Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor

Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 7:41pm CDT

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Fellow Seibertronian, Cyberpath, has informed us that Takara Tomy Mall now has some much clearer pictures of Takara's Unite Warriors Menasor and his individual components. All these images have been mirrored below and show quite a few differences compared to Hasbro's versions which can all be viewed here, in our galleries.

Transformers News: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor

Transformers News: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor

Transformers News: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor

Transformers News: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor

Transformers News: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor

And to compare with Hasbro's version:

Transformers News: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor
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Credit(s): Takara Tomy Mall


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Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673340)
Posted by shajaki on April 9th, 2015 @ 8:05pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
shajaki wrote:If I buy this set, Dragstrip will totally be replaced by Hasbro's >:oP
I absolutely adore the deco on the Hasbro version's face. Its odd but as much as I like Takara's Superion for being a perfect interpretation of the G1 cartoon model , I am starting to much prefer Hasbro's Menasor for taking the more classics route of being a G1 redux instead of just straight up G1.
Y'know, I wasn't looking to closely and comparing the two but damn.... you're right. The deco's on Hasbro's do fit that "neo" aesthetic pretty hard, and likewise Takara's hits the G1 just as hard. All that burgundy/maroon (or whatever that secondary color is) in Hasby's DS is really makes it stand out, but that color is present in the G1 figure as well... so it's "neo" but totally fits.

My biggest hangup is those black shoulders. If the yeollow plastic is the same shade between both versions, I'll swap parts. If not (and if he doesn't stand out too much) I'll simply replace Tak DS with Has DS.
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673344)
Posted by Cyberpath on April 9th, 2015 @ 8:15pm CDT
Bigger pix on AmiAmi: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/review ... URE-011113

And one from HLJ:

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Not even Takara managed to salvage that Menasor mold. (though I've seen some nice fans-setups.) But the individual cons do look better. Especially Motormaster.

I think the problem with Dragstrip is the design. Everyone but him pretty much has a cartoon-head. And the six-wheels was kind of his thing. He's a bit plain without.
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673346)
Posted by Autobot Roadburn on April 9th, 2015 @ 8:16pm CDT
I have to admit I love those colors on Motormaster (I'm not very knowledgable on G1 so I don't know what colors are more accurate), but I'm not particularly sold on the others. I agree that Dragstrip is too yellow, I don't see any noticeable differences on Breakdown aside from the windshield sticker and Wildrider has some grey/red swapping I wouldn't mind either way. I don't like the Takara Dead End as much though, I prefer the red chest to the bright silver and I really don't like the lack of a stripe on the car mode. I prefer the Hasbro version of the majority of Menasor, so I'll stick with the ones I've got.
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673360)
Posted by prjkt on April 9th, 2015 @ 9:20pm CDT
Autobot Roadburn wrote:I have to admit I love those colors on Motormaster (I'm not very knowledgable on G1 so I don't know what colors are more accurate), but I'm not particularly sold on the others. I agree that Dragstrip is too yellow, I don't see any noticeable differences on Breakdown aside from the windshield sticker and Wildrider has some grey/red swapping I wouldn't mind either way. I don't like the Takara Dead End as much though, I prefer the red chest to the bright silver and I really don't like the lack of a stripe on the car mode. I prefer the Hasbro version of the majority of Menasor, so I'll stick with the ones I've got.

I'm the same here actually - if Motormaster was available separately I'd likely pick him up, but for me the Hasbro decos are, for the most part, superior imo. This doesn't happen very often for me, but it's a similar story with Superion too...
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673362)
Posted by Autobot Roadburn on April 9th, 2015 @ 9:34pm CDT
prjkt wrote:
Autobot Roadburn wrote:I have to admit I love those colors on Motormaster (I'm not very knowledgable on G1 so I don't know what colors are more accurate), but I'm not particularly sold on the others. I agree that Dragstrip is too yellow, I don't see any noticeable differences on Breakdown aside from the windshield sticker and Wildrider has some grey/red swapping I wouldn't mind either way. I don't like the Takara Dead End as much though, I prefer the red chest to the bright silver and I really don't like the lack of a stripe on the car mode. I prefer the Hasbro version of the majority of Menasor, so I'll stick with the ones I've got.

I'm the same here actually - if Motormaster was available separately I'd likely pick him up, but for me the Hasbro decos are, for the most part, superior imo. This doesn't happen very often for me, but it's a similar story with Superion too...


I'm actually completely fine with Superion, I far prefer the black hands/feet similarly to Generations Arcee - white may be more accurate, but the black looks nicer and breaks up the figure better, and the colors/paint apps are fine with me. Heck, I even like Alpha Bravo. I do like the breaking up of planes vs a helicopter and, as a huge Combaticon fan, I like how similar he looks to Vortex. I won't argue whether he or Slingshot is better than the other objectively, but I personally prefer AB appearance-wise. He, Dead End and both versions of Leader Megatron are my favorite Combiner Wars figures so far. :D

Maybe Reprolabels can help out with Motormaster eventually, and if not I might try some paint myself.
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673382)
Posted by william-james88 on April 9th, 2015 @ 10:36pm CDT
It's like I explained it before but not with comparing images to show what I mean. While I went for Takara's Superion, I will actually go for Hasbro's Menasor with Offroad instead of Brake-neck. Here's why.

The way they made superion, the mold is more in line with G1 and having all the jets makes sense, hence why I went with takara. I was gonna do the same with Menasor and when I saw that brake neck was coming out I thought I would go the hasbro route with the G1 members instead of takara, saving me some money (I bought the Takara superion before the extra jet limb was anounced). But when I saw the takara pics of the Menasor team, I didnt feel the g1 theme played out too well and while 4 same looking jets worked, having a team of 3 very different molds with one repeated just looked off. While Superion was very G1, Menasor looked more like a classics take on the character where alt modes are updated and slightly changed (like Motormaster being just a cab). Added to the fact that brake neck would come out costing me 40$ canadian if I get it retail price US$ on a website, I am not saving that much money from achieving a G1 menasor the hasbro route, so I will just stick to the mass retail hasbro toys for menasor. Superion is G1 right off the screen but Menasor is more like G1 redux, like the nerf gun megatron. I dont see a point going for a more G1 deco and team when the toys themselves arent all that G1.

What I mean is I like this:

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Better than this:

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BUT I like this:

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Better than this:

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Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673400)
Posted by Optimizzy on April 9th, 2015 @ 11:04pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:It's like I explained it before but not with comparing images to show what I mean. While I went for Takara's Superion, I will actually go for Hasbro's Menasor with Offroad instead of Brake-neck. Here's why.

The way they made superion, the mold is more in line with G1 and having all the jets makes sense, hence why I went with takara. I was gonna do the same with Menasor and when I saw that brake neck was coming out I thought I would go the hasbro route with the G1 members instead of takara, saving me some money (I bought the Takara superion before the extra jet limb was anounced). But when I saw the takara pics of the Menasor team, I didnt feel the g1 theme played out too well and while 4 same looking jets worked, having a team of 3 very different molds with one repeated just looked off. While Superion was very G1, Menasor looked more like a classics take on the character where alt modes are updated and slightly changed (like Motormaster being just a cab). Added to the fact that brake neck would come out costing me 40$ canadian if I get it retail price US$ on a website, I am not saving that much money from achieving a G1 menasor the hasbro route, so I will just stick to the mass retail hasbro toys for menasor. Superion is G1 right off the screen but Menasor is more like G1 redux, like the nerf gun megatron. I dont see a point going for a more G1 deco and team when the toys themselves arent all that G1.

What I mean is I like this:

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Better than this:

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BUT I like this:

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Better than this:

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Thats a good argument. I bought the Hasbro version of both (I dont do imports very often) and I'd say that the Takara Superion is better, but Im so glad they are coming out with Quick-something...er..Slingshot over here. When he is released he will replace my Alpha Bravo. I'm not a Alpha Bravo hater by any means but I'd rather have a jet there. Hasbro Menasor is totally better though. Man, I really like offroad. He's one of my favorites for this wave.
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673401)
Posted by fenrir72 on April 9th, 2015 @ 11:06pm CDT
Up at Amiami. ETA late August 2015

http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/review ... 3&page=top

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After Cyberpath.

Just got to think, if ETA late August, then maybe Devastar or Defensor late October 2015(?)
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673411)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on April 9th, 2015 @ 11:29pm CDT
I'm a bit surprised at all the disappointment with Unite Warriors Menasor, when Takara's Superion was so clearly superior for many fans. I think maybe the problem is that, with Hasbro's Superion versus Takara's, it's a case of tweaking some of the shades of color used (orange versus yellow) and remixing the applications a bit (stripes versus lightning bolts) on the alt-modes, where as with Menasor, Takara's G1 approach necessitates taking away detail and replacing it with...nothing, because that's how the characters looked on the show. So, the objection isn't so much with Takara's approach as it is with the way the Combaticons were drawn and colored on the original cartoon.

I know some people are also disappointed that Wildrider is just a repaint of Dead End with a new head, but I think that only really affects the bot modes. When you have Menasor combined properly, Wildrider is a Leg and Dead End is an arm, so the limbs will at least look quite a big different in how they are configured, even if the base mold is pretty much the same.
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673495)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on April 10th, 2015 @ 6:05am CDT
Not bad. Not my thing but as straight up updates of G1 while keeping the characters and alt-modes mostly the same the Stunticons do a good job.
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673505)
Posted by Powered Convoy on April 10th, 2015 @ 7:23am CDT
Autobot Roadburn wrote:I don't see any noticeable differences on Breakdown aside from the windshield sticker


Blue hands on the UW one. Different placement and more Decepticon symbols. Blue limb connector instead of purple. Waist and elbow joints are white instead of blue (this is more cartoon accurate). Different fist / foot piece in order to match the other foot.

Red Mercury has some big group and combined pics.
http://redmercury.co.jp/shop/detail.php ... -RED-11847

Note that all the sites are lacking robot mode individual shots of Dragstrip, Wildrider, and Breakdown. Seems TakaraTomy didn't provide any.

Randy
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673511)
Posted by bluecatcinema on April 10th, 2015 @ 7:57am CDT
Honestly, Unite Menasor's chest looks a little bare without Blackjack.
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673638)
Posted by Solus Prime on April 10th, 2015 @ 2:41pm CDT
The Hasbro version has his charm,
But this, man, it's just...
Bland... With the Cartoon Colours...
all over the place... It lacks
creativity in colors...

Takara had done better than the
original Hasbro colors in the past
(like the 90% of the time...)
But this time, Hasbro win
at the very last...




Conclusion: Takara Menasor It's neither good or bad, It's just a
MEH NASOR :CON:
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673645)
Posted by william-james88 on April 10th, 2015 @ 2:58pm CDT
Solus Prime wrote:The Hasbro version has his charm,
But this, man, it's just...
Bland... With the Cartoon Colours...
all over the place... It lacks
creativity in colors...

Takara had done better than the
original Hasbro colors in the past
(like the 90% of the time...)
But this time, Hasbro win
at the very last...


Conclusion: Takara Menasor It's neither good or bad, It's just a
MEH NASOR :CON:


I can totally get behind that. The molds are mostly creative updates, so with the G1 colors it just looks a bit off. Also, am I the only one that finds it disconcerting to look at the Takara stunticons in robot mode and see 3 super different figures and then a pair of clones?

The G1 stunticons were all very samey in robot mode and they had a nice unifying look much like the arealbots:

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But that's totally lost with these Generations Stunticon molds. Not a bad thing, but when you decide to make two figures alike when ignoring the rest, it just looks odd (at least to me). It's like G1 is clashing with classics instead of the the two concepts working together.

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Also, I do not know what is wrong with me but looking at these G1 toys, I cant help but feel that if they were to have redeco'd a gen stunticon for Wildrider, it should have been Breakdown.

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Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673657)
Posted by Solus Prime on April 10th, 2015 @ 4:00pm CDT
:-? nice point you've got there...



And yeah, Wildrider should have used the Breakdown mold OR even better... a mix n' match between Streetwise and Dead end , so, it would look diferent and better than grey dead end with Wildrider's head... :CON:
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673662)
Posted by Tigertrack on April 10th, 2015 @ 4:24pm CDT
Solus Prime wrote::-? nice point you've got there...



And yeah, Wildrider should have used the Breakdown mold OR even better... a mix n' match between Streetwise and Dead end , so, it would look diferent and better than grey dead end with Wildrider's head... :CON:


I'm one of the few who actually likes this version more. I don't mind 2/5 looking the same, as in only changing head and colors. From my childhood many of them looked similar anyway. If you look at the G1 picture in bot mode, they look very similar, with wheels on shoulders, front of the car on the back, and a set of wheels in about the same spot on the legs. There are enough differences to tell the apart. In alt mode, yea, that will be something to get used to, but not a deal breaker.

I think Wildrider in the Breakdown mold would be much worse. I love the alt mode, but dislike the bot mode very much, which would make Wildrider a bad bot mode too. And it doesn't defeat the having two of the same mold and 3 other different molds on the team. Dead End has the best of both world's, nice bot mode, nice alt mode, and I think that's good reason to make it the one to re-use.

I actually do not hate Dragstrip. I think they should have painted a black windshield somewhere, but otherwise, his differences definitely get him very close to that cartoon look. I think he head might be one of my favorite changes.

Crazy, I know!
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673668)
Posted by william-james88 on April 10th, 2015 @ 4:40pm CDT
I don't mind 2/5 looking the same, as in only changing head and colors. From my childhood many of them looked similar anyway. If you look at the G1 picture in bot mode, they look very similar, with wheels on shoulders, front of the car on the back, and a set of wheels in about the same spot on the legs. There are enough differences to tell the apart. In alt mode, yea, that will be something to get used to, but not a deal breaker.


Sure, but my problem was that I'd rather they all look very similar, like the G1 toys or Takara's UW aerialbots, instead of having only 2/5 being the exact same toy. It clashes too much for me and looks odd. Someone suggested just leaving them in alt mode but that defeats the purpose even more, as you mentioned. Glad you dont find it a deal breaker. For the extra cost this would entail of either going Takara or getting the exclusive Hasbro brake-neck, it totally was for me.

I think Wildrider in the Breakdown mold would be much worse. I love the alt mode, but dislike the bot mode very much, which would make Wildrider a bad bot mode too. And it doesn't defeat the having two of the same mold and 3 other different molds on the team.


Totally! My decision to stick to Hasbro mass retail was entirely based on the first point above. This was just an extra I noticed in terms of alt mode as I was looking at the pictures to include with the post. Once again, glad you like the mold theychose to duplicate. You better love it, because there is more of it coming your way ;)

I actually do not hate Dragstrip. I think they should have painted a black windshield somewhere


I also noticed that when looking at these pics. It would also have helped break up the yellow.
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1673732)
Posted by Emerje on April 10th, 2015 @ 9:33pm CDT
I really wish I could just by the Takara Tomy Motormaster, that's the only one that's clearly superior to the Hasbro version (IMO). I like that his truck mode has an added set of "windows" painted on top and that the bot mode is largely black with "windows" painted into his lower legs. I bet someone at Reprolabels will make truck details for his feet.

I don't think Dragstrip will look that bad in person. If you look closely you can see where he's actually two shade of yellow to break things up. It's lost in the smaller shots, but in the close up of the car mode you can see the difference in colors easier.

I just wish these weren't coming out the same month as BLUEstreak and the Arcee rerelease.

Emerje
Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1674669)
Posted by mooncake623 on April 13th, 2015 @ 8:19am CDT
Thanks to E-Hobby we have an announcement that they will be they will be carrying a new exclusive release! The E-Hobby exclusive Unite Warriors Grand Scourge! This Grand Scourge is a repainted black, gold and teal version of Combiner Wars Voyager Optimus Prime! Included with Grand Scourge is two Sukajigan guns and the huge blood red cleaver, named "Matrix Breaker" that came from the Ultimate Beast Hunter Optimus Prime. Grand Scourge will also be including an original Comic that will explain his origins story. Priced at 6,500 yen he is due to be released on for September of this year. Check out the images we've mirrored below for your viewing pleasures, and remember keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates!

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Re: Clear Images for Takara Tomy Unite Warriors Menasor (1674670)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 13th, 2015 @ 8:25am CDT
Finally! A genuinely GOOD-looking release of the mold (the Optimus version, that is), and it happens to be a Unicron Trilogy character to boot! :KREMZEEK:

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