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Post by Skyquake87 » Wed May 31, 2017 8:05 pm

Maybe the pricing is to distinguish from the bootlegs...? (Something I've found hard to do when glancing through ebay listings) Although, that's probably not going to help sales if it is.

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Post by Brendocon 2.0 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:14 am

Warcry wrote:I wouldn't call ¥8,500 anything near cheap!
I meant cheaper compared to the price for Sunstreaker. Without knowing the reasons behind the new price point for the block of yellow, but presumably the existing mould and the fact they've churned out 27 different toys from it already means that Lambor+ is unaffected by whatever the change in costings is.

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Post by Warcry » Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:13 pm

Skyquake87 wrote:Maybe the pricing is to distinguish from the bootlegs...? (Something I've found hard to do when glancing through ebay listings) Although, that's probably not going to help sales if it is.
With how prevalent high-quality bootlegs have become over the last decade, I just assume that anything that isn't being sold as new and sealed by one of the big reputable online dealers is a bootleg and proceed accordingly. In person (or looking at actual pics of the item) it's easier to tell because the MP bootlegs are usually marked as being from "Takesa Tony" instead of "Takara Tomy", but so many eBay listings use the same stock photos that you can't judge from that. On the other hand, tons of Chinese sellers don't even try to pretend that they're selling the real thing since eBay no longer seems to care about bootlegs like they used to, so if you're looking to save a few bucks by buying a KO it's easy to do. Avoiding them is the hard part.
Brendocon 2.0 wrote:ANYWAY SHALL WE LOOK AT SOME PICTURES?
Wait, is Sideswipe even any different? I think they might have skipped painting one of the taillights this time around but that's all I can spot.

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Post by burnitall » Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:52 pm

The silver bits on his shoulders are white... and so are his feet and knees. Oh, his elbow joint is white now, too. And his tail light panel thingies above his feet are black instead of red.
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Post by Warcry » Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:50 pm

Gotcha. I didn't even notice the white in the pic above because of how it's lit, but now that you point it out, it's obvious.

The silver clashes a little bit on the existing figure IMO, so that might actually be a slight improvement. Which is funny because I thought it looked awful when they did that for Red Alert.

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Post by Clay » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:51 pm

Masterpiece redecos of some minor cassettes, but steel jaw is in there too. I guess that means a masterpiece blaster is forthcoming?

http://news.tfw2005.com/2017/06/27/taka ... ges-342691

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Post by Denyer » Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:31 pm

For those getting Trypticon, hip joint fixes or "Why do they use springs that are twice as large/strong as necessary?" --

https://www.seibertron.com/transformers ... hip/38720/

Still doesn't beat the stupidity with Whirl of square pieces that were meant to rotate in a square space.

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Post by Clay » Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:14 pm

Back to boxed sets, here are the other two twins.

Currently I think the only way to get their complementary siblings is through those big boxed sets. At least until Takara offers their versions.

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Post by Warcry » Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:52 pm

I don't know why Hasbro bothered to pull all this chicanery with the clones. Since Takara's almost certainly going to release them properly, I can't see it having driven that much of a "must buy, this is the only way to get these characters!!!!" frenzy. Not the way that the more obscure stuff like Quickswitch or Nautica or Metalhawk would have, anyway. Why not just bundle each set of brothers together like in the old days and sell them that way?

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Post by tahukanuva » Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:09 pm

That mixed box set of clones really misses the whole appeal of the clones, huh? What a weird choice.

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Post by Clay » Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:15 pm

tahukanuva wrote:That mixed box set of clones really misses the whole appeal of the clones, huh?
This.

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Post by Red Dave Prime » Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:15 pm

tahukanuva wrote:That mixed box set of clones really misses the whole appeal of the clones, huh? What a weird choice.
I don't collect the toys but looking at that link I just thought WTF

Like getting a combined set and it's 1 construction, 1 aerialbot, 1 stunticon etc etc...

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Post by Brendocon 2.0 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:47 pm

Anyway, speaking of boxsets shall we look at Hasbro's SDCC exclusive?
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Post by Warcry » Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:51 pm

Well, that's certainly a good way to make absolutely no one happy...

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Post by Denyer » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:37 pm

Would be up for a parted out Visionary, anyway.

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Post by Unicron » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:06 pm

It's disappointing to see that. I'd been hoping for Trypticon as a SDCC exclusive

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Post by Cyberstrike nTo » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:47 pm

Warcry wrote:Well, that's certainly a good way to make absolutely no one happy...
I just posted at a comic book site that some people were actually excited by that set.
Please visit Outlaw Colony my new message board it's a fun site for fun people.

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Post by Denyer » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:37 pm

Saw this over lunch -- Prime Wars gets a preview, and Titans Return release stuff.

http://news.tfw2005.com/2017/07/20/san- ... ast-344837

http://news.tfw2005.com/2017/07/19/san- ... ges-344539

Skullgrin looks gloriously crap and seems like a cool way to reintroduce Pretenders without giving them too much of the production budget.

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Post by Warcry » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:06 pm

That works nicely for Skullgrin! Overlord we've seen before and I'm not super excited about any of the other new releases. Rodimus looks really clunky, Starscream seems all kinds of terrible, Jazz doesn't impress and I'm not sure how to feel about Darkwing and Dreadwind. They're fine but I already own that mold twice over. They seem to still have their combiner ports, which leaves me scratching my head. I wonder if Starscream is so awkward-looking because he's a combiner torso?

Beachcomber is alright too I guess.

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