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Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Va'al » Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:52 pm

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Welcome to another day in European distribution of Transformers toys. Courtesy of fellow UK-based Seibertron.com user Oddimus Prime we can confirm that the previously reported Toys'R'Us exclusive Masterpiece Prowl will not, in fact, be released on the European market. The retailer is offering a 'consolation prize' though: if you enquire via email about the figure, you will receive the response mirrored below, offering a die-cast Transformers Optimus Prime (G1 and Age of Extinction) figure set with any online purchase.

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Dear Customer,

Thank you for your interest in 'Transformers Masterpiece Prowl'. We have been informed by Hasbro that unfortunately this item is no longer going to be released in Europe.

Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by this availability change.

However, as a goodwill gesture if you purchase a Transformers item on toysrus.co.uk by 31st July 2014, we will send you a FREE* limited edition die-cast Transformers figure which isn't available to buy in UK shops!


To accept this offer, you need to place an order on our website for any Transformers toy using the same email address we have sent this message to. A free die-cast figure will then posted to your delivery address separately by the end of August, subject to the terms below.

Kind Regards

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Please do not reply to this email. Replies to this message are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to http://www.toysrus.co.uk/contactUs.jsf.
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:06 pm

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To Masterpiece Prowl not being released in Europe: O gee, I totally so did not see that coming :roll:

To the gesture of good will: How much do you wanna bet it's the Optimus Prime Evolution 2-pack (with chrome being mistaken for die cast)? If it is, nice gesture. I've seen similar ones on Consumer Service shows on the BBC. :lol:
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Va'al » Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:10 pm

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JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:To Masterpiece Prowl not being released in Europe: O gee, I totally so did not see that coming :roll:

To the gesture of good will: How much do you wanna bet it's the Optimus Prime Evolution 2-pack (with chrome being mistaken for die cast)? If it is, nice gesture. I've seen similar ones on Consumer Service shows on the BBC. :lol:


Updated with picture, it had somehow escaped!
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:15 pm

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Va'al wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:To Masterpiece Prowl not being released in Europe: O gee, I totally so did not see that coming :roll:

To the gesture of good will: How much do you wanna bet it's the Optimus Prime Evolution 2-pack (with chrome being mistaken for die cast)? If it is, nice gesture. I've seen similar ones on Consumer Service shows on the BBC. :lol:


Updated with picture, it had somehow escaped!


Huh, how about that. My opinion still stands, though but I still think the gestures of goodwill in the UK are way better than what we get here. All we get is letters of apology and (partial) reimbursement. :lol:
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Va'al » Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:27 pm

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You also get more practical language though. No circumlocutions.

..toch? :P
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Ravage XK » Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:27 pm

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You reckon everyone that asks about Prowl will be offered the die cast figure?
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Va'al » Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:32 pm

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*shrugs*

No idea, but I suppose it's worth a shot.
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Megatron Wolf » Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:33 pm

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at least they get a cool consolation prize, when hasbro cancels something here in the US all we get is a BS by the numbers apology or nothing at all.
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby ArmadaPrime » Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:49 pm

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Not gonna lie this is a first in my experience-whenever Hasbro UK have screwed us over like this before (i.e. just about every day) we get a wonderfully generic response or no explanation at all.
May well take TRU up on this offer actually-though I have heard a number of horror stories about their shipping in the UK...
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Nemesis Maximo » Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:36 pm

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I feel bad for all my fellow Seibertronians (and all other Transfans) in Europe. You guys seem to actually have worse distribution than we in the mid-western US do. And believe, me it's lousy.
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby xyl360 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:40 pm

Nemesis Maximo wrote:I feel bad for all my fellow Seibertronians (and all other Transfans) in Europe. You guys seem to actually have worse distribution than we in the mid-western US do. And believe, me it's lousy.

Yeah, but at least here in the US we have all the US-based online retailers like ToyArena, BigBadToyStore and many others. In the UK the have all of one major online retailer that I'm aware of, namely KapowToys. One of my friends and fellow TF collectors lives in the UK and we always have the hardest time finding figures for him without him having to pay insane shipping fees and import fees on things that I can get here easily online without any such problems simply because the sellers are US-based. It's often similar on ebay, and likely for the same reason because the UK-based ebay sellers can't get them any easier than we can.
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Kibble » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:43 pm

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Wouldn't this have been more expensive from UK TRU than just importing the TT version anyhow?
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby RhA » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:26 pm

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And how is this news?
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Oddimus Prime » Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:57 am

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Kibble wrote:Wouldn't this have been more expensive from UK TRU than just importing the TT version anyhow?


The price tag was £59.99 so yeah it would have been cheaper to import most likely.

I(however misguided)though, am of the opinion that if Hasbro are actually going to bother to release something over here, then I will most likely buy it, even if it is more expensive. I figure that If I don't buy it, I have no right to complain when they don't put stuff out due to lack of sales.

For the record as far as the "Consolation Prize" goes. I got the email because I had used the "Alert me when available" function on the website. I just checked and Mastepiece Prowl has gone from the site so I don't know if anyone will be able to do it, if they hadn't already. To that end I feel it is my duty to buy something so I can get the "Prize".
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Va'al » Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:32 am

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RhA wrote:And how is this news?


It was previously found in a TRU system/catalogue.



Unless you're being dry and cynical, of course. :-$
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby MightyMagnus78 » Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:41 am

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This is just typical of Hasbro's marketing strategy in the UK. We never seem to get the figures we really want, but on the rare occasions when we do, we end up having to pay through the nose.
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Dead Metal » Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:55 am

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Just tried it out with TRU Germany, I never expected it to hit here, but maybe they too will offer that set.
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby RhA » Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:53 am

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Va'al wrote:
RhA wrote:And how is this news?


It was previously found in a TRU system/catalogue.



Unless you're being dry and cynical, of course. :-$


I might be.

Please note my bitter attitude towards the mainland market as well. The consolation will not console the Dutch, only the English.
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Mykltron » Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:02 am

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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby gavinfuzzy » Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:17 am

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Today in mildly interesting:

That small die cast figures were the same ones given out during the asian AOE toy launch event. At least for singapore it came free with purchase of the voyager prime/ grimlock 2 pack.
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Dead Metal » Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:02 am

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So I got my answer from TRU Germany, and once again Germany is treated like crap.

I got a BS response that they can't tell me anything concerning MP Prowl because that's sensitive information and if they gave me an answer it could leak out and their competition could use that information to screw them over.
Going to need to ask my uncle for help here then.
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:14 am

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gavinfuzzy wrote:Today in mildly interesting:

That small die cast figures were the same ones given out during the asian AOE toy launch event. At least for singapore it came free with purchase of the voyager prime/ grimlock 2 pack.


Very interesting. :-?
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Ravage XK » Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:11 pm

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Dead Metal wrote:So I got my answer from TRU Germany, and once again Germany is treated like crap.

I got a BS response that they can't tell me anything concerning MP Prowl because that's sensitive information and if they gave me an answer it could leak out and their competition could use that information to screw them over.
Going to need to ask my uncle for help here then.


Wow, that's some first class BS. I can just imagine the line of competitors lining up to screw them over and how would anything we don't already know ( it's been cancelled ) effect them...unless they ARE planning to release it but realised that it was priced too high and are looking to re list it under a different price point.
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:23 pm

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Ravage XK wrote:
Dead Metal wrote:So I got my answer from TRU Germany, and once again Germany is treated like crap.

I got a BS response that they can't tell me anything concerning MP Prowl because that's sensitive information and if they gave me an answer it could leak out and their competition could use that information to screw them over.
Going to need to ask my uncle for help here then.


Wow, that's some first class BS. I can just imagine the line of competitors lining up to screw them over and how would anything we don't already know ( it's been cancelled ) effect them...unless they ARE planning to release it but realised that it was priced too high and are looking to re list it under a different price point.


Nah, we just don't like people inquiring about business plans and products, be they real or not, at all, period. >:oP
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Re: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece Prowl Not Being Released in Europe

Postby Ravage XK » Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:41 pm

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