BotCon 2012 Transformers Invasion Box Set is the First Offering From e-Hobby Transformers Collectors Club Partnership

The first product to come to fruition from the e-Hobby and Transformers Collectors Club joint venture is the offering of the BotCon 2012 convention exclusive set, Transformers Invasion.

This set is the six figures that were offered within the big set that was available for BotCon 2012 attendees and non-attendees alike, but was a little out of reach for people in Japan. The Japanese retailer will be offering 150 sets at 35,900 Yen (~$452 USD).


This is the first product out of many from the partnership announced by e-Hobby and Transformers Collectors Club just last week.

The announcement promised to bring "exciting new projects to fans in Japan and abroad" by offering "jointly-planned products that will appeal to a core fanbase."

Since this first offering was strictly a Transformers Collectors Club venture (at least that is always the way it has been), it is hopeful that the venture will produce other exciting products that are unique to the states and to Japan as well.

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robo_rob 2012-05-29 @ 7:30 pm

I wonder what all this will bring, because it's going to be more than a few toys from this past con. I keep thinking 'BotCon Japan' could happen again. That could be cool.

Emerje 2012-05-29 @ 1:03 am

$400USD = $31,789.84Y

Where do you get that the Yen is stronger than the dollar?

You're reading it wrong, JPY isn't usually read with a decimal, that .84 isn't like .84 cents would be in USD, it's like saying 1/84th of a penny. A Japanese yen is like a penny is to the US dollar. Basically it's USD 40,000 cents = JP 31,789.84 Yen which is just a little better than the USD to Euro exchange of 40,000 to 31,892.

Emerje

bwbm 2012-05-29 @ 12:23 am

For all of our sakes, I'd hope it's the former.

Lord_Onslaught 2012-05-28 @ 11:16 pm

So let's see if we can get this right. E-Hobby is going to release previously released Botcon and maybe TFCC exclusives in Japan. So the TFCC might release previously released E-Hobby exclusives in the states? Or this could all be one sides and work in E-Hobby's favor.

bwbm 2012-05-28 @ 10:17 pm

$400USD = $31,789.84Y

Where do you get that the Yen is stronger than the dollar? Now, if you want to see evidence of a stronger currency than the US Dollar, look to the Euro:

$400USD = $318.92EU

Or even stronger, see the Great Britain Pound: $400 = 255.150 GBP

Blitz-Wing 2012-05-28 @ 9:18 pm

$400USD = $31,789.84Y

Where do you get that the Yen is stronger than the dollar? Now, if you want to see evidence of a stronger currency than the US Dollar, look to the Euro:

$400USD = $318.92EU

bwbm 2012-05-28 @ 7:31 pm

Are these really going to be leftover BotCon sets or will it be a new production run?

I would assume they're leftover. 150 pieces to put a factory up and running again is pretty costly, I would say.

bwbm 2012-05-28 @ 7:20 pm

Blitz essentially said it correctly.

Don't forget there's also currency conversion, faxing/email, time differentiation, etc.

The appeal for Japanese fans is that it is easier for them to get it without using credit cards, which is not used often in most Asian countries, who rely a lot on debit cards or cash - unlike Americans.

While they pay more -- Japan is a more expensive country anyway -- it makes it easier for people to pay for. Also, remember that the $330 is a member-only price. If you are not a member, you have to pay $415, which is essentially only a $40 premium here. Also, eBay is not cheaper. At all.

This is good for many reasons: TCC gets to unload extra sets of their box set which is just eating up room somewhere and Japanese fans get the figures easier.

The Yen is stronger than the Dollar. so japanese buyers pay less for USA stuff due to this reason.

If your not a TFCC Club members & you want the botcon gift set. you have to pay $40 extra in membership dues. but that $40 in membership dues gets you a freebie deluxe club figure. which many members have re-sold on ebay for over $40. so club dues eventually become free if you always plan to sell the freebie toy on ebay.

Ehobby japanese based fans have to pay $452 for the 2012 botcon gift set. had these japanese fans joined the TFCC club. they'd pay $330 for the stay at home botcon gift set. they'd probably pay around $100 in international shipping fees. even if they had to pay $40 extra for club dues,they also have the option to sell the freebie toy on ebay.

The Yen is not nowhere near stronger than the dollar. The Yen has gained against the dollar in recent years due to the recession, but it is not anywhere close to being stronger. (See here)

As I'm saying again, $415 is the price for people who are not in the club. Sure, they can join the club if they wanted, but there is not reason to get into the club since the magazine is essentially useless to them (it being in English and all). Also, it has to do with money, exchange, credit card situation, etc.

The import price, exclusivity, and 150 limited pieces is what drives the pricepoint here.

Shadowpanther 2012-05-28 @ 6:31 pm

With one notable exception: Shipping costs. Having eHobby sell it eliminates said cost... which I can assure you is an arm and a leg.

ehobby members are paying $120+ more for the botcon 2012 gift set. the stay at home TFCC usa members pay around $330 for the gift set. so any savings saved on international shipping fees gets eaten up by the $120+ extra ehobby asking price.

Blitz essentially said it correctly.

Don't forget there's also currency conversion, faxing/email, time differentiation, etc.

The appeal for Japanese fans is that it is easier for them to get it without using credit cards, which is not used often in most Asian countries, who rely a lot on debit cards or cash - unlike Americans.

While they pay more -- Japan is a more expensive country anyway -- it makes it easier for people to pay for. Also, remember that the $330 is a member-only price. If you are not a member, you have to pay $415, which is essentially only a $40 premium here. Also, eBay is not cheaper. At all.

This is good for many reasons: TCC gets to unload extra sets of their box set which is just eating up room somewhere and Japanese fans get the figures easier.

The Yen is stronger than the Dollar. so japanese buyers pay less for USA stuff due to this reason.

If your not a TFCC Club members & you want the botcon gift set. you have to pay $40 extra in membership dues. but that $40 in membership dues gets you a freebie deluxe club figure. which many members have re-sold on ebay for over $40. so club dues eventually become free if you always plan to sell the freebie toy on ebay.

Ehobby japanese based fans have to pay $452 for the 2012 botcon gift set. had these japanese fans joined the TFCC club. they'd pay $330 for the stay at home botcon gift set. they'd probably pay around $100 in international shipping fees. even if they had to pay $40 extra for club dues,they also have the option to sell the freebie toy on ebay.

MikePrime 2012-05-28 @ 6:28 pm

Are these really going to be leftover BotCon sets or will it be a new production run?

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