That sounds entirely plausible and Hasbro-like, really.Clay wrote: ↑Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:44 amI can't even begin to remember where I read it, but the reason Hasbro didn't release most of the BWNeo new molds was that most of the animals weren't, erm, action-y enough? 1996 beast wars was a cheetah, a rhino, a t rex, etc., whereas the 1999 selection was a giraffe, a penguin, a tanuki, etc. It's not the strongest point of argument if you ask me, but it was the rationale (if I remember right) for bringing over the dinosaur figures and not the rest.
I was having a conversation with someone else the other day and wondering why Hasbro transitioned to Fuzors and Transmetals so quickly when the original line seemed to be selling quite well. I'd put it down to simple greed and thinking they could make MORE money with different gimmicks. But after what you said, I'm wondering if they simply didn't think there were enough "cool" animals left to make toys of. That's really too bad, though, because I think a giraffe, a penguin and a tanuki could have been turned into MUCH cooler toys if it had been Kenner doing it and not whichever janitor Takara assigned the job to.
(If Hasbro chose not to import most of the Neo molds because most of them were simply sub-par toys, I don't think I'd be able to muster much of an argument against that.)
The Neo stuff is definitely an acquired taste. One that I, for the most part, don't seem to have acquired. Airraptor is the first one that I can actually bring myself to call good. I like Stampy and Universe Nemesis Prime well enough but they're definitely pretty flawed.
I'd like to track down Rapticon but he seems to be surprisingly rare compared to the other BM Dinos (who, like you say, he doesn't fit with at all...)
I definitely think I'll put my Terranotron with my other Transmetals rather than assembling a Dinobot display.
Honestly? I wracked my brains trying to think of a worse Transformer in my collection than Triceradon and I came up blank. I can think of a whole heap that are less-interesting, but he's just such a mess, engineering-wise.I mostly bought mine (the Universe version) to laugh at what a mess he is.
I know, right? The sheer amount of bright colour and detail is a big part of what attracts me to Beast-era stuff. Compare something like Airraptor or Universe Reptilion or Geckobot to a modern Generations toy toy and the difference is almost laughable.
My Stampy and Sling were is a two-pack too, but I think the two-packs got Korea releases. In fact I'm pretty sure mine were. Either way, like you say, they're fairly attainable as far as imports go. I get the impression they were over-produced and maybe over-imported by e-tailers who thought they'd be more popular than they were.
Sharp Edge is another I'd love to track down one day. I adore Cybershark and I can only imagine the mold is even cooler as a swordfish.
Barbearian? Survive? Can never remember which one was the convention exclusive...