G1 Metroplex to be next KO

G1 Metroplex to be next KO

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007 5:57pm CST

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Our own bookofjunon has reported the following information:

"As per Spencer at AgesThreeandUp.com,

:
So I just got some good/bad news this evening, depending on how much of a supporter you are.

As many know, competition in China is fierce for KO companies and to compete against eachother is commonplace. I have receintly been contacted by a different company than the first who is also doing KOs of G1 figures. Their first release - METROPLEX! I am told this is done is high quality and will come in a G1 style of box with styrofoam insert, instructions, catalogue and sticker sheets. I don't know what they will have for copyrites, this will be found out when they come in stock. The retail on this figure will be $124.99 US which I find is much more reasonable than $80 for a Dinobot considering the size and complexity of the figure. (a good portion of the cost is in the shipping as well)

We are going to be bringing in a limmited number of these to try out and can be preordered from our site at $109.99, saving $15 on this trial run. These will be shipping to us early to mid December so we hope to have these all out for the Holidays.
"

Credit(s): bookofjunon and AgesThreeandUp.com


This article was last modified on Friday, November 23rd, 2007 12:18am CST

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Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (470878)
Posted by Hotrod on November 22nd, 2007 @ 6:07pm CST
Front paged and credited.
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (470910)
Posted by Seibertron on November 22nd, 2007 @ 6:37pm CST
bookofjunon wrote:I already ordered mine.

These KO's are no different than Hasbro reissuing the originals. Metroplex is a hard to find MISB figure.

Plus, since Hasbro and Takara are unwilling to give us Mirage, Wheeljack, Sunstreaker, Metroplex, and the Dinobots I say let those who are willing to reissue them reissue them.

I'm not talking about those cheap combiner KO's of Devastator or Superion that obviously are low quality crap. These are figures that once removed from their package, much like official reissues, are nearly impossible to tell they are KO's.

Who cares???

I am glad these companies are reissue these figures. And that's really what they are, reissues, not KO's.


the quality of these figures is NOT the same as the original. The plastics used are a cheaper quality as are the stickers. I'll take an original over an over-priced cheap reproduction any day.
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (470914)
Posted by Seibertron on November 22nd, 2007 @ 6:39pm CST
Burn wrote:Yes, these KO's do offer a cheaper alternative, but as i've said numerous times, these are produced by companies who are looking to exploit collectors. Yes yes yes, that's what businesses do, but these guys are doing it through illegally produced products. To me, buying them is a slap in the fact to TakaraTomy and Hasbro who, despite all their misgivings, have given me 20+ years of entertainment.

And I would rather support them over a bunch of con artists.
(Again, my personal opinion, not meant to insult anyone)


:APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE:
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (470948)
Posted by smokehouse on November 22nd, 2007 @ 7:07pm CST
Seibertron wrote:the quality of these figures is NOT the same as the original. The plastics used are a cheaper quality as are the stickers. I'll take an original over an over-priced cheap reproduction any day.


Sure, I'd rather have an original Shelby AC Cobra over a replica but I can't afford one. I'd love to trade my KO MISB Prime for a real G1 release in box fig...

Any takers?

Didn't think so.

The fact is that I can't justify the extreme price tag associated with MISB G1 TF toys...so for my toy room I use the "KO" version:

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Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (470977)
Posted by devzilla on November 22nd, 2007 @ 7:20pm CST
To KO or not to KO, that is the question. What am I saying? Metroplex sucked.
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471003)
Posted by LORDMEGAMUSPRIME on November 22nd, 2007 @ 7:42pm CST
i agree with alot of you ive bought my share of KO's like superion and defensor from K-MART that were of very crappy quality and i bought devastator from biglots and CVS and to CVS KO might have been Smaller In Size But His Quality Was Way Better Than Biglots Devastator. the worst KO'S ive seen Are Biglots Devastator, K-MARTS Superion and Defensor, Biglots KO'S Of Leo COnvoy, Optimus From Beast Machines And Transmetal Ratrap. I Think For Collectors Like Me that dont Wanna Pay A Fortune On A MISB Metroplex A Good Quality KO Would Be Great And As For Fortress Maximus That Would Be A Killer KO
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471034)
Posted by Metroplex79 on November 22nd, 2007 @ 8:20pm CST
I feel so important and so cheap at the same time :(

devzilla wrote:... What am I saying? Metroplex sucked.

Excuse me? :evil: :HEADHURTS:
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471045)
Posted by Auto Bot on November 22nd, 2007 @ 8:32pm CST
I think that's too expensive for a KO. We don't even know about the quality yet.
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471054)
Posted by Bouncy X on November 22nd, 2007 @ 8:46pm CST
its all good....i still have the original mom bought me back in the 80s..and its still brand new mint in box...lol
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471090)
Posted by Burn on November 22nd, 2007 @ 9:27pm CST
Metroplex79 wrote:I feel so important and so cheap at the same time :(

devzilla wrote:... What am I saying? Metroplex sucked.

Excuse me? :evil: :HEADHURTS:


You have a new name remember. :wink:
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471139)
Posted by MagnusPrimal on November 22nd, 2007 @ 10:15pm CST
Burn wrote:
Autobot032 wrote:However, these are not Knock Offs. These are Bootlegs.


Knock offs or bootlegs ... whatever you want to call them they're still illegal (outside of China anyway) productions produced with the intent to fool the collector into paying out money for over priced, often shoddy products.

MagnusPrimal wrote:If TakaTomy and Hasbro would just step up and start reissuing these figures, there would be a much smaller market for the KO's


People are aware that the reason legit versions aren't produced is (and until someone proves me wrong this seems to be the explanation) because the molds were left in the factories, and those factories have now been sold to the KO companies who are now utilising these molds?

So someone please enlighten me as to how TT/Hasbro can produce something they no longer have the molds for without the added cost of reverse engineering.


Why 'without the added cost?' They could reverse-engineer the molds. They did it with Soundwave/Soundblaster. So obviously, it can be done. And considering Takara's tendency to repeatedly re-release figures, they would likely make their money back.
They could offer to buy the molds from the companies producing the KOs. They could go into partnership with those companies.
I don't believe that there isn't a market for figures like Mirage, Wheeljack, Sunstreaker, and the Dinobots. Somebody is buying the KOs being produced, for a lot more than what Takara charges. Heck, they could raise their prices, and still be cheaper. And those people who don't like KOs would be buying then, since they'd be 'official.'
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471144)
Posted by GetterDragun on November 22nd, 2007 @ 10:22pm CST
MagnusPrimal wrote:
Burn wrote:
Autobot032 wrote:However, these are not Knock Offs. These are Bootlegs.


Knock offs or bootlegs ... whatever you want to call them they're still illegal (outside of China anyway) productions produced with the intent to fool the collector into paying out money for over priced, often shoddy products.

MagnusPrimal wrote:If TakaTomy and Hasbro would just step up and start reissuing these figures, there would be a much smaller market for the KO's


People are aware that the reason legit versions aren't produced is (and until someone proves me wrong this seems to be the explanation) because the molds were left in the factories, and those factories have now been sold to the KO companies who are now utilising these molds?

So someone please enlighten me as to how TT/Hasbro can produce something they no longer have the molds for without the added cost of reverse engineering.


Why 'without the added cost?' They could reverse-engineer the molds. They did it with Soundwave/Soundblaster. So obviously, it can be done. And considering Takara's tendency to repeatedly re-release figures, they would likely make their money back.
They could offer to buy the molds from the companies producing the KOs. They could go into partnership with those companies.
I don't believe that there isn't a market for figures like Mirage, Wheeljack, Sunstreaker, and the Dinobots. Somebody is buying the KOs being produced, for a lot more than what Takara charges. Heck, they could raise their prices, and still be cheaper. And those people who don't like KOs would be buying then, since they'd be 'official.'


I asked Hasbro about this at Botcon. They said rebuilding a mold from an existing figure is easy and that is was already done with Soundwave.

By the way, anybody thinking cost of making the molds as the main issue is wrong. Look at Energon Grimlock and Swoop, I guarantee they sold less of those than reissues (I only saw like 2 per store), and that was a new mold with a newly developed figure. I have no idea why Hasbro/Takara would do something like Predaking over the Dinobots, but they did and it sold. Now the only thing I could see preventing this is expected sales being low, for figures with KOs available, I can see this being a fear, but come on! The Dinobots! Every one would buy a giftset of all 5 for like $150 bucks (basing that number on Predaking reissue price), those crappy reissue ones are $100 each!
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471157)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on November 22nd, 2007 @ 10:30pm CST
Guh, kill Chinese Knock-Offs already~!
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471179)
Posted by metalformer on November 22nd, 2007 @ 10:55pm CST
:shock: Of all the KOs I know about this is certainly the largest! I wouldn't have expected any of these companies to make "reproductions" of figures this large. A nice way to get vintage figures despite the price. I wonder how much a near mint Metroplex would cost.
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471213)
Posted by Burn on November 22nd, 2007 @ 11:26pm CST
GetterDragun wrote:I asked Hasbro about this at Botcon. They said rebuilding a mold from an existing figure is easy and that is was already done with Soundwave.


Yeah but years before that we were told that the Soundwave mold was broken and beyond repair.

And technically the Soundwave reissue isn't the original G1 as there were modifications done to it so it's not an exact reissue.

So years ago we were told the molds were either "lost" (read that as "we left them in a factory, the factory was then sold so we no longer have access to them"), "destroyed" or "damaged".

And the Energon Grimlock/Swoop molds is an interesting point. They were released in such small numbers and have yet to be repainted. Two molds they never seem to have gotten their monies worth out of.

And if I had time to search I do remember reading something about a new mold being expensive to develop. Damned if I can remember when I read it though. :-?

-edit-
Wikia note on new molds and costs involved
By no means an authorative source but mostly what i'd heard. If i'm wrong, i'm wrong, so be it.

BotCon 05 tidbit?
From here
How about reissues of Wheeljack, Mirage, Sunstreaker, Trailbreaker, Ironhide or Ratchet?

At the BotCon 2005 panel, Hasbro confirmed that the molds for Wheeljack and Mirage are "long since depleted".
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471490)
Posted by UltraPrimal on November 23rd, 2007 @ 8:08am CST
I'd buy a good quality KO Metroplex. I honestly don't care if it's original, reissue, or KO. It's going to get opened, played with, and enjoyed. That's all that matters to me. As long as it looks good, doesn't fall apart, and comes with all it's parts, that's all that really counts to me. I wish there were more KOs so I could own more G1 toys without having to pay high prices. Especially ones of molds that Hasbro/Takara refuse to reissue like the Dinobots or Fort Max.
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471494)
Posted by Liege Evilmus on November 23rd, 2007 @ 8:12am CST
I'm very unhappy with these KOs. I understand the argument that Hasbro and Takara isn't doing anything with the molds and ...

But still the prices these are going for is rediculious!

Metroplex is one of my favorite G1 figures and if you don't have him he is strongly recommended.

But like the recent KOs we've been seeing, these pieces arent vintage, or official, sell them at an affordable rate and stop passing pyrite for gold.
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471573)
Posted by sto_vo_kor_2000 on November 23rd, 2007 @ 9:26am CST
GetterDragun wrote:I asked Hasbro about this at Botcon. They said rebuilding a mold from an existing figure is easy and that is was already done with Soundwave.


Yes but the larger work done on Soundwave's mold was also done back in the 80's.From what I understand the amound of repair needed for the newer Soundwave reissues was minamal.
GetterDragun wrote:By the way, anybody thinking cost of making the molds as the main issue is wrong. Look at Energon Grimlock and Swoop, I guarantee they sold less of those than reissues (I only saw like 2 per store), and that was a new mold with a newly developed figure. I have no idea why Hasbro/Takara would do something like Predaking over the Dinobots, but they did and it sold. Now the only thing I could see preventing this is expected sales being low, for figures with KOs available, I can see this being a fear, but come on! The Dinobots! Every one would buy a giftset of all 5 for like $150 bucks (basing that number on Predaking reissue price), those crappy reissue ones are $100 each!


Interesting point :-? But I can still see cost being a major hill to over come.The issue being that depending on the ammount of repair needed to the molds.....basicly if new molds must then be made then those molds would fall under the new safty laws for new toys.It would not be considered a reissued vintage toy to the safty commision [or what ever the people who check toys safty are called] and would fall under the new toy safty guide lines.Witch meens that some of them would not be able to be sold in the U.S. and some of Hasbro's other markets.

I dont think that Takara wants to invest the money needed to create the new molds if the international sales will be limited.
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471596)
Posted by The Chaos Bringer on November 23rd, 2007 @ 9:52am CST
Aren't the WST Dinobots technically bootlegs?
Since when is there so much bootleg hate?

Consider this.

Hasbro and Takara have given us low quality figures before. My classics deluxe Prime feels like it's made of KO plastic. And yet it is considered a legit figure(despite sucking)

My reissue Soundwave's cassetes are poorly molded and don't fit together properly in either mold. And the plastic on both feels like paper! I've had KOs of much higher quality than this. And yet those cassettes are "official" so they are considered to be inherently better than KOs or bootlegs.

My 08/09/concept camaro/whatever Bumblebee is assembled wrong in a way that prevents the left sholder from being moved into its proper place. And when I took the figure out of the package I had to trim so much extra plastic flash off that I couldn't believe I was holding a legit figure.

I'm not even going to go into the rest of my movie figures.

I've owned my fair share of KOs/bootlegs in my life and I often find that they are of higher quality than "legit" figures. So what's the problem?

And BTW I want a complete Metroplex and I am NOT paying $200 for it. So I ask you all to NOT do anything to put pressure on bootleg companies to quit it. Why should I not be able to get a figure for cheap when Hasbro/Takare simply refuse to reissue it themselves? A bootleg Metroplex wouldn't exactly be competing with anything Has/Tak have on the market right now. So again, what's the problem?
Re: G1 Metroplex to be next KO (471603)
Posted by sto_vo_kor_2000 on November 23rd, 2007 @ 10:01am CST
The Chaos Bringer wrote:Aren't the WST Dinobots technically bootlegs?
Since when is there so much bootleg hate?

Consider this.

Hasbro and Takara have given us low quality figures before. My classics deluxe Prime feels like it's made of KO plastic. And yet it is considered a legit figure(despite sucking)

My reissue Soundwave's cassetes are poorly molded and don't fit together properly in either mold. And the plastic on both feels like paper! I've had KOs of much higher quality than this. And yet those cassettes are "official" so they are considered to be inherently better than KOs or bootlegs.

My 08/09/concept camaro/whatever Bumblebee is assembled wrong in a way that prevents the left sholder from being moved into its proper place. And when I took the figure out of the package I had to trim so much extra plastic flash off that I couldn't believe I was holding a legit figure.

I'm not even going to go into the rest of my movie figures.

I've owned my fair share of KOs/bootlegs in my life and I often find that they are of higher quality than "legit" figures. So what's the problem?

And BTW I want a complete Metroplex and I am NOT paying $200 for it. So I ask you all to NOT do anything to put pressure on bootleg companies to quit it. Why should I not be able to get a figure for cheap when Hasbro/Takare simply refuse to reissue it themselves? A bootleg Metroplex wouldn't exactly be competing with anything Has/Tak have on the market right now. So again, what's the problem?


I think the KO hate comes from the fact that many of the KO sellers try to pass them off as originals and ask some pretty high prices for them.Take a look at some of the prices for the KO G1 Swoop.I've seen it sell for about $150. bucks....thats nuts.I wouldnt mind paying 15 or 20 bucks for a KO but they are asking to much.

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