necr0blivion wrote: Joetx wrote:
Autobot032 wrote:I think there's something going on.
1.) I think the economic troubles hit them harder than we've been led to believe.
But Breakdown & Gaia Unicron would sell like hot cakes. Hasbro is leaving money on the table.
I agree with Breakdown, but not so much Unicron. Weren't the Armada versions sitting on clearance years ago? I know, it doesn't make sense, but that's what apparently happens to higher priced items.
I will say, as an adult collector who knows what's on the other side of the ocean, I get envious that Takara is releasing items that Hasbro isn't. Which is why I've now got Arms Micron figures in hand and on preorder.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, IMO it partly boils down to Hasbro's and Takara's different target audience, and much more importantly, marketing departments.
Personally, I do prefer Takara's approach as far as TFP is concerned.
Arms Microns that you can actually build into a (albeit barely) transforming toy is much more attractive to me than a weapon you simply clip onto the toy. It also gives you a feeling of more value for money. Yes, the Takara AM versions are more expensive, but then Japanese TF's have ALWAYS been more expensive, even if its an identical toy with absolutely no differences (Bayverse TF's, for example).