Recent MP-11s Sunstorm information may be very interesting to many British Transformers fans. Takara has pencilled in a launch date for July or August 2012. Only 1,000 of the attractive Sunstorm toys will be made available in Japan. There may be more pieces which will be obtainable in other Asian markets, but there is as yet no information forthcoming with regard to potential western availability.
To buy a piece of the action in Japan, you would have to shell out 12,000 yen. This is approximately equivalent to £95 at the moment. The Sunstorm piece will come in an aesthetically pleasing black package for those fortunate enough to have a purchasing opportunity.
The Encore Sixshot release is planned to occur in July 2012. The price will be exactly the same as the Sunstorm figure. Nonetheless, the packaging will be quite different. Apparently, it will possess a leather finish and a special aperture. These features will help make it into a real collector’s item. At nearly £100, it might be thought that these kinds of luxury elements are what should be expected as part of the overall package.
Not every Transformers fan has the kind of budget with which to afford such extravagant purchases. Nevertheless, many of us in Britain would enjoy the opportunities presented by having a local release. Hopefully, Takara will one day perceive that there is a British demand for this type of special offer. Until then, we can feast our eyes on what our Asian friends can look forward to.
Dengeki Hobby magazine has reveal the latest Transformers: Masterpiece from TakaraTomy. Unfortunately, it isn’t a new release, however it is a repackage of most fans favourite character, Grimlock. Masterpiece MP-08 Grimlock will now be released as Masterpiece MP-08x King Grimlock!
The figure will now come in a special comic style package, with new accessories, including a crown, sword and a gun. No longer included are the apron, necktie, tray, glasses, or transfer device.
The figure will be a Toy HobbyMarket exclusive, retail for 13,000 Yen, and come out in late December.
Tformers have a photo from the magazine.
BBTS have put up a listing for the next Transformers Encore set from TakaraTomy. There are expecting them to be the a reissue of the Combaticons, which includes all 5 Decepticon figures. The set is expected in June 2009, and has a price tag of $94.99, which can probably be found cheaper elsewhere.
Thanks to forum member JetfireUK for the news.
e-hobby have put up the first colour images of MP-08 Grimlock. Shown are his Dino mode and robot mode holding his sword. There are no signs of his crown or brain transfer device. Overall, the figure shows a very similar colour scheme to his G1 counterpart.
Grimlock is due out in March 09.
A poster at Actoys.net has compiled a group of images together which provide a good indication of how tall Masterpiece Grimlock will be.
As you can seem he will be slightly shorter than Masterpiece Optimus Prime in robot mode, but his dino mode will be the same height as Prime. This should help it fit in with other Masterpiece figures.
Another magazine scan, but this time giving us a clearer look at Masterpiece Grimlock’s heigh, with a comparison his his G1 toy. There are also shots of the crown and mind swap device.
Thanks to forum member dejavufor the scan.
Sponsor BigBadToyStore has confirmed rumours going around this week that the next Transformers Masterpiece figure will indeed be the leader of the Dinobots – Grimlock.
The photo on the site is the teaser image seen months ago and the release is now confirmed as being March 2009 and is expected to be larger than any other Masterpiece figure. This also means a higher price tag, but expect retailers to reduce the price in the coming months.
More new from our site sponsor Kapow Toys, this time with news of the next two figure in the Transformers Henkei line from Takara Tomy. These will be C12 Hound and C13 Cheetas (aka Cheetor from Beast Wars/Machines). The incredible accurate date of 27th of December 2008 has been given for their release,so get prepared to spend your Christmas money.
Time for some more rumours. Sparkplug of SGCollect has posted some information he has received on the release of Masterpiece MP-08 Grimlock and Alternity Megatron.
Masterpiece Grimlock will be released in March 2009 by TakaraTomy with a price tag of 130,000 Yen. This is a lot more expensive than other Masterpieces, so (if true) expect a large item. Alternity Megatron will be available in either blue or silver and will transform into the new Nissan Fairlady Z.
Expect retailers to either confirm or deny these rumours in the coming weeks.
e-hobby have updated their website with two new preorders, Sunstorm and Black Megatron. Both are e-hobby exclusive Generation One repaints and have already been released before, in 2003 and 2001 respectively.
Sunstorm is a repaint of G1 Starscream, coloured in orange and white, whilst Black Megatron is recoloured with more black and brown colouring of the original G1 Megatron figure. Both are due out in February 2009!
Thanks to forum member dejavu for the news.