Missing Link Bee and Cliffjumper

Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by animetal, Apr 26, 2024.

  1. jackisking

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    I think previously it was uploaded to the kid's Takara Tomy page. Looks like they corrected it and put it on the T-Sparks one
     
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    Was gonna post the same thing.

    This seems to officially confirm that ML (and perhaps Transformers) is definitely falling under the T-Spark banner now.
     
  3. Onilink

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    Wanna see if the gimmickly mainline falls under Spark banner, tbh.

    MPG and ML (and Legacy-SS Mainline) are definitely T-Spark product.
     
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    The sole licensed release was the ss Mirage, right?

    I don't own that figure, but what I've read here and seen in reviews...it's not a figure that would make me hopeful that Porsche would be happy.
     
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    Yup. TakaraTomy specifically stated that Transformers falls under T-Spark in their press release. It’s 1 of the 8 total lines/brands that fall under the umbrella.

    T-Spark official website here:
    T-SPARK公式サイト|タカラトミー

    It’s presented as the Transformers brand as a whole. Worth noting that most of the kiddie stuff that Hasbro does doesn’t really get released in Japan.
     
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    The reason that figure turned out the way it did was in order to make Porsche happy, as they apparently had to minimise the amount of breaks in the alt-mode to get licensor approval.
     
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    Looking awesome! This bit looks a bit awkward compared to the original, the way the leg juts forward like that:

    bb-foot.jpg

    But I guess the reason is just that they needed to put extra plastic there for the ankle tilt. Still looks amazing - can't wait for these two in hand.
     
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    Some more from x.com (still no back shots):

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    The original leg juts over like that.
     
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    New pics makes them look good and I'm glad I've got them pre-ordered, even though I never really liked Bumblebee (prefer Goldbug) and never cared about Cliffjumper.


    Yeah, that's normal, but only part of the negative comments I read about ss Mirage. Saw several posts and reviews about the figure breaking due to the clear plastic. And if people familiar with TF's have an issue with this, I'd imagine people from Porsche would have even more issues.

    Porsche might be pleased with how ss Mirage looks, but if they have copies breaking on them or read about the figure breaking, then I doubt they're happy with how HasTak handles the license. Because product quality is important to them.
     
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    It does, but the Missing Link has a chunk of extra plastic that exaggerates the effect, making it look a little more awkward from the side, almost like an animal leg's backwards joint:

    bb-feet.jpg

    I'm not complaining, though, just making an observation, because the reason that extra plastic is there is pretty obvious from the photo: it adds the ankle tilt hinge. Without bulking this part up, such a hinge would be impossible on such a tiny figure.

    These things are miniature marvels, and I cannot wait!
     
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    From the latest Figure King issue.
     
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    Don't think people give them enough credit , for what you have to do to pull these off with added articulation while still keeping the same size and overall look of the original toy. Guess we can all thank MP Hoist, the original Mr. No-Waist for them figuring out how to give leg articulation on a lot of bots that dont have proper waist.
     
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    Reposting larger versions of the images that @Zodiac1968340 posted to the Figure King 316 thread from 三粒星星玩具屋:

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    So, as @lord ginrai noted over in that thread, the mystery of where the rub-sign is located has been solved - it's on the bottom of the foot! Which is... a bit weird and pointless. But at least they retain the classic stickers on the backs of their heads. Strange they didn't sculpt the detail into the back of the heads like they did with Prime's arms, but I wonder if they decided to save money by using the same part on both Bumblebee and Cliffjumper. (Off the top of my head, I believe the only parts the two moulds share - at least on the G1 figures - is the legs, die-cast back piece, and the silver back of the head. So perhaps they decided to share the same parts here too.)

    Looking awesome anyway!
     
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    ...and two different grilles on the OP's in the first picture!
     
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