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Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper

Transformers News: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper

Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 9:30PM CDT

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Everyone has been wondering what's next for the Takara Tomy Missing Link line after two stellar figures of Optimus Prime and we may have our answer. Images first appearing on Chinese social media network Baidu appear to be showing the next two figures in the line, C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper. Like Prime both figures are shown as being fully articulated, but also unlike the originals will include weapons. If these end up being real and not an elaborate prank then we should see official images and pre-orders in the middle of next week.

Transformers News: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper

Transformers News: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper

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Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2179884)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 30th, 2024 @ 9:36pm CDT
I kinda wish they offered a second version of Bee with his retooled cartoon-based head to go with the cartoon-colored Optimus toy.

And if Cliffjumper needs second version, his could have been Hubcap.
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2179885)
Posted by Emerje on April 30th, 2024 @ 9:39pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:I kinda wish they offered a second version of Bee with his retooled cartoon-based head to go with the cartoon-colored Optimus toy.

I'm hoping this figure just comes with a second head/face since CJ comes with the bazooka.

Emerje
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2179889)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on May 1st, 2024 @ 12:01am CDT
Glad they're doing this, but I have the equivalents that my favorite 3P Impossible Toys went out of business to produce, so these aren't quite as tempting as they should be.

(I.T. brought it on themselves by not doing every last Quint design in the cartoon)

And while they should do a 2nd 'toon-head Bee, as these are priced better for double-dipping than M.L. Convoy, it's more important to do the toy head, as I've had one argument too many with fans who don't remember Bumblebee's 1st toy having a plate-mouth, and the awesome Takara retool probably muddied the issue when it hit the pegs at WalMart.

Mostly, I hope they repaint them into missing links to all those South American variants. Those I'll buy the bejeezus out of, and send on international missions with all my Funskool Joe homage toys. To take on Roboskull MKII, you need a Supercop, Superhero, Street Hawk, Rednok, Canary Ann, and a great-white-Bumblebee that may or may not be Bug Bite! And blue Snake Eyes to match M.L. Glyph, as she deciphers the lawsuit-dodging names.
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2179903)
Posted by Emerje on May 1st, 2024 @ 11:36am CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:Mostly, I hope they repaint them into missing links to all those South American variants. Those I'll buy the bejeezus out of, and send on international missions with all my Funskool Joe homage toys. To take on Roboskull MKII, you need a Supercop, Superhero, Street Hawk, Rednok, Canary Ann, and a great-white-Bumblebee that may or may not be Bug Bite! And blue Snake Eyes to match M.L. Glyph, as she deciphers the lawsuit-dodging names.

Depending on the price I could see them getting a lot of milage out of them. I'd personally love some chromed out G2 repaints, but that might be outside the scope of Missing Link and its G1 mission.

My fingers are crossed that these end up around $25-$30 USD considering how Prime's prices ended up. Doubt I'd buy them from Amazon Japan since the shipping price would probably be $20+, save that and go with Hasbro, I can't imagine their final price would be more than importing.

Emerje
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2179904)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on May 1st, 2024 @ 11:53am CDT
Emerje wrote:
Bumblevivisector wrote:Mostly, I hope they repaint them into missing links to all those South American variants. Those I'll buy the bejeezus out of, and send on international missions with all my Funskool Joe homage toys. To take on Roboskull MKII, you need a Supercop, Superhero, Street Hawk, Rednok, Canary Ann, and a great-white-Bumblebee that may or may not be Bug Bite! And blue Snake Eyes to match M.L. Glyph, as she deciphers the lawsuit-dodging names.

Depending on the price I could see them getting a lot of milage out of them. I'd personally love some chromed out G2 repaints, but that might be outside the scope of Missing Link and its G1 mission.

My fingers are crossed that these end up around $25-$30 USD considering how Prime's prices ended up. Doubt I'd buy them from Amazon Japan since the shipping price would probably be $20+, save that and go with Hasbro, I can't imagine their final price would be more than importing.

Emerje


I have always found getting figures from Amazon Japan to be cheaper than getting them from domestic retailers. You might think the shipping cost is expensive but when you compare to domestic options for the same time frame it's not.
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2179907)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 1st, 2024 @ 12:04pm CDT
ah dammit.... they look good
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2179913)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on May 1st, 2024 @ 1:15pm CDT
I love these guys, Bee here will look great next to my original G1 Bee, I can’t believe they haven’t made these sooner (sorry 3P). All that being said, anyone else sad that we’ll probably never get a G1 Megatron in this line? Not unless he’s ungodly amalgamation of safety colors, which, pass.
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2179929)
Posted by Emerje on May 1st, 2024 @ 8:52pm CDT
chuckdawg1999 wrote:I have always found getting figures from Amazon Japan to be cheaper than getting them from domestic retailers. You might think the shipping cost is expensive but when you compare to domestic options for the same time frame it's not.

Normally I would agree, but that's when dealing with larger $100+ figures. These are going to come in tiny boxes most likely but we wont save anything in shipping since the minimum cost from Amazon Japan is pretty high.

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Emerje
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2179930)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on May 1st, 2024 @ 9:07pm CDT
Emerje wrote:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:I have always found getting figures from Amazon Japan to be cheaper than getting them from domestic retailers. You might think the shipping cost is expensive but when you compare to domestic options for the same time frame it's not.

Normally I would agree, but that's when dealing with larger $100+ figures. These are going to come in tiny boxes most likely but we wont save anything in shipping since the minimum cost from Amazon Japan is pretty high.

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Emerje


AJ fast shipping is three days, compare that to what BBTS charges and the cost is roughly the same.
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2179932)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on May 1st, 2024 @ 10:00pm CDT
chuckdawg1999 wrote:
Emerje wrote:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:I have always found getting figures from Amazon Japan to be cheaper than getting them from domestic retailers. You might think the shipping cost is expensive but when you compare to domestic options for the same time frame it's not.

Normally I would agree, but that's when dealing with larger $100+ figures. These are going to come in tiny boxes most likely but we wont save anything in shipping since the minimum cost from Amazon Japan is pretty high.

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Emerje


AJ fast shipping is three days, compare that to what BBTS charges and the cost is roughly the same.


I'll point out that pre-ordering from a domestic retailer would cost way cheaper in shipping, yes, but they may ship the thing MONTHS after Amazon Japan.

I preordered the Ghost Starscream and Waspinator set from Age 3 & Up a good while ago and they plan to ship it... in December. Paying around 40$CAN more would allow me to get the thing RIGHT NOW from Amazon Japan.

I'll wait.......................

Let's hope the difference in shipping time won't be as bad for MP Super Ginrai.
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2179933)
Posted by Emerje on May 1st, 2024 @ 10:34pm CDT
Yeah, I'll wait months if it means saving money. I only import when it saves me money, three day shipping is just a perk but not a guarantee (my last order for Riggorus took two weeks, they don't always ship DHL).

Emerje
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2179936)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 2nd, 2024 @ 6:43am CDT
Emerje wrote:Yeah, I'll wait months if it means saving money. I only import when it saves me money, three day shipping is just a perk but not a guarantee (my last order for Riggorus took two weeks, they don't always ship DHL).

Emerje

Also depends entirely on the figure. I usually go Amazon JP for MPs, but the funny thing is, the recent MPs after shipping were the same cost at BBTS basically, and BBTS has $4 shipping, so hardly a big difference. Also, most of the recent MPs were available at BBTS within 2 weeks of Amazon JP shipping, so the gap has narrowed significantly there.
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2179938)
Posted by Emerje on May 2nd, 2024 @ 8:13am CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
Emerje wrote:Yeah, I'll wait months if it means saving money. I only import when it saves me money, three day shipping is just a perk but not a guarantee (my last order for Riggorus took two weeks, they don't always ship DHL).

Emerje

Also depends entirely on the figure. I usually go Amazon JP for MPs, but the funny thing is, the recent MPs after shipping were the same cost at BBTS basically, and BBTS has $4 shipping, so hardly a big difference. Also, most of the recent MPs were available at BBTS within 2 weeks of Amazon JP shipping, so the gap has narrowed significantly there.

Indeed, I think Riggorus at Amazon Japan only saved me like $10 over Hasbro Pulse once factoring in tax, and Pulse had it in stock remarkably fast compared to other recent releases. Hasbro used to price figures by taking the Japanese MSRP and just moving the decimal point over, but now they seem to be using real conversion prices so once you factor in the extra Japanese discounts but add back the increased shipping prices the prices are pretty close. We're really only saving anything because the conversion gap continues to widen between pre-order and release.

Emerje
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2180059)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 7th, 2024 @ 3:27pm CDT
Amazon Japan listings with official images of Missing Link C-03 Bumble and C-04 Cliff.
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2180067)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on May 7th, 2024 @ 3:59pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Amazon Japan listings with official images of Missing Link C-03 Bumble and C-04 Cliff.


Nice, but almost 60$CAN plus taxes, plus almost 40$CAN of shipping for around 100$CAN EACH is a big fat NOPE.

I'll wait for them to be in store (not as pre-order) at A3&U or something.
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2180069)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on May 7th, 2024 @ 4:16pm CDT
Ordered both at the same time but it looks like it'll be two separate shipments. I like how they look but I really, really hope we don't get a Bumblebee with a toon head down the line.
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2180071)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on May 7th, 2024 @ 4:26pm CDT
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Ordered both at the same time but it looks like it'll be two separate shipments. I like how they look but I really, really hope we don't get a Bumblebee with a toon head down the line.


At nearly 40$CAN each shipments, that's the dealbreaker for me.
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2180078)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 7th, 2024 @ 6:17pm CDT
OH, they are so beautiful!
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2180087)
Posted by Emerje on May 7th, 2024 @ 9:15pm CDT
They look great, but I'm definitely waiting to see what Hasbro prices them at. They're $30 on AmiAmi and have cheaper shipping options if you don't mind waiting (or want to bundle with other things to absorb some of the cost like I would). Amazon Japan will probably eventually reduce the price to $30, but that's still a lot for shipping, $18 which isn't going to change, meaning currently they're $55 each, and if they come down to $30 you're still paying $48 each.

Don't disappoint us, Hasbro, you've been doing a great job with import prices lately! ;)^

Emerje
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2180090)
Posted by Emerje on May 7th, 2024 @ 10:31pm CDT
I don't know if it's mentioned on Amazo Japan (because I can't go there on my phone without it trying to change the app location and I'm at work right now) but these do include rub symbols and foil stickers (for the Autobot symbol and robot chest design). What's shown in the pics aren't the default.

Emerje
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2180123)
Posted by Emerje on May 9th, 2024 @ 10:32am CDT
So TFSource has them listed at $50 each, but I'm pretty sure that's just them importing since they have the same release month and we know how Hasbro times their releases initially. That is about $5 less than the current Amazon Japan price, but that price is going to come down and TFSource doesn't include shipping and Tax in their price so they're really only a good option if you're already getting free shipping from other orders.

Hasbro is doing a Transformers Tuesday next week so maybe they'll wait until then to start taking orders if they don't do it this week.

Emerje
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2180419)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 15th, 2024 @ 7:41pm CDT
I preordered Cliffjumper from BBTS for $40
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2180444)
Posted by Emerje on May 15th, 2024 @ 11:54pm CDT
I ordered both on AmiAmi, they're only $30 each there. Just added them to my November pre-orders since they're confirmed to be coming in small boxes similar to the one I posted earlier and should have much affect on the shipping price.

Emerje
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2180456)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on May 16th, 2024 @ 4:48am CDT
Emerje wrote:I ordered both on AmiAmi, they're only $30 each there. Just added them to my November pre-orders since they're confirmed to be coming in small boxes similar to the one I posted earlier and should have much affect on the shipping price.

Emerje


Please help me out here.

If I order both at once from them, would they be smart enough to put them in the same shipping box, unlike Amazon?
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2180476)
Posted by Emerje on May 16th, 2024 @ 10:54am CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Emerje wrote:I ordered both on AmiAmi, they're only $30 each there. Just added them to my November pre-orders since they're confirmed to be coming in small boxes similar to the one I posted earlier and should have much affect on the shipping price.

Emerje


Please help me out here.

If I order both at once from them, would they be smart enough to put them in the same shipping box, unlike Amazon?

Yep, they always combine orders for the same month when ordered together, but you can also go into your account and just add orders to monthly shipments manually. I also recently found out that if you place an order for something in stock and you have pre-orders out for the same month you can just add them to the pre-order and they'll ship them when the pre-order comes in.

Emerje
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2180482)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on May 16th, 2024 @ 12:54pm CDT
Emerje wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Emerje wrote:I ordered both on AmiAmi, they're only $30 each there. Just added them to my November pre-orders since they're confirmed to be coming in small boxes similar to the one I posted earlier and should have much affect on the shipping price.

Emerje


Please help me out here.

If I order both at once from them, would they be smart enough to put them in the same shipping box, unlike Amazon?

Yep, they always combine orders for the same month when ordered together, but you can also go into your account and just add orders to monthly shipments manually. I also recently found out that if you place an order for something in stock and you have pre-orders out for the same month you can just add them to the pre-order and they'll ship them when the pre-order comes in.

Emerje


Good.

Now, if only I could pay now, when the yen is so low....
Re: Potential First Look at Missing Link C-03 Bumblebee and C-04 Cliffjumper (2180718)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 23rd, 2024 @ 7:40pm CDT
I don't know why, but I keep coming back to Cliff's head and bazooka, and I love both a lot

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