Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore

Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore

Thursday, August 16th, 2018 9:48am CDT

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We got some fun news from a Transformers fan currently at Universal Studios Singapore. Andrew wrote to us to let us know that he found Prime Wars Repugnus at the Transformers ride shop. They also had the G1 reissues such as Devastator, Starscream and most notably Hot Rod, making this the first global sighting of the toy. People had been asking how these Walmart and Amazon exclusives would be released elsewhere and it seems theme parks is at least one other outlet.

I've spotted the Prime Wars Repugnus on sale at the Transformers the Ride shop at Universal Singapore this morning. They had a healthy supply of that and the Prime Wars Blastoff figure as well.


This may mean that these toys could also be found at Universal Studios in the US. If you find them, let us know!


Transformers News: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore

Transformers News: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore

Transformers News: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore

Transformers News: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore


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Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1978876)
Posted by hausjam on August 16th, 2018 @ 3:43pm CDT
So Hot Rod is getting packed backwards, and Devastator is getting packed upside down.
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1978885)
Posted by LordBludgeon on August 16th, 2018 @ 5:10pm CDT
hausjam wrote:So Hot Rod is getting packed backwards, and Devastator is getting packed upside down.


wouldn't have noticed if you mentioned that... but... yeah... they aren't supposed to be packaged like that.

I'm also planning on heading to Universal Orlando next weekend, so if I see any of these while there, I'll be sure to report it! Unless someone else beats me to it.
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1978893)
Posted by megamanfan on August 16th, 2018 @ 5:50pm CDT
hausjam wrote:So Hot Rod is getting packed backwards, and Devastator is getting packed upside down.

also, is mixmaster just straight up missing?
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1978946)
Posted by Emerje on August 17th, 2018 @ 12:54am CDT
megamanfan wrote:
hausjam wrote:So Hot Rod is getting packed backwards, and Devastator is getting packed upside down.

also, is mixmaster just straight up missing?

Most likely he's there, but since the inner packaging is upside down the remaining three figures are behind the picture of Devastator and the weapons are visible in their place instead of hidden.

Emerje
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1978979)
Posted by jruss1975 on August 17th, 2018 @ 10:35am CDT
What's with other countries getting this stuff first?! Say what you will but the U.S. is where the money is and where you have the largest concentrated collector fan base.
The most fans with the most disposable income should equal the most product on shelves (or at least product on shelves first).
It really ticks me off when I see these stories of Singapore or Canada (or wherever) with plenty of desirable product on shelves and we have next to zero here in the U.S.
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979006)
Posted by TF-fan kev777 on August 17th, 2018 @ 1:50pm CDT
Emerje wrote:
megamanfan wrote:
hausjam wrote:So Hot Rod is getting packed backwards, and Devastator is getting packed upside down.

also, is mixmaster just straight up missing?

Most likely he's there, but since the inner packaging is upside down the remaining three figures are behind the picture of Devastator and the weapons are visible in their place instead of hidden.

Emerje


Actually, its even worse than that. Because of the offset on the inner package, you can only see 2 of the 6. Hook and Long Haul are in each other's windows, but Mixmaster is up behind the Transfomers logo with the other 3 behind the picture of Devy. Boy, what a package fail.
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979027)
Posted by Burn on August 17th, 2018 @ 4:21pm CDT
jruss1975 wrote:It really ticks me off when I see these stories of Singapore or Canada (or wherever) with plenty of desirable product on shelves and we have next to zero here in the U.S.

Your disgruntledness makes me happy. 8-)

But seriously, countries other than the U.S. have been getting figures before the U.S. for a long long time. Why, there was that time back in the 90's when the U.S. didn't even get any of the figures at all!

Good times. Good times indeed.
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979443)
Posted by jruss1975 on August 20th, 2018 @ 9:02am CDT
Burn wrote:
jruss1975 wrote:It really ticks me off when I see these stories of Singapore or Canada (or wherever) with plenty of desirable product on shelves and we have next to zero here in the U.S.

Your disgruntledness makes me happy. 8-)

But seriously, countries other than the U.S. have been getting figures before the U.S. for a long long time. Why, there was that time back in the 90's when the U.S. didn't even get any of the figures at all!

Good times. Good times indeed.

No, hey, that's fine. If Hasbro is actually into losing money and letting product sit on shelves until it all inevitably goes to discount bargain retail stores then great, flood those foreign markets with stuff they can't afford. But if they wanted to get it sold and get it sold fast (and at full price) it's absolutely an unarguable fact that the U.S. is the place for that to happen.
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979531)
Posted by Burn on August 20th, 2018 @ 6:23pm CDT
jruss1975 wrote:No, hey, that's fine. If Hasbro is actually into losing money and letting product sit on shelves until it all inevitably goes to discount bargain retail stores then great, flood those foreign markets with stuff they can't afford. But if they wanted to get it sold and get it sold fast (and at full price) it's absolutely an unarguable fact that the U.S. is the place for that to happen.

This entire post ... it's just wrong. You are incorrect about everything!

Hasbro got their money, they sold the product to retailers. If anyone loses money, it's the retailers! Stock sitting on shelves may affect future sales, that's all.

To say foreign markets can't afford stuff? Good grief, how ignorant are you?

But to fix that you want it sold in the US? Do you have any idea how much stock sits on shelves until it goes on clearance in the US?

Good grief.
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979635)
Posted by william-james88 on August 21st, 2018 @ 8:57am CDT
jruss1975 wrote:No, hey, that's fine. If Hasbro is actually into losing money and letting product sit on shelves until it all inevitably goes to discount bargain retail stores then great, flood those foreign markets with stuff they can't afford.


What exactly do you think of when you think of Singapore?


But if they wanted to get it sold and get it sold fast (and at full price) it's absolutely an unarguable fact that the U.S. is the place for that to happen.


It is very arguable since lots of your fellow american compatriots are currently saying that Predaking is not worth full price. viewtopic.php?f=4&t=110048&p=1979507&hilit=predaking#p1979507

Thats aside from the fact that many americans also wont buy toys until they end up on clearance at Ross.
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979649)
Posted by jruss1975 on August 21st, 2018 @ 9:54am CDT
Collectors say a lot of things but then act differently with their wallets when it's in their face at the store. The problem is that seeing a Titan class figure in a US store is like finding a unicorn. I saw the Titan class Metroplex figure ONCE at local retail. I never saw a Tians class Devastator or Fort Max. All four waves of POTP have been next to impossible to find here. Toy hunting here in the States has become all but extinct and it's a shame. It's a bigger shame when we see all sorts of online articles of very desirable product on shelves (and in mass) elsewhere.

To answer your other question of what I think of when I think of Singapore? I have no doubt it is a fine place, however it has a GDP of $297 billion (in US dollars), while the US has a GDP of $18.57 trillion.
The collector market here is much larger and there is a lot more money to be made here versus other countries, that's all I'm saying. It isn't anything personal it's just numbers.
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979655)
Posted by jruss1975 on August 21st, 2018 @ 10:02am CDT
Burn wrote:
jruss1975 wrote:No, hey, that's fine. If Hasbro is actually into losing money and letting product sit on shelves until it all inevitably goes to discount bargain retail stores then great, flood those foreign markets with stuff they can't afford. But if they wanted to get it sold and get it sold fast (and at full price) it's absolutely an unarguable fact that the U.S. is the place for that to happen.

This entire post ... it's just wrong. You are incorrect about everything!

Hasbro got their money, they sold the product to retailers. If anyone loses money, it's the retailers! Stock sitting on shelves may affect future sales, that's all.

To say foreign markets can't afford stuff? Good grief, how ignorant are you?

But to fix that you want it sold in the US? Do you have any idea how much stock sits on shelves until it goes on clearance in the US?

Good grief.



No, I'm not ignorant of this subject at all. While I don't visit the countries in question I do see quite a lot of online articles about new, collector-oriented Transformers stock found in countries that cannot hope to compete with the U.S. market. I have no idea why Hasbro would choose to distribute in this way, it makes no sense.
You said one thing that is true though, a lot of U.S. Transformers stock does indeed go to clearance, however that stock you're speaking of is the overwhelming amount of movie themed toys we get here. You can go anywhere right now and get all of the Last Knight stuff you want. The trouble is that no one wants it.
The point is, and the point I was trying to make the whole time, is that the products seen in the photos of this article (and other things along the same line, i.e. G1 reissues, waves 2,3,&4 of POTP, etc.) are things collectors want and also the things we barely (if ever) see at all.
And yes, there is by far a larger concentration of collector-minded fans here in the U.S. with a lot more cash to burn. And no, I'm not being ignorant in saying that. Just a few examples of this would be California (by itself) has a larger GDP that the entire UK. The state of Texas has a larger GDP than Canada. Heck, even little, back-woods Alabama has a larger GDP than New Zealand.
So yeah, I feel very confident in stating that Hasbro leaves a ton of money on the table when the more collector-oriented Transformers product hits ANYWHERE other than the U.S. first.
It isn't personal concerning these countries, I have no doubt they are great places, it just comes down to numbers. More collectors are here, more money is here, and yet less desirable product is here.
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979673)
Posted by Emerje on August 21st, 2018 @ 12:39pm CDT
jruss1975 wrote:To answer your other question of what I think of when I think of Singapore? I have no doubt it is a fine place, however it has a GDP of $297 billion (in US dollars), while the US has a GDP of $18.57 trillion.
The collector market here is much larger and there is a lot more money to be made here versus other countries, that's all I'm saying. It isn't anything personal it's just numbers.

You do realize Singapore is about the size of a big city, right? You can't compare countries like that. They're GDP may be only $297B, but they're ranked #3 in the world per capita (USA is #11). It doesn't matter what they're GDP is if they have a dense population with a strong income and a strong collectors market making them a prime target for Hasbro.

You can go anywhere right now and get all of the Last Knight stuff you want. The trouble is that no one wants it.

This isn't true for everyone. All of the Walmarts around me cleared out their TLK stuff after Christmas, Target just cleared out the few remaining figures they had left. But that doesn't really matter since the line was still financially successful for Hasbro as all movie lines have been.

Emerje
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979675)
Posted by jruss1975 on August 21st, 2018 @ 1:13pm CDT
US median income is $59,764 times 162,245,000 in the workforce.
Result is $9,696,410,180,000 of total spendable income.

Singapore median income is $67,152 times 3,657,000 in the workforce.
Result is $245,574,864,000 of total spendable income.

The difference is a total of $9,450,835,316,000. So sure, Singapore has a higher per worker income, but still, look at the big picture numbers. It makes my point, I don't think I need to say anything else.
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979679)
Posted by william-james88 on August 21st, 2018 @ 2:26pm CDT
jruss1975 wrote:US median income is $59,764 times 162,245,000 in the workforce.
Result is $9,696,410,180,000 of total spendable income.

Singapore median income is $67,152 times 3,657,000 in the workforce.
Result is $245,574,864,000 of total spendable income.

The difference is a total of $9,450,835,316,000. So sure, Singapore has a higher per worker income, but still, look at the big picture numbers. It makes my point, I don't think I need to say anything else.


But why look at big picture numbers when in the end it is an individual buying a toy, not an entire nation. You just proved that a Singaporean has more money to buy toys than an American does. Toys are a luxurious good, non essential. So a market like that will more likely florish in a place where people have more disposeable income.

And if we are looking at big picture, then remember that the US has a 15% poverty rate, so you have a huge percentage of peple who cant even buy toys. Compare that to other countries who get these colelctable toys like Canada where the poverty rate is only 1% and you can see how some markets are more favourable.

Plus logistics in the US is a nightmare due to how spread out the population is. There are lots of obstacles for the US to be a collector's paradise.
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979682)
Posted by Emerje on August 21st, 2018 @ 3:08pm CDT
Not to mention the Hasbro that supplies North America is a different Hasbro from the one that serves Europe or Asia. If something shows up in Singapore it doesn't mean it was taken from stock intended for the US, it means Hasbro Asia managed to do a better job of getting them to people.

And if you still question the disposable income of Singapore all you have to remember is that this tiny little city state has it's own Universal Studios theme park (among others). Tourism is a pretty big part of their economy so there's a lot of money circulating there.

Emerje
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979715)
Posted by jruss1975 on August 21st, 2018 @ 5:06pm CDT
Okay, great, so by using your same logic it would stand to reason that the Dallas Fort Worth metro area (which is almost exactly one-to-one comparable in population and median income level) should receive the same product distribution attention as Singapore, and yet it doesn't.

I see articles like these all time and have for years, on this site as well as on tformers.com as well as others. This is just the first time I've ever spoken out about it.

Mark my word, when these toys get to the end of their shelf lifecycle there will be articles about how these exact same toys that were overly distributed in foreign markets are dropping to clearance when most of us here in the States didn't have a chance to see them at all. And I promise you, if a store around here were stocked with the same items seen in the photos in this article they would never have a chance to be on clearance, they would be gone.
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979776)
Posted by Emerje on August 21st, 2018 @ 9:16pm CDT
jruss1975 wrote:Okay, great, so by using your same logic it would stand to reason that the Dallas Fort Worth metro area (which is almost exactly one-to-one comparable in population and median income level) should receive the same product distribution attention as Singapore, and yet it doesn't.

How on Earth did you jump to that crazy conclusion? You're not listening. Singapore is under Hasbro Asia, it's an entirely different supplier to the Hasbro that handles North America. Plus Hasbro isn't even the biggest factor in these showing up in the US, they're Walmart exclusives here, it's up to Walmart to decide how to distribute them, not Hasbro. These are already in stores in Canada because the Canadian Walmart branch HQ decided to sell them that way. In the US it looks like Walmart had decided to make these online-only just like they did TLK exclusives. Hasbro Asia appears to have decided to make these Universal Studios exclusives in Singapore, other parts of Asia may make them online-only or exclusive to some other department store. Every region handles things differently.

Mark my word, when these toys get to the end of their shelf lifecycle there will be articles about how these exact same toys that were overly distributed in foreign markets are dropping to clearance when most of us here in the States didn't have a chance to see them at all. And I promise you, if a store around here were stocked with the same items seen in the photos in this article they would never have a chance to be on clearance, they would be gone.

Go ahead and explain why you think they'd be unpopular in foreign markets when previous reissues from both Takara Tomy and Hasbro have been demanding high prices on the aftermarket for some time. Believe it or not, but things that are popular in the US are also popular in other countries, too. Asia isn't just a bunch of third world countries (Singapore is a first world country) full of shanty towns, they're developed nations with just as many collectors as we do here. You seem to have some sort of weird collectors xenophobia, like only we deserve nice things. It isn't their fault that our distribution is messed up and what they get has no effect on what does or doesn't show up here.

Emerje
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979913)
Posted by jruss1975 on August 22nd, 2018 @ 11:06am CDT
Look Emerje, this is getting ridiculous. You ask how on earth did I get to my "crazy conclusions". If you think they are crazy then so be it, I'm not going to rehash it for you all over again, go back and read my original posts if you don't understand my thought process on this.
And no, there is no xenophobia here, there is only logic and numbers. Numbers don't have the ability to lie nor do they have an opinion, they just are.
Hasbro Asia is NOT an independent company, it's a division of Hasbro Corp. If you've ever worked for a global corporation before you'll know how these things work (I'm guessing you haven't). Directions are sent down from on high (corporate HQ) and everything trickles down from there to the subordinate satellite divisions all over the world. Hasbro Asia (and the others) don't do anything without the corporate HQ blessing first. Having said that it all goes right back around to my original argument about Hasbro (corporate) making bad decisions with their distribution.
Listen to ANY American based Transformers podcast and you will hear constant gripes about product that collectors want not being on store shelves. So it isn't just me and it isn't just in my area, it's all over the place unless you live in a foreign market that seem to have plenty based on online stories I read at least two or three times a month.
Re: Exclusive G1 Reissues and Prime Wars Toys Found at Universal Studios Singapore (1979937)
Posted by william-james88 on August 22nd, 2018 @ 12:09pm CDT
I just think its wrong to assume fans will buy everything at full price when we regularly see Transformers toys shelfwarm in the US. Especially movie lines aimed at older kids/collectors.

You can see it right now in the Studio Series line, which is clearly aimed at an older crowd.

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