necr0blivion wrote:Consensus time: are newcomers jumping onto Masterpiece, or maybe hoping for an eventual Hasbro release? Are those, like myself, who had been faithful to the Masterpiece series for years still interested in the new releases/has the steady flow of new product rejuvenated your interest in the line?
I'm one of those n00b collectors, yeah!
I just fumbled over the masterpiece line in the fall, looking for a birthday present for my nephew. Got him a Thundercracker.
That purchase drew me back into the wonderful world of Transformers. (thus my "mini-con" status! lol)
bruticus1978 wrote:Ok, BBTS has MP-10 (Takara) available for 300. Is that a decent price for the Takara version?
$300 for Takara's MP10 if it includes shipping and is coming from Asia, to me still seems a bit overpriced, but not too bad if you've decided you want the Takara version, but I think you might be able to win an auction for one in "open" condition for closer to $200.
Me...I'll go with the Hasbro version. The slight show discrepancies and the too-bright blue aren't deal-breakers me, when compared to the cost savings. Of course price isn't of equal concern to every collector, so to each their own.
Could one of you more experienced collectors explain Takara's stickers to me? Even for the Asian market, their release prices are higher than Hasbro's for it's own "western" market and yet they use so many stickers. ?? Are stickers simply desirable in Asia, or is it simply a cost concern? Is it that they're recouping more production costs than Hasbro, since Takara usually designs the initial molds and navigates the initial production minefield. Do the two companies not share production costs, or do they function entirely separate from one another?
Basically, what's up with the Takara "sticker" preference?
Sure, stickers remind me of fun times on Christmas mornings, but also of disappointment when they start to peel off. lol