Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger?

Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger?

Friday, April 8th, 2011 9:48pm CDT

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Where in the world is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? If you live in Canada or the United Kingdom, then you already know the answer to this question. If you live in the United States or anywhere else with a shortage of the aforementioned bot, then you know the frustration this question has brought to many collectors. The latest RTS Scout assortment has been spotted all over Canada and the U.K.

Why haven't we seen hide nor hair of these figures in the U.S.? The answer to this question is purely speculation at this point. There are rumors that Hasbro has decided to cancel the scout assortment in the U.S. There could be many possible reasons why Hasbro would choose to do this if it is true. One reason might be that over seas currencies are doing better than the U.S. Dollar. Other companies have done this before. Here are a couple of interesting articles about this practice.

http://www.wiiblog.net/struggling-us-dollar-effects-wii-fit-release-805/

The other aspect of the shortage sounds more believable than the first. The US economy has been struggling for the past few months. We’ve seen food and gas prices rise as the dollar has lost its’ power. The euro has actually become more valuable than the dollar, and for this reason accounts for some of the shortage. It’s been estimated that Europe received over 2 million Wii Fit units, while America only received 500,000.


Here is a quote from Michael Pachter, a professional analyst, “The shortage demonstrates one consequence of the weak dollar. We’re seeing companies ignore their largest market simply because they can make a greater profit elsewhere”
When it comes down to any business, it’s all about maximizing your profit. I don’t blame Nintendo for increasing units to Europe, nor do I hold any ill-will towards the decision. For people who are left wanting a Wii Fit, should just blame the shortage to bad economical timing. The dollar will eventually strengthen, barring any un-forseen disaster. Hopefully the next shipment of Wii Fits will see a stronger dollar, therefore a better ratio for Wii Fit units shipped.


http://www.vgzero.com/thread-15007-post-291648.html

According to Victor Godinez of dallasnews.com, the real culprit behind the shortage of Wii consoles in the Americas is the weak US Dollar. With realistic fears of an economic recession looming in the USA, Nintendo are currently making much higher profits from selling Wii in Europe. In the last year, the value of €1 (Euro Currency) has rocketed from $1.35 all the way to $1.51.

In an interview with GameStop analyst Michael Pachter, Godinez asked how an economic slowdown might affect the availability of the Wii. Pachter claims that Nintendo are behaving "perfectly rationally" in their marketing strategy, that is, sending extra numbers of Wii consoles to Europe in order to "satisfy the more profitable consumers there". But as the demand for Nintendo products in Europe is now reaching a plateau stage, surplus systems should find themselves steadily filtering into the American market.

An explanation on the source website explains all these economics rather well:

With a weak dollar, foreign companies that sell their goods in the U.S. for dollars and then convert those dollars to their native currencies get a smaller profit than if they sell their products in countries with strong currencies of their own (such as Europe with the Euro). In other words, Nintendo makes a bigger profit on Wiis sold in Europe than on Wiis sold in the U.S.
It is a reasonable assumption that Nintendo may be waiting furthermore for the US Dollar to stabilize itself once again; which may just happen as European demand for Wii starts its levelling-out phase. Opinions as always in the forum.


Also in the same predicament are the RTS G1 legends assortment. Whether or not these will hit the shelves in the U.S. is up for debate. This is the exact same mix of ingredients that happened to the Transformers Universe G1 legends assortment the came out before the first Transformers movie in 2006. Many collectors reported never seeing them at retail. Will this happen again?

This is purely speculation based on the availble facts.


This article was last modified on Friday, April 8th, 2011 10:16pm CDT

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Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206802)
Posted by DevastaTTor on April 8th, 2011 @ 10:03pm CDT
Got to laugh about this considering this was probably going to be the only scout I've ever purchased. Hope we see this later in the DOTM line along with Rumble.
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206804)
Posted by Anonymous on April 8th, 2011 @ 10:08pm CDT
Mr O wrote:And you are..?


An admirer of all things related to overreaction. Maintain some sort of perspective in the matter of collecting toys. Try not to get emotional about that which is most frivolous. I am sure you comprehend my meaning.
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206809)
Posted by Samurai Bludgeon on April 8th, 2011 @ 10:23pm CDT
If someone could get me a hook up I would gladly pay via paypal (Item+shipping+plus a finders fee) -pm me please! (just want one)
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206815)
Posted by Rated X on April 8th, 2011 @ 10:34pm CDT
Right now Hasbro is a piece of s**t on my s**tlist. Going to target every day in hopes of finding an additional 2 wreck gars for the Junkion armor I already paid for. Cant find a god damn thing. In K-Mart, wal-mart, or TRU. And forget about Grapple and Lugnut. Have never seen em. I refuse to start having to buy Hasbro stuff online and pay shipping and wait for stuff that is supposeed available right here. This is BS...
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206816)
Posted by Mkall on April 8th, 2011 @ 10:35pm CDT
Rated X wrote:Right now Hasbro is a piece of s**t on my s**tlist. Going to target every day in hopes of finding an additional 2 wreck gars for the Junkion armor I already paid for. Cant find a god damn thing. In K-Mart, wal-mart, or TRU. And forget about Grapple and Lugnut. Have never seen em. I refuse to start having to buy Hasbro stuff online and pay shipping and wait for stuff that is supposeed available right here. This is BS...

Don't Blame Hasbro, blame the suppliers that actually sell their wares.

Although I DO blame Hasbro for short-packing Windcharger in cases of 8. Seriously, WTF?
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206819)
Posted by NicholasPrime on April 8th, 2011 @ 10:40pm CDT
LOST Cybertronian wrote:Where in the world is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? If you live in Canada or the United Kingdom, then you already know the answer to this question. If you live in the United States or anywhere else with a shortage of the aforementioned bot, then you know the frustration this question has brought to many collectors. The latest RTS Scout assortment has been spotted all over Canada and the U.K.

Why haven't we seen hide nor hair of these figures in the U.S.? The answer to this question is purely speculation at this point. There are rumors that Hasbro has decided to cancel the scout assortment in the U.S. There could be many possible reasons why Hasbro would choose to do this if it is true. One reason might be that over seas currencies are doing better than the U.S. Dollar. Other companies have done this before. Here are a couple of interesting articles about this practice.

[...]

Also in the same predicament are the RTS G1 legends assortment. Whether or not these will hit the shelves in the U.S. is up for debate. This is the exact same mix of ingredients that happened to the Transformers Universe G1 legends assortment the came out before the first Transformers movie in 2006. Many collectors reported never seeing them at retail. Will this happen again?

This is purely speculation based on the availble facts.



This is just not true. These figures have in fact been released to the US market. One has to assume, in fact, that the larger retailers (Wal-Mart) have just stopped ordering this stuff in anticipation of upcoming movie product, much the same way they fall off at the tail end of any line. So much of their inventory will be tied up in movie product that they can't sell until street date hits, that they are happy to sell out existing product on the pegs, and not worry about refreshing until the next planogram hits. In other words, the problem isn't just Hasbro's fault, but also the Big Three toy retailers for being too big to pay attention to particular assortment mixes.

I say that these figures have been released to US retail because they shipped through Diamond Comics Distributors to your local comic shop (also known as "Channel Six," in retail terms), if they carry them. We currently have all the G1 Legends (OP, Megs, Starscream, Trail"cutter", Gold Bumblebee, and Prowl) in stock at my store, but have long since sold out the more desirable Windchargers. For those of you still looking for these pieces, my advice is to try your LCS to see if they have anything left. I suppose it's likely these toys could also show up at other Channel Six retailers, places you wouldn't usually look for toys, like Kohl's, or drug stores, or some such. Good luck guys, and happy hunting!
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206820)
Posted by alternator77 on April 8th, 2011 @ 10:41pm CDT
i dont agree with the article on the front page. there i said it quoting a few articles about the wii while people are paying 200+ dollars for smartphones,and other gizmos (ps3, xbox, apple)not to mention apps and $60 games negates that in my book. bottom line is most stores loaded up on rotf and htfd and got burned in the sense that they now have to get rid of it all at the same time theyre trying to move rts, pcc, and generations.its oversaturated pure and simple.its just oversaturated with stuff collectors are tired of and already have.
my other reasoning is that if scouts were really dead hasbro wouldnt be making such a push with this new "cyberverse" incarnation with you guessed it scout size figures.my guess and ill stick to it is that theyll release these last figures in the movie line.
personally im not feeling wincharger but i sympathize with those who want him.
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206821)
Posted by germismith on April 8th, 2011 @ 10:41pm CDT
Tack virtually any of the other 2011 waves onto this, and that's Minnesota. We get it late as-is, if at all.
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206822)
Posted by robofreak on April 8th, 2011 @ 10:42pm CDT
Just calm down everyone. We're going to get them eventually.

HFTD line really messed stuff up with all the excess stock. If it dissapeared we wouldn't have this problem.
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206823)
Posted by mattyc1007 on April 8th, 2011 @ 10:42pm CDT
Hurts to see so many of our TF Brothers in trouble, especially when (last time I was there) my local ASDA had a few in stock :(
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206824)
Posted by alternator77 on April 8th, 2011 @ 10:48pm CDT
robofreak wrote:Just calm down everyone. We're going to get them eventually.

HFTD line really messed stuff up with all the excess stock. If it dissapeared we wouldn't have this problem.


THIS!
exactly i mean every store in my area still has
walmart-7-8 leader ss/prime
tru-at least 12 leaders and 60multipacks
target-htfd deluxes to the max

these are estimates from my visits to them today.
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206825)
Posted by onsanyo-con on April 8th, 2011 @ 10:50pm CDT
robofreak wrote:Just calm down everyone. We're going to get them eventually.

HFTD line really messed stuff up with all the excess stock. If it dissapeared we wouldn't have this problem.

Most of you will, I still have barely wave 2 of the PCC the wave one has been here for forever, and the stupid Chromia repaints and Skids repaints are still on shelves. Along with them is barely ANY generations figures in the first place i was lucky to get my Drift, which was already opened and missing the 2 short swords. =_=
Edit: Sorry, the amount of rage rushing through my veins makes me wanna bash my head into every darn store manager I know.
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206831)
Posted by alternator77 on April 8th, 2011 @ 10:56pm CDT
onsanyo-con wrote:
robofreak wrote:Just calm down everyone. We're going to get them eventually.

HFTD line really messed stuff up with all the excess stock. If it dissapeared we wouldn't have this problem.

Most of you will, I still have barely wave 2 of the PCC the wave one has been here for forever, and the stupid Chromia repaints and Skids repaints are still on shelves. Along with them is barely ANY generations figures in the first place i was lucky to get my Drift, which was already opened and missing the 2 short swords. =_=
Edit: Sorry, the amount of rage rushing through my veins makes me wanna bash my head into every darn store manager I know.


try looking in khols,burlington coat factory, or tjmaxx/marshalls i found nearly every pcc even the newer waves there.hope that helps a little :D
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206838)
Posted by Heavy B on April 8th, 2011 @ 11:06pm CDT
big surprise. im still waiting on RTS wave 1. seriously, i still have first wave ROTF toys where i live. i compleately missed out on most of the new toys that came out the last 6-7 months
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206851)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on April 8th, 2011 @ 11:49pm CDT
the title should also say all RTS except for Battle in space, PCC wave 2 and above, and the generations wave with Kup. And since DOTM is right around the corner we're probably never going to see these on shelves, and since HTS is always sold out most of us will never have them. Maybe if there werent so many damn sea attack ravages out there there wouldnt be a problem.
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206852)
Posted by sabrigami on April 8th, 2011 @ 11:59pm CDT
Megatron Wolf wrote:the title should also say all RTS except for Battle in space, PCC wave 2 and above, and the generations wave with Kup. And since DOTM is right around the corner we're probably never going to see these on shelves, and since HTS is always sold out most of us will never have them. Maybe if there werent so many damn sea attack ravages out there there wouldnt be a problem.


Yeah, It's kinda depressing isn't it? :sad: I'm all for diversity and stuff but some many posters are right about the damage the RotF stuff has done to most stores. Thankfully, I got most of the ones I wanted online already, but it seems I should give up trying to find Wreckgar, Wheeljack and Rumble/Frenzy. very sad times indeed, I will keep and eye out for Windcharger and see if I can help peeps out but my area blows lol. Hopefully in the summer I can just order online again, store hunting sucks, especially with DotM on the horizon :evil:
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206856)
Posted by OptiMagnus on April 9th, 2011 @ 12:09am CDT
At least in my area, the scouts are the worst selling class of all. Maybe the sales are just too slow to have incentive to put more out before DOTM. However, I've just started to see new Generations and Reveal the Shield all over, including older waves of Generations, HFTD, and PCC that never made it to the shelves. I have a feeling my theory will be correct...May 16th will be the day of "old" TF clearance.
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206857)
Posted by TheDownshift on April 9th, 2011 @ 12:16am CDT
It's not like I ever really got much in my neck of the woods. Still, I was looking forward to RtS Frenzy.
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206858)
Posted by kirbenvost on April 9th, 2011 @ 12:16am CDT
Mkall wrote:
Rated X wrote:Right now Hasbro is a piece of s**t on my s**tlist. Going to target every day in hopes of finding an additional 2 wreck gars for the Junkion armor I already paid for. Cant find a god damn thing. In K-Mart, wal-mart, or TRU. And forget about Grapple and Lugnut. Have never seen em. I refuse to start having to buy Hasbro stuff online and pay shipping and wait for stuff that is supposeed available right here. This is BS...

Don't Blame Hasbro, blame the suppliers that actually sell their wares.

Although I DO blame Hasbro for short-packing Windcharger in cases of 8. Seriously, WTF?


Exactly. This is about stores ordering too much slow-moving HFTD stock and then wanting to skip these waves in favor of DOTM. Hasbro deserves some of the blame because of crappy wave assortments and misjudging how well certain items would sell. But it's not all them. And this always seems to happen before a movie line, unfortunately.

Ironically, I anticipated this happening in Canada so I preordered nearly all of my RTS/Generations figs, but I'm still out of luck for Rumble & Frenzy. They'll sell them eventually though, if they already produced them. It's just a question of when.
Re: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? (1206861)
Posted by TheDownshift on April 9th, 2011 @ 12:24am CDT
Didn't the same thing happen for Skystalker's wave in the ROTF toyline? I mean, I NEVER saw him in stores. Same for Evac and Skipjack.

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