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Japanese Transformers

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.

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: 3,550 / 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: 8,233 / 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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Million Hero Generations GoShooter - New Images

Posted on 08-12-2014 at 11:30 AM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
1623660_532514123514762_4409032096631795033_n Thanks to the HeroX website we've just been updated with new photos of the Million Hero fan vote winner GoShooter! We first saw this figure revealed earlier this week, these are our first good shots of both the alt mode, robot mode, as well as the Targetmaster partner. For those that may not recall, GoShooter won the Million Hero fan vote poll to be the next mail-away exclusive figure from the Transformers Generations Volume 2 book.

Check out the new images after the jump!
Views: 5,097 / Credit: daimchoc of the 2005 Boards!

New Transformers 30th Anniversary CD and DVDs

Posted on 08-11-2014 at 04:01 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
Transformers_Theme_Song_Collection Amazon Japan has put up preorders for two interesting new Transformers items. The first is a Transformers Theme Song DVD "30th anniversary Music Matrix version". There's not a lot in the way of details on that one, but descriptive text suggests that the DVD collects the opening and closing clips of the various Transformers cartoons released in Japan over the series 30 years.

The second release is the Transformers Song Masterpiece which is a new four disc set collecting the full-length versions of every single Japanese Transformers opening and closing theme. According to the tracklist on Amazon, the series are on the CD in reverse order - in other words, the Transformers Go themes kick off the first CD, and the last track on the last disc is the Generation 1 closing theme, Peace Again. This set does notably include the songs from the Japanese dub of Transformers Prime including "I Believe in All" which to our knowledge previously had no full-length release. The first Transformers Prime Japanese intro song, Feeling by Big Bang, seems to have been excluded from this release, though.

Both of these are due to be released on September 17, 2014 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first airing of More than Meets the Eye Part 1 - the first ever Transformers cartoon.
Views: 2,217 / Credit: Ricochet of the 2005 Boards!

Takara Generations Go Shooter Targetmaster Revealed

Posted on 08-09-2014 at 10:50 AM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
10563101_499391093496828_1754050893228089032_n Thanks to TFW member archieboy and the facebook page of Autobase Aichi, we have our first image revealing Takara's plans to release a Generations Go Shooter (with Targetmaster) from the Generations Nightbeat mold. Also pictured is the Generations 2014 Million Publishing Exclusive Trainbot. No price or preorder information is available at this time. Keep it locked here on TFW as more info becomes available!
Views: 7,949 / Credit: archieboy of the 2005 Boards!

Larger Images of Takara Legends Jetfire & Sky-Byte

Posted on 08-07-2014 at 08:12 AM by Mechafire under Japanese Transformers
BuZeqBRCIAAs-w9jpg_large Thanks to the Agabyss Twitter page, we have some larger images of the previously-reported Takara Legends Jetfire and Sky-Byte figures!

These photos confirm our speculation that Sky-Byte is done up in more metallic colors in addition to having a few extra paint apps, and Jetfire has indeed ditched the chrome in favor of flat red, and has also gained back the paint apps that we had seen on the Hasbro version originally back when it was first revealed.

Check 'em out after the break!
Views: 5,815 / Credit: Rattrap of the 2005 Boards!

Takara-Tomy Arts Playstation Optimus Prime Color Prototype Image

Posted on 08-07-2014 at 06:49 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
10446505_498696186899652_4096452372042865172_n Autobase Aichi on Facebook has shared our first look at a color prototype image of the Takara-Tomy Arts Playstation Optimus Prime. Based on the original Sony Playstation this Optimus Prime sports the original PS1's iconic gray deco in alternate mode with more traditional Optimus red and blue being revealed in robot mode. Check out the image and see what you think.
Views: 6,139 / Credit: Cheem the Rup of the 2005 Boards!

Revoltech Dark of the Moon Optimus Prime Renewal Version

Posted on 08-06-2014 at 02:17 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
1407309340_21000_Prime4 Online retailer Anime-Export has put up a listing for a new run on Kaiyado's Revoltech Movie Optimus Prime. Based on his appearance in Transformers Dark of the Moon, this Optimus balanced a detailed sculpt with frankly an insane amount of poseability. According to the listing, this new run on Optimus Prime comes in "renewed packaging", though there are no pictures of what that might be.
Views: 5,255 / Credit: The Optimus of the 2005 Boards!

Takara Legends Rattrap Packaging Revealed

Posted on 08-06-2014 at 11:01 AM by StayingInTheBox under Japanese Transformers
BuWqNfsCcAAzaiP Earlier today the Transformers Takara Twitter page tweeted out an awesome image that reveals the throwback packaging of Takara's Legends Rattrap! The box itself seems to be a nod to the Beast Wars packaging released in Japan, which you can see in our resources pages for reference.

Legends Rattrap, also known as Generations Rattrap by Hasbro, is set to be released sometime in October.

Check it out after the jump!
Views: 5,956 / Credit: archieboy of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Legends Japanese Release of Generations Jetfire and Sky-Byte

Posted on 08-06-2014 at 07:23 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
lg-07 Our sponsors Robot Kingdom have reported that the next two releases in Takara-Tomy's Transformers Legends line will be TG-06 Gelshark (aka Sky-Byte) and TG-07 Jetfire. The pair are Japanese market releases of the Generations Sky-Byte and Generations Leader class Jetfire, respectively, and they are due to be released in December.

While the initial photos are quite small, it seems as though both releases will sport altered paint jobs for their Japanese outings - Sky-Byte / Gelshark appears to have more silver on his sides in shark mode, and some metallic teal on part of the chest. Jetfire appears to have traded the red chrome on his weapons for regular flat red plastic.

Will you pick these up over their US versions? Sound off in the discussion thread linked below.
Views: 6,196 / Credit: miscreant of the 2005 Boards!

Japanese Transformers Ultimate Toy Guide 2014 Book

Posted on 08-05-2014 at 05:25 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
1620949_529738687125639_648729131920475472_n Japanese retailer Red Mercury has added a new listing for a Transformers Ultimate Toy Guide 2014 book. From what we can understand from looking at the page through an online translator, this book focuses on the characters and the toys of the Transformers Age of Extinction line, along with the previous three movies. The book will also include something special by way of a history of the line's 30 years. It's due to be released on 8 August - end of the week, in other words!
Views: 4,517 / Credit: daimchoc of the 2005 Boards!

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: 5,459 / 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: 12,719 / 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!
Views: 5,739 / Credit: Spark Extractor of the 2005 Boards!
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