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RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled?

Transformers News: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled?

Thursday, February 26th, 2009 11:44AM CST

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

TFVanguard, a poster at TFArchive said this:

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

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

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


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

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

Is Transformers Animated over, and what is the fate of the Animated Arcee figure shown at Toy Fair? Discuss this and more in The Energon Pub forums.
Credit(s): TFArchive, Wal*Mart.com
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890364)
Posted by Redimus GTS on February 26th, 2009 @ 11:50am CST
...

Well isnt that just shit.

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

Thanks Hasbro.
Thasbro.


----------------------------------------------------------

Out of interest, do we know what exactly we'll be missing out on? Does this mean all the new charecters for the third season wont be getting toys?
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890368)
Posted by Prowl1529 on February 26th, 2009 @ 11:52am CST
WHAT!!!!!! They must be joking, this got to be only a rumor and nothing else. I bought almost every Transformers Animated deluxe, voyager, leader figures and now no more!!! I really want to have more of those.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890369)
Posted by Editor on February 26th, 2009 @ 11:54am CST
I'm not believing anything until Hasbro says what the deal is.

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

If Hasbro has cancelled the line then I think they are making a mistake, but hey what do I know, I just buy their products.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890373)
Posted by Vile MK III on February 26th, 2009 @ 12:04pm CST
...And the fandom rejoiced. :mrgreen:
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890374)
Posted by Editor on February 26th, 2009 @ 12:08pm CST
Vile MK III wrote:...And the fandom rejoiced. :mrgreen:


in a word... no.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890377)
Posted by DevastaTTor on February 26th, 2009 @ 12:11pm CST
No big surprise, at least from what I've seen at stores. Right now, these guys are just not moving and with the show not running new episodes right now, it's not likely they will any time soon. The whole line has become one big peg-warmer. I may just pick up the deluxe dinobots and bid TFA farewell.

The Movie really needs to be Hasbro's primary focus, especially with such a broad range of characters being introduced this time around. Lots of potential-limited shelf space. Coupled with continued support for Star Wars Clone Wars and the new GI Joe file, TFA was probably doomed a while ago.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890378)
Posted by Archatron on February 26th, 2009 @ 12:15pm CST
If we don't get Arcee I'm done, period. They've got more than enough time to get her and Soundwave out. I hope the movie toys flop, which I'm sure they won't, but this is one hell of a 25th anniversary, eh? Get rid of the best line for one mainly made of repaints. 8-}

How stupid can you be? I'm an Associate at WM and it's true, they are dumping it.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890380)
Posted by Chaoslock on February 26th, 2009 @ 12:18pm CST
BOOOOOO!

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

There's not enough diversity in a wave. If each box of a wave would contain 8 different figures instead of 4, there would be much less shelfwarmers.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890382)
Posted by Electron on February 26th, 2009 @ 12:24pm CST
quite frankly i blame myself, i never brought any of the figures and focused my attention on G2

oh cruel fate, why!!! :sad:
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890383)
Posted by Ultra Magnus on February 26th, 2009 @ 12:29pm CST
No! I want Arcee! My neice wants Arcee! They can't do this to me! AAAHHH! Say it isn't so!

:sad:
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890385)
Posted by Tripredacus agent on February 26th, 2009 @ 12:31pm CST
It's a simple matter of economics, animated toys need to be designed from scratch, and new molds need to be made, why bother when people will fork out for endless repaints and bionicle rip offs?
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890386)
Posted by Editor on February 26th, 2009 @ 12:32pm CST
You know, we can only judge the success of a line by our own knowledge of what has sold around where you are.

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

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

either way, the Hasbro and CN people who go to Botcon are going to have a fun time....
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890387)
Posted by Serpent O - R on February 26th, 2009 @ 12:33pm CST
Ok.

Deep Breath.

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

Race you to an Arcee Figure, Ready?

GO!
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890391)
Posted by omega666 on February 26th, 2009 @ 12:43pm CST
Vile MK III wrote:...And the fandom rejoiced. :mrgreen:

YESSSS!!!! :grin:
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890394)
Posted by Firebird on February 26th, 2009 @ 12:51pm CST
No!!!!! :sad:

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

They better release Arcee. I dont care how, but they better.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890395)
Posted by It Is Him on February 26th, 2009 @ 12:52pm CST
I'm calling shens.

My local Wal-Marts are stocking nothing BUT Animated. There's no space for Universe.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890397)
Posted by Seibertron on February 26th, 2009 @ 12:56pm CST
My theory is that the Animated toys and cartoon are being shelved until after ROTF. Perhaps in the fall? Perhaps next year? I dunno. But I have a feeling that it's getting shelved for the time being. Time will tell!
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890410)
Posted by Psychout on February 26th, 2009 @ 1:17pm CST
It would make sense to shelve them until the movie has died down, then release them at the same time as screening the cartoon - no one will buy them if they have no idea who the figure is supposed to be.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890411)
Posted by Savage on February 26th, 2009 @ 1:17pm CST
This sucks. Several of the newer Animated figures haven't shown up in my area. Wreck-Gar and Blurr to name two. I was also looking forward to that Arcee figure. Just when I was starting to really like the toyline, they go and do this?
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890412)
Posted by Autobot032 on February 26th, 2009 @ 1:20pm CST
You folks need to check all available sources before taking TFVanguard's words as golden truth.

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

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

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

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

I do think Animated is being killed in favor of ROTF, but I'm not basing that on TFG's post. Not a chance.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890414)
Posted by GeidiPrime on February 26th, 2009 @ 1:20pm CST
Can't say I'm surprised. The Animated toys are nothing more than shelfwarmers around my parts.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890417)
Posted by rpetras on February 26th, 2009 @ 1:23pm CST
Seibertron wrote:My theory is that the Animated toys and cartoon are being shelved until after ROTF. Perhaps in the fall? Perhaps next year? I dunno. But I have a feeling that it's getting shelved for the time being. Time will tell!



I am hoping this is true.

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

Hopefully it will return post-movie.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890426)
Posted by cybercat on February 26th, 2009 @ 1:29pm CST
I haven't been able to find airing dates for the US; everything indicates Season Three should start airing in Spring of this year here, allegedly in mid to late March. Thus clearing shelves of Animated merch is just dumb--there'd be plenty of time to clear shelves for ROTF.

Here's what I"m thinking.

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

Still doesn't mean I like it.

HK, who is obviously going to have to field research this.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890428)
Posted by Badass Grimlock on February 26th, 2009 @ 1:36pm CST
Only a rumor. Just hope for the best.

If it's true, What complete bullshtick! :sad:
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890429)
Posted by Tekka on February 26th, 2009 @ 1:37pm CST
At the store where I did most of my TFA shopping, my local Tesco, which is the UK's equivalent of a big chain like WalMart, a portion of the TFA line was also marked as "cancelled". I reported it in our sightings thread a little while back.

This was especially frustrating for me, since after reporting it the toys reappeared shortly after their "cancellation" with new tags that made absolutely no mention of the cancellation which was supposedly coming.

Which goes to show how much faith I now have in the internal practices of retailers.

Having said that however, the line has been shelf warming pretty badly ever since season two ended. Now every time I go there, and I go there at least twice a day, nothing moves at all. It's been like this for far too long now, and even though I don't believe in this cancellation I am a little worried for the line.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890432)
Posted by Cyberstrike on February 26th, 2009 @ 1:45pm CST
Autobot032 wrote:You folks need to check all available sources before taking TFVanguard's words as golden truth.

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

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

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

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

I do think Animated is being killed in favor of ROTF, but I'm not basing that on TFG's post. Not a chance.


The same here I've delt with that moron a few times over the years and I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him.

I think Animated was going to get canned is going to happen sooner or later. I think some of designs were good but some flat out sucked
(like Sentinal Prime, Soundwave, and Shockwave) some that were great
like (Leader class Megatron) and some that looked very cool (Jazz and Lockdown).

I love Universe more.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890435)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on February 26th, 2009 @ 1:51pm CST
Well i hate this movie even more now. I wasnt a big fan of Animated but now that this shit is going down (if true) Then the few figures that i still wanted i wont be able to find. Thanks alot hasbro. Id rather deal with animated then the movie. So whats next the 3rd season wont air either? Just another reason why the Movies are a scourge on the TF franchise. Maybe we should get a petition going to continue the line cause this is bullshit man. I dont care if they dont make new figures i just want to see the ones that were planned for release.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890449)
Posted by Grimlock_1978 on February 26th, 2009 @ 2:18pm CST
GOD one can only hope they end that awful creation!!!! Some moron at Hasbro dropped the ball on the Animated Line... I know, I know people like it but around here where I live even little kids HATE it!!! They think it looks to kidish and rather have Bakugan or the Universe line.. The crap just sits on the shelfs.. Now Universe is a different story.. They should have based a whole TV cartoon series on the remake of G1 and used the Universe/ Classic line. Would have been a lot better! I don't know what kids Hasbro test this stuff on but they sure are the wrong ones..
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890461)
Posted by kirbenvost on February 26th, 2009 @ 2:30pm CST
I hope to god this isn't true...if so I hate Michael Bay and his movie even more for ruining Transformers. I know that sounds harsh and I'm not looking to start a flamewar, but I hate that Hasbro created something new and awesome, and if this is true they're going to drop it for the marketing crapstorm known as Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen. Damn Hollywood.

And now all the scalpers will go crazy and drive up all the Animated prices on eBay, thus making it even more difficult to get all the figures that still have yet to come to my area.

Man, why does it suck so much to be a collector right now? These movies were supposed to be good for our hobby...

/rant. I'd appreciate if no one picks apart my post into a flamewar please.

I hope it's not true...
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890462)
Posted by Primus C-00 on February 26th, 2009 @ 2:30pm CST
OK, I've been lying dormant for a few months now, but this is ridiculous.

Postpone I understand but cancelling is just preposterous, failing that keep the line as an online from Hasbro exclusive. This cuts out the middle men and lessens the cost to Hasbro.

The movie is undoubtedly going to be huge, as will it's correspondent toyline, but let's not piss upon the branch of the franchise that has made many of us feel so warm and fuzzy, and had our brain tickled.

:-B
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890467)
Posted by Autobot032 on February 26th, 2009 @ 2:38pm CST
kirbenvost wrote:I hope to god this isn't true...if so I hate Michael Bay and his movie even more for ruining Transformers. I know that sounds harsh and I'm not looking to start a flamewar, but I hate that Hasbro created something new and awesome, and if this is true they're going to drop it for the marketing crapstorm known as Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen. Damn Hollywood.

And now all the scalpers will go crazy and drive up all the Animated prices on eBay, thus making it even more difficult to get all the figures that still have yet to come to my area.

Man, why does it suck so much to be a collector right now? These movies were supposed to be good for our hobby...

/rant. I'd appreciate if no one picks apart my post into a flamewar please.

I hope it's not true...



What the hell? Bay? You think it's Bay's fault?

Not a chance. He was hired to direct the movie, and while he had input on their designs, he didn't tell Hasbro what to do with the toys. He came on board to run the camera and yell cut, that's it.

You blame HASBRO for the massive shitfest this has become. Retailers too. They called for more Movie stuff, it came. Hasbro answered their call and like a puppet on a string, did the dance for Wal-Mart, etc.

The thing that gets me is, Animated was in the works before the Movie even hit the theaters, so if they've been working on it for years, why did they do such a terrible, terrible job on getting the toys out?

Because they want the easiest buck, not the happiness of their customers.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890470)
Posted by TylerDante69 on February 26th, 2009 @ 2:42pm CST
see what happens when Hasbro did not make the leader class Lugnut!!!


if only they made size accuracies with TFA this line would have lasted longer :wink:
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890471)
Posted by bumblebeeconvoy on February 26th, 2009 @ 2:44pm CST
The have been signs pointing to this for a while, UK comic cancellation etc.

Personally, i think it was only seen as a filler between movies and isn't considered financially viable to continue with as movies and movie merch sell more than cartoons and cartoon merch.

I will be sad to see it go as it was just beginning to find its feet and really starting down a path of its own, but a has been previously said, I'll believe it when Hasbro take it out the back door and .......silence.......single gunshot....
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890473)
Posted by Primus C-00 on February 26th, 2009 @ 2:46pm CST
Anybody feeling proactive about this, feel free to go here:
http://www.hasbro.com/customer-service/contacts/



I regret not buying shares now, I could've written a very stern letter.

:MAD:
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890477)
Posted by Tekka on February 26th, 2009 @ 2:48pm CST
Geez. Before you go harassing Hasbro about their evil, take a moment to consider whether or not this is actually true. Especially considering the unreliable nature of the source.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890481)
Posted by Primus C-00 on February 26th, 2009 @ 2:54pm CST
Oh no, I know that, what I mean is should anyone wish to politely enquire...

;;)
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890495)
Posted by Autobotic9 on February 26th, 2009 @ 3:03pm CST
Meh. All i want is Soundwave and Arcee, and then I will be done with the line. I loved it, but Universe and Movie is longer.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890497)
Posted by Wheeljack35 on February 26th, 2009 @ 3:03pm CST
I have more interest in the animated line then I ever will for the movie line which is an abomination
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890500)
Posted by Optimum Supreme on February 26th, 2009 @ 3:06pm CST
Na na na na! Na na na na! Hey hey hey, goodbye! :D :lol: :APPLAUSE:

I know a lot of you actually like this line for some unfathomable reason, and you have my condolences, but I can't stand the line and I hope these rumors pan out and we can get back to TF's that don't look like they were designed for pre-schoolers. If this line is what they'd come out with back in 1984, I wouldn't even like TF's at all.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890502)
Posted by insanityzmaster on February 26th, 2009 @ 3:10pm CST
Woohoo I cannot wait for this entire "animated" sore to heal up and go away!
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890505)
Posted by misfire on February 26th, 2009 @ 3:12pm CST
DAMN!!!
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890509)
Posted by Primus C-00 on February 26th, 2009 @ 3:14pm CST
Many philosophers and other great minds have said that great things are born before and die before their time.

Let us just hope this is not the case with Animated.

Look, the people you are after are the people you depend on. We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep. Do not... fuck with us.


Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all that claim it? Do you read everything you're supposed to read? Do you think every thing you're supposed to think? Buy what you're told to want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you're alive. If you don't claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned...


God I feel so disllusioned, disenchanted and disenfranchised...

Literally.

*Lurkz Moar*

(:|
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890510)
Posted by Metric titan on February 26th, 2009 @ 3:15pm CST
:cry: :lol: :-(
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890523)
Posted by BattleRoller23 on February 26th, 2009 @ 3:39pm CST
F@#* the new movie!!!!!!! No!!!!! Please no!!

Stay Animated we love love you!!!!!!!!!!! :sad:
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890534)
Posted by YRQRM0 on February 26th, 2009 @ 4:13pm CST
Seibertron wrote:My theory is that the Animated toys and cartoon are being shelved until after ROTF. Perhaps in the fall? Perhaps next year? I dunno. But I have a feeling that it's getting shelved for the time being. Time will tell!


That's what I was thinking, but by the time the movie line finishes, Season 3 would probably be long gone. Especially if they have a whole Allspark power and premium waves after the initial release, or something to that sense.

But What if there's a season 4 animated? I don't think I ever heard an OFFICIAL statment that season 3 would be the last.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890556)
Posted by soundwave13c on February 26th, 2009 @ 4:43pm CST
hmm... not shore what to think. I have always disliked this line and have not participated in collecting it. but i really liked the new arcee and was planning to buy her as the only animated in my collection :-(

I just hope that they release her and cancel the line. it has been a blemish on the transformer name,(ducking while things are being thrown). Not that the movie designs are any better, i am just saying that the line that should represent the tf name should be universe or something similar :|
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890558)
Posted by Primus C-00 on February 26th, 2009 @ 4:44pm CST
Polite and concerned enquiry with suggestion of web only sales or delayed release sent to Hasbro and Hasbro UK both.

Gawd bless the interwebs.

Image

We are consumers. We're the bi-products of a lifestyle obsession.


the things you own end up owning you.


I-)
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890569)
Posted by Editor on February 26th, 2009 @ 5:01pm CST
For Primus
You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your f**king khakis. We are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890587)
Posted by Primus C-00 on February 26th, 2009 @ 5:26pm CST
Editor wrote:For Primus
You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your f**king khakis. We are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.


:grin:

When deep space exploration ramps up, it'll be the corporations that name everything, the IBM Stellar Sphere, the Microsoft Galaxy, Planet Starbucks.


Thank you sir!

Do you know what a duvet is?



I-)
Re: RUMOR: Transformers Animated toy line... cancelled? (890588)
Posted by Riotflea on February 26th, 2009 @ 5:27pm CST
Oh wow.

Animated series only getting third season...

...and now the freaking figures are canceled.

Well this is just shit.

The thing that kept me a fan through the awful first movie is going away.
Now that there's these AWFUL movie figures knocking off animated, it's bye bye Transformers.
Looks like I'm back to not even LOOKING at that section of the toy aisle again.

On a good note, Lego has kicked the awesome up into overdrive this year, with literally DOZENS of sets i want badly.
Now, I'll have money to do that.

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