bruticus1978 wrote:So, from what I've heard so far, MP-8, MP-10 and so on would be good to get, starting with MP-10 and probably the Hasbro version since its cheaper and it doesn't sound like you get much for the difference in price with the Takara version.
Your plan sounds good.
As others have mentioned, Grimlock's price is climbing fast. Optimus seems to be as we'll, but I don't think he'll reach the same level of inflation as Grimlock. And being Optimus, he's more likely to see another release than Grimlock. That being the case it might be best to grab Grimlock first.
The only MP-10 difference I have noticed was Takara keeping a bit closer color-wise to cartoon accurate, while Hasbro's is a bit brighter. As well, Takara's "roller" is silver as in the show, while Hasbro did theirs in the same blue as Optimus' blue. not sure if there was ever a blue roller depicted in th G1 series. So that's a matter of individual preference. Grimlock has some differences (varying paint aps and sharper teeth on Tak's) but nothing as noticeable as the blue on their Optimus.
Overall for the price savings, Hasbro's are the way to go imho as well.
The new MP-11 mold is very nice, and I still see Thundercrackers on the shelf at my TRU for $75. So he should remain "affordable" for a long time to come. It's a very good mold too. Me...I'm hoping to grab an MP11 Starscream...and Takara has the only one at present...and with show accurate colors!!
Mp12 and MP13 will both hopefully see a Hasbro release in the near future...hopefully accompanied by MP14/15 the casetticons for Soundwave, though I know of no "official" announcements.
Lastly, use caution buying on eBay. Too good to be true, IS. And sellers will sometimes bid up their own auctions, so pick a price point and stick to it. In the end these are wants, not needs. (HERESY, I know!)