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Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order

Transformers News: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order

Friday, June 1st, 2012 9:58AM CDT

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Thanks to a little detective work by Seibertron.com member robotmel we have more information/confirmation regarding the recently discovery Toys"R"Us Masterpiece Thundercracker. After speaking with a Toys"R"Us UK store manager he was able to successfully pre-order the figure. It was priced at £59.99 (about $92.00 USD) and scheduled to arrive late August/early September.

robotmel wrote:This is great news for all UK Transformers fans and collectors alike!

Whilst scouting my local Toys R Us, fresh with the knowledge of a US TRU exclusive of Masterpiece Thundercracker in their systems, I quizzed their very helpful manager Darren on the matter.
I asked if I could place a pre-order for the Transformers Masterpiece Thundercracker which Toys R Us had gained an exclusive release for. He tapped a few buttons, called a colleague and hey presto, there 'Cracker was on the UK systems and available as a pre-order (delayed pick up)!
As you can see from my picture below he is priced at £59.99 but not going to be instore until late August/early September time.
There is still no confirmation as to which mold will be used for this version.


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Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1385945)
Posted by Fistful of Energon on June 1st, 2012 @ 10:33am CDT
strange he is slated for such a soon release yet Hasbro has officially revealed nothing yet.
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1385950)
Posted by Trikeboy on June 1st, 2012 @ 10:44am CDT
Cool, though I may not jump at that price. I got Skywarp for £20 out of Argos so may wait and see what happens with Thundercracker.
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1385952)
Posted by Fistful of Energon on June 1st, 2012 @ 10:55am CDT
I have the TAK Tcracker, but I would jump on a more toon accurate version, especially if its the new seeker mold.
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1385981)
Posted by kirbenvost on June 1st, 2012 @ 12:27pm CDT
Cool, I guess I don't have to worry about TC not coming out in Canada then. :)
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1385993)
Posted by robotmel on June 1st, 2012 @ 12:51pm CDT
El Duque wrote:Thanks to a little detective work by Seibertron.com member robotmel we have more information/confirmation regarding the recently discovery Toys"R"Us Masterpiece Thundercracker. After speaking with a Toys"R"Us UK store manager he was able to successfully pre-order the figure. It was priced at £59.99 (about $92.00 USD) and scheduled to arrive late August/early September.


:D
Thank you for the front page, really chuffed! :P
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386004)
Posted by Gearslide on June 1st, 2012 @ 1:13pm CDT
Fistful of Energon wrote:strange he is slated for such a soon release yet Hasbro has officially revealed nothing yet.


SDCC is right around the corner. Seems that Hasbro is waiting for that to show the bulk of the big reveals of the year. With a little luck, we'll see Masterpiece Thundercracker and Voyagers Breakdown and Thundertron.
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386013)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on June 1st, 2012 @ 1:31pm CDT
you can pre-order stuff other than videogames at TRU? wish i knew this when i still shopped there.
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386087)
Posted by NTESHFT on June 1st, 2012 @ 5:45pm CDT
*tears of joy*
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386169)
Posted by vectorA3 on June 1st, 2012 @ 9:16pm CDT
awesome sig Headsortails! Scouts are my favorite!

I hope MP TC is not $92 in the US. Maybe if we're really lucky entertainment earth or another company will have him and Optimus prime remake at SDCC. I'll be wiped out if bought those 2 and the exclusive Bruticus. Anyway, wonder if US stores will let us pre-order?

Oh, and almost forgot --love the Devastor hand blocking the receipt! Hilarious!
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386286)
Posted by Sodan-1 on June 2nd, 2012 @ 6:24am CDT
How the hell did you manage this, robotmel? Did you kidnap the manager's spouse?
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386298)
Posted by Anonymous on June 2nd, 2012 @ 7:57am CDT
I just hope TC is made from the new mold. Unlikely, but still...
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386310)
Posted by waaaaghlord on June 2nd, 2012 @ 9:11am CDT
orangeitis wrote:I just hope TC is made from the new mold. Unlikely, but still...


And I'm exactly the opposite. I want a matched set of season 1 Seekers. If this turns out to be the old mould I'll buy it to go with the Hasbro SS and SW and have the trio in the AHM style, if not I'll be looking toward picking up the igear versions and possibly selling on my legit Hasbro Seekers. Between the price they go for and the assembly error the TakTom TC has never really been on my radar.
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386323)
Posted by Anonymous on June 2nd, 2012 @ 10:27am CDT
waaaaghlord wrote:And I'm exactly the opposite. I want a matched set of season 1 Seekers.
But I do too. I just want them all in the new mold. :lol:
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386355)
Posted by robotmel on June 2nd, 2012 @ 1:29pm CDT
Sodan-1 wrote:How the hell did you manage this, robotmel? Did you kidnap the manager's spouse?

:grin:
I threatened to let loose all the My Little Ponies to stampede the shop! They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time. :lol:
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386378)
Posted by Motorthing on June 2nd, 2012 @ 3:26pm CDT
Of course being a TRU exclusive means it will only ever be available at full price and unless you can extract one from the shipping box yourself while they sit on the floor waiting to be shelved they will be beaten up to buggery and look like someone has punted them around the stock room for an hour - just like Grimlock and Roddy did.

Still an all it's nice to know I'll be able to buy one at all, but I want to know if MP10 will be following TC..........
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386383)
Posted by craggy on June 2nd, 2012 @ 3:40pm CDT
robotmel wrote:
Sodan-1 wrote:How the hell did you manage this, robotmel? Did you kidnap the manager's spouse?

:grin:
I threatened to let loose all the My Little Ponies to stampede the shop! They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time. :lol:

I'm no Brony, but I'd suspect there's no MLP called Sex Panther.
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386517)
Posted by Pretender Skywarp on June 3rd, 2012 @ 4:37am CDT
Has it occurred to anyone tht given the G1 themed Generations-packaged-Movie-Starcaream; this *could* be a T'Cracker repaint?

Not trolling, just saying its something to consider. I know the price point points to MP, but thats only a tenner more than leaders retailed at during HFTD and that mould was considered an MP by Takara.....

Just saying'....
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386609)
Posted by Motorthing on June 3rd, 2012 @ 1:39pm CDT
Pretender Skywarp wrote:Has it occurred to anyone tht given the G1 themed Generations-packaged-Movie-Starcaream; this *could* be a T'Cracker repaint?

Not trolling, just saying its something to consider. I know the price point points to MP, but thats only a tenner more than leaders retailed at during HFTD and that mould was considered an MP by Takara.....

Just saying'....


If this were to be the case I would have saved myself £60. No biggy.
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386651)
Posted by Anonymous on June 3rd, 2012 @ 4:35pm CDT
Honestly, I’m a little surprised by all the enthusiasm for Masterpiece Transformers (especially ones produced by Hasbro) given their general flimsiness.

I would much prefer a HFTD TC, as unlikely as that is.
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386671)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on June 3rd, 2012 @ 5:42pm CDT
Krok wrote:I would much prefer a HFTD TC, as unlikely as that is.


If by HFTD you mean Hunt For The Decepticons, then yes that is very unlikely as that line is long dead. However if you want a deluxe TC, well the Generations one was just in stores last year.

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Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386675)
Posted by Anonymous on June 3rd, 2012 @ 5:59pm CDT
LOST Cybertronian wrote:
Krok wrote:I would much prefer a HFTD TC, as unlikely as that is.


If by HFTD you mean Hunt For The Decepticons, then yes that is very unlikely as that line is long dead. However if you want a deluxe TC, well the Generations one was just in stores last year.


I was actually referring to Pretender Skywarp's (albeit wild) speculation that it could well be a TC repaint of the HFTD Leader class Starscream similar to the Asian exclusive we have recently had a peek of.

Also,Generations TC was certainly nifty, heres hoping one day we get a Sunstorm to keep Acidstorm company.
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386682)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on June 3rd, 2012 @ 6:14pm CDT
Krok wrote:
LOST Cybertronian wrote:
Krok wrote:I would much prefer a HFTD TC, as unlikely as that is.


If by HFTD you mean Hunt For The Decepticons, then yes that is very unlikely as that line is long dead. However if you want a deluxe TC, well the Generations one was just in stores last year.


I was actually referring to Pretender Skywarp's (albeit wild) speculation that it could well be a TC repaint of the HFTD Leader class Starscream similar to the Asian exclusive we have recently had a peek of.

Also,Generations TC was certainly nifty, heres hoping one day we get a Sunstorm to keep Acidstorm company.


Ah, I gotcha. Didn't even occur to me you was refering to Leader Movie Starscream.
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386707)
Posted by Cyberseven on June 3rd, 2012 @ 8:15pm CDT
I am actually pleased that a MP Thundercracker might be coming to a TRU near me. Thundercracker is actually my favorite seeker. I hope it is a G1 style though. I am not interested if it's an HFTD Movie mould.

I am sure we will know more details soon.

If it turns out to be G1 style, it's a buy for me.
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386753)
Posted by vectorA3 on June 4th, 2012 @ 12:08am CDT
how great of a difference is it between the old MP mold and the new one? If TC is new mold -he's not gonna look drastically different in jet mode against SS and warp is he??
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1386783)
Posted by robotmel on June 4th, 2012 @ 4:34am CDT
omega666 wrote:I really hope the new Thundercracker is this [Skywarp] mold (even though the new one is better). I just want all my seeker molds to be the same.


Rated X wrote:Looking good. I have this one [Skywarp] and I look foward to finally getting Thundercracker. I wish somebody would make a conversion kit that allows you to change the hips/legs into the new mold. Im sure a new waist piece without the ball joints could be made in each seekers respective color. Then you could just clip the jet kibble to the legs where it belongs.


I feel this release will be the G1 deco of Masterpiece Thundercracker and not a HFTD Movie Starscream repaint as suggested in a previous post. I would base that on the listing including 'Masterpiece' not 'Leader' in its title? :-?

I was keen to pick up one of the iGear seekers, G1 coloured Starscream in fact as he is a financial viability at around £70 delivered in to the UK. I already own the fist Starscream version MP-03 but a G1 deco would be great as I missed the Hasbro/WalMart Exclusive.

Is the iGear mold smaller than the Hasbro/Takara mold?
I wouldnt mind having a mix & match of different Seeker Masterpiece Editions.

Our faithful flying buddies may be cut from similiar cloth but are stitched together whole different ways! :twisted:
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1399194)
Posted by robotmel on July 11th, 2012 @ 7:38am CDT
:sad:
As reported in an alternate thread, the UK Toys R Us Exclusive release of Transformers Masterpiece Thundercracker has been cancelled!

Via a PM from El Duque, I was alerted to this via the TFW2005 forums, but there seemed to be a slight lack of solid confirmation.

Having placed a pre-order via my local Toys R Us store I thought it best I contact them for clarification.
The manager contacted head office who confirmed they had 'cancelled any expected deliveries' as of yesterday of the U.K. exclusive.
This was due to 'the line being discontinued' but he did confirm 'it would still be made available to the U.S. market' ! :shock:

So once again Hasbro U.K. continue to withhold the love... :-(
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1399200)
Posted by Va'al on July 11th, 2012 @ 8:03am CDT
What line would that be, specifically?

Masterpiece?
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1399204)
Posted by El Duque on July 11th, 2012 @ 8:24am CDT
We have some unfortunate news for our friends in the UK, it appears the Toys"R"Us Masterpiece Thundercracker has been canceled. Last month Seibertron.com member robotmel had reported that he had managed to pre-order the figure through one of his local Toys"R"Us stores. After checking the status of said pre-order he discovered the figure has been canceled for the UK, although it does appear it's still scheduled for the US.

robotmel wrote:Having placed a pre-order via my local Toys R Us store I thought it best I contact them for clarification.
The manager contacted head office who confirmed they had 'cancelled any expected deliveries' as of yesterday of the U.K. exclusive.
This was due to 'the line being discontinued' but he did confirm 'it would still be made available to the U.S. market' !

So once again Hasbro U.K. continue to withhold the love...
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1399214)
Posted by robotmel on July 11th, 2012 @ 8:59am CDT
Va'al wrote:What line would that be, specifically?

Masterpiece?

That was their words exactly, but I believe it only refers to the U.K. release of the Masterpiece Thundercracker.

There was debate as to whether this was going to use the older mold used with the first few releases of the Masterpiece Seekers or the newer remolded version.
Despite the alleged U.S. release, I wonder if they knocked it on the head with the U.K. release with a eye to releasing something a little better!
Bring on the Masterpiece Optimus Prime 2.0!!
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1399227)
Posted by kirbenvost on July 11th, 2012 @ 9:23am CDT
Well, that's a shame. I wonder if we'll hear anything about it at SDCC. If not, maybe it was just a mistake by TRU UK...
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1399229)
Posted by Anonymous on July 11th, 2012 @ 9:32am CDT
Sorry to hear the news, UK fans. :(
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1399240)
Posted by robotmel on July 11th, 2012 @ 9:52am CDT
El Duque wrote:We have some unfortunate news for our friends in the UK, it appears the Toys"R"Us Masterpiece Thundercracker has been canceled. Last month Seibertron.com member robotmel had reported that he had managed to pre-order the figure through one of his local Toys"R"Us stores. After checking the status of said pre-order he discovered the figure has been canceled for the UK, although it does appear it's still scheduled for the US.

;)
Thank you for the front page! Appreciated. :D
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1399376)
Posted by Rated X on July 11th, 2012 @ 9:03pm CDT
Hasbro has developed a reputation for cancelling Thundercracker. If it's availble in the US, Im sure those who want it bad enough will buy it on e-bay. Even though I stopped collecting masterpiece, I would like to complete the trio.
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1401541)
Posted by vectorA3 on July 17th, 2012 @ 4:55am CDT
quick! everybody buy US MP TC & scalp em to the UK!!! j/k. Lol!!
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1445536)
Posted by robotmel on December 10th, 2012 @ 10:42am CST
>:oP
So I popped into my local branch of Toys 'R' Us to enquire about the availablility of Transformers Masterpiece Thundercracker (again)!

The shift Manager remembered me from way back when I started this thread which I was surprised about!
He had a dig about and confirmed... absolutely nothing! :-x

Nothing on Thundercracker. Nothing on Optimus Prime v2.0. Nowt!

In other news, I have just won myself a loose Transformers Masterpiece Thundercracker (v2.0) from a friendly US based Ebay seller for £44 shipped!

:DANCE: :DANCE: :DANCE:
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1445544)
Posted by Pretender Skywarp on December 10th, 2012 @ 11:11am CST
TRU.com will ship a MP T'Cracker internatioanlly. Comes in a bout £60 posted.

Roughly UK rrp...
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1445552)
Posted by vectorA3 on December 10th, 2012 @ 11:29am CST
I'd be willing to pick MP TC up for someone in the UK for price if they need it, ($75 + $6.56 sales tax) + shipping + whatever tracking or insurance they'd want on it. Just let me know & PM me. Although, I think international tracking can be pricey.
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1445587)
Posted by robotmel on December 10th, 2012 @ 2:33pm CST
Pretender Skywarp wrote:TRU.com will ship a MP T'Cracker internatioanlly. Comes in a bout £60 posted.

Roughly UK rrp...

:-?
I did try their .Com website, didnt wanna ship to U.K.?

I will have another look.. :D

Would love to ship the new MP Op Prime! ;)
Re: Masterpiece Thundercracker Available For Toys"R"Us UK Pre-Order (1445596)
Posted by Pretender Skywarp on December 10th, 2012 @ 2:53pm CST
robotmel wrote:
Pretender Skywarp wrote:TRU.com will ship a MP T'Cracker internatioanlly. Comes in a bout £60 posted.

Roughly UK rrp...

:-?
I did try their .Com website, didnt wanna ship to U.K.?

I will have another look.. :D

Would love to ship the new MP Op Prime! ;)


Not everything is available for intl shipping and I think OP is on hat list :(
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