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Transformers Go! Takara-Tomy Website Update

Posted on 06-03-2013 at 08:51 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
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Takara-Tomy have updated their Transformers Go! website with clear images of the toys of the three combined forms of the Samurai team. The Samurai, due out at the end of this month, can combine in three different formations for three different combiner modes based on which of the three forms the head and arms, torso and legs. The Ninja team, whose three members have a staggered release in July, August and September, are also shown with toy pictures of one of their three combined modes shown - the other two combined modes are blacked out silhouettes, to be unveiled later.

These images also finally confirm - by way of a close up of Gekisomaru's neck - that the Ninja team will be Autobots, not Decepticons as was once reported.

Lastly the page banner has also updated showing Galaxy Force / Transformers Cybertron style CG models for the robots alongside traditional cel animated style humans. The humans are shown holding discs which resemble the Data Disk modes of the Fall of Cybertron Autobot and Decepticon minions for Soundwave and Blaster.

Check out the updated page by opening this link!
Views: 4,703 / Credit: Shatterblast of the 2005 Boards!

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Sol Fury
They were all originally posted here:

トランスフォーマーGo!|トランスフォーマーオフィシャルサイト|タカラトミー

Looks like the silhouettes are the other two combined forms of the ninjas.
Shatterblast


It looks like the Generations Data Disks will be incorporated into the show. Perhaps they're the rumored Pokeball-like devices used to capture Predacons.
calvin0
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http://tf.takaratomy.co.jp/toy/searc...es/tfgo_h3.jpg

It looks like the Generations Data Disks will be incorporated into the show. Perhaps they're the rumored Pokeball-like devices used to capture Predacons.
Go Ripclaw, I choose you! ^_^
Shatterblast
As if the data disks weren't enough like Bakugan already...
[Wing_Saber-X]
Me likey.
turbobungle
yuck.
MACRAPTRON
These suck but if both teams combine to form a 6-member gestalt I might get them.

So what this is all about? An original japanese anime? TV Magazine-only story? Sequel to Beast Hunters? Butchered japanese version of Beast Hunters? Japanese TF movie?

These look like Brave stuff, not TF.
videriant
. . .leaving thread
. . .logging onto BBTS
. . .canceling preorders
. . .
Naztok
Fire engine as the head looks like the best combined mode for the samurai team to me. I like it enough not to cancel my preorders. Maybe the other two will look better in person.
Renidragon
I'm a fan of the Brave style of toys... wish I'd never sold off my MPB-01. These guys excite me.

So glad there's nearly nothing left at retail I want. I can start saving money!
Yobuster
Individually they look good but in combined modes, they don't look so great. the legs are wa ytoo thin.
Razor24
Oh wow the concept was exciting but the execution is pretty bad... They all look crap in any combination! So lanky... I'm a bit deflatted now.

I was expecting an awesome update to powerlinx combiners. I think if I get these guys they are just staying uncombined forever.
DrRex8
They look good, but as a TF fan i'm not interested in these because the fiction is lacking. If I dont really care about the character I am not buying the toy.
Tux Chaos X
Surprise surprise, they're both Autobots. Never fail to let me down, TT.
Sumner Sturgeon
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Surprise surprise, they're both Autobots. Never fail to let me down, TT.
Ah, Takara. Forever afraid to make "bad guy" toys.

On another note, about the only thing about Go! that interests me is how the story is apparently a weird, Japan-only continuation of Beast Hunters; I'd like to see what weird stuff they do to make it fit Prime canon. Otherwise, I'm mostly just bemused at how...Japanese it all is.
Razor24
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Originally Posted by Sumner Sturgeon View Post
Ah, Takara. Forever afraid to make "bad guy" toys.

On another note, about the only thing about Go! that interests me is how the story is apparently a weird, Japan-only continuation of Beast Hunters; I'd like to see what weird stuff they do to make it fit Prime canon. Otherwise, I'm mostly just bemused at how...Japanese it all is.
Worked for Headmasters
NathanS
So instead of tiny legs the ninja's combined mode just has super thin legs. What is it with GO and bad legs?
Underwear
I'm rather perplexed Taktomy had many years of experience of doing combining 'bots (some good & some bad), from the G1 era, the 90's Brave era, RID & last but not least Superlinx/Energon era.

Haven't they learnt any lessons from those time periods, on what works & what doesn't? From the overall looks of the TF Go! Combiners they sure do look nice but the execution & the end result are rather poor & unsatisfying...
Galaxy Convoy
Man, the better the pics of these get, the worse the figs look.
exomega255
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Man, the better the pics of these get, the worse the figs look.
YES. Reality vs. Imagination @_@
shadeozero
The problem with these combined modes is the proportions in lower body compared to upper, there has got to be a way to bulk up the lower body
NathanS
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I'm rather perplexed Taktomy had many years of experience of doing combining 'bots (some good & some bad), from the G1 era, the 90's Brave era, RID & last but not least Superlinx/Energon era.

Haven't they learnt any lessons from those time periods, on what works & what doesn't? From the overall looks of the TF Go! Combiners they sure do look nice but the execution & the end result are rather poor & unsatisfying...
I'd say Rail Racer was the last great combiner they put out. Sadly the approach that was used on him Magnaboss and Tripredacus seems to have been completely abounded for the "let them switch around" scramble city like stuff, that tends to well the results speak for themselves.
slugslinger2004
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Man, the better the pics of these get, the worse the figs look.
Unfortunately very true. I was interested when these were announced and the art was revealed, but man the proportions on these are wonky.
slugslinger2004
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I'd say Rail Racer was the last great combiner they put out. Sadly the approach that was used on him Magnaboss and Tripredacus seems to have been completely abounded for the "let them switch around" scramble city like stuff, that tends to well the results speak for themselves.
But isn't Rail Racer pretty much the same as these guys though, minus the interchageability? Team Bullet Train all have extremely long legs and small upper bodies.
lars573
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Surprise surprise, they're both Autobots. Never fail to let me down, TT.
If they were decepticons no one would buy them. The market reality that kids don't want to buy bad guy toys is even more pronounced in Japan. To the point that these guys need to all be Autobots.
Shatterblast
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If they were decepticons no one would buy them. The market reality that kids don't want to buy bad guy toys is even more pronounced in Japan. To the point that these guys need to all be Autobots.
What is the mentality difference between cultures that causes that? I always tended to like the villains more as a kid, my GI Joe collection was like 20:1 in favor of Cobra. I generally just think the bad guys in most toylines look cooler.
Fort Max
Fire engine on top and jet on bottom is definitely the best combo. The police car as feet looks awful. The rest are ok. I get why people are put off but this is new ground for takara, they've never attempted the getter robo style multi configuration combination before, I can't imagine it's an easy thing to design. I do think that these will be a lot of fun to fiddle with.

The ninja combo is looking very nice.

I am surprised though that we still haven't seen a single picture of the plug(s) these toys are using. I'm intrigued to see if they all have the same type (like powerlinx) or if they each have their own unique plugs.
Feralstorm
I was thinking "show me toys, not concept art and cartoon pics." Now that they have, I can safely ignore these now.
Galaxy Convoy
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But isn't Rail Racer pretty much the same as these guys though, minus the interchageability? Team Bullet Train all have extremely long legs and small upper bodies.
Yeah, the individual members suffered a bit from bad proportions. BUT the combined mode was ace.
exomega255
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this is new ground for takara, they've never attempted the getter robo style multi configuration combination before, I can't imagine it's an easy thing to design.
lets not keep comparing it to Getter though. They did take a lot from Getters, but Getters, if I remember correctly, most Getter robo combinations have one of the 3 jets as a backpack.

The problem with these, as Takara SHOULD have figured out earlier in design, is that the Torso is too long, and the legs are too thin.

What they could have done on consideration (options):

1. Make the "third member" of any combination be the backpack + weapons, or add via part form, some stuff to the legs to bulk them up.

2. If we must have a 3 member torso, each member should be adding only a thin part of the torso. The main unit (the one that becomes the head) should have a chestplate that covers 2/3 of the torso to give it the personality you need.

It's the whole problem that we had in energon that they made no improvement to: basically because of interchangability combined arms = combined legs, so they are at a compromising proportion.
SPLIT LIP
Redhead-bluetummy-Yellowleggins combo notwithstanding, these looks fucking dismal.
Yggdrasil
Go home Power Rangers, you're drunk!
Jalaguy
Between the combined mode proportions and the generic super-robot stylings, these just look awful to me.
Philip164
Hideous, but I wonder what they would look like if they remove the middle guy in the combined mode.

The Japanese TFPrime Toy market is weird, first Microns, now Ninja and Data Disc Predacons. Transformers in general always had unusual gimmicks to distinguish itself form the other hundred Robot toys, and within its own line, so I am aware of the necessity of Gimmicks. But Takara needs lay off of the design compromising Gimmicks. I have a feeling that future Transformers are going to split into two lines. A continuation of the Cyberverse line and a Gimmick line; heck it could be argued to a certain degree that it already happened with the Weaponizes and Ultimate class. I don't see the current size classes of Deluxes and Voyagers lasting much longer.

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Originally Posted by MACRAPTRON View Post
These suck but if both teams combine to form a 6-member gestalt I might get them.

So what this is all about? An original japanese anime? TV Magazine-only story? Sequel to Beast Hunters? Butchered japanese version of Beast Hunters? Japanese TF movie?

These look like Brave stuff, not TF.
It's a Direct to DVD OVA Movie.
exomega255
if the stacking connector is the same you COULD probably connect all 6 of them together.

That would also lead to the possibility of only having 2 of them combine and make for a not-too-long chest.
NathanS
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Yeah, the individual members suffered a bit from bad proportions. BUT the combined mode was ace.
This, also great train modes, and given how they got three distinct-ish lookk out of the long thin trains that all combine to form a great super robot? More then a success.

Here we have three good alt-modes on the samurai side, that are all different, are slight futuristic letting them fudge more and we get below average robot modes and a crap combined mode. The ninja's have blocks with animal features stuck on them as alt-modes, and well that lets them get good robot modes the combined mode still stinks.

Compare that to say Magnaboss with three really solid beast modes, some blah robot modes, (though Prowl is good and Ironhide's has a charm to me.) and a wonderful combined mode. two out of three compared to one out of three.
Blitz.
So just to throw this into the mix I think we need to look at these guys from the perspective of the Japanese kid and parent who will be the target for these guys.

Its unlikely a kid will own all 3 before they go off the market not impossible just unlikely as these are highish priced compared to the legends stuff. I know I never finished a scramble style combiner so I can see it happening all over again for a lot of kids. So maybe TakTom put their time towards making them solid solo figures and if a kid gets all 3 then while he wont have the best combined mode ever he still has 3 nice toys.

As for the combos its compromise. Something has to give to keep costs down and its more logical to make they good stand alone figures then 1 great combo. It also helps that if a kid likes the first solo fig he's more likly to get the others unlike us collectors who will forgive some aspects so long as down the line it will pay off.
Autovolt 127
They don't look that bad...but yeah it's nothing special.
Brave Magnus
Hm..Well..I do like the fact that they work like Arbegas: having different combinations between the 3 robots. But the final combinations are kinda...not appealing. At least to me. :S
But the individual robot modes are pretty cool just like their alternate modes. So..that's a point in their favor.
Thanks for the images!
Zombiebot
I...

...actually don't mind these too much.

Sure, the Megazord-ey look they have going for them is a tad offputting to me, but otherwise they're not that bad looking. And with the gimmick they have going for them, like Blitz said, something has to give. As advanced as toy engineering is nowadays, there's no way they're going to be utterly flawless in all five modes. This is an insanely ambitious project, and while it might not look like the greatest thing ever, I at least applaud Takara for giving this their best effort.

I'm probably not going to get these guys, but at least they had plenty of thought put into them.
lars573
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What is the mentality difference between cultures that causes that? I always tended to like the villains more as a kid, my GI Joe collection was like 20:1 in favor of Cobra. I generally just think the bad guys in most toylines look cooler.
And you were a minority. Like I said though it's just more pronounced in Japan. To the point that they won't make bad guy toys period. But everywhere across the planet, for a boys toyline women and bad guys are low sellers.
Underwear
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Originally Posted by exomega255 View Post
What they could have done on consideration (options):

1. Make the "third member" of any combination be the backpack + weapons, or add via part form, some stuff to the legs to bulk them up.

2. If we must have a 3 member torso, each member should be adding only a thin part of the torso. The main unit (the one that becomes the head) should have a chestplate that covers 2/3 of the torso to give it the personality you need.

It's the whole problem that we had in energon that they made no improvement to: basically because of interchangability combined arms = combined legs, so they are at a compromising proportion.

Many months down the road, somehow I got the feeling some 3rd party co is gonna clean up this mess & make some add-ons or upgrade parts to beautify the look of all these robots lololololol
Roanstalker
Yeh I thought the legs would be too thin. And this proves it. But I'm not cancelling pre-orders. it still looks interesting enough for me too take a stab at.
[Wing_Saber-X]
Okay, so the three bots combined look like they are staked up on-top of each other and look way out of proportion, especially due to the elongated legs of the third member who make up the lower legs, but if I combine any two robots, esp the Police car and Fire Engine, maybe it wont look so bad?
Crossblades
Wasn't there a 3rd combiner to go along with the Ninja and Samurai team?
clonemanager
Why do I dislike these combiner modes so much ?? Skinny legs, over size bad proportion in combined modes, lots of back kibbies in individual modes... Glad I am not a completist... these are just so Yuck !!

I respected the concept... but the execution fails miserably ... glad I am not a Japanese diehard TF kids...
FMA1987
Yeah not really into these guys ill pass
Stepper
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Wasn't there a 3rd combiner to go along with the Ninja and Samurai team?
Up till date,only 2 combiners are going to be offcial release.
Souffle
Wow. They look kinda lame in combined mode but as separate robots they're still awesome. I'll probably still get them.

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