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RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Nekoman » Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:39 am

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Rumors of the current status of the Transformers Animated cartoon have been flying around the net like wildfire, and as we reported here, the Goldfire Grimlock and Hydro Dive Bumblebee voyagers have been cancelled. Now there’s rumors that the entire Transformers Animated toy line may be seeing it’s last days at retail.

TFVanguard, a poster at TFArchive said this:

Both the local Targets and local Wal*Marts (Colorado Springs, CO) have marked the Transformers: Animated line as canceled and won't be stocking up any new figures for it past what has already shipped. That means that the March/April waves won't be showing up at all in these stores.

Oddly, Universe seems to be continuing even as the seasonal reset makes a ton of room for the Revenge figures beginning to surface.

Unfortunately, the Hasbro rep checking the Wal*Mart aisles didn't really know what to make of the changes, as she knew about upcoming figures, but also confirmed that retailers were 'dumping' the Animated line.


This would also make it seem that retailers have more interest in the upcoming Transformers Revenge of The Fallen toy line, and do not wish to have old stock lingering on shelves when it comes out.

Additionally, Wal*Mart.com has their exclusive Transformers Animated value sets along with more Transformers Animated products currently on clearance at ridiculous mark downs. Coincidence? It would seem unlikely.

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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Redimus GTS » Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:50 am

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Well isnt that just shit.

Im loving the animated line, it's got some great toys and most of the tfs look brilliant in at least one if not both modes. And they're what? Cancelling it for a bunch of toys which, apart from the scout class ones, look every bit as horrible and awkward as the first movie's toys.

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Out of interest, do we know what exactly we'll be missing out on? Does this mean all the new charecters for the third season wont be getting toys?
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Prowl1529 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:52 am

WHAT!!!!!! They must be joking, this got to be only a rumor and nothing else. I bought almost every Transformers Animated deluxe, voyager, leader figures and now no more!!! I really want to have more of those.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Editor » Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:54 am

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I'm not believing anything until Hasbro says what the deal is.

All we have is the cancellation of a wave that has a repaint, and one somewhat interesting new piece. The rest is all speculation and taking the word of people who from the sounds of things do not have the whole story.

If Hasbro has cancelled the line then I think they are making a mistake, but hey what do I know, I just buy their products.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Vile MK III » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:04 pm

...And the fandom rejoiced. :mrgreen:
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Editor » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:08 pm

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Vile MK III wrote:...And the fandom rejoiced. :mrgreen:


in a word... no.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby DevastaTTor » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:11 pm

No big surprise, at least from what I've seen at stores. Right now, these guys are just not moving and with the show not running new episodes right now, it's not likely they will any time soon. The whole line has become one big peg-warmer. I may just pick up the deluxe dinobots and bid TFA farewell.

The Movie really needs to be Hasbro's primary focus, especially with such a broad range of characters being introduced this time around. Lots of potential-limited shelf space. Coupled with continued support for Star Wars Clone Wars and the new GI Joe file, TFA was probably doomed a while ago.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Archatron » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:15 pm

If we don't get Arcee I'm done, period. They've got more than enough time to get her and Soundwave out. I hope the movie toys flop, which I'm sure they won't, but this is one hell of a 25th anniversary, eh? Get rid of the best line for one mainly made of repaints. 8-}

How stupid can you be? I'm an Associate at WM and it's true, they are dumping it.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Chaoslock » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:18 pm

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BOOOOOO!

I'll just wait and see what Hasbro will say when they will see that the super-gobot movie line will warm shelfes 100% more than Animated.

There's not enough diversity in a wave. If each box of a wave would contain 8 different figures instead of 4, there would be much less shelfwarmers.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Electron » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:24 pm

quite frankly i blame myself, i never brought any of the figures and focused my attention on G2

oh cruel fate, why!!! :sad:
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Ultra Magnus » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:29 pm

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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Tripredacus agent » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:31 pm

It's a simple matter of economics, animated toys need to be designed from scratch, and new molds need to be made, why bother when people will fork out for endless repaints and bionicle rip offs?
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Editor » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:32 pm

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You know, we can only judge the success of a line by our own knowledge of what has sold around where you are.

In this area, the only real problem has been a couple peg/shelf warmers First Lockdown, then Oil Slick and Lugnut. Beyond that, sales have quite good, while we still have figures from the first movie cloging pegs, and Oil Slick is being almost matched as a warmer by universe Sunstreaker.

Well if they do cancel things, then hopefully, we could have a couple things happen.
1) They do release Arcee, and SoundBlaster, either as animated or universe.
2) They decide to clear them thru foreign distrubution. :twisted:
3) Season 3 get a huge fan reaction and they are made to eat crow, followed by a new line with a "We always had planned to come back to this line." PR spin.

either way, the Hasbro and CN people who go to Botcon are going to have a fun time....
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Serpent O - R » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:33 pm

Ok.

Deep Breath.

Somewhere out there are Animated Arcee Figures that will never be released. So, not only is it gonna be very rare, but a Fembot at that.

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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby omega666 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:43 pm

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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Firebird » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:51 pm

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No!!!!! :sad:

I needed to own an animated Omega Supreme. This is terrible news.

They better release Arcee. I dont care how, but they better.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby It Is Him » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:52 pm

I'm calling shens.

My local Wal-Marts are stocking nothing BUT Animated. There's no space for Universe.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Seibertron » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:56 pm

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My theory is that the Animated toys and cartoon are being shelved until after ROTF. Perhaps in the fall? Perhaps next year? I dunno. But I have a feeling that it's getting shelved for the time being. Time will tell!
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Psychout » Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:17 pm

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It would make sense to shelve them until the movie has died down, then release them at the same time as screening the cartoon - no one will buy them if they have no idea who the figure is supposed to be.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Savage » Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:17 pm

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This sucks. Several of the newer Animated figures haven't shown up in my area. Wreck-Gar and Blurr to name two. I was also looking forward to that Arcee figure. Just when I was starting to really like the toyline, they go and do this?
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Autobot032 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:20 pm

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You folks need to check all available sources before taking TFVanguard's words as golden truth.

The man is a well known liar in the fandom. He's come up with some crazy, crazy crap that boggles the mind.

Such as claiming he created the TF font that's used by Hasbro and other companies. (No, I'm not kidding.)

He also claimed that Walky (Shortpacked) threatened to kill him. (No, I'm not kidding, and yes, he did actually tell people that Walky threatened him, and no, it wasn't even remotely true.)

This guy is a jackoff, why TFArchive would even let him post that is beyond me.

I do think Animated is being killed in favor of ROTF, but I'm not basing that on TFG's post. Not a chance.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby GeidiPrime » Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:20 pm

Can't say I'm surprised. The Animated toys are nothing more than shelfwarmers around my parts.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby rpetras » Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:23 pm

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Seibertron wrote:My theory is that the Animated toys and cartoon are being shelved until after ROTF. Perhaps in the fall? Perhaps next year? I dunno. But I have a feeling that it's getting shelved for the time being. Time will tell!



I am hoping this is true.

Animated got really shafted by the HUGE break in the show.

Hopefully it will return post-movie.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby cybercat » Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:29 pm

I haven't been able to find airing dates for the US; everything indicates Season Three should start airing in Spring of this year here, allegedly in mid to late March. Thus clearing shelves of Animated merch is just dumb--there'd be plenty of time to clear shelves for ROTF.

Here's what I"m thinking.

Just because Wally and Target don't carry doesn't mean the *line* is cancelled, folks. It could be something as simple as they didn't get a good 'exclusive' product deal with Hasbro (which has been known to be a bit...dickish) so they decided to threaten by pulling a line they know is about to have huge potential for Hasbro, if Animated Season Three airs this spring as it's supposed to. Businesses play this kind of chicken all the time. Until I see TRU or another retailer confirm, I'm not losing all hope for the Animated line.

Still doesn't mean I like it.

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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line… cancelled?

Postby Badass Grimlock » Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:36 pm

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Only a rumor. Just hope for the best.

If it's true, What complete bullshtick! :sad:
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