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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.

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: 3,883 / 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: 2,869 / 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: 7,451 / 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: 6,219 / Credit: PoweredConvoy of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Cloud Shockwave and Takara-Tomy Legends Whirl In-Hand

Posted on 09-12-2014 at 08:07 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
784594903_o Ebay seller lena81822 has put up a pair of auctions for upcoming releases from Takara-Tomy - Legends Whirl, and the E-Hobby exclusive Cloud Shockwave. Legends Whirl is similar to the Hasbro release - just with some extra paint here and there such as on the canopy - while Cloud Shockwave is a nice shiny purple version of the mold. Notably, the Shockwave does not have clear weapons or claws like earlier promotional images showed - common thought is that the black claws and weapons are actually from a Whirl. Check out a selection of the images attached to this post.
Views: 5,198 / Credit: llamatron of the 2005 Boards!

New 2014 Wave of Transformers EZ Collection Gum - Live Action Movie Wave

Posted on 09-11-2014 at 08:29 AM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
TAK11963 TFW2005 friend and sponsor BigBadToyStore recently put up a listing for a new 2014 wave of Transformers EZ Collection Gum figures. In the listing we have confirmed figures for Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Ironhide, Soundwave and "Grinder" (which could mean Grindor?). This line up looks to include Revenge of the Fallen and other Movie-verse toy releases.

Scheduled to be released this November, keep it here for any updates with official images. Hit the discussion link below to let us know if these will make it in your collection!
Views: 4,349 / Credit: Lbsammills51 of the 2005 Boards!

Official Images of Takara Swerve, Tailgate, and Brainstorm

Posted on 09-09-2014 at 11:34 AM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
10608308_761728027206941_7736458719361859742_o Thanks to two listings from Amazon.co.jp, we have our first official images for the Takara versions of Swerve, Tailgate, and Brainstorm! Swerve and Tailgaite (LG-08) are listed as a two-pack and slated for release in January 2015. Brainstorm (LG-09) is also scheduled to see a release at the same time in January 2015.

Who's picking up the Takara figures of these characters? Check out the new images after the break!
Views: 4,006 / Credit: Cheem The Rup of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers: The Lost Age Black Knight Exclusive Slug

Posted on 09-05-2014 at 08:29 AM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
Black-Knight-Slug Takara revealed earlier this morning an exclusive release of the deluxe class Slug mold from the Lost Age Movie Advanced Transformers toy line: Black Knight Slug. This release will be an exclusive through Takara due out in November, which site sponsors Robot Kingdom and BigBadToyStore have listings for already.

Check out the images of the Black Knight after the jump!
Views: 4,230 / Credit: Cheem The Rup of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Cloud Brawn and Starscream In-Hand Images

Posted on 08-30-2014 at 09:15 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
CIMG8759_zpsb31f624e TFW2005 member Masabon has kindly shared with us images of the latest releases in Takara-Tomy's Transformers Cloud line. The newly released figures are Brawn, who is a Takara-Tomy Mall exclusive and a remold of Transformers Prime First Edition Bulkhead. Joining him is a triple-changing Starscream who is a redeco of Generations Doubledealer, with the nul-rays from Masterpiece Starscream. "Stardealer" is an E-Hobby exclusive. Check out the images of both figures after the break.
Views: 6,350 / Credit: Masabon of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Song Universe and Music Matrix Cover Images

Posted on 08-28-2014 at 04:29 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
27463852d1409244576-new-japanese-transformers-dvd-cd-preorder-amazon-jp-8123wftgo6l_sl1500_ Amazon Japan have updated with cover images for the upcoming Transformers 30th anniversary special edition CD music collection Transformers Song Masterpiece and the DVD collection of all the show's many intros, Transformers Music Matrix.

Transformers Music Matrix is a DVD collecting clips of 55 openings and endings across the 30 year history of the franchise. Almost every opening and closing theme is represented - only "Big Bang", the first Japanese intro theme for Transformers Prime, is unrepresented. There are also some bonus additional tracks, alternate versions of the main intros to the original Generation 1 dub, Masterforce, the second intro and ending to Galaxy Force (Ignition and Growing Up, respectively) and Transformers Go. These bonus versions are almost certainly in respect of the fact that these series updated some of their opening and closing animations mid-season while keeping the same theme song. So other than Big Bang, this DVD seems to be a good representation of 30 years of Transformers cartoons. The cover features a montage of all the main Cybertron commanders from Generation 1 through to Zone.

Transformers Song Masterpiece is a similar deal, except as a four disc CD collection collecting the full-length Japanese songs for nearly every single Transformers opening and closing theme. The only absence again is "Big Bang". The cover to this one features Optimus Prime / Convoy in a stoic pose, with the rest of the label strongly inspired by the look of the Masterpiece toy packaging.

Both the CD boxed set and the DVD are due to release in Japan on September 17th - the 30th anniversary to the day of the premiere of the airing of the first Transformers cartoon.
Views: 3,824 / Credit: onnsake of the 2005 Boards!

ArtStorm ES Transformers Optimus Prime and Rodimus Prime Images

Posted on 08-25-2014 at 06:39 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
A150207 Taghobby have shared some new images of the upcoming superdeformed versions of Optimus Prime and Rodimus Prime from ArtStorm. Standing 110 mm high, these cutesy little figures are a part of the ES Transformers series. They're nicely detailed licensed figures that do not transform, and they seem to be due for a release around April of 2015 for 4,800 yen. Check out the new images after the break.
Views: 2,777 / Credit: daimchoc of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Generations Volume 2 Train Wars Art Preview

Posted on 08-25-2014 at 06:28 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
Bv3SGfjCEAAmXi- Yuki Ohshima has shared some artwork from the upcoming Transformers comic story "Train Wars Part 2" which will be featured in the "Transformers Generations 2014 Volume 2" book, which is out today. The artwork shows the Generations 2014 volume 2 mail-in exclusive figure, Goshooter, alongside his partner Shuta. It's evident from the artwork that the Generations Nightbeat mold will work very well for this release! Check it out by clicking on the thumbnail attached to this story.
Views: 2,305 / Credit: Gaokaiser of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Cloud Energon Ironhide and Hellwarp

Posted on 08-23-2014 at 08:13 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
P1010669 Via Dengeki Hobby, we have our first look at the next two releases in the Transformers Cloud series. On the Autobot side we have Roadbuster, a Transformers Energon Ironhide themed repaint of Generations Roadbuster. He's the fourth wave's Takara-Tomy Mall exclusive, and works shockingly well in the Energon Ironhide deco.

On the Decepticon side we have Hellwarp, a Skywarp themed recolor of Generations Skybyte. Hellwarp is the E-Hobby exclusive of the fourth set of Cloud releases. He's got an involved backstory - while Hellwarp is a complete 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.

Check out the full gallery on Dengeki Hobby, which includes new pics of the previous six Cloud releases as well.
Views: 8,104 / Credit: MechaV, Payres of the 2005 Boards!

New Magazine images From Figure Oh - Kabaya Samurai Team & LA-13 Nemesis Prime

Posted on 08-20-2014 at 11:19 PM by Jacer under Japanese Transformers
10492193_730806130318663_1021253407460523211_n-1 New pictures coming in from the magazine, Figure Oh. We get a few first looks at the upcoming Kabaya Samurai Team as well as LA-13 Nemesis Prime. We get another look at Takara Legends Sky-Byte and Jetfire. Lastly we see AD-29 Slog and AD-30 Sky Drift, who is being compared with car Drift and Bumblebee.

Check out the pictures after the jump and join the discussion.
Views: 9,379 / Credit: Planet Iacon

Million Publishing 2014 Exclusive Shouki Box Art Revealed

Posted on 08-19-2014 at 09:52 AM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
sk01 Hero-X updated their website to showoff the box art for the upcoming Million Publishing mail away exclusive Trainbot Shouki. This mail away exclusive can be yours if you order the new Generations Volume 1 book, which also will include Daniel, a Targetmaster partner, which is a reuse of the Powercore Combiner minicon Groundspike.

We'll keep you updated as more information comes along. For now, sound off on the TFW2005 boards!
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