Please post any sightings for Germany in this thread.
Posted 30 April 2015 - 05:09 PM
Major chains in my area:
Toys"R"Us - major toy store chain you should all be familiar with.
Intertoys - toy store chain mostly limited to the state of North-Rhine Westphalia. Dutch parent company, stock appears to be supplied by Hasbro Netherlands. Smaller stores than TRU.
Real - major retail chain that sells pretty much everything: Groceries, clothes, cosmetics, household goods, car accessories, beverages and liquor, and toys. Took over most of Walmart's German stores when Walmart backed out of the German market. Medium-sized or large toy sections.
Kaufland - one of Real's competitors. Usually small toy sections, rarely medium-sized ones. It's rare to find Transformers figures there.
Rossmann - drug store chain. Not all of them have toy sections. Those that do have small to medium-sized ones.
Müller - drug store chain, usually with larger stores than Rossmann, often spread across several floors. Not all of them have toy sections, those that do typically have large to medium-sized ones.
Galeria Kaufhof - classic department store chain. Typically large toy sections.
Karstadt - another department store chain. Medium-sized to large toy sections. They have had a love/hate relationship with Transformers for decades, some stores may not have any in stock at all.
General market report:
Beast Hunters can still be found at some stores. Unreleased-in-the-US tail end stuff (Legion Class Divebomb, Rot Gut, Ace Vehicon and Bluestreak, Commander Class Ultra Magnus, Unicron Megatron and Decepticon Bludgeon, Deluxe Class Bumblebee, Smokescreen, Windrazor and Twinstrike) may still be found at the following chains: Toys"R"Us (mainly Legions and Commanders), Real (mostly Legions, maybe some Deluxes). Bludgeon was the rarest of the Commanders to begin with. Deluxe Bumblebee and Smokescreen are mostly sold out. The gray Windrazor variant was rarer than the original yellow version.
Age of Extinction: Deluxes and Voyagers only at Toys"R"Us and Intertoys, Leaders only at Rossmann. Mostly wave 1 figures; TRU stocked wave 2 Deluxes as well. Toys"R"Us also still has the Evolution two-packs, with the Slug one currently on sale for €15. For those who care about the Power Battlers/Attackers (called "Deluxe Attackers" in Germany), those made it up until the Optimus Prime/Galvatron/Grimlock/Slug/Snarl/Lockdown wave, which has been found at Müller, Real, Galeria Kaufhof and even Kaufland stores in recent months.
"Classic" Legion Class: The wave 1 figures (Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and Starscream) are still clogging pegs at many stores of nearly all the chains listed above, although Bumblebee remains in much larger quantities than the other two at this point. The wave 2 figures Strafe and Grimlock have only ever been found at Real and Intertoys stores, whereas Megatron was never released in Europe at all. Intertoys and Toys"R"Us now have the "Classic" Legions on sale for €5 a pop.
Robots in Disguise: Wave 1 One-Step Changers, Hyper Change Heroes/Three-Step Changers, Legion Class and Warrior Class figures are very common at most chains. The main exceptions are Galeria Kaufhof and Karstadt, which have the wave 2 Warrior Class figure Autobot Drift instead of the wave 1 figures. Drift appears to ship in solid cases of eight figures, without Optimus Prime for whatever reason. According to reports from the UK, Drift-only shipments happened over there as well for a while, so me may still see Optimus Prime in the future.
Generations Combiner Wars: Wave 1 Legends Class, Deluxe Class and Voyager Class figures at Toys"R"Us, Intertoys, Real and Müller stores. Real occasionally has them on sale. Leader Class wave 1 (Megatron and Armada Megatron) has just started to pop up at numerous Toys"R"Us stores.
Edited by Nevermore, 01 May 2015 - 04:44 AM.
Posted 02 May 2015 - 02:18 PM
Edited by Nevermore, 02 May 2015 - 02:23 PM.
Posted 05 May 2015 - 05:26 PM
Some Müller stores still have the Age of Extinction Deluxe Strafe/Legion Bumblebee/Legion Stinger three-pack and the Construct Bots Strafe/Bumblebee/Stinger three-pack in stock. These were Müller exclusives in Germany. Seen at the store in Gelsenkirchen. Also the first time I saw an RID Deluxe figure from wave 1 (Strongarm) at the same store as Drift (wave 2).
Edited by Nevermore, 07 May 2015 - 02:22 PM.
Posted 03 June 2015 - 02:07 PM
Meanwhile, Karstadt inside the Rhein-Ruhr-Zentrum shopping mall in Mülheim an der Ruhr has, I kid you not, N I N E (9) RID Warrior Class Autobot Drifts.
In what universe did the idea of solid cases containing nothing but Drifts possibly make sense?
Posted 06 June 2015 - 02:40 PM
However, I discovered something else.
First up is an unexpected late arrival: Age of Extinction One-Step Changer Autobot Drift, the helicopter version. As far as I know, this is the first time a figure from this wave has been found in Germany. Seen at Galeria Kaufhof in Wuppertal-Elberfeld.
Meanwhile, Müller in Wuppertal-Barmen not only has a nifty RID display stand, but also wave 2 of the RID Legion Class with Sideswipe and Grimlock, who are finally out in Germany:
Surprisingly enough, I found Legion Sideswipe and Grimlock a second time today, this time at Real in Mülheim an der Ruhr/Dümpten:
Posted 10 June 2015 - 03:58 PM
Galeria Kaufhof in downtown Duisburg (yesterday)
Karstadt in downtown Duisburg (yesterday)
Toys"R"Us in Duisburg-Meiderich (yesterday)
Real in Duisburg-Meiderich (yesterday)
Real in Düsseldorf-Heerdt (today)
Real in Neuss, both stores (today)
Intertoys in Neuss (today)
Toys"R"Us in Neuss (today)
Intertoys in Düsseldorf-Carlstadt (today)
Toys"R"Us in Düsseldorf-Derendorf (today)
Real in Ratingen-Breitscheid (today)
Galeria Kaufhof in Neuss not only has AOE One-Step Changer Drift (helicopter) whom I saw for the first time in Wuppertal this past saturday, but also Dinobot Slug from the same wave:
Real in Düsseldorf-Bilk has RID Three-Step/Hyper Change Optimus Prime:
Galeria Kaufhof in Düsseldorf (Königsallee) has two RID Legion Grimlocks. No Sideswipe.
Karstadt in Düsseldorf has no fewer than six RID Warrior Drifts. As usual, no Optimus Prime:
The other remaining Galeria Kaufhof store in Düsseldorf (Am Wehrhahn, right next to Karstadt) has RID Legion Grimlock as well as AOE One-Step Slug:
And Real in Ratingen (Am Sandbach) also has RID Three-Step/Hyper Change Optimus Prime:
Posted 12 June 2015 - 04:03 PM
Real in Kamp-Lintfort (yesterday)
Real in Moers-Hülsdonk, at least not since my last visit last week
Real in Moers-Meerbeck (yesterday)
Real in Mülheim an der Ruhr/Speldorf, at least not since my last visit last week
Spiele Max in downtown Mülheim an der Ruhr (today)
Galeria Kaufhof in Essen (today)
Toys"R"Us in Essen (today)
Spiele Max in downtown Bochum (today)
Real in Bochum-Wattenscheid has both RID Legion Grimlock and Sideswipe as well as Three-Step/Hyper Change Optimus Prime, the first time I've seen all three at the same store.
Posted 13 June 2015 - 03:26 PM
Real in Bochum-Langendreer
Real in Witten
Real in Hagen (both stores)
Spiele Max in Hagen
Toys"R"Us in Hagen
Real in Dortmund-Oespel
Toys"R"Us in Dortmund-Oespel
Real in Dortmund-Eving
Karstadt in downtown Dortmund: Another case of "too many Warrior Drifts", this time six in total.
Galeria Kaufhot in downtown Dortmund has RID Legion Grimlock.
I'm starting to find it suspicious that this is already the third Kaufhof store where I found Grimlock, but no Sideswipe, who definitely has been released in Germany as well (see sightings at Real and Müller). Has Hasbro shipped another weird case assortment, this time to Kaufhof?
Posted 19 June 2015 - 02:29 PM
Now they have three.
Also a very orderly display with each price point sorted by character. I.e. all the Warrior Bumblebees that are in stock have been put in one line, next to them all the Grimlocks, same for the Legions etc. Only the Combiner Wars Deluxes are thrown together randomly as usual.
Edited by Nevermore, 02 July 2015 - 12:28 PM.
Posted 03 July 2015 - 03:03 PM
Real in Mülheim an der Ruhr/Speldorf has Beast Hunters Construct-Bots Optimus Prime and Shockwave. This is the first time I noticed these. Is it possible these are rare/unreleased in the US?
Spiele Max inside the Forum shopping mall in in Mülheim an der Ruhr has Robots in Disguise Three-Step Changer/Hyperchange Hero Optimus Prime and One-Step Changers Fixit and Grimlock from wave 2. This is the first time I noticed these, so this might possibly be the first sighting of these for Germany.
Karstadt inside the Rhein-Ruhr-Zentrum shopping mall in Mülheim has four RID One-Step Changer Grimlocks and one Steeljaw, who completes wave 2.
Toys"R"Us in Essen has RID Three-Step/Hyperchange Optimus Prime, but no Combiner Wars Voyager Hot Spot or Cyclonus, only four Silverbolts.
Spiele Max in Bochum not only has RID Three-Step/Hyperchange Optimus Prime, but also Warrior Optimus Prime! Three of them, even. Also two Drifts, one Steeljaw and one Strongarm. This suggests it's this assortment, which means one Strongarm has already been sold.
Toys"R"Us in Dortmund has Combiner Wars Voyager Hot Spot and Cyclonus.
Same at Toys"R"Us in Hagen.
Spiele Max in Hagen is a tragedy. The newest figure they have is Beast Hunters Cyberverse Commander Bulkhead. However, the Kre-O Wall of Shame is impressivle. I counted no fewer than 61 (SIXTY-ONE!) Destruction Site Devastators.
Müller in Wuppertal-Barmen has Combiner Wars Legends Groove and Viper (but no Warpath), Voyager Hot Spot (but no Cyclonus) and RID Tiny Titans Series 3, the first sighting for Deutschland.
Toys"R"Us in Wuppertal-Elberfeld has Combiner Wars Voyager Hot Spot and Cyclonus as well as RID Three-Step/Hyperchange Optimus Prime.
Spiele Max in Solingen has RID Three-Step/Hyperchange Optimus Prime.
And Müller in Langenfeld has several RID Legion Grimlocks und Sideswipes.
Edited by Nevermore, 03 July 2015 - 03:07 PM.
Posted 04 July 2015 - 02:04 PM
Same at Toys"R"Us in Düsseldorf-Derendorf.
Kaufland in Düsseldorf-Derendorf (directly next to Toys"R"Us) now also has Combiner Wars Legends! Unfortunately, only wave 1.
Posted 07 July 2015 - 01:32 PM
I found 3x Groove, 2x Viper and 2x Warpath. Now they're short of one Warpath.
That nifty presentation for the photo was my work. The toy department there actually looks like a war zone.
Posted 11 July 2015 - 03:30 PM
Jackpot at Real in Bochum-Wattenscheid: Robots in Disguise Legion Fixit and Underbite (two of each) and the entire wave 3 of Combiner Wars Deluxes (two of each).
Real in downtown Essen (Rathaus-Galerie) has wave 2 of the RID One-Step-Changers with Grimlock, Fixit and Steeljaw as well as wave 3 of the Combiner Wars Deluxes:
And Real in Mülheim an der Ruhr/Dümpten also has wave 2 of the RID One-Step-Changers:
Edited by Nevermore, 11 July 2015 - 03:30 PM.
Posted 17 July 2015 - 03:38 PM
In general, the case assortment for this wave appears to be weird: Two weeks ago, Karstadt inside the Rhein-Ruhr-Zentrum shopping mall in Mülheim an der Ruhr had the wave 2 One-Step Changers, specifically four Grimlocks and one Steeljaw; today, they had three Steeljaws (and still four Grimlocks). Not a single Fixit, whom I already saw at Spiele Max und Real stores. There should be eight figures in a case. Antoher "special" case assortment for Karstadt? Or the remainder of two cases, with all the Fixits having already been sold?
Toys"R"Us in downtown Essen has exactly one Combiner Wars Voyager Cyclonus (plus one remaining Silverbolt). No Hot Spot to be seen, not even in the "reserve" area on top of the shelf (or "overstock", as TRU employees call it).
Galeria Kaufhof in downtown Gelsenkirchen has exactly one RID Legion Fixit. No Underbite, no Grimlock, no Sideswipe.
Müller in downtown Gelsenkirchen has several figures I didn't see there four weeks ago: Combiner Wars Voyager Cyclonus (again, no Hot Spot to be found), RID Tiny Titans Series 3, Combiner Wars Legends Warpath (but still no Viper) and RID Three-Step Changer/Hyperchange Hero Optimus Prime.
Real in Gelsenkirchen-Buer has waves 2 and 3 of the RID Legions with Sideswipe, Grimlock, Underbite and Fixit as well as wave 3 of the Combiner Wars Deluxes with Rook, First Aid, Streetwise and Blades:
Posted 25 July 2015 - 03:52 PM
Real in Duisburg-Großenbaum
Toys"R"Us in Düsseldorf-Derendorf
Real in Neuss (both stores)
Real in Ratingen-Breitscheid
Jackpot at Real in Düsseldorf-Bilk:
Wave 4 (!) of the RID Legions with Night Ops Bumblebee and Alpine Strike Sideswipe (two of each), plus the figures from wave 3 (Fixit and Underbite), furthermore a complete case of wave 3 of the Combiner Wars Legends (three Grooves, three Warpaths and two Vipers) and two of each Combiner Wars Deluxe wave 3 figure (Rook, First Aid, Blades and Streetwise).
Real in Düsseldorf-Heerdt has two RID Legion Grimlocks.
Real in Ratingen (Am Sandbach) has one Combiner Wars Deluxe Blades and two Rooks.
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