The first wave of TakaraTomy Transformers Prime toys started to arrive in Singapore. The special feature of these versions compared to Hasbro's are:
1) They come with arms micron weapons (think of them as minicons)
2) Most markings are stickers instead of painted on.
I bought just one figure from this first wave - AM-06 Skywarp The packaging of the Takara Deluxe class figures is in boxes, similar to the previous Superlink
series. I like the boxart and design, but wish they include a
window to see the toy inside.
The packaging inside the box.
The Skywarp figure, the arms micron assembly kit, and instructions and stickers for both of them.
Skywarp in his alt plane (F-16?) mode, without stickers applied. As usual, he is a repaint of TFP Starscream. Notable difference is he has 2 underwing 'fuel tanks' for attaching arms microns. These does not seem to be removable and I'm not inclined
to use force to try!
Skywarp bot mode, without stickers. He still looks OK without them. The Autobot figures look really plain without stickers.
Skywarp bot mode, with stickers applied. The stickers are generally OK, but the faction logo at his chest is on curved surfaces, and a pain to keep on.
I have not fixed up the arms micron. I'm not a fan of this microns/minicons concept. Unfortunately, Skywarp does not come with
Starscream's arm missiles.
Out of the first wave, I'm only interested in Skywarp
because the others are already available as (cheaper) Hasbro versions. I also think the painted-on details of the Hasbros look better than stickers.This is just my personal preference.
Decepticon flyers Skywarp and Soundwave. For some reason, I have not gotten Starscream and Megatron yet!
Bonus pic: Skywarp 'warping' into battle!