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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.

Takara-Tomy Yuya Onishi Staff Interview Translations

Posted on 10-18-2014 at 07:03 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
27474185d1413628846-takaratomy-staff-interview-yuya-onishi-aoe-generations-onishisan TFW2005 staff member SydneyY has shared with us some translations of an interview with Takara-Tomy's Yuya Onishi. Mr Onishi has worked on a wide spectrum of Transformers releases over the last few years, including the Age of Extinction Deluxe new Bumblebee, Deluxe Drift and Generations Starscream and Brainstorm, all of whom are discussed here.

It's a particularly insightful collection of interviews, giving us a view into the creative process of these cool Transformers toys - check it out after the break. Thanks also goes to TFW staff members Shin Densetsu, Mechafire and EnergonWaffles for their support and assistance during the translations.
Views: 2,892 / Credit: SydneyY, Shin Densetsu, Mechafire and EnergonWaffles of the 2005 Boards!

Ultimetal Optimus Prime In-Hand

Posted on 10-11-2014 at 01:28 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
BzrO9ocCYAEnYeF Alfes2010 has updated his Twitter feed with in-hand images of the Ultimetal Optimus Prime. This monolithic version of the Autobot leader features a Peter Cullen voicebox, snap on armor, and looks incredible even though it does not transform. It carries a huge pricetag though - and yes, it comes in three boxes! Check out a selection of Alfes' images after the break, and check out the rest in his Twitter feed.
Views: 7,315 / Credit: Alfes2010, Daimchoc of the 2005 Boards!

Official Stock Images of Takara's Legends Arcee, Chromia and Windblade

Posted on 10-07-2014 at 11:38 AM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
27471978d1412698387-official-stock-images-takaras-legends-arcee-chromia-windblade-4904810812951 TakaraTomyMall.jp just uploaded new images of the Takara Legends Arcee, Chromia, and Windblade. The Takara decos reveal sharp paint schemes that are both more cartoon accurate for Arcee and Chromia, while Windblade looks like she's jumped out of the comic book pages.

We'll let the new images do the talking so make the jump and discuss away!
Views: 5,894 / Credit: ki1983ng of the 2005 Boards!

Ultimetal Optimus Prime: New Videos Revealing Voice box and Metal Armor

Posted on 10-05-2014 at 10:00 AM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
Two short but very cool videos have surfaced via YouTube showing off the magnetic snap on armor and voice box of the highly detailed Ultimetal Optimus Prime. No words will do justice for the sound the metal parts make when snapping onto the Prime body, or the Peter Cullen voice box with several Generation 1 phrases, so check out the videos for yourself and discuss away in the TFW forums!

Views: 3,344 / Credit: Cheem The Rup of the 2005 Boards!

Playstation Optimus Prime Official Images

Posted on 10-03-2014 at 07:15 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
IMG_6931640924918 Via our sponsors Hobby Link Japan we have official images of the Takara-Tomy Arts (or T-Arts) Playstation Optimus Prime! The leader of the Autobots transforms into a replica of Sony's famous console complete with joypad and memory card!

Check out the new images attached to this post.
Views: 6,144 / Credit: TCJJ of the 2005 Boards!

Kabaya Transformers Go Samurai Team New Images

Posted on 10-03-2014 at 07:03 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
IMG_6860781289594 Autobase Aichi has shared some official images of the Kabaya kit versions of the Transformers Go Samurai team on Facebook. The kits give us mini versions of Kenzan, Jinbu, and Ganoh along with all three of their combined forms Gokenzan, Gojinbu and Goganoh.
Views: 4,025 / Credit: Autobase Aichi

New Images of Million Publishing Exclusives GoShooter and Shouki

Posted on 10-02-2014 at 02:58 PM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
7PdAD22 Million Hero updated their webpage with new images of the exclusives GoShooter and Shouki. These figures are available as a mail in exclusive with the purchase of Transformers Generations 2014 Volumes 1 and 2. Check out the in-hand images after the jump to get a good look at the strikingly good decos and outrageous poses you can get these figures in to!
Views: 4,463 / Credit: Type-R of the 2005 Boards!

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: 7,257 / 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: 7,025 / 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: 4,289 / 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!
Views: 3,308

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: 8,655 / 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: 5,805 / 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: 8,648 / 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: 5,911 / Credit: daimchoc of the 2005 Boards!
 
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