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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby Motorthing » Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:16 pm

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Pipes has sold out.......so I've had to opt for the two of them on the order to get him.

Rats.

Why the feck only 500 of Pipes.......yes he's too small now copmpared to the other not-Minis but do IGear just not want the money or something.............? It's not being advertised as a BBTS exclusive but such a short number must be as It's not on Igear's own site?
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:41 pm

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I don't mind the small size too much, but the lack of anything different irks me.
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby Handels-Messerschmitt » Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:00 pm

Motorthing wrote:Pipes has sold out.......so I've had to opt for the two of them on the order to get him.

Rats.

Why the feck only 500 of Pipes.......yes he's too small now copmpared to the other not-Minis but do IGear just not want the money or something.............? It's not being advertised as a BBTS exclusive but such a short number must be as It's not on Igear's own site?


Wanting the money is exactly what they're doing. This is more of a collector oddity than a part of the main line. If they're doing all the mini bots they'll be getting to Pipes eventually so this is more milking the molds they put probably a lot of money into for all they're worth. If they aren't planning to make a Pipes version, this is still getting all they can out of the molds. The incredibly short run is likely to get collectors hyped about owning something very limited. I mean, this straight repaint wouldn't appeal to the intended audience under normal circumstances.
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby Motorthing » Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:18 pm

Motto: "I've said it before and I'll say it again....Freedom's fine as long as you have a Honkin' Big Gun pointing at the Bad Guys"
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Handels-Messerschmitt wrote:
Motorthing wrote:Pipes has sold out.......so I've had to opt for the two of them on the order to get him.

Rats.

Why the feck only 500 of Pipes.......yes he's too small now copmpared to the other not-Minis but do IGear just not want the money or something.............? It's not being advertised as a BBTS exclusive but such a short number must be as It's not on Igear's own site?


Wanting the money is exactly what they're doing. This is more of a collector oddity than a part of the main line. If they're doing all the mini bots they'll be getting to Pipes eventually so this is more milking the molds they put probably a lot of money into for all they're worth. If they aren't planning to make a Pipes version, this is still getting all they can out of the molds. The incredibly short run is likely to get collectors hyped about owning something very limited. I mean, this straight repaint wouldn't appeal to the intended audience under normal circumstances.


No, if it was purely a cash in it wouldn't be a limited shot of 500 which with production costs these days has barely got to be worth the effort. I'm "guessing" Rager sold quite a lot more than 500 units and a Pipes repaint with a proper head would sell if not in quite the same quantities then at least in larger numbers than 500.....they probably sell that to Tokyo alone. Plenty of people on these boards have been waiting for just this repaint so I'm not quite sure what your "intended audience" comment means. I'm part of that target market and I very much wanted one............
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby craggy » Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:38 pm

I want to buy a TF called Manatee. Just not that one.
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby Handels-Messerschmitt » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:15 am

Motorthing wrote:Plenty of people on these boards have been waiting for just this repaint so I'm not quite sure what your "intended audience" comment means.


I was figuring that the average G1 fan wouldn't be happy with a faked head and wouldn't accept this as a general release figure. One with a properly made head, sure, but not one that just had some paint gobbed over the mouth in lieu of an actual face plate.

Either they're getting more money out of this than you'd think, it's an experiment of some sort or they just aren't going to make a real Pipes figure.
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby Rated X » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:10 pm

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Well Im gonna make a face plate for him from some leftover reprolabels...

Damn the small size sucks though. (had to say it again)
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby Mkall » Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:37 pm

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Fine. Take my money.

Cybertron Armorhide is still my Classics Pipes though. I think I'm going to repurpose Tubes as Micromaster Oiler
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby Stormrider » Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:54 am

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I am thinking of cancelling my preorder. I jumped at the idea of having Pipes but people have a good point about the head.
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby Rated X » Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:56 am

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Stormrider wrote:I am thinking of cancelling my preorder. I jumped at the idea of having Pipes but people have a good point about the head.



A faceplate shouldnt be too hard to make out of some chrome reprolabel sheet. But I wish they would just enlarge these molds and remold pipes head. Id buy it again.
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby Cyber Bishop » Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:34 am

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Sodan-1 wrote:Sorry iGear, not good enough. Upscale and remold, then I'll be interested. The use of the original Rager head makes it look like Pipes has been binge eating blueberry pies.



I have to agree..
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby Mkall » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:20 am

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Looks like they've arrived at BBTS. My preorder is processing now
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby duo_maxwell_1017 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:11 am

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Mkall wrote:Looks like they've arrived at BBTS. My preorder is processing now


You have to be kidding me!! They weren't supposed to be in until February 2013!! I cant afford these things coming in a month and a half early!! This is just Prime!!
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby Mkall » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:15 am

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duo_maxwell_1017 wrote:
Mkall wrote:Looks like they've arrived at BBTS. My preorder is processing now


You have to be kidding me!! They weren't supposed to be in until February 2013!! I cant afford these things coming in a month and a half early!! This is just Prime!!

I know! Who could imagine iGear arriving ahead of schedule?

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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby necr0blivion » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:44 pm

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Mkall wrote:Who could imagine iGear arriving ahead of schedule?.


The Mayans were apparently off by 2 weeks. I haven't received notification yet, but I see in my preorders list this item is "processing".
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby rpetras » Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:41 pm

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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby Mkall » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:06 pm

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rpetras wrote:Got my notification, that PoL won't ship till probably Feb though.

I'm still waiting for Warper.

I think Manatee will make a good Shattered Glass Seaspray.
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby Stormrider » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:20 pm

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lol. I just got my notification too. I was still on the fence with these guys and just added them into my cart to make a determination later. But I guess that determination has already been done for me...lol
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby rpetras » Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:55 pm

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Stormrider wrote:lol. I just got my notification too. I was still on the fence with these guys and just added them into my cart to make a determination later. But I guess that determination has already been done for me...lol


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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:07 pm

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Any reviews for this thing, yet? I know it's pretty much Rager in new colors, but still would be nice.
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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby daimchoc » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:58 am

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Re: iGear MN-09 Tubes and MW-01B Manatee (LE 500)

Postby Scaleface » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:30 am

Manatee just went on clearance at BBTS for $24 after only being available for 3 months. Tubes sold out of singles.
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