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Premium Series Leader-Class Optimus Prime and Megatron Out at US Mass Retail

Posted on 03-31-2008 at 06:40 AM by Tim Formas under Transformers Movie Toys & Products (All Transformers Movie News)
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The Premium Series Leader-class figures, Optimus Prime and Megatron, have been sighted at mass retail in the United States. Yours truly found them at Meijer stores in Elgin and Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Each case of the assortment currently contains one Premium Series Optimus Prime and one Premium Series Megatron. For more information on these two figures from our Resource database, click the links attached to their names above.
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shortround
* Runs To Wall Mart *
hutchprime
Sends email to boss telling him he has to run an errand...
Smokescreen
'Bout damn time! I'll give it a fews day, though. They ain't gonna show up in Jersey that fast.
Liege Prime
I worry a little though. Most stores in this area have seemed to overstock Nightwatch Prime and Desert Strike Brawl, so I don't know when they're goin to be able to put up more leaders.
tusko
Canadian sitings please!
Dinobot Nuva
Oh god, the hunt, it BURNS!
DN
Grimwing
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Originally Posted by Liege Prime View Post
I worry a little though. Most stores in this area have seemed to overstock Nightwatch Prime and Desert Strike Brawl, so I don't know when they're goin to be able to put up more leaders.
Same here in S.C. we barely got through the first wave of allspark power last week. (walmart exclusives I hope arrive sometime this month.)

These are cool. Though I think some people are going to be upset megatron does'nt have his red blades painted in. I've always found those blades appealing though as it reminds me of the aliens in quake 4.

I'll certainly get the premium line when their in stores. (It's official ...grimwing is a repaint addict)
hutchprime
Jack and squat in my area. Went to Meijer, Wal-mart, and Target. Nothing.
Foster
Hey Meijer! Come to Minnesota! Bring toys!
Runamuck
This will be the only Megs I get from this line.
Sentinel
Just when I caved and ordered them from BBTS. Damn... Oh well.
Megatronwp38
nice i want these. I think I may exchange my two normal ones that are unopened for these! I'm assuming they have different UPCs so i could just return them.
T16skyhopp
i wish this megs came out the first time. i cant spend another 40.
aey103
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Originally Posted by Tim Formas View Post
The Premium Series Leaders have hit mass retail. Sighted Premium Optimus Prime and Megatron at the Meijer stores in both Elgin, IL and Rolling Meadows, IL. The Elgin stores got three cases in, while the Rolling Meadows store got two.
Not that I will do it, but now it's only a matter of time before opened Premium Leader boxes with the original Prime and Megs replaced in them are on shelves. People who do that disgust me.
lightdestroyed
This is probably a Megs I'd pick up.
Beastbot X
I'm going to need to see both of these in person before I buy, no online purchases of these two for me. I originally was full-on for Premium Megatron, until I learned he's actually NOT painted all-silver like oh-so-sweet Premium Jazz. And I want to see how much metallic paint is on Premium Prime-- just the mold changes won't justify a $40 toy for me.
Railguard
I am just happy to see that these toys are coming out because that means that the Universe toys are just getting closer to release even if it is still 6 months away.
Gears
Hey Tim, how about some actual out of package pics of Megatron. Start snappin!
Motor_Master
Well thanks to all the nightwatch Primes and Camo brawls on the shelfs, it'll be a good 4 weeks or more before I see these guys. Pity too, these were the last two leader class figures I intended to buy.
Optimus Prime
I'll have to keep an eye out, I'm willing to bet that these won't last long on shelves due to fans and scalpers alike.
kenm2474
Just got back from Walmart and nothing here in Spring, Tx.
Jetstorm
So what exactly does it mean to be "premium" anyway?
Dropshot
Hunting time, it's about time.
NIDARAM12
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Originally Posted by aey103 View Post
Not that I will do it, but now it's only a matter of time before opened Premium Leader boxes with the original Prime and Megs replaced in them are on shelves. People who do that disgust me.
Why would they be on shelves? I haven't seen opened, beat up returned toys on the shelves in a long time.
Foster
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Originally Posted by NIDARAM12 View Post
Why would they be on shelves? I haven't seen opened, beat up returned toys on the shelves in a long time.
Agreed. I wonder if major chains cracked down on opened toy returns, making sure it's the same thing as pictured on the package.
frenzyrumble
2 questions....
what's the US MSRP?
and did they fix Prime's arms this time?
Jarodimus
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Originally Posted by frenzy_rumble View Post
2 questions....
what's the US MSRP?
and did they fix Prime's arms this time?
One answer and one question:
$39.99, same as any other Leader. (They ship in regular Leader cases.)
What was wrong with OP's arms the first time?

EDIT: WTF? Somehow, the board posted me half-way through, but put me back at the "Reply to Topic" page. Weird.
Foster
These are $40, same as any Leader class. Don't know what you mean about the arms.
Feralstorm
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Originally Posted by fosterlager View Post
Agreed. I wonder if major chains cracked down on opened toy returns, making sure it's the same thing as pictured on the package.
Maybe, but I doubt most employees could identify returns like that too easily, especially something with as subtle a difference as regular and premium versions of the same toy.
Foster
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Originally Posted by Feralstorm View Post
Maybe, but I doubt most employees could identify returns like that too easily, especially something with as subtle a difference as regular and premium versions of the same toy.
Could be new policy along the lines of "If collectible toy X, Y or Z is being returned and has been opened, manager must inspect and compare with packaging."

Or could be mere wishful thinking on my part.
Beastbot X
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Originally Posted by Jetstorm View Post
So what exactly does it mean to be "premium" anyway?
pre·mi·um /ˈprimiəm/ - [pree-mee-uhm]
–adjective-- of exceptional quality or greater value than others of its kind; superior: a wine made of premium grapes.
Jetstorm
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Originally Posted by Beastbot X View Post
pre·mi·um /ˈprimiəm/ - [pree-mee-uhm]
–adjective-- of exceptional quality or greater value than others of its kind; superior: a wine made of premium grapes.


*ahem*

In terms of these Transformers
butz
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Originally Posted by Jetstorm View Post


*ahem*

In terms of these Transformers
Terminology to justify more repaints because retailers wanted more movie figures, and Hasbro didn't have any more new molds.
Rayzilla Prime
My aunt wants to get me a bunch o' Transformers because she wants to buy me something. I put Premium Megs on my want list, despite getting the first one (which I will call "Project: 'Ice Man' Megatron" if/when I get Premium Megs).
Foster
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Originally Posted by butz View Post
Terminology to justify more repaints because retailers wanted more movie figures, and Hasbro didn't have any more new molds.
And Prime is remolded. Energon axe instead of gun, and new head.
butz
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Originally Posted by fosterlager View Post
And Prime is remolded. Energon axe instead of gun, and new head.
Whoops! Yeah, Prime got remolded, and Bumblebee has the sweet looking battle mask from the stealth BB figure.
catch22
I really want a Premium Optimus, but I have a feeling I'll be resorting to ebay

I kind of want the new BB for the stealth mask, I'll probably pick it up if I happen across it, otherwise I won't bother.

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Originally Posted by Jarodimus View Post
What was wrong with OP's arms the first time?
The midsection of his left and right arm should be switched; if they were in their proper locations, their screws would be facing towards his body and be less visible.
videriant
booooo. . . I went premium hunting and all I found was a big daddy and a masterpiece screamer. Too bad the screamer wasn't on clearance anymore. . .
lord ginrai
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Originally Posted by frenzy_rumble View Post
2 questions....
what's the US MSRP?
and did they fix Prime's arms this time?
Judging by these pics (found at the Allspark) I guess they didn't. It isn't really that hard to fix yourself right?
Runamuck
I want to know if Hasbro finally stuck in the damn BLUE lights for his eyes and chest. I just do not understand why they advertise the blue lights on the back, but have not included them in ANY of the Primes.
SureShot90
waiting for mine to arrive from bbts
REDLINE
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Originally Posted by Runamuck View Post
I want to know if Hasbro finally stuck in the damn BLUE lights for his eyes and chest. I just do not understand why they advertise the blue lights on the back, but have not included them in ANY of the Primes.
here here!
lord ginrai
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Originally Posted by Runamuck View Post
I want to know if Hasbro finally stuck in the damn BLUE lights for his eyes and chest. I just do not understand why they advertise the blue lights on the back, but have not included them in ANY of the Primes.
There was already a videoclip of Premium Prime showing his new features. He still has the yellow lights I'm afraid.

I'm curious if TakTomy will change it up for their release.
Runamuck
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Originally Posted by lord ginrai View Post
There was already a videoclip of Premium Prime showing his new features. He still has the yellow lights I'm afraid.

I'm curious if TakTomy will change it up for their release.



Takara knows whats up, I have confidence they will.
Janeails22x
Is it just me, or does Premium Prime look more like a robot rabbit and less like the movie? I am not sold on this figure and will be sticking with my original as I prefer the head from this mold. I may try to find the sword in a separate purchase. I am still in the air about Megs. I will have to see him in person to make the proper judgment.
AndreyOfDoom
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Originally Posted by aey103 View Post
Not that I will do it, but now it's only a matter of time before opened Premium Leader boxes with the original Prime and Megs replaced in them are on shelves. People who do that disgust me.
That is just what hasbro deserves for releasing TWO of the same figure designed to be the same character too (IE: NOT a different paint job such as Night Watch Prime)
mondo
I'm waiting for my Megatron to arrive from BBTS
Optimus Prime
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Originally Posted by Runamuck View Post
I want to know if Hasbro finally stuck in the damn BLUE lights for his eyes and chest. I just do not understand why they advertise the blue lights on the back, but have not included them in ANY of the Primes.
Yeah, I was really disappointed when they turned out to be yellow on the original, and even more disappointed to find out that they are still yellow on the Premium version. I never understood the yellow in the first place...
Galaxy Convoy
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Originally Posted by AndreyOfDoom View Post
That is just what hasbro deserves for releasing TWO of the same figure designed to be the same character too (IE: NOT a different paint job such as Night Watch Prime)
Yeah, screwing over the retail stores to get back at Hasbro really makes a whole lot of sense...

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