Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada

Transformers News: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada

Monday, April 16th, 2018 10:53AM CDT

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Walmart Canada now has the entirety of the first wave of Transformers Studio Series available in their stores, including the leader class toys Grimlock and Blackout. The voyagers and deluxes are also present and those two classes can also be purchased on their website. The prices are the new MSRP based on the price jump from the Pemier Edition Transformers: The Last Knight toys, where deluxes are $29.97, voyagers are $39.97 and leaders are $69.97.

These toys are trickling across North America right now, at various retail outlets (Target in the US now has the leaders for instance) and opinions have been mixed but generally more positive than negative. Many wonder if this line will continue and Hasbro already did confirm more toys coming, such as the toys for characters from the upcoming Bumblebee movie that have been pushed to a later release in an attempt to be on shelves closer to the film's release.


Transformers News: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada

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Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953335)
Posted by Rated X on April 16th, 2018 @ 11:12am CDT
Ouch. Are they serious about those prices? Does it really cost them that much extra per unit to get them on the shelves in mass quanity? Or is that just using the economy as an excuse to f**k the general public? Oh well...at least the free health insurance helps build up some extra spending money.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953337)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 16th, 2018 @ 11:18am CDT
Rated X wrote:Ouch. Are they serious about those prices? Does it really cost them that much extra per unit to get them on the shelves in mass quanity? Or is that just using the economy as an excuse to f**k the general public? Oh well...at least the free health insurance helps build up some extra spending money.
Those are Canadian Dollars, which are a little higher in value than American Dollars.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953339)
Posted by william-james88 on April 16th, 2018 @ 11:20am CDT
Rated X wrote:Ouch. Are they serious about those prices? Does it really cost them that much extra per unit to get them on the shelves in mass quanity? Or is that just using the economy as an excuse to f**k the general public?


None of it, its just BS. Because the Power of the Primes right next to them are 19.99 for deluxe, 29.99 for voyager and 54.99 for leader. I highly doubt the added production cost of th Studio Series line is 30% more than the cost of the POTP figures. Its just them looking at what they can get away with as a premium price for figures percieved to be premium.

Sabrblade wrote:
Rated X wrote:Ouch. Are they serious about those prices? Does it really cost them that much extra per unit to get them on the shelves in mass quanity? Or is that just using the economy as an excuse to f**k the general public? Oh well...at least the free health insurance helps build up some extra spending money.
Those are Canadian Dollars, which are a little higher in value than American Dollars.


But as you can see with what i describe above, there is still a gap between two lines. The US has that too, I think, but not to this extent. And plus, even though our dollar is worth less, its not like we make more. In nominal value, similar jobs result in similar take home pay between the US and Canada (maybe less in Canada due to added taxes). And we both have dollar stores that sell similar stuff for a dollar or two. Our prices are generally the same, at a nominal level, hence why Americans feel like millionaires when they come here. My dollar may be worth less but I am also paid in this crappy ass dollar, so its not like raising the price to cover change in currency makes any sense when that is all someone has to pay for it. These toys are becoming simply unafordable.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953350)
Posted by Brokebot on April 16th, 2018 @ 12:10pm CDT
Several of these future peg warmers have shown up in a Walmart in Hardeeville, SC. as well.

Yay. >:oP
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953353)
Posted by william-james88 on April 16th, 2018 @ 12:38pm CDT
So yeah, that grimlock is pretty cool. I find the articulation a little more limited than I would expect but th deco is nice. I dont get how that tail works though and what I am supposed to do since its made up of 5 pieces and nothing tabs together.

One cool thing though is that in all the images of this toy even in hand images from fellow fans, I never ever realized that his robot hand (and in fact the entire arm) is right there in beast mode for all to see. But I never did. Pretty cool how it just blends in there and is hidden in plain sight. Helps limit the excess kibble. Dont know if this is toy of the year material though.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953361)
Posted by Sunstar on April 16th, 2018 @ 1:02pm CDT
I found my Starscream at E.B. for 35 dollars.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953440)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 16th, 2018 @ 7:05pm CDT
SFXPrime wrote:I'm hoping the Studio Series will keep going. I would love to have a Leader Class Demolisher from Revenge of the Fallen.

Yes please.

I am so stoked for a movie generations line, and there are many good things that could come from the line. I want a new Bonecrusher so bad, and a large Demolishor would be awesome too. Imagine, since he doesn't really need to content with feet and he's a small body with wheels and arms, how tall they could make him at leader scale. He could have 1 wheel folded down inside the box if they went that route.

Also just figured out that the AoE Dinobots are not much smaller than Devastator (please give us a toy of him with proper transforming components please!) and Demolishor would be about Grimlock sized at the tops of his wheels
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953477)
Posted by william-james88 on April 16th, 2018 @ 10:41pm CDT
Regarding Grimlock's long soft back flaps (which quite frankly, I dont think were necessary and dont add that much to robot mode), I transformed him according to instructions and they settle just fine even being against gravity.




I do really like how everything is hidden in plain sight.








As for blackout, I expected worse for the panels, ala Sentinel Prime or ROTF Jetfire. This is fine. Its not perfect though, here is what I end up with:







Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953487)
Posted by Bucky on April 17th, 2018 @ 12:53am CDT
For the most part, my Blackout fits together well. The side panels may take some messing with to tab properly, but once they’re in, they’re pretty much in. There’s only two spots that bug me panel-wise, but I can overlook them, because I’m honestly in love with the bot and alt mode.

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There’s a gap here, which is apparently common. It seems that’s just how it is. The right and left joining pieces, for me, fit together terribly. I don’t know if the connectors just suck, but the mechanism keeps separating them. Takes some trying. I did obviously get them together though.

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It bugged me, at first, that this panel doesn’t go flush with the side of the body, but I think I can overlook it now. Not sure if there’s no clearance for it on the inside, or what.



So it’s not without its issues, but Blackout is definitely my favorite so far from this line. It may actually be my personal favorite figure from the over the last few years.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953629)
Posted by william-james88 on April 17th, 2018 @ 2:07pm CDT
Since the SS series is quite young ad wont get a top 5 list for a while, I am thinking of doing an article showing their rank. Like Wave 1 from best to worst. But you know what, its kinda tricky. BB is at the end, Grimlock, Starscream and Barricade are in top 3 and the rest is all kind of muddied. Like not really sure who is better between Stinger, Ratchet, Crowbar and Optimus. They are all ok but not phenominal and all have really obvious flaws.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953632)
Posted by william-james88 on April 17th, 2018 @ 2:28pm CDT
The TFCN Facebook page had a listing for an upcoming Bonecrucher toy but since it was using a placeholder shadow image of the older deluxe toy, we waited until further proof before newsing. Well, it only took one day and now we have proof of an upcoming voyager Bonecrusher as part of the Transformers Studio Series line. Funny enough, he comes to us as one in a pair of new listings with the other new listing being none other than the bot who destroyed him, Optimus Prime. The code is different from the voyager Optimus Prime from wave 1 so it is most probably him in a new body (probably his Transformers The Last Knight body). Or it might just be a redeco of the wave 1 voyager, just as the upcoming Sarscream toy is simply a redeco of the wave 1 voyager.

The info comes to us from Mr Chaos who provided many early codes and listings in the past. This is what he shared on the TFW2005 boards:

[quote]TRA MV6 STUDIO SERIES BONECRUSH E3745
UPC 63050976995
PRICE: $29.99

He is listed with a new Optimus listing:

TRA MV6 STUDIO SERIES OPTIMUS E3747
UPC: 63050976996
PRICE $29.99[/quote]


Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953635)
Posted by Bucky on April 17th, 2018 @ 2:42pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:Since the SS series is quite young ad wont get a top 5 list for a while, I am thinking of doing an article showing their rank. Like Wave 1 from best to worst. But you know what, its kinda tricky. BB is at the end, Grimlock, Starscream and Barricade are in top 3 and the rest is all kind of muddied. Like not really sure who is better between Stinger, Ratchet, Crowbar and Optimus. They are all ok but not phenominal and all have really obvious flaws.



That’s a really accurate assessment, but I’d say OP is better than just “okay.” Out of all of them, its Blackout, Starscream, and Prime that I keep going back to. He’s a lot of fun to mess with. I’d put his balance and playability above Ratchet, Stinger, and Crowbar. Although Crowbar is definitely a lot of fun.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953638)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on April 17th, 2018 @ 2:44pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:The TFCN Facebook page had a listing for an upcoming Bonecrucher toy but since it was using a placeholder shadow image of the older deluxe toy, we waited until further proof before newsing. Well, it only took one day and now we have proof of an upcoming voyager Bonecrusher as part of the Transformers Studio Series line. Funny enough, he comes to us as one in a pair of new listings with the other new listing being none other than the bot who destroyed him, Optimus Prime. The code is different from the voyager Optimus Prime from wave 1 so it is most probably him in a new body (probably his Transformers The Last Knight body). Or it might just be a redeco of the wave 1 voyager, just as the upcoming Sarscream toy is simply a redeco of the wave 1 voyager.

The info comes to us from Mr Chaos who provided many early codes and listings in the past. This is what he shared on the TFW2005 boards:

[quote]TRA MV6 STUDIO SERIES BONECRUSH E3745
UPC 63050976995
PRICE: $29.99

He is listed with a new Optimus listing:

TRA MV6 STUDIO SERIES OPTIMUS E3747
UPC: 63050976996
PRICE $29.99



 [/quote]

If they're smart, Hasbro/Takara should just release Battle Blades Optimus Prime again with a premium, screen accurate paint job. That would rock my world. If that were the case, I'd probably bite and start collecting the Studio Series line. Right now, though, the current Studio Series Voyager Optimus is just a complete disappointment. :(
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953639)
Posted by william-james88 on April 17th, 2018 @ 2:49pm CDT
Wolfman Jake wrote:
If they're smart, Hasbro/Takara should just release Battle Blades Optimus Prime again with a premium, screen accurate paint job. That would rock my world. If that were the case, I'd probably bite and start collecting the Studio Series line. Right now, though, the current Studio Series Voyager Optimus is just a complete disappointment. :(

Is he even the right colours? I have lots of problems with this toy (why fake parts on a character full of obvious kibble?!) but the part I find so weird are the colours. I keep having the impression that the red is bright on screen (similar to the ROTF toy) and yet this toy has the red be burgundy. Where does that come from? He looks much much darker, almost as if they are tryingto simulate the lighting filter they use on the character models for a night scene.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953641)
Posted by Agent 53 on April 17th, 2018 @ 2:53pm CDT
Considering things I'd guess the new optimus is a remould of the SS one for the DOTM design (aka 2007/ROTF with new abs)
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953647)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on April 17th, 2018 @ 3:39pm CDT
:shock:
Please please please please let it be a DOTM Optimus.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953649)
Posted by SillyMcGilly on April 17th, 2018 @ 3:53pm CDT
I hope this Optimus is either the AoE design, or a recolor of the first Optimus into his DotM color scheme with the yellow and dark blue.

Edit: Seems some others agree with DotM Optimus, lol. I hope he would have the trailer as well, but I think that would only make sense as an exclusive box set or something.
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953662)
Posted by ZeroWolf on April 17th, 2018 @ 4:19pm CDT
They could put the trailer in but price him as a leader but as it stands I think it's going to be a redco, now the question would be if its display could link with bonecrushers
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953670)
Posted by LordBludgeon on April 17th, 2018 @ 4:57pm CDT
Question... who is Sarscream? :)
Re: Transformers Studio Series Leader Class Grimlock and Blackout and all Wave 1 Found at Walmart Canada (1953675)
Posted by Spider5800 on April 17th, 2018 @ 5:13pm CDT
Sweet! I hope Bonecrusher is a bigger (or at least wider) voyager like Starscream, OP was too small IMO.

Guessing the OP is the same mold with the abs from DotM, and possibly different accessories (his three-barreled gun would make sense).
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