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Big Bad Toy Store Sponsor Update - Construct-a-bots Preorders

Posted on 05-30-2013 at 02:26 PM by Sol Fury under Sponsor News
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Our friends and sponsors Big Bad Toy Store have sent us an update to let us know that a whole lot of exciting new preorders have gone live. On the Transformers front, new preorders include Hasbro's venture into fully customizable Transformers, Construct-a-bots!

Ultimate Series Optimus Prime & Megatron Two Pack
Triple Changer Series 1 set of Bumblebee & Blitzwing
Triple Changer Bumblebee
Elite Series 1 set of Wheeljack and Soundwave
Elite Series Soundwave
Elite Series Wheeljack
Scout Series 1 set of Ironhide and Starscream
Scout Series Starscream
Scout Series Ironhide
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Secretcode
...I forgot about these.
Anguirus
It's hard to believe we got a proper Blitzwing ages before we ever saw these.
justdd
Man, these are going to be beyond perfect for parts.
GeekVariety
Stupid ass Bionicles Transformers....ugh.

Hasbro - "Ya know, instead of putting out a smaller slate of quality toys with good paint apps and great sculpting and alt modes, how bout we just push out as much bullshit onto the market as possible to take advantage of the hysteria that Michael Bay is creating with his awful TF's movies?!"

Boardroom - "Does that mean more money because we want that so go ahead as bastardize the entire toy line for more money!"
Driftx3
These+bionicle+kreon+lego are going to be absolutely amazing customs...
Thundershot
I'll get the Prime and Megatron for my Prime and Megatron shelves, but I'm sure they'll be in the stores cheaper..
Autovolt 127
You know Bumblebee having a flight based alt. mode makes more sense considering that real bumblebees his namesake can fly.
boxorak
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Originally Posted by GeekVariety View Post
Stupid ass Bionicles Transformers....ugh.

Hasbro - "Ya know, instead of putting out a smaller slate of quality toys with good paint apps and great sculpting and alt modes, how bout we just push out as much bullshit onto the market as possible to take advantage of the hysteria that Michael Bay is creating with his awful TF's movies?!"

Boardroom - "Does that mean more money because we want that so go ahead as bastardize the entire toy line for more money!"
Yeah, that's the price you pay for being a fan of a franchise targeted toward children.
Secretcode
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Originally Posted by Anguirus View Post
It's hard to believe we got a proper Blitzwing ages before we ever saw these.
Actually, these were revealed weeks prior to even seeing the Voyagers.
Timesynch
I'm very tempted by Soundwave and Wheeljack. Two awesome characters and their build figures look neat enough. I hate that Starscream and Ironhide are relegated to small basics while Bee is a triplechanger as big as Blitzwing (surprise, surprise, Blitzwing isn't offered as a standalone/single figure because of the shelfwarminess of the yellow menace in the same set).

I do see a lot of parts kitbashing potential with these sets.
DuctTape3000
Super excited about these things. The love child of Transfomers and Xevoz? Yes, please.

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Originally Posted by Timesynch View Post
I hate that Starscream and Ironhide are relegated to small basics while Bee is a triplechanger as big as Blitzwing
From what I've read about these things the only difference between Scout, Elite and Triple Changers is the number of accessory parts in the set (they all have the same basic skeleton). According to the toy fair pics Starscream has 42 and triplechanger Bumblebee has 69. But grab a Wheeljack and Starscream and you'll have around 100 pieces and I'd imagine you'd be able to rig them in to a triplechanger.
jestermon
Yeah like I said in the thread when people revealed the second wave, it's amazing how short of a time it takes for people to completely forget seeing things, we saw these quite a while before the Toy Fair.

I remember the crazies complaining about how they gave us dees Krappy LEGO Bionicle kayohs instud uh da propah BLitzwhing.

They look nice and maybe will pull people from other properties into Transformers.

Oh yes and shame on them profiting on a brand that they market and produce to coincide with massive media appeal and multiple outlets (I guess this is what the one guy is calling hysteria) to better draw in their core audience and borderline consumers to make money. (I guess this is the bastardize part?)

Also, there mommy and daddy are Hasbro so they do indeed have a father.
Mechafire
Still excited for these.



pleasedon'tkillme
megatroptimus
Preordered Prime, SS, BB and Megatron.
Dinobot Nuva
Waiting on Breakdown in one of the subsequent waves.
scoobsterinc
I don't mind these there more for kids then they are for collectors.
Dirge82
I can't wait until these sets get released. I wonder if they will be compatible with the Bionicle/Hero Factory pieces. As a fan of both Transformers and Bionicle/Hero Factory this will be a perfect addition to my collection.
calvin0
Constuct-a-Bot is like lego technic, right?
Spiderus Prime
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Originally Posted by GeekVariety View Post
Stupid Hero Factory Transformers....ugh
Fixed!
griffin-of-oz
Unless Hasbro did a last minute name change (we've already seen packaging displayed at Toyfair), I think BBTS have the name wrong - as it should be "Construct-Bots". If the name has been changed, perhaps it was from bad feedback over the awkwardness of the name, prompting them to add an extra consonant.
Sol Fury
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Originally Posted by griffin-of-oz View Post
Unless Hasbro did a last minute name change (we've already seen packaging displayed at Toyfair), I think BBTS have the name wrong - as it should be "Construct-Bots". If the name has been changed, perhaps it was from bad feedback over the awkwardness of the name, prompting them to add an extra consonant.
Our staff who were at Toy Fair were told it was meant to be "Construct-a-Bots" - the Autobot symbol in the logo is the "a".
Satomiblood
I know not everyone is going to feel the same, but these are going to be a great source for customs as well as mixed construction brick MOCs.
QLRformer
Those look interesting. I'm particularly interested in the car Blitzwing and the jet Bumblebee.
griffin-of-oz
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Originally Posted by Sol Fury View Post
Our staff who were at Toy Fair were told it was meant to be "Construct-a-Bots" - the Autobot symbol in the logo is the "a".
Hmmm.... if that's true, perhaps the Hasbro people issuing the press releases at Toyfair should have been told - Hasbro Toy Fair 2013 Transformers Construct Bots Product Information - Transformers News - TFW2005
Hasbro Toy Fair 2013 Official Press Release - Transformers News - TFW2005
Until a Hasbro press release corrects that, I'm not sure what it is now, because major online stores should be correct if they get product lists from Hasbro.

Then again, the Hasbro staff at ToyFair may be wrong, as they appear to have been wrong about the Ultimate Predaking not being a Target exclusive, as there isn't any indication that this Target version is different to the version released in Australia - http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transf...xclusives.html

I actually spoke to the Product Manager at the Australian Toyfair about the name being awkward, and he seemed to be of the understanding that it was without the "a", because he was just as puzzled by it.
Incidentally, the early Gen1 toys had the allegiance symbols between Trans and Formers as well... but weren't representing a letter.
DuctTape3000
They've added series 2 for anyone interested. ETA August, includes:
Elite Megatron
Elite Optimus Prime
Elite Hound
Scout Bumblebee
Scout Thundercracker

I'm disappointed that there are already 3 figures with multiple sets. But I was planning on building a clone army anyways, so I guess it's not that big of a deal for me.

http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/m...&category=9519

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