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Reissues of Transformers G1 Insecticons, Perceptor, and Soundwave

Remember in 1984-1985, how transformers toys were the enjoyment of tons of young boys.  Many of you probably had a mother who sold them at a yardsale, or perhaps they were so beat up, they were thrown away.  Who knew that ebay would come along for people to sell these toys for lots of money.

For any of you who wish you could get your hands on some of those toys but in good condition and without spending $70-200 a piece, here’s your chance.  Hasbro is re-releasing reissues of Transformers G1 (Generation 1) toys of the Insecticons and Perceptor.  They will both be Toys R Us exlcusives.  We’re not aware of the price on them, guessing around $40-50.  They should be available sometime in September of this year.

Reissue Perceptor

Reissue Perceptor

Reissue G1 Insecticons

Reissue G1 Insecticons

One should note that the box shows Bombshell has been renamed Hardshell, and Shrapnel has been named Sharpshot.  Perhaps due to war and battles in Iraq and Afghanistan, names like Shrapnel and anything with “bomb” aren’t quite so politically correct for kids toys.
Hasbro also re-released Soundwave with Buzzsaw, Laserbeak, Ravage, and Ratbat.  This was sold at 2009’s San Diego ComicCon, but HasbroToyShop.com has put it up on their site.  (Unfortunately as of the date this entry is posted, the item is out of stock.)  It is/was $50.
SDCC Reissue Soundwave

SDCC Reissue Soundwave

On a side note…
If you’re lucky, you might still be able to find a reissue of G1 Optimus Prime in stores (not just Toys R Us).  It went for $70, which is still much cheaper than what you’d have to pay for it on ebay.  If you can find one, you’re fortunate.
25th Anniversary Optimus Prime (reissue)

25th Anniversary Optimus Prime (reissue)

Good luck convincing your wife in buying these for “the kids” or “the family”.