Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by Foster, Aug 7, 2008.
globeandmail.com: Leader of the Decepticons, yes; replica firearm, no
i like how they called transform rearange XD
Huh. Had no idea the legality of my Megatron was in question.
I'd guess they are talking about MP Megatron with the 30% larger bit, but what about the much smaller G1 Megatron?
Good question. I wonder how many retailers even KNEW these laws existed.
After all, Encore Megs was packaged in gun mode.
I guess he's talking about Masterpiece Megatron, because G1 Megs is a bit smaller, and pretty close to original size. Plus, comes in gun mode in all versions I know of. Wait till they get that one thrown at them
"All Megatron Transformers brand items that rearrange from robot to pistol but are larger than an actual pistol, and come pre-arranged as a robot, may enter. Those that are the same size or smaller than a real pistol and come pre-arranged as a gun, may not enter.
Internal Note: Both are named Megatron and are Transformers brand items. Some may feature both rearrangement views on the box. Some may not have a window on the box. There are 2-10 known boxes for these Megatron Transformers Brand items. There are also Megatron Transformers Brand items which do not arrange into a gun."
I can see Canadian customs agents just tossing these frikkin things in the garbage. "Whoops, lost".
Looks like they're talking about MP Megs, being oversized and shipped in robot form. Wonder if they'd still allow the G1 one, being probably 1:1 in size, and shipped in gun mode.
But from now on, I'll have to say "Rearrange from gun to robot and back!"
I dont think I've ever heard of any problems with Megatron and Canadian customs to begin with.
Yeah, the photo with the story is of Masterpiece Megatron, in fact it's the photo on his packaging.
No kidding, I had no idea this guy was ever banned to begin with.
If I hold G1 Megatron, there's not enough stock to grip him with all 4 fingers. There's no room for the pinky. He's scaled down for a child's hand.
Damn it, what's the point of owning this toy if it's not illegal to have in my country?!
*throws it out*
This is the first I've heard there ever was a problem to begin with. I seem to recall many Americans ordering from Canadian sources *because* we were able to get them in stock without any orange plug modifications.
Kudos for our Canadian friends!
The orange plug sucks!
Go find Jonathan Bell on youtube and you'll have heard of one. BBTS (where Mr. Bell bought his second run Megs from) ships international orders of MP Megs with a piece of paper warning that he transforms into a realistic looking pistol. I saw one of his videos after he'd tried and failed to get the CBSA to reverse it's decision. He read a copy of the warning letter BBTS put into the box with Megs that CBSA sent him.
Fortunately for me TFsource put "Transformer, Megatron" on the customs declaration.
How about another guy on youtube who basically put out an ad for someone to claim the MP megatron he ordered because customs would not send it to him. Canadian customs said he had to pay to get it destroyed or send it back. I think he was offering to redirect it to someone with a US address, they just had to pay the shipping costs. I don't remember correctly but he was upset because he paid for it and Canadian customs wanted him to pay for it to be destroyed or sent back.
Is that...a common sense ruling?
Well, hell. Good for you, government!
I was of the option that his general size difference would disqualify this particular figure from falling under the laws meant to cover toy/replica firearms (anywhere) from early on. I can't say that I am surprised to hear this made official someplace, though I *am* surprised anyone actually got a goverment agency to consider the matter in a proper light and actually look at the item in question to make the point clear.
... and common sense strikes again!
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