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|Specifics: Boxed Jumpstarter on a drug store shelf in 1990, or something.|
Shelfwarmer is a colloquial term for a toy that either fails to sell well or is over-produced, leaving residual quantities on store shelves for months or even years after its original release, generally far in excess of other toys from the same waves.
The term is doubtless a reference to the theoretical lessening of potential heat rejection from a shelving unit covered with a layer of packaged products, as compared with a bare shelving unit. In other words, Perceptor, it's a joke. Alternately, it could be based on the sports term benchwarmer, referring to an athlete who very rarely enters the field of play, spending most of his time (you guessed it) warming the benches.
A related term is pegwarmer, used to refer to toys packaged on cards (which thereby hang on pegs), rather than in boxes.
On occasion, a toy that's considered rare and hard to find in the USA can very well end up as a shelfwarmer in other countries. Usually, this is due to the toy being only shipped to US stores in limited quantities, oftentimes even shortpacked, whereas European stores get those toys in solid cases (as in, cases only containing multiples of nothing but the same one or two toys).
- Beast Era franchise
- Iguanus in the UK
- Jawbreaker in the UK
- Primal Prime in Taiwan. No, Really.
- Transmetal 2 Prowl in the UK
- Transmetal Scavenger
- Supreme Cheetor in Australia (especially Toys R Us)
- Robots In Disguise franchise
- Armada franchise
- Energon franchise
- Cybertron franchise
- Metroplex in Germany
- Vector Prime in Taiwan, and the golden "Galaxy Force" Deco in The Netherlands.
- Quickmix in Taiwan, (even packed with Vector Prime as a value set) and The Netherlands
- Classics franchise
- Optimus Prime in Australia
- Constructicon Devastator
- Jetfire (G1) in Australia
- Movie franchise
- Real Gear Robots
- Bonecrusher in Germany and Canada
- Swindle in Germany, Canada and New Zealand
- Protoform Optimus Prime
- Protoform Starscream
- Camshaft in the UK
- Ultimate Bumblebee in Germany
- Payload, affectionately renamed by some fans as Pegload.
- Legends Starscream and Legends Blackout in Poland
- Animated franchise
- Universe Classics
- Revenge of the Fallen