Dear Hasbro – WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING OVER THERE?
We know, we’ve heard it time and time again: You don’t like the fact that other companies are knocking off your figures, but there is little that you can do about it. Bummer
It’s ok, you’re a big company. You sell billions of dollars worth of toys to millions of boys and girls all over the world. You can’t really be expected to worry about some small factory in Asia knocking off every single one of your toys and turning a small profit.
As someone who has invested a small fortune into this hobby, I am fed up. If there was something I could do, I would do it!
I think it’s going to take the knock-offs crossing into the Botcon exclusives realm to actually get a legal response. When pre-production copies of the Transformers Collector Club figures find their way to Ebay, Fun Pub has the auctions removed. I bring up Botcon figures because that is what is next on the horizon: the Botcon sets are next to be ko’d.
What else is on the horizon? Well here’s a nasty list of rumored knock-off figures coming out way from the land of the Great Wall:
- G1 Black Zarak
- All 4 G1 Autobot Dino Cassettes
- G1 Abominus
- Botcon 2007 set
- Botcon 2008 Shattered Glass Rodimus Prime
I understand supply and demand just fine, but these KO’s are messing with the supply and will in turn destroy the price. Sure, everyone wants a chance to own the dino cassettes, but they are CRAPPY figures. The only reason they are notable is their rarity and once you take that away, the legend is erased forever.
These knock-off Henkei Seekers above are problems for TakaraTomy, and not necessarily Hasbro. It does just show how widespread this problem is getting. Even iGear seems to be getting away with Cybertronian murder, and all this stuff is plain as day PUBLICLY AVAILABLE! Hey Hasbro, if you’ve had troubled finding the source, I’d love to help you. I actually own about two dozen factory-made prototypes of YOUR products. Wouldn’t you like to know how I get this stuff? I’d be happy to tell you if it means you can put some sort of stop to the knock-off game.
Hey, if you are too busy to plug the holes in your ship then fine. I’m just gonna jump right off and cash in my collection now instead of later. I expect to see plenty of other long-time collectors following suit.
I’m with ya on this brother. It’s getting really out of hand.
OH please stfu. Guys like you want prices jacked up on originals to scalp the hell out of them. Why else would you moan about HQ KOs? People like you make this hobby hard. Sense of entitlement much? Go rot.
Thanks for coming to the blog that exists solely to discuss the value of old, new, and future Transformers toys. Apparently you seem to have a misconception of how things work here. There will be no stfu-ing by myself since I own this blog and once you make your own place for discussing shitty knock-off toys and how they are far inferior to original Hasbro product then you can fume all you want and I will continue to goad you. Have a nice day buying fake shit since you can’t afford the real deal. ^_____^
Just bought a KO henkei skywarp and for the price and quality that i got, i thought it was a winner. Like I heard someone else say before, I’ve bought the seeker mold five times before, and as such I have done my service to HasTak. A real henkei skywarp goes for an absurd amount of money, and is scarce. So I did something about it 🙂
What exactly are you mad at Hasbro about, the article is unclear. I do have a migraine, but too stubborn to look away from the computer, sorry to not read your article right. Are you mad that Hasbro is blocking the sale of knock offs? If that’s the case, then yes I agree with you. No company should be able to block the freedom of resale on Ebay. Especially from normal folks like us who just want to sell their collection. Are they going to start visiting flea markets as well and stopping the sale of all those knock offs? Ever see a Spader-Man set? It’s hilarious. Now they’re not sold and I want one 🙂 Maybe that’s what makes Hasbro mad, some folks actually find more enjoyment with knock offs than the real thing?