Transformers: DTC line

Discussion in 'Transformers General Discussion' started by Rattrap Primal, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. Rattrap Primal

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    Ok, we know that GI Joe RAH had some success with the DTC/ TRU exclusive idea, so maybe Classics could become the Transformers DTC line. Think about it, Hasbro could release the rest of the seekers through TRU or the internet, as well as other Autobots and Decepticons. This way, Hasbro can release the characters that we've been clamoring for but for some reason, Hasbro saw fit only to release 2 waves and not have the waves be as large as other lines.
     
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    Interesting idea, but GI Joe's DTC line was largely considered a failure by Hasbro and the fans. They had another wave planned which was cancelled even. Anyway I don't see your idea happening.
     
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    We need some way to get Thundercracker that doesn't for those of us who can't get to Botcon
     
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    i am opposed to the idea of releasing filler figures as exclusives.

    im okay with towline repaints ironhide and ratchet that came together as a set. but making starscream and skywarp easily available then making thundercracker elusive would be unfair to most fans.
     
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    Hasbro couldn't invest much in new toolings for a line sold only online, though.

    The GI Joe DTC line was most likely toys from the abandoned Rise of the Robots/Rise of the BATs line Hasbro was working on before they switched to Sigma 6. That's why there are so many BAT designs on the Sigma 6 cartoon and there was a BAT pack of those designs.

    It is likely that Hasbro was unable to secure retailer support for the line (especially in light of its large, expensive vehicles, products that retailers like Walmart hate to stock), so they repackaged them and shoved the line on their toysite. There is no way in hell Hasbro would have been able to justify making large toys such as that helicopter APC combo vehicle and that big truck/base just for an online market given the low returns.

    It is a shame, after years of furious fan outcry over the relatively poor vehicle offerings, stuff like DTC vehicles showed them that Hasbro still knew how to create old-school style GI Joe vehicles.


    Maybe EagleEyeJoe can shed some light.
     
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    I understand why people would be upset about this, but look at it this way. Hasbro certainly has final say over what toys are made into BotCon exclusives. If Thundercracker, Dirge, and/or Thrust are released at BotCon, that will be proof positive that Hasbro had no intention of giving them a mass-market release.

    So is exclusive better than mass-market? No, 'cause that would suck for the fans. But exclusive is definitely better than no release at all, which is the other alternative. At least with exclusives, some fans could get them. Pricy? Yeah, but hey, Hasbro and BotCon aren't charities.

    Still, some fans have adopted a 'if I can't get them for normal deluxe prices, then no one should' attitude. And that's a bullshit.
     

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