As we come up on the last weekend of the month, it's time for new toys in Japan, and highly anticipated on that score is Masterpiece Cheetor. Twitter user @ZEAMTIGER has already gotten hold of Cheetor and has been sending out a variety of photos giving us our first real in hand look. Though right now no comparisons with MP Optimus Primal are shown, you can see Cheetor side by side with the Generations molds of Rattrap and Rhinox, showing how one scales well and the other... doesn't. The photos are mirrored in the album below, click through to take a look now!
Autobase Aichi has posted some small images of flyers being handed out today at Wonderfest. Much of it concerns simple things like the The Last Knight toys, the campaign to produce the Infobar licensed transforming cellphones, and existing Masterpiece products. But hidden in a corner is the one juicy nugget of new info. After perfecting their black magic transformation engineering tricks with Cheetor, Dinobot appears to be coming to Masterpiece, and there's no telling how they'll reconcile the show model's ludicrously incompatible robot and beast modes in a toy that has to actually work
. Keep reading for mirrored images.
Thanks to Loopaza on Facebook, we have clear, high res scans of the two Transformers-focused pages from this month's Figure King Magazine. As we saw in the early look the other day, the Legends EX Headmaster 6 pack is on show here, destined for various limited release outlets next month. Newly seen is a big showcase of MP-38 Supreme Commander version Beast Convoy/Optimus Primal, based on the original toy with new deco and some new accessory parts. We have the full resolution pages mirrored for you, so click through to see it now!
We now have an official English language designation for MP-38, known in Japan as "Convoy (Beast Wars) Legendary Commander Version." It's Optimus Primal (Movie), explicitly tying this toy-accurate version of the figure to Optimus Primal's cel-animated turn in the Beast Wars Second
movie, "Lio Convoy In Imminent Danger!"
And in honor of that new designation, Hasbro Asia is throwing in a presumably diecast metal bunch of bananas for those who preorder him through the appropriate Asian channels. Keep reading to see the teaser image!
About a month ago we were the first to bring you word via Dengeki Hobby that Masterpiece Cheetor's release date had been pushed back
from its planned January date in to February. In the time since, retail websites have begun to reflect this change, and through TakaraTomy Mall, we now have the new Japanese release date to share. Stores in Japan will start selling MP-34 Cheetor in Saturday, February 25th. Whether the mainland Asia release will occur on the same day or possibly be a little earlier as has happened in the past when Japanese release dates have been delayed is currently unknown.