Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images

Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 1:31pm CST

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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.

Transformers News: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images

Transformers News: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images

Transformers News: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images

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Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048162)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 31st, 2019 @ 1:35pm CST
Is there the slightest possibility that the colors of that vintage copy could have faded over the years?
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048163)
Posted by Flashwave on December 31st, 2019 @ 1:39pm CST
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.
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048164)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on December 31st, 2019 @ 1:39pm CST
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 :-?
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048167)
Posted by william-james88 on December 31st, 2019 @ 2:02pm CST
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.
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048169)
Posted by hausjam on December 31st, 2019 @ 3:02pm CST
I still prefer my anime color Encore reissue.
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048170)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 31st, 2019 @ 3:11pm CST
hausjam wrote:I still prefer my anime color Encore reissue.
You mean eHOBBY, there was no Encore Astrotrain.
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048172)
Posted by hausjam on December 31st, 2019 @ 3:33pm CST
I still prefer my anime color eHOBBY Astrotrain.
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048174)
Posted by Emerje on December 31st, 2019 @ 4:01pm CST
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.

Emerje


Commemorative Series Astrotrain was meant as a TRU exclusive, to be released alongside Stepper/Ricochet, but TRU decided to cancel the line due to low sales. Stepper/Ricochet managed to slip into stores, but Astrotrain didn't. On the side, that version was re-released in Asia in 2012.

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.

Emerje
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048179)
Posted by Ultra Markus on December 31st, 2019 @ 5:45pm CST
who cares its still purple and i still want it ;)
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048207)
Posted by Mindmaster on December 31st, 2019 @ 7:31pm CST
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:
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048213)
Posted by william-james88 on December 31st, 2019 @ 9:04pm CST
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.
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048214)
Posted by Mindmaster on December 31st, 2019 @ 9:14pm CST
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.
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048243)
Posted by DeathReviews on January 1st, 2020 @ 6:14pm CST
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!
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048256)
Posted by ausbot on January 1st, 2020 @ 11:34pm CST
They needed to remake the arms like the wst version so the arms extend
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048257)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 2nd, 2020 @ 1:38am CST
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.
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048301)
Posted by Rodimus Knight on January 2nd, 2020 @ 9:40am CST
Am I the only person he remembers the toy for G1 astrotrain being Grey and Purple, not White and Purple?
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048303)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 2nd, 2020 @ 9:50am CST
Rodimus Knight wrote:Am I the only person he remembers the toy for G1 astrotrain being Grey and Purple, not White and Purple?
Putting it next to the Japanese black-and-white one will show that it is gray, just a very light shade.

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Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048447)
Posted by STngAR on January 3rd, 2020 @ 9:08pm CST
Not really a big fan of the darker purple. I already have a G1 Choochoo and the TRU reissue so Ill probably pass on this one.

:MAXIMAL:
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048477)
Posted by Ironhidensh on January 4th, 2020 @ 6:12am CST
Wallyworld dropped the price a tad.
Re: Comparisons Reveal Astrotrain Reissue Has Different Colours than G1 Toy + New Stock Images (2048491)
Posted by william-james88 on January 4th, 2020 @ 11:28am CST
Good news for those who found the Walmart exclusive Transformers G1 Astrotrain reissue a tad too expensive. Fellow Seibertronian Ironhidensh has found on at his local Walmart for $39.73. This almost immediate $10 drop in price now brings this reissue to the same price as the original was sold in certain places. Below we can see an image of the original Astrotrain still in box and still with a price tag of 14.99, the same price point as the G1 seekers at the time. Adjusted for average inflation, that would make it $37.11 US today so very close to what the reissue is going for. And of course, with this toy out there you no longer have to pay $700 if you want an authentic G1 Astrotrain sealed in box.

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