In addition to the Dengeki Hobby scans, fellow Seibertron.com and Allspark.com member Powered Convoy has shared with us images of the Figure King magazine, issue 205. The publication also features a lengthy interview (shown below in translation) with Takara designer Hisashi Yuki. Check it out below, and the images after that, featuring more on Masterpieces, Transformers Adventure and the ThreeA Dark of the Moon Megatron replica!
Powered Convoy wrote:
The Allspark in collaboration with SydneyY is happy to present a translation of the latest Interview with TakaraTomy Designer Hisashi Yuki from Figure King #205. In the interview he talks about his work on Unite Warriors Superion and MP-24 Masterpiece Star Saber.
Disclaimer: The original of this interview was published in Figure King magazine issue #205. The reason I provide this translation is solely to help non-Japanese fans who are unable to read this insightful interview. Hope you'll enjoy and pardon the grammar errors and/or typo.
Hisashi Yuki on Unite Warriors Superion, MP Star Saber and "Adventure"
- How did "Combiners" become the theme?
Y: In "Generations" series overseas, popular characters were picked without a particular theme. (Generations figures) are packed with IDW comics overseas, but there wasn't much connection between the characters, their designs and the contents of the comics. Then Hasbro changed their direction and decided to develop a series with the "Combiners" theme and connect the comics to it. TakaraTomy had been suggesting combiners to Hasbro for a while, and this time it was fit for what Hasbro was looking for.
- So the situation is different from when "Generations" Bruticus was developed.
Y: The purpose was to create a high priced product firstly, and Bruticus from the game was selected.
- It seems that the Japanese fans and the overseas fans see "combiners" differently. How was the reaction of the overseas fans?
Y: I think knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans overseas were pleased that they were finally getting combiners. I was at BotCon when "Combiner Wars" was announced, and when the silhouettes were revealed there were cheers.
- How did you proceed with the development of Superion?
Y: Due to the scheduling, 3 or 4 people are working with the products including Superion. Since it was being re-made as a current product, an extra effort seems to have been made to have as few excess parts as possible. The head and the chest plate were excess parts in the original toy, but now they are incorporated into Silverbolt. As for the base mode, it was omitted at the beginning because of the various factors that would have been required to form the runway. The wrist transformation gimmick is an idea which had been thought of a long time ago, but wasn't realized in a product until now.
- This Superion's legs are back-to-front.
Y: It is due to the joint movement. If the nose of the jet is at the back of the leg, it gets in the way when the knee is bent. Though it is possible to combine them back-to front. It is not the official way, however I think using such tricks is also a part of combiner robot fun.
- How did you decide on the direction of Japanese "Unite Warriors" development?
Y: This can be said for "Legends" series as well, but the concept for the current domestic products is that we want (the customers) to remember the Transformers from the past. We do not want someone who had (Transformers toy) long time ago to feel (the new ones are) somewhat wrong. When we first learned of Overseas Superion's specifics, we thought, "huh? There's a wrong guy in the team" (*laugh) So it was decided to make Japanese Superion consisting of all jets.
- How come is it sold as a set?
Y: I believe the concept works only when the five robots are present and they should be to played with as a whole team. Although some in the (developer) team suggested to sell them separately. The 5 robot combiners are to be released one by one this year and because of that they are marketed separately from "Legends". Hasbro's lineup is gearing toward combiner warriors and we are considering developing "Legends" series that is different from the overseas.
- Any other point of interest besides changing a member?
Y: The color scheme is closer to the cartoon image. Actually I combined the images evoked by the cartoon and the original toy well so that the end result is not too far off from either. I like Hasbro version's black wrists and ankles, but still chose white in accordance with the original. As for the paint applications, I made it as close to the original as possible such as the patterns on the wings. If you are not familiar, they are all minor changes, but I did not want to compromise after we went as far as changing a member to stick to the original. When it comes to the Japanese versions, one of our unofficial objectives is to give them deluxe deco so that the fans all over the world would want them, too. I would be happy if they buy Transformers as souvenirs when they visit Japan. (*laugh)
- Also MP Star Saber is going to be released in March at last.
Y: I was particular about constructing it using the colors of molded parts. You will notice it when you see the actual item. This is not only because of the cost, but I also wanted it to be a toy that you can play with freely without worrying about chipping the paint. If this concept is received favorably, I think Masterpiece series will be able to have wider range of lineup.
- I was amazed at the volume of it when I handled the sample.
Y: Giving (MP Star Saber) the impression of the volume as close to the original as possible was one of the concepts since the beginning of the development. The people who played (with the original) must have considered it very big and I didn't want them to think it became smaller as a Masterpiece.
- I can't help wondering about Victory Leo....
Y: I'd like to know that as well. (*laughs) In fact I haven't done anything so far. When I developed Star Saber I drew a rough sketch, but I can't go any further until the company gives the green light. This Star Saber is also considered to be the 30th anniversary celebration item, so first of all I hope the people who voted (for Star Saber) or owned Star Saber long time ago will be satisfied with it when they have it in their hands.
- Tell us about your current work.
Y: I am working on the localized series such as "Adventure", "Legends" and "Unite Warriors". As for "Adventure" toys, more colors are added to make them cartoon accurate as well as homage to the past series. Their release dates are not far behind their overseas counterparts, and I hope the Japanese versions will be purchased with confidence. Also, some characters who were not able to release previously will be added to the line up this time. I made Dreadwing's color scheme closer to his appearance in "Beast Hunters".
- "Adventure" seems to be marketed ambitiously, for example (the toys) are released close to their overseas versions.
Y: We are taking various ambitious approaches such as the way the show is broadcast; as well as showing on Animax, it will be broadcast online so that the viewers will benefit from being able to watch it any time. The preceding show, "Q-Transformer" has been played online more than our expectations.
- This year is the 30th anniversary of Transformers arriving in Japan. What do you suggest the fans to pay attention to?
Y: Firstly I hope you will take notice of "Adventure". The story is interesting, and the picture is bright. It is a typical Transformers show in a good way. There will be many merchandise, too, and I hope you will watch the show and discover your own hero. (note by Sydney: in the original text,Mr.Yuki uses the phrase "boku ga erabu boku no hero" (My hero, chosen by me), which was a catch phrase for G1 toy advertisement) Also, the other cartoon, "Q-Transformer" is received favorably by female audience. If "Q" Bumblebee is your favorite, I hope you will take a look at "Adventure" Bumblebee as well (note by Powered Convoy: QTF Bumblebee and Adventure Bumblebee share the same voice actor).
- Very colorful lineup worthy of the 30th anniversary indeed.
Y: We had 2 major lines last year; "30th Anniversary" and "the Movie". This year we are aiming for a wider variety. I will be happy if you can meet many different kind of Transformers and enjoy them.
The new month brings with it a new set of Japanese collector magazines, and Seibertron.com is happy to present some high resolution scans of the April issue of the Dengeki Hobby publication - all of which, the Transformers relevant parts at least, is mirrored below for your enjoyment! Featuring Takara Tomy's Transformers Adventure, Masterpiece, Q Transformers and more robots you can shake a (transforming) stick at. Check them all out below.
Jim Sorenson, co-author with Bill Forster of the Allspark Almanac and regular Seibertron.com presence, has updated the Disciples of Boltax blog with an eight-page preview of this week's Transormers: Animated release by IDW Publishing: The Complete Allspark Almanac! Check them out mirrored below, and head to the blog here to find out more about the small contest held for fans of both this and the original release of the same pages.
Then it hit me... there are numerous pages that aren't completely new but are a BIT new. New art, new context, new photos, integrated in with the existing material So, why not showcase them?
Then I thought, why not make it a game? The first person who replies in the comments who can correctly identify every difference will get a doodle of the character of their choice. 8 pages, (at least) 8 differences. Go for it!
Hasbro Toy Shop has updated their listings and made available Combiner Wars wave 2 for preorder. Currently, some of the figures have already pre-sold out, such as G1 Leader Class Megatron and Legends Class Blackjack, but most of wave 2 is still available at this time.
The Legends Class, Voyager Class Menasor and Leader Class Armada Megatron (as well as the G1) ship within 5-7 business days, while the limbs/Deluxes will begin shipping on March 27th. (It should be noted that that is an estimate and HTS has been known to ship items sooner than the expected date. It's not guaranteed we'll see them sooner, but there's at least a chance.)
chuckdawg1999 has given us a good first look at what to expect from the upcoming Stunticon Offroad in his newest video review.
Here's what Chuck has to say:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Like Alpha Bravo, Offroad is a new character that shares some design cues from an older character, in this case Wildrider. Since it uses a transformation scheme that is very reminiscent to the Aerialbots one has to wonder if this a retool or at the least shares a buck with the Autobot team. Offroad might be my favorite CW figure released thus far and is the stand out member of the Stunticons.
Is he worth your money and time? Check out the video review and see if he's the right fit for you, and when you're done, come on back to the forums to share your thoughts with us!
It should be noted that Offroad is a shared mold and has already been retooled into the upcoming (and unreleased) First Aid from the Protectobots team in wave 3. Most of the torsos, limbs and Legends figures will be retools and redecos of one another to save costs for Hasbro and allow them to produce more figures for us to enjoy and create custom combiners.
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Los Angeles is not the only city to get a Transformers: The Movie (1986) screening in the near future. Thanks to fellow Seibertron.com fan Todd Matthy, we have news of a screening taking place at The Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers, NY, and tickets can be purchased here!
Director Nelson Shin
Starring Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Orson Welles, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy
Run Time 84min
Age Policy 18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.
Screening in 35mm.
Transformers! More than meets the eye.
Beyond good, beyond evil, beyond your wildest imagination, in the year 2005, a war rages between the Autobots and Decepticons. The Autobots have successfully defended Earth from Megatron and his evil band of Decepticons, but they have lost the war at home on Cybertron. Heroes will rise, and evil will be reborn as a new threat in the form of the planet annihilator, Unicron, who sets his sights on Earth and the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.
Hold on tight because the most incredible rock ‘n’ roll adventure is here. It’s the ultimate battle between Autobots and Decepticons as the final confrontation between Optimus Prime and Megatron brings the battle between good and evil to a whole new level. This movie is pure robot-fighting destruction between Dinobots, Junkions, Sharkticons, and robots THE SIZE OF PLANETS. Featuring the voices of Orson Welles, Judd Nelson, Peter Cullen, Leonard Nimoy, and Eric Idle and set to a screaming aural backdrop of Stan Bush and ‘Weird Al’ Yancovic, this movie will obliterate your eyes and ears and leave you crying for more. TRANSFORMERS!!!! (Greg MacLennan)
As we saw with the New York Toy Fair 2015, it appears the Transformers Playskool Hero Mashers line is keeping the direction of the new "Robots in Disguise" cartoon. Bumblebee, Sideswipe and Steeljaw have already been released in Canada, and will continue with Optimus Prime, Strongarm, and Clampdown. There's new official pics of the last three below!
Thanks to Hasbro's Greek Site, we have some new shots of Combiner Wars Wave 3, including in-box shots! This includes Legends: Groove, Viper, Warpath, Rodimus and Skywarp. As well as Voyagers: Cyclonus, and Hot Spot. For an extra bit of fun, check out the comical mis-transformation of Hot Spot's alt mode. Keep scrolling to see the whole lot, and stay tuned to Seibertron.com for all your Transformers News (and great Pub discussion)!
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