There Probably Isn't A Volcanicus Boxset Coming Soon. Here's Why
ExVee - Sunday, March 04, 2018
There's been a small stir caused by Toywiz adding a listing for Volcanicus, the combined form of the POTP Dinobots, to their storefront this weekend. Many have jumped straight to the conclusion that it's the return of the Hasbro combiner boxsets that we saw fill out the second year of Combiner Wars. I can't say definitively that it isn't. But I think the probability of that being the case is quite small. Keep reading to find out more.
There's two immediate things that stand out to me. First is the absence of any language in the listing representing this Volcanicus as being a boxset or giftset or other variation of terms expressing that these are all one package. Sometimes what isn't said is more important than what is. Another caution flag to me is the stand-in silhouette image is taken from the Transformers mobile device game that features the Dinobot combiner - and then unskillfully darkened to create the "mysterious" shadow image. That's not necessarily a deal-breaker, as I too have my share of experience needing to come up with placeholder graphics for items with no readily available distinct representation. But this isn't helping.
We can dig a little deeper though. This is a preorder with a shipping date in April. Surprisingly close for something we've had no indication of through even the typical leak channels. But if you glance down the page a little, you'll see their wave two Deluxes, which includes the last two Dinobots needed to build the combiner, is also set to ship in April. At this point you could also cast an eye to the pricing. $169.99 is a little bit less than the total cost of buying all six Dinobot toys separately - about $13 less based on current listed prices. It's a staggering markup, considering if it were a real boxset with all six toys, based on individual SRP it should be $120 at most - and would probably be a little less to look like a better value. However, as noted it IS discounted versus individual purchases at Toywiz pricing, as would be expected from a bundle deal.
And then there's smaller details. Toywiz does not have a UPC number listed and in fact only has internal SKU and stock codes, while the normal individual retail packages they sell have UPCs attached in addition to the internal sorting codes. This lends more weight to the idea that this is not a single package new release of six toys, but rather a collection of six individual toys from normal inventory being sold together with an idea of convenience.
Do I rule out the possibility that such a boxset exists? No. We've been surprised on odd things here and there before, so there's always that chance. I think it's less likely Hasbro snuck this one under the radar the same way they did with Grotusque, for example. And especially with Toy Fair having just happened, I'd be very surprised if this was something they kept quiet on if it was to be released that soon. But all my experience says that this is not anything to get worked up over, because it's not going to be what it seems.