That does look rather nice - a good reinvention of Ratchet in terms of the comic/cartoon model look. Looks good. Not sure if it is something I'd be prepared to import with the yen being as strong as it is, but it is rather nice nevertheless.
If that is Classics Ratchet after all I'd be impressed anyway. As much as I prefer the Henkei colour versions (cept for Astrotrain) some of the Classics are still good in thier own right like Sideswipe and Grimlock.
Hasbro has its own plans for Universe, I think, and the line will go on hiatus again after another couple of waves when TF:2 comes out. Maybe, *maybe* after that you might see some analogues of Dirge and Thrust, but by then it's mid-2010 and if Hasbro doesn't do it... well, how easy is it now to get hold of popular Japanese store exclusives from 2006?
Basically, if you want them and you're prepared to pay what's being asked, go for it. If nothing else, you might want to wait and see if the yen rate improves- it's fairly crap just now.
"I used to think it was a terrible thing that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'what if life were fair, and all of the terrible things that happen to us came because we really deserved them?' Now I take great comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe." — Marcus Cole, Babylon 5 — A Late Delivery from Avalon