Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Sabrblade » Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:58 pm

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Y'all know how some Walmarts are starting to clearance out the Soundwave and Cassette 2-packs? Well, the Walmart nearest to me still has a bunch of each but has not clearanced any of them.

Meanwhile, I just took a trip over to the second-closest Walmart to see what they have, and they were sold out of all Soundwaves and Cassette sets. While they did not lower the price on the cassettes, they did for Soundwave, and you guys will never believe how much that store lowered its price for Soundwave.

It's a price so unbelievably low that tried to take a picture of the price tag as proof, but my phone is an older model (one with a slide-out keyboard, no less) since I only ever use it just for calls and texting (I prefer an actual computer for web browsing). When I tried to use my phone's camera, it apparently wouldn't let me save the photo since I don't have an online data plan for my phone (like I said, I don't use it for the Internet, so I have no use for a data plan).

In short, I don't have photographic evidence to back this up, but man, I have GOT to tell you guys this clearance price. It's just that ridiculous:

$3.50 USD

Yes. Three dollars and fifty cents You-Ess-Dee!

That. Is. INSANE!! :BOOM:
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Wolfman Jake » Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:41 pm

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Walmart makes no sense. Why do they keep begging Hasbro for exclusive Transformers stuff when they can't keep anything in stock and their distribution is so lopsided? Then they clearance out the overpriced stuff they begged for at a huge discount. How much do they pay Hasbro for these G1 reissues? Is the mark-up THAT much on Walmart's end that they can afford to pull these kinds of stunts? Where is all of this money coming from?
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby carytheone » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:09 pm

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Walmart can be pretty rando at times. I think a lot of it is just the employees. I bumped into a couple employees on the clearance isle and "talked" them into marking Rodimus Unicronus down to $20. As of the last time I checked, two of the closest to me WMs still had Soundwave at full price. Then Astrotrain basically comes in stock on clearance. I'll take your word, but if you really wanted to prove the price, just screen cap brickseek.com ;)
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby bovinefromspace » Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:06 am

carytheone wrote:Walmart can be pretty rando at times. I think a lot of it is just the employees. I bumped into a couple employees on the clearance isle and "talked" them into marking Rodimus Unicronus down to $20. As of the last time I checked, two of the closest to me WMs still had Soundwave at full price. Then Astrotrain basically comes in stock on clearance. I'll take your word, but if you really wanted to prove the price, just screen cap brickseek.com ;)


Well, he wasn't joking:

https://brickseek.com/walmart-inventory ... =453478696
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Sabrblade » Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:28 pm

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bovinefromspace wrote:
carytheone wrote:Walmart can be pretty rando at times. I think a lot of it is just the employees. I bumped into a couple employees on the clearance isle and "talked" them into marking Rodimus Unicronus down to $20. As of the last time I checked, two of the closest to me WMs still had Soundwave at full price. Then Astrotrain basically comes in stock on clearance. I'll take your word, but if you really wanted to prove the price, just screen cap brickseek.com ;)


Well, he wasn't joking:

https://brickseek.com/walmart-inventory ... =453478696
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Rodimus Prime » Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:19 pm

Wolfman Jake wrote:Walmart makes no sense. Why do they keep begging Hasbro for exclusive Transformers stuff when they can't keep anything in stock and their distribution is so lopsided? Then they clearance out the overpriced stuff they begged for at a huge discount. How much do they pay Hasbro for these G1 reissues? Is the mark-up THAT much on Walmart's end that they can afford to pull these kinds of stunts? Where is all of this money coming from?
Well, as an employee with access to some of that info, I can tell you that Prime and Starscream both cost $35/each, so the markup is $15 at full price. I never checked Soundwave, but I assume it's the same.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Ravage2031 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:29 pm

Has anyone else noticed on the cassettes how much the cardboard bends? I bought 2 of each keeping one set sealed but the cardboard has bent so much the cassettes fell out.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby bovinefromspace » Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:55 am

Ravage2031 wrote:Has anyone else noticed on the cassettes how much the cardboard bends? I bought 2 of each keeping one set sealed but the cardboard has bent so much the cassettes fell out.


I didn't notice on my cassettes yet, but the first set of Minicons I had were horrible and started curling up.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:43 pm

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Ravage2031 wrote:Has anyone else noticed on the cassettes how much the cardboard bends? I bought 2 of each keeping one set sealed but the cardboard has bent so much the cassettes fell out.


Any idea of what could be causing the bending? Humidity? Temperature?
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby carytheone » Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:47 pm

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bovinefromspace wrote:
Ravage2031 wrote:Has anyone else noticed on the cassettes how much the cardboard bends? I bought 2 of each keeping one set sealed but the cardboard has bent so much the cassettes fell out.
I didn't notice on my cassettes yet, but the first set of Minicons I had were horrible and started curling up.
Mine hasn't but the plastic has been cut open and I haven't noticed any at the store doing it. I'm more curious to what's causing this? Humidity?

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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Rodimus Prime » Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:52 pm

I finally found Astrotrain at my Walmart and got him last night. Unlike the other figures released so far, he has cardboard inserts instead of a plastic bubble inside.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:04 pm

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Rodimus Prime wrote:I finally found Astrotrain at my Walmart and got him last night. Unlike the other figures released so far, he has cardboard inserts instead of a plastic bubble inside.


So how is he? Is he worth having alongside other versions?
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Rodimus Prime » Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:28 pm

JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:I finally found Astrotrain at my Walmart and got him last night. Unlike the other figures released so far, he has cardboard inserts instead of a plastic bubble inside.


So how is he? Is he worth having alongside other versions?
I like him. His paint looks good, and not having held a G1 Astrotrain in about 20 years, he is fun. Looks good next to the other reissues. Pick him up if you're a fan of the character, don't have any other versions, or collect the reissues. He's not spectacular, but nothing wrong with him either. The flimsy insert is the only negative for me, but it's a minor gripe, I'm over it.
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