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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:16 pm    Post subject: Tomenosuke blaster: new HCG exclusive model Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent! Is there a release date planned?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gloss black finish or blued... I'm sorry I don't quite understand.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Gloss black finish or blued... I'm sorry I don't quite understand.

Ditto.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm also a little confused whether they're just selling the receiver or the whole blaster.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nobu-san emailed me a clarification:

The finish of the Zinc parts is a chemical treatment.
But the color is almost black.
That is not blue.


I'll ask him to comment on whether it's the whole gun or just the receiver that is offered.

Karl
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a US manufactured, fully built "Hero" gun from HCG. Rather than importing them from Tomenosuke, HGC will be building them and then exporting them to Japan. Looks very clean. Hope the manufacturing "plant" in the States is as good as the one Tomenosuke has used.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Correct, full gun, not just receiver. No price or date yet.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As HCG won't be importing them, the price may well stay relatively stable, even with the bluing and the domestic manufacturing. The good news is that 150 units won't sell out overnight. Look at how many years the 50 "Pro" models took to be snapped up. Okay, some of the 150 will be shipped to Japan but I think there'll be more than enough to satisfy collectors.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I emailed Mune last week, and he mentioned that there will be more Assembly Kits in the next couple of months as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well if they get assembled in USA, how about replacing all the PVC parts with metal? I might get on that boat, owning TWO Tomen$ already, and the last one was supposed to be the ultimate and the impression given no more would be sold. So seeing a pattern here.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Retail Pro was the "Final Version".

I have no problem with and in fact prefer unlimited runs but stop saying your not going to do anymore and then do more. Very dishonest.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PVC parts? I don't think the PRO has any PVC parts. Some of the plastic parts are a special plastic/metal hybrid composite. Also ABS plastic was used.

They are not being fully dishonest.... a little marketing licence at play. This is business. Deep down, we were all circumspect about their remarks, but we suspected there would be some special releases later on or some new batches on the market....how can Tomenosuke resist. They love their blasters and Blade Runner.

And there will always be a demand for the top end blasters such as the Coyles and the Tomenosukes. I take it that Tomenosuke guys advertised that the retailer version is the last iteration of the blaster...no more improvements with the design and mechanical detailing / tooling likely. But that could change too. Of course there will be others on the market. I mean, when we are all dead and buried... Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2 and Blade Runner 3 (?) blasters & props will still be around and so will new iterations and releases. That's the way the real world works. Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Their words,

We are proud to present the final incarnation of the Tomenosuke Blaster, the PRO retailer edition. This final version is the most accurate version yet, further refined from previous releases and is offered as a fully assembled, finished replica.

The replica has been further improved and made more accurate in the following areas:

The grip color is correct and the grip frame is perfected
The grip end plate is now the correct shape.
The receiver shape is improved.
The safety area has been made accurate and the gap between the bolt sleeve and receiver has been eliminated.
The laser has been moved closer to the receiver.
The front trigger blade shape is completely redone.
Improved switch cover shape
These detailed improvements make this the most accurate version of this blaster ever offered! Metal and mixed media construction.



No wiggle room. Like I said I have no problem with them making more I just wish they were honest. This statement is not honest and there is no wiggle room. It's fine, no one cares about integrity anymore so what does it matter.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, this is basically a "mass" produced version of the Toku-san?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

phase pistol wrote:
Nobu-san emailed me a clarification:

The finish of the Zinc parts is a chemical treatment.
But the color is almost black.
That is not blue.


I'll ask him to comment on whether it's the whole gun or just the receiver that is offered.

Karl


Does he understand that we consider blueing more of a process and not simply a color? I get the same reaction with folks unfamiliar with real gun finishes. They ask how a real steel gun got such a smooth, deep, shiny BLACK finish and I tell them it was polished and blued and then I have to explain the bluing process can produce black, etc.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nexus7 wrote:
So, this is basically a "mass" produced version of the Toku-san?


I highly doubt that. Probably more of a hybrid between the previous two offerings.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

veektohr wrote:
I emailed Mune last week, and he mentioned that there will be more Assembly Kits in the next couple of months as well.



Excellent news!
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tomenosuke blog updated. Jakob's artwork for the HCG exclusive edition, and apparently a 10th anniversary edition (has it been that long?!)

http://tenshu53.exblog.jp/22843232/



http://tenshu53.exblog.jp/22843196/

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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2016 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe in badger years. It hasn't been more than five years since the original Tomenosuke kit was released. Perhaps more like four...
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