Masterpiece Exhaust To Receive Deco Changes In Hopes Of Avoiding Sales Ban?

Cyber Gundam at TAG Hobby has posted updated official product shots of Masterpiece Exhaust, who has undergone some deco revisions. Previously the toy was an as accurate as possible homage to the original Diaclone "Marlboro Wheeljack", but that resulted in retailers being wanred against selling it to customers in the United States due to tobacco advertising regulations and how closely it matched Marlboro trade dress. It seems TakaraTomy themselves have taken notice and are attempting to respond to this issue. Keep reading to see more!

The changes to the deco are surprisingly minor. The inward point on the green blocks and the similar point in the middle of the hood have been done away with. In their place are green rectangles and the inward point in the middle of the hood is replaced fully with white. Other minor changes have been made, but overall the deco still retains the spirit of what it's referencing. The robot mode is almost completely unaffected by these changes as well.

At this time we have no information if this will be enough to make orders to the US possible again, but we would hope that if such a measure has been taken, that TakaraTomy worked with Phillip Morris in making sure that the toy's markings would become distinct enough for sales to no longer be blocked. This is an extraordinary situation we've found ourselves in with a toy that has seemed cursed from very early on. We can't say and may never truly know whether this move was prompted by stores canceling orders in volume enough to be noticed, or if Phillip Morris themselves eventually reached out to TakaraTomy over the situation.

We've included a picture of the robot and vehicle modes in the original deco, which have a white background where the updated paint job is represented on the dark background images.
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