The fourth wave of TakaraTomy’s Premium Finish subline has been revealed, featuring Siege Starscream, and Studio Series Ratchet. As is the usual order of things by now, Ratchet features a generally more “complete” deco, picking out more detail than the original, standard retail deco and presumably having a less “plastic” looking finish in practice. Meanwhile, Starscream theoretically goes for screen accuracy to the Netflix cartoon, meaning it gets a mildly different dirt and damage deco than it had to start with. Though ironically this one looks like it’s significantly “cleaner” than the normal retail Siege Starscream!
Both toys are due for release in Japan in January, but US buyers getting them through fan channels like Hasbro Pulse will apparently have to wait until at least April. It seems like the delays we’ve been suffering from Pulse distribution of Takara products is finally just being built directly in to the ship date estimates! Starscream will retail for ¥5800, and Ratchet ¥3800, the standard prices for Voyagers and Deluxes in Takara’s markets.
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