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Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good?

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Friday, March 26th, 2010 12:33AM CDT

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We've had a lot of rumors this month, and another one has come out of the pipes. While rumors tend to bring happiness along with them, this one has the opposite effect. We regretfully inform everyone that Hasbro might have just shut down the Transformers Animated toy line for good. As reported by TFormers, one of their members got a response from Hasbro in regards to Transformers Animated inquiries. This was the response.

Thank you for contacting Hasbro, Inc. regarding the Transformers Animated Blackout and Thundercracker. We appreciate your interest in our company and products.

Regrettably, both products have recently been discontinued. We are, therefore, unable to assist you in identifying retail markets which may still have this product in inventory nor do we have any available for direct sale.

Although they are no longer in our current product line, you may still be able to find them in retail stores. Some of the retail stores that carry Hasbro products include Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Target.

We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope you and your family will enjoy Hasbro products for many years to come.


Now what exactly does this mean for us? Animated has been discontinued since the spring of 2009. The remaining figures we were anticipating were meant to be store exclusives, much like Toys 'R' Us with Arcee and Cybertron Mode Ratchet. Does this also mean that the presumed store exclusives have been discontinued?

The remaining Hasbro Animated figures are listed below.

Thundercracker
Blackout
Rodimus Minor
Ironhide
Vortex Blurr
Fugitive Waspinator
Wingblade Optimus Prime
Toxic Oil Slick
Mudbuster Bulkhead
Hydrodive Bumblebee
Golfire Grimlock

Whether there is truth to this rumor or simply a misunderstanding, we'll be the first ones to update everyone on the official confirmation. What's your opinion on the situation? Feel free to sound off your opinion in the Energon Pub!

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Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058230)
Posted by Autobot032 on March 26th, 2010 @ 12:42am CDT
DavidT wrote:
Autobot032 wrote:
DavidT wrote:They probably decided to save those Animated figures for next years Botcon :P


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That's....not even remotely funny. There will be a fan outrage of tremendous proportions if they pull that.

It was bad enough with the Seekers, but if they pull a repeat with the missing Animated figures, fans will flip their shit and go mad.


LOL... Don't worry, I don't doubt that next years Botcon will be Animated figures, but I don't think they would use new molds for the 1st time that way... Botcon sets are normally repaints of already used molds.

Though if the figures get released in Japan... then it would be possible for Botcon to improve the paint scheme on them... so in theory, they could get used twice and it would still leave most of us high and dry...



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Oh, I'll buy the damned Japanese versions (though I'm not at all a big fan of the chromed paint...I hate it with a passion, honestly...) but I won't be happy about having to pay that much just to get what I was promised in the beginning.

Blurrz wrote:And all I wanted was a Rodimus toy..


:( We all do, man. We all do.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058233)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on March 26th, 2010 @ 1:02am CDT
The Oil Slick, Bulkhead, and Grimlock repaints...are actually the only ones on the list I wasn't counting on getting. Well Hasbro, I wasn't going to steal from you by buying a bunch of Animated Starscream KOs to dye into his unproduced clones, but if you insist on not even releasing the rest of Animated through the Generations line...

Oh, and I'll also need some extra Cybertron mode Ratchets to kitbash into Ironhide; guess I'll have to start hiding all the cases that the Toys'R'Us where I work receives and making it even harder for fans to find that Arcee...

Just remember Hasbro: you can easily stop me and hundreds of potential a-holes from doing the same by letting every figure on the list trickle out, and have no real reason not to since the line won't have as much ROTF stuff to compete for its shelf space this year...
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058235)
Posted by First-Aid on March 26th, 2010 @ 1:13am CDT
Before everyone commits suicide (...isn't it weird? I seem to remember everyone HATING this line when it came out...) over the death of Transformers Animated, just remember that the individual lines will no longer be in existance. They are all being merged into the catch all Transformers line. Could we see these figs released in the same way as Deluxe Thrust and others? WHo knows...but let's wait and see what happens first before decrying the end of the Animated line.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058248)
Posted by Barrelass on March 26th, 2010 @ 1:53am CDT
I would wait for a more direct answer. From reading through it, it sounds more like a general generic answer regarding the Animated line as a whole, stating that you may check retail outlets for them, etc. Although they do mention Blackout, and Thundercracker, why would they tell you to check retail outlets for two figures that we all know havent been released. It seems kind of weak, but we may have to wait till Botcon again (or atleast this round of the Hasbro Q&As) to get a specific answer. Either that, or a bunch of us nerds can flood Hasbro with emails until they feel presured into answering (or start ignoring us). I am not really convinced that this email means much of anything.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058249)
Posted by NOBODY LOVES WHEELIE on March 26th, 2010 @ 1:57am CDT
I'm gonna say this and its not a slam on the Animated line, but I'm not suprised.

Before you get the torchs let me explain...the US Transformers line goes through this every so often...they expand lines then get the idea that they need to condense to present a more unified line.

-Movie(when we have movie product out)
-Animated
-Classics Universe

You know Movie is not gonna be cancelled. And the Classics line or whatever their calling it this week always seems popular.

So what was left to condense. Animated.

The two product lines I wish Hasbro would cancel are Legends...I'm sorry their smaller crappier versions of larger figures and to be honest their peg warmers, unless they want to do more smaller characters like the did with Wheelie and such the line should just disappear.

That and the roleplay and the little Hot Wheels style cars...again maybe its me but this stuff sits on shelves forever until it hits clearence...I just don't see the sense of continuing lines that are essentially made to clear.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058253)
Posted by Autobot032 on March 26th, 2010 @ 2:07am CDT
First-Aid wrote:Before everyone commits suicide (...isn't it weird? I seem to remember everyone HATING this line when it came out...) over the death of Transformers Animated, just remember that the individual lines will no longer be in existance. They are all being merged into the catch all Transformers line. Could we see these figs released in the same way as Deluxe Thrust and others? WHo knows...but let's wait and see what happens first before decrying the end of the Animated line.


Here's the problem with that theory: We saw Rodimus on card, in Animated packaging. Not once did we see or hear a mention of Animated being in the Generations line.

And ROTF isn't dying, really. It's now becoming Hunt For The Decepticons. HFTD and Generations are two totally different lines.

I do think we could see the death of Animated on these shores.

NOBODY LOVES WHEELIE wrote:I'm gonna say this and its not a slam on the Animated line, but I'm not suprised.

Before you get the torchs let me explain...the US Transformers line goes through this every so often...they expand lines then get the idea that they need to condense to present a more unified line.

-Movie(when we have movie product out)
-Animated
-Classics Universe

You know Movie is not gonna be cancelled. And the Classics line or whatever their calling it this week always seems popular.

So what was left to condense. Animated.

The two product lines I wish Hasbro would cancel are Legends...I'm sorry their smaller crappier versions of larger figures and to be honest their peg warmers, unless they want to do more smaller characters like the did with Wheelie and such the line should just disappear.

That and the roleplay and the little Hot Wheels style cars...again maybe its me but this stuff sits on shelves forever until it hits clearence...I just don't see the sense of continuing lines that are essentially made to clear.


None of your points were inflammatory. You're right. Animated was the one line they were able to leave by the wayside and really not look back. So, it lost out and was axed.

I must disagree, however, on the Legends Class comment. I see them sell out rather frequently, with new product being refreshed often. I personally don't find much to like about them (I own 4, perhaps 5) but they're at least a modest success.

Now, I will agree with you on RPMs. Man, those suckers ain't going anywhere. I've seen some of the original case shipments still sitting on pegs. There's dust on some of them!

Fortunately, Takara is carrying Animated, so I think we'll get to see the figures we were promised, just not as we were promised. I'm wondering if Hasbro planned this...

Here's why:

The show's off the air, the sales were down, the kids need more to be interested in than just toys and 'toons, and with Takara releasing their own figures now, all Hasbro had to do was swat us with Arcee and Ratchet, keep us calm cool and collected and then they'll say "Here ya go, have at it!"

So, they won't lose any money on the figures being produced (because Takara will most likely release them on their own), and we still get our figures. In the end, it's a win/win for everyone.

Kind of a shitty way to do it, but at least we'll have gotten what we were promised.

It also doesn't help that the cartoons air on a network that some people have no access to. You can't get it over the air, it's not on some basic cable systems (most, but not all), and a lot of people don't even have cable (period), so what's a kid supposed to do? How are they supposed to know about the show?

And now that it's moving to The Hub? Geez. Another cable tier and more money. Oh gee, sign me up!
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058258)
Posted by alldarker on March 26th, 2010 @ 3:19am CDT
Barrelass wrote:I would wait for a more direct answer. From reading through it, it sounds more like a general generic answer regarding the Animated line as a whole, stating that you may check retail outlets for them, etc. Although they do mention Blackout, and Thundercracker, why would they tell you to check retail outlets for two figures that we all know havent been released. It seems kind of weak, but we may have to wait till Botcon again (or atleast this round of the Hasbro Q&As) to get a specific answer. Either that, or a bunch of us nerds can flood Hasbro with emails until they feel presured into answering (or start ignoring us). I am not really convinced that this email means much of anything.


Exactly this.
This is exactly the style of a very generic answer, provided by a service desk employee who probably actually hasn't got a clue about a real answer to the question. Asides from Transformers I also collect Lego, and I know that if you mail Lego's customer service about future releases, this is practically the same generic and nonsensical answer you'd expect to get. Hasbro is a LOT bigger than just TF's, and I suspect their general help desk answering these questions has probably been outsourced to India or someplace.
In short: this e-mail proves NOTHING, in my opinion.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058267)
Posted by Rated X on March 26th, 2010 @ 4:25am CDT
Damn all I wanted is Thundercracker. Everytime I get close to having a complete set of the 3 original seekers, something screws it up !!!
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058268)
Posted by kirbenvost on March 26th, 2010 @ 4:28am CDT
You know, considering they said 'check for them in stores', I think they didn't bother looking into the specific figures and were commenting on the line as a whole. How could they honestly know what they're talking about while Arcee and Ratchet are still currently in stores? I don't think we have to worry about this.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058273)
Posted by Prime Riblet on March 26th, 2010 @ 6:19am CDT
I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of the Animated line, but I hope everyone here who wants these figures has the chance to do so. It is a good line, and anyone who likes the cartoon must get them-they are so accurate it is amazing. So, hopefully this doesn't turn out to be truly the case.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058274)
Posted by heltskelt on March 26th, 2010 @ 6:41am CDT
alldarker wrote:
Barrelass wrote:I would wait for a more direct answer. From reading through it, it sounds more like a general generic answer regarding the Animated line as a whole, stating that you may check retail outlets for them, etc. Although they do mention Blackout, and Thundercracker, why would they tell you to check retail outlets for two figures that we all know havent been released. It seems kind of weak, but we may have to wait till Botcon again (or atleast this round of the Hasbro Q&As) to get a specific answer. Either that, or a bunch of us nerds can flood Hasbro with emails until they feel presured into answering (or start ignoring us). I am not really convinced that this email means much of anything.


Exactly this.
This is exactly the style of a very generic answer, provided by a service desk employee who probably actually hasn't got a clue about a real answer to the question. Asides from Transformers I also collect Lego, and I know that if you mail Lego's customer service about future releases, this is practically the same generic and nonsensical answer you'd expect to get. Hasbro is a LOT bigger than just TF's, and I suspect their general help desk answering these questions has probably been outsourced to India or someplace.
In short: this e-mail proves NOTHING, in my opinion.


I concur.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058275)
Posted by Razorclaw0000 on March 26th, 2010 @ 6:49am CDT
Until Botcon, I won't believe this even a little. That's obviously just some response from a level one customer service rep.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058278)
Posted by mitchsantona on March 26th, 2010 @ 7:06am CDT
I seriously doubt anyone got that definitive of an answer from them. I have been hounding them for years on this and just get general brush-off answers.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058280)
Posted by Neurie on March 26th, 2010 @ 7:22am CDT
Atleast you got the Rachets and Arcee's, arroding to this artical:
http://transformertoys.co.uk/content.php?/transformers-news/story/9344/UK+Transformers+Products+for+2010.html

The uk is not getting those or any of the NEST voyagers(no bludgeon, mind wipe etc)[url
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058281)
Posted by ang3l3s on March 26th, 2010 @ 7:24am CDT
I hope it's not the end, you can't believe everything you hear or read.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058288)
Posted by RiddlerJ on March 26th, 2010 @ 7:51am CDT
I think the new mold figures would most likely appear as store exclusives in a couple years. Isn't that what always happens when they cancel a new mold.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058290)
Posted by Rodimus_Major86 on March 26th, 2010 @ 7:59am CDT
They can't cancel it, they've made too much hype about some of these new toys, hell they even unveiled them at conventions. If they did cancel it I would have to come after them. And you don't wanna see that (a lot of inncent toilet paper rolls would be meaninlessly killed)
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058293)
Posted by Flux Convoy on March 26th, 2010 @ 8:05am CDT
Razorclaw0000 wrote:Until Botcon, I won't believe this even a little. That's obviously just some response from a level one customer service rep.

Exactly what it sounded like to me. That and Rodimus at the very least is tooled. They wouldn't let that go without trying to get a return on that in some form or other.
:BOT:
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058299)
Posted by Darth Bombshell on March 26th, 2010 @ 8:38am CDT
Hasbro screwing the fans over.

Quelle shock. :roll:
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058301)
Posted by omega666 on March 26th, 2010 @ 8:44am CDT
Good riddance. :APPLAUSE:
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058307)
Posted by dragons on March 26th, 2010 @ 8:55am CDT
nooooooooooo!!!! that sucks im not big fan of animated series toys but i want my rodimus i want romy i dont want to pay import prices for romdimy, i may also get blackout but that would be it oh i forogt wing saber prime.

cant hey release romy, & w prime those the only ones im looking forward to i can get blackout from bbts as import


Neurie


im with at least we did get arcee rachet was alright nothing special arcee i really wanted

hasbro is really *^% list they gone from hasbro to hasblow im bringin this up in the next Q&A if this series gets cancealed before we get any of the new figures we saw from last year then how are some poeple getting some of the us versions from ebay?

unfair to us but good to japan i feel better getting that off my chest
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058308)
Posted by Geekee1 on March 26th, 2010 @ 8:59am CDT
Razorclaw0000 wrote:Until Botcon, I won't believe this even a little. That's obviously just some response from a level one customer service rep.


This
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058309)
Posted by Anonymous. on March 26th, 2010 @ 9:02am CDT
But it's rather believable right? We haven't seen anything from our Asian insiders in months and we're being bombarded by three toylines already. Although we did get Arcee and Ratchet a month ago, they showed up with the Asia elite way back in November. I'd atleast expect them to be getting more than just those two.. :(
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058316)
Posted by Counterpunch on March 26th, 2010 @ 9:23am CDT
Geekee1 wrote:
Razorclaw0000 wrote:Until Botcon, I won't believe this even a little. That's obviously just some response from a level one customer service rep.


This


Co-sign.

Unnecessary hype from an unreliable source.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058325)
Posted by SlyTF1 on March 26th, 2010 @ 9:48am CDT
Bullf*k! I am pissed I am really f*kn pissed. :BOOM: I would kick Hasbro's ass if there wasnt jail, laws, and they didnt make TFs. This is frekn stupid. One of their best succeses of all time is cancelled. And that is ass!
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058327)
Posted by SlyTF1 on March 26th, 2010 @ 9:52am CDT
First-Aid wrote:Before everyone commits suicide (...isn't it weird? I seem to remember everyone HATING this line when it came out...) over the death of Transformers Animated, just remember that the individual lines will no longer be in existance. They are all being merged into the catch all Transformers line. Could we see these figs released in the same way as Deluxe Thrust and others? WHo knows...but let's wait and see what happens first before decrying the end of the Animated line.


I loved this line from the first prototype pics. The show is what I was worried about. But it turned out to be the greatest show EFFAR!
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058329)
Posted by Counterpunch on March 26th, 2010 @ 9:55am CDT
Stop over reacting.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058334)
Posted by rpetras on March 26th, 2010 @ 10:04am CDT
I'm not too worried.

One of the points of the ongoing "universe" line (or whatever it is currently called) is to be able to put out product from the different incarnations of TF.

It would make a lot of sense to incorporate these already created molds into that line.

So even if TFA as a separate entity is done, that does not mean we won't see the toys at some point.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058340)
Posted by Doctor McGrath on March 26th, 2010 @ 10:13am CDT
I'd say animated is getting the shaft due to the new Prime cartoon getting ready to air. If I were Hasbro, I'd want the kids attention solely on the new show and possible toy line, rather than the late Transformers Animated... Just a speculation.


the Rodimus toy would have been great though..
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058341)
Posted by mechabooks on March 26th, 2010 @ 10:16am CDT
Maybe some of the rest of them will trickle down as more TRU exclusives. :D
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058344)
Posted by sabrigami on March 26th, 2010 @ 10:20am CDT
Oh... I really hope this isn't true. I really wanted Roddy and Arcee. I haven't even been able to find the later anywhere in Ontario. If this is true, guess I'm just outta luck and will have to hope The jap. Animated toyline will get them. Gonna be expensive in that case though >.<
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058354)
Posted by redsaleen on March 26th, 2010 @ 10:57am CDT
Walmarts had animated on shelves last week now they all have pulled them
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058361)
Posted by RiddlerJ on March 26th, 2010 @ 12:23pm CDT
sabrigami wrote:Oh... I really hope this isn't true. I really wanted Roddy and Arcee. I haven't even been able to find the later anywhere in Ontario. If this is true, guess I'm just outta luck and will have to hope The jap. Animated toyline will get them. Gonna be expensive in that case though >.<


Arcee's out. In an odd switch, she actually wasn't cancelled. :grin:
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058362)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on March 26th, 2010 @ 12:26pm CDT
We better get That HorRod figure. Stop making crappy repaints and give us the new molds instead. I say we protest.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058364)
Posted by originaldave77 on March 26th, 2010 @ 12:41pm CDT
*Sigh!* I'd love to do a CG comic or even an animated web-based series on the property, but it looks like TFA is dead in North America. It looks to be more embraced in Japan, with the toy release and series being aired, as well as new video games (SEGA) to help promote and grow the brand. Who knows? Maybe new episodes and toys will come of it.
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Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058367)
Posted by GEEWUN on March 26th, 2010 @ 12:47pm CDT
*sigh* I don't know about you guys, but from where I live Animated has already been kicked off the shelves. Now the only transformers we seem to have left are these rather ridiculous RotF Bayformers. (Well, not ALL Bayformers are ridiculous. Bludgeon had a really cool toy, but I am just talking about the majority...)
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058377)
Posted by emeraldbeacon on March 26th, 2010 @ 1:00pm CDT
My hope is that this means only the Animated LINE has been discontinued. The toys could eventually show up under the "Generations" heading, which Hasbro described as a line where they could put out "whatever they want without reference to a particular continuity." Many of the planned Animated figures fit directly into that deluxe-size category (Rodimus Minor, Ironhide, Vortex Blurr, Fugitive Wasp, etc), while others could be held back for later expansion into the Voyager figures.

Why would they do that, rather than use the same Animated packing? To better 'brand' Transformers. Early in '09, we had the last few Animated toys next to the last few Universe 2.0 toys, as ROTF started to come in... and the three separate packaging styles made things a little confusing. Not to mention the variety of packaging styles WITHIN the ROTF line: The regular toys had the dark red boxes, next to the bright red cards of the FABs, next to the full-art cards of Robot Replicas. That's as many as five different packaging styles for one overall toy brand - and that's confusing to a mom who only knows her son wants "Bumblebee... the yellow car transformer."

I *do* think it makes sense to not have as many as three different packaging designs on the shelves, instead of one unified look that makes the brand look that much stronger. One set of gold packaging with varying titles makes a more cohesive presentation on the retail shelves, and makes the brand look that much stronger to consumers.

I know... tl;dr...
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058417)
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on March 26th, 2010 @ 3:10pm CDT
Counterpunch wrote:
Geekee1 wrote:
Razorclaw0000 wrote:Until Botcon, I won't believe this even a little. That's obviously just some response from a level one customer service rep.


This


Co-sign.

Unnecessary hype from an unreliable source.


Fourthed. Until there's a more definite answer, I'll be waiting.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058419)
Posted by Zeds on March 26th, 2010 @ 3:17pm CDT
There goes any hope for Omega! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058431)
Posted by Autobot032 on March 26th, 2010 @ 3:49pm CDT
Zeds wrote:There goes any hope for Omega! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!



You're kidding...right?

If not, I hate to tell you, but we were never getting an Omega Supreme. He didn't make the cut.

That won't stop Takara from making one, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058439)
Posted by SaTaN CoNvOy on March 26th, 2010 @ 4:11pm CDT
So TFA got chemo'd huh? Well that's cool. At least it frees up space for better TF stuff. For once Hasbro did something right. :APPLAUSE:
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058441)
Posted by Anonymous on March 26th, 2010 @ 4:15pm CDT
Dumbass Hasbro, at least I can count on Takara. I wanted Rodimus minor!
:sad:
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058450)
Posted by Autobot032 on March 26th, 2010 @ 4:42pm CDT
§ã†âñ_ÇøñVøÿ wrote:So TFA got chemo'd huh? Well that's cool. At least it frees up space for better TF stuff. For once Hasbro did something right. :APPLAUSE:


Don't be a douche. Go complain and campaign somewhere else. If you can't find somewhere else, too bad. Keep it to yourself.

Rude.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058468)
Posted by ausbot on March 26th, 2010 @ 5:23pm CDT
DOH! I wanted that Car Mode Waspinator!
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058473)
Posted by Mkall on March 26th, 2010 @ 5:31pm CDT
Autobot032 wrote:
§ã†âñ_ÇøñVøÿ wrote:So TFA got chemo'd huh? Well that's cool. At least it frees up space for better TF stuff. For once Hasbro did something right. :APPLAUSE:


Don't be a douche. Go complain and campaign somewhere else. If you can't find somewhere else, too bad. Keep it to yourself.

Rude.

He's allowed his oppinion, just as you are your's.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058487)
Posted by DevastaTTor on March 26th, 2010 @ 6:15pm CDT
Autobot032 wrote:
First-Aid wrote:Before everyone commits suicide (...isn't it weird? I seem to remember everyone HATING this line when it came out...) over the death of Transformers Animated, just remember that the individual lines will no longer be in existance. They are all being merged into the catch all Transformers line. Could we see these figs released in the same way as Deluxe Thrust and others? WHo knows...but let's wait and see what happens first before decrying the end of the Animated line.


Here's the problem with that theory: We saw Rodimus on card, in Animated packaging. Not once did we see or hear a mention of Animated being in the Generations line.

And ROTF isn't dying, really. It's now becoming Hunt For The Decepticons. HFTD and Generations are two totally different lines.

I do think we could see the death of Animated on these shores.

NOBODY LOVES WHEELIE wrote:I'm gonna say this and its not a slam on the Animated line, but I'm not suprised.

Before you get the torchs let me explain...the US Transformers line goes through this every so often...they expand lines then get the idea that they need to condense to present a more unified line.

-Movie(when we have movie product out)
-Animated
-Classics Universe

You know Movie is not gonna be cancelled. And the Classics line or whatever their calling it this week always seems popular.

So what was left to condense. Animated.

The two product lines I wish Hasbro would cancel are Legends...I'm sorry their smaller crappier versions of larger figures and to be honest their peg warmers, unless they want to do more smaller characters like the did with Wheelie and such the line should just disappear.

That and the roleplay and the little Hot Wheels style cars...again maybe its me but this stuff sits on shelves forever until it hits clearence...I just don't see the sense of continuing lines that are essentially made to clear.


None of your points were inflammatory. You're right. Animated was the one line they were able to leave by the wayside and really not look back. So, it lost out and was axed.

I must disagree, however, on the Legends Class comment. I see them sell out rather frequently, with new product being refreshed often. I personally don't find much to like about them (I own 4, perhaps 5) but they're at least a modest success.

Now, I will agree with you on RPMs. Man, those suckers ain't going anywhere. I've seen some of the original case shipments still sitting on pegs. There's dust on some of them!

Fortunately, Takara is carrying Animated, so I think we'll get to see the figures we were promised, just not as we were promised. I'm wondering if Hasbro planned this...

Here's why:

The show's off the air, the sales were down, the kids need more to be interested in than just toys and 'toons, and with Takara releasing their own figures now, all Hasbro had to do was swat us with Arcee and Ratchet, keep us calm cool and collected and then they'll say "Here ya go, have at it!"

So, they won't lose any money on the figures being produced (because Takara will most likely release them on their own), and we still get our figures. In the end, it's a win/win for everyone.

Kind of a shitty way to do it, but at least we'll have gotten what we were promised.

It also doesn't help that the cartoons air on a network that some people have no access to. You can't get it over the air, it's not on some basic cable systems (most, but not all), and a lot of people don't even have cable (period), so what's a kid supposed to do? How are they supposed to know about the show?

And now that it's moving to The Hub? Geez. Another cable tier and more money. Oh gee, sign me up!

All this.

I'm kind of shocked that people are surprised by the news. The cartoon's been gone for a while now, the movie's still the big thing, and we've got the Generations line coming presumably with a TF Prime cartoon line too. Why would Hasbro waste any more effort on a line that's no longer got any mass appeal?

They showed us several potential figures-big deal. I can think of several upcoming models from Pontiac, Saturn, and Hummer that are never going to see the light of day now. If GM can kill entire brands, Hasbro can and probably has killed a couple of figures from a dead line.

It definitely sucks for everyone who wanted them, but at least if this IS true and IS confirmed, at least maybe Takara will be the knight in shining armor for the Animated collector.
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058491)
Posted by nemesis-prime on March 26th, 2010 @ 6:49pm CDT
i already preordered Blackout , but i really wanted rodimus thoo :sad:
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058500)
Posted by Galvatron X on March 26th, 2010 @ 7:34pm CDT
§ã†âñ_ÇøñVøÿ wrote:So TFA got chemo'd huh? Well that's cool. At least it frees up space for better TF stuff. For once Hasbro did something right. :APPLAUSE:


I gotta agree with him on this one. I know there's lot of fans of TFA, and I'd be pissed too, but I wasn't a fan. Hopefully I'll like better whatever takes its place...

With that said, this IS still just a RUMOR. Maybe you guys will get a couple more figures yet!
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058523)
Posted by TFBuyer on March 26th, 2010 @ 9:57pm CDT
Energon Is My Drug wrote:
§ã†âñ_ÇøñVøÿ wrote:So TFA got chemo'd huh? Well that's cool. At least it frees up space for better TF stuff. For once Hasbro did something right. :APPLAUSE:


I gotta agree with him on this one. I know there's lot of fans of TFA, and I'd be pissed too, but I wasn't a fan. Hopefully I'll like better whatever takes its place...

With that said, this IS still just a RUMOR. Maybe you guys will get a couple more figures yet!


Hey, thanks for classing that post up a bit. I agree that everyone gets an opinion, but there's a difference between "stating my opinion" and "let's be inflammatory to see who gets pissy."

Now, if he would have been talking about all the RoTF stuff on the shelves... :P
Re: Rumor: Transformers Animated Toyline - Gone For Good? (1058526)
Posted by El Duque on March 26th, 2010 @ 10:13pm CDT
§ã†âñ_ÇøñVøÿ wrote:So TFA got chemo'd huh? Well that's cool. At least it frees up space for better TF stuff. For once Hasbro did something right. :APPLAUSE:


Wow, really? The cartoon was cancelled and toy line is basically dead yet comments like this still persist? You really think producing a couple of store exclusives here and there is going to slow the production of the new "better TF stuff"? Mind you, they have already spent the time and money to design these figures and probably have the molds ready to go. I would so hate for TFA Rodimus, Blackout, and company to get in way of those precious PowerCore Combiners. Give me a break.

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