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Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images

Transformers News: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images

Monday, December 22nd, 2008 12:09PM CST

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Seibertron.com member Autobotic9 has just posted some new information regarding some upcoming Transformers Henkei figures.

Online retailer Digital Toys has posted listings and pictures of Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, the Minobot group of Beachcomber, Bumblebee, Brawn, Warpath, Cosmos and Wheelie and Encore Cassettes Rewind, Eject, Ravage and Laserbeak.












The Henkei Deluxe figures and Minobot sets are retailed at $24.95 USD with the Minibots expected to ship in March of 2009 and the deluxe class figures in April. The Cassettes are priced at $42.95 USD with a March release date.

View the listings for these figures here.
Credit(s): Autobotic9, Digital Toys
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Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854389)
Posted by TFBuyer on December 22nd, 2008 @ 12:12pm CST
What, no light bar?
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854390)
Posted by UltraPrimal on December 22nd, 2008 @ 12:13pm CST
I don't like it. Needs more detail on the sides and the light bar.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854394)
Posted by Dead Metal on December 22nd, 2008 @ 12:19pm CST
Hope the actual toy looks better then that.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854400)
Posted by omega666 on December 22nd, 2008 @ 12:29pm CST
Comes out in April? Phew, that will allow my wallet to rest.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854404)
Posted by Mkall on December 22nd, 2008 @ 12:31pm CST
Red Alert eh?

Sweet!
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854425)
Posted by Agent 007 on December 22nd, 2008 @ 1:05pm CST
red alert looks ok I already have streaker and swipe so I'll pass.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854457)
Posted by Wheeljack144 on December 22nd, 2008 @ 2:07pm CST
robofreak wrote:I was wondering when we'd see this. Now all we need is Hoist, Grapple, Tracks, Trailbreaker, Skids, and Jazz to complete the Autobot cars collection.


what, no love for wheeljack?
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854461)
Posted by dragons on December 22nd, 2008 @ 2:13pm CST
henkie rachet is good but not that good he could be better take off the wing on the back of the car, put lights on the car make look like rescure car, change the head & he wouldnt look like just another repaint.

if i didnt have sunstreaker, & sideswipe i pick rachet henkei version
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854474)
Posted by Mkall on December 22nd, 2008 @ 2:27pm CST
Perhaps they'll add the light bar so that it fits into those holes on the roof?
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854479)
Posted by TCJJ on December 22nd, 2008 @ 2:38pm CST
Now this is the Smokescreen that is needed. It's perfect. Red is also very nice but I'd like to see the light bar and perhaps a nicer photo because obviously, it's photoshopped and the white looks a bit crappy again, like "Henkei" Ratchet's (which turned out to be Universe).
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854483)
Posted by Sledge on December 22nd, 2008 @ 2:47pm CST
Mkall wrote:Perhaps they'll add the light bar so that it fits into those holes on the roof?

Wouldn't count on it. They left off Sideswipe's rocket pack.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854484)
Posted by kirbenvost on December 22nd, 2008 @ 2:49pm CST
Smokescreen looks just as awesome as I was hoping! Can't wait for BBTS to open up a preorder. 8)
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854489)
Posted by DevastaTTor on December 22nd, 2008 @ 2:55pm CST
kirbenvost wrote:Smokescreen looks just as awesome as I was hoping! Can't wait for BBTS to open up a preorder. 8)


Yep, shocker huh? The Henkei version looks much better than the Hasbro one. I might have to follow your lead and preorder as well. He does look good-definitely my favorite of the three versions.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854492)
Posted by Sledge on December 22nd, 2008 @ 2:59pm CST
Um... what's the big improvement on the Henkei? Or are you guys paid up members of the Pointlessly Chromed Spoiler Society?
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854493)
Posted by Technically weird on December 22nd, 2008 @ 3:02pm CST
I like the transparent red in Red Alert's chest. I wish I lived in Japan.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854494)
Posted by typh0id on December 22nd, 2008 @ 3:03pm CST
I am so not buying another Sunstreaker mold...two is plenty for me...
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854508)
Posted by hippymule on December 22nd, 2008 @ 3:18pm CST
red alert is a fake! :MAD: thats a shippy photoshop/piant recolor you can even see the red is fake! but if this is a crappy prototipe and the reel one is good well then.. a men to that! :lol:
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854515)
Posted by i_amtrunks on December 22nd, 2008 @ 3:27pm CST
Awwww Dammit, I had plans to make my own Universe Red Alert with the Sideswipe mold, but now I don't know if I should bother since the Henkei will be much better than anything I painted.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854537)
Posted by Mkall on December 22nd, 2008 @ 4:06pm CST
Sledge wrote:
Mkall wrote:Perhaps they'll add the light bar so that it fits into those holes on the roof?

Wouldn't count on it. They left off Sideswipe's rocket pack.

Aye, and we know that this is a fairly bad photoshop, so they either left it off by accident or on purpose because they didn't have the new remolded lightbar to add there yet.

I like my land of hopeless optimism.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854551)
Posted by Swiftpaw on December 22nd, 2008 @ 4:26pm CST
Red Alert fails unless there's a lightbar. There's already notchs they could use, how hard would it be to make one?
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854585)
Posted by HighPrime on December 22nd, 2008 @ 5:12pm CST
I was counting on a Red Alert repaint. Hope he gets the light-bar, though. Probably haven't heard this too often, but Wheelie is fantastic.. can't wait to get him!
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854586)
Posted by capellamusic on December 22nd, 2008 @ 5:14pm CST
I wonder why is Laserbeak on the new Encore release and not Buzzsaw since Laserbeak was already released with Encore Soundwave, so what's the point of re-releasing a figure in the same line? Maybe it's Buzzsaw instead. When the minibots pack was announced there was also confusion about the included minibots, I guess this will be the same thing, and we'll get Buzzsaw instead (I hope). Otherwise it's simply non-sense...

The Universe/Henkei figures look cool but I don't care about them...
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854594)
Posted by Mirage22 on December 22nd, 2008 @ 5:24pm CST
Universe Red Alert. lol. Like we didn't see that coming. He looks awesoeme. Now we can have the Safety Friends, of Red Alert and Inferno. But what's with him having no light bar?
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854627)
Posted by Dreadwinglord on December 22nd, 2008 @ 5:59pm CST
Those are great, I am a buyer
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854636)
Posted by breakthru on December 22nd, 2008 @ 6:22pm CST
Good news overall. Red Alert looks a bit bare and I'm not sold on the minibots being in the Henkei line, but overall glad that Henkei is slowly catching up and indeed overtaking Hasbro in the production rates (in the cases of Ratchet and Red Alert) as I prefer their versions :D
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854681)
Posted by Loki God Of Mischief on December 22nd, 2008 @ 8:11pm CST
I just heard that the Encore tapes are two sets. One Decepticon and one Autobot. If that's true that's very overpriced. $50 for two Encore tapes? I'm hoping whoever told me that is wrong because you can get toys like Encore Jazz, Ironhide, and Ratchet for $35-$50.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854682)
Posted by Stormrider on December 22nd, 2008 @ 8:15pm CST
Red Alert definitely needs the light bar on top. I am excited to see that there will probably be additional tapes volumes.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854719)
Posted by rpetras on December 22nd, 2008 @ 10:35pm CST
I like that Smokescreen waaaaay better than the announced US version.

I'm on the fence about Red Alert. I put in the pre-order for both. I can always cancel if they announce a US release, or if the final version still looks that bad.

For the moment I'm actually kinda happy it's just a Photoshop job a not a preproduction paintjob.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854740)
Posted by Bonger on December 22nd, 2008 @ 11:47pm CST
Sledge wrote:Um... what's the big improvement on the Henkei? Or are you guys paid up members of the Pointlessly Chromed Spoiler Society?


Haha, best post i've read in quite a while.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854749)
Posted by robofreak on December 23rd, 2008 @ 12:06am CST
Wheeljack144 wrote:
robofreak wrote:I was wondering when we'd see this. Now all we need is Hoist, Grapple, Tracks, Trailbreaker, Skids, and Jazz to complete the Autobot cars collection.


what, no love for wheeljack?


I knew I was missing one of them. I feel dumb now.

Sledge wrote:Um... what's the big improvement on the Henkei? Or are you guys paid up members of the Pointlessly Chromed Spoiler Society?


I have a bunch of Henkei figs and the chrome does'nt really do anything for me. I only went with Henkei because it was cheaper for me to buy them than the US versions. I don't own the new Henkei figs. The only ones I have are Rodimus, Starscream, Ramjet, Bumblebee, and Mirage. The chrome is'nt excessive on any of the figures, but I would've have rather had molded plastic as I fear the chipping I'll have in the years to come.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854767)
Posted by CollectionTF on December 23rd, 2008 @ 2:29am CST
Red Alert (awfull, no light bars and head color is different)
Smokescreen (Awesome)
Encore 15 (Nice, but why is it above 40 dollars?)
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854781)
Posted by Nujevad on December 23rd, 2008 @ 3:49am CST
robofreak wrote:
Wheeljack144 wrote:
robofreak wrote:I was wondering when we'd see this. Now all we need is Hoist, Grapple, Tracks, Trailbreaker, Skids, and Jazz to complete the Autobot cars collection.

what, no love for wheeljack?

I knew I was missing one of them. I feel dumb now.
What about the original minobot cars? No huffer, gears or windcharger yet.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854803)
Posted by JaZzTaStIc on December 23rd, 2008 @ 6:08am CST
sweet :D thats 3 repaints each
yea a light bar would be kool but thats not gonna stop me pickin him up, its an awesome mold and another gr8 (sometimes trippy) G1 character.

and if you lot of moaners are forgettin, the original red alert and sideswipe shared the same mold, so where’s the problem?

u can't really say anything about the detail yet as this may not be the final version, plus hasbro's may be better.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854820)
Posted by Pot Bot on December 23rd, 2008 @ 6:54am CST
chances of a wildrider repaint?
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854900)
Posted by Oilspill on December 23rd, 2008 @ 9:47am CST
This makes me realise how stupid it is to repaint a Lamborghini into a fire department vehicle. Yeah, that makes sense :P

Not that I'd have them do it any other way!

Anyway, it will be cool to have Red Alert and Inferno on the shelf together. Hope he looks better when we see some proper pics.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854903)
Posted by Firebird on December 23rd, 2008 @ 9:54am CST
Oilspill wrote:This makes me realise how stupid it is to repaint a Lamborghini into a fire department vehicle. Yeah, that makes sense :P

The department obviously has a tremendous budget! Red Alert just can't drive it past any of the city's taxpayers.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (854977)
Posted by Prime Evil on December 23rd, 2008 @ 11:26am CST
Hmmm, I think I like Henkei Smokescreen slightly better then the US version. Guess I'll have to add another one to my list of Henkei's > Hasbro. As for Red Alert, I'll wait to see what Hasbro does.

I'm hoping to get a lot of Henkei shoppin done at Botcon. Still need Henkei Megs n Starscream as well.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (855047)
Posted by JaZzTaStIc on December 23rd, 2008 @ 12:59pm CST
Pottermus_Prime wrote:chances of a wildrider repaint?


not wildrider, no no no, heres the breakdown repaint dear boi :D
all he needs is some dark blues over the reds and thats 3 stunticons
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (855054)
Posted by DMSL on December 23rd, 2008 @ 1:02pm CST
Very sweet but instead of Laserbeak they should pack Ravage with Ratbat.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (855209)
Posted by Pot Bot on December 23rd, 2008 @ 4:48pm CST
JaZzTaStIc wrote:
Pottermus_Prime wrote:chances of a wildrider repaint?


not wildrider, no no no, heres the breakdown repaint dear boi :D
all he needs is some dark blues over the reds and thats 3 stunticons


shoot, i always get them two mixed up and i was even thinking when writing it breakdown not wildrider.



As for wildrider's update.........well im still after him, i love that mold
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (855247)
Posted by Stormrider on December 23rd, 2008 @ 6:36pm CST
CollectionTF wrote:Red Alert (awfull, no light bars and head color is different)
Smokescreen (Awesome)
Encore 15 (Nice, but why is it above 40 dollars?)


It does seem quite expensive. It's about the same price as Encore Megatron.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (855595)
Posted by SentinelA on December 24th, 2008 @ 12:10pm CST
Unless there's a Hasbro version, I probably will not get this toy. My Classics collection is getting full, especially my Autobots.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (855672)
Posted by Sowndwave76 on December 24th, 2008 @ 2:25pm CST
I'm definitely getting both... Probably 2 Smokescreens.
I'll have to see the Hasbro version of Red Alert before I decide if I'm going one and one, or both Henkei for him.
Even without a light bar, I'm still in.

edit:
I went to BBTS and looked at both versions of Smokescreen, and the Henkei version is waaaay better imo... Didn't think there'd be so many differences/improvements--

--spoiler is red, not blue and yellow
--the front of the car is blue and white, not black
--the white stripe is thinner
--the number 38 is not on the hood
--the number on the door fits in the white square much more nicely (this part of the Hasbro version almost looks like a design mistake-- the number looks too small, or he white box looks too big)
--the bot mode is free of those annoying yellow accents (besides on the head where they should be)
--the only chrome looks like it'll be the shoulder cannons and gun

And I can't tell, but it almost looks like the wheels are silver or white, not that seemingly random copper color.

To me, this is one of the most improved figures that Henkei has released.
I just changed my preorder to "1 standard and 1 collector".
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (856316)
Posted by metaphorge on December 26th, 2008 @ 3:23am CST
Sledge wrote:Um... what's the big improvement on the Henkei? Or are you guys paid up members of the Pointlessly Chromed Spoiler Society?

Your crack would have been a bit funnier if the Smokescreen shown actually HAD chrome on its spoiler... just sayin'.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (856317)
Posted by metaphorge on December 26th, 2008 @ 3:26am CST
Sowndwave76 wrote:edit:
I went to BBTS and looked at both versions of Smokescreen, and the Henkei version is waaaay better imo... Didn't think there'd be so many differences/improvements--

--spoiler is red, not blue and yellow
--the front of the car is blue and white, not black
--the white stripe is thinner
--the number 38 is not on the hood
--the number on the door fits in the white square much more nicely (this part of the Hasbro version almost looks like a design mistake-- the number looks too small, or he white box looks too big)
--the bot mode is free of those annoying yellow accents (besides on the head where they should be)
--the only chrome looks like it'll be the shoulder cannons and gun

And I can't tell, but it almost looks like the wheels are silver or white, not that seemingly random copper color.

To me, this is one of the most improved figures that Henkei has released.
I just changed my preorder to "1 standard and 1 collector".

QFT! I went with the Universe versions of Prowl and $Streak (largely to avoid the chrome on the spoiler), but if Henkei Smokescreen turns out like the photo the Hankei really blows the Universe version out of the water.

On the other hand, I hope that there is a Universe Red Alert and it looks decent. As far as I'm concerned, Sunstreaker is the only version of the Lambo mold that should have a chrome spoiler.
Re: Henkei Red Alert, Smokescreen, Minibot & Cassette Images (856498)
Posted by Sowndwave76 on December 26th, 2008 @ 12:57pm CST
metaphorge wrote:QFT! I went with the Universe versions of Prowl and $Streak (largely to avoid the chrome on the spoiler), but if Henkei Smokescreen turns out like the photo the Hankei really blows the Universe version out of the water.

On the other hand, I hope that there is a Universe Red Alert and it looks decent. As far as I'm concerned, Sunstreaker is the only version of the Lambo mold that should have a chrome spoiler.


Oh, me too. I love the classics figures, but I don't always get the Henkei versions if Hasbro gives us something good.
In fact, I only have 7 Henkei versions right now out of all of my Classics collection, and you can't really count Thundercracker...
I'm considering one Henkei version of of both Cyclonus and Hound, but still undecided.
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