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#5311 dualedge2   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   773 Posts   Joined 9.9 Years Ago  

dualedge2

Posted 30 May 2013 - 03:35 AM

Considering the Alternators aren't being sold in the U.S. any more (which means they'll probably be VERY expensive and the Binaltechs are fairly expensive) and Masterpiece figures run upwards of $100, I'd say to keep them away from your son unless he's old enough to know the difference between a "toy" and a "collectible".

However, that is not to tell you to keep them from him forever. It's always nice to have another Transformers fan, especially one from the next generation.

#5312 blandstalker   I am Irrelevant Bitching CAGiversary!   2599 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

blandstalker

Posted 30 May 2013 - 06:32 AM

So jealous of you guys finding new stuff haha. Most recent finds were Cyberverse Soundwave (tiny, but a decent legends class fig) and Voyager Shockwave (beautiful robot mode, terrible "tank" mode and pathetic transformation).


I've not seen Voyager Shockwave at all.

I'm a little concerned again. I've been to a bunch of Targets recently, and none of them had Generations Voyagers. I haven't seen them at all in Wal-Marts since finding Blaster and Grimlock, and then only that once. And I haven't seen them at TRU lately either.

What's the deal? It's one of the major product lines, and one which is apparently selling. Yet there are none.

I think I may preorder Sandstorm on BBTS. I'd hate to miss it just because I don't go to Target some week.

#5313 mickeyp   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1189 Posts   Joined 12.2 Years Ago  

Posted 30 May 2013 - 07:08 PM

Well we actually have one alternator from 2003 Hound a Jeep Wrangler.

#5314 blandstalker   I am Irrelevant Bitching CAGiversary!   2599 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

blandstalker

Posted 31 May 2013 - 06:15 AM

Amazon Warehouse Deals has a Generations Blitzwing for $19.40

Here's the link

I haven't ordered Transformers off AWD before, but they frequently have Legos and the only "defect" is damage to the box. They are not "used" in any sense of the word. This is a good option if you can't locate one locally.

If I didn't have one, I would order this without hesitation.

#5315 blandstalker   I am Irrelevant Bitching CAGiversary!   2599 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

blandstalker

Posted 01 June 2013 - 12:57 AM

Amazon has Voyager Springer and Voyager Blitzwing in regular stock right now for $22.99 as well as an AWD Springer for 19.80

#5316 Zmonkay   Awesome in Small Doses CAGiversary!   4714 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 01 June 2013 - 11:02 AM

My MAN! Thanks!

Also have Generations Bumblebee with Blazemaster: http://www.amazon.co.../ref=pd_sim_t_3

Cyberverse Commander Shockwave: http://www.amazon.co...d_bxgy_t_text_z

Prime Deluxe Dreadwing: http://www.amazon.co.../ref=pd_sim_t_5


All are at or just slightly above retail. Free shipping+no tax makes these all no-brainers to me. Sadly generations cyberverse prime is overpriced, as are skystalker and grimwing.

#5317 The Punisher   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3909 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

The Punisher

Posted 01 June 2013 - 02:22 PM

I have a prime 25th ann. edition with dvd. I got it in 2004. What is it worth now?

#5318 blandstalker   I am Irrelevant Bitching CAGiversary!   2599 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

blandstalker

Posted 06 June 2013 - 12:45 AM

I have a prime 25th ann. edition with dvd. I got it in 2004. What is it worth now?

 

They appear to be going for $60-100 on eBay, probably depending on condition.  I seem to recall selling mine last fall for $75, so it seems like a pretty stable price window.



#5319 masterchief2291   CAGiversary! Trading Ban   662 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

masterchief2291

Posted 14 June 2013 - 04:35 PM

so after many months of searching, i still have not come across a single FoC grimlock in stores. if anyone has an extra theyd like to get rid of, id gladly buy it from you



#5320 blandstalker   I am Irrelevant Bitching CAGiversary!   2599 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

blandstalker

Posted 15 June 2013 - 01:10 AM

so after many months of searching, i still have not come across a single FoC grimlock in stores. if anyone has an extra theyd like to get rid of, id gladly buy it from you

 

I haven't seen any past the initial supply, back in February.  I saw them a few times, then that was it.  For awhile, I thought Hasbro was going to be stocking things in a sane manner, but now I can see they're back to last year's games: blink and they're gone for good.

 

The only Generations Voyagers I come across now are Soundwaves, because they were shipped multiple times to every retailer.  Most stores don't have any Generations Voyagers anymore.  They all have tons of BH Predaking.  I'm not sure if they shipped too many, kids don't want it, or both.

 

Once again, stores have OD'ed on the product line that isn't selling, and don't have any of the product line that is selling.  Someone has really dropped the ball.  Again.

 

You can order Generations Soundwave on HTS.  That's the only Generations Voyager you can get from them -- you know, the one you can actually find in stores.  Fuck you, Hasbro.

 

I finally did preorder Sandstorm on BBTS. 



#5321 techstar25   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   485 Posts   Joined 13.9 Years Ago  

techstar25

Posted 19 June 2013 - 12:47 PM

This is a little off topic ... I live pretty close to Orlando and this weekend the Universal Studios Transformers ride is opening so our newspaper did a feature on some local Transformers collectors. I got a few quotes in the article and she put one of my Botcon photos in the slideshow.

Rather than give my real name here  :ziplip: , let's just say I am the "36 year old database programmer, married father of five".

 

The main guy they featured has a collection that's pretty mind-blowing (see the video). My collection is modest compared to that.

 

http://www.floridato...?nclick_check=1



#5322 Bloomy   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4863 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 20 June 2013 - 05:36 PM

Nice article.  Forwarded it to my parents to show them I'm not alone.  Aced their quiz, including the question they had wrong.

 

Toy pics of MP Smokescreen are out.  Sweet.

 

http://www.animetoyn...evealed-photos/

 

Got a preorder notice from BBTS this morning, looks like the next main line MP figures will be Wheeljack and Bumblebee.  I thought they'd keep going with molds they could do easy repaints for (Ironhide / Ratchet, Trailbreaker / Hoist, Inferno / Grapple), but I won't complain about 2 new molds with limited reuse.  (Remember that Cliffjumper was a Porsche, not a VW bug, and Goldbug would require a bit of robot mold retooling to keep his G1 look.)  Curious about Bumblebee, though, if Takara was able to come to a license agreement with VW, if they're trying to go ahead without a license because of the popularity of the character, or if they'll use something like the Mini Cooper at the vehicle mode.  Or BBTS could be wrong, but I don't want that, because I'd love to see all the '84 and '85 releases get the MP treatment.

 

There's also a G2 repaint of MP Sideswipe coming, and a fan pick for an MP of an Autobot leader.

 

http://www.tfw2005.c...evealed-177742/

 

Tough to choose.  For me, first to eliminate are the Unicron trilogy ones (Armada, Energon, Cybertron).  Just not interested enough in those over the others.  Curious how Optimus Primal and R.I.D. Prime could be improved upon as Masterpieces, since I think they're pretty much perfect in their original incarnations.  Show accurate with good transformations and articulation.  Fort Max, Star Saber and Dai Atlas could use modern retools, though MP Fort Max will probably never be big enough and MP Star Saber will need an eventual MP Victory Leo to combine with.  Wonder if MP Powermaster Prime would include the 2nd trailer.

 

BBTS is shipping out my big pile of loot.  MPs Sideswipe, Red Alert, Soundwave and cassette 2-packs, eHobby Rodimus, Encore Fort Max, reissue Seacon set.  Can't wait.



#5323 Zmonkay   Awesome in Small Doses CAGiversary!   4714 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:35 PM

Nice article.  Forwarded it to my parents to show them I'm not alone.  Aced their quiz, including the question they had wrong.

Haha yeah, I chuckled at that question.



#5324 Thomas96   I am Thomaticus! CAGiversary!   6070 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

Thomas96

Posted 24 June 2013 - 01:37 PM

Did I miss MP soundwave from TRU?

#5325 Bloomy   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4863 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 24 June 2013 - 04:58 PM

Did I miss MP soundwave from TRU?

 

Release date hasn't been announced yet.  I imagine they'll either announce the date at Botcon (6/27-30) or Comic-Con (7/18-21).  The US box art was revealed a couple weeks ago.

 

http://www.tfw2005.c...-images-177695/



#5326 Thomas96   I am Thomaticus! CAGiversary!   6070 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

Thomas96

Posted 27 June 2013 - 01:33 AM

Release date hasn't been announced yet.  I imagine they'll either announce the date at Botcon (6/27-30) or Comic-Con (7/18-21).  The US box art was revealed a couple weeks ago.

 

http://www.tfw2005.c...-images-177695/

 

Thank goodness!  I thought I missed it, or it was cancelled.  I hate the box, but the numbering lets me know that there will be more masterpiece figures coming.  I'd really be happy just collecting the masterpiece figures.  



#5327 blandstalker   I am Irrelevant Bitching CAGiversary!   2599 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

blandstalker

Posted 27 June 2013 - 05:35 AM

Heads up!  Big Lots has gotten plenty of Tranformers Prime : RID

 

I have found multiple Vehicons in every Big Lots I've been to, plus Airachnid at one today.  I've also seen: Ratchet, Dead End, Hot Shot, and Breakdown.  $8 apiece

 

The very first Big Lots I went to also had DC Universe Wave 20, though I've only seen it at the one.  If anyone goes to Big Lots and sees Hawk and Dove, I'll trade for them.



#5328 dafunkk12   Coconut Monkey CAGiversary!   1659 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

Posted 27 June 2013 - 07:04 AM

The main guy they featured has a collection that's pretty mind-blowing (see the video). My collection is modest compared to that.

 

http://www.floridato...?nclick_check=1

I laughed when I saw his Farrah Fawcett poster; totally cemented the room as more-or-less '80s-themed. All that was missing was a poster of either a Countach, Testarossa, or 959. Or that tennis poster; you know the one.

 

I went to Universal on Grand Opening day but didn't wake up early enough to see the ceremonies. Was walking through the parking structure when I heard jets flying overhead and explosions in the distance. I even dared to wear a black shirt in the horrible heat & humidity, albeit the nifty http://bit.ly/1cpbHDE (received many kudos from the park staff). Would've been great if I could've gotten a photo op w/ him & Welker. I already had the small Evac toy from when they did a wide release, and I had intended to get the Deluxe size but balked when I saw the $25 price tag.



#5329 Bubbamel   Who ate my Reese's pieces? CAGiversary!   186 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:22 PM

Heads up everyone.. It seems Sandstorm became available last night and sold out pretty quickly.  Here is the link from Amazon.. start hitting F5 people! 

 

http://www.amazon.co...words=sandstorm



#5330 demonchylde   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   222 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

demonchylde

Posted 27 June 2013 - 08:21 PM

I found Sandstorm, Blitzwing, and Springer at Target this morning in Eagle Rock. My guess is they'll be showing up at other Los Angeles area Targets within the next week or so if they aren't already there. Finally, after weeks of nothing but ugly deluxe Beast Hunters, something worth collecting. :)



#5331 Bubbamel   Who ate my Reese's pieces? CAGiversary!   186 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:08 PM

Now to wait for Metroplex...   my wallet is crying. 



#5332 Zmonkay   Awesome in Small Doses CAGiversary!   4714 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 29 June 2013 - 11:10 AM

Wow, so it seems Amazon is having a clearance/sale on KreO if anyone collects those. I personally loved the first wave, the second wave was a definite step back imho, but I'm still gonna pick up a few wave 3 (Beast Hunters-related)

 

Best deal:

Devesator (Normally 79.99, now 39.99)

http://www.amazon.co...3&keywords=kreo

OR

for 59.99 Devestator + Ironhide (only way to get Ironhide.  I think this was a TRU exclusive?  "Only 1 left" however)

http://www.amazon.co...1&keywords=kreo

 

if you just search for Kreo most TF Kreo sets are 5.00+ off though (and the mini-fig combiners are 1.50 off)

 

 

Non-deal related:

Sad I missed out on Sandstorm, hope he appears in stores soon (only seen Shockwave, Springer, and Blitzwing once as of yet...).

Still very torn on Metroplex.  I know I'll get him, but it will be begrudgingly.  There's such a thing as "too much" homage methinks.

 

Hope we see some cool new stuff this weekend (Botcon) but I'm not holding my breath.  Probably mostly private showings, unlike ToyFair.  Totally didn't realize Hasbro was re-releasing G1 Predaking though.  Now I'm really regretting buying the Japanese reissue for 200.00 (which I've even been trying to sell to recoup the cost... there goes that chance haha).



#5333 Zmonkay   Awesome in Small Doses CAGiversary!   4714 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:18 PM

Metroplex up for preorder on Amazon (125, free shipping) and BigBadToyStore (110, 15 shipping).

http://www.amazon.co...&tag=mozilla-20

 

http://www.bigbadtoy...897&mode=retail



#5334 blandstalker   I am Irrelevant Bitching CAGiversary!   2599 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

blandstalker

Posted 29 June 2013 - 06:44 PM

Metroplex up for preorder on Amazon (125, free shipping) and BigBadToyStore (110, 15 shipping).

http://www.amazon.co...&tag=mozilla-20

 

http://www.bigbadtoy...897&mode=retail

 

Not for me.  I'm not even tempted because I had an original, and this looks very faithful.  I just don't like Transformers that turn into 'bases' or what-have-you anymore.

 

One amusing thing:  Go to Amazon and check out the differences between Hasbro's photoshops and Amazon's pictures of the actual items.  For $125 bucks and 'Titan Class', you'd think they could spring for a little shading on all that white.

 

 

Totally didn't realize Hasbro was re-releasing G1 Predaking though.  Now I'm really regretting buying the Japanese reissue for 200.00 (which I've even been trying to sell to recoup the cost... there goes that chance haha).

 

Now that's a head-scratcher.  Why would they re-release something for which there's a glut of imports?  Betcha the domestic version isn't metal, though.  Unless they're just re-boxing the existing ones they couldn't sell.



#5335 Bubbamel   Who ate my Reese's pieces? CAGiversary!   186 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 01 July 2013 - 01:34 PM

The race to beat the scalpers has begun.  Toys R Us has Soundwave and Acid Storm Masterpieces listed for sale on July 18th.  Hopefully this is not another MP10 situation.

 

Soundwave...

 

http://www.toysrus.c...dFindSrc=search

 

Acid Storm...

 

http://www.toysrus.c...dFindSrc=search

 

 

Good luck to everyone interested! 

 

 

Edit:  Predaking is now up for preorder on Amazon and BBTS.  It seems that the prelimnary information coming out is that he will have diecast parts... I guess we will see.

 

http://www.amazon.co...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1



#5336 blandstalker   I am Irrelevant Bitching CAGiversary!   2599 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

blandstalker

Posted 01 July 2013 - 07:00 PM

Good news!  If you missed Springer or Blitzwing, they're reshipping with Sandstorm.  I'd heard this before, but I saw evidence.

 

Bad news!  In a case, it's 3 of Springer, 3 of Blitzwing, and 2 Sandstorms.  So, if you see Springer and Blitzwing at your store, you were too late to get Sandstorm.  Thanks, Hasbro, for ensuring Sandstorm will be hard to find! :headache:

 

I picked one up at Target this morning.   It was the second Target I stopped at.  The first had Springer and Blitzwing only, the next had the full case.

 

 

Betcha the domestic version isn't metal, though.  Unless they're just re-boxing the existing ones they couldn't sell.

 

I don't know about the last part, but the new domestic Predaking is metal.  How about that!  And $120, to boot.  Guess I'm stuck with my Japanese one, like you Zmonkay.  We need to make up a reason why they're rare, or something :D



#5337 tilcfast   iDoc CAGiversary!   182 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

tilcfast

Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:21 PM

The race to beat the scalpers has begun. Toys R Us has Soundwave and Acid Storm Masterpieces listed for sale on July 18th. Hopefully this is not another MP10 situation.

Soundwave...

http://www.toysrus.c...dFindSrc=search


It's finally here. The price is actually better than I thought it would be. For 5 figures and accessories that is actually not a bad price at all.

Now the choice...do I try to risk finding it in store or do I try to buy it as soon as its available online and pay for shipping...

I hope Hasbro makes a lot of these...

#5338 Zmonkay   Awesome in Small Doses CAGiversary!   4714 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 01 July 2013 - 10:40 PM

God dammit Hasbro (re: Predaking).  For 120 that's actually pretty tight, especially with them being metal.

 

BUT:  blandstalker's and mine have his big ass sword!  Take that repainted TF:Prime sword!  (Who wants to buy my sword for 60 bucks?  Anyone? :p )

 

Also got Soundwave bookmarked.  It says 18th but I'll be checking daily in case it goes live early. Thanks Bubbamel!

 

And Acid Storm?  Man, Fuck that shit.  No G1 nostalgia (a random bot from a one-off TF episode I had to google to get the reference does not nostalgia make), ugly as hell (imho), just no.  I've got my MP Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker, I'm happy.  Unless they put out an MP Dirge and Thrust (With new wings, not just repainted MP seakers), my seakers are complete.  Slightly tempted to track down those KO MP Dirge and Thrust from a couple years back but too lazy/cheap.



#5339 mickeyp   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1189 Posts   Joined 12.2 Years Ago  

Posted 02 July 2013 - 03:48 AM

Release date hasn't been announced yet.  I imagine they'll either announce the date at Botcon (6/27-30) or Comic-Con (7/18-21).  The US box art was revealed a couple weeks ago.

 

http://www.tfw2005.c...-images-177695/

My son just looked at picture and said he wants this!  I hope it will not be hard for me to find!



#5340 blandstalker   I am Irrelevant Bitching CAGiversary!   2599 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

blandstalker

Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:33 PM

The short version:  If you can find Sandstorm, buy it.  It's probably the best retool I've ever seen and the best of the three most recent Generations Voyagers.

 

The long version:  I didn't realize Sandstorm was a retool of Springer, but it's such a radical retooling that I think I can be forgiven.  Entire mechanics were redone and the changes are so extensive that it might as well be a new mold.  Not only that, it's better than Springer.

 

Perhaps I lost out on the QA lottery with Springer, but all the problems I had with him are gone on Sandstorm.  The paint apps are neat.  The plastic quality is better.  The side panels are molded in the right color, rather than being sloppily covered.  There are additional pegs and tabs.

 

I have only two criticisms of Sandstorm.  The first is that his gun is boring and even cheaper than Springers -- no paint, single missile.  But you don't even really need it.  The second is that the front grille for the dune buggy is visible on the helicopter and it's distracting.  It interferes with the illusion of it being an aircraft. 

 

Apart from those nitpicks, this is an improvement in every way.  It doesn't feel or look cheap.  The robot arms, which stuck out like a sore thumb on Springer's helicopter mode, are hidden by the VTOL wings and dark paint.  A newly molded piece makes the tail section more unified and fixes the spoiler flaps which wouldn't stay put on Springer.

 

The dunebuggy vehicle mode works well and is very different than Springer.  The VTOL turbines invert and become wheels, but they look completely different on each side.  The darker orange tail flap does this origami folding maneuver, becoming an armored cage for the cockpit which is brilliant.  There are still some stability issues, but they aren't as significant.  It also has a completely different, massive look to it. 

 

Robot mode fits Sandstorm.  I hate orange, but I like this color scheme.  It suits both vehicles and the character.  It's less safety orange than G1 Sandstorm, but it also looks better.  Here in robot mode, you can also see that the plastic quality is improved.  On Springer, the chest panels felt thin, soft, and KO quality.  On Sandstorm, they are thicker, more ridgid, and feel right. 

 

In other words, Springer felt like a design that was hampered by cheapness and cost-cutting.  Sandstorm made me feel like Generations is back.  The designers have still got it, can be utterly amazing and inventive and surprising, and the quality is there to back it up.  For kicks, I just weighed them both.  Springer, with his rotor and gun, is 5.3 ounces.  Sandstorm, with his gun, is 6.7.

 

Even if you are someone who typicaly doesn't get recolors or retools, this is one to get.  It is so different and it changes everything for the better.  I'm really surprised and impressed.

 

[Note:  I have unboxed Blitzwing, but I haven't fully transformed him yet.  The awful soft plastic and the flimsy chest pieces, combined with an unintuitive transformation that has me worried that I'll break the toy (again, that awful soft plastic) made me put him to the side for now.]