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Friday, August 17th, 2012 12:10PM CDT

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The official Transformers Collectors' Club has revealed the details regarding their upcoming subscription service. They expect service to live very soon and will provide the appropriate link when it does. See below:

TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed


TFCC wrote:1. You must be a member of the Transformers Collectors’ Club to take advantage of the Figure Subscription Service.

2. There is NO reason to rush the site or be in a hurry as this is a build to order system. We will build as many as you order, so we cannot run out. YOU CAN ORDER AS MANY AS YOU WANT, there is no limit.

3. What you do need to be concerned about is the closing date of the subscription service, which ENDS on September 10th at midnight.

4. You can either pay In Full or by Installment. There will be 3 installments. When you subscribe and choose pay by Installment, you will be billed for the first two months’ shipments. Then sometime during the second month, you will be billed for the 3rd and 4th months’ shipments and sometime during the 4th month you will be billed for the final 2 months’ shipments.

5. The figures will be shipped in random order. All members receive the same figures each month. The figure pairings will not be preannounced. So if you don’t mind, when you get your shipment each month, PLEASE do not go online and tell what you received. We want each shipment to be a surprise for as many members as possible.

6. The cost is $282 if Paid In Full (plus shipping) or three Installments of $94 (plus shipping). Please note that there is a $3 online processing fee for each billing. We take Visa, Discover or MasterCard. Unfortunately we cannot accept Money Orders or Checks for this offer.

7. If you pick a shipping service that does not include insurance or if you don’t pick the insurance, we do not have any responsibility for replacement of lost or damaged or misdirected orders.

8. If you move or need to change your credit card during the program, you can log into your account and change it there. This will change all of your future FSS billings and shipments. We will also be sending you reminders to check your address and cc before each billing/shipment goes out. We are not responsible for shipments that are lost due to incorrect shipping information on file.

9. We are waiting on the final schedule from China so we don’t know exactly when the first figures will ship, we “think” it will be sometime in January. We will announce this as soon as we get the final schedule.

10. Some of the figures (single figures) MAY be available in the Club Store after the subscriber’s figures ship. These will be at a much higher price per figure. There is no guarantee of availability of any of the figures in the club store. If you want to ensure getting these limited edition figures, you need to subscribe to the service.


Here are images of the upcoming figures from our BotCon 2012 coverage:


TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed

TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed

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TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed

TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed

TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed
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Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410696)
Posted by GuyIncognito on August 17th, 2012 @ 12:28pm CDT
Did I miss something, or did they leave out the most important details: How many figures do we get, and how often? 6 figures? 12 figures? One per month? Two per month? One every two months? Does the subscription last 12 months, six months...?
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410697)
Posted by xyl360 on August 17th, 2012 @ 12:29pm CDT
I like that they're made to order, it means once I pay for my subscription, I won't have to worry about them running out of anything.

No limits on the figures means the scalpers/ebay entrpeneurs will be all over this. That's fine though, as long as enough of them do it in high enough volume, the prices will be reasonable on the aftermarket for those that don't sign up for subscriptions.

It will be nice to be able to get doubles of one or two of these for the sake of customizing.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410698)
Posted by Optimutt on August 17th, 2012 @ 12:31pm CDT
The subscription lasts until all the toys are shipped out. From what I remember (iirc, that is) there are Deluxes: Breakdown, G2 Nemesis Prime, Spark (or whatever his name), Jackpot, Slipstream, and one Mega: Ultra Mammoth.

All told, $285 is a pretty reasonable rate. Far more reasonable than I was expecting.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410699)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 17th, 2012 @ 12:32pm CDT
What I wanna know is, when does the subscription service go live so I can place my order?
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410704)
Posted by Novaprimal93 on August 17th, 2012 @ 12:47pm CDT
For me $300 dollars is still a pretty hefty prictag for a handful of Transformers. I was hoping that there would be different subscription levels so that if you didn't want all of the figures you would at least have the option of getting what you want. It's either all or nothing I guess.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410705)
Posted by Autobot Genocide on August 17th, 2012 @ 12:48pm CDT
I don't even want to know what the shipping is gonna be if it's one payment for all the figures i can't see it being all of them for the price of one figures shipping.

i think this time round it might be better for me snag who i want off ebay i only want a couple anyway.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410707)
Posted by GuyIncognito on August 17th, 2012 @ 12:53pm CDT
So are there only six figures? That's almost $50 per figure. And they mention "pairings" and "monthly" shipments. So are we going to get two figures per month for three months, and then it's over?

"The figure pairings will not be preannounced. So if you don’t mind, when you get your shipment each month"
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410717)
Posted by Savage on August 17th, 2012 @ 1:09pm CDT
GuyIncognito wrote:So are there only six figures? That's almost $50 per figure. And they mention "pairings" and "monthly" shipments. So are we going to get two figures per month for three months, and then it's over?

"The figure pairings will not be preannounced. So if you don’t mind, when you get your shipment each month"


Sounds like we'll get 2 figures each month, every other month, for 6 months. I did the math, and if they do arrive in January (as they hope, according to the article) then we'll get 2 figures in February, 2 in April, and 2 in June. Or maybe the "pairings" bit was a misspeak, in which case, expect 1 per month from January through June.

The only downside I see immediately is that this will fall during the same 6 month period that people are saving up and paying for Botcon. They should have considered running the subscription figures July through December so as not to compete with Botcon. With this schedule, I may have to choose between getting the subscription or going to Botcon. But I'm a collector with a very limited budget, so this probably won't affect hit most wallets as hard as it will mine.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410719)
Posted by steelcity1990 on August 17th, 2012 @ 1:17pm CDT
I honestly only want 2 out of all those figures so i think im going to pass up on this.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410721)
Posted by LiKwid on August 17th, 2012 @ 1:24pm CDT
Too much...I only want 3 of them anyway
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410725)
Posted by gothsaurus on August 17th, 2012 @ 1:28pm CDT
If you only want 2 or 3 figures... find a friend who wants the opposite ones. Seem like everyone wants different figures.

I actually may buy an extra set and part them out to people who just want one or two figures. Hmmm. :-?
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410726)
Posted by RodimalToyota on August 17th, 2012 @ 1:28pm CDT
Wow, aside from Scourge, these are all really fugly.
Money stays in pocket!
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410737)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on August 17th, 2012 @ 1:53pm CDT
gothsaurus wrote:If you only want 2 or 3 figures... find a friend who wants the opposite ones. Seem like everyone wants different figures.

I actually may buy an extra set and part them out to people who just want one or two figures. Hmmm. :-?


That seems to be underlying problem, as the whole set has something for everyone. We may need a thread for future trades in the Bazaar :P
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410738)
Posted by Bounti76 on August 17th, 2012 @ 1:55pm CDT
Out of all of these, I only *really* want Slipstream (Fembot!!) and Breakdown. The others are only somewhat interesting.

As far as the remaining figures go, none of them strike me enough to want to keep them. I'll probably just sell them at cost to anyone who wants them.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410739)
Posted by lonrac on August 17th, 2012 @ 1:55pm CDT
Okay.. thought they would be a little cheaper if they weren't supposed to be coming in the fancy boxes.

next stupid question:

if you pay for the figures, and your membership runs out during the delivery period, and you don't renew, do you forfeit the remainder of the figures?
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410748)
Posted by LiKwid on August 17th, 2012 @ 2:21pm CDT
lonrac wrote:Okay.. thought they would be a little cheaper if they weren't supposed to be coming in the fancy boxes.

next stupid question:

if you pay for the figures, and your membership runs out during the delivery period, and you don't renew, do you forfeit the remainder of the figures?


I would love for you to ask that Of brian..Would love to see the answer to that one :)

I only want 3 of the figures..so torn...
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410751)
Posted by xyl360 on August 17th, 2012 @ 2:30pm CDT
It said no limits on the number of figures purchases, that means people with subscriptions may purchase extras for other non-subscription members if they wish unless I read something wrong.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410763)
Posted by craggy on August 17th, 2012 @ 2:57pm CDT
wow, it is a bit vague. hearing horror stories from people this side of the atlantic about the club's shipping, I'm going to pass. Scourge is the only one I really want there, but a couple of the other ones do look pretty cool.

Oh and remember "Don't go online and tell people what you got!"


That's really silly. I appreciate the sentiment, but there's no way it's not going to get spoiled by someone in the first batch of deliveries.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410767)
Posted by Prime Evil on August 17th, 2012 @ 3:08pm CDT
Only want Scourge and Slipstream. I thought we are gonna be able to buy these individually?
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410768)
Posted by Emperor Galvatron on August 17th, 2012 @ 3:10pm CDT
Pricier than I was hoping. And how is this so expensive? There is no packaging, pieces are made to order, it should be closer to $200 and free US shipping. Also, why not just roll the price of the credit card transaction into the their prices? It's a mandatory fee, just state the price is $285 or $97. Also, for people on a budget "sometime" in a two month window is not cool.

Now I know why this wasn't brought up at Botcon.

Edit: Will trade sealed United Stepper for Slipstream and Breakdown. PM me.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410773)
Posted by Godzillabot Primal on August 17th, 2012 @ 3:18pm CDT
I'd like to perchase a Slipstream off somebody when these come out. As much as the rest are interesting, I don't really want any of them
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410777)
Posted by Doctor McGrath on August 17th, 2012 @ 3:32pm CDT
I'm not as excited about this as I used to be. I'll probably still bite though..
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410780)
Posted by Counterpunch on August 17th, 2012 @ 3:35pm CDT
Emperor Galvatron wrote:Pricier than I was hoping. And how is this so expensive? There is no packaging, pieces are made to order, it should be closer to $200 and free US shipping. Also, why not just roll the price of the credit card transaction into the their prices? It's a mandatory fee, just state the price is $285 or $97. Also, for people on a budget "sometime" in a two month window is not cool.


Agreed.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410783)
Posted by necr0blivion on August 17th, 2012 @ 3:48pm CDT
I'm down for a set, but I feel for those who may not be able to afford/justify the total amount for select figures.

It is a shame that the made to order aspect seems directed towards the entire package and not just individual figures. Perhaps that can be reviewed at some point down the line.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410791)
Posted by gothsaurus on August 17th, 2012 @ 4:16pm CDT
I think that's the key to this even being viable (from a business standpoint) is being able to have the commitment of all the people buying ALL the figures... that assures that it's simplified ordering, shipping and record keeping...] instead of having different numbers for each figure, and a staff keeping track of who ordered how many of what.

As it is, you only have one list and one quantity... and it's a quantity that's high enough to be realistic approaching a factory to manufacture... and to still have it affordable to us... and leave them making a little money, too.

Sadly, you break that formula, and it's no longer good for ANY party in the equation.

A subscription party is about the only option for seeing these fan favorites like Scourge, Slipstream, Beast Wars characters...
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410792)
Posted by zodconvoy on August 17th, 2012 @ 4:16pm CDT
As much as I was hyped about some of these figures before, this blind release policy and the over all cost are really putting a crimp into this whole thing. These aren't Kreons. For $90+ a pair, I'd like to know what I'm getting. I may have to pass on the whole thing.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410800)
Posted by Tigertrack on August 17th, 2012 @ 4:29pm CDT
If it makes anyone feel better, when ordering some of the more popular joes individually from an online website you Pay $45 plus shipping (quarrel, claw, cover girl).

So a TF for $50, compared to a 3 3/4 inch joe doesn't sound so bad.

If they allowed you to order only those you wanted, they know there would be some that would hardly sell. Thus, you have to buy the whole shebang to keep prices lower.

You should expect to pay significantly more for Scourge, Breakdown, and Slipstream when buying on eBay, I would imagine.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410802)
Posted by NTESHFT on August 17th, 2012 @ 4:36pm CDT
Hate to say it, but looks like I'll pass on this go around. I would rather have the MP Soundwave, Sideswipe, Thundercracker, and Prime coming out........
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410804)
Posted by gothsaurus on August 17th, 2012 @ 4:42pm CDT
Good call. Those do look amazing.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410809)
Posted by LiKwid on August 17th, 2012 @ 5:08pm CDT
Just got another email from the club and they are correcting a typo from the earlier email.

Hello all you Transformers Fans! #2

Just a resend to correct a typo on #5 below. It had a sentence left over from the GI Joe version of the FSS. Below is now correct. One figure ships a month for six months., there are no pairings. Their program has 2 figures a month for six months. Nobody caught the left over sentence.

Have a great weekend!

Brian

The FSS will go live today. You can check the club site later for the url. Thanks for your patience while we got this finished. The system is very simple from the user perspective. The complicated part is the part you don't see as we have to be able to installment bill, change shipping docs, change cc info, etc. The admin side is VERY complicated.

I hope that the information below will answer most of your questions. If you have more, use the link at the club or registration site and we will answer and post them at the FAQ.

Someone has already asked about the shipping. This is figured for where you live, but to give you an idea from TX to NY for one sub is about $59 total for all six shipments which breaks down to just under $10 per shipment. The insurance would be $21 total for the entire sub (not per shipment). This is via Priority Mail. Fedex is slightly lower.

For those who are overseas or Canadian, you can choose First Class International if you order only 1-2 subs. Over that amount pushes past the 4 lb limit and this option goes away. However be aware about the insurance (same $21) as if you don't take it, we cannot be responsible for mis-delivered or damaged items).

Example International rates for one sub:

Canadian rates for International 1st class from TX to AB is under $11 per shipment or under $66 total.

TX to the UK is under $20 per shipment (under $120 total) using International 1st Class.

Thanks again for your support and patience!

Brian
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410811)
Posted by Overcracker on August 17th, 2012 @ 5:13pm CDT
They really should clarify the shipping process and charging. Because it sounds like its going to be the most expensive part of the deal.

Other than that, While I may not have to have ever single figure there, There are quire a few I like.

So I could consider the subscription if the shipping made sense. Don't want to have to end up paying 80 or 100 dollars more for shipping when all is said and done.

Perhaps BBTS and TfSource will have individual sales for the figures, and you could even use the POL from BBTS to combine them all at the end of the subscription. With that said, the payment plan is a bit more appealing.

Ahh... decisions... decisions....


EDIT just saw the correction... hmm seems a bit more palatable now.
Hmm I may just cave in.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410815)
Posted by STngAR on August 17th, 2012 @ 5:32pm CDT
Ultra Mammoth shall be mine.

My Beast Wars tick is ticking out of control
:MAXIMAL:
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410817)
Posted by LiKwid on August 17th, 2012 @ 5:35pm CDT
The service has been up for a whole ten minutes and hasn't crashed yet!!!!! :lol:
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410819)
Posted by GetRightRobot on August 17th, 2012 @ 5:37pm CDT
The Official Transformers Collector Club has launched the all new Club Exclusive Figure Subscription Service! You can now log into the Club and order all 6 figures which include Jackpot a repaint of Animated Jazz, Circuit from Hunt For the Decepticons Lockdown, G1 Breakdown from Universe Sideswipe, Slipstream retooled from Transformers Prime Starscream, Scourge from the Reveal the Shield Optimus Prime and Ultra Mammoth the Magnus variation of Big Convoy from Beast Wars! The options provided by the new format allow you to preorder all, one or multiples of each figure. The new system also helps prevent figure sell outs. Click HERE to head over to the TFCC to get your orders in now!

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Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410833)
Posted by Mkall on August 17th, 2012 @ 6:11pm CDT
Dammit TFCC, yet again you launch something on the 11th hour before a weekend, which means if something goes wrong, then we have to wait until Monday and fume about it.

That said as soon as I'm reunited with my wallet tomorrow, I'll be signing up ASAP.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410835)
Posted by xyl360 on August 17th, 2012 @ 6:13pm CDT
STngAR wrote:Ultra Mammoth shall be mine.

My Beast Wars tick is ticking out of control
:MAXIMAL:

Muahahahaha, yessss! I'm with you, I loves me some Beast Wars and this is one of my favorite TF molds of all time :)!

I signed up and paid. Pricey, but I think it's worth it.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410836)
Posted by Depthcharge27 on August 17th, 2012 @ 6:14pm CDT
so.. this capatch is so annoying.. and it wont let me in... :( def frustrating right now!!!
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410837)
Posted by craggy on August 17th, 2012 @ 6:17pm CDT
Just to clarify, for someone based in the UK, there'd be the normal Club sub price (with the various magazines and Depth Charge included) plus the international shipping charge on top of that, plus the exclusive figure subscription charge (which as I read it means 1 of each figure, you can't pick and choose, or order multiples of individual figures) and then the international shipping charge for those plus the optional insurance to guarantee they ever send anything?

Hmmm, those 3rd party products don't looks so bad price-wise now.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410839)
Posted by PrymeStriker on August 17th, 2012 @ 6:19pm CDT
That Slipstream! :shock: :shock: :shock: Sllliiiiiiiippppstreeeeaaaaaam.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410841)
Posted by xyl360 on August 17th, 2012 @ 6:20pm CDT
craggy wrote:Just to clarify, for someone based in the UK, there'd be the normal Club sub price (with the various magazines and Depth Charge included) plus the international shipping charge on top of that, plus the exclusive figure subscription charge (which as I read it means 1 of each figure, you can't pick and choose, or order multiples of individual figures) and then the international shipping charge for those plus the optional insurance to guarantee they ever send anything?

Hmmm, those 3rd party products don't looks so bad price-wise now.

That is correct, but the one saving grace for collectors overseas is that a member may order an unlimited number of subscription sets (but you must buy them all as a set so it's full price for multiples).

Hopefully that means that some will buy many sets and overload the aftermarket with them so the prices are reasonable (and shipping would certainly be less ;)).

It also means that members can pay non-members to order sets for them, so ordering in groups in the UK would not be a bad idea at all.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410852)
Posted by Heavy B on August 17th, 2012 @ 6:55pm CDT
ARGH, too broke. Won't be able to get. All I wanted was scourge ANYWAY, but it dosn't matter.

See him soon on ebay...
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410855)
Posted by NemesisMonkeySupreme on August 17th, 2012 @ 6:59pm CDT
steelcity1990 wrote:I honestly only want 2 out of all those figures so i think im going to pass up on this.

Ditto.
$42 for membership.
$285 for 6-figure subscription
$53-something for cheapest shipping

for two figures (even selling the other four figures)… :-? hmmmmm.

no.

I'm assuming BBTS will be doing these same way they're doing the G.I. Joe ones.
I'll wait it out. :-$
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410863)
Posted by daimchoc on August 17th, 2012 @ 7:17pm CDT
tl;dr



So, how can we order single figures? We'd have to wait for the subscription program to finish? I don't need all 6 figures.... I just want Scourge.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410867)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 17th, 2012 @ 7:28pm CDT
daimchoc wrote:tl;dr



So, how can we order single figures? We'd have to wait for the subscription program to finish? I don't need all 6 figures.... I just want Scourge.
eBay?
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410872)
Posted by Mkall on August 17th, 2012 @ 7:48pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
daimchoc wrote:tl;dr



So, how can we order single figures? We'd have to wait for the subscription program to finish? I don't need all 6 figures.... I just want Scourge.
eBay?

Buy a leftover on the TFCC store? Maybe BBTS will stock them individually like they did with the GI Joe sub figures.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410874)
Posted by Nemesis Destron on August 17th, 2012 @ 8:03pm CDT
Dr. Heavy B wrote:ARGH, too broke. Won't be able to get. All I wanted was scourge ANYWAY, but it dosn't matter.

See him soon on ebay...



Ditto...or with any luck BBTS or some other site...'nuff said! :VEHI:
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410880)
Posted by craggy on August 17th, 2012 @ 8:18pm CDT
just looked at the full Ts&Cs...International Orders: they want a photocopy of my credit card, front and back and of photo ID. They can GTFO.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410882)
Posted by Brakethrough on August 17th, 2012 @ 8:34pm CDT
Well, that was anticlimactic. Guess I'll wait to find Breakdown on his own, or maybe pool up with a few fellow Canadians.

For those hoping to find Scourge individually, best of luck. Seems like he's the one everyone's salivating over and I don't doubt he'll be going for a heap of cash on eBay.
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410885)
Posted by Aeravon on August 17th, 2012 @ 8:40pm CDT
That you can't buy individuals is a mess. Just shy of 50 dollars a figure, not including shipping and membership fees... No. Just no. Do not want. =;
Re: TFCC Subscription Service Details Revealed (1410886)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on August 17th, 2012 @ 8:41pm CDT
Nemesis Destron wrote:or with any luck BBTS or some other site...'nuff said!


speak of the devil. I just looked and they already have pre-orders for all of them. Scourge Slipstream and breakdown are $89, Ultra Mammoth $139, and the rest are $64

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