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The Primes of Japan

Posted on 04-01-2012 at 07:02 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
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To go with the new "Cybertron Satellite" campaign running in Japan, there are a number of special Primes who have been created to act as mascots for certain towns and neighborhoods. They are all based on existing Transformers characters, with some shoutouts to the neighborhood who they are a mascot for. They are:

Akiba Prime, based on Transformers Prime Arcee by way of Sailor Moon for Akihabara's otaku culture.
Kawasaki Prime, based on Generation 1 Jazz with a water motif for the local Tama River.
Nagoya Prime, based on Movie Ironhide and featuring shoulder designs based on the golden dolphins of Nagoya Castle.
Tachikawa Prime, based on Revenge of the Fallen Legends Springer, with a military style inspired by the Tachikawa Airfield.
Umeda Prime, based on Movie Ratchet, with tiger stripes and a tail in connection with the Hanshin Tigers.

There is also a Ginza Prime, who has yet to be seen.

Snakas also has some pictures up of the in-store display for the Cybertron Satellite.

Special thanks to the TFWiki for information on the local inspirations behind each of the designs.
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Bountyan
Why did Ratchet and Tigertrack reproduce?
General Tekno
So what are these exactly?
Agent Adam
Nothing likely, considering today's date.
Feralstorm
Guessing they're upcoming Japanese store exclusives.

... or April fools' jokes.

.... either's good.
Gaokaiser
Why you like April fool so? You can't believe anything in this day?

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Sso02V
Agent Adam
Well ignore my cynicism, I guess.
Snark
For anyone who knows Akihabara, Akiba Prime's design is genius.
Transformed
Nice. Looks like I'll be going to Umeda real soon.
Blitz.
lol kinda funny I'd be interested in that ratchet
CZ Hazard
very amusing
rxlthunder
, no RID Prime.
kaijuguy19
Akiba Prime looks VERY cute.

Kind of wish she was the mascot in my neighborhood.

The others are pretty creative too.
[Wing_Saber-X]
good one, guys!

Edit: ohhhkay not an April fool's prank, eh?
in any case, they are TF: Prime's answer to a Super Sentai team!

Ironhide: Black Ranger (an Ox-like animal)
Ratchet= Yellow Ranger (Tiger --durr*)
''Akiba Prime aka Arcee''= Bunneh/ the token female Ranger..
Jazz-Prime = White Ranger (water elemental)
and the legends movieverse springer aka Green Ranger!
ZacWilliam
No April Fools for anyone wondering. News broke well earlier on other sites.

-ZacWilliam, now if someone had said they were getting toys...
Shatterpoint
I want toys of these.

I want toys of these so bad.
Transformed
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Originally Posted by ZacWilliam View Post
No April Fools for anyone wondering. News broke well earlier on other sites.

-ZacWilliam, now if someone had said they were getting toys...
You do know that Japan is a good 16-hours ahead of the US, right? April Fools has less than an hour and a half of life left over here for us:/
ZacWilliam
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You do know that Japan is a good 16-hours ahead of the US, right? April Fools has less than an hour and a half of life left over here for us:/
Two things:

1) When this news broke on Alspark it was still mid day Mar 31 in Japan.

2) All this is saying is that Sattalite Kiosks in Japan, that we know are real and have real pictures of, each have little sticker picture of their own city-themed kiosk mascot. That's HARDLY much of an April Fools joke.


ZacWilliam, so it would be a mistimed and horribly low scale joke if it were.
Transformed
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Originally Posted by ZacWilliam View Post
Two things:

1) When this news broke on Alspark it was still mid day Mar 31 in Japan.

2) All this is saying is that Sattalite Kiosks in Japan, that we know are real and have real pictures of, each have little sticker picture of their own city-themed kiosk mascot. That's HARDLY much of an April Fools joke.


ZacWilliam, so it would be a mistimed and horribly low scale joke if it were.
There's nothing wrong with getting a jump on April Fools by a few hours. Neither is putting some effort into it.

If these are real, cool, but if not, nice April Fools.
Naztok
Radicons! You have a new mission!
DPrime
It's a cool idea, joke or not.

I'd love to see US (and dare I hope, Canadian) city themed bots.
RamenJunkie
If they do it in the US it'll probably be Bumblebees instead of Prime, and they will all look "roughly the same".
Brave Magnus
*kidnaps Akiba Prime* MINEMINEMINEMINEMINEMINEMINEMINE!!!!!!

-Thanks for the news and pics! ^^-
Rattrap Primal
Yeah any news today is suspect
Strarf
Toiz nao plz?

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At least give me one of Akiba Prime.
Altitron
*sigh* I miss Japan.

- Alty
firehawc_69
Getting kinda loose withe the Prime title. Are there no standards anymore?
Hiro Prime
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Why did Ratchet and Tigertrack reproduce?
Naw, he just put a little Tiger into his tank.
Abyss Convoy
Fortmax!
[Wing_Saber-X]
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Naw, he just put a little Tiger into his tank.
^hoo hah~
Brave Magnus
I couldnt help myself. I am making a drawing of Akiba Prime. ^////^'
Shatterpoint
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I couldnt help myself. I am making a drawing of Akiba Prime. ^////^'
So cute it gave me diabeetus.
[Wing_Saber-X]
takara, make a henshin toku show, nao!!
Triggerhappy
and is that a price??

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Fortmax!
Awesome Welles
Interesting how all of the characters used as a basis for these 'Primes' have EZ-scale toys available for exclusive redecos.... Probably just a pipe dream though!
Rattrap Primal
hmmmmm, this actually seem legit
ZacWilliam
It is.

ZacWilliam, the store with the last one opens in Ginza in just under a week.
guncannon109
Why aren't western toy stores that awesome?
Snowtrauk
Does anyone know for sure if they will be getting figures? it isn't too clear. I would assume that they eventually will, but if anyone knows for sure please let me know. Akiba looks like she could be Starscream and Arcee's kid, so if there's a toy it'll be a must have for me. I can't help myself.
Sprocket
One of them is based off Revenge of the Fallen Springer, who only ever had a Legend-class toy.

It's a fairly safe bet.

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