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Hasbro Masterpiece Prowl and Sunstorm ... Coming Soon!

Postby robotmel » Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:51 pm

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Popped in to my local Toys R Us and had a word with the very helpful Customer Services assistant about Transformers Masterpieces.

I inquired about any that where currently available on their systems, with only Masterpiece Acid Storm floating around, but what really caught my eye further down the list was Masterpiece Prowl and Masterpiece Sunstorm!

The Customer Services assistant checked both items, which unfortunately didnt have a confirmed release date, but each had their own SKN/VNDR reference number and a price against them.

Transformers Masterpiece Prowl was priced at £59.99 with a reference number of 958298 and Masterpiece Sunstorm was priced at £69.99 with the reference number 958883.

This is very positive news that both figures will be hitting U.K. shores in the not too distant future.

I have included a photo of both information screens which the Customer Services assistant very kindly let me take.

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Transformers Masterpiece Prowl and Sunstorm Confirmed at Future UK Retail

Postby Va'al » Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:09 pm

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Fellow Seibertron.com user robotmel has been on the hunt in the UK, namely in Toys'R'Us, and has come up with some interesting findings concerning Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece figures Prowl and Sunstorm - of which we had heard rumours of future US release. Read on below, and check out the images, for what appears to be a confirmation of that rumour, at least for UK fans!

Popped in to my local Toys R Us and had a word with the very helpful Customer Services assistant about Transformers Masterpieces. I inquired about any that where currently available on their systems, with only Masterpiece Acid Storm floating around, but what really caught my eye further down the list was Masterpiece Prowl and Masterpiece Sunstorm!

The Customer Services assistant checked both items, which unfortunately didnt have a confirmed release date, but each had their own SKN/VNDR reference number and a price against them. Transformers Masterpiece Prowl was priced at £59.99 with a reference number of 958298 and Masterpiece Sunstorm was priced at £69.99 with the reference number 958883.

This is very positive news that both figures will be hitting UK shores in the not too distant future. I have included a photo of both information screens which the Customer Services assistant very kindly let me take.


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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby Sabrblade » Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:23 pm

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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby mblase75 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:54 pm

So, no Thrust, Dirge or Ramjet in the pipeline, but an unlimited number of Starscream repaints?

(or perhaps I'm still bitter that I could find Acid Storm on the TRU shelves while Soundwave was being snatched up by eBay resellers the second he was put out.)
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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby GuyIncognito » Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:58 pm

Prowl is great, but why Sunstorm? Are all the unsold Acid Storms getting lonely sitting on the shelves and in warehouses, so they decided he needed a friend?
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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby megatronus » Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:47 pm

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Sabrblade wrote:I pray Hasbro doesn't botch their decos.

I'm sure it will be fine. The various tampos on Thundercracker were a bit annoying, but they didn't ruin the figure by any means.


mblase75 wrote:So, no Thrust, Dirge or Ramjet in the pipeline, but an unlimited number of Starscream repaints?

I wouldn't mind a Skywarp before they move on to the Coneheads... he's the last of the original 3 Seekers who needs an MP-11 style redo.
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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby Sabrblade » Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:49 pm

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Sabrblade wrote:I pray Hasbro doesn't botch their decos.

I'm sure it will be fine. The various tampos on Thundercracker were a bit annoying, but they didn't ruin the figure by any means.
Rodimus's deco, however...
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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby megatronus » Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:38 pm

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Sabrblade wrote:
megatronus wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:I pray Hasbro doesn't botch their decos.

I'm sure it will be fine. The various tampos on Thundercracker were a bit annoying, but they didn't ruin the figure by any means.
Rodimus's deco, however...

That was a few years back already. We've had OP, TC, SW, & AC since then... I think all of those have been acceptable.

Besides, wasn't Rodimus homaging his action master persona?

At any rate, it's pretty tough to actively screw up a Seeker deco... or is it? :-s
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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby Sabrblade » Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:42 pm

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megatronus wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
megatronus wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:I pray Hasbro doesn't botch their decos.

I'm sure it will be fine. The various tampos on Thundercracker were a bit annoying, but they didn't ruin the figure by any means.
Rodimus's deco, however...

That was a few years back already. We've had OP, TC, SW, & AC since then... I think all of those have been acceptable.

Besides, wasn't Rodimus homaging his action master persona?
There was no Action Master Hot Rod/Rodimus.

His deco was homaging his original toy.
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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby megatronus » Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:47 pm

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Sabrblade wrote:
megatronus wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
megatronus wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:I pray Hasbro doesn't botch their decos.

I'm sure it will be fine. The various tampos on Thundercracker were a bit annoying, but they didn't ruin the figure by any means.
Rodimus's deco, however...

That was a few years back already. We've had OP, TC, SW, & AC since then... I think all of those have been acceptable.

Besides, wasn't Rodimus homaging his action master persona?
There was no Action Master Hot Rod/Rodimus.

His deco was homaging his original toy.

Ah, I see. But if it was homaging the G1 toy, what's your issue with the deco? I'm not super fond of it, either, but Hasbro has been prone to homaging the original toys (a la MP Soundwave).
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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby Sabrblade » Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:54 pm

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megatronus wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
megatronus wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
megatronus wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:I pray Hasbro doesn't botch their decos.

I'm sure it will be fine. The various tampos on Thundercracker were a bit annoying, but they didn't ruin the figure by any means.
Rodimus's deco, however...

That was a few years back already. We've had OP, TC, SW, & AC since then... I think all of those have been acceptable.

Besides, wasn't Rodimus homaging his action master persona?
There was no Action Master Hot Rod/Rodimus.

His deco was homaging his original toy.

Ah, I see. But if it was homaging the G1 toy, what's your issue with the deco? I'm not super fond of it, either, but Hasbro has been prone to homaging the original toys (a la MP Soundwave).
The mold was clearly designed to resemble the cartoon animation model, which was colored quite differently from the toy. Takara MP Rodimus got the right deco befitting the cartoon animation model, while Hasbro's toy-accurate looked way off on a the cartoon-accurately-detailed MP mold.
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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby dragons » Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:05 pm

mblase75 wrote:So, no Thrust, Dirge or Ramjet in the pipeline, but an unlimited number of Starscream repaints?

(or perhaps I'm still bitter that I could find Acid Storm on the TRU shelves while Soundwave was being snatched up by eBay resellers the second he was put out.)



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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby hinomars19 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:16 pm

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I'm really conflicted on the new seekers. I want the MP 11 mold badly, but can't justify actually getting MP 11. Price is too much when I already have MP3 and the 'cartoon' repaint.

So, do I go for new characters either Acid Storm or Sunstorm, I do I get Thundercraker regardless of already having Takara's, since he is my favourite seeker?

I really don't know. :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby Sabrblade » Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:22 pm

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hinomars19 wrote:I'm really conflicted on the new seekers. I want the MP 11 mold badly, but can't justify actually getting MP 11. Price is too much when I already have MP3 and the 'cartoon' repaint.

So, do I go for new characters either Acid Storm or Sunstorm, I do I get Thundercraker regardless of already having Takara's, since he is my favourite seeker?

I really don't know. :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby megatronus » Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:52 pm

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hinomars19 wrote:I'm really conflicted on the new seekers. I want the MP 11 mold badly, but can't justify actually getting MP 11. Price is too much when I already have MP3 and the 'cartoon' repaint.

So, do I go for new characters either Acid Storm or Sunstorm, I do I get Thundercraker regardless of already having Takara's, since he is my favourite seeker?

I really don't know. :BANG_HEAD:
If you ever decide to get MP11 proper, get the TakaraTomy Asian market reissue. It has small deco differences that slightly improve upon the original release's deco.

Yea, I sold my original MP-11 release in anticipation of the slightly improved deco. Just so happened that I got SS when he was first released at $160, and was able to sell him for $250. Definitely helped me swallow the $200 reissue price. :D
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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby Mindmaster » Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:48 pm

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If I can't get Starscream (which unfortunately might happen: BotCon is proving too strong to resist), Sunstorm'll quench the thirst...

...until I want it in Starscream colors. :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby Ravage XK » Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:17 am

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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby robotmel » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:21 am

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Where a lot of in-the-know fans and collectors have already bought these via import or other such means, making them available via Toys R Us gives the option to purchase, as many do, via a brick and mortar store without the worry or concerns that importing involves.

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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby T-Macksimus » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:47 am

megatronus wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
megatronus wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:I pray Hasbro doesn't botch their decos.

I'm sure it will be fine. The various tampos on Thundercracker were a bit annoying, but they didn't ruin the figure by any means.
Rodimus's deco, however...

That was a few years back already. We've had OP, TC, SW, & AC since then... I think all of those have been acceptable.

Besides, wasn't Rodimus homaging his action master persona?

At any rate, it's pretty tough to actively screw up a Seeker deco... or is it? :-s


This is Hasbro we're talking about. They had the faction logos upside down for the first few runs of Generations Dirge before they figured out something didn't quite look right or someone pointed it out to them. :P
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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby Sabrblade » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:52 am

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T-Macksimus wrote:This is Hasbro we're talking about. They had the faction logos upside down for the first few runs of Generations Dirge before they figured out something didn't quite look right or someone pointed it out to them. :P
It wasn't that the symbols were upside down, it's that that forehead crest of the symbols was mispainted.

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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

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Re: Toys R Us UK Exclusive - Masterpiece Prowl & Masterpiece Sunstorm - Coming Soon!

Postby megatronus » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:12 pm

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That's awesome! A bit disappointed that it's not going to be a Sideswipe-Prowl 2-pack, but this is still a great sign that at least some new MP molds will be brought to the West.

Also, I don't spot any deco changes... :-?
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Postby xyl360 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:28 pm

megatronus wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
megatronus wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
megatronus wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:I pray Hasbro doesn't botch their decos.

I'm sure it will be fine. The various tampos on Thundercracker were a bit annoying, but they didn't ruin the figure by any means.
Rodimus's deco, however...

That was a few years back already. We've had OP, TC, SW, & AC since then... I think all of those have been acceptable.

Besides, wasn't Rodimus homaging his action master persona?
There was no Action Master Hot Rod/Rodimus.

His deco was homaging his original toy.

Ah, I see. But if it was homaging the G1 toy, what's your issue with the deco? I'm not super fond of it, either, but Hasbro has been prone to homaging the original toys (a la MP Soundwave).

It was homaging the Targetmaster version of the G1 toy, which had a much more red deco than the original G1 toy and also came with a Targetmaster partner, just as the Hasbro MP did (and even the arm stickers they provided homage that version of the toy if you compare the two).

As for what will become of these new MPs, I didn't get the Takara Sunstorm because I just wasn't a fan of the really bright yellow deco they used. If Hasbro does something darker/cooler looking I may get it.
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