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Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby Diem » Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:36 pm

So I'm planning to grab some of the BW figures that I missed out on first time round and I noticed that in many cases the Korean box versions are way cheaper. I know that in some toylines (Super Sentai for example) the Korean versions use a cheaper-feeling plastic and have fewer paint apps. Is that the case with Beast Wars?

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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby alldarker » Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:27 am

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No, not at all... The Sonokong produced Beast Wars toys are of the same quality as the Takara produced ones. Paint apps are almost always exactly the same, as is the plastic quality (I have heard rumors that the Sonokong BW figures are slightly lighter; I can't say that I've noticed that myself).
The TFwiki entry for Sonokong states: "Sonokong quality control is arguably sometimes a little lower." but I wonder if that has ever been proven, or if it is more based on unfounded 'gut feelings', perhaps based on the different packaging.

I have several BW Neo figures from both Takara and Sonokong, and they are extremely difficulty to tell apart, based on paint or quality. As far as I'm concerned, there's a much bigger quality gap between Takara and Hasbro than between Takara and Sonokong. Seriously, you can't go wrong with the Sonokong BW figures: they really are great quality and value for money considering how cheap they still are compared to Takara's versions.
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby Burn » Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:35 am

I have a Korean Big Convoy and while I can't compare it to a Takara version, I don't consider it to be low in quality at all.
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby Blurrz » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:16 am

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Pretty sure the Korean versions are were just Takara versions repacked. I have a ton of Micron legend figures that originating from Korea that are on par/better than their Hasbro variants.
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby Burn » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:50 am

Where did you source them B?
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby gavinfuzzy » Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:23 am

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I Have Korean Galaxy Force Red Alert, Crosswise and Starscream. They don't seem cheaper in quality, just much cheaper. :lol: Red Alert and Crosswise were bought for around $9 each at random convenience stores in Korea. Starscream was bought locally from a collector store.
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby Diem » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:17 am

Thanks guys, I appreciate the advice!
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby ScottyP » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:48 am

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It has already been said a lot, but I'll agree. I have several Korean releases from RiD, BWII, BW Neo, etc. and they're all equal in quality to the Takara stuff.
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby fenrir72 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:24 am

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BW Bigconvoy Korean blue is a bit darker than the Japanese version.
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:59 am

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I have the Korean Break vs. Dead End and Longrack vs. Guiledart sets, and both are fine, aside from some ball joints being a bit weak. However, the differences between TakaraTomy and Sonokong are negligible for the most part.

However, one thing you should keep in mind is that Sonokong always uses the Hasbro-updated versions of the molds, which means:

- Sonokong CR Black Convoy has the blunted sword and blank discs
- Sonokong CR Baldigus is basically Ruination in Baldigus deco
- Sonokong GF Sonic Bomber actually benefits from C-Wing Saber's noseguard fix that plagued initial Takara releases

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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby fenrir72 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:33 pm

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You mean that Sonic bomber's face guard has been corrected and chromed right? As opposed to the Hasbro corrected face guard bt non chrome chest plate?

Gawd, sometimes the choices we have to make :BANG_HEAD: I have the GF version and am currently staring at the Sonokong version right now in a specialty shop gathering dust.
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby Akroyer » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:38 am

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I have several and they seem to be just fine.
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby fenrir72 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:24 am

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Nope. Those are the made in Taiwan "Takara" versions.
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby GuyIncognito » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:18 am

fenrir72 wrote:Nope. Those are the made in Taiwan "Takara" versions.


Ah, thanks. Well, for what it's worth, I bought them recently and the quality seems very good.
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:11 am

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fenrir72 wrote:Ms Rabbit

You mean that Sonic bomber's face guard has been corrected and chromed right? As opposed to the Hasbro corrected face guard bt non chrome chest plate?

Gawd, sometimes the choices we have to make :BANG_HEAD: I have the GF version and am currently staring at the Sonokong version right now in a specialty shop gathering dust.


Sonokong's Sonic Bomber should have Hasbro's corrected noseguard, with Takara's chrome. Best of both worlds ;) Also, the repaint in the Sonic Convoy gift set has the same fix.

And where did you see Taiwan? They all say "Made in China" on mine. Imported Japanese Beast Wars overstock is still quite common, so they're definitely not fakes.
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby -Kanrabat- » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:54 pm

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Sonokong is the way to go for missed Transformers.

They are affordable and they are THE EXACT SAME TOY ARE THE TAKARA.

So far, I have:

Armada Jetfire
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Galaxy Force Voyager Supreme Starscream
BW Neo Magnaboss
BW Neo (dont remember the name but he's Magnaboss's nemesis. Combined from a T-Rex, a Pterodactyl, and another dino.)

I'm very satisfied of them all.
The only disaventage is that you don't have the shiny Takare box and paperwork.
Still, if you open and play with your toys, that's not a problem.
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby alldarker » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:10 am

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BW Neo (dont remember the name but he's Magnaboss's nemesis. Combined from a T-Rex, a Pterodactyl, and another dino.)
(...)

You mean Beast Wars Neo Magmatron, and he's actually comprised of a Quetzalcoatlus ("Skysaur"), a Giganotosaurus ("Landsaur"), and an Elasmosaurus ("Seasaur") ;)
In fact he could more accurately be described as Big Convoy's 'nemesis' (although he's rather more honorable and professional than most TF Predacon/Decepticon enemy leader characters).
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby -Kanrabat- » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:44 pm

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alldarker wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:(...)
BW Neo (dont remember the name but he's Magnaboss's nemesis. Combined from a T-Rex, a Pterodactyl, and another dino.)
(...)

You mean Beast Wars Neo Magmatron, and he's actually comprised of a Quetzalcoatlus ("Skysaur"), a Giganotosaurus ("Landsaur"), and an Elasmosaurus ("Seasaur") ;)
In fact he could more accurately be described as Big Convoy's 'nemesis' (although he's rather more honorable and professional than most TF Predacon/Decepticon enemy leader characters).


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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:02 pm

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-Kanrabat- wrote:
alldarker wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:(...)
BW Neo (dont remember the name but he's Magnaboss's nemesis. Combined from a T-Rex, a Pterodactyl, and another dino.)
(...)

You mean Beast Wars Neo Magmatron, and he's actually comprised of a Quetzalcoatlus ("Skysaur"), a Giganotosaurus ("Landsaur"), and an Elasmosaurus ("Seasaur") ;)
In fact he could more accurately be described as Big Convoy's 'nemesis' (although he's rather more honorable and professional than most TF Predacon/Decepticon enemy leader characters).


I had to buy him just for that Devilman look of his.


Magnaboss' real nemesis in the US was Tripredacus:

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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby fenrir72 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:26 am

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JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
fenrir72 wrote:Ms Rabbit

And where did you see Taiwan? They all say "Made in China" on mine. Imported Japanese Beast Wars overstock is still quite common, so they're definitely not fakes.


The ones I own, Beastwars II and Beastwars Neo, are Taiwan made. Some don't have the holograms though (Beastwars II Lio for instance), and no, I am 100% sure they ain't knock offs.........they weren't that wide spread then back in the late 90s. :lol: (Most probably error overruns that managed to stray into my neck of the woods)
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

Postby waaaaghlord » Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:06 pm

JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:- Sonokong CR Black Convoy has the blunted sword and blank discs


Thanks for pointing this out. I'm in the market for a Black Convoy at the right price and when I've got some spare cash flow and always figured Sonokong would be the easiest way to go. I decided a long time ago that TRU Scourge just wasn't the figure for me and the mould alterations you've just mentioned are enough to rule out Sonokong BC as well (the 'safety' sword more than the discs). Looks like it's going to be Takara all the way on this guy.
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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

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Re: Beast Wars Korean Figure Quality Query

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