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Our catch all sub-category for Transformers from Japan. Follow the Masterpiece lines, Japanese exclusive store editions, and Label series like Device, Disney, Sports. Japanese hobby magazine scans and Takara Tomy website updates are also available.

Q Transformers Movie Crosshairs, Lockdown, Generation 1 Prowl and Sideswipe Revealed

Posted on 07-31-2014 at 04:29 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
LL6xF4T Snakas of Autobase Aichi reports that the September 2014 edition of TV-Boy magazine comes with a supplementary DVD - and on that DVD, Takara-Tomy have revealed the next four members of their Q Transfomers line - Age of Extinction's Lockdown and Crosshairs, and Generation 1's Prowl and Sideswipe.

All four sport cute, cartoony versions of their vehicle modes and dumpy little versions of their normal robot modes. Lockdown fans take note - while the Q Transformer Lockdown toy is in Age of Extinction colors, there's some art of the Animated deco overlaid on the Q Transformer version - would you like to see a redeco of other Lockdown toys sporting this deco, such as the Generations Deluxe?

TV-Boy also suggests there may be some kind of animation to support this series - which could, possibly, be included with future issues of TV-Boy like the Transformers Go animation was.
Views: 2,929 / Credit: Type-R of the 2005 Boards!

Upcoming Takara-Tomy Transformers Toys Package Images

Posted on 07-29-2014 at 07:25 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
IMG_5914945236872 ORERYU on Twitter has shared some in package images of some upcoming Takara-Tomy Transformers releases including the Japanese releases of the new Camaro Bumblebee and Snarl, plus exclusive figures Evasion Nemesis Prime, Nemesis Grimlock and Optimus Prime Rusty Version.

There's also a look at the Transformers Legends Commanders series in package - reissuing the Robot Masters Convoy, Beast Convoy and Lio Convoy along with a new deco of Age of Extinction One Step Optimus Prime.

Last but not least, we have our first look at Masterpiece Wheeljack in box...
Views: 12,071 / Credit: Gaokaiser of the 2005 Boards!

Sentinel Megazarak and Black Zarak Official Images

Posted on 07-28-2014 at 06:55 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
FIGURE-007083_04 Amiami has updated with official images of Sentinel's gigantic non-transforming licensed Megazarak (aka Scorponok) and Black Zarak (aka the expensive Scorponok recolor with gold plastic syndrome).

These "Gigantic Action" figures each stand about two feet tall, so are scaled against the height of the Generation 1 Fortress Maximus toy, and are based on how the characters looked in their appearances in the Headmasters and Masterforce animated series in 1987 and 1988 respectively. They're due in late October (for Megazarak) and late November (for Black Zarak), but they come with a huge pricetag of 48,600 yen or around $480!
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Takara-Tomy Arts Playstation Optimus Prime Prototype

Posted on 07-27-2014 at 04:24 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
wftt01 Hot on the heels of the news that the second Takara-Tomy Arts Transformer / console mashup would be an Optimus Prime based on the original Playstation, we have a look at a prototype of the toy via Taghobby. This prototype which was shown off at the Summer Wonderfestival in Japan is unpainted but for the classic Playstation console logo on Prime's chest. Check out the images for a look at this upcoming release in the Transformers Takara-Tomy Arts series.
Views: 5,672 / Credit: xterry of the 2005 Boards!

Takara Astrotrain Micron Campaign for Lost Age Toy Purchases

Posted on 07-25-2014 at 09:35 AM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
astrotrain-thumb-600x233-836 We first reported news of a Takara campaign for an Astrotrain Micron earlier this week, we now have a little more detail about the Lost Age promotion as well as a clearer image of the Micron from TakaraTomy, also pictured with Bumblebee from the latest blockbuster. Micron Astrotrain will be available in August from Toys R Us Japan with a purchase of 3,000 yen or more on Transformers Lost Age products. He is a translucent purple version of the Payload figure who comes with the Legends class Generations Cosmos.

Check it out after the jump and let us know if you're going to track this one down!
Views: 2,351 / Credit: Cheem The Rup of the 2005 Boards!

Takara-Tomy arts Playstation Optimus Prime

Posted on 07-25-2014 at 05:35 AM by Zavien under Japanese Transformers
playstation_optimus00_cinema_3200 Toymaker Takara Tomy is re-imagining Optimus Prime as a heroic robot that transforms into the original PlayStation for a new toy that will release next year.

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Takara Tomy announced the "Optimus Prime featuring Original PlayStation" today as part of a dual anniversary celebration: 2014 marks the 30 year anniversary of Transformers and the 20 year anniversary of the PlayStation brand.

Not only can you have PlayStation Optimus prime to add to your collection, you can also have his rival and arch nemesis Mega drive Megatron and let the game consoles battle over control of the universe!
PlayStation Optimus Prime is scheduled for an early 2015 release. Don't miss out on these great transforming additions.

Check it out after the break!
Views: 8,720 / Credit: stune of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Generations Deluxe Book Reprint by Million Publishing

Posted on 07-24-2014 at 08:52 AM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
TakaraTransformersGenerationsCoverDeluxe Good news for folks who enjoy their Transformers reference material, as Million Publishing's Hero X on Twitter has announced a reprinting of the Generations Deluxe reference book. This book covers extensive material including design models, concept art, and a massive amount of photography documenting the G1, G2, and the Machine Wars toy lines. This will be released at the Transformers Expo and then sold in limited quantities elsewhere, for around $27 USD.

We'll be sure to update you as more information becomes available!
Views: 2,113 / Credit: Ricochet of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Bearbrick Crossovers Optimus Prime and Megatron In Hand

Posted on 07-23-2014 at 02:13 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
20140723005256f27 Alfes2010 has updated his blog with some in-hand pics of the Transformers Bearbrick (or rather, Be@rbrick) Transformers crossovers figures, Optimus Prime and Megatron. These figures start out like cute, dumpy, cartoon bear versions of their classic selves, but like many a piece of Transformers merchandise - they transform into more traditionally proportioned robot modes! Judging by the scale of the accessories they are pictured with, the pair are roughly Legends sized and very poseable. Check out these in-hand images - they're out in Japan now with a future assortment adding Starscream and Bumblebee into the mix.
Views: 2,437 / Credit: Cheem the Rup, PoweredConvoy of the 2005 Boards!

Figure Oh August 2014 Images - Micron Campaign Astrotrain Announced

Posted on 07-22-2014 at 12:25 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
27454945d1406024817-figure-oh-newest-issue-scans-1405996442674 Some more new images from this month's new Figure Oh magazine have been posted on NSFW Japanese board 2Chan. In addition to the first look at Masterpiece Star Saber which we reported on this morning, this issue contains a fresh look at the non-transforming Magazarak (Scorponok) by Sentinel, a look at the exclusive items for the Japanese Transformers Expo, coverage of the BAPE Masterpiece Convoy (a green MP-10) and a new look at the Age of Extinction Optimus Prime Dual Model Kit.

In addition to all this, there are some details of a new Micron prize campaign figure. Micron Astrotrain will be available in August from Toys R Us Japan with a purchase of 3,000 yen or more on Transformers products. He is a translucent purple version of the Payload figure who comes with the Legends class Generations Cosmos.
Views: 6,933 / Credit: Ricochet of the 2005 Boards!

Million Hero Generations Volume 2 Figure Exclusive Poll Results

Posted on 07-22-2014 at 11:30 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
pre9eUu Million hero have updated their blog with the results of the blog which they recently held to determine the exclusive Transformers mail-away figure with the upcoming Transformers Generations Volume 2 book. Narrowly topping the poll by less than 0.5% of the vote is Go-Shooter from the 1988 series Transformers Chojin Masterforce, redecoed from Generations Nightbeat. Narrowly behind in second place was Alpha Trion, a redeco of the Generations Scourge, and then, with just under 15% of the vote, we find the Beast Wars Fuzor Silverbolt themed redeco of Beast Hunters Grimwing.

Bad news for those hoping for some Omnibots though - the trio of Autobots who were mail-away exclusives back in the 80s took less than 5% of the vote between them, with Camshaft in last place.

Read on for the full results of the poll!
Views: 4,731 / Credit: Type-R of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Expo 2014 Exclusives Revealed

Posted on 07-18-2014 at 12:19 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
img02 Takara-Tomy will be holding a special Transformers Expo in Yokohama City's Yokohama Exhibition Hall from August 9th to 17th. There are going to be several exclusive Transformers items at the event, including:
  • Age of Extinction Movie Advanced Series Evasion Nemesis Prime
  • Movie Advanced Series Voyager class Black Knight Grimlock
  • A reissued Masterpiece Sideswipe, sans Autobot symbol on his chest
  • Q Transformers Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, cute little Choro Q versions of their Movie vehicles
  • A new lineup called the "Legends Commander Series". The first four releases will be new releases of Robot Masters G1 Optimus Prime, Beast Wars Optimus Primal and Beast Wars Second Lio Convoy, with the fourth slot taken by a redeco of Age of Extinction One Step Changer Optimus Prime. We suspect these will eventually be mass retail rather than just at-show exclusives.

Check out images of all nine toys after the break.
Views: 12,846 / Credit: Gaokaiser of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers card in Takara-Tomy Wixoss Collectable Card Game

Posted on 07-18-2014 at 12:06 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
BsyrXFVCQAAAPZ8 In a bizarre crossover, Takara-Tomy has decided to extend the 30th anniversary celebrations of Transformers into their Wixoss collectable card game - with a game of a blue-haired anime girl cosplaying as Optimus Prime. The card features the Optimus Prime girl set against the canyons where the Ark in Generation 1 came to rest, with Optimus Prime's combat deck visible in the background. The card is set to be included in volume 3 of the cards. For those curious about the game, be warned that some of the artwork on other cards might be considered not safe for work.
Views: 4,468 / Credit: Gaokaiser of the 2005 Boards!

Takara-Tomy Dinobot Micron Campaign Details

Posted on 07-13-2014 at 08:38 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
paulie Takara-Tomy have updated their Transformers prize campaign website with new images and details of the Transformers Dinobot Micron prize campaign.

The giveaway kicks off on July 19th, with the three Classics Mini-Cons Dinobots - and the dragon Mini-Con Nightscream - being available at various participating stores, in most cases being given away with a purchase of 3,000 yen or more on Transformers toys.

Of the four:
  • Ivan, the orange T-Rex and redeco of Classics Terrorsaur, is a Toys R Us Japan exclusive, available with a purchase of 3,000 yen or more on Transformers toys.
  • Paulie, the blue pteranadon and redeco of Classics Swoop, is an Aeon exclusive. This one is available with a purchase of either LA-01 Battle Command Optimus Prime, AD-01 Optimus Prime or AD-20 Black Knight Grimlock
  • Thunderlips, the purple triceratops and redeco of Classics Knockdown, is a Joshin Kids Land exclusive, available with a purchase of 3,000 yen or more on Transformers toys.
  • Sling, the green and yellow dragon and redeco of Classics Nightscream, is exclusive to a whole bunch of stores and given away with a purchase with a purchase of 3,000 yen or more on Transformers toys. Participating stores giving away Sling include Edieon toy counter, Best Denki, Yamada Denki and Yodobashi Camera.

For those wondering "what's with the Rocky names on those Dinobots", during the production of Transformers: Age of Extinction, the Dinobots were given codenames - Grimlock was Ivan, Strafe was Paulie and Slug was Thunderlips. Evidently someone at Takara-Tomy liked those names enough to put them on their latest prize campaign figures.
Views: 4,152 / Credit: Gaokaiser of the 2005 Boards!

Japanese Masterpiece Transformers Complete Guidebook Cover Image

Posted on 07-12-2014 at 09:44 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
6yvSd3f Amazon.co.jp has updated with an image of the cover to the Transformers Masterpiece Complete Guidebook. The book is seemingly set to chronicle all the Masterpiece series releases so far from MP-1 Convoy through to MP-22 Ultra Magnus. The cover shows a selection of the Masterpieces stood together including MP-22 Ultra Magnus and MP-21 Bumblebee, which gives a good idea of just how tall (or short in Bumble's case) these toys are. It's a fantastic group shot we very much look forward to recreating in our own displays - check it out and see for yourself.
Views: 4,869 / Credit: Type-R of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Legends Optimus Primal and Rattrap New Images

Posted on 07-09-2014 at 05:02 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
Q84hA4V Takara-Tomy's Hisashi Yuki has shared a set of new images of the upcoming Convoy and Rattle figures from the new Japanese Transformers line, Transformers Legends, on his TFYuki Twitter Account.

The duo of Maximals, who are being released under their original Japanese names as opposed to the western names Optimus Primal and Rattrap, are redecos of the 10th anniversary reissue of Beast Wars Ultra class Optimus Primal and the new Transformers Generations Rattrap. Both feature new decos compared to their previous releases - and Rattle is perhaps a bit more show accurate than Hasbro's Rattrap.

Check out the new images after the break and see what you think.
Views: 6,247 / Credit: Type-R of the 2005 Boards!
 
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