In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison

In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison

Saturday, June 6th, 2015 4:52am CDT

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With the US receiving its first airing of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise episode featuring Drift (voiced by Eric Bauza) this weekend, Takara Tomy designer Hisashi Yuki has tweeted a couple of comparison shots for the two companies' version of the character. Check out below the images showing the differences between Warrior class Drift (gallery here) and Transformers Adventure TAV-18 Drift, sporting a more accurate paint deco and application!

Transformers News: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison

Transformers News: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison

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Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695323)
Posted by Burn on June 6th, 2015 @ 5:16am CDT
geez that's a massive (and superior) difference.
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695347)
Posted by Rated X on June 6th, 2015 @ 7:22am CDT
Burn wrote:geez that's a massive (and superior) difference.

*****Praying thats sarcasm******

Its comparison shots like this that make me think what I do about takara. Theres not a person alive that can look me in the eyes with a staight face and tell me a different shade of orange and a few lousy paint apps doubles the production costs. Maybe back when they were doing shiny paint. (united) But this....naw, hell no.
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695355)
Posted by Optimizzy on June 6th, 2015 @ 8:07am CDT
Gotta agree with X here. I was all over the little details but looking at them side-by-side it's still not enough to get me to buy him. It's got some nice details but they just aren't enough for me to say really which is better. Unlike some of Takara offerings it just isn't worth the extra money.

I mean, it looks good...but it's a meh figure already and a few more paints aps do not make me want to buy it.
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695362)
Posted by fenrir72 on June 6th, 2015 @ 8:32am CDT
"Wash,Rinse,Spin and Dry" repeat x infinity.
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695368)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 6th, 2015 @ 8:48am CDT
Rated X wrote:
Burn wrote:geez that's a massive (and superior) difference.

*****Praying thats sarcasm******

Its comparison shots like this that make me think what I do about takara. Theres not a person alive that can look me in the eyes with a staight face and tell me a different shade of orange and a few lousy paint apps doubles the production costs. Maybe back when they were doing shiny paint. (united) But this....naw, hell no.


Dude, it's been established already that when bought locally, both Hasbro and Takara ammount to the SAME PRICE, give or take a few bucks.
If you really want "double the cost", go to Europe or Australia to buy your HASBRO TFs.

Now, please put the lid back on tha can of worm.
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695378)
Posted by Optimizzy on June 6th, 2015 @ 9:02am CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Rated X wrote:
Burn wrote:geez that's a massive (and superior) difference.

*****Praying thats sarcasm******

Its comparison shots like this that make me think what I do about takara. Theres not a person alive that can look me in the eyes with a staight face and tell me a different shade of orange and a few lousy paint apps doubles the production costs. Maybe back when they were doing shiny paint. (united) But this....naw, hell no.


Dude, it's been established already that when bought locally, both Hasbro and Takara ammount to the SAME PRICE, give or take a few bucks.
If you really want "double the cost", go to Europe or Australia to buy your HASBRO TFs.

Now, please put the lid back on tha can of worm.


That has been established? And we are talking about the Manufacturers retail price?

ok, Ive just checked TakaraTomys site and these guys do run about 2500 yen. That's about $19 us which is not too bad considering the paint aps. Its not the same price, but it's close enough to not warrant argument.

Lockdown IS at an inflated price however, but that could be because he is an older figure maybe and uses more plastic than the newer ones?
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695383)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on June 6th, 2015 @ 9:11am CDT
Optimizzy wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Rated X wrote:
Burn wrote:geez that's a massive (and superior) difference.

*****Praying thats sarcasm******

Its comparison shots like this that make me think what I do about takara. Theres not a person alive that can look me in the eyes with a staight face and tell me a different shade of orange and a few lousy paint apps doubles the production costs. Maybe back when they were doing shiny paint. (united) But this....naw, hell no.


Dude, it's been established already that when bought locally, both Hasbro and Takara ammount to the SAME PRICE, give or take a few bucks.
If you really want "double the cost", go to Europe or Australia to buy your HASBRO TFs.

Now, please put the lid back on tha can of worm.


That has been established? And we are talking about the Manufacturers retail price?


If you're gonna whine about prices (yet again), at least do that in a proper place like this thread:

Toy Economics: Price Differences in different markets and the factors behind them.
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695386)
Posted by Optimizzy on June 6th, 2015 @ 9:14am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Optimizzy wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Rated X wrote:
Burn wrote:geez that's a massive (and superior) difference.

*****Praying thats sarcasm******

Its comparison shots like this that make me think what I do about takara. Theres not a person alive that can look me in the eyes with a staight face and tell me a different shade of orange and a few lousy paint apps doubles the production costs. Maybe back when they were doing shiny paint. (united) But this....naw, hell no.


Dude, it's been established already that when bought locally, both Hasbro and Takara ammount to the SAME PRICE, give or take a few bucks.
If you really want "double the cost", go to Europe or Australia to buy your HASBRO TFs.

Now, please put the lid back on tha can of worm.


That has been established? And we are talking about the Manufacturers retail price?


If you're gonna whine about prices (yet again), at least do that in a proper place like this thread:

Toy Economics: Price Differences in different markets and the factors behind them.


Please see edit
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695388)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on June 6th, 2015 @ 9:23am CDT
Optimizzy wrote:Please see edit


It's basically his height in Robot Mode that's to blame for the somewhat inflated price. They pulled the same trick with Movie Advanced Battle Blade Bumblebee, as he too was taller than the ordinary Deluxe.

On the price note, the Japanese prices for TakaraTomy products are roughly consistent with those in Europe for Hasbro products. Try and figure that one out.
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695390)
Posted by Optimizzy on June 6th, 2015 @ 9:35am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Optimizzy wrote:Please see edit


It's basically his height in Robot Mode that's to blame for the somewhat inflated price. They pulled the same trick with Movie Advanced Battle Blade Bumblebee, as he too was taller than the ordinary Deluxe.

On the price note, the Japanese prices for TakaraTomy products are roughly consistent with those in Europe for Hasbro products. Try and figure that one out.


Yeah, that's what I'm guessing and...while I think its a little shady, I can see how they can justify it.

Yeah, the prices seem to be rather reasonable when you don't factor in import costs.
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695392)
Posted by Rated X on June 6th, 2015 @ 9:50am CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Rated X wrote:
Burn wrote:geez that's a massive (and superior) difference.

*****Praying thats sarcasm******

Its comparison shots like this that make me think what I do about takara. Theres not a person alive that can look me in the eyes with a staight face and tell me a different shade of orange and a few lousy paint apps doubles the production costs. Maybe back when they were doing shiny paint. (united) But this....naw, hell no.


Dude, it's been established already that when bought locally, both Hasbro and Takara ammount to the SAME PRICE, give or take a few bucks.


"Established" by who ?

Someone from Japan or someone from Australia?

Believe it or not, Rated X's feet have actually touched Japanese soil. I visited the Philippines twice which involved connecting at Tokyo Japan. While I never actually left the airport, I made sure to check out the gift shop which Takara transformers were on sale for $40-45 a pop. They were animated figures mostly. Yes I know airports mark up prices a bit to sting tourists, but compared to the $20 price tag of Hasbro deluxes in the gift shop at Miami international airport, there is a diffference of a lot more than a few bucks. So I call total BS on anyone from euorpe or Australia saying a takara figure costs $15-20 in japan. And all the hobby shops in the phillippines were the same prices too on takara, no vaseline.
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695396)
Posted by Optimizzy on June 6th, 2015 @ 10:09am CDT
Rated X wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Rated X wrote:
Burn wrote:geez that's a massive (and superior) difference.

*****Praying thats sarcasm******

Its comparison shots like this that make me think what I do about takara. Theres not a person alive that can look me in the eyes with a staight face and tell me a different shade of orange and a few lousy paint apps doubles the production costs. Maybe back when they were doing shiny paint. (united) But this....naw, hell no.


Dude, it's been established already that when bought locally, both Hasbro and Takara ammount to the SAME PRICE, give or take a few bucks.


"Established" by who ?

Someone from Japan or someone from Australia?

Believe it or not, Rated X's feet have actually touched Japanese soil. I visited the Philippines twice which involved connecting at Tokyo Japan. While I never actually left the airport, I made sure to check out the gift shop which Takara transformers were on sale for $40-45 a pop. They were animated figures mostly. Yes I know airports mark up prices a bit to sting tourists, but compared to the $20 price tag of Hasbro deluxes in the gift shop at Miami international airport, there is a diffference of a lot more than a few bucks. So I call total BS on anyone from euorpe or Australia saying a takara figure costs $15-20 in japan. And all the hobby shops in the phillippines were the same prices too on takara, no vaseline.


Just by going to the TakaraTomy website and checking the prices, I can tell you that your airport costs are NOT TakaraTomys asking price. They are marked up indeed. But by the store you were looking at, not TT.

Hey, I still don't think Takara Tomy is all its presented as being, but the prices are not unreasonable.

mostly.
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695406)
Posted by Cobotron on June 6th, 2015 @ 10:31am CDT
Rated X wrote:"Established" by who ?


By me. Right now.

A good friend of mine just got back from Tokyo yesterday. He was kind enough to do a little hunting for me in Akihabara.
Image

I was surprised that the prices are less that Takara's MSRP which, according to takaratomymall.jp is -
TAV deluxe 2700 yen
Q 1078 yen

Image

1980 yen = $15.76

And BTW, check out my sweet new TAV haul. :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK:
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695407)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on June 6th, 2015 @ 10:37am CDT
Akibahara?! You so lucky! :shock:

Let us all know how you like them, I'm especially into Roadblock here.
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695409)
Posted by Cobotron on June 6th, 2015 @ 10:42am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Akibahara?! You so lucky! :shock:

Let us all know how you like them, I'm especially into Roadblock here.

Thanks J. I hope to be even more lucky to go there myself one day.
My buddy lives in NY, so I gotta wait a few more days for him to send them.
Can't wait!
I'll file a full report ASAP! :D
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695413)
Posted by shajaki on June 6th, 2015 @ 11:10am CDT
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695414)
Posted by william-james88 on June 6th, 2015 @ 11:13am CDT
Rated X wrote:
Burn wrote:geez that's a massive (and superior) difference.

*****Praying thats sarcasm******

Its comparison shots like this that make me think what I do about takara. Theres not a person alive that can look me in the eyes with a staight face and tell me a different shade of orange and a few lousy paint apps doubles the production costs. Maybe back when they were doing shiny paint. (united) But this....naw, hell no.


They are the very same price to me. I could have bought hasbro drift at tru in canada and he would have cost me 23$ cdn total (18.48$US). So I bought takara drift from amiami instead for 23$ cdn shipped (18.48$ US). So while it might be different for you, I had the choice of paying the same amount for either the hasbro or takara version and I picked the version with better paint apps. Wouldnt you have done the same? I think those prices you saw in japan for the animated line have changed since. Getting both figures would cost me 18.48$ US. Myth BUSTED!
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695422)
Posted by DMSL on June 6th, 2015 @ 11:46am CDT
It looks better than the Hasbro version, but he needs a gun. I'll stick with my Igear Cosmos for now.
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695425)
Posted by Rated X on June 6th, 2015 @ 11:56am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Rated X wrote:
Burn wrote:geez that's a massive (and superior) difference.

*****Praying thats sarcasm******

Its comparison shots like this that make me think what I do about takara. Theres not a person alive that can look me in the eyes with a staight face and tell me a different shade of orange and a few lousy paint apps doubles the production costs. Maybe back when they were doing shiny paint. (united) But this....naw, hell no.


They are the very same price to me. I could have bought hasbro drift at tru in canada and he would have cost me 23$ cdn total (18.48$US). So I bought takara drift from amiami instead for 23$ cdn shipped (18.48$ US). So while it might be different for you, I had the choice of paying the same amount for either the hasbro or takara version and I picked the version with better paint apps. Wouldnt you have done the same? I think those prices you saw in japan for the animated line have changed since. Getting both figures would cost me 18.48$ US. Myth BUSTED!

Were talking about straight up brick and mortar sales on japanese soil. Were not talking about how much you can get them online based on shipping or customs fees that are unique to your country. So unless you been to Japan or know a transformer fan who has, theres not much you can say. I noticed the absence of fans who actually live in Japan on both this site and TFW2005. I always found that kind of odd.
Re: In-Hand Images - Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure TAV 18 Drift, plus Comparison (1695468)
Posted by william-james88 on June 6th, 2015 @ 1:53pm CDT
Rated X wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Rated X wrote:
Burn wrote:geez that's a massive (and superior) difference.

*****Praying thats sarcasm******

Its comparison shots like this that make me think what I do about takara. Theres not a person alive that can look me in the eyes with a staight face and tell me a different shade of orange and a few lousy paint apps doubles the production costs. Maybe back when they were doing shiny paint. (united) But this....naw, hell no.


They are the very same price to me. I could have bought hasbro drift at tru in canada and he would have cost me 23$ cdn total (18.48$US). So I bought takara drift from amiami instead for 23$ cdn shipped (18.48$ US). So while it might be different for you, I had the choice of paying the same amount for either the hasbro or takara version and I picked the version with better paint apps. Wouldnt you have done the same? I think those prices you saw in japan for the animated line have changed since. Getting both figures would cost me 18.48$ US. Myth BUSTED!

Were talking about straight up brick and mortar sales on japanese soil. Were not talking about how much you can get them online based on shipping or customs fees that are unique to your country. So unless you been to Japan or know a transformer fan who has, theres not much you can say. I noticed the absence of fans who actually live in Japan on both this site and TFW2005. I always found that kind of odd.


Come on man, I was talking retail for the hasbro stuff. I mentioned how much he costs me at toysrus with taxes, no custom fees or shipping. And that takara costs the same as that when you include shipping. So are you saying that japanese sites charge less than japanese brick and mortar stores? Well they dont and here is proof.

Here are actual pictures of takara figures in japan by a site contact who lives there:

Image

Image

You can read the price tags: 1105 yen, which is 8.80$ US. Bomshell at toysrus right now costs 12.99 $ US. So, right now, Hasbro is charging more for the Hasbro version of the figure than Japan is for the Takara version. Both brick and mortar examples.

So I repeat for what I hope is the last time: MYTH BUSTED!

What do you have to say to that?

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