There may be trouble ahead if you’re into those custom third party Transformers products – Japanese retailer Red Mercury reports that Takara Tomy have warned them not to sell any custom third party items, on grounds of copyright and trademark violation. Among the items that Red Mercury has canceled as a result are:
In other words, this appears to be a blanket ban of all third party custom items.
So far, this is only affecting retailers based in Japan, so there should not be a problem with sellers based in the US or elsewhere in the world. We will continue to bring you updates on this news as they come to us.
Update – 2005 Boards member Drillbit has confirmed that the removal notice also covers Hasbro made American release Transformers, specifically Dark of the Moon imports, so it appears this is not a third party ban but a more general import stop notice.