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I've stumbled in to a gift card worth quite a bit. Its good on Amazon.
I'm getting leader Magnus and battle core prime.
Any other recommendations?
I was looking at maybe Chromia as well.
Is devastator worth it? I have no fondness for the constructions, but no harm in owning a giant Combiner.
I went to Ollie's.
I think someone got there before me and cleared out all the fembots (except for Windblade for some reason, there were lots of Windblade).
I did get Jhiaxus for 7 bucks though. Never saw him in stores originally and I'm fond of that Armada Starscream mold.
They also had Generations Roadbuster and the Target exclusive deluxe Optimus and FoC Voyager Grimlock two pack.
The time is finally upon us, gentlemen. Rev up those wallets.
Just keep watching, either another round of orders will come up...or someone will change their mind and cancel.
I say this because I'm on the fence about a redeco of a character I never really knew that has "new" weapons, I got more attachment to grand scourge if anything
I already have Takara Arcee and Gen Arcee isn't "different enough" to get both. Windblade is so dirt common online that it'd be cheaper to order than to drive an hour to get to their store, and is such a piece of QC crap it isn't worth it. Chromia is also somewhat cheap. Rattrap and Waspinator are known to break, I think HTS still sells Scoop for $10 shipped on eBay and Tankor is also common. None of the others I want.
It's nice they're hitting a discount chain, but it'd be nicer if it wasn't one with shitty store distribution. If this were Big Lots or Dollar General it'd be easier to find these. Ollies barely has enough stores for half the people who want these to pick them up.
I would get it if it had fixed the biggest visual issue.
I wonder if it would be possible to make an upgrade kit on Shapeways to make poor Strongarm less hollow...I'd buy her if someone made that. All they'd really need to do is make folding panels that cover the backs of her legs in robot mode.
Ultra Magnus is great, Battle Core Prime is just regular Prime with slightly different deco/molding, and supposedly fixed hip joints for combiner mode. Get him if you want, or want a Prime to use for combiner stuff, or just get regular Prime. Either are good, just regular Prime isn't as great for combiner mode. But then again, he's kind of a shitty combiner since "Not muh Gee Wun" anyway.
Chromia (and Arcee) I just got in the mail today. Chromia's arm's are kind of soft plastic-ey from the forearm up. It feels kind of weird, and her elbow ball joints are really tight on the forearms. I'm somewhat afraid I'll snap her if I move them side to side too much. Other than that, she's a pretty cool figure, I think. Her hands are better designed than Arcee's (I got the open hand kind). I got'em together for about $45 with shipping. A bit expensive (around $22.50 ea for Deluxe sized figs, most Deluxe's are around $17 normally), but given Arcee is scalped to fuck at around $30-40 just by herself usually, getting them both for $45 wasn't bad for me, I guess.
Feet give better poseability/stability.
Hands I don't fucking know. They're tiny looking as fuck. The default hands work fine and look better due to their chunky size. If they just released the feet by themselves it'd be tons better.
Legends Chromia has nice, sturdy forearms. I had the same concerns with Gen Chromia. Glad I got Takara's. I like both colors but those gummy forearms ruined it, as did the clear heels.
$45 is a bit much, really, now that they're flooding Ollies, scalper prices will drop a bit when Arcee gets more saturated. Plus Chromia rarely sells for more than $15 on her own- you could've got Takara Arcee and Gen Chromia for about that, really, if you ordered separately. Maybe a bit under $70 for the Takara pair(TFsource is the only US-based shop I know of that still has Chromia for anything decent but Arcee got a 2nd run in August and the market got flooded).
The only counter to scalpers is companies actually reissuing shit if theres demand for it, to prevent scalpers from being shitfaces.
Most scalpers though usually have under the table deals with various stores I've found. I knew a few people who used to scalp figs-They'd get their shit right out of the warehouses or local stores days before release, and have every last one of any known/desired figure in an area. Actual customers never had a chance to get them, they went right to the scalpers.
Oh, and like I said, I can just avoid doing side turns with her elbow ball joints to avoid any potential disasters. Her shoulder ball joints have more than enough range of motion, especially combined with her hand ball joints. Why they used this softer plastic though, I'll never know.
cheaper grade plastic cuts down on production costs. Hasbro doesn't give a shit if fans complain as long as the kids don't care. Fans will buy it anyway and the kids are the primary market.
This. Back when MP-10 hit TRUs I would ask if they were ever going to get any in store and they could never guarantee, just "depends on what we get on the truck".
I find out later at a local toy show theres a guy with a booth at the damn thing who had a deal with the store manager to buy them all as soon as the truck got there. Manager was probably getting something under the table too.
You'd think the problem with that would be the kids aren't the ones buying the figures. It's the parents. I know if I got a shitty figure that fell apart fast I'd ring the company right up and ask why my nearly $20 MRSP worth of shit fell apart so fast.
I honestly couldn't see ever giving an Arcee or Chromia to a kid, they'd have that shit in pieces in under a day.
1) parents buy their kids a toy to shut them the hell up and that's the end of their involvement.
2) if it breaks they take it back to the store, they don't call the company to complain.
What would be a good, smaller Optimus head to replace his Super Mode head with? I want to give pic related a more proportional head.
Yep, He's the last part of a larger order, hopefully they ship him out soonish. I honestly haven't been that impressed with a masterpiece since the datsuns, but I'm hoping tracks bucks that trend.
Add Godbomber, keep head.
In seriousness though, CW Optimus' combined head is very PMOP-ish and slightly smaller than the old one. It might come off as too "detailed" for a G1 toy though. You might want one of the head off one of those "shampoo bottle" titan toys for something with less detail to better match.
You have to take apart the large head and clip on a small piece to make it fit.
Although when you look at photos of actual people you'd see that the original head is actually more proportional and a lot of TF designs get it wrong with pinheads on bulky bodies.
Maybe if you had shitty parents. My parents would call up the company to bitch if I got a shitty toy that fell apart. Then again, we were poor as fuck so, you know, every dime counted.
Former TRU employee here, know that it's not the manager who is probably getting something under the table but the truck crew. Certain types of sales send up red flags in the system, one of them is a sale where multiples of the same sku appear, managers get in fucking hot water for that from their boss. Or mine used to at least.
I not really sure, I just got told from another vendor at the show that that was how the guy got all his good stock, before everyone else. I assumed it was the manager but really I don't know, you could be right, might be the truck crew.
Just speaking from personal experience, our truck crew had scalper stashes all over the store, the managers would go around and try to disrupt that shit constantly because they would get written up for it. It wasn't so much of a problem that they ever fired anyone over it, or did more than scream and give demerits, but it was something of a red mark on the store when corporate discovered that we had sold (for example, and this should date my time at TRU) all the g1 Soundwaves in a single transaction to someone with the phone number 000-0000 (this was back when TRU took phone numbers as well).
I'm just saying that they aren't just trying to go for an optimus figure wearing armor now. They're focused more on the magnus aspect and that obviously means they aren't worried about a transforming cab.
Those are different people. Some feel a bond to Ultra Magnus's super mode body, some like the white Optimus and see the other as just weapons, and some don't give a shit as they have the Ultra Magnus from their favorite continuity already.
I kind of like both.
I think the colors they use for things like the RiD legion Magnus that just came out or the dollar store legends Magnus that's just white optimus are nice and work well for those.
But I also like what we see when UM is the hulking not white optimus like in TFA or Prime.
I'd rather keep the white optimus to the smaller figures though if that makes sense.
Battlecore Prime exists for those with a white deco fetish, I guess. Since he doesn't exist for any other reason anyone seems to know of.
Speaking of reasons, why is Windblade a bad figure? Is she just wonky, or brittle or something?
Not him, but the biggest critique of her I can see is her shins downward. Her heels don't lock in (it'd have been so simple to put a hole and tab setup there without increasing plastic count too). This makes it really easy for her heels to fold up forward and she'll topple over.
Outside of that, some people just don't like the general thin, lithe look and find it too spindly and maybe even fragile-feeling (although I've not heard of anything actually breaking commonly). Some see her jet mode as overly gappy, the sword as poorly stored, and/or the wings annoying to pose in robot mode.
Lastly, some people just don't like how she's not very accurate to the comics (or, I suppose, most of the comics featuring her are not accurate to the toy if you want to be specific). The Takara version does wonders to make it look more like Sarah Stone's version of Windblade, but there's only so much paint can do.
Overall, I think she's between a 6 and 8 out of ten, depending on your tastes and such.
Shoulders? what's wrong with them?
Well, thinking of ordering her just to complete my femmbot's. And maybe a Black Tittyspider too. Are there any female figs besides those and the Takara repaints?
In terms of current stuff? There's Strongarm in the RID line that you might still be able to find on a shelf, and there's MP Road Rage who'll be out in December.
But if you go into the backlog, there's plenty. Thunderblast, Howlback, Minerva, Arcee triplets from the movie, Rosanna, micromaster Discharge, Airrazor, Cyb. Override, etc. Even more if you add in Botcon stuff.
Huge gaps through the body in vehicle mode, legs make absolutely no attempt to integrate into the vehicle mode, colours aren't accurate to anything, be it comics or the promotional art they released, heels that collapse, heavily simplified face paint that looks nothing like anything, wings look fucking huge in robot mode.
I have compiled a complete or almost complete list of female transformers that have transforming toys (ie no statue shit or kreons on the list)
The asterisk is this I have I don't feel like editing it out.
Female transformers with toys
Glyph (botcon 2002 keychain redeco of g1 bumblebee)
Gingham (While not a female character this figure looks like Clipper)
Discharge (Number 5,part of Sixturbo, multiple colors)
Howlback (ravage redeco)
Mega (Overlord D-307's powermaster)
Path Finder (e-hobby homage to gobots)
Small Foot (e-hobby gobots homage)
Nightracer (botcon 96)
TM Blackarachnia (McD's toy)
Botcon Arcee (TM2 BA redeco)
10th anniversary Blackarachnia
Telemocha Blackarachnia (takara's 10th ed ba)
* Beast Machines Blackarachnia
* Airazor (incomplete, missing shoulder pads)
* TM Airazor
Fox Kids TM Airazor (tm redeco)
Video Airazor (airazor redeco)
Scylla (combiner limb for BW2 God Neptune)
Manta Ray (McDonald's toy)
Black Widow (takara BA)
Beast Wars Returns Black Widow (takara BM BA)
Beast Wars Returns Strika (Takara release)
Antagony (Botcon 1998 Inferno redeco)
*Wendy (train combiner)
Red Wendy (chase variant)
Crystal Widow (BM BA repaint, 2 pack w oil slick)
Blackarachnia (BM BA repaint)
Nemesis Strika (BM Strika repaint)
minicon Sureshock (forms perceptor) (multiple repaints of Sureshock)
micron Arcee (Sureshock micron redeco)
micron Pink Arcee (Sureshock micron redeco w/ powerlinx prime)
micron Frenzy (Brake, Damper, Filter) (Micron booster vol 2 combiner)
Micron Road Rebel (Thyristor)
Micron Guardian Speed
* micron Cumbusta
* micron Falcia
* micron Twirl
Ariel/ Paradron Medic (bike Arcee redeco)
* Airazor (TM redeco)
Flame War (Botcon 2005, bike arcee redeco)
Flareup (botcon 2005, bike arcee redeco)
Override GTS (redeco)
Botcon Elita-1 (Thunderblast redeco)
Chromia Minerva-Type (Thunderblast redeco DVD pack in)
Botcon Lyzack (2009 Wings of honor)
Space Warp (unreleased?)
Binaltech / Kiss Play / Alternators
Blackarachnia (canceled toy)
Rosanna (Pink casette tape)
Angela (pink leoball keychain)
(WHO GIVES A FUCK?)
Movie 1 Elita 1 Target Exclusive (AEU Arcee mold)
Movie 1 Arcee target exclusive(AEU bike in blue)
Movie 1 Arcee Deluxe (humanoid bike)
Movie 1 Arcee Deluxe Battle Damage
Movie 1 Arcee Black
Movie 1 Arcee Wonder Festival g1 pink deco
Movie 1 Fracture (Crasher GoBot redeco of gen Mirage)
Movie 2 Arcee
Movie 2 Shitbag wheelbikes I don't care right now
Movie 2 Human Alliance Shitbag Arcees and whatever IDFK
Movie 2 Arcee Legends
Movie 2 Shadow Striker (legends)
Movie 3 Arcee because why not reuse this awful mold?
Movie 3 Override (legends)
Botcon Minerva (Two different heads)
*First Ed Arcee
NYCC Pink First Ed Arcee
Beast Hunters Arcee
Transformers Go Arcee (Takar Beast Hunters Arcee)
Arms Micron Arcee (RID Arcee w/ Micron)
Arcee Blade (Comes with Arms Micron Arcee)
Arcee Arms Micron (arms micron figure that turns into arcee)
Arms Micron Airachnid
Slipstream (TFCC exclusive)
Botcon Flareup (RID Arcee redeco)
Botcon Flamewar (RID BH Arcee redeco)
* Warrior Strongarm
* Legion Strongarm
One step Strongarm
Legion Strongarm black repaint
Takara Strongarm (difference???)
Takara Legion Strongarm (has show accurate paint deco)
* Wind Shear (helicopter from minicon assault team)
* Takara Arcee
* Combiner Hunters 3 pack (redeco arcee, chromia, windblade)
* Black Widow (Blackarachnia)
* Nightbird (arcee redeco)
Botcon Strika drone
Botcon Burn Out
Botcon Dia, Diaclone pilot from targetmaster comes with botcon g2 hound
Mega (comes with Overlord)
Damn thats a lot. Though not much in the current stuff, other than repaints. So I guess if I nab a Tittyspider and Windblade I'm all set.
I think I'm addicted to building my collection, /toy/. I haven't bought a toy in over 15 years, now I've dropped nearly $500 on it all. And $500 is a lot of money to my poor ass. I'll probably end up near 600 by the time I'm done.
Fucking nostalgia is a powerful tool.
As far as I've seen, Elita was never started and there's really nothing to see regarding the combination. Maybe they just figured movie toys can look so weird who would care if the combined form was off. Or maybe the toys got started while the idea was for them to combine but they ditched that during the toy-designing phase and they never took it out.
Either way, I'd love to know more about them.
Why did they ditch the original leg configuration anyway? That would have made him stable, and he looks fantastic.
As he currently is, you have to sand down parts to get it to look awesome, and those bits will stand out in other modes.
I haven't really been keeping up, but what exactly are the deluxes going to be anyway? I saw the nycc reveals, but from what I understand the headmasters are voyagers and everything else shown was legends?
just rotate and fold the legs so it fits inside the slot on the back of Motor Master's legs, it makes a really weird shape though.
Other option is just make Motor Master's legs like he's sitting on a chair.
Yeah, but then you'd be forced to buy 2 with matching hand, or foot pieces, which would be a pain if you buy one that doesn't mix with the rest of a combiner.
Hopefully, they include that with the voyager.
>Blurry random angles that give zero context of where these shots came from.
I'll admit I haven't seen these designs anywhere before but still, this is the same shit you had to look out for when there were fake Smash Leaks floating around
Is there any event happening now that this would be from? Or are we just supposed to assume some guy managed to hack the hasbro database
Galvatronus was just one figure, and he was just remold filler.
For Computron, they need to advertise an entire team, and they'd have to come up with an excuse to bring the dead technobots back.
No, fuck you I can't fucking stand it when people pull this shit just to fuck with people.
This is clearly SOMEONE'S design though, and I'd like to know who's. You dont just make a 3d prototype model of a transforming robot toy set for a quick hoax.
Suggest some Beast Wars toys to buy and an ideal price to stay within for them so I don't get gypped.
Hard Mode: No show characters
Harder Mode: Fox Kids redecos and unused-by-the-show Transmetals bypass the above
Leaderclass Starscream with the crown is $35 at TRU in canada for another hour.
Should I grab him off their website?
I love the Armada Cheetor and Airazor redecos. Airazor is TM/non-show, and Cheetor is far away from a show deco.
"Transmetal" Claw Jaw and Spittor both look really neat, too. Great colors.
basic Insecticon is super neat, too. Love his weapon and he is a lot of fun in both modes.
I'm also partial to Nightglider, even though the Dark Scream deco is way better.
As >>5266835 said, Insecticon is a great little figure, and he has an added bonus of being cheap on the secondary market due to his simplicity and non-show status. Powerpinch is a great figure as well, along with Razorclaw. Most of the basic Fuzors are at least decent, like Bantor, and Terragator is pretty cool if you can get a complete one. (avoid it if it's not because he looks like shit missing either of his weapons)
I agree with all of this. Love Razorclaw, too. Terrgator gets a lot of shit, but his beast mode rules and he looks like an awesome Predacon riot cop if you set him up right in robot mode.
I also love Airhammer for some reason.
And Transmetal 2 Prowl is also fantastic. He could use a weapon, but his bio mentions telekinesis powers so it all works out.
I unabashedly love all the Fox Kids and Armada BW repaints. And I like most of the universe 1.0 repaints, too. Especially Primal.
oh, and the Beast Machines (I think?) BW Neo repaints are great. Airraptor, Triceratron (?), Dinotron and Striker are so cool.
Fucking Canada, stop having good deals on shit I want.
I mean I've been using weapons from the prime legion stuff, but now they don't have weapons so Again. What the fuck.
I mean yeah go ahead and let their hands be compatible, but they're not all just on the hands.
A new chest piece with the same basic shape as the old one, which predictably produces the same gaps in the robot mode that have been present on a 7 year year old mold that has been extensively photographed and reviewed.
That's a good set of colors with the Legion Optimus. Still doesnt feel quite like Magnus, but it would be a great alternate character on it's own merit. Like Prima
I would happily buy an all white with silver trim version of this mold as Ultra Magnus
>a lot of TF designs get it wrong with pinheads on bulky bodies.
How? the pic you posted looks worlds better than the original.
Robots have small heads because it makes the body look bigger, making them look more powerful as a result. It's common sense, man.
Here's a photoshopped PM Prime pic, you can't say it doesnt look better than the original
Ding ding ding. I'm not usually a person that complains about proportions, hollow areas, parts forming, etc. but the Ironhide mold looks skinny and awkward, and the torso especially has no back to it. Do not want.
Actually the reason Red Cross doesn't want to be involved is because their logo is a trademarked element.
"Their logo" being the universal symbol for medical treatment. I wonder why they haven't gone after TF2 yet.
We got two retools out of the Tow-Line mold, but no Tow-Line out of Ratchet/Ironhide toys since then.
I would have loved a Classics Tow-Line.
This is still the best Ratchet toy out there.
And that's kind of sad.
I like the green one they got over in Japan better.
Lets post something mildly better...least in proportion.
Bend it like beckham
Speaking of Transformers Prime, what characters from Prime do you guys want RiD toys of in season 2?
Here are my picks.
Even if there might be more worthy characters for the show, I feel that these didn't get good enough toys in Prime.
Same again, think those little guns help though storage may be an issue, gonna get them baggies handy
Aaaand we're done because no devastator shots yet, though we know what he looks like anyway.
Well, I hope we do but who knows, I'm just glad I have this on pre-order over the cheaper SDCC one because wiping dust off chrome isnt fun
gray treads, probably. I'm annoyed Hasbro went purple because it makes the arms a solid lump, but I suppose asking for Hasbro to get it right is asking too much. There has to be some incentive to import.
>Road Rage is announced
>fanboys are all "waah that's taking away a slot for a new mold, how dare they!"
>Ratchet is announced
>literally no one cries that it cost a unique mold
Sometimes I wish Botcon would be attacked the way that one furry convention got hit by a gas attack.
I think the mold works better as Ratchet than Ironhide. Might made TFC's Ironwill for my Ironhind and get the offical Ratchet. Hopfully Repro labels will attempt to give him the correct crosses.
People actually know ratchet, from g1 to current day versions.
Road Rage has an always been a remold that has little to no fiction, to most fans eyes its more justifiable to have seeker repaints than road rage despite heavy retooling.
Think he means the fact "new" mp's have their own designated numbers and recolors have a little attached.
...or the fact we could of gotten a completely different character instead of what we've gotten, still waiting on various mp's here but thanks to the recent cyclonus and galvatron voyagers I have little hope left.
>.or the fact we could of gotten a completely different character instead of what we've gotten
But we couldn't have. It doesn't take the same amount of time and effort to design a repaint/retool as it does to do a complete mold. We've got 4 unique MP molds on the horizon right now. Is that not enough for you people? MP-30 would have had to been a repaint at this pace, or they simply wouldn't have announced anything yet.
This reminds me of all the faggots in Smash Bros. threads on /v/ who thought that palette-swap characters were "taking up a slot", only this is even dumber because it's a fucking toy line that doesn't have restricted development time.
You make good points with the smash bros thing.
I know in the first mortal kombat just to cram in more characters they used the same ninja sprite just with new moves and color and glitches gave us 4 sprites.
For a toy line I guess with established characters with actual fiction to them its expected.
One I've never understood though...exhaust, just a diaclone thing I take it?
Or was he forced use of the wheeljack mold?
I thought the drill was only from devastation but its been awhile since I've watched g1.
Fear not, I bet a third party will fix that, I might just use one of those kotobukiya weapin kits to fix mine.
>One I've never understood though...exhaust, just a diaclone thing I take it?
>Or was he forced use of the wheeljack mold?
Yeah, basically just a Diaclone version of the mold that never saw use as an actual, unique Transformer, much like literal Bluestreak or Tigertrack.
I wonder why they didn't do the Optimus Maximus out of the "core" crew from the cartoon. Ratchet, Iron Hide, Bumblebee and Wheeljack.
Seems kind of odd to use Mirage and Sunstreaker, they were around, but they weren't featured in damn near every episode.
Because they had a speedster car and formula 1 car mold right there.
Wheeljack has more retooling from the original mold than sunstreaker and there's not really a car that fits bumblebee. They literally did the easy ones first. That's it.
This has to be fake, why would they show a silhouette and then show the actual combiner in the next slide...
I assume the slide with the dinosaurs are to show that hasbro's Jurassic Park line has been selling well, so they should make dinosaur transformers?
Well these 2 just came in the mail. Too bad Fastlane is missing the spoilers so now I have to hunt that and Apeface's gun during the next toy con or ebay at worse.
The box should also have a flap in front covering the actual toys but it seems that those were ripped and lost a long time ago.
Not going to say it's real, but presentations do do the silhouette thing, either to give them time to speak before revealing the product, or to show the people in the room the "promo image" VS what they're making, etc.
I blame some of it on Mattel's shit with MOTUC, where everything takes up slots and they can't fucking do another run of figures they fucked up with reversed shoulders because of it. It's the only toyline that does that but now everyone thinks all toylines are handled that way.
Could someone explain why they made Pounce and Wingspan out of the Vehicon molds instead of Fastlane and Cloudraker?
Going after the alt modes would have made more sense imo.
Yeah, it is. In fact, the Convention Center is right next to one of their major offices in Providence. (Their HQ however is in Pawtucket.) But Hasbro doesn't give a shit about Rhode Island Comic Con because it's so bad. Last year, the fire marshal shut it down.
I think the only reason they're having a Transformers panel is because Peter Cullen and Frank Welker are there, but I don't believe Hasbor representatives are going.
I would have gone to see Frank Welker, but in addition to still being bitter about the fire marshal incident last year, they were charging a wopping $175 to see him, same for Peter Cullen. I've gotten autographs of much more famous people for less.
>go to the ollie's at the huntington mall in west virginia
>not a single deluxe in sight
Damn. At least I got one of those G1-colored FOC Grimlocks, though, so that's cool.
How is the chromed out deluxe prime that came with him?
>local discount store has at least twelve dark of the moon Topspins
>AND NOTHING ELSE
The shame is that $7 is well under wholesale, so they could make decent money just selling them at MSRP.
Last Christmas I sold a ton of Arcees for $20, undercutting scalpers. I still have slot left over but nobody will buy them paired with anything else. Even BBTS still has her paired with Chromia for a good price and people are poorfags about it.
Oh, I had alot of them because I ordered solid cases from a distributor. It looks like Hasbro has largely abandoned that experiment. Too bad, because it was a great way to bypass their stupid assortments and get the toys people actually wanted out there.