The Hasbro Toy Shop is a Hasbro-owned online store that sells a large variety of toys by Hasbro and its subsidiaries, among them numerous Transformers toys. Occasionally the Hasbro Toy Shop also offers exclusive toys.
Hasbro's first attempt to sell toys online directly was the "Hasbro Collectors" online store from the late 1990s, which only offered exclusive toys (in the case of Transformers, imported Japanese toys originally released by Takara).
The current Hasbro Top Shop site was officially launched in May 2005. Unlike the old Hasbro Collectors site, the Hasbro Toy Shop concentrates on toys that are also available at general retail in the United States, with exclusives being the exception rather than the rule.
The current site shares its database with Hasbro's public corporate website, which means that all toys currently offered by the Hasbro Toy Shop are automatically also listed at the Hasbro website (and thus at the official Transformers sub-site too).
History of exclusives
Most exclusives from recent years are also offered at the Hasbro Toy Shop booth at San Diego Comic-Con (intended to promote the shop) and are later offered online. Initially, this has resulted in a lot of scalping at SDCC, coupled with the online store's database being unable to handle the massive customer request, which in turn resulted in temporary database errors, and the exclusives selling out before most customers even had a chance to order them. With each following year, the Hasbro Toy Shop staff seems to learn from past mistakes, resulting in larger production runs for the toys, a better database performance, longer availability of the toys, no more rapid sell-outs and more satisfied customers.
Most Hasbro Toy Shop exclusives are either redecos of previously released toys, or an outlet to sell already produced toys originally intended for a mass retail release (usually from cancelled lines). Many of them are also released as non-exclusive mass retail releases in Hong Kong and other Asian countries, and occasionally also as exclusives to other stores in Australia.
List of exclusive toys
- Astrotrain (2005)
- Pepsi Optimus Prime (2007)
- Nemesis Prime (2008)