Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Collection Update #9

It's been a while so i think its time for a collection update. This time i have items from G1 all the way to Adventure to show on vhs, dvd and Laserdisc.

First up this time is another VHS from the Takara Video Collection

Takara Video Collection V-15 Transformers Victory
 30 minute Promo for Transformers Victory titled "Fight! Star Saber!". The promo acts as a encyclopedia of sorts giving a rundown of the characters featured in the show.
View Promo

Up next is slightly newer VHS tape for Beast Wars

Transformers Beast Wars Destron Corps Encyclopedia
I previously uploaded a video to youtube a long time ago which was the Cybertron equivalent to this tape. The Destron version contains a similar rundown of the characters and their special attacks that the cybertron one had.
View Promo

Next we have the first promo for Beast Wars Metals

Transformers Beast Wars Metals Promo
 This promo for Transformers Beast Wars Metals was given away for free with Limited Editions of the C-40 Metals Convoy figure. The promo titled "The mystery of Metals Birth Revealed!!" was originally shown on TV before the series began to get viewers caught up with the story from the previous series.
View Promo

We now move on to DVDs starting with more G2

Transformers Mega DVD
 Another Transformers DVD from the same people that released the Generation 2 DVDs with Armada Covers?? This time they have released a collection of 8 Episodes from Generation 2 featuring the final episode of Season 1 "Prime Target" which completes my G2 season 1 on DVD. The other 7 episodes are the first 7 from season 2:
"War of the Dinobots"
"Atlantis, Arise!"
"Auto Berserk"
"Triple Takeover"
"Starscream's Brigade"
"The Revenge of Bruticus"
The next addition to the collection is an upgrade 
Transformers Victory Box 1 and 2
 An upgrade for a Bootleg i downloaded a long time ago. The dvds are almost identical to the previous release years ago but while looking through the special features i did notice the Big Book of masterforce promo that is included in this set is missing the shuta and grand secrets segment for some reason??
Now we replace one bootleg for another

Transformers Micron Legend
Thanks to a user on ADC i was able to get the DVDs for Transformers Micron Legend and the DVD covers to make them look right on the shelf. If the dvds where more affordable (on average they are costing £40 each due to the minicon inside) I'd get them but till then ill be happy with these.

Moving from one bootleg to another

Transformers Superlink parts 3 and 4
These 2 DVD sets complete another series in my collection. These bootlegs contain the final half of the season on 2 DVDs per set. Picture and sound wise the episodes are ok but the video suffers a bit of compression. The set contains English subtitles but the translation is close but the character names are correct at best and completely WTF at worst. Like micron legend the official DVDs are rare and very expensive so im glad to have an alternative.
Moving on to more recent media
Transformers Adventure Promos
These 2 promo DVD where given away separately at stores and at toy shows in Japan. The DVDs contain a episode from the show and some of the commercials and promos from the takara youtube channel. Both disks have similar content but are both different in what they contain.

The final DVD this time is a movie game promo

Pachinko Transformers P-Vision Promo
 Very short 10 minute promo video for the new Pachinko machine in japan showcasing the features of the machine like special bonuses and timed events.

Next up is my latest HD media

Q-Transformers Season 1 Bluray Special Edition
The first season of the Q-Transformers on Bluray featuring all 13 episodes plus several extended clips, promos and trailers. With the special edition you get unpainted models of Prime, Bumblebee and Lockdown which are quite good but would look better with paint.
Next we have a HD video i cant even play

Transformers LAM HD-DVD
 I had no real interest in getting this version of the live action movie but when it only costs 50p you cant really complain.

The last few items are in a format i thought id never get

Transformers Destron Laserdisc Set
 I was able to get a very good deal on this set which is a bit worn on the outside but the contents are fine. The set fetures the toy mural on the cover along with a design similar to the toy packages of the time.

The box contains 5 fold open disk sleeves each featuing the G1 boxart for the Destron characters featured in the show plus a couple of extra megatron designs.

The set contains 2 extra bonuses a booklet which you can read at rockmans website
and a CD. 
The CD contains the intro and outro music in many different forms, diaclone/microman audio dramas and US intro/commercial music. The only track of note that hasnt been released on other media is a copy of the Soundwave vs Grimlock Audio Tape released as part of the VS series of toys relesed in Japan.

The Last item today is another holy grail for me
Transformers The Movie Hillcrane Laserdisc
This is the rarer of the 2 releases of Transformers the movie on Laserdisc. This is the first edition of the movie relesed on the laserdisc format and features both Japanese and English audio. Unlike the later release this disk uses the higher quality Digital audio track for the English audio which unlike later releases has not been added to or modified giving a better audio experience.
Removing the OBI strip gives us a better look at the cover. The cover does not fold open like the destron sets do but rather acts as a disc sleeve for the Laserdisc.
The disk itself is very plain with just the Hillcrane logo and several standard logos for audio and format.

Thats it for now but check back soon as i might have another update coming in the next few weeks with more more new additions from Prime and Galaxy force.

Friday, 30 October 2015

The Decisive Battle of Scramble Commercial

"The Decisive Battle of Scramble" was a Scramble City based promotion that was being run at the same time as Transformers Headmasters was on the TV. Fliers for the promotion prominently feature the new at the time Computron ans Abominus figures and how they merge with the 4 other combiner teams. Strangely the commercial doesn't showcase any of the new scamble city combiner teams and instead focuses on the Massive Fortress Maximus.

Here's a picture of the flier for this promotion

Monday, 19 October 2015

G1 Clean Commercial Music

Recently picked up the Destron Laserdisc set which came with a audio CD. On the cd was mostly Japanese themes and diaclone audio dramas but a couple of tracks are of some interest. This track is the clean (no kids/narrator) version of the G1 commercial music featured on several of the early toy adverts.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Transformers Adventure Episode 15

Transformers Adventure Episode 15 Fight wth Fear has just aired in Japan and i have been able to track down a copy as the Takara youtube channel still hasnt been updated.

Transformers Adventure 15 Fight with Fear

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Transformers Adventure Episode 14

Episode 14 of Transformers Adventure has just aired in Japan on Animax and i have been able to get it for you all to see as its not on Youtube yet.
Transformers Adventure 14 Trials of Optimus Prime

Monday, 21 September 2015