Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed

Friday, December 1st, 2017 2:12AM CST

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For a long while now, people have been thinking about what might happen to the Legends line from Takara Tomy Transformers, which has seen gathering together a fair few lines released as separate by their US counterpart company Hasbro. With Titans Return appearing in Legends, but Combiner Wars making up the Unite Warriors line, the latest line of Power of the Primes could have gone either way.

It appears we have an answer, courtesy of Planet Iacon over on Facebook, who bring us the full list of the first releases of Power of the Prime by Takara Tomy - though yet unnamed and lacking images (the one used in the thumbnail is for illustrative purposes only) - with the PP code for every figure (much like UW for Unite Warriors, or LG for Legends)! Currently scheduled for a May 2018 release, we're bound to hear more about this in the coming months, as only three Prime Masters, three Legend class, one Deluxe and two Leaders are currently shown off. Check it out below!

Takara Transformers Power of Prime Series:

PP-01 Micronus, 800 Yen
PP-02 Liege Maximo, 800 Yen
PP-03 Vector Prime, 800 Yen
PP-04 Dinobot Slash, 1500 Yen
PP-05 Wind Charger, 1500 Yen
PP-06 Beach comber, 1500 Yen
PP-07 Autobot Jazz, 2800 Yen
PP-08 Rodimus Prime, 7000 Yen
PP-09 Optimus Prime, 7000 Yen

All scheduled to be released on May 2018
Credit(s): Planet IAcon
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Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1924409)
Posted by steals_your_goats on December 1st, 2017 @ 6:37am CST
I'm a little surprised that they're doing the pretenders both separately and as the primes. Will be interesting to see how they change them, if they do at all.

Legends look like they're just back by themselves going off of the price, which is slightly disappointing but since they're doing the pretenders separately there's nothing to go with them.

The lack of the other deluxe's and both voyagers still kinda gives hope for the return of unite warriors. I think they're saving the teams for that and releasing everyone else under this new subline. That would put the final nail in the coffin for a full team for jazz though.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1924417)
Posted by TF-fan kev777 on December 1st, 2017 @ 8:06am CST
steals_your_goats wrote:
The lack of the other deluxe's and both voyagers still kinda gives hope for the return of unite warriors. I think they're saving the teams for that and releasing everyone else under this new subline. That would put the final nail in the coffin for a full team for jazz though.


Yeah, Jazz being solo makes me wonder if they will even touch Inferno.

Dreadwind could still end up in either this line or a UW reboot. They might just be saving him to release as a 2 pack Buster/Hydra, or they could be using those 2 as limbs for Starscream (or whatever character they will use that torso for).
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1924420)
Posted by Tranzilla on December 1st, 2017 @ 8:54am CST
TF-fan kev777 wrote:
steals_your_goats wrote:
The lack of the other deluxe's and both voyagers still kinda gives hope for the return of unite warriors. I think they're saving the teams for that and releasing everyone else under this new subline. That would put the final nail in the coffin for a full team for jazz though.


Yeah, Jazz being solo makes me wonder if they will even touch Inferno.

Dreadwind could still end up in either this line or a UW reboot. They might just be saving him to release as a 2 pack Buster/Hydra, or they could be using those 2 as limbs for Starscream (or whatever character they will use that torso for).


I wouldn't mind seeing PW Starscream retooled for Skyquake and Jazz redone as Ricochet/Stepper.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1924421)
Posted by Agamemnon on December 1st, 2017 @ 9:07am CST
BBTS has them up for preorder now. :-D

[Edit] No pics yet, tho... :(
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1924422)
Posted by o.supreme on December 1st, 2017 @ 9:08am CST
Well the only really odd figure here is Jazz. The Lack of Voyagers and other deluxes still gives me hope Takara has plans for a UW styled Dinobot set, and a Starscream set (which will incorporate Deadwind & Blackwing somehow)...If Jazz is indeed to be a solo act however, I guess I can just go ahead and get the Hasbro one.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1924423)
Posted by steals_your_goats on December 1st, 2017 @ 9:09am CST
Agamemnon wrote:BBTS has them up for preorder now. :-D

[Edit] No pics yet, tho... :(

Those prices are surprisingly reasonable. Makes me wonder just how different these are going to be compared to the Hasbro ones...
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1924424)
Posted by o.supreme on December 1st, 2017 @ 9:14am CST
steals_your_goats wrote:
Agamemnon wrote:BBTS has them up for preorder now. :-D

[Edit] No pics yet, tho... :(

Those prices are surprisingly reasonable. Makes me wonder just how different these are going to be compared to the Hasbro ones...


In this particular case, I'm guessing not very different at all
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1924431)
Posted by o.supreme on December 1st, 2017 @ 10:30am CST
Probably having one of my delusions again, but I'm thinking :TAKARATOMY: selling Jazz separately *may* be a good thing now, since he (in japan at least) he will have no connection to the Inferno Voyager. Maybe, they instead could release Guard City? :PRAY:

I mean...if you think about it, If they are contemplating a continuation of UW...You have:

Volcanicus
Starscream Combiner
Guard City
Abominus
Elita-1 Combiner
Battle Gaia
Predaking....


If they incorporate Guard City and even Battle Gaia into the mix, these are molds they already have at their disposal to pad things out while they manufacture new ones. This would just be awesome...but all we can do is wait and see.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1924439)
Posted by Rated X on December 1st, 2017 @ 11:24am CST
o.supreme wrote:
steals_your_goats wrote:
Agamemnon wrote:BBTS has them up for preorder now. :-D

[Edit] No pics yet, tho... :(

Those prices are surprisingly reasonable. Makes me wonder just how different these are going to be compared to the Hasbro ones...


In this particular case, I'm guessing not very different at all


I agree. We could very well be seeing repeat of the Takara Trypticon syndrome where you are just paying for the same exact figure in a nicer box. The $65 leader class prices are especially suspect since Legends Overlord costs almost $100 on preorder. The good news is money saved. The bad news is we might not be getting the Leader figures in awesome shiny decos without the crappy grey plastic. I was planning to skip the Hasbro for those particulary. As far as the absence of the Dinobots in the preorders and the possible continuation of the unite warriors line, I would say pay close attention to Takaras deco for Slash. Whatever she gets is highly likely the other Dinobots will get. If she is chromed out, expect Diaclone Dinobots. G2 Dinobots might also be a possibility considering they are going G2 to release the Megatron mold.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1924455)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on December 1st, 2017 @ 12:25pm CST
I agree it looks like they are splitting up the Hasbro version into a Unite Warriors 2.0 and a legends approach sort of deal
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1924464)
Posted by RodimusRex on December 1st, 2017 @ 1:22pm CST
I would be very surprised if Rodimus isn't two-tone crimson instead of red with gray hands in Deluxe mode and a cartoon fire pattern.

I would also be very surprised if Takara uses stickers and if Optimus isn't lighter/brighter with blue hands and some extra silver paint.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1924494)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on December 1st, 2017 @ 3:21pm CST
Huh, how about that. TakaraTomy keeps surprising me by bucking the trend just when you get the hang of one.

Not just with how they're handling the line, but it remains to be seen how they're handling the names as the current Legends line and Unite Warriors had both US and Japanese names. For those curious:

- Jazz: Meister
- Windcharger: Charger
- Rodimus Prime: Rodimus Convoy
- Optimus Prime: Convoy
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1924495)
Posted by Prime Target on December 1st, 2017 @ 3:23pm CST
i'm looking forward to seeing what Takara does with Windcharger, Beachcomber and both of the primes. With a few choice paint apps on the robot mode Takara could make Orion the most show accurate he's ever been barring the alt mode of course. Jazz i can easily see get repainted into Steppper please make this happen .Outside of Abominus, Volcanicus and Predaking i can't see Unite Warriors coming back keep it in your pants lads :D
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Posted by Wolfman Jake on December 1st, 2017 @ 5:10pm CST
I think the most exciting thing about this announcement is that these figures will be coming within the next 6 months. It was a looooong wait when TF Legends went on hiatus in the middle of this year. It was nearly 10 months in between when Titans Return Hot Rod came out in Hasbro markets and when Takara finally put their version out. Since then, Legends releases have been slow and piecemeal by comparison to Hasbro. It made it very hard to resist buying Hasbro versions when there wasn't any knowledge of what Takara's versions would look like or even IF they would be released at all. Knowing that the Takara PotP equivalents are coming next spring, I can hold off on hunting down the Hasbro versions, at least until I can get some good comparison pictures.

As for the combiners, I do feel like it would be a good time for Takara to bring back Unite Warriors for a second round. There is plenty of ground yet to cover with classic G1 combiners and the new combiners from the Power of the Primes line, as well as the opportunity for more "EX" releases to cover repaints like Guard City and Battle Gaia.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1924899)
Posted by Emerje on December 3rd, 2017 @ 11:24pm CST
It's hard to speculate on what the prices mean. Sure, they're lower than the Legends line, but that doesn't mean they'll be the same exact figures as Hasbro's. Just look at the TLK line, those ARE just repackaged Hasbro figures and even those prices aren't this low. My own theory is that these aren't the actual prices for Japan since the pre-order prices are much too low on BBTS. Instead I think these might be the Japanese discount prices and BBTS's prices may be based on an Asia retail release as an extension of UW. If these were coming directly from Japan then BBTS wouldn't price a 7,000 JPY figure for $65, they'd be closer to $85.

I'm crossing my fingers that Takara Tomy makes a Targetmaster combiner out of Artfire, Stepper, Crosshairs, Pointblank, and Sureshot. Since the last three didn't take Transtectors in the Legends comics they can easily say they had their bodies rebuilt as combiners instead. Their partners already exist in Legends so they wont need to come with them and since they're doing smaller Legends scale figures maybe they can make one that's a retool of Shockwave to go with the combined form.

Emerje
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1925058)
Posted by fenrir72 on December 4th, 2017 @ 6:49pm CST
Amiami is gonna kill my wallet with their sales tax less prices if this keeps up in 2018! Windblade tragetmaster may be the last in the line before they transition to Legends 2.0 or is this 3.0?

BBTS prices and the rest are just space holders until the official release/SRP shows up.

My concern is that the QC improves and the plastics are more sturdy. Decos are sure to wow the beholder!
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1925064)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 4th, 2017 @ 7:04pm CST
Oh dear, the implications of those ID number abbreviations are quite unfortunate.

:P
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1925086)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on December 4th, 2017 @ 9:40pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:Oh dear, the implications of those ID number abbreviations are quite unfortunate.

:P


You just *now* saw that? :lol:

Still more fortunate than "STD" some other toys use...
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1925090)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 4th, 2017 @ 10:03pm CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Oh dear, the implications of those ID number abbreviations are quite unfortunate.

:P


You just *now* saw that? :lol:
I just *now* saw this thread, period. ;)
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Power of the Primes First Line-Up Revealed (1925541)
Posted by Black Hat on December 7th, 2017 @ 8:42am CST
I got bad news, boys and girls...

Seems like the Takara versions are literally identical to the Hasbro versions, awful stickers and all. If the mainline continues like this I might give up on newer official Transformers figures. There's rumours circulating the web that Hasbro gave Takara a slap on the wrist for making the Legends figures (mostly) much better than the TR ones, and told them to make them identical to the Western releases.

If that's true then congratulations Hasbro, you dun f***ed it up.
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