Did Takara Tomy Steal one of our Radicons Megatron Paint Job?

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  1. Alucard77

    Alucard77 Kaon Gladiator Champion

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    I know that hailstarscream will be a bit embarassed, but I was speaking to him recently and I am convinced that Takara was inspired by his paint job for United Megatron. Here is a picture of his Custom Classics Megatron from April of last year.

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    His newer articulated one:
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    Here is a pic of the takara one:

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    This was way before any official images of the United Megatron were announced. You cannot tell from the images, but he even did the eyes in red.

    The image is not the greatest, but you can see more images in his two threads. He articulated this guy a lot more as well a couple of months later.

    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/radicons-customs/299976-another-megatron.html

    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/radicons-customs/319332-classics-megs-articulated.html

    So what do you guys think. If you saw this bad boy in real life it is almost a 1 to 1 to the united. You think someone at takara was checking this site and said, hey look at this, let's do this paint job?
     
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    There are plenty of detailing differences. Both decos are based on the same character, so it's really not a surprise they have similar design cues.
     
  3. Brainchild

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    No. If anything, you could accuse our Radicon buddy of stealing a color scheme from Henkei and G1 Megatron.
     
  4. Alucard77

    Alucard77 Kaon Gladiator Champion

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    Well, he didn't say it to me, I said it to him.

    His is also different from the Henkei one.
     
  5. Roanstalker

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    The point is they are both based on G1 Megs so of course there will be chances they'll be similar.
     
  6. Brainchild

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    As it is different from the United release. When the same mold is used, and the color scheme is based off of the same design (G1 Megatron), there are going to be similarities. You can't accuse them of stealing from each other.
    Aaaaand I was beaten to it.
     
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    Hmm, I was wondering where TakaraTomy could possibly have had the idea of making United Megatron a silver and black robot with red eyes.
     
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    And that mean-looking purple face on his chest? That Trakkara company or whoever they are is gonna get totally sued.
     
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    Close... but both sources got their inspiration from the same Cartoon, G1
     
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    Should TakaraTomy sue themselves for basing United Megs' deco on their own Henkei Megs?
     
  11. Alucard77

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    I think you guys are missing the point here. I know that they are all based off of G1 megatron.

    But Henkei released one type of color job, then they released a second that was almost identical to what he did in the United line.

    There are small things that I am refering to. Not the whole Silver, black and red. I am refering to the chest piece being the same color, not chromed (odd for Takara) and so on. It's the smaller stuff that I am refering to.
     
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    Going by your logic if they copied him they would have had to remove the gun casing/wings as well. No this is just a more G1 accurate paint job with less red. Thats it.
     
  13. Omnius

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    Honestly, I think straws are being clutched at here. As others have said, it bears as much resemblance to a classic G1 Megs deco as it does to anyone's custom - in G1 Megs' case, the chest was the same colour as other body details.
     
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    Chrome was a Henkei thing. United is going with metallic paint, like Takara Animated.
     
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    I also did not mean there is a lawsuit of something here. But is it a far stretch to say that they check out these forums and saw it and were like, you know what, that doesn't look half bad that way.

    Also, posted 2nd pic which if you look closely almost looks identical to the United, but a couple of red placements.
     
  16. Omnius

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    There's speculating that there's a similarity, and then there's outright accusing TakaraTomy of stealing an idea/design without anything other than circumstantial evidence.
     
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    The reason hailstarscream's Megatron looks like that is because its based on G1 Megatron. United Megatron is based on the same thing so thats why they look 'similar' but even thats a stretch. Theres a lot of differences in paint job still.
     
  18. Alucard77

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    OK, I will change it to, did they take inspiration from. Can a mod change it in the title as well?
     
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    No they took inspiration from G1 Megs.
     
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    Either way you word it, you're trying to imply that TakTom did not come up with that deco on their own, and within reason, that's simply incorrect.
     

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