Via Autobase Aichi, we have a brief report on this month’s Hyper Hobby Magazine, which suggests that Takara-Tomy will continue with their Transformers Legends line even as they move further along the road of aligning their releases globally. Reporting on the Transformers coverage in Hyper Hobby Volume 7, which mainly focuses on the June and July Power of the Primes releases for Japan, Snakas notes that:
In that regard, with respect to the future of the TF Legends series, there is a description of a “plan to continue series centered around the Takara-Tomy mall”.
What this suggests is that while Takara-Tomy are carrying on with their intention of bringing their product lines into closer alignment with what is being released by Hasbro, there is still hope for those who want to see some of the really interesting and different releases that Takara-Tomy might release that wouldn’t fit in with Hasbro’s line. We’ve seen some evidence of this already, with the release of a God Ginrai giftset, and the planned March release of a Transformers Legends Greatshot and Grand Maximus. We’d venture that this could be the direction for the Transformers Legends line, and it is an announcement which may bring renewed hope to those wanting a giftset of Buster and Hydra redecos of Dreadwind and Blackwing.
Point of clarification: What this does not suggest, nor is it appropriate to assume, is that Takara-Tomy will be redecoing every Power of the Primes or other Generations toy through Takara-Tomy Mall. Logistically this just would not be possible or economical. Rather, we would put forward that what will be released are some occasional single releases, cherry-picked from the pool of available toolings and potential reuses thereof.
Time will of course tell if anything truly momentous comes of this, and we suspect the success of Grand Maximus and Greatshot will inform how far Takara-Tomy might be willing to go with future Mall exclusive releases. You can keep up with any further news on this right here, on TFW2005.