Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ

Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 1:05am CDT

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We brought you a fair amount of content recently on Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-36 Megatron - our latest here - but thanks to Twincaster megatronus, we also have so eyebrow-raising information via site sponsor HobbyLinkJapan: the return of the orange cap for the gun mode of the toy. This seems to only apply to US and Australia, due to their firearm laws, but may extend to other markets too. Why this is different from previous reports of an orange cap is because this comes from a Japanese seller and it was still unsure if they would put an orange cap or not. Several fans bought from Japanese sellers instead of stateside vendors to avoid the orange cap, but it seems that plan won't work out. Read more about it below!

Hello-

This is Mark Kutsugi at HobbyLink Japan. Thank you very much for your order with us for Takara-Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece MP-36 Megatron. We anticipate starting to fill orders for this item on or about April 3 Japan time.

This toy will be packaged in robot mode. However, it can be transformed into a realistic-looking likeness of a gun, which we understand is also pictured on this item's packaging. As a result, for customers in the United States and Australia, HobbyLink Japan will be placing a plastic orange plug into the end of the barrel in order to keep this toy in compliance with Title 15, Chapter 76 of the United States Code.

Installing this plug on the item will require our staff to open the packaging, which will require cutting the tape holding the box flap closed. This will be performed with the utmost care, but of course it will prevent us from delivering this product to U.S. and Australian customers in "unopened" condition. Note that without this modification, your purchase could be confiscated by your country's customs service, and U.S. customers could be charged with a crime under the above U.S. Federal law.

HobbyLink Japan understands and appreciates the desires of toy collectors in the U.S. and Australia related to merchandise of this nature, and we feel this is the best solution to meet those needs under the circumstances. In order to maintain your item's compliance with your country's laws, we recommend that you do not remove the plastic plug after you have received the item.

We appreciate your understanding, and your business with us.


Best Regards,


Mark Kutsugi
HobbyLink Japan

Credit(s): HLJ


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Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870139)
Posted by fenrir72 on March 29th, 2017 @ 2:27am CDT
Va'al wrote:We brought you a fair amount of content recently on Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-36 Megatron - our latest here - but thanks to Twincaster megatronus, we also have so eyebrow-raising information via site sponsor HobbyLinkJapan: the return of the orange cap for the gun mode of the toy. This seems to only apply to US and Australia, due to their firearm laws, but may extend to other markets too. Read more about it below!

Hello-

This is Mark Kutsugi at HobbyLink Japan. Thank you very much for your order with us for Takara-Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece MP-36 Megatron. We anticipate starting to fill orders for this item on or about April 3 Japan time.

This toy will be packaged in robot mode. However, it can be transformed into a realistic-looking likeness of a gun, which we understand is also pictured on this item's packaging. As a result, for customers in the United States and Australia, HobbyLink Japan will be placing a plastic orange plug into the end of the barrel in order to keep this toy in compliance with Title 15, Chapter 76 of the United States Code.

Installing this plug on the item will require our staff to open the packaging, which will require cutting the tape holding the box flap closed. This will be performed with the utmost care, but of course it will prevent us from delivering this product to U.S. and Australian customers in "unopened" condition. Note that without this modification, your purchase could be confiscated by your country's customs service, and U.S. customers could be charged with a crime under the above U.S. Federal law.

HobbyLink Japan understands and appreciates the desires of toy collectors in the U.S. and Australia related to merchandise of this nature, and we feel this is the best solution to meet those needs under the circumstances. In order to maintain your item's compliance with your country's laws, we recommend that you do not remove the plastic plug after you have received the item.

We appreciate your understanding, and your business with us.


Best Regards,


Mark Kutsugi
HobbyLink Japan


A necessary evil for those who live in such countries.

Also, with all the other people cancelling the pre orders, this won't be an issue to them right?
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870144)
Posted by Envisaged0ne on March 29th, 2017 @ 3:05am CDT
This isn't new. BigBadToyStore & The Chosen Prime, amongst other sites have had this posted for quite a while now. Of COURSE it's going to have to have an orange cap if you live in the U.S. & Austrailia. I don't know why they're making this out to be new, or surprising in any way.
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870148)
Posted by Ironhidensh on March 29th, 2017 @ 3:32am CDT
I'm a little worried. I cancelled my preorder a couple of days ago, and I still got this letter.....
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870153)
Posted by SpikeyTigertron on March 29th, 2017 @ 4:56am CDT
One reason to news it is because some folks specifically try to import from Japan in order to *not* have to deal with the cap. However, it sounds like even exporters are getting behind it. I'm curious if Amiami will buckle. My whole thing is I wish the caps were removable. I think last time around, some plugs were easier to "manage" than others.

I'm still hoping to get mine through customs w/o a plug, but maybe I won't get a choice. We'll all find out together I guess.
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870154)
Posted by Va'al on March 29th, 2017 @ 5:22am CDT
Envisaged0ne wrote:This isn't new. BigBadToyStore & The Chosen Prime, amongst other sites have had this posted for quite a while now. Of COURSE it's going to have to have an orange cap if you live in the U.S. & Austrailia. I don't know why they're making this out to be new, or surprising in any way.


Pretty much as below:

SpikeyTigertron wrote:One reason to news it is because some folks specifically try to import from Japan in order to *not* have to deal with the cap. However, it sounds like even exporters are getting behind it. I'm curious if Amiami will buckle. My whole thing is I wish the caps were removable. I think last time around, some plugs were easier to "manage" than others.

I'm still hoping to get mine through customs w/o a plug, but maybe I won't get a choice. We'll all find out together I guess.


Not surprising, not new, just confirmation and information (also for new collectors who may just be coming in to the MP game). :)
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870158)
Posted by BumbleDouche on March 29th, 2017 @ 6:46am CDT
As an Australian, I'm more surprised that the figure isn't banned outright. As far as I'm aware, G1 & MP-05 Megatron are still illegal to own without the appropriate license, with or without the orange plug. It was such a big deal at the time MP-05 was released that it even made the nation-wide news services, with numerous unlucky collectors having their figures seized and destroyed by customs before they ever got to even see it.

Because it was classed as a firearms replica, MP-05 first required federal permission to even get into the country, followed by registration for ownership via a gun replica license (an outrageously expensive license that requires yearly renewal for as long as you own the figure). Assuming you somehow managed to sneak one through customs, subsequent failure to "register" the figure would put you at risk of *significant* punishment, should your possession of the figure ever be discovered by authorities.

Overall, a huge, expensive pain in the butt that would be hardly worth the trouble for most Aussie collectors. The stupid irony is that it's probably easier to buy a *real* gun with far less hassle.
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870159)
Posted by Burn on March 29th, 2017 @ 7:01am CDT
BumbleDouche wrote:As an Australian, I'm more surprised that the figure isn't banned outright. As far as I'm aware, G1 & MP-05 Megatron are still illegal to own without the appropriate license, with or without the orange plug. It was such a big deal at the time MP-05 was released that it even made the nation-wide news services, with numerous unlucky collectors having their figures seized and destroyed by customs before they ever got to even see it.

Because it was classed as a firearms replica, MP-05 first required federal permission to even get into the country, followed by registration for ownership via a gun replica license (an outrageously expensive license that requires yearly renewal for as long as you own the figure). Assuming you somehow managed to sneak one through customs, subsequent failure to "register" the figure would put you at risk of *significant* punishment, should your possession of the figure ever be discovered by authorities.

Overall, a huge, expensive pain in the butt that would be hardly worth the trouble for most Aussie collectors. The stupid irony is that it's probably easier to buy a *real* gun with far less hassle.


The rules vary from State to State to Territory.
http://www.otca.com.au/boards/showthread.php?t=20265

He can be imported, but depending on which State/Territory you reside will determine what, if any, paperwork/licenses you will require.

Check the link, Griff has done a fantastic job compiling the laws for each State and Territory.
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870160)
Posted by Mindmaster on March 29th, 2017 @ 7:25am CDT
The Chosen Prime's stock should be untouched (credit to Diem for asking Brandon)!
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870161)
Posted by Bumblebee21 on March 29th, 2017 @ 7:30am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Bumblebee21 wrote:so i figured out why i dont like mp megs
the fact that he goes from a diaper to a slim area to a big chest. :BOOM: :BOOM: :SICK: :SICK: :SICK:
and the weird things the legs are doing

It gets weirder when you start using that waist articulation

Image

And good eye to the person who spotted TR Soundwave, I totally didnt. I think thas a compliment to the figue being able to fit in halfway decently with toys worth more than twice his full price.

yeah that gets worse. probably horrible from the back.
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870167)
Posted by fenrir72 on March 29th, 2017 @ 8:20am CDT
Bumblebee21 wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Bumblebee21 wrote:so i figured out why i dont like mp megs
the fact that he goes from a diaper to a slim area to a big chest. :BOOM: :BOOM: :SICK: :SICK: :SICK:
and the weird things the legs are doing

It gets weirder when you start using that waist articulation

Image

And good eye to the person who spotted TR Soundwave, I totally didnt. I think thas a compliment to the figue being able to fit in halfway decently with toys worth more than twice his full price.

yeah that gets worse. probably horrible from the back.


The original G1 's back wasn't all that great to look at in the first place so not surprising.
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870168)
Posted by fenrir72 on March 29th, 2017 @ 8:22am CDT
Ironhidensh wrote:I'm a little worried. I cancelled my preorder a couple of days ago, and I still got this letter.....


If you sent a cancellation then you're good. To make sure, email them again.
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870172)
Posted by Dagon on March 29th, 2017 @ 8:28am CDT
Must be a slow news day, because this plug information was in the preorder announcements from BBTS and TFSource and pretty much everyone else, so this is several months old at this point.

A more relevant question would be is the orange cap removable? I'd like to hope it is, since in the US something as simple as a background check is a tragic impediment to buying a real and potentially dangerous gun, and I would really hate to believe that it'd be harder to get this toy than the real thing. I think the cap was removeable on MP-05, but I got mine through a hook up so it never had a cap to begin with.

Also, if it's packaged in robot mode, what's the give away that he turns into a gun, for people who aren't G1 Transformers fans? Like if they didn't picture the gun mode on the box, would customs agents or whoever really know he turns into an obviously not real gun? Just wondering.
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870174)
Posted by william-james88 on March 29th, 2017 @ 8:34am CDT
Dagon wrote:Must be a slow news day, because this plug information was in the preorder announcements from BBTS and TFSource and pretty much everyone else, so this is several months old at this point.

Did you read the posts above yours? The plug information was given for sellers IN THE US, not Japan. So many fans bought directly from japan to avoid the plug. And now, just now, we know that some Japanese sellers, like HLJ, will still put a plug.

I don't get what your problem is Dagon, do you wake up going "let's see how I can be an asshat on the boards today"? What's the use in posting if anything you have to say is negative? What is your goal here?Plus, all you had to do was read a few posts above before posting yours to see why this was posted.
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870177)
Posted by fenrir72 on March 29th, 2017 @ 8:39am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Dagon wrote:Must be a slow news day, because this plug information was in the preorder announcements from BBTS and TFSource and pretty much everyone else, so this is several months old at this point.

Did you read the posts above yours? The plug information was given for sellers IN THE US, not Japan. So many fans bought directly from japan to avoid the plug. And now, just now, we know that some Japanese sellers, like HLJ, will still put a plug.

I don't get what your problem is Dagon, do you wake up going "let's see how I can be an asshat on the boards today"? What's the use in posting if anything you have to say is negative? What is your goal here?Plus, all you had to do was read a few posts above before posting yours to see why this was posted.


Ahhh........some posts here on Mp 36 Megatron aren't all too positive for the figure either so what Dagon is doing isn't that weird or out of place.
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870184)
Posted by Dagon on March 29th, 2017 @ 8:51am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Dagon wrote:Must be a slow news day, because this plug information was in the preorder announcements from BBTS and TFSource and pretty much everyone else, so this is several months old at this point.

Did you read the posts above yours? The plug information was given for sellers IN THE US, not Japan. So many fans bought directly from japan to avoid the plug. And now, just now, we know that some Japanese sellers, like HLJ, will still put a plug.

I don't get what your problem is Dagon, do you wake up going "let's see how I can be an asshat on the boards today"? What's the use in posting if anything you have to say is negative? What is your goal here?Plus, all you had to do was read a few posts above before posting yours to see why this was posted.



That seems like an awfully strong reaction to one sentence in a post that is clearly asking more about the ability to remove the orange cap. Clearly, my "problem" is that I wanted to know if anyone knew if the cap could be taken out. I'm sorry I offended you by asking this totally unreasonable question.
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870186)
Posted by kurthy on March 29th, 2017 @ 8:51am CDT
fenrir72 wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Dagon wrote:Must be a slow news day, because this plug information was in the preorder announcements from BBTS and TFSource and pretty much everyone else, so this is several months old at this point.

Did you read the posts above yours? The plug information was given for sellers IN THE US, not Japan. So many fans bought directly from japan to avoid the plug. And now, just now, we know that some Japanese sellers, like HLJ, will still put a plug.

I don't get what your problem is Dagon, do you wake up going "let's see how I can be an asshat on the boards today"? What's the use in posting if anything you have to say is negative? What is your goal here?Plus, all you had to do was read a few posts above before posting yours to see why this was posted.


Ahhh........some posts here on Mp 36 Megatron aren't all too positive for the figure either so what Dagon is doing isn't that weird or out of place.[/quote

I don't think he has a problem with negative comments about the figure. The problem is saying that something that is noteworthy (Japanese exporters including the orange plug) is not news (American importers having been doing this for MP-05 and posted notes on pages about out MP-36 that it would continue). If it had been about out bout BBTS doing it, it wouldn't have been news, but a Japanese exporter is now doing it with MP-36 when they didn't with MP-05. That's news as I was planning to buy from amiami to avoid the plug.
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870188)
Posted by Kurona on March 29th, 2017 @ 8:53am CDT
In any case, the article's been edited to avoid confusion.
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870189)
Posted by william-james88 on March 29th, 2017 @ 8:54am CDT
kurthy wrote:I don't think he has a problem with negative comments about the figure. The problem is saying that something that is noteworthy (Japanese exporters including the orange plug) is not news (American importers having been doing this for MP-05 and posted notes on pages about out MP-36 that it would continue). If it had been about out bout BBTS doing it, it wouldn't have been news, but a Japanese exporter is now doing it with MP-36 when they didn't with MP-05. That's news as I was planning to buy from amiami to avoid the plug.

Thanks for understanding kurthy!
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870190)
Posted by fenrir72 on March 29th, 2017 @ 9:01am CDT
Well all the good then.

HLJ seems to have a big American and Asia presence (Australia probably) so they are just being on the safe side the way they became low key when MP Exhaust was sold a few years back.
Re: Takara Tomy MP-36 Megatron To Have Orange Safety Cap from HLJ (1870221)
Posted by User897 on March 29th, 2017 @ 10:36am CDT
Will there be ANY retailers that won't use the plug? Will any of them press it into place or otherwise be easily removed? Man I hate this shit.

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