JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Having a Starscream, Shockwave and Swindle under United does seem puzzling, for these reasons:
- The rest of the Combaticons are plain missing
- Optimus Prime and Jazz are properly listed under TG.
- After checking the ID numbers, they do not match the TG release order: Starscream is TG-09, Swindle is TG-06 (not even the first Combaticon in the list to boot) and Shockwave has yet to get one.
Color me crazy, but I suspect TakaraTomy is planning on restarting the United line again after EX is done, with repaints. They've used WfC molds as Cybertronian forms of G1 characters, and I have a feeling they're planning the same approach for Shockwave. Would be a first to use the same mold for two separate continuities, however I wouldn't rule it out. Remember, the games were never released in Japan.
Sorry, I can only color you salmon. They ran out of crazy.
But yeah... Originally, I was thinking that it might be a typo. But now I am thinking that this is not a Japanese listing, but one for their Asian market. Because it would make more sense rebooting the franchise there than them doing two lines that contain the same figures in Japan. Especially since they turned Ultra Magnus into a Chinese market exclusive for that line.
Even then, it doesn't matter. Because I just got back and "read" the second chapter of Transformers: All Spark. Lets just say it is my favorite manga series to date, and lets say that I would not oppose the idea of collecting figures from that series.
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:TakaraTomy does have a penchant for using the molds Hasbro has designed on paper how they please. But even they have limits, I'm sure.
True. But I cannot rule it out on account that if they do reboot or revive the UNITED line, they would make good Dinoforce figures (especially since they say Kakuryu later became Grimmaster as a means to thank Star Saber).