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Encore 23 Fort Max includes his sword

Transformers Encore 23 Fortress Maximus with sword

All but verbally confirmed.

Some official preview photos of the slew of upcoming releases were posted by Famitoy which include our first look at the expected Black repaint of MP-10 (this time with Decepticon symbols!!), MP-15 & MP-16 cassetticons, the non-yellow ‘anime’ version of MP-22 Devastator, and Encore 23 Fortress Maximus WITH THE MASTER SWORD IN HAND!!! Check out the pic above to see what I’m talking about.

This has been the big question to Fort Max reissue lovers: Will it have the sword? Looks like yes, it probably will.

Also, THIS GUY is very happy to not have Encore 22A be a yellow G1 redeco because… well, I just got THIS in the mail. I’ll give you a hint, it’s not from Generation 2…

Transformers Generation 1 Yellow Devastator from France

So rare, I may be the only person on Earth to have this. Thanks Maz! ^_^

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Darken our lightest hour, Black Rodimus Convoy

Masterpiece Black Rodimus Convoy robot

I am your new leader, Black Rodimus Convoy

It doesn’t get much more epic than this… or does it?

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Black Rodimus is super fucking cool – Decepticons forever!~

Masterpiece Black Rodimus Convoy Robot

DARKNESS!!!!!

Thanks to Jason Blue Boost for letting me open his, but this is one of the craziest repaints Transformers fans have ever seen. More soon…

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Hey guys, DOTM Black Jetwing Optimus Prime was announced back in February 2011 – Nightwatch Jetwing finally released

Black Jetwing Optimus Prime

We knew about this before the red version

Here’s a lesson in having a good memory.

Way back before we had The Asia Market Exclusive Black Optimus Prime (which TFW2005 is annoyingly referring to as fucking Scourge), way back before we had the original Jetwing Optimus Prime, way back before we even had a released ‘Transformers Dark of the Moon’ movie, we were seeing solicitations for a black Jetwing Prime figure.  The original version also gave us our first look at Optimus Prime’s redesigned abs.  This black version was supposed to be given away via raffle, much like the Famimart toys from 2010.

TakaraTomy Black Jetwing Optimus Prime

That's shiney

So today everyone has their robo-panties in a bunch about the ‘newly revealed’ TakaraTomy Black repaint of Jetwing Prime with, GASP, chome parts!  This upgrade doesn’t come for free, however.  The asking price from Robotkingdom is $195.50, PLUS shipping.  That’s a lot of money for Chrome!  Those red windows sure look cool though.

So it appears that this Prime will be even more expensive than the black one from the last movie.  Fine with me, these are big boy toys after all.  Happy hunting, there are only 10 left in stock at Robotkingdom at the time of this post!

Black Jetwing Optimus Prime truck

Chrome weapons!

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TakaraTomy Animated Black Rodimus hits US shores

Black Animated Rodimus

Who does this guy think he is, a Botcon 2011 exclusive or what?

Well looky what showed up at work today – the TakaraTomy Black Rodimus toy!  He is pretty snazzy, I wish I had him in time for my Fansproject Shadow Scythe review, but we just can’t have it all I guess.

Somehow I ended up with two, whoops!

TakaraTomy Black Animated Rodimus toy

Transformers are best served in twos.

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Lucky Draw Black Micron Legend Megatron sells for 1000 yen

Lucky Draw Micron Legend Black Megatron on Rinkya

So fresh and so green, green.

An exceptionally fun and rare piece traded hands recently on Yahoo Japan. The Lucky Draw Black Micron Legend Megatron was sold this week for 100,000 Japanese Yen. Congrats to the lucky winner and the seller!

With almost 50 bids, there was definitely some heat on this auction.  Just what will we find next?

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Attack of the TakaraTomy Animated exclusives!

TakaraTomy Animated Black Rodimus digibash

The face of TakaraTomy Black Animated Rodimus Minor?

With every new announcement from Takara Tomy I feel myself responding with less awe and far more shock.  With the recent announcement of a Hyper Hobby Black repaint of Animated Rodimus, the total number of exclusive figures outside of the main toyline reaches a whopping 25!  I haven’t been keeping more than a mental record over the past 10 years or so, but I’m pretty sure that makes the Japanese Animated toyline the most exclusivized toyline ever.

The worst part about all of these non-mainline toys is that none of them were released in the United States, and each one has its own set of difficulties in obtaining it.  Some of them are quite exciting, such as the elite guard edition of Prowl in white, which we never saw but always wanted.

TakaraTomy Animated EZ Seekers

Delicious AND expensive!

Also, anyone looking to make a collection out of the full Japanese Animated line will need deep pockets.  See the current list of TakaraTomy Animated exclusives below with their estimated prices.

  • Red clear EZ Convoy – $40
  • Yellow clear EZ Bumble – $40
  • Purple clear EZ Starscream – $40
  • Smoke clear EZ Prowl – $40
  • Lucky Draw Gold Chrome Deluxe Earth Mode Convoy – $300
  • Deluxe Elite Guard Prowl – $75
  • Lucky Draw Silver Chrome Deluxe Bumble – $200 (estimated)
  • Clear EZ Sunstorm – $35
  • Clear EZ Ramjet – $35
  • Clear EZ Thundercracker – $35
  • Clear EZ Skywarp – $35
  • Clear EZ Black and White Starscream – $75
  • Voyager Black Convoy – $200
  • Voyager Elite Guard Convoy – $100
  • 2010 Clear deluxe convoy and Rodimus 2-pack – $60
  • Lucky Draw Matte Deluxe Earth Mode Convoy – $100 (estimated)
  • Lucky Draw Activator Skywarp – $100 (estimated)
  • Lucky Draw clear painted EZ Convoy – $40 (estimated)
  • Lucky Draw clear painted EZ Bumble – $40 (estimated)
  • Lucky Draw clear painted EZ Prowl – $40 (estimated)
  • Lucky Draw clear painted EZ Starscream – $40 (estimated)
  • Clear deluxe Earthmode Convoy – $75 (estimated)
  • Clear Activator Convoy – $45 (estimated)
  • Activator Ramjet – $30 (estimated)
  • Black Rodimus – $50 (estimated)

The total of these estimated prices is $1870!  This doesn’t even count the mainline figures or shipping!  Realize that all these prices fluctuate on both sides of the scale since the only way for people outside of Japan to get a hold of these guys is on the secondary market.  Even if you take out the exuberant lucky draw figures, the total is still well above a grand for this plastic crack.

This trend looks like it has nothing stopping it either.  With the amount of Starcream clones and molds available to combine, we probably have only scratched the surface of expensive rare animated figures from TakaraTomy.  I’m praying that we DON’T hear anything about a Lucky Draw Starscream but I’m sure my nightmares will become reality.

TakaraTomy advertisement for clear red EZ Optimus Prime

If we had only known this was the start of something we would grow to fear...

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Is the Lucky Draw Transformer dead as we know it?

Lucky Draw Animated Optimus Prime promo graphic

I thought they said this was a Lucky Draw

Earlier this year we were treated to the announcement that Lucky Draw Transformers were coming back for TakaraTomy animated.  In fact, there have been more special exclusive items in Takara Tomy’s Animated line than almost any toyline in recent memory.  One of the first announced exclusives expected to become a new Lucky Draw was a gold-chromed edition of Deluxe Animated Optimus Prime.  Fast forward to this week and the figure is about to come to life but with an expected release batch of around 1,000.  Come again?

KOtoys has posted a great gallery of the figure, which also means this rare “Lucky Draw” toy has been leaked from the factory like most other figures in the past 3-4 years.  Put this all together and any seasoned collector will roll their eyes at the notion of this figure fitting into the lucky draw category.

Earlier this Summer, we were warned that the Animated Black Convoy would be of a sort of Lucky Draw status as well, but that turned out to be false.  Prices fell and individual suppliers were easily able to meet the demand for this coveted Black Prime.  Now for one of the first times, an originally advertised lucky draw figure is available on the Black market of Transformers.

KOtoys Lucky Draw Animated Optimus Prime

Who needs luck now?

So what’s the big deal?

Let’s start with what a Lucky Draw toy is.  By definition, Lucky Draw toys are toys that start with a value of zero because they are given away free via a random drawing promotion.  This is a very common practice with magazines or individual toy shops in Japan.  Some collectors fiend over lucky draw toys and will pay prices into the thousands to obtain a figure that only a handful of other humans can possibly ever own.  The point is that since there are usually under 20 of any one particular figure produced, their value is forever stratospheric and can become the cornerstone of any collection.  The Lukcy draw market is small, with the various figures passing from hand to hand of a small Transformer elite (The TF Illuminati I like to call them).

That being said, the problem lies in that the term “Lucky Draw Transformer” equates to two ideals:

1- The figure is given away via random drawing to a limited quantity

2- That limited quantity is incredibly low in order to increase the desirability of the initially zero-value figure.

Transformers Lucky Draw Silver Animated Bumblebee

Hey guys, I'm a real SILVER bug!

This second part of the equation is beginning to wane so much that a new term for these upcoming exclusives needs to be coined.  Perhaps “Non-lucky draw” or “psuedo exclusive”.  The term as it stands is obsolete.  Lucky Draw should only refer to the method by which the figures are released, and a new term would indicate the hyper rarity of the figure.

If this really is the death of the lucky draw Transformer toy as we have known it, I will quietly weep.  I love the fact that there are multi-thousand dollar toys to catch out there.  Part of what makes collecting fun is that fact that not everyone can have everything.  Even without the super-high dollar lucky draw toys, there are still other incredibly difficult-to-obtain figures coming out of Japan all the time.  Just check out all the exclusives announced recently a Chara Hobby.  It’s just maddening. X-P

New Transformer Exclusives

What a scrumptous hard-to-find bunch!

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The quest for Black Animated Optimus Prime Part 2: Madness in Kyoto

TakaraTomy Black Animated Convoy in the nega-flesh

TakaraTomy Black Animated Convoy in the nega-flesh. Photo by TFseesaa.net

The first chance to pick up Black Animated Convoy has come and gone.  Photos of the event where the figure was being sold can be seen at Japanese Transformer blog TF-Seesa (site is in Japanese).  This figure was originally expected to be incredibly limited to a total of 300.  This meant the value of the figure was expected to leave planetary orbit as soon as it left the proximity of the sales event.  However, this Collecticon was given a bit of a surprising update from an attendee of the sale:

From Bodhar:

I am officially done visiting the Takara/Tomy Museum near Kyoto.  It was a crazy event because it seems like such a small town wasn’t ready for us ravenous Transformer fans.  Instead of putting the toys behind the cash register, like past events in Tokyo, the toys were placed in the wide open.  There was an ensuing battle royale for the toys, with some Nemesis Primes getting damaged in the melee. I actually ended up at the bottom of the pile, but I did manage to get some quantity.  But that isn’t the good news…

The good news is that Takara/Tomy will hold one more event like this and a Takara/Tomy staff member said they will dramatically increase the stock at the next event.  This news means that it IS NOT only limited to 300, as previously stated by Takara/Tomy.  I didn’t get a direct answer about quantity, but she made it sound like it’ll be over 1000 pieces.

Apparently the event caused a few attendees to get into a scuffle over the figures!!!  How very un-Japanese-like!  It must have been to gaijins!  Also, the event has revealed that far more than the initial 300 figures will be sold in total.  Most likely there will 300 figures available at each event location meaning those that are really fiending for the black crack may find it easier to get their fix.

Hydra at the Transformers Museum in Kyoto, Japan

Oh hai Hydra. You blend in so well around these parts!


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The quest for Black Animated Optimus Prime

Transformers Black Animated Optimus Prime

Black gold!

I must have it.

The black Animated Optimus Prime may be mine. The problem is that it is limited to 300 pieces and is only available on location at a store in a very remote area of Southern Japan. The cost is 4200 Yen and at 300 pieces I am willing to gander that this may reach the $300 USD mark the second you walk out of the store with it. But what do I know? Almost all of my predictions end up being wrong!!

Is is possible that this figure could reach the same price-status as BT-17 Black Convoy?  The potential is definitely there.  New black Optimus Primes are about as craze-inducing as MISB G1 toys so the world it its oyster.

Now how would one go about procuring one of these???  Curious curious…