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Top sales 10/26 to 11/1 photo
Top sales 10/26 to 11/1

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 10/26 to 11/1

Up and up
Nov 09
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So this is unusual. Every single item in the overall ranking has gone up from last week. Typically we see a mix of ups and downs as pieces swap positions or get bumped by new items, but it's very rare for everything to rank h...
Masterpiece Ratchet photo
The doctor arrives in April
When Takara Tomy announced Transformers Masterpiece MP-27 Ironhide everyone knew that the Autobot medic Ratchet wasn't far behind. So it came as no surprise to anyone when Nippon-Yassan started taking pre-orders on the unoffi...

Masterpiece Ramjet photo
What? Why!?
Back in September 2006 Takara Tomy released MP-3 Starscream into the fledgling Transformers Masterpiece line. In the near 10 years since the figure has been repainted and retooled more than a dozen times between Takara Tomy a...

Top sales 9/28 to 10/4 photo
Top sales 9/28 to 10/4

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 9/28 to 10/4

Hey, it's LEGO again
Oct 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I always get a little excited when western toys are popular in Japan. There's no doubt that high quality Japanese toys have their following among fans outside of Japan, but western toys tend to get looked down on as not being...

Masterpiece Transformers photo
But I want them now!
Takara Tomy is wasting no time getting their latest batch of Transformers Masterpiece figures into our hands. It was only a few weeks ago that we first saw Hot Rod and Shockwave on display in unfinished form, but now we've go...

Masterpiece Shockwave photo
Oh, and Hot Rod shown, too
It's happening! It's finally happening! After years of fan demand and false rumors Takara Tomy is making the emotionless Decepticon scientist and occasional leader Shockwave as an upcoming Transformers Masterpiece! At the All...

Masterpiece Hot Rod photo
Now in a smaller fun-size
It looks like Hot Rod is getting a second shot in the Transformers Masterpiece line. Magazine scans are showing the unmistakable silhouette of the young Autobot speedster as an upcoming Masterpiece figure. No details yet, but...

Starscream Supermode photo
Starscream Supermode

This is Starscream, he only looks like Thundercracker

Another Transformers identity crisis
Sep 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
In the 2014 Transformers Generations line we saw Hasbro take a step away from G1 version of popular characters and throw the Transformers Armada TV series a bone with an Armada Starscream figure. Later that year Takara would ...
Masterpiece Clampdown photo
Takara Tomy announced Transformers Masterpiece MP-14C Clampdown today which lead to just about everyone asking, "who's Clampdown?" The latest in the MP line of really obscure characters comes right after the release of blue B...

Transformers Masterpiece photo
Transformers Masterpiece

Transformers Masterpiece Ironhide gets a price and date

Not that much and not that far away
Sep 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Takara Tomy appears to be in a rush to get their newest announced Transformers Masterpiece figure into our hands. Only announced just over two months ago, we won't be waiting all that long for MP-27 Ironhide. If a somewh...
Top sales 8/17 to 8/23 photo
Top sales 8/17 to 8/23

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 8/17 to 8/23

WTF Skytube!?
Aug 31
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
The universe is clearly broken. An adult figure has ranked as one of the top toys in Japan. And when I say adult I don't mean cast off bikini tops and whatnot, I'm talking a figure doing things that we can't post here (but ca...
Red Bumblebee photo
Red Bumblebee

Not Cliffjumper, but red Bumblebee next Transformers Masterpiece

So close yet so far away
Aug 21
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Looks like we'll have to keep waiting for that elusive Masterpiece Cliffjumper figure. To tide us over (perhaps forever?) we're getting a red Bumblebee for now. MP21R Bumblebee Red Mode is inspired by the very early days...
Transformers stuff photo
Transformers stuff

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Transformers

Yes, that's exactly what it looks like
Jul 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Once again a multiple companies were showing off a very wide and eclectic variety of Transformers figures. But nothing was more unusual than Takara Tomy's latest addition to the Q Transformers line: Evangelion. Having already...
Tokyo Toy Show 2015 photo
Combaticons get upgraded articulation
Transformers fans were given a lot to be excited about at Tokyo Toy Show 2015 this past week. Takara Tomy had done some small reveals, like letting us see a finished look at their take on the Protectobots and their three evil...

Transformers Legends photo
Your move, Hasbro
[Update: The three were shown at Tokyo Toy Show 2015 earlier this week fully painted. They were only shown in bot mode and pics can be found in the gallery. Plus pre-orders are still available in a number of places. (via Daim...

Top sales 5/25 to 5/31 photo
Top sales 5/25 to 5/31

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/25 to 5/31

So this is what variety looks like
Jun 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hey, this is actually a really cool mix for this sales period. Sure, we've got the usual mix of Yo-Kai Watch, Super Sentai, and Gundam, but we've also got a Transformer, a second week of Hatsune Miku, another Kamen Rider, and...
Masterpiece Road Rage photo
Masterpiece gets its first fembot
Back in January the ol' Transformers rumor mill claimed to know the next three Masterpiece figures coming to Japan. The first was said to be MP-25 Tracks which turned out to be true. The second was long shot MP-26 Road Rage w...

Top sales 3/16 to 3/22 photo
Top sales 3/16 to 3/22

Top selling Japanese toys for week of 3/16 to 3/22

Good week for Transformers, Gundam, and Super Sentai
Mar 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
  Curious about what's the Japanese are actually buying and how they lineup with your own collecting habit? has you covered with a weekly and monthly sales round up. Last week was a good week for robot fans as ...
Transformers Masterpiece photo
Should have named him Silverstreak
Takara Tomy pulls another one out of the Transformers obscurity bag, but this time it's one a lot of fans have wanted. Quick history lesson: way back before Hasbro began the Transformers franchise, Takara was deep into the Di...

Masterpiece Tracks photo
Masterpiece Tracks

Masterpiece Tracks gets better pictures, price, and date

It's going to be a long six month wait.
Mar 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
More photos bring more excitement as the latest addition to Takara Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece line finally enters the pre-order stage. You might remember the first colored preview we got just last week and we're already ...
Masterpiece Tracks photo
Narcissistic Transformer gets a figure to be proud of
It's been less than two weeks since we got our first look at Takara Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece Tracks and things appear to be moving along quickly. Already we're being treated to some full color images of the A...


The next Transformers Masterpiece breaks cover on this months Magazine scans!

Confirm or deny?
Feb 21
// Chris Seto
Last month, our own Jeremy posted some interesting rumours about the next masterpiece transformers releases. Well, consider one of those rumours confirmed! MP-25 Tracks is on his way! Unfortunately, that's pretty much all we ...
Transformers photo

Takara Tomy adds Aerialbots, obscure repaints to Japanese Transformers lines

Robots in Disguise character repainted into another RID character is more unusual than it sounds.
Jan 25
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Recently Takara Tomy teased an image of Superion's silhouette announcing their plans for Hasbro's Transformers Generations: Combiner Wars figures. This past week they released images of the Aerialbots including Slingshot...
Transformers photo

Hong Kong event might confirm several Transformers rumors

Hasbro and Takara Tomy may have interesting things planned for 2015
Jan 20
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Normally I'm hesitant to report on rumors when there's no concrete evidence, but lately some lingering rumors appear to be gaining legs. That includes the rumors of new Masterpiece figures from Takara Tomy and some really une...
Transformers Masterpiece photo
Transformers Masterpiece

[Update] TaoBao puts the Transformers Masterpiece rumor mill into overtime

Site lists Tracks, Road Rage, and Ironhide listed
Jan 20
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
[Update: Seibertron is reporting that a rumor going around UK Toy Fair right now is that Takara Tomy is also planning to release Masterpiece versions of tank Megatron (not the Combiner Wars version), Ratchet (of course), Shoc...
3A Bumblebee photo
3A Bumblebee

3A's offhanded comment takes shape with movie Bumblebee figure

Just don't expect him to transform, or be cheap
Dec 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's been nearly a year ago since back in January 3A made an offhanded comment about having the Transformers license despite no formal announcement. Looks like that comment is finally bearing fruit as they finally reveal a Bu...

Mega Drive Megatron gets a Genesis makeover

Dec 08 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Mega Drive Megatron photo
And a gold one, too
Everyone's favorite video game-console-turned-killer-robot Mega Drive Megatron from Takara Tomy is getting a limited makeover. Soon Megatron will be getting redesigned as a Sega Genesis and come complete with a matching mini ...

Transforemrs Exhaust photo
Transforemrs Exhaust

Phillip Morris snuffs out sales of MP-23 Exhaust in the US

Marlboro cigarette-paterned Transformers will have to stay in Japan
Nov 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
There's been a bump in the road for American Transformers fans hoping to get their hands on Takara Tomy's MP-23 Exhaust figure. The Japanese figure intended for the Japanese market is patterned off of a real-life Lancia Serie...
Transformers Asia photo
First time Skywarp has been seen in the new jet mold
Looks like golden Masterpiece Megatron isn't the only new thing coming exclusively to Transformers Asia. Announced today Asia will soon be getting the new MP-11SW Skywarp. This is Skywarp's third Masterpiece, previously relea...

MP-5G Megatron photo
MP-5G Megatron

Asia exclusive MP Megatron to be a gold redeco

The man that turns into the golden gun
Oct 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Thanks to Big Bad Toy Store we now have more details on the upcoming Asia Exclusive Masterpiece Megatron release. Previous information was pretty cryptic, especially the reference to the "Destron leader repaint". Originally I...
TF4 Optimus Prime photo
TF4 Optimus Prime

AD-31 Optimus Prime is the figure we should have started with

Still a shellformer, but at least it's a pretty one
Oct 16
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
At this point Transformers fans have come to learn one constant when it comes movie figures: never by the launch releases. I mean, we buy them anyway, we can't help ourselves, but we do so knowing that at some point an even b...
MP-05 Megatron photo
But why?
Big Bad Toy Store is reporting that a new release of Transformers MP-05 Megatron is on the way. They're listing it as a 30th Anniversary exclusive, but stop short of saying where exactly it's intended to be sold. While it cer...

Transformers photo
The original title? Hook yourself up with a Playstation Optimus, which would have referred to connecting a system to a tv rather than connecting yourself to... well, let's just say the meaning of hook up has changed over the years
Takara Tomy's hotly anticipated Playstation Optimus Prime is now available for pre-order. The Autobot leader looks even better than the first color images had suggested and even features painted connection ports on his back. ...

D-Style Megatron photo
D-Style Megatron

Kotobukiya pulls the trigger on D-Style Megatron

Built for destruction
Sep 26
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
[Added a second, clearer image from AmiAmi to the gallery] No real surprise that Kotobukiya wouldn't be able to stop at just one. Over at the All Japan Model Hobby Show 2014 they've revealed the follow up to their previously ...
Masterpiece Star Saber photo
Masterpiece Star Saber

Takara Tomy reveals hidden secret in MP Star Saber's Shield

Not bad for only being used in one episode
Sep 16
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Just when you think there's nothing left to say about Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber, Takara Tomy gives us something new. We've known for a while that Star Saber would come with a shield as it showed up in a few scans an...
Transformers Masterpiece photo
Transformers Masterpiece

Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber and Exhaust get full color galleries

Plus some stiff pre-order competition
Sep 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I hope you aren't tired of listening to me ramble on about how amazing these figures are because I'm sure not tired of doing it. Thanks to a combination of official galleries and photos from Takara Tomy designer TFYuki on Twi...
MP Star Saber photo
MP Star Saber

MP Star Saber gets a surprisingly low price and distant release date

Plus more comparison shots with the G1 figure
Sep 02
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It took long enough, but Takara Tomy has finally given us all of the details we've been begging for over the last few months. Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber has finally been officially designated number MP-24 in the line...
MP Exhaust photo
MP Exhaust

Transformers Masterpiece 23 announced as Decepticon Exhaust

Wheeljack gets an evil remold
Sep 02
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
When Takara Tomy or Hasbro come out with a new Transformers figure one of the first things they do in development is figure out how to make the most out of the figure's sculpt. For the more expensive to make Masterpiece figur...
MP Star Saber photo
MP Star Saber

Takara Tomy compares new and old with MP Star Saber

Fun with scale!
Aug 30
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Thanks to Takara Tomy's attempt at being screen accurate with their upcoming Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber we're seeing them take an interesting slant on bot mode scale. Starting with the Brain of Courage (the tiny bot)...
MP Star Saber photo
MP Star Saber

Magazine scans show off all of MP Star Saber's features

One of the biggest robot releases for 2015
Aug 27
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Once again we get another month of scans featuring the incredible looking Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber. The Dengeki Hobby scans from TAG give us our best look yet at all of the little features that have made their way ...

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