So how do actual kids like the movie toys?

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Jetstorm, Jun 28, 2014.

  1. Jetstorm

    Jetstorm Wielder of the Keyblade

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    I'm legitimately curious about this lol. I'm 26 now, and was 19 when the first movie came out (o__o) and I've never really had any problem with Transformers toys until the movie ones. Mainly in the Revenge of the Fallen line.

    I felt like going through some of my boxes of Transformers and I wanted to fiddle around with the movie toys and I still have so much trouble with them. They're so complicated because of the designs and the instructions kind of suck lol. Somewhat complicated is fine, but I feel like I should not have an easier time transforming Masterpiece Sideswipe or Prowl than RotF Skids or Mudflap '>_>

    This gets me to thinking: how do actual kids like the toys? I feel like if I was a kid playing with these I would be extremely frustrated with the transformations. I'm frustrated enough as a 26 year old haha.
     
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    Haters, THIS IS WHY WE HAVE SIMPLIFIED TRANSFORMERS. OKAY?!
     
  3. Shockwave9227

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    Well, looks like the kids don't like them over here. Nothing, not even the one-step changers or the jousting stuff, is selling. Granted, the parents in this area are a bit poor but still, those shelves are over-flowing.

    I also hate how Hasbro packaged the Generations and kids' stuff so similarly. The stores keep stocking the kids stuff on the Generations pegs.
     
  4. LigerPrime

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    I agree - the transformation process is too complicated for the younger kids and never transformed some of them such as voyager Mixmaster (vehicle to bot). ROTF had got the most complex transformers ever for me.

    That being said my kids love the robot modes such as Leader Class Optimus, Ironhide, Megatron etc.
     
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    actually for all my cousins the more complex or weird transformation the better
     
  6. Tfan12

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    and that is why their not selling
     
  7. Transmetal

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    Are we talking AOE or the others? My son, 10yo step son, 15 both love the other movie toys (as do I) AOE, haven't messed with all of them yet but the deluxe bee feels like cheap shit. They aren't big fans of much or any of the new stuff. We'll see when Lockdown is out.
     
  8. King Kaiser

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    I find it funny that this movie is pretty dark yet they make toys for kids.
     
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    There were kids in the theater around the 8-10 year old range last night. I couldn't believe their parents brought them.

    Really, I think it's all the advertising and promoting that gets the kids to want the toys, even if they don't see the actual film.
     
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    Man welcome to 1992, the first toys I can remember buying were for the dark-as-fuck Batman Returns. Didn't see the movie for another five years or so.
     
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    I was at a Target this afternoon looking at the transformers stuff, and this kid (somewhere between 8 and 10) showed me the stuff he was getting and where in the aisle I could find them. His picks? The Optimus/Grimlock exclusive two-pack, and FOUR Transformers Hexbugs.
     
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    Things seemed to be moving slowly last week, but I toured the local TRUs and Targets today after seeing the movie, and the Transformers aisle looked like locusts had been through there. Almost everything was gone. What wasn't gone was strewn about like it got hit with a sharknado.
     
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    I figured sales might pick up once the movie actually opened. Certainly was that way back in 2007 to an extreme degree. Pokey sales, then months of bare shelves while retailers who vastly underestimated demand waited for new production runs.
     
  14. Jetstorm

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    I'm personally just talking about the first three, specifically Revenge of the Fallen. I don't really plan on getting any of the new toys because I'm trying to save money / reduce clutter and they just haven't impressed me with what I've seen.

    I think the biggest offenders for me are the RotF Constructicons. Especially Mixmaster, Demolishor, and Rampage. And like I said I was even having trouble with Skids and Mudflap lol.

    I prefer 2001 Robots in Disguise levels of difficulty. The transformations are involved, but not insanely difficult (even Side Burn when I was younger gave me no trouble lol.

    This isn't a movie toy bashing thread btw, there ARE some truly fantastic toys in those lines. Just some are a little TOO complicated.
     
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    In my local supermarket the One steps sat on the shelf for a few weeks. Then TV adverts showed and the shelf was almost cleared out and restocked. The film isn't even out yet.

    All this naysaying and negativity could at least wait for a couple of months after the film is out surely?
     
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    Short answer, yes. My son is over the moon when it comes to dinobots. We even bought one step Grimlock and loves him. So the AoE stuff is working with the target audience. DotM was similar. He loved everything I got him.

    Full disclosure I hated the DotM and AoE toys. Immensely.

    Things are flipped with RotF. I love them but my son still can't transform them. Once they're changed over he loves them in either form. I knew a lot of parents who aren't into transformers like I am that got fairly frustrated they couldn't transform their kids toys.
     
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    Sure they sell out, but they're still shit toys.

    I have seen multiple times at my Walmart kids younger than 8 look at the simple line, and pass on. Literally, the Walmart overstocked way, WAY too much, but I think I'll take a look back and see if it's all gone now.
     
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    My 7 year old son hates movies toys. He might get the Dinobots but only because he loves dinosaurs.
     
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    See kids' movie toys reviews on youtube. They like them.
     
  20. Dohcboost

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    My 6 yr old is at the movies watching it now with his mom. Ive seen it and im not sure why you would think its not appropriate for kids.

    As for the toys, my son likes the mash ems, kreo, and construct a bots. Wecwere hoping to try out the 1 step and the flip and changes on sunday, but our toys r us didnt have those to demo.

    Maybe thats the issue with these easier transformers. Kids might like them but parents like me are unsure abiut them so thet sit on the shelves. He likes my deluxes and voyagers, but he cannot transform them very well.