What it doesnt explain is how in China it was Leo zack that seems to have either been produced in small numbers or not at all (the one I read said the giftset had been releaed for them so if thats true there must have been some) but we got it but not the arms.
Post by Grand Moff Martin on Feb 27, 2009 20:46:00 GMT
Finding Scavenger and Mixmaster in a Woolworths in Cornwall in the 1990s was my second most exciting TF gain after Optimus Prime Christmas 1985. Slight anticlimax when I was told they were in every Woolies up and down the UK.
That website scares me though. It presumes I care whether a TF was made in Japan in 1984 or China a few years later, or that I can fathom why anyone would care.
Yes, I know people will pay more money for 1984 versions, but I have a mental blockage as to why. It's not like the real Mona Lisa by da Vinci and a fake Mona Lisa. They're all just mass produced toys.
Little is known about this goblin beyond its dual role as an offensive weapon and teapot.
Phil- true, true. Sadly the only other TFs the Jolly Giant turned up were Hardhead, Mindwipe and Rewind and Steeljaw. I already had Mindwipe, so I picked up the others along with Sixshot. That too was an awesome Christmas.
OK, this might test the memory banks of old-timers, but here goes…
Anyone remember in the early 1990s (1991, 1992, and possibly through to 1993, but before we'd heard of Generations 2 let alone seen it on the shelves) when Woolworths sold "reissues" of early G1 toys? Not the Classics series in their gold packaging, but the actual original packaging, the toys as they were, with the thermal faction symbols and everything.
We had Mini-Autobots (Bumblebee, Hubcap, Beachcomber, Seaspray), Soundwave's cassette partners, green Constructicons with their Devastator parts, and a few other figures I'm not too certain of. I know that in the mid '90s, some TMUKers claimed to have seen Fortress Maximus around that time, in original US packaging, however I didn't see that for sale in any Woolworths myself.
I'm not alone in remembering them, right? They did certainly exist, being stocked concurrently with some of the gold packaging Classics, and might have been grey imports of some description.
Chinese grey imports. I've dug out and merged the relevant thread.
My memory is the only ones Woolies had were the Constructicons who appear to have been Hasbro sanctioned as an exclusive
The others turned up in independents and Toymasters. I recall getting a Menasor giftset at around this time, bought from a toyshop in Worcester Park, and seeing Headmasters in Woking in one of these shopsquat bargain places that used to spring up round Christmas.
Also included were Clones, Autobot tapes, Ratbat, Punch/Counterpunch and Sixshot none of which ever got an official UK release
Woolworths had the Mini Autobots - I had a Bumblebee that I left the (sale) price label on so can be certain of that. The Mini Autobots were also available by collecting tokens on Tempo videos. I had another Bumblebee! I was a bit disappointed because from the RRP mentioned in the offer, I'd assumed it would be an Actionmaster, but hey, I have two carded Bumblebees.
I had Soundwave from the Model Mart guy. Unfortunately, I didn't get Mindwipe and Sixshot, largely because of the price (and I still don't have Sixshot :/ ) though I still have the letter that the seller sent me to tell me he had them.
At around the same time, maybe a little later, some imported Headmasters made it into UK discounters - I had Weirdwolf this way. It may have been Poundstretchers, but I have a feeling that by that time, the local Poundstretchers had moved to another premises, to be replaced by another discounter.
You know if the green Constructicons were a grey import that would make the decision to release the 92 yellow Constructicons easier to understand: they just didn't know green Constructicons were out there.
Of course it still wouldn't explain the decision to gut the 92 Constructicons of their combining feature ..... other than Hasbro UK didn't (doesn't) like Combiners
Attached pic is what remains of my Woolworths Hook. £6.13!
My other Constructicons are actually IGA Mexican ones and were bought very cheaply from a marketstall after the whole lead paint scare. I honestly never thought I'd get a Hook to finish the set off until about a year later they randomly showed up in Woolies.
The Woolworths minibots were definitely Chinese stock, they have the Chinese name sticker in the top right corner, or at least my Bumblebee does. Don't have the card to hand to scan it though. Sorry.
Only saw the Scramble City giftsets once as a kid, in the big Boots in Argyle Street back in the 80s.
Apart from the Headmasters, Sixshot, Rewind and Steeljaw in the Jolly Giant that I mentioned... *checks quote* six years ago, there were a few random appearances in Woolworths in the post-Classics pre-G2 malaise. One day I walked in with my mum and ran smack into an entire bay of Bumblebee and Hubcap- just the two of them. Nobody else. They were 99p each- I remember because I kept the backing card for quite a while with the price sticker on it. The Constructicons showed up a few months later at a more hefty £6.49 each. I remembered that price because it was the same as the non-combining yellow Constructicons available at the same time.
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