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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.

BigBadToyStore Update - Takara Legends Arcee, Chromia, and Windblade Images & Preorders!

Posted on 10-02-2014 at 08:44 AM by Mechafire under Japanese Transformers
TAK11973 That was fast! Hot off the heels of this morning's Transformers Legends teasers, TFW2005 site sponsor BigBadToyStore has updated with images and preorders for the highly-anticipated Transformers Legends fembot trio - Arcee, Chromia, and Windblade!

All of these have been done up in different paint jobs - Windblade is much more accurate to her comic depiction, and both Arcee and Chromia both have more cartoon-accurate colors.

If you're interested, you can get your preorders in here:

LG10 - Arcee
LG11 - Chromia
LG12 - Windblade

Will you be springing for the Takara releases of these three ladies? Check them out and discuss after the jump!
Views: 599 / Credit: AllSpark Ferret of the 2005 Boards!

New Takara Legends Teasers - Rattrap, Optimus Primal, Roadbuster, Sky-Byte, Jetfire, and Arcee!

Posted on 10-02-2014 at 07:23 AM by Mechafire under Japanese Transformers
By7s1RPCUAEyFGWjpg_large Hisashi Yuki is having some more fun on his Twitter, teasing some upcoming Transformers Legends (Takara's new version of the Generations line) releases - specifically, Rattrap, Optimus Primal, Roadbuster, Sky-Byte, Jetfire, and perhaps most excitingly, Rattrap with his great aunt Arcee!

All of these showcase the figures in entertaining situations (mostly having to do with Rattrap, naturally) - but the most interesting thing here is the small teaser for Arcee. From what we can see, it appears she features a somewhat darker shade of pink, and her Autobot symbol is also in a slightly different location than her Hasbro counterpart.

All of these releases feature changes from their Hasbro counterparts, ranging from minor to major. So, which versions will you be getting - will you be sticking with the Hasbro releases or going all out for the Takara ones?

Check it out and discuss after the jump!
Views: 1,650 / Credit: PoweredConvoy of the 2005 Boards!

Official Stock Images of Takara's Brainstorm, Swerve, and Tailgate

Posted on 10-01-2014 at 10:16 AM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
4904810812937 We've been seeing a couple of teasers and magazine scans of these figures in the past couple of weeks, but now we finally have official stock images of Takara's Legends Brainstorm, Swerve, and Tailgate (Legends is Generations in Japan). We've speculated about the deco changes from Hasbro's North American releases, so this should give us a solid indicator of final decos for Takara's release.

We'll let the pictures do the talking so make the jump and check 'em out!
Views: 3,249 / Credit: PoweredConvoy of the 2005 Boards!

Legacy of Revoltech LR-008 Convoy In Hand

Posted on 09-30-2014 at 10:46 AM by Tony_Bacala under Japanese Transformers
15395787931_aa37ff3dde_z Kaiyodo, the makers of articulated action figure line Revoltech, is re-issuing popular figures from it's past in a line called Legacy of Revoltech. In that line, they have included their Optimus Prime, aka Cybertron Commander Convoy. LR-008 is out now and 2005 Boards member BladeStorm picked him up and shared some pics. The figure is otherwise the same as the original Revoltech Optimus Prime with a more purple shade of blue on the boots and helmet. Check it out after the break!
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Sentinel Optimus Prime Pen In-Hand Images

Posted on 09-28-2014 at 12:29 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
10650016_551959978236843_6811468424974918458_n The Sentinel Transformers Optimus Prime pen has now been released in Japan. This transforming pen is a cool novelty item with a truly excellent look to the little Optimus Prime's robot mode.

Check out these in-hand images, which come from a number of sources including Ci Chan, 北马伊斯力 on Weibo, and Oscar Fung.
Views: 8,138 / Credit: daimchoc of the 2005 Boards!

Million Publishing GoShooter, Shouki and Cloud Roadbuster & Hellwarp display images

Posted on 09-28-2014 at 12:23 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
rR6P8h6 The Super Festival 66 is currently taking place in Japan, and via Taghobby, we can share some images of upcoming Transformers toys which are on show there.

First up are the Million Publishing exclusives, Shouki and GoShooter, who are mail in exclusives for Transformers Generations 2014 Volumes 1 and 2 respectively. They are homages to characters from Headmasters and Masterforce, the Japanese Generation 1 shows, and both feature Mini-Con / Targetmaster partners.

Next up are a couple of new images of the fourth set of Transformers Cloud releases. For the fourth releases in the Transformers Cloud line, Generations Roadbuster is getting a repaint as Energon Ironhide aka Super Link Roadbuster, while Generations Sky-Byte is sporting a Skywarp redeco as Hellwarp.

Check out all the new images attached to this post.
Views: 5,558 / Credit: Type-R of the 2005 Boards!

Dual Model Kit Optimus Prime, Playstation Optimus Prime, Megadrive Megatron, and more new images

Posted on 09-28-2014 at 07:03 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
10632845_522577397844864_2944957934428378062_n The 54th All Japan Model and Hobby Show is now on! While it is not a place we traditionally see a lot of regular retail level Transformers toys revealed, we do have a fresh look at some new licensed Transformers items from Takara-Tomy and Kotobukiya. On show we have:
  • Takara-Tomy's Dual Model Kit Age of Extinction Optimus Prime
  • Takara-Tomy Arts (T-Arts) Playstation Optimus Prime
  • T-Arts Megadrive Megatron
  • Kotobukiya D-Style Convoy
  • Kotobukiya D-Style Megatron

Check out the new images of all of these after the break, courtesy of Autobase Aichi on Facebook.
Views: 7,912 / Credit: Autobase Aichi

Kotobukiya Z Prime Figure

Posted on 09-28-2014 at 06:46 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
27470222d1411875149-kotobukiya-z-prime-1385073_522267834542487_6452599577311366789_n Via Autobase Aichi on Facebook we have a reveal of what seems to be a new licensed Transformers figure from the 54th All Japan Model & Hobby Show. This figure, named "Z Prime", does not homage an existing Optimus Prime design - rather, it is a redeco or retool of Kotobukiya's A03 Type K Z Knight figure.

From the image we can work out that this figure mostly seems to be a straight-up application of Optimus Prime colors onto the Type K figure (we can't tell if the head is different as the forearm is in the way, but we think it's the same between both versions). There's some new tooling though, as Z Prime comes with a Matrix. There's no word on if Z Prime will feature the sword and shield of the original release.

This figure would seem to be a crossover between Transformers and an obscure offshoot of Tomy's Zoids line, called Z Knights, from the 1990s, which took the Zoids model kit formula and applied it to bipedal robots patterned after warriors of various cultures around the world.

No word on a release date for this one yet - so keep it TFW for more news and information on this release. You can check out more images of the A03 Type K Z Knight, which this new Prime is based on, over at HLJ to get a flavor of what to expect from this release.
Views: 5,524 / Credit: daimchoc of the 2005 Boards!

Takara Legends Fembots Teased - Arcee, Chromia, and Windblade

Posted on 09-25-2014 at 07:56 AM by Mechafire under Japanese Transformers
sJF6omU TakaraTomy's Twitter account has tweeted out new a teaser of three figures many fans have been curious about - their upcoming Legends versions of Arcee, Chromia, and Windblade!

Unfortunately though, they've taken after the third parties with this one, in that the only thing we get to see are their silhouettes. So, how will these vary from their Hasbro Generations releases, if at all? Will Takara make Arcee more red-ish like she is currently in the comics? Will Windblade be done up in more comic-accurate colors? And how will Chromia differ?

Check it out and speculate away in the discussion thread!
Views: 3,574 / Credit: Type-R of the 2005 Boards!

Takara-Tomy Legendary Weapons Prize Campaign

Posted on 09-24-2014 at 02:45 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
weapon Takara-Tomy have announced a new promotion for their Transformers line. As before, it is a case of "when you spend 3,000 or more yen on Transformers you get a free gift, while stocks last", except this time instead of Microns, they are giving away weapons.

Specifically, these are "Legendary Weapons", trophies which the intergalactic hunter Lockdown had on board his starship. There are four different weapons, each one exclusive to a different store:
  • Prime Axe, a redeco of the axe that came with Beast Hunters Dreadwing. Available at Toys R Us Japan
  • Tricera Mace, a redeco of the mace that came with the Deluxe Beast Hunters Windrazor. Availability to be announced...
  • Spino Hammer, a redeco of the drill hammer that came with the Deluxe Beast Hunters Twinstrike. Available at (amongst others) Edion, Best Denki toy counter, Yamada Denki toy counter, and Yodobashi Camera
  • Ptera Spear, a redeco of Prime Knock Out's spear. Available at Bic Camera, Joshin Kids Land and Kojima Co., Ltd. toy counter

According to the page, they will be available in mid-October.
Views: 3,608

Transformers Cloud Roadbuster Official Pictures

Posted on 09-24-2014 at 12:25 AM by Jacer under Japanese Transformers
10659413_752411238158152_2770969472804489821_n Thanks to Planet Iacon's Facebook we have new official images of Cloud Roadbuster! Cloud Roadbuster is an homage to Superlink Roadbuster aka Energon Ironhide using the Generations Roadbuster mold. Be sure to check back with several TFW2005's sponsors for preorders in the next several weeks.

Check out the images after the jump and join the discussion on the forums.
Views: 5,420 / Credit: Planet Iacon

Legends Brainstorm, Swerve and Tailgate - New Figure King Magazine Images

Posted on 09-22-2014 at 08:22 AM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
kaX7pcQ Hat tip to TFW2005 boards member Type-R for providing an in hand scan of Takara's Legends Brainstorm, Swerve and Tailgate from the latest Figure King Magazine. Within the scan we can notice a few differences between the Hasbro and Takara releases of the characters. Brainstorm's deco is darker overall replacing Hasbro's grays with with more black. Swerve features a darker red and his mini-con partner's deco is completely new ditching the Hasbro blue for a predominant white color scheme. Similarly, Tailgate continues the darker color layout with a much darker blue compared to Hasbro's.

We'll hopefully be able to see more clearly once these Legends figures are scanned in high-res or in hand reviews are available.

For now, check out the new images after the jump.
Views: 7,890 / Credit: Type-R of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Cloud Hellwarp Official Images

Posted on 09-20-2014 at 07:26 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
2_000000002781 E-Hobby have updated their site with a preorder page for the Transformers Cloud Hellwarp. This figure - a redeco of Generations Sky-Byte in Skywarp colors - is exclusive to E-Hobby and looks as sharp as the inspiration behind the deco is convoluted. Check out the new images attached to this post.
Views: 3,415 / Credit: PoweredConvoy of the 2005 Boards!

Takara-Tomy Legends Swerve, Tailgate and Brainstorm Decos Teased

Posted on 09-18-2014 at 05:06 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
thumb_lg09 Takara-Tomy have begun to update their website to show off the next few releases in their Transformers Legends line. Swarp aka Swerve, Tailgate and Brainstorm now have thumbnail images on the release listing for the line, although there's no full images in the Takara-Tomy product catalog - yet.

What we can see from the images are that Swerve and Tailgate both feature some darker colors compared to their US releases - Swerve has a darker maroon closer to his original tone, and Tailgate's teal is also darker. His chest has some silver on it, and there's an Autobot symbol on the torso.

Brainstorm meanwhile has a much more detailed deco - lots more painted details on the torso including some silver on the torso and red and silver on the chest wings.

Keep it TFW for more news as it emerges - we expect Takara-Tomy will release full images of these three fairly soon.
Views: 7,755 / Credit: PoweredConvoy of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Cloud Roadbuster and Hellwarp New Image

Posted on 09-18-2014 at 09:08 AM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
bnr_tfcloud140918 Hat tip to TFW2005 boards member PoweredConvoy for linking us to a new promo image for the newest Transformers Cloud figures: Roadbuster and Hellwarp. The promo image found on the TakaraTomy Mall's home page not only gives us another look at the Takara exclusive repaints, but also provides a preorder window of September 24 - November 4, 2014. As with past releases, several of TFW's sponsors may also carry these figures.

As a reminder of who these characters are and what their paint schemes represent, Roadbuster is a Transformers Energon Ironhide themed repaint. He'll be the fourth release of TakaraTomy Mall exclusives.

Hellwarp is a little more obscure, but TFW's very own Sol Fury provides a great summary of who Hellwarp is: Hellwarp is a completely new, non-homage character, there was a Hellscream in 1998's Beast Wars Second, who was a remold of Cybershark to represent an evolved version of that show's Starscream. Hellwarp is a similar concept - a recolored version of Generations Skybyte to represent a cyborg shark evolution of skywarp. To top it off, the mohawk head that using the Skybyte mold gives Skywarp just might be a reference to Transformers Armada Skywarp, who also had a fin on his head. Hellwarp is the E-Hobby exclusive of the fourth set of Cloud releases.

Check it out after the jump and discuss away!
Views: 6,411 / Credit: PoweredConvoy of the 2005 Boards!
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