HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys

HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys

Friday, April 18th, 2008 11:55am CDT

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It's official TFA toys hit CINCINNATI!

A press release that you can find here at the Botcon site states that Walmart, K-Mart, and Toy R' Us in the Cincinatti area would be the stores that travelers to Botcon and local folks could find the early release of many Animated toys possibly including The Animated Battle Pack, Deluxe and Voyager size toys (Wave 1 only), and others.

Of course, the major emphasis of Botcon this year was the new ANIMATED cartoon, and the guests, logo, and now this news enforce that idea.

This is should indeed be good news for the Seibetron contingent that is building and building for the trip to Botcon. Hope to see you there, Animated toys in hand or not!

If you are not quite sold on the toys yet, check out Seibertron's galleries of the toys, and then perhaps pick yourself up some next week at your excursion to Botcon!

Credit(s): www.botcon.com


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Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683291)
Posted by Glitcher on April 18th, 2008 @ 11:58am CDT
Damn. I was hoping Hasbro would announce Belgium as the test location for its toys. T_T
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683308)
Posted by Megatron's Lapdog on April 18th, 2008 @ 12:23pm CDT
I live near Cincinnati, and they're already out in the stores. My local Walmart in Maysville, KY was chock full, so I'm sure the others are too. If anyone needs something, let me know...
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683331)
Posted by Nekoman on April 18th, 2008 @ 12:41pm CDT
And then Hasbro will witness the atrocity they have created, managers scrambling to get their money back, stores burning their left over stock to get shelf space for something better, cries of disappointment from children AND adults!

Ah, kidding…
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683345)
Posted by Roboto750 on April 18th, 2008 @ 12:51pm CDT
This is one of the dumbest things I've heard so far in regard to Botcon. They're not "testing" anything, it's a money making opportunity. Compared to the last 2 years, this show is considerably lacking in content, costs attendees more, has one of the most disappointing exclusive sets (my opinion), released their registration info way too late, and yet more people are attending :???: . I guess Hasbro needs to do something to insure Animated is marketed well during the time of the show (and will be a pay off). For me, I'm skipping this year for the above reasons and a few others. I hope they pick up the slack for next year's Botcon.
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683348)
Posted by Zeds on April 18th, 2008 @ 12:53pm CDT
Since I am not going to BOTCON it is time instead for a ROAD TRIP!
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683352)
Posted by StryderPrime on April 18th, 2008 @ 12:55pm CDT
I dont know 2 much about how sales work but........


Is it a given if u put new figures out in a area that will be crawling with TFans for a coupling of days that it a sure bet that they will be flying off the shelves. Even ppl that hate animated r sure 2 buy at least 2 figures off the series and you jus gave the scalpers a definely(i know i cant spell) sign 2 raid all the departmment stores there


I not hating on Cincinnati or nuthin but 2 said they testing there is like u testing 2 see if the hungry birds outside will eat some 4weeks old mold bread........when u know they will.

Just my opinion........I just want a Prowl :P
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683363)
Posted by Cyberjet #7 on April 18th, 2008 @ 1:05pm CDT
It kinda sucks as an idea. "Test" area for a product coming out like a month later? What's there to test? I'm pretty sure fans of the show have waited long enough and will buy the toys...
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683370)
Posted by First-Aid on April 18th, 2008 @ 1:16pm CDT
That's a nice little bonus for you folks going to BotCon...anyway I can convince someone to pick me up the set?? :-P
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683400)
Posted by ponycorn on April 18th, 2008 @ 1:39pm CDT
Too bad they don't want to have a control group for this "test" they're running. Say, the California Bay Area perhaps... :sad:
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683506)
Posted by shortround on April 18th, 2008 @ 4:01pm CDT
Interesting but I wouldn't really call it test marketing so much as a smart move on hasbro point since botcon is the biggest tf convention all year and there sure to make a butt load of money since they ran short on the convention execlusives set this year and people who didn't get one will have that extra money burning a hole in there pocket. I won't be attending but more power to the people who are. Someday I hope they hold botcon in washington state I would be the first person to sign up as well as the first person thru the door.
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683601)
Posted by bvzxa on April 18th, 2008 @ 5:53pm CDT
Hasbro is greedy like Mattel.

This what Mattel does when they have a K-Mart K-Day event with specially colored cars, a chance to hopen a whole case, and find treasure hunts.

So during K-Day events, they release new cars that won't be out for like a month or tow, and they call it first-to-market exclusives. The cool thing is they have variations to them, so they may fetch a pretty penny for a .99 cents car.

Now Hasbro is doing the same thing with the animated toys. It's a smart move since attendees and others get a first chance at the animated toys. Scalpers will make a last ditch run, but 30 days later, they will be out a regualr retail in massive quantities. Unless you're going to Botcon, you would be a dumb idiot to take a road trip for toys that will be out in a month.

test my hairy cybertron ass :twisted: :!:
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683635)
Posted by Autobot Snake Eyes on April 18th, 2008 @ 6:37pm CDT
Shit, Shit, Shit.

Why is it that Hasbro NEVER chooses the west?
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683672)
Posted by Stormrider on April 18th, 2008 @ 7:46pm CDT
Test market? huh? I thought the toys were already spotted in a few locations in the U.S. and Canada? Aren't test markets supposed to be a pre-release location? I have a feeling that this series will see a wide release everywhere in the U.S. right around the time of Botcon and Hasbro is just calling it "test market" to hype it up. The press release helps support the hype.
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683768)
Posted by Defcon! on April 18th, 2008 @ 10:11pm CDT
If i can manage to hit one of those stores i will but unless i see one on the way or in the area i'll pass. I'd hate to be running around trying to find figures during Botcon! No thank you! I'll spend as much time as i can at the show!
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683814)
Posted by Firebird on April 18th, 2008 @ 11:36pm CDT
This means that I will actally have something for the voice actors to sign at the autograph sessions now!

And I can get Prowl :D
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (683856)
Posted by Bun-Bun on April 19th, 2008 @ 1:46am CDT
Roboto750 wrote:This is one of the dumbest things I've heard so far in regard to Botcon. They're not "testing" anything, it's a money making opportunity. Compared to the last 2 years, this show is considerably lacking in content, costs attendees more, has one of the most disappointing exclusive sets (my opinion), released their registration info way too late, and yet more people are attending :???: . I guess Hasbro needs to do something to insure Animated is marketed well during the time of the show (and will be a pay off). For me, I'm skipping this year for the above reasons and a few others. I hope they pick up the slack for next year's Botcon.


QF f'n T :APPLAUSE:

There really is nothing else to say about this announcment.
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (684178)
Posted by Wheeljack35 on April 19th, 2008 @ 3:16pm CDT
This is only good news for people who live in that area or who have the money to go to Botcon

I don't see why they need a test market These toys will sell
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (684378)
Posted by Delicon on April 19th, 2008 @ 8:31pm CDT
Does anyone know where these stores are in relation to the Con?

Cincy isn't exactly small.
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (684461)
Posted by First-Aid on April 19th, 2008 @ 11:50pm CDT
Satan's Camaro wrote:Shit, Shit, Shit.

Why is it that Hasbro NEVER chooses the west?


Probably because you guys usually get the figs firsts anyways thanks to distribution and arrival from China on the West Coast...gotta let us Midwesterners have something...besides earthquakes that is...

Besides the rest of us in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Iowa will be lucky to see the figs by the end of August...
Re: HASBRO Officially Announces Cincinnati Is Test City For TF Animated Toys (684996)
Posted by xler8 on April 21st, 2008 @ 12:58am CDT
I haven't been reading posts lately, just the headlines. I surprised people don't like the anim figures. I picked up a bunch in Cinci this weekend and really like them. The voyager Megs is the my fav megatron after from the mpiece one.


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lots of animated figs at tru in kenwood:
7800 Montgomery Rd Cincinnati, OH 45236
513 - 791 - 8697

walmart (ridge) had only 2 left:
3430 Highland Ave, Cincinnati, OH

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