I'm sure that Side Burn was likely supposed to come with the BotCon 2011 figures (like Ramjet & Cheetor) but was delayed because of a manufacturing issue, and then further delayed due to Customs (as said previously).
So many...many times this. Perhaps I shouldn't be so impatient and ungracious to people who don't have the knowledge and experiences that I have been blessed with in my career. They don't know the issues China is facing right now and the impact those issues have had on deliveries of everything
. They have never been to a port loading facility to see the thousands of containers and the back-up that can crop up. They've never been to a bonded warehouse or customs inspection facility and seen the inspections and the seized shipments that are just sitting there waiting for the proper T to be crossed on some import form such as an ISF form or because some discrepancy has been recorded between the OBL and the original docs. They haven't known a China that has brown outs and transient labor issues. Etc etc etc.
In manufacturing and importing from other countries delays are inevitable
. And when you add to these facts the hard truth that TCC is at the butt-end of production priority, being a very small production run comparative to the size of what normally runs through Hasbro factories, they don't always enjoy the benefit of hitting the factory with a financial penalty if they don't handle their products right.
Maybe I should be more gracious and patient. But people should try to listen and attempt to understand these things.