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A glimmer of hope for Animated toy collectors

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Sabrblade at 2010-04-19 10:23 am
Back when the Transformers Animated toyline was nearing the end of its peak in 2009, there were several upcoming figures announced to be released later on in 2010. Among these included Deluxes such as Arcee, Cybertron Mode Ratchet, Rodimus Major, Ironhide, and Voyagers such as Blackout, Wingblade Optimus Prime, Hydrodrive Bumblebee, and lots more.

With the news from the latest Hasbro Q&A saying that ones still unreleased such as Rodimus Major and Ironhide would be Toys 'R'Us exclusives in September, while the rest being uncertain releases, there doesn't seem to be much hope for those that wish to complete their collection of Transformers Animated figures.

However, there does exist a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of TakaraTomy's release of the Animated figures. The blog of Autobase Aichi has listed the summer 2010 releases of the Japanese Animated toyline, which includes several of these yet-to-be-released-by-Hasbro figures, as well as a new two pack of Optimus and Rodimus done as clear/crystal versions of themselves! The listing reads in English as follows:

July
TA26 Leader Class Megatron - 7140yen
TA27 Leader Class Ultra Magnus - 7140yen
TA28 Sentinel - 2415yen
TA29 Autobot Jazz - 2415yen
TA30 Autobot Blurr - 2415yen
TA31 Elite Guard Bumblebee - 2415yen
TA32 Wreck-Gar - 3780yen
2-Pack: Optimus Prime & Rodimus (Clear/Crystal Set) - 5250yen

August
TA33 Hot Rod - 3780yen
TA34 Samurai Prowl - 2940 yen
TA35 Decepticon Sunstorm - 3780yen
TA36 Swindle - 2415yen
TA37 Waspinator - 2415yen
2-Pack: Cybertron Mode Optimus Prime Vs Cybertron Mode Megatron - 4725yen

September
TA38 Wingblade Optimus Prime - 4725yen
TA39 Jetpack Bumblebee - 3360yen
TA40 Cybertron Mode Ratchet - 2415yen

So, if the Animated line does eventually die out in the U.S. with Hasbro not releasing soem figures, it looks like TakaraTomy will be there to help us out.

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lioconvoy said,  - 2010-04-19 12:17:11
sounds promissing. lets cross our fingers that hasbro pull thrue or failing that thank you soooooooooooooooo much japan
Perceptor said,  - 2010-04-19 14:20:31
YEAH!!!!

Maybe we should start a petition to BEG Takara to make an Animated Omega Supreme, Perceptor and Wheeljack... I'd pledge to buy them regardless of cost.
Masterforce said,  - 2010-04-19 15:23:49
It would be ironic if Takara cancelled those figures, too. But weird... could WB Optimus be an ultra class?
lioconvoy said,  - 2010-04-19 16:20:33
i'm with you perceptor if they braut them out perhaps in a set it would be sooooo cool. i would by them.
they should also bring yokitron and rodimus mager's teams
Saberfrost said,  - 2010-04-19 16:32:37
I have to ask u said Rodimus Prime, and later on u said hot rod, they r the same right or did u mean Hot Shot?
Perceptor said,  - 2010-04-19 21:08:05
No animated hot shot toy. He meant Rodimus/HotROD.
Blasten Blaster said,  - 2010-04-19 22:49:44
Hot Rod, Hot Rodimus, Rodimus, Rodimus Prime, Rodimus Major, Rodimus Minor and Rodimus Convoy. Are all they same character, he has just been labled with the different names over the years with each TF line that has been released. Just because the namers could.
Megatron said,  - 2010-04-19 23:47:05
I agree with you all the way BB.
Sabrblade. said,  - 2010-04-20 07:31:57
Here's the deal with Rodimus Prime:
* Rodimus Prime - actual name
* Rodimus Minor - Hasbro toy name
* Hot Rod - according to this, TakaraTomy toy name.

@Masterforce - Wingblade Optimus Prime is his Deluxe toy with his wings and gauntlets from the last episode, and will be sold as a Voyager. The wings and gauntlets can be attached to the normal Voyager Optimus Prime figure. It also comes armed with a Magnus Hammer.
Saberfrost said,  - 2010-04-20 21:02:01
@Saberblade,
Thanks for clearing that up
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