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BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

Transformers News: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

Saturday, June 29th, 2013 8:05PM CDT

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Also now on display are several of the new Transformers Prime Beast Hunters figures that was revealed earlier today during the Hasbro brand panel. Click here for the full gallery.

Deluxe
  • Prowl
  • Night Shade Bumblebee

Simplified Deluxe
  • Twinstrike
  • Bumblebee
  • Smokescreen
  • Windrazor


Simplified Voyager
    Predaking
    Optimus Prime

Cyberverse
  • Ultra Magnus
  • Decepticon Bludgeon
  • Unicron Megatron
  • Rot Gut
  • Dive Bomb
  • Bluestreak
  • Ace Vehicon


BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display

BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display
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Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499314)
Posted by Brakethrough on June 29th, 2013 @ 8:16pm CDT
Ace Vehicon, Bot Detective. ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLRIGHTY THEN!
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499327)
Posted by ausbot on June 29th, 2013 @ 8:34pm CDT
Ok, so now I want a Barricade from that Prowl.
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499330)
Posted by Metrosuplex on June 29th, 2013 @ 8:39pm CDT
I get it :-? . "Simplified deluxe" = blown-up Legion.

I guess this kills 2 birds for Hasbro:
1) Everyone gets deluxe scale Abominus parts, and
2) Bigger transformers are easier to convert (for those who complain about modern complexity).

I guess it also saves the engineering costs of creating brand new deluxe molds for Abominus.

Dang, now I feel stupid for buying mini-Abominus! Is it too much to ask for you to make Hun-gurr into a Voyager class, Hasbro? :roll:
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499332)
Posted by craggy on June 29th, 2013 @ 8:43pm CDT
wow, Swoop has his original name in the Prime-verse. interesting and cool to see that getting used for him for the first time in plastic.
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499339)
Posted by Mindmaster on June 29th, 2013 @ 8:50pm CDT
Prowl and maybe the TerrorPreds are the only ones worth it.

The rest of them... urgh, Hasbro's pulling a Microsoft and shooting themselves in the foot with those simplified Deluxes and Voyagers.
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499341)
Posted by Metrosuplex on June 29th, 2013 @ 8:57pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:The rest of them... urgh, Hasbro's pulling a Microsoft and shooting themselves in the foot with those simplified Deluxes and Voyagers.


This is actually a natural move on Hasbro's part. Have you seen the Iron Man 3 figures? They're simplified - no elbow or knee joints.

I look at it as Hasbro reducing production costs in order to keep the toy prices where they are and/or lowering costs overall to improve corporate profitability.

When you think about it, this simplification of Deluxes (from Legions) is the optimal solution (versus replacing TF's with Kreon's or Bot-shot non-transforming figures).

Furthermore, I'd be interested to see how the intended audience (children) react to these new deluxes. For some reason, I predict a positive reaction - when I was a kid, poseability wasn't the priority (and just look at the G1 figures' poseability!). :-?
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499342)
Posted by Yweggo on June 29th, 2013 @ 8:58pm CDT
I like Prowl's head. Not sure if I like the black Bumblebee, most likely I'm just going to stick with the first BH Bumblebee. I'm not a fan of the simplified figures, so I'm gonna pass. Love the cyberverse commanders, will most likely get Megatron and Bludgeon, Magnus is gonna depend on if his legs have been retooled to stay together. Gut Rot and Divebomb are easy passes, Bluestreak not so much. Seekercon is a (censored) Yeah!
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499353)
Posted by Manterax Prime on June 29th, 2013 @ 9:13pm CDT
Everything looks good, except for the oversized legion figs. I am looking forward to the simplified voyagers, now we just need that Prime in his Thunderclash colors.
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499356)
Posted by craggy on June 29th, 2013 @ 9:19pm CDT
is the Voyager Predaking with the clear wings an over-sized Commander too? Because it's sadly probably the best looking of the versions of him we've had. At least in bot mode. That sword is badass. Beast Planet Fallen, anyone?
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499357)
Posted by PrymeStriker on June 29th, 2013 @ 9:20pm CDT
So, Prowl does have a retooled head.

Brilliant. :twisted:
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499358)
Posted by Mindmaster on June 29th, 2013 @ 9:23pm CDT
craggy wrote:is the Voyager Predaking with the clear wings an over-sized Commander too?


Appears that way.

Beast Planet Fallen, anyone?


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Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499363)
Posted by craggy on June 29th, 2013 @ 9:28pm CDT
Metrosuplex wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:The rest of them... urgh, Hasbro's pulling a Microsoft and shooting themselves in the foot with those simplified Deluxes and Voyagers.


This is actually a natural move on Hasbro's part. Have you seen the Iron Man 3 figures? They're simplified - no elbow or knee joints.

I look at it as Hasbro reducing production costs in order to keep the toy prices where they are and/or lowering costs overall to improve corporate profitability.

When you think about it, this simplification of Deluxes (from Legions) is the optimal solution (versus replacing TF's with Kreon's or Bot-shot non-transforming figures).

Furthermore, I'd be interested to see how the intended audience (children) react to these new deluxes. For some reason, I predict a positive reaction - when I was a kid, poseability wasn't the priority (and just look at the G1 figures' poseability!). :-?


I remember when the G1 toys started simplifying as new molds were being created in conjunction with Hasbro, rather than just Diaclone toys being repainted. By the time Headmasters rolled around and the gimmicks started, I was still plenty happy and excited by Transformers, but my parents, who bought me the toys, saw the drop in quality and didn't get me many. We got the Classic Heroes reissues here around the same sort of time, so I was still able to get some of them, but the new, cheaper, less posable (and all plastic vs plastic/die-cast/chrome combos) bots were ones my folks discouraged me against. I can imagine that similar things will happen to kids with parents who value their money more.

I don't think making worse toys for more money is a great way to keep the brand ticking along. An all-repaint line, even if they went back a few years for molds, would probably do at least as good. Beyond some of the major characters (and really, isn't every kid who likes TFs going to have at least a couple Bumblebees and Primes by now?) the characters shouldn't matter, since there won't be a show to promote them by the time these come out. If they didn't want to repaint the early BH and/or older Prime stuff then why not just delve into older lines for filler stuff, or go all-out with the Generations stuff? I wouldn't be surprised at the poor value of these supposed Deluxes turning off consumers and leading them to ignore later, probably better designed toys in the future.
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499365)
Posted by gavinfuzzy on June 29th, 2013 @ 9:31pm CDT
Will these Terrorcons combine?

I only see 2/5 of the Terrorcons here.

If they are making all, and they combine... :APPLAUSE:

Only complaint is that these upscaled cyberverse is going to shelfwarm... :BANG_HEAD:
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499366)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on June 29th, 2013 @ 9:31pm CDT
Wait, they're doing OFFICIAL up-sizings of smaller-scale figures?

The kind of thing that's been largely the domain of knock-off companies?

Hasbro and Takara, listen carefully: enlarge the Animated Activators Starscream mold into a full-scale Slipstream!

Now! NOW!! NOW!!!

Yeah, I know, Animated's dead, but after news of new Beast Wars and Armada stuff...
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499370)
Posted by Mindmaster on June 29th, 2013 @ 9:34pm CDT
gavinfuzzy wrote:Will these Terrorcons combine?


If they do, they might use another way of combining. Otherwise, it doesn't appear so. Which is saddening; if they can combine, I'd actually consider getting the TerrorPreds and display them as Classics Abominus.

I only see 2/5 of the Terrorcons here.

If they are making all, and they combine... :APPLAUSE:


No word of the other three are being upscaled.

Only complaint is that these upscaled cyberverse is going to shelfwarm... :BANG_HEAD:


Ditto, they'll get in the way of all those wonderful Generations toys. :-(
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499371)
Posted by T-Macksimus on June 29th, 2013 @ 9:36pm CDT
Metrosuplex wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:The rest of them... urgh, Hasbro's pulling a Microsoft and shooting themselves in the foot with those simplified Deluxes and Voyagers.


This is actually a natural move on Hasbro's part. Have you seen the Iron Man 3 figures? They're simplified - no elbow or knee joints.

I look at it as Hasbro reducing production costs in order to keep the toy prices where they are and/or lowering costs overall to improve corporate profitability.

When you think about it, this simplification of Deluxes (from Legions) is the optimal solution (versus replacing TF's with Kreon's or Bot-shot non-transforming figures).

Furthermore, I'd be interested to see how the intended audience (children) react to these new deluxes. For some reason, I predict a positive reaction - when I was a kid, poseability wasn't the priority (and just look at the G1 figures' poseability!). :-?


If you're from the same age range as me then poseability wasn't an issue because we had 5 points of articulation on our classic Star Wars figures and we were happy as pigs in slop! We didn't know any better. The pinnacle of poseability was the original 12" 1960's G.I. Joe figures and those were a rarity by the time our generation started messing with TF's and while Micro-Man figures were great for flexibility, they were not very common in all areas and they were rather fragile and certainly not suitable for any kid under 10 years of age if you wanted them to last more than 30 seconds.
While I admire your optimism and can certainly see a certain logic behind Hasbro's move, I think they are not properly gauging the reaction of the kids. Their strategy is only going to win over the 7 and under crowd. Any kid older than that is going to say "Screw this!" and lose interest in the first minute. It's still the ADD generation, the generation that HAS to have something "over the top" to hold their attention for more than 5 minutes and doesn't give 2 shits that mom and dad can't afford it. Whatever Habro's reason for making this move, I'm not buying that it's for any desire to get back to basics or that it is strictly a cost issue either and I certainly don't harbor any illusions that they are going to drop their prices back to what they were a few years ago. No, we are going to get less product...again... and get the price raised on us... again!
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499376)
Posted by Metrosuplex on June 29th, 2013 @ 9:51pm CDT
What I meant:
A) Hasbro will keep prices where they are (hopefully), so that we're not paying $20 for deluxes next year.
B) Hasbro has made direct comments about how difficult the new TF's are to convert. They DO have an interest in simplifying the line.
C) This legion to deluxe move is cost-effective, as it requires little-to-no retooling (just up-scaling).
D) Hasbro is already simplifying their other toy lines (GI JOE & Iron Man), so it's inevitable that even TF sees a dramatic drop in quality -- but hopefully the drop isn't too severe as to completely turn off the majority of kids (who I believe are less observant than you guys).

Of course this is crap for collectors; I am only addressing the ramifications this will have for the children market.

craggy wrote:I remember when the G1 toys started simplifying as new molds were being created in conjunction with Hasbro, rather than just Diaclone toys being repainted. By the time Headmasters rolled around and the gimmicks started, I was still plenty happy and excited by Transformers, but my parents, who bought me the toys, saw the drop in quality and didn't get me many. We got the Classic Heroes reissues here around the same sort of time, so I was still able to get some of them, but the new, cheaper, less posable (and all plastic vs plastic/die-cast/chrome combos) bots were ones my folks discouraged me against. I can imagine that similar things will happen to kids with parents who value their money more.

I don't think making worse toys for more money is a great way to keep the brand ticking along. An all-repaint line, even if they went back a few years for molds, would probably do at least as good. Beyond some of the major characters (and really, isn't every kid who likes TFs going to have at least a couple Bumblebees and Primes by now?) the characters shouldn't matter, since there won't be a show to promote them by the time these come out. If they didn't want to repaint the early BH and/or older Prime stuff then why not just delve into older lines for filler stuff, or go all-out with the Generations stuff? I wouldn't be surprised at the poor value of these supposed Deluxes turning off consumers and leading them to ignore later, probably better designed toys in the future.


I think your parents were FAR MORE INVOLVED than most parents today. Maybe I'm just a cynic, but I don't notice parents pay attention to toy articulation. They pick up a TF and wonder if little Timmy will be able to transform it on his own. Read some of the comments on Amazon - I see a ton of "My grandson was able to build it and he is playing with it over and over!" etc. In other words, I suspect the parents will not notice the drop in quality.

Have parents noticed the Iron Man 3 toys being crap? :-? They seem to shelf-warm, and maybe it's because the parents see them as cheap crap, as you say?

But I totally agree with your idea of using older Energon/Armada/etc. molds instead of upscaled Legion molds. They did that in 2007 with the movie-verse figures. And in the same vein of this discussion, most kids weren't exactly around for those old molds, so it'd be new to them!

T-Macksimus wrote:If you're from the same age range as me then poseability wasn't an issue because we had 5 points of articulation on our classic Star Wars figures and we were happy as pigs in slop! We didn't know any better. The pinnacle of poseability was the original 12" 1960's G.I. Joe figures and those were a rarity by the time our generation started messing with TF's and while Micro-Man figures were great for flexibility, they were not very common in all areas and they were rather fragile and certainly not suitable for any kid under 10 years of age if you wanted them to last more than 30 seconds.
While I admire your optimism and can certainly see a certain logic behind Hasbro's move, I think they are not properly gauging the reaction of the kids. Their strategy is only going to win over the 7 and under crowd. Any kid older than that is going to say "Screw this!" and lose interest in the first minute. It's still the ADD generation, the generation that HAS to have something "over the top" to hold their attention for more than 5 minutes and doesn't give 2 shits that mom and dad can't afford it. Whatever Habro's reason for making this move, I'm not buying that it's for any desire to get back to basics or that it is strictly a cost issue either and I certainly don't harbor any illusions that they are going to drop their prices back to what they were a few years ago. No, we are going to get less product...again... and get the price raised on us... again!


Very well put! :APPLAUSE: I agree with all of your points. We certainly didn't have much poseability, and we didn't know better.

I'm not factoring the ADD issue. Now that you mention it, THAT is why so many toys today need to have a FEATURE. Like stupid missile launchers - those come with everything now and I'm always annoyed when they advertise it as something AMAZING!

But the over-the-top attention grabber you speak of is an Ipad. An Xbox. I don't see many kids today swat an eye at the Transformers section of the store; I see plenty in the TMNT section (which incidentally is NOT run by the ad-wizards at Hasbro! :roll: ). TMNT toys don't have a lot of gimmicks at all, and kids flock to them. They don't have a ton of articulation either, now that I think of it. So, in essence, it IS possible to interest kids in these things... but Hasbro is clearly doing it wrong.
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499402)
Posted by Evil_the_Nub on June 29th, 2013 @ 10:52pm CDT
Do we know how much these oversized cyberverse figures are going to cost? I'f they're cheaper than most deluxes and voyagers I can maybe get on board with them. If not it's kind of a slap in the face to charge full price for an oversized version of the cheap alternative.
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499405)
Posted by That Bot on June 29th, 2013 @ 11:03pm CDT
Evil_the_Nub wrote:Do we know how much these oversized cyberverse figures are going to cost? I'f they're cheaper than most deluxes and voyagers I can maybe get on board with them. If not it's kind of a slap in the face to charge full price for an oversized version of the cheap alternative.

The labels in front of them say the upscaled deluxes have an MSRP of $12.99 and the voyagers $19.99.
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499406)
Posted by Noideaforaname on June 29th, 2013 @ 11:06pm CDT
So basically, only the Jet Vehicon is really new new, and even then he's actually a redeco!
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499440)
Posted by Evil_the_Nub on June 30th, 2013 @ 1:03am CDT
That Bot wrote:
Evil_the_Nub wrote:Do we know how much these oversized cyberverse figures are going to cost? I'f they're cheaper than most deluxes and voyagers I can maybe get on board with them. If not it's kind of a slap in the face to charge full price for an oversized version of the cheap alternative.

The labels in front of them say the upscaled deluxes have an MSRP of $12.99 and the voyagers $19.99.

Ah thanks, I didn't even notice the labels.
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499446)
Posted by VirusCarnage on June 30th, 2013 @ 1:28am CDT
I don't like that Prime, I really don't like it at all
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499449)
Posted by STINGRAY749 on June 30th, 2013 @ 1:39am CDT
I can almost bet those "new" beast hunter figures will join all of those buried "E.T." games.

But in all seriousness, why? Just why? The prid/BH lines were already much simpler than a lot of previous. Look at that new ultimate Beast hunter optimus.

Hasblow what are you on?
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499455)
Posted by DecepticonFinishline on June 30th, 2013 @ 2:00am CDT
Simplified Deluxes?! Are you just... I... *&#$@ing seriously?! *^%$%^ing stupid ass ^&%*&.

Just... I ....

No.

Just no.

There's a reason I collect (mostly) classics-verse style figures. G1 characters with ELBOWS and KNEES!!!

Save this ^$%^# for #$^#%^ing Power Rangers!
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499491)
Posted by Henry921 on June 30th, 2013 @ 5:43am CDT
DecepticonFinishline wrote:Simplified Deluxes?! Are you just... I... *&#$@ing seriously?! *^%$%^ing stupid ass ^&%*&.

Just... I ....

No.

Just no.

There's a reason I collect (mostly) classics-verse style figures. G1 characters with ELBOWS and KNEES!!!

Save this ^$%^# for #$^#%^ing Power Rangers!



I don't know what you just said but I like the cut of your jib.

Well, I like Prowl. Curious about the new Predaking.

But I say hell no to these new "simplified deluxes". Didn't we already get simplified deluxes last year when Hasbro skimped on the plastic?

Unless those Terrorcons form Abominus there is no reason to get them over their Cyberverse counterparts. They won't even fit in with the other deluxe Predacons, who look like, you know, actual deluxe figures.
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499514)
Posted by Cobra Delaris on June 30th, 2013 @ 7:57am CDT
I'm not even mad, those hideous upscale Legend "Deluxes" are going to save me a lot of money.

Thank you Hasbro for allowing my wallet to be a little heavier this year. :CON:
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499516)
Posted by Dead Metal on June 30th, 2013 @ 8:05am CDT
Will those simplified deluxes be the new standard, or an alternative akin to FABs?
Either way I find the idea stupid as hell.
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499542)
Posted by Scareglow 42 on June 30th, 2013 @ 10:30am CDT
How dare these basterds make these  deluxes little more than over expensive happy meal toys. This is why i hate coporations, its not a matter of if they have enough money, its that little difference between what there really are capable of and what they want to over price or under achive to meet their over the top quotas. If they truly wanted too they could have made a brilliant star wars  black series without chessy repaints of more rebel pilots (BLAGHH), iron man 3 figures woth joints and a proper mandarin, and beast hunters 2014 toy line with proper sculpting and articulation. the reason why they cant is one of a number of possibilitues or a combination of them all. One thought is that some new cheap jew deicded that they where spending too much in quality sculpts and decided to release nothing more than static pieces of shit with the rationaly that brain dead kids would have an eaisier time playing with them. Or maybe they are telling the truth that kids enjoy them better, then what kind of reterded rednecks are they getting in there focus groups. Example( durka dur i like nas car and merica and my 69 percent iq has a hard time trying to operate a something with more than say five points of articulation that isnt a semi automatic, JESUSSSS). If so we shouldn't be one the receiving end while they waste all their resources focusing on these degenerates who if they are so stupid and pathetic don't deserve toys. I hope hasbro learns their lesson soon, or they will be among the first against the wall when the revolution comes.
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499548)
Posted by skidflap on June 30th, 2013 @ 11:23am CDT
My guess is that these unscaled cyberverse figures are the successors to the FAB's. Those would often go for the same price as a deluxe yet they were simplified. :-? :-? I don't think that will replace the current deluxe range as this is not evident for generations. Plus it's bad business. 8-}

Rot Gut, now that's a name that lets people know you are disgusting. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Prowl= :DANCE:
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499564)
Posted by welcometothedarksyde on June 30th, 2013 @ 1:02pm CDT
When I read "simplified deluxes" I was confused because the RID deluxes were already simplified. Then when I saw them I thought, the simplified Deluxes/ Voyagers are going to cost the same as the deluxes/voyagers from a few years ago. Sadly I'm correct.
It does seem like a bad idea from several angles. Firstly using the names Voyager and Deluxe is sure to confuse the hell out of parents. Secondly they look like knockoffs which might turn costumers off. Hell if I saw a Fansproject toy next to one of these, I'd be questioning which is the knockoff. Thirdly these obviously look like the Cyberverse toys but upscaled, they didn't seem to change much engineering and the sculpting looks near identical. Is there some other incentive to buy them other than they're bigger? Better sculpting, paint, or even some gimmicks would make these things stand apart from their smaller counterparts. But as it stands, they're just officially licensed knockoffs
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499620)
Posted by That Bot on June 30th, 2013 @ 4:18pm CDT
The big difference, besides the small engineering changes for the larger size, is the more elaborate paint patterns. Compare the Twinstrike pictured here to legion Twinstrike, you can see he's got a bit fancier deco. Same colors, but the arrangement has dips and two-tones instead of just a solid color painted on a part.
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499625)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on June 30th, 2013 @ 4:34pm CDT
i hate these over simplified cyberverse guys as much as anyone esle but this is probably the chance to get a more size accurate insecticon?? :-? :-?
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499629)
Posted by Metrosuplex on June 30th, 2013 @ 4:42pm CDT
That Bot wrote:
Evil_the_Nub wrote:Do we know how much these oversized cyberverse figures are going to cost? I'f they're cheaper than most deluxes and voyagers I can maybe get on board with them. If not it's kind of a slap in the face to charge full price for an oversized version of the cheap alternative.

The labels in front of them say the upscaled deluxes have an MSRP of $12.99 and the voyagers $19.99.


Yeeeeeah... so same prices as before, as anyone could predict. Hasbro doesn't typically lower prices when lowering production costs (i.e. pass savings to consumer).

I'm looking forward to seeing these things shelf-warm. I'm thinking TJ Marshaxx will get these by the boatload in a few weeks. ;;) And as so many have said elsewhere, it gives my wallet a breather. >:oP
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499633)
Posted by Metrosuplex on June 30th, 2013 @ 4:51pm CDT
Doubledealer93 wrote:i hate these over simplified cyberverse guys as much as anyone esle but this is probably the chance to get a more size accurate insecticon?? :-? :-?


Unlikely:
1) Hasbro purposefully made the Insecticon a Commander class, and must have (by now) some idea about how fans want a Voyager class - maybe it has something to do with the cost of making him a Voyager and pricing him @ $20. :???: Come to think of it, if they can upscale a Commander Prime to Voyager Prime, I don't really see why they couldn't do that with the Insecticon... :-?

2) As someone else mentioned in another thread, this set is only meant to fill the interim between Prime and the new Bay movie next summer. These come out in January, and it's probably the last we'll see of them for a while, as the next TF's on store shelves (after these) will most likely be the new Bay-verse figures.

Unless they sell really well, or Hasbro decides it's worth the trouble to keep upscaling Legions. I'd seriously be down for a bigger insecticon, though. :x
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499656)
Posted by craggy on June 30th, 2013 @ 5:44pm CDT
still having a really hard time figuring out why they've upscaled the Cyberverse stuff. Or rather, these particular Cyberverse bots. There's already a Beast Hunter Voyager Predaking and Optimus Prime...if they want new toys of these dudes on shelves, why not just repaint the existing toys? I'd be sorta interested in a show-accurate Predaking deco. Similarly with the show-character Deluxes, although maybe the BB mold has disintegrated now after being used so much?
Re: BotCon 2013 Coverage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on Display (1499690)
Posted by Alpha Weltall on June 30th, 2013 @ 7:27pm CDT
I still don't know how I feel about upscaled Legion class figures. On one hand the Predacons look great even despite the lack of some articulation and the rest will be great too. On the other hand, most Decepticon and Autobot Legions are just crap toys and upscaling them will just show that more. The Commander class figures should do well enough and I don't really have any objections other than that green on Optimus. The Voyagers green looked good but that is just hideous. It looks like he's slowly evolving into Toxitron.

I think my problem is how most people just bought about three of each of that BB and SS mold. That BB was just released a short while back then again with the Autobot Driller playset and then again in black and maybe even again as a Target exclusive. That SS had a similar fate as it just recently came out then got repainted with the jet playset then again for prowl again for Streak and again for Target I think. What I'm saying is these molds were just overused as it was and now they're upscaling them and expecting people to buy another version of them. Even dumb parents should see that they just bought three to four version of each of them and probably ignore them. Hell, my mom would too and she's been buying Transformers since they first came out.

My other problem is that they picked two particularly weak Legions to upscale and showcase first. I think if they had used Cliffjumper, Jet Vehisteve or Arcee then people wouldn't have minded so much. And as someone else said in a previous comment, these might be the more child friendly alternative like the Fast Action Battlers or the Activators were in past lines. However, if those weapons on these upscaled Legions are standard 5mm then the weaker molds might be worth picking up at discount just for the weapons.
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Posted by Metrosuplex on June 30th, 2013 @ 7:42pm CDT
craggy wrote:still having a really hard time figuring out why they've upscaled the Cyberverse stuff. Or rather, these particular Cyberverse bots. There's already a Beast Hunter Voyager Predaking and Optimus Prime...if they want new toys of these dudes on shelves, why not just repaint the existing toys? I'd be sorta interested in a show-accurate Predaking deco. Similarly with the show-character Deluxes, although maybe the BB mold has disintegrated now after being used so much?


I think Hasbro's goal is to make the transformations simpler. They've talked about it at convention panels (I believe), so they either heard some complaints or did their own market research. On top of that, the simpler design of the legions are probably a whole lot cheaper to assemble in China! :CROW: I'm not sure if their future marketing will confirm this or not, as the toys may not even be clearly marked as EASY... but that's about the only reasoning I can come up with making yet another Predaking and Beast Hunter Optimus... :roll:
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Posted by stevescustoms on June 30th, 2013 @ 10:23pm CDT
I don't like the simplified Deluxes. They just look cheap to me.
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Posted by craggy on July 1st, 2013 @ 1:48am CDT
none of those characters they're releasing in scaled-up deluxe form, who've previously had figures, appear to have that much more of a complicated transformation.

i remember something last year about making the transformations simpler. I thought that was a the Prime RID/Beast Hunters style. every one I've seen is far less complex than some of the more difficult movie or Generations deluxes. I think they've gone too far. I really hope it is just them being stupid and cheap, but I worry it might be that a lot of people a few years back complained about the complexity of some movie TFs and they're still reading through those reports now and thinking people are talking about the new Prime stuff being too simple, when it's not. A lot of them are simple, but in most cases I don't mind too much because the transforms are effective and the end result is still fairly articulated figure.
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Posted by philtron3030 on July 1st, 2013 @ 5:42am CDT
the audacity of hasbro to upsize the legion and commander molds into deluxe and voyager sizes... #-o they look like china town knock offs... who are they trying to fool? maybe if we complain enough they will cancel them, just like xbox one did with the whole drm debacle. sigh* a boy can dream.
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Posted by wolverinetodd on July 1st, 2013 @ 7:54am CDT
T-Macksimus wrote:
Metrosuplex wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:The rest of them... urgh, Hasbro's pulling a Microsoft and shooting themselves in the foot with those simplified Deluxes and Voyagers.


This is actually a natural move on Hasbro's part. Have you seen the Iron Man 3 figures? They're simplified - no elbow or knee joints.

I look at it as Hasbro reducing production costs in order to keep the toy prices where they are and/or lowering costs overall to improve corporate profitability.

When you think about it, this simplification of Deluxes (from Legions) is the optimal solution (versus replacing TF's with Kreon's or Bot-shot non-transforming figures).

Furthermore, I'd be interested to see how the intended audience (children) react to these new deluxes. For some reason, I predict a positive reaction - when I was a kid, posability wasn't the priority (and just look at the G1 figures' posability!). :-?


If you're from the same age range as me then posability wasn't an issue because we had 5 points of articulation on our classic Star Wars figures and we were happy as pigs in slop! We didn't know any better. The pinnacle of posability was the original 12" 1960's G.I. Joe figures and those were a rarity by the time our generation started messing with TF's and while Micro-Man figures were great for flexibility, they were not very common in all areas and they were rather fragile and certainly not suitable for any kid under 10 years of age if you wanted them to last more than 30 seconds.
While I admire your optimism and can certainly see a certain logic behind Hasbro's move, I think they are not properly gauging the reaction of the kids. Their strategy is only going to win over the 7 and under crowd. Any kid older than that is going to say "Screw this!" and lose interest in the first minute. It's still the ADD generation, the generation that HAS to have something "over the top" to hold their attention for more than 5 minutes and doesn't give 2 shits that mom and dad can't afford it. Whatever Habro's reason for making this move, I'm not buying that it's for any desire to get back to basics or that it is strictly a cost issue either and I certainly don't harbor any illusions that they are going to drop their prices back to what they were a few years ago. No, we are going to get less product...again... and get the price raised on us... again!


I have to agree with what you said that 30 years ago, "we didn't know any better." But it's 30 years later and we sure as hell do know better now and those simplified deluxes are not better. Especially since the retail price is going to be the same as deluxes that have more articulation. Perhaps at $9.99. As for simpler transformation, isn't that why the Transformers Rescue Bots line was introduced?

We, the hardcore fans, the ones that fork over huge amounts of money at Botcon and SDCC and the like are the ones that Hasbro/Takara need to remember. We have been waiting for 30 years for Springer, Blitzwing, and Sandstorm to finally be Triplechangers again and with more articulation. We want more articulation of our old favorites for the money. Otherwise they might as well re-issue more re-issues.

And we love our combiners! Hasbro/Takara finally listened to us hardcore, diehard fans and made a combiner. Unfortunately they didn't listen very well and thus made our beloved Terrorcons in Cyberverse size. Then they heard us again, "How cool would these new Terror/Predacons be if they were deluxe size." And unfortunately once again, Hasbro/Takara didn't listen very well and decided to just upscale the same Cyberverse figures into Deluxe size without all that great articulation. Are we going to have to wait another 30 years for Hasbro/Takara to finally get this right? I really hope not. Thank goodness for 3rd Party companies, right?

But honestly, I will probably buy the Terror/Predacons of the simplified Deluxe line, despite the much needed multiple points of articulation. It'll be cool to have an Abominous in Deluxe size, even with the lack of multiple points of articulation. And yes, I do believe all five of these guys can join together just like their Cyberverse Legion counterparts, once the other three are released in simplified Deluxe size. However, I do foresee the simplified deluxe of Bumblebee (ugh, another one) and Smokescreen being peg warmers. Thus, in time, the pegs will be full of them only, keeping the stores from ordering the next waves that will most likely contain the remaining Terror/Predacons needed to combine to form Abominous. In which case I say, thank goodness for www.hasbrotoyshop.com.
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Posted by That Bot on July 1st, 2013 @ 12:07pm CDT
wolverinetodd wrote:And we love our combiners! Hasbro/Takara finally listened to us hardcore, diehard fans and made a combiner. Unfortunately they didn't listen very well and thus made our beloved Terrorcons in Cyberverse size.

The limbs on the original Abominus were the same size as modern Legions. It's just Hun-Gurrr that was bigger.
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Posted by Sodan-1 on July 1st, 2013 @ 2:27pm CDT
The only one here I'm remotely interested in is deluxe Prowl, and frankly I'd rather he was predominantly black. And a :CON:.

The rest of them, in my opinion, are utter garbage. No way in hell am I paying deluxe and voyager class prices for oversized Cyberverse figures. No way. No how. There's retro, then there's actively taking a step backwards.

Happy 30th Transformers. :roll:
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Posted by Metrosuplex on July 1st, 2013 @ 2:42pm CDT
wolverinetodd wrote:Are we going to have to wait another 30 years for Hasbro/Takara to finally get this right? I really hope not. Thank goodness for 3rd Party companies, right?

But honestly, I will probably buy the Terror/Predacons of the simplified Deluxe line, despite the much needed multiple points of articulation. It'll be cool to have an Abominous in Deluxe size, even with the lack of multiple points of articulation. And yes, I do believe all five of these guys can join together just like their Cyberverse Legion counterparts, once the other three are released in simplified Deluxe size. However, I do foresee the simplified deluxe of Bumblebee (ugh, another one) and Smokescreen being peg warmers. Thus, in time, the pegs will be full of them only, keeping the stores from ordering the next waves that will most likely contain the remaining Terror/Predacons needed to combine to form Abominous. In which case I say, thank goodness for http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com.


3rd Party TF's are prohibitively expensive, IMO. $120 for Predaking vs. $400-500+ for the 3rd Party (superior) version. Ehhh, I'm not having trouble picking the former. 8-|

There are no plans (that we're aware of) to release the other 3 Abominus figures, so it's a toss up if they see the light of day as upscaled deluxes. Others have also pointed out that the combining pegs are missing in the pictures we've seen, so they may not even combine (lending to the theory that the other 3 will NOT be sold as deluxes).

philtron3030 wrote:the audacity of hasbro to upsize the legion and commander molds into deluxe and voyager sizes... #-o they look like china town knock offs... who are they trying to fool? maybe if we complain enough they will cancel them, just like xbox one did with the whole drm debacle. sigh* a boy can dream.


I'm starting to think these upscaled Legions are a test-run. If they sell moderately well, Hasbro will go full throttle. But based on the reactions here, I know the collectors won't be buying! :lol: So it's all on the parents and kids - if they buy, the TF brand is heading in a very sad direction... #-o

That Bot wrote:
wolverinetodd wrote:And we love our combiners! Hasbro/Takara finally listened to us hardcore, diehard fans and made a combiner. Unfortunately they didn't listen very well and thus made our beloved Terrorcons in Cyberverse size.

The limbs on the original Abominus were the same size as modern Legions. It's just Hun-Gurrr that was bigger.
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I still say they're smaller. The only way to really tell is to take out a scale and do a comparison. The G1 figs look fatter and bulkier, even if the new figs are elongated and tall. :-?
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Posted by Autobot Strider on July 2nd, 2013 @ 10:26am CDT
PrymeStriker wrote:So, Prowl does have a retooled head.

Brilliant. :twisted:


I couldn't agree more! I was thinking of passing on Prowl 'cause I figured he'd be hard to find... but now I have to at least try to get him. Looks fantastic in robot mode, although I wish his legs were properly transformed. Not a huge fan of the lack of paint apps on the vehicle, but it's hard to judge by the one angle. A set or Reprolabels will do very well for the car, but regardless I MUST have!
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Posted by Sabrblade on July 2nd, 2013 @ 2:53pm CDT
Don't know if it was stated, but someone asked if the upscaled Deluxe Predacons who's Legion toys formed Abominus also combine together to form Abominus.

I can say that they do not.
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Posted by That Bot on July 2nd, 2013 @ 4:16pm CDT
You mean someone at the panel asked that, and that was the answer?

Well, that settles that. If I see the Terrorpreds for $10 or less I might get them, otherwise no.
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Posted by Sabrblade on July 2nd, 2013 @ 4:31pm CDT
That Bot wrote:You mean someone at the panel asked that, and that was the answer?

Well, that settles that. If I see the Terrorpreds for $10 or less I might get them, otherwise no.
It was actually asked at the Hasbro booth if they combine, to which they said that do not.
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Posted by That Bot on July 2nd, 2013 @ 4:49pm CDT
Point stands, no deluxe Abominus, as predicted.
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Posted by Metrosuplex on July 4th, 2013 @ 8:53pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Don't know if it was stated, but someone asked if the upscaled Deluxe Predacons who's Legion toys formed Abominus also combine together to form Abominus.

I can say that they do not.


That's some sad news, but thanks for the confirm.

If anything, this ALSO confirms we most likely will NOT see the rest of the Abominus crew in upscaled deluxe class. Which is just as well, as they don't combine (as some peeps astutely figured out from the pictures).

But the micro Abominus doesn't combine particularly well anyway (with the tiny middle section), so whatever.

They're still childhood faves, so I'll probably pick em up anyway! :oops:

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