Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art

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For Immediate Release



The Wait is Over! Fans Can Pre-Order Now to

Own This Entire Collection on DVD!



TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION

featuring

HEADMASTERS, SUPER-GOD MASTERFORCE, and VICTORY

in a collectible 13-dvd box set



SHIPS WEEK OF JANUARY 2, 2012

ONLY FROM SHOUT! FACTORY’S OFFICIAL ONLINE STORE SHOUTFACTORYSTORE.COM



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Early happy New Year 2012! Fans and collectors can finally bring home TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION DVD box set from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro. This is the rare Japanese trilogy that followed the popular “Generation 1” animated series. Available for the first time in North America, this 13-DVD box set is fully loaded with over 42 hours of entertainment, including all episodes that originally aired from the three Japanese series — Headmasters, Super-God Masterforce and Victory — each with their original Japanese audio tracks, English subtitles, and an art gallery. TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION DVD box set finally available exclusively at Shout! Factory’s official online store ShoutFactoryStore.com and shipping to customers beginning January 2, 2012. Pre-order begins now!

Pre-order Link: http://www.shoutfactorystore.com/prod.aspx?pfid=5257431





Synopsis

TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION – Headmasters

Optimus Prime lives again, the energy of the Matrix has been released and peace reigns on Cybertron . . . but all that is about to change with the startling arrival of the newest breed of Transformers warriors



TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION – Super-God Masterforce

Following their victory over the DESTRONS (a/k/a DECEPTICONS) at the end of Headmasters, the CYBERTRONS (AUTOBOTS) depart Earth, leaving behind only a small group to protect the planet from any future menace. But when the powerful DESTRONS return to an unsuspecting planet, the CYBERTRONS must come out of hiding to defend their human friends once again — only this time they’ll be unable to do it on their own!


TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION – Victory

Victory is the third and final installment of this Japanese trilogy— introduces four new factions to the TRANSFORMERS universe. Each group comes equipped with its own unique power and the ability to combine to form much larger, more powerful TRANSFORMERS, making each and every battle even more epic!



About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world-class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as THE TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multiplatform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is http://www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.



Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2011 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.



About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated boxed sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.



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Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321220)
Posted by unicron nemesis on December 9th, 2011 @ 12:16pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
unicron nemesis wrote:If only they ship outside US...darn...
Where you at? Both Europe and Australia got these series on DVD first. ;)


Neither of these places I'm afraid. I'm in Singapore, S.E Asia.
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321228)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 9th, 2011 @ 12:55pm CST
unicron nemesis wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
unicron nemesis wrote:If only they ship outside US...darn...
Where you at? Both Europe and Australia got these series on DVD first. ;)


Neither of these places I'm afraid. I'm in Singapore, S.E Asia.
Heh heh. Funny you mention that, since Singapore was one of the places that got these shows broadcasted in terrible English. ;)
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321237)
Posted by kirbenvost on December 9th, 2011 @ 1:39pm CST
Great, so it's exclusive to Shout Factory's store, and they only ship to the US. F U, Shout Factory, F U. :roll:
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321250)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 9th, 2011 @ 2:07pm CST
kirbenvost wrote:Great, so it's exclusive to Shout Factory's store, and they only ship to the US. F U, Shout Factory, F U. :roll:
Just wait till it comes to retail. Sheesh.
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321292)
Posted by kirbenvost on December 9th, 2011 @ 3:57pm CST
I thought exclusive to their store meant it's not coming out at retail at all.

There's actually no place to buy these locally for me now, since our HMV locations are all going out of business, and I doubt Best Buy/Future shop would stock something so obscure... Well, I'd gladly buy it on Amazon too, so if it's not *only* available from Shout Factory, I don't have to worry.
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321295)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 9th, 2011 @ 4:06pm CST
kirbenvost wrote:I thought exclusive to their store meant it's not coming out at retail at all.

There's actually no place to buy these locally for me now, since our HMV locations are all going out of business, and I doubt Best Buy/Future shop would stock something so obscure... Well, I'd gladly buy it on Amazon too, so if it's not *only* available from Shout Factory, I don't have to worry.
The Beast Wars complete set started off as an exclusive to their site, yet it came out to retail many months later.

IIRC, Darth Bombshell told me that this set will also be coming to retail much later on as well.
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321301)
Posted by kirbenvost on December 9th, 2011 @ 4:54pm CST
Alright, in that case I can easily wait. Thanks!
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321323)
Posted by Darth Bombshell on December 9th, 2011 @ 6:28pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:Shortly after that was posted, that statement was retracted (though this was mostly for the Complete Collection, but since there's been no such announcement for Masterforce I guess it's safe to assume the same for it).


I know it was retracted. It said so in that post. It didn't specify, however, whether or not it was for both of just the Complete Collection only, so I just assumed it was for the Complete Collection only.

Sabrblade wrote:IIRC, Darth Bombshell told me that this set will also be coming to retail much later on as well.


Yes, the insert that came with the Headmasters set said that this would be released in retail. (It did say "coming soon", so no set date was announced.) In any case, since the complete sets of G1 Transformers, GI Joe, Beast Wars, Jem and Reebot were made available shortly after their exclusive period, it's reasonable to assume it will, too.
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321402)
Posted by cotss2012 on December 9th, 2011 @ 10:36pm CST
The box design is amazingly well-coordinated with their G1 and Beast Wars sets. Will they be putting out similar sets for Beast Machines and Animated?
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321406)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 9th, 2011 @ 10:45pm CST
cotss2012 wrote:The box design is amazingly well-coordinated with their G1 and Beast Wars sets. Will they be putting out similar sets for Beast Machines and Animated?
Beast Machines, I could see. Animated, however, is doubtful, since that series is own by both Hasbro and Cartoon Network, who broke ties with each other after Animated ended, splitting the rights between them. This is why season 3 has yet to be released on DVD.
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321409)
Posted by cotss2012 on December 9th, 2011 @ 10:48pm CST
How about RID/Armadaverse?
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321410)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 9th, 2011 @ 10:51pm CST
cotss2012 wrote:How about RID/Armadaverse?
RiD's ownership is also a mess, since it was dubbed by Saban, who was bought by Disney, but then Saban returned and took back only Power Rangers from Disney, so now Disney still owns RiD. >:oP

Unicron Trilogy is a maybe, but they came out on DVD not too long ago.
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321417)
Posted by Galvatron X on December 9th, 2011 @ 11:24pm CST
I probably shouldn't drink and order DVDs, but I just ordered this set!


I can't wait; these are all new to me. I haven't seen any of these episodes except for a Headmaster episode or two.

These better be good - I hold you guys responsible! :lol:
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321429)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 9th, 2011 @ 11:54pm CST
Galvatron X wrote:I probably shouldn't drink and order DVDs, but I just ordered this set!


I can't wait; these are all new to me. I haven't seen any of these episodes except for a Headmaster episode or two.

These better be good - I hold you guys responsible! :lol:
Keep an open mind and you may enjoy them. Don't have too high expectations as these are from the 1980s, after all.

For me personally, I enjoyed all three. I liked The Headmasters a little better than G1, Masterforce I LOVED so much, and Victory I liked about the same as G1. But, these are but my own opinions, as many have differing one from mine.

The Headmasters often gets a lot of flak from fans calling it lousy and awful, but then one would have to say the same about G1 since it's about the same quality (except that The Headmasters has an actual overarching story and some drama elements that Westerners wouldn't see in a TF cartoon until Beast Wars).

Masterforce was, and probably is, the most drastically different of any TF series in that it was very human centric. However, once you watch it, you realize that that's what makes it so good. These humans are probably the best human characters of any TF series. Even the most annoying ones were useful and competent. But don't think that they take away the spotlight from the bots. In fact, the special relationship between the humans and the bots in this series is so unique that it genuinely enhances the series itself.Let's just say that this show had a lot of character put into it. :D

Victory is the one that "feels" the most like G1 again (despite The Headmasters being direct continuation of G1 seasons 3), in that its stories were episodic and mostly standalone for a while, much like the Saturday morning cartoon feel of the G1 cartoon. Though, it's second half picks things up to make the stakes higher and the story better.

Hope this helps. ;)
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321431)
Posted by cotss2012 on December 9th, 2011 @ 11:56pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
cotss2012 wrote:How about RID/Armadaverse?
RiD's ownership is also a mess, since it was dubbed by Saban, who was bought by Disney, but then Saban returned and took back only Power Rangers from Disney, so now Disney still owns RiD. >:oP


Speaking of which... when are we gonna get some Power Rangers on DVD, and not just the movies and the collection of ten random episodes from the first ten years? Although I don't consider anything past Zordon's death to be canon, I have to admit that Time Force was pretty decent, and I've heard good things about RPM.

Edit: Not that I have ever watched Power Rangers, or ever would... [-(

Sabrblade wrote:Unicron Trilogy is a maybe, but they came out on DVD not too long ago.


Only Armada (at least in seasonal form), and only by Rhino.
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321436)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 10th, 2011 @ 12:06am CST
cotss2012 wrote:Speaking of which... when are we gonna get some Power Rangers on DVD, and not just the movies and the collection of ten random episodes from the first ten years? Although I don't consider anything past Zordon's death to be canon, I have to admit that Time Force was pretty decent, and I've heard good things about RPM.

Edit: Not that I have ever watched Power Rangers, or ever would... [-(
Well, all 19 seasons are on Netflix. ;)

cotss2012 wrote:Only Armada (at least in seasonal form), and only by Rhino.
:WHISTLE:

Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321437)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on December 10th, 2011 @ 12:06am CST
cotss2012 wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
cotss2012 wrote:How about RID/Armadaverse?
RiD's ownership is also a mess, since it was dubbed by Saban, who was bought by Disney, but then Saban returned and took back only Power Rangers from Disney, so now Disney still owns RiD. >:oP


Speaking of which... when are we gonna get some Power Rangers on DVD, and not just the movies and the collection of ten random episodes from the first ten years? Although I don't consider anything past Zordon's death to be canon, I have to admit that Time Force was pretty decent, and I've heard good things about RPM.

Edit: Not that I have ever watched Power Rangers, or ever would... [-(

Sabrblade wrote:Unicron Trilogy is a maybe, but they came out on DVD not too long ago.


Only Armada (at least in seasonal form), and only by Rhino.


Nope all three parts of the Unicron trilogy were released.
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321440)
Posted by Galvatron X on December 10th, 2011 @ 12:13am CST
Sabrblade wrote:
Hope this helps. ;)


Yes, that definitely does. Thanks, man!



On a slightly-related note - I'm looking forward to seeing these in their native Japanese format (Japanese with English subtitles). I want to hear them as they were originally aired!
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321442)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 10th, 2011 @ 12:18am CST
Galvatron X wrote:On a slightly-related note - I'm looking forward to seeing these in their native Japanese format (Japanese with English subtitles). I want to hear them as they they were originally aired!
Good man. Japanese with subs are the best, no, the only way to get the full experience of these Japanese-original creations.

Not to mention how there's no English voice track on these anyway, so.. yeah. ;)

And even if there was it would be either that horrible Omni Productions dub or a fandub, niehter of which can fully capture the spirit of the original. :-B
Re: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art (1321471)
Posted by cotss2012 on December 10th, 2011 @ 1:54am CST
Sabrblade wrote: :WHISTLE:



I've always wondered what those were. Bootlegs? Foreign releases? No store that I'm aware of has ever actually had those in stock.

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