Sabrblade wrote:How are the names "Combat Master", "Jet Master", "Roller Master", "Chopper Master" etc. Hasbro names?
How about this, because you mistook my point: Autobot, Decepticon, Optimus Prime, Rodimus Prime, Jazz, Optimus Primal, etc.
In the Japanese series that are not made to be tied to Hasbro, these are names that Takara/Takara Tomy refused to use. Both Autobots and Maximals were Cybertrons. Decepticons and Predacons were known as Destrons (or Destrongers in one series). Both Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal were Convoy, and all other Primes were given the title of Convoy.
However... Takara Tomy has only recently used the Hasbro names for the three movie lines, Animated, PRIME, and this line. And with this line, its origins had it be a dumping ground for the Generations line and never before used molds. However, with the help of the Generations 2011 comic-based story and its two exclusives tied to the UNITED line, it appears that they might be changing their tune.
[/quote]Hydra has said that the first volume of the story will tell us exactly where it fits in relation to the other parts of the JG1 cartoon continuity.[/quote]
However, and no offense to him, but they would also have to explain the name changes when it comes to the main line. And also explain why Rodimus Prime does not look like his original G1 counter-part. These facts say that even if this can be connected to the Japanese G1 continuity, the names alone need to be altered for that timeline.
Sabrblade wrote:I see no connection to Macrocosmic Seekers in this aside from both being released under the United label.
When it comes to this story, it was an element that could happen in the Japanese G1 continuity for one reason - It happens a point before 2010. The characters were given new forms, but also returned to their original forms. And atop of that, despite the name changes (at least in the translations, which is a common theme these days), the events can be translated into 2010... While also being part of UNITED's 2010 timeline.
Sabrblade wrote:Don't forget that Pretender Gaiden is also a United story, yet it too is set in the JG1 cartoon continuity.
You are incorrect. Pretenders Gaiden was published in the first volume of Generations 2012. It was created as a tie-in to Super-God Masterforce, not UNITED. UNITED only consists of the story chapters published by e-HOBBY, the two stories published by Million Publishing, and has connections to War for Cybertron.
And with that said - Million Publishing only publishes the Generation books on behalf of Takara Tomy. And much like all other published works approved* by Takara Tomy, all stories (unless stated otherwise by Takara Tomy) are considered canon in their respected continuities.
(*: This includes previous errors like Sunstorm, and the Marvel/IDW continuity when it comes to MP-8X King Grimlock.)
Sabrblade wrote:The first two United manga stories have nothing to do with this.
Again, not true. The UNITED EX line is considered "wave 7" and continues Takara Tomy's business practice of using the Hasbro names (minus those created for this line, mind you). And the only continuity it has are the events published by e-HOBBY, Generations 2010, and Generations 2011 (volume 2). Beyond that, Takara Tomy has been extremely tight-lip about this line, but has made it be known that it does not share all of the original JG1 continuity.
So like I said - The UNITED line is no different than the Henkei! Henkei! line. As in the fact that it is an entirely new continuity that debuted in 2010, and uses existing molds from the Generations line... Which is ironic, name-wise... And other molds that were not previously used by them. And unlike Henkei! Henkei!, it uses Hasbro names in a seemingly ironic attempt at uniting the Hasbro continuity with something they can create.
Cool idea... And I might have to consider getting into, even though I am still awaiting for them to confess that this is their approach at creating an Aligned continuity.