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12:30 AM on 04.09.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: Lots of KanColle from lots of KanCompanies

If you're a Kantai Collection fan you're probably feeling pretty good right about now and maybe a little overwhelmed by all of the new figures coming out. The series is quickly turning into the next Hatsune Miku or K-ON! and ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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8:00 AM on 04.04.2014

Make your bots even better with this big update from Reprolabels

I don't talk about how awesome Reprolabels is nearly enough. If you're not familiar with RL they're a website that produces a variety of stickers for Transformers and similar toys. Much of their work is dealing with replaceme...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Masterpiece Bumblebee proves to be the smallest of the cars photo
Masterpiece Bumblebee proves to be the smallest of the cars
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

A new update from Shogo Hasui of the Takara Tomy Transformers design team shows how Bumblebee stacks up against fellow Masterpiece, Prowl. If the MP Autobot cars up until now are considered the equivalent to a Voyager class figure then Bumblebee looks to be about the same size as a Deluxe figure. Of course despite his size he'll have a much more complex transformation and the articulated hands that are a standard of the line. While the bot mode is in scale the car mode certainly wont be, but the MP line is no stranger to scale issues just like most Transformers lines.

He also posted some updated images of Spike in his Exo Suit. He promises that Spike will be fully transformable without needing to replace parts; a true part of the Masterpiece line. Spike will be one of the smallest MP figures alongside Soundwave's tapes.

Colored pictures, please!

[via Seibertron]

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High quality shots of Masterpiece Wheeljack hit Amazon photo
High quality shots of Masterpiece Wheeljack hit Amazon
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

After some fuzzy magazine scans last week we're now getting some nice high quality images for Transformers Masterpiece Wheeljack from Amazon.co.jp! I've been kinda hard on the guy since we first saw him and while I'm still not entirely sold on his Transformation he's definitely winning me over with his details. 

I've mentioned before that the car, based on the Italian Lancia Stratos, is perfect in every way and they did a great job of getting back some of the original logos. While I'm not crazy about the robot mode's construction they did do a great job of getting tons of little details sculpted into him. His head sculpt is especially nice with its cartoon look and I like the way they did his 'wings' in the style of the toy. I wish they could have found a way to make his 'ears' light up, but I'll forgive them. 

Wheeljack will role out in August for ¥6,500. There's been a lot of speculation on how they'll reuse this mold later. The front runners is Sunstreaker so hopefully we'll get news of what's coming next soon enough. 

[via TFormers]


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Mag scans give first in-color look at Masterpiece Wheeljack  photo
Mag scans give first in-color look at Masterpiece Wheeljack
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Thanks to scans from Figure Oh magazine we're getting our first look at the upcoming Transformers Masterpiece Wheeljack now in full color. There's been a lot of speculation on just how this figure would turn out thanks to its many logos and fears that most of them would be either removed or replaced by new made up ones. Thankfully that wasn't the case and they appear to be keeping all of the logos used on the original figure and even corrected their positions. Overall his car mode looks as close to perfect as possible and I'm sure someone is bound to make a sticker sheet for any missing logos from the original real-life car. 

The bot mode I'm still rather iffy about. He's very thin and still has a number of gaps in his body. It's strange because an equally streamline car in Sideswipe made for a very solid and pleasingly bulky bot. They have entirely different transformations, but you would still expect similar build quality. I can only hope he looks better in person. 

Also in these scans is a new look at Kabaya's candy toy versions of Star Convoy, Hydra (Darkwing), and Buster (Dreadwind), the same shots of MP Bumblebee we've seen already, and another took at TF Cloud Starscream and Brawn. They also took several photos of the Japanese version of the upcoming Leader class Optimus Prime for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction (not the one that is out now). It looks like the Takara Tomy version will have a different paint pattern on the chest and more detailed paint on the face. 

The scans end with a reminder that MP Star Saber is still in development and Ultra Magnus really is happening. Nothing new to look at on either of those, but I'm thinking we'll get a preview at Tokyo Toy Show in June. At this point it's probably safe to say neither will be released in 2014, not like there'll be a Transformers shortage this year or anything.

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New clear images of Masterpiece Bumblebee are finally here photo
New clear images of Masterpiece Bumblebee are finally here
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Forget the silhouettes and toss aside the tiny product sheet images, we now have large, clear images of the upcoming Transformers Masterpiece Bumblebee. Thanks images gathered from various online stores (seen below) we now have our clearest look at the new MP's details. With the clearer look we now see that the two expressions are a happy face and a serious face.

He looks so great, but what I really want is a look at his feet from the outside instead of the inside. His front wheels fold up underneath and I want to know what is in their place. Also really want a shot from his back, I really want to know just how well the back of the car mode folds up on his back. Could also use a good look at Spike's head, they really haven't given us a good look at that yet. 

Pre-orders are now open and like with other MPs he's selling very quickly. There's also an Amazon.co.jp exclusive that features a battle mask based on the original 1984 figure's face. I imagine some third party group will make their own version of the mask so while I want it I doubt I'll miss it. No way I'm missing out on bumblebee, he belongs in my collection. He'll be out in November for ¥6,000. 

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | Play Asia | Big in Japan | TF Source | Big Bad Toy Store ]


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9:00 PM on 03.08.2014

Masterpiece Bumblebee prototype revealed and brings a friend with him

Thanks to a product sheet posted by Planet Iacon we're getting our first look at the Transformers Masterpiece Bumblebee prototype. The figure looks absolutely fantastic with lots of neat little features like the hide-able Aut...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

First look at Masterpiece Bumblebee causes a buzz photo
First look at Masterpiece Bumblebee causes a buzz
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

It was way back in June 2013 when Big Bad Toy Store first dropped the bomb on us that Wheeljack and Bumblebee would be soon getting the Transformers Masterpiece treatment. It wasn't until the start of the new year that we got our first teaser of Masterpiece Wheeljack, but many of us were wondering how long we'd have to wait to get confirmation of MP BB. Well, it's been two months, but Takara Tomy is now finally ready to give us our first silhouetted teaser of Bee thanks once again to Shogo Hasui.

From what we can see in the silhouette (and in a little Photoshop work by Seibertron member superbat you can find the gallery) he appears to be using the much rumored Volkswagen Beetle as his car mode. VW has been notorious for not allowing their Bug to be used for 'war toys' and have prevented their use in the Alternators/Binaltech line and in the live action movies. It would seem they may have finally decided to let that slide and made way for its use here. That, or Takara Tomy is using a clever lookalike. If it is the real deal then this is the first time the Beetle has been usued officially in Transformers since the 80s (aside from reissues).

His outline appears to be pretty well proportioned. He does have big feet, but so did the original figure. I do like that they didn't put wheels on his arms. He does look to have a bit of a 'backpack', but he seems to be OK from the front. He appears to be holding a small gun. I'm holding out hope for a battle mask accessory, but it's too early to say. 

Since they appear to be keeping him smaller than the other cars for accuracy I'm hoping they'll go with a lower price tag as well. Hopefully they'll remold him later on into Goldbug or even just give him a simple red repaint

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11:00 PM on 02.24.2014

Starscream's G1 colors continue to make everything better

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Starscream's G1-esque color scheme can improve pretty much anything (even his Bayformers counterpart). The most recent case-in-point comes in the form of Takara's Transformers Cloud...


9:00 AM on 02.11.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Transformers

Usually we don't see a lot of Transformers offerings at Wonder Festival since Takara Tomy prefers to keep their stuff under wraps while they wait for bigger trade events. However, now that Takara Tomy (and Hasbro for that mat...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Cardcaptor Sakura dolls are a blast from the past photo
Cardcaptor Sakura dolls are a blast from the past
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Back in the late 1990s when Cardcaptor Sakura was hitting its stride Bandai released a very popular series of dolls with bendy limbs and cloth outfits. These were so popular that when Nelvana got the TV series and rebranded it as Cardcaptors, Trendmasters repackaged Bandai's dolls and sold them in North America. Many of those ended up back overseas in Asia; I know I had a small hand in sending some of them that way to friends that couldn't find Bandai versions of the rarer dolls. At the time they were sold pretty cheaply and would eventually drop further on clearance. 

Fast forward to 2014 and it's Takara Tomy making the bendy dolls in cloth costumes as part of the Licca-chan Liccarize series. They really do look a lot like the dolls that Bandai and Trendmasters released back some 14 years ago, except where those were released for around US$10 to US$15 each (if my memory hasn't completely failed me) the Takara Tomy ones are considerably more. Both dolls are exclusive to the Takara Tomy Mall in limited amounts and sell for a rather painful ¥7,236 each. 

If I knew basically the same doll would inflate in price seven times I might have picked up a couple back in the day. Lesson learned, I guess. 

[via AmiAmi blog]

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5:00 PM on 01.29.2014

Exclusive repaint of MP-18 Bluestreak on the way

Big Bad Toy Store has announced (via pre-order) that Takara intends to release an exclusive repaint of the MP-18 Masterpiece Bluestreak. BBTS doesn't have any details as to the colors, deco, or so forth, but they know it's on...