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Old 16th March 2018, 08:32 PM
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The release of the first wave here is getting closer, as the Deluxes and Voyagers have now been found at US Retail stores (after the advance release of the Deluxes last month through HasbroToyShop).
The Deluxes are Bumblebee, Stinger, Crowbar and Ratchet, while the Voyagers are Optimus and Starscream.

Take note of the prices though, as the Deluxes were US$25/27 and the Voyagers US$37... which is significantly more than the price point of Deluxes and Voyagers in the mainlines, and would translate to about AU$45 for the Deluxes at retail here, and about AU$70 for Voyagers at retail here (based on the price differences of those size classes in the past). They will be slightly cheaper at Walmart and Target in the US, but not by too much, as the prices for Deluxes have been going up a lot in recent years.
That means that even if our prices are bumped up to $35 for Deluxes, it is still cheaper than in America (at the current exchange rate), and way cheaper than what a US$25 toy usually gets sold at here in AU$ from Hasbro Australia.
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Old 17th March 2018, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by SharkyMcShark View Post
Im loving what I've seen of these, so this all welcome news.

Of the "major" "characters" that would fit at Deluxe scale, we've yet to get

- Sideswipe
- Drift
- Crosshairs
- Hot Rod
- Barricade
- Dino

Having a hard time bringing myself to count Roadbuster, Leadfoot, Top Spin, and Sideways with their combined 27 seconds of screen time, but they'd also fit for a deluxe release.
I have a feeling that because Drift, Crosshairs and Hot Rod are recent characters and toys, they may not get the Studio Series treatment; thus far, the Studio Series seems to be sticking with older characters and will later make Bumblebee movie toys.

TFWiki speculated that Dino never got a licensed Ferrari toy, despite Ferrari allowing Paramount and Michael Bay to have one for Dark of the Moon, because Mattel, Hasbro's biggest competitor, had exclusive rights to make Ferrari toys when DotM was made. Mattel's exclusive licence expired in 2014, with Ferrari replicas now being made by the May Cheong Group.

Since other model makers make licensed Ferrari models (in small numbers), it would be nice if Hasbro could get a Ferrari licence for Dino (I'd definitely buy a Dino if Hasbro made one), but there's no way to know if they can.
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Old 18th March 2018, 04:08 PM
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TakaraTomy have done up some promotional videos and images on their website of the first eight Studio Series toys (wave 1)... along with the Turbo Change toys (four Knight Armor, four 1-step, and the re-release of the Battle Command Optimus from 2014).
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