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
[color=red]...

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.[/color]

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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.

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