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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 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: 4,881 / 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: 3,330 / 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: 2,561 / 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: 2,124 / 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: 7,798 / 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: 9,113 / 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!
Views: 2,827

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: 5,360 / 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: 2,265 / 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: 8,046 / 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: 5,920 / 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: 6,234 / 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: 5,326 / 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: 6,011 / 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: 6,249 / Credit: miscreant of the 2005 Boards!
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