- Weapon: Laser Rifle
There are a couple of theories doing the rounds at the moment as to exactly what this stock is! Initially, a few people though it might have been the anniversary G1 re-issue or old stock of MP01 (or one of the variants) with an incorrect product description. But for this to have been the case, the description would have been so wrong as to even have the wrong item code (which, incidentally, matches the code used at SDCC), so that's probably not the case.
Another possibility is that this is actually either US stock or (please in the name of all that is sacred let it be this next option!) Japanese Takara stock that hasn't sold through in their respective territories.
A third (unfortunately quite likely) possibility is that TRU have received the stock, as Hasbro UK claimed they should have by now, but decided they no longer wanted to sell it through at retail and instead made a deal with Amazon, neglecting to inform Hasbro of this turn of events.
With a view to finding out what is happening, I emailed Amazon directly. I pointed out that Hasbro were still saying yesterday that TRU would be the exclusive stockists of this product in the UK, and that they were expecting them to be hitting the shelves very soon, even supplying the link to the Facebook conversation where Hasbro say this.
To their credit, Amazon emailed me back very quickly. They said that the product is not yet in stock at the warehouse, but they expect to start shipping them out to customers sometime between 30th Jan & 06th Feb. However, the lady who replied to me did say she was going to check with the buying team as she could see my point regarding the UK TRU exclusivity, and yes it was possible that it could be Takara stock. She also all-but confirmed that this is definitely a MP-sized toy, as she said the box was about 21 inches tall and weighed 2.1kg. Now, while this doesn't narrow down which Optimus Prime this listing relates to, it says that this thing is big, and having held on while I was in the US a couple of months ago, it sounds about right!
Anyway, I'll let you guys know if I hear any more!