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  1. As I understand it they do NOT have the molds. Those figures only got as far as hand-sculpted prototypes, no tooling was created which is evidently the big cost.
  2. Except we do know that. Hasbro doesn't choose the BC exclusives and FP doesn't have their free choice of everything. FP comes up with ideas and Hasbro approves them. Hasbro will only let FP make stuff that they have no interest in making. FP got to produce Astrotrain(aka Spacewarp) because Hasbro gave up selling that to retailers, however Hasbro supposedly still has hopes of getting the Seacons to a retailer, so FP hasn't gotten to make that. FP is making the seekers, so it must be that Hasbro has/had no intentions of ever producing them.
  3. Clutch with the VAMP and Hawk with the MMS were my first Joes at Christmas 82, though I can't remember which I opened first.
  4. No, it wasn't the Persuader. Thats a Joe tank. This was a Cobra construction vehicle. I am glad you mentioned the Buzz Boar. That thing was pretty cool back in the day and I have since forgoten about it. He's not answering your question, he's answering the thread's question. The Cobra bulldozer(I'd call it a payloader) was the Earthquake
  5. I don't think this necessarily means FP is choosing TFs as a priority of GI Joe, I think it's just the realization that this is the right time for the 2007 TF convention. I actually suspect the decision has more to do with Hasbro wanting it then and there than with any FP-internal decision. Really I'd bet FP and even the Hasbro GI Joe people couldn't say anything about this decision, with a major motion picture to promote/capitalize on I'd guess the decision was from Hasbro higher-ups and everyone else had to make it work. I doubt the conventions would ever be combined. It'd be a logistical problem, but more so it would be like FP reducing their "product line". Why have just 1 convention when you can run 2? It also seems to be the case that it's not any fan-issue that causes the Joe con and Botcon to be ~3 months apart, but just FP needing that much time to close one set of books and have the next convention running smoothly.
  6. If exposed hoses/wires is your argument, and you'd prefer a Masterpiece Prime design.... please realize Prime has EXPOSED hydraulic cylinders.
  7. The Constructicon color scheme is probably used a bit too often, and as far as Cybertron repaints go, I think that should be reserved for a Metroplex repaint as Devastator.
  8. I think the bright blue & yellow on the minicon is a very thoughtful reference to G1 Quickmix's two Targetmaster buddies.
  9. No it doesn't. "Spacewarp" was a proposed Hasbro item that never got released. Hot Spot/Defensor was a Glen Hallit proposed exclusive for OTFCC. The new club is not going to use his ideas. I don't know where the $40 thing comes from either unless people are confused and think this is a membership toy. The Deathsaurus exclusive was not $400+, it was $265(or $50 without the $40 membership) AND included 6 more other figures. Divide the cost up and Deathsaurus alone was probably around $100 worth of it. To befair its not just his idea ... Someone actaully MADe up a custom of it before they even thought of doing it & then they just ripped off the custom with the customizers permision I am sure :S Ya, someone probably did make a custom before them. Doesn't mean Glen stole the idea from someone else. Repainting a Firetruck transformer into Hot Spot is a pretty simple idea I'm sure many people can come up with independently. How many people have kitbashed A.Wheeljack into Sideswipe? Did everyone ripoff the first person? damn dude, did you just come here to argue with people and be a wise ass? if you dont agree with some thing or have some useful info to share then do it tactfully. if ya cant do that than keep your twinky hole shut cause your condescending attitude is not welcome here Sorry, I guess, I don't see anything that's terribly wise ass in the post. Sorry I don't post too often, I guess I'm generally a lurker but mostly only feel compelled to post when there's misinformation to correct. Especially when the misinformation is insulting to any person, even Glen. He was suggesting Glen stole the idea from someone, which I know of no proof for and the assumption makes little sense to me. "twinky hole" sounds untactful and condescending to me. The " " and " :S " smilies also seem more "wise ass" to me. What is in my post that is? I'm honestly open for improvement here. I thought I was just illustrating examples that would perhaps make someone think a bit more about the assumption that the idea was "stolen" just because a custom had been made. If there is something terribly offensive or hurtful I apologize. But back on the topic of the idea being "stolen".... remember in the convention comic for 2001, Hot Spot, in his G1 form, was featured. I think that's a good indication Glen had the idea back then. Probably at least late 2000/early 2001 to get it in the comic. So unless the custom was done on a Super Fire Convoy, there is likely no way the custom could pre-date when Glen had the idea. And still, more than 1 person can come up with the same idea independently without stealing it. Especially the simple idea of repainting a fire truck transformer into Hot Spot colors.
  10. I have that Triple T, however I ordered the Triple T from a mail order catalog that pictured it in original colors. That mail order catalog came later. I'm pretty sure it's all Night Raider colors, except the 1 large white main body piece and the stickers.
  11. No it doesn't. "Spacewarp" was a proposed Hasbro item that never got released. Hot Spot/Defensor was a Glen Hallit proposed exclusive for OTFCC. The new club is not going to use his ideas. I don't know where the $40 thing comes from either unless people are confused and think this is a membership toy. The Deathsaurus exclusive was not $400+, it was $265(or $50 without the $40 membership) AND included 6 more other figures. Divide the cost up and Deathsaurus alone was probably around $100 worth of it. To befair its not just his idea ... Someone actaully MADe up a custom of it before they even thought of doing it & then they just ripped off the custom with the customizers permision I am sure :S Ya, someone probably did make a custom before them. Doesn't mean Glen stole the idea from someone else. Repainting a Firetruck transformer into Hot Spot is a pretty simple idea I'm sure many people can come up with independently. How many people have kitbashed A.Wheeljack into Sideswipe? Did everyone ripoff the first person?
  12. Does Hound transform into a dog??? Is Ratchet a tool??? He carries cargo in space, ergo, an Astro-Train what i'm refering to is the fact that he is a homage to the G1 character but with no train mode. An Homage, not a reissue or remake. Does Cybertron Megatron/Galvatron have a gun mode? Does Cybertron Prime have a tractor-trailer mode? Does Cybertron Soundwave have a cassette deck mode? Does his Laserbeak have a tape mode? Does BW Metals Ravage have a tape mode? Does RID Mega-Octane have a tanker truck or jumbo jet mode? Does E.Bulkhead(obvious Springer homage) have an armored car mode? Does Energon Sixshot have any 6 official modes? How much longer should I go on?
  13. Does Hound transform into a dog??? Is Ratchet a tool??? He carries cargo in space, ergo, an Astro-Train The original was $25 normally, an Armada Ultra like Megatron and Tidalwave. Double is probably a conservative guess when you figure in it's limited nature, head remold, and exclusive packaging.
  14. No it doesn't. "Spacewarp" was a proposed Hasbro item that never got released. Hot Spot/Defensor was a Glen Hallit proposed exclusive for OTFCC. The new club is not going to use his ideas. I don't know where the $40 thing comes from either unless people are confused and think this is a membership toy. The Deathsaurus exclusive was not $400+, it was $265(or $50 without the $40 membership) AND included 6 more other figures. Divide the cost up and Deathsaurus alone was probably around $100 worth of it.
  15. The TRU a mile down the road from me doesn't have them, but it's a "small" TRU. The "large TRU" 10 miles across town does have them.
  16. And by the way, they aren't call him "Devastator", he's "Constructicon Devastator"
  17. You say since each male figure is a unique mold it shouldn't be "cost prohibitive" to make a female figure. This would be true if they expect female figures to sell as well as male figures. But your next point is the female figures will sell as "limited edition" figures...... this AGREES with the notion that it'd be cost prohibitive. Not as many units sold=cost prohibitive. How many "limited edition" figures are completely NEW molds? Listing a bunch of limited edition figures that are REPAINTS proves nothing about manufacturing an entirely new mold for a limited edition figure. If some of these Star Wars things are new molds, my mistake, I don't know anything about those toys. Simply "expecting to sell fewer" female figures doesn't make it cost less to make the mold. "Expecting to sell fewer" is WHY they won't invest in new molds for them. Now if you think female figures would sell as well to the mass market, well though it's anecdotal evidence, from what I've seen since the re-launch of GI Joe with the T-crotch figures is that CONSISTENTLY every 2-pack with a female figure is a much bigger shelf-warmer than 2-packs with 2 males. So I think there is plenty of good reason to believe female figures will not sell as well as male figures. From there, it only stands to reason it wouldn't be "cost effective" to make a female figure mold. Now I would certainly like to see the female figures like everyone else, but is there really something hard to understand about this Is there some reason other than this you think Hasbro won't do it? For the repaints.... just remember this line is aimed at kids, not at us collectors, Hasbro doesn't expect everyone to buy every figure. For Alternator repaints.... dude... these Alternator molds are much more intricate than other $20 figures, licensing fees to car companies are involved, and the Takara versions, though die cast is a contributing factor, cost over twice as much at retail.... The Alternators line would never have made it to market if they couldn't build in using each very expensive new mold twice. What's happened since the 80s? Molds are more complex thus more expensive(applies to TFs & Joe vehicles, perhaps not 3.75" figures), toys need to be packed with extra features and electronics, the toy market itself is not as strong due to competition with video games as well as not being in the BOOMING economy of the 80s. I'm not saying I'm happy about all these changes, but they are understandable.
  18. Robot masters? Diecast parts? No metal content whatsoever except for the screws and pins. I only have the Show accurate Optimus Primal, Megatron T-Rex and the Leo Convoy. They may be small but they dont have that "cheap" feel to it. In many ways theyre more improved than the orginal. No action feature gimmicks and the paint job isnt bad. Strange... to me those new mold RMs are among the cheapest feeling official Transformers.
  19. I started up a spreadsheet last fall, but have fallen behind in updating it the past 2 months. Instead of specific groupings like that, I have several variables in several columns and can sort by whatever I want to: Name(American), Name(Japanese), Line/Series, year of release, pricepoint/assortment, original msrp, approximate current value, alt mode, accessories, missing accessories, special notes(i.e. what other figures it might be packed with, repaint/variant notes, etc...)
  20. This line is aimed at kids, not collectors, Hasbro did some marketing research about why the 3.75" line wasn't catching on with kids and Sigma 6 is where that research led... I don't know if I can claim they're obviously doing something wrong... perhaps their not doing things the way *I* would personally prefer, but I can understand some of the reasons perhaps. "Repaints": Fist off they're re-accessorized, not straight repaints. Secondly, while this wasn't terribly common back in the RAH days, take a look at what action figure lines do currently sell to kids. Hasbro wanted to make Sigma 6 focused on a smaller cast of characters, treat the Joes more like a small special ops team, and that makes sense. How many Batman variants are there? The sigma 6 idea is to focus more on fewer characters, so kids should get more attached to each one. Being focused on kids not collectors also means Hasbro does NOT expect sigma 6 fans to be buying EVERY figure released. If kids didn't buy the first Heavy Duty, they'll still have a chance to buy the new Heavy Duty. If a kid is gung-ho about 1 specific character they'll have the chance to buy multiple versions of that 1 character. From listening to Hasbro panels at Joe and TF cons, Hasbro partly does repaints to "freshen up" the line, make what's on the shelf look "new", they can't ship the same Heavy Duty figure in wave after wave after wave for a year or more. Perhaps some might want to draw comparisons to the redone MOTU and it's early death due to numerous variants of He-man and Skeletor... that certainly was bad, but Sigma 6 does not have it nearly that bad. Every wave had 1 or 2 He-man/Skeletor variants and all other figures were "short-packed". So far there's been a mix of new figures for each wave and no terrible shortpacking. Like MOTU, Sigma 6 has 2 pricepoints of figures, one more expensive with more accessories. MOTU wave 1 had regular he-man and 2 "deluxe" he-mans, that was followed up with another regular he-man and another "deluxe" he-man. Sigma 6 started with a commando Duke and no soldier Duke, then no commando Duke, but 1 Soldier Duke, they're not doubling up the variants in each wave and not shortpacking the "secondary" characters so it won't have the extreme problems MOTU had. As for selling each base figure and then accessory packs, heck ya, I'd like that... but I can totally see why that would not be a good strategy for Hasbro. How popular were accessory packs at any time in any line? The Joes had several, but they fizzled out, that vehicle weapon pack was worthless, MOTU had a pack back in the 80s too, never made a 2nd one so what does that tell you? Kids(or perhaps parents) don't buy accessory packs too much, they want a complete toy in a package. Another reason why it'd be bad: so you release the small cast of figures in a few waves... then what? Keep on shipping the same old stuff? That well runs dry real quick. Of course there's lots of Joe characters, but that is not the strategy behind the whole sigma 6 thing. The high price of these figures is a concern I would have, but the larger scale does a little something to set it apart from other action figure lines, making it "unique" but still in the same vein. This all may not be appealing to collectors, but there are very sound business decisions behind it all.
  21. I just bought a couple sigma 6 figures and was noticing their card/inner background color. The Joes all seem to be yellow/oranage and cobra figures all red... except I saw Ninja BATs with a red card and with a green card. So is this just a minor packaging variation? I'm not concerned about packaging variations, just curious if this is known about. Didn't see it mentioned on yojoe.com
  22. Thanks for the replies guys, Ya during the 80s I made just about every Joe vehicle I couldn't get(so a lot!)... but had to use the Construx figures with them since the seats were on a slightly smaller scale.
  23. So did anybody else here have any of the "Construx" building toys from the 80s? The revived it for a short time in the 90s and that time had seats made for 3.75" figures. Anyway, I recently made an APC for Cobra from Construx and thought I'd show it off: "Exigeyser" Armored Personnel Carrier (based on Exigeyser/Cybertron Defense Hot Shot Transformer... which is based on some real APCs)
  24. You mean "Spacewarp", the Astrotrain-inspired repaint of Armada Jetfire? If so... it was listed, and cancelled as a TRU exclusive long ago. No word on it being proposed again. The G1-Jetfire colored repaint of the BM Jetstorm mold already used as Universe Skywarp was Storm Jet in RID, we got that a long time ago, but somewhat hard to get a hold of.
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