Takara Tomy Website Update Confirms Transformers Power of the Primes Line Unchanged from Hasbro Release
Friday, December 8th, 2017 1:44am CSTCategory: Toy News
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However, a new update on the official Takara Transformers website reveals that every image we saw was indeed directly from Takara showing the upcoming Takara releases. The same toys revealed earlier are now on Takara's website with the very same images that we previously saw with no watermark. Even the small MAGA in Cybertronian text is still found on Jazz' vehicle mode.
To add to that, the website even makes use of the Generations logo, removing any doubt that this line is anything more than a Japanese release of the very same Hasbro toys. It is even written, in Japanese, that the deluxes will interact with the voyagers, hinting at the combiner aspect. Of course, this does not confirm that all combiners in Hasbro's Power of the Primes line, such as the Dinobots and Abominus, will be released in this Takara PP line rather than a line made up of boxsets, like with Unite Warriors. There can still be hope that those particular combiners will get a release more in line with what fans would expect. However, it does mean that Jazz does not particularly belong with a combiner of his own in the Japanese line and will instead combine with whatever other voyager (yes, the word "voyager" is used) will be released in Takara's PP line.
While Takara releasing the exact same toys as Hasbro may seem odd at first, it is very much in line with what we have seen in 2017. Not only was Takara's biggest (literal) release, Trypticon, identical to Hasbro's, but their TLK movie toyline, their biggest Transformers toyline in terms of volume, was mostly made up of the very same toys that Hasbro released in their Transformers: The Last Knight toyline (only the leader class Optimus counterpart was different). That line even had the same packaging, which could also happen with this PP line, especially since they are advertising it with the use of the same Generations logo.
Below is Takara's pictorial announcement of this new line broken up by the different images found on their web page along with some of the same images we have previously seen but without the watermarks.
Credit(s): takara tomy
This article was last modified on Friday, December 8th, 2017 1:53am CST
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Posted by Emerje on December 8th, 2017 @ 2:30am CST
Posted by Deadput on December 8th, 2017 @ 3:03am CST
Could also make the Takara fanatics actually realize that Takara is not always going to meet your expectations and go on and beyond for the sake of a plastic figure.
Edit: Lol at all the people on all the different websites who think that evil Hasbro forced Takra to sell inferior versions, because that's totally how the business works eh?
Posted by Mr.MicroMaster on December 8th, 2017 @ 6:21am CST
Posted by shajaki on December 8th, 2017 @ 7:25am CST
BUT. As others have said, this will give my wallet a good breather.
Posted by Stuartmaximus on December 8th, 2017 @ 8:10am CST
well that's messed up!
I take it the days of Takara repaints are truly over
Posted by Albatross250 on December 8th, 2017 @ 8:16am CST
Stuartmaximus wrote:So lemme get this straight! they're going all LG-43 with this?
well that's messed up!
I take it the days of Takara repaints are truly over
Hasbro wins, Takara Loses.
But Hey, If Takara included the Manga of these, I'll be damned
Looks like Hasbro takes the Turning Point
Posted by kurthy on December 8th, 2017 @ 8:18am CST
Posted by albnok on December 8th, 2017 @ 9:11am CST
Don't know if this has been posted before, but guess who Starscream becomes when he becomes a torso! (Also, the "super robot" quote.)
Posted by Cobotron on December 8th, 2017 @ 9:41am CST
Here's a different super robot.
Posted by TF-fan kev777 on December 8th, 2017 @ 10:02am CST
Posted by ScottyP on December 8th, 2017 @ 10:46am CST
Posted by Evil Eye on December 8th, 2017 @ 10:47am CST
But seriously, what the hell prompted this?
Posted by o.supreme on December 8th, 2017 @ 11:03am CST
Black Hat wrote:But seriously, what the hell prompted this?
I honestly have no idea, just some thoughts though...Hasbro did try to purchase TT recently, but that fell through. Perhaps Hasbro was not pleased that some fans preferred imports over their own product? Making all product the same eliminates this. However, as I've stated many times already, I'm still curious to see, what hasn't been seen yet. I believe we *may* be pleasantly surprised. I mean the TF/Street Fighter crossovers as well as re-release of Metroplex, and the upcoming Grand Maximus shows TT isn't completely washed up yet.
Also, as big a fan as I am of , looking objectively at the first 9 figures they have for PP, other than paint aps...what really could they change? There was a time when I wanted all things to be the same across the board. I figured though that the "quality" line would be split somewhere in the middle (maybe not quite as good as , but better than the average product). And maybe that's what we are getting? The only figure I have thus far is Dreadwind, and while he is a CW Aeiralbot reused mold, I can see quite a bit of engineering was involved in making alterations to it. Definitely not a "lazy" figure IMHO. Perhaps we are seeing the fruition of that "split" quality difference/unification in this line.
I mean all the product comes form the same facility in Vietnam. Perhaps it was a mutually beneficial/cost effective agreement not to have 2 different runs of essentially the same toy just to appeal to local preferences? -As I said I have no facts on this, just throwing out ideas.
Posted by Stuartmaximus on December 8th, 2017 @ 11:04am CST
Posted by steals_your_goats on December 8th, 2017 @ 11:16am CST
And I highly doubt Hasbro has any say over what Takara does. They are partners one doesn't own the other. I think the logical answer is Takara is over extended and saw this as a way to go "easy" for once. Between Masterpiece, Legends, POTP, TLK, the upcoming movie series and MTB they have a lot of stuff out or coming out. They probably just needed a financial breather.
Posted by Skritz on December 8th, 2017 @ 11:52am CST
TF-fan kev777 wrote:Interesting. Those instructions would seem to indicate that Volcanicus and Abominus are the only 2 planned team combiners from Hasbro so far and everyone else is an extra torso or limb.
Well that would REALLY sucks.
Posted by KVO Prime on December 8th, 2017 @ 12:08pm CST
Posted by gothsaurus on December 8th, 2017 @ 12:16pm CST
And come on, Hasbro... we need some characterization, names, bios, pictures, stats for these combiners!!!
Posted by Bronzewolf on December 8th, 2017 @ 12:16pm CST
The display comes from a Wal-Mart in North Carolina, and features various stocking stuffer toys. Among them Lego Polybags, Nerf Darts, and POTP Legend Class Figures! With a price tag of $9.94, this is one of the first times these figures have been spotted at a non-Target store, and certainly the first time we've seen this display! This will hopefully make it easier for collectors and fans to fond the highly coveted figures! Check out the provided image of the display below!
Posted by o.supreme on December 8th, 2017 @ 12:32pm CST