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Postby Glyph » Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:12 pm

Unlikely to be much use to anybody, but I thought I'd drop a note that Asda / WalMart are currently selling off their Cyb Voyagers at £9.98, reduced from the Rollback price of £16. Mind you, my local - which is apparently the biggest Asda in Europe - only has C-Soundwave and Nemesis Breaker, which they've had a shelf full of for months. I picked up a lion since I'd been waiting for the price to come down anyway.

Local TRU has... one Classics Jetfire, plus one or two of the Giant Planet cement mixer, whatever he's called (keep calling him Quickmix without any idea whether it's right or not), and a load of the Energon Micromaster Constructicons. I think I've counted three new boxes on the shelf since before Christmas.
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Postby HugeBadWolf » Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:03 pm

Reading TRU has Classics Jetfire too,
Picked him up and have to say that he's amazing!!

TRU also had some of the Classics re-paints of the LoC minis,
Might have to be getting some of them soon...

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Postby Redimus GTS » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:37 pm

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Redimus wrote:Why do the shops in my town only stock tfs that I have... or Star Wars TFs?

Grrrr


Because you're a TF junkie?! :P




What's annoying is that they ALWAYS seem to wait until I have the toy before bothering to stock it... grrr.

I could really do with a local TrU.
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Postby Dark Perceptor » Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:12 am

Redimus wrote:
JetfireUK wrote:
Redimus wrote:Why do the shops in my town only stock tfs that I have... or Star Wars TFs?

Grrrr


Because you're a TF junkie?! :P




What's annoying is that they ALWAYS seem to wait until I have the toy before bothering to stock it... grrr.

I could really do with a local TrU.


In my expierence, they don't tend to be much better :-x
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Postby Exulted Unicron » Tue Jan 30, 2007 5:03 am

I gave up on TRU when it came to reissues....same crap each time I went in. Its why I turned to the internet for reissues
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Postby JetfireUK » Tue Jan 30, 2007 5:33 am

Exactly. I never did understand why we Brits had such bad luck when it came to the TRU Gen 1 re-issues. Sure they're more of a specialist product (i.e. usually collectors would buy them) but the same aurgument could be used stateside.
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Postby Crumplezone » Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:27 am

JetfireUK wrote:Exactly. I never did understand why we Brits had such bad luck when it came to the TRU Gen 1 re-issues. Sure they're more of a specialist product (i.e. usually collectors would buy them) but the same aurgument could be used stateside.


Hasbro UK must believe there are little to no TF collectors in the UK.
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Postby Glyph » Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:33 am

I guess they could in some measure be forgiven for having that impression if we consider the tendency for the UK collector to import from either the US or Japan rather than wait for a Hasbro UK release...

Vicious circle much?
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Postby ShockwaveUK » Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:54 am

Hey guys, can I get some links to UK based parts traders? I had a few saved in a PM but they've been wiped and Mangohero is the only one I remember.
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Postby High Command » Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:03 am

To be fair to hasbro UK, they've improved the waiting time for new figures quite a bit. We're now only a few months behind the US rather then a being a full year behind as we were at one point. For the end of cybertron they released a hell of a lot of new figures quite quickly and the shelves haven't been too heavy with countless numbers of repaints or earlier shelfwarmers.
However don't think I've gone soft on them! Far more annoying then the wait is the completely random list of figures that fail to get released over here. Figures such as cybertron Red Alert or his repaint Cannonball. Both of which I own, but only thanks to imports (I own the Japanese version of Red Alert and the US release of Cannonball).
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Postby Crumplezone » Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:06 am

Glyph wrote:I guess they could in some measure be forgiven for having that impression if we consider the tendency for the UK collector to import from either the US or Japan rather than wait for a Hasbro UK release...

Vicious circle much?


Well thats mainly caused by the fact that we have to wait for our TFs for so long after the US get theirs, and that they have an annoying habbit of cutting the series short and missing figures. We have to import to make sure we get the figures we want.

I think you would find 9/10 collectors would wait if we knew we were going to get all the figures in the line but I can't see that happening for anything other than the movie toys.

I'm still missing Energon Galvatron and Cybs Dark Crumplezone for this reason.
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Postby JetfireUK » Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:06 am

I should give H-UK some slack as they have got better, but considering todays' "global market" surely it's better to release figures worldwide at the same time?

Then again I haven't bought a UK release for at least a year although that might change if I can find a cheap C-Soundwave...
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Postby Glyph » Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:18 am

JetfireUK wrote:Then again I haven't bought a UK release for at least a year although that might change if I can find a cheap C-Soundwave...

Currently selling for £9.98 in my Asda/WalMart alongside Nemesis Breaker. Dunno whether other stores will have the same stock or price...
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Postby JetfireUK » Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:47 am

Cheers Glyph,

I'll take a look tonight in my local Asda after work. He's the only current figure that piques my interest.
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Postby Crumplezone » Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:00 am

High Command wrote:To be fair to hasbro UK, they've improved the waiting time for new figures quite a bit. We're now only a few months behind the US rather then a being a full year behind as we were at one point. For the end of cybertron they released a hell of a lot of new figures quite quickly and the shelves haven't been too heavy with countless numbers of repaints or earlier shelfwarmers.
However don't think I've gone soft on them! Far more annoying then the wait is the completely random list of figures that fail to get released over here. Figures such as cybertron Red Alert or his repaint Cannonball. Both of which I own, but only thanks to imports (I own the Japanese version of Red Alert and the US release of Cannonball).


I thought this catch up that H,UK has been going through is only to get in line with the US for the movie figures release. If however they do manage to keep in line i'll be buying a lot more figures from UK outlets.

They still need to work on their wholes in their figure assortment though.
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Postby High Command » Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:26 am

Crumplezone wrote:
High Command wrote:To be fair to hasbro UK, they've improved the waiting time for new figures quite a bit. We're now only a few months behind the US rather then a being a full year behind as we were at one point. For the end of cybertron they released a hell of a lot of new figures quite quickly and the shelves haven't been too heavy with countless numbers of repaints or earlier shelfwarmers.
However don't think I've gone soft on them! Far more annoying then the wait is the completely random list of figures that fail to get released over here. Figures such as cybertron Red Alert or his repaint Cannonball. Both of which I own, but only thanks to imports (I own the Japanese version of Red Alert and the US release of Cannonball).


I thought this catch up that H,UK has been going through is only to get in line with the US for the movie figures release. If however they do manage to keep in line i'll be buying a lot more figures from UK outlets.

They still need to work on their wholes in their figure assortment though.


Agreed on both points.
Undoubtably they will be relasing the movie toys to fit with it's UK release. I was half expecting for them to miss out on classics, to bring us up to speed. Thankfully they did a decent enough job at bringing the final waves of cybertron to us, without missing too many figures out, with the final waves turning up and not being to difficult to track down. Instead of just the final 2-3 waves being skipped the missing figures have inexplicably been spread throughout the whole line and from several differnt size classes. I still can't work out why they do that. Apart from the obvious "hasbro UK are run by monkweys" answer.
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Postby Dark Perceptor » Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:13 am

Dark Perceptor wrote:
Redimus wrote:
JetfireUK wrote:
Redimus wrote:Why do the shops in my town only stock tfs that I have... or Star Wars TFs?

Grrrr


Because you're a TF junkie?! :P




What's annoying is that they ALWAYS seem to wait until I have the toy before bothering to stock it... grrr.

I could really do with a local TrU.


In my expierence, they don't tend to be much better :-x


Ok i take that back. Went into my local TRU and they actually had things i needed in Cyb GF Vector Prime and wave 1 of the Classic Legends :shock:
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Postby Crumplezone » Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:29 am

One thing I did like about the distribution of the Cybertron figures, was that they put different waves into different store chains. So we did not have shelfwarmers clogging every store.
Hopefully this is another practice they will stick with.
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Postby Insurgent » Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:42 pm

Bagh! Nothing except overpriced Classics Prime and Megs in FP. And it appears I missed Escalation #3. :-( Anyone know where I can reliably get classics Astrotrain in Newcastle?
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Postby ShockwaveUK » Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:50 pm

Anyone after a TFC Megatron could consider this guy. £45 in hand ain't bad considering TFC Megs is already selling out on preorders.
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Postby Rodentus Prime » Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:47 pm

Result - just picked up my main current want on ebay - a reprolabeled Alt Meister, £17 delivered - not to bad.
The guy is also selling a few other modded alts cheap including Tantrum (the reprolabeled Rollbar).
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Postby Psychout » Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:51 am

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Meh, ive still got my original, Its the MP version im salivating for... :P

Alright lads.
I need to visit here more often, damn the additiveness HMW!

How the hell did the yanks get a longer thread than us, surely we have more to complain about than them?

Can we begin to build a list of all the good traders like ShockwaveUK has suugested? Link them all on the frontpost or something?

This thread was so handy for that previously. :(
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Postby soundwavegt » Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:46 am

Just checked out my local Toys r us in Northampton. They have Cybertron Quickmix, Skywarp, Unicron, Hotshot(original version), Galaxy Force Vector Prime, and Classics Jetfire!
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Postby Crumplezone » Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:03 am

soundwavegt wrote:Just checked out my local Toys r us in Northampton. They have Cybertron Quickmix, Skywarp, Unicron, Hotshot(original version), Galaxy Force Vector Prime, and Classics Jetfire!


I know I live one mile round the corner from them.
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