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SDCC Rodimus Removed From HasbroToyShop.com

Transformers News: SDCC Rodimus Removed From HasbroToyShop.com
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 8:20pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Collectables
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Scaleface

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Scaleface brought to our attention that San Diego Comic Con exclusive Alternator Rodimus no longer appears on Hasbro Toy Shop at all.

When he had sold out, the entry for the product still remained, albeit with an Out of Stock tag next to it. It was rumored that at different times he came back 'In Stock', but was just as quickly out of stock. But now there is no listing at all. For those hoping that a future re-stock would come, it appears, unfortunately that it is not likely to happen.

You should also note that the Exclusive GI Joe Destro product entry has also been removed, and it was having similar results to the Alternators Rodimus, many folks were still hoping to nab one of those too, and had seen it come and go as being 'In Stock' then out of stock.

Of note: The highly under-rated Titanium Menasor is still available, as is the Star Wars Hot Selling McQuarrie styled Yoda and Obi Wan two pack. Marvel Legends fans can still nab Stan Lee, and She Hulk too!

It looks like eBay is your best option now if you still want either of those two awesome comic convention exclusives.

Keep a vigilant eye on the Seibertron.com Toy News folks, as we try to keep you updated on the latest news on your favorite exclusives.

Transformers NIKE Brand Shoes To Go On Sale Tomorrow!

Transformers News: Transformers NIKE Brand Shoes To Go On Sale Tomorrow!
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 7:53pm CDT
Category: Collectables
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): The Allspark

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I know how much the community on this website loves to hear about the somewhat strange and yet awesome cross selling tie-ins that the TRANSFORMERS MOVIE has caused.

Well, here is some good news for those of you hated the idea of a plastic toy shoe Transformer because you couldn't wear them. Enter 'The NIKE Transformers Pack'.

NIKE and Transformers announced back in February that they would be releasing NIKE brand wearable shoes with related Transformers colors, symbols, and names.

These will now become available for purchase in three different styles!

Here are the three styles shown (NIKE Air Trainer III, NIKE Air Max 90 Boot, and the NIKE Air Trainer Huarache):





You can see more images here at Freshnessmag.com.

It is guessed that the first shoe is based off of Optimus Prime colors, the second is guessed to be Starscream colored, and the third, is thought to be Megatron (or Galvatron).

You may notice that there is a lack of Autobot or Decepticon symbols on these. The original designs shown in the news did indeed have the symbols, but the page linked to for the original pics no longer posts them. It looks like the faction symbols just could not make the final cut for the shoe designs.

I don't know about you, but I kind of like these funky colors, but I'm a lover or NIKE shoes and Transformers. So if you go out shopping tomorrow, and happen to see any of these TF styled NIKEs, would you let us know what store they were located in? Thanks.

Autobot shoes tie-on and run out!
Decepticon shoes, we'll never retreat from the competition!

And of course, stay tuned to Seibetron.com News for more developments on Transformers merchandise.

Transformers as an Investment

Transformers News: Transformers as an Investment
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 5:13pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Lapse Of Reason

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The latest Seibertron.com site article comes to us courtesy of our own Lapse Of Reason. In this article Lapse Of Reason looks at the debate of whether Transformer collectors should keep their collection MISB for investment's sake. Without further delay here is Lapse Of Reason's article:

There is often debate whether Transformer collectors should keep their collection MISB for investment's sake. Almost all agree that a MISB figure retains more value than a loose figure. Some Transformers fans balk at the idea and throw around the mantra "free them from their plastic prisons!" Others prefer to keep their collection preserved in it's original state, beautiful box art and all.

So who is right? Is there even a right and wrong answer to this debate? Let's examine each perspective, and in the end make an educated decision.

The Investor

The typical Transformer investor buys Transformers mainly because he or she has a genuine love of the toys.

They choose to buy something they enjoy and carry the satisfaction that their collection will someday be worth more than what he or she paid. In the meantime, they enjoy having the figures in MISB state. The more pristine the box, the deeper the satisfaction - especially for older Generation One (G1) figures. Some go as far to have them graded by the AFA (Action Figure Authority, http://www.toygrader.com/). AFA graded figures receive a specific rating recognized by the toy collecting community, thereby increasing the value of the figure and giving the owner of an AFA graded figure an even deeper level of satisfaction.

In general, toys and collectables are a poor long-term investment unless you choose the right toys in which to invest. Often collectables peak at a certain price and don't continue to grow in value at a steady rate. Exclusive or hard to find figures are the general exception, as well as figures in a rare, well preserved state. The rule of thumb with any collectable is something is only worth what another is willing to pay for it. This makes toy investing a higher risk than a more conservative approach, such as a CD or mutual fund.

G1 Transformers, however, seem to be special circumstance fueled by an ingenious marketing strategy perfected 25 years ago. Many G1 toys have increased in value at very high rates. A $100 figure then (Fort Max) still MISB (Mint In Sealed Box) sells for over $1200 today. That's an 1,100 percent margin! In comparison, say you took a $100 and invested it in a 10 year 5% CD (compounded annually). At the end of ten years you would only have $163. In 20 years, $265.50. While Fort Max is a flagship example, the average margin of return on MISB G1 toys seems to hover at a 500% to 1000% return on the original investment (or roughly 5 to 10 times its original selling price). Inflation has not been taken into consideration here, for the sake of simplicity.


Surprises can come along that devalue a collectable toy. Reissues, for example can fulfill some of the demand for a once rare figure by making them more affordable. The original may still fetch a higher price, but maybe not as much as it would have before the reissue. There is currently still a strong enough market for collectors of "original G1 toys only" to stabilize the price of the vintage figures.

Popularity of the character, the quantity originally available, exclusivity of the figure, regions of distribution, the age of the toy, or the difficulty of maintaining the toy in good condition (G1 Swoop, for example), or an event that triggers a revival of interest (like the new movie) all play a factor in the value of a collectable figure. The best investments are exclusives like this year's Botcon set where you could flip it and get an instant 300% to 500% return.



On the flip side, let's examine another common viewpoint.

The Toy Liberator


The vast majority of toys are opened and played with by children - the target market. Although Hasbro and other major toy companies occasionally cater to adult collectors, they are in the business of selling toys to children and their primary focus will always be the child market.

The adult "toy liberator" buys Transformers for the same main reason as the investor - he or she loves Transformers. The difference is that these people would much prefer to open up the box and free the figure from its cardboard prison. They like to transform the figure, pose it in various stances, and later often retire it to a shelf filled with many other "freed" toys. These figures are always available to be moved around, posed in battle scenes, picked up and transformed, and maybe even swooshed around the room now and then. Sometimes they end up in storage or collecting layers of dust on the shelf, but they are admired, enjoyed, and played with.

Loose G1 Transformers also have increased in value, despite the lack of a box and pristine condition. The average return on investment of a loose G1 Transformers in decent condition hovers in the 200% to 600% range (or 2 to 6 times the original selling price). Although not as big of a margin as MISB toys, they still carry their own weight as far as investing goes. Usually these are bought by other collectors of loose toys wishing to fill a gap in his or her collection.

Some collectors are on the fence between MISB collecting and loose figure collecting, so they open their toys but preserve the boxes. While the inclusion of a box might boost the sale of a figure, it will usually not boost it to the sale price of a MISB figure. Therefore the resale values lie somewhere in between loose and MISB value.

There are also many collectors out there who never plan to sell their toys. Such a thought is never a consideration. Ten, twenty, or thirty years from now such feelings of attachment may subside, but the point is that many collectors could care less about the collectable value of the toy and are more concerned with what the figure is worth to them.

Other Considerations


Transformers are special. You can see that by just visiting this site - so many adults still hooked on them after so many years. That, in time, might fade. Thirty years from now, the generation that did not grow up with G1 toys may not value them in mass the way we do today. Values can drop as time goes on because it is the nostalgia factor that has kept Transformers going for so long. Just because it is old does not mean it is valuable. I had a large amount of one billion year old rocks in my backyard that I could not even give away. Like I wrote before, a collectable is only worth what somebody is willing to pay. Take away the target market for vintage G1 figures and the values will drop. Or maybe Transformers will somehow stand the test of time. It does not seem like Hasbro has plans of ever stopping the Transformers brand, but over long periods of time things do change.


Decision Time


So are Transformers a worthwhile investment? The answer all depends on you. If you love the toys but want to be able to cash out on them later in life, then maybe MISB collecting is for you. If your idea of enjoyment is to open it up and play with the figure, that is a good choice too.

Unfortunately, no matter how vast or complete your collection is, you will not be able to make enough money to retire and live well off of it (unless you are lucky and list your collection on eBay for $1 million and some fool bids on it it).



Therein lies the heart of the matter. Keep your collection boxed or open them up because it suits your taste. There is nothing wrong with that. Collect these toys because you love them. The money is a nice second. Although G1 Transformers have a high return margin, it is still a relatively little amount of money. You won't be able to retire off of income generated by selling your Transformers. For that, you’re far better off investing in coastal real estate.

Soundwave to Appear on Upcoming Robot Chicken Episode

Transformers News: Soundwave to Appear on Upcoming Robot Chicken Episode
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 4:20pm CDT
Category: Digital Media News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): ViperDragon of TFW2005, TV.com, and adultswim.com

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The Transformers have already made one appearance on Robot Chicken, and it looks like they are set to make another. According to ViperDragon of TFW2005, Soundwave will be on Sundays episode. Here is the episode description found at TV.com

"Werewolves vs. Unicorns
The Defenders of the Earth accept their limitations. The Decepticon Soundwave discovers he’s a little dated. Shout On and Shout Off with The Shouter. People can lose at The Game of Life. Governor Schwarzenegger investigates the illegal immigration issue with Speedy Gonzales and Dora the Explorer.
Airs: Sunday August 12, 2007"


To get more information about Robot Chicken click here.

New Out of Package Images of U.S. Masterpiece Starscream

Transformers News: New Out of Package Images of U.S. Masterpiece Starscream
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 4:14pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): ACToys.net

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Over the past few weeks more and more images of U.S. Masterpiece Starscream have surfaced. New images of U.S. Masterpiece Starscream have been posted at ACToys.net. These images appear to be of the Unites States release and not the Japanese release because there is no weathering and markings paint applications on the figure. View the latest photos of U.S. Masterpiece Starscream here.

Transformers Movie Dominates Malaysia and Singapore

Transformers News: Transformers Movie Dominates Malaysia and Singapore
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 3:09pm CDT
Category: Live Action Movie News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Variety.com

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We reported earlier today that the Transformers Movie is currently number one at the Japanese box office. Japan is not the only place in Asia where the film is enjoying great success. According to Variety.com, the Transformers Movie is biggest film in Malaysian box office history and the biggest non-sequel film in Singapore.

"“Transformers” has become the biggest grosser in Malaysian box office history after taking 17.6 million ringgits ($5.2 million) in five weeks.
According to United Intl. Pictures, helmer Michael Bay’s actioner beat “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “The Simpsons Movie” to secure the No. 1 spot. It has stayed on top for three frames since its debut and took the all-time B.O. crown from “Spider-Man 3.”

According to UIP, “Transformers” is also the biggest nonsequel film in Singapore."

Transformers: The Game Tops U.K.'s All Formats Game Chart

Transformers News: Transformers: The Game Tops U.K.'s All Formats Game Chart
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 3:04pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Game News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Transformers At The Moon

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Transformers At The Moon has reported the results from the United Kingdom's All Formats Game Chart. The Transformers Movie game adaptation, Transformers: The Game is now number one on the United Kingdom's All Formats Game Chart. Transformers: The Game - Autobot for the DS is ranked 17th on the list.

Transformers Takes Top Spot at the Japanese Box Office

Transformers News: Transformers Takes Top Spot at the Japanese Box Office
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 2:58pm CDT
Category: Live Action Movie News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): VarietyAsiaOnline.com

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The Transformers Movie is doing very well overseas, and Japan is no exception. According to VarietyAsiaOnline.com the film is currently number one at the Japanese box office:

"TOKYO -- Opening on Saturday (Aug 4) on 600 screens, the Michael Bay-helmed "Transformers" jumped straight to the top of the Japanese weekend B.O. with a two-day total of Y631.3 million ($5.35 million.) That spelled more than "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ," which took in $4.04 million over the weekend.
The "Transformers" figure is 16% better than the $4.6 million opening weekend for "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" ( Japan cume: $57.5 million) and 6% better than the $5.07 million of "Mission Impossible III" (Japan cume $43.4 million), both of which bowed in the same summer period.
"Transformers" also compares favorably with Bay's previous smash "Armageddon," which opened in Japan with $5.87 million and went on to make $114 million in 1998. With the Japanese exhibition circuit considerably smaller than today, "Armageddon" had a lesser number of prints.
Looking at the strong early numbers, and the higher than expected female auds, distributor United International Pictures is predicting a $59 million final tally for "Transformers." "

Commemorative Reissue Soundwave Out Now in the U.K.

Transformers News: Commemorative Reissue Soundwave Out Now in the U.K.
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 2:47pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sightings
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): RichCore

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We have news about a new sighting in the United Kingdom. Our own RichCore has reported finding Hasbro's Commemorative Reissue Soundwave at a Toys "R" Us in Nottingham. The figure costs £25.

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Transformers Ranks #26 In US All-Time Grossing List.

Transformers News: Transformers Ranks #26 In US All-Time Grossing List.
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 10:33am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Down_Shift | Credit(s): imdb, boxofficemojo, and movieweb

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According to www.imdb.com, www.movieweb.com, and www.boxofficemojo.com Transformers The Movie is now ranked #26 in the US all-time top grossing list. For some, this is a huge accomplishment, for others it's a huge slap in the face.

One thing is for sure, no matter what the opinoin, the people love TRANSFORMERS!

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