Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals

Transformers News: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 1:00pm CST

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Some photos cropped up online since the begiing of December regarding the Chinese exclusive subline of Transformers Nezha. I write subline because in terms of packaging and marketing, the Nezha line is being marketted along the Cyberverse line, with similar packaging and now Cyberverse characters/designs being offered as well. We see these familiar characters being offered as building toys, which fellow Seibertronian Sabreblade explains here.

Sabrblade wrote:More new Nezha Transformers toys - http://brick4.com/search/set/?s=%E5%93%AA%E5%90%92%E4%B8%8E+%E5%8F%98%E5%BD%A2%E9%87%91%E5%88%9A&all=1

Specifically, just the first four items on the page, as the rest appear to be unlicensed stuff.
The four are new Lego-esque construction brick figure sets of Windblade, Bumblebee, Megatron, and Optimus Prime, all based on their Cyberverse designs, and all sporting the Nezha Transformers logo, Cyberverse art for Optimus and Bumblebee, and Nezha's own box art in their stock images.


Transformers News: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals

Transformers News: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals

Transformers News: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals

Transformers News: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals

We also have an image from Weibo where we see a Nezha figure that can fit inside a robot which turns into a car. The synergy with Cyberverse is present in this toy as well since that mold has the same transformation as the Spark Armour Bumblebee toy.

Transformers News: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals

Transformers News: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals

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Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046529)
Posted by Sentinel_Primal on December 10th, 2019 @ 1:36pm CST
I know a lot of "interlocking building block" companies use similarly styled parts, but these pieces look like they are directly ripping off LEGO's molds :lol: And I saw on TFW2005 someone had suggested a repaint of that new figure with the pilot could be Sari Sumdac and I have to say, that'd be an awesome figure for SELECTS
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046540)
Posted by william-james88 on December 10th, 2019 @ 3:15pm CST
Sentinel_Primal wrote:I know a lot of "interlocking building block" companies use similarly styled parts, but these pieces look like they are directly ripping off LEGO's molds :lol:


They are, though I don't think that's illegal either. Anyone know?
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046546)
Posted by Lore Keeper on December 10th, 2019 @ 5:06pm CST
I don't care for the fake Lego sets, but that Nezha is a must-buy if they are available outside of China. Also, the idea of a Sari figure from this is brilliant!
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046575)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 10th, 2019 @ 8:54pm CST
So, instead of a Sari Sumdac transformer, people want a Sari Sumdac gundam? :P
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046589)
Posted by Seibertron on December 11th, 2019 @ 12:52am CST
william-james88 wrote:
Sentinel_Primal wrote:I know a lot of "interlocking building block" companies use similarly styled parts, but these pieces look like they are directly ripping off LEGO's molds :lol:


They are, though I don't think that's illegal either. Anyone know?


Lego lost their patent (patents?): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_clone

Courts around the world reduced Lego blocks to a functional tool or machine, like a nail or a car. So it's fair game!

And don't forget Transformers Kre-o!

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Kre-O Transformers Megatron Gallery

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Kre-O Transformers Scorponok Gallery
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046595)
Posted by Black Hat on December 11th, 2019 @ 5:42am CST
That Megatron looks kinda neat, I'll be real, and whatever her name is (the Chinese girl reverse-pretender) is a cute design and a cool concept. That aside though, meh. Not for me. I hope whoever wants these can get them but I certainly hope we don't start "losing space" on shelves to these. Not that it's likely as this seems to be a strictly China-appeasing series.
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046597)
Posted by Agent 53 on December 11th, 2019 @ 7:39am CST
Does anyone else kinda want a retool of that Nezah figure as Iron Man?
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046602)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 11th, 2019 @ 9:01am CST
Black Hat wrote:That Megatron looks kinda neat, I'll be real, and whatever her name is (the Chinese girl reverse-pretender) is a cute design and a cool concept.
Nezha is a male deity.

(His name is even in the topic title of every post in this thread.)
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046603)
Posted by Full-Tilt on December 11th, 2019 @ 9:02am CST
Seibertron wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Sentinel_Primal wrote:I know a lot of "interlocking building block" companies use similarly styled parts, but these pieces look like they are directly ripping off LEGO's molds :lol:


They are, though I don't think that's illegal either. Anyone know?


Lego lost their patent (patents?): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_clone

Courts around the world reduced Lego blocks to a functional tool or machine, like a nail or a car. So it's fair game!

And don't forget Transformers Kre-o!

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Kre-O Transformers Megatron Gallery

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Kre-O Transformers Scorponok Gallery


This only applies to generic bricks. THe joint parts and fingers have only been in production since the mid-2000s from exo-force. Patents usually last around 20 years, so these parts still are protected by patent laws, unlike the original brick, filed in the 50s. Kre-o used a different joint system for its builds compared to lego, with smaller ball joints and slightly different-shaped parts and a lack of ratcheting joints. Also the fingers differ from the exo-force style fingers, with figures having pre-molded hands differing from lego designs. The usage of these specific parts are still infringing on lego's patent.

Forgot to mention, windblade's joints are even worse considering they weren't made by lego until 2014

TL;DR bricks are ok to copy, fingers and joints infringing
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046618)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 11th, 2019 @ 10:28am CST
"Nezha: Transformers" official trailer.



All of the new characters are figures of Chinese mythology adopting robot forms.

Nezha is obviously the small boy deity who becomes the red car bot.

The winged pink fembot is Xiaolong Nü, female protagonist of the 1959 wuxia novel The Return of the Condor Heroes by Jin Yong

The evil purple fembot/woman with the big headdress is Shi Ji Niangniang, based on her appearance in the 2003 Chinese animated series The Legend of Nezha, in which she was the main antagonist.

The big yellow bot is Lei Zhenzi, whom we've already seen in toy form.

The skinny green bot is Tu Xingsun, whom we've also already seen in toy form.
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046620)
Posted by william-james88 on December 11th, 2019 @ 10:40am CST
We now have our first trailer for the new Chinese Transformers X Nezha show. Fellow Seibertronian Sabrblade breaks down the new characters we see, which come from different parts of Chinese mythology and literature including the The Return of the Condor Heroes. We should be getting a full reveal of the accompanying toyline tomorrow so stay tuned for that.



Sabrblade wrote:
All of the new characters are figures of Chinese mythology adopting robot forms.

Nezha is obviously the small boy deity who becomes the red car bot.

The winged pink fembot is Xiaolong Nü, female protagonist of the 1959 wuxia novel The Return of the Condor Heroes by Jin Yong

The evil purple fembot/woman with the big headdress is Shi Ji Niangniang, based on her appearance in the 2003 Chinese animated series The Legend of Nezha, in which she was the main antagonist.

The big yellow bot is Lei Zhenzi, whom we've already seen in toy form.

The skinny green bot is Tu Xingsun, whom we've also already seen in toy form.


We have the poster too, found on Facebook.

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Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046622)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 11th, 2019 @ 11:38am CST
I forgot to also mention that Nezha, Shi Ji Niangniang, Lei Zhenzi, and Tu Xingsun are all figures in the 16th-Century Chinese novel The Investiture of the Gods.
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046625)
Posted by Black Hat on December 11th, 2019 @ 12:02pm CST
I have to be honest, Nezha looks rather a lot like a Chinese Sari Sumdac, which would be less of an issue if he weren't...well, a he. :lol:

It's an interesting idea, combining Transformers and classic Chinese characters, though my complete lack of knowledge of these particular individuals means I can't really comment on how well it's pulled off. Myself I'd rather have Chinese mythological characters rather than these somewhat more contemporary ones, just because mythology and Transformers mix well, Chinese mythology is rather cool, and the idea of a Chinese flavoured Go! would be neat.

With the exception of totally-not-Lego Megatron (Legotron?) and Nezha himself, the designs are kinda "eh" though. Which is a shame, because traditionally Chinese aesthetics IMO lend themselves rather well to mecha in general, especially when they draw influence from ancient armour and the geometric patterns of traditional art. I dunno, seems like a bit of a missed opportunity.
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046635)
Posted by Stargrave on December 11th, 2019 @ 2:53pm CST
It’s like a call back to Brainmasters. I’m not big on Cyberverse designs but I could see that feature adapted to the WFC in a fun way. Like Micromasters could hop in a larger Transtector or something.
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046636)
Posted by gothsaurus on December 11th, 2019 @ 3:03pm CST
I think this looks fantastic. I love the mixing of culture and folklore into the Transformers for a fresh take on things... not to mention some views of another beautiful part of the world. (That was another reason I loved G1. That show was always popping around to new, exotic locations.)

I hope we can get access to this cartoon somehow... and the toys.

Can anyone repost the photos here in the thread? I missed the green one being revealed.
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046639)
Posted by gothsaurus on December 11th, 2019 @ 3:22pm CST
Disregard above request. Found post with the three pack.
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046642)
Posted by Decepticon Stryker on December 11th, 2019 @ 3:55pm CST
Wonder if this is actually part of the Cyberverse continuity. If it is, it looks like it takes place in between Cyberverse Season 1 and 2. Hopefully this won't be as trippy as that Chinese Gods cartoon.
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046645)
Posted by o.supreme on December 11th, 2019 @ 4:25pm CST
The Nezha animated film made 700M in China alone, and will only be knocked off the top 10 world wide box office films list in the last few days of 2019 (likely due to Frozen II and Rise of Skywalker)

With that said, I'm amazed how a Chinese animation studio company can so closely mimic Boulder Media's animation style for Cyberverse (it actually looks a tad better if I'm being honest). While I cant speak to the plot, it will prove interesting to see if this will boost the popularity of Transformers in China, which could potentially mean big things for Hasbro Asia.
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046647)
Posted by Emerje on December 11th, 2019 @ 4:37pm CST
Decepticon Stryker wrote:Wonder if this is actually part of the Cyberverse continuity. If it is, it looks like it takes place in between Cyberverse Season 1 and 2. Hopefully this won't be as trippy as that Chinese Gods cartoon.

Does Cyberverse air in China because I'm getting some serious Transformers Go! vibes from this.

Emerje
Re: Roundup of Transformers X Nezha Toy Reveals (2046651)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 11th, 2019 @ 5:21pm CST
Emerje wrote:
Decepticon Stryker wrote:Wonder if this is actually part of the Cyberverse continuity. If it is, it looks like it takes place in between Cyberverse Season 1 and 2. Hopefully this won't be as trippy as that Chinese Gods cartoon.

Does Cyberverse air in China because I'm getting some serious Transformers Go! vibes from this.

Emerje
Well, it is a direct imitation of Cyberverse's art style and character designs.

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