really no excuse for that orange Allspark-killed Megatron. I passed on the Premium Leader Megatron, and don't regret it. My Best Buy exclusive version is just fine.

I finally found the Animated Soundwave tonight. I'm really liking it. But I'm a little biased, being a fiend for Soundwave toys.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 27, 2008, 06:33 PM
Seacons up for preorder (http://transformersclub.com/shop/index.cfm?do=detail&productid=1680)

Very pricey set I must say, but it's a TFCC exclusive, so no suprise there.  Never owned the G1 originals or the Korean knock-offs, but I'm ordering because I've been waiting since these were announced as an WM unknown store exclusive back in 04 I think it was.  Not that I would have actually have found this set if WM would have bit.

Starting to get very expensive in my collecting pool with everything else going on, but So Far, So Good... So What!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on August 29, 2008, 09:35 AM
Finally found the Animated Blitzwing at Wal-Mart yesterday.  They only had one on the shelf (along with one each of Lugnut and Grimlock that weren't there the day before), and the box was beaten all to hell, but I was opening it anyway.  :)

First of all, the jet mode is VERY unstable.  There isn't a lot of security in the back section, and if you pick it up, the legs/tank treads immediately come loose.  The back stabilizer fin/turret section only rests on the treads, and it has a tendency to flop around as well.  Sculpt-wise it looks great, but it fails as a toy in that mode.

The tank mode, while simple, stays together very well, and works.  It's not the G1 styled tank look, and is pretty strange looking when compared to "real world" vehicles today, but it looks nice and that's the mode that mine will be staying in on display due to the cruddy jet mode.

The robot mode, of course, looks pretty spot-on with the television show, and the spinning head works well.  I was halfway expecting Hasbro to make the three faces stickers instead of a molded head, but they are molded, and look great.  I'm keeping mine's head stuck in the "monocle" face, though, as I find the notion of a TF with a monocle to be endlessly amusing for some reason.  Great articulation, and good paint apps where necessary.

I'd give him a 4 out of 5, and he only loses that extra point for the cruddy jet mode.  IMO, Lugnut is still the best of the Voyager class so far.

Also found Universe/Classics 2.0 Galvatron at the same Wal-Mart the day before.  Not impressed at all with him.  The transformation is endlessly confusing (parts kept falling off the first three times I tried to change him into robot mode and back), and the face sculpt looks pretty silly.  No sign of Acid Storm (and I probably won't get him even if I do see him), but so far the Deluxe Class Decepticons are 0 for 2.  :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on August 29, 2008, 10:52 AM
I agree with Universe Galvatron being a stinker. I bought him last night, and I knew he was going to be a cruddy toy. Of course, I could tell that from the pics that came from Botcon this year.

If Takara/Tomy makes their own version, I wonder if it will be better. But for the frist Decepticon I've purchased from this new line, I'm pretty disappointed.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on August 31, 2008, 05:27 PM
Found 2 Prowl tites at TRU today.  Pretty sure these ship 3 to a case, so I missed Grimmy.  Not really diggin the price, but it's a TRU exclusive so I don't really have a choice.   :-\

I also noticed that Soundblaster is on the back of the packaging so hopefully he comes to light.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 6, 2008, 05:23 PM
My local WM dedicated half of their Star Wars display to TF Animated now, so I was finally able to find Jazz. They also had a bunch of movie Ultimate BBs, which I thought was weird since they have them now and at $35. I also saw a ton of the Bumblebee 3-pack with the Animated, Classics, and movie versions. It was about $30, so I passed. I kind of want the Animated BB and the newly-painted BB, but I really don't need another movie figure, so I passed. I bet this thing will be a hit with its intended audience, though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on September 6, 2008, 08:40 PM
Funny - I was at a local WM the other day and they had three center aisle displays of transformers out as well.  Still one 4x4 of Star Wars vehicles, but definitely a big Transformers push this month.  They had in some kind of Deluxe red helecopter autobot and a Deluxe beige/cam tank - sorry, can't remember the names. 

Let's face it, outside of Masterpiece Editions the transformers figs have been a pile of turds on sticks ever since they dropped the Alternators figs.   :(
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 7, 2008, 05:52 PM
Let's face it, outside of Masterpiece Editions the transformers figs have been a pile of turds on sticks ever since they dropped the Alternators figs.

Depends on your pov Justin.  Alts turned quite a few people away (moms/dads/lil kids) because they were so complex which left little Billy pissed off as well as myself - many times.  Sure there's pleny of stinkers in the other TF lines, but there's a few gems here and there that make this worthwhile.  This is why I'm glad I'm not a completist with this property.

They also had a bunch of movie Ultimate BBs, which I thought was weird since they have them now and at $35.

Good price - I bought one this morning   :)   I wonder why WM resurrected this toy at such and extreme discount.  I beleive he was $90 when he first came out.

I also saw a ton of the Bumblebee 3-pack

Easy pass   :)   Nice display piece though
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on September 7, 2008, 11:18 PM
Let's face it, outside of Masterpiece Editions the transformers figs have been a pile of turds on sticks ever since they dropped the Alternators figs.

Depends on your pov Justin.  Alts turned quite a few people away (moms/dads/lil kids) because they were so complex which left little Billy pissed off as well as myself - many times. 

My POV is that Moms, Dads, Lil' kids, and Little Billy are buying turds on sticks if they're buying any TFs outside of the Alternators/Binaltech line.  ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on September 8, 2008, 09:55 AM
Let's face it, outside of Masterpiece Editions the transformers figs have been a pile of turds on sticks ever since they dropped the Alternators figs.

Maybe, but those people aren't wanting to drop $100 on Masterpiece toys since they look nothing like what kids are seeing in movies and on TV. Overall what is out there is good; because it is exactly what the target market is looking for. All the stuff you can buy at retail locations like Wal-Mart and Target are not originally intended for the people here, that is what the Masterpiece set is for. Justin, if you don't like that stuff then don't buy it.

Depends on your pov Justin.  Alts turned quite a few people away (moms/dads/lil kids) because they were so complex which left little Billy pissed off as well as myself - many times. 

Mikey is right! Parents and kid's don't want a super complex toy to play with. They want a toy that takes less than 2 minutes to transform, not one that takes an hour. Because lets face it the directions for transforming the toys were designed by NASA Engineers and only PhD's can understand the instructions on the first read. No matter how cool or realistic it looks, a Transformer that is a level 4 to transform is a tough toy for a 6 year old to figure out how to transform and will lead to a toy that is either broken or not played with.


My POV is that Moms, Dads, Lil' kids, and Little Billy are buying turds on sticks if they're buying any TFs outside of the Alternators/Binaltech line.  ;)

Transformer toy's haven't changed a whole lot in nearly 30 years. Are you saying that all the figures since G1 are Turds on Sticks?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on September 8, 2008, 09:25 PM
So, no sign of the new animated TFs yet?  Wasn't September when the new wave is coming out according to Toy Fair?  Yeah, I know that it's only the 8th, but I was hoping that Swoop would be out before my son's 6th birthday party this weekend.  He is getting Grimlock to add with Snarl.  I know that what they say and what actually happens can change as well.  I was just hoping that they would be out before his birthday.  Anyone hear anything?  I might be lucky for Christmas.   :D

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 9, 2008, 12:12 AM
Animated wave 4 has just been sighted this past weekend, so you may get lucky yet, depending on where you live.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on September 9, 2008, 06:10 PM
I live in MN like iFett.  If anyone in MN is on top of these things, it's him.  So I will just keep my eyes open and report to you guys if I see anything.

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on September 9, 2008, 09:51 PM
So, no sign of the new animated TFs yet?  Wasn't September when the new wave is coming out according to Toy Fair?  Yeah, I know that it's only the 8th, but I was hoping that Swoop would be out before my son's 6th birthday party this weekend.  He is getting Grimlock to add with Snarl.  I know that what they say and what actually happens can change as well.  I was just hoping that they would be out before his birthday.  Anyone hear anything?  I might be lucky for Christmas.   :D

I found mine last Thursday at a Target here in VA.  I grabbed one each of Swoop and Sentinel Plow King (who hears Mr. Plow is a boozer), but left Elite Guard BB behind.  So yeah, they've started showing up, even if it is out here in the middle of nowhere. :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on September 10, 2008, 09:56 PM
Maybe, but those people aren't wanting to drop $100 on Masterpiece toys since they look nothing like what kids are seeing in movies and on TV.

No one wants to spend $100 on MP toys Ryan.  That's why Alternators were such a good line at $20.

Overall what is out there is good; because it is exactly what the target market is looking for.

I'm not part of the target market?  I've dropped hundreds on Alternators, so I sure ought to be part of the target and I'm telling you the new stuff sucks from a collector's perspective.  I totally get the whole concept of making toys for kids and matching the movie dude, but I just don't like 'em. 

All the stuff you can buy at retail locations like Wal-Mart and Target are not originally intended for the people here, that is what the Masterpiece set is for. Justin, if you don't like that stuff then don't buy it.

Not sure how you figure this.  Several people in this thread are buying the retail stuff at WM and Target - how is this not originally intended for these folks?  ???  I seem to recall Alternators being sold at both Target and WM.  And Ryan - I obviously don't like the stuff outside of MP and Alts, which is why I don't buy any of it.   ;)

Mikey is right! Parents and kid's don't want a super complex toy to play with. They want a toy that takes less than 2 minutes to transform, not one that takes an hour. Because lets face it the directions for transforming the toys were designed by NASA Engineers and only PhD's can understand the instructions on the first read. No matter how cool or realistic it looks, a Transformer that is a level 4 to transform is a tough toy for a 6 year old to figure out how to transform and will lead to a toy that is either broken or not played with.

Now that's your POV Ryan.  I certainly wouldn't give an Alt to a 6 year old, but seems like a great fit for a teenager who might be into cars/sci-fi/models.  As a parent, I'd rather have a toy that takes a little time to interact with than something my kids can figure out in 2 minutes. 

I haven't bought any of them, but are the $20 Deluxe figures any easier to transform than the Alts were?   I thought it was a fun challenge and others obviously liked them too because they were hard as all heck to track down when new waves were released.  I certainly saw them sitting a lot less than some of the movie stuff out there.  And I don't have a PhD or an Engineering degree, but none of these ever took me more than half an hour to figure out. 

Transformer toy's haven't changed a whole lot in nearly 30 years. Are you saying that all the figures since G1 are Turds on Sticks?

Are you smoking turds on sticks?  I'm calling for the return of the Alt line, not the G1 figures.  And I can't believe you said Transformer toys haven't changed a lot in 30 years...

(http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff43/jman5544/VintBumblebee.jpg)

VERSUS

(http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff43/jman5544/ultimate-bumblebee.jpg)

???
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on September 11, 2008, 09:30 AM
Overall what is out there is good; because it is exactly what the target market is looking for.

I'm not part of the target market?  I've dropped hundreds on Alternators, so I sure ought to be part of the target and I'm telling you the new stuff sucks from a collector's perspective.  I totally get the whole concept of making toys for kids and matching the movie dude, but I just don't like 'em. 


You are part of the target market because they are after anyone who wants the toys, but you are looking at them as a collector not as a person who wants to play with them. 90% of the market is people who buy them to play with or to people who buy them to give to people to play with them.


Transformer toy's haven't changed a whole lot in nearly 30 years. Are you saying that all the figures since G1 are Turds on Sticks?

Are you smoking turds on sticks?  I'm calling for the return of the Alt line, not the G1 figures.  And I can't believe you said Transformer toys haven't changed a lot in 30 years...

(http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff43/jman5544/VintBumblebee.jpg)

VERSUS

(http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff43/jman5544/ultimate-bumblebee.jpg)

???

Little unfair comparison. The new Bumblebee is more in line with G1 Astrotrain type figures. You are comparing Apples to Oranges.

(http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/images/products/out/large/TAK10798.jpg)

VERSUS

(http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff43/jman5544/VintBumblebee.jpg)


Is a little better of a comparison.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on September 11, 2008, 10:10 AM
On another note...

Can anyone tell me if Roller (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TFC10009&mode=retail) will be compatable with the seperate Optimus Prime Tailer (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=JIT10000&mode=retail)?

I have the Hasbro 20th Anniversary Prime, and want a trailer for it. I ideally would love to get the trailer that comes with MP-04 (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10608&mode=retail) Prime, but I am not buying another Prime just for a trailer. So if Roller will fit with the non-transforming trailer I might actually get the trailer and roller.


Also has anyone picked up the Silencer set that goes with MP-05 Megatron. I have the Mags, and have been debating on picking the silencer up, but want to know how easy it is to remove the orange plug and if it is a decent addition to the Mags.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 11, 2008, 10:46 AM
Can anyone tell me if Roller (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TFC10009&mode=retail) will be compatable with the seperate Optimus Prime Tailer (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=JIT10000&mode=retail)?

I have the MP04 trailer and it has no mechanism for roller to attach to inside the trailer like the G1 trailer and I highly doubt the third party trailer would either especially since it doesn't open fully.  So it will fit in there just like an ALT, but it won't be secured.

Also has anyone picked up the Silencer set that goes with MP-05 Megatron. I have the Mags, and have been debating on picking the silencer up, but want to know how easy it is to remove the orange plug and if it is a decent addition to the Mags.

I've said it before and it's totally worth it.  He looks naked without it.  Massive looking compared to the G1 toy.  Bought mine in a combo deal at TFsource last year and it was at a great price and it was unmodded, but I've heard from others that the plug isn't glued at some sites where it's tampered with and it is at others.  The set also comes with die-cast leggings for him which enables the rear piece of the gun assembly to attach.  Adds a nice amount of weight to him in both modes.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 15, 2008, 02:24 AM
Picked up Universe Onslaught this weekend. Man, this is a big 'bot. Easily the best purchase I've made from the new Universe line, but considering his competition was Sunstreaker, Prowl, and the ultimate stinker Galvatron, it wasn't that hard to claim that title.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 17, 2008, 02:45 AM
Found the new wave of Animated tonight, sans Swoop. I almost considered buying Mr. Plow, but he can wait.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 18, 2008, 10:43 AM
Finally got around to Silverbolt and he's suprisingly much less complex than Powerglide or Onslaught.  Really dug the old school transformation noise too.  Didn't expect that.  Also noticed that Powerglide has a heart under his chestplate.  Nice touch, but some more red paint sure would have been nice.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on September 19, 2008, 12:24 PM
I know I've asked this before, but I'm not as up on the TFormer news as many of you.  Has there been any rumors/rumblings of re-releasing any of the previous Transformers Classics figures?  I really like that line, and have the Prime and Bumblebee, but part of me would like to pick up some other figures like Megatron and Starscream.  I've been watching them on ebay as well, and could go that route once I have the funds, but I was just wondering if there was any chance of these being repackaged or something in the future.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 19, 2008, 12:55 PM
Japan is finally rolling out take on Classics which is called Henkei and they're all have vastly superior paint apps compared to the US versions.  Megs and Screamer have been released in that line, but it's going to cost you just as much for the import as it would be to track down an original on eBay or what not.

....but here's more pics (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=10184) of RH/Classics/Animated stuff.  I do see a Classics Screamer in the gallery so he just might get rereleased.  *still hoping we get the other three seekers*

Oh - and I love that Snarl(Slag)/Sharkticon set.   :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on September 19, 2008, 01:02 PM
I'm liking the Perceptor RH set, as well as the Universe Cyclonus and Hound. I see Cyclonus is a Targetmaster, which is neat.

I picked up the Animated Snarl today. I guess since they want to sell these in the UK, they renamed him from Slag to Snarl. So what would they call Snarl now?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on September 19, 2008, 01:39 PM
Japan is finally rolling out take on Classics which is called Henkei and they're all have vastly superior paint apps compared to the US versions.  Megs and Screamer have been released in that line, but it's going to cost you just as much for the import as it would be to track down an original on eBay or what not.

....but here's more pics (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=10184) of RH/Classics/Animated stuff.  I do see a Classics Screamer in the gallery so he just might get rereleased.  *still hoping we get the other three seekers*

Oh - and I love that Snarl(Slag)/Sharkticon set.   :)

Is that Inferno near the bottom?  That doesn't look half bad for being outside the Alternators line.  Wonder how his scale matches up...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 21, 2008, 07:07 PM
Found time to crack open Animated Megs - awesome for the most part, but he seems to be missing some size/girth.  Also got around to Universe Tankor.  What a POS he is. 

Is that Inferno near the bottom?  That doesn't look half bad for being outside the Alternators line.  Wonder how his scale matches up...

He's a DLX $9.99 dealy so he's pretty small compared to the Alts.

He's a Voyager (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=10197&pic=universe-inferno+%283%29.jpg&dispsize=800&start=0) $19.99 dealy

Also - TRU is having a buy 2 dlx get 1 free sale this week.  Been holding off on Streaker & Prowl due to the icky paint apps, but I'm finally going to cave and get em out of the way since I'm not paying $40 for the Henkei versions.

Oh....DisneyFormers (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=10196)  ya...ok
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on September 24, 2008, 02:23 PM
Looks like Transformers is finally getting the QnA treatment (http://www.cooltoyreview.com/story/front/Hasbro_Introduces_Transformers_QA_Program_117984.asp) from Hasbro.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on September 25, 2008, 04:24 PM
WalMart seems to have a nice huge floor display for a push in TFs with a mix of movie, animated and Bumblebee packs, but besides a few new WalMart exclusive movie ones, it's pretty much all old stuff.   :-\

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on September 30, 2008, 05:35 PM
My son and I finally found the animated Swoop at WalMart this past weekend.  It only came to $7.77 before tax.  What a deal.  "Son" was happy for catching up on his Dinobots and "Daddy" was happy for the cheaper price.  :)

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on October 1, 2008, 09:26 AM
I'm a little more out of touch with the TF stuff than many of you are, but I did get an e-mail from BBTS saying that my Transformers Universe Sideswipe preorder was now ready to ship.  I think this is Wave 3 of that line, but I just thought I'd post here if anyone was looking to order (or if they would be hitting retail before long).  I can't afford to grab many Transformers, but the Classics/Universe stuff is really cool, and Sideswipe was one of my favorite bots as a kid so I had to pick it up.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 1, 2008, 11:02 AM
Yup.  Looks like w3 (http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-news-rumors/191465-universe-wave-3-found-walmart.html) has hit retail as well.  BBTS is actually about 25-30 miles from my home and I guess I have them to thank for not finding any MP Screamers in my neck of the woods (from what I read)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on October 2, 2008, 11:29 AM
I have accidentally misplaced my MP-05 Megatron instructions for transforming him. Does anyone have or know where I can get a PDF copy of the instructions similar to what Hasbro has on their website for the transformers there?

Thanks
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on October 2, 2008, 11:37 AM
Quote
I do see a Classics Screamer in the gallery so he just might get rereleased.

Not sure if anyone else is interested, but sort of in line with answering my own question from earlier - I noticed that BBTS has the Classics/Universe Starscream up for preorder, coming in Wave 4.  It appears it is getting re-released, so that's good news for those like me who missed the earlier version.  Hopefully we'll see Megatron down the road as well.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 2, 2008, 05:24 PM
Animated Jetfire & Jetstorm (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=10256&dispsize=600&start=0)

Lame..

I have accidentally misplaced my MP-05 Megatron instructions for transforming him. Does anyone have or know where I can get a PDF copy of the instructions

Bad move on "misplacing" the instructions - especially on an MP.  No dice on a copy, but I'm sure there's something out there.  Mine's packed away.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on October 2, 2008, 05:27 PM
I have accidentally misplaced my MP-05 Megatron instructions for transforming him. Does anyone have or know where I can get a PDF copy of the instructions

Bad move on "misplacing" the instructions - especially on an MP.  No dice on a copy, but I'm sure there's something out there.  Mine's packed away.   :-\


Just means that tonight after my son't swim leasons I get to go cleaning to see if I can find it. There are only 4 different places it could be...

1. In my storage room down stairs
2. In my filing cabinet down stais
3. In my storage in my garage
4. Thrown away.


Here is hoping for 1-3 and not 4.





Update -


Found it in my storage area downstairs at 1045 last night. I decided to go looking for it at 1020 after playing The Force Unleashed for over an hour, and clearing out some stuff on my DVR. Tonight he goes from gun to robot so I can have him out and not have to worry about my son playing with a gun.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on October 3, 2008, 10:34 AM
I see TFormers.com (http://tformers.com/transformers-official-transformers-universe-20-images/10260/news.html) has put up pics of new Universe figures Hound w/Ravage, Cheetor, and Cyclonus w/Nightstick.  I kind of like the Hound figure, always wanted that one as a kid.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 4, 2008, 01:13 PM
Found Sideswipe & Bluestreak this morning.  No sign of Ironhide though.  These lil guys are the next best thing to the ALTs were. 

More please.   :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 5, 2008, 12:28 AM
Picked up all three wave 3 duders yesterday. Ironhide isn't really that great, especially when compared to Sideswipe. Why they couldn't use the same color of red on Ironhide that they used on Sideswipe is beyond me. Ironhide looks kind of cheap.

But they're great, and even better at $7.77 at WM.

I also saw the Ultra Storm Cloud (Powerglide repaint) today. Pretty easy pass.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 10, 2008, 12:16 PM
Picked up Animated Swoop last night. This guy is really neat. Again, the $7.77 price is great.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 10, 2008, 12:20 PM
I'm kinda wishing I didn't get into the animated line.  Just not enjoying them as much as I thought I would.   :-\

Looks like e-hobby (http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-news-rumors/192355-e-hobby-exclusive-reproducts.html) is rereleasing Sunstorm & black Megs.  Can't wait for Sunstorm.  Also hearing that Trailbreaker and Hoist are next for Encore.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on October 10, 2008, 03:40 PM
(http://www.e-hobby.co.jp/media/tf/ehobby_r/tf_er_02_l.jpg)

That is one bight orange jet.


(http://www.e-hobby.co.jp/media/tf/ehobby_r/tf_er_01_l.jpg)

Looks okay, but not all that exciting to get me to drop another $100 on it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on October 10, 2008, 04:26 PM
Sunstorm is up for preorder at BBTS (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10880&mode=retail)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: jedipurge on October 10, 2008, 05:26 PM
(http://www.e-hobby.co.jp/media/tf/ehobby_r/tf_er_02_l.jpg)

That is one bight orange jet.

He must work for CalTrans  ;D

I've been out of the Tranformer collecting for a long time now, but $8 for one.  Jeez I feel ripped off buying SW fig even more so.  Don't TF's have a lot of moving parts and involve a lot more plastic, depending on the size, and packaging material.   
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on October 14, 2008, 02:18 PM
Masterpiece Grimlock (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10885&mode=retail)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 14, 2008, 03:15 PM
What a tease.   >:(    ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on October 14, 2008, 04:02 PM
Masterpiece Grimlock (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10885&mode=retail)

What a tease.   >:(    ;)


That is such a crock of ****. I would sooner they didn't post a picture then put that thing up. I may get this once we see what it looks like. I liked the Masterpiece version of Megatron better than the G1 release, and Grimlock is one of those from G1 that I want.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 14, 2008, 05:35 PM
In other news.... Energon Bruticus (http://www.tf08.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=73) is going to be re-released as a Universe toy.  Good thing I have another crack at him because as I passed on his previous incarnation as I did with Devastator back in the day (what was it, 04?)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 14, 2008, 10:59 PM
Masterpiece Grimlock (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10885&mode=retail)

I know it's Grimlock, but $150 is an awful lot of money. I'll decide when I see real pics.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on October 15, 2008, 09:10 AM
In other news.... Energon Bruticus (http://www.tf08.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=73) is going to be re-released as a Universe toy.  Good thing I have another crack at him because as I passed on his previous incarnation as I did with Devastator back in the day (what was it, 04?)

I might get that set too. I always liked the combiner sets. I would like it if they were to make a Devestator that more closely resembles the G1 version than that incarantion that they did a few years ago.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on October 15, 2008, 09:39 AM
Tough to pull the trigger on any of these new items.  I've been wanting a MP Grimlock for a while, but my general rule is nothing over $100 on TF's.  If he's larger than Optimus and others, I don't want him anyway.  :P
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 15, 2008, 01:40 PM
(http://www.seibertron.com/images/news/gfx/1224071976_1-2.jpg)

The figure will have an LED light in the right fist for the ability to light up the gun and the sword. The eyes can also change colors in both modes, and the figure is partly made up of die cast construction.

"Haggisjin" writes that accessories allow for a "waiter mode," which explains the tray the figure is holding in dino mode.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on October 15, 2008, 01:44 PM
(http://www.seibertron.com/images/news/gfx/1224071976_1-2.jpg)


Looks like I will be getting this one. I will gladdly let Lucas play with the one I picked up 2 years ago that is the cheesy knock off.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on October 16, 2008, 12:23 AM
Does anyone read Chinese?  Still waiting to see the size.  Definitely looks cool though... :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on October 16, 2008, 09:15 AM
Don't speak Chinese (Manderin), but would guess that it is going to be about the same size as Masterpiece Megatron or about 13" tall.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on October 16, 2008, 09:29 AM
Don't speak Chinese (Manderin), but would guess that it is going to be about the same size as Masterpiece Megatron or about 13" tall.

There was an earlier post or description stating someone thought it would be even bigger given the added cost...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on October 16, 2008, 03:05 PM
Don't speak Chinese (Manderin), but would guess that it is going to be about the same size as Masterpiece Megatron or about 13" tall.

There was an earlier post or description stating someone thought it would be even bigger given the added cost...

Probably 2-3 (5 at the most) inches larger than Megatron, but I wouldn't expect it to be that much larger. But if you go by simple math...

Megatron is roughly 1 foot tall and cost $100 (not counting S&H). Grimlock is 50% more expensive at $150. They say that Grimlock is taller than Megatron and thus why it costs more it could be as tall as 20" to account for the 50% higher pricetage. But that doesn't take into consideration increases oil prices, production costs, packaging cost, etc...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 16, 2008, 03:40 PM
But that doesn't take into consideration increases oil prices, production costs, packaging cost, etc...

Don't forget about die-cast metal.  Megs didn't have any unless you got the upgrade kit. 

Grimlock needs to be heavy though.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on October 17, 2008, 11:59 AM
I placed my Pre-Order for Masterpiece Grimlock (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10885&mode=retail) yesterday with BBTS. I just got an e-mail today that they dropped the price $6 to $143.99.

In turn they lowered my Pre-Order cost! That was nice of them.



BBTS is also haveing a 25% off sale on their site on everything that isn't a Pre-Order or NEW.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 17, 2008, 07:20 PM
Saw Leader Megs w/Activator Screamer & Leader Bulkhead w/Activator BB at TRU today in case anyone was waiting on picking those two up.  An $8 bonus figure ain't so bad.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 22, 2008, 05:31 PM
MP Grimlock Design Sheet (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=10351&pic=fk1208a.jpg&dispsize=600&start=0/)

Doesn't really shed much light on anything, but I'm sure a painted proto will show up at anytime.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 25, 2008, 07:26 PM
Found leader Magnus this morning at Target.  Haven't cracked him open yet, but Hasbro really sized down this class.  Would have preferred no sound chips instead.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on October 30, 2008, 02:04 PM
K...Last time I'm replying to myself.

Why Grimlock so short? (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=14344)

Zona Hobby has a pre-order for MP Grimlock with new images showing his detail, articulation, accessories and size. It is said that this figure will be around the same size as the MP Starscream mold.

Accessories include:
Crown
Drinks tray
Energon sword
IQ- swapping device


Doesn't look much taller than G1 Prime at least in his alt(ernate) mode.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on October 31, 2008, 12:37 AM
Henkei Thrust and Dirge (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10898&mode=retail)

And why, exactly, is Hasbro missing out on this gravy train?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on October 31, 2008, 01:27 AM
I know that I'm in the minority here, but since you guys are in the know and keep up on all of the TF sites, maybe you can tell me what the latest news in on new animated TFs coming out.  My son is jonesin' for some new ones.

Jeff
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on October 31, 2008, 06:46 AM
I don't follow bvery closely either but according to Hasbro's latest solicitation, there is Deluxe Class Swoop, Deluxe Class Sentinel Prime and Deluxe Class Elite Guard Bumblebee.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on October 31, 2008, 01:13 PM
I don't follow bvery closely either but according to Hasbro's latest solicitation, there is Deluxe Class Swoop, Deluxe Class Sentinel Prime and Deluxe Class Elite Guard Bumblebee.

Somehow "Bumblebee" just doesn't seem to jive with the description of "Deluxe Class Elite Guard."   ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on November 1, 2008, 01:23 PM
I know that I'm in the minority here, but since you guys are in the know and keep up on all of the TF sites, maybe you can tell me what the latest news in on new animated TFs coming out.  My son is jonesin' for some new ones.
Jeff

Well, the most recent waves have included (as Jayson mentioned) the "Elite Guard" Bumblebee (was this even in the 'toon?), Swoop, and Sentinel Prime.  The next wave of Deluxes includes Blurr, Swindle, and (IIRC) "Blazing" Lockdown (a repaint of the first version). 

There will also be two Target exclusive deluxe class figures, each of which will come with two bonus Legends class figures:  Stealth (Clear) Lockdown with two Legends and Rescue (Yellow) Ratchet with two Legends.  Wal-Mart is going to have two exclusive value bundles for (I think) Black Friday, which include Optimus Prime (two pack version) vs. Blackarachnia and Megatron (two pack version) vs. Prowl (I think).  After that, in the deluxe class at least, will be a two pack (ala the Prime/Megatron set) of Jetfire and Jetstorm, who combine with each other into one 'bot (Safeguard?); this is from the forthcoming third season of the series, as well as an individually carded Samurai Prowl (the sidecar turns into armor).

There are two "new" Voyager class releases coming, with Skywarp (a straight G1-repaint of Starscream in purple and black) and Shockwave ("Longarm Prime") which is a quadruple changer.  There's also a Voyager class Wreck-Gar coming next year, along with "Atomic" Lugnut (straight gaudy repaint).  I'm personally hoping that Hasbro finally decides to do a complete set of the three original seekers in at least one modern line and does a Thundercracker repaint of Starscream.

The only "new" Leader Class toys coming are repaints of "Shadow Megatron" (he's black and purple), and "Roadbuster Ultra Magnus" (he's gaudy and offensive to anyone with vision). 

Sadly, still no definitive word on the Constructicons (Mixmaster and Scavenger), Omega Supreme, Arcee, Cliffjumper, or any of the other Starscream clones. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: J'Quille on November 2, 2008, 01:31 AM
Dang, that's a lot of info.  Thanks DoctorPadawan.  We'll be on the lookout.

Jeff

By the way, we did see the Elite wave.  My son was excited to finally pick up Swoop to add with Grimlock and Snarl.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 2, 2008, 07:34 PM
Found time to crack open my Animated Leader Bulkhead w/Activator BB today (still kinda peeved that Hasbro didn't give the same treatment to Lugnut which he so deserves.)  Appropriate name for Bulkhead to say the least.  Finally saw my $ in him when I transformed him into his alt mode.  Really liking the Activator BB he came with - much more so than the deluxe class version, but I'm not going to start another line within a line at this time.  Very nice.  Can't wait to crack open Magnus and see what happens.

....Still waiting word on MP Magnus - yes...it's November.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on November 2, 2008, 09:28 PM
Henkei Thrust and Dirge (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10898&mode=retail)

And why, exactly, is Hasbro missing out on this gravy train?

Are these masterpiece size?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 3, 2008, 01:03 AM
No, those are the Classics Seeker (Deluxe $10) mold, with some changes to the wings.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on November 3, 2008, 08:11 AM
No, those are the Classics Seeker (Deluxe $10) mold, with some changes to the wings.

Okay thanks.  That's pretty ridiculous pricing then.   :P
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 5, 2008, 06:11 PM
TF2 Devastator toy details? (http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/possible-rotf-constructicon-gestalt-toy-details/14383/)

Sounds kinda lame if true, but I didn't think Hasbro would have 9 fully transformable combiner figures for $49.99.  Oh well..

Energon Prime was actually pretty cool - once combined with Wing Saber (http://www.tfu.info/2004/Autobot/WingSaber/wingsaber.htm)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on November 5, 2008, 06:57 PM
TF2 Devastator toy details? (http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/possible-rotf-constructicon-gestalt-toy-details/14383/)

Sounds kinda lame if true, but I didn't think Hasbro would have 9 fully transformable combiner figures for $49.99.  Oh well..

Energon Prime was actually pretty cool - once combined with Wing Saber (http://www.tfu.info/2004/Autobot/WingSaber/wingsaber.htm)


I remain unimpressed.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 5, 2008, 11:03 PM
I remain unimpressed.   ;)

As you will.  G1 ended quite awhile ago my friend.  Its been a new boat every few years or so.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on November 6, 2008, 12:59 AM
I remain unimpressed.   ;)

As you will.  G1 ended quite awhile ago my friend.  Its been a new boat every few years or so.

Hey, I have way more "new" stuff than G1 stuff.  ;D I'm just not very impressed with any of the combiners outside of the original Devastator.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 6, 2008, 01:46 PM
More Grimmy (http://maruzen-toy.com/TF-008/)

Detail looks amazing.  Just not sure yet about the $150 pricetag on such a small MP.   :-\
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on November 6, 2008, 01:53 PM
Like the smaller arms are articulated and do more than just sit there, serving tray with glasses are kinda lame, and could care less about the intelligence transfer device, crown is kind a dumb, but I am still going to get it. Not thrilled about the $150, but he has always been a favorite of mine.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on November 11, 2008, 12:57 AM
Maybe I can sell my lame-o Masterpiece Megatron to buy that Grimlock.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 11, 2008, 11:02 AM
Anyone going for the Muggs? (http://action-figure.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=23990)  Soundwave looks beyond awesome, but I'm going to have to resist as I don't want to go backwards with SW and forward with GI Joe.

Maybe I can sell my lame-o Masterpiece Megatron to buy that Grimlock.

He's not that bad - especially with his upgrade kit.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on November 12, 2008, 10:53 AM
Anyone going for the Muggs? (http://action-figure.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=23990)  Soundwave looks beyond awesome, but I'm going to have to resist as I don't want to go backwards with SW and forward with GI Joe.

Maybe I can sell my lame-o Masterpiece Megatron to buy that Grimlock.

He's not that bad - especially with his upgrade kit.

That soundwave does look sweet, but I just don't have room for the Muggs on top of everything else.   :-\

If a certain someone's looking to sell their MP Megatron, send a PM my way.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 20, 2008, 01:16 PM
Saw most of Target's exclusive holiday repaints over lunch.

all lame....very lame
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 21, 2008, 05:50 PM
ROTF Superion (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=10476&pic=Tranformers-Universe-Superion+%2802%29.jpg&dispsize=800&start=0)  Not sure why he's in that packaging, but it gives you a taste of what you'll be seeing in the toy aisles for the next few years.

Better size comparison of MP Grimmy (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=10473&pic=tfdh0109a.jpg&dispsize=600&start=0) He obviously dwarfs the G1 toy, but still doesn't look to be too tall compared to Classics Prime.  Oh well, he's still on my list.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on November 21, 2008, 05:53 PM
ROTF Superion (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=10476&pic=Tranformers-Universe-Superion+%2802%29.jpg&dispsize=800&start=0)  Not sure why he's in that packaging, but it gives you a taste of what you'll be seeing in the toy aisles for the next few years.

Better size comparison of MP Grimmy (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=10473&pic=tfdh0109a.jpg&dispsize=600&start=0) He obviously dwarfs the G1 toy, but still doesn't look to be too tall compared to Classics Prime.  Oh well, he's still on my list.

I wish I could read the text around the pictures to know what the captions are.  Still not willing to pay this price, even for a Masterpiece.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on November 24, 2008, 09:45 AM
TFormers (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=10482&dispsize=600&start=0) has some pics up of what may be the toy of the movie Soundwave figure.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on November 24, 2008, 10:06 AM
TFormers (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=10482&dispsize=600&start=0) has some pics up of what may be the toy of the movie Soundwave figure.

Ya.  It's lame - just like almost all of the first movie toys.  I liked the movie and the designs, but not so much on the toy front.  Going to save some $ this time.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on November 24, 2008, 04:54 PM
TFormers (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=10482&dispsize=600&start=0) has some pics up of what may be the toy of the movie Soundwave figure.

Ya.  It's lame - just like almost all of the first movie toys.  I liked the movie and the designs, but not so much on the toy front.  Going to save some $ this time.

These are amazingly bad.  I keep hoping they'll put out something new worth buying, but I'll be saving my modey as well. 

I know some might label me a G1 elitist, but I loved transformers because the vehicle mode looked like a vehicle and the robot mode looked like a robot.  This new stuff fails on both fronts - something that doesn't look like a robot transforms into something that doesn't look like a vehicle. 

You'd have more luck finding a robot shape in a bag of potato chips.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on December 2, 2008, 12:07 PM
I noticed that HTS has a "$10 Deal of the Day" feature now, and today it is a number of Transformers figures.  I don't know if there is anything anyone is looking for, but there are a number of $20-$26 Transformers available for $10 today.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 2, 2008, 12:46 PM
holiday25 for 25% off and free shipping over $50 good till 12/15.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 3, 2008, 05:45 PM
Fully painted Grimmy (http://www.e-hobby.co.jp/cgi-bin/omc?port=33301&req=PRODUCT&code=mp_08#)   :o

MP02/MP04 Upgrade Kit (http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/custom-adon-pack-for-mp04-mp02/14630/)

MP02 Upgrade Kit? (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=10510&dispsize=800&start=0)


Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on December 9, 2008, 03:13 PM
Has anyone picked up the Universe "Special Edition" Megatron that is available at HTS (http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ProductsByBrand.htm?BR=496&SBR=695&ST=SO&ID=22909&PG=1)?  I don't think I'll be able to buy many more Transformers going into next year, but I have the Classics Prime and Bumblebee, and have the Universe/Classics Starscream on the way - and always wanted to get a Megatron to have a set of four (2 vs. 2) to display if nothing else.  Anyways, I missed the "gun" version of Megatron in the Classics line, and haven't heard of a re-release, so I was wondering if this might be a decent version to get - or if I should hold out for a new or re-release of the true G1-ish Megatron?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 9, 2008, 03:21 PM
I have the original version that came packed with Prime and a DVD.  I didn't care much for either of them, but they looked decent in bot mode, but other than that I thought both versions were just horrible in that they seemed oddly designed and very loose.  Can't quite put my finger on it, but I'd hold out for a better Megs.  Hell - I'd give you my movie version if I could find that POS.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 18, 2008, 12:56 PM
All movie figs and Targets endcap of repaints (including G1 Prime) are on clearance here in MN for 50% off.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on December 19, 2008, 10:11 PM
Man, I'd totally get that Prime for $35. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we'll see that here until 1/5.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on December 20, 2008, 12:38 AM
Picked up the Cyclonus and Hound at the Toys R Us in Blaine, MN today.  Both are very cool.  Cyclonus and Nightstick are awesome.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 20, 2008, 06:04 PM
Man, I'd totally get that Prime for $35. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we'll see that here until 1/5.

PM me if you want me to pick one up for you.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on December 20, 2008, 06:38 PM
Thanks, but I think I'll wait. I still have presents to buy and stuff, so $35 isn't overly easy to find as of now.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on December 22, 2008, 09:24 AM
I received the new/repainted Universe Starscream via HTS last weekend.  Very happy to get that, and it seems like a nice toy.  I really dig the G1 updates of the Classics/Universe line.  I don't know how many more I'll be able to pick up going forward, but I hope that they re-do/re-release the Classics Megatron.  Having Megs, Starscream, Prime and Bumblebee would be fine for me to have a nice, small display (and a Sideswipe I have as well, since he was one of my favorites as a kid).

I haven't gotten to our Target since last Wed, but if that Prime is clearanced for $35, I'd be tempted as well.  I was looking at that the last time we were there, and thought it was pretty cool.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on December 23, 2008, 12:32 AM
Encore Cassettes (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10904&mode=retail)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 23, 2008, 09:35 AM
Encore Cassettes (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10904&mode=retail)

Encore Cassette Daisakusen (Vol. 1) (http://www.digital-toys.com/transformers.html)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on December 23, 2008, 03:19 PM
Encore Cassettes (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10904&mode=retail)

Encore Cassette Daisakusen (Vol. 1) (http://www.digital-toys.com/transformers.html)

Better price, but still over $10 each?  Yikes.  I'm too thrifty to collect Transformers. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 23, 2008, 03:30 PM
I was trying to point out the Vol. 1 portion - didn't even look at the difference in price.  Pretty sure the vintage tapes are close to $20-$30 a pop on eBay unless the KO's are still out there, but I don't think Eject and Rewind have been knocked off yet.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on December 23, 2008, 06:00 PM
I was trying to point out the Vol. 1 portion - didn't even look at the difference in price.  Pretty sure the vintage tapes are close to $20-$30 a pop on eBay unless the KO's are still out there, but I don't think Eject and Rewind have been knocked off yet.

I've actually seen the reissued 2-packs going for around $10 to $15, so you could get a good batch of them for $30-40 if you're watching auctions.  Oh the things I will buy when I win the lottery...  ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on December 24, 2008, 08:55 AM
I would be more incline to buy this set if they made it an All Decepticon set so I could put them with Soundwave, but since Eject & Rewind are Autobots I am passing.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on December 24, 2008, 09:11 AM
I've actually seen the reissued 2-packs going for around $10 to $15, so you could get a good batch of them for $30-40 if you're watching auctions.  Oh the things I will buy when I win the lottery...  ;D

Those are called knock-offs Justin.  I was referring to the original vinty versions.  I have a few sets Rumble/Frenzy/RatBat/Laserbeak and they're not the greatest quality compared to Hasbro/Takara, but they work - again there are no knock off Eject or Rewinds.

I would be more incline to buy this set if they made it an All Decepticon set so I could put them with Soundwave, but since Eject & Rewind are Autobots I am passing.

Guess you'll just need to buy Blaster now.   :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on December 24, 2008, 11:02 AM
I've actually seen the reissued 2-packs going for around $10 to $15, so you could get a good batch of them for $30-40 if you're watching auctions.  Oh the things I will buy when I win the lottery...  ;D

Those are called knock-offs Justin.  I was referring to the original vinty versions.  I have a few sets Rumble/Frenzy/RatBat/Laserbeak and they're not the greatest quality compared to Hasbro/Takara, but they work - again there are no knock off Eject or Rewinds.

I would be more incline to buy this set if they made it an All Decepticon set so I could put them with Soundwave, but since Eject & Rewind are Autobots I am passing.

Guess you'll just need to buy Blaster now.   :)

You selling yours?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 1, 2009, 10:36 PM
Picked up Hound and Cyclonus recently. I've only opened Cyclonus so far, and he's fantastic. Easily one of the best TFs Hasbro/Takara has ever offered. It's pretty amazing that a company that put out the piece of **** Ironhide could do something this great a few months later.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 3, 2009, 08:09 PM
I found the same a few days ago at Target for $7.77.  Haven't had time to open them, but I loved Cyclonus for what he was back in the day.  Looking forward to cracking him open.   :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 3, 2009, 10:35 PM
I opened Hound and Ravage. They're both pretty great, but I'd be careful putting Ravage in cassette mode in a single-tape Soundwave. I nearly broke a peg off on the tape door putting this new Ravage in there.

But they're still great TFs. Hound could have used some work around the shoulder area so the missile launcher would fit better, and the big H could have engineered a rifle for him like the vintage one had instead of forcing the fan to choose between a handheld or shoulder-mounted weapon. But I'm a bit picky, since Hound is one of my favorite G1 Autobots.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 4, 2009, 11:14 AM
but I'd be careful putting Ravage in cassette mode in a single-tape Soundwave. I nearly broke a peg off on the tape door putting this new Ravage in there.

Did you manage to get the tape in there?  Hasbro said that Ravage was only intended to be compatible with the TRU version or Soundblaster.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 4, 2009, 01:20 PM
No, I didn't. I tried to, but the tape only went halfway in before resting on the peg that hlods the door closed. I had seen other people fit the new Ravage in an old Soundwave, so I tried it out. Doesn't work as well for me, and I'm not going to ruin a vintage Soundwave for this.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 4, 2009, 05:50 PM
ROTF Leader Prime image (http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/full-image-of-leader-class-optimus-prime-revealed/14876/)

Dang. And I thought the one from the first movie was a great-looking toy. This one looks even better. I still don't know why these movie Primes can have long smokestacks while the G1 reissues stateside can't.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 4, 2009, 10:26 PM
ROTF Leader Prime image (http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/full-image-of-leader-class-optimus-prime-revealed/14876/)

Dang. And I thought the one from the first movie was a great-looking toy. This one looks even better. I still don't know why these movie Primes can have long smokestacks while the G1 reissues stateside can't.

I like his santa-sled shaped boots.  I think this is supposed to be the ROTFL Leader Prime.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 4, 2009, 10:35 PM
Some new pics of MP Grimlock and Cyclonus up on Siebertron.com (http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/new-images-of-mp-grimlock-and-henkei-universe-figures/14883/)

Cyclonus looks pretty sweet - anyone know if that's in line with the Alternators scale?  Same question on the "Alternity" line of figures - that Megatron looks nice (though I wish they had just made it some other character - Megs as a car seems so wrong).
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 5, 2009, 10:45 AM
I still don't know why these movie Primes can have long smokestacks while the G1 reissues stateside can't.

I think someone at Hasbro just likes messing with us.  Look at the 25th Ann Prime that just got released/clearanced - full price was $70.  I doubt that many parents would spend that kind of money for so little product.  They should have included longer stacks in the set at best to switch out before little Jonny goes on a killing spree.

Cyclonus looks pretty sweet - anyone know if that's in line with the Alternators scale?  Same question on the "Alternity" line of figures - that Megatron looks nice (though I wish they had just made it some other character - Megs as a car seems so wrong).

Cyclonus and the Alternity figs are deluxe scale ($10)  Megs was going to be a Cadillac (car) in the ALT line before Hasbro bailed out.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 9, 2009, 05:01 PM
Encore: #16 Bruticus - Combaticons Box Set
 (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10909&mode=retail)

This is a nice suprise - but rather pricey.  I remember paying around $150ish for the Predaking reissue a few years back when it first came out so this doesn't really add up to me.  Probably the only molds that Tak/Tomy still has of the original gestalts, but it's about time they got around to releasing this set in the G1 color scheme.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on January 9, 2009, 05:13 PM
If I was doing the combiners that would be a great price for the set, but thankfully I am not doing that set. I don't think my wallet or my wife could deal with it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 9, 2009, 10:01 PM
If that was the Constructicons for $95, I'd be all over it. But I have the Bruticus that was released in the RiD line (for about $60 less than this set) so I really don't need it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 10, 2009, 12:36 AM
If that was the Constructicons for $95, I'd be all over it. But I have the Bruticus that was released in the RiD line (for about $60 less than this set) so I really don't need it.

Agreed - as far as the Construticons go, but no dice at $95 which is WAYYY too much IMO  Plenty of half-assed knock offs out there, so why can't Tak/Tom mold them?  I got burned really bad at Wheeljackslab on eBay on my combiners a few years back when I was building back my collection.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 10, 2009, 01:19 AM
If I was doing the combiners that would be a great price for the set, but thankfully I am not doing that set. I don't think my wallet or my wife could deal with it.

I have a knock off of this set from Big Lots that cost $9.99.  I think I'll stick with that.   ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 10, 2009, 01:42 AM
Those KO combiners suck. I bought a set of Constructicons at Walgreens last year, and it was the worst $6 I ever spent. None of the figures fit together, they can barely transform, and you can feel the lead in the plastic on your fingers.

That's why I'd gladly pay $95 to BBTS or any other importer for a nice reissue set. I haven't seen any individual piece of a vintage Devastator sell for less than $15-20 a piece, though I'll admit I haven't looked for a while.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 10, 2009, 09:11 PM
Those KO combiners suck. I bought a set of Constructicons at Walgreens last year, and it was the worst $6 I ever spent. None of the figures fit together, they can barely transform, and you can feel the lead in the plastic on your fingers.

That's why I'd gladly pay $95 to BBTS or any other importer for a nice reissue set. I haven't seen any individual piece of a vintage Devastator sell for less than $15-20 a piece, though I'll admit I haven't looked for a while.

I'm not sure what Walgreens is selling, but I have this set and the arielbots from Big Lots and they're pretty decent.  The stickers are goofy and even the paint jobs aren't the best, but they all had tight joints and transformed just fine.  I didn't feel any lead in the plastic either - perhaps you've got a superpower that you were unaware of.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 12, 2009, 01:12 PM
I have one of the knock off's that Ben is talking about, but I got mine on eBay many years ago.  I can just look at that thing and parts start breaking off.

Picked up Animated Blurr & Swindle for $7.77 at WM over the weekend. Also saw the black Megatron repaint, but no green/brown Ultra Magnus.  I caved and bought the clearanced clear lockdown at Target - just to have since he's kinda cool looking, but I still can't bring myself to buy the other two dinobots outside of Grimmy who's getting a new paint job (http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HT89500) in May.  No pics.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on January 17, 2009, 01:08 AM
Encore #17 (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10913&mode=retail)

Ratbat(!), Slugfest, Ramhorn and Steeljaw.

I'd be genuinely excited if BBTS didn't want $48 for it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 17, 2009, 02:25 PM
Lazerbeak has also been replaced by Buzzsaw in set #1 so that's a definate buy for me.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 22, 2009, 01:50 PM
Saw the animated combiner plane guys today......Put them back on the shelf after throwing up in my mouth a little.  (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-sick017.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on January 22, 2009, 04:33 PM
If there was someone who was interested in getting the Autobot cassettes and would split the cost of the sets for them I would consider, but I can't justify buying these sets when I can't get rid of the ones I don't want.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 22, 2009, 04:40 PM
I would have if it wasn't for Buzzsaw being included now in set #1.  I bought Eject & Rewind last year off the bay and they're quite far from minty.

Just buy Blaster.   :-*


Oh - looks like a third party (iGear? (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=10842)) will be making an autoscout (http://transformers.wikia.com/wiki/Autoscout) which will be compatible/same size as the other tapes.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 22, 2009, 10:29 PM

Oh - looks like a third party (iGear? (http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=10842)) will be making an autoscout (http://transformers.wikia.com/wiki/Autoscout) which will be compatible/same size as the other tapes.

Dude, that Autoscout looks awful.  Seriously, I feel bad for whoever dreamt that up...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 28, 2009, 01:19 PM
Not that anyone cares, but Soundwave & BB (http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=15066) will be the preview figs for ROTF.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on January 28, 2009, 05:21 PM
some of us care!!!! (http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/images/smilies/transformer.gif)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on January 28, 2009, 06:06 PM
Saw the Target GI Optimus today for $17 and change which is about 75% off. There were two on the shelf in really trashed boxes.  Thought about it as it looks pretty nice but decided I didn't really need more Transformers.

But, check your Target if you're interested, they might be cheap.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on January 28, 2009, 06:06 PM
Saw the Target GI Optimus today for $17 and change which is about 75% off. There were two on the shelf in really trashed boxes.  Thought about it as it looks pretty nice but decided I didn't really need more Transformers.

But, check your Target if you're interested, they might be cheap.

   E...

Ack - which Target?  The lowest I've seen these for is $35 (Crystal and BP Targets).
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on January 30, 2009, 06:21 PM
Hmmmm....Looks like we may now be getting a two foot tall Devastator made out of voyager ($20) class toys.  Nice.  Never understood why Hasbro couldn't make $10 limbs with a $20 body to crank out some updated gestalts.  Anywhooooo....Got a few more weeks of waiting..
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on January 30, 2009, 06:35 PM
Saw the Target GI Optimus today for $17 and change which is about 75% off. There were two on the shelf in really trashed boxes.  Thought about it as it looks pretty nice but decided I didn't really need more Transformers.

But, check your Target if you're interested, they might be cheap.

   E...

Ack - which Target?  The lowest I've seen these for is $35 (Crystal and BP Targets).

Sorry...Ithaca, NY.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on February 1, 2009, 12:10 PM
For those who care, I saw the latest wave of Universe Deluxes (Smokescreen and Dinobot) at Wal-Mart earlier this morning.  Neither impressed me enough to pick them up, but what really didn't impress me was the fact that Wal-Mart was now charging 12.99 for deluxe class TFs in both animated and Universe lines. 

Because of this increase (which will no doubt hold until the movie toys are released), as well as Hasbro doing their whole "Premium Series"/"Only Release Accurate Film Versions After We've Sold Them the Old ****" nonsense with the first movie line, I'm going to be extremely selective about the ROTF toys, and I'm pretty much giving up on the animated line after Wreck-Gar, and the Robot Heroes completely.

And if anyone's interested in buying a loose complete collection of TF Robot Heroes (G1 and Movie Style figures), just let me know and I'll send you a list and work out a price deal.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 1, 2009, 03:17 PM
Yowza. I was lucky and picked up Smokescreen last weekend, before the price increase. Good luck, WM, on selling all those leftover Cheetors and Dinobots left over. (Yes, Dinobot is already warming pegs here. Crazy.)

Here's (http://tformers.com/transformers-uk-toy-fair-transformers-press-release-soundwave-and-bumblebee-/10888/news.html) some pics of the preview toys for ROTF, Bumblebee and Soundwave. I have no need for BB, since I bought three of his character from the first go-round, so I guess it's just Soundwave for me. Though I have trouble discerning exactly what he's supposed to be in vehicle mode.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 1, 2009, 09:33 PM
but what really didn't impress me was the fact that Wal-Mart was now charging 12.99 for deluxe class TFs in both animated and Universe lines. 

Yup - I saw the same thing, but luckily mine were on sale for $7-$8 a pop.  I'm bailing on lots of lines - Titaniums are now $8.19.  **** this.  Candy machine CW figs for $8???  No thanks.  Now is the best time to start getting out of this stuff.  Can't blame these increases on gas prices anymore.  Hasbro is just raping us now for no good.  I found Universe Inferno  the other day and he came to almost $24.   ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 8, 2009, 01:14 AM
Spoilers!!!







Here's (http://tformers.com/transformers-figure-of-all-revenge-of-the-fallen-figures-revealed/10934/news.html) some pics and the instructions for the Fallen toy. Why is it that Megatron, Soundwave, and the Fallen all transform into "Cybertronian jets"? That's just lazy. Of course, this toy looks like a big green nothing to me, so whatever.

And it looks like Wheelie (http://tformers.com/transformers-wheelie-confirmed-for-revenge-of-the-fallen/10935/news.html) is in the new movie. Probably at the expense of another character too.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 8, 2009, 02:00 AM
A gallery (http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-news-rumors/218298-revenge-fallen-starscream-bot-alt-mode-high-res-photo-gallery.html) of the ROTF Starscream.

It's great they finally gave him hands, and the jet mode looks great (or at least better than the first one) but the paint job is just horrible.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on February 8, 2009, 09:55 PM
Wow do I hate all of these.  I'm so glad Transformers is turning out this way - that's a line I could easily have been sucked into if there was a single robot form I liked. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on February 14, 2009, 06:28 PM
Today, I found the Soundwave, Megatron and Optimus Prime Mighty Muggs at the Monticello, MN K-Mart.  They were just mixed in with the Star Wars Mighty Muggs.  I passed on Bumblebee.  All three have very good paint jobs.  So if anyone is looking for these you may want to check a K-Mart.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on February 15, 2009, 08:09 AM
Check TRU as well.  I picked up the Prime and Megatron Muggs at a local TRU on Friday.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 16, 2009, 02:51 PM
Found Animated Wreck Gar over the weekend.  He's a voyager class, but the same size as a Dlx.  Maybe he's hiding a lot of his height somewhere, not sure, but left him behind. 

Not commenting on the movie stuff.....2' x 4' though?  sheeesh.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on February 17, 2009, 12:11 AM
Not commenting on the movie stuff.....2' x 4' though?  sheeesh.

I thought I was over with bitching about the movie designs, but after seeing Devastator, I'm just shocked that someone could take an awesome concept like ******* COMBINING ROBOTS and make it look like the trash heap character from Fraggle Rock.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 17, 2009, 03:52 PM
Saw the new Muggs at Kmart the other day....

Awesomeness is the right of all sentient beings   thought that was hillarious, compared to the Star Wars Muggs quote.   ;D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on February 27, 2009, 05:51 PM
Rumors around the interweb are that TF Animated will be cancelled/put on hold come this May.  Not that anyone cares though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: MetalJedi on March 2, 2009, 12:14 AM
For those who have Fred Meyer's in the neighborhood, they marked down the 25th Optimus down to $35 bucks.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on March 3, 2009, 12:01 AM
Rumors around the interweb are that TF Animated will be cancelled/put on hold come this May.  Not that anyone cares though.

You're right about that.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on March 3, 2009, 09:17 PM
I regret buying every single animated figure in this line - not that anyone cares though.

Seriously....I hate these things
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on March 11, 2009, 01:41 PM
Still trying to dig up all the latest answers from Hasbro, but I think this is a good start even though it has already been rumored for Grimmy....Though I'm sure they'd make his tale shorter for safety reasons or some bull**** like that.

2) Will we see American versions of the Masterpiece Grimlock, Thundercracker, and Skywarp figures?

We feel that the Masterpiece Series is a great offering that captures the timelessness of our brand for all fans of Transformers. As we continue to move forward with the brand we will look for the right opportunities to release these figures. With that said, I would certainly keep your eyes on the look out for one of these in the near future!
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on March 19, 2009, 04:10 PM
Saw some pictures of the MP Grimlock over at tfw2005.com and now I'm sure I have to buy this figure.  However, I really don't have $150 to spend on it right now.  I hope it doesn't sell out and I can buy it later on.  Apparently it starts shipping soon.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on March 20, 2009, 02:22 AM
I hope Hasbro will see the light and release Grimlock in the states. $150 is just too much for this, regardless of how awesome it is. Release it as a TRU exclusive or something.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on March 20, 2009, 10:37 AM
I hope Hasbro will see the light and release Grimlock in the states. $150 is just too much for this, regardless of how awesome it is. Release it as a TRU exclusive or something.

Then it would be $150   ::)    ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on March 20, 2009, 02:07 PM
I don't think so. In the $75-100 neighborhood, yes, but still a lot cheaper.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on March 20, 2009, 02:17 PM
Who knows?  It will be interesting to see what pans out though even though the Ultimate BB and the $100 Devastator will be out when the movie hits and I'm guessing that's around the same time the next US MP will be out....

Forgot that Screamer was released in the Fall...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on March 20, 2009, 10:34 PM
I doubt it would be this year. I think Devastator is their big-ticket item for this year, and it was at least a year or more before Screamer was released here after being released in Japan. Of course, this is all speculation, since Hasbro hasn't made any plans known for any further MP releases here.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on April 1, 2009, 03:55 PM
I got notification from BBTS that my Grimlock came in. $150 for him was a little steep, but I liked the look of Megatron so I thought I would get it. Has anyone gotten theirs yet and can give me feedback on it. My wife is less than happy that I spent that on 1 toy, so before I hit the ship my loot button I wanted to get other peoples feedback on it if they got it already.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on April 1, 2009, 04:36 PM
I got notification from BBTS that my Grimlock came in. $150 for him was a little steep, but I liked the look of Megatron so I thought I would get it. Has anyone gotten theirs yet and can give me feedback on it. My wife is less than happy that I spent that on 1 toy, so before I hit the ship my loot button I wanted to get other peoples feedback on it if they got it already.

If you get it and don't like it Ryan, I'll buy it for $75.   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on April 1, 2009, 05:56 PM
I got notification from BBTS that my Grimlock came in. $150 for him was a little steep, but I liked the look of Megatron so I thought I would get it. Has anyone gotten theirs yet and can give me feedback on it. My wife is less than happy that I spent that on 1 toy, so before I hit the ship my loot button I wanted to get other peoples feedback on it if they got it already.

If you get it and don't like it Ryan, I'll buy it for $75.   ;)

Keep dreaming. I am getting what I have into it out.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 1, 2009, 08:28 PM
Getting ready to sell my extra MIMSB Brave Max on the Bay from a few years back (03-04?) - prompted I can find him in my grand garage of toys....  Really strapped for cash at the moment and he seems to be extremely rare.  Probably the only extra I've ever purchased with the thought of the possibility of making a buck or two.  No I'm not evil, this was an investment as I doubted he'd ever be released again - especially now with the lead paint scare and more secure test drops.  Haven't sold anything on there in years.  Hopefully it's seamless.

-not a scalper
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 2, 2009, 06:43 PM
2009 COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVE 25th Anniversary Soundwave
 (http://www.transformersclub.com/sdcc-tf09.cfm)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 2, 2009, 10:31 PM
Yeah, they would include Ratbat in a pack like this.

$50 is pretty steep, and given my past record with Hasbro SDCC exclusives, I probably shouldn't even try to want this thing.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on April 3, 2009, 01:03 AM
That Soundwave is really cool.  If it wasn't $50 I might go for it.  I've actually had pretty decent luck with the SDCC exclusives the last couple of years as long as they make it to HTS.com.  Have to see if there's any money in the budget.

   E...
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: knashdx on April 3, 2009, 10:09 AM
It's the same Soundwave they released 2 years ago at Toys R Us.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 4, 2009, 05:16 PM
It's the same Soundwave they released 2 years ago at Toys R Us.

Those are just random generic misc photos.  Notice the double door on Soundwave when he's transformed, but single in his alt mode?  Also note Ravage's worn legs and missles - not to mention the gold chrome weapons on Ratbat.

Not sure how many Soundwaves I have at this point, but I'll probably cave on this and buy it.  Stooopid me.   ::)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on April 4, 2009, 05:33 PM
I don't know if anyone is interested in these anymore, but I noticed that our local Target has put the Transformers Universe deluxe line on clearance now (sitting at about $9 each so far, which isn't a whole lot of difference).  I noticed a Starscream, several Cheetors, and the dinobot figures on clearance at our store today.  I suppose they're making room for the movie stuff now.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 4, 2009, 05:45 PM
I don't know if anyone is interested in these anymore, but I noticed that our local Target has put the Transformers Universe deluxe line on clearance now

No one does - not here anyways, but this has been the case at random Targets for weeks now, but it hasn't reached my neck of the woods.  Would like to pick up some of the larger repaints when they hit clearance though, but I still need to find Ratchet before this line is done away with.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Sugart on April 6, 2009, 02:38 PM
Just picked up the Animated Voyager Shockwave with the small Bumblebee for 4.99 @ Target. Saved $41.00 They also had Starscream clone and Ratchet for the same price.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 7, 2009, 03:56 AM
Damn, I'm still looking for Ratchet. Would be a shame for Target to ditch this line before he shows locally.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Matt R. on April 8, 2009, 08:38 PM
Hey Ben, they have a few Ratchet at Target on Clearance for $8.68.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 8, 2009, 09:52 PM
Just picked up the Animated Voyager Shockwave with the small Bumblebee for 4.99 @ Target. Saved $41.00

This was a massive error at Target.  They were supossed to be $22.49 or so, but something got flubbed.  Also heard of a few folks finding the Target Jets for $4.99 as well.  They should have just put them all on clearance to begin with.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Sugart on April 9, 2009, 10:09 AM
Just picked up the Animated Voyager Shockwave with the small Bumblebee for 4.99 @ Target. Saved $41.00

This was a massive error at Target.  They were supossed to be $22.49 or so, but something got flubbed.  Also heard of a few folks finding the Target Jets for $4.99 as well.  They should have just put them all on clearance to begin with.

It wasnt. I am a Lead @ Target and I checked the price point. Believe me I was shocked when I was setting up the ad on Sunday as well.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 9, 2009, 10:40 AM
Are they still $4.99?  I got mine Sunday morning at that price, but I've been hearing reports that the price got bumped up to the $22.49 or so.  Haven't had time to double check at my local stores.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Sugart on April 9, 2009, 11:12 AM
To be honest, I havent checked. The majority of our sale signs come from corporate, so unless it was a compnay wide issue, they should be. It could have been a company wide issue, its happened before.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 9, 2009, 12:22 PM
Just checked....$24.49 with appropriate sinage.  Wow - a whole 50 cents off the standard price.   ::) 

Universe dlx's are finally getting cleared out in my neck of the woods and still no Ratchet.  Guess I'll have to see what TRU has cooking.  I'm not paying $13 for a dlx size figure so WM can suck it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 10, 2009, 04:13 AM
Hey Ben, they have a few Ratchet at Target on Clearance for $8.68.

I better get my ass to Target, then.  :) Thanks for the heads-up.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 10, 2009, 09:25 PM
Hey Ben, they have a few Ratchet at Target on Clearance for $8.68.

I better get my ass to Target, then.  :) Thanks for the heads-up.

Scored Ratchet at TRU tonight with their 20% off sale - and they had many left including the lame Armada HS thing.  Nice to put this line behind me.  Hurry up Ben!  $8.53 after taxes.  My Targets have stopped stocking dlx figs and they're all on clearance for that $8.68 or whatever price before taxes.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 11, 2009, 03:08 PM
I actually picked up the last Ratchet at my local Target yesterday. I was pleased he was still there. I also picked up a Soundwave Mugg, since I'm nuts for all things Soundwave and it was on sale.  :)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on April 11, 2009, 03:42 PM
I actually picked up the last Ratchet at my local Target yesterday. I was pleased he was still there. I also picked up a Soundwave Mugg, since I'm nuts for all things Soundwave and it was on sale.  :)

I pick up that stupid Soundwave MM every time I go to Target and it takes just about all of my will power to walk away from it.  If I had any space at all for Muggs/Transformers, I don't think I could resist.  :-[
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 11, 2009, 05:26 PM
I have the same problem Justin - but I'm not going down that road.  Once I buy one, then I'm doomed to collect everything TF, Joe, SW Mugg related.  NAH ...ain't goin there. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on April 12, 2009, 07:23 PM
I've managed to limit myself to four Muggs- Stormtrooper, Indy, Mola Ram, and now Soundwave.

Though I have to admit, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, and Optimus are very tempting purchases.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on April 16, 2009, 06:21 PM
SDCC Exclusive Optimus Prime Mighty Mugg (http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/default.cfm?page=News/Item&newsid=AF4D4D30-D56F-E112-4FB6838E2BCAC831)

(http://www.hasbro.com/common/images/news/transformers//Comic-Con-MM-Optimus.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on April 17, 2009, 10:48 PM
That thing is awesome.  I am NOT getting it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Sugart on April 28, 2009, 04:13 PM
TF2 ROTF toys will be set at Target the last week of May. Its getting a pretty big treatment as it was in my newsletter, which is very rare for a toy. We should start seeing them arrive in our store within the next 2 weeks. Obviously we cant sell them, but I always open the cases and look at them first.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on April 29, 2009, 09:43 AM
Has there been a release/checklist put out that covers what is on the way for the Tformers movie toys at the end of May?  I didn't get huge into these with the last film, although I did get the Target Prime and both Bumblebees, but I wouldn't mind picking up a Sideswipe if/when he gets made.  I remember seeing leaked pics of his toy at some point, so I figure it is on the way sometime.  At the time, I couldn't really afford to pick up Ironhide, Ratchet, and the others - although I was tempted at times - but I really enjoy the old and new Bumblebee figures from that line.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on April 29, 2009, 06:58 PM
I don't know if this is "news" or not, but I was at Target today and noticed they had the Revenge of the Fallen Robot Heroes out on the pegs.  Nothing else new that I noticed (mostly animated stuff otherwise), but I saw a whole mess of the Heroes.  Just a heads up if anyone here collects those.  It may be common knowledge and they are out everywhere, I don't really keep that close of track of Transformers releases.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on April 29, 2009, 08:11 PM
I don't know if this is "news" or not, but I was at Target today and noticed they had the Revenge of the Fallen Robot Heroes out on the pegs.

These somehow fell through the cracks of the "street date"  Lots of folks are finding these at Targets from what I hear.  I've not seen them yet, but I'm not going there again with the movie versions.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 6, 2009, 06:53 PM
ROTF toys (http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=11455&dispsize=600&start=0)  Be prepared to be amazed or disappointed.  Some are FAB thingies so they're the dumbed down version for the kiddies.

Me likes this guy(s) the bestest   :)   :D

(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e264/andrew8798/400484a00201534db5.jpg)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on May 6, 2009, 09:28 PM
The preview figures are supposedly being put out by various Wal Marts across Canada for anyone who is interested. I picked up Soundwave tonight, cool little guy, though I'm kind of hoping he gets the voyager treatment at some point as he's very short.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on May 13, 2009, 11:27 AM
Is there a checklist of what will be coming out for the Revenge of the Fallen movie stuff at the end of this month?  I see that sites like HTS have a Prime, Bumblebee and Soundwave up for preorder, but that's it (maybe those are the preview figures, I have absolutely no idea).  I was just curious if we knew what will be out there on release day.  I know Hasbro has often been releasing checklists with their past few release dates (ROTS, Spidey 3, Indy, etc.), but maybe that is still on the way in the next couple weeks.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 13, 2009, 12:00 PM
I haven't really been keeping up, but here's a Walmart list - not that I'm answering your question though.  I'm not sure what's coming out when, but only Bumblebee and Soundwave are the preview figs - which means they should be out now, not for the general release, but who cares I guess.

Material Number 839710000
TRA MV2 DELUXE FIGURE ASST RM59.90
TRA MV2 DELUXE SOUNDWAVE FIG
TRA MV2 DELUXE BUMBLEBEE FIG

Material Number 839710001
TRA MV2 DELUXE FIG ASST WV 1 09 RM59.90
TRA MV2 DELUXE SIDEWAYS
TRA MV2 DELUXE SIDESWIPE
TRA MV2 DELUXE BULL DOZER
TRA MV2 DELUXE BREAKWAY

Material Number 839710002
TRA MV2 DELUXE FIG ASST WV 2 09 RM59.90
TRA MV2 GREEN ECO CAR 1
TRA MV2 DELUXE DESERT BRAWL
TRA MV2 DELUXE RC TRUCK BOT
TRA MV2 DELUXE CHROMIA T
RA MV2 DELUXE SMOKE SCREEN

Material Number 839720000
TRA MV2 VOYAGER ASST WV 1 09 RM 119.90
TRA MV2 VOYAGER STARSCREAM
TRA MV2 VOYAGER OPTIMUS PRIME
TRA MV2 DEMOLISHOR T
RA MV2 VOYAGER IRONHIDE

Material Number 839720002
TRA MV2 VOYAGER ASST WV2 09 RM119.90
TRA MV2 VOYAGER OPTIMUS PRIME
TRA MV2 VOYAGER ALIEN FORM
TRA MV2 VOYAGER IRONHIDE
TRA MV2 DESERT TRACKER RATCHET

Material Number 839730000
TRA MV2 LEADER ASST WV 1 09 RM219.90
TRA MV2 LEADER OPTIMUS PRIME
TRA MV2 LEADER MEGATRON

Material Number 839740000
TRA MV2 SCOUT ASST WV 1 09 RM39.90
TRA MV2 SCOUT ROLLBAR
TRA MV2 SCOUT DEAD END
TRA MV2 SCOUT KNOCK OUT
TRA MV2 SCOUT DIRT BOSS

Material Number 839740001
TRA MV2 SCOUT ASST WV 2 09 RM39.90
TRA MV2 SCOUT ROLLBAR
TRA MV2 SCOUT DEAD END
TRA MV2 SCOUT KNOCK OUT
TRA MV2 SCOUT DIRT BOSS
TRA MV2 SCOUT DEPTH CHARGE
TRA MV2 SCOUT RANSACK

Material Number 839750000
TRA MV2 FST ACTIN BATTLERS ASST WV 1 09 RM54.90
TRA MV2 CANNON BLAST MEGATRON
TRA MV2 ELECTRO WHIP JOLT
TRA MV2 DOUBLE BLADE OPTIMUS PRIME
TRA MV2 PULSE BLAST BUMBLEBEE

Material Number 839750001
TRA MV2 FST ACTIN BATTLERS ASST WV 2 09 RM54.90
TRA MV2 FST ACTN BTTLRS PHTON MSLE JTFR
TRA MV2 FST ACTIN DVSTATN BLST LONG HAUL
TRA MV2 FAST ACTION BATTLERS BEAM BLAST
TRA MV2 FST ACTN BTLRS MGNA MSSLE SDWAY

Material Number 839760000
TRA MV2 GRAVITY BOTS ASST WV 1 09 RM49.90
TRA MV2 GRAVITY BOTS BUMBLEBEE
TRA MV2 GRAVITY BOTS OPTIMUS PRIME
TRA MV2 GRAVITY BOTS STARSCREAM

Material Number 839070000
TRA MV2 BUMBLEBEE HELMET ROLE PL WV 1 09 RM189.90
TRA MV2 ROLE PLY BMBLEBEE VOICE MIXER

Material Number 897620000
TRA MV2 OPTIMUS PRIME HLMT RLE PLY ASST RM 189.90
TRA MV2 ROLE PLAY OPTIMUS PRIME

Material Number 898430000
TRA MV2 ROBOT REPLICAS ASST WV 1 09 RM 54.90
TRA MV2 ROBOT REPLICAS OPTIMUS PRIME
TRA MV2 ROBOT REPLICAS STARSCREAM
TRA MV2 ROBOT REPLICA IRONHIDE
TRA MV2 ROBOT AUTOBOT RATCHET

Material Number 898430001
TRA MV2 ROBOT REPLICAS ASST W2 09 RM 54.90
TRA MV2 ROBOT REPLICAS MEGATRON
TRA MV2 ROBOT REPLICA BUMBLEBEE
TRA MV2 ROBOT REPLICA JETFIRE
TRA MV2 ROBOT REPLICA AUTOBOT SKIDS

Material Number 922430000
TRA MV2 ULTIMATE BUMBLE BEE ASST RM 429.90
TRA MV2 ULTIMATE BMBLEBEE BTTLE CHARGED


...and for Target.

087-06-0111 TF MV2 Deluxe Figures
087-06-0115 TF MV2 Scout Figures
087-06-0119 Transformers MV2 Optimus Prime Helm
087-06-0120 TF MV2 Voyager
087-06-0122 TF MV2 Leader
087-06-0125 TF MV2 Gravity Bots
087-06-0127 Transbattler MV2 FAB
087-06-0128 TF MV2 Robot Replicas
087-06-0131 TF MV2 Robot Hero Scene
087-06-0139 Tran Weapon MV2 Robot Weapons
087-06-0141 Trans Helmet MV2 Helmet Roleplay
087-06-0146 TF MV2 Combiners
087-06-0162 TF MV2 Ultimate Bumblebee
087-06-0163 TF MV2 Power bots
087-06-0164 TF MV2 Mega Power bots
087-06-0171 TF MV2 Legends
087-06-0294 TRA Combiner TF MV2
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on May 13, 2009, 12:07 PM
Here's the wave 1 case breakdowns as reported on Seibertron.com

Deluxe Class Wave 1:

1 Rampage
1 Breakaway
2 Sideways
2 Bumblebee*
2 Sideswipe

Movie Leader Class Wave 1:
1x Optimus Prime
1x Megatron

Movie Voyager class Wave 1:
from left to right
1x Repaint Voyager Optimus
1x Demolisher
1x Ironhide
1x Starscream

Optimus Voice Changer Roleplay asst
is exaclty as it reads
2x Optimus voice changer

Robot Replicas Wave 1
from left to right
2x Optimus Prime
2x Starscream
2x Ironhide
2x Ratchet
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 13, 2009, 12:11 PM
Oh...new listing from Canada TRU computers....

TRANSFORMERS UNVRS G1 COMMEMORATIVE SRS
($49.99, SKU: 847585, UPC: 653569444213)

Sept/09
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 13, 2009, 02:21 PM
That better be a really big reissue, and not just a jet or car. $50 is a lot of scratch, regardless of Canadian or American dollars.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 13, 2009, 04:13 PM
Someone on one of the Transformers boards might be on to something....Blaster with his 4 tapes.  $49.99 is the same price as Comicon Soundwave that comes out in July...Kinda makes sense to me, but if they're going to run with another reboot at TRU they need to bring down the prices or something because everything with the exception of Prime seemed to just not move. 

The previous Soundwave was under the Classics Collection banner so I'm not grouping him with the commemorative series.  That guy sold like hotcakes in my neck of the woods.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 14, 2009, 02:35 AM
I remember the TRU Soundwave being $30-35, with Laserbeak and Ravage, so Blaster being $50 with four cassettes might not be so far off. Blaster is a lot bigger than Soundwave too. And yeah, Soundwave sold like crazy.

I'll probably pass on this, since I spent $50 in 2006 for the TFC Blaster (which only came with Steeljaw). It's great to see Hasbro doing reissues, though. And I'm glad they aren't all Autobot cars from 84/85.

Looking forward to this Friday and the ROTF previews being released. I'm only planning on buying Soundwave from the entire range, and I'm willing to bet I get shut down at the register at whatever store I actually find them at. I remember going all over hell when the preview toys for the first movie came out, and almost having them ripped from my hands at TRU when I did find them.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 14, 2009, 07:43 PM
Let the stupidity of street dates for toys commence again...

One of my local WMs put out two pegs worth of the ROTF Robot Replicas (2 each of Prime, Ratchet, Ironhide, and Starscream) today, priced at 12.88 each.  Since I really wanted Ironhide and Starscream, I took them to the register only to be met with the dreaded "DO NOT SELL" ding noise of the scanner.  A "manager" came over and said, "These have been recalled or something, we can't sell them to you."  When I replied that they were on the shelves, clearly priced, and in abundance, she said, "I don't know what to tell you" and walked away.

Now, as ridiculous as I find the very idea of a release date for toys, there was NOTHING about these that hadn't been seen before in terms of design or character (which, I'd always gathered, was the big deal about having street dates for movie-related toys in the first place).  Oh well, I guess I'll buy them at Target or TRU, since this is the first time WM's actually stocked ANYTHING in the toy aisle in ages, and even then they don't want to sell anything to me.  :P

That being said, three out of the four looked very nice and were significantly better than the first film's RR lineup.  Prime didn't seem terribly different in the package, but I'm reserving judgment on him until, you know, someone will actually sell him to me.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 15, 2009, 07:44 PM
Looking forward to this Friday and the ROTF previews being released.

What is it with Hasbro and their "Sneak Preview" toys lately?  Last year, they had the mailaway Captain Rex for the CW series, which didn't start hitting until just after the regular retail version had been released, and now we've got "Sneak Previews" of Soundwave and Bumblebee, and we're only two weeks away from the actual TF movie toys release date.  No stores that I went into today had any space allocated for Soundwave and BB, nor did they have any shoved out on any other unoccupied peg. 

Even if you dislike the movie toys/designs, one has to wonder what is the point of having "Sneak Preview" toys if they aren't going to be released BEFORE the rest of the line.  HASBRO LOGIC:  WE HAS IT!  :P

Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 16, 2009, 01:02 AM
It's so stupid. I didn't find SW or BB anywhere, since clearly the retailers don't want to have to deal with irate customers that can't buy something even though it's on the floor, due to some embargo from the manufacturer. I bet the preview toys use the same SKU as the regular Deluxe line (like they did for the first movie) so the retailers will hold everything back until June just to avoid the hassle.

It will cost them sales, no doubt. I was very willing to give someone $13 for Soundwave, but nobody had the balls to sell it to me, since they're afraid that Hasbro would, well, I don't know exactly. It's not like Hasbro really has any pull here. If anything, I'd imagine that Hasbro would be at the mercy of the retailers, and if they want to sell something, they paid for it, so they have the right.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: P-Siddy on May 16, 2009, 01:20 PM
It will cost them sales, no doubt. I was very willing to give someone $13 for Soundwave, but nobody had the balls to sell it to me, since they're afraid that Hasbro would, well, I don't know exactly. It's not like Hasbro really has any pull here. If anything, I'd imagine that Hasbro would be at the mercy of the retailers, and if they want to sell something, they paid for it, so they have the right.

I worked at a TRU around the time RotS came out and we had to separate the street dated RotS stuff from the others (to avoid leaking product). Stores are actually under Hasbro's pull here because if a store is found to have leaked stuff (and the SW stuff was held back due to LFL as well), a 'hefty' fine is levied on said store and possible 'rights' to carry future street-dated product could be pulled, plus having the ire of district managers and corporate on your back for losing that amount of cash for selling the stuff.

That being said, I believe if a store does have the merchandise on the shelves and pegs, they are obliged to sell it (isn't there even a law regarding this?). There are no signs posted saying 'look but you can't buy'. It's only until you get to the register that it stops you from buying it, so I think it's rather unfair to the customer to get excited, grab something to purchase only to be denied.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 16, 2009, 02:37 PM
As a follow-up to my last post, I went back to the aforementioned WM today and what do I find still on the pegs, along with the price tag ON the pegs?  ROTF Robot Replicas!  Apparently the Thursday manager's claim that she was going to pull the stuff into the back was a total lie, because they were still out, and get this:  there were only 2 Ratchets and 1 Ironhide left, meaning that the other 5 figures (2 Primes, 2 Starscreams, and 1 Ironhide) had likely been sold since Thursday.  So, I went ahead and took Ratchet and Ironhide to the register only to be denied AGAIN.  Needless to say, I'd had enough of this and I told the clerk the following when she said she couldn't sell them to me:

"That's interesting, because this same thing happened to me two days ago on Thursday, and the manager at that time said she was going to go pull them off the shelves completely and take down the price tag.  Now I come back in two days later and not only are the pegs with price tags on them still up, but 5 of the 8 figures are gone.  Why take 5 figures down and allegedly take them to the back, but leave 3 others along with the price tag?"

She asked if I'd like to speak to a manager, and I said, "Yes, I would like to speak to the manager."  The manager was called, and I repeated the above to her, and she said, "Well, maybe a night stock person found just those three in the back and put them back out accidentally."  I pointed out that it's very ironic that the figures that had been "pulled/sold" since Thursday were the two more popular characters, and asked again how something that could have been "recalled" and pulled on Thursday was back out in the exact same location, still with a price tag, and they *still* wouldn't agree to sell them to me.  The entire time I was saying this to her, I was smiling that "You must think I'm stupid" smile at her, which seems to work better than being rude or disrespectful, I have found. 

She still refused to sell them and I said, "Well, I guess you should go back there and pull them off the shelves, because I'm sure that this very situation might repeat itself at some point today, and you might have to tell a child that you can't sell them a toy, and that might not go over as well as your telling an adult collector the same thing." I've got a call in to the District Manager right now (which will, likely, do no good whatsoever), but I'm fully prepared to call Bentonville as well. 

NERD RAGE!  I'm fully cognizant of the fact that I'm completely overreacting, and I wish I were this passionate about things that, you know, actually mattered in the grand scheme of things.  ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 16, 2009, 05:10 PM
I bet the preview toys use the same SKU as the regular Deluxe line (like they did for the first movie) so the retailers will hold everything back until June just to avoid the hassle.

Did they?  I remember seeing only proto Prime and Screamer on the pegs a few weeks before the mass launch.  Kinda lame to have "preview" figures available with everything else, but I could care less.  Not planning on buying much if any from the movie stuff.  Read a review on the new leader Prime....Looks almost identical to the first one in alt form, but completely new complex transformation with different bot design.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: P-Siddy on May 16, 2009, 08:14 PM
I wonder if a call to the BBB would do anything? Not sure as I've never tried, but it could be a case, Doc.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 16, 2009, 09:47 PM
I bet the preview toys use the same SKU as the regular Deluxe line (like they did for the first movie) so the retailers will hold everything back until June just to avoid the hassle.

Did they?  I remember seeing only proto Prime and Screamer on the pegs a few weeks before the mass launch.  Kinda lame to have "preview" figures available with everything else, but I could care less.  Not planning on buying much if any from the movie stuff.  Read a review on the new leader Prime....Looks almost identical to the first one in alt form, but completely new complex transformation with different bot design.

Yeah, at least the first wave did. Target got busted selling the Deluxe line early, and Hasbro eventually decided to let the Deluxes be sold a week early (to save face for them and Target, I'm sure), since it was about a week before the launch at that point, and nationwide, the Deluxe stuff was being sold. I managed to pick up Jazz and Barricade early, which was great.

I'm also not planning to buy much of this movie's stuff either. The only thing I really wanted was this preview Soundwave, and that's not going well.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on May 19, 2009, 09:34 AM
I thought this (http://www.igear.tf08.net/?p=107) looked kind of neat.  A playset, of sorts, for Transformers.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 19, 2009, 10:16 AM
That's pretty cool, but I've never had a "playset" outside of Metroplex etc so I don't really have a need for these.  I do find it amazing though how all of these third party companies are making companion products for Transformers and Hasbro/Takara/Tomy simply just don't care.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on May 19, 2009, 10:21 AM
That looks pretty cool.  Looks to be modular like you can arrange walls and floors in different ways.

Is that a real Hasbro (or Takara?) item or something fan made based off of another line?  Depending on size, that would work with Joe or Star Wars also.

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Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 19, 2009, 10:56 AM
It's a third party creation by iGear.  They also made a tape for Soundwave and some Universe/Classics weapons and accessories.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on May 19, 2009, 11:47 AM
Ah, gotcha.  I guess I didn't get that from their website.  Still, very cool looking set.

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Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 21, 2009, 01:53 AM
Saw the Leader Prime and Megatron at my local WM last night. Actually, they were pretty neat. If I had $50 to spare, I might have tried to pick up Megatron since I didn't get a Leader version of him from the first movie.

I don't know if $50 is the right price for these, though. The shelf tag read as an Animated Supreme, but as far as I know, that's a different class than Leader. I was just glad to finally see some movie toys. (I can't believe I just typed that.)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Sugart on May 25, 2009, 09:10 PM
The new ROTF toys came in a couple of days ago. Both Megs and Optimus look awesome in leader class. The Fallen looks good as well, larger than I expected. He is standing squat in the box to make him fit. Voyager Ratchet and Ironhide look the same as before, and Prime looks slightly changed. The deluxe bots look ok, BB looks like a those small infant figures that dont do anything and everyone is happy, villian or not. Sideswipe looks great though, as does the bulldozer constructicon, cant remember his name.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 27, 2009, 02:14 PM
My prayers have been answered.  Hasbro is finally making a toaster.


TRU 9PM Madness (http://www4.toysrus.com/Our/tru/prom/2009-tru-store/052609-storelist.pdf?EDID=DZCOQI-VL0VV-9INKI-PRZJJS-7WQQT-v1?404;http://www.toysrusinc.com/Our/tru/prom/2009-tru-store/052609-storelist.pdf?EDID=DZCOQI-VL0VV-9INKI-PRZJJS-7WQQT-v1)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 28, 2009, 11:25 AM
Rumors on the interweb are that Perceptor and the Insecticons (Bombshell, Kickback, and Shrapnel) will be part of the TRU commerative line up this Sept.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 28, 2009, 02:08 PM
That's awesome news. I've been looking for a set of reissue Insecticons, but damn, are they expensive. I already have a Perceptor reissue, so I'll pass on that one.

It's great to see G1 reissues stateside again, though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on May 29, 2009, 10:35 AM
A local Target had all of their ROTF **** on the pegs this morning.  I guess they aren't concerned with the street date.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on May 29, 2009, 10:36 AM
Yep, mine too.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on May 29, 2009, 11:42 AM
I was just coming in to post that my Target had all their end caps set up last night.  No stock on them, but they were up.  Not surprised to see that they jumped the gun a little.  Wasn't tonight the TRU launch night for the line?

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Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 29, 2009, 12:12 PM
My local Target finally stocked.  Nice to finally see new product on the shelves.  BumbleSpud was pretty cool - never even seen that.  So it looks like two new endcaps.  One with nothing but an ocean of dlx Bumblebee and Soundwaves, the other mixed with voice changers, role play, leaders, and a huge red banner advertising Superion - but no Superion.  The Prime display on top looked pretty cool too even though one of his eyes was burnt out. TRU = tonight at 9 at select stores.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 29, 2009, 12:22 PM
I found a sizeable display at my local WM. They had everything out already, with a sign up that said they wouldn't sell anything til tonight at 12:01 AM. I saw a Decepticon biplane called Ransack. He's so steampunk-y. I must buy it. However, I move tomorrow, so it'll have to wait until Sunday.

I didn't see any preview figures out in this display. I'm kind of disappointed about that, but I suppose Target or TRU will have them.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on May 29, 2009, 02:33 PM
HTS.com is offering free shipping on TF figures with a $50 purchase.  Code FALLEN at checkout.

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Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on May 29, 2009, 02:54 PM
I stopped by our local WM this morning (which is undergoing a remodel), and they had all the Transformers stuff out the pegs as well.  It didn't look like they had the preview figures either, although I didn't dig too deep through the pegs.  I did pick up Sideswipe, because he was one of my favorites as a kid.  I don't know if I'll get a lot of the movie stuff or not.  I was tempted last time around, but ended up just getting the two Bumblebees (another favorite of mine), and the Target "Robo Vision" Optimus Prime since it was more affordable that the large one.  I had Ironhide and Ratchet in the cart a few times for the last movie before putting them back though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 29, 2009, 03:10 PM
What I found odd at Target this morning is all they had for deluxes were Bumblebee and Soundwave.  Probably 30-40 in the main aisle and another 50 or so on the endcap.  I'm sure they'll sell through, but they could have thrown some other cases out there to mix it up.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on May 29, 2009, 03:16 PM
Is Jetfire part of the deluxe assortment?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 29, 2009, 03:47 PM
He's a $44.99 Leader - won't be out till Aug/Sept I believe.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Jayson on May 29, 2009, 03:55 PM
He's a $44.99 Leader - won't be out till Aug/Sept I believe.

I saw some form of Jetfire over lunch at Target but admittedly I didn't see the price or what class he was from.

Edit: It was the Robot Replicas version I think.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on May 29, 2009, 03:59 PM
Are any of the new releases comparable to the MP or Alternator series figs?  Or is there a guide online for what these new releases look like?  I almost bought Ironhide last time around, but he was still too far of a departure for me.  Jetfire has always been one of my favorite charactors though.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Sugart on May 29, 2009, 05:47 PM
Set date was pushed up a day
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on May 29, 2009, 08:31 PM
I glanced through the toys at WM and Target tonight and while there's a decent volume of product out, the selection isn't really deep yet.  The only character that jumped out at me is Sideswipe.  Just cool looking in both robot and vehicle mode. 

Passed on everything for now.  I'm hoping for a sale around release time.  I might snag a Sideswipe.

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Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on May 29, 2009, 09:38 PM
I picked up the Deluxe Sideswipe this evening at Target.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 30, 2009, 12:19 PM
I passed on everything, but so far of what's out - I want Sideswipe, Sideways, twin 1, and leader Megs.  You guys know there's going to be sales, right?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Sugart on May 30, 2009, 05:41 PM
I passed on everything, but so far of what's out - I want Sideswipe, Sideways, twin 1, and leader Megs.  You guys know there's going to be sales, right?


I know when and how much they will be @ Target. Im waiting  ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on May 30, 2009, 08:08 PM
I noticed today that Target is actually about $1 cheaper than WM on most of their TF stuff.  I thought that was interesting because normally it's the other way around.

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Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on May 31, 2009, 12:35 AM
I take it that Bumblebee shipped in the first wave of regular Deluxes, because I can't find Soundwave anywhere. 'Tis bunk. However, I did pick up Sideswipe and Ransack, and was sorely tempted by Megatron and Demolishor. All in good time, I suppose.

Going back to BB, it looks like Hasbro is trying to avoid the shortage of BBs available after the first movie hit. He's everywhere.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Neal on May 31, 2009, 01:15 PM
I noticed today that Target is actually about $1 cheaper than WM on most of their TF stuff.  I thought that was interesting because normally it's the other way around.

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Really?  Not around here.  The Deluxes, Voyagers, and Leaders are $11.99, $21.99, and $44.99 respectively at Target ... and $11.88, $21.88, and $44.88 at Wal-Mart.  So, they're pretty much the same, but Wal-Mart is a bit cheaper.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on May 31, 2009, 03:31 PM
We stopped by Target this morning and they had their Transformers stuff out in full force.  Two endcaps and the front of the aisle display (SW is now at the end of the aisle).  They had a little bit of everything, but the deluxes (and one endcap) were all Bumblebee and Soundwave.  Tons of Bumblebee though - but like it was mentioned I can remember him being tough to find even months after the movie release the last time around.  I was tempted to pick up Soundwave, and might later this week if they are still there.  We'll see.  The stuff does look pretty cool overall though - the kids in the store were already going crazy for it.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 31, 2009, 04:17 PM
Having spent way too much money on TFs over the last few days, I've been seeing a few little interesting tidbits at most retailers and was curious if anyone else was seeing the same thing or something different in terms of stock patterns:

-Wal-Mart is more expensive than Target and TRU by a dollar, although this has just happened in the last 24 hours.  Whereas the Deluxes were initially 11.88, they went up today to 12.88.  Scouts are a dollar or so more expensive than both Target and TRU, although Voyagers and Leaders are at relatively the same price.

-Wal-Mart also seems to have only gotten a ton of the Sneak Preview wave and wave 1 deluxes and Voyagers.  Bumblebee is everywhere, although I've seen a LOT of them move in the last two days, and Soundwave is already nonexistent. 

-Target and TRU are the only places locally that have gotten anything past wave 1, with Target getting one case of deluxe and Voyager wave 2, and TRU getting the same, albeit in a slightly larger amount. 

-I've seen the "slight variants" of both Breakaway and Sideways at both Target and TRU so far, although neither is too different.  Sideways is more of a champagne color than the initial silver, and Breakaway is a darker brown.

-No sign of Leader class Jetfire anywhere, and the Fallen is pretty tough to locate.

-Ransack remains the greatest toy in the current line just for the sheer antiquatedness (is that even a word?) of his design. 

And not to drop spoilers or anything, but Chromia (the blue Autobot motorcycle) has some interesting extraneous parts and features that don't seem to do anything.  Is there supposed to be some kind of gestalt/combiner feature with her, Arcee, and the as-yet-unnamed third bike from the comics?
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on May 31, 2009, 05:45 PM
I was tempted to pick up Soundwave, and might later this week if they are still there.

You might want to wait - there's rumors he'll be coming out as a voyager - and may somehow work with Ravage.

-No sign of Leader class Jetfire anywhere

You have a few months to wait for him so save some cash.   :)

And not to drop spoilers or anything, but Chromia (the blue Autobot motorcycle) has some interesting extraneous parts and features that don't seem to do anything.  Is there supposed to be some kind of gestalt/combiner feature with her, Arcee, and the as-yet-unnamed third bike from the comics?

I've not read into too much - but yes there should be three bikes that form into one - kinda makes sence because the individual bot mode is pure crap.  SPOILER - don't quote to read!!  Apparently Bay hated everything about Arcee so she dies pretty early on in the movie - in a non emotional way.
Also - Wheelie - what a POS and a dlx at that matter?  WTF   ???  lame.......but bring on the toaster.   :D
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on May 31, 2009, 06:43 PM
I noticed today that Target is actually about $1 cheaper than WM on most of their TF stuff.  I thought that was interesting because normally it's the other way around.

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Really?  Not around here.  The Deluxe, Voyagers, and Leaders are $11.99, $21.99, and $44.99 respectively at Target ... and $11.88, $21.88, and $44.88 at Wal-Mart.  So, they're pretty much the same, but Wal-Mart is a bit cheaper.

Target was $11.99 or so for the Deluxe while WM was $12.88 or $12.99.  I wasn't paying that much attention at the time but did notice the $11 vs $12 price.

The Deluxe that I remember seeing were Bumblebee, Sideways and Sideswipe, Breakaway, and Rampage. 

Walmart didn't have Robot Replicas but Target did.

Target had Voyager Class Demolishor and Ironhide and I found one Starscream.  I don't recall WM having any but they probably did. 

Both stores had Leader Optimus and Megatron.

I didn't pay that close attention to the Scout Class toys or the Fast Action Battlers or the other lines.  Just the Deluxe, Voyager and Leader class.

Oh, and Target had the Bumblebee Plasma Cannon and Voice Mixer.  I know they had the Plasma Cannon because some kid was running around with it making a ****load of noise.  When his mother called him out on it he said "but it says 'Try Me!' on it!"  Yay, the little **** can read.  Too bad his mother didn't also teach him restraint or manners.
 
Edit to ask if Soundwave might be short packed?  The Deluxe weren't really picked over at Target but WM did look like a few were missing.  I looked through the pegs more at WM than at Target.  Oh, and my Target seems the same as others, 2 endcaps and the end of an aisle full of stuff while Star Wars has been moved back towards the middle of the aisle.

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Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on June 1, 2009, 09:47 AM
I see TFormers (http://tformers.com/transformers-botcon-2009-habro-transformers-review-panel/11669/news.html) has some news from the Hasbro panel at Botcon, regarding exclusives this year and releases this year/next.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 1, 2009, 02:19 PM
(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e264/andrew8798/DSC03913.jpg)

I think I'm going to bite on this set even though I already own everything in there with the exception of Buzzsaw.  My vinty Soundwave has severe joint problems and I have a KO Ratbat that I'd like to replace.  Hopefully we'll see Frenzy & Rumble someday down the road.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on June 1, 2009, 02:56 PM
Excuse my ignorance, but is that Soundwave set supposed to be a SDCC exclusive - or is it being released at another time?  I couldn't remember for sure.  I'm sure it will be pricey, but I might be tempted as well.  Soundwave (along with Optimus Prime) were two Transformers I always wanted as a kid, but couldn't get my parents to budge on :).  Nice set overall it looks like too.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 1, 2009, 02:59 PM
No worries - SDCC Exclusive $49.99   ;)
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Brian on June 1, 2009, 03:03 PM
Thanks for the info.  I might be able to swing that, we'll see.  It also depends if it is available through their website (which their stuff usually is anymore), and if I'm on the computer at the right time ;).  Thanks again.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on June 2, 2009, 01:45 AM
I think I'm going to bite on this set even though I already own everything in there with the exception of Buzzsaw.  My vinty Soundwave has severe joint problems and I have a KO Ratbat that I'd like to replace.  Hopefully we'll see Frenzy & Rumble someday down the road.

Wow.  Okay, want one.  Now.  Mike, if you want to go in on a set with me and split shipping, let me know.  Wow.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: efranks on June 2, 2009, 04:46 AM
I was in a Super Walmart tonight and their display of Transformers figures was insane.  I didn't look through all of them but did see the Voyager Optimus and a couple other figs I haven't seen at the local Target or WM.

Oh, and I did see a lone Soundwave at Target Sunday night. 

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Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: Ben on June 2, 2009, 11:55 PM
I may spring for that Soundwave, provided it doesn't sell out on HTS in a matter of minutes.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: spiderpumpkin on June 4, 2009, 02:53 AM
That SDCC Soundwave set looks very cool. 

Today, I bought a few movie toys.  I ended up looking over what the local TRU had and picked up the Ransack/Bi-Plane and Dirt Boss/Fork Lift.  These two are very cool in vehicle mode and ok in robot mode.  So far these are the only movie toys from either movie that I've purchased. 
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 8, 2009, 03:58 PM
So dlx's are $7.99 and Voyagers are $17.99 this week at TRU.  I still haven't bitten on anything yet, but may cave and pick up The Fallen at that price.  Trying to stay away from the dlx line in anticipation of the Human Alliance stuff.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: JediJman on June 8, 2009, 08:08 PM
Wow, I'm lost with all the new TF stuff.  Mike, do you have a definitive resource you use to track or look at all the new stuff that's coming out?   ???
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: iFett on June 8, 2009, 09:59 PM
Wow, I'm lost with all the new TF stuff.  Mike, do you have a definitive resource you use to track or look at all the new stuff that's coming out?   ???

I do not have a good resource - sadly (I think I may have ignored a post a few pages back) , but I follow 1-2 TF websites rather loosley and I'll continue to update the JD thread now as there is renewed interest.  I'm also too lazy to track down a good checklist of product for release dates, but someone - please chime in when the time comes as need be.
Title: Re: Transformers
Post by: DoctorPadawan on June 11, 2009, 09:08 PM
Found wave 4 ROTF deluxes at Target this morning in abundance.  Ravage is really cool, and I highly recommend everyone picking him up when he shows up in your neck of the woods.  Mine's waist joint is a bit looser than I would like, but nevertheless, he's a great toy.  I just wish Hasbro would have paid this kind of attention to Scorponok (in terms of sculpt, paint, and posability) instead of the Happy Meal toy we wound up getting with the first film (and will, unfortunately, be getting again later this year). 

Wow, I'm lost with all the new TF stuff.  Mike, do you have a definitive resource you use to track or look at all the new stuff that's coming out?   ???

Even though I'm not the Mike you're referring to, here's what has been released so far, and what is coming at some point soon in the ROTF movie stuff:

Scout Class Wave 1: