Toys R Us Sells Transformers Encore
Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 5:04AM CSTCategories: Toy News, Store News
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Encore Optimus Prime
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Posted by Jazzz on December 4th, 2007 @ 5:16am CST
probably cause no body will buy them from one online source for such a high price.
Hasbro, release cheap encore figures in stores, much better idea.
Posted by d_hunter on December 4th, 2007 @ 6:44am CST
This 6 inch Transformer Megatron PVC figure in the alternate mode of a Walther P 38. Megatron is the Decepticon leader. This is a remake of the Original Collection piece, which are nearly impossible to find now and was one of the best selling items when the first edition came out. This revised figure features some new parts (new molds).
Posted by Liege Evilmus on December 4th, 2007 @ 7:32am CST
They didn't sell till clearance(at which point I snatched them right up). It's sad when Ebays the cheapest.
Posted by 0ctane on December 4th, 2007 @ 7:36am CST
I can understand them selling Prime, Soundwave and Starscream, but gun megatron? even the classic nerf megatron had to have an orange cap and that didn't even look like a realistic gun.
Posted by AlienQuiksilver on December 4th, 2007 @ 7:38am CST
It's cool that they are available at retail, though. Gives everyone a fair shot.
Posted by Optimus747 on December 4th, 2007 @ 7:46am CST
Posted by Satomiblood on December 4th, 2007 @ 8:05am CST
shortround wrote:So toy r us.com jumped on encore band wagon doesn't suprise me anything to make a buck I guess.
Where I'm from at least (Pennsylvania), it's at least a step up from the pathetic line up they have in stock now.
"The #1 Place For All of Your Transformer Needs" my ass.
Posted by reanimate28 on December 4th, 2007 @ 8:40am CST
Posted by Metroplex79 on December 4th, 2007 @ 9:50am CST
For that Soundwave price, I got a complete original with 3 complete cassettes, plus complete Quake...7 years ago. :p
Barring that, I can still get 2 reissue Soundwaves at my local TRU. As a previous poster has already stated.
TRU Reissue Starscream was $35, and Optimus was $90CDN IIRC, unless this variety comes with cool bonus stuff, then as everyone else says, it's over-priced.
Posted by Sonray on December 4th, 2007 @ 10:02am CST
Posted by Sludge*loves*beer on December 4th, 2007 @ 10:32am CST
Looks like Toy R Us will be selling Takara Encores online. The prices are about a $100 a piece except Starscream is $59.99
Expensive! I was at Anime Jungle last week in Little Tokyo in LA and picked up Encore SS for $40. Soundwave was $50 and I think Optimus was about $70. SS was a little more than BBTS, shipping from BBTS would've evened it up I guess.
Are there any other places in LA that sell Imported or original (ie used) TFs? Any of the comic stores have a toy slant?
Thanks for the info on Anime Jungle. I would like to check it out sometime soon. Toy Mandala in Sherman Oaks was selling Prime and Megatron Encore for $119 each. Soundwave was around a $100. I went to Mini Melt in Eagle Rock and they were selling the Megatron for $149. I am interested in the Encore series and purchased the first four for $187 on eBay. The only problem is that the lady is taking forever to send it. She keeps giving me the run around how the item is in customs and will be arriving soon. I would be fine with that if she didn’t tell me the exact same thing two weeks ago. Thanks for the info and sorry for the complainig.
Posted by Sludge*loves*beer on December 4th, 2007 @ 10:34am CST
Posted by Duo Prime on December 4th, 2007 @ 10:37am CST
Posted by Dragonoth on December 4th, 2007 @ 11:27am CST
Although I'm watching encore Ironhide/Ratchet.
Posted by Gutter Bunny on December 4th, 2007 @ 11:34am CST
Posted by Zeds on December 4th, 2007 @ 12:20pm CST
Posted by Seibertron on December 4th, 2007 @ 1:49pm CST
1. How are Walmart, Target and Toys R Us able to surpass the supposed "toy gun" law that we keep getting told about that prevents us from getting a G1 Megatron reissue here in the States?
2. Don't these retailers have a "responsibility" to abide by our laws or is this not an actual law at all?
3. Does this law not apply to sales on the Internet? If it does not apply to Internet sales, then why did eBay take such drastic measures earlier this year to prevent sales of non-orange capped Megatrons with their service?
4. What about the whole Optimus Prime short smoke stacks debate? How about Starscream's missiles? I'm starting to wonder if these are issues on which Hasbro has self-regulated themselves to avoid potential lawsuits and such.
5. If that's the case, why wouldn't a company like Walmart, who has far more money at stake than Hasbro, take even less chances with issues like toy gun safety laws and drop tests in regards to Starscream's missiles and Optimus Prime's smokestacks.
6. Why are the prices so high? Is it because there's a middle man involved here? The prices are too consistent between these big three that it seems like Distributoys is taking a huge chunk of the profit here to resell these items back to these major retailers.
7. Why are these 3 companies not dealing directly with TakaraTomy's distributors instead of an American-based distributor that is already marking up the prices? Walmart is notorious for eliminating the middle man ... it seems like this is the perfect opportunity for them to do it.
8. Are the prices so high on these 4 items that it means these 3 store chains will ignore or look over some of the areas of concern Hasbro has expressed through their past actions by changing Starscream's missiles, castrating Prime's smokestacks and simply not releasing the reissue of Megatron?
9. How is it that Hasbro doesn't have more control over how the Transformers are distributed in the U.S.? Some of you might disagree with this next statement, but it seems kind of scary for Hasbro if the major retailers can just import the Japanese figures and bypass Hasbro altogether.
10. Why didn't Hasbro have G1 reissues available at retail stores in time for the movie this year? It's very obvious that the major store chains want these products available to to sell. I think it's a shame that these retailers simply found another avenue to bring us these reissues. That means less money in Hasbro's pocket which is a bummer ... I want Hasbro to make as much money as they can with this brand so that our hobby will continue as long as possible.
I'm sure I have other questions and thoughts regarding this, but the above list will give you guys enough to chew on in the mean time.
Posted by Gaijin on December 4th, 2007 @ 3:33pm CST
Posted by JTKranix on December 4th, 2007 @ 3:35pm CST
Gaijin wrote:This news is not surprising to me in the slightest. Granted, I knew about Wal-Mart having these on their site. And, now with TRU selling them as well on their site, as I said, it isn't surprising. TRU seems more geared up toward people with money anyway. Take the two that were in Wichita, Kansas. They closed one and turned it into Babies R Us. The only remaining one is on the east side, where all the rich people live.
They did the same thing here. Turned the Lansing one into a Babies R Us and kept the Okemos one.
Sad thing is, the Lansing one was the better of the two stores. The Okemos one is one of the worst TRU I have ever been to stock wise.
Posted by i_amtrunks on December 4th, 2007 @ 4:05pm CST
Anyone else think they (along with Target and Walmart) are gouging the prices to really cash in on the Movie's popularity?