Are City-Bases Obsolete?

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  1. jorod74

    jorod74 Psycholagnist (Ret.)

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    With the release of Primus and Unicron being quite some time ago (reissues excepted) we haven't seen a City-Base transformer.

    it's logical not to have one in the HftD, or the Movie-verse, but there is a little room in the Generations/RTS lines. As much as it is a pipe dream, WfC did have Trypticon and Omega Supreme sitting there, teasing us.

    We have Supreme Class almost completely disappear from the shelves- IIRC, TFA Optimus and RotF Devastator was the last released in that class. The closest we came to getting a Supreme Class toy was TFA Omega Supreme, but at most, the fans were hoping for him in Leader Class.

    And Leader Class has been limited to such a small number each year that it there's not room for trying a new idea.

    So are these the signs that tell us the days of the City-Base transformers are over and gone? are they the dinosaurs of the line?
     
  2. Kup-is-Dion

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    I hope not, I'd like a new Metroplex.
     
  3. Wollstone

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    Yes, I'll remind you of a notion developed in the movie Big...

    No kid wants a robot that transforms into a building.
     
  4. Insane Galvatron

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    It's the economy. When money is tight, people aren't as likely to buy a $50 toy. It's better to invest in making four new $12 toys instead. That's where Hasbro is on the issue. When/if the economy turns around, we'll start seeing large toys again.
     
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    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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  6. Triformis

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    Oddly enough, I always wanted that toy in Big. I wonder if the movie prop is out there somewhere waiting for me to buy it...
     
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    Big toys unfortunatley don't sell. Why do you think only Bumblebee and Optimus get super-big toys? Because they're the only ones who have a chance of selling.

    City bots are obsolete, unfortunately.
     
  8. Wollstone

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    If Hasbro ever goes back to letting Japan have control over the cartoons, then we'll get lots of big toys again.
     
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    I wouldn't say they are obsolete but I would be quite surprised to see one released in the US - the only reason being the law restriction surrounding toys. Now obviously, I'm talking about if they went to the size realm of Fortress/Grand/Brave/Overlord/Dai Atlas (you get the picture).

    Now the scaled down varieties like Metroplex or Trypticon, I would love to see updated classics versions of those AS LONG AS THEY DON'T DO TO THEM WHAT THEY DID WITH THE DINOBOTS WITH THE PCC (SO SAD!!!!)

    Anyway, I won't be holding my breath for one but I would love to see it happen.
     
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    I think a bit of re-imagining has to take place to do newer updated homages based off the 4 G-1 USA city bots.

    examples: metroplex & trpticon should be leader sized. while fort max & scorponok should be supreme sized. as the 1986 city bots were clearly smaller in toy size compared to the 1987 bigger sized city bots toys.

    1986 metroplex needs a better alt mode. as his alt mode was a water based aircraft carrier on wheels rolling down the street. how about actually giving him a realistic water baster aircraft carrier alt mode. that transforms into a robot & city mode/attack mode.

    1986 Trypticon desperatly needs a robot mode. to make the toy worth buying & to have more play value. i'd envision a T-rex that transforms into a robot. then splits down the middle & transforms into a city/attack base.

    1987 scorponok & metroplex need to be the same scale size. in the updated homage supreme size level. i'd like the headmasters features added in. fort max desperatly needs a alt mode that looks like something. perhaps a huge space ship alt mode. that transforms into a city/attack base. scorponok could look like his 1987 versions as much as possible,but with better blending in colors.
     
  11. G1Wheeljack

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    It's just the way the market is right now. Lego withstanding, there aren't really any big playests for any toylines, only vehicles. The closest thing to a "base" I've seen is the new AT-AT, and that's becuase it's Star Wars.
     
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    Disagree 100%.

    Trypticon's robot mode is a giant robot death lizard.
     
  13. megatroptimus

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    I hope not. A new Metroplex to go with Classics-like Legends (and other Legends) would be super cool. Brave Maximus is overpopulated right now!
     
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    But such toys might not get a western release due to safty regulations.
     
  16. megatroptimus

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    Doesn't matter, plenty of stores will import them! :) 
     
  17. Wollstone

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    Hasn't stopped them before. They usually just neuter whatever the issue is.
     
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    Yeah, online stores at hugely inflated prices.

    Yeah right, like they did with RID Fort Max right??
     
  19. megatroptimus

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    People here have no problem paying top dollars for Japanese Henkei, MP, Binaltech, Alternity, Animated, Unicron, Primus, etc. Why would it be any different?
     
  20. Wollstone

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    A drop test is a reasonable reason.

    Beast Machines Magmatron was released despite failing safety tests.
     

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