The Takara-Tomy releases

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Wingtie, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. Wingtie

    Wingtie Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2005
    Posts:
    44
    Trophy Points:
    76
    Likes:
    +0
    I'm sure this has been said a million times, but why does Hasbro not release the same paint scheme as their foreign counterparts, Hasbro should have some samples and have ppl vote for a paint scheme, Takara-Tomy's look so much better.
     
  2. Wheeljack_Prime

    Wheeljack_Prime Don't eat me

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Posts:
    11,733
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    277
    Likes:
    +392
    Believe it or not, it costs more to add extra paint to a toy. TT caters to the collectors market, thereby they can justify higher prices to make up for more paint. Hasbro goes more towards the kids who aren't sticklers for this, therefore more paint applications is not needed.
     
  3. Draven

    Draven Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2002
    Posts:
    23,858
    News Credits:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    286
    Likes:
    +9
    Also, Takara tends to lean more towards "show accuracy" than Hasbro on a lot of their paintjobs.
     
  4. Fishdirt

    Fishdirt Tin Toy Transformer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Posts:
    3,646
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    172
    Likes:
    +7
    Ebay:

    I thought they catered to the Japanese market :)  They have higher standards for toys there.
     
  5. Valkysas

    Valkysas Attack Buffalo

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2003
    Posts:
    20,808
    News Credits:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    317
    Likes:
    +27
    Japan pays around $25 for deluxes.

    Do you want to pay $25 for deluxes?
     
  6. DarkEyes

    DarkEyes Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2006
    Posts:
    1,391
    Trophy Points:
    232
    Likes:
    +272
    With that better paint, without pay extra shipping and without pay extra money for a foreign figure?

    Well...Y-E-S! :thumbs2: 
     
  7. Valkysas

    Valkysas Attack Buffalo

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2003
    Posts:
    20,808
    News Credits:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    317
    Likes:
    +27
    Well, the kids that make up 80-90% of the Transformer fanbase don't.
     
  8. Tiller

    Tiller I don't know nothin'

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Posts:
    4,498
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    202
    Likes:
    +108
    Ebay:
    Fixed that for ya! =P
     
  9. Foster

    Foster Super Mod

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2003
    Posts:
    32,279
    News Credits:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    342
    Likes:
    +121
    They can have them. At least for Jazz and Tracks. For my collection's definitive updates to these two characters, only the best available mass releases will do.

    Do it with style or don't bother doing it.
     
  10. terry981

    terry981 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2010
    Posts:
    919
    Trophy Points:
    127
    Likes:
    +79
    I don't mind paying extra for some figures. Besides, in the long run its actually the Takara Tomy releases that are worth more money.
     
  11. Wollstone

    Wollstone Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2010
    Posts:
    4,238
    Trophy Points:
    151
    Likes:
    +7
    If I had to pay $25 for a deluxe, then I wouldn't be collecting.
     
  12. Sentinel

    Sentinel TF Museum Curator Moderator News Staff

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2005
    Posts:
    7,942
    News Credits:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Likes:
    +621
    ^ 2nded. I love the Takara paint apps so much more than Hasbro's colored plastics. Even when Hasbro does add paint, they don't seem to get it right. Case in point, I just had a student that is living in Tokyo pick up a ROTF Sidearm Sideswipe and I love it. It is much better than the Hasbro version. The definitive example would be Buster Prime. That figure is to me the gold standard of paint apps vs. colored plastics. Paint took an already amazing figure and turned it into a true masterpiece.
     
  13. 03Mach1

    03Mach1 Reason Has No Voice

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2002
    Posts:
    15,695
    News Credits:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    337
    Likes:
    +541
    Ebay:
    Retailers buy deluxes from Hasbro for $5 give or take. It's only logical that they are unable to release them with additional paint/chrome/tampos. I'm just happy to have the quality we get from Hasbro for less than $10.
     
  14. Angelwave

    Angelwave Physical Maintenance.....

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2007
    Posts:
    6,043
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    191
    Likes:
    +4
    Exactly.

    I'm very happy that quite a few people are supporting TakTom as much Hasbro. TT does some great work, and it's nice that they get support from the fanbase around the world. But as it stands, Hasbro will never be able to do what TakTom does without increasing the price. And as we have already been told, the collector fanbase bearly does a dent into their financial plan. We need to have kids and their parents able to keep the line afloat. As collectors, we will never be able to do that on our own.
     
  15. Nightrain

    Nightrain Senior Villain

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2002
    Posts:
    10,651
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    362
    Likes:
    +288
    Enthusiastic co-sign! Besides, that is what they used to roughly cost in the 80s when adjusted for inflation.
     
  16. QmTablit

    QmTablit Disguise: Check. Robot...

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2008
    Posts:
    9,427
    Trophy Points:
    176
    Likes:
    +3
    Beating a dead horse here, but my collection is made up nearly entirely of the Henkei line. I don't mind one bit about paying the price I pay for these figures. Then again, I'm buying a product meant specifically for my demographic - man-children who still buy toys with 80's style paint decoes often with chrome.

    Yeah, Hasbro can't put out the figures as TakaraTomy does. It's just not sound economics. #1 Rule is that parents are cheap.
     
  17. DarkEyes

    DarkEyes Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2006
    Posts:
    1,391
    Trophy Points:
    232
    Likes:
    +272
    Actually they cant even pay for Hasbro deluxes, just their parents in the same way that Japanese parents pay 25$ for Deluxes.
     
  18. starsaber888

    starsaber888 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Posts:
    1,006
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Likes:
    +0
    yes sir! just seen the new TakTom WFC figures today...they do look a lot nicer than Hasbro's offerings....
     
  19. DarkEyes

    DarkEyes Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2006
    Posts:
    1,391
    Trophy Points:
    232
    Likes:
    +272
    The thing of "$25 for deluxes" is funny when you see the prices of on line stores and the shipping, yea thats really more than $25 and of course I prefer to pay only $25 :lol 
     
  20. MegaHavok

    MegaHavok Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2002
    Posts:
    4,506
    News Credits:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Likes:
    +18
    You know some us actually do prefer the hasbro releases, it's all of matter of taste guys
     

Share This Page