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Denyer
2013-06-10, 10:58 PM
Anyone biting?

http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/generations-classics-44/generations-titan-metroplex-in-hand-and-review-177673/

http://tfarchive.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=9634&stc=1&d=1370904418

On a shelf at a hundred GBP, maybe. At probable import and after-market prices, unlikely.

Blackjack
2013-06-10, 11:18 PM
Aw, that Trypticon seriously looks adorable!

Terome
2013-06-10, 11:39 PM
He looks lovely but I have spent all of my money now so shall have to pass.

Clay
2013-06-11, 05:31 AM
I imagine it'll end up like the AT AT walker Hasbro put out a couple of years ago: not actually an exclusive, but most stores within a given chain won't carry it unless they're in a populated enough area.

Do want one though. Plan to arrange it in city mode with Encore Fort Max and have Cloverfield looming over them... if I can find a case big enough to keep the cats off. Would it be terribly backward to break into a jewelry store to steal the display cabinets and leave the merchandise?

Knightdramon
2013-06-11, 08:45 AM
Unsure about it; want to wait and see exactly what the takara version changes besides an extra red gun.

There's this rumour that hasbro is making him in much more limited numbers than usual, perhaps to avoid having a behemoth taking up monstrous retail space and having it clearanced to death.

On the toy itself, while it looks impressive, it doesn't really do much, right? Both his transformations basically have him sit down, extend the legs a bit and flip down the head. The big selling point is his size.

Hound
2013-06-11, 01:31 PM
I am definitely getting hm. He looks lovely...

Cliffjumper
2013-06-11, 02:20 PM
Importing probably won't be too difficult, I suspect he'll weigh less than a bag of crisps.

another tf fan
2013-06-11, 09:58 PM
Ohh baybee I'm so buying this guy when I see him!

Springer85
2013-06-11, 11:05 PM
Aw, that Trypticon seriously looks adorable!

I wonder if they're going to make a Titan Class Trypticon.

I like Metroplex, but I don't think I'm going to get him. While his original G1 toy is a brick, I actually still prefer that one over this guy. :sweatdrop

ganon578
2013-06-12, 07:01 PM
Metroplex looks pretty sweet so far. I think the price will keep me away from him though, as I can think of many other things that require my $100 around the house. Guess I'll be sticking with my Cybertron Metroplex!

HotShot81
2013-06-18, 06:44 PM
A store I've worked with in the Montreal, QC area said they are expecting him July/August time frame. The store is also taking pre-orders for people willing to make pick ups there.

I won't post the store info because they aren't a sponsor, and I don't know the site rules. If people want the information to contact the guy PST.

Denyer
2013-06-18, 07:04 PM
We don't have anything against people sharing tips. All we try to avoid is people turning up and selling outside the area set aside for it.

For instance, around here there's apparently a collectibles store in Stourbridge that will pre-order pretty much anything on request... had it not been chucking it with rain last weekend I might have looked into that rather than hitting up Kapow. Whose list price for the Takara version is basically the same as for the US one. It'll be out later, but the preview images look good and it's the first (and likely only) "base" TF I'm collecting.

HotShot81
2013-06-18, 07:53 PM
I saw the Takara pre-order price was $229.50 + S&H. The US version is going for $150.

ganon578
2013-06-18, 09:54 PM
I saw the Takara pre-order price was $229.50 + S&H. The US version is going for $150.

If Metroplex is going for $150, I know for sure I am out. I know for a fact I can think of many other things I can do with that cash.

Denyer
2013-06-18, 10:01 PM
I saw the Takara pre-order price was $229.50 + S&H. The US version is going for $150.
UK, so either's an import and it works out at >$200 either way. I very much doubt any non-specialist-comics stores over here will stock this.

RRP is $125 IIRC.

Skyquake87
2013-06-19, 09:03 AM
160 via Kapow isn't too bad, considering Encore Fort Max is 320 (!). This one's isn't for me though, I don't think. I have Brave Max and don't have any space for him, so picking up another giant doesn't make any sense.

Now, if they do Scorponok...

HotShot81
2013-07-03, 11:51 AM
I know a lot of people were looking at getting Metroplex Generations, but at $150 were ducking out. Seems the pre-orders have started for the North American version of him, and its $110 only.

Knightdramon
2013-07-03, 02:20 PM
The 110 USD price does hide a lot of extra charges, especially if you're shipping it in from another continent and may end up paying customs for it.

I want to see how the SDCC exclusive fares in term of price and aftermarket prices though. Retail for SDCC Bruticus was around 100 USD, his prices soared close to 200-250 USD. SDCC Metroplex (which has a fair amount of extras over the regular retail) is at about 150 USD.

I foresee a lot of carnage over that one. :lol:

Clay
2013-07-04, 07:07 PM
TFW have posted a gallery. (http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-images/toys/Generations2012/Autobots/Metroplex/)

He's pretty gosh-darn articulate for something two feet tall. (http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-images/toys/Generations2012/Autobots/Metroplex/Generations+Metroplex+070.jpg.html)

Knightdramon
2013-07-04, 07:41 PM
TFW has something mistransformed in all their galleries. In this instance, I weep for the United WFC Optimus.

Metroplex does look really nice.

Skyquake87
2013-07-04, 08:43 PM
He does...but only in robot mode (although I'm not fond of the Mr Punch head sculpt). Somehow the City mode just looks like he's been butchered and thrown in a corner. Its disappointingly unconvincing. I expected a something a bit better given the leaps and bounds in engineering we've had since then. Scamper is neat though - are he and Slammer are part of the fancy SDCC version...?

Denyer
2013-07-04, 09:23 PM
He's pretty gosh-darn articulate for something two feet tall. (http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-images/toys/Generations2012/Autobots/Metroplex/Generations+Metroplex+070.jpg.html)

Nice.

http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/new-galleries-generations-metroplex-and-scamper-over-600-pics/27776/

Comparing...

http://www.collecticon.org/2013/06/the-differences-between-takara-and-hasbro-generations-metroplex-metro-titan-army-building-101/

http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/san-diego-comic-con-33/botcon-2013-hasbro-display-images-sdcc-metroplex-177900/

Of the three releases (US retail, SDCC, Japanese retail) the deco on the Takara one is most appealing, personally.

http://www.digitalmonkeybox.com/soundwave_drops_his_latest_masterpiece_during_sdcc.htm

^ Soundwave also appearing at SDCC? Does anyone think there's the slightest chance in hell TRU UK will stock? They went for the new Prime MP.

Skyquake87
2013-07-05, 08:06 AM
I like that the SDCC one comes with..Decoys! Also in amongst all those pics on Seibertron I spotted Shockwave's Lab which I liked - the colours on this version of Shockwave look nicer than the regular retail release.

Knightdramon
2013-07-05, 08:55 AM
@Denyer Yes, TRU UK will stock on MP Soundwave. Not sure about Acid Storm, but indeed for Soundwave. Don't know when and how. The TRU closest to me has about 8 MP Primes at 99 GBP, don't see how they can also stock Soundwave though. US Price is 120 USD. Personally can't wait for it as my Takara release is in Greece and I never handled any of the cassettes bar Laserbreak.

@Skyquake Hmmm, don't see any other way they could have done Metro's city mode. He's near identical to the original in how he transforms, right? I think this is one of the instances where one mode was sacrificed due to the enormous size of the figure. I think when designed, the guys in charge put emphasis on size first, electronics and interaction with legends/cyberverse later, and then all else.

FortressMaximus
2013-07-06, 12:55 AM
This figure has been lowered to $109.99 on most transformers sites such as: BBTS.COM and TFSOURCE.COM. Theses are the two most reliable sites and where I order most of my figures from. I have mine preordered with BBTS.

HotShot81
2013-07-06, 01:01 PM
I pre-ordered mine from a new local store, with the S&H, and custom fees he comes out cheaper than the other places.

inflatable dalek
2013-07-06, 01:33 PM
The robot mode lookss fantastic, but the alt modes are just meh. At the very least, after more than a quarter century, you'd think they'd have found a better way to hide the head.

If TRU UK get MP Soundwave in that's a purchase though.

Skyquake87
2013-07-06, 08:05 PM
Its the poorly realised alt modes. I would have expected a bit more 'City' in the City mode.

On the plus side, ebay will no doubt soon be awash with even more old-school Metroplexes so I might be able to pick up a cheap one of those, like i did with my Stunticons following those third party doo-dahs coming out :)

Denyer
2013-07-06, 09:50 PM
The original's not really anything to write home about, and it's relatively faithful to that.

numbat
2013-07-07, 06:42 PM
I'm really excited about Metroplex - pre-ordered the Takara version (looks the nicest to me, and if you're shelling out for a giant Transformer may as well get the version you prefer!).

I don't mind the G1-esque alt modes - that's who Metroplex is, but, frankly, he'll be displayed in robot mode anyway!

I just hope the Generations version doesn't have a spindly waist apt to snap like the G1 toy... G1 Metroplex was one of my most exciting Transformers gifts when I was a kid, but quickly became a disappointment a day or two later when he snapped in half... (G1 Megatron was a similar disappointment, but it took less than a day for him to disintegrate - so I guess the Masterpiece version is actually an improvement on QC...)

Denyer
2013-07-16, 07:57 PM
http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/sdcc-2013-metroplex-unboxing-and-new-details-about-exclusive-set/27853/

The painted but non-chromed thighs definitely work better IMO. Hopefully the chrome on the face won't be too distracting.

http://i.imgur.com/gvikOVd.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/gvikOVd.jpg

Savannahtron
2013-08-01, 03:12 AM
Mine is on order, will be shipped tomorrow. I was thinking to post my annual review on him. Metroplex is one of my favorite characters/toys from my childhood. This massive toy seems to be one of the hollow-fomers though....I wonder how much actual heft this big boy has.

HotShot81
2013-08-01, 03:35 AM
So far BBTS.com has an August 1st Ship Date, Toys"R"Us has August 15th. I admit I am surprised to see that TRU is stocking him given the size and price.

Thunderwave
2013-08-01, 10:57 AM
So far BBTS.com has an August 1st Ship Date, Toys"R"Us has August 15th. I admit I am surprised to see that TRU is stocking him given the size and price.

TRU has 9/15 listed on the website. That's September 15th.

HotShot81
2013-08-01, 12:22 PM
Whoops:(

Guess I need more coffee...

HotShot81
2013-08-01, 04:41 PM
My local guy called he said Metroplex just came in.:)

Denyer
2013-08-02, 06:45 PM
The TRU closest to me has about 8 MP Primes at 99 GBP
Still the case? I've been back to our local TRU recently, and there's FoC and BH stuff been added but no longer anything MP I could spot.

numbat
2013-08-02, 07:02 PM
Still the case? I've been back to our local TRU recently, and there's FoC and BH stuff been added but no longer anything MP I could spot.
Yeah - I traveled to a few TRUs and failed to find any, so ended up ordering him. Great figure!

inflatable dalek
2013-08-02, 08:38 PM
Still the case? I've been back to our local TRU recently, and there's FoC and BH stuff been added but no longer anything MP I could spot.

That the Merry Hill one? I had fun there when I brought my MP Prime due to them putting the security tag in the single most stupid and hard to reach part of the packaging possible. And then the staff at the entrance got a bit pissy after the checkout girl (understandably considering where it was placed) failed to remove it, and I became rather insistent on the point as I didn't want to set off every alarm in every other shop in the centre. I think I had to reach inside the side of the packaging myself to rip it off after they just insisted it wasn't their problem.

For added fun, after the alarm went off, and they'd checked I had the receipt for the 100 pound toy, they insisted on doing a big song and dance of getting the checkout girl on the phone in order to make sure I'd paid the ten pence for the bag (for which I'd turned down the receipt saying "Don't worry about that, it's not as if anyone would think I'd spend this much on a toy whilst stealing a bag!").

Skyquake87
2013-08-02, 08:46 PM
Soundwave is listed on TRUs website for 119. Acid Storm is 74.99 and the same, place holder listings..? Minimum order of 2 each and due mid-August.

Denyer
2013-08-03, 11:29 AM
Merry Hill TRU hasn't been too bad an experience to date... the Oldbury one (not part of a shopping centre) used to have a stick up its arse about people taking in bags, although may have given up since the store is still struggling by between Christmases.

I'd have had it refunded, taken names and put the complaint in writing personally. Might as well get a voucher and an insincere apology out of it.

Metroplex listing, mid-September:
http://www.toysrus.co.uk/Toys-R-Us/Toys/Action-Figures-and-Playsets/Transformers-Titan-Metroplex(0104642)?searchPosition=1

HotShot81
2013-08-03, 02:25 PM
I did get my hands on Metroplex:) (Expect him and several others to appear on my recent pick up list)

I do want to give 3 heads up.

1) He doesn't come with batteries, so make sure you have 2 AA around when you get him.
2) To get to the battery case, you need a small screw driver with a + head. I ended up using the one from my PC repair kit to get that screw unscrewed.
3) He had 98, yes 98 separate stickers, expect to be at it a while to give him all his detail work, and to transform him a few times because you can't find sticker A, but you can find B,C,D and then go back to find A once you've cleared some off.:)

Knightdramon
2013-08-03, 08:09 PM
Hopefully the stickers are of better quality than the napkins provided with the Takara Prime AM line :lol:

HotShot81
2013-08-04, 10:03 PM
I am wondering if anyone else who has Metroplex has found this error.

Sticker 31 is labeled for the inner head of Metroplex.
Sticker 77 is labeled for his shoulder.

Only one problem, the labels and the sizes of the sticker areas don't match.

Am I goofing it, or has Hasbro made a boo-boo?

Savannahtron
2013-08-08, 10:12 PM
He just arrived today. I'm going to break him out this weekend. The box is pretty cool. There is a lot more heft to him than I thought there would be. I have not removed him yet, but his box is about 1/2 the width of Fort Max's. I had pre-ordered the Japanese version, but opted out for the Generations one. Can't wait to get started on my review of him.

FortressMaximus
2013-08-09, 02:22 AM
Generations Metroplex arrived today! I am impressed with him!

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff241/transform245/fdacd7cb-ae15-444d-84c7-43a7bd0c4661_zps22d2e8c7.jpg (http://s242.photobucket.com/user/transform245/media/fdacd7cb-ae15-444d-84c7-43a7bd0c4661_zps22d2e8c7.jpg.html)

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff241/transform245/4cb03832-c989-4609-ad16-b391319018cd_zps9848f5b8.jpg (http://s242.photobucket.com/user/transform245/media/4cb03832-c989-4609-ad16-b391319018cd_zps9848f5b8.jpg.html)

Addl
2013-08-09, 11:46 PM
He just arrived today. I'm going to break him out this weekend. The box is pretty cool. There is a lot more heft to him than I thought there would be. I have not removed him yet, but his box is about 1/2 the width of Fort Max's. I had pre-ordered the Japanese version, but opted out for the Generations one. Can't wait to get started on my review of him.

You still exist savvy? Cool !

Looking forward to your review and then i might but metro from the local toystore in shanghai.

Saw one at a local tru for 1300 RMB , so around 160 EUR.

HotShot81
2013-08-13, 12:39 AM
There a site to help with the sticker job? Several of them take some guessing to find where they belong.

Clay
2013-08-16, 08:01 PM
Here's Metroplex holding a kitty.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f303/claywyatt1982/metroplex.jpg (http://s50.photobucket.com/user/claywyatt1982/media/metroplex.jpg.html)

Tetsuro
2013-08-19, 11:13 AM
I still got my TG-23 sitting on pre-order. Kinda miffed that the runway surface is white instead of black. Maybe I should've gone for the Hasbro version after all...

numbat
2013-08-19, 11:27 AM
Here's Metroplex holding a kitty.
Is that a Scottish kitty?

:)

I still got my TG-23 sitting on pre-order. Kinda miffed that the runway surface is white instead of black. Maybe I should've gone for the Hasbro version after all...

By my recollection (which could easily be wrong), the G1 Metroplex toy had white runways. Takara may be going for greater G1 toy accuracy there?

I'm still very pleased I ordered the Takara version looking at the photos flying around, especially given it's cost me about the same. Alas, I preordered with MP-19 Smokescreen, which was due out at about the same time but has now been delayed until December, so it will be awhile before I get my hands on Metroplex - no doubt all the more exciting for the wait though!

Blackjack
2013-08-19, 01:46 PM
Cute kitty!

Denyer
2013-08-19, 06:06 PM
By my recollection (which could easily be wrong), the G1 Metroplex toy had white runways. Takara may be going for greater G1 toy accuracy there?!
Yep.

Tetsuro
2013-08-19, 06:39 PM
By my recollection (which could easily be wrong), the G1 Metroplex toy had white runways. Takara may be going for greater G1 toy accuracy there?

I'm still very pleased I ordered the Takara version looking at the photos flying around, especially given it's cost me about the same. Alas, I preordered with MP-19 Smokescreen, which was due out at about the same time but has now been delayed until December, so it will be awhile before I get my hands on Metroplex - no doubt all the more exciting for the wait though!
The G1 Metroplex also had chromed thighs, and to my knowledge, the SDCC exclusive has them, but the Takara one doesn't.

I'm mostly considering cancelling the pre-order for two reasons; one is that I do not think I have the space to display another 2' Transformer anywhere, and the other, bigger reason is that with the strange collection devolution lately where I've found myself preferring the blocky, undetailed and inarticulate aesthetic of the vintage toys to the modern ones, I already have the Encore to cover me on that.

I hope the Takara version is going to at least have a cardboard frame inside the box so I can flatten the whole box, so at least I don't have to worry about storing that, too.

Denyer
2013-08-25, 03:36 PM
The Takara one looks like the thighs are silvered, if not actually chromed. Seems a bit daft to put chrome on parts that will move a lot -- and to be honest I don't remember the chrome from examples people had in the 80s.

I'm just glad Hasbro didn't FoC-ify the design...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=632254356794764&set=a.573739832646217.1073741828.284302084923328&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

http://i.imgur.com/JgMzu5H.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/JgMzu5H.jpg

Denyer
2013-08-26, 06:18 PM
Alt-mode:

http://tformers.com/transformers-first-look-at-not-fall/21100/news.html

Doesn't look detailed enough to be bigger than a Minibot.

Thunderwave
2013-08-26, 07:34 PM
Alt-mode:

http://tformers.com/transformers-first-look-at-not-fall/21100/news.html

Doesn't look detailed enough to be bigger than a Minibot.

Am I alone in thinking that looks like either it's squatting real low, or that it looks like a Mega Man stage enemy? The kind that waddles along and fires straight up so you can't jump over it without killing it?

Although to be fair Generations Metroplex looks like he's flopped on his rump and is hanging his head in shame as an aircraft carrier.

Rack 'n Ruin
2013-08-26, 08:32 PM
I'm just glad Hasbro didn't FoC-ify the design...

I believe the technical term is actually "FOC up".

numbat
2014-01-14, 12:06 PM
I recently bought the TakaraTomy version of Generations Metroplex.

Unfortunately, I discovered that the sticker sheet has some printing errors (on a few of the base mode stickers) and an incorrect cut for one of the small orange circle exhaust stickers for his back (smaller of the orange circles - number 45).

I didn't notice the cut problem for the orange circle until after applying 4 of the others, so really need another one of these for consistency, at least.

If anyone has bought TakaraTomy Generations Metroplex and does not intend to use the stickers, I'd really appreciate them! Happy to pay a bit (within reason).

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Denyer
2014-01-14, 08:24 PM
Will have a hunt at the weekend if no-one's been able to sort you out by then.

numbat
2014-01-15, 04:34 PM
Thanks! Thought best put the word out in case you are unable to help.

:)

HotShot81
2014-01-18, 03:12 AM
I picked him up by the waist a few days ago to take some pictures. I put him back down, he seemed fine.

I tested his sound system tonight, and it cuts out half way during its sound and light display.

Anyone have this problem? or should I be calling Hasbro for repairs?

I'd like to think the toy can stand being picked up or dropped on a bed.

Denyer
2014-01-18, 01:31 PM
Got 'em. PM me your address.

If anyone knows to a sheet of the Hasbro regular release or SDCC release stickers, I'd be interested. Although I don't think 'Plex particularly needs stickers I quite like the look of the chest black and yellow hazard stripe and neither the Takara nor the Reprolabels ones seem to include it.

Denyer
2014-01-18, 01:43 PM
Re: sound problems -- repairs on a figure that (some stock at least) seems to now be priced to clear, and they can point to as being used?

Possibly relevant info:

http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-toy-discussion/949062-sdcc-metroplex-electronics-not-working.html

http://www.cybertron.ca/boards/showpost.php?p=536636&postcount=52 (detailed)

another tf fan
2014-01-18, 09:32 PM
I got a Metroplex at a local Costco for $50 US.
I think he is fantastic.

He's huge and I can put all the G1 legends toys I've been buying and hoarding for years now.

I haven't stickered him yet because I want to do some custom painting

HotShot81
2014-01-24, 12:24 PM
I admit I am surprised. I contacted Hasbro about my defective Metroplex, and they are willing to replace/repair him at their cost.

Anyone have any experience with this level of service from them?

Denyer
2014-01-24, 08:31 PM
They're better than average companies, from reports of parts being shipped for all sorts of smaller figures, but I'm similarly surprised they're offering after-care on something that's that much hassle to ship (versus a money-off voucher or something).

I suppose they might reason that customers buying big-ticket items will be repeat customers.

Tetsuro
2014-05-16, 02:01 AM
I recently bought the TakaraTomy version of Generations Metroplex.
So is the box interior cardboard or styrofoam?

numbat
2014-05-16, 07:25 AM
It's cardboard.

Tetsuro
2014-05-16, 12:00 PM
In that case, have you been able to flatten the whole box?

...or did you just toss it away?

numbat
2014-05-17, 03:18 PM
I did flatten it before I put it in the recycling bin during our recent house move.

HotShot81
2014-05-17, 05:11 PM
Funny thing, I stacked my Metroplexs boxes with a few others and made an extension for my desk.