This is one of those announcements I really like. Largely because its:
a) a massive, cool looking figure and b) totally out of my price range so I don't have to argue with myself over whether or not I want it.
Fair play to those that can afford it. I hope they get their 8000 orders and I'll look forward to the Youtube reviews when they finally ship, but its way too rich for my blood. As others have said, this definitely feels like a move to tap into the people who are willing to spend the cash on the expensive 3rd party pieces, and from that perspective it makes a lot of sense for Hasbro I think.
That said, now that Llama God has said about the rings lighting up, I have to agree. It would've been *really* cool if it had done that.
So heres my problem with Unicron. With Star Wars, Hasbros the only option. But are we really believing Takara wont have a run of these. Potentially a release with better deco or mould changes, or even if otherwise the same correcting any issues with the Hasbro release.
They also keep referring to it as a preorder. Which doesnt make it clear if they intend to produce more than that number to sell after its released.
Unless Hasbro announce something for international sales, then Takara run would also likely be more straight forward to get hold off.
The cost Im kind of okay with, if its under £600. I mean thats insane, but if I think of that as one over time shift every 6-8 weeks between now and its release date in 2021 then I can kind of accept it.
So then its just a question of if I really want it or not. And then I keep coming back to those panels. 6 years ago Vehicon managed to convert about 75% of the car mode in to just the lower legs, not hidden away, actually into a pair of lower legs. If Unicron had that level of engineering this would be an easy decision.
Also, the ring should light up. That would look amazing.
It's possible here that Hasbro are looking at the money fans spend on 3P products. That's more MP than CHUG, but I reckon I must have spent £400 putting Toyworld Constructor together because I wanted a big Devvy centrepiece in my Decepticon MPs.
It is a jump though. FT Omega Supreme was £280, a figure on a par heightwise with Metroplex but twice as chunky. £480 odd is a big jump past that.
I’m working on a plan to getting one with some Twitter chums, hopefully the 8000 backers can be reached, I NEED IT.
Im considering similar. You can get return flights to New York for about the same as I suspect the postage and customs costs will wind up being. And I have a friend in New york. Soooooo.
I like Bogatan's thinking here. I'd be happy to pay for one of these from long term savings and pay that back over the next 18 months at 30 quid a month. I can see that working.
I do actually wonder if the numbers of folk putting in orders would increase that much if international fans were allowed to place any. It would be interesting to see how many outwith the US would be willing to fork out the dough.
I think it looks wonderful. It's the best (potential, but probably will exist) Unicron toy.
I get what Fort Max was saying. Over half a grand?! On a freakin' TOY?!?! ... madness... and most likely death and/or divorce. And I have soooooo many things I need to spend my money on (edit: not toy or hobby related).
But then again, as Pins and others have said or eluded- it's our HOBBY. WHY NOT?!?! We work hard. We work really bloody hard. If we can save, or overtime, or otherwise generate the money... gosh, it'd be be be marvelous.
But... Then. Again. I could take my fam' away for a week with that... And overtime takes me away from them.
I didn't want this, Hasbro you cunts.
Just a Titan sized decent crazy big juicy effort ...with posable fingers. Joint two years birthday/Christmas present. Why couldn't you have done that? Like Metroplex, or Omega Supreme. Just a good big figure.
But no. They had to push it.
They're making extras out of us long suffering fans. extras. extras. Pushing it. Pushing. Pushing. Punishing. Pushing as far as they can then some more. Taking advantage of us.
It has a certain charm in pictures. I've always wondered how it would look in real life.
One of the coolest things about going to botcon (aside from the friendships made blah blah blah)was seeing the original prototype on display. Its big. Really big. Slightly smaller than Fort Max which for 84-86 Transformers was huge. It would have looked genuinely impressive surrounded by the early toys.
Im kind of wishing Hasbro were releasing it alongside the new one.
No way can I justify even thinking about this, but I guess we have all easily spent this much on lots of individual figures and tat in a short space of time over the years. If there was an option to pay in instalments over a year, then it wouldn't seem so much.
Hasbro's global crowdfunding plan just announced It will be decided to sell "HASLAB UNICLON" in Japan at Takara Tomy Mall! We plan to start bookings by the 1st festival day. On this occasion, it was decided to decorate the prototype at the one-fest venue. Please check the huge transformers of unmatched size in the past by yourself. Thank you for your support of crowdfunding!