Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail

Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail

Friday, March 30th, 2018 11:02pm CDT

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Last September, we had posted a list of the Transformers toys slated for release in 2017 that were not released yet. This was a reminder in case people saw them during the rest of the year, and in case they had indeed been found. The year is come and gone and we are even done with the first quarter of 2018 and some 2017 toys still have not been found on shelves in the US. Some have been found at toy wholesalers, but all of these below have not been found at retail yet. This is simply a heads up to the fan community in case they have seen them or in case they want to look into getting them now through other means than retail in case they are indeed skipped in the US and thus may command higher prices on the secondary market later (granted, some of these toys had very little anticipation).

Here are toys we do not yet have sightings of in the US (to the best of my knowledge):

Transformers The Last Knight

Legion Hound
Legion Dragonstorm
Allspark Starter Sqweeks
Allspark Megatron

These toys were all available on Entertainment Earth but only to be purchased with the entire wave which consisted of several repacks in every case. It may also be that Allspark Megatron did see a limited release on Amazon.

Deluxe Cogman was never found at US retail either though the entire wave was available for purchase at online collector oriented stores and online wholesalers.

Both Legion and Deluxe Hot Rod have never been found in Walmart stores but were plentiful online, making it a defacto online exclusive.


Robots in Disguise

Legion Cyclonus
Legion Heatseeker

These were not even offered in the US at the wholesaler level.

So if these are toys you saw in the US at retail, do let us know. And on e-bay ther is only 1 listing for Cyclonus, from Australia.

What is odd about all of these is that this is country specific. As you can see below, several of these toys were found at brick and mortar retail in other countries, just not the US.

Transformers News: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found in the US

Transformers News: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found in the US

Transformers News: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found in the US


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Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949445)
Posted by Quantum Surge on March 30th, 2018 @ 11:12pm CDT
I may sound like I'm livinmg under a rock, but what is up with distribution being slow in some areas or why some countries get to have figures earlier than others.
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949447)
Posted by Emerje on March 30th, 2018 @ 11:31pm CDT
Quantum Surge wrote:I may sound like I'm livinmg under a rock, but what is up with distribution being slow in some areas or why some countries get to have figures earlier than others.

Nobody knows, even Hasbro's own store doesn't carry them online. They simply don't exist in the US. And it isn't just the figures that didn't show up, there have been other figures that were "blink and you miss them" with exceedingly limited distribution. It's easy to say it's line-ender syndrome or Walmart didn't order them, but when the last 3 waves (half the line) of Titans Return Deluxe barely exist at retail at any store online and off there's a huge problem with distribution.

Emerje
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949448)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on March 30th, 2018 @ 11:32pm CDT
Quantum Surge wrote:I may sound like I'm livinmg under a rock, but what is up with distribution being slow in some areas or why some countries get to have figures earlier than others.


It's not necessarily that, it's also how fast any given assortment sells. Once old stock is near completely sold, new stock is ordered from Hasbro, which updates the contents at certain points throughout the year (the so-called "Waves" and "Revisions"). It sometimes happens that stock in any given area only gets completely sold once two or more of those updates have passed: that results in a wave being "skipped" for that area. Plus, stores may elect not to reorder if sales during a given period are slow, or if they over-ordered the first releases. Looking at you, movie lines :lol:

What's also a nasty habit is that tail-enders usually fall victim to being passed over in favor of ordering a new toy line. Because, you know, newer is better :-P
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949457)
Posted by Spider5800 on March 31st, 2018 @ 12:13am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Plus, stores may elect not to reorder if sales during a given period are slow, or if they over-ordered the first releases. Looking at you, movie lines :lol:


Ugh, this. All the stores in my area STILL have Berserker shelfwarming. I've seen Wave 2 deluxes twice, and I've never seen wave 3 or 4. At this point I've pretty much accepted that I'm never going to get Cogman unless a 3rd party from China copies the mold (basically the only way I could get deluxe Leadfoot from the DotM line).

At least the voyagers seemed to have gotten wide release everywhere. I saw Scorn and Nitro Zeus a couple of times, and several places still have Megatron and Hound available. Those were the best figures of the line anyway.
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949461)
Posted by Emerje on March 31st, 2018 @ 12:36am CDT
Spider5800 wrote:At least the voyagers seemed to have gotten wide release everywhere. I saw Scorn and Nitro Zeus a couple of times, and several places still have Megatron and Hound available. Those were the best figures of the line anyway.

I saw (and bought) a single Nitro at one store in early November while on a trip. I wouldn't see him locally (and Scorn for the firs time) until the week after Christmas. I would never see them again after that. Megatron and Ironhide were easier to find once enough Grimlocks sold to make room for them. By January the only Voyagers left in my area was some remaining Grimlocks and a Megatron. Just another example of crazy distribution. Some places get flooded with figures while others barely get anything.

Emerje
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949467)
Posted by EunuchRon on March 31st, 2018 @ 1:03am CDT
Yeah, it was a total bummer tryin' to find Cogman and Crosshairs. Luckily I got me Crosshairs for Xmas. I had to order Cogman. Sadly he's gonna be my last 'bot for a while. I'm outta room and outa dough. :-(
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949474)
Posted by Terrsolpix on March 31st, 2018 @ 1:54am CDT
That Canadian Walmart is so crazy to look at. After TLK wave 1 dropped Walmart never had more than 20 TFs at a time near me. Only exception was Christmas having the rest of their wave 1 trash and wave 12(?) rid figures out on shelves. My local store only has rid deluxes now and is being taken over by fnaf and nerf! :-(
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949479)
Posted by Burn on March 31st, 2018 @ 3:41am CDT
heh ... I actually saw Legion Cyclonus today, held him in my hand and everything. Had no idea he was rare.
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949523)
Posted by Blitzwing is bae on March 31st, 2018 @ 10:23am CDT
for those who live in southern california I suggest you try going to a collectable place called frank and sons its collectors heaven :BOWDOWN: :BOWDOWN: :BOWDOWN: :BOWDOWN: :BOWDOWN:
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949542)
Posted by hurricane567 on March 31st, 2018 @ 11:24am CDT
First, nobody wants All Spark Tech. Not even little kids. I got my Dlx Hotrod via Walmart.com and I got Legion Hotrod in a 2 pack with Bumblebee from Ross. Still haven't seen RiD Bludgeon or single carded Mini-Con Weaponizers.
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949546)
Posted by william-james88 on March 31st, 2018 @ 11:54am CDT
hurricane567 wrote:First, nobody wants All Spark Tech. Not even little kids. I got my Dlx Hotrod via Walmart.com and I got Legion Hotrod in a 2 pack with Bumblebee from Ross. Still haven't seen RiD Bludgeon or single carded Mini-Con Weaponizers.



Lol, those weaponizer mini cons are 2016 toys the US never got.
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949573)
Posted by Prime Nova on March 31st, 2018 @ 1:47pm CDT
I've seen Squeeks & Dragon in the UK, not sure about Hound.
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949580)
Posted by william-james88 on March 31st, 2018 @ 2:06pm CDT
Burn wrote:heh ... I actually saw Legion Cyclonus today, held him in my hand and everything. Had no idea he was rare.

I was thinking of you as I was writing this. I know that Australian prices are aweful compared to what TF toys cost in the US, but there are pros and cons to every country and now you can have a toy that is practically impossible for anyone in the US to own.

I mean seriously, this is pretty nuts. If a toy is not found at retail, an american could usually rely to get it online, either at a standard price at amazon, or at a more expensive collectables online store. Or worse case scenario, they have to buy a case at an online wholesaler. Or on amazon.com from a marketplace seller selling it for double retail. But in this case, the only way for an american to get that toy is that one seller in australia on e-bay which would cost $33.17 USD for either heatseeker or Cyclonus.

And the worst part is these are pretty decent toys for their size class/pricepoint. If you find them for less than $10 AU, I say why not. Plus you will be enjoying toys your friends here cant even dream to have Muahahahahahaha :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

PS: Just being dramatic for the sake of it, I love you all and do hope these become available in some way or another. No one should be denied toys.
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949584)
Posted by o.supreme on March 31st, 2018 @ 2:10pm CDT
I still maintain that TR Deluxe wave 5 should be on this list on a technicality. Sure there were some limited sightings, but these were EXTREMELY limited. I mean even more limited than CW tail enders.Those at least were sighted in aftermarket places such as TJ Maxx and Marshalls. TR deluxe wave 5 had no sightings beyond extremely limited release at some Targets, and were never offered on HTS or TRU websites. Even BBTS must have been in short supply (combined with high demand) because they sold out so quickly.
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949627)
Posted by Burn on March 31st, 2018 @ 4:49pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:I was thinking of you as I was writing this. I know that Australian prices are aweful compared to what TF toys cost in the US, but there are pros and cons to every country and now you can have a toy that is practically impossible for anyone in the US to own.

I have zero interest in the RiD Legion figures, If I'd known that at the time I would have grabbed him and flogged him off to some poor unsuspecting sucker someone who really wanted it for their collection.

Maybe he'll still be there next time I go back that way ...
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949718)
Posted by BATTLEMASTER IIC on March 31st, 2018 @ 10:55pm CDT
There were a ton of movie Transformers shelfwarming in my area. At the same time, I never saw TR Overlord or Misfire. I'm pretty disappointed that Misfire is so expensive aftermarket. I found only one Slugslinger, though.
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949733)
Posted by william-james88 on March 31st, 2018 @ 11:54pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:I still maintain that TR Deluxe wave 5 should be on this list on a technicality.


Arent they off the list due to a technicality?

Also, if anyone wants Windblade, she is on amazon (through TFSource) for 22.94

https://www.amazon.com/Transformers-Gen ... rn+misfire
Re: Several 2017 Transformers Toys Still Not Found at US Retail (1949738)
Posted by Emerje on April 1st, 2018 @ 1:20am CDT
BATTLEMASTER IIC wrote:There were a ton of movie Transformers shelfwarming in my area. At the same time, I never saw TR Overlord or Misfire. I'm pretty disappointed that Misfire is so expensive aftermarket. I found only one Slugslinger, though.

Overlord and Skyshadow were both just under $40 on Amazon back in February.

Emerje

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