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Bot Shots Japanese Test Market Release

Posted on 09-19-2012 at 10:31 AM by Secretcode under Bot Shots
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Thanks to fellow fansite The Allspark, we now have an image of a possible Japanese test market release of the Bot Shots toyline to see how the line will sell at retail in Japanese stores. These toys feature brand new packaging (Two different styles of packaging, actually) and are rereleases of Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Prowl, Powerglide, Ratchet, and Brawl.
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Lbsammills51
Really? Interesting.
WhiteMocha
As a (so far) Bot Shots completist/addict, can I just say...... I REALLY hope the only difference between these and the US versions is the packaging.

I don't want my stupid, irresponsible brain to be presented with the option of paying $20 to import, say, a slightly lighter Thundercracker with an extra stripe, or something. It can't be trusted with things like that.
Hollywood Hoist
I so want those Bumblebee packaging variants.
Avengers
Hopefully the Hasbro bot shots peg warmers from USA retail shelves. get removed from stores & then loaded up on a huge boat & shipped to japan. Takara can add a japanese sticker to the packages & sell them as is.
eriku
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Originally Posted by WhiteMocha View Post
As a (so far) Bot Shots completist/addict, can I just say...... I REALLY hope the only difference between these and the US versions is the packaging.

I don't want my stupid, irresponsible brain to be presented with the option of paying $20 to import, say, a slightly lighter Thundercracker with an extra stripe, or something. It can't be trusted with things like that.
Indeed, this is news I've been dreading. I have this horrible image of myself shedding a tear as I click BUY IT NOW on a $80 Japanese exclusive variant of the seeker mold in a translucent black named 'Stormcloud' or something.
wolfe
Interesting.
Lbsammills51
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Originally Posted by WhiteMocha View Post
As a (so far) Bot Shots completist/addict, can I just say...... I REALLY hope the only difference between these and the US versions is the packaging.

I don't want my stupid, irresponsible brain to be presented with the option of paying $20 to import, say, a slightly lighter Thundercracker with an extra stripe, or something. It can't be trusted with things like that.
Imagine if they make a bunch of new clear Bot Shots as campaign exclusives?
Omegatron
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Originally Posted by Lbsammills51 View Post
Imagine if they make a bunch of new clear Bot Shots as campaign exclusives?
Chromed Lucky Draw Botshots?
Rotorstorm
Prowl is the singular release other than Barricade and bumblebee doesn't have stripes by the looks of things.
BraveMax
I posted this on Allspark... But enh:

Interesting... They're not branded as Transformers, and they don't even have proper names - just descriptions of the alt mode where you'd expect to see names (Literally "Patrol Car", "Yellow Sports Car", and "Military Vehicle").

That, combined with the two packaging variations... It does almost seem like they're trying to gather some data on how best to sell these. Wouldn't it be expensive, though, to put through such a small run? I guess if you didn't change the paint at all, it might not be so hard... But still, seems like a lot of trouble to go through for a mini test-release o_O.

So - those of you dreading wanting to buy these... Better hurry. If this is a test release, we may never see a full retail release of these
Stygian360
Although I think these are a fun idea and great for kid collectors as a way to get their feet wet in the world of TF's, they aren't Transformers in the traditional sense and therefore of little collectibility to me. Sure they flip form very minimally, but that's simply not enough for this collector. More power to those who adore these though. No hate for ya.
miscreant
I look forward to seeing these in G1ish packaging, with random chrome, and priced at $25 each.
flywheels
Depending on how they are priced in Japan I can see these going over well. They already have that SD look. Kinda remind me of the old TF Choro-Q toys...
G1Wheeljack
Hope these do well over there.
Atomatron
5 bots vs 1 con = not much fun i would think
Mister Gone
S*** here comes the 10 different store exclusive BotShots that nukes the hell out of my "Complete" collection. Just find wave 5 to finish up and this rolls out
RedAlert Rescue
I've seen that logo before looks like a Choro Q or a Tomy toy car brand logo I've seen before.

To small to tell though.

I do wish that Hasbro had sold that blue Brawl as Tankor though.
Might Gaine
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Originally Posted by BraveMax View Post
I posted this on Allspark... But enh:

Interesting... They're not branded as Transformers, and they don't even have proper names - just descriptions of the alt mode where you'd expect to see names (Literally "Patrol Car", "Yellow Sports Car", and "Military Vehicle").

That, combined with the two packaging variations... It does almost seem like they're trying to gather some data on how best to sell these. Wouldn't it be expensive, though, to put through such a small run? I guess if you didn't change the paint at all, it might not be so hard... But still, seems like a lot of trouble to go through for a mini test-release o_O.

So - those of you dreading wanting to buy these... Better hurry. If this is a test release, we may never see a full retail release of these
I also posted this on the Allspark: They do have names.. they're just really small and in the corner, beneath the giant vehicle description text
Blitz.
im actually shocked they are not blind packed
Autovolt 127
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im actually shocked they are not blind packed
^This. They would have made a easily fortune right there.
BraveMax
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Originally Posted by Might Gaine View Post
I also posted this on the Allspark: They do have names.. they're just really small and in the corner, beneath the giant vehicle description text
And the transformers logo, per someone else on Allspark. Just really small, under the "Bikkuri henshin!" mark (Surprise transformation? Really?).

So I was wrong on both counts >_<... Oops! Still seems weird that the character names and brand logo are so small, right?
Fallout
hasbro can't have one line to themselves? ):
Sky Shadow
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These toys feature brand new packaging (Two different styles of packaging, actually) and are rereleases of Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Prowl, Powerglide, Ratchet, and Brawl.
Is Battle Mask Bumblebee already out in the US? I love the Japanese box packaging - it's redolent of Choro-Q or Micro Change Mini Car Robos.
prime roller
^Hey, that does look like Battlemask BB in the pic, with the black grill. The face is not very clear, but I think it's that one.
Shark Jumper
I wonder if this will be competition with Beast Saga....

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