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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 Transformers Legends Jetfire Images

Posted on 12-15-2014 at 07:57 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
B441nHPCUAAZVeU Hisashi Yuki has shared some in-hand images of the Takara-Tomy release of the Generations Leader Jetfire on his Twitter account. This release, a part of the Japanese Transformers Legends line, lacks the shiny red chrome on the armor and boosters that the Hasbro release posesses, and also adds some very slight additional paint applications, some of which were planned for the Hasbro release but budgeted out.

Check out the images and see what you make of this new Autobot release.
Views: 5,315 / Credit: Cheem the Rup of the 2005 Boards!

New images of Takara-Tomy's Legends Sky-Byte, Windblade, Chromia and Arcee

Posted on 12-12-2014 at 01:46 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
27484276d1418389333-new-legends-sky-byte-gelshark-chromia-arcee-windblade-pics-b4ph1txcaaabamwjpg-la Hisashi Yuki has been active on his Twitter account, and has shared a couple of new images. One of the new shots shows the trio of female Autobots - Windblade, Chromia and Arcee - in their decos for the Japanese Transformers Legends line. They all arrive at Japanese retail in February.

There is also a new image of the Transformers Legends Sky-Byte, showing the toy both in box and also loose in robot mode. Notably this Japanese release of Generations Sky-Byte is inheriting his US dub name of Sky-Byte, although the Japanese text still says Gelshark, so he's got the best of both worlds name-wise. He's arriving in Japan later this month.
Views: 5,146 / Credit: PoweredConvoy of the 2005 Boards!

Takara-Tomy Arts Exclusive Sega Genesis Megatron

Posted on 12-05-2014 at 04:23 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
megatoron01 Takara-Tomy have updated their website with details of a redeco of their Sega Megadrive Megatron. The Megadrive you may recall was re branded the Sega Genesis for its US release - and this Megadrive Megatron redeco seems to commemorate that part of the console's history.

Genesis Megatron near as we can tell is a Takara-Tomy Arts E-store exclusive.
Views: 3,555 / Credit: Gaokaiser of the 2005 Boards!

Lucky Draw Megadrive Megatron

Posted on 12-05-2014 at 03:49 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
54811915b5580 Via Famitsu we have word that there will be a Lucky Draw gold chromed version of Megadrive Megatron. This one is being done in partnership with Sega and is limited to 5 pieces. Of note to Sega fans is that instead of a Sonic the Hedgehog cartridge, this prize campaign Megatron has a Bare Knuckle (aka Streets of Rage) cartridge!
Views: 2,018 / Credit: Deceptigtar of the 2005 Boards!

New Takara Transformers: Legends Arcee Image

Posted on 12-04-2014 at 09:29 AM by Mechafire under Japanese Transformers
ZyGGoQr Rounding off our recent Takara fembot news, Takara designer Hisashi Yuki as once more taken to his Twitter to post an image of the last (but certainly not least) fembot, Transformers: Legends Arcee!

Arcee (posed here alongside Masterpiece Exo-Suit Spike) has been done up in more G1 cartoon-accurate colors, most notably ditching the black of the Hasbro release.

Check it out and discuss after the jump!
Views: 5,571 / Credit: Type-R of the 2005 Boards!

New Takara Transformers: Legends Windblade Image

Posted on 12-02-2014 at 08:41 AM by Mechafire under Japanese Transformers
B31vbCuCQAA16gvjpg_large Following up from yesterday's Chromia news, Takara designer Hisashi Yuki has once again taken to his Twitter to post another pic of one of their upcoming fembots - this time, it's Transformers: Legends Windblade!

The Takara version of the fan built bot has been done up in more comic-accurate colors, more closely resembling Sarah Stone's depiction of her in the IDW comics.

Check it out and let us know your thoughts after the break!
Views: 4,431 / Credit: Cheem The Rup of the 2005 Boards!

New Takara Transformers: Legends Chromia Image

Posted on 12-01-2014 at 12:07 PM by Mechafire under Japanese Transformers
B3w6goRCcAAp4sYjpg_large Takara designer Hisashi Yuki has posted a new image of the upcoming Transformers: Legends Chromia (the Takara version of Generations Deluxe Chromia) to his Twitter.

This gives us a good look at how the Takara release differs from her US counterpart, being done up in a more G1 cartoon-accurate deco.

Check it out after the jump!
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Lucky Draw Gold Age of Extinction High Octane Bumblebee

Posted on 11-27-2014 at 02:07 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
gdbb Here is a new twist on Lucky Draw Transformers, friends. We've seen Lucky Draws given away through tokens obtained by buying retail Transformers, Lucky Draws obtained by mailing in a token in a book or just a simple blind draw. But now Takara-Tomy has upped the ante in a new way.

This gold version of Age of Extinction's High Octane Bumblebee will be given away in a draw conducted on Twitter - which we think is a first for Transformers Prize Campaigns on its own. But it's also what you have to do to compete that is unique.

Nippon Television Network is running a program called "Real Robot Battle" - a show that pits teams and their home-built robots against each other. In Tuesday 2 December the finale of the show will air, with the winning team going on to face Optimus Prime himself in a special exhibition battle!

The contest - which is open to Japanese residents only - is to tweet their predictions for which of the six competing teams will win the contest and see if they have the touch when it comes to facing the heroic Autobot leader himself!

Full details are on the Takara-Tomy page for this event (Japanese language) - and yes, it sounds as though this gold Age of Extinction Bumblebee is going to be one of a kind.
Views: 1,812 / Credit: Cheem the Rup of the 2005 Boards!

Cloud Rodimus and Shockwave In-hand Images

Posted on 11-27-2014 at 11:32 AM by optimusfan under Japanese Transformers
B3bCycgCYAA19JX In-hand images surfaced on Twitter overnight of the just released Cloud Rodimus and Shockwave. These repaints of Generations Springer and Whirl (respectively) continue Takara's trend of odd and perhaps inspired use of existing molds in the Cloud line.

First up is Rodimus, arguably the most anticipated of the line to date. The figure is the closest rendition to the co-captain (not even a proper rank!) of More Than Meets The Eye's Lost Light fans have received to date.

As noted, Shockwave is a repaint of fellow empurata victim Whirl. The figure features Shockwave's classic purple deco and single yellow eye, and looks surprisingly convincing despite being a dramatically different take on the character.

Check out these and many more images in the thread below. Also, look for both of these figures to be hitting major retailers soon!
Views: 6,904 / Credit: Cheem The Rup,Masabon of the 2005 Boards!

Translated Hironori Kobayashi Transformers: Legends Arcee Interview

Posted on 11-25-2014 at 05:45 PM by Mechafire under Japanese Transformers
e321abae-6dca-4b8b-91b9-1ade13f1d82b_zpse3019723 TFW2005 translator SydneyY has come through once again, providing us with a translation of the recent Hironori Kobayashi interview supplied in the latest issue of Figure King. The interview mostly deals with Kobayashi's development of Transformers: Legends Arcee (The Takara release of Generations Deluxe Arcee)

For a brief summary of points discussed...

Kobayashi's background
How the idea for Arcee came to be
The development for Arcee
The process of working with Hasbro (she was originally intended to be remolded into a Blurr figure, but the idea was dropped)
Making sure Arcee looked like her cartoon incarnation
The differences between the Takara and Hasbro versions
Arcee's vehicle mode and the transformation process
Kobayashi's scratch-built Arcee and how it helped him get a job at Takara, plus how it influenced Legends/Generations Arcee
The possibility of a Headmaster Arcee being released in the future
The figures Kobayashi would like to see in the future

Check out the full details after the break!
Views: 5,366 / Credit: SydneyY of the 2005 Boards!

Dengeki Hobby and Figure King New Magazine Scans - MP Magnus, Generations Arcee, and More

Posted on 11-25-2014 at 08:00 AM by Matty under Japanese Transformers
Dengeki_Scan_3 Thanks to TFW2005 boards member Type-R for linking us to site sponsor Robot Kingdom's Facebook page for the latest scans from Dengeki Hobby and Figure King Magazines. In the scans we have some great images of the upcoming Masterpiece Ultra Magnus showing off some gimmicks and other features, more images of the recently revealed Q Transformers, cartoon images from Robots In Disguise, Takara's LG-06 Sky Byte and LG-07 Jetfire, Takara's Optimus Prime Playstation figure, and possibly the most interesting is an interview page with Generations Arcee designer Hironori Kobayashi. We're hopeful to have a translated interview for your reading pleasure shortly!

Enough reading, check out the images attached after the jump and discuss!
Views: 7,157 / Credit: Type-R and PoweredConvoy of the 2005 Boards!

Q Transformers Movie and Generation 1 Series Wave 1 Official Images

Posted on 11-23-2014 at 11:30 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
Q-Rodimus-Robot Via Autobase Aichi's Facebook feed, we've got some nice official images to share with you of the Takara-Tomy Q Transformers. On show here we have official images of the first waves of both the movie series and also the Generation 1 series.

Each of the figures transforms from a cutesified version of their robot modes into Choro Q versions of their vehicle modes. This is a fitting bit of parallelism, since over 30 years ago before Transformers got started, some of Takara's earlier transforming robot toys were Choro Q vehicles in their Micro Change line - which would eventually become the Generation 1 Minibots. That means the Generation 1 Bumblebee in this series has gone full circle!

The Generation 1 series on show here includes Rodimus, Prowl, Sideswipe and Bumblebee. The Movie series includes Optimus Prime, Crosshairs, Lockdown and Bumblebee. These first two waves of figures are due out next month, in December 2014.
Views: 5,700 / Credit: Autobase Aichi of the 2005 Boards!

Kotobukiya D-Style Megatron New Images

Posted on 11-20-2014 at 07:46 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
ds_megatoron Kotobukiya have updated their website with new images of their D-Style Megatron. This poseable little Decepticon leader is done in the traditional Japanese super-deformed style and comes with alternate faces for different expressions along with his energy flail and even a little gun mode Megatron.

Peace through tyranny has never looked so adorable!
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Takara-Tomy Transformers Legends Roadbuster In-Hand Images

Posted on 11-08-2014 at 04:32 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
27478509d1415466788-hand-images-lg-04-roadbuster-787216071_o Via eBay seller Lena81822 we have a quick in-hand look at the Takara-Tomy version of Roadbuster! This Japanese market release of Generations Roadbuster is a slightly tweaked version of the Hasbro version and will appear in the Transformers Legends toyline later this month along with Japanese market releases of Tankor and Whirl. Check out the images after the break.
Views: 5,954 / Credit: NemiMonkey of the 2005 Boards!

Million Hero Exclusive GoShooter - In Package and More New Images

Posted on 11-07-2014 at 10:47 AM by Matty under Japanese Transformers
B1w3iujCEAEx1ai The Twitter account has shared some more new images of the upcoming Million Hero exclusive GoShooter. This latest update after our earlier report this week, comes with a packaging image as well as a few images of an alternate transformation for a fun looking alt mode.

As a reminder, GoShooter is the mail-in exclusive for the Generations 2014 Volume 2 book. A redeco of Generations Nightbeat, as well as a redeco of Generations Legends Targetmaster Blazemaster, GoShooter and Shuta represent the originally designed 1988 character in great fashion!

Check it out after the jump!
Views: 5,093 / Credit: PoweredConvoy of the 2005 Boards!
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