TakaraTomy Generations Sandstorm Gallery
Friday, December 13th, 2013 2:24PM CSTCategory: Toy News
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Posted by PrymeStriker on December 13th, 2013 @ 2:40pm CST
Though, I don't intend on buying either versions. Already got Springer - seems like enough for me.
Posted by Nemesis Destron on December 13th, 2013 @ 3:00pm CST
Posted by skidflap on December 13th, 2013 @ 3:01pm CST
Posted by Burn on December 13th, 2013 @ 3:16pm CST
skidflap wrote:Too much orange for my taste. I think the hasbro version balanced it out better.
If anything I'd say they've gotten it more closer to the original G1 toy than Hasbro did. I definitely prefer it over Hasbro's.
Got my notice from HLJ today that Smokescreen is available ... so he, Silverstreak and a whole bunch of others including Sandstorm are now heading my way. Can't wait for this guy, his G1 figure is one of my favourites as it was one of the first figures I restored when I got back into collecting.
Posted by MINDVVIPE on December 13th, 2013 @ 3:19pm CST
Posted by Optimizzy on December 13th, 2013 @ 3:20pm CST
Posted by rpetras on December 13th, 2013 @ 3:24pm CST
Posted by frogbat on December 13th, 2013 @ 3:32pm CST
oh and he's worth getting even if you have springer. He fits together better and is retooled heavily enough to be different.
Posted by Rated X on December 13th, 2013 @ 3:40pm CST
Posted by craggy on December 13th, 2013 @ 4:04pm CST
Posted by durroth on December 13th, 2013 @ 4:07pm CST
Posted by Vicalliose on December 13th, 2013 @ 5:25pm CST
Honestly I just prefer what looks good not what looks more G1, the line has never exactly catered to purists anyway. Also the fact that he was originally barely yellow at all and had more black parts in G1 isn't really helping this thing play that role either.
Posted by cruizerdave on December 13th, 2013 @ 5:42pm CST
Also, if you don't buy at least one of these, SHAME! SHAME!
I was tempted to pass on this as well because I had Springer and he's awesome sauce. But the Sandstorm toy is awesome sauce topped with awesome sauce. I really like it even better than Springer for some reason.
Posted by durroth on December 13th, 2013 @ 6:10pm CST
Posted by cruizerdave on December 13th, 2013 @ 6:20pm CST
Posted by fenrir72 on December 13th, 2013 @ 7:40pm CST
Optimizzy wrote:Since Takara seems to cater more to the older collector than Hasbro does, I usually expect a few new details. I honestly cant see a differences that warrants to increased costs to me. I like the mold, it is a little bit better than Springer (sadly) but from these pictures I could not justify me getting this version of the stateside version.
You can't really judge a figure from this lo res pics. I've been through this where I previously let go off a pvc anime figure of Aegis (by Alter a few years ago) because she looked ugly via PC LED monitor but I found out later to my regret that it was not so in real time.
As for what warrants for an extra cost? In economics, you add a service/accessory/part......if your bottom line is not affected then they can afford to take a hit by absorbing the cost. If you want Tomy to produce more, then give them a hefty profit margin (through the extra cost). Simple as that. More often than not, they also use a different blend of plastics too.So factor that in.
Posted by Manterax Prime on December 13th, 2013 @ 10:23pm CST
fenrir72 wrote:You can't really judge a figure from this lo res pics.
Low Res and High Res don't mean a thing when it's the same paint job. It's still too much orange, and it still doesn't look good.
Hasbro actually balanced out the colors, whereas Takara, well......it looks like someone spilled a tiny can of orange paint and left it.
Posted by fenrir72 on December 14th, 2013 @ 2:13am CST
It's a given that you prefer the domestic USA version. As your previous posts have stated. That's respected. But the sweeping generalization that its the same paint job.......you still haven't seen it in person no? So you really can't tell. That statement then is an inference. I still haven't handled one yet so I too can only guess if its paint or plastic that makes the difference.
Most of the time, Tomy uses a different colored pvc. Same can be said for TG-24. In another thread, a poster stated that the USA version of the TG-24 was the same as the Tomy version. 50% correct. Same mold but had used different pvcs and paint apps.
So the bright orange might be a different blend of pvcs.
Some prefer Tomy while other prefer the Hasbro version. Again that is a given. It's a free world to choose based on your preference.
What I find surprising are statements about "I can't find a way to justify the price difference".
Really? Not justified? Take a product. Let's say the Wii. Previous versions of the unit had all the bells and whistles. It cost around let's say $ 299. Today, it sells like $ 99.00 because Nintendo got read of the BC and internet features.
So in order to reach $ 99.00 and still earn a profit, they had to get rid of other features.
In the Tomy version. Sure pvc are pvcs. But the former uses a different blend of pvcs. Stack that up with extra metallic paints and use a different set of Japanese text instruction materials and packaging. Does that not add extra cost?
Not to mention they are made specifically for the Japanese domestic market. A market that sells mecha toys like metal build Gundams for nearly $400.00 a piece (How those companies make a profit boggles the mind). Compared to Tomy's TFs, TFs are like chump change for the Japanese collectors.
So the impetus to buy the item is made by collectors willing to import them. So no worries then for collectors who prefer the USA release (which most often gets released first)or those who can't afford it.
Posted by Manterax Prime on December 14th, 2013 @ 2:21am CST
Posted by wilcosu35 on December 14th, 2013 @ 3:16am CST