KO Shockwave coming soon?

KO Shockwave coming soon?

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:41pm CST

Categories: Toy News, Rumors, Knock Offs
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There is a new G1 KO to be cautious of. Pictures of a KO Shockwave have appeared on ACToys. There is no word yet when this figure might be released, or what the telling signs will be to identify it.

*In these pictures – the muzzle of the gun is dark purple instead of grey (as on the authentic version). Unfortunately, we unsure if this will be the same on the final product. We will keep you posted with package details.

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This article was last modified on Saturday, January 24th, 2009 12:12am CST

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Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872559)
Posted by robofreak on January 23rd, 2009 @ 11:43pm CST
Crap like this is why I don't buy much G1 now. KO's have ruined the fun for me.

This does raise a question though. Is'nt the G1 Shockwave mold in a state of limbo at the moment? How on earth did these guys get it? My first assumption was reverse molding, but the figure looks a little too clean for that procedure. I'm guessing that there was more than one set of molds for Shockwave and this one may have been stolen.
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872563)
Posted by Stormrider on January 23rd, 2009 @ 11:55pm CST
Here are some comparison pictures of the authentic version:

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Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872581)
Posted by caseymuss on January 24th, 2009 @ 12:31am CST
Man hes going to be expensive! Wish Takara would beat the KO guys to the punch.
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872618)
Posted by fenrir72 on January 24th, 2009 @ 2:30am CST
I'll be getting this to replace muy original's broken gun arm. FYI mine is the japanese version but the frickin' thing was broken already (same with all the Japan/Takara stocks in my country)
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872639)
Posted by capellamusic on January 24th, 2009 @ 4:17am CST
I'm not really against or in favor of KOs, but I don't have nothing against them, except that they should never be passed as originals and should have some easy to see give away in both the figure and the box, and also that they should only be for figures that aren't currently being produced but only vintage.

But since G1 Shockwave can't be reissued due to copyright issues (it doesn't matter if they have the mold or not, or even if they re-do it) this is the best thing I can get to have a good and afforadable G1 Shockwave, and I will buy it when it comes out. I was going to buy the cheap KO with a different head and paint it like the G1 and retool its head, but since this is probably comming soon... I'm going to wait for this one instead. :)
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872662)
Posted by Starscream6 on January 24th, 2009 @ 5:12am CST
idc, maybe now i can finally get a G1 shockwave. i get so sick of the scarcity of this figure (or any likeness thereof). the mold and copyright issues really piss me off. sorry im bitter, i love shockwave and hes such a bitch to find and buy for a decent price
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872671)
Posted by Autobot032 on January 24th, 2009 @ 5:37am CST
I'm going to stay on the fence with this issue (I know it's a hotly contested situation) but I will say they did a terrific job of bringing an old mold back to life. Looks like they really put some work into this one.

The quality will probably still be an issue, but it looks like they really tried, at least.
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872680)
Posted by Zeds on January 24th, 2009 @ 6:40am CST
One hopes that Hasbro/Tomy will go after them. This may mean that Hasbro/Tomy will reissue him in the Encore line to offset the KO release. One hopes.
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872727)
Posted by Scaleface on January 24th, 2009 @ 8:56am CST
These high quality, high priced knockoffs probably wouldn't exist if Hasbro/Takara would get off their butts and reissue the original, or at least make a Classics Skockwave. The Knockoffers know there is a demand for this toy. We are now getting an unofficial smallest, and now a "replica" - for a long time we had obvious knockoffs that were selling for $20+, so this sucker will probably sell well.

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Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872730)
Posted by D-340 on January 24th, 2009 @ 9:00am CST
Zeds wrote:One hopes that Hasbro/Tomy will go after them. This may mean that Hasbro/Tomy will reissue him in the Encore line to offset the KO release. One hopes.



Doubt it. Has/Tomy don't have the rights to the mold, Ol' Shockwave/Lazerwave's original toy was licensed for a different company. They could nail them for likeness rights at best.

As far as this KO, I dunno. Don't like the idea of these KO's being marketed as the real deal. But as Starscream6 said, G1 Shockwave is such a horrible pain in the ass to get at all, let alone in good shape and at a decent price. I may get this one.
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872759)
Posted by Bumblebeast on January 24th, 2009 @ 10:06am CST
I'm getting it, because there's no way i can afford a ridiculously expensive G1 Shockwave. Most of the time they aren't even complete.

A good KO can be worked through paint applications and stickers, so it's a good hobbie opportunity too.
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872763)
Posted by GetterDragun on January 24th, 2009 @ 10:18am CST
Starscream6 wrote:idc, maybe now i can finally get a G1 shockwave. i get so sick of the scarcity of this figure (or any likeness thereof). the mold and copyright issues really piss me off. sorry im bitter, i love shockwave and hes such a bitch to find and buy for a decent price


Sorry, but this still doesn't get you a G1 Shockwave.
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872764)
Posted by Sledge on January 24th, 2009 @ 10:20am CST
Scaleface wrote:These high quality, high priced knockoffs probably wouldn't exist if Hasbro/Takara would get off their butts and reissue the original, or at least make a Classics Skockwave.
Yeah, damn Hasbro for not breaking copyright law! Hooray for those brave criminals who do!
:-?
Hang on...

If this comes out at the sort of price that knockoffs like Mirage did, I can't see the appeal. If I'm going to pay serious money, I'd rather have the real thing than line some KO company's pockets.
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872782)
Posted by bumble_bee_68 on January 24th, 2009 @ 10:42am CST
Ummm....for a K.O., it does'nt look bad.
I can't read Japanese on the website, so I can't find a link for it anywhere...

anyway, I just placed a bid on an original 1983 Radio Shack "Galactic Man" aka Shockwave...yes, I believe it was an American K.O. of the Takara Laserwave (if I'm wrong, let me know) So I hope I win!!
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872784)
Posted by capellamusic on January 24th, 2009 @ 10:51am CST
bumble_bee_68 wrote:Ummm....for a K.O., it does'nt look bad.
I can't read Japanese on the website, so I can't find a link for it anywhere...

anyway, I just placed a bid on an original 1983 Radio Shack "Galactic Man" aka Shockwave...yes, I believe it was an American K.O. of the Takara Laserwave (if I'm wrong, let me know) So I hope I win!!


It will probably be available in a few weeks or less on yahobby.com. You'll probably also be able to get it later on ioffer.com. Those are the only 2 places for KOs I know of. Oh, you can also find KOs on Yahoo Japan.

Just a note to the "KO haters", please don't try to get yahobby.com into problems. They sell the KOs as KOs and are honest sellers.
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872786)
Posted by Dead Metal on January 24th, 2009 @ 10:54am CST
bumble_bee_68 wrote:Ummm....for a K.O., it does'nt look bad.
I can't read Japanese on the website, so I can't find a link for it anywhere...

anyway, I just placed a bid on an original 1983 Radio Shack "Galactic Man" aka Shockwave...yes, I believe it was an American K.O. of the Takara Laserwave (if I'm wrong, let me know) So I hope I win!!

No that's not a KO, Takara wasn't the original manufacturer of the Shockwave mold and got the licence to make it from another toy maker. That toy maker sold the rights to produce that mold to Hasbro, Takara and Radioshack during the same time frame.
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872810)
Posted by Autoclot on January 24th, 2009 @ 11:43am CST
bumble_bee_68 wrote:Ummm....for a K.O., it does'nt look bad.
I can't read Japanese on the website, so I can't find a link for it anywhere...

anyway, I just placed a bid on an original 1983 Radio Shack "Galactic Man" aka Shockwave...yes, I believe it was an American K.O. of the Takara Laserwave (if I'm wrong, let me know) So I hope I win!!

The grey one? I have one of those on my shelf (had it since it was new). He may have required some repairs over the years, and his battery cover may be missing, but he's still very, very cool.

Although he's "Galactic Man" I got him as Shockwave, since it's the closest that was released here. Made my Christmas very happy, that year. I think all the bleepy noises probably annoyed the hell out of my parents, though :)

Hope you win your auction :D
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872818)
Posted by Scaleface on January 24th, 2009 @ 12:07pm CST
Sledge wrote:
Scaleface wrote:These high quality, high priced knockoffs probably wouldn't exist if Hasbro/Takara would get off their butts and reissue the original, or at least make a Classics Skockwave.
Yeah, damn Hasbro for not breaking copyright law! Hooray for those brave criminals who do!
:-?


I think you missed the point. I think Hasbro or Takara would have the resources to either make a new mold that is similar for Universe/Classics, or purchase the original license again for a reissue. They went to all the trouble of getting the name back, and for what? So we could cancel the Titanium figure, have a tiny Mini-Con jet and some stupid TF animated version of Stretch Armstrong? I'd like to see SOME type of real or updated Shockwave form the Hasbro people.

Heck, just upscale this sucker to Ultra size and add some electronics, and I'd be happy. (okay, add some ears too!)

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Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872819)
Posted by Sledge on January 24th, 2009 @ 12:17pm CST
Do you know who has the license for the Shockwave mold?

And maybe a Universe version will happen in the future, but it's not possible to see all the characters everyone wants at once.
Re: KO Shockwave coming soon? (872824)
Posted by Scaleface on January 24th, 2009 @ 12:27pm CST
Well, they could wait to see who sues the KO maker, and then we would know who owns the mold.

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