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Blackjack 2013-05-23 11:58 AM

2014 Japan-exclusive toys: Masterpiece, Generations, etc
So, in Japan, instead of 'Beast Hunters', they are getting 'Transformers Go', starring a bunch of all-new, Japanese exclusive samurai combiner team and apparently repaints of the Predacon dragons that the Beast Hunter line got.

Their Generations toyline equivalent are also getting 'Senator Ratbat', a retool of Generations Scourge as a homage of the oft-seen bipedal Ratbat design in the comics.

Also, Masterpiece Tigertrack, a repaint of Masterpiece Sideswipe in homage of former Takara Toyshop exclusive Tigertrack (which in turn is a homage to the Diaclone toy Sideswipe is repainted from).

Pictures link to Seibertron:

Kenzan, the police car:

Jinbu, the jet:

Gan'o, the fire truck. The three robots can combine into a gestalt with any of them as the top, although no picture is shown. Each of them will apparently be around the size of Voyager class Beast Hunters Optimus Prime.

Gaidora, a retool of Lazerback from Beast Hunters with a new robot mode head and Ripclaw's paintjob. Also a few Arms Microns, but nobody cares about them.

Takara's version of Fall of Cybertron Grimlock, as well as the aforementioned Senator Ratbat.

Masterpiece Tigertrack, as well as Takara's Fall of Cybertron Metroplex... which comes with two guns and features much more gray and eliminates much of the red in the robot mode for some reason. EDIT: It's apparently a prototype, and the finished product will feature all the red like the Hasbro one.

Springer85 2013-05-23 12:45 PM

Jinbu the jet reminds me a little of that Gobots character Fitor. Could be a nice repaint :)

Knightdramon 2013-05-23 08:55 PM

Tigertrack is really, really plain. Meh. Money saved I guess.

The GO combiner bots are neat and meaty, bigger than current voyagers. Their combined form should be a sight to behold. Police car seems to suffer the least from being a combiner, the other two have weird legs.

The repaint of Lazerback adds to my suspicions that no other Predacons bar Predaking will make it into the show. Why else would they completely repaint and remould all the Predacons?

The Big Ragebowski 2013-05-23 09:31 PM

I'm actually loving Tigertrack! Makes me feel better about selling my ehobby version for this :)

Blackjack 2013-05-24 08:48 AM

I agree with Knightdramon -- Tigertrack certainly looks very plain, especially compared to Sideswipe and Red Alert... or even fellow yellow Lamborghini Sunstreaker.

Yeah, every other toy Predacon -- Lazerback, Ripclaw, Grimwing, Skystalker and the Terrorcons -- are being repainted and released in Japan with different names. Shame, since I was expecting some if not all of them to appear in the show.

inflatable dalek 2013-05-24 12:20 PM

That Ratbat is way more awesome than it has any right to be.

Blackjack 2013-05-24 03:58 PM

Stock photography of the Samurai robots, basically larger versions of the photos from the scans above:

We're also getting three new Arms Microns, those build-it-yourself kits that came with the Japanese version of the Transformers Prime toyline. Namely from top to bottom:
-Kenzan's partner 'Ken', a clear repaint of L.P. who came with Leo Prime
-Jinbu's partner 'Jin', a clear repaint of S.2. who came with Smokescreen
-Gan'o's partner 'Gan', a clear repaint of Sao who came with Swerve


Also, with another toyline comes yet another exclusive repaint of another Micron, this time the Optimus-Prime-turns-into-Optimus-Prime's-gun we had some time back.

Knightdramon 2013-05-24 04:07 PM

That Ratbat also looks suspiciously more matte than the GLOSSY wonder we've had on pictures since now.

It's not the first time this has happened though. Terrorcon Cliffjumper, regular Cliffjumper are victims of this as well.

Springer85 2013-05-25 01:00 PM

A better pic of Tigertrack in an ebay auction:

Blackjack 2013-05-28 07:34 AM

Bunch of news from an interview courtesy of Seibertron and Autobase Aichi:


The catchy Samurai motif of the Transformers Go! combiners used to appeal to Takara's own consumers.

The headsculpts of the three new Go! toys were each based on a specific Japanese Samurai stereotype. Kenzan (the police car) is modeled after a typical Samurai warrior with a top-knot, Jinbu (the yellow jet) is based on an armored Samurai with a Kabuto helmet, and Gan'ō (the fire truck) is designed after a Sohei, or "warrior monk".

The new headsculpt of Gaidōra (Lazerback remold) is based on an Oni, a breed of monster from Japanese folklore.

Generations Grimlock and Ratbat will be released in June

Encore Fortress Maximus has surpassed sales expections so hopefully there will be more Encores to come.

The delay of MP Prowl and Streak is due to Takara receiving more orders than they expected.

MP Smokescreen will be revealed soon with design differences.

Takara-Tomy is working on getting more car manufacturers to license their designs for future Masterpieces.

There will be a significant announcement at the Tokyo Toy Show June 15-16.

For sale at the Tokyo Toy show will be the first 3 Transformers Go! combiner bots, as well as Masterpiece Tigertrack with non-chrome version of Amazon Japans MP Lambor pile drivers.

TG-23 Metroplex will have different paint applications from U.S. version and feature 2 guns compared to the 1 that Hasbro's version has.

Mcdonalds is set to run another Transformers Happy Meal promotion on June 21st
Personally, while I'm not sure that the Encore and Masterpieces are selling so hotly, I'm all up for more of both series, so I'm wishing the best for both of them. I know I've got my Prowl pre-ordered.

Knightdramon 2013-05-28 08:09 AM

MP figures are sold out, but because they receive a more limited production run, not because they're wildly popular in Japan.

Hopefully extra units available on both Prowl and Streak means that most fans can avoid the clusterf*ck that was Sideswipe, Soundwave and the tapes. I personally got VERY lucky on Sideswipe, didn't have an issue getting Soundwave, but was royally f*cked over the cassettes.

Looking forward to Smokescreen. Though I'm beginning to question my preorders. Prowl is Prowl, that's enough for me, Smokescreen is going to be an awesome rally where does that leave Streak? Not in such a good position, in my books.

Can't wait for the significant announcement. It could probably be Encore series-relevant [Scorponok? Overlord? The dinobots?] but in the case it's MP20 or something, consider me happy.

Just so we're on the same page, hints and whatnot have the following VERY probable for the MP series: MP Bruticus [yeah], Galvatron, Magnus, Megatron and Mirage. Not counting Smokescreen because he's more or less announced.

Blackjack 2013-05-30 03:14 PM

Thanks to Seibertron, we've got images of the Ninja Combiner Team from Transformers Go, consisting of Gekisomaru (lion), Hishomaru (bird) and Sensuimaru (shark). Like the samurai squad, they can combine into three different robot configurations. Included in the picture is artwork using Lionmaru as the head.


Robotkingdom also has an Asia-exclusive Premim Series movie-verse Brawl, an expensive touched-up version of the leader class Brawlvastator toy from the 2007 movie.

Images link to Seibertron:

Blackjack 2013-06-03 03:07 PM

Not toys this time, but rather the anime of Transformers Go!, Japan exclusive for now... credits to Seibertron for translating, so I'm going to mirror everything from there.


Takara Tomy have updated their Transformers Go! website with nice clear images of the upcoming Autobot combiner teams. The Samurai team of Kenzan, Jinbu, and Ganou are shown in all three of their combined modes. The Ninja team of Gekisomaru, Hishomaru, and Sensuimaru are only shown in one of combined form, with the other two to be revealed later.

The banner image shows the two human children characters holding Generations Data Discs, which will be known as "Legendisks" in the animation. From what we know of the Transformers Go! plot the Predacons can be sealed away in these "Legendisks", so they will likely be seen in the animation as a capture device. The two combiner teams were left on Earth to track down the remaining Predacons with the help of their human companions.


Blackjack 2013-06-06 04:20 PM

Takara designer Hisashi Yuki's Twitter account reveals some pictures of Generations Senator Ratbat, including a closer look at Ratbat's IDW-based headsculpt, and his own fanmade 'bat' mode for the toy best left forgotten.

EDIT: Linking pictures from Twitter didn't work, so I'm going to once more mirror the pictures off Seibertron.

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Blackjack 2013-06-07 01:33 PM

Again from Hisashi Yuki are pictures of the blinged-out Generations TG-19 Grimlock, including one extremely adorable picture:
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inflatable dalek 2013-06-07 03:09 PM

The bat mode is, if nothing else, a valiant if doomed attempt...

Blackjack 2013-06-10 03:09 PM

Buncha new news from one of Takara Tomy's blogs:

Our first look at Masterpiece Smokescreen, who will apparently feature, among others, a retooled front bumper, retooled shoulders (Prowl and Bluestreak have the wheels on the back of the shoulders) and different shoulder missile things to be more cartoon accurate.

Two-pack of IDW Optimus and Megatron.

And apparently a reissue of Masterpiece Soundwave sometime this Fall.

Knightdramon 2013-06-10 03:45 PM

If they're still available, you can preorder Smokescreen and/or Soundwave at AnimeExport for a ridiculous low price. You have to pay up front though except for the shipping charge.

Loving Smokescreen. Between Prowl being a favourite of mine and Smokescreen looking THIS retro and nifty, I have a bad feeling Silverstreak will be very overlooked.

EDIT: Nifty looking VS pack with Pax and Megatron, although it suffers from a mismatch; one's in his pre-Prime body while the other is in his state of the art deadly KILLER body.

Slayer-Fan123 2013-06-11 06:11 AM


Originally Posted by Blackjack (Post 730092)
Not toys this time, but rather the anime of Transformers Go!, Japan exclusive for now... credits to Seibertron for translating, so I'm going to mirror everything from there.

THREE different combined modes? That's some cool stuff right there!
Towards the post with the pictures of Grimlock, where did that Shockwave come from?
Last comment goes towards the Leader Class Brawl from the movie. I never got around to purchasing the first one when it came out, but I was pretty interested since, while the Deluxe was AMAZING, it was just fragile. How does it rate?

Cliffjumper 2013-06-11 09:15 AM


Originally Posted by Blackjack (Post 730260)
Pretty colours as Smokescreens always have, but I don't like the retools personally.

Sunbow launchers? Thank God, that's saved me a fortune buying the thing.

Knightdramon 2013-06-11 12:31 PM

They're optional on display. Looks like they tuck down on his back, behind the windshield.

The ones Smokescreen uses *could* be clip ons. Either way he should be compatible with the launchers Prowl and Streak use...but are amazon exclusives. The launchers ON the toys are fixed on.

Cliffjumper 2013-06-11 01:23 PM

So if I buy two, I might be able to get one servicable figure? Bargain!

Knightdramon 2013-06-11 04:04 PM

No. Even better.

Each Prowl or Streak comes with ONE amazon exclusive launcher.

So to get a set of two you'll have both figures but only have enough accessories to display one of them the "exclusive" way ;)

Blackjack 2013-06-11 04:13 PM

What, seriously? Each toy only comes with one launcher? Didn't know that.

That's ridiculous.

Denyer 2013-06-11 06:16 PM

Utterly pointless... there'll be third party alternatives before anyone can blink.

Knightdramon 2013-06-11 06:39 PM

Yes, each toy comes with one exclusive launcher if you get it from amazon.

Just to clarify though, both Prowl and Streak have their own built in cannons, the extra amazon launchers are optional. Should be toy or comic book accurate, I guess?

And yes, there will be 3rd party chromed and die cast, maybe even working launchers. They did it for Soundwave's and Sideswipe's accessories.

Blackjack 2013-06-11 06:43 PM

Ah, yeah... apparently each toy will have two in-built ugly cannons like these.

And Amazon preorders get one of these pretty ones.

The built-in ones are fairly horrid and I'm not sure what they're supposed to homage. The cartoon model doesn't really look like that... not with giant big gaping holes, anyway, while both the toy and modern comics are represented by the Amazon one.

Blackjack 2013-06-13 02:27 PM

More Smokescreen...

And more Metroplex...

Knightdramon 2013-06-13 03:10 PM

Prowl's packaging was also on display, but not Streak's.

Loving retro Smokescreen more and more.

Lots of new takara generations figures, though really expensive. Bumblebee, Pax vs Megatronus two pack [great paint on both], Trailbreaker with Hoist two pack [tiny picture, couldn't make out if there's any differences], the aforementioned Metroplex, Goldbug[listing only, no pictures].

If/when takara announces MP20 in the show on Friday/Saturday it'll make my day.

Any bets on who it'll be? I'm guessing Magnus [MP10 Cab with new trailer], Megatron V2.0 or Galvatron.

If it's something mundane like Soundblaster I'll cry.

Denyer 2013-06-13 08:18 PM

Considering the only slight difference in price between importing the US and Japanese versions of Metroplex, that looks quite tempting.

Skyquake87 2013-06-13 08:35 PM

Oh, I'd forgotten how I don't much care for Smokescreen's animation model. Shame, I like my original version and was interested to see how he would turn out as an MP. Metroplex looks better in these pics than in the previous shots seen, but I still have concerns about how solid this thing will be. Modern TFs are so hollow and cheap feeling, especially the current Generations stuff.

Blackjack 2013-06-15 07:16 AM

Our next Masterpiece is....


Generation Two Sideswipe!

G2 Sideswipe is based on his appearance in the G2 comics, with the spiky shoulder wheels and the two chunky Yaniger handguns. I do hope that he won't be entirely black as a final product, though.


Ryan F 2013-06-15 01:38 PM

The Lambo is a great mould but I've already got Tigertrack on order and don't really need it a fourth time... I might have been tempted but I'm not feeing the colours on this guy. Shouldn't the crotch, legs and head be red?

Blackjack 2013-06-15 03:33 PM

He's missing the red and neon green, yeah.

Denyer 2013-06-15 04:39 PM

If they'd confirmed this during the shortages of the first one I'd have jumped at it.

BTW, I assume this means that Takara have negotiated ongoing use of the car model and that a rest-of-world release (for the original) might not be out of the question?

Ryan F 2013-06-15 05:41 PM


Originally Posted by Denyer (Post 730456)
If they'd confirmed this during the shortages of the first one I'd have jumped at it.

BTW, I assume this means that Takara have negotiated ongoing use of the car model and that a rest-of-world release (for the original) might not be out of the question?

AIUI, just because Takara have gotten the Lamborghini licence in the Far East, doesn't mean Hasbro can do the same in Europe and the USA. We'll just have to wait and see, I guess.

Denyer 2013-06-15 05:50 PM

The rumour was that they'd withdrawn it completely, and no more use of the mould for anyone, IIRC. The fact they're still advertising Tigertrack and this is fairly positive.

Knightdramon 2013-06-16 12:04 PM

Yeah that rumour was short-lived. Never taking that "informer's" word again, ever since he got MP10 and 11 correctly he's been nothing but bullshit all the time.

G2 Sideswipe won't get a separate designation/slot, he's just MP12G. Would like his robot parts being red/lime green though, as the original toy. Hopefully this is just a rough prototype. Definitely getting him though.

MP20 is said to be a car they originally had trouble getting the rights for, so watch out for Jazz/Wheeljack/Bumblebee and maybe Mirage.

Furthermore, they're conducting a poll for a future MP release based almost exclusively on Japanese leaders, from Fort Max to Galaxy Convoy. Including the beast leaders. Most people at tfw2005 just went mental at that thinking that TT betrayed their trust, slept with their mother and sacrificed their newborn to the jackals.

I am seeing this as a pretty sure way to get either a Fortress Maximus or Star Saber in MP form, and would love either [slowly edging to Fort Max]. Would prefer Fort Max to be a tad taller than MP10, thus granting him access to my MTMTE Lost Light Crew.

Ryan F 2013-06-16 12:47 PM

Well, VW and Porsche are strictly off-limits, so I'd be surprised if it's BB or Jazz. According to another site's translation, MP20 will be a 'concept car', so probably Sunstreaker or Wheeljack.

Of all the choices on the Japanese MP vote, I'd go for Powermaster Prime myself. That's probably the only one I'd buy; I was never a fan of Fort Max and have no love for Masterforce or Victory.

Cliffjumper 2013-06-16 01:37 PM

Wheeljack might be off-limits too (cf. Dino); Ferrari are tight with licencing, not sure about the rest of the Fiat group - that said an MP might be the sort of thing which would swing it. Sunstreaker's probably more likely if they've got some sort of relationship to whoever owns Lambo this week.

Mirage would, I would theorise, be one of the easier guys to get the rights to as it's possible with Ligier > Prost > Phoenix that they either belong to nobody or belong to someone who'll take a lot less money that a major manufacturer would. The main reason we've not seen a Ligier Mirage is that there's not been a lot of call for one when any blue/white racing car (or in the case of Alternators, a completely different car) would do the job. There probably hasn't been a lot of desire from any design teams to do an F1 car Transformer properly as it'd be pretty difficult to do on a scale much bigger than G1 Mirage. On MP scale/detail, where you (theoretically) can't cheat and make the spoiler, suspension etc. thicker it might be a bit of a mare.

It will be interesting to see what will happen when they 'run out' of guys they can seal the licencing on; will the likes of Bee and Jazz (seeing as Volkswagen seem to be unmoving on this) get new alt modes? Get genericised just enough like ROTF Sideways (which, TBH, I'm not sure anyone but car nerds would mind/notice)? Get skipped altogether?

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