An Interesting Question

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Inikalord, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. Inikalord

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    This has been bugging me for a while now, and I'm sure other people have been wondering this aswell.

    Does anyone know why the US never got any of the Japan market exclusives of Transformers? We got Powermaster Prime and The Powermasters who were also the Godmasters and Ginrai in Japan, both which had their respective fiction presented in one way or another.

    1989 rolls in and as far as I can tell, we got almost nothing from TF: Victory, fiction or otherwise, that could have been simply imported over. TF's like Star Saber, Deszarus, Victory Leo and all the others alike. Was it too much work on Hasbros part to just simply import the japanese toylines for a US release and release fiction for them to go along like with The Powermasters for Marvel Comics? The same goes for Zone.

    IMO, the toys that we could of got may have revived the franchise and could of actually brought TF back to TV screens.

    What are your thoughts?
     
  2. Wollstone

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    We didn't get most of those figures because the franchise was dead here. Then we moved on to Beast Wars.
     
  3. Foster

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    I wonder if Japanese fans start threads pining for the likes of Monstructor and Octopunch.
     
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    Thats pretty much it.

    With out a cartoon or a comic Hasbro wasnt willing to release those figures here.

    Micromaster on the other hand had a place in the market because of the Micro machine craz.
     
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    Hasbro decided to go one way with Transformers, Takara went another with the cartoons. Not that difficult.

    You have to realize there's a difference in television markets. US television thrives on syndicated TV, and as far as I know Japan doesn't really rerun anything. American shows last for years without ever getting anywhere plotwise. Japanese shows get a year to tell a story, then move on to new plotlines with new characters.

    You can look at any cartoon from Japan- Macross, Gundam, even and especially Super Sentai and Kamen Rider. Most series' from those franchises don't go any longer than roughly 50 episodes. They move on. Which is why you get Ginrai/God Ginrai and Star Saber in Japan while America is still focused on Optimus Prime.

    It's just how the markets are. America wants Optimus Prime and Japan had moved on. Convoy was killed in The Headmasters, Ginrai in all actuality was NOT Optimus Prime, and they brought up a new leader entirely in Star Saber. Heroes keep dying and America doesn't like that.
     
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    Japan was more receptive of Rodimus Prime than we where
     
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    IIRC Power Masters were released in America first and then repainted/remolded for Japan (Well at least Super Ginrai was remolded).
     
  8. Inikalord

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    Yeah, US got Powermaster Prime first, then Japan remoulded the fists so that they could retract.
     

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