Well, I hadn't heard anything about dlx wave 4 being delayed or voyager wave 5 being cancelled.
I hadn't read anything into receiving dlx wave 5 before wave 4, as I'd also received 3 before 2. ETA for 4 was September anyway, October for 5.
I'll check about the Voyager next time I speak to my rep.
I spoke to my account manager today. (Sorry it's taken so long, but I haven't had cause to speak to him lately.) Voyager Wave 5 hasn't been cancelled, but neither has a specific release date been set. The supplier's been trying to get more information but to no avail; as he pointed out, if it was cancelled then they'd have told him, rather than let him keep asking about it.
the information I received from my supplier for the Voyager Spotlight Wave was that it was assumed to be the film's chief villain.
The mystery of Spotlight Voyager is revealed: it's Burning Dave!
ITEM# : 93357 ITEM DESCRIPTION: TRANSFORMERS 2- REVENGE OF THE FALLEN MOVIE SPOTLIGHT VOYAGE 4x The Fallen
Notes. Yes, it does say VOYAGE not VOYAGER - they ran out of room on the box! This product appears to be F.O.B. (ordered factory direct): as you will have noticed, the product code and description do not follow the normal naming conventions, nor does the case have the text laid out in the normal manner and the distributor's (i.e. customer's) name is printed on the case.
I think that might be the same wave that's just shown up in Toys'r'us! I shall check a case next time I'm in. There are Snarls, Swoops and Sentinel Primes cropping up from somewhere too.
"I used to think it was a terrible thing that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'what if life were fair, and all of the terrible things that happen to us came because we really deserved them?' Now I take great comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe." — Marcus Cole, Babylon 5 — A Late Delivery from Avalon
I forgot to mention that there was a Wave 8 released in December. It was comprised wholly of previously released toys so will have slipped under many a radar. I didn't actually order any so can't give my normal detail but this is the information I was given:
857720420 SW TRANSFORMERS FIGURE ASST W4R1 09 1x Magnaguard to Magnaguard Starfighter 1x Ahsoka Tano to Jedi Starfighter 1x Clone Trooper to AT-TE 1x Anakin Skywalker to Jedi Starfighter 1x Luke Skywalker to X-Wing Fighter 1x Darth Vader to TIE Advanced X1 Starfighter
I haven't found Scouts to sell that well on the whole (RRP to P+P ratio, I guess) and also they're not that profitable once you take out the transaction costs. While I would have had a couple of cases as I've always tried to get the full range, my wholesaler has had to impose a minimum quantity on pre-orders for Hasbro products (due to several reasons, I think). With the NEST packs, it was more the case that I'd have more of a single product than I prefer (I normally order fairly small quantities) combined with them already having been available in the multiples for a couple of months. The minimum quantity isn't actually very high, but higher than what I find worthwhile for some products.
The other factor is, because of the minimum quantity, I had to order more Iron Man 2 than I would have preferred and the ROTF will be arriving at much the same time, at least close enough to potentially cause problems with my credit facility with the wholesaler.
I don't entirely rule out getting the Transformers (I want them for myself, after all ) - or for that matter, the later waves of Iron Man 2 that I haven't preordered - but I haven't preordered and am not guaranteeing I'll have them.
You know how I prefer to post these assortments only after I receive the cases, for accuracy? Well wave 9 is a good example of why, as the information I was given in advance said it included Bumblebee and Sideswipe, not their repaints.
You can't blame though for skewing towards actual film characters, though (if you want to include Payload as a film character), especially as Optimus is actually a new mould rather than yet another repaint. My supplier didn't have any info on the Wave 3 assortment when I placed my order; perhaps Banzaitron will return in that.