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Toys R Us Exclusive Masterpiece Thundercracker Sighted in Kansas

Posted on 08-24-2012 at 03:48 PM by Secretcode under Transformers Masterpiece
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Let the hunt commence! After weeks of fans patiently waiting after price tags were placed nation-wide on Toys R Us shelves, TFW2005 member formula93 has sighted and picked up the Toys R Us Exclusive Masterpiece Thundercracker in a Toys R Us in Kansas, for $69.99. This toy is a redeco of the MP-11 Starscream release (minus the Coronation Crown and Cape) and includes the stand from the original Masterpiece Starscream mold.

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Fallout
wait, they're $70? i thought they were only 60...
StayingInTheBox
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wait, they're $70? i thought they were only 60...
Considering MP-11 is $160 originally, this is a fucking steal.

*sets up camp at ToysRus*
Grimmjow
Wait, WHAT?!? Cool, but...I thought this was coming out in October? Then again, Optimus Prime was supposed to be out in July...but it's been delayed until September, & this has supposedly been delayed until November, yet now we're seeing shelf tags in place for it?

...Fuck logic.
Soundwinder
... so confused.

Yet excited.
Cyclonus79
Yeah I'm confused as all hell. Just show me the way to the preorders an ill be fine.
robvega214
hora guey...ya comiensa el desmadre
Littleoldman
that's awesome. i hope it comes out asap!
Blitz.
so the waiting game begins... wait uk is getting skipped.... dang well to ebay it is
Kimmer
So does a shelf tag mean an imminent arrival of the product? Any TRU employees here that might know?
TitanCi
Most beautiful thing I've heard all day...
Satomiblood
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Originally Posted by Blitz. View Post
so the waiting game begins... wait uk is getting skipped.... dang well to ebay it is
Cozy up to a helpful board member in the US.
igniz1984
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Originally Posted by Kimmer View Post
So does a shelf tag mean an imminent arrival of the product? Any TRU employees here that might know?
Well from retail experience; I know that when a shelf tag is up, the product is on its way or why else waste the shelf space. My local TRU is now on my speed dial
kavemon3
This is good news. Thanks.
TitanCi
Just called the local TRU, nothing in CA yet... but how long til it shows up I wonder?
TitanCi
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Originally Posted by igniz1984 View Post
Well from retail experience; I know that when a shelf tag is up, the product is on its way or why else waste the shelf space. My local TRU is now on my speed dial
I sure hope so!!!
Omnius
$70? Now that a UK release has been ruled out, the import cost shouldn't be unreasonable.
Starfire22
Hmmm, must focus on getting MP prime first. (Though, this is a steal for TC)
ScottyP
In my retail experience, a shelf tag did not always mean a product was imminent. Sometimes planograms would have a tag for something that wouldn't show for months, or even ever in a couple cases!

A shelf tag only means one thing for certain - whoever does the in-store marketing for TRU for that aisle expected the product to be out by now at some point in time and made space for it - that doesn't mean for certain that it is coming soon, or even in a month or two.

I think the initial leak on this was from a planogram anyway, and wasn't that months ago?
TitanCi
^yeah. I remember seeing that layout pic.
Blitz.
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Originally Posted by Omnius View Post
$70? Now that a UK release has been ruled out, the import cost shouldn't be unreasonable.
just need to watch out for that VAT sting still 20ish on top of around 45ish is still a good deal.
jtscribe
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just need to watch out for that VAT sting still 20ish on top of around 45ish is still a good deal.
Yeesh.
Autovolt 127
SOON.
HnH
how soon...........
Cal
Been a while since I heard about this. Have there been any pictures of TC yet? Do we even know which mold it is?
DoctorWho
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Been a while since I heard about this. Have there been any pictures of TC yet? Do we even know which mold it is?

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Avengers
Hopefully TRU.com has these MP TF toys on their site. Because TRU stores do a horrible job in teaching their employees to not be scalpers. Most TRU employees & managers hide stuff in the back stock room. they wait till pay day,then sell the stuff on ebay.

I kinda wish this was a Walmart or Target store exclusive. because these stores always have clearance sales.
Deceptigtar
from what i remember a tru employee told me is that green sticker over the price tag with that date, 8/13, means that when it was set there was no stock to fill yet. sometime you will then find a new sticker over it or a new one with a new date meaning that since a new replenish there has been no product to place.

or something along those lines.
Lbsammills51
Ha, go figure. Hopefully he's easier to find than MP Rodimus or Grimlock around here.
TacomaPrime
What TRU in IL was this at?
Tirade
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Hopefully TRU.com has these MP TF toys on their site. Because TRU stores do a horrible job in teaching their employees to not be scalpers. Most TRU employees & managers hide stuff in the back stock room. they wait till pay day,then sell the stuff on ebay.

I kinda wish this was a Walmart or Target store exclusive. because these stores always have clearance sales.
I am gonna try not to take offense to this. I am a TRU employee and have NEVER done this. Heck, I have never even heard of this happening in my neck of the woods. Most employees don't even know enough to even think of profitting from exclusives. TRU just has too many that end up rotting on the shelf as it is. Besides, it is explicitly stated in the rules that TRU employees are to NOT do this.

As for the shelf tag, a label was probably printed to usher in the new release. The question for me is the green sticker. That means an order was placed for the item or needs to be. That shelf label isn't there to just take up space. Retail space is at a premium. The only reserved space is for "*******" highlighted tags.
LamboTwinLove
Can't wait to hear that TC is on their website. It's easier for me to go the online route then go to TRU in my area because I'm usually disappointed when I get there lol.
Grimmjow
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Can't wait to hear that TC is on their website. It's easier for me to go the online route then go to TRU in my area because I'm usually disappointed when I get there lol.
Checked, but nothing yet...hopefully it will be soon.
barrelks
Had the TRU near me run the stock number, and there are none of them on order yet (or anywhere down the west coast for that matter).
Shockwave9227
Surprise surprise.
Timesynch
Interesting. Will have to stalk my local TRU though they usually have crap for TF selection. Plenty of PlaySkool and baby stuff though.
OMEGAPRIME1983
So the tag for tcracker is up, but nothing on prime at yall yet... Odd
Grimmjow
Shouldn't the guy who posted this get a news credit?
Cyber-Scream
And... I'm broke right now. Looks like I'll have to pass on this guy for the time being.
NeilJam
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Originally Posted by Kimmer View Post
So does a shelf tag mean an imminent arrival of the product? Any TRU employees here that might know?

The tag doesn't really mean it will be in stock soon. MP TC is just part of the planogram for the current reset at TRU. TRU stores usually do not get shelf labels for new items until that item is actually in stock except for times like this when the new product is on a planogram.
03Mach1
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Originally Posted by barrelks View Post
Had the TRU near me run the stock number, and there are none of them on order yet (or anywhere down the west coast for that matter).
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Originally Posted by OMEGAPRIME1983 View Post
So the tag for tcracker is up, but nothing on prime at yall yet... Odd
I posted in the original MP Thundercracker thread almost 3 weeks ago that the local TRU showed 260 Thundercrackers on order to the DC (Georgia, I believe) and 0 Primes. I checkd again last week and the number had jumped to over 900 on order. Still 0 for Prime. It would not surprise me in the least to see Thundercracker before Prime.
TitanCi
^wow.

But on a sad note, in CA the TRU employee said she sees a fat goose egg on order.
trdkamuri51o
im assuming that 787681 is our magic number??
TCracker
Hmmm...70 bucks. I might bite. I like the blue on myself. Cheers!
Xzbit
So from what I've read mp thundercracker is defintely mp-11 mold with a stand and color is the same as the generations thundercracker.For $70 I think Its worth it.
baggzey23
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so the waiting game begins... wait uk is getting skipped.... dang well to ebay it is
cheaper on eBay no stupid $1-1 conversion rate
LadyStarscream
Ahh! I can't wait!
I would like to pick up a few of these. I only have one of the original Takara MP TC.
Omnius
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just need to watch out for that VAT sting still 20ish on top of around 45ish is still a good deal.
I'll prepare myself for the inevitable customs rape, but if that's what it takes to get my hands on this guy, then so be it!
LamboTwinLove
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Originally Posted by Grimmjow View Post
Checked, but nothing yet...hopefully it will be soon.
Hopefully! I've been waiting for this guy. He won't really match my Hasbro Skywarp since they're not the same mold... but you know that might be nice to have some slight difference between them.

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I'll prepare myself for the inevitable customs rape, but if that's what it takes to get my hands on this guy, then so be it!
You could always make a deal with a member here in the US to get it for you at cost + shipping. A little less rapeage of the wallet but you need to have a US member you trust.
Soundwinder
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Originally Posted by 03Mach1 View Post
I posted in the original MP Thundercracker thread almost 3 weeks ago that the local TRU showed 260 Thundercrackers on order to the DC (Georgia, I believe) and 0 Primes. I checkd again last week and the number had jumped to over 900 on order. Still 0 for Prime. It would not surprise me in the least to see Thundercracker before Prime.
So you just called them and gave them the number? 787681?

What number did you give them for Prime?

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