Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases

Transformers News: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases

Friday, May 25th, 2018 1:18PM CDT

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For a while now, we knew that Takara's Power of the Primes line would be identical to Hasbro's at least in terms of how the toys look. This brand unification has led to many toys being the same in the generations line, the Movie Masteriece line, the Studio Series line and even the traditional Masterpiece line (with Anime Prowl being released by both companies), but so far at least the packaging had some difference. But that won't be the case for Takara's Power of the Primes.

Planet Iacon on Facebook has images of the first wave of Takara POTP toys in packaging and it is the same packaging as the Hasbro release. They do have a sticker showing the name of the toy in Japanese, but as you can see below, that sticker doesnt eve completely cover the Hasbro logo at times.

Below you will find PP (snicker) 07-09, Jazz, Rodimus and Optimus Prime.

Transformers News: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases

Transformers News: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases

Transformers News: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases
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Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961543)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on May 25th, 2018 @ 1:40pm CDT
We should keep an eye on Jazz and his subliminal messaging ;)
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961548)
Posted by Va'al on May 25th, 2018 @ 2:49pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:We should keep an eye on Jazz and his subliminal messaging ;)


It's still there.
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961551)
Posted by Rated X on May 25th, 2018 @ 3:16pm CDT
This brand unification thing turned out to be such a joke.
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961552)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 25th, 2018 @ 3:19pm CDT
Isn't this basically how Takara treated their releases of most of the toys in the pre-AOE movie toylines?
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961556)
Posted by gothsaurus on May 25th, 2018 @ 4:27pm CDT
All I know is I'm gonna have to commission a custom Unite Warriors style box for my Abominus.

:-(
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961563)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on May 25th, 2018 @ 5:33pm CDT
I'm surprised there's no "Takara Tomy" sticker on the front of the box either. What's even more hilarious is the multi-lingual packaging. None of that is going to entice a Japanese consumer, and it takes up so much of the space on the box, especially on the back!
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961566)
Posted by ZeroWolf on May 25th, 2018 @ 6:00pm CDT
I wonder how much takara are saving by going this route, this may have been initiated by hasbro (conspiracy to increase domestic sales) but this route may work out beneficial to Takara. Also if it means the west are getting the same masterpieces, that's good news isn't it?
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961574)
Posted by ExciKaiser on May 25th, 2018 @ 7:34pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Isn't this basically how Takara treated their releases of most of the toys in the pre-AOE movie toylines?


No. Micron Legends, Superlink and Galaxy force toys were often different than Armada, Energon and Cybertron toys.
While it was mainly deco/paint différences, not a lot of remolds.
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961575)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 25th, 2018 @ 7:35pm CDT
ExciKaiser wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Isn't this basically how Takara treated their releases of most of the toys in the pre-AOE movie toylines?


No. Micron Legends, Superlink and Galaxy force toys were often different than Armada, Energon and Cybertron toys.
While it was mainly deco/paint différences, not a lot of remolds.
Uh... Those were not movie toylines. /:)
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961576)
Posted by Qwan on May 25th, 2018 @ 7:41pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
ExciKaiser wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Isn't this basically how Takara treated their releases of most of the toys in the pre-AOE movie toylines?


No. Micron Legends, Superlink and Galaxy force toys were often different than Armada, Energon and Cybertron toys.
While it was mainly deco/paint différences, not a lot of remolds.
Uh... Those were not movie toylines. /:)

The trick is in the wording - "pre-AOE, movie toylines" versus "pre-AOE-movie toylines". Either could be reasonably read. Unfortunately since I don't remember anything about Takara's previous movie toylines, I can't contribute anything else other than a pedantic explanation...
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961581)
Posted by bacem on May 25th, 2018 @ 9:23pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:I wonder how much takara are saving by going this route, this may have been initiated by hasbro (conspiracy to increase domestic sales) but this route may work out beneficial to Takara. Also if it means the west are getting the same masterpieces, that's good news isn't it?


i imagine a lot, really. in previous cases, they have different deco and boxes than hasbro, so they just imported the unpainted mold from hasbro, and then repaint it themself, and then print their own packaging. in this new case, not only does there's no need to repaint the figures, if you pay attention, the japanese name on the packaging is just stickers, that just slapped over hasbro's packaging to cover hasbro logo. means they literally just imported hasbro product as is and slapped stickers on the box. the cost of paints and packagings are now replaced by cost for small stickers only. that should save a lot, really. i just hope all those money saved goes to the right direction.
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961587)
Posted by william-james88 on May 25th, 2018 @ 10:52pm CDT
bacem wrote: i just hope all those money saved goes to the right direction.

Yeah, it goes towards them continuing to exist as a company.
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961590)
Posted by william-james88 on May 25th, 2018 @ 11:07pm CDT
It seems like the gods answered the US fans' laments of not finding anything new at retail and dropped the very last wave of Power of the Primes Voyagers on us before half the year is over. This is great news to anyone looking for Power of the Primes Inferno. Though it means the wait for the next Generations voyagers will be longer (we don't even know what that will be yet). Inferno was found at Target in Modesto California (largest city of Stanislaus County) by TF fan Eddy.

If you find this toy please let the community know through our sightings forum and sightings page.

Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961591)
Posted by Bounti76 on May 25th, 2018 @ 11:12pm CDT
I'm still holding out hope for a G2 Defensor. Inferno doesn't look enough like G2 Hot Spot in any mode to work as a good stand-in.
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961593)
Posted by william-james88 on May 25th, 2018 @ 11:20pm CDT
Bounti76 wrote:I'm still holding out hope for a G2 Defensor. Inferno doesn't look enough like G2 Hot Spot in any mode to work as a good stand-in.

You still holding out hope for Takara's Liokaiser as well? :-P
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961594)
Posted by Bounti76 on May 25th, 2018 @ 11:29pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Bounti76 wrote:I'm still holding out hope for a G2 Defensor. Inferno doesn't look enough like G2 Hot Spot in any mode to work as a good stand-in.

You still holding out hope for Takara's Liokaiser as well? :-P



Actually, no. :lol: I've never been big at all into Japanese G1 (save for their having had Minerva), so I'm happy with Hasbro's.
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961596)
Posted by fenrir72 on May 25th, 2018 @ 11:37pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:We should keep an eye on Jazz and his subliminal messaging ;)


Make Autobots Great Again? What's so wrong with that? :lol:

I'd take that over Decepticons Aren't Really Killers? 8-}
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961598)
Posted by Emerje on May 25th, 2018 @ 11:52pm CDT
bacem wrote:i just hope all those money saved goes to the right direction.

I know all the money I've saved has been going in the right direction. Bought a completely new bed (mattress, frame, bedding, the works) and a carpet cleaner. :lol:

Emerje
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961606)
Posted by fenrir72 on May 26th, 2018 @ 1:34am CDT
bacem wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:I wonder how much takara are saving by going this route, this may have been initiated by hasbro (conspiracy to increase domestic sales) but this route may work out beneficial to Takara. Also if it means the west are getting the same masterpieces, that's good news isn't it?


i imagine a lot, really. in previous cases, they have different deco and boxes than hasbro, so they just imported the unpainted mold from hasbro, and then repaint it themself, and then print their own packaging. in this new case, not only does there's no need to repaint the figures, if you pay attention, the japanese name on the packaging is just stickers, that just slapped over hasbro's packaging to cover hasbro logo. means they literally just imported hasbro product as is and slapped stickers on the box. the cost of paints and packagings are now replaced by cost for small stickers only. that should save a lot, really. i just hope all those money saved goes to the right direction.


Bro' Same China/Vietnam factories Nothing imported from Hb. Just different job orders. . At least back then. Now we have the unified product roll out.(six month delay for the JP market)

As for the costs going down, the reports that Takara/Tomy having financial troubles might just be one of the reasons why they caved so fast and went for the unification business model.

The other reason is that the JPs aren't making too many kids for their kids toylines. Only manchildren are the ones buying 8-}
Re: Takara Power of the Primes Toys Confirmed to Even Have the Same Packaging as Hasbro Releases (1961619)
Posted by ZeroWolf on May 26th, 2018 @ 2:44am CDT
fenrir72 wrote:
bacem wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:I wonder how much takara are saving by going this route, this may have been initiated by hasbro (conspiracy to increase domestic sales) but this route may work out beneficial to Takara. Also if it means the west are getting the same masterpieces, that's good news isn't it?


i imagine a lot, really. in previous cases, they have different deco and boxes than hasbro, so they just imported the unpainted mold from hasbro, and then repaint it themself, and then print their own packaging. in this new case, not only does there's no need to repaint the figures, if you pay attention, the japanese name on the packaging is just stickers, that just slapped over hasbro's packaging to cover hasbro logo. means they literally just imported hasbro product as is and slapped stickers on the box. the cost of paints and packagings are now replaced by cost for small stickers only. that should save a lot, really. i just hope all those money saved goes to the right direction.


Bro' Same China/Vietnam factories Nothing imported from Hb. Just different job orders. . At least back then. Now we have the unified product roll out.(six month delay for the JP market)

As for the costs going down, the reports that Takara/Tomy having financial troubles might just be one of the reasons why they caved so fast and went for the unification business model.

The other reason is that the JPs aren't making too many kids for their kids toylines. Only manchildren are the ones buying 8-}

Well that's a problem only the Japanese can solve (maybe they should let a few more immigrants in if the locals aren't reproducing)

Anyways...I'm quite taken by this inferno, I do have fun with the hotspot mold. If he makes his way to the UK I may pick him up.
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