Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by Gaokaiser, Jul 20, 2019.
So Ratchet came today
Someone on Reddit has Ratchet.
Probably an import. its available at TRU in Hong Kong.
Not sure I believe his comment about it being from a "very good friend who works for walgreens" when he conveniently cut off the bottom of the box or show any part where the chinese would be.
Edit: his post history literally mentions him being in HK. "My local one didnt have it in Causeway Bay"
I originally wanted a more g1 paint scheme, but more I look at this figure, the more I think I’m just gonna leave him as is!
.... maybe I will paint his wheels and side panels in vehicle mode... don’t get the red on the side?
I have leftover stickers from my Minerva custom, and they will be perfect for him.
Is there a listed release date for Walgreens/EBGames? I haven' even seen it listed on EB's website yet (though how they tend to list their limited Transformer stock usually sucks), and I'm getting paranoid that one day I'm going to find out it's been out for 3 weeks, I never got a call to pick up my pre-order, and they sold it along with the rest of their limited stock never to get any more. Because that's what watching all these exclusive figure rollouts is like when you're in Canada and you don't have Target anymore, Toys R Us yanked several listings from its website presumably because they have no earthly idea when they're getting stock, and your Amazon sucks at getting timely information up after it goes live on other nations' Amazons.
it feels like the old RiD Megatron hand mode or G1 Sixshot's "wingwolf."
It was a couple of guys in the Hasbro/Takara office screwing around on their lunch break and finding out that if you leave the figure half-transformed and squint it sorta kinda looks like a thing. And then some marketing guy comes by, says "THAT'S GENIUS! WE'LL SLAP IT ON ALL OUR DESCRIPTIVE COPY!" and everyone went on with their merry day.
So I spend too much money on eBay, and got my Ratchet yesterday from a Japanese seller.
Things I noticed:
The panels on the legs peg in nicely (not like my Ironhide).
The upper body rotation joint turns much better.
Legs feel a little wobbly, but nothing terrible.
Overall, the quality seems better than Ironhide.
It makes me wish Ironhide had a blue windshield, because it hides the head just enough.
Walgreens will close about 200 stores in United States - CNN
Walgreens is closing 200 stores, about 3% of its total stores. This shouldn't affect much.
I still plan on getting Ratchet online from Walgreens website instead.
But if they are closing stores and struggling, maybe Hasbro will look at other retailers for exclusives in the future.
Good riddance, hopefully they'll do the same to walmart.
If they can post preorders already.
Just a heads up for Canadian. You can now preorder it online instead of going to the store.
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Hooray, it shows an expected release date (Sept 1).
Still hoping to get this on the online store and checked Walgreens online just a few minutes ago and nah,nothing so maybe a little more wait.
Walgreens isnt struggling. They're just closing redundant stores that aren't needed after them acquiring a TON of rite-aid stores a few years back after not being allowed to purchase the company outright. They said they don't expect many to any loss of jobs because they will just give all employees a chance to move to stores nearby.
Also,while it does suck that Walgreens hasn't handled ratchet well yet, their exclusives are always easy to come by, and ALWAYS go online. Wreck-Gar was online for a LONG time. Only sold out when they ran a sale and people army built.
Even then, we should never wish stores close and companies struggle so hasbro doesn't give them exclusives. Its not worth people losing their livelihoods just so you can hope to find a toy easier. (Not directed at you two, just saying in general)
I don't know if ratchet being on EB Games website is considered news.
For international markets where Walgreens isn't a thing its very beneficial to know you have a local option for exclusives rather than have to hope to score one above price from international pages or eBay.
When I checked the inventory system at work last week it showed the estimated arrival date for Ratchet to hit the warehouse that serves my area as 10/7.
We were so close... yet so far, my fellow United States collectors ;( #WalgreensWheresRatchet?
Considering Walgreens absorbed Rite Aid, I now have like a half dozen stores within a 10 minute
And Smokescreen as well.
Are the online listings new? I only happened to see them yesterday, but I preordered these in-store two weeks ago.
It's nice to see that the exclusives are finding their way to Canadian retailers. I hope this trend carries over into other countries as well.
Well he's a robot, so it's probably modular. He's just swapping it for a bigger model.
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