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Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online

Transformers News: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online

Thursday, July 26th, 2007 6:06AM CDT

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Ryan has updated the Convention & Club Exclusive toy galleries section with the addition to the Botcon 2007 Exclusive Classic Seekers. These 3 were included in the boxset, and finissh off the Classic Seekers (Starscream, Skywarp and Ramjet were sold in retail). You can check out more than 80 images each of Thundercracker, Thrust and Dirge. Also be sure to check out Classic Starscream, Skywarp and Ramjet



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Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244427)
Posted by microclone on July 26th, 2007 @ 7:21am CDT
i cannot believe that hasbro has so screwed fans by making these (as ironic as that sounds), yes they are there to be had at a price but that means that favourite $10 seekers will never get to the stores, why these couldnt be released generally and the botcon exclusives be all clear/all black or something typically 'exclusive' is very annoying. I consider myself a (discerning) TF fan despite my meagre 70 or so toys, but i would have got these if they were available generally. continued below incase anybody pulls me up for whining here.....
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Posted by Counterpunch on July 26th, 2007 @ 7:34am CDT
microclone wrote:i cannot believe that hasbro has so screwed fans by making these


I've tried arguing politely, discussing the relevant issues of the release, and even encouraging people to get these when and while they could.

I think though, that the time for maturity is over.

I can't explain how happy I am to have a set of these. :grin: For the win, it's me and approximately 999 other fans!

My fiance sold her set of toys from the show. Talk about screwing some other hapless fan. They paid $450 for the three seekers. Don't blame Hasbro for any misery surrounding these toys, it's entirely my fault.

I still feel bad for the people that wanted to go to the con but couldn't go due to distance or expense. I won't feel bad for anyone who refused to put an order in for an Iacon package or who insists on bad mouthing the companies that gave us these opportunities.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244521)
Posted by microclone on July 26th, 2007 @ 8:32am CDT
in this case I feel that fans have been screwed.

Trust me, im not some rabid little G1 er all mad, the fact that i personally will not get these (due to high price of those that are out there and the future non availability of classics seekers in stores) doesnt bother me, not one bit, I would have had them had they been in stores, i wont search the ends of the earth for toys but will buy them if on a peg in front of me. The reason why i think this is a wretched release is that:

1) to get them you had/have to pay a considereble sum anyway (we are all guilty of having more money than sense anyway (theres a months food supply in that $450 tag-was that the price!!)
2)these are classic characters done as exclusives, ie much wanted pieces
3)and because of (2) they are (unlikely) to be seen at retail in this or even a similar classic incarnation.

now had they done a set of all chromed toys (for eg) as the exclusive that wouldnt be a disservice to fans as they would be exclusive type items in the traditional sense.

I'm not going to scream hasbrosucks (as an eg i am one of those who reckons the new animated series toys are going to rock) because I dont care as they are just toys but I can understand why this exclusive set (mainly for the seekers) is considered hitting fans under the belt. the real bummer is that aside from the g1 status, they are really nice toys anyway and awesome repaints unlike many exclusive toys. the classic seekers to my mind are an example of a perfect blend of g1 and new toys. A pushing 40 old skool diaclone fan and a 5 year old can both like these.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244531)
Posted by thunder-clubhouse on July 26th, 2007 @ 8:37am CDT
Those of you who got these have every right to be please as punch. I mean, you're what, one of a thousand or so who gets to complete their classics seeker set for perfectly reasonable price?

Hasbro truly is a generous toy company. I mean, as opposed to cutting costs logically and releasing the first classic seeker mold as a repaint so that we could at least have the 3 original seekers as half a complete set that most of us would have been happy with, they nixed thundercracker and invested more money into a new mold to give us ramjet. It makes perfect financial sense, especially if you plan on playing on the completist mentality of your target demographic, to spend that extra bit of money on that new mold so that you can release the remaining 3 as reasonably priced exclusives.

All of you know that the seeker set wouldn't have been in as much demand if we had gotten thundercracker, as opposed to ramjet, released to retail. And hasbro knew that too.

I really am sorry I couldn't afford them; especially after hasbro went to all this trouble to release them at a great price.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244592)
Posted by 1337W422102 on July 26th, 2007 @ 9:21am CDT
Starscream - Got him.
Skywarp - not available in Quebec. Smeg.
Ramjet - Got him, finally.
The Other Three - Ah, screw it.

I figure I'll just get another Starscream, paint him blue and see how that works out.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244594)
Posted by Seibertron on July 26th, 2007 @ 9:22am CDT
Releasing highly desirable figures as convention exclusives is probably one of the smartest moves that has ever been done for BotCon. No more made-up characters like MegaZarak and Catscan. Real tried and true characters that you just have to have to complete your collection. After years of people saying "meh" to the convention exclusives, I think it's absolutely brilliant that they released these as convention exclusives. Things like this will only help boost attendance at the convention. You have to go now in order to complete your collection. I think it's really, really smart of them to do this.

Like Counterpunch, I love my BotCon 2007 exclusives. They're awesome figures. And they're all that much more special because of how high in-demand these figures are.

Kudos to the convention folks for this decision. Thank you for finally giving me an exclusive after 14 years that people really want. That's the whole idea of an exclusive.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244597)
Posted by Hoistimus on July 26th, 2007 @ 9:25am CDT
It's funny that it's cheaper to get the original 6 than these 6.. funny peculiar, not funny ha-ha. I'm not laughing.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244598)
Posted by Doctor Paragon on July 26th, 2007 @ 9:25am CDT
microclone wrote:i cannot believe that hasbro has so screwed fans by making these (as ironic as that sounds), yes they are there to be had at a price but that means that favourite $10 seekers will never get to the stores, why these couldnt be released generally and the botcon exclusives be all clear/all black or something typically 'exclusive' is very annoying. I consider myself a (discerning) TF fan despite my meagre 70 or so toys, but i would have got these if they were available generally. continued below incase anybody pulls me up for whining here.....

in this case I feel that fans have been screwed.

Trust me, im not some rabid little G1 er all mad, the fact that i personally will not get these (due to high price of those that are out there and the future non availability of classics seekers in stores) doesnt bother me, not one bit, I would have had them had they been in stores, i wont search the ends of the earth for toys but will buy them if on a peg in front of me. The reason why i think this is a wretched release is that:

1) to get them you had/have to pay a considereble sum anyway (we are all guilty of having more money than sense anyway (theres a months food supply in that $450 tag-was that the price!!)
2)these are classic characters done as exclusives, ie much wanted pieces
3)and because of (2) they are (unlikely) to be seen at retail in this or even a similar classic incarnation.

now had they done a set of all chromed toys (for eg) as the exclusive that wouldnt be a disservice to fans as they would be exclusive type items in the traditional sense.

I'm not going to scream hasbrosucks (as an eg i am one of those who reckons the new animated series toys are going to rock) because I dont care as they are just toys but I can understand why this exclusive set (mainly for the seekers) is considered hitting fans under the belt. the real bummer is that aside from the g1 status, they are really nice toys anyway and awesome repaints unlike many exclusive toys. the classic seekers to my mind are an example of a perfect blend of g1 and new toys. A pushing 40 old skool diaclone fan and a 5 year old can both like these.


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Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244599)
Posted by Mec on July 26th, 2007 @ 9:26am CDT
Aw man! I wish I could get those!! They are top of my wanted list. :D And i wish I could afford them too.

Nice looking work!
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244609)
Posted by TFBuyer on July 26th, 2007 @ 9:33am CDT
I seriously consider purchasing this set one of the single most intelligent things I've done in my TF collecting career. And to think--one could actually make up the $$ for purchasing the set by selling just Thundercracker on e-bay right now. :shock:

Anyone smell a similar Botcon '08 coming with Classics 2.0??

:-s
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244637)
Posted by Counterpunch on July 26th, 2007 @ 9:47am CDT
TFBuyer wrote:I seriously consider purchasing this set one of the single most intelligent things I've done in my TF collecting career. And to think--one could actually make up the $$ for purchasing the set by selling just Thundercracker on e-bay right now. :shock:

Anyone smell a similar Botcon '08 coming with Classics 2.0??

:-s


You know, I was worried about it happening again, but then after going to BotCon, all those fears went away.

The generousity of those Seibertron people there who were willing and able to pick up extra sets was just awesome.

So one way or another, I'll order the main set. If I can, or can't go, I'm sure one way or another the hook up will be there for attendee exclusives.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244742)
Posted by metalformer on July 26th, 2007 @ 10:49am CDT
[Rant Mode: on]
The only thing I hate about this set is my inability of ever purchasing them, because I can't afford complete sets on a sit and by the time I have saved enough to get them (IF lucky) they would cost 10 what they cost today or would be completely sold out. :sad:

My only consolation is to download the pictures. You may beging posting pics of crtying babies as reply to my rant now, for all I care. :CON:
[Rant Mode: off]

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Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244745)
Posted by microclone on July 26th, 2007 @ 10:53am CDT
seibertron.

id agree that making these a convention exclusive was a smart thing from the point of view of having a great set of toys as an exclusive, a great toy is a great toy. But as there are only 900 of them (is that correct??) it means that the majority of people who'd like to have bought the other 3 seekers as classics (and theres a good chance they would have bought them and there are likely 10's of thousands of those at a guesstimate) will never have the chance to get them (besides maybe they wouldnt have ever materialised anyway even if not exclusives). If you extrapolate it further and imagine a hasbro competition where the top prize was the 3 seekers and they only made one set (well one set that actually got given away) and then said and as this is a special prize we will never release classics seekers again, then i think everybody would be miffed, save the one with the prize. To my mind it can only be better when toys are on general release, then every kid and his dad can have one. I cannot see any advantage (relatively speaking) to 'wanted' exclusives outside of that from the point of view of collectors who manage to snag them or make money from them.

saying that i do feel only a tiny bit smug when i got an email from a friend in japan at wonderfest who asked did i want the black convoy at Y6500!! in hindsite im glad i said yes, I like it anyway.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244751)
Posted by Leonardo on July 26th, 2007 @ 11:03am CDT
The advantage of 'wanted' exclusives is that it drives footfall to the convention and brings in the money needed. The profits gained from these toys go some way to ensuring that the convention can continue and be improved upon. By having high-demand figures as exclusives, they can place a safe bet that they will sell enough to cover the cost of repainting / remolding the figures in the first place and even add some (all?) of the remainder to making next year's convention even better. Even though the figures are of a limited quantity, the convention itself is still open to everyone and surely giving people the chance to attend and purchase is a good thing.

I can't believe people are still complaining about this after months of it being public knowledge and after CB posted that sticky earlier in the year.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244790)
Posted by microclone on July 26th, 2007 @ 11:27am CDT
Leonardo wrote:The advantage of 'wanted' exclusives is that it drives footfall to the convention and brings in the money needed. The profits gained from these toys go some way to ensuring that the convention can continue and be improved upon. By having high-demand figures as exclusives, they can place a safe bet that they will sell enough to cover the cost of repainting / remolding the figures in the first place and even add some (all?) of the remainder to making next year's convention even better. Even though the figures are of a limited quantity, the convention itself is still open to everyone and surely giving people the chance to attend and purchase is a good thing.

I can't believe people are still complaining about this after months of it being public knowledge and after CB posted that sticky earlier in the year.


leonardo, i see your points and agree with you on the fact that the convention is technically open to all (despite logistic issues for the majority of the worlds fans!). Personally i wont lose any sleep over the fact that i dont have these toys and indeed for some reason i only now bothered to add to the thread, whatever the real pros and cons of this business are im sure there are more disgruntled people than happy ones over this.

overall (in closing) this wouldnt be such a bad thing if they werent what i see as THE DEFINITIVE versions of the seekers after gen 1 (and some of the best looking TF ever), if hasbro had repainted/retooled set of say energon starscream into the other seekers it would be less of an issue (and admittedly they would be less sought after but nice enough). as it stands I feel it would be as bad as making a trailer for classics prime as an exclusive, think how that would hurt!!
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244844)
Posted by Counterpunch on July 26th, 2007 @ 12:01pm CDT
metalformer wrote:[Rant Mode: on]
The only thing I hate about this set is my inability of ever purchasing them, because I can't afford complete sets on a sit and by the time I have saved enough to get them (IF lucky) they would cost 10 what they cost today or would be completely sold out. :sad:

My only consolation is to download the pictures. You may beging posting pics of crtying babies as reply to my rant now, for all I care. :CON:
[Rant Mode: off]

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No one is going to pick on you for an honest realization that you can't get the toys and are frustrated.

I couldn't get them last year. It sucked for me.

It is the irrational hating, bitching, and damning of Hasbro et al that bothers a lot of people.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244856)
Posted by Seibertron on July 26th, 2007 @ 12:07pm CDT
microclone wrote:seibertron.

id agree that making these a convention exclusive was a smart thing from the point of view of having a great set of toys as an exclusive, a great toy is a great toy. But as there are only 900 of them (is that correct??) it means that the majority of people who'd like to have bought the other 3 seekers as classics (and theres a good chance they would have bought them and there are likely 10's of thousands of those at a guesstimate) will never have the chance to get them (besides maybe they wouldnt have ever materialised anyway even if not exclusives). If you extrapolate it further and imagine a hasbro competition where the top prize was the 3 seekers and they only made one set (well one set that actually got given away) and then said and as this is a special prize we will never release classics seekers again, then i think everybody would be miffed, save the one with the prize. To my mind it can only be better when toys are on general release, then every kid and his dad can have one. I cannot see any advantage (relatively speaking) to 'wanted' exclusives outside of that from the point of view of collectors who manage to snag them or make money from them.

saying that i do feel only a tiny bit smug when i got an email from a friend in japan at wonderfest who asked did i want the black convoy at Y6500!! in hindsite im glad i said yes, I like it anyway.


The problem with this theory/suggestion is that how to account for all of the exclusives in the past that they just couldn't sell? This is really the first time ever that the figures were must-have figures and guess what? They sold out. I'm pretty sure there are more than 999 of these figures available. I'm pretty sure there are 999 boxed sets but then there are a ton of loose sets as well. Either way, it's irrelevant how many there are because the demand seems greater than the supply, hence the high prices on eBay.

I think it's about time we've got some exclusives that are really worth a damn instead of guys like BotCon 2005 Dirge, Botcon 1995 Nightracer and the ridiculous Botcon (2002?) Cyclonus figure. Master Collector is giving us figures that we really want and that have been remolded, unlike Botcons prior to Master Collector's intervention.

Everyone bitched about Botcon 2005 Ratchet and Ironhide as well. Guess what? You know they're going to do something for Botcon 2008 as well that's going to get the fandom in a tizzy because the figure or figures aren't available at retail. Plan ahead. Save up your money. And just go to the dang convention so that you can get these figures.

When I hear the words "convention exclusive", I should be satisfied thinking that i've got something highly desirable that the general population does not have because I went to the convention. That's the whole idea behind convention exclusives. If you think we shouldn't get awesome exclusives like this in the future, then what's the point of having a convention exclusive? There were years in the past Botcons when they had rather crappy exclusives that people just didn't buy the exclusives because they weren't that great. There were years I went that I didn't buy the exclusives because I really didn't care for them that much. And now I can't wait to see what really awesome figures we'll be getting next year. These are exclusives I care about.

I do want you guys to know that I understand your frustrations. It would be great if these figures had been released at retail. But they weren't. They weren't going to be. And I'm sure had these 3 made it to retail, they would've been pegsitters long after the "fans" bought them. All parents will see is another jet that looks similar to the one their kid already has. It sucks, I know, but it is what it is. There's not a lot of sense wasting energy complaining about these exclusives because it's not going to change and I'm sure something similar will happen again in 2008, especially after the success of this year's convention exclusives.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (244869)
Posted by Maldroth on July 26th, 2007 @ 12:13pm CDT
Yep all the whining and bitching at Hasbro and FunPub for the toys is pointless.

Fact: Classics was done when all the figures were released.
Fact: FunPub wanted to do the other seekers since the molds were great
Fact: FunPub wanted to make a set that folks really wanted.
Fact: It was released for non-attendees and made as affoardable as FunPub could offer, Hasbro really couldn't dictate the price.
Fact: FunPub saw the procedes from the set and souvie sales not Hasbro.

Only reason we even see these figures is because FunPub trieds to get these things into the collectors hands. They had no idea the set would be as popular as it was. They've never sold out before the show. Ever. And this was even the largest run of toys we've seen yet.

I knew they were going to be great, I'd want them, and they would be hard to get, so I made sure if there was any TFs I wanted this year it was the 2007 set. I just wish I could have picked up a bagged set too seeing how well they are selling, I could have made the money back for both sets.

Yes it sucks you couldn't get it but blaming Hasbro and FunPub will only tick off people here.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (245042)
Posted by microclone on July 26th, 2007 @ 2:07pm CDT
lastly...

my core contention is that homage repaints like bumblebee, jetfire are fine, even grimlock could have been trypticon, but the 3 seekers are not simple homage fun 'add on' repaints, they are toys that should (ok, could)have been part of the core line, they are THE toys themselves, not a homage repaint. now if this is the only way any given piece can be realised then thats fine as anything is better than nothing. Hopefully though the same wont happen, imagine a nice prowl being retooled as a very nice smokescreen and being an exclusive, thats what I have an issue with, if he was recoloured into a little optimus for eg than thats the fun 'add on' part that nobody could really take offence to, but as smokescreen or streak, thats when people start complaining as if series 3 did become realised then smokescreen (from my example) wouldnt be one of the toys on the 'to make' list.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (245045)
Posted by UltraPrimal on July 26th, 2007 @ 2:08pm CDT
Oh God! I hope the BotCon 08 exclusives aren't Classics too. I vowed to collect every figure and that included going to BotCon myself. It was terribly expensive for me to do so. And although I've been saving money, I'd rather spend that money on something like a car or tuition.
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Posted by TFBuyer on July 26th, 2007 @ 2:45pm CDT
UltraPrimal wrote:Oh God! I hope the BotCon 08 exclusives aren't Classics too. I vowed to collect every figure and that included going to BotCon myself. It was terribly expensive for me to do so. And although I've been saving money, I'd rather spend that money on something like a car or tuition.


That's what I was thinking at first, but after some more thought and the realization that getting the Iacon Package wasn't that big a deal....I can deal with more classics....

Maybe an exclusive Autobot set next year? Let's just see what Classics 2.0 brings first!
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Posted by Counterpunch on July 26th, 2007 @ 2:47pm CDT
TFBuyer wrote:
UltraPrimal wrote:Oh God! I hope the BotCon 08 exclusives aren't Classics too. I vowed to collect every figure and that included going to BotCon myself. It was terribly expensive for me to do so. And although I've been saving money, I'd rather spend that money on something like a car or tuition.


That's what I was thinking at first, but after some more thought and the realization that getting the Iacon Package wasn't that big a deal....I can deal with more classics....

Maybe an exclusive Autobot set next year? Let's just see what Classics 2.0 brings first!


Sideswipe at retail, Sunstreaker at BotCon.

oh the fun times we will have!
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (245106)
Posted by Bugbite on July 26th, 2007 @ 2:57pm CDT
Wow as usually Ryan took some awsome pictures. Keep up the great job.:grin: :grin: :grin:

Thanks.

(P.S.) I love my set of seekers Funpub did alright by me. Oh yeah the Bugbite figure is cool too! :P
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (245107)
Posted by City Commander on July 26th, 2007 @ 2:57pm CDT
Counterpunch wrote:
TFBuyer wrote:
UltraPrimal wrote:Oh God! I hope the BotCon 08 exclusives aren't Classics too. I vowed to collect every figure and that included going to BotCon myself. It was terribly expensive for me to do so. And although I've been saving money, I'd rather spend that money on something like a car or tuition.


That's what I was thinking at first, but after some more thought and the realization that getting the Iacon Package wasn't that big a deal....I can deal with more classics....

Maybe an exclusive Autobot set next year? Let's just see what Classics 2.0 brings first!


Sideswipe at retail, Sunstreaker at BotCon.

oh the fun times we will have!


MY GOD NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!1


If we weren't already told that they were doing Sideswipe and Sunstreaker at retail, I would consider throttling you :P

I really don't want a bot set to be a con excl, cos then there would be very little chance of me getting the figures, and I would be truly heart-broken.

Although, with the way the classics releases are going, maybe we could see a non-combining Stunticon set? :-?
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Posted by Prime Evil on July 26th, 2007 @ 3:03pm CDT
TFBuyer wrote:
UltraPrimal wrote:Oh God! I hope the BotCon 08 exclusives aren't Classics too. I vowed to collect every figure and that included going to BotCon myself. It was terribly expensive for me to do so. And although I've been saving money, I'd rather spend that money on something like a car or tuition.


That's what I was thinking at first, but after some more thought and the realization that getting the Iacon Package wasn't that big a deal....I can deal with more classics....

Maybe an exclusive Autobot set next year? Let's just see what Classics 2.0 brings first!


There shouldn't be any toys from the new line, since Hasbro will want to get the line out to the masses before releasing them to a collectors club. Not saying there won't be classic/universe type characters, but the molds most likely will NOT be from the upcoming Classics/Universe line.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (245118)
Posted by Maldroth on July 26th, 2007 @ 3:05pm CDT
As long as the Botcon 2008 is still interesting. Crappy repaints of characters we don't know or don't really belong (Grimlock as Trypticon?) then they would have sets that would sit since no one will buy.

Random repaints don't sell but charcters that weren't coming to retail anyway? Bring it on. I liked the 2006 set it was a very clever idea and Astrotrain was a really cool retool of an older mold.

Repaints sell as exclusives about as much as they do at retail, except to a smaller market. If its an already established character well then they fare better.
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Posted by Fortress_Maximus on July 26th, 2007 @ 3:28pm CDT
Oh well, just something else I missed. :-?
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Posted by Counterpunch on July 26th, 2007 @ 3:33pm CDT
Fortress_Maximus wrote:
microclone wrote:i cannot believe that hasbro has so screwed fans by making these (as ironic as that sounds), yes they are there to be had at a price but that means that favourite $10 seekers will never get to the stores, why these couldnt be released generally and the botcon exclusives be all clear/all black or something typically 'exclusive' is very annoying. I consider myself a (discerning) TF fan despite my meagre 70 or so toys, but i would have got these if they were available generally. continued below incase anybody pulls me up for whining here.....


I completely agreed! Hasbro is F*CKING THE FANS yet again.


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Posted by waaaaghlord on July 26th, 2007 @ 4:11pm CDT
Can't wait for my Iacon set to arrive, but I have to so I guess I will.

Seems to be a bit of confusion as to how many of the con exclusives were produced. It breaks down like this:

Games of Deception 1250, 1000 boxed sets and 250 loose,
Clear Mirage unknown quantity, best guess around 1000,
Springer & Huffer 1400,
Alpha Trion & Weirdwolf 1400.
Vector Sigma 1500.
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Posted by Glyph on July 26th, 2007 @ 4:26pm CDT
... Dammit! :-x

That's been building up for a while, because of course we knew about the exclusives for long enough. But living in the UK, and having a wife, child, mortgage and not a huge amount of disposable income, make my chances of ever getting hold of snacky stuff like this look a lot like 'zippo'.

Of course it's a great* move on Hasbro's part to release highly-desirable items - and here they managed to combine a fantastic mould, iconic characters and 'gotta complete the set!' factor in one package - as con exclusives in limited numbers. But it still stings the hell out of those of us who can only sit on the sidewalk and watch as the power fans go by (go buy?). It's kind of ironic to read comments which boil down to 'hey, if you're a TRUE FAN you'll find a way to buy the exclusives, and anybody who's anybody goes to BotCon!' only a few days after declaiming against the notion of the 'true fan' in another topic.

Ah well, I've now vented my frustration. I've bought another Starscream in order to attempt my first-ever repaint into Thundercracker (I want to complete the 3 seekers that much); maybe I can get another Ramjet to turn into Dirge as well, but I know my modelling ability doesn't stretch to scratch-building Thrust's wings. Ho-hum.


* That's 'great' in the sense of 'smart', not necessarily in the sense of 'universally appreciated'.
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Posted by AbsumZer0 on July 26th, 2007 @ 4:47pm CDT
When this set was first announced, wasn't the big pro-exclusive argument that:

a) There wouldn't be enough demand for Hasbro to release the figures even as a Hasbro online exclusive set, and that because of the larger-than-normal amount of figures being produced there'd be extra sets available at the Mastercollector online store and individual figures on eBay at around $80 bucks each? Because fans who thought there'd be enough demand for something more than a limited convention run were kidding themselves?

b) That Classics was definitely dead, and as a result there'd be no way Hasbro could have possibly shuffled the other seekers (or, at least Thundercracker) into future assortments?


Whatever. I'm sure there are people who think it's just as big a waste of money, but with the money it would have cost me to buy a set of repaints/remoulds of $10 figures I bought a complete set of Lords of Byston Well figures, updated my Neon Genesis Evangelion dvd set to the platinum edition, got a few new Gundam kits, and bought a great new airbrush.
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Posted by TFBuyer on July 26th, 2007 @ 5:20pm CDT
Counterpunch wrote:
TFBuyer wrote:
UltraPrimal wrote:Oh God! I hope the BotCon 08 exclusives aren't Classics too. I vowed to collect every figure and that included going to BotCon myself. It was terribly expensive for me to do so. And although I've been saving money, I'd rather spend that money on something like a car or tuition.


That's what I was thinking at first, but after some more thought and the realization that getting the Iacon Package wasn't that big a deal....I can deal with more classics....

Maybe an exclusive Autobot set next year? Let's just see what Classics 2.0 brings first!


Sideswipe at retail, Sunstreaker at BotCon.

oh the fun times we will have!


Or heck, repaint one into Red Alert... whatever! This past Botcon seeker set has me stoked (much to the anger and resentment of many, apparently...)
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Posted by Liege Evilmus on July 26th, 2007 @ 5:59pm CDT
Hey Ryan, I gotta say thanks, I'll be using your pics as a guide in taping and painting my custom ThunderCracker and Trust. Dirge is going to be a little different in my collective, cause much like on the TRU commemorative box, I don't like him as a conehead.

Nice work, but still, I stand strong in my BotCon grudge over these figures.
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Posted by Liege Evilmus on July 26th, 2007 @ 6:11pm CDT
AbsumZer0 wrote:When this set was first announced, wasn't the big pro-exclusive argument that:

a) There wouldn't be enough demand for Hasbro to release the figures even as a Hasbro online exclusive set, and that because of the larger-than-normal amount of figures being produced there'd be extra sets available at the Mastercollector online store and individual figures on eBay at around $80 bucks each? Because fans who thought there'd be enough demand for something more than a limited convention run were kidding themselves?

b) That Classics was definitely dead, and as a result there'd be no way Hasbro could have possibly shuffled the other seekers (or, at least Thundercracker) into future assortments?


Whatever. I'm sure there are people who think it's just as big a waste of money, but with the money it would have cost me to buy a set of repaints/remoulds of $10 figures I bought a complete set of Lords of Byston Well figures, updated my Neon Genesis Evangelion dvd set to the platinum edition, got a few new Gundam kits, and bought a great new airbrush.



I can't help but both agree and disagree.

Classics only died because of lack of product. ThunderCracker would have sold, same as the scraped Cosmos idea. I think both figures would be a great way to reintroduce Classics 2.0(even though some would still call it hack)

I can't help nod at how you spent the same amount of money that these repaints remolds would have cost on such a varity of diverse and expensive stuff.

BotCon and the TFClub exclusives(to me)are overpriced ways of Hasbro shaking down their overly devout patrons, and I draw the line pretty much there. I can't see any situation in which a basic repaint by HASBRO should cost upwards of $60!

Thats how my dollar and opion side, I'm a collector, who loves TFs, not a money spewing lemming. However, to each their own.
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Posted by Geekee1 on July 26th, 2007 @ 6:55pm CDT
Liege Evilmus wrote:
AbsumZer0 wrote:When this set was first announced, wasn't the big pro-exclusive argument that:

a) There wouldn't be enough demand for Hasbro to release the figures even as a Hasbro online exclusive set, and that because of the larger-than-normal amount of figures being produced there'd be extra sets available at the Mastercollector online store and individual figures on eBay at around $80 bucks each? Because fans who thought there'd be enough demand for something more than a limited convention run were kidding themselves?

b) That Classics was definitely dead, and as a result there'd be no way Hasbro could have possibly shuffled the other seekers (or, at least Thundercracker) into future assortments?


Whatever. I'm sure there are people who think it's just as big a waste of money, but with the money it would have cost me to buy a set of repaints/remoulds of $10 figures I bought a complete set of Lords of Byston Well figures, updated my Neon Genesis Evangelion dvd set to the platinum edition, got a few new Gundam kits, and bought a great new airbrush.



I can't help but both agree and disagree.

Classics only died because of lack of product. ThunderCracker would have sold, same as the scraped Cosmos idea. I think both figures would be a great way to reintroduce Classics 2.0(even though some would still call it hack)

I can't help nod at how you spent the same amount of money that these repaints remolds would have cost on such a varity of diverse and expensive stuff.

BotCon and the TFClub exclusives(to me)are overpriced ways of Hasbro shaking down their overly devout patrons, and I draw the line pretty much there. I can't see any situation in which a basic repaint by HASBRO should cost upwards of $60!

Thats how my dollar and opion side, I'm a collector, who loves TFs, not a money spewing lemming. However, to each their own.


Does anyone understand the meaning of the word exclusive? Seriously. Why would something that is exclusive, that is not made in huge numbers and only available to a small percentage of people, cost the same amount of a massed produced item?
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Posted by Lapse Of Reason on July 26th, 2007 @ 7:00pm CDT
I love my Botcon set.

I also love the fact that I paid for most of my familiy's 17 day trip (4 days being in RI for Botcon) by buying extra sets and reselling them. I saw an opportunity and grabbed it. Were talking selling enough "extras" to pay for must of a $7,000 trip.

Those who could not be there even had a crack at getting the figures. Don't like the price? Don't buy them! Sorry, but that is how it is. Hasbro does make legend class, deluxe, voyager, etc.. for you.

I am thankful to the club for producing figures that would not have been made. Yes, Hasbro could have made them but they did not.


I fully agree with seibertron and counterpunch.
Re: Botcon Exclusive Classic Seekers Galleries Now Online (246005)
Posted by King Starscream89 on July 26th, 2007 @ 10:41pm CDT
By the matrix thats cool all six seekers with starscream out front ...to anyone who ahs all six please do me and all other seeker fans out there a favor ..protect and charish those six above all others that has to be the opitamy (i hope i spelled that right) of awesome
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Posted by noctorro on July 30th, 2007 @ 2:48am CDT
Hello guys, new @ the forum. From Holland, the place that gets 50% of the toyline most of the time.

I think it's a great move from Hasbro's point of view to release these as exclusives. But from a fan point of view it's not a good move. The seekers are one, if not the, most popular group of transformers, to release the coneheads as exclisives okay. But atleast make the first three complete and for everybody to get.

Anyway I still hope they will re-release classics thundercracker, I mean if I buy him of ebay for like 220 usd I'm affraid to get it out of the package :-(

Isn't there a good customizer/repainter amongst us cybertronians that could do a lot of fans a favor for repainting a starscream for like 60 usd or something? I mean a semi-pro or a real pro, it wouldn't be the real deal but at least we would get a change to get those 3 seekers complete.

Hasbro MUST make a movie thundercracker now thet they made 2 repaints. Why can't they make stuff complete? Here's to Classics 2.0 (Fans showed that they truly love G1 and they know it now!)

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