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Seibertron.com Presents Shopping for Transformers in DenDen (Electric City) Japan.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Presents Shopping for Transformers in DenDen (Electric City) Japan.
Date: Wednesday, February 21st 2007 4:34am CST
Category: Site Articles
Posted by: Air Commander Starscream | Credit(s): Stormrider

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Seibertron.com is always trying to bring its viewers new information on the Transformers genre through various different site articles. In the past we have touched on the story of Sunstorm to the comparison of Transformers with Gobots. But this time our very own Stormrider has been working on a way to bring us a interesting glimpse into a different cultural side of Transformers that many of us are not aware of. He has been working on a article for Seibertron over the past 3 weeks that involves shopping in Osaka Japan for Transformers. The place in which this article is written about is DenDen which is also known as "Electric City".



Tranformer Guide
DenDen (Electric City)


-Stormrider, 2007

Where to find Transformers in Japan?
A common misconception about Japan is that the streets are lined with toy stores selling every kind of Transformer imaginable. Their doors brim over with hundreds of new and vintage Transformers, beckoning Transfans to feast their eyes on long lost and truly hard to find figures.

Sadly, these “golden” streets do not exist, but there is one place that comes very close DenDen (Osaka, Japan). I made a recent trip to DenDen and I was impressed with the number of hobby shops carrying Transformers. In fact, the quantity and diversity of Transformers blew me away (even more so than Akihabara). It took me two days to visit all the hobby shops in the area to determine, which ones were the best. I’ve compiled a map to make your transformer hunting there as easy as possible.

Background
Very few foreigners know about DenDen. Most Transfans usually head straight for Tokyo in search of a couple Transformers they’ve been dying to get. However, if you are going through Osaka, it is well worth it to make a stop in DenDen.

DenDen, which is also known as “Electric City”, began the same way as Akihabara; both places started off selling surplus army goods after WWII and quickly became “Mecca’s” for cheap electronic goods and appliances. Where they differ is that Akihabara has developed into a computer district with hobby shops as a side component; DenDen on the other hand is splitting its attention equally between hobby shops and electronic goods. In addition, the word on the street is that DenDen will see even more hobby shop growth in the near future.

Hobby Shop Types
Hobby shops tend to specialize in particular goods such as: Action figures, Dolls, RC Cars, Trains, Collectables, Cards, Mangas, Vintage Video Games, Robot figures, and Models. Knowing the hobby shop type really helps.

Navigation
Osaka is the third largest city, and usually people stop through for a day or two when they visit Japan. The city is divided into two parts (Kita – which means north) and (Minami – which means south). (Shinkansen passengers arrive in the Kita district, but a short subway ride will bring you to Minami).
• DenDen is near Namba Station, which is in Minami.
• Most of the hobby shops are concentrated on the Sakai Suji Dori (Ave), which is about a 15 minute walk from Namba Station.

I have grouped the hobby shops into three categories:

(TF) - These hobby shops carry the most recent Transformers.
(TF) - These hobby shops carry vintage Transformers. The figures range from MISB, MIB, to Loose.
(TF) - These hobby shops showcase clear Plexiglas containers, called “capsules” or “treasure boxes”. Renters then fill the containers with collectable toys that they wish to sell. You never know what you will come across (it’s hit or miss). Keep your fingers crossed for ultra rare figures.

*Map to be added soon after a few bugs are worked out*


Best Stores
There are many places to visit in DenDen, but some stand far above others when it comes to TF. (Unfortunately, I was not permitted to take photos inside the stores, so I will describe them).

Herogangu.com - This store has two floors devoted to new and vintage transformers. The vintage Transformers are MISB, MIB, and loose. It is the largest TF store, I have ever seen. (See photo of outside of store). They had the following:
• Complete collection of TFC (MISB)
• A plethora of MISB reissues including – Megatron Special Black Edition (S-16)
• Dozens of eHobby Exclusives
• A huge selection of G1’s: “Goodbye Megatron”, “Goodbye Optimus Prime”, Soundwave w/ headphones; Reflector (MIB)
• Giftsets - Aerialbots Giftset; Combaticons Giftset; Stunticon Giftset; Technobots Giftset;
• Several locked cases with their rarest TF, Diaclones, and lucky draws.
• Transformer merchandise – Shirts, clocks, videos, etc.


Mandarake – This chain store started off selling Mangas, but it has quickly become a vintage toy store favorite. The TF range from MISB, MIB, Loose. (See photo for the outside of the store).
• Great place for BT, TFC, BW, Galaxy, RID
• They also have several locked cases for rare TFs, Diaclones, and other goodies.
• Many hard to find G1’s in MIB
• Giftsets: Predaking Giftset; Protectobots Giftset; Raiden Giftset; Seacon Giftset; Terrcons Giftset
• There is another Mandarake in Kita district. It’s TF selection is not as large. (Email me if you need directions.)

So if you are planning to come to Japan, make sure to include a stop in Osaka for some great Transformer shopping. *Please note that Japanese stores can change locations suddenly (usually they move down the street).

THS-02B Black Convoy Shipping Soon From BIgBadToyStore

Transformers News: THS-02B Black Convoy Shipping Soon From BIgBadToyStore
Date: Wednesday, February 21st 2007 3:16am CST
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
Posted by: Air Commander Starscream | Credit(s): MacrossFA19

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Confirmation e-mails have been sent out from BigBadToyStore.com to those who had pre-ordered him. The e-mail states that THS-02B Black Convoy has enetered the warehosue and are now being processed for shipment. So if you have him ordered from BBTS, expect them to be shipped soon. If you havent yet ordered a THS-02B you can still order them by clicking here.

First Five Pages of Escalation #4 Online

Transformers News: First Five Pages of Escalation #4 Online
Date: Tuesday, February 20th 2007 9:34pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): shockwaveuk, Oneshallstand.com, and Idwpublishing.com

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Our own shockwaveuk has brought us news about IDW's Transformers Escalation #4. The first five pages have made their way onto the web. Oneshallstand.com has posted the first five pages of Transformers Escalation #4. Check it out by clicking here.

Update:

You can also check it out at in IDW's 5 Page Previews Section. Check it out here.

Transformers Movie Dress Up Outfit Listing

Transformers News: Transformers Movie Dress Up Outfit Listing
Date: Tuesday, February 20th 2007 7:42pm CST
Category: Movie News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Woolworths.co.uk

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We have seen a lot of stuff related to the Transformers Movie. Now something new has appeared. Woolworths has an interesting listing on their website. It is for a Boys Transformers Dress Up Outfit. Check out an image and the listing by clicking here.

New Detailed Images of Revoltech Megatron

Transformers News: New Detailed Images of Revoltech Megatron
Date: Tuesday, February 20th 2007 7:36pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Mamegyorai and TFW2005

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Recently we reported here about the first colored image of Revoltech Megatron. Now new more detailed pictures of the Revoltech Megatron have surfaced. The website Mamegyorai has posted six new images of the figure. Click here to check out the images.

Classics Ultra Magnus Vs.Skywarp 2 Pack to be Released in the U.K.

Transformers News: Classics Ultra Magnus Vs.Skywarp 2 Pack to be Released in  the U.K.
Date: Tuesday, February 20th 2007 7:30pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Dys and Woolworths.co.uk

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We have some good news for fans of the Transformers Classics line who live in the United Kingdom. It looks like you may not have to turn to eBay after all to get the Transformers Classics Ultra Magnus Vs.Skywarp 2 Pack. Woolworths has the set listed on their website for £29.99. However, the listing does not show the correct figures. View the listing for yourself by clicking here.

Takara Tomy Cut Profit Forecast

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Cut Profit Forecast
Date: Tuesday, February 20th 2007 6:40pm CST
Categories: Company News, Media
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Toy News Mag

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While Hasbro enjoyed record profits in 2006, the same can not be said for the Takara Tomy company. Takara Tomy has announced that the company cut its annual net profit forecast by two-thirds. The reason they give is the success of Nintendo's DS and Wii. You can read the entire report by clicking here.

Interviews with Eric Holmes and James Roberts

Transformers News: Interviews with Eric Holmes and James Roberts
Date: Tuesday, February 20th 2007 6:23pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Denyer and TransFans

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Denyer has brought us news about two different interviews courtesy of Dave (spiderfrommars) of TransFans. The first interview is with Eric Holmes, game designer and writer on the Megatron origin miniseries coming our way in May from IDW. Check the interview out here.

The second interview is with James Roberts, a British fandom mainstay, writer and Marvel UK afficionado. Check out the interview with James Roberts by clicking here.

New Pictures of Titanium G1 Ultra Magnus

Transformers News: New Pictures of Titanium G1 Ultra Magnus
Date: Tuesday, February 20th 2007 5:17pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Fatguy of Visualmedia.com

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Ever since the first images of 6 inch Titanium Transformers G1 Ultra Magnus surfaced fans have wanted to see more of the figure. Now they have their wish. Fatguy of Visualmedia.com has posted eight new photos of the figure. Here is a list of links to check out for the new images:

Robot Mode Front
Ultra Magnus with Rodimus Prime
Magnus with Matrix
Alt Mode 1
Alt Mode 2
Robot Mode Back
Robot Mode Side 1
Robot Mode Side 2

Transformers The movie - The Ultimate Edition UK DVD Update

Transformers News: Transformers The movie - The Ultimate Edition UK DVD Update
Date: Tuesday, February 20th 2007 4:52pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Media
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): Chris McFeely

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Metrodome's consultant on their Transformers title and renowned Transformers fan, Chris McFeely, was gracious enough to give Seibertron.com an update on the progress of the 20th anniversary DVD title of Transformers: The Movie - The Ultimate Edition, which is scheduled to be released in the UK this summer.

"After a lot of quiet rumblings, it’s finally time for some solid news on the upcoming “Transformers: The Movie Ultimate Edition” DVD being released by Metrodome in the UK this summer!

The movie will be available in a two-disc set – while disc two will contain the original unaltered fullscreen movie, the real show is on disc one, where the movie is presented in a brand-new re-mastered widescreen format - a progressive PAL to PAL transfer made directly from the original film negative. As well as a 2.0 audio soundtrack, a carefully constructed 5.1 audio track has been created to accompany the movie – after the “Prime’s pop-gun” fiasco perpetrated by Magno Sound on Metrodome’s earlier “Transformers: The Movie Reconstructed” release, this track has been picked apart and put back together for the optimized 5.1 audio experience, sans unintrusive whipcracks and other crazy added sounds.

And how does the video image itself look? Well, first let’s compare it to “Reconstructed,” which peeled back the edges of the video to expose more animation, but suffered in the process. Here’s Devastator doing his thing, and Galvatron piloting his ship.





Looking hot, yes? But I think what more people want to know is, how does it compare to the recent 20th Anniversary offering by Sony available in Region 1? Well, let’s set Kup and Optimus Prime side-by-side to show it off (with some caps shamelessly borrowed from IGN.Com)…





Positively bursting with colour in comparison! And to finish it off, here’s Hot Rod in a four-way compare and contrast:





That's all for now, but there's lots more in the works!
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