RUMBLE AND RAVAGE

RAVAGE and RUMBLE make up this new 2-pack imported from Japan. Part of the Takara collection, it’s a duo you’ll have to see up-close to believe, with the articulation and detail sure to impress. Here are the write-ups straight from the source:

Cassette Warrior Rumble is a runt of a Decepticon with a Devastator-sized temper, a temper which is fueled by ridicule coming both from the Autobots and Rumble’s fellow Decepticons. Rumble loves destroying anything in his immediate vicinity, and fortunately his piledriver arms enable him to generate blast attacks and powerful quakes, which makes him one of Soundwave’s more valuable followers.

The most mysterious warrior in Soundwave’s cassette entourage, Ravage is a silent, brooding presence, frequently working alone. He is generally more deliberating than Frenzy. A feral adversary possessing an almost preternatural penchant for stealth, Ravage is versatile enough to be equally valuable in open combat situations and in darker endeavors requiring subtler sabotage.

TAKARA PRESENTS: Rodimus Prime and Optimus Prime

Both OPTIMUS PRIME and RODIMUS PRIME are now available for pre-order for any fan of the famed Robots in Disguise. Check these out!


OPTIMUS PRIME


RODIMUS PRIME

The Takara collection is imported from Japan and generally boasts a higher quality construction, some improved materials and pretty awesome designs. They bring a retro sensibility to a new building technology and do a great job of recreating the feeling of the old-school Transformers for fans who love them. These guys are pre-orderable now and ship later this month!

TRANSFORMERS: DEVASTATOR GIFT SET

Transformers fans rejoice! There’s a brand new DEVASTATOR gift set now available from Takara. Shipping in the last quarter of this year, you can now pre-order this Japanese import.

The Takara series is a high-end collection of deluxe Transformers figures fit for fans looking out for something truly different to add to their collection. It stands a whopping 12 inches tall and is formed of several other smaller Transformers, all of whom can change independently or come together to form this behemoth.

TRANSFORMERS: RODIMUS CONVOY

The RODIMUS CONVOY MP-09 12-inch figure is a real treat for long-time Transformers fans and based on the original, first-generation toys you may have fallen in love with years ago.

Part of the growing Transformers TAKARA collection, Rodimus is a big, bad figure and joins the likes of Ultra-Magnus, Suzuki Swift Bumblebee, Skywarp, Grimlock and a bunch of others from both the Autobot and Decepticon affiliations.

GHOST STARSCREAM and SLEEP MODE OPTIMUS by Takara

TAKARA produces some of the best renderings of the most popular and classic characters from the massive Transformers franchise. Now they’ve brought in a new pair of Masterpiece Collection figures of Starscream and Optimus Prime that is sure to please die-hard fans of the robots on disguise. Here’s a look!

GHOST STARSCREAM

Ghost Starscream measures 13” long in jet mode and 10” high in robot mode.

An intricate mixture of plastic and die cast, the almost completely translucent Ghost Starscream features a Gen 1-inspired color scheme. Extensively articulated, the figure is equipped with arm-mounted removable guns, and should be accompanied by decals, missile accessories, and a missile-rack display base configured to support both robot and jet modes; presumably this version will include the same switch-between facial expression feature found in Starscream’s non-spectral Masterpiece counterparts.

In Transformers: The Movie, Starscream seizes an opportunity to eliminate the badly-wounded Megatron, and is later, on Cybertron, amid pompous trumpet fanfare provided by the nonplussed Constructicons, crowned the leader of the Decepticons. Immediately afterwards, Galvatron, the reconstituted version of Megatron, arrives and matter-of-factly destroys the puzzled, crown-adorned Starscream with a single cannon blast. In the cartoon episode “Starscream’s Ghost”, the mendacious Air Commander, discovered by the fugitive Triple Changer Octane in a moldering Decepticon Crypt, returns as a semi-translucent specter. Starscream’s new insubstantial form enables him to take possession of Galvatron’s highest-ranking warriors, providing him with a unique path to vengeance.

SLEEP MODE OPTIMUS PRIME

Measuring approximately 12” tall, the MP-04S Masterpiece Convoy Sleep Mode & Trailer Complete Version is a mixture of plastic and die-cast, accompanied by Ion Blaster, gun Megatron with scope, stock and silencer, Energon Axe, the Matrix of Leadership, and Trailer/Combat Deck.

The flat-nosed truck mode is outfitted with rubber wheels and working suspension; the robot mode’s aesthetically-integrated articulation provides intricacies such as working finger joints and adjustable mouthplate. Convoy’s opening chest housing grants access to the Matrix of Leadership accessory.

This version of Prime is rendered in the lifeless shades of grey and black assumed by Prime’s chassis in the aftermath of the Decepticons’ assault of Autobot City. Arriving at a crucial moment, Prime plowed through multiple Decepticon warriors in the process of working his way to Megatron. In the ensuing hand-to-hand duel, Megatron, despite his initial boastful vow to destroy Prime with his bare hands, implements every oddly discarded weapon and piece of detritus he can find. When Optimus finally gains the upper hand, retrieving his gun, Hot Rod launches his own blundering attack against Megatron, enabling the Decepticon leader to use Hot Rod as a shield while he blasts Prime repeatedly with a discarded pistol. Prime finally delivers the decisive blow, crushing Megatron’s chest, although he succumbs to his own wounds immediately afterwards. As Perceptor delivers his sorrowful prognosis to the small handful of Autobots surrounding the ebbing Autobot leader, Optimus produces the Matrix of Leadership, bestowing the fabled artifact to the reluctant Ultra Magnus.

Takara’s Ultra Magnus MP-2

Much like Masters of the Universe, Transformers is one of those things I was just too young to get into. Plus, I was devoting my time to a variety of Disney shows. And Batman. In fact, mostly Batman. So when something new comes through the door here, I’m usually pretty clueless about what kind of item we’re dealing with. I know that some are deluxe and that this is a “Masterpiece” Takara import, but for the rest of the description, I think I’ll let the distributors do the talking.

Intended to reflect Ultra Magnus’ core appearance without the battle armor, the MP-02 Ultra Magnus utilizes the MP-01 Convoy/Optimus Prime mold and is similarly accompanied by a rifle, an energon axe, Matrix of Leadership accessory, and Megatron gun mode. Ultra Magnus is cited as a disciplined, varyingly self-doubting soldier with unsurpassed courage. In Transformers: The Movie, Optimus Prime passed the Matrix to Ultra Magnus, who accepted the fabled artifact reluctantly. Unfortunately, Ultra Magnus’ subsequent, brief tenure came to a crunching halt when Magnus was unsportingly waylaid by a swarm of Sweeps on Junkion.

A Masterpiece: Black Convoy Optimus Prime

Every so often, a toy comes along that seems to be made for the true fans: Sideshow statues of lesser-known characters, collector sets from popular or obscure series or reissues of toys for those looking for retro items or who simply couldn’t snag the figure the first time around. This new Takara Masterpiece collection 12” Black Convoy Optimus Prime is a good (yes, prime) example of one of those pieces. Here’s the official description of the figure, though realistically-speaking it seems like something you either get already or you don’t:

Description: Measuring approximately 12” tall, the MP-01B Masterpiece Convoy: Black Version is a mixture of plastic and die-cast. The MP-01B boasts a color scheme typically associated with Nemesis Prime, complete with red eyes, window panels and headlights.

The flat-nosed truck mode is outfitted with rubber wheels and working suspension; the robot mode’s aesthetically-integrated articulation provides intricacies such as working finger joints and adjustable mouthplate. MP-01B Masterpiece Convoy’s opening chest housing grants access to a red-illuminated Matrix of Leadership simulacrum; Convoy is equipped with his rifle accessory, red energon axe appendage, and a P-38 pistol version of Megatron complete with scope and silencer.

MP-01B Masterpiece Convoy is a droid duplicate of Convoy’s new Black Body, constructed by Autobot scientist Wheeljack and Microman renegade Ga’mede, as a countermeasure to the Decepticons’ ravening energy raids; these duplicates, a consignment of twenty-one droids known as Eldedroids, are remote-controlled by Cassette Warrior Flip Sides.

Takara Transformers: Starscream and Skywarp

I won’t profess to know too much about Transformers–I’ve always been a Batman fan and my knowledge of the DC Universe is generally my only area of full-on geek expertise. But if there’s one way to win me over to another fandom, it’s to put a cape on it. Which is exactly what’s been done with the two newest additions to our Takara Transformers collection. While looking for figures to post about, I read the words ‘crown’ and ‘cape’ and was already sold.

Frankly, though, I have to ask what the Cybertronian tailors are usually doing with their time because as I understand it, there aren’t a lot of occasions on which clothes are needed for the robots in disguise. But whatever the answer is, they’ve made some fine capes for these metal men and you can snag ’em now over in the Transformers section of CmdStore.

Also new from Transformers, look out for new figures from this summer’s Transformers 2, some Generation 1 reissues (like the Insecticons 3-pack exclusive) and some new items for the Encore collection. Check ’em all out!