Transformers: The Japanese Collection- Headmasters

When I was growing up and I was taken to a department store I knew that I had to be on my best behaviour. I new that if I was the shining example of good manners, obeying, and not throwing fits in public I would be awarded the most coveted prize in all of childhood…the “outing reward”. I would usually choose between He-Man, GI Joe, and Transformers. M.A.S.K., Thundercats, and Hot Wheels were my next choices. The toy line that I wanted the most of was The Transformers. It came a time though where I started seeing characters right after the theatrical movie came out that I didn’t really recognize. These dudes weren’t on the TV show that I was watching. I had no back stories and couldn’t even tell you anything about them. Little did I know that twenty-four years later my questions would be answered.

On July 5th Transformers: The Japanese Collection- Headmasters came out and added something that most people in the U.S. have not had before…a continuation from the original “G1” series that answers a ton of questions. IF you are a serious die-hard lover of ALL things Transformers then you probably may want to catch Shout! Factory’s latest release from the Transformers Universe. Beware that the entire set is dubbed in Japanese. There are however English subs so you can read along if you are like me and don’t know Japanese.


The Transformers – Headmasters is the first part of the rare Japanese trilogy that followed the popular “Generation 1” animated series. Available for the first time in North America, this collectible 4-DVD set features the complete action-packed episodes from the Headmasters series and contains the original Japanese language tracks along with updated English subtitles, a rare art gallery and more!

It is very important if you or your kids are going to watch this to know that Season 4 may have marked the end of the American series of Transformers (G1), but Japan had many more stories to tell! Transformers: Headmasters replaces the G1 4th season and begins one year after the end of Season 3. Optimus Prime lives again, the energy of the Matrix has been released, and peace reigns on Cybertron… but all that is about to change with the startling arrival of the newest breed of Transformers warrior – the Headmasters!

Ryan’s Rating: 9 out of 10!!

Pros: Forget about the kiddos for a second.  This completes a part of my childhood!

Cons: The kiddos do like it but they keep asking why they are speaking Spanish.


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