Still no sign of Skids, but HTS says he should be shipping again later this month, so that wave will hopefully be in stores again. Of course, now the repaint (Crosscut) is impossible to find in the Rattrap/Crosscut/Tankor wave, but he's not nearly so big a deal because Skids is awesome and, while Crosscut could be awesome since he's on the Lost Light, I don't know him well.
I do have a rather odd Transformers toy-related request, though.
The new "Leader Class" Jetfire will be out soon. I preordered him on Amazon, since it's one of those rare cases where a toy is actually sold for retail with free shipping there. They're estimating shipping for September 15, though probably more like two or three weeks after that.
Thing is, this fellow is $45. Part of the reason I preordered him is that I have some Amazon credit, but, hey, it could easily go to something else. And I'm not sure how crazy the stores will be about carrying the larger "Leader Class" with them not having the sense to differentiate Transformers (even though the fucking buyers should be dudes who played with them as kids) and will probably only see the AOE movie shit is rotting (along with, unfortunately, Scoop, Whirl, Rhinox, and the Ammonite set).
The real kicker: I have the old Classics version from like 2005. I (unlike most people on Earth, apparently) think this figure kicks epic ass. (He's undersized, but, really, with all the jacking around with TF sizes in the various Classics lines, you're going to bitch about size unless it's some truly bizarre shit like making Roadhandler the size of Metroplex with a pack-in Fortress Maximus the size of a Targetmaster partner?) And there are already several complaints about the new Jetfire.
So, can anyone let me know if they come across a comparison of the two Jetfires, which I'm really quite shocked I've not seen yet? I'd prefer something with text and pictures, but one or the other would help. I don't want to cancel the order yet and risk not being able to find him, but it's slowly sounding like I should do so, then wait to see what he looks like in person (and not the sample from Comic-Con).
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