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Shout! Factory Transformers Japanese Collection New Release Date 01/10/12

Posted on 12-09-2011 at 08:58 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
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The greatly anticipated Transformers Japanese series boxed set from Shout! Factory has gone up for preorder once again - now with a new release date of 10 January 2012. The set, which has suffered a couple of delays, looks to be arriving early in the new year. It collects the three Japan-only series from Transformers Generation 1 that aired between 1987 and 1989 - 1987's Headmasters, 1988's Chojin Masterforce and 1989's Transformers Victory. Well worth a look, and as a bonus, the set includes a limited edition litho!
Views: 3,493 / Credit: Girl Pants, Prisoner1138 of the 2005 Boards!
Prisoner1138
Shout! Factory Store

Finally able to pre-order it again.
Girl Pants
Haha, seems we had the same idea.

http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transf...ml#post6967926

Not sure which got posted first. Mods can delete mine if it's newer, I guess.
Prisoner1138
I honestly don't care. I was busy pre-ordering it myself before bothering to check here and see that it wasn't posted yet.

Getting my order in > reporting news
Girl Pants
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Originally Posted by Prisoner1138 View Post
I honestly don't care. I was busy pre-ordering it myself before bothering to check here and see that it wasn't posted yet.

Getting my order in > reporting news
Hahaha... That's the spirit! I'm totally buying this too. I guess I'll have to sell off the Headmasters set I already bought.

This will be great. MF and Victory are really good (much better than Headmasters) and it'll be great to have good DVDs of them. Hopefully there are fewer mistakes and typos this time.

Did we ever get a confirmation of if they'll be using all Japanese names for this? These two shows are quite self-contained, there's no reason to use US names like there was in Headmasters. I don't really mind either way as long as they don't call Minerva Nightbeat.
Prisoner1138
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Hahaha... That's the spirit! I'm totally buying this too. I guess I'll have to sell off the Headmasters set I already bought.

This will be great. MF and Victory are really good (much better than Headmasters) and it'll be great to have good DVDs of them. Hopefully there are fewer mistakes and typos this time.

Did we ever get a confirmation of if they'll be using all Japanese names for this? These two shows are quite self-contained, there's no reason to use US names like there was in Headmasters. I don't really mind either way as long as they don't call Minerva Nightbeat.
No idea. The last news I ever saw about it was that they found some better source material when they cancelled the last pre-orders. And yeah, it'd be nice if they kept everything "japanese" considering it's the japanese collection.
Robogeek28
Isn't there supposed to be seperate sets of Masterforce and Victory as well?
Thundershot
For Masterforce and Victory, they had better be using Japanese names... It's not like in Headmasters where it's supposed to be the same character..

Minerva is NOT Nightbeat.
Go Shooter is NOT Siren.
Cab is NOT Hosehead.
Prisoner1138
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Originally Posted by Robogeek28 View Post
Isn't there supposed to be seperate sets of Masterforce and Victory as well?
There was, but they were supposed to originally get the collection out first. I assume they'll probably do individual releases of masterforce and victory later. I held off on just ordering headmasters because I wanted them all anyway(and the lithograph is neat I guess).
SouthtownKid
Cool. I'm not sure whether to double-dip on Headmasters by buying this set, or wait for the individual series sets (and hope they happen). I'm not really a huge fan of the Japanese TF series or their continuity, but they are kind of interesting as their own thing and it's nice when this kind of stuff can get a legit domestic release. So I kind of feel like supporting it.
iron maniac
Good, it's about time!
SupremeGrimlock
Pre-ordered, again!
Thundershot
Unlike Headmasters, the episode titles for Masterforce and Victory have Japanese names so we should be good on them using the proper names.
[Wing_Saber-X]
soooo i assume these will be in original Japanese language with subtitles? and of course the option of an English dubbed version as well?
dj_convoy II
Hopefully the delays included fixing the subs. "I'm a phase six Decepticon!"
Onslaught Six
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soooo i assume these will be in original Japanese language with subtitles? and of course the option of an English dubbed version as well?
No dub, just subtitles.

Dubbing costs money that Shout doesn't have.

Is this the new release date for Masterforce separately as well?
CybertronStreak
This is all that matters to me, My Little Pony, Trasformers Prime, Dan vs. (?), and GI Joe Renegades can wait since they have not confirmed anything about a season box set (sorry if I offended those who wanted those season sets.)
Starfire22
Can't wait for this, pre-ordered.
xanthax
Totally preordered. I'd been looking forward to getting this since I got the BW shout factory set.
xZAOx
Anyone know what the video quality will be like? Same as Madman releases, or is it getting a real clean-up job this?
knightmare6
I'm tempted to get this, but I already have the Japanese box sets... Decisions! Decisions!

What I really want is Beast Wars II and Beast Wars Neo!
Dreweido
Pre-ordering. Should be a very cool set.
Brodimus Prime
I'm really torn on this one. On the one hand I'll finally get a US release of this set and won't have to use a region free player anymore. On the other hand, I love what Metrodome did with their sets, especially the commentaries by Chris, the informative booklets that detailed the peculiarities of the Japanese series, and their decision to use Japanese names in Masterforce and Victory. As much as I wanna hit the pre-order button I think I'll hold off and wait to see what fans' reactions are to Masterforce and Victory (the reception to Headmasters has seemed positive).

PS. This is even tougher because I'm currently watching Metrodome's Masterforce. LOVE this series!! Would hate to see Shout! not do it justice.
NormanB
Dammit. I bit on $15 Headmaster just last week. I couldn't say no to that price. Wonder what this will go for on Amazon... I'd almost prefer individual releases since I already have HM separately.
Jericho
English dub and or subtitles?
Dano71
Think I'll just wait on the preorder. I've always been curious about the Japanese cartoons, so I'll get them someday.
silverbolt25
will it be in english
SouthtownKid
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Originally Posted by silverbolt25 View Post
will it be in english
Subtitled. Not dubbed.
Backscatter
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Originally Posted by SupremeGrimlock View Post
Pre-ordered, again!

Me as well. Hope to get it this time with the Litograph.
guard convoy
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Originally Posted by Thundershot View Post
For Masterforce and Victory, they had better be using Japanese names... It's not like in Headmasters where it's supposed to be the same character..

Minerva is NOT Nightbeat.
Go Shooter is NOT Siren.
Cab is NOT Hosehead.
if they call Ginrai optimus prime someone will die
SouthtownKid
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if they call Ginrai optimus prime someone will die
I don't see how they could do that, even if they wanted to. It's a huge plot point that he isn't. Calling Ginrai "Optimus" would be a level of story butchering we haven't seen in translated Japanese animation in probably 2 decades at this point.
tomboland
so are these ment to have better translations of the subtitles than the original DVD release?
just1nj
hoping amazon sells this cheap.
O.Supreme
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Originally Posted by SouthtownKid View Post
I don't see how they could do that, even if they wanted to. It's a huge plot point that he isn't. Calling Ginrai "Optimus" would be a level of story butchering we haven't seen in translated Japanese animation in probably 2 decades at this point.
You haven't heard the Asian English dubs then have you? Because thats exactly what they do They translate every name to their English equivalent, even if the character isn't the same. Heck, even in Victory they refer to the Dinoforce in their Monster-Pretender names!!??. And when God Ginrai dies and is re-created as Victorty Leo, Percepter says "It's the NEW Optimus Prime- VICTORY LEO"- gah- I cringe every time I hear that. I already have the series on R2 DVD sets (which have English dub audio, and 2 Chinese dialects audio & chinese subs). I cant wait to have this in Original Japanese audio with *hopefully* accurate english subs.
Ricochet
so sorry that is all region 1...
X-Brawn
Will there be individual releases of Masterforce and Victory as well? I already own Headmasters and I don't want to buy it again...
X-Brawn
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if they call Ginrai optimus prime someone will die
You know what though? It's Hasbro's call. I mean, it's their property, so if they want to give them those names, then Shout! Factory's hands are tied.

That being said, it's Japanese audio, so unless they [BLEEP] out the names, you'll still hear the character being called by that name.
Lody666
English or at least subtitles?
Superquad7
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Originally Posted by just1nj View Post
hoping amazon sells this cheap.
I'm hoping for much the same, as I'd prefer to order through Amazon.com.
SouthtownKid
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Originally Posted by Lody666 View Post
English or at least subtitles?
Holy crap, it's not that long of a thread. How many times is this question going to be asked and answered?

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Originally Posted by O.Supreme View Post
You haven't heard the Asian English dubs then have you?
I have never considered those legit. Wally and Sparkle and whatever.
Superquad7
New Soundwave and Billy are glad that this release is subtitled only.
moreprimeland
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Originally Posted by just1nj View Post
hoping amazon sells this cheap.
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Originally Posted by Superquad7 View Post
I'm hoping for much the same, as I'd prefer to order through Amazon.com.
They had Headmasters, so I'm sure they'll have this as well...just may be a little delayed..a day or two.
Jericho
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I'm hoping for much the same, as I'd prefer to order through Amazon.com.
Same. I messed up and got the Matrix Box Set at Wal Mart and a week later Amazon had it like $20 cheaper. Damnit.
Squallte
YEAH!!!
I was just telling my wife that I wanted Headmasters for Christmas. Will hold out for this instead. I want to get caught up on these series!
bradforj
Perfectly happy with my Australian Madman release (it even has the StarTV dubs for Headmasters and Victory). I picked up an extra if anyone is interested: $75 for Headmasters, Victory and Masterforce (with Japanese and English audio tracks, plus subtitles which may be turned on or off).
[Wing_Saber-X]
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Originally Posted by Onslaught Six View Post
No dub, just subtitles.

Dubbing costs money that Shout doesn't have.

Is this the new release date for Masterforce separately as well?
^ah okay! that's fine by me!
but it would have been interesting to get 'official' and non-crappy dubbing, thou!
Takao
I purchased Head Masters separately so I hope these later 2 still get broken up.
G1Jetfire
Ordered the Headmasters series at amazon.com for less than $24. That was in July. Holding on to the possibility that Masterforce and Victory will also cost around the same.
nathan_s82
Did anyone notice in the Victory Episode Listing that there are 37 episodes? Maybe we are finally getting some of the clip shows.

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