FansToys FT-44 Thomas (MP Astrotrain)

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by eVac Z, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. chucksbikeorama

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    Thanks.
    So to clarify, for this preorder how would it likely work? PayPal take the money 14 days after the item eventually ships (whenever that ends up being, Oct/Nov), or 14 days after placing the pre-order?
    I assume the former, but sorry if I’m being dim - guessing this PAD option is usually for in-stock items so the terms don’t quite seem to fit
     
  2. timcrook

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    a lot of people are needing an mp astrotrain to complete their collection
     
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  3. Whomps

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    Managed to preorder the Blitzwing, but I missed out on this one, so hoping there's more preorders available soon
     
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    I do all my preorders at Toy Dojo and pay my 100% deposit up front. That way I know what I’m paying and don’t have to worry about it.

    Only time it hasn’t worked out is Berserk... but that isn’t TD’s fault, since FT rejiggered the price.


    Store credit towards my next purchase? Yes, please! Who’s up for 100% deposit pre-order next?


    **rubs hands and daydreams**
     
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    MP Astrotrain is a major need for myself as far as my collection goes. I also pre-ordered Blitzwing, but have they showed any update on him?
     
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    I can't wait for this one. I'm wondering if I ordered one or two. This hobby has definitely spent a pretty penny.
     
  7. Snaku

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    I used to prefer doing pre-orders that way but these days I'm afraid of letting buyer protection run out. Even with the trustworthy sellers - this whole pandemic situation has made me question just how durable these retailers are and I'd hate to have a bunch of pre-order money lost to an out of business store.
     
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  8. Metroplexcity2019

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    Same here, also concerned about potential side effects from conflicts between governments, would feel slightly more comfortable if the factories and retailers were located in the Hong Kong region, but I have no idea where.
     
  9. edgecrusher

    edgecrusher When yer featherin' it, brother TFW2005 Supporter

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    Mostly Guongdong, some Tianjin, Shanghai. Hong Kong's typically become too expensive and given political tensions, probably no better than being in PRC, just for the risk of martial law or outright takeover rather than a shipping shutdown.
     
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    I am not very familiar with the matter... Why would Hong Kong be better than China's main land?

    Wasn't Hong Kong affected by the pandemic?
     
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    Hong Kong operates under different laws - it was part of the deal when the UK left and returned control to PRC. I'm not sure why that matters for toy buying, but that's what he was talking about. Nothing to do with the pandemic.
     
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  12. edgecrusher

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    He's probably thinking that in a trade war with the PRC, Hong Kong would not be affected and could continue to trade and ship to the US without whatever additional tariffs or shutdowns might occur b/w the US and PRC.
     
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  13. Metroplexcity2019

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    CPC retaliation for tariffs and backing Hong Kong protesters, and we have not seen how CPC will respond to further economic consequences for their part in misinformation, lack of transparency, not cooperating with patient zero information that could be helpful to the rest of the world and so on. I would feel better about business with PRC because US relations with PRC are better, and who knows what lengths CPC will go to? People living under CPC might have an idea, but CPC controls information. *shrug*
     
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    The pandemic appears to be effecting toy shipping, the pandemic is being attributed for new additional shipping charges for US customers and extra long and inconsistent shipping time frames. I expect future of trade with China will change, and how CPC responds is up in the air. PRC on the other hand has a stable relationship with USA, hence Hong Kong remark.
     
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    It works like that with regular in stock stuff. Not on 6 month pre orders. For this figure, I reckon if you order now, the funds will be taken by 7th June.
    It's only really there for domestic in stock stuff so you don't get burned on eBay
     
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    I am legitly afraid of this becoming a QC / bad design nightmare... I ordered 2 copies of this and Berserk, I hope everything is going to be alright! Hopefully! Right? :cry :bowdown: 
     
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    Last few designs have me thinking that this'll be largely die-cast armatures expanding all around the frame, with parts rotating and twisting on them to change between the alt modes. I hope he's not a nightmare to transform; even the simplified Iceman is not fun to transform, I hope this proper triple changer doesn't follow that path...
     
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    It’s fine they’ll send you a bag of screws that partially fixes the problem
     
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  19. xueyue2

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    where did you get this illusion? It's one screw per custom --- FT: we only screw you once ;) 
     
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    Fanstoys is the new Xtransbots? Look so good but it seems there is always something
     
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