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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby ScottyP » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:52 pm

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^ It made that release a fun novelty. Couple that with its de facto KB exclusive status with the vaporware CE Sideswipe, meaning it was never more than $25 2005 dollars, that made for a fun time.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Emerje » Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:17 am

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ScottyP wrote:^ It made that release a fun novelty. Couple that with its de facto KB exclusive status with the vaporware CE Sideswipe, meaning it was never more than $25 2005 dollars, that made for a fun time.

Sideswipe was the KB exclusive, I got mine from a KB Toys Liquidator store and never saw them at regular stores. Astrotrain was a Hasbro Toy Shop exclusive, though I could have sworn I saw him at TRU, but I guess my memory is off.

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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby cruizerdave » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:39 am

Whoa! The Op without his trailer was a big stretch for $50. Soundwave is a larger figure and comes with an additional figure, so that's almost fair.
But this?
Astrotrain for $50? No way! He's a small figure with one accessory. Uh, uh, nope, not me.

You'd think Walmart and Hasbro would catch on after every year having to mark these down and sell them on clearance.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby transformers_va » Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:59 pm

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I'm okay with paying the higher price, as long as it means that they will still be making Transformers. The more money they bring in, the longer the toyline will exist - which in my books is a great thing :D

FYI, for anyone using Brickseek, the Astrotrain UPC is: 630509894437 / SKU: 327496966
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Wolfman Jake » Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:11 pm

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Checked my local Walmart last night while out shopping. No sign of G1 Astrotrain yet (or Siege Astrotrain, for that matter), but they had a TON of "Classic Animation" Optimus Primes warming the shelf. Seriously, they had almost two dozen of them.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Emerje » Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:16 pm

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cruizerdave wrote:You'd think Walmart and Hasbro would catch on after every year having to mark these down and sell them on clearance.

Just means they sell enough at full price so that anything they sell on clearance is pure profit. These do tend to sell out initial stock pretty quickly with only restock going on clearance in most cases. These probably don't cost much to make, the molds are already made and the packaging isn't that expensive so I'm sure they're making money off them despite how it looks on the surface.

Would be nice if they remembered they had established a lower price point with Hot Rod.

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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:54 pm

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Emerje wrote:
ScottyP wrote:^ It made that release a fun novelty. Couple that with its de facto KB exclusive status with the vaporware CE Sideswipe, meaning it was never more than $25 2005 dollars, that made for a fun time.

Sideswipe was the KB exclusive, I got mine from a KB Toys Liquidator store and never saw them at regular stores. Astrotrain was a Hasbro Toy Shop exclusive, though I could have sworn I saw him at TRU, but I guess my memory is off.

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There's something to be said about the amount of decos that toy has gotten, as Astrotrain:

1) US
2) Japan
3) e-Hobby Prototype-inspired
4) Platinum Edition
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby D-Maximal_Primal » Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:26 pm

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youch, that price point hurts.

I want him, but not $50 want. Ugh, 2 $50 Astrotrains in a short time too
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Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images

Postby william-james88 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:31 pm

Well it turns out the G1 reissue of Astrotrain, now available at Walmart, doesn't actually match the original G1 toy. As can be seen below, the purple is much darker. This makes it a different deco in the end and something different rather than a straight G1 reissue. The images come from stevenmh who posted them on the TFW boards. The official images, which you can see below, did show a darker purple but we weren't sure if it was due to lighting or not. And now we know.

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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Sabrblade » Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:35 pm

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Is there the slightest possibility that the colors of that vintage copy could have faded over the years?
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Flashwave » Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:39 pm

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This is great for the Nostalgia factor, and I'm glad they're doing it, however getting a $50 G1 Astrotrain out at the same time as a $50 Siege Astrotrain really seems to drive home the let's wait for this to hit clearance Factor for me. That may also because I have the white reissue from several years ago.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:39 pm

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Sabrblade wrote:Is there the slightest possibility that the colors of that vintage copy could have faded over the years?


True, but that would probably also cause the white to yellow. We need a bigger sample size :-?
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby william-james88 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:02 pm

Sabrblade wrote:Is there the slightest possibility that the colors of that vintage copy could have faded over the years?

My G1 astrotrain also has that more grape purple we see in the vintage one above. As do the pics in the seibertron gallery. Take that as you will.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby hausjam » Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:02 pm

I still prefer my anime color Encore reissue.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Sabrblade » Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:11 pm

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hausjam wrote:I still prefer my anime color Encore reissue.
You mean eHOBBY, there was no Encore Astrotrain.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby hausjam » Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:33 pm

I still prefer my anime color eHOBBY Astrotrain.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Emerje » Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:01 pm

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JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Emerje wrote:
ScottyP wrote:^ It made that release a fun novelty. Couple that with its de facto KB exclusive status with the vaporware CE Sideswipe, meaning it was never more than $25 2005 dollars, that made for a fun time.

Sideswipe was the KB exclusive, I got mine from a KB Toys Liquidator store and never saw them at regular stores. Astrotrain was a Hasbro Toy Shop exclusive, though I could have sworn I saw him at TRU, but I guess my memory is off.

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If I know he got a HTS release I probably already know all that, right? ;)

I'm indifferent about the purple being darker, doesn't really effect anything unless you're comparing side by side. It's the gray that should have been darker.

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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Ultra Markus » Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:45 pm

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who cares its still purple and i still want it ;)
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Mindmaster » Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:31 pm

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The in-hand images lack the red ab decals, while the stock images (minus the in-box one) have said decal. And I thought Earthrise Optimus was confusing. :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby william-james88 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:04 pm

Mindmaster wrote:The in-hand images lack the red ab decals, while the stock images (minus the in-box one) have said decal. And I thought Earthrise Optimus was confusing. :BANG_HEAD:

Arent they stickers? The guy probably chose not to put them.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Mindmaster » Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:14 pm

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william-james88 wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:The in-hand images lack the red ab decals, while the stock images (minus the in-box one) have said decal. And I thought Earthrise Optimus was confusing. :BANG_HEAD:

Arent they stickers? The guy probably chose not to put them.


Are they stickers? I dunno, I never owned the original. :lol:

But you bring up a fair point, I didn’t think about owner’s discretion. I forgot the stickers for these reissues are applied by the owner.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby DeathReviews » Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:14 pm

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I'm still amused by how the G1 box artists had to distort the character to make it look like it's more poseable than it actually is. The figure does not have the bendable shoulders and elbows that the box art conveys, nor can it in any way move its legs the way the painting depicts. Truth in advertising, Hasbro!
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby ausbot » Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:34 pm

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They needed to remake the arms like the wst version so the arms extend
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Sabrblade » Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:38 am

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ausbot wrote:They needed to remake the arms like the wst version so the arms extend
There was no wst Astrotrain. Justitoys made the unofficial one.
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Re: Walmart G1 Transformers Toys Reissues Thread

Postby Rodimus Knight » Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:40 am

Am I the only person he remembers the toy for G1 astrotrain being Grey and Purple, not White and Purple?
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