Singapore fangroup Planet Iacon broke the news - and site sponsor BigBadToyStore has just confirmed - that TakaraTomy's version of Power of the Primes begins in May! Titled very similarly as Power of Prime, the figures listed are being released in a format seemingly identical to their US releases. But, what's interesting is what's not listed from Wave 1. Keep reading for details!
PP-02 Liege Maximo, 800 Yen
PP-03 Vector Prime, 800 Yen
PP-04 Dinobot Slash, 1500 Yen
PP-05 Wind Charger, 1500 Yen
PP-06 Beach comber, 1500 Yen
PP-07 Autobot Jazz, 2800 Yen
PP-08 Rodimus Prime, 7000 Yen
PP-09 Optimus Prime, 7000 Yen
Compared to the Legends series, these prices are pretty low. As the smaller figures have usually included extras, the easiest point of comparison is a Leader like LG50 Sixshot, who runs a full $15 more on BBTS than the Double Convoy do here. There's a chance, much as we hate to say it, that these could be straight-up Japanese-packaging releases of US toys. The naming conventions being largely identical to the US versions with their trademark considerations - "Autobot Jazz", "Dinobot Slash," would point to this as well.
What's not here is encouraging, though. The Voyagers, and 75% of the Deluxes are not mentioned. That opens a door for a Unite Warriors-style Dinobots boxset that could gain some paint, and also perhaps Dreadwind's being paired with Blackwing/Darkwing as their Japanese counterparts Buster and Hydra. Even if most of PP is just US repacks, interesting times are ahead!
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