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Are you excited for the Bumblebee movie?

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No
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Postby Gandoor » Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:10 am

I admittedly don't care about these figures at all, but Super7 announced put up preorders of redecos of their Soundwave, Jazz, Megatron, and Perceptor ReAction figures (you know those figures that started out cool because they released the long-unreleased action figures for the planned Alien toyline from the late 1970s but now they're just like 'WHAT IF THE DECADES OF EVOLUTION IN TOY DESIGN AND ARTICULATION NEVER HAPPENED AND ALL ACTION FIGURES WERE 5 POA FIGURES LIKE IN THE 70s-80s') and it's like, OK, their Soundwave and Jazz redecos are who you'd expect them to be (Soundblaster and Stepper, who they're actually calling Stepper instead of Ricochet) but the Megatron and Perceptor redecos are based on the Microchange toys.

OK, OK, that's all fine, but they're literally identifying these redecos AS the Microchange characters.

Like they are legitimately identifying Megatron as MC-12 Gun Robo P-38 and Perceptor as MC-20 Microscope on the packaging.

But what really gets me is that both of these decos have been used in Transformers before! Sure, the Megatron deco (the black MC version) was only ever released as 'Megatron Black Version' but they had a whole separate character (Magnificus) for Perceptor's Microchange deco? Why not release this redeco as Magnificus instead of fuckin' MC-20 Microscope?

And you can't even go 'Oh, well these figures are aimed more at casuals than hardcore fans, they're really not gonna know who Magnificus is.' because aren't gonna recognize these decos anyway nor are any casuals gonna know who the fuck Stepper is, but they're still releasing him. (I'd also say casuals won't know who Soundblaster is either, but them being in the Siege cartoon means casuals now have some familiarity with the character)
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Postby The first Galactic Republic » Sat Nov 28, 2020 12:57 pm

The scalping in general is getting out of hand as of late. Not only did Earthrise have an oddly large number of exclusives, but they almost all end up scalped to hell. Prowl and Ironhide, Ramjet and Dirge, the Centurion drone, Runabout, Thrust, Skywarp and Thundercracker; they’re all being eaten up and sold for well above their mrsps.

It’s mildly infuriating that Hasbro seems to be increasing the number of these exclusives each line and not doing anything to prevent this. Why are the preorders so damn limited? Why is it always difficult to reliably find these exclusives? You’d think online shopping would solve that, but no.

Gandoor wrote:I admittedly don't care about these figures at all, but Super7 announced put up preorders of redecos of their Soundwave, Jazz, Megatron, and Perceptor ReAction figures (you know those figures that started out cool because they released the long-unreleased action figures for the planned Alien toyline from the late 1970s but now they're just like 'WHAT IF THE DECADES OF EVOLUTION IN TOY DESIGN AND ARTICULATION NEVER HAPPENED AND ALL ACTION FIGURES WERE 5 POA FIGURES LIKE IN THE 70s-80s') and it's like, OK, their Soundwave and Jazz redecos are who you'd expect them to be (Soundblaster and Stepper, who they're actually calling Stepper instead of Ricochet) but the Megatron and Perceptor redecos are based on the Microchange toys.

OK, OK, that's all fine, but they're literally identifying these redecos AS the Microchange characters.

Like they are legitimately identifying Megatron as MC-12 Gun Robo P-38 and Perceptor as MC-20 Microscope on the packaging.

But what really gets me is that both of these decos have been used in Transformers before! Sure, the Megatron deco (the black MC version) was only ever released as 'Megatron Black Version' but they had a whole separate character (Magnificus) for Perceptor's Microchange deco? Why not release this redeco as Magnificus instead of fuckin' MC-20 Microscope?

And you can't even go 'Oh, well these figures are aimed more at casuals than hardcore fans, they're really not gonna know who Magnificus is.' because aren't gonna recognize these decos anyway nor are any casuals gonna know who the fuck Stepper is, but they're still releasing him. (I'd also say casuals won't know who Soundblaster is either, but them being in the Siege cartoon means casuals now have some familiarity with the character)

Someone must be buying these if they’re continuing.
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Postby The first Galactic Republic » Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:27 pm

Just found out Cyberverse is getting two TV movies (I’m assuming they’ll also go up on YouTube like the episodes) to continue the story and hopefully give it a real ending.

Faith in franchise restored.

Well, that’s a little dramatic. I’m still excited for the Netflix Earthrise season.
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Postby Tekania » Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:33 am

The first Galactic Republic wrote:The scalping in general is getting out of hand as of late. Not only did Earthrise have an oddly large number of exclusives, but they almost all end up scalped to hell. Prowl and Ironhide, Ramjet and Dirge, the Centurion drone, Runabout, Thrust, Skywarp and Thundercracker; they’re all being eaten up and sold for well above their mrsps.

It’s mildly infuriating that Hasbro seems to be increasing the number of these exclusives each line and not doing anything to prevent this. Why are the preorders so damn limited? Why is it always difficult to reliably find these exclusives? You’d think online shopping would solve that, but no.


Scalping has become a big issue with most things getting released, not just figures. So much stuff has shifted to online and scalpers just use bots to just grab stock so they can resell it at 3x-4x the cost. It's especially bad with Target and Walmart exclusives, because neither store does anything really to hinder bots-ordering. Nor will they, they basically don't give a rats ass. Since they got their money.
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Postby The first Galactic Republic » Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:54 am

Tekania wrote:
The first Galactic Republic wrote:The scalping in general is getting out of hand as of late. Not only did Earthrise have an oddly large number of exclusives, but they almost all end up scalped to hell. Prowl and Ironhide, Ramjet and Dirge, the Centurion drone, Runabout, Thrust, Skywarp and Thundercracker; they’re all being eaten up and sold for well above their mrsps.

It’s mildly infuriating that Hasbro seems to be increasing the number of these exclusives each line and not doing anything to prevent this. Why are the preorders so damn limited? Why is it always difficult to reliably find these exclusives? You’d think online shopping would solve that, but no.


Scalping has become a big issue with most things getting released, not just figures. So much stuff has shifted to online and scalpers just use bots to just grab stock so they can resell it at 3x-4x the cost. It's especially bad with Target and Walmart exclusives, because neither store does anything really to hinder bots-ordering. Nor will they, they basically don't give a rats ass. Since they got their money.

I feel like Earthrise is more frustrating in this regard because the number of exclusives is higher than normal. They did it to pretty in demand characters too. You want Skywarp and Thundercracker? Prowl and Ironhide? A Runabout to go with your Runamuck? Better hope our chosen business partners have them available.
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Postby The first Galactic Republic » Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:48 pm

Just finished playing through Battlegrounds. It wasn’t bad. A pretty well done strategy game.

Anyone else pick that up?
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Postby Gandoor » Mon Dec 28, 2020 9:35 pm

So anyone get any Transformers for Christmas this year?

I didn't (I just get money for Christmas nowadays) but I'm planning on going to Walmart sometime this week because of reports that they're discounting Earthrise stuff. Heard reports that they're discounting deluxes to $10, voyagers to $17, and leaders to $25.

Of course, I don't think I've seen my Walmart stock leaders since POTP so I don't think my chances of finding like a $25 Doubledealer (who I really want to use as Clouder cuz I'm a Masterforce fan) are that high but hey, you never know. Maybe they actually stocked stuff for Christmas and now they're discounting it since Christmas is done.
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Postby Gandoor » Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:21 am

Gandoor wrote:So anyone get any Transformers for Christmas this year?

I didn't (I just get money for Christmas nowadays) but I'm planning on going to Walmart sometime this week because of reports that they're discounting Earthrise stuff. Heard reports that they're discounting deluxes to $10, voyagers to $17, and leaders to $25.

Of course, I don't think I've seen my Walmart stock leaders since POTP so I don't think my chances of finding like a $25 Doubledealer (who I really want to use as Clouder cuz I'm a Masterforce fan) are that high but hey, you never know. Maybe they actually stocked stuff for Christmas and now they're discounting it since Christmas is done.

Random update on this: I did go to Walmart a little after Christmas and they just had their normal priced stock, but I picked up a Netflix Soundwave anyways.

But then yesterday I went again and the entire Transformers section was cleaned out, not even a single straggler was there. And then I found a random ER Hoist someone left on a pallet, which wasn't really a figure I was looking for, but I grabbed him and price checked him on my phone. Figuring that if he was full price, I'd put him where the Transformers usually go so someone else could have him.

Nah, he was $10, so I bought him. And honestly for ten bucks? Can't fuckin complain. I hate the damn panels behind the arms that they had to do because muh geewun accuracy but like a nearly Voyager-sized Deluxe for that price? Come on, he's really fun.
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Postby Pax Nerdvana » Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:08 pm

Gandoor wrote:
Gandoor wrote:So anyone get any Transformers for Christmas this year?

I didn't (I just get money for Christmas nowadays) but I'm planning on going to Walmart sometime this week because of reports that they're discounting Earthrise stuff. Heard reports that they're discounting deluxes to $10, voyagers to $17, and leaders to $25.

Of course, I don't think I've seen my Walmart stock leaders since POTP so I don't think my chances of finding like a $25 Doubledealer (who I really want to use as Clouder cuz I'm a Masterforce fan) are that high but hey, you never know. Maybe they actually stocked stuff for Christmas and now they're discounting it since Christmas is done.

Random update on this: I did go to Walmart a little after Christmas and they just had their normal priced stock, but I picked up a Netflix Soundwave anyways.

But then yesterday I went again and the entire Transformers section was cleaned out, not even a single straggler was there. And then I found a random ER Hoist someone left on a pallet, which wasn't really a figure I was looking for, but I grabbed him and price checked him on my phone. Figuring that if he was full price, I'd put him where the Transformers usually go so someone else could have him.

Nah, he was $10, so I bought him. And honestly for ten bucks? Can't fuckin complain. I hate the damn panels behind the arms that they had to do because muh geewun accuracy but like a nearly Voyager-sized Deluxe for that price? Come on, he's really fun.

He's a good figure. His transformation scheme is a little fiddly, but the alt mode's worth it. The one thing that worries me about him is all the clear plastic on his torso.
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Postby Gandoor » Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:15 pm

Found Netflix Bumblebee at Walmart today, was looking for him so I picked him up. His robot mode is great but his alt mode is literally *chef's kiss*.

Too lazy to resize the pic so here's the direct link: https://u.cubeupload.com/AikoHeiwa/IMG2 ... 909518.jpg

It really is a mini Masterpiece.
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Postby Gandoor » Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:44 pm

So I know this thread is basically dead but uhh

https://hasbropulse.com/products/transf ... lack-zarak

GENERATIONS SELECTS BLACKZARAK

I am deffo getting this one.
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Postby The first Galactic Republic » Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:08 pm

The Autobot Ark is going to be a transforming character now.

I’m not proud, but I want it.
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Postby Gandoor » Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:01 am

Found some of those Retro Headmasters at Walmart the other day, picked up Highbrow (since I didn't get that mold during TR) and Weirdwolf (to replace my TR one that I broke the Headmaster on).

I actually love all the attention to detail done with the packaging/presentation of these things. Like obviously I knew that these come in boxes styled after the original G1 toy boxes, but with the character art on the front altered to have the Headmasters anime-accurate heads, but even the artwork on the back of the box has the head designs altered to match the Headmasters designs, the stock photo of the toy is posed to make it seem like these are G1 toys with limited articulation, they tell you to 'Clip & Save' the tech specs, even the goddamn instructions (while not having text descriptions of the steps) are styled like G1 instructions.

Only thing it's missing is a tech specs decoder. Which I'm surprised they didn't include considering that ER had decoders.
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