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#1 mignash

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:08 PM

I just visited the TJ Maxx in Rochester, MI and noticed they now carry Prime First Edition role playing toys, like the Bumblebee Ion Blaster. Perhaps they will get other First Edition toys?

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:13 PM

This sounds like a Five Below Windcharger thing about to happen. Immediately all high E-bay prices hit rock bottom icon-fire.gif

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:28 PM

I would laugh my ass off if this happened...

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:36 PM

I know some have insisted the toys were never made, and I don't doubt that per se, but I've still sort of been expecting this sooner or later.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:40 PM

This had to happen just after I found a FE Bulkhead for less than $100.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:41 PM

TRU is getting the BB Blaster too. Or maybe they've just had them the whole time and they aren't selling...

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:24 PM

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TRU is getting the BB Blaster too. Or maybe they've just had them the whole time and they aren't selling...


They've had 'em for awhile. Just a repaint anyway.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:58 PM

QUOTE(gargunkle @ May 5 2012, 01:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know some have insisted the toys were never made, and I don't doubt that per se, but I've still sort of been expecting this sooner or later.
I don't know why they'd claim the toys were never made. They demonstrably were made, they just weren't for the US market.


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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:22 PM

I still don't buy the story that they weren't intended for the US market. Hasbro just doesn't want to throw retailers under the bus. That said, I do still believe that Hasbro will find somebody to carry the FEs eventually. Over the years they really have been pretty good about finding ways to release things here. I mean, we're getting MP-10 with the trailer.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:45 PM

QUOTE(Fnu Aw @ May 5 2012, 04:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I still don't buy the story that they weren't intended for the US market. Hasbro just doesn't want to throw retailers under the bus. That said, I do still believe that Hasbro will find somebody to carry the FEs eventually. Over the years they really have been pretty good about finding ways to release things here. I mean, we're getting MP-10 with the trailer.


No offense but I don't think that's a very good example. Trying to bring things to market, yes...trying to bring things *back* to market when original plan fell through and they've got a year worth of new product already in the pipeline and on the way to shelves, not so much. See Animated, DotM, RtS Rumble and Frenzy, etc.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:23 PM

QUOTE(Rosicrucian @ May 5 2012, 12:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(gargunkle @ May 5 2012, 01:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know some have insisted the toys were never made, and I don't doubt that per se, but I've still sort of been expecting this sooner or later.
I don't know why they'd claim the toys were never made. They demonstrably were made, they just weren't for the US market.



Which means, though, that the production numbers were supposedly cut substantially. With the US order cancelled, production was halted.

If that was the case, then there aren't any toys for TJMaxx and the like to release. It's not like times previous, when they're receiving overstock shipments from the larger retailers.


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Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:47 PM

Yeah, we've never seen, even leaking out through eBay, anything but the first wave of Deluxes and the Entertainment Pack (and I think maybe Cliffjumper) in US packaging. There might be more Arcees, Starscreams and Bumblebees out there somewhere, and maybe CJ, but beyond that? Doesn't seem likely.

On the other hand, unlike other "similar" situations like the end of DOTM and Animated, the FE molds are actually relevant to the line Hasbro IS selling right now. It's not like trying to convince a retailer to take Animated exclusives after the line is dead and the show is over. They found a spot for Terrorcon Cliffjumper, albeit a pretty unusual one...I wouldn't write off the potential release of Prime and Bulkhead or the Vehicon just yet.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:52 PM

I'm not depending on these showing up (I really only wanted Arcee, and the RiD version seems decent enough) but I will be pleased if they do!
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:58 PM

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Yeah, we've never seen, even leaking out through eBay, anything but the first wave of Deluxes and the Entertainment Pack (and I think maybe Cliffjumper) in US packaging.


We've seen the Voyagers in English-only packaging. There are some on eBay right now.

This one is from Hong Kong, but it's in U.S. packaging.
http://www.ebay.com/...1#ht_500wt_1361

Another one, this time from the Philippines:
http://www.ebay.com/...e#ht_500wt_1361

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 03:45 PM

QUOTE(mx-01 archon @ May 5 2012, 07:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Which means, though, that the production numbers were supposedly cut substantially. With the US order cancelled, production was halted.

If that was the case, then there aren't any toys for TJMaxx and the like to release. It's not like times previous, when they're receiving overstock shipments from the larger retailers.
Recall though, this is also a market that got things like the 2008 Special Editions, which were HTS and Asian-market exclusives.


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Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:50 PM

Although, that's because they didn't sell all that quickly.

Really doesn't seem that there's many FEs sitting around at retail to clearance out like that.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:11 PM

Most of my local stores still are stocking only DOTM and Bot Shots... nothing else.

My Walgreens is a wonderful mishmash of Scouts... containing DOTM, ROTF, Yellowbox and Animated Activators all on one peg! No one will buy them and they won't restock until they are gone.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:47 PM

QUOTE(Quantumhawk @ May 5 2012, 05:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Fnu Aw @ May 5 2012, 04:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I still don't buy the story that they weren't intended for the US market. Hasbro just doesn't want to throw retailers under the bus. That said, I do still believe that Hasbro will find somebody to carry the FEs eventually. Over the years they really have been pretty good about finding ways to release things here. I mean, we're getting MP-10 with the trailer.


No offense but I don't think that's a very good example. Trying to bring things to market, yes...trying to bring things *back* to market when original plan fell through and they've got a year worth of new product already in the pipeline and on the way to shelves, not so much. See Animated, DotM, RtS Rumble and Frenzy, etc.

The point is that Hasbro has proven to be more than willing to cater to us when it's possible to do so. There's just not much Hasbro can do to get retailers interested in Animated toys. There also wasn't much they could do to interest retailers in RtS toys when Dotm was fast approaching, and there wasn't much they could do to interest retailers in DotM toys when Prime toys were finally coming.

What's different about the FEs is that the show hasn't been cancelled, the Prime toyline is still being supported, and the next movie is nowhere in sight. There's nothing about the FEs that should scream "shelfwarmer" to retailers.
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You're turning into the real-life version of that little devil that hovers over people's shoulders and tells them to do horrible things. I'm not liking this development.

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#19 Quantumhawk

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:13 PM

QUOTE(Fnu Aw @ May 6 2012, 05:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The point is that Hasbro has proven to be more than willing to cater to us when it's possible to do so. There's just not much Hasbro can do to get retailers interested in Animated toys. There also wasn't much they could do to interest retailers in RtS toys when Dotm was fast approaching, and there wasn't much they could do to interest retailers in DotM toys when Prime toys were finally coming.

What's different about the FEs is that the show hasn't been cancelled, the Prime toyline is still being supported, and the next movie is nowhere in sight. There's nothing about the FEs that should scream "shelfwarmer" to retailers.


Ok but the FE toys are rehashes of figures already out at retail. You don't seriously think retailers are going to let Hasbro put *another* Optimus Prime and Bumblebee on the shelf at the same time as the other ones, do you? icon-primal.gif

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:02 PM

QUOTE(Quantumhawk @ May 6 2012, 08:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Fnu Aw @ May 6 2012, 05:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The point is that Hasbro has proven to be more than willing to cater to us when it's possible to do so. There's just not much Hasbro can do to get retailers interested in Animated toys. There also wasn't much they could do to interest retailers in RtS toys when Dotm was fast approaching, and there wasn't much they could do to interest retailers in DotM toys when Prime toys were finally coming.

What's different about the FEs is that the show hasn't been cancelled, the Prime toyline is still being supported, and the next movie is nowhere in sight. There's nothing about the FEs that should scream "shelfwarmer" to retailers.


Ok but the FE toys are rehashes of figures already out at retail. You don't seriously think retailers are going to let Hasbro put *another* Optimus Prime and Bumblebee on the shelf at the same time as the other ones, do you? icon-primal.gif


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