Tokyo Toy Show 2012 Recap - Masterpiece Dominates with MP-13 Soundwave, Prime On the Fringe w/ Darkness Megatron, Jet Vehicon
By Peter Van on Monday, June 18, 2012
It was Takara Tomy's turn to shine at this weekend's Tokyo Toy Show, and they did not disappoint.
While Transformers Masterpiece MP-12 Lambor (Sideswipe), MP-13 Soundwave, and MP-14 Red Alert showed up on retailer websites prior to Takara's announcements on stage, the designers still offered enough information to keep it fresh.
Of course, the Masterpiece stuff dominated, with previews up Soundwave's upcoming cassettes Ravage, Rumble, and Frenzy, and additional views of Lambor.
We get additional information from Transformers Prime figures, including looks at AM-15 Darkness Megatron and AM-16 Jet Vehicon.
Takara has been grabbing some major headlines for these figures, and Tokyo Toy Show came out with a burst of fresh products, with three products slated for release this year, starting with MP-12 Lambor in October followed by MP-13 Soundwave and MP-14 Red Alert in December.
The scale of these three figures are shown off, and it now justifies why Soundwave is more than double the price of Lambor and Red Alert: the former figure is the same size scale as MP-10 Convoy and MP-11 Starscream, which is now the benchmark for the new Masterpiece figures that are coming out of late.
Lambor and Red Alert, on the other hand, are in-scale and makes it a little above the waist of Convoy and Soundwave. In fact, Lambor and Red Alert can hitch a ride in the MP-10 Convoy trailer.
MASTERPIECE MP-13 SOUNDWAVE
Based on the comments throughout Friday and over the weekend on Tformers.com, the forums, and on our Facebook Page, a majority were floored at the first looks at MP-13 Soundwave and the news that Masterpiece cassettes would also be coming.
Armed with this information, Takara provided additional looks at Laserbeak hanging out in his confines in Soundwave's chest, and that the Amazon Japan exclusive Energon Cubes can fit right into Soundwave's chest when his plastic cavity is flipped down.
Additional cassettes that you can expect to come out are Ravage and the Rumble and Frenzy twins.
MASTERPIECE MP-14 RED ALERT
While many already saw this character coming as soon as when MP-12 Lambor was revealed, Takara announced at Tokyo Toy Show that MP-14 Red Alert is going to get some upgrades, including a new head, face, shoulders, and neck, according to tyouhen2.
We finally get our first full-colored looks at AM-15 Darkness Megatron and AM-16 Jet Vehicon.
While we have not heard anything about this from Hasbro, Takara appears to be doing their darndest to differentiate between the land- and air-based Vehicon troop builders. The jet version will keep the traditional look and feel in robot mode, but will add some purple (or pink, depending on the camera) highlights to the figure.
Following the big news from Tokyo Toy Show on the Masterpiece Fan's Choice campaign, Takara Tomy have launced their site dedicated to the Transformers 30th Anniversary with a presentation and special poll that is open only to those collectors who have accumulated robot points from previous Transformers purchases. This goes to show how seriously Takara Tomy is about supporting fans who buy their products by giving them a special role in deciding the next Masterpiece figure selection. For those who cannot vote in Japan, cast your vote in poll to see what others would choose.
Thanks again to BBTS who have posted more details on the Transformers Kabaya Wave 7 Gaia Scramble Combiners toys. These figures that combine in different ways are going to go fast and most will surely want a case to get them all. Each of the 6 boxed will include two toys from the different sets, each of which has the parts to assemble either of the characters listed below. Estimated for August 2013, order now for $35.99 USD at bigbadtoystore.com
YouTube member YOUWIN1980 has posted a video from Tokyo Toy Show that was held last weekend in Tokyo, Japan. The video takes us on a walk through the Takara Tomy booth where it is reported the Masterpiece MP-12T Tigertrack exclusive sold out in 1.5 hours. Get an attendee's look at the new Transformers Go!, Masterpiece Generations, Super GT, and more Transformers on display from Takara Tomy and others in the video below.