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Bathing Ape Optimus Prime – BAPE Convoy has me dreaming in green

Bathing Ape G1 Convoy

Grape ape, grape ape

At long last I received a long-lost order from my trustworthy associate Bodhar. The very hard to get Bathing Ape G1 Convoy (aka Bape Prime) is now in my grasp and inches me ever closer to tasting the G1 Optimus Prime cab rainbow.

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Is 25th Anniversary Amazon Unicron going to be rare or not?

25th Anniversary Unicron toy

Check out that sweet CG render!

Today marks a new beginning in Transformers exclusives.  For the first time, Hasbro has sold an exclusive Transformer though a new online retailer, and not just anyone, the biggest one.  Amazon.com is the proud owner of our latest version of the big guy, Unicron.

I’d been predicting a US release of the remolded Unicron head for some time now, and had kind of forgotten about it until Botcon 2011 where the sale through Amazon was revealed. So what does this mean?

Historically, Hasbro has used brick and mortar retailers to release exclusive product through.  We are talking about stores like Target, Toys-R-Us, Walmart, K-mart, and even Walgreens.  These stores are given an edge against another store by receiving a certain toy that will only be available at their stores.  It’s kind of a little ‘thank you’ from Hasbro for carrying their product so heavily and prominently.

Offering such a large exclusive like Unicron to Amazon could have far-reaching effects.  Toys R Us sold a version of Unicron as an exclusive a few years ago and it underperformed, becoming a giant shelf-warmer.  The difference here is that this Unicron features a G1-ish paint scheme and the wonderful Japanese resculpt of the head.  This one is actually sometime people want.

It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster the past few days though.  Amazon sold out of Unicro quickly, leaving many potential customers banging their heads against their keyboards and screaming “Scalper!!!” to no end.  However, this morning the figure was put back in stock, then sold out again, and now as I write this, is currently available.

(If you want to check if this guy is in stock, do it by clicking here!)

Unicron planet

I'm hungraaaay!

So is this thing going to be hard to get or raise in price?  With Amazon’s repeated restocking, it seems like they can make Unicrons like Lays makes Doritos (“Don’t worry, we’ll make more!”)

It’s really hard to gauge, but my spidey-senses tell me that this is Unicron, this guy is big, and he is always awesome.  This Unicron will hold its value, maybe even more than the Japanese version.  With all these versions of Unicron coming out, people are going to start wanting to collect him specifically, which increases the demand.  All I can say is I bought more than one!  Good luck Collecticons.

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Botcon 2011 Animated The Motormaster 360 video

The ring leader of the whole Stunticon crew has finally made it into the Collecticon 360 arena. Enjoy this crazy new head sculpt!

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Botcon 2011 Animated Wildrider 360 video

Mr. Wildrider, please stand up!

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Botcon 2011 Animated Dragstrip 360 video

Oh how the Botcon people love to be clever with meanings of words. I get it! He’s in DRAG!!!

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Botcon 2011 Animated Stunticon Deadend 360 video

Gothbot or not?

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Botcon 2011 Animated Stunticon Breakdown 360 video

The circus continues with the new Botcon 2011 Boxset figures! Stunticons, unite!

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TakaraTomy Animated Black Rodimus hits US shores

Black Animated Rodimus

Who does this guy think he is, a Botcon 2011 exclusive or what?

Well looky what showed up at work today – the TakaraTomy Black Rodimus toy!  He is pretty snazzy, I wish I had him in time for my Fansproject Shadow Scythe review, but we just can’t have it all I guess.

Somehow I ended up with two, whoops!

TakaraTomy Black Animated Rodimus toy

Transformers are best served in twos.

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Botcon sets will probably be sold out tomorrow

Time’s a tickin’ for those of you who want to get in on the Stunticon action. I still predict that this will be the hottest Botcon set of all time, trumping the 2007 Games of Deception set. That set was 100% comprised of Decepticons and this one will be as well. Who knew we were all switching the dark side?

So what will the attendee sets have to offer? Who knows…

Shattered Glass Galvatron

Nothing to see here... nothing at all.

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Classics Actionmaster Starscream – custom to go with Botcon AM Thundercracker?

Classics Action master Starscream custom

Wings, dear God he actually has WINGS!

Deceptigtar sent me an awesome custom from yahoo Japan today.  It looked so good I almost thought it wasn’t a custom!  It also made me think that this would look super cool next to the supposed Action Master Thundercracker that has been rumored for Botcon 2011!

Enjoy the pics.

Action master Classics Starscream blue jet

Seriously, who thought of this color scheme?

Action Master Starscream classics jet

Baby blue wings!