Should HasTak do Gundam-Style Transformers Model Kits?

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  1. Brooticus

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    Yes. Yes they should IMO.

    How awesome would it be to make your own Transformer? It makes sense really. Hasbro would save money by not having to assemble the toys, and they could be super detailed and articulated.

    Obviously the regular lines would continue, but I think these would greatly appeal to older fans (Particularly any Radicons out there!)
     
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    No. Model kits don't sell in America.

    All that blood money from movies should go into new universe/classics molds.
     
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    I wouldn't mind seeing what they do with it. There's a lot of kitbash potential in there.
     
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    YES yes and yes.

    This would allow for a less kiddy oriented TF line and in limited numbers (hell if mattel can run online only collectors stuff why the hell can't hasbro do this.

    The wouldn't need to pay assemblers in the factor..no paint apps...just injection mould the sprues slap in a box with all the screws and what nots and an instruction book

    et voila - box of transformers awesomeness.

    and heres the thing...they could sell alternate heads/weapons etc seperatly say if they did a Ratchet kit, sell a mini kit to turn it into an Ironhide etc

    Simple way to carry on a larger scale too (like the masterpiece line for instance)

    Dammit Hastak get to making this already!
     
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    Sounds cool, I would love that. But it would mess with the fandom.

     
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    eeh..... being a person who generally fails at model kits i would not want it unless the peices clipped together or srew in together i wouldnt be behind it. if it's held together by glue, i couldnt do it :( 

    then again i've never owned a gundam model kit, so unless i am told how good and awesome they are and how easy to put togetherable they are, im not behind it
     
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    PLUS... if I'm not mistaken, this would also allow them to circumvent some of the compromises inherent in some designs due to safety regulations, drop tests, etc...

    However, their market would end up being sort of small. Gundam models are made in Japan, and shipped worldwide. I doubt Hasbro would be able to find the market for them in North America alone. Maybe if Takara did it... though then we'd be dealing with import pricing.

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    I guess Gundam kits are for you then. No glue is needed at all. Some of the smaller scales could do with some paint though.
     
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    model kits? yes.

    gundam like? no.

    kotobukiya like? HELL YES.

    on account of Koto having a deal with takatomy on their other property, Zoids releasing Hign End Master Models, i would pay for those kinds of kits. Bandai and takatomy are corporate rivals though so don't expect transformers from those guys.
     
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    Yeah, Gundam kits are AWESOME for their molded colours and snap-together assembly. I feel the same way about glue kits, and Gundams are actually FUN to assemble.

    Some of them can be surprisingly complex, with an extremely high level of articulation (puts most TFs to shame), but you can usually assemble one that looks half-decent in about an hour, with nothing but an exacto knife (even that's not really necessary but it helps).

    Of course some older (like EARLY 90's and before) kits can be a bit primitive, and the cheapest grade (are they First Grade, FG?) tend to be a bit overly simplistic.

    I'd be interested to see Takara take a shot at this, though at this point, Bandai are the undisputed masters of the snap-together mecha kit.

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    I'd love it.
     
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    could be interesting id prefer them pre painted as id make amess of them :eek: 
     
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    Transformer Model kits should be in the masterpiece price range
    since the average joe and his kid are unlikely to buy it anyway.

    toy costs are from
    1. R&D and
    2. manufacturing

    the costs they save from factory assembly (manufacturing) could translate into
    better articulation and designs (R&D)
    we could finally have some perfect grade hands and highly detailed
    weapons.

    heck, if they didn't bother with snap fit assembly like gundams
    and went with pins and screws, we could in theory have far sturdier kits.

    We no longer have to wait 2 years before takara releases a new masterpiece
    because its cheaper to manufacture! (i think...)
     
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    No.

    One of the big things I like about TF's over lines like Gundam is that you don't have to build or assemble anything. Not only are Gundam kits annoying to build they are very delicate and not very durable. I also like figures to be able to withstand some punishment as I am not excatly the delicate type when it comes to fiddling around with figures.

    Both of these reasons are also why it would be a horrible failure if introduced to a US market. Not only are kids going to be turned off by the fact you have to build these things they simply would not last which would turn off parents from buying them knowing they would be in the garbage not long after.
     
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    only thing is some transformers are incredibly complex, and wouldnt necessariy be possible to make realistically
     
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    If they transform like a gundams usually do then they would be epic fail. Thats the whole point behind transformers.
     
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