diablien wrote:So let me pose a question:
Does being released as a USA edition in Japan constitute a new release if the figure is identical, packaging-wise and figure-wise, to the USA Cybertron release?
And who is the manufacturer at that point? Hasbro or Takara?
Keep in mind Hasbro probably manufactured the piece, but Takara released it...
It's a new release for Japan, if not the US, so I suppose it's still news. Just not very big or important news. Why is this important at all?
You said yourself Hasbro manufactured them. USA Editions are essentially official imports, through whatever deal Hasbro and Takara work out. When the old Hasbro store imported BW2 and BW Neo figures, slapping the plain white Hasbro sticker on them, it didn't change the fact that they were still Takara figures.