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Transformers Purchased in September 2012

September 30th, 2012

September is yet another month where I found virtually no new Transformers in the stores. But I did manage to get some figures online. And for the first time in a long time, I bought a old figure from a discount store.

  • Generations Fall of Cybertron Jazz and Optimus Prime, Amazon, $24.98 shipped

  • Masterpiece Thundercracker x 2, toysrus.com, $69.99 each

  • ROTF Hatchet, dd's Discounts, $5.99

First up for the month is Fall of Cybertron Jazz and Optimus Prime. These 2 are old news by now. I waited so long because I already have on order a set of the Wave 1 from TFSource, which includes these 2 and Shockwave. I kept waiting for that to ship, but the green Giant set is holding up the stack. Sometime this month, Amazon had a sale for Jazz and Prime, which was $24.98 for both. I couldn’t wait anymore so I went ahead and bought both of these. At the time I thought this was a good deal. Turns out, TFSource also had these on sale at about $12 each, and BBTS at about $10 each. I guess Hasbro made way too many of these. Regardless, I opened both figures. I like Prime. Both modes are solid. His overall cheap plastic look leaves a lot to be desired, but overall he’s a good figure. Jazz I’m not too fond of. I got no complaints about the alt mode, but I find the robot mode disappointing. I don’t like the big hole between his head and chest, and his arms seem too long. It’s a shame too, because he’s so cool in the Fall of Cybertron game. Speaking of which, I finally finished Campaign mode today. That last chapter was totally epic! I’m gonna go back and try to get more trophies.

Masterpiece Thundercracker is a Toys R Us exclusive. I watched my TRU store for weeks, but he was nowhere to be found. Finally, he was reported to be available at toysrus.com. That’s where I got mine. TRU appears to be releasing him in increments. He would be available for a little while, then quickly go back to being out of stock. For me, TRU Masterpiece exclusives are near impossible to find in the store. The last such MP I found was Grimlock, I never saw Rodimus or Thundercracker. Anyway, I didn’t open Thundercracker yet, but reviews report him to be nothing short of amazing. This is my first MP seeker using the new mold, so I’m really looking forward to playing with this piece.

Lastly we have Hatchet. I saw him last summer when he first came out. He did catch my attention, since he looks kinda like Ravage and he’s got a cool jet mode. But he was one of those borderline figures for me, and eventually I just forgot. Last week I saw him again at a discount store for cheap. And since we’re in such a TF shortage, I figured why not. I opened Hatchet, and he’s not half bad. The robot beast mode is refreshing, and the jet looks cool too. My only complaint is that, in jet mode, there’s too much bulk where the arms go, under the wings. If it wasn’t for that, his jet mode would be perfect. But even as is, I do recommend the figure. Though he’s not a must-get by any means.

I checked TFSource earlier today, and green Giant is finally in. So next month I will have more TFs for sure. Transform and Roll Out!

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  1. September 30th, 2012 at 12:38 | #1

    I wasn’t able to find Masterpiece Thundercracker when I had a chance…sucks that he’ll be hard to get. Nice pickups there.

    • September 30th, 2012 at 22:33 | #2

      Keep looking. Last week he was on and off toysrus.com for at least 3 times. He might show up again.

  2. aptkane
    October 1st, 2012 at 03:31 | #3

    Excellent pick ups! I love FOC Prime. He gets so much flak, but he’s a cool toy and I just hope a 3rd party company makes a trailer for him. That would be awesome. I do like Jazz too. His arms are actually a bit longer in the game too, but you don’t notice it as much seems he’s usually doing something awesome. (His voice in the game is beyond amazing..so close to the legendary G1 voice actor!) There is no defending his giant chest hole other than Hasbro was trying out some new transformations clearly, and this one was a miss. Side Swipe should be a touch better. Thundercracker is all kinds of awesome, but you’ll see that soon enough.

    • October 1st, 2012 at 16:32 | #4

      Yes I agree that all the bashing FOC Prime gets is undeserved. A trailer for him would be cool. The guy that did Jazz in the game is awesome! This is my favorite interpretation of Jazz since G1. Just the right amount of cool. Animated Jazz was good too. The guy from the 07 Movie was trying way too hard. I can’t wait for the later FOC figs, like Sideswipe, Starscream, and Kickback.

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