Takara Transformers Update!

Takara is serving up platefuls of Transformers goodness!

First, the second set of G1 PVC figures is now in stores. These figures, which come in sealed boxes that give no indication of the figure inside, will be extremely hard to find in about a month, so if you want them, order them now. ACT 2 features colored and clear versions of Grimlock, Minerva, Super Ginrai (Powermaster Optimus Prime), Hot Rod, Galvatron, and Optimus Prime in Truck mode. Rare figures in this set are Galvatron with the Matrix, and Optimus Prime holding Megatron (gun mode).

Second, PVC Act 3 is now available for pre-order! The figures in Act 3 will show more differentiation in height than the previous two series, and it seems that there will be only colored versions, rather than the colored and clear versions. Act 3 will feature Fortress Maximus, Raiden (Trainbot Gestalt), Chromedome, Soundwave, Ironhide, Sixshot, and Bumblebee&Spike. Rare figures will be a clear pink Megatron (from TFTM), and a battle damages Optimus Prime.

Third, Takara has announced a general reissue of the most treacherous of Decepticons, Starscream! The figure will be an exact replica of the original, and is sure to be a collector’s item.

Finally, Takara has announced six new Transformers Generation 1 reissues, which will be released in pairs, as follows:
  • Ironhide&Ratchet
  • Sideswipe&Red Alert
  • Skywarp&Thundercracker

Each pair of figures is from the same basic mold, which explains the reason why they are being released in pairs. Each figure will be an exact replica of the original figure; the only differences for American collectors will be the Japanese package.
These figures are not going into general distribution like previous G1 reissues; rather, they will be special items at various toy shows across Japan, and will be extremely limited, at only 1000 pieces each.

I highly recommend BigBadToyStore.com for all of the above, get your orders and pre-orders in early!

Posted by Jess Horsley on April 8, 2001 10:00 PM


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