Takara Predaking Reissue

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Takara Predaking Reissue

Post by praetorian » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:34 am

Revealed at International Tokyo Toy Show:

http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-new ... ng-170187/

Looks like the yellow parts have been repainted in gold. Predaking's also featured on the placecard next to the toy with the other reported Takara releases and re-releases for 2010.

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Post by Sades » Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:26 am

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Post by Halfshell » Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:30 am

praetorian wrote:Looks like the yellow parts have been repainted in gold.
Not to me. Headstrong still looks yellow. There's plenty of gold about but those seem to just be the labels that he's always had.

Although, that said, Razorclaw's lionface looks glossier. Hrm.

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Post by Spoilsport » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:02 pm

I read on another site that the Japanese retail price is $180...so hopefully the online stores like BBTS and TFsource will be selling him for less than $200. As much as I want this I refuse to pay $500 for it on eBay. Does anybody know if this is going to be a mass release or just an "exclusive"?

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Post by burnitall » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:36 pm

Here it is up for Pre-order at BBTS for $179.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
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Post by Sades » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:41 pm

It stated in the link above that it was going to retail for around $179 US.
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Post by Auntie Slag » Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:13 pm

Not too fussed about Predaking, but Hydro-dive Bumblee looks fantastic. Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!

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Post by Spoilsport » Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:40 am

Just pre-ordered it from BBTS. I guess no new encore re-issues this year since Takara is focusing on their Transformers 2010 lineup. Still hoping for an encore Blaster since this years SDCC exclusive is coming out next month.

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Post by Catalyst Dragon » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:54 am

Just ordered mine as well, I only had Headstrong as a kid and Predaking has always been one of my favorite cartoon/comic combiners so I must have!

And this still beats the average price for a G1 Predaking that I've seen.
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Post by Skyquake87 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:49 am

Good news for those desperate for a Predaking figure. I bought the 2004 reissue, but have since sold it on. Why? Am I mad? No, its just that i was disappointed with it. The individual Predacons are huge clumsy block-formers devoid of any real charm, and Headstrong's metal back means he can't stand up in robot mode with toppling over. The only way to get him to stand is to have weapons in both hands and have his arms outstretched! The blunted look of the beast forms doesn't help them from an aesthetic point of view, and they rely heavily on the careful application of a lot of annoying decals to make them look something like.

The combined form of Predaking is impressive, if only for his size (he towers over all the other merge groups), but his misproportioned torso and Divebomb's wings not staying put make him something of a qualified success.

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Post by Cliffjumper » Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:57 am

Mmm, I was never that mad on the guy... only Rampage is particularly impressive of the team members (while Headstrong and Tantrum are both outright shit, even for combiner limbs, and the whole thing just feels a bit oversized, and quite cheap and nasty.

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Post by Catalyst Dragon » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:07 am

What gets me though is how it looks like the legs arn't connected in these pictures... it looks like Tantrum and Headstrong are sitting infront of the rest of them. I guess it's just the angle of the photo.
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Post by Sades » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:28 am

I'm big on Predaking, if only because it's the only combiner I remember playing with as a kid. Well... to be fair, I remember playing with bits of him. Tantrum was my favourite.

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Post by Halfshell » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:31 am

Cliffjumper wrote:Mmm, I was never that mad on the guy... only Rampage is particularly impressive of the team members (while Headstrong and Tantrum are both outright shit, even for combiner limbs, and the whole thing just feels a bit oversized, and quite cheap and nasty.
"So, my loyal employees, we have finally established a way to make a five-robot combiner team with all the members the same size. Congratulations. But I feel it's not enough... it looks somehow disproportionate... anybody have any ideas?"

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Post by Skyquake87 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:56 pm

Catalyst Dragon wrote:What gets me though is how it looks like the legs arn't connected in these pictures... it looks like Tantrum and Headstrong are sitting infront of the rest of them. I guess it's just the angle of the photo.
Nope. They really look like that in real life. the legs sit forward on the connector points, so his torso looks like its set back from his legs. the arms are also very heavy with all the die cast, so he can't hold his arms up and the connector joints in the shoulders wear loose quickly due as they can't support the weight. i was really disappointed with them, as i love the animation models and their appearance in 'Prey', but the toys just don't do them justice unfortunately.

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Post by Cliffjumper » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:31 pm

I've always been amazed that they knobbed the design from Bandai (was it Daltanias in the end?), but kept their own shitty combining mechanisms - that's why I love Popy/Bandai combining robots, there's some really neat mechanisms just for connecting limbs, whereas (with the noble exceptions of Devastator and Raiden), if you've combined one G1 combiner, you've basically combined them all.

I've never been able to work out fandom's hard-on for the Predacons, really. "Prey" is awesome (as is "Grudge Match"), but aside from that they did bugger-all - did Predaking ever win a fight outside of fanfics? Maybe in Headmasters in those early episodes where there always seemed to be a combined robot hitting another one in the background?

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Post by Halfshell » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:39 pm

Cliffjumper wrote:I've never been able to work out fandom's hard-on for the Predacons, really.
He's BIG!

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Post by Cliffjumper » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:51 pm

So's Fort Max! It doesn't excuse him being a big brick with all the finesse of Duplo!

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Post by Sades » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:53 pm

I think I'd be happy if I could just get a Tantrum, really.

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Post by inflatable dalek » Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:00 pm

I like Predaking, he's just so... big. And hard... and orange.
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