Okay, at Super Megatron's request I'm satrting a new thread... I know you're probably already sick of my rants, but then, so am I of constant whining about someone in the USA not being able to find Primus at his local Wal*Mart for a discount price two days after his initial sighting in the USA. So... What crap have Hasbro's European branches given us lately? Lots. Wheeljack and Battle Ravage Distribution for Wheeljack and Battle Ravage in Europe went like this: Italy - Wheeljack and Battle Ravage as part of the same wave, released in June 2005. Belgium - Wheeljack and Battle Ravage as part of the same wave, released in July 2005. The Netherlands - Wheeljack all by himself, released in August 2005. Battle Ravage all by himself, released in June 2006 (!), at an instant discount price of €12.99. Bubble packaging Let's have a look at the bubble packaging Alternators, shall we? Decepticharge has been released in Italy (February 2006) and Denmark (May 2006) so far. Swindle (who has already been released in the UK, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Croatia and Italy in the red packaging) came out in South Africa (which is getting Transformers toys in European packaging) in February 2006. Shockblast (who has already been released in the UK and Ireland in red US packaging) came out in Spain in June 2006. So, who would you except to get the "bubble" treatment next? How about... Silverstreak? (photos by an unknown Irish fan, pointed out to me by godsenddeath of the TFW2005 boards) Yes, Silverstreak was re-released in Ireland, despite already having been available there in the old packaging ever since August 2004. The other Alternators toys released in Ireland so far were Smokescreen (January 2004), Windcharger (February 2005), Swindle (April 2005), Shockblast (August 2005, in US packaging) and Autobot Hound (February 2006, at an instant discount price of €14.99 - compare Netherlands release of Battle Ravage!). So as you can see, Irish fans were virtually starving to get more of Silverstreak! Official imports There were the odd cases of Alternators being available in US packaging (English text only, box artwork instead of photos of the toys themselves) in European countries. First it was just Shockblast being available from Argos stores in the UK and Ireland, but in April 2006, reports came in of Dead End, Grimlock and Swerve (!) being available in TRU stores in Sweden in US packaging, whereas Dead End and Autobot Hound (the latter of which was regularly released in other European countries, mind you!) were reported to be available in TRU stores in Denmark in US packaging around the same time. Hasbro UK's promises At Toy Fair UK 2005, Hasbro UK promised (link) the following toys: Windcharger - was already available in the UK at that point. Swindle - released in March 2005 (oddly enough, he was originally a Forbidden Planet exclusive, even though FP are traditionally an import store, he came in European packaging and was the first European release of the toy; it wasn't until much later that Swindle would also be available from Argos) Battle Ravage - released in Italy, Belgium and, recently, finally also in the Netherlands. Unreleased in the UK. Wheeljack - released in Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. Unreleased in the UK. Prowl - was later officially confirmed by Hasbro UK not to come out in the UK. The reason given was that "British kids wouldn't recognize the vehicle as a police car". At one point in mid-2005, Ellis Models got word from Hasbro that Meister (who was only ever released in Italy) would come out in the UK, but later Hasbro UK backed out of that promise. And then there was the Hasbro UK catalog from Toy Fair UK 2006 (link): Silverstreak - already released, recently re-released in Ireland Dead End - available as a straight US import in Sweden and Denmark Swindle - already released, possibility of re-release in bubble packaging, which is available right now in South Africa Decepticharge - available in Italy Optimus Prime - not available anywhere in Europe yet Rumble - not even out in the USA yet Shockblast - already released as a straight US import, possibility of re-release in bubble packaging, which is available right now in Spain The verdict Please. Don't get me started.