Blog #264: Toy Review: Japanese Transformers Prime Voyager Dreadwing with Arms Micron Jiku

Japanese Transformers Prime Dreadwing with Arms Micron Jiku

Box:  The boxes for the Voyager toys are the same shape as the US versions.  All the text and pictures are changed.  Dreadwing has more paint apps than any of the deluxe toys, which is likely the reason for using the window box.

Arms Micron Jiku

Kit:  The kits are fairly easy to assemble, and so far the stickers seem to be staying on well.  The plastic is higher quality than the Kabaya kits.  They have no paint apps and are perfect for customizers to paint up for a more elaborate look.  Each Arms Micron includes something like a spark crystal, but I’m not sure if that is the intent of it.  A sticker goes on before the outer translucent plastic to form it.  They look nice, but I had some problems getting the crystal to stay in on some of them.  Might need a little glue.

Weapon Mode:  Jiku is a gun.  Simple and awesome.  Love it.

Robot Mode:  Jiku’s animal mode is a shark.  It’s pretty decent, though it would be nice if his fins looked less like wings.  Still, it’s much better than some of the animals.

Dreadwing (Based on Transformers Prime Voyager Dreadwing) – Read my review of the USA version here.

(No Stickers)

(With Stickers)

(With Weapon)

(Comparison – Japanese [left] and USA [right] – No Weapons)

(Comparison – Japanese [left] and USA [right] – With Weapons)

Vehicle Mode:  Let’s start with the obvious.  Instead of the dark blue, almost purple coloring, he’s a metallic blue that looks awesome.  The gray on the sides of the cockpit also is the same blue.  It’s much nicer looking than the USA version.  I’m still not a fan of a single gun for the jet and it’s not really possible to put the gun under the wing because it’s too tall.  It does look better than the crap USA version gun though that’s not hard to do.  He has no mold changes from the USA version.  Kind of unfortunate, but Takara seems to be going cheap whenever they can on this line.

(No Stickers)

(With Stickers)

(With Stickers & Weapon)

(Comparison – Japanese [left] and USA [right] – No Weapons)

(Comparison – Japanese [left] and USA [right] – With Weapons)

Robot Mode:  In robot mode you can see his gray plastic is a much darker gray.  His face is more gold and less orange than the USA version.  For some reason they used harder (but not hard) plastic on his knees, jet nose, and vertical stabilizers than the USA version.

Overall:  For the coloring alone, I prefer the Japanese version.

Thanks for reading!

About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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