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Old 05-10-2007, 09:51 PM   #1
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Australian Customs Seizes 50 MP-05s

Well, I guess all of that worry over Australian customs from way on at the beginning of the Megacraze wasn't just smoke after all. 50 MP-05 Masterpiece Megatrons (Megatron? Masterpieces? Megatrons?) were seized by Australian customs.

A new collectable toy which transforms into a replica weapon has been seized by Customs in Sydney because it can be mistaken for a real weapon.

Australian Customs seized more than 50 MP-05 Masterpiece Megatron Transformers while inspecting international mail packages at Australia Post's Sydney Gateway Facility at Clyde over the past four weeks.

Bought online for more than $100, the Japanese-made robot figurines can convert into replica Walther P-38 semi-automatic pistols.

The toys have recently gone on sale in various parts of the world ahead of the movie, Transformers, set for release in Australia on June 28.

Such replica weapons are a breach of Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 if imported without the approval of state or territory police, Customs' Acting National Manager Trade Policy and Regulation Jon Potter said.

"It is important that collectors obtain permission before purchasing the Megatron Transformer as failure to do so could result in seizure and people could lose their money," Mr Potter said in a statement.
Also here's a link to the Australian Customs page on MP-05. Thanks to llamatron.
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:57 PM   #2
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A replica Walther P38? WTF, the original Megatron was 1:1 scale. Last time I checked 38 caliber pistols aren't as big as MP05.
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Old 05-10-2007, 10:40 PM   #3
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Original Megatron was smaller than 1:1 scale. Maybe about 2/3 or 3/4 scale.

But yes... MP-05 is comically large.

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Old 05-10-2007, 10:43 PM   #4
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Replica my arse.
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MP-05 Megatron WARNING for Australia!!!
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:36 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Triformis would collectors go about getting "permission" to import? Just silly, IMO.
Well if theyare so silly that they do things like this I suppose that one would have to bribe the "local/ territory police"
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Ah, I am sure, if you filled out all the proper forms and paid a healthy tariff fee to the government they would dance that Megatron straight to your house.
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Some states in Australia have more strict laws than others. It may not necessarily apply to every territory. IIRC, the original Megatron was prohibited in some areas of Australia as far back as '85.

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Old 05-11-2007, 04:15 AM   #10
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Whoops, didn't see that you had already posted this in the Toyark.

Yeah different states have different laws. I believe that in Queensland and Western Australia you can get a free permit that'll let you import it with no trouble.

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