Hi, I know this subject HAS to have been discussed before but I'm having trouble finding it. Takara G1: please tell me about it! Did it come out at the same time as the Hasbro lines, before, or after? I grew up in the San Fransisco Bay Area and seem to have run into a lot of Japanese-only toys and other TF items (stickers and more). I got a number of TFs at thrift shops as a kid that only say "Takara" on them, there's no (c) Hasbro. Are those Japanese-released toys? Like for instance, I have two Hounds. One has some small writing on top I can't read (I think it's Japanese or Chinese kanji/text), the second line says (c) Takara Co. LTD, the next line is JAPAN 1980, 1982. The other Hound has the same information on it but underneath it also says (c) HASBRO 1980, 1982 (I think it's those dates, it's so tiny it's hard to read). I also have a Japanese Frenzy who came in a box. His info says (c) Takara Co. LTD, JAPAN 1983. So I always figured if there's no Hasbro mentioned, I have a Japanese release. My Soundwave is the same, he has some kanji or something on the top line, (c) Takara Co. LTD in the middle and '74, '83 JAPAN on the bottom, no mention of Hasbro. I've got others, too, that only mention Takara, not Hasbro. Are the Japanese versions less common or more valuable or are they the same?