Why you might not get your takara Arcee

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  1. Grimlockprime16

    Grimlockprime16 Me Grimlock King!

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    I just got this email from BBTS not even 5 min ago.

    Hi - We've learned from our suppliers that there was a shortage of around 50% on the TA-12 figure in Japan. Multiple supliers were able to send us only about 50% of what we have ordered. We were able to fill roughly two thirds of our preorders, but we did not receive enough inventory to fill all preorders. When existing unpaid orders cancel in around 10 days - we expect to be able to fill preorders for people who ordered on March 25th or before. If you preordered on March 26th or later, there is a good chance we will not be able to fill the order. We have sent several inquiries to Japan about another production run, but have not heard anything back yet. I'm very sorry for the problem on this item. We have verified with Japan that other Animated preorders for releases in July and later should fill in full without issues because they have enough lead time to adjust production runs, the only other figure that may give us problems is the TA-20 Blackout, but we will get as many as we can.

    We appreciate your patience and apologize for the shortage, we will keep preorders open in hopes that more stock will be produced.
     
  2. Megatronwp38

    Megatronwp38 Megatron? Is that you!?!?

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    Ohh, Sting! Sounds like the THS-02 and New Year 2002 issue where orders out numbered supply, although they did a 2nd production run of THS-02.
     
  3. Rewind

    Rewind Be Kind TFW2005 Supporter

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    *sigh*

    I got the message too. And I preordered well into April so I'm screwed.
    Maybe a unicorn will fart lucky rainbows into my dreams tonight and I'll finally find the US version at TRU.
     
  4. Grimlockprime16

    Grimlockprime16 Me Grimlock King!

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    I got lucky and found a US Arcee 2 weeks ago. I was going to give it away in a contest on my youtube site when I got the takara 1 but not anymore it would seem.
     
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    Wow....car Arcee really is cursed, isn't she?
     
  6. Foster

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    That stinks. I hope they don't have this issue with Blackout.
     
  7. barrelks

    barrelks Captain Funtastic

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    Bad news for me, I got my Blackout preordered when someone else cancelled theirs. Looks like I am at the bottom of the list.
     
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    Feralstorm I ship Nick & Judy TFW2005 Supporter

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    Wow, Animated Arcee really is fan frustration crystallized into a piece of plastic.

    Not for me, I got mine around the end of January, but for everyone else ... yeah. :D 
     
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  9. Sioce

    Sioce Radicon in training

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    I'm hoping that Has/tak does another production run of this one.

    It was so heavily scalped that it was impossible to find.

    There is a scalper in my area that might take a severe beating if I see him in person.
     
  10. ORIO

    ORIO Plant-Based Bot Super Mod News Staff

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    Same here. I got Arcee at retail luckily enough, but I don't want to miss Blackout. Especially after seeing the comparison betweeen Hasbro and Takara.
     
  11. Grimlockprime16

    Grimlockprime16 Me Grimlock King!

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    I ordered blackout awile back so I hope that I can at least get him.
     
  12. Pravus Prime

    Pravus Prime Sorcerer

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    Ugh, this does not bode well for me getting Blackout.
     
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    Frick, we got Animated Arcee clogging the shelves here.

    EDIT: Wait my bad. That's Ratchet doing the clogging. Arcee was just at the front.
     
  14. MidnightBliss

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    I pre-ordered Blackout in January when it first went up. Hopefully, I'll get mine.
     
  15. MegaHavok

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    That explains why I haven't heard from
    the guys I preordered mine from. I ordered mine and blackout at the same time so I might be ok there
     
  16. all are dead

    all are dead Being a nerd is my game.

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    Glad i got the American Arcee. Had plans to get this one but guess not anymore.
     
  17. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    I can hear the prices on ebay for Arcee rising as we speak.... this damn nears dooms me from ever getting one at an affordable price...
     
  18. g1_fanatic

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    We should all ban together and ask Hasbro politely to re-release Animated Arcee as not an exclusive. I'm sure their stocks will rise if they do so. If they roam these message boards, they will know how in demand this item is.
     
  19. MidnightBliss

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    One of the problems of this is: Who will carry it? Stores are well past Animated.

    The only way I could see them doing this is re-releasing her as part of the Generations line.

    However, I think there would be a better chance of sticking a peice of coal where the sun don't shine and getting a diamond.
     
  20. Aaron

    Aaron Master of Crystalocution Moderator Content Contributor

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    A few issues here.

    First is as midnightbliss stated, all of the retailers are done with mainline Animated. No-one is carrying the line to carry this toy. Toys 'R Us agreed to carry the toy and NOBODY else did.

    Second, this has already been released as an exclusive. TRU would likely get upset if after something has been contracted to be only available at their store that it then becomes available somewhere else. It would make it harder to get them to want to do more exclusive toys in the future.

    Finally, Hasbro's stock isn't going to rise or fall on the release of Arcee. Sorry, but if EVERY Transformer collector bought an additional Arcee TRU might see a sales bump, but Hasbro wouldn't. We make up around 10-15 percent of the total Transformers sales (from the last time I heard a ballpark number from Hasbro). The Transformers team managed to get her out there, it is just a bummer that it didn't manage to get to every TRU in sufficient number so that anyone that wanted one could get it at leisure.
     

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