Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio

Transformers News: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 8:40pm CST

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It seems Masterpiece Star Sabre is going to get a limited english language release through Hasbro's distribution. Someone contracted by Hasbro Australia, GOKTIMUS PRIME (self chosen pseudonym), revealed today on Talk Transformers facebook fan page, that he has translated the Star Sabre bio for Hasbro, and has also made it entirely different from the japanese bio. The full quote is below. It should be noted that this release is most probably limited to the Australian market where Hasbro also helped distribute Takara's recent Ultra Magnus and Bumblebee, which showed up in Australian Toysrus stores.

I can now reveal that MP Star Sabre was the third translation/adaptation job that I was doing for Hasbro. However, the English bio is completely different and unrelated to the Japanese one. The Japanese bio is based on Star Sabre's appearance in Transformers Victory, where he was -- character-wise -- basically a clone of Optimus Prime (re: flawless heroic saviour archetype). The English bio is based on IDW Star Sabre, where Star Sabre is an incredibly dark character.
In the Japanese booklet, Star Sabre's function is "Autobot Supreme Commander." For the Hasbro version, his function has been changed to 'Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord' (at times abbreviated to 'Tyrest Accord Enforcer' or just "Autobot Enforcer" in different parts of the booklet). Japanese G1 tech specs don't have mottos, and I only had access to the booklet and not the tech specs card (so I have no idea if TakaraTOMY have newly created a motto for him), but the motto I created for the Hasbro version is "Quidquid facio sancitur divinitus.", which is Latin for "Everything I do is divinely sanctioned." -- and yes, I have written the motto in both Latin and English (as I did for Stinger ).
More reveals to come.

Credit(s): Talk Transformers facebook fan page

This article was last modified on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 10:06pm CST


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Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646382)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 3rd, 2015 @ 9:05pm CST
Lucky Australians.
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646386)
Posted by william-james88 on February 3rd, 2015 @ 9:36pm CST
Here's more from GOKTIMUS PRIME.

TakaraTOMY writes their MP bios from a Japanese continuity POV for their market (e.g. MP22's bio makes references to Scramble City), so I felt that for Hasbro's release, I'd like to go in the other direction and write it from an Anglophone continuity perspective for Hasbro's markets -- hence why I removed all mention of Scramble City from MP22's bio, but I did name his weapon the "Ambus Class laser gun." But small continuity discrepancies aside, Ultra Magnus is essentially the same character in both Japanese and Western continuities. This isn't the case with Star Sabre, so adapting his bio for Hasbro presented me with the opportunity to be a lot more creative and complete reinvent his bio based on his appearances in the IDW comics. I've also made references to the G1 Motorvators (the Hasbro versions of the Brainmasters; although Star Sabre was the only Brainmaster never released by Hasbro as a Motorvator during G1 ;)).
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646388)
Posted by fenrir72 on February 3rd, 2015 @ 9:38pm CST
william-james88 wrote:It seems Masterpiece Star Sabre is going to get a limited english language release through Hasbro's distribution. Hasbro Australia's employee GOKTIMUS PRIME (self chosen pseudonym) revealed today, on Talk Transformers facebook fan page, that he has translated the Star Sabre bio for Hasbro, and has also made it entirely different from the japanese bio. The full quote is below. It should be noted that this release is most probably limited to the Australian market where Hasbro also helped distribute Takara's recent Ultra Magnus and Bumblebee, which showed up in Australian Toysrus stores.

I can now reveal that MP Star Sabre was the third translation/adaptation job that I was doing for Hasbro. However, the English bio is completely different and unrelated to the Japanese one. The Japanese bio is based on Star Sabre's appearance in Transformers Victory, where he was -- character-wise -- basically a clone of Optimus Prime (re: flawless heroic saviour archetype). The English bio is based on IDW Star Sabre, where Star Sabre is an incredibly dark character.
In the Japanese booklet, Star Sabre's function is "Autobot Supreme Commander." For the Hasbro version, his function has been changed to 'Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord' (at times abbreviated to 'Tyrest Accord Enforcer' or just "Autobot Enforcer" in different parts of the booklet). Japanese G1 tech specs don't have mottos, and I only had access to the booklet and not the tech specs card (so I have no idea if TakaraTOMY have newly created a motto for him), but the motto I created for the Hasbro version is "Quidquid facio sancitur divinitus.", which is Latin for "Everything I do is divinely sanctioned." -- and yes, I have written the motto in both Latin and English (as I did for Stinger ).
More reveals to come.


BURN is gonna love this!
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646391)
Posted by fatbot on February 3rd, 2015 @ 9:42pm CST
just a small correction to the article, he's not an employee, more like a contractor, doing these translations.

And trust me, if you knew him, there are many times you'd relize that you aren't lucky
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646392)
Posted by Burn on February 3rd, 2015 @ 9:45pm CST
fenrir72 wrote:BURN is gonna love this!


nah, old news to me and it's cheaper to import from Japan than buy from TRU. Arctorro and I already worked that out with Bumblebee and Magnus.

WHERE'S YOUR MAGNUS ARCTORRO?
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Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646393)
Posted by fenrir72 on February 3rd, 2015 @ 9:48pm CST
Burn wrote:
fenrir72 wrote:BURN is gonna love this!


nah, old news to me and it's cheaper to import from Japan than buy from TRU. Arctorro and I already worked that out with Bumblebee and Magnus.

WHERE'S YOUR MAGNUS ARCTORRO?
Image



Oh.....the pricing is murder at TRU.
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646397)
Posted by william-james88 on February 3rd, 2015 @ 9:57pm CST
fatbot wrote:just a small correction to the article, he's not an employee, more like a contractor, doing these translations.

And trust me, if you knew him, there are many times you'd relize that you aren't lucky


Why? He's not a fun guy to get to know?
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646403)
Posted by Arctorro on February 3rd, 2015 @ 10:11pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:Lucky Australians.
Might want to wait on the price before making statements like that seeing as...
Burn wrote:nah, old news to me and it's cheaper to import from Japan than buy from TRU. Arctorro and I already worked that out with Bumblebee and Magnus.
An Australian release may be more of a kick in the gentleman veg if past prices are anything to go by.


Burn wrote:WHERE'S YOUR MAGNUS ARCTORRO? Image
You evil bastard!!!Image

By the way, how is Whirl? How are your hands? :WHISTLE:
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646405)
Posted by Burn on February 3rd, 2015 @ 10:19pm CST
Arctorro wrote:By the way, how is Whirl? How are your hands? :WHISTLE:

I'll let you know when I get them around your neck. Image
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646411)
Posted by sol magnus on February 3rd, 2015 @ 10:32pm CST
Why would he need an "Anglo" bio just for Austrailian audiences? Aren't Bumblebee and Ultra Magnus in normal Takara packaging in Austrailian TRUs?
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646412)
Posted by fenrir72 on February 3rd, 2015 @ 10:33pm CST
fatbot wrote:just a small correction to the article, he's not an employee, more like a contractor, doing these translations.

And trust me, if you knew him, there are many times you'd relize that you aren't lucky


Seems like you have a past issue with him for a first post.
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646418)
Posted by Desslok2201 on February 3rd, 2015 @ 10:44pm CST
It's like someone's taken a Picasso, or a Rembrandt, and wiped a turd on it. Can't blame Hasbro for this one, we have a name this time
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646422)
Posted by Arctorro on February 3rd, 2015 @ 10:51pm CST
Burn wrote:
Arctorro wrote:By the way, how is Whirl? How are your hands? :WHISTLE:

I'll let you know when I get them around your neck. Image
If the smell is still lingering I'd probably be unconscious before they made contact. No Legends BlackJack for Burn :lol:
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646424)
Posted by Ultra Markus on February 3rd, 2015 @ 11:02pm CST
So... The Enforcer he"s called he must be the Dirty Harry of Cybertron then :michaelbay:
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646425)
Posted by Bounti76 on February 3rd, 2015 @ 11:35pm CST
SO in Australia.....he's essentially Masterpiece IDW Star Saber. :D
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646442)
Posted by Arctorro on February 4th, 2015 @ 1:31am CST
Bounti76 wrote:SO in Australia.....he's essentially Masterpiece IDW Star Saber. :D
And he will cost
Image
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646444)
Posted by leokearon on February 4th, 2015 @ 1:32am CST
Bounti76 wrote:SO in Australia.....he's essentially Masterpiece IDW Star Saber. :D


Yeah he is by the sounds of it. I wonder if Hasbro now what they are doing
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646445)
Posted by fenrir72 on February 4th, 2015 @ 1:34am CST
leokearon wrote:
Bounti76 wrote:SO in Australia.....he's essentially Masterpiece IDW Star Saber. :D


Yeah he is by the sounds of it. I wonder if Hasbro now what they are doing


Turning him into a religious zealot.........Australia......."Lindt"........ring a bell........have they (Hasbro )no shame? Or sensitivity?
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646485)
Posted by sol magnus on February 4th, 2015 @ 6:18am CST
sol magnus wrote:Why would he need an "Anglo" bio just for Austrailian audiences? Aren't Bumblebee and Ultra Magnus in normal Takara packaging in Austrailian TRUs?

Again, why would this be limited to the Austrailian release if all they do is ship Takara versions to TRU? Is the instruction booklet different? If so, maybe I'd want an Austrailian Magnus...
Re: Limited english language release for Masterpiece Star Sabre with new bio (1646496)
Posted by william-james88 on February 4th, 2015 @ 7:33am CST
sol magnus wrote:
sol magnus wrote:Why would he need an "Anglo" bio just for Austrailian audiences? Aren't Bumblebee and Ultra Magnus in normal Takara packaging in Austrailian TRUs?

Again, why would this be limited to the Austrailian release if all they do is ship Takara versions to TRU? Is the instruction booklet different? If so, maybe I'd want an Austrailian Magnus...


Yes, I am assuming thats what it is. It may also be available in Hong Kong and Singapore since it would be Hasbro's asia pacific division that would distribute as a whole, and both those amrkets carry the english language products.

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