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TFW Transformers United Stepper Gallery

Posted on 04-14-2012 at 04:53 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
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Seeing as this week has brought us our first look at the Million Publishing Generations 2012 exclusive, Artfire, let us take a look back at his partner Stepper. Stepper was the mail in exclusive with Transformers Generations 2011, a Classics style update to the original Stepper from the 1987 Headmasters line. Like the original toy, this new Stepper was a redeco of Autobot Jazz, and like the original, this new Stepper included an additional Targetmaster figure (a redeco of Cyclonus' Targetmaster in fact, just like the original!). A final comparison with the original toy is that this new one looks utterly amazing! The black deco with the gold flames is very sharp, and contrasts nicely with the white in robot mode. But don't just take my word for it - we've got an extensive gallery for you to check out and enjoy. Open the link below and check it out!

Transformers United Stepper (Million Publishing Generations 2011 Mail-in Exclusive)
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ORIO
Dear BBTS,

Please put this on sale.

Dear Sol,

Stop teasing me with smexy Stepper photos
tusko
Beautiful gallery! Thank you for posting!

I'd love to get my hands on this figure.
[Wing_Saber-X]
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Originally Posted by ORIO View Post
Dear BBTS,

Please put this on sale.

Dear Sol,

Stop teasing me with smexy Stepper photos
^this and this! :

Dear BBTS possibly bring the price down to like maybe $60?
Kuma Style
Wow. Surprised at the non-infinite white pics in the gallery.

I want this figure, but I'm definitely in the same boat of waiting for a sale... that'll prolly never happen.
Starfire22
Dammit why must you troll me TFW?
Shin Densetsu
Stepper looks awesome! Wish he was retooled to accommodate the Targetmaster minicon in alt mode.
ORIO
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Originally Posted by TJ Duckett View Post
Wow. Surprised at the non-infinite white pics in the gallery.

I want this figure, but I'm definitely in the same boat of waiting for a sale... that'll prolly never happen.
BBTS is sitting on over 300 of them. For once, I will be patient
[Wing_Saber-X]
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Originally Posted by ORIO View Post
BBTS is sitting on over 300 of them. For once, I will be patient
Wow, they have quite a number of stock waiting in storage. I need to be patient too. Hmm.. BBTS have nothing to loose by discounting them..even selling them $60 a pop a decent sum would be made.
BScorpinok75
I hope the price comes down soon!
guard convoy
God i'm probably gonna get this sexy beast at botcon
Lumpy
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Originally Posted by ORIO View Post
Dear BBTS,

Please put this on sale.

Dear Sol,

Stop teasing me with smexy Stepper photos
this times 2!

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Originally Posted by [Wing_Saber-X] View Post
^this and this! :

Dear BBTS possibly bring the price down to like maybe $60?
ha, i doubt it'll ever go that low... i think BBTS might do 25% off at some point, making him around $90, but i kinda doubt we'll see him drop below that... but who knows... kinda wish BBTS was going to Botcon this year, it'd be nice to haggle for one...

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Originally Posted by guard convoy View Post
God i'm probably gonna get this sexy beast at botcon
yeah, i'm kinda hoping to find one too, but we'll see what happens.
Sky Shadow
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Originally Posted by [Wing_Saber-X] View Post
Wow, they have quite a number of stock waiting in storage. I need to be patient too. Hmm.. BBTS have nothing to loose by discounting them..even selling them $60 a pop a decent sum would be made.
In what universe can they make "a decent sum" by selling a toy for less than it cost them? The Generations book cost about $35, Stepper cost $60 and then they had to get the items shipped to them.
Sol Fury
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Originally Posted by TJ Duckett View Post
Wow. Surprised at the non-infinite white pics in the gallery.

I want this figure, but I'm definitely in the same boat of waiting for a sale... that'll prolly never happen.
It's a gorgeous piece - well worth seeing if Bodhar or one of the other dealers has any at Botcon.

The backdrop - decided to go with blue because white on white is really hard to do while keeping the detail at a level I'd be happy with. For consistency's sake, it was then better to stick with the same backdrop throughout. Chalk it up to a creative decision.
[Wing_Saber-X]
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Originally Posted by Sky Shadow View Post
In what universe can they make "a decent sum" by selling a toy for less than it cost them? The Generations book cost about $35, Stepper cost $60 and then they had to get the items shipped to them.
just wondering if you actually know how much Stepper originally costs? the $110 price-tag (not counting the cost of the book, as they only sell the toy alone) is obviously after factoring in middle-man and import costs. say okay-maybe $60 is stretching it, and they want to loose the 300+ stocked items fast-- how do they do it? maybe by reducing it to say $85? Id still buy it for that price. Anything less than what it is currently going for, that;s for sure!
Lumpy
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Originally Posted by Sky Shadow View Post
In what universe can they make "a decent sum" by selling a toy for less than it cost them? The Generations book cost about $35, Stepper cost $60 and then they had to get the items shipped to them.
well, they could order 2 with each book right? so at most, it cost them about 80 each... but they've also gotta get some sort of discount for ordering as many as they did... still, i hope for a sale at some point...
Stepper
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Originally Posted by tusko View Post
Beautiful gallery! Thank you for posting!

I'd love to get my hands on this figure.
Me too,am still saving up for this beautiful piece
exclusacon
I doubt the price will come down, now that artfire has been revealed....completists...gotta have them all...I will get this...gotta sell some things...
Stepper
Better get it now or else the price increase for Stepper
Grimlock_13
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Originally Posted by Shin Densetsu View Post
Stepper looks awesome! Wish he was retooled to accommodate the Targetmaster minicon in alt mode.
That's the single negative thing I could say about it. Otherwise it's incredibly well done. Definitely one of my recent faves in my collection and I'm definitely excited to get Artfire to stand behind it on my shelf.
hardreturn
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Originally Posted by ORIO View Post
BBTS is sitting on over 300 of them. For once, I will be patient
same as both of you. artfire is preordered though.
Omegax80
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Originally Posted by ORIO View Post
BBTS is sitting on over 300 of them. For once, I will be patient
How did you find out they have over 300? The shopping cart trick?

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Originally Posted by Stepper View Post
Better get it now or else the price increase for Stepper
Not likely. If places like BBTS still have stock, they won't increase the price just because a photo gallery or a new figure hits the market.

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Originally Posted by BScorpinok75 View Post
I hope the price comes down soon!
Ditto, but it is not likely. Places like BBTS are used to sitting on inventory. Something like Stepper will likely never see a huge drop unless... Hasbro releases a Generations version which everyone will grab and possible forget about shelling out the dough for the Takara version. Then BBTS would lower the price since an item difficult to move becomes even more difficult.

Then again, it's just wishful thinking.
Lumpy
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Originally Posted by Omegax80 View Post
How did you find out they have over 300? The shopping cart trick?
yeah... there's a lot of them... hopefully someday they drop just a little... but i guess we'll find out soon enough...
Stepper
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Originally Posted by BScorpinok75 View Post
I hope the price comes down soon!
Hopefully because a lot of the collectors seems have not get this yet due to the high price
Sol Fury
According to an email I received from Bodhar, Stepper was perhaps one of the most popular exclusives yet though, so I'd not recommend holding off for too long on getting one. TFSource has their Steppers on sale at the moment, not the huge reduction some of you are after though I fear.
[Wing_Saber-X]
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Stepper
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Originally Posted by Sol Fury View Post
According to an email I received from Bodhar, Stepper was perhaps one of the most popular exclusives yet though, so I'd not recommend holding off for too long on getting one. TFSource has their Steppers on sale at the moment, not the huge reduction some of you are after though I fear.
And also one of the more nicer looking exclusive nowadays
Omegax80
As much as I want Stepper and Artfire, It's just way too much to spend. At least for me anyway. Maybe if I win the lottery or something...
[Wing_Saber-X]
that settles it...have decide in getting Stepper next month. I dont care how much it costs. It shall be mine before Artfire arrives.
LeTigre
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Originally Posted by Omegax80 View Post
As much as I want Stepper and Artfire, It's just way too much to spend. At least for me anyway. Maybe if I win the lottery or something...
I know how you feel. My wife and I took a beating in taxes this year and I feel guilty enough chasing the couple of priorities I have permission to pursue. A couple hundred on exclusives isn't gonna happen unless I dump some other stuff first.
Agent Adam
Stepper is on my list for higher cost Botcon items. Not sure I will be able to resist if I see it in person.

And now that I think of it, and if the rumor list is true, I could end up with three more versions of this mold by next weekend.
johnnysamson
Hasbro just needs to stop the repaints and het with the program. Third party companies are reaping the loot on transformers and accessories hasbro choese not to make.
Agent Adam
Uhm. Because a Takara Japanese exclusive repaint was Hasbro's doing?


Repaints have been, and will always be, part of Transformers.
Sol Fury
Not to mention, this one was actually a repaint that had a fair bit of fan demand driving behind it - Stepper was a repaint of Jazz in G1 and a lot of people wanted a Stepper from the new Jazz for Classics.
[Wing_Saber-X]
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Originally Posted by Sol Fury View Post
Not to mention, this one was actually a repaint that had a fair bit of fan demand driving behind it - Stepper was a repaint of Jazz in G1 and a lot of people wanted a Stepper from the new Jazz for Classics.
yeah, that too. but why the sudden demand and 'uber cool'/ wanted status (for United Stepper) from fans who didn't like or felt indifferent to the original??
Stepper
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Originally Posted by exclusacon View Post
I doubt the price will come down, now that artfire has been revealed....completists...gotta have them all...I will get this...gotta sell some things...
Right on,Artfire is sure being release at the right time
[Wing_Saber-X]
HELL YEAH. Via etoysjapan!
Order Items
Qty Name SKU Price Total
1 Transformers United Stepper & Nebulon Mag. Ltd C9349 $110.00 $110.00

Subtotal : $110.00
Shipping : $8.92
Tax Total : $0.00
Total: $118.92
Stepper
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Originally Posted by [Wing_Saber-X] View Post
yeah, that too. but why the sudden demand and 'uber cool'/ wanted status (for United Stepper) from fans who didn't like or felt indifferent to the original??
Some fans may feel that is because Artfire is coming out,hence they wanted Stepper too
SamiKai
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Originally Posted by johnnysamson View Post
Hasbro just needs to stop the repaints and het with the program. Third party companies are reaping the loot on transformers and accessories hasbro choese not to make.
So far from being correct. 3rd parties might be making themselves some cash and that is mainly thanks to the collector scene. But reaping loot they are not. Clearly you have no knowledge of how much earnings Takara/Hasbro makes off of Transformers products. Repaints are a major factor since it cuts cost so they will continue to do it.

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Originally Posted by Stepper View Post
Some fans may feel that is because Artfire is coming out,hence they wanted Stepper too
This is probably very true. Seems like since Artfire was announced then shown Stepper interest rose with it; or well at least forum chatter about him.
LeTigre
That seems to be the case..which makes me doubt that I can wait and pick Stepper up for atleast less than the intial asking price like previous Millions exclusives.

Slightly on a tangent..when are we going to get a domestic Jazz redeco as a major retail release? And what may that be..how far-fetched is a Generations Ricochet with without a targetmaster?
Foster
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Originally Posted by LeTigre View Post
That seems to be the case..which makes me doubt that I can wait and pick Stepper up for atleast less than the intial asking price like previous Millions exclusives.

Slightly on a tangent..when are we going to get a domestic Jazz redeco as a major retail release? And what may that be..how far-fetched is a Generations Ricochet with without a targetmaster?
Well, we never saw a Hasbro retail clear Mirage or Starscream's Ghost, even though both were prominent on the show.

As an aside, I would suddenly love to see a mid-warp Skywarp released, while we're talking about special powers-themed redecoes.
Stepper
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Originally Posted by SamiKai View Post
So far from being correct. 3rd parties might be making themselves some cash and that is mainly thanks to the collector scene. But reaping loot they are not. Clearly you have no knowledge of how much earnings Takara/Hasbro makes off of Transformers products. Repaints are a major factor since it cuts cost so they will continue to do it.

This is probably very true. Seems like since Artfire was announced then shown Stepper interest rose with it; or well at least forum chatter about him.
Artfire has sure make Stepper become popular with fans,can't wait to get my hands on Artfire
LeTigre
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Originally Posted by Fosterlager View Post
Well, we never saw a Hasbro retail clear Mirage or Starscream's Ghost, even though both were prominent on the show.
True, but at least their molds received one or multiple re-decos for mass consumption- domestically speaking. The Jazz mold so far has only gotten two exclusives (one a slight retool) and an forthcoming Asia-market only retool.

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As an aside, I would suddenly love to see a mid-warp Skywarp released, while we're talking about special powers-themed redecoes.
Well the Trans-scanning Movie figures were not too far removed from that concept..one can dream, right?
[Wing_Saber-X]
well so glad my need for Stepper is over.
now I just need to pay for Artfire and the nightmare of buying those two can be over.
Stepper
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Originally Posted by Fosterlager View Post
Well, we never saw a Hasbro retail clear Mirage or Starscream's Ghost, even though both were prominent on the show.

As an aside, I would suddenly love to see a mid-warp Skywarp released, while we're talking about special powers-themed redecoes.
Both clear Mirage & Starscream's Ghost are magazine exclusive,glad that Hasbro did not release them except KO

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