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New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru

Transformers News: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru

Monday, March 12th, 2012 6:53PM CDT

Categories: Knock Offs, Site News, Toy News
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It's rare for Knock Offs to sneak their way into the world famous Seibertron.com galleries, but these four managed to get past the gallery bouncer for a photo shoot! Below you will find galleries for the recently produced KO versions of the rare and highly sought after Japanese cassettes Gurafi, Noizu, Dairu, and Zauru along with their combined forms of Decibel and Legout.

These figures are unofficial duplicates of the originals right down to the packaging and copyright stamps. The packaging is significantly lower res than authentic versions, though this could be difficult to discern in an on-line auction setting. If you plan on purchasing authentic versions of these figures use these galleries to educate yourself before buying.



Noizu (Cassettes, Communications)
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Gurafi (Cassettes, Communications)
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Dairu (Cassettes, Communications)
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Zauru (Cassettes, Communications)
KO Transformers

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Legout (Cassettes, Communications, Gestalts)
KO Transformers

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Decibel (Cassettes, Communications, Gestalts)
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Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357840)
Posted by Stormrider on March 12th, 2012 @ 7:16pm CDT
Thanks for the photos. I have an authentic Noizu and comparing it to the Seibertron's photos of KO Noizu helps me see the differences much easier.

I bought KO Dial and KO Zaur to fill a void and was not happy at all. First and last KO's I buy. I expected them to be cheap but not defected to the point that I could not transform them.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357842)
Posted by El Duque on March 12th, 2012 @ 7:22pm CDT
Stormrider wrote:Thanks for the photos. I have an authentic Noizu and comparing it to the Seibertron's photos of KO Noizu helps me see the differences much easier.

I bought KO Dial and KO Zaur to fill a void and was not happy at all. First and last KO's I buy. I expected them to be cheap but not defected to the point that I could not transform them.


I have all four KO's and found them nearly perfect.

I don't always buy KO's

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but when I do they're rare Japanese cassettes.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357844)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on March 12th, 2012 @ 7:41pm CDT
These galleries honor the sacrifice of KOTOYS.com, a business which literally died to bring you these cassettes. Whether or not you feel they deserved the crackdown that befell them (and I'd be interested to meet a lawyer that says they didn't), these 4 are an impressive legacy.

True, they should have altered the packaging in some way to prevent secondary market fraud, but so far every one I've seen on the auction block has fessed up to it being a knock off.

Another handy metric: If the lot is a pair, mint in pristine boxes with no visible wear, it's the KO. If it's just one, loose with the stickers all curled at the edges and missing one or both guns, and generally looking like your personal holy grail degraded into a piece of slag as part of some sick cosmic joke, then it's the real deal. These 4 are traded so infrequently that Takara should have reissued these guys a LONG time ago to meet demand from cassette completists and avoided this whole polarizing issue. If they haven't done so because the molds are missing/damaged, and Takara won't reverse mold because it's too expensive, then I'd like to think that the reverse molds made to produce this set will somehow fall into official hands.

I for one got both pair, and proudly show them off...to friends who've never heard of them, don't understand their grail-status, and can't get over how lame their combined modes look, especially Decibel, who can barely stand straight up (is that a defect unique to the KOs?) Kind of like how Heavy Metal was out of print for so long that by the time of the big release in the late '90s, enough good anime was commercially available that it didn't seem all that mind-blowing anymore.

Glad to finally have these guys, even if they're not the real deal. KOTOYS always had QC problems, overshadowed by their communication problems, and I haven't received all of my last 2 orders yet. Yet based on some horror stories I'm hearing about the Soundblaster/Twincast reissues, apparently collecting any toy you have to order from overseas is something of a crap shoot anymore. I hope this rambling doesn't get another KOTOYS thread locked, and thanks for the gallery.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357850)
Posted by Seibertron on March 12th, 2012 @ 8:06pm CDT
Kills me that I had to use KOs for these instead of the real deals. Unfortunately, these will have to do until I am able to purchase originals or until reissues are released. Hopefully Takara Tomy takes note and puts these on their list for an Encore release. It'd be awesome to see one set of all four or the four figures split up between two different Encore sets, the others being Beastbox, Squawktalk, Grandslam, and Raindance.

The quality on these is what I expected for KOs. They're by no means perfect. There are small issues with all of them, but nothing that prevented me from doing their galleries. The stickers are not a perfect fit, which was OK until I transformed them, which caused minor damage to the stickers that overlap. Some of you might have the patience to trim the stickers ... I don't.

Decibel wasn't able to be combined properly because Gurafi's head wouldn't stay in the tucked in position, which I fixed by putting a small rubberband around his head just to create enough friction so that the head wouldn't fall out, causing Decibel's torso to fall backward.

It was nice to finally have some kind of samples of these in my hands at long last. I will acknowledge that my purchase of these four cassettes is hypocritical of me, especially since I'm such a staunch advocate against 3rd party toys and especially of knock offs. However, items like these are only a placeholder in my collection until I can find the authentic figures. It's not that I can't afford the originals, it's that they're hard as hell to come by, and when they do ... other collectors are right there to buy them as well. Hopefully I will be able to present detailed galleries of the original versions of these cassettes alongside their counterfeits so that everyone can be educated about the differences.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357868)
Posted by Seibertron on March 12th, 2012 @ 9:05pm CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:These galleries honor the sacrifice of KOTOYS.com, a business which literally died to bring you these cassettes. Whether or not you feel they deserved the crackdown that befell them (and I'd be interested to meet a lawyer that says they didn't), these 4 are an impressive legacy.

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Glad to finally have these guys, even if they're not the real deal. KOTOYS always had QC problems, overshadowed by their communication problems, and I haven't received all of my last 2 orders yet. Yet based on some horror stories I'm hearing about the Soundblaster/Twincast reissues, apparently collecting any toy you have to order from overseas is something of a crap shoot anymore. I hope this rambling doesn't get another KOTOYS thread locked, and thanks for the gallery.


These galleries most definitely do not honor KOtoys. Don't turn KOtoys into martyrs. They are way on the other end of the spectrum from being anything close to that. KOtoys got what these deserved and had coming to them for a very long time. From what I understand, KOtoys isn't who made these, or any KO Transformers toys. They were just an online retailer who sold KO products.

Curious to hear about the problems people are saying about their Twincast and Soundblaster. Aside from my Twincast missing the two clear cases for the cassettes, everything else was perfect.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357881)
Posted by generalstratton on March 12th, 2012 @ 9:58pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:
Bumblevivisector wrote:These galleries honor the sacrifice of KOTOYS.com, a business which literally died to bring you these cassettes. Whether or not you feel they deserved the crackdown that befell them (and I'd be interested to meet a lawyer that says they didn't), these 4 are an impressive legacy.

...

Glad to finally have these guys, even if they're not the real deal. KOTOYS always had QC problems, overshadowed by their communication problems, and I haven't received all of my last 2 orders yet. Yet based on some horror stories I'm hearing about the Soundblaster/Twincast reissues, apparently collecting any toy you have to order from overseas is something of a crap shoot anymore. I hope this rambling doesn't get another KOTOYS thread locked, and thanks for the gallery.


These galleries most definitely do not honor KOtoys. Don't turn KOtoys into martyrs. They are way on the other end of the spectrum from being anything close to that. KOtoys got what these deserved and had coming to them for a very long time. From what I understand, KOtoys isn't who made these, or any KO Transformers toys. They were just an online retailer who sold KO products.

Curious to hear about the problems people are saying about their Twincast and Soundblaster. Aside from my Twincast missing the two clear cases for the cassettes, everything else was perfect.





In this one case, KOtoys were directly responsible. While they were not the factory that made them, the owner of KOtoys donated his original figures to the factory, so they could be reverse engineered. And was involved in the QC process, for the prototype figures to make sure they matched up in appearance as much as possible. As the factory brought the toys to the owner of KOtoys during each stage of the development for approval. Even the sticker font was changed, after one of these meetings. (over the 6 - 10 months of these figures development, their progress was posted on the KOtoys forums, keeping the fans involved as well)

Yes KOtoys was just on online retailer, but through their forums, KOtoys had become very involved with Chinese companies, like CHMS, to try and bring KO fans what we wanted. as well as to bring us exclusives, like the DIY Sideswipe & Hotrod kits.

And for all their problems, it will be along time before some one fill their shoes. In becoming more then just a retailers of knock off toys.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357893)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on March 12th, 2012 @ 10:15pm CDT
Sorry I failed to convey the half jest of that "sacrifice" comment. Since the galleries were compiled for this site, I assume most viewers would know they were anything but a shrine to knock-off retailers. I think CHMS actually made these, but I though GenZao did have some hand in seeing that they got made.

No one can say KOTOYS wasn't asking for everything that befell them, but I stand by my statement that these KOs have probably helped pave the way for legit reissues down the road. Even if Takara has all the original molds in working order, they likely considered these 4 too obscure to bother with, since demand would be perceived as lacking. Well, the justified s#!t-storm surrounding these knock-offs was more effective advertising and market research than Takara would likely pay for.

I never wanted exact replica KOs of these guys any more than you did, Seib. I don't really want pristine originals either, since anyone lucky enough to have them should hold onto them forever; that's what I'd do. Hell, if I saw any mint '87 versions of them come up for auction, I'd be sad because I'd assume it was the result of a collector falling on hard financial times or dying. I want legit reissues. So do you. It's safe to say we'd all love to see that. But sometimes a placeholder has to exist before any rights holder realizes that a place might also exist in their business plan for the real deal. Just look at any foreign movie or TV show that's gotten a fansub long before any American distributor bothered to import it legally. It may be a sad fact, and not how the world of toy collecting should work, but that fact is what this gallery will stand tribute to until there exists any such thing as reissues of these cassettes.

Again, sorry if this is getting off track, but I had to clarify what I said on a thorny issue.

As for the QC issues with the communicators, my Shattered Glass Drift had a left and right gun, but I don't doubt I was just lucky, so I don't doubt the posters who said they were missing a dial and a wing either. My luck with our latest set of legit cassette reissues has yet to be seen, as I'm a tad broke at the moment.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357896)
Posted by Seibertron on March 12th, 2012 @ 10:19pm CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:Sorry I failed to convey the half jest of that "sacrifice" comment. Since the galleries were compiled for this site, I assume most viewers would know they were anything but a shrine to knock-off retailers. I think CHMS actually made these, but I though GenZao did have some hand in seeing that they got made.

No one can say KOTOYS wasn't asking for everything that befell them, but I stand by my statement that these KOs have probably helped pave the way for legit reissues down the road. Even if Takara has all the original molds in working order, they likely considered these 4 too obscure to bother with, since demand would be perceived as lacking. Well, the justified s#!t-storm surrounding these knock-offs was more effective advertising and market research than Takara would likely pay for.

I never wanted exact replica KOs of these guys any more than you did, Seib. I don't really want pristine originals either, since anyone lucky enough to have them should hold onto them forever; that's what I'd do. Hell, if I saw any mint '87 versions of them come up for auction, I'd be sad because I'd assume it was the result of a collector falling on hard financial times or dying. I want legit reissues. So do you. It's safe to say we'd all love to see that. But sometimes a placeholder has to exist before any rights holder realizes that a place might also exist in their business plan for the real deal. Just look at any foreign movie or TV show that's gotten a fansub long before any American distributor bothered to import it legally. It may be a sad fact, and not how the world of toy collecting should work, but that fact is what this gallery will stand tribute to until there exists any such thing as reissues of these cassettes.

Again, sorry if this is getting off track, but I had to clarify what I said on a thorny issue.

As for the QC issues with the communicators, my Shattered Glass Drift had a left and right gun, but I don't doubt I was just lucky, so I don't doubt the posters who said they were missing a dial and a wing either. My luck with our latest set of legit cassette reissues has yet to be seen, as I'm a tad broke at the moment.


Thanks for the clarification and for the info. Hopefully the previous shitstorm and spotlighting galleries of these KOs will help get these their rightful place in the archives or reissues in the near future. I've got my fingers crossed.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357909)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on March 12th, 2012 @ 10:47pm CDT
I have to admit, I wondered whether these guys would find their way into the Seibertron galleries. Nice to see them here. And I do hope that these KOs push Takara into making legit reissues! As the owner of all four KOs I'd love to get my mitts on legit versions.

For all we know KO Toys did sacrifice themselves when they made these. Mike WAS instrumental in making them. KO Toys did make a great deal of KOs that were highly prized, and I have more than a few .... mostly Seekers. The fan interaction was really something too and it contributed to their success. Unfortunately all that was overshadowed by certain ... let's say "flaws" to be nice. They really were their own worst enemy; they probably would have been met with much less hostility if they only did things just a little differently. And I don't understand why they were dead set to make these as exact as possible when it alienated a whole section of the community.

Anyhow, the last two Dinocassettes and 25 cases made for a great last order.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357915)
Posted by Mkall on March 12th, 2012 @ 11:32pm CDT
Gauntlet101010 wrote:I have to admit, I wondered whether these guys would find their way into the Seibertron galleries. Nice to see them here. And I do hope that these KOs push Takara into making legit reissues! As the owner of all four KOs I'd love to get my mitts on legit versions.

As would I and most people on these boards I would suspect.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357928)
Posted by UltraPrimal on March 13th, 2012 @ 1:35am CDT
Man, I'm a little jealous. These guys, even for KO's, look pretty cool. I especially like Dairu. Looks pretty articulated for a G1 cassette.

You should do a gallery of that Headmaster Surprise Giftset next if you're looking to continue with the KOs. At least they're of much better quality than your average knockoff. And I know just where you can get a set. ;)
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357936)
Posted by emeraldbeacon on March 13th, 2012 @ 2:07am CDT
Still think they should recolor the Energon Dinobots into Noise & Graphy...
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357940)
Posted by Seibertron on March 13th, 2012 @ 2:22am CDT
UltraPrimal wrote:Man, I'm a little jealous. These guys, even for KO's, look pretty cool. I especially like Dairu. Looks pretty articulated for a G1 cassette.

You should do a gallery of that Headmaster Surprise Giftset next if you're looking to continue with the KOs. At least they're of much better quality than your average knockoff. And I know just where you can get a set. ;)


I've got those too ... just need a reason to bust them out for the galleries. Timing is everything. I decided to move these four galleries to the top of the list because I received Noizu and Gurafi on Saturday, right before I was about to put away Twincast, Soundblaster, Soundwave, Blaster, and all of the cassettes. I decided now was the best time to do them while I had all of those toys out still, who are now all packed away safe and sound and heading back to the storage unit tomorrow.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357967)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 13th, 2012 @ 10:34am CDT
How come they're listed here by Romanized names instead of the more transliterated "Noise", "Graphy", "Dial", and "Saur"? :???:
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357974)
Posted by Seibertron on March 13th, 2012 @ 10:59am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:How come they're listed here by Romanized names instead of the more transliterated "Noise", "Graphy", "Dial", and "Saur"? :???:


Because their names are written in plain english on their bio cards and any of the high profile collectors websites that I've been to in the past use these versions of their names as well. I have the four alternate names that you listed (Noise, Graphy, Saur, and Dial) as their secondary names so if someone tries to search for them that way, it will still pull up their galleries.

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Example of search by their alternative names: http://www.seibertron.com/toys/index.ph ... mit=Search

And here are some blogs from a couple of high end Transformers collectors:

Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357980)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on March 13th, 2012 @ 11:08am CDT
Seibertron wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:How come they're listed here by Romanized names instead of the more transliterated "Noise", "Graphy", "Dial", and "Saur"? :???:


Because their names are written in plain english on their bio cards and any of the high profile collectors websites that I've been to in the past use these versions of their names as well. I have the four alternate names that you listed (Noise, Graphy, Saur, and Dial) as their secondary names so if someone tries to search for them that way, it will still pull up their galleries.

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Example of search by their alternative names: http://www.seibertron.com/toys/index.ph ... mit=Search

And here are some blogs from a couple of high end Transformers collectors:



And despite the fact they may seem "off" and it makes more sense to use the more transliterated names, it's the fact that the standard romanised names appear on the bio cards that makes them the official English names. Don't try to fight it, I did that once.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357982)
Posted by Seibertron on March 13th, 2012 @ 11:11am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:And despite the fact they may seem "off" and it makes more sense to use the more transliterated names, it's the fact that the standard romanised names appear on the bio cards that makes them the official English names. Don't try to fight it, I did that once.


That and coupled with the fact that to the best of my knowledge there is no official fiction or listings of these characters with the transliterated names which I had never heard of prior to reading those names on tfwiki.net while researching information about these toys when I started their galleries. If someone can show me an official usage of their names like that, then I might be able to be persuaded to flip their name usage on this site.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1357996)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 13th, 2012 @ 11:43am CDT
Seibertron wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:And despite the fact they may seem "off" and it makes more sense to use the more transliterated names, it's the fact that the standard romanised names appear on the bio cards that makes them the official English names. Don't try to fight it, I did that once.


That and coupled with the fact that to the best of my knowledge there is no official fiction or listings of these characters with the transliterated names which I had never heard of prior to reading those names on tfwiki.net while researching information about these toys when I started their galleries. If someone can show me an official usage of their names like that, then I might be able to be persuaded to flip their name usage on this site.
I figure most just take them as a case in which we know what names they're supposed to be, but someone at Takara probably didn't and so only went halfway in the translation process.

Similar things have happened, like how the following toys have had their names misspelled in English:
  • Minerva as "Minelba"
  • Kraken as "Clerken"
  • Dauros as "Dowlos"
  • Cab as "Carb"
  • Alternity Dai Atlas as "Dai Atras" (a recent example)
  • Liokaiser as "Liocaesar"

Eh, at least we know what English names they're trying to be. :)
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358001)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on March 13th, 2012 @ 12:01pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Similar things have happened, like how the following toys have had their names misspelled in English:
  • Minerva as "Minelba"
  • Kraken as "Clerken"
  • Dauros as "Dowlos"
  • Cab as "Carb"
  • Alternity Dai Atlas as "Dai Atras" (a recent example)
  • Liokaiser as "Liocaesar"

Eh, at least we know what English names they're trying to be. :)


Hold that thought while I look up their bio cards. If you must know, it spells "Jaruga" as "Jallguar", based on "Jaga" for Jaguar (Ravage)
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358015)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 13th, 2012 @ 12:30pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:If you must know, it spells "Jaruga" as "Jallguar", based on "Jaga" for Jaguar (Ravage)
I know. TFWiki has decided that there's little reason to no longer ignore the spellings "Jallguar" and "Guyhawk" over the fan spellings of "Jaruga/Jarugar" and "Gaihawk", and so have thus gone with those names.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358031)
Posted by Seibertron on March 13th, 2012 @ 1:00pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Similar things have happened, like how the following toys have had their names misspelled in English:
  • Minerva as "Minelba"
  • Kraken as "Clerken"
  • Dauros as "Dowlos"
  • Cab as "Carb"
  • Alternity Dai Atlas as "Dai Atras" (a recent example)
  • Liokaiser as "Liocaesar"

Eh, at least we know what English names they're trying to be. :)


Hold that thought while I look up their bio cards. If you must know, it spells "Jaruga" as "Jallguar", based on "Jaga" for Jaguar (Ravage)


Some of the examples you mentioned are the more obvious "L" and "R" issues with translation from Japanese to English, which are easy to discern what the correct name should be. The difference with these four dino-cassettes is that their Japanese names are regularly used by collectors and to the best of my knowledge there is no official fiction that uses the names Graphy, Dial, Saur, and Noise. It helps that the Japanese versions of their names are all easy to pronounce. It doesn't help matters that they didn't appear in the cartoon and thus there are no subtitle translations of their names. There are plenty of references to the more acceptable or common English versions of the names you mentioned.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358070)
Posted by Screamfleet on March 13th, 2012 @ 2:36pm CDT
Mkall wrote:As would I and most people on these boards I would suspect.


I'm many trans fans would buy up reissues of these guys. Getting them to sell would be no problem.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358259)
Posted by Rated X on March 13th, 2012 @ 10:35pm CDT
generalstratton wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
Bumblevivisector wrote:These galleries honor the sacrifice of KOTOYS.com, a business which literally died to bring you these cassettes. Whether or not you feel they deserved the crackdown that befell them (and I'd be interested to meet a lawyer that says they didn't), these 4 are an impressive legacy.

...

Glad to finally have these guys, even if they're not the real deal. KOTOYS always had QC problems, overshadowed by their communication problems, and I haven't received all of my last 2 orders yet. Yet based on some horror stories I'm hearing about the Soundblaster/Twincast reissues, apparently collecting any toy you have to order from overseas is something of a crap shoot anymore. I hope this rambling doesn't get another KOTOYS thread locked, and thanks for the gallery.


These galleries most definitely do not honor KOtoys. Don't turn KOtoys into martyrs. They are way on the other end of the spectrum from being anything close to that. KOtoys got what these deserved and had coming to them for a very long time. From what I understand, KOtoys isn't who made these, or any KO Transformers toys. They were just an online retailer who sold KO products.

Curious to hear about the problems people are saying about their Twincast and Soundblaster. Aside from my Twincast missing the two clear cases for the cassettes, everything else was perfect.





In this one case, KOtoys were directly responsible. While they were not the factory that made them, the owner of KOtoys donated his original figures to the factory, so they could be reverse engineered. And was involved in the QC process, for the prototype figures to make sure they matched up in appearance as much as possible. As the factory brought the toys to the owner of KOtoys during each stage of the development for approval. Even the sticker font was changed, after one of these meetings. (over the 6 - 10 months of these figures development, their progress was posted on the KOtoys forums, keeping the fans involved as well)

Yes KOtoys was just on online retailer, but through their forums, KOtoys had become very involved with Chinese companies, like CHMS, to try and bring KO fans what we wanted. as well as to bring us exclusives, like the DIY Sideswipe & Hotrod kits.

And for all their problems, it will be along time before some one fill their shoes. In becoming more then just a retailers of knock off toys.



Seibertron,

I commend you for putting up these galleries. The bottom line is almost no one has the original Takara Dino cassettes. With that being said, it makes the KO Dino cassettes a hot item and a must have for G1 collectors. I encourage you to do more galleries of KO’s that were never intended to exist such as CHMS Rainmakers, Sunstorm, Purple Clone, Ghost Coneheads, KOLD Blue Konvoy, X-Transbots Bad Boy and Cobra Power Rat. While the molds might be KO’s the characters are not because they have been deemed unworthy of production by Hasbro. These are the galleries people want to see. Not galleries of stuff that is in Wal-Mart as we speak.


As for KO Toys, I would say that they were unfairly targeted by Hasbro because they made CHMS and KOLD famous. Plenty of other online stores continue to sell these products without threats from Hasbro lawyers. This includes Robot Kingdom, an official site sponsor. So why was only KO Toys targeted and not the others ? Was Mike really that big or was he just really outspoken. Either way, Mike and Kate took one for the team so they are indeed martyrs. But I suspect we haven’t seen the last of them.


A moment of silence for KO Toys…


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Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358294)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on March 14th, 2012 @ 5:07am CDT
Rated X wrote:Seibertron,

I commend you for putting up these galleries. The bottom line is almost no one has the original Takara Dino cassettes. With that being said, it makes the KO Dino cassettes a hot item and a must have for G1 collectors. I encourage you to do more galleries of KO’s that were never intended to exist such as CHMS Rainmakers, Sunstorm, Purple Clone, Ghost Coneheads, KOLD Blue Konvoy, X-Transbots Bad Boy and Cobra Power Rat. While the molds might be KO’s the characters are not because they have been deemed unworthy of production by Hasbro. These are the galleries people want to see. Not galleries of stuff that is in Wal-Mart as we speak.


And I must commend you on your guts :)

While I'm not against galleries of such KO's for informative purposes, it could come across as condoning them, which will definitely earn us Hasbro's wrath. Several online stores had to actually stop listing such items upon Hasbro's request (read: Cease and Desist Notice), and I'm sure nobody wants to be sued by any large company.

And stop acting like you know the fandom, because you don't.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358296)
Posted by alldarker on March 14th, 2012 @ 5:28am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Rated X wrote:Seibertron,

I commend you for putting up these galleries. The bottom line is almost no one has the original Takara Dino cassettes. With that being said, it makes the KO Dino cassettes a hot item and a must have for G1 collectors. I encourage you to do more galleries of KO’s that were never intended to exist such as CHMS Rainmakers, Sunstorm, Purple Clone, Ghost Coneheads, KOLD Blue Konvoy, X-Transbots Bad Boy and Cobra Power Rat. While the molds might be KO’s the characters are not because they have been deemed unworthy of production by Hasbro. These are the galleries people want to see. Not galleries of stuff that is in Wal-Mart as we speak.

(...)
While I'm not against galleries of such KO's for informative purposes, it could come across as condoning them, which will definitely earn us Hasbro's wrath. Several online stores had to actually stop listing such items upon Hasbro's request (read: Cease and Desist Notice), and I'm sure nobody wants to be sued by any large company.

And stop acting like you know the fandom, because you don't.

Exactly what Jelze is saying.

And for the record: I am most certainly NOT interested in endless rows of galeries of variously colored KO's for any purposes. As far as I'm concerned just changing a color of plastic granules in a mold does not a new toy make (whatever fancy name you give it to push it to 'less discriminating fans'), especially if the manufactorer is not even the original designer / licensed producer of said toy. I barely accept official repaints, actually, but understand they are needed to up new product and to 'dilute' R&D costs. For a KO-producer to do the same (with current molds!) is just plain robbery.

I'll be honest, I have the KO Headmasters set, which severly impressed me, and I also have Dairu and Zauru, which are barely acceptable, QC-wise (and turned me off ordering the remaining two Japanese Dino-cassettes). But they all have been molds (not just recolors) that are no longer in use and for which fan demand was always pretty high.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358302)
Posted by Screamfleet on March 14th, 2012 @ 6:19am CDT
Not galleries of stuff that is in Wal-Mart as we speak.


Uh...I do.

I love the comparison shots, and seeing good pictures. They speak for themselves usually. It's a great way to help me decide if I should get something or not.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358307)
Posted by alldarker on March 14th, 2012 @ 6:56am CDT
Screamfleet wrote:
Not galleries of stuff that is in Wal-Mart as we speak.


Uh...I do.

I love the comparison shots, and seeing good pictures. They speak for themselves usually. It's a great way to help me decide if I should get something or not.

Exactly.
And, oh yeah, it might be galeries of 'stuff that is in Wal-Mart as we speak', but considering the nearest Wal-Mart to my house (in Ellsworth, ME) is, oohhh, about 5.228 kilometers west of my home town in Europe, that's still a problem.
:HEADHURTS:
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358316)
Posted by GuyIncognito on March 14th, 2012 @ 7:47am CDT
Rated X wrote: These are the galleries people want to see. Not galleries of stuff that is in Wal-Mart as we speak.


Speak for yourself, but don't presume to speak for others. I often use Seibertron's galleries to help me decide which current figures to buy.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358361)
Posted by Rated X on March 14th, 2012 @ 9:25am CDT
GuyIncognito wrote:
Rated X wrote: These are the galleries people want to see. Not galleries of stuff that is in Wal-Mart as we speak.


Speak for yourself, but don't presume to speak for others. I often use Seibertron's galleries to help me decide which current figures to buy.



Me too. But I use them to decide on which expensive figures to import. I dont use them to decide on $12.99 purchases. Just throw it in the cart with your groceries and take a shot in the dark. It wont bankrupt you. ;)
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358363)
Posted by Rated X on March 14th, 2012 @ 9:31am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Rated X wrote:Seibertron,

I commend you for putting up these galleries. The bottom line is almost no one has the original Takara Dino cassettes. With that being said, it makes the KO Dino cassettes a hot item and a must have for G1 collectors. I encourage you to do more galleries of KO’s that were never intended to exist such as CHMS Rainmakers, Sunstorm, Purple Clone, Ghost Coneheads, KOLD Blue Konvoy, X-Transbots Bad Boy and Cobra Power Rat. While the molds might be KO’s the characters are not because they have been deemed unworthy of production by Hasbro. These are the galleries people want to see. Not galleries of stuff that is in Wal-Mart as we speak.


And I must commend you on your guts :)

While I'm not against galleries of such KO's for informative purposes, it could come across as condoning them, which will definitely earn us Hasbro's wrath. Several online stores had to actually stop listing such items upon Hasbro's request (read: Cease and Desist Notice), and I'm sure nobody wants to be sued by any large company.

And stop acting like you know the fandom, because you don't.



I know you. :D

People get all touchy on these forums, but when the beer comes out at Botcon were all one big happy family.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358368)
Posted by Rated X on March 14th, 2012 @ 9:41am CDT
Heres a question for everyone that is not on Hasbro's payroll:


Lump of plastic A: Was officially sanctioned by Mr. Hasbro himself

Lump of plastic B: Made from the same plastic, stored in they same style of tub, but officially sanctioned by some random Chinese guy.


Which lump of plastic would you buy ???


Hasbro didnt create Transformers, they bought into it back into 1984. They are not gods, just businessmen. They dont care about us fans, so what up with the obsession some fans have with Hasbro ???
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358371)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on March 14th, 2012 @ 9:57am CDT
I'd rather see more 3rd party presence here than KO presence. At least 3rd parties have their own unique molds.

But the Dinocassettes are just about a necessary evil. They're too rare/expensive to ever see a legit presence in most people's collections.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358372)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on March 14th, 2012 @ 9:58am CDT
Rated X wrote:Heres a question for everyone that is not on Hasbro's payroll:


Lump of plastic A: Was officially sanctioned by Mr. Hasbro himself

Lump of plastic B: Made from the same plastic, stored in they same style of tub, but officially sanctioned by some random Chinese guy.


Which lump of plastic would you buy ???


Hasbro didnt create Transformers, they bought into it back into 1984. They are not gods, just businessmen. They dont care about us fans, so what up with the obsession some fans have with Hasbro ???


A better question would be this:

"How would you consider a person who copies toy designs and sells them at a much lower cost than the original product, even though the quality would be the same?"
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358374)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 14th, 2012 @ 10:07am CDT
Rated X wrote:Hasbro didnt create Transformers, they bought into it back into 1984.
No, they bought toy molds belonging to Diaclone and Micro Change. Hasbro created the Transformers franchise via a rebranding of non-TF Takara toys and tasking Marvel Comics with coming up with the story and characters under Hasbro's license. Transformers is Hasbro's baby, not Takara's. In fact, Japan didn't get Transformers until 1985, one whole year after the U.S.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358375)
Posted by Seibertron on March 14th, 2012 @ 10:08am CDT
Screamfleet wrote:
Not galleries of stuff that is in Wal-Mart as we speak.


Uh...I do.

I love the comparison shots, and seeing good pictures. They speak for themselves usually. It's a great way to help me decide if I should get something or not.


I can assure all of you that I generally know what types of toys people want to see galleries of most ... all I have to do is look at the past 8.25 years of traffic logs from these 2,600+ galleries.

What's always hot? Galleries of new Deluxe class figures, followed by Voyagers and Leaders. It actually follows Hasbro's sales patterns, at least according to them (they said that the deluxe class size is the #1 selling size class of Transformers toys).

What's not hot? Toys like Battle Ops Bumblebee and Legends class figures. Always surprised about the poor performance of Legends class figures since they seem to sell very well. My theory about that is the Legends must appeal to a more general audience than the more collector oriented community that visits Seibertron.com. Items like Robot Heroes, Mighty Muggs, figurines, etc ... those galleries do terrible. I feel like the search engines spider more pages than you guys look at for galleries like those.

Galleries of older figures don't perform as well either, which is why I usually always focus on galleries that are relevant to what's currently in the market. Case in point: Noizu's gallery has only been viewed 1,000 times after being posted for two days. Encore Soundblaster's gallery has only been viewed 3,230 times after being posted for a week. Cyberverse Megatron's gallery has been viewed 5,582 times after being posted for 11 days. TFP RID Ratchet's gallery has been viewed 9,785 times after 13 days. Surprisingly, TFP RID Arcee's gallery has been viewed 13,967 times after 13 days (far outpacing her casemate Ratchet's gallery). The data from Ratchet and Arcee helps me understand why we received a First Edition Arcee and not a First Edition Ratchet ... Arcee is a more popular character in the current cartoon.

The only 3rd party products that have done well have been the ones that I got a month or two in advance of when you guys could get them. I had the world exclusive first galleries on Fans Project's City Commander and Bruticus, and I might have had it on Protector but I'd have to double check the dates.

You guys should take a peak through the galleries of what's been hot and what's not through the last 8 years.

http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/toys/galleries/popular/


Regardless of where Hasbro stands on all of this, I know where I stand on all of the KO and 3rd party stuff. It's not my thing. It's unofficial product. If you guys like it, that's great. That's Hasbro's business to figure out where to draw the line, not mine. I am not here to guilt anyone about it like some do. If Hasbro really wanted to draw a line in the sand, they could easily do it simply by telling the major online retailers to either stop selling the 3rd party products or they'll stop supplying them with legit products. Problem solved. But they haven't, they've left the water muddied.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358376)
Posted by Seibertron on March 14th, 2012 @ 10:16am CDT
Rated X wrote:Heres a question for everyone that is not on Hasbro's payroll:


Lump of plastic A: Was officially sanctioned by Mr. Hasbro himself

Lump of plastic B: Made from the same plastic, stored in they same style of tub, but officially sanctioned by some random Chinese guy.


Which lump of plastic would you buy ???


Hasbro didnt create Transformers, they bought into it back into 1984. They are not gods, just businessmen. They dont care about us fans, so what up with the obsession some fans have with Hasbro ???


They DID create Transformers. All they bought were the rights to use some "transforming robots" however they saw fit. Between them and Marvel, who they hired to help come up with a story about "The Transformers", they came up with the compelling story and characters with which we all know and love. If it wasn't for Hasbro, there would just be non-sentient transforming robot toys with no characters, factions, personal stories, etc. Yes, Hasbro has done good business over the years. That's how you stay in business. I would beg to differ that they do care about us fans, but they must also be loyal to their shareholders and to the bottom line. Finding the happy medium is a tough thing to do. I'd say after collecting this line for 28 years that they've done a bang up job of doing just that.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358409)
Posted by Screamfleet on March 14th, 2012 @ 12:03pm CDT
Encore Soundblaster's gallery has only been viewed 3,230 times after being posted for a week. TFP RID Ratchet's gallery has been viewed 9,785 times after 13 days.


What I find interesting about this is is, well, how I fall into it.

I've looked at the Encore Soundblaster gallery, but I have not ordered him and I'm still holding off. I have yet to view TFP RID Ratchet's gallery, but I know when I see him I'll get him.

So, I've yet to really accurately review a toy I'm planning on purchasing. I guess the price is a factor. Ratchet is an easy pick up, but soundblaster isn't.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358412)
Posted by Seibertron on March 14th, 2012 @ 12:14pm CDT
I should add that most of the pageviews a gallery receives are from the first week. After that, it's just a numbers and waiting game.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358525)
Posted by Rated X on March 14th, 2012 @ 9:42pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:
Rated X wrote:Heres a question for everyone that is not on Hasbro's payroll:


Lump of plastic A: Was officially sanctioned by Mr. Hasbro himself

Lump of plastic B: Made from the same plastic, stored in they same style of tub, but officially sanctioned by some random Chinese guy.


Which lump of plastic would you buy ???


Hasbro didnt create Transformers, they bought into it back into 1984. They are not gods, just businessmen. They dont care about us fans, so what up with the obsession some fans have with Hasbro ???


They DID create Transformers. All they bought were the rights to use some "transforming robots" however they saw fit. Between them and Marvel, who they hired to help come up with a story about "The Transformers", they came up with the compelling story and characters with which we all know and love. If it wasn't for Hasbro, there would just be non-sentient transforming robot toys with no characters, factions, personal stories, etc. Yes, Hasbro has done good business over the years. That's how you stay in business. I would beg to differ that they do care about us fans, but they must also be loyal to their shareholders and to the bottom line. Finding the happy medium is a tough thing to do. I'd say after collecting this line for 28 years that they've done a bang up job of doing just that.



I give Takara all the credit for inventing the “Transformers” concept under the Diaclone line. I admit, Hasbro did give them personalities and names. Hasbro bought into a dull Japanese line and gave it that much needed American swagger. But Hasbro contracted other companies to create the characters. Marvel and Sunbow Productions are responsible for the characters we know and love. Hasbro just footed the bill for the artists and writers. I don’t credit the investors for doing anything else but investing. And for most of the G1 years, it was the Japanese that were inventing the molds. Correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t the G1 Hasbro versions made in Asian factories too? What did Hasbro do in the 80’s other than play the corporate role? Now we have Americans designing molds side by side with Takara as the Botcon panels show. But not in the 80’s. Back then the Japanese did all the designing. I wouldn’t be surprised if some 3rd party company designers are defectors from the Has/Tak production teams of the 90’s when Transformers took a nosedive.

As far as my “lump of plastic” analogy, It all boils down to who your allegiance is with. My allegiance is with the actual characters. Not the investors that own rights. The characters will live forever in our hearts no matter who owns the rights or makes toys in their images.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358536)
Posted by Rated X on March 14th, 2012 @ 10:39pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Rated X wrote:Heres a question for everyone that is not on Hasbro's payroll:


Lump of plastic A: Was officially sanctioned by Mr. Hasbro himself

Lump of plastic B: Made from the same plastic, stored in they same style of tub, but officially sanctioned by some random Chinese guy.


Which lump of plastic would you buy ???


Hasbro didnt create Transformers, they bought into it back into 1984. They are not gods, just businessmen. They dont care about us fans, so what up with the obsession some fans have with Hasbro ???


A better question would be this:

"How would you consider a person who copies toy designs and sells them at a much lower cost than the original product, even though the quality would be the same?"



Well the quality part of the question is debatable. There are crappy KO’s and high quality KO’s. The dino cassettes would fall under the high quality category along with CHMS, Kold, X-Transbot, and those really nice G1 KO’s. The fact that all KO news on this site is titled “BUYER’S BEWARE” is an unintended compliment to how good the quality is on some of these KO’s. If they were such s**t, would you really need to warn people what to look for to identify the KO versions ??? Sure they suffer some QC control issues just like their Hasbro counterparts. The original Takara MP Rodimus had tons of QC issues all at the hands of Takara. And wasn’t Hasbro the inventor of “Gold Plastic Syndrome” in the 90’s ??? Don’t put Hasbro or Takara on a pedestal of perfection. And do give KO companies credit when they match the quality of the original or come 98% close to matching it.

Now, on to the “much lower cost” part of your question. The answer is really quite simple:

What do we as Americans always complain about ???

Answer: Prices

Whether it’s cheaper gas, unlimited cell phone plans, fast food value menus, refilling HP ink cartridges, Black Friday shopping deals, etc., we are always looking to get more bang for our buck. So if I can get more or less the same figure for less money, why wouldn’t I ???

That my friend, is the American way.


As far as copying the toy designs, once again that is debatable. If Hasbro made the figures readily available for those who want them, there would be no reason to KO them. That’s the case with the dino cassettes. Same thing with the “unofficial” Rainmakers and Sunstorm made by CHMS. Hasbro knew fans wanted them, but they were too busy making Bumblebee figures. They snooze, they lose. If as many die hard “Hasbro only” fans exist as you believe, then why was CHMS so successful ???


CHMS gave the fans what they wanted for a great price. That’s what us Americans cant get enough of…More for less.

Hope I answered your question from my honest perspective.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358541)
Posted by Rated X on March 14th, 2012 @ 10:52pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Rated X wrote:Hasbro didnt create Transformers, they bought into it back into 1984.
No, they bought toy molds belonging to Diaclone and Micro Change. Hasbro created the Transformers franchise via a rebranding of non-TF Takara toys and tasking Marvel Comics with coming up with the story and characters under Hasbro's license. Transformers is Hasbro's baby, not Takara's. In fact, Japan didn't get Transformers until 1985, one whole year after the U.S.



Youre right about everything except one small detail my friend:

Hasbro didnt outright buy the diaclone molds from Takara. They bought the right to use the Takara molds to create their own repainted versions known as "Transformers". The molds kept coming out of Japan and Takara never sold their rights completely to Hasbro. That is why we have "Encore" releases of G1 molds from Takara only available in Japan. Hasbro gets zero profit from them.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358546)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 14th, 2012 @ 11:04pm CDT
Rated X wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Rated X wrote:Hasbro didnt create Transformers, they bought into it back into 1984.
No, they bought toy molds belonging to Diaclone and Micro Change. Hasbro created the Transformers franchise via a rebranding of non-TF Takara toys and tasking Marvel Comics with coming up with the story and characters under Hasbro's license. Transformers is Hasbro's baby, not Takara's. In fact, Japan didn't get Transformers until 1985, one whole year after the U.S.



Youre right about everything except one small detail my friend:

Hasbro didnt outright buy the diaclone molds from Takara. They bought the right to use the Takara molds to create their own repainted versions known as "Transformers". The molds kept coming out of Japan and Takara never sold their rights completely to Hasbro. That is why we have "Encore" releases of G1 molds from Takara only available in Japan. Hasbro gets zero profit from them.
That's what I meant. The rights to the toys. but by by the rights to use them, those rebranded toys became Hasbro IP, hence "Hasbro's toys". Takara may make them, but they make them *for* Hasbro (as well as for themselves). It's a joint-venture, but the ones from 1984 were made for Hasbro's use.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358594)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on March 15th, 2012 @ 6:39am CDT
Rated X wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Rated X wrote:Heres a question for everyone that is not on Hasbro's payroll:


Lump of plastic A: Was officially sanctioned by Mr. Hasbro himself

Lump of plastic B: Made from the same plastic, stored in they same style of tub, but officially sanctioned by some random Chinese guy.


Which lump of plastic would you buy ???


Hasbro didnt create Transformers, they bought into it back into 1984. They are not gods, just businessmen. They dont care about us fans, so what up with the obsession some fans have with Hasbro ???


A better question would be this:

"How would you consider a person who copies toy designs and sells them at a much lower cost than the original product, even though the quality would be the same?"



Well the quality part of the question is debatable. There are crappy KO’s and high quality KO’s. The dino cassettes would fall under the high quality category along with CHMS, Kold, X-Transbot, and those really nice G1 KO’s. The fact that all KO news on this site is titled “BUYER’S BEWARE” is an unintended compliment to how good the quality is on some of these KO’s. If they were such s**t, would you really need to warn people what to look for to identify the KO versions ??? Sure they suffer some QC control issues just like their Hasbro counterparts. The original Takara MP Rodimus had tons of QC issues all at the hands of Takara. And wasn’t Hasbro the inventor of “Gold Plastic Syndrome” in the 90’s ??? Don’t put Hasbro or Takara on a pedestal of perfection. And do give KO companies credit when they match the quality of the original or come 98% close to matching it.

Now, on to the “much lower cost” part of your question. The answer is really quite simple:

What do we as Americans always complain about ???

Answer: Prices

Whether it’s cheaper gas, unlimited cell phone plans, fast food value menus, refilling HP ink cartridges, Black Friday shopping deals, etc., we are always looking to get more bang for our buck. So if I can get more or less the same figure for less money, why wouldn’t I ???

That my friend, is the American way.


As far as copying the toy designs, once again that is debatable. If Hasbro made the figures readily available for those who want them, there would be no reason to KO them. That’s the case with the dino cassettes. Same thing with the “unofficial” Rainmakers and Sunstorm made by CHMS. Hasbro knew fans wanted them, but they were too busy making Bumblebee figures. They snooze, they lose. If as many die hard “Hasbro only” fans exist as you believe, then why was CHMS so successful ???


CHMS gave the fans what they wanted for a great price. That’s what us Americans cant get enough of…More for less.

Hope I answered your question from my honest perspective.


First of, I give credit where it's due, undeserved or not. From your examples, that includes:

- KO's matching the quality of the real thing, undeserved it may be.
- Companies that tackle QC problems, like MP-9 Rodimus Convoy ver. 2, Hasbro no longer using the formula that results in GPS (for the most part) and even TFC amending problems with Hercules

Anyway, the casual buyer is not as savvy about such matters as we fans are, as they don't look for clues. Let's face it, they wouldn't know they have to watch out for bootlegs to begin with, let alone what clues give the bootleg away. Let me add there are far more, FAR more inferior bootlegs than there are high quality ones.

Not gonna argue about prices, because I'm a born Dutch, and thus a cheapskate :lol:

And copying is still copying, no matter how much you try and justify it from a marketing perspective. Hell, from any perspective really. Hasbro may know we want characters like the Rainmakers and Sunstorm, but if they'd serve the fans and only the fans the company would go belly up. That's the cold hard truth, and Hasbro knows that. CHMS fills a niche for fans, I admit, but the fact they never asked for any license for any mold puts them, from my point of view, in a bad daylight.

It seems the general motto is "Reward the good, reward the bad, as long they continue to serve us"
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358616)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on March 15th, 2012 @ 9:00am CDT
It's laughable that people have to defend Hasbro's right to the TFs here. So .... they get no credit at all for hiring Marvel or Sunbrow to tell stories about their toys? For okaying the bios and asking for creative changes along the way? They get no credit or blame for the events of the Transformers movie, which was made, basically, to shift from one toyline to the next? They get no credit for even including bios for the toys, which form the basis for every single story that has come since? For choosing which transforming toy would become a TF (we would never have Jetfire were it not for Hasbro!).

Never mind that toys since the original Diaclones have been joint ventures, especially today!

Credit where credit's due: Hasbro owns the rights to the Transformers and, whether you like it or not, they have been instrumental in shaping the brand. Even by just "okaying" bios and demanding shifts in stories to sell toys, they have shaped the franchise into something that has stayed with us for years.

As for KOs, justify it as you will, they are copying already existing toys. I'll buy whatever I feel like, but I'm not going to put them up on some pedestal. They're hardly doing it for the fans ... they're doing it to make a buck! Just like the Hasbro and Takara execs. Let's not kid ourselves, they aren't Robin Hood. They make VASTLY overpriced KOs with obvious flaws and sell them to people who buy them for profit. In the case of G1 KOs, they try to TRICK people into buying them; they package them hoping they'll be mistaken for genuine G1s. And that's not cool. So I'll buy KOs whenever I feel like it, but ... I won't put them up on a pedestal. They buyer SHOULD beware when someone tries to pass off a KO for a genuine article; the buyer should get EXACTLY what they paid for.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358625)
Posted by Rated X on March 15th, 2012 @ 9:40am CDT
Well to close this out, Ill leave you all with this...

Hasbro doesnt care about the characters I want to add to my shelf, so I dont care about the money Hasbro wants to add to it's pocket.

That is why I support KO's. ;)
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358648)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on March 15th, 2012 @ 10:49am CDT
If I want a toy and for whatever reason have to settle for a not-so-good copy, I'll support KOs.

;)
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358719)
Posted by gantzrunner on March 15th, 2012 @ 2:58pm CDT
I was almost shocked to notice mention of marvel comics and hasbro's joint venture on creating what we know today as Transformers. I can't tell you how many times I've been chewed out by a "true transformers fan" that insisted that the only name a Transformer can go by is the Japanese one (I have been kicked out of a chat room for not calling Optimus "Convoy")and that all Transformers lore and creation was centered in Japan. Yes, they made the toys that made this possible...but not the characters we know and love. The originals had cockpits for pilots because they were simply mechs and not much more. And while on that thought...does anyone else feel that masterforce was sort of a revist to those times with transtector bodies that required headmasters and godmasters?

Anyways sorry to get of topic. As for KOs...All I have ever wanted, was a legion of official Transformers. That said, many characters and opportunities of been ignored (as a seeker collector I'm practically livid over acidstorm being the only one of his rainmaker team to be released). That said, I typically only buy KOs of figures you can't get anywhere else, or of figures that are so expensive it defies logic. For example, WST figures like Soundblaster or Ultra Magnus (I mean c'mon you release a mini g1 ultra magnus and make sure he's rare, and thus expensive as hell in the aftermarket, can anyone be surprised he got the KO treatment?). As long as a KO company doesn't try to pass their item off as the real thing and doesn't charge insane prices for it I'm on board. And I am a little ashamed to say that KO sunstreaker will join my ranks soon, but only because every sunstreaker I bought used was in terrible condition up close (and I can't justify his nib price), and while Sideswipe has had reissues, WST, and now a masterpiece release, there isn't any Sunstreaker love on the horizon. And any KO I buy WILL be replaced if and when an affordable official version is found.
Re: New Toy Galleries: KO Noizu, Gurafi, Dairu, & Zauru (1358758)
Posted by Stormrider on March 15th, 2012 @ 5:10pm CDT
Rated X wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
Rated X wrote:Heres a question for everyone that is not on Hasbro's payroll:


Lump of plastic A: Was officially sanctioned by Mr. Hasbro himself

Lump of plastic B: Made from the same plastic, stored in they same style of tub, but officially sanctioned by some random Chinese guy.


Which lump of plastic would you buy ???


Hasbro didnt create Transformers, they bought into it back into 1984. They are not gods, just businessmen. They dont care about us fans, so what up with the obsession some fans have with Hasbro ???


They DID create Transformers. All they bought were the rights to use some "transforming robots" however they saw fit. Between them and Marvel, who they hired to help come up with a story about "The Transformers", they came up with the compelling story and characters with which we all know and love. If it wasn't for Hasbro, there would just be non-sentient transforming robot toys with no characters, factions, personal stories, etc. Yes, Hasbro has done good business over the years. That's how you stay in business. I would beg to differ that they do care about us fans, but they must also be loyal to their shareholders and to the bottom line. Finding the happy medium is a tough thing to do. I'd say after collecting this line for 28 years that they've done a bang up job of doing just that.



I give Takara all the credit for inventing the “Transformers” concept under the Diaclone line. I admit, Hasbro did give them personalities and names. Hasbro bought into a dull Japanese line and gave it that much needed American swagger. But Hasbro contracted other companies to create the characters. Marvel and Sunbow Productions are responsible for the characters we know and love. Hasbro just footed the bill for the artists and writers. I don’t credit the investors for doing anything else but investing. And for most of the G1 years, it was the Japanese that were inventing the molds. Correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t the G1 Hasbro versions made in Asian factories too? What did Hasbro do in the 80’s other than play the corporate role? Now we have Americans designing molds side by side with Takara as the Botcon panels show. But not in the 80’s. Back then the Japanese did all the designing. I wouldn’t be surprised if some 3rd party company designers are defectors from the Has/Tak production teams of the 90’s when Transformers took a nosedive.

As far as my “lump of plastic” analogy, It all boils down to who your allegiance is with. My allegiance is with the actual characters. Not the investors that own rights. The characters will live forever in our hearts no matter who owns the rights or makes toys in their images.


Are you planted here from Mattel? You tend to trash Hasbro excessively. Your posts would be intersting to read if you could post facts to back up your arguments. You tend to stretch ideas without any evidence.


Example:
Hasbro just footed the bill for the artists and writers. I don’t credit the investors for doing anything else but investing. And for most of the G1 years, it was the Japanese that were inventing the molds.


How do you know this? How do you know what Hasbro's role was ; what Takara's role was? I wouldn't be so critical but you then take this unverified information and treat it like fact and then trample all over Hasbro with the hopes of getting other people to side with you. I don't understand your logic and how you have grown such a loathing for hasbro.
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Posted by Stormrider on March 15th, 2012 @ 5:32pm CDT
Oh wait, now I understand....


Rated X wrote:Hasbro doesnt care about the characters I want to add to my shelf
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Posted by Mkall on March 15th, 2012 @ 5:37pm CDT
Stormrider wrote:Example:
Hasbro just footed the bill for the artists and writers. I don’t credit the investors for doing anything else but investing. And for most of the G1 years, it was the Japanese that were inventing the molds.


How do you know this? How do you know what Hasbro's role was ; what Takara's role was? I wouldn't be so critical but you then take this unverified information and treat it like fact and then trample all over Hasbro with the hopes of getting other people to side with you. I don't understand your logic and how you have grown such a loathing for hasbro.

Actually, as I recall, most of that info is bang on target. Bob Budiansky explained that to us during his paned at the 2010 Botcon, and heavily alluded to Hasbro's interaction with Sunbow. For the most part, at least early on, Marvel and Sunbow created their own stories and character interpretations and Hasbro just stamped the product. Later they began pressuring Marvel and Sunbow to feature certain characters to match the toys currently on the shelf.

As for Hasbro and Takara, that's slightly skewed. IIRC Hadbro brought the design team under them for at least some of G1.

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