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G1 the worst selling line?

Postby BLUDGEON » Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:29 am

I recently got into a discussion with a fellow transfan friend about G1. According to her G1 was the worst selling Transformers line. I have my doubts and I think she may have said that because she dislikes the G1 line. I will say however that I know nothing of how well the lines sold. Anyone have any facts or figures to let me know if this was the case?

It would also be great to see how well each of the lines sell.


Thanks in advance my fellow Seibertronians :CON:
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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby Lord_Onslaught » Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:09 pm

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Your friend is very mistaken here, until the 2007 Transformers movie line, G1 was the top selling Transformers line. Followed by Beast Wars. The worst selling Transformers line money wise was and still is Beast Machines. So I would say she only says that because as you said, she hates G1. If I were you, I would remind her that if it was not for the success of G1, we would never have gotten all the following Transformers toy line. G1 is the legacy of all current incarnations of Transformers
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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby BLUDGEON » Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:24 am

Thanks, ive also been looking around but cant find any data
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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby RhA » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:13 pm

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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:19 pm

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G1 lasted for a really long time: 6-7 years compared to only 1-2 years per line today. The length of the line alone contributed to the total amount of sales, but on a year-by-year basis compared to now, G1 is actually inferior when it comes to product amounts and their shelf lives.

It's true we've had major resurgences with Beast Wars, Armada and the first Movie, and there's hardly any doubt the Movie smashed sales records to bits. But to base sales on overall popularity of a line alone would be jumping to conclusions. Especially since a series can be popular without good toy sales.

Not saying that G1 did badly, on the contrary. I'm simply saying that comparing 1984 with 2012 is like comparing apples and oranges. >:oP
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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby fenrir72 » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:12 pm

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What JZGR said! That and the OP's "lady" friend must be biased against G1......and unless there is direct empirical data to support her statement and factoring inflation...........we'll never know what indeed was the best/worst selling line.
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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby MGrotusque » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:56 am

If i may be so bold as to imply that "G2" could be the worst selling line?

This is coming from a dude who was there in front of the T.V in 84 watching the original series air at the ripe age of 6 years old. Be present to witness and experience the global phenomenon called Transformers take the world by storm and carry out too become a feature length major motion picture two years later. Than continue to stick around till around 88 or so but by then had split the "scene" to pursue other interests. Kids do have a short attention span.

Then puberty had begun to take control and I had switched gears to join in the hot pursuit of sex,drugs and rock'n'roll.

With that being said and in the context of my personal experience. I had lost ALL interest in the franchise till Beast Wars arrived in the mid 90's. It had resurrected a forgotten childhood passion with an unexpected reboot of the TF concept but with a competent story line that was worth tuning into bi-weekly and was worthy of respect.

But i reckon that dark period from 88 or so till Beast Wars had come along is the time that most folks(target market i.e children) had lost interest and had succumbed to those throbbing biological urges brought on by puberty and had left the franchise in the "dark ages" (that i surmise) known as G2.

So in conclusion. I hypothesize that G2 is the worst selling line. >:oP
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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby RAcast » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:35 am

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I pose an interesting question, now that the original has been effectively answered.

WHICH G1 line/sub-line did the most poorly? I'm basically talking by year, which group did the worst. And by group, I mean the likes of: Throttlebots, Scramble city combiners, micro masters, etc.
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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby MGrotusque » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:51 am

RAcast wrote:I pose an interesting question, now that the original has been effectively answered.

WHICH G1 line/sub-line did the most poorly? I'm basically talking by year, which group did the worst. And by group, I mean the likes of: Throttlebots, Scramble city combiners, micro masters, etc.


Headmasters was the tail end for me. But i propose the Pretender line could be construed as a failure. That was after my time though.
The very last TF's i owned before i moved on was Scorponok and SnapDragon. SO for me it died at Headmasters. But for the die hards i would suspect Pretenders was the last gasp.
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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby Burn » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:49 am

RAcast wrote:I pose an interesting question, now that the original has been effectively answered.

WHICH G1 line/sub-line did the most poorly? I'm basically talking by year, which group did the worst. And by group, I mean the likes of: Throttlebots, Scramble city combiners, micro masters, etc.


Action Masters ... seriously. Transformers that don't transform? Who would want to buy that crap?
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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:57 am

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Burn wrote:
RAcast wrote:I pose an interesting question, now that the original has been effectively answered.

WHICH G1 line/sub-line did the most poorly? I'm basically talking by year, which group did the worst. And by group, I mean the likes of: Throttlebots, Scramble city combiners, micro masters, etc.


Action Masters ... seriously. Transformers that don't transform? Who would want to buy that crap?


More people than you'd realize. ;) And Action Masters did not kill G1 per se, it was dying a slow death over the previous years, at least in the US. Europe still had some more releases in store.
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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby Lord_Onslaught » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:35 pm

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I agree with Burn, that it was the Action Masters.
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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby NTESHFT » Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:40 pm

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Yeah, IMO, Action Masters should be the worst....as stated, Transformers that didn't transform....just not logical, if you ask me..
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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby Blasphemous Prime » Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:55 pm

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I think the only reason G1 sold so well was the fact that it was the ONLY line available at the time. My biggest problem with the line is the fact that I'd watch the show and see a new character I wanted to get, and when I got it I'd ask "were they on drugs? this looks nothing like the character on the show!" :???:

These days characters are very recognizable when it comes to the toy vs show comparison.I think if G1 ran at the same time these other lines ran, sure the G1 line would have failed miserably. #-o

This is why I collect masterpiece. While it's not perfect, it's SOOOO much closer to the cartoon model than the G1 line! :BOWDOWN:
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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby SentinelA » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:22 pm

monstergrotusque wrote:If i may be so bold as to imply that "G2" could be the worst selling line?

This is coming from a dude who was there in front of the T.V in 84 watching the original series air at the ripe age of 6 years old. Be present to witness and experience the global phenomenon called Transformers take the world by storm and carry out too become a feature length major motion picture two years later. Than continue to stick around till around 88 or so but by then had split the "scene" to pursue other interests. Kids do have a short attention span.

Then puberty had begun to take control and I had switched gears to join in the hot pursuit of sex,drugs and rock'n'roll.

With that being said and in the context of my personal experience. I had lost ALL interest in the franchise till Beast Wars arrived in the mid 90's. It had resurrected a forgotten childhood passion with an unexpected reboot of the TF concept but with a competent story line that was worth tuning into bi-weekly and was worthy of respect.

But i reckon that dark period from 88 or so till Beast Wars had come along is the time that most folks(target market i.e children) had lost interest and had succumbed to those throbbing biological urges brought on by puberty and had left the franchise in the "dark ages" (that i surmise) known as G2.

So in conclusion. I hypothesize that G2 is the worst selling line. >:oP


Still don't understand the hatred towards G2. G2 brought back toys that I had broke in my childhood and toys I didn't get and improved upon (in my opinion) Megatron.
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Re: G1 the worst selling line?

Postby Ravage XK » Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:31 am

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I think the fact that people still want to buy these toys today shows how popular they are. Will people get misty eyed over the Energon line in 25 years?
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