Who was the G1 shelfwarmer?

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  1. ORIO

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    Stab in the dark, I'm gonna guess Perceptor?

    Thoughts?
     
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    Action Masters?
     
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    1st wave: Prime. He was expensive compared to the rest. Minibots were pretty common too
    2nd wave: Jumpstarters, Insecticons. Don't remember if they were 2nd or 3rd wave, but Battlechargers were easy to find as well.
    3rd wave: I saw Metroplex everywhere, never saw Trypticon. Gnaw was pretty commonplace as well.

    I was pretty much done with TF's by the time the 4th wave rolled around, but then again most of the stores started shrinking the shelf space as well. Throttlebots clogged every peg there was.
     
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    The industry worked differently back then, so any figure could have been a shelfwarmer. Most of them in fact did stay on shelves for months on end.
     
  5. Valkysas

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    I found blitzwings at toys r us when action masters were wrapping up.

    I don't remember a clear shelf warmer though.
     
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    Perceptor indeed!
     
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    Good God, that's over 25 years ago. :D  Let me dust off the cobwebs in my brain going that far back in time, lol. I really can't recall any TF's being "shelf warmers" back in the day as Transformers in general were pretty desirable (yes, even Perceptor). I don't remember them flying off the shelves either. At least in my area, it wasn't hard at all getting the TF you wanted. It was a different time then. Ebay didn't exist, and neither did toy scalpers. Some figures sold better than others (Soundwave, Starscream for example), but it was still easy to get what you wanted.
     
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    IMO The G1 that flooded the shelves the most would have to be the Jumpstarters. They were still collecting dust right up to the end of G1. No wonder there's still so many of them on Ebay to this day... :lol 
     
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    Actually, do the Pretenders count as G1? And yeah, I remember the Jumstarters being pretty slow sellers come to think of it.
     
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    Not sure if I'd go as far as calling them shelf warmers, but for quite some time the only autobot cars you could possibly find were Ironhide and Ratchet- everyone else sold out very quickly during the initial craze.

    BTW, as far as the idea you could find anything you wanted, I NEVER found Springer as a kid. After months and months of looking (?a year even?) I even wrote a letter to Hasbro, and got back a useless lame form letter. I'm sure there were a few others- but that one I REALLY, REALLY wanted back then.
     
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    Inferno, I remember seeing him a lot.
     
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    Sludge. Highbrow. Several Pretenders.
     
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    I'll say Fortress Maximus.

    D#mn pricey back in those days hence there's absolutely no way it wouldn't shelfwarm. :lol 
     
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    I remember seeing lots of Jumpstarters and Insecticons.

    I also bought a Roadbuster from a Hills that was closing in 1992. :lol  But I think that may have been more of a "lost in the stockroom" than "warmed the shelf epically".
     
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    dunno if they are technically g1 but there was always a TON of sharkdicons around my area as a kid
     
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    I didn't visit stores back then as much as I do now. to notice what were the shelfwarmers back lately.

    what I can tell you is,I never ever say the 1986 movie new characters cast in stores. so those must have flown off the shelves like hot cakes. like hotrod,Rodimus Prime,blurr,kup,cyclonus,scourge,wreckgarr.

    Some of the 1987 TF toys I never saw in stores. like the autobot 4 headmasters. targetmaster scourge,targetmaster cyclonus,targetmaster kup,targetmaster blurr & targetmaster hotrod. so those must have been in huge demand. they probably flew off shelves extremly quickly.
     
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    :peoples:  What else would they be? Everything before G2 is G1.
     
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    well he did say "Sharkdicons." so perhaps they were ko's. :)  :thumb 
     
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    I remember that nearly every Transformer was a shelf warmer. They were on shelves for months, sometimes longer. But when you finally had money to buy the one you wanted, everyone was gone...
     

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