Transformers fans and bargain hunters got lucky on Sunday April 5 and Monday April 6. That’s when you could get either (or both) of the above Transformers Animated Play Set 2-packs for 80% off—or $4.99.

Yep, that’s right. A brand new toy, exclusive to Target and only in the store for less than 1 month at 80% off.

Evidently this had to be a goof. There’s no way they would sell these at that price, intentionally anyway. Using the nice “Find It At A Target Store” link, I located a nearby store that showed them in-stock and at lunch a buddy and I drove on down.

I picked up the last one of each set—they’ll make great presents. But I can say, they were priced at $4.99 and they were sold out.

Rumors are flying today that the price has been adjusted to $22.99, but I’ve not been able to confirm that. The site still shows them at $4.99.

My guess, they were supposed to be discounted by $4.99. Most of the other Transformers product is currently 20% off. An computer glitch or human error  accidentally reversed the numbers and a lot of people got lucky.

Optimus Prime in the Transformer’s movie by Michael Bay.

Now that’s a movie I want to go see (480p HD Trailer Link).

After a few boring trailers, they finally deliver on the good stuff and I think this preview shows plenty of what the public needs to see, big robots transforming and fighting each other.

Unlike the sequels that dominate the summer (Spider-Man 3, Pirates 3, Shrek 3, Fantastic Four 2), the Transformers are making their first appearance on the big screen. They’re an unknown to a large audience and that audience wants to have an idea of what they’re going to get for their $8 movie ticket. Heck, I grew up watching Transformer and it wasn’t until this trailer that I actually got excited (just watch Optimus transform and tell me you don’t grin when you hear “the sound”).

That’s not to say I don’t have complaints. When the guy at the end says “Bring It!” it makes me want to cringe. But another part of me cracks up at Shia LaBeouf’s line “It’s a big robot, it must be from Japan.” I’ll go in expecting Independence Day and perhaps I won’t be disappointed. How hard can it be to mess up giant robots that transform and beating each other up?