- Motto: "Power to the strong and the right!"
- Weapon: Plasma Cannon
I think I get what you mean but maybe you should re-word the "3rd Party" part of the title.
Now back to the topic.
A few of us may be willing to drop a few more for a high quality Hasbro release but given all the bellyaching (noisy minority?) on the $ 99.00 SRP for Hasbro MP-10 Optimus Prime makes me wonder whether its from a noisy minority at all.
Add that to the ambulance chasers in the American market that you get stripped down releases of the now defunct TFC collection ( put an age appropriate warning on a collectible is no longer enough because of the lack of a sense of personal responsibility by consumers who will most likely sue the pants off Hasbro).
Using FP as a standard......well you needn't look further, Tomy's been doing that in a sort of way with their Encore series (die-cast parts on the 1st and 2nd season figures) and of course Masterpiece. Though with regards to Masterpiece, given that its been designed for adults, I wonder why the domestic release Grimlock's teeth had to be "re-adjusted".......are adults that "stupid"?
In the end, this might be just a pipe dream.........a lot of TFC are shrinking due to a lot of factors. Asking for a high end domestic release might be too much to ask from Hasbro.
Current collection status
Number of TFs: 350 +
Rarest TF: Fortmax,Pretenders Metalhawk,KissPlayers Sparkbots,Tomy FE Optimus Prime, custom E-hobby Orion Pax, MP-01 2004, Classics Ultra Magnus, henkei Convoy + FP Trailer, e-hobby Roadrage,iPod G1 colors Convoy
Latest TF:MP-10 Optimus Prime,Optimus Maximus
Wanted TFs:Abominus, Computron, Road Caesar, Leo Kaizer, G1 Scorponok, G1 dinobots, Grandus
Impossible Dream TFs:Overlord,Galaxyshuttle,Black Zarak, Monstructor or Dinoking