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@  unluckiness : (23 November 2020 - 03:17 AM)

The real Drifts were the Windblades we made along the way

@  PlutoniumBoss : (23 November 2020 - 02:25 AM)

Drift-kun 2 Electric Boobylube

@  ▲ndrusi : (22 November 2020 - 11:36 PM)

I'm pretty sure Drift 2 was Empire of Stone.

@  Sabrblade : (22 November 2020 - 10:06 PM)

I thought people said Prime Wheeljack was Drift 2.

@  Maximus Ambus : (22 November 2020 - 03:51 PM)

Windblade was Drift.2.

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 November 2020 - 02:44 PM)

Drift with boobs.

@  Rycochet : (22 November 2020 - 11:50 AM)

I can't imagine a live action movie version of Windblade being all that different from Drift. Not my thing, but not the worst thing I've ever seen.

@  Bass X0 : (22 November 2020 - 09:54 AM)

The thought of Movie aesthetic Windblade makes me feel sick.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (22 November 2020 - 08:47 AM)

Though, the fact that Japanese people would pay for Windblade toys in the $30-40 range doesn't mean they'd pay however much MPs are going for now.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (22 November 2020 - 08:44 AM)

Back when I made a habit of checking Mandarake for pre-owned TFs, Windblade's toys went for surprisingly high prices. By which I mean not lower than the original price.

@  Maximus Ambus : (22 November 2020 - 08:15 AM)

If she's in the next movie you might get her.

@  unluckiness : (22 November 2020 - 07:58 AM)

Japan didn't get most of the IDW comics and are the target market for MP. They basically know windblade from a few crappy pack-in comics and a show that wasn't particularly popular there. Unless they start cranking out Cyberverse MPs, it's not very likely.

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 November 2020 - 04:24 AM)

Again, depends if she's popular enough in Japan to warrant it. Our view of which characters are popular is not the same as Takara's.

@  Bass X0 : (22 November 2020 - 01:53 AM)

So characters like Windblade then.

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 November 2020 - 07:19 PM)

They're complicated and expensive to design. By necessity, they're gonna be restricted to well-known characters who are more likely to sell.

@  Bass X0 : (21 November 2020 - 07:05 PM)

I don’t think Masterpiece toys should be restricted to only show characters.

@  Rycochet : (21 November 2020 - 03:09 PM)

If she wasn't in the Sunbow cartoon, Live Action movie or Beast Wars and can't be repainted from someone else, she's not getting an MP.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 November 2020 - 12:44 PM)

They'll make their money back if they include the metal thong...

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 November 2020 - 12:29 PM)

Is she popular enough in Japan that Takara would even try?

@  Paladin : (21 November 2020 - 11:23 AM)

depends. will that one also have a giant metal thong?

@  Bass X0 : (21 November 2020 - 11:10 AM)

Should there be a Masterpiece Windblade?

@  -LittleAutob... : (20 November 2020 - 12:46 PM)


@  wonko the sane? : (20 November 2020 - 09:08 AM)

So you were hired by a middle easterner! AHA!

@  ▲ndrusi : (19 November 2020 - 11:45 PM)

that's eight words

@  Bass X0 : (19 November 2020 - 03:56 PM)

"I only want to hear one word from you... The name of the guy who hired ya!"

@  Maximus Ambus : (19 November 2020 - 12:41 PM)

It's great how they reference G1 concepts like this one features the harmony from the episode Carnage in C Minor and and Slugslingers featured anti electrons from Grimlocks New Brain.

@  Steevy Maximus : (18 November 2020 - 10:01 PM)

Or at least those little story blurbs like Beast Hunters had. Especially for stuff like Selects which tend to exist in their own little side world

@  Maximus Ambus : (17 November 2020 - 04:03 PM)

I got me Legends Soundwave, Be cool if the next Generations toyline had a mini comic with the instructions.

@  Maximus Ambus : (16 November 2020 - 03:42 AM)

Aw no unusual activity on my Paypal Ebay, Amazon and Netflix account in one day! All I have to do it verify on those E-Mails and I'm all set..... wait a mo, I'm not on Netflix!

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 November 2020 - 11:56 PM)

I swear though.. The idea of "Catch up" is stupid.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2020 - 11:25 PM)

That's irritating, but it sounds par for the course with new hardware release. Within a year, there'll probably be some good stuff out there that does it all.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 November 2020 - 11:23 PM)

4K/HDR switches are.. iffy.. Because most of them can't do 4K and HDR at the same time.. Or can't do 120hz... and all sorts of things the new TVs have built in, and the new consoles use...

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2020 - 11:18 PM)

Maybe now that the PS5's made the whole 4K thing a little more mainstream, the hardware will start becoming more common. I know that's one of the hopes the physical media community has for the 100GB discs the PS5 is going to be using. Prior to this, they were very expensive tor replicate compared to a regular blu-ray and not used very often

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2020 - 11:17 PM)

Up to now, there really haven't been a whole lot of 4K disc players to choose from... Samsung stopped making them altogether when they couldn't compete with the others, so your main choices are a few models of Panasonic or Sony

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2020 - 11:14 PM)

Is there no such thing as a 4K/HDR switch yet?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 November 2020 - 10:10 PM)

Which is fine.. But that still doesn't explain why they arn't putting out up to date HDMI switch boxes to get.. more money.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2020 - 09:59 PM)

My only TV with a respectable number of ports is my OLED 4K/3D, which has 4 HDMI, 2 USB 2.0s, 1 USB 3.0 and some weird proprietary thing that acts as both component and composite, depending on what you need. But it retailed for $10k when it first came out (I bought it 14 months later for less than half that). THey're going to get as many corners on less expensive sets as they can, which usually means only providing 2 HDMIs.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2020 - 09:55 PM)

I mean, there are some decent ones for under a grand. But yeah, I imagine that's what they're thinking. Most people I know, unless they're film or A/V aficionados, all they've got hooked up to their TV is a digital cable receiver and perhaps a game console and dated DVD player

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 November 2020 - 09:45 PM)

TM2-Megatron... If that is their assumptions.. That is one of the stupidest way to think.. Especially since Multichannel receivers way to fricken expensive for that. 3000 is way to expensive.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2020 - 09:11 PM)

They probably assume the people who actually need a lot of ports are the type of consumers who'd have a decently high-end Multichannel receiver. Whereas those people who don't need many connections probably don't even have a blu-ray player or anything. Maybe just a gaming console for the kids and an old DVD player.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2020 - 04:04 PM)

I saw that movie. I don't want jim carrey in my head.

@  Maximus Ambus : (14 November 2020 - 03:43 PM)

Soon beam TV programs into brains with a neural transciever anyway.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2020 - 03:28 PM)

I'm surprised they keep reducing the number of ports on TV's.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 November 2020 - 02:52 PM)

Ahh.. No.. I mean an HDMI 2.1 switcher box to give you more imputs on a TV. :D Those should have been released in preparation of the XSX and PS5 considering their touting 2.1 features. :D

@  Maximus Ambus : (14 November 2020 - 02:25 PM)

Switch Pro, not even a thing.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2020 - 02:09 PM)

Wait... I read your statement wrong: I thought you meant the switch version 2.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 November 2020 - 01:32 PM)

You do realize that the department that would be focusing on the HDMI 2.1 switch box would be different than the department working on PS5s?

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2020 - 01:05 PM)

And nintendo wasn't competing with others for marketshare at the time.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2020 - 12:54 PM)

Probably because there's already enough demand on the manufacturing infrastructure to pump out two of the three consoles at the same time? Nintendo's last release saw people waiting literal months for stock shortfalls to end.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 November 2020 - 12:33 PM)

I just want to ask, why did no company get an HDMI 2.1 switch out in time for PS5/XSX

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#361 unluckiness


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Posted 30 November 2018 - 09:08 AM

Japanese retailers listed Convoy v3 in yen and it's roughly the same price. It's also about the same at Asian retailers.

Edited by unluckiness, 30 November 2018 - 09:09 AM.


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Posted 30 November 2018 - 09:17 AM

That could be because there are no tariffs on this and it also could mean Takara has a MAP pricing enforced to make sure there is price parity.

Its possible its not a tariff issue. I am speculating from afar and because I rarely go straight to Takara are the devil with their price gouging, without a bit more analysis. :-D

Edited by Bainreese, 30 November 2018 - 09:18 AM.

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 09:23 AM

Pamphlet being distributed at Tokyo Comic Con shows his packaging and some new shots, recreating the leap he took in TF:TM to fight the Decepticons.






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Posted 30 November 2018 - 09:24 AM

I think it's unlikely that Takara are going to implement uniform pricing to account for a market they're not selling to. 


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Posted 30 November 2018 - 09:27 AM





I'd be broke.


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Posted 30 November 2018 - 09:40 AM

I've noticed today for the first time that the reason cartoon Optimus has white legs is because all the parts are that chromed on the toy are white, including the grill and smokestacks.

I assume it was probably just a stylistic choice so that they're "brighter" than the painted silver parts, but is it possible they could've been referencing a toy sample with no chrome when doing the colour model? Chromed parts are usually that milky white plastic underneath, right?

It's probably a style choice, BUT I'm willing to bet you money that the reference photo was taken with a bright direct flash of a toy standing in a white studio... which means that all the chrome would reflect is white.  Anyone not thinking about it would just, well, assume they were gloss white.

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 10:00 AM

I'm behind on this thread so forgive me if I'm asking something that has come up before... do we have any idea of Hasbro might be considering bringing this Prime over to the US market? 

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 10:05 AM

On that note, I'm surprised at how many joints Spike and Sparkplug appear to have.  I just wrote them off as the standard minifigures the humans tend to be, but it looks like they've got shoulders that aren't just swivels, and at least a neck joint and POSSIBLY a chest joint of some kind.

Looks like they took a cue from the Dianaut articulations. It'd be interesting if they're fairly standard with their scale too.

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 10:25 AM

I'm behind on this thread so forgive me if I'm asking something that has come up before... do we have any idea of Hasbro might be considering bringing this Prime over to the US market? 


If they were smart, they'd just release the robot for like $250 or something.


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Posted 30 November 2018 - 10:40 AM

No US brick and mortar retailer is going to carry a figure that costs that much.  

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 11:01 AM

Unless TRU in the US gets revived to how it previously was, I doubt there's gonna be Masterpiece at regular stores for a while.

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 11:14 AM

i could suffer through a 250 robot withthout most of the crap
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Posted 30 November 2018 - 11:24 AM

I'm behind on this thread so forgive me if I'm asking something that has come up before... do we have any idea of Hasbro might be considering bringing this Prime over to the US market? 

Short of the Movie Masterpiece figures, what was the last one Hasbro released on their own (even those are a joint venture)?


Looking at TFWiki there was Bumblebee in 2016, SG Optimus (who wasn't released in stores stateside) in 2016, and a MP-10 redo in 2017.


I'm guessing they're probably all done, and even if they weren't this is going to be too expensive for them.


Hasbro did distribute Anime Prowl and will distribute BW Megatron through Diamond Distribution or something.  But those are direct imports (from my understanding).


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Posted 30 November 2018 - 11:29 AM

bunch of emails saying MP43 Beast Megs has been pushed back to April.



probably good news for the people still counting pennies.

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 11:37 AM

I got the same email.


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Posted 30 November 2018 - 11:50 AM

Thank God. Wasn't that a Christmas release or something equally horribly timed?

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 11:51 AM

End of January.

I was so close. So clooooooooooose....

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 12:43 PM

Hats off to Takara for figuring out a way to deploy Combat Deck out of the Combat Deck.





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Posted 30 November 2018 - 02:50 PM

i could suffer through a 250 robot withthout most of the crap

Yep. I've never displayed Prime with his trailer, so I'd be quite content not paying $150 for storage bin contents.

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 04:00 PM

2003, with MP-1: Hes so good you wont need the trailer.

Fans demand trailer, every Prime MP since has a trailer.

2018: What do fans need with a trailer?

...it was funnier in my head.
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