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Transformers News: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 2:33PM CDT

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Gentlemen start your engines, the highly anticipated Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave has been sighted at retail! Twitter user Matt Guzzy found the figure at a Toys"R"Us store in Arizona (pay no attention to all those Star Wars The Black Series figures, though they are pretty awesome). This version of Masterpiece Soundwave comes with all the accessories that were included with Takara Tomy's release, plus you get all five cassettes: Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Ravage, Rumble, and Frenzy. Happy hunting.


Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail
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Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505762)
Posted by Va'al on July 23rd, 2013 @ 2:38pm CDT
Eventually. Some day. Some time. Maybe. Possibly.

Hmmmmm.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505766)
Posted by ScottyP on July 23rd, 2013 @ 2:43pm CDT
Even though they should know better, I'm sure there are people in my city heading to TRU right now. :HEADHURTS:
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505767)
Posted by Convotron on July 23rd, 2013 @ 2:44pm CDT
Both MP Soundwave and Star Wars Black Series toys in the same TRU location...very nice.

Here's hoping I'll be able to find a MP Soundwave in my local TRU at a time when I can afford to put aside $120+taxes for a luxury item.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505769)
Posted by Questworld12 on July 23rd, 2013 @ 2:49pm CDT
I just called my local TRU. They told me that HQ is rushing more out. In chicagoland area we should get more MP Soundwave this Saturday the 27th.
This is the new release date as the employee told me
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505779)
Posted by reluctantyouth on July 23rd, 2013 @ 3:12pm CDT
Questworld12 wrote:I just called my local TRU. They told me that HQ is rushing more out. In chicagoland area we should get more MP Soundwave this Saturday the 27th.
This is the new release date as the employee told me




I would hope so after the hasbrotoyshopesque way the figure sales were handled on the website. I had the figure in my cart twice and in the middle of trying to pay by palpal the screen went blank and I got screwed. I hope I can find one locally but not optimistic. Here is the cookie cutter response I got from TRU as I tried to lodge a voice complaint that day but wait time for a rep was 25 minutes.

Dear Mr. X,

Thank you for contacting Toys“R”Us regarding the online release of the TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Soundwave from Hasbro.
We sincerely apologize for any confusion or inconvenience regarding this release. Limited quantities of the TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Soundwave were made available online this morning in conjunction with International Comic-Con in San Diego. Due to high demand, this item is currently sold out, but is expected to be available in our U.S. stores and again online at Toysrus.com by late August.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our offices at 1-888-BabyRUs (1-888-222-9787). Anyone who answers will be able to assist you.

Thank you once again, Mr. X, for contacting the "R" Us family, and we look forward to serving you in the future.

Sincerely,


The "R" Us Team


I'm sure many got the same load of slag message... :BANG_HEAD:
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505781)
Posted by JesseTrupiano on July 23rd, 2013 @ 3:24pm CDT
I just called my local ToysRUs and they told me that they were supposed to get the figure in the 27th week (we're in the 25th week right now) but Hasbro had problems with shipping and now they have no idea when they will arrive. The second ToysRUs I called was out of stock.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505782)
Posted by Mindmaster on July 23rd, 2013 @ 3:25pm CDT
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As much as I'd like to have this, I'm pretty much on the verge of giving up. I've got other, more important priorities, such as the Voyager Classics Optimus Prime, to deal with, no need to burden myself with this frustrating mess. >:oP
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505790)
Posted by MasterSoundBlaster on July 23rd, 2013 @ 3:48pm CDT
Looks as though I may need to stop at TRU at lot more then. Hopefully my local TRU will actually get it, they're still trying to sell stuff from the DotM line.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505791)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on July 23rd, 2013 @ 4:06pm CDT
stopped by TRU yesterday on my way to the bank and it was the same old crap they've had for months now. And even if by some chance they put some out the scalpers probably snagged them already. Ill just wait until eveyone has one and they become shelf warmers just like all the other MPs i bought. How many people rush on out to get MP Hot Rod, i picked mine up 4 months after release on sale with a coupon. Also waiting for a 20% off coupon cause $130 is just outrageous, i dont care if it has all the minions the price point is still way to high.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505792)
Posted by HairyDawg on July 23rd, 2013 @ 4:08pm CDT
BOOM! THANK YOU FOR THE HEADS UP!!! I was just able to score the last one at my local TRU! :grin: :grin: :grin:

I JUST missed out on SW on Thursday morning - literally by seconds - I had him in my cart, entered CC info, then had the stupid MasterCard extra security authentication and when my order was processed I got the dreaded "Updated Quantities" message. So I ended up buying a Bot Shot that was in my cart in case Acid Storm was released first and I needed the extra amount for free shipping. As gracious as they were, TRU.com did automatically ship me Iron Hide Bot Shot without charging me shipping. Nice of them.

Then I received Acid Storm yesterday in a completely crushed box. Yeah, I know, can't complain too hard, but jeez... Is crappy shipping the norm for TRU? Even for a $75 product?!?

And after the fiasco that was Thursday, I still decided to believe TRU when they said August for the release of these at retail. Why am I so stupid? No clue. Maybe it is the fact the "Sold in Stores" check mark was gone from the web listing. Who knows. I am a sucker. A sucker for abuse from TRU.

So thank you, Seibertron.com. This has made me feel better about the whole MP situation.

I will now line up for similar punishment from hasbrotoyshop.com. Thank you sir, may I have another. :BANG_HEAD:
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505794)
Posted by HairyDawg on July 23rd, 2013 @ 4:16pm CDT
I should also mention that my TRU here only received one box (so 2 SW) and it does qualify for the buy one get one 50% off. If only they had another one available (or Acid Storm) :D As it was I got the Beast Hunter Optimus Prime.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505796)
Posted by YRQRM0 on July 23rd, 2013 @ 4:20pm CDT
Dang, do I want this guy or Metroplex? :-?
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505797)
Posted by Autobot032 on July 23rd, 2013 @ 4:24pm CDT
HairyDawg wrote:I should also mention that my TRU here only received one box (so 2 SW) and it does qualify for the buy one get one 50% off. If only they had another one available (or Acid Storm) :D As it was I got the Beast Hunter Optimus Prime.

Could you please post the stores location? And post your sighting int the sightings forum? Thank you.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505803)
Posted by reluctantyouth on July 23rd, 2013 @ 4:37pm CDT
reluctantyouth wrote:
Questworld12 wrote:I just called my local TRU. They told me that HQ is rushing more out. In chicagoland area we should get more MP Soundwave this Saturday the 27th.
This is the new release date as the employee told me




I would hope so after the hasbrotoyshopesque way the figure sales were handled on the website. I had the figure in my cart twice and in the middle of trying to pay by palpal the screen went blank and I got screwed. I hope I can find one locally but not optimistic. Here is the cookie cutter response I got from TRU as I tried to lodge a voice complaint that day but wait time for a rep was 25 minutes.

Dear Mr. X,

Thank you for contacting Toys“R”Us regarding the online release of the TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Soundwave from Hasbro.
We sincerely apologize for any confusion or inconvenience regarding this release. Limited quantities of the TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Soundwave were made available online this morning in conjunction with International Comic-Con in San Diego. Due to high demand, this item is currently sold out, but is expected to be available in our U.S. stores and again online at Toysrus.com by late August.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our offices at 1-888-BabyRUs (1-888-222-9787). Anyone who answers will be able to assist you.

Thank you once again, Mr. X, for contacting the "R" Us family, and we look forward to serving you in the future.

Sincerely,


The "R" Us Team


I'm sure many got the same load of slag message... :BANG_HEAD:



HOLY CRAP!! HOLY CRAP!! HOLY CRAP!! I now own MP Soundwave!!! I found him at my TRU in Peoria, Illinois

I kid you not. I wrote this just before I left work. I went to my local TRU and guess what was waiting for me!?!...Two count them TWO MP Soundwaves for BOGO 50% off :grin: I have two in my possession for the unbeatable price of $194.83 :x $119.99+$59.99+$14.85 Tax= Total :CON: :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :CON: One will be staying in the box and the other will be opened after I get back from taking my 5 year old niece to see Turbo. Good luck everyone...if they're in the Midwest then they're getting mass distribution!!
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505808)
Posted by sunburn on July 23rd, 2013 @ 4:53pm CDT
found 2 in Madison hts. Michigan. Very nice with the BOGO.

Also check the kreo aisles, its where I found mine.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505809)
Posted by Nemesis Destron on July 23rd, 2013 @ 4:55pm CDT
YRQRM0 wrote:Dang, do I want this guy or Metroplex? :-?



Both dude...get one first and then the other! :P :VEHI:
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505823)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on July 23rd, 2013 @ 5:59pm CDT
Damn, from what I heard my local TRU had two this morning. Stupid work. Wish I could have gotten one to put on layaway. Oh well, there will be more.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505847)
Posted by reluttr on July 23rd, 2013 @ 7:22pm CDT
No offense to the guys that are on the hunt, but what a load of bullcrap. They still have a ton of orders on back-order and yet they magically have the stock to send soundwave out to several locations.

Hopefully this means that they will fill the online orders sooner. But I have a feeling us waiting are going to have to wait alot longer. :S
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505862)
Posted by SentinelA on July 23rd, 2013 @ 8:00pm CDT
I think we should protest in front of our local TRUs.

"What do we want?"
"We want MP Soundwave"
"When do we want it?"
"Now"
"How much are we willing to pay?"
"Under $100"
8-}
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505868)
Posted by reluttr on July 23rd, 2013 @ 8:11pm CDT
SentinelA wrote:I think we should protest in front of our local TRUs.

"What do we want?"
"We want MP Soundwave"
"When do we want it?"
"Now"
"How much are we willing to pay?"
"Under $100"
8-}



I am not complaining about the price... I am saying that they need to fill their open orders before shipping more out to stores.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505915)
Posted by zatara1701 on July 23rd, 2013 @ 11:18pm CDT
reluttr wrote:No offense to the guys that are on the hunt, but what a load of bullcrap. They still have a ton of orders on back-order and yet they magically have the stock to send soundwave out to several locations.

Hopefully this means that they will fill the online orders sooner. But I have a feeling us waiting are going to have to wait alot longer. :S



I hate to burst anyone's bubbles...but does ANYONE remember LAST YEAR with Optimus?? :HEADHURTS:

I personally had one on "preorder" on TRU, found one IN the store, so I snatched it up and canceled my online order. I am SOOOOOoooo glad I did, because shortly after that TRU canceled most if not all the preorders for lack of inventory. Which is amazing since a couple months later I saw stores piled high with MP OP around xmas.

I didn't even bother with online for that fact... I HOPE that is not the case this year, but if you have an unfilled online order and see SW in store, Id snag it...Just saying. :grin:
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505933)
Posted by Regimus Prime on July 24th, 2013 @ 1:00am CDT
I didn't think after this weekend's Best Transformers Weekend Ever at SDCC, when I was able to not only get into the convention and score all the Hasbro Exclusive Transformers I wanted but...well yeah I got in and got my exclusives but anyway this morning I get a phone call from a friend of mine saying that he had just left TRU in Oceanside CA. and had scored a Masterpiece Acid Storm and Soundwave. Here's where my run-on sentence ends and i get to the good stuff. He then tells me that he got the BOGO half off and he also had them put both on hold for me :D He said they were giving me until they closed this evening so I raced over after I got off of work and life can't get any better. Til All Are One! :BOT:
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505935)
Posted by Regimus Prime on July 24th, 2013 @ 1:02am CDT
I didn't think after this weekend's Best Transformers Weekend Ever at SDCC, when I was able to not only get into the convention and score all the Hasbro Exclusive Transformers I wanted but...well yeah I got in and got my exclusives but anyway this morning I get a phone call from a friend of mine saying that he had just left TRU in Oceanside CA. and had scored a Masterpiece Acid Storm and Soundwave. Here's where my run-on sentence ends and i get to the good stuff. He then tells me that he got the BOGO half off and he also had them put both on hold for me :D He said they were giving me until they closed this evening so I raced over after I got off of work and life can't get any better. Til All Are One! :BOT:
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Posted by Regimus Prime on July 24th, 2013 @ 1:08am CDT
I didn't think after this weekend's Best Transformers Weekend Ever at SDCC, when I was able to not only get into the convention and score all the Hasbro Exclusive Transformers I wanted but...well yeah I got in and got my exclusives but anyway this morning I get a phone call from a friend of mine saying that he had just left TRU in Oceanside CA. and had scored a Masterpiece Acid Storm and Soundwave. Here's where my run-on sentence ends and i get to the good stuff. He then tells me that he got the BOGO half off and he also had them put both on hold for me :D He said they were giving me until they closed this evening so I raced over after I got off of work and life can't get any better. Til All Are One! :BOT:
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505941)
Posted by Nemesis Destron on July 24th, 2013 @ 2:13am CDT
@ Regimus Prime...Dude we heard you the first 2 times...jk. :P

So after hearing the great news of sightings in Arizona and in Oceanside (just south of me) I will start hitting my local TRU's and hope to strike gold like with OP.

Yeah current gas prices suck ass but I enjoy the hunt...it's on like Donkey Kong! ;)^ :VEHI:
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505987)
Posted by neu318 on July 24th, 2013 @ 8:24am CDT
So after hearing news that they started to hit stores, I called a new ToysRus that opened up near my house. It doesn't get too much traffic so I decided to call and try my luck. The sales clerk told me that they were sold out and that I could order online if they weren't sold out. So I told her "yeah they are sold out online" so then she said they would probably get some in two weeks. So I guess I'll keep trying and hope i'm lucky.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505988)
Posted by neu318 on July 24th, 2013 @ 8:25am CDT
So after hearing news that they started to hit stores, I called a new ToysRus that opened up near my house. It doesn't get too much traffic so I decided to call and try my luck. The sales clerk told me that they were sold out and that I could order online if they weren't sold out. So I told her "yeah they are sold out online" so then she said they would probably get some in two weeks. So I guess I'll keep trying and hope i'm lucky.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1505989)
Posted by neu318 on July 24th, 2013 @ 8:26am CDT
So after hearing news that they started to hit stores, I called a new ToysRus that opened up near my house. It doesn't get too much traffic so I decided to call and try my luck. The sales clerk told me that they were sold out and that I could order online if they weren't sold out. So I told her "yeah they are sold out online" so then she said they would probably get some in two weeks. So I guess I'll keep trying and hope i'm lucky.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1506016)
Posted by megatronus on July 24th, 2013 @ 9:28am CDT
Just called my local TRU - Times Square, NY. They said they won't be getting in for another month.

I don't know if they arrived but sold out super quick, or if TRU just hates the East Coast. I feel like this crappy distribution is a very consistent occurrence.

:-(
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Posted by Erailea on July 24th, 2013 @ 10:10am CDT
megatronus wrote:Just called my local TRU - Times Square, NY. They said they won't be getting in for another month.

I don't know if they arrived but sold out super quick, or if TRU just hates the East Coast. I feel like this crappy distribution is a very consistent occurrence.

:-(


That TRU is a royal pain in the butt. They have such a huge Transformers section and yet I can never find anything of interest there :/ Maybe I just have bad luck, but it's rather absurd how they still have 100+ DOTM figures hanging on the wall and their "newer" segment is, unsurprisingly, filled with the same figures that warm shelves everywhere else... just in far greater mass *sigh*

I think the only time I got lucky with that store was when the first wave of Prime FE's came out. But I also hit it early in the morning (like 6:30 or 7am, when they were opening early for the X-mas season that year).

Best of luck finding him! I would be surprised if Time Square didn't get a mass of MP's in, given how big and popular is, the problem will be getting it before the other fans and tourists in NYC do.
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Posted by megatronus on July 24th, 2013 @ 10:21am CDT
Erailea wrote:
megatronus wrote:Just called my local TRU - Times Square, NY. They said they won't be getting in for another month.

I don't know if they arrived but sold out super quick, or if TRU just hates the East Coast. I feel like this crappy distribution is a very consistent occurrence.

:-(


That TRU is a royal pain in the butt. They have such a huge Transformers section and yet I can never find anything of interest there :/ Maybe I just have bad luck, but it's rather absurd how they still have 100+ DOTM figures hanging on the wall and their "newer" segment is, unsurprisingly, filled with the same figures that warm shelves everywhere else... just in far greater mass *sigh*

I think the only time I got lucky with that store was when the first wave of Prime FE's came out. But I also hit it early in the morning (like 6:30 or 7am, when they were opening early for the X-mas season that year).

Best of luck finding him! I would be surprised if Time Square didn't get a mass of MP's in, given how big and popular is, the problem will be getting it before the other fans and tourists in NYC do.


They can be bad sometimes, but I've also been very, very lucky.

I got my 2 Hasbro MP-10s from the Times Square store. I called everyday for 2 weeks asking after it, and the guest services associate began to recognize me. When they received the only 2 pieces that came into that store, she was kind enough to fend off the back room employees who were going to keep them for themselves and put them aside for me. I was so grateful.

The downside is, of course, that because of the aforementioned DOTM shelf warmers, they often get things in a month or two later than other stores. So it goes.

I'm keeping tabs on the 2 TRUs close to my folks house in central NJ. I've learned their delivery schedules (more consistent than Times Square for sure), and it's just a matter of following up the morning of. Hopefully I'm in for some luck :D
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Posted by cybertronprime1 on July 24th, 2013 @ 10:30am CDT
I called a Toy R Us in the Chicagoland area last night and they had 1 left and held it for me. I also learned last night the TRU in Bloomingdale, Il has 1 left. So call ahead and they will, hopefully, hold it for you.
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Posted by Metrosuplex on July 24th, 2013 @ 12:11pm CDT
reluctantyouth wrote:I went to my local TRU and guess what was waiting for me!?!...Two count them TWO MP Soundwaves for BOGO 50% off :grin: I have two in my possession for the unbeatable price of $194.83 :x $119.99+$59.99+$14.85 Tax= Total :CON: :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :CON: One will be staying in the box and the other will be opened


This is the biggest problem with finding him right now - I'm not knocking your good financial sense (as an MP Soundwave for $60 is INSANE 8-} :michaelbay: ), but everyone is thinking what you're thinking, and that means doubles for the few, zero's for the many! :roll:

I'm really hesitant to post any "sightings" on this guy. What's to stop the poachers from reading these posts and eBaying the benefits??? :BANG_HEAD: If these threads (and sightings) were locked down to "members-only", I'd feel better about the whole thing.

But MP Soundwave is just too hot. IMO, reporting his location is like saying, "And oh yeah, there were a couple of $100 bills in the aisle. So if anyone wants to pick them up, go to ____ location". #-o And I'm being conservative - I haven't even checked the scalper prices on eBay!

Big thanks to those posters who reported their findings and locations, however. I'm glad to hear you guys grabbed the last ones (better you than the poachers!), and I'm inspired to look for myself. I wonder how many phone calls these TRU's are fielding, regarding MP Soundwave! :lol: When I went in on Wed/Thurs of last week (Gurnee, IL), the electronics/video games guy heard the talk on his walkie and chimed in with clarification info (they didn't have any/not in system, so no way to track). Everyone seemed a bit bewildered, so this might just be one of their most popular items in a looooooooong time! :BOOM:
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1506124)
Posted by atenciot on July 24th, 2013 @ 12:31pm CDT
Got one at TRU in AZ.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1506131)
Posted by atenciot on July 24th, 2013 @ 12:40pm CDT
I was able to find one in AZ, had to fight to get him as it was on hold for a TRU employee. After 20 minutes I was able to get him, last one though. Debating whether or not to open. Very tempting. My 20th Anniversary OP is still in the package.
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Posted by Breakdown318 on July 24th, 2013 @ 6:09pm CDT
Today I went on a hunt for one. I went to the Toys R Us in Aurora, IL and checked if they had any. They said a lot of Toys R Us got two and then sold out almost an hour after they got them :BOOM: . Then I called the Bloomingdale Toys R Us just to make sure there was none. To my surprise they had two but sold them to a collector who returned them because the box was damaged, and they had one left, but they might have shipped it back already so she went to check. She said they still had it and 40 minutes later, I had MP Soundwave in my hands. Thank you, collector who hates damaged boxes! :BOWDOWN:
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Posted by Zero_Decade on July 24th, 2013 @ 6:17pm CDT
Seriously dislike my local TRU right now. Every time I go in, I get a different answer. First time was check next week, then it was check tomorrow. Now, they check the website, which I can do on my own free time, and say "it's not available in stores, we're not getting it". I almost want to pull this page up and say "apparently not". If they sold, fine. But some consistency from minimum wage workers might be too much to ask for. #-o
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Posted by Metrosuplex on July 24th, 2013 @ 6:39pm CDT
Zero_Decade wrote:Seriously dislike my local TRU right now. Every time I go in, I get a different answer. First time was check next week, then it was check tomorrow. Now, they check the website, which I can do on my own free time, and say "it's not available in stores, we're not getting it". I almost want to pull this page up and say "apparently not". If they sold, fine. But some consistency from minimum wage workers might be too much to ask for. #-o


You would think TOY employees might know a little better... but I get the serious impression that TRU corporate did a real sh*tty job explaining how popular this item was going to be. Or perhaps I give them too much credit: they probably have no idea how MP Soundwave is popular or why... :roll:

Again, the sad part is how the poachers will be making far more money of this toy than either TRU or Hasbro. If only there was a special field in business to help gauge demand and forecast sales.... OH YEAH! MARKETING! Oh, well! :BANG_HEAD: Tough economic times, so Hasbro had to slash at least ONE department.

Of course, the irony is that if you have to pay 3rd Party prices on eBay for Soundwave... well, you might as well be buying 3rd Party. At least those aren't a b*tch to secure! :BOOM:
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Posted by bouncer on July 24th, 2013 @ 6:47pm CDT
I haven't had any luck with my Toys R Us in MD either..hopefully, I'll be able to get one sooner or later. If the prices continue to drop on e-bay, I may just pick one up there.
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Posted by Zero_Decade on July 24th, 2013 @ 7:25pm CDT
Metrosuplex wrote:
You would think TOY employees might know a little better... but I get the serious impression that TRU corporate did a real sh*tty job explaining how popular this item was going to be. Or perhaps I give them too much credit: they probably have no idea how MP Soundwave is popular or why... :roll:

Again, the sad part is how the poachers will be making far more money of this toy than either TRU or Hasbro. If only there was a special field in business to help gauge demand and forecast sales.... OH YEAH! MARKETING! Oh, well! :BANG_HEAD: Tough economic times, so Hasbro had to slash at least ONE department.

Of course, the irony is that if you have to pay 3rd Party prices on eBay for Soundwave... well, you might as well be buying 3rd Party. At least those aren't a b*tch to secure! :BOOM:


True enough. I refuse to pay any more than $120 for it though. We saw quite a few of Grimlock, Rodimus and even MP-10 eventually; it's just a matter of being in the store at the right time before they sell out. Which is why a firm date would be perfect, but again, too much to ask of TRU and Hasbro. :HEADHURTS:
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1506288)
Posted by Delicon on July 24th, 2013 @ 7:39pm CDT
Anyone seen any in Eastern PA yet? I need a birthday present for myself lol
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1506322)
Posted by Breakdown318 on July 24th, 2013 @ 9:24pm CDT
Zero_Decade wrote:Seriously dislike my local TRU right now. Every time I go in, I get a different answer. First time was check next week, then it was check tomorrow. Now, they check the website, which I can do on my own free time, and say "it's not available in stores, we're not getting it". I almost want to pull this page up and say "apparently not". If they sold, fine. But some consistency from minimum wage workers might be too much to ask for. #-o

The workers at your Toys R Us must be a pain sometimes. The employees At my local Toys R Us (Bloomingdale,IL.) always look for stuff in the back/help us with items like masterpieces. I hope you find one eventually ;)
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1506324)
Posted by Metrosuplex on July 24th, 2013 @ 9:26pm CDT
Zero_Decade wrote:True enough. I refuse to pay any more than $120 for it though. We saw quite a few of Grimlock, Rodimus and even MP-10 eventually; it's just a matter of being in the store at the right time before they sell out. Which is why a firm date would be perfect, but again, too much to ask of TRU and Hasbro. :HEADHURTS:


Well, Thundercracker was around for a bit. It's a question of whether or not Soundwave will stick to shelves. You'd think, "YES," as he's a full $40 over the typical MP price (at TRU)... but who knows? My local TRU's just recently dropped the Millenium Falcon price from $250 to $199.98. The issue there is the thing is HUGE. I have to believe very few people would pay $250 for an action figure vehicle... do they pay $120 for a TF?

Personally, I'm not a fan of "Hyuck! I hope the toy is there on my 15th visit! My fingers are crossed!"

Screw that noise. A "hunt" involves an attainable prize. Hunting a Loch Ness monster is just silly. Unless you're filming it for $$$. :ic$: (which would make for an interesting premise, should someone decide to do a documentary on bad distribution in retail).

Eventually, I think a lot of fans will move to 3rd Parties out of sheer frustration. And the 3rd Parties are increasing, so this whole idea of "put up with it, cause Hasbro has all the cards" is becoming more and more obsolete. :-?

I've been thinking about the shortages, and I think it's tied to Hasbro's factory leases/use. We know Hasbro has been cutting jobs and costs, right? Well, they must simultaneously be cutting factories out, as well. I'm seeing a business model that involves production runs long in advance of actual sales; in other words, Hasbro seems to have a business model that does not react to demand surges in the way you would hope it could. And that's bad for a company that is looking to cut costs - if they could only capitalize on this demand, and in a timely manner, I think the TF brand would benefit and see higher quality toys on shelves.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1506336)
Posted by Zero_Decade on July 24th, 2013 @ 9:59pm CDT
I agree with you on the cost cutting causing shortages, which is a shame when there's a figure that you'd think someone would have said, "This is a popular character to fans, this may be a hot seller". I know as a business they can't run on assumptions, but maybe talking to Takara about import numbers of the Japanese version would have given them some idea.

As for large, expensive figures; the Millennium Falcons I remember sitting for a while, as well as some of the larger Power Rangers sets, and even some of the larger voyager TFs will sit on the shelves for a while, so it's kind of a coin flip.

RE: The 15th visit thing, the TRU is literally next door to my work, so it doesn't particularly cost me anything to go there and check. I can see where if it was out of my way and felt like a "hunt", that it would be even more frustrating.

Also, don't give me ideas on documentary topics: "hard to find figures and the people who spend way too much time looking for them" ;)

Breakdown318 wrote:The workers at your Toys R Us must be a pain sometimes. The employees At my local Toys R Us (Bloomingdale,IL.) always look for stuff in the back/help us with items like masterpieces. I hope you find one eventually ;)


Thanks! It's also probably the fact that I get stuck with the people who I can tell don't really want to be there, and especially don't care about Transformers. Naturally they wouldn't want to do more than the absolute minimum.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1506437)
Posted by reluctantyouth on July 25th, 2013 @ 7:49am CDT
Metrosuplex wrote:
reluctantyouth wrote:I went to my local TRU and guess what was waiting for me!?!...Two count them TWO MP Soundwaves for BOGO 50% off :grin: I have two in my possession for the unbeatable price of $194.83 :x $119.99+$59.99+$14.85 Tax= Total :CON: :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :CON: One will be staying in the box and the other will be opened


This is the biggest problem with finding him right now - I'm not knocking your good financial sense (as an MP Soundwave for $60 is INSANE 8-} :michaelbay: ), but everyone is thinking what you're thinking, and that means doubles for the few, zero's for the many! :roll:

I'm really hesitant to post any "sightings" on this guy. What's to stop the poachers from reading these posts and eBaying the benefits??? :BANG_HEAD: If these threads (and sightings) were locked down to "members-only", I'd feel better about the whole thing.

But MP Soundwave is just too hot. IMO, reporting his location is like saying, "And oh yeah, there were a couple of $100 bills in the aisle. So if anyone wants to pick them up, go to ____ location". #-o And I'm being conservative - I haven't even checked the scalper prices on eBay!

Big thanks to those posters who reported their findings and locations, however. I'm glad to hear you guys grabbed the last ones (better you than the poachers!), and I'm inspired to look for myself. I wonder how many phone calls these TRU's are fielding, regarding MP Soundwave! :lol: When I went in on Wed/Thurs of last week (Gurnee, IL), the electronics/video games guy heard the talk on his walkie and chimed in with clarification info (they didn't have any/not in system, so no way to track). Everyone seemed a bit bewildered, so this might just be one of their most popular items in a looooooooong time! :BOOM:


I totally agree with you about members only postings. I just couldn't believe sandwiched between all the old DOTM crap were 2 MP Soundwaves after 4 pm in the afternoon...that is insane 8-} . There are not too many Transformer collectors in my area, mostly Hotwheels and McFarlane Sports, but there is a good size comic book store and I see those guys often rummaging for all kinds of HTF stuff. I do not think the employees in my area knew anything about the figure and looked perplexed with how excited I was to get the 2. I hate scalpers...drives me nuts. I hope Gurnee gets them in soon. I checked back at my TRU last night and there was still a big gaping hole where my figures had been. I picked up Ironhide and Starscream Construct Bots...kind of cool little guys. I had to color in Starscream's helmet with a sharpie though. :-B :CON:
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1506742)
Posted by 009* on July 26th, 2013 @ 11:18am CDT
Okay I checked a store not even a half hour after it opened and they said they were sold out in five minutes. I get Soundwave, but Acid Storm too? Why is Hasbro releasing this guy in such small shipments?
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1506761)
Posted by Cyber Bishop on July 26th, 2013 @ 1:51pm CDT
The store I got mine from said they only received one case of the mp sw. I was wondering why the low numbers too.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1506766)
Posted by tmk9883 on July 26th, 2013 @ 2:16pm CDT
I modified my work schedule to hit up the closest TRU and walked away rather disappointed. There were none on the shelf and of the two they go it, one was put on layaway by an employee and the other one was on reserve to resolve a customer service issue.

I then called a store that was close to work and was told that someone just walked out with the two they had.

Ill try hitting up them up tomorrow at opening just cause and after that, forget it.
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1506777)
Posted by Spleenzorio on July 26th, 2013 @ 2:51pm CDT
Since I'm in Canada, I won't even bother. We will probably see him around Christmas time :\
Re: Toys"R"Us Exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave Sighted at Retail (1506814)
Posted by Zero_Decade on July 26th, 2013 @ 6:41pm CDT
Well, today was the last day given as a possible delivery day by someone who seemed to know what they were talking about. Didn't see any, but I didn't bother asking if they had any come in.
Does anyone know if the "late August" time being thrown around in the questions page @ TRU.com is legit? If so, I think I'm done with the "hunt" for now. At least until I hear more Northeast sightings. :BANG_HEAD:

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