Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by SilverOptimus, May 24, 2010.
NEWS: Hasbro Officially Reveals The Power Core Combiners
Well, Skyburst sure does sound somewhat like Silverbolt a little. At least Huffer sounds like his old self.
Why does this remind me of that South Park episode that involved Cartman and something about a chili competition?
Now if someone would just tell us where these guys are meant to go canonically I'd be set.
I really hope this means they're coming out NOW!!!! I am desperately jonesing for a fix of plastic crack.
wow,so basically all these combiners came from THE ROTF devastator?
maybe gona pik some up for customs..
i can see some paint being sprayed on these!!
Nope. ...and FIX HUFFER'S FACE!
I have to laugh at the description of combiner packs. It's like being the commander of your own pants.
I really hope this means they come out very soon. I want me that Bombshock. And Skyburst. And Huffer. And... all of them.
I want to like these, and the concept of drones doesn't bother me, but god are they ugly. Gangly, Lanky and devoid of muscle in combined form...
Where the hell are my Generations figures!
Don't pass'em to me I don't want them either.
Hasbro got tacky and cheap on us and yet the sheep still flock SMH....
Hasn't someone pointed out somewhere that the 5 pack scouts don't have the minicon ports?
They don't have ports on their chests. They do, however, have minicon ports. Look at the pictures of each of the five pack commanders. There are minicon ports smack on the top of each of them.
And so the Pantsmasters were born!
Yeah, but not on the core like the 2-packs so it is inconstant for a line advertised as being interchangeable with each other. I think it's kinda dumb to not include a Minicon port or a Minicon in the 5-packs.
Seriously Hasbro why is it so hard for you to make a decent combiner, use a Deluxe Core, Scout Arms, and Small Voyagers for Legs.
Yeah, I can see that now, it's getting late and I'm just being a bit thick! lol
Well, I can never have too many Seekers XD
Consider the logistics of that. Assume 1 Deluxe and 4 Scouts. They all need to be designed by the same designers, to ensure the combination works smoothly. That's a good chunk of a single person's time completely taken up with what is effectively only one product. Plus they would all need to be on the shelves at the same time, which takes out an entire Scout assortment, or if we use your model, half a Scout assortment, and an entire Voyager assortment. Unless you want one combiner limb at a time, which defeats the object really.
Consider now that these assortments invariably have one toy who's harder to find. Even equally packed numbers, there's always going to be one who's less numerous than the rest. That's a whole lot of combiners without the last team member.
Also, what about marketability? It's not good marketing to sell an entire assortment that needs four other toys to get the full play value - it would lose potential sales to the "but you need these too to make this, it's too expensive" argument.
Ultimately, the way the market conditions are right now, it's just not right for traditional combiners. We got close with Energon, and that was fraught with problems (my point above, about not having all the limbs on shelves at the same time? Happened here, made most sets rather hard to complete for collectors on here, so it must have been harder still for kids). I'm okay with this as a tradeoff to getting more Combiners. These look like fun toys, and I'll enjoy fiddling around with them. For those who aren't fans of the style, fair play to you. There are plenty of other TFs on the shelves in the next few months - with Generations and the Movie, there should be something for everyone.
Logistically the only logical way to sell a combiner is in a set, not individually. That being said the only combiner any one seems to give a hoot about is Devastator, so he's popular enough to warrant a lager $40-$50 price. It is only logical that they should only focus on one combiner if at all per line in the future.
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