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Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us

Transformers News: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 4:12PM CDT

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It looks as though Hasbro will finally be releasing Masterpiece Thundercracker! TFW2005 member fiveironfr3nzy made an interesting discovery while browsing the Tranformers aisle at a Toys"R"Us location in Concord, North Carolina, a product reset map which lists a home for THUNDERCRACKER MASTERPIECE. The question now becomes which version of the mold will be used? The original version that the previous Wal-Mart exclusives Starscream and Skywarp used or the new revised mold used for Takara's MP-11 Coronation Starscream?

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Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385006)
Posted by Hip-Hoptimus Rime on May 29th, 2012 @ 5:13pm CDT
*SQUEE!* MUST HAVE! Starscream and TC are my favorite Seekers, I've purposely limited myself to collecting only those two, for the most part. Now a MP TC? I hope he's out for Father's Day, I'll be a happy pappy. :DANCE: <---- me
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385023)
Posted by xyl360 on May 29th, 2012 @ 6:25pm CDT
It looks like they have a spot there for some Human Alliance figures as well. Maybe Hasbro is pushing out more leftover DoTM stock.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385026)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on May 29th, 2012 @ 6:31pm CDT
I can't see them releasing him before Starscream. Maybe it is the old mold.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385029)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 29th, 2012 @ 6:34pm CDT
Well, just another thing to mock the fact I'll never be able to complete my Masterpiece Seeker set. :-( If it's the original mold, it would look nice next to my Skywarp. If it's the revised mold, yay-ish! :grin:
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385034)
Posted by STINGRAY749 on May 29th, 2012 @ 7:03pm CDT
YYYEEESSS and NNNOOO.

It's sweet that a mp tc is coming out, but( at least to me and probably some other people out there)why does it always have to be a toysrus exclusive. The nearest tru is 4hours there and back home. Please let this one go to all retailers, please. :PRAY:
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385038)
Posted by xyl360 on May 29th, 2012 @ 7:32pm CDT
STINGRAY749 wrote:YYYEEESSS and NNNOOO.

It's sweet that a mp tc is coming out, but( at least to me and probably some other people out there)why does it always have to be a toysrus exclusive. The nearest tru is 4hours there and back home. Please let this one go to all retailers, please. :PRAY:

BBTS is sure to have it as well, so if it's the new MP mold (and assuming the deco looks good and of course, I don't hear about Takara doing this repaint any time soon from MP-11 themselves), then I'm in.

If BBTS doesn't have it, only TRU or Takara is doing their own, then I'll go with Takara all the way or avoid it altogether.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385041)
Posted by craggy on May 29th, 2012 @ 7:48pm CDT
STINGRAY749 wrote:YYYEEESSS and NNNOOO.

It's sweet that a mp tc is coming out, but( at least to me and probably some other people out there)why does it always have to be a toysrus exclusive. The nearest tru is 4hours there and back home. Please let this one go to all retailers, please. :PRAY:


because it's a high price item, that most retail stores won't want to buy, for fear they won't sell and they'll have to reduce the price an lost out on profit.

means it has to be a store exclusive. seems that TRU are the most willing to take these on. instead of saying "it sucks that it's a TRU exclusive" you should be glad that it's coming out at all. I appreciate that it can be a pain travelling to look for something you want, but don't TRU in the US do delivery? I'm pretty sure they do it here, and we're in the dark ages...where fuel costs a heck of a lot more.

we've seen more than a few rumoured and even announced exclusives never make it to retail because no stores wanted to carry them.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385050)
Posted by Severa on May 29th, 2012 @ 8:05pm CDT
Though, I am not sure how TRU works, but when I used to work retail, our updated plan-o-grams (merchandising schematic) would release 2 weeks before new product would come into inventory. We would typically set the plan-o-gram a week after the update came out so that we would only be with empty shelf space for a week.

Hope he comes out super soon!
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385055)
Posted by barricade2218 on May 29th, 2012 @ 8:37pm CDT
Hope it will be available via their website like Rodimus was.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385065)
Posted by Rated X on May 29th, 2012 @ 9:02pm CDT
Good news from Hasbro finally enough with the TF Prime crap already !!! Now I would love to own a version of the new mold, but I kind of rather have the old mold to go with the other two seekers.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385072)
Posted by Counterpunch on May 29th, 2012 @ 9:26pm CDT
We dropped this info in the podcast a few episodes ago.

Of course...who would believe us? ;)
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385078)
Posted by Jasolater on May 29th, 2012 @ 9:43pm CDT
G1 Thundercracker being the first transformer I ever owned, I'm very exited about this one!!
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385137)
Posted by kirbenvost on May 30th, 2012 @ 12:57am CDT
Very interesting news. I personally hope it's the old mold so I can still justify getting MP-11, but if it's the updated one I hope they give it new accessories instead of the coronation gear. :)
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385158)
Posted by That Bot on May 30th, 2012 @ 3:00am CDT
Rated X wrote:Good news from Hasbro finally enough with the TF Prime crap already !!!

Yeah, Prime has been out for a whole four months already, gosh! They should do something else, like more movie toys. That's what we REALLY want.

Seriously though, the Prime toyline is still in its infancy, and this release does not signal any slow-down or stop in the Prime line. It's completely unrelated.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385204)
Posted by vectorA3 on May 30th, 2012 @ 7:45am CDT
Yes! yEs! YES!!!!!!!! My prayers have been answered!!! MP TC!! I think hasbro will use the old mold, but if they use the new 1, I'm not complainin, esp. if it has a crown & cape for accessories. All new accessories are welcomed too. I can't afford all 5 at once, but we're gonna have our hands full with Prime, Sideswipe, Red Alert and Soundwave!!! For the last 3, I'll wait and see if a US release will happen first. Expensive figs.
And FTR Counterpunch, didn't hear the podcast, but would have believed you immediately!!! Weird nothing was mentioned at BotCon. Hmph.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385209)
Posted by padfoo on May 30th, 2012 @ 8:22am CDT
This great news for TC fans. My favorite seeker at a decent price.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385226)
Posted by Powermaster Jazz on May 30th, 2012 @ 9:29am CDT
WAAAA! Hasbro will never do a Masterpiece Thundercracker! WAAAA!!! they never listen to the fans! WAAAAAA!!!! :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :michaelbay:



I don't care which mold it is. He will be mine. Now I have an excuse to get Skywarp.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385236)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on May 30th, 2012 @ 10:02am CDT
My guess is it's the new mold since Takara already had production going for Starscream and Sunstorm, Hasbro probably just had a run made for them that they are turning into TC. Cheaper that way than setting up the old mold and making a special run.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385251)
Posted by SJ21 on May 30th, 2012 @ 10:31am CDT
I am hoping for the original Takara mold. I don't want to have the other two Seekers be taller than the third.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385268)
Posted by zodconvoy on May 30th, 2012 @ 11:17am CDT
AH-HA-HA-HA-HA! :lol: :DANCE: :lol:

I just sold my Takara one less then 2 months ago for $230! I did the same thing right before they announce TRU Grimlock too! 8)

Counterpunch wrote:We dropped this info in the podcast a few episodes ago.

Of course...who would believe us? ;)


I would have but to be honest I've only listened to the podcast like twice. And it wasn't that one.

Seriously though, not even a single news post about an MP Thundercracker domestic release but Botshots gets practically daily updates? What's up with that? :HEADHURTS:
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385288)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on May 30th, 2012 @ 12:34pm CDT
zodconvoy wrote:Seriously though, not even a single news post about an MP Thundercracker domestic release but Botshots gets practically daily updates? What's up with that? :HEADHURTS:


Right here

http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/ ... rus/24943/
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385294)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on May 30th, 2012 @ 12:51pm CDT
and how much are they going to charge $100? Im happy with skywarp easy pass for me even without seeing it
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385311)
Posted by zodconvoy on May 30th, 2012 @ 1:48pm CDT
LOST Cybertronian wrote:
zodconvoy wrote:Seriously though, not even a single news post about an MP Thundercracker domestic release but Botshots gets practically daily updates? What's up with that? :HEADHURTS:


Right here

http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/ ... rus/24943/


Very funny. I mean if they knew it was going to happen a few podcasts ago, a new post for us non-podcast listeners at that time would've been nice.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385502)
Posted by That Bot on May 30th, 2012 @ 10:22pm CDT
zodconvoy wrote:Seriously though, not even a single news post about an MP Thundercracker domestic release but Botshots gets practically daily updates? What's up with that? :HEADHURTS:

Daily updates? I've seen like 5 news posts about Bot Shots EVER. While I don't remember them mentioning MP Thundercracker in any of the podcasts I've listened to, they give much more coverage to Masterpiece toys in general than Bot Shots.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385512)
Posted by Rated X on May 30th, 2012 @ 11:37pm CDT
That Bot wrote:
Rated X wrote:Good news from Hasbro finally enough with the TF Prime crap already !!!

Yeah, Prime has been out for a whole four months already, gosh! They should do something else, like more movie toys. That's what we REALLY want.

Seriously though, the Prime toyline is still in its infancy, and this release does not signal any slow-down or stop in the Prime line. It's completely unrelated.



Well TF Prime is basically a mix of movie and animated styles. When you mix s**t and piss in the toilet you get something nasty. The cartoon is cool to watch, but the figures dont live up to the hype in my opinion. And if you count the whole "first edition" outrage, TF Prime figures have been around alot longer than 4 months. In my opinion, what we really want is more G1 themed stuff and this fits fine.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385513)
Posted by pfcparts on May 30th, 2012 @ 11:42pm CDT
Hope it is the old mold +1

First two were Walmart exclusives and
now the final piece is TRU?

I've never seen a Grimlock or Roddy at
any of th e TRUs here so TC will probably
not exist as well... Just horrible. :BANG_HEAD:
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385532)
Posted by That Bot on May 31st, 2012 @ 2:33am CDT
Rated X wrote:
That Bot wrote:
Rated X wrote:Good news from Hasbro finally enough with the TF Prime crap already !!!

Yeah, Prime has been out for a whole four months already, gosh! They should do something else, like more movie toys. That's what we REALLY want.

Seriously though, the Prime toyline is still in its infancy, and this release does not signal any slow-down or stop in the Prime line. It's completely unrelated.



Well TF Prime is basically a mix of movie and animated styles. When you mix s**t and piss in the toilet you get something nasty. The cartoon is cool to watch, but the figures dont live up to the hype in my opinion. And if you count the whole "first edition" outrage, TF Prime figures have been around alot longer than 4 months. In my opinion, what we really want is more G1 themed stuff and this fits fine.

If you count First Edition, Prime has been out for a whole six months, and depending on your region, there was only 1 or 2 small assortments. Prime took off big-time in January-February worldwide and that's where I'm starting.

While I will readily acknowledge there are a fair number of people who, like you, only care about Classics and Masterpiece figures, there are also many of us who enjoy the latest mainline stuff Hasbro. I, for one, love the Prime TV show and toys. You think they're overrated? Okay, that's your opinion and you're entitled to it, but Hasbro doesn't cater just to you. Lots of people love Prime, lots of people loved Animated, and even the movies have their fans. The series didn't make 2 billion dollars for nothing. I'll admit to getting some amusement from them, at the same time as questioning some of Bay's directorial decisions. Hasbro's main target is kids, and 8-10 year-old kids don't care about G1 stuff for the most part. Yes, there's a few exceptions because they think a particular toy looks cool, or their parents have showed them their old G1 DVDs, but by and large, kids care about the movies and whatever animated series is currently on. I think we, as adult fans, should be grateful that Prime is as good as it is, that the younger fans have quality shows like Animated and Prime to watch, cool toys to play with, and Hasbro still puts out Classics-style and Masterpiece stuff for us. The success of the Animated and Movie "piss and shit", and the TF Prime "crap" are what allow us to continue to get Classics and Masterpiece figures. When they reward us for being loyal fans for many years by giving us not one, but TWO new Masterpiece figures in the same year, banging on them for selling toys based on their current media to their primary demographic (which make the money to fund these Masterpiece releases) seems unfair and selfish.


I'm getting off-topic. I'm looking forward to this release, and I hope it uses the revised mold. I'll have to find a way to acquire the other MP Seekers if I get this, though. Thundercracker is all fine and dandy, but he really relies on his mold-mates to complete his look.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1385541)
Posted by vectorA3 on May 31st, 2012 @ 3:36am CDT
^ 'nuff said.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1398961)
Posted by daimchoc on July 10th, 2012 @ 1:20pm CDT
c/o Sai from the TFW2005 forums - http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transform ... ost7993795


TRU UK has cancelled MP Thundercracker. Looks like we won't be getting this figure in North America as well. Hopefully we'll get more information during SDCC.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1398999)
Posted by Counterpunch on July 10th, 2012 @ 2:53pm CDT
daimchoc wrote:c/o Sai from the TFW2005 forums - http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transform ... ost7993795


TRU UK has cancelled MP Thundercracker. Looks like we won't be getting this figure in North America as well. Hopefully we'll get more information during SDCC.


That doesn't really speak to the supposed US release at all.
Re: Hasbro Masterpiece Thundercracker Coming to Toys"R"Us (1399158)
Posted by vectorA3 on July 11th, 2012 @ 3:13am CDT
NooooooooOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well I knew something was up when I checked Entertainment Earth to see if they'd be carrying any TRU exclusives for SDCC as they have for the past 2 years. Zilch. I want MP TC badly. No pictures have surfaced anywhere too, so this is suspect. I won't be able to make Hasbro TF panel this week, so I hope they talk about it & we see a report.

sidenote -- Punch, I'm gonna try to get Flint Dille's autograph @ IDW's signing Thurs. Crossin my fingers. Gonna be a madhouse as usual.

News about new MP Optimus -US release would be great too, now that i think of it
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