Earthrise Bluestreak is on the way, but is there more we can learn?
On TFW2005, Jtprime found listings for several non-standard retail Generations items, including the new find of Bluestreak. The information comes from idee+spiel which appears to be a German wholesale or distribution site. The listing itself is set to an inaccessible status not unlike what we see on Amazon in certain situations, but the page title still contains useful information.
Based on that information, it looks like Bluestreak will be sold individually rather than as part of a set, and the formatting matches other known exclusives, effectively ruling this out as being part of Earthrise wave 4. Another piece of useful information is given here, which is the Hasbro product code, E7463.
Since Toy Fair, we’ve known of Earthrise serial codes (the WFC-E## number) up to WFC-E39. But there was a pretty big gap between the numbering of wave 2, and where wave 3 started. The gap is 8 items long, and it’s only been since Target’s exclusive Seekers and Decepticon Clones sets were officially revealed that we’ve been able to begin to piece together what goes in that space. This new information helps us understand it a little more.
Those Target exclusives, which are WFC-E29 and E30, are product coded E8624 and E8623, respectively. Meanwhile, the Autobot Alliance two pack, which is Ironhide and Prowl, and Alternate Universe Optimus Prime which were first seen on Amazon have been found on idee+spiel as E7461 and E7462. This looks like a pattern, and that’s what can tell us a bit more about what’s coming up.
It looks like the 746 range might specifically indicate the items Amazon will be carrying, and 862 denotes Target. Bluestreak is E7463, which would mean that’s another Amazon exclusive. There’s also one more number in each block that doesn’t have a product name associated – 7460, and 8622. But since they’re sequential with the named items, we can safely presume they’re part of the same batches. That accounts for 7 of the 8 slots in the WFC number gap. Of these, 4 fit the apparent Amazon pattern, and the other 3 correspond to Target.
My speculation is that we’re looking at 4 exclusives from each retailer, and the last Target number just hasn’t been identified yet. And this means we know the extent of what Amazon can be expected to carry: Autobot Alliance (formerly “Earthmode Two Pack”), Elite Hunters which was referenced in the product copy for Autobot Alliance, Alternate Universe Optimus Prime, and now Bluestreak. Admittedly, I’m assuming Elite Hunters is Amazon based solely on it being referenced by name in the text of another Amazon listing, but that logic seems to track.
I also think that Target and Amazon might have equivalent exclusives. So far Target’s have been revealed as two two-packs. Autobot Alliance is known to be a two-pack, and Elite Hunters by the plural name must be at least a two pack. This could very easily indicate Target’s remaining exclusives are a Deluxe and a Leader. Though as for what specifically those might turn out to be, your guess is currently as good as mine.
We clearly still have missing pieces, and we’ll have to see at least a few more before we can really figure out the complete picture here, but these small bits of information have done a lot to help figure out what we can reasonably expect in the next few weeks or months.
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