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That's what it looks like. Last year anyone who had spent over $50 got one free and could buy an extra one. I guess after they gave away a ton of them they realised, as nice a gesture as it was, it wasn't the most cost effective strategy.
In a few months they'll probably be available normally, just like Santa Commander.
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Yes I saw these at Botcon last year and they are very expensive. I think there were some unpainted kits a bit less, but I missed them. Wheelie is brilliant because its the right size for say classic. Cyclonus also brill is just to small.
Nick I think it was just under 100 but I cant remember if that was pounds or dollars. Other Nick may a better memory. Since then I've seen them on Yahoo Japan a few times going for about 70 pounds I think. Also the price depended on whether its was fully assembled and painted or not. The ebay prices are a little crazy for these things, I now wish I had stretched to picking up some of them. The fully painted ones were on display next to my Thundercracker in the custom contest and Im really wondering why I didnt get them now.