Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by process, Aug 23, 2012.
It's pictures like this that remind you what's really important.
Loving the nice compact packaging and look,i'll definitely be snapping this up...would love for someone to make a jetpack for him too
cup noodles for the next few months!
I’ll get this… but I am not going to do the mad dash to get it though. I generally like the Japanese releases more the American (due to quality & overall display), but I have gotten every figure that has come out… & not right when it came out. It looks like he’ll come with plastic wheels (which I think is kind of a bummer), but I am looking forward to this guy.
After reading these pages full of love and hate I was tempted to comment on all those complaining about size vs price. I was going to follow up with 3P talk and then I realized something. Doing a poll in the 3P forum I discovered we 3P collectors are generally 25+ in age.
I will gather that those complaining about the price are those who also do not collect 3P items and are not use to paying higher than retail for figures.
I like the size for the fact that they are working on scale, the collectors dream situation for any TF series (is it even possible to achieve? , time will tell). Takara had to pay for that license to bring us a true to G1 Sideswipe so that automatically increased the price. Add details and engineering and you got yourself a winner.
This is obviously not a TF for a retail only collection but for those with a little more disposable income, this thing is a true gem.
I would like to see Takara kick out about 6 MP's a year. Between the two scales (possible more due to meeting scale) and repaints this can be easily achieved. I'm sure if the number look good from the three next, quick, releases that we will see an annual release number close to 6. Every other month works for me.
A MP box of smaller size than the usual huge MP box.
I would like to add that if anyone is on the fence, just preorder it so you have it. If you don't like it after you have it in your hand, you can just sell it and maybe even make a small profit.
I said pretty much the same thing in an earlier post (great minds think alike, lol). When factoring in the price for this we also need to remember that the MP line is a niche line for a niche market. We should be grateful it's getting the attention it is receiving. It will never be highly profitable for TT. We have to pay higher prices for them to be able to make money on the MP line. All of the R and D cost is spread out thinly in the cost of an entire main line. They will sell so many toys they know they will make their money back. With MP figures, they wont sell as many, so we see it reflected in the price. That is the same reason 3rd party stuff is more expensive than a retail item from Hasbro/TT. 3rd parties will never sell tons of an item, so the cost has to be higher in order for them to make their money back with a small profit.
I read a rumor awhile back that TT was planning to bring out 4-6 MP figures per year. They are planning to release the smaller figures throughout the year with a big figure being released around the holidays. I for one, definitely hope it's true. I sold all my mainline figures about a year ago. Now I only buy MP and the 3rd party stuff I know TT/Hasbro wont release. The idea of being able to get a nice steady stream of MP figures released is fantastic to me
Exactly this. The MP line is Takara's proverbial 3P line. Smaller runs = higher prices. All things discussed in the early days of 3P.
If you read the MP spec thread in the TF Toy Discussion forum the list of smaller bots is big. Going off of things heards and things seen, the list already looks like this.
MP-15 and 16 will be Cassettecon 2 packs.
Sunstreaker was brought up by a designer, to paraphrase " We are aware that Sideswipe and Sunstreaker are two different bots". With Takara aquiring Lamourghini rights, I think it is safe to assume Sunstreaker will be getting made and will be a new mould or heavily remoulded Sideswipe.
The newest rumour to pop up is..wait for it...PROWL and with Prowl comes the Dutsan twins so Smokescreen and Bluestreak/Silverstreak. (Thats 3 more)
Ultra Magnus we all know he is coming at some point.
Then you have the remaining, long rumoured but obviously got lost in the shuffle with the MP revamp, Megatron v2.0 and Galvatron.
That is 9 MP's on deck (7 skipping old rumours) and I would assume thats all out in the next year or year and a half. Add that to the 3 we will be getting soon and you start seeing that 5-6 a year.
Do it Takara, the more steam you add to a line the more it will sell.
Which is perfect in my case. Im tired of these huge monstrosities of boxes these figures come in. Yes its understandable , but its also a nice break from the norm.
Also, remember when they did the Soundwave reveal they showed a silhouette of Shockwave. This tells me they know we want him. I would be highly shocked if we didn't see or hear anything on him in the coming months.
The silhouette of Shockwave--prank or teaser? It's hard to tell when it comes to Takara's MP releases. XD
Having the smaller Autobot cars as steady releases throughout the year and the bigger bots around xmas suits me fine, I can see the 'Bots outnumbering the 'Cons fairly quickly though but really looking forward to what 2013 brings. And I agree that it seems to be the older 3rd party collectors who are ok with the prices.
Damn, looks really nice, can't wait to get Sideswipe!
I have two of these on preorder from Robot Kingdom with the Amazon Exclusive Pile Shovels.
And they are already paid for, so I'm all set!
got them also on pre-order and paid in full
All of it, bring it on. Oh and whilst being greedy add in the MP Shockwave. It all sounds plausible and so long as collectors keep buying in sufficient numbers then Takara can keep knocking the ball out of the park.
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