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Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more

Transformers News: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 2:37PM CST

Categories: Auctions, Sightings, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal   Views: 47,493

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So every now and then rare or prototypes of unproduced toys hit the internet via auction sites or listings. And well, this time has come once again. This time over at TaoBao, and just like most of the time it's G2 stuff!
Some of the following items have been seen before and are relatively well known to our fandom, other not so much. They are also all sold/offered by the same person who calls himself Bear (something) Palace, sorry, but I just don't know how to replicate or name that symbol. Here's a link to an English translation of his profile.

We have mirrored a few images of each item, should you want to see more images of them, you can just click the item thumbnail in the auctions to see a few more in flash.

So the man has a prototype of the fabled G2 Sandstorm repaint of G1 Ramjet.

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He also has what appears to be the rumoured "Black Death Starscream", well it's the Starscream mold in black.

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He also has G2 Stunticons: Motormaster, and Wildrider and Dragstrip.


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He also has two G2 Protectobots; Blades and First-Aid.

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Stay tuned to seibertron.com for all your Transformers related news!
Credit(s): El Duque, taobao
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Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1337765)
Posted by RhA on January 24th, 2012 @ 2:41pm CST
I'm going to cry in my sleep over these. Thanks.
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1337767)
Posted by Dead Metal on January 24th, 2012 @ 2:48pm CST
RhA wrote:I'm going to cry in my sleep over these. Thanks.

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Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1337769)
Posted by Pretender Skywarp on January 24th, 2012 @ 2:53pm CST
Mrs. Skywarp wrote:Don't even fu**ing think about it :-x


Were her exact words as I let out a childish little gasp of excitement..... :sad:
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1337772)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on January 24th, 2012 @ 2:56pm CST
Pretender Skywarp wrote:
Mrs. Skywarp wrote:Don't even fu**ing think about it :-x


Were her exact words as I let out a childish little gasp of excitement..... :sad:


Wives, gotta love'em. Mine almost said the same thing when I saw a Grandus in an online store... :lol:

With regards to Chinese and Japanese symbols, you can simply copy and paste them, like this:

大熊の宝殿

This translates to "Sanctuary of Ursa Maior", as in the constellation.
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1337780)
Posted by Seibertron on January 24th, 2012 @ 3:07pm CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Wives, gotta love'em. Mine almost said the same thing when I saw a Grandus in an online store... :lol:


Any chance you could send me a link to Grandus?
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1337791)
Posted by Seibertron on January 24th, 2012 @ 3:17pm CST
I'm determined that one day the G2 Stunticons and G2 Protectobots will get made as a special series of "unmade" Transformers (maybe a 30th or 50th G2 anniversary set) or that someone will find cases of these G2 figures that were made but were never shipped overseas.

I also think BotCon missed an opportunity in 2010 to bring fans these sets 2 years ago. In a alternate universe where I'm a key decision maker of the Transformers brand, I would orchestrate a special BotCon or Club giftset that brings all of the G2 Protectobots and G2 Stunticons into one or two giftsets, and partnered with Toys R Us or some other retailer to release a giftset of the G1 versions of those toys at retail to help offset the costs of the molds and/or the production run. An e-Hobby set of these would be an awesome alternative to a Botcon set as well if it wasn't financially feasible for BotCon.

Considering some of the things that come out of the wood work, I can still hold out hope. I've still got my fingers crossed!

This gives me an idea ... I should start a regular article / topic titled "If Seibertron.com ran the Transformers brand ..." which we could all contribute good ideas to.
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1337799)
Posted by funeralthirst7 on January 24th, 2012 @ 3:26pm CST
G2 really had the worst color choices. These things are hideous.
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1337825)
Posted by Pretender Skywarp on January 24th, 2012 @ 4:11pm CST
funeralthirst7 wrote:G2 really had the worst color choices. These things are hideous.


Which is what makes them so undeniably awesome!
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1337828)
Posted by Samurai Bludgeon on January 24th, 2012 @ 4:17pm CST
Seibertron wrote:...

This gives me an idea ... I should start a regular article / topic titled "If Seibertron.com ran the Transformers brand ..." which we could all contribute good ideas to.


That'd be a really fun idea. Perhaps once it's going you could actually submit a few of the ideas to Hasbro, I know it would be a shot in the dark but you never know. A consolidated, structured, petitioned idea might just get them to at least take a look at it.

Or...you could go big and become a third-party producer i.e. Fans Project, MMC, ect. I know you don't like that idea, however it could be a great way to get those types of things done! Just need some serious financial start-up, time to start a Seibertron.com donation drive!
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1337843)
Posted by JRFitzpatrick7 on January 24th, 2012 @ 4:37pm CST
Seibertron wrote:I'm determined that one day the G2 Stunticons and G2 Protectobots will get made as a special series of "unmade" Transformers (maybe a 30th or 50th G2 anniversary set) or that someone will find cases of these G2 figures that were made but were never shipped overseas.

I also think BotCon missed an opportunity in 2010 to bring fans these sets 2 years ago. In a alternate universe where I'm a key decision maker of the Transformers brand, I would orchestrate a special BotCon or Club giftset that brings all of the G2 Protectobots and G2 Stunticons into one or two giftsets, and partnered with Toys R Us or some other retailer to release a giftset of the G1 versions of those toys at retail to help offset the costs of the molds and/or the production run. An e-Hobby set of these would be an awesome alternative to a Botcon set as well if it wasn't financially feasible for BotCon.

Considering some of the things that come out of the wood work, I can still hold out hope. I've still got my fingers crossed!

This gives me an idea ... I should start a regular article / topic titled "If Seibertron.com ran the Transformers brand ..." which we could all contribute good ideas to.



Ryan i think this is a great idea! and one that I think would be great on the front page of the site, but also incorporated into the podcast! I think its a great discussion topic for the forums as well as Counterpunch's roundtable!
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1337845)
Posted by Delicon on January 24th, 2012 @ 4:38pm CST
I really want those G2 Stunticons!
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1337885)
Posted by Seibertron on January 24th, 2012 @ 6:05pm CST
The G2 Stunticons and Protectobots are such a sore spot for me. These toys were close enough to coming out that Toys R Us stores had listings for them in their computer system way back in 1994 or 1995. Shortly after Christmas '93 or '94, I was on the hunt for G2 Hero Megatron after receiving Hero Optimus for Christmas. The employee at the customer service desk at the Flint, MI TRU was kind enough to search other TRU stores to see if any other stores around had Megatron in stock. While looking through the list of figures, the employee read off "Protectobots" and "Stunticons". I said to the employee ... "those must be listings for old Transformers from a while ago." The employee corrected me and said "no, these are for toys that are coming out soon." I obtained Hero Megatron at a nearby TRU in Novi, MI and then spent the next few months searching for the Protectobots and Stunticons. No Internet at the time to tell me what stores to look at or that the toys had been canceled. I was bummed to never see those toys and to find out a couple of years later once I had access to the Internet that the toys had been canceled.
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1337899)
Posted by Heavy B on January 24th, 2012 @ 6:37pm CST
mmmmmmmmmmmm, neon.

Also, Kinda looks like first aid would suffer from GPS around the neck...
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1337990)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on January 24th, 2012 @ 11:36pm CST
You know, I wouldn't have minded if CHMS had made a "Classics" Sandstorm, even after havign bought so, so many Seekers already.
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1338011)
Posted by Pretender Skywarp on January 25th, 2012 @ 1:44am CST
You'd think an encore giftset, with the G2 counterpart as an ehobby exclusive would be a no brainer.

I was genuinely surprised when that didn't happen with Devastator.
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1338058)
Posted by joevill on January 25th, 2012 @ 8:32am CST
Wow these all are amazing. *sigh* Too bad none of them were released. I really like that Sunstorm.
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1338114)
Posted by gothsaurus on January 25th, 2012 @ 11:33am CST
I'd have picked up Sandstorm ramjet as well.

I wish we could see some store exclusive box sets... where you get a troop builder team of all repaints. They could throw us a set of all jets and we'd jump to buy it.... though CHMS and Botcon beat them to the punch on most of them.

Hasbro, please consider a troop repaint set to release any fan-expected repaints — missing seekers of the trio, Ultra Magnus, etc.

For the upcoming WFC I hope they can find a solution like this to get all the seekers out promptly... rather than dragging out for 4 or 5 years like Thundercracker.
Re: Rare Transformers G2 prototypes hit TaoBao: Sandstorm, Stunticons, Protectobots and much more (1402238)
Posted by janetang on July 19th, 2012 @ 1:26am CDT
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