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Transformers Go Toy Decos Revealed in Japanese Hobby Magazine Scans

Posted on 03-21-2013 at 02:59 PM by Sol Fury under Conventions
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By way of a Japanese image board we have a look at the Transformers-related pages of one of the new Japanese hobby magazines. These scans give us our first look at some of the upcoming April release Transformers including our first-ever look at Takara-Tomy's Beast Hunters, Transformers Go! The decos on Takara-Tomy's toys are a departure from the US ones - from these scans we can see that:
  • Optimus Prime sports blue chest windows and a blue-bladed Star Saber, rather than the green on the US version.
  • Wheeljack, Starscream and Bulkhead, while keeping their armored looks and new accessories, feature more show-accurate paint jobs.
  • Soundwave looks very purple / royal blue, much darker than his usual coloration.
  • Shockwave sports black snap-on armor, rather than red
  • Predaking and Bumblebee seem largely unaltered from their US releases.
  • These toys do not come with Arms Microns and seem to be largely pure redecos of their US releases.

The Transformers Go! EZ Collection is also showcased. In addition to Smokescreen and Airachnid from the Beast Hunters Cyberverse the Reveal the Shield / Universe Legends Prowl, Optimus Prime, Starscream, Bumblebee, Hound and Megatron toys are being given a fresh release, some with more tweaks to their paint decos than others. Megatron is the stand out - he features a deco inspired by the unreleased Combat Hero Megatron redeco from Generation 2.

There is also some showcasing of the Generations Data Disks along with Masterpiece Prowl and Streak, but nothing that has not been seen previously.

Read on to check out our mirror of the images.
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Weitat1988
omg so glad i didnt pull the triggers on BH figures yet
looks like stickers is gone ? and the blue window optimus instant purchase , please let it have a faceplate !
Starscream Gaga
Ermahgod blue stur saber and windows!

Looks pretty good and hopefully will stop all that whining about the green, not sure if I'll get this or the Hasbro version though.
UltimusPrime
The Japanese Versions of Optimus Prime , Starscream , Bulkhead , and Soundwave look more show accurate. Think I will be collecting the Takara line rather then the Hasbro one.
Yaujta
This is probably the first time that a Takara release has left me disappointed in the Hasbro releases.
Soundwave and Starscream look so much better with unified colors.
I'm just happy Shockwave looks exactly the same, except for the beast armor.
Scourge_151
So Takara have done nothing to Predaking and made all the other BH toys look more boring.

Yay.
Thundershot
Is that a new head on Optimus I spy??

I already miss the Microns...
Sumner Sturgeon
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Originally Posted by Scourge_151 View Post
So Takara have done nothing to Predaking and made all the other BH toys look more boring.

Yay.
Pretty much. They don't look so much shinier as they look...well, dull, really. Not at all working for me.
Digilaut
Oh wow, some very different paintjobs..in my opinion for the better. Prime looks way cooler, and so does Soundwave. Hope they will release an accurately colored Smokescreen as well!
Josh
blue star saber ashnemdldopajemfmkds

[soundwave doesnt look too shabby either!]
Maverick Hunter Christian
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Originally Posted by Digilaut View Post
Oh wow, some very different paintjobs..in my opinion for the better. Prime looks way cooler, and so does Soundwave. Hope they will release an accurately colored Smokescreen as well!
Agreed. Keen to see what they do with Smokescreen next month.

I'm looking at that Soundwave and rubbing my chin...
Sumner Sturgeon
They still just look boring to me. Certainly not enough to warrant importing. But, then again, colour differences alone never are for me.
BlueAngel_Bolt
Well, if anyone has already gotten the Hasbro BH Bulkhead, say hello to your new TFP Roadbuster.

Optimus looks a lot better with the blue windows too, and I actually liked the green on the Hasbro version.
Deonasis
Glad Takara did not follow Hasbro's lead of using crayons to paint their BH line.
TriBlurr
I prefer Hasbro's crazy colors. These are just.....dull in comparison.
Fort Max
No combining samurai autobot pics makes me a sad panda.
General Tekno
Prime looks sweet, as does Shockwave.

May have to get them. Especially Shockers, mind.
Steroid Prime
what is the difference in predaking and optimus?

the only thing I can see is that optimus has clear blue chest windows and the sword is blue and thats it

Shockwave looks exactly the same except his beast armor which no one uses anyways
Thundershot
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Originally Posted by Fort Max View Post
No combining samurai autobot pics makes me a sad panda.
I know. When I first clicked the thread, that's what I was expecting for some reason.
j.a.f.o.
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Originally Posted by Thundershot View Post
Is that a new head on Optimus I spy??
From the blurry pic, it looks the same to me.
AngryChad
Takara is moving in the right direction with these Beast Hunter figures. If there's a new head on Optimus, I might actually buy that hideous Tonka truck.
Thundershot
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Originally Posted by j.a.f.o. View Post
From the blurry pic, it looks the same to me.
Ah yes... On my iPhone it looked like a faceplate.. Now I'm on the ipad and I can see it'd just the shading.
Feralstorm
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Originally Posted by UltimusPrime View Post
The Japanese Versions of Optimus Prime , Starscream , Bulkhead , and Soundwave look more show accurate.
I'm willing to concede Optimus, but at this point there is no (and might never be) "show accurate" on those particular character designs.
Shatterpoint
Wow, these are...really boring looking.

I mean, the only one I'm considering getting is Bulkhead, the others...eh.

And does Shockwave look blue to anyone else?
RatTrap1985
Preordered the beast hunter bulkhead. I really like that mold, but I can't stand the crayola orange with brown poop stains it has. The Japanese version looks ten times better.
DanicusTF(cdn)
Sweet! I now have really high hopes for Takara Smokescreen!
j.a.f.o.
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Originally Posted by Thundershot View Post
Ah yes... On my iPhone it looked like a faceplate.. Now I'm on the ipad and I can see it'd just the shading.
Actually, I saw it on my iphone as well (that's what retina display and pinch/zoom is for ).

Wow, Bulkhead does look a ton better than the Hasblow version.
Transbot90210
Wow from no paint and stickers back to the superior Takara paint apps.

Very nice but I am barely in to this line so domestic it is.....unless we get more Takara exclusive figures like in Prime.
Steroid Prime
how is the paint superior? The paint looks exactly the same
Weitat1988
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how is the paint superior? The paint looks exactly the same
at least they don't have those werid swirly paints on them
Kaijumaster
WOW! incredibly different color schemes on some of these!
Shatterpoint
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Originally Posted by Weitat1988 View Post
at least they don't have those werid swirly paints on them
Or DO they?
Transbot90210
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Originally Posted by Steroid Prime View Post
how is the paint superior? The paint looks exactly the same
Starscream isn't mocha brown. The colour choices are better and take a closer look the paint is no where near the same. Look at lil Ravage...he actually has paint apps on him.
Barricade24
Gasp! Iron Patriot!
megatroptimus
I think I see a faceplate on Prime.
Sideways77
Back to the phrase: "Everything's better in Japan". The unified and show colors look great on these figures. Hasbro really dropped the ball with the wierd colors on the BH figures.

I may go after that Prime.
NemiMonkey
While I do like the original color schemes for the characters on these molds I still really have no interest in getting them. This also unfortunately confirms no more microns. Wonder if they'll still do single releases since we still haven't gotten singles of a few of the later microns.

Okay maybe thinking about getting soundwave depending on how he's actually colored. Can't make out jack other then he's dark colored.
Soundwinder
Man, the Japanese BH figures look a lot better.

If that Soundwave were on shelves, I might get it.

... I probably wouldn't, but I'd at least consider it, unlike the one we got.
Weitat1988
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Originally Posted by Shatterpoint View Post
Or DO they?
i hope not



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Originally Posted by Sideways77 View Post
Back to the phrase: "Everything's better in Japan". The unified and show colors look great on these figures. Hasbro really dropped the ball with the wierd colors on the BH figures.

I may go after that Prime.
takara has the long tradition of better paint apps and more intricate paints then hasbro , only recently line is bad thou
i always collected japanese line instead of hasbro as they cost about the same as hasbro here ( due to hasbro being overpriced in singapore)
only recent sticker crap made me stuck with hasbro .
Crystal Convoy
Wow, these guys look a lot better than the Hasbro releases. Might end up getting these versions instead.
RedAlert Rescue
Starscream, Shockwave, and Soundwave all using muted tones of blue and grey reminds me of the Beast Wars 2nd Cyborg Beasts.

It's a shame the Missiles on the Tomy Optimus are not clear Blue as the missiles not being clear is one of the things I like least about the Hasbro Optimus.

Hopefully they will find a spot to slot in some Microns in gift sets at some point. Even if they no longer include them with the toys themselves or perhaps they can make more Capsule figures or in individual small boxes or as single kits to sell in supermarkets.

The Sword and shield type ones are really good and more like those would be great.
Dinobot Nuva
Went ahead and preordered EG-06 Megs, its different enough from Hasbro's Universe release.
Valkysas
The Optimus looks incredibly boring now with the standard blue windows.
Fort Max
Takaras new design team hard at work;
http://25.media.tumblr.com/wQdXSQUll...Sukro1_500.png
barrelks
Not a huge fan of the molds, but Soundwave and Starscream look interesting. At $30 each I may pick up one or two of these. Grant it we have a sale at Target right now, but at retail prices, we are getting close to only a $10 difference between retail and import figures. Makes it a lot easier to cherrypick some of these.
GAUGE
Well, I guess we know why Hasbro's BH figs look so Shitty.

*sigh* I guess i have no choice but to get Takaras version and sell off the one's i already have.
j.a.f.o.
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Originally Posted by Valkysas View Post
The Optimus looks incredibly boring now with the standard blue windows.
I respectfully disagree: IMO, the green windows made Prime look even more like a shitty knock-off of a shitty knock-off.
Smasher
I do like the blue windows on Optimus, but I confess the green on my US release has grown on me.
The green plastic on the Star Saber really pops under overhead light.

However, the Takara Bulkhead and Starscream really look great in those colors.
SPLIT LIP
Optimus looks great!

Everyone else, not so much. Dunno if I'll actually spring for Optimus, since it's only the painjob that's been changed, and I can paint the windows and stuff myself. I also kind of like the green star saber better? Mostly because I hate Prime's star saber, so the innaccurate deco helps make it more a generic sword. Starscream and Soundwave looks pretty boring, Bulkhead looks REALLY boring, and nobody else is even worth mentioning.

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Originally Posted by Valkysas View Post
The Optimus looks incredibly boring now with the standard blue windows.
Maybe he needs something to offset it? I like the blue windows, honestly.

Maybe he just needs some colour on his jetpack.
Hikaru IchijoSL
I am going to have to get that Prime. What a difference paint can make.

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