The Knock off transformers thread

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by blunghole, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. Tarphedon

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    Its EU policy (they tax the +15 is our own.....Clever way of adding more fees shall we say?), everything that enters from outside gets taxed...
    They are changing it again in around July, and they remove the the 20euro limit as well...Free movements of goods/trade anyone?

    I am pretty sure, that was death :D 
     
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    If the tax has been pre-paid then you SHOULD NOT be being charged a processing fee as well as pre-payment with a VAT number on the package. That was why I was wondering what would happen with TF Safari.

    I suppose I should be thankful that Gift Parcels are still possible at all. It's just another "inconvenience" like when the US stopped doing surface mail parcels and so it become uneconomical to buy from America due to very high shipping costs to other countries. Which is a real pain when Amazon exclusives and such are a thing.

    Sure there is ways around any cost with enough effort - but it's still extra time and hassle & difficulty for something that didn't require it previously - it slows down the flow of goods, and makes me a lot less likely to buy anything at all in some cases.

    I have kinda stopped buying Diaclone as I just could be bothered to deal with what was already expensive toys getting even more expensive still - especially as some of them are so costly they could get held for Duty & incure processing charges even though the Vat has already been paid (so maybe that pre-payment set up should go a lot higher like upt £1000 or something).

    If you collected swords or something expensive like that everything you bought would get messed around with, it's just a chore I don't need - and is likely one of the reasons I stopped buying the larger high quality KO's as well.

    Leave the EU and then have them be an even bigger pain than they were before "thanks politicians" for making my retail therapy so much harder or expensive to get - especially if you don't want to buy everything off Amazon and eBay by default.
     
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  5. pilot00

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    Buy locally and from China then; that's what I do. I stopped buying TFs from the main US sites ages ago, as shipping was too expensive. 3P and KO toys are fairly cheaper from HK and Chinese sites.

     
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    Sure thing. Just let learn Chinese rq.
     
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    No need to. TFDirect, ShowZ, etc are based in mainland China/HK and they're in English. Even the Chinese versions of Amazon (TaoBao?) have English in them, I believe, plus there are Chinese sellers on eBay too. Ask the folks here.
     
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    Ordered the blue one but got the pink one. Tempted to unpin those hands.
     
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    I've long thought the Combiner Wars Devastator did not look as good as other versions. But I've now got Engineer Creator coming from SirToys and I've got this terrible feeling that TT may think that CW Devastator is good enough as an MP Devastator. Looking at the individual figures there are ones like Long Haul that still look hilariously bad, but combined I'm starting to warm on CW Devy. I still think the Mix Master foot looks too small, there's not enough paint, the waist and shoulder proportions look off, etc. I'm hoping that FT or XTB (or even Zeta) got for a 20" MP Devy next, but in the meantime maybe there is one that could compete with my JinBao OS KO Devy.

    Is there anywhere to get a full size Combiner Wars Devastator anymore? I see a few on BBTS and such, but the late tax is in full force there. I checked SirToys and he's got the CBB downsized 31cm version. I guess I'm looking for a 45cm version. Any hints would be appreciated.
     
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    How about Amazon for $150?

    Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Devastator Figure Set (Amazon Exclusive) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SOFZF08/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_WNCZQGJ3VV0TQQ49G7G1
     
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    I hear you. I used to buy from US sites like TFSource, but between the unfavourable exchange rate with the Canadian dollar, and the risk of getting nailed with handling fees and customs charges, I just gave up on US webstores altogether. It's just not worth it.

    I buy second hand stuff through local Canadian fansites and obviously KO stuff (if that industry ever bounces back, at least)... but the prices on retail main line items in Canada are just getting bonkers, and with the latest round of price hikes, I think that's it. I'm out. Done. Unless something is on sale for at least 30% off, I just can't justify it.

    If the KO scene doesn't make a comeback, that might be the end of my collector days right there. Ah well... it was a good run. I still have a room full of toys. :lol 

    I agree with all your criticisms of CW Devastator, but there still something very pleasing about how stable the combo is. And the figures have a big, simple appeal (though with some weaknesses).

    I was initially critical of the combined form of JinBao Gravity Builder. The individual bots were big and fun, but the combined mode just didn't feel stable, and seemed too heavy for his own joints.

    Well, I picked up the Upgrade Kit for JB Devastator recently on sale... and WOW... I'm impressed! I mean, it's really just a new head and new knees, but it feels like a whole new toy! I don't understand the physics of how adding the knee extensions somehow makes the balance and stability of the whole figure better, but it really does.

    The set went from my "display as constructicons only" set to my centerpiece combiner. I love it.

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    In general, what batteries do most KO and 3rd Party figures all these years, specifically the MP ones for both KO and 3P, use? (esp for all the combiner's eyes, and specifically my XTB Deadend's headlights.) It's some sort of small silver round battery I can't put my finger on. Some of my figs come with them preinstalled. Forgot to mention it's also prominent in certain weapons too.
     
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    Look up the item on ebay - usually someone will say what the batteries are on one of the listings.
    I think I know the batteries you are are refering too (the ones in the light up Matrix's perhaps ?) they used to use common watch batteries more often in the past - which are obviously way easier to get.
     
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    Was referring to these batteries. scshot (2).png Yes though, I think they can vary depending on the figure. Might have to look up what they use.
     
  16. SirToys

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    Found these in Walmart last night.

    IMG20210522074733_MB_Legends_OS_Color_Variants.jpg

    Machine Boy Oversized legends.

    Slight color variants, unpainted parts mostly.
     
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    Spotted that one. The only one at the original MSRP out there it seems. Just hoping that the KO thread could point me towards a lower cost CW Devy that isn't the reduced size 31cm figure I find on Ali-Express and e-Bay. But maybe those are the only choices. So difficult to guess the right keywords on Ali-Express sometimes or what kind of funky description a Chinese e-bay seller will give to KO figures.
     
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    The reissue of CW Devastator is an Amazon exclusive, so you'll only find it at that price there. The only versions of it are the Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors originals and the undersized CoolBecomeBrave KO. For the original versions, there are upgrade kits that improve the shoulders, the Mixmaster foot and more. They're by DNA Designs, Perfect Effect and X2 Toys. Unfortunately all are long out of production and hard to find.
     
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    Yep, those are your only options. There are no 1:1 KOs
     
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