Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail

Transformers News: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 1:02PM CDT

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We've given you the Seibertron.com gallery of Age of Extinction Leader Bumblebee (a redeco of the DOTM figure), and it appears this figure is actually at retail, though only in Costco so far. This particular sighting comes from fellow member reluctantyouth, and a Costco in East Peoria, Illinois, priced at $26.99. If you come across this, or other figures we haven't reported on yet, drop us a line with pictures at sightings@seibertron.com, and remember to use the Sightings page and forums to help out fellow fans!

Transformers News: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail

Transformers News: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail

Transformers News: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail

Transformers News: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail
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Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604456)
Posted by wilcosu35 on September 6th, 2014 @ 1:05pm CDT
Great Scott! it looks horrible. and having bee on the box front in his yellow on black-deco isn't helping
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604458)
Posted by Shockwave7 on September 6th, 2014 @ 1:10pm CDT
Oh WOW! I can't WAIT to get yet another Bumblebee figure!

...

I predict a LONG life on the shelf for these things.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604461)
Posted by Amelie on September 6th, 2014 @ 1:20pm CDT
We keep saying "long shelf life" and "won't sell" - but we've been saying this since 2007. After even 2 years, you'd think if this wasn't a successful strategy that Hasbro would simply have ditched it. Clearly its earning a profit somewhere, and a healthy one - because they're still doing it 7 years later. ;)
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604464)
Posted by Shockwave7 on September 6th, 2014 @ 1:38pm CDT
Either that or they just think it's cheaper/easier to use pre-existing molds for him. Or perhaps, these are just all the DOTM ones that failed to sell, repackaged, and ditched the mtech weapon...? Maybe hasbro figured it was better to just eat the cost of the mechtech weapons and use this old figure than it was to make 'new' ones.... A sign that even they've given up trying to improve this thing.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604465)
Posted by Amelie on September 6th, 2014 @ 1:46pm CDT
That might be the case, but that they've been doing this for 7 years now with the movie line still suggests its a strategy that works. If they thought making a new mold would yield a bigger profit - they'd be doing that, so either DotM Bumblebee's tooling still hasn't made a profit (which seems crazy - I can't imagine Hasbro having a sale-or-return policy and that toy was EVERYWHERE during DotM) or they think its still go some mileage for spinning a buck ;)
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604468)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on September 6th, 2014 @ 1:57pm CDT
Shockwave7 wrote:Either that or they just think it's cheaper/easier to use pre-existing molds for him. Or perhaps, these are just all the DOTM ones that failed to sell, repackaged, and ditched the mtech weapon...? Maybe hasbro figured it was better to just eat the cost of the mechtech weapons and use this old figure than it was to make 'new' ones.... A sign that even they've given up trying to improve this thing.


They're slight repaints, if you must know. Check the galleries for comparisons.

And "repackagings" is a total misnomer. Despite the name, they're nothing more than new product runs using the exact specifications of an older toy. Hasbro does not do repackaging nor buying back stock: stores sell unsold stock to other stores for cheap.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604484)
Posted by MightyMagnus78 on September 6th, 2014 @ 3:44pm CDT
That AOE leader Bumble was such a wasted opportunity. He could have awesome with a new mould in the old Camaro style, but alas we get DOTM Bee (which IMO is a terrible figure anyway) with less paint and minus his electrics for £35. :SICK:
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604491)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on September 6th, 2014 @ 4:22pm CDT
Seibertron member Bounti76 has sent us an image of a couple new Age of Extinction Titans figures found in a Kmart in Woods Cross, Utah. These Titans are Kmart exclusives and feature electronic sound effects and voices. They are retailing for $19.99. If you have your own new sighting, you can submit your news via the Submit News link or email them to sightings@seibertron.com.

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Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604497)
Posted by Marcdachamp on September 6th, 2014 @ 4:35pm CDT
Saw Prime almost a month ago, but hadn't realized it was news! What does Grimlock say?? Please tell me it's a G1 voice chip. I'll throw my money at it!
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604502)
Posted by crazyfist on September 6th, 2014 @ 4:49pm CDT
I saw these the other day. Optimus Prime has Peter Cullen's voice and Grimlock has a generic voice but I must admit, it does sound pretty good. It doesn't sound like Gregg Berger, but it sounds like a deep giant barbarian type of a voice (if that even made sense). He says things like 'Grimlock destroy!', 'I want to munch metal' stuff like that. I hate these titan things, but I might just get Grimlock because he talks and didn't talk in the movie.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604511)
Posted by Shockwave7 on September 6th, 2014 @ 5:35pm CDT
They're still crummy shampoo bottles. Only now they can annoy you with screechy sounds!
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604512)
Posted by Autobot032 on September 6th, 2014 @ 5:36pm CDT
Those Titans are so boring and silly. I'm still trying to figure out what their purpose is. I can't understand why they exist. I realize they're for kids because they're simplistic and that's fine, but the kids that would like these are too little to see or even enjoy the films anyway.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604530)
Posted by Sabrblade on September 6th, 2014 @ 7:09pm CDT
Maybe it's these that are the toys that Rick Sellers and other voice actors recorded lines for.

To be sure, what phrases does the Grimlock toy say?
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604571)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on September 6th, 2014 @ 11:04pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Shockwave7 wrote:Either that or they just think it's cheaper/easier to use pre-existing molds for him. Or perhaps, these are just all the DOTM ones that failed to sell, repackaged, and ditched the mtech weapon...? Maybe hasbro figured it was better to just eat the cost of the mechtech weapons and use this old figure than it was to make 'new' ones.... A sign that even they've given up trying to improve this thing.


They're slight repaints, if you must know. Check the galleries for comparisons.

And "repackagings" is a total misnomer. Despite the name, they're nothing more than new product runs using the exact specifications of an older toy. Hasbro does not do repackaging nor buying back stock: stores sell unsold stock to other stores for cheap.


Actually Hasbro bought back Rise of Cobra movie figures from Wal Mart that were sitting on shelves to get the chain to carry Pursuit of Cobra.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604639)
Posted by Heckfire on September 7th, 2014 @ 7:53am CDT
That's a relief...I was worried by the pic on the TRU site whether the Classics Prime had both guns or not, since the pic showed him without the smokestacks/rifle in both modes, but the pic of the box on the shelf looks like he has it still. Has anyone gotten the set and can confirm this, though? I wanna know before I drop $50 for it.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604700)
Posted by OptimalOptimus2 on September 7th, 2014 @ 12:45pm CDT
The AOE toyline is dead. It's nothing now.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604743)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on September 7th, 2014 @ 3:15pm CDT
OptimalOptimus2 wrote:The AOE toyline is dead. It's nothing now.


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Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1604747)
Posted by william-james88 on September 7th, 2014 @ 3:21pm CDT
OptimalOptimus2 wrote:The AOE toyline is dead. It's nothing now.


I am stil looking forward to the Optimus Evolution 2 pack as well as the protectobots evac squad (firetruck and helicopter) since dont own any of these molds http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/new-product-images-of-hasbro-protectobots/30895/
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1605080)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on September 9th, 2014 @ 6:31am CDT
Darren K Nelson of the Wichita Transformers Fans Facebook group has reported that the Platinum Edition Silver Knight Optimus Prime has been spotted at a few Targets in the Wichita, KS area. This is a redeco of the first edition leader class mold that was originally exclusive to Amazon. The deco includes chromed thighs and chest.

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Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Leader Bumblebee Sighted at US Retail (1605081)
Posted by Yweggo on September 9th, 2014 @ 6:38am CDT
Other then the chrome I kinda like him.

That being said, the only way I'm getting him is if I can find him on clearance.

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