The Knock off transformers thread

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by blunghole, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. SMOG

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    I liked the old Cyberjets and Machine Wars jets, though I always wished the Cyberjets had two hands, instead of a big awkward-looking launcher arm.

    The OS Robotmasters stuff was pretty good (for the time). I still have my old OS R-Blade, Liger, Wrecker Hook, Air Hunter and Wingstun. They work reasonably well at that size.

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    I guess. Its the cost from warehouse to me in Australia. Nothing in taobao really has a shipping cost. The shipping costs come from the warehouse where it gets stored until your ready to consolidate all your orders. Well you get 20 days. I always buy in bulk cheaper shipping costs.
     
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    primalxconvoy グーグル 翻訳は素晴らしいです!

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    Bit of a recent mystery in KO-land, fellow cheapskates! Ben's KOlectibles was a bit late to the party and recently reviewed the Lost Planet Dia Battles KO:

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    However, he had a broken small gun, and an 4th extra pilot (the original only had three pilots). Ben didn't know that the version sold at Sirtoys has a blue and grey "powered suit" that comes with the set (in a small clear baggy. cellotaped inside the reverse of the clamshell), ShowZ's website doesn't seem to mention it being included, in either the written description or product shots.

    Here is ShowZ's listing:

    - MechFansToys MFT Lost Planet Diaclone Reboot DA-01 Dia-Battles

    Here's a pic of what you get from that site:

    - feffcabb61.jpg

    It's also a bit more expensive than Sirtoys' version, which is here:

    - MF Lost Planet DA-01 Dia-Battles V2 - 3rd Party - SirToys.com

    Here's Sirtoys' pic of what you get:

    - IMG20180119112338_dbv2.jpg

    TfDirect only mention THREE pilots and have no mention of the powered suit:

    - MechFansToys Lost Planet DA-01

    Here's (ShowZ's?) Alien Express listing, showing the powered suit:

    - Online Shop [Show.Z Store] MechFansToys MFT Lost Planet Diaclone Reboot DA-01 Dia-Battles Lost Planet Transformation Action Figure | Aliexpress Mobile

    A Chinese reviewer also shows this Ko as coming with the powered suit. Here is the review:

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    Here's a screenshot:

    - Dolphin_20180314_201501.png

    Another youtube review states he got his from TF Direct, but in this review, you can see the powered suit cellotaped at the back of the clamshell at the start of the review, and then the reviewer shows the figure:

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    I would normally assume that Sirtoys either had a special deal with Mechfantoys and/or Paul was being his usual, philanthropic self and chucked a few extra goodies in the box himself, but Ben's review shows a FOURTH pilot AND he showed one of two guns included with the powered suit as being broken. This seems to suggest that either ShowZ and/or TF Direct have been getting shafted by their suppliers, didn't know that an extra powered suit came with the set (I don't think it's shown on the box) and/or the mech suit simply fell out of Ben's box OR something underhanded is going on their end perhaps? Why would Sirtoys get a mech suit, guns and extra pilot, ShowZ get only the extra pilot and mechsuit guns, while TF Direct got nothing else extra?

    I have emailed ShowZ about this and will email TFDirect too. I'll post any updates here. If anyone else has bought these from ShowZ, TFDirect opr elsewhere and can confirm if they got the powered suit, please let me know.

    EDIT: - Ben stated that the mech suit he got was in a separate box, which he believes is the version given away with the "Limited Edition" release? The mech suit I, and others got, was in a small clear baggy inside the clamshell, though. My

    UPDATE
    Both TFDirect and ShowZ got back to me. You can read their replies here:

    - The Knock off transformers thread
     
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  6. tigatron2002

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    showz's does come with the fourth pilot and little grey suit, thats where i got mine from and they were included. i got my set a week or two ago so the inclusion may be a more recent thing
     
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    I had four pilots in my set. Ordered it from a local seller.
     
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    What about the powered suit?
     
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    Yep, came with that too.
     
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    I think I read somewhere that mft has been including power suits and a driver as bonuses in a lot of their recent kos as an attempt to get interest in their diaclone kos
     
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    As documented in the KO Diaclone thread, that powered suit is a limited “preorder bonus.” That’s why it’s not advertised on most other sites. It won’t be included in future runs of the their Dia Battles.
     
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    Thanks. However, the sites haven't mentioned that in their product descriptions. Also, Ben got the extra guns and pilot but not the suit and another reviewer got the suit even though TFdirect doesn't mention it at the site.

    Have you got a link to any official info regarding this, please? I'd like to share it with those sites, if possible.
     
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  13. IceConvoy

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    Sorry I don’t have any links. Just remember reading about it in the KO Diaclone thread. I can’t remember if there were links posted there or just screen shots from Mechfans social media accounts.
     
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    Thanks. I think this needs some clarification at the various shops, though. People need to know what they are getting. In terms of price and information regarding the KO Dia Battles, I would say Sirtoys is best right now. It's cheaper, and advertises the extra mech suit.
     
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    Personally I’d say ShowZ is better due to shipping being free from them. I love sirtoys, but many time for me at least their shipping is prohibitively expensive
     
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    Relatedly, I'm going to buy a KO that's 10 dollars more expensive than the original figure, due to showZ having free shipping. The original is about 35 dollars, but at places like BBTS or TFSource, the shipping is around 40 dollars, whereas it's around 45 dollars at showZ with free shipping...
     
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    Yea, the free shipping is one of the things that has pushed me more to ShowZ lately
     
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    I think sites like BBTS and can TFSource need to open an office and warehouse in China. From there, they can basically sell KOs and/3P or even Hasbro Asia stuff with cheap/free shipping. They could even make a subsidiary company that deals with 3P/KO stuff.

    If they don't, they might lose customers. Does anyone know of any places online that sell official Hasbro (Asia) and 3p stuff straight out of China, with cheap/free shipping?
     
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  19. vvvTheONEvvv

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    BBTS based in China = defeats the purpose.

    You asking for Hasbro stuff when you clearly rate it below KO = Mind boggling :lol 
     
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    Why? Currently, some of the China based websites are able to sell similar products with free shipping. Why would I buy a similar product for 30 dollars shipping? Thus, it is useful to have branches or distribution centres globally, in order to ensure more customers around the world get cheaper shipping.

    As for Hasbro, although I LOVE KOs, there are times when I want the original, such as when they're are no KO versions, or no good KO versions.
     

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