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Transformers United gets a new lease on life – Unicron, Windcharger, and more coming to Japan

Transformers United Windcharger and Wipe Out TakaraTomy Japan

"----A new challenger appears!"

If you’ve been reading this blog at all, then I hope I’ve been teaching you a thing or two about Transformer Toys and what to expect.  It should come as no surprise that today announcement came for another wave of Transformers United toys coming in 2012.  There were quite a few molds that never saw the light of day in Japan from the latest Generations line.  What you may not have expected though was the late release of a few deluxe-sized figures that never made it Japan from the Cybertron line. The rule of thumb is if it was release in one country, it will, some day, no matter how long it takes, be released in the other countries as well. I will die a nerd death defending this proverb.

These figures include Sharkticon, Optimus Primal, Beast Megatron, and the big little guy, Unicron in tank form. It’s almost dismissive how these figures never saw a release in the land of the Rising Sun, where they were most likely designed. Here in the USA, most collectors lament whenever they can’t get one little figure like Windcharger and forget the amount of exclusives toys we actually get. tsk tsk tsk…

Transformers United Deluxe Unicron from Cybertron Unicron tank

Look ma, no giant teeth!

Here is the finalize list of figures from Big Bad Toy Store:
TRANSFORMERS UN-23 RODIMUS CONVOY (Release ETA: Jan 2012)
TRANSFORMERS UN-24 WAPASU (Release ETA: Jan 2012)
TRANSFORMERS UN-25 THUNDER MEGATRON (Release ETA: Jan 2012)
TRANSFORMERS UN-26 THUNDER WING (Release ETA: Jan 2012)
TRANSFORMERS UN-27 WING CHANGER & DECEPTICON WIPE OUT (Release ETA: Jan 2012)
TRANSFORMERS UN-28 AKUSARON (Release ETA: Feb 2012)
TRANSFORMERS UN-29 ARKU UNICRON (Release ETA: Feb 2012)
TRANSFORMERS UN-30 OPTIMUS PURAIMARU (Release ETA: Feb 2012)
TRANSFORMERS UN-31 BEAST MEGATRON (Release ETA: Feb 2012)

It’s not quite apparent if Sharkticon will be named Sharkticon or be some weird version of the Axalon from Beast Wars. Here’s hoping for the Axalon version. Unicron will be a big hit, even with the recent larger releases. Not many caught the Cybertron version… although THIS Collecticon sure did. Expect the Windcharger / Wipe Out set to be exciting at first, but then be revealed for the lackluster release it is (especially when compared to the cool new Encore releases!).

Hey, at least there are no Optimus Primes this time! ^_^

Transformers United Thunder Megatron G2 Purple tank

Purple, and loving it!

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TakaraTomy steps it up – Transformers United Stepper exclusive WITH targetmaster!

Transformers United Stepper

Looks like we got another slick repaint coming our way courtesy of Million Publishing and their lovely Transformers Generations books. We are getting the only proper redeco of the incredibly successful Generations Jazz mold. To top it all off, this dude is coming with his own Targetmaster! Yowza! This one’s gonna be hot.

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United Laser Optimus Prime dual wields with TFC mini Shockwave

G2 United Optimus Prime

By the power of Gray Skull!!

I just got my latest order from Robot Kingdom! The Phantom Screamer sets from TFC and United Laser Optimus! Yee haw!

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Giga Pudding or The frightening world of TakaraTomy outside of Transformers

In case you were ever wondering, there is definitely a wealth of product created by TakaraTomy other than our beloved cybernetic organsisms, the Transformers. However, the world outside of Transformers is definitely the road less-traveled by the average TransFan.

I was steered off course today by this righteous promo video for a product called Giga Pudding. Apparently this is becoming a worldwide meme phenomenon and we are likely to see it mixing with other cultural memes such as Pedo-bear. Isn’t THAT just what the world needs?

Anyway, check out the site for Giga Pudding while you are checking out the recently launched Transformers United site under the same moniker.

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First look at Transformers United packaging – same frame as Animated

Transformers United Straxus in package

He's more blue abu dee abu die!

Seibertron has posted a Taobao auction that gives us a first peek at the upcoming packaging for Transformers United.  The packaging is taking striking cue from the Japanese Transformers Animated packaging and shares and almost identical silhouette to the deluxe animated blister and card.  Some differences include the molding around the faction symbol and curve of the bottom, but overall, it’s the same thing.  The bubble even includes the signature slant.

Transformers United vs Animated packaging

Same as it ever was

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Rumble and Frenzy mania

Perfect Effect Rumble and Frenzy with Encore versions

I want Rumble to be blue ok?

With the imminent reveal of the Generations / United Frenzy and Rumble 2-pack, Cassetticon-mania is sweeping the nation! In the mean time, I an let you know that the next video review for TFsource.com will be a very belated Perfect Effect Red and Blue two pack video.

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TF United Generations Wheeljack shares mold with Tracks

Transformers United Generations Wheeljack testshot

"Welllll, I know my way around New England, I can tell you dat much, pah!"

At last, the final Transformers United and Generations figures have come out from behind the curtain. As predicted, Wheeljack and Tracks will share the same mold but consist of slightly varied final transformation.

Transformers United and Generations Tracks

They are the saaaaaame!!! ...but different

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More Transformers United toy images (video)

I took the liberty of combing through the Amazon.co.jp listings to find the new images of Transformers United and put them together in this fancy little video. It’s quick, but you can pause on the images you want to see. Enjoy!

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Generations Jazz to have car-mode speakers

Transformers United Jazz car with speakers

Oh good lord, somebody pinch me!

Additional photos from Amazon JP listings today reveal a breath-taking sight: G1 Jazz with car-mode speakers!  Just when I was considering trimming Jazz out of my character-based collections they go along and do THIS!!  Completely amazing, good work to everyone involved (that is, everyone that will never read this!).

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Transformers United Kup – not such a shitpiece

Transformers United Kup

"You left a piece out!"

Here is one of the last big reveals for 2010 – the awesome all-new mold for Generations / United Kup!  Looking good!

Transformers United Kup truck mode

"Most days I feel like a piece a'...."

Transformers Botcon 2009 Kup

Whoa, hey! Look who just became worth something!