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    Australia
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    I'm hot
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    Transformers Victory Opening Theme
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    Transformers
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    Transformers
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    Transformers (Marvel G1)
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    I wish I could say Transformers
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    Swindler
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    Goki, Gok, Son Convoy
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    When you're as hot as me the sun shines on you twenty-four hours a day!
  1. Hi folks. Back in October, Hasbro approached me to translate and adapt MP22's booklet into English for their release of this toy, which comes out first in Hasbro Hong Kong's markets at the same time as Takara TOMY's version (December 27). I've only just become aware of a mistake that I have made in the translation of Step 11. I do not know if Hasbro have picked up on this mistake and corrected it, but at any rate, with just over a week to go before this toy hits shelves, it would be much too late for Hasbro to make any correction. So I would like to post the correction here, and please feel free to copy and share this image around. :) Australia should be the first Western market to get the Hasbro version, and it's due in February as a Toys R Us exclusive (SKN 086323). Cheers, Goktimus Prime
  2. In Australia our price points* have remained unchanged, but indeed we are getting less 'bang' for our buck. The one annoying new price point is Commander Class... smaller than Scouts, yet more expensive. Gah. :( It does make it harder to justify paying full RRP for toys now -- recently more fans are inclined to wait until I find a toy on sale rather than paying full RRP. A lot of Australian fans are now referring to full RRP as "impatience tax" (i.e. as opposed to just waiting a few weeks or months to get the toy on sale). One suggestion I heard from someone - and this is purely just speculative hearsay, so I don't know how true this really is - is that the increasing cost of oil/petrol has lead to toy companies making their toys smaller and dearer. Another theory I've heard is the increase in political instability in the Middle East; someone pointed out to me that we saw the "cheapening" of TF toys starting with Dark of the Moon, which came out shortly after oil-producing countries like Libya were thrown into chaos. *massive.shrug* I'll miss the old Libyan flag though. Would've been the world's easiest flag for kids to colour in at school. ;) ----------------------------------------------------------- *Which, like all Hasbro regions outside N. America, is WAY more expensive (e.g. Deluxe RRP = $30)
  3. Gee, hard to say considering how mediocre 2012's fare has been... Masterpiece Optimus Prime (though the hunt for him was a massive load of butthurt). None of the others really stand out to me. :/ Most of my more exciting acquisitions have been of toys that came out before 2012, like _finally_ finding United Frenzy/Rumble, but then surprisingly managing to score it for free. :D But yeah, although I got those toys in 2012, they're technically 2011 figures.
  4. People's comments about the quality of Hasbro's toys is very relevant too. And it's not something this petition covers -- the petition merely asks Hasbro to resume giving us Classicsverse toys. We all vote with our wallets in terms of telling Hasbro if their toys are any good or not. :) I think the Asian exclusives are developed by a different branch of Hasbro than the US branch in Pawtucket Rhode Island. I suspect by their branch in China. Although it would be super easy for other Hasbro branches to source those toys and release them into other Hasbro markets too.
  5. You're right. I didn't mean it that way, but I can see how others may have interpreted it otherwise. I've now editted the petition and REMOVED all mention of Third Party toys. The wording now ONLY focuses on asking Hasbro to resume making Classicsverse toys. That was always my original intent with this petition, but I've clearly sidetracked myself by mentioning the Third Party stuff. Anyway, fixed now. :) P.S. I have now editted post #1 to better reflect the nature of the petition. Staff: could someone please edit the News page and remove or edit the old image and replace it with the new one (see Post #1)? Thank you.
  6. IMHO a new character - even one that's known to fans and unknown to kids - has a better chance of being appealing to a random child than yet another Bumblebee! A well made toy will sell, even if it's not known to kids through stuff like movies, cartoons etc. Remember that the original batch of Transformers that was released in 1984 grossed US$1.4 million by the end of that year, making it the most successful debut toy line. And that was when the TF media was in its infancy (most of us living outside the U.S. never saw the cartoon until 1985, and yet the toys still sold in '84). Beast Wars also boasted impressive toy sales by time the cartoon came along (a year after the toys debuted it lifted Transformers from being nearly dead at the end of G2 to being the 3rd best selling boys' toy line (#1: Toy Story, #2: Star Wars)). Robots In Disguise came out here months before the cartoon ever aired, and yet the toys sold like hotcakes. Revenge of the Fallen Devastator was an impressive character in the film, and yet the awful Combiner Class toy shelfwarmed. Think back to when you were a kid -- you liked awesome toys because they were awesome, regardless of their canonical appearance (that's something that kids might be concerned about at an older age). For example, when I was really little my favourite Star Wars droid was Ar-Five De-Four, not Artoo Detoo. Ar-Five had THREE eyes (all of which could shoot lasers, of course). My favourite non-droid toy was the AT-AT Commander, because he looked like a really cool dude in a suit of armour who could fly and have super powers! I loved those toys way more than say Obi-Wan Kenobi or Darth Vader! My favourite G.I. Joe toy was some Cobra dude called the Interrogator... to this day I still have no idea what his story is, but in my world he was some benevolent alien with super powers (oh, he had Batman's cape :P). My favourite G1 toy was (and still is) Beachcomber. Not the coolest character perhaps, but I just _love_ that toy! (so much so he was the one Transformer toy that I took with me to my own wedding :)). If you make a good toy, a child will love it. Hasbro has already released several characters in CHUGUR that would have been rather unknown to non-fans (and especially kids), such as: + Classics & Universe Leo Prime (Lio Convoy) + Universe Storm Cloud + Universe Tread Bolt + Universe Acid Storm + Generations Drift + Generations Darkmount (Straxus) + Generations Sky Shadow (Black Shadow) ...etc If Hasbro saw fit to release toys like those into the mass general market, I don't see why they can't make/release toys based on less-obscure G1 characters like Skids, Hoist, Gears, Hubcap, Tailgate, Arcee, Sludge, Slug, Snarl etc.
  7. http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/hasbro-inc-make-more-transformers-based-on-g1-characters-with-modern-day-toy-design-2?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=url_share&utm_campaign=url_share_after_sign Please feel free to share this petition and spread the word. Let Hasbro hear our collective voices! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Since 2006 Hasbro produced Transformers based on beloved Generation 1 characters using modern toy designs in lines such as Classics, Universe, Generations, Reveal the Shield, Transformers 2010 etc. These toys have proven highly popular with fan collectors, however in recent years Hasbro has significantly declined in manufacturing and selling such toys. By signing this petition, we hereby agree that: a. We wish for Hasbro to produce/sell more Transformers toys based on classic (e.g. Generation 1) characters. b. If Hasbro were to do this, we promise to consider purchasing these toys.
  8. Australia's a Hasbro market, so we got the U.S. version. Airachnid's arms are five flavours of fail. It's similar to the arms on Vehicon, which leads me to believe that the toys were designed by the same person... but they've worked out worse on Airachnid than Vehicon. But to be fair, Airachnid is a more ambitious design challenge than Vehicon. Airachnid's just another reason why letting animators design Transformers first (instead of letting toy designers just design them as toys) is a bad idea. :( I wish Hasbro would quit it and go back to the old formula of just designing toys as toys - without any concern for "show accuracy". Make the toys first, then let cartoonists work out how to design it for the show.
  9. Airachnid is kinda rare down here. We haven't seen Transformers below the $5 since the 1980s! The cheapest we get are $7 Legends/Legions... $5 if they're on sale. :~( Welcome the world of TF pricing outside N. America. (T-T) As for the toy... yeah, it's not good, but I don't think it's quite as horrible as some people make it out to be. I can see what HasTak have tried to do with this toy, but it just doesn't work out so well in execution. It's one of those "nice try but no Cy-Gar" toys (like say, the Fuzors ;p). The colours on this toy initially appears really dull, but on closer inspection you can actually see that they've put some interesting detailing in certain places, like gold lines bordering the face, and purple on the little sculpted Decepticon insignia. I got mine for $23, which is the cheapest it's ever been seen here. :/ For $3.50, you're laughing! (Australian Aldis don't even stock Transformers...)
  10. Some comparison photos between Knock Out and Smokescreen Vehicle mode Robot mode:
  11. Blackarachnia = spider Airachnid = helicopter just sayin' ;)
  12. The only good thing I can say about this toy is that I got it cheap (it was on sale, so I ended up paying $1 above the RRP for a Scout :P). Then again, I don't believe people should pay above RRP for any toy; so if you really want to get this toy, try to get it at BELOW the standard cost of a Deluxe --- certainly don't pay above Deluxe RRP for this figure. Otherwise, it's just many levels of disappointing. * The figure itself -- bland as hell. It completely relies on those annoying stickers for added detail, moreso than any other Arms Micron toy. Other AM toys still look okay without their stickers... but Smokescreen looks like some unpainted prototype. * Using the Knock Out mould as Smokescreen... eeh... close but no cigar. It's really the position of the doors on the arms instead of the back that makes it look more Knock Out than Smokescreen. At least they gave it a new head... a better effort than Dark of the Moon Legion Class Mirage. * S-2 is just rubbish. It looks like a promising Arms Micron figure, especially with a humanoid robot mode... but it's terrible. The plastic quality is like cheap knock off grade and VERY easily warps (so be very careful when removing pieces off the sprue). The only good thing I can say about it is that it's a nice tribute to Devcon. But that alone isn't worth getting the toy for. Just bring on the Beast Hunter version (the stupid armour is removable, right?). Heh, that's cool! :D I'd been wondering about the meaning of the name... better than calling it SM (as in Japanese SM stands for "sadomasochism" :P) Not just the head, but almost the whole body...
  13. Yeah, I really want Smokescreen. :) I ordered Arms Micron Smokescreen just before the announcement for BH Smokescreen came out - d'oh! So now I have an AM Smokescreen. Ah well... at least the Micron is a neat tribute to Devcon (it's the ONLY good thing about it, the rest of that little figure is pure crappity crapness on a craphat). Don't even start me on how stupid the stickers are... or that it's just a very bland repaint/retool of Knock Out. Gah! Had I known about BH Smokescreen at the time, I wouldn't have bothered ordering AM Smokescreen. C'est la vie. I'll get Ripclaw and Las--, Lazerback (sigh)... the others don't interest me in the slightest. These toys aren't out here now -- probably won't be for months.
  14. My daughter had fun playing with it as a Lego people carrier :) (she was about 1 1/2 at the time ;))
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