Remember that kinda unusual looking Hatsune Miku version of Licca-chan by Takara Tomy that appeared earlier this year? Looks like Good Smile Company and Crypton Future Media have given their blessings on a second doll ba...
Takara Tomy has ended thier Fan's Choice Transformers Masterpiece campaign asking fans to vote on the next Autobot leader to get the Masterpiece treatment and we now have our winner! Star Saber from japanese series Transformers Victory has been selected by fans out of 11 possible choices by earning a major 31.2% of the votes. For a lot of fans this seemed like the obvious choice; what wasn't so obvious was who made it into second place: Micron Densetsu Convoy (Armada Optimus Prime). Guess people really wanted to see how they'd articulate his legs. Third place went to Super Ginrai (Powermaster Optimus Prime) from Transformers Masterforce which would have gotten my vote for sure. It goes way downhill from there for the rest of the entries.
The results look like this:
Star Saber - 31.2%
Micron Densetsu Convoy - 24.3%
Super Ginrai - 18.6%
Dai Atlus - 8%
Super Fire Convoy - 4.9%
Beast Wars Convoy - 4.6%
Galaxy Convoy - 2.5%
Big Convoy - 2.1%
Lio Convoy - 2%
Grand Convoy - 1.5%
Fortress Maximus - .3%
Guess nobody wants to pay around US$500 for a Masterpiece Fort Max. I'm sure these results won't stop many of these from getting the Masterpiece treatment eventually. A number of sketches were also reveals by Takara Tomy that might give us some idea of what Masterpiece Star Saber will look like. Of course we can't have Star Saber without Victory Leo; how long before that one happens?
Fans of the original Transformers animated movie will certainly remember seeing the adult version of Spike and his son Daniel running around in special Exosuits (called Excel Suits in Japan) through most of the movie. CM's corporation has shown at the Miyazawa Model Expo Autumn 2013 a first look at their take on the Exosuit complete with adult Spike and his son Daniel. Aside from a small PVC this is the first time all three have been made into figures this way.
The Exosuit is even transformable into its vehicle form. While you can't fit Spike or Daniel inside the suit, if you look closely you'll notice seams on their bodies where you can remove their heads and parts of their chest to place inside the Exosuit to make it look like they're piloting it. The scale is certainly way off compared to anything else out there, but it looks like a good set on its own.
As a bonus there are two rather strange and obscure items also being featured. The first is a mini figure of Grand Galvatron, basically Unicron's planet mode with Galvatron's head and limbs sticking out. It comes from an unrealized plan by Galvatron to turn Earth into his new planet-sized body. Should make for a pretty comical little figure when it's finished. The other thing hanging there is, seriously, a floppy disc. It's supposed to contain the data for the Master Sword, the ultimate weapon of Fortress Maximus in The Headmaster series.
We're getting some odd things, but I'm glad none-the-less that Takara Tomy is starting to trust other companies like CM's with the Transformers franchise and even allowing them to make transforming figures.
[Update: Art Storm has posted official images mirrored in the gallery. Art Storm is handling sales of the figure.]
Back in August we got an early look at Takara Tomy and Action Toys' new non-transforming Ultimetal Optimus Prime and now a few months later we're getting a better look at some of his features. Thanks to Dengeki Hobby magazine scans we can see just how extensive the removable armor of this 17 inch figure is. Armor from his arms, legs, body, hips, and legs can be removed to expose all of Prime's inner workings. Even his gun has removable parts. Plus he includes his signature Energon ax and Matrix. He also has a great range of articulation including double elbow joints and individually jointed fingers.
Then there's the less obvious stuff like the heavy use of metal parts (it is called "Ultimetal" after all), the lights and sounds controlled via remote, and the mouth plate that moves when he talks. Unfortunately this much figure doesn't come cheap. He's priced at ¥78,000 which more or less makes Prime the Transformers equivalent to a high end doll.
As far as release dates go all I've got is that he'll be out in 2014. I would think that now that we have some official images through magazines we should be seeing pre-orders appear soon. He's out of my budget, but that doesn't mean I don't want one.
With Pokémon X and Y being recently released, now seems like an excellent time to review a toy based on the old school legendary pocket monster, Mewtwo. Takara Tomy's Pose Change Stuffed Mewtwo had the right mix of nostalgia and plushie awesomeness that just begged for me to own it. I mean, how cool would it be to be able to pose a plush Mewtwo however you wished, creating all sorts of epic poses? Sadly, Mewtwo didn't do exactly what it said on the box. That isn't to say it was a complete let-down. Far from it, in fact.
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