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  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).

    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 worst part was that we all got excited about the new classic style toys we saw being promoted, then only to find out they were Asian exclusives. Same goes for the last few DOTM toys. It seems that Hasbro has been cranking out the ideas and following through with these things that we want, but for some reason or another, they don't end up in the US.

    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. With all due respects, Goktimus. It would be better to have just made that case and left the "Help us put an end to Third Party Transformers toys..." out. Maybe you don't mean it that way, but I am sure some people are seeing it as a bit of an attack on what these these parties are doing, for better or worse.

    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)



    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. Goki, do you get the US versions or the Japanese versions where you are?

    Australia's a Hasbro market, so we got the U.S. version.


    Black Arachnia is one of my favorite Transformers, so it is of no coincidence Airachnid is one of my favorites. I know exactly what Goktimus is saying. One thing that bugs me is how that nicely sculpted head could be hidden with all that back kibble?!! The toy is not the greatest by a long shot, but it does appear they tried. I could forgive Hasbro and Takara if not for Airachnid's huge, flat hands!!

    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. 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.


    Great review. I do hope he gets released here in the US by Hasbro.

    Just bring on the Beast Hunter version (the stupid armour is removable, right?).


    As for the Arms Micron figure, his name is S.2 It's essentially Smokescreen's initials "SS".

    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)


    As for his head, it reminds me of Devcon from the G1 Season 2 episode, The Gambler.

    Not just the head, but almost the whole body...


  11. 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.

  12. Now, if I can somehow talk my wife into not killing me when I drop $100 a piece on them..... :P

    $100 each?!?



    Just my opinion... but I don't think that's better value for money. Anyway, good luck with that. I have to answer to my wife if I so much as spend more than $7 on a toy! :D


    Let's post our photos of Transformers with celebrities...


    TF Prime FE Deluxe Optimus Prime with TV host Waleed Aly


  13. I was NEVER attempting to engage you in a debate about licensed vs unlicensed Transformers toys. You said that Pyro and Artfire are "overpriced repaints" and doing so implied that the third party toys are better value. I'm asking you to EXPLAIN this to me. That's IT.


    I mean, if you're going to ACCUSE these toys of being overpriced repaints - FINE - but be prepared to explain your viewpoint if called upon. I mean, if someone said "G1 sucks!" that's their opinion and they're entitled to it... but they better be prepared to tell us why! Likewise I'm NOT SAYING THAT YOU'RE WRONG... you said that these toys are overpriced repaints, so I'm asking WHY? At any rate, if you're unwilling to explain your opinion, then I'm not going to push you.


    Anyway, here are some action poses of my own...



  14. Is MP sideswipe a deluxe sized fig? Not last I checked.

    I never said that they _were_ Deluxe sized. I said that they look to be "about Deluxe sized," then I asked you if that was a fair guesstimate or not.


    And again, I don't care about getting into a debate about who gets what, and for how much. I prefer third party these days, and you prefer otherwise.

    I was intentionally avoiding that debate altogether. You went and said "expensive repaints," implying that the third party toys you got are better value for money, yes? So I'd like to know HOW much better value for money they are by comparing them with their equivalent size classes, or nearest approximated size class.


    I don't own those third party toys, so I need your help to let me know what the nearest approximated size class would be. MP Lambor is 15cm tall, and the average Deluxe is about 13cm. And looking at your photos, those third party toys look a tad shorter than MP Lambor, so maybe 13.5~14cm? Again, it's _just_ an estimate. Another thing to consider is engineering... some people say that MP Lambor is overpriced for a toy that's only marginally taller than a Deluxe, but of course, we both know that the engineering in that toy is well above Deluxe level, so that's something to take into consideration too (having said that, I _don't_ think Lambor is worth his RRP... but I digress :P). There's NO way I can judge the engineering quality or play value of those third party toys by looking at your photo, so again I would need to rely on YOUR opinion about it, which is why I'm asking you.


    So taking in factors such as size, but also playability and engineering etc etc., which of Hasbro's TF price points would you say these third party toys are comparable with? If you think that they're better than a Deluxe, then would you say that they're more closer to a Voyager? If so, how much is the standard price of those toys compared to the RRP of a Voyager?


    I'm NOT trying to engage you in a "Licensed vs Unlicensed toys" debate here, I'm JUST trying to discuss value for money, since YOU claimed that Pyro and Artfire are "expensive repaints." Of course, 'value' and 'expensive' can be subjectively interpreted, so I'm using Price Point RRPs as a fixed and objective measuring standard.

  15. Here is your size comparison. :)

    Hmm... they look to be about Deluxe sized in that pic. Would that be a fair guesstimate?


    In my opinion, these days I'd rather spend my money on individually engineered G1 homaged transformer-esque toys that I can easily find and purchase online than 15 repaints of a voyager class figure that's been price hiked because it's considered "limited" or "exclusive".

    Okay, but I'm just curious to know how "price hiked" these Voyagers are compared to say those third party toys you've purchased. So let's just use the Voyager RRP as the standard here and compare by percentages.

    I paid 60% above Voyager RRP for Pyro.

    I paid 20% above Voyager RRP for Artfire.


    How much did those toys cost above or below Deluxe RRP? (or Voyager RRP if you think those toys are closer to being Voyagers in terms of size and engineering)

  16. Yeah I hear ya dude. I don't have the time these days to have long extended story-campaigns either. So most of my play has regressed back to more simple stories that are really excuses for fights etc. i.e. stuff that plays out like a Michael Bay plot! :D Seriously... the Bay movie stories are like watching a 10 year old (or busy 35 year old :P) play with their toys.

    "Waaaahhh! Take this, Sentinel Prime you traitor!"

    "Beeeeeeee---, he's activated the Space Bridge and there's like a zillion Decepticons popping out of the moon!"

    "What?! Why are there Decepticons on the moon??! Where the hell did they come from?!"

    "They were hidden there for millions of years, wahahahahahaha!"

    "What?! Why??! That doesn't make any se--"

    "BOOM! Earth is under attack, Autobots!! Wahahahaha, Decepticons ATTAAAAAAAAAAAACK!"



  17. ...and back to the third party stuff that is actually not a bunch of expensive repaints. ;)

    How big are those toys? (i.e. which size class do they most closely match?) -- and how much do they cost compared to the regular retail price for that size class?


    For me...

    + Pyro = I paid x1.6 above Voyager RRP for this toy. Yes, it was expensive... but cheaper than what I would pay for an original G1 Pyro (that would likely crumble on me)

    + Artfire = I paid x1.2 above Voyager RRP for this toy. Not cheap, but I don't know if I'd say it's massively expensive either. Again, cheaper than what I would have to pay for an original G1 Artfire


    I paid standard RRP for Inferno and Grapple, so they were neither expensive nor cheap... just "regular" priced.




    Another Transformer action pose:


  18. How old are you?????

    I've never understood why people seem to think toy playing is "immature" (and I thought I would have better understanding here in a community of adults who collect toys).


    It's a gross misconception that full toy play is nothing more than just "Vrrooomm! Pow Pow pow!" Who EVER plays like that?!? I know I certainly never did when I was a kid. Toy play is an imaginative exercise -- think of Andy when he plays with his toys in Toy Story... you let your imagination run wild. Even during the 1980s I never played with my toys with just mindless action/violence... I always had to construct some element of story in with the fantasy. And that was part of what I really loved about Transformers over other toys, because there was this rich canon attached with the toys. These weren't just random robots that transformed and zoomed around and blew stuff up... they were actual characters, each with their own individual personality traits - desires, hopes, fears, abilities, weaknesses. That's what Michael Bay fails to understand which made his Transformers movies so disappointing (stories need to be character driven).


    As I grew older, so did the complexity or sophistication of my play pattern. By time I was in high school, I was playing out actual story arcs... miniature sagas, rather than the short self-contained stories that I played out when I was younger. It would take weeks, months -- once or twice even a YEAR to play out an entire story. By time I was in senior high school, I was employing strategies... divide and conquer, the use of intelligence and counter intelligence etc. I would read books like "The Art of War" and try to apply them in toy play campaigns.


    Why is it acceptable now for adults to play video games, but not play with toys? I find video games to be far less mentally stimulating than toy play, because it doesn't require nearly the amount of CREATIVITY that toy play offers. In a video game, like say Fall of Cybertron, most things are already made for you by someone else. The choices you make are limited by whatever the programmers have put in. The environments you're in, the characters you encounter, available weapons, resources etc etc etc., it's all pre-determined in the game. With toy play, YOU determine what happens... there is NO limitation except for your imagination (well, and what toys you have :P). I have WAY more fun playing with my toys than any video game. Video games honestly bore me after a while. You hear people whinge about wanting more maps or more weapons or certain abilities for characters etc. -- with toys you can just imagine up any environment, weapons or abilities for your Transformers! You want G1 Bumblebee to fly at supersonic speeds in vehicle mode? Make it so! You want G1 Galvatron to wrestle a giant teddy bear? DO IT!! There are no limits! And some Masterpieces can still be played in the same way, provided that they're solid enough. Optimus Prime(s) and Grimlock are the best (albeit pricey). Some of the others not so much because their not solid enough toys. Playing with toys isn't just about making fast action. You construct a plot - one with a complication that needs to connect to a resolution.


    galvatar.jpg"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein

  19. Here's my thought. I used to collect McFarlane toys for their extreme realistic looks. They were considered "action figures", but anybody collecting them new you didn't play with them. They were glorified statues that weren't built very well. I see MP Transformers like this. They are built pretty decent, but they aren't designed to be rough housed.

    MacFarlane toys were terrible toys. I got a few of the Samurai X toys... absolute Scheißhaus.

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