Animated Blackout Hasbro and Takara Comparison Gallery


With the May release date for Takara-Tomy’s version of Transformers Animated Blackout looming, you might be wondering if now would be a good time to add this Decepticon to your wants list, or hold out for a possible Hasbro release. While we have seen images of both versions of Blackout, you might want to check out this extremely insightful, comprehensive and detailed comparison of the Hasbro and Takara-Tomy versions of Blackout by Deceptigtar of our 2005 Boards. Check out the full comparison by clicking on the discuss button below to see all the differences and decide which one you prefer.

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  1. Deceptigtar's Avatar Deceptigtar says

    He is probably one of the most anticipated figures left of the line to come out. There has really been no official word on Hasbro of where or how they will release him, but they say they are trying. Though we do have Takara already coming out with him and preorders are selling quick.

    So which one do you get? Me personally? I prefer Takaras version. I also suggest to go for the import of this version just because who knows what will happen on Hasbros end. Look at Arcee already. Good gravy!!!

    But let the pics decide which version you like best!

    Main differences:

    • The faces and "facial hair"
    • Tan plastic, main body color are different shades
    • The gold paint is more gold on Takara and has more of a greenish tint on Hasbro
    • Red versus a peach color, orange red paint apps on arms and body
    • Takara has a silver paint job on side tail fins, where the "missiles" hang on
    • Black vs Purple CON symbol on chest
    • Gold vs Purple CON symbol on side panels by the side wings
    • The black plastic on Takara is more flat vs glossy. Takaras black is more like the black on Voyager Grimlocks arms
    • Heli-blades are more flat black and have a contrast on the blades vs Hasbros glossy blades

    Tail Rotor:
    Takara on the left and Hasbro on the right. The tan plastics are of different shade from each other. Also Takaras disc red is, well more red and metallic where Hasbros disc is more of an orange-red. Almost a peach color if you will.
    These 2 different colors, the red and peach, follow through each figure as well.

    Alt. modes:


    Bot mode:



    The blades and contrasts:

    The wings:

    Color if tan, reds and gold difference:

    Black differences on guns, arms, hands and feet:

    Well that pretty much sums it up!

  2. AndreyOfDoom's Avatar AndreyOfDoom says

    I want a Blackout. But if he doesn't get released in the US I do not think I can spend $50+ shipped on a voyager barely taller than a deluxe. Thank you for the review!!!

  3. ORIO's Avatar ORIO says

    Takara's looks better. Especially with the face. Glad I have him preordered.

    Thanks for the review!

  4. Digilaut's Avatar Digilaut says

    I like Hasbro's red much better, as well as the accurate eyes. And on the Takara version , the purple insignia on the side of the helicopter doesn't blend..stands out way too much. To me the only advantage of the Takara one right now is the painted moustache.

    Still, I have the Takara one on pre-order..I want this bot bad, one way or another.

  5. Lumpy's Avatar Lumpy says

    dude, thanks for the pics... i think i'm sold on Takara for sure now... he looks so great...

  6. SPLIT LIP's Avatar SPLIT LIP says

    The only thing I like on the Hasbro version over the Takara version is the show-accurate eyes, but I can paint those myself. The takara version wins out for me.

  7. Powersa's Avatar Powersa says

    nice pics and comparison.
    Blackout appeared on the show for how many seconds?

  8. SPLIT LIP's Avatar SPLIT LIP says

    Originally Posted by Powersa View Post
    nice pics and comparison.
    Blackout appeared on the show for how many seconds?
    Not many. Maybe, if you stretch, a minute.

  9. Cax6ton's Avatar Cax6ton says

    Tail Rotor:
    Takara on the left and Hasbro on the left.
    turn the second left into a right

  10. Deceptigtar's Avatar Deceptigtar says

    Originally Posted by Cax6ton View Post
    turn the second left into a right
    haha thanks!

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