Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed

Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 6:17pm CDT

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It seems our pal Exhaust is spinning around the rumor mill once again. As reported in the past, MP-23 Exhaust is the Diaclone inspired retool of MP-20 Wheeljack which has come into conflict with US laws prohibiting the sale of children's toys with advertising of tobacco products. And due to intervention of lawyers representing Phillip Morris the figure will not be allowed to be imported to the USA, causing many retailers to issue cancellation notices to all those who have preordered him. See BigBadToyStore's official statement below:

Hello,

We regretfully must announce that all preorders for the Takara MP-23 Exhaust have been cancelled. There has been an ongoing legal problem with this figure due to trademarked Marlboro roof/hood design that is not approved for sale in the USA. Takara modified the original design and went into production using a modified paint deco. It appears the redesigned paint deco did not go far enough to fix the problem, and Phillip Morris USA will still not allow this item for sale in the USA. We have been in contact with the law firm representing Phillip Morris and they told us that the changes were not substantial enough to eliminate potential consumer confusion between the Marlboro trademarked design and the current paint deco on the MP-23 Exhaust.

We apologize for the problem on this item, but we must abide by the requests made by Phillip Morris. We look forward to less complicated future Takara Transformer releases.

Sincerely,

Joel Boblit
BigBadToyStore

Retailer Toyer City has also reported that Hasbro Asia will be cancelling distribution of this cigarette inspired retool. But what does that mean exactly?

In the past you may have read stories of chain stores like ToysRus in Australia seeing Takara Tomy Masterpiece figures on their shelves. That is thanks to the distribution from their local office Hasbro Australia. This is much like the often reported Hasbro Asia which covers territories like China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Such a cancellation could mean that those territories will not receive the scandalous MP-23. However this does not mean the figure is outright cancelled. An announcement such as that would likely have to come from Takara Tomy themselves which has yet to happen. Many have also speculated that with the recent in-box shots and being slated to release this month, that an outright cancellation is unlikely.

Stay tuned to Seibetron.com for any developments in this Exhausting Saga....

(Special thanks to the all knowing Seibertronian Jelze Goldrabbit!)

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed

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This article was last modified on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 6:33pm CDT

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Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661467)
Posted by shajaki on March 10th, 2015 @ 6:20pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Why do I get the feeling I was indirectly quoted... :-?
You were ;)

Also credited. Your help was invaluable, thanks Jelzy ;)^
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661472)
Posted by Seibertron on March 10th, 2015 @ 6:35pm CDT
All of this back and forth is exhausting. Makes me want to have a cigarette. :michaelbay: :KREMZEEK:
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661473)
Posted by shajaki on March 10th, 2015 @ 6:36pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:All of this back and forth is exhausting. Makes me want to have a cigarette. :michaelbay: :KREMZEEK:
>:oP >:oP

















:lol: :lol: :lol:
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661476)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on March 10th, 2015 @ 6:42pm CDT
I have a feeling without the more American online retailers; Exhaust is going to shelfwarm in Japan like a mother fucker.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661477)
Posted by sol magnus on March 10th, 2015 @ 6:45pm CDT
What? Slow news day? :grin:
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661479)
Posted by Desslok2201 on March 10th, 2015 @ 6:51pm CDT
SW's SilverHammer wrote:I have a feeling without the more American online retailers; Exhaust is going to shelfwarm in Japan like a mother ****.

Who cares? As long as he gets released in Japan, I will find a way to get that beautiful blue winged bastard.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661482)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on March 10th, 2015 @ 6:54pm CDT
SW's SilverHammer wrote:I have a feeling without the more American online retailers; Exhaust is going to shelfwarm in Japan like a mother ****.


Actually, I just thought of something: with no export possibilities to the U.S. or other countries outside of Japan, how would it affect the production numbers? I'd expect them to be lower, with the orders from abroad canceled, but if the figures have already produced, what would happen to them? Better keep an eye on the European stores. :-?

Hah, the Belgium-based Archonia.com still has its Masterpiece Exhaust listing up. That's a good sign...
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661486)
Posted by Rated X on March 10th, 2015 @ 7:00pm CDT
Just because US retailers are scared of the big bad wolf (AKA Phill Morris) that doesnt mean takara is making a smaller run of these guys. Small chinese based retailers like chimungmung and e bay sellers will buy them all up and make a killing. Then comes the inevitable KO. Phill Morris is beating a dead horse with their juvenile legal outburst. Hope canibus is legal in 5 years and phill morris goes out of business due to backyard growers and hookah bars. Screw phill morris and the god damn marlboro man !
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661491)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on March 10th, 2015 @ 7:06pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
SW's SilverHammer wrote:I have a feeling without the more American online retailers; Exhaust is going to shelfwarm in Japan like a mother ****.


Actually, I just thought of something: with no export possibilities to the U.S. or other countries outside of Japan, how would it affect the production numbers? I'd expect them to be lower, with the orders from abroad canceled, but if the figures have already produced, what would happen to them? Better keep an eye on the European stores. :-?

Well that's the exact reason I think it's going to shelf warm, I think they produced quite a few knowing it would have broader market appeal her in the US as a novelty. I don't think the Japanese market will have as much appreciation for the Diaclone homage as the U.S would. Also don't Japanese marlboro packages commonly have blue/sea-foam green as their accent color and not red?
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661492)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on March 10th, 2015 @ 7:14pm CDT
SW's SilverHammer wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
SW's SilverHammer wrote:I have a feeling without the more American online retailers; Exhaust is going to shelfwarm in Japan like a mother ****.


Actually, I just thought of something: with no export possibilities to the U.S. or other countries outside of Japan, how would it affect the production numbers? I'd expect them to be lower, with the orders from abroad canceled, but if the figures have already produced, what would happen to them? Better keep an eye on the European stores. :-?

Well that's the exact reason I think it's going to shelf warm, I think they produced quite a few knowing it would have broader market appeal her in the US as a novelty. I don't think the Japanese market will have as much appreciation for the Diaclone homage as the U.S would. Also don't Japanese marlboro packages commonly have blue/sea-foam green as their accent color and not red?


A quick Google search shows that's not the case: in Japan the main color is still red. However, the flavored types (think menthol) do have different colors instead of the red.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661506)
Posted by dragons on March 10th, 2015 @ 7:44pm CDT
Desslok2201 wrote:
SW's SilverHammer wrote:I have a feeling without the more American online retailers; Exhaust is going to shelfwarm in Japan like a mother ****.

Who cares? As long as he gets released in Japan, I will find a way to get that beautiful blue winged ****.


Hate to be you when you buy it on ebay half price original fortress maximuss
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661509)
Posted by Desslok2201 on March 10th, 2015 @ 8:03pm CDT
dragons wrote:
Desslok2201 wrote:
SW's SilverHammer wrote:I have a feeling without the more American online retailers; Exhaust is going to shelfwarm in Japan like a mother ****.

Who cares? As long as he gets released in Japan, I will find a way to get that beautiful blue winged ****.


Hate to be you when you buy it on ebay half price original fortress maximuss

Not really sure what one has to do with the other, but I already have one, thanks.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661513)
Posted by sol magnus on March 10th, 2015 @ 8:12pm CDT
Desslok2201 wrote:
dragons wrote:
Desslok2201 wrote:
SW's SilverHammer wrote:I have a feeling without the more American online retailers; Exhaust is going to shelfwarm in Japan like a mother ****.

Who cares? As long as he gets released in Japan, I will find a way to get that beautiful blue winged ****.


Hate to be you when you buy it on ebay half price original fortress maximuss

Not really sure what one has to do with the other, but I already have one, thanks.

I only paid 60 bucks for my Exhaust...
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661519)
Posted by Tsutsukakushi on March 10th, 2015 @ 8:39pm CDT
The only thing I like on this toy is the head sculpt. Think wheeljack's colors look best on this toy.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661522)
Posted by MGrotusque on March 10th, 2015 @ 8:43pm CDT
I keep wanting to buy this fig but i'm hesitant because of the perceived exclusivity of it due to copyright laws and whatnot.

He's cool and all but i don't want to get caught up in the hype and rush out to get it. Also there isn't a whole lot of Decepticon MP's which also makes it very tempting.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661529)
Posted by Tsutsukakushi on March 10th, 2015 @ 8:58pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
fenrir72 wrote:That being the case, collectors will be importing them by bypassing Hasbro then. Somoene must really be hedging on getting this fig to make a killing in the secondary market.


They'd have to find a middle man in Japan, which there are fortunately. You just need to find them :)


:lol: Thinking some clever Ebay sellers from Japan. Might be able to use clever code words to sell this toy. Like sorry, this is not the right pic or description. You will not be getting Wheeljack. You'll be getting his evil twin brother. That has a different head and red colors. :lol:

When Hasbro asked ebay to forbid sellers from sellers KO's on ebay. Sellers starting using the word reissue. Most buyers knew that HasTak never reissued the G1 dinobots toys. Buyers knew these were KO toys.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661533)
Posted by Flashwave on March 10th, 2015 @ 9:02pm CDT
methinks this battle was over as soon as Phillip Morris became aware of the mold. it didn't matter how much Takara Tommy change the paint scheme the basis of the character was still the same; a Marlboro race car.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661543)
Posted by durroth on March 10th, 2015 @ 9:24pm CDT
If anyone knows anyplace that still seems to be selling them from japan, please message me.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661570)
Posted by fenrir72 on March 10th, 2015 @ 10:26pm CDT
I early pages of this thread I made mention that some Japanese toy/hobby themed companies have sold a somewhat modified Lancia with Malboro decals as an adult collectible. How they got around this stupid issue is beyond me. This is just a big issue because TF is such a hot commodity.

In makes be burst into tears that the very simple means to purchase or sell this item to make sure it isn't purchased by minors is to accept payments via Credit Cards. You can verify the age easily. Below 21 years, don't sell.

Simplicity itself. :BANG_HEAD:
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-23 Exhaust: Cancellation Rumours Addressed (1661571)
Posted by fenrir72 on March 10th, 2015 @ 10:26pm CDT
Tsutsukakushi wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
fenrir72 wrote:That being the case, collectors will be importing them by bypassing Hasbro then. Somoene must really be hedging on getting this fig to make a killing in the secondary market.


They'd have to find a middle man in Japan, which there are fortunately. You just need to find them :)


:lol: Thinking some clever Ebay sellers from Japan. Might be able to use clever code words to sell this toy. Like sorry, this is not the right pic or description. You will not be getting Wheeljack. You'll be getting his evil twin brother. That has a different head and red colors. :lol:

When Hasbro asked ebay to forbid sellers from sellers KO's on ebay. Sellers starting using the word reissue. Most buyers knew that HasTak never reissued the G1 dinobots toys. Buyers knew these were KO toys.


This too.

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