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In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl

Transformers News: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 10:56AM CDT

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The wait is almost over! MP-17 Prowl the latest figure in Takara Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece will be release any day now, and it appears Japanese Toy Blogger Alfes 2010 has already gotten his hands on the highly anticipated figure. Check out the small in-hand gallery mirrored below from the Planet Iacon facebook page.

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Transformers News: Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images

Transformers News: Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images

Transformers News: Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images

Transformers News: Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images

Transformers News: Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images

Transformers News: Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images

Transformers News: Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images

Transformers News: Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images

Transformers News: Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images

Transformers News: Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images

Transformers News: Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images

Transformers News: Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images

Transformers News: Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images

Transformers News: Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images
Credit(s): Alfes 2010 via Planet Iacon
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Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520102)
Posted by Bowspearer on September 26th, 2013 @ 11:10am CDT
The wait isn't even remotely close to being over. For most of us who are importing, the delay with Bluestreak means we'll be waiting another month on top of Prowl's release for him to be shipped. It's getting beyond exciting to the point of being annoying and frustrating. Why can't TakaraTomy announce a realistic schedule to begin with instead of pushing back every second Masterpiece release?
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520108)
Posted by megatronus on September 26th, 2013 @ 11:23am CDT
Calm down. Unless you believe Takara to be omniscient, you should cut them some slack for producing something we want so badly.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520116)
Posted by EagleTron on September 26th, 2013 @ 11:52am CDT
He is still looking alrit but that side view of him makes him look kind of overly wide from the front to back and his hands are little to big. Other than that, I'm looking forward to see the video review.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520119)
Posted by rpetras on September 26th, 2013 @ 11:55am CDT
Bowspearer wrote:The wait isn't even remotely close to being over. For most of us who are importing, the delay with Bluestreak means we'll be waiting another month on top of Prowl's release for him to be shipped. It's getting beyond exciting to the point of being annoying and frustrating. Why can't TakaraTomy announce a realistic schedule to begin with instead of pushing back every second Masterpiece release?
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Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520123)
Posted by Bowspearer on September 26th, 2013 @ 12:12pm CDT
megatronus wrote:Calm down. Unless you believe Takara to be omniscient, you should cut them some slack for producing something we want so badly.


Except it's not just the delay and the demand and desire for MP Prowl has been anything but unrelated to Takara's marketting cmapign with it. Prowl was already a case of "shut up and take my money" from the outset to alot of us. On top of that you have Shogo Hasui running a major twitter hype building campaign on a figure which already has high expectations. That builds anticipation. Then they not only delay the figure, but keep on building hype for it.

When you carry out a marketing campaign that way while delaying a figure, eventually something will give and it'll wind up pissing people off.

Tbh I was fine with it all until Hasui kept building the hype after the figure had been delayed. At that point it crossed over from enticing customers to slightly alienating them and from memory it either didn't happen when Soundwave was delayed, or was nowhere near as bad.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520125)
Posted by Bowspearer on September 26th, 2013 @ 12:15pm CDT
rpetras wrote:
Bowspearer wrote:The wait isn't even remotely close to being over. For most of us who are importing, the delay with Bluestreak means we'll be waiting another month on top of Prowl's release for him to be shipped. It's getting beyond exciting to the point of being annoying and frustrating. Why can't TakaraTomy announce a realistic schedule to begin with instead of pushing back every second Masterpiece release?
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At this point though it's no longer a gift horse in the mouth. The marketing machine stopped being that when Hasui kept hyping the figure up this month when it had become delayed and most of us were anticipating it. The last couple of teasers have been more like what happens when someone carries a joke too far and people start getting ticked off by it.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520128)
Posted by kirbenvost on September 26th, 2013 @ 12:25pm CDT
*sniffs, wipes tear from eye*

He's beautiful.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520129)
Posted by EagleTron on September 26th, 2013 @ 12:30pm CDT
:saint:
Bowspearer wrote:
rpetras wrote:
Bowspearer wrote:The wait isn't even remotely close to being over. For most of us who are importing, the delay with Bluestreak means we'll be waiting another month on top of Prowl's release for him to be shipped. It's getting beyond exciting to the point of being annoying and frustrating. Why can't TakaraTomy announce a realistic schedule to begin with instead of pushing back every second Masterpiece release?
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At this point though it's no longer a gift horse in the mouth. The marketing machine stopped being that when Hasui kept hyping the figure up this month when it had become delayed and most of us were anticipating it. The last couple of teasers have been more like what happens when someone carries a joke too far and people start getting ticked off by it.

Yeah, I know what you mean now. Thats like I tell you that I made a new magic trick but I don't show you it for a entire year or so and that whole time I'm telling you all about it and showing you the props and equipment but then I delay showing you the trick, after a while the intended spectators are going to be saying shut up about it already, lol.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520142)
Posted by merphul on September 26th, 2013 @ 1:12pm CDT
lol, his hands do look close to the size of his head and it's a shame Prowl wasn't a female autobot cuz with that kind of forward depth on the chest... hot damn!

all kidding aside, he looks awesome and I don't mind the delay in hopes that they were fine tuning or making fixes in the production process. Honestly the wait between first reveal and release of these figures run so long (I think it's been about a year since the first non-silhouette shot was released), that I just ignore release dates until TFS tells me my order was shipped. It's kind of a shame that he's so chesty, but even the masterpieces look better from some angles than others.

That shot on one leg makes me think the weight distribution and strength of the joints on this guy should be superb.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520151)
Posted by ScottyP on September 26th, 2013 @ 1:36pm CDT
He's moved to "Order Stop" status on HLJ. Expecting that shipping notice aaaany time now :grin:
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520160)
Posted by kirbenvost on September 26th, 2013 @ 2:38pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:He's moved to "Order Stop" status on HLJ. Expecting that shipping notice aaaany time now :grin:


Pretty sure it's been Order Stop for quite some time now. They can only take so many preorders. But the release is very soon, so it should be any day now, like you said.

Edit: Derp, spoke too soon, just got the payment request now. :D Now for the long, agonizing wait for Streak to be released.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520170)
Posted by mooncake623 on September 26th, 2013 @ 2:54pm CDT
just paid for my prowl at HLJ.. not to ship him!
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520173)
Posted by mooncake623 on September 26th, 2013 @ 2:57pm CDT
And shipped!!!
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520182)
Posted by ZenPrime on September 26th, 2013 @ 3:10pm CDT
paid for mine on HLJ as well waiting for Streak to be in stock before I ship...
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520185)
Posted by Burn on September 26th, 2013 @ 3:17pm CDT
I got my notice Prowl was sitting in my Private Warehouse @ HLJ.

He moved in there with the Optimus Prime/Bumblebee pack ... and Metroplex.

Combine that with Blitzwing and Springer, that's gonna be a big box.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520197)
Posted by ScottyP on September 26th, 2013 @ 4:07pm CDT
I turned off private warehouse for this one. Too excited. The $13 shipping is worth it.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520215)
Posted by Stormrider on September 26th, 2013 @ 4:49pm CDT
Can't wait for the figure. Looks great.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520241)
Posted by fenrir72 on September 26th, 2013 @ 6:25pm CDT
To paraphrase transwiki.........prickishness to the MP level lol!
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520257)
Posted by Cyberpath on September 26th, 2013 @ 7:29pm CDT
Shipped!
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520269)
Posted by Arctorro on September 26th, 2013 @ 9:21pm CDT
He is sitting in my warehouse, and now the wait for streak starts :D
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520273)
Posted by Sabrblade on September 26th, 2013 @ 9:26pm CDT
Arctorro wrote:He is sitting in my warehouse, and now the wait for streak starts :D
I accidentally read that as "and now waiting for street sharks." :oops:
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520305)
Posted by Arctorro on September 27th, 2013 @ 1:34am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Arctorro wrote:He is sitting in my warehouse, and now the wait for streak starts :D
I accidentally read that as "and now waiting for street sharks." :oops:
:lol:

I've forever rereading stuff because of that, though they are never that funny :D
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520307)
Posted by Bowspearer on September 27th, 2013 @ 2:16am CDT
Screw it, I caved. Turns out EMS is so cheap with combined shipping that I'm only up for around $15 or $16 with both Streaks I have on order anyway.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520321)
Posted by Cyberpath on September 27th, 2013 @ 5:23am CDT
New photos from the designer:

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Apparently an old concept sketch of Prowl:
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Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520326)
Posted by Mykltron on September 27th, 2013 @ 6:11am CDT
These new pics make me want him even more.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520338)
Posted by Burn on September 27th, 2013 @ 7:37am CDT
Cyberpath wrote:Apparently an old concept sketch of Prowl:
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I would so love a toy of that. It's so garish and so retro. A whole line of concepts! Now that's a concept!
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520350)
Posted by Cyberpath on September 27th, 2013 @ 8:35am CDT
Burn wrote:I would so love a toy of that. It's so garish and so retro. A whole line of concepts! Now that's a concept!

Kind of reminds me of a hammerhead shark.
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Btw, one of the photos above is an homage to the G1 boxart.
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Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520449)
Posted by Bowspearer on September 27th, 2013 @ 4:01pm CDT
Burn wrote:
Cyberpath wrote:Apparently an old concept sketch of Prowl:
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I would so love a toy of that. It's so garish and so retro. A whole line of concepts! Now that's a concept!


There were a few interesting Diaclone and Microchange concepts we never saw- like Battle Convoy's shoulder Cannon, Megatron's add-ons turning into a buggy and MC-22. Something really has to be said for the designs of the late 70s and early 80s.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520462)
Posted by Stormrider on September 27th, 2013 @ 5:38pm CDT
Bowspearer wrote:
Burn wrote:
Cyberpath wrote:Apparently an old concept sketch of Prowl:
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I would so love a toy of that. It's so garish and so retro. A whole line of concepts! Now that's a concept!


There were a few interesting Diaclone and Microchange concepts we never saw- like Battle Convoy's shoulder Cannon, Megatron's add-ons turning into a buggy and MC-22. Something really has to be said for the designs of the late 70s and early 80s.


I would like to see how Megatron turned into a buggy
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520478)
Posted by Bowspearer on September 27th, 2013 @ 7:03pm CDT
From page 22 of Transformers Generations:

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Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520480)
Posted by Sabrblade on September 27th, 2013 @ 7:14pm CDT
Bowspearer wrote:From page 22 of Transformers Generations:

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Powermaster Optimus Prime
Scramble City-style dinosaur combiner
Arcee redeco of Chromedome
New Rodimus
Some version of Predaking

The rest I don't recognize.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520486)
Posted by Bowspearer on September 27th, 2013 @ 7:45pm CDT
You left out Overlord.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520488)
Posted by Sabrblade on September 27th, 2013 @ 7:53pm CDT
Bowspearer wrote:You left out Overlord.
Wasn't too sure if that was him or not. Had some details that made me think of Megatron as well, like a mix between the two.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520525)
Posted by xyl360 on September 28th, 2013 @ 1:14am CDT
Bowspearer wrote:From page 22 of Transformers Generations:

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Whoa, Powermaster Rodimus Prime. Cool :)! And he appears to be a fire truck based on what looks like a ladder hanging off his back.

That moon lander bot is pretty neat too.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520536)
Posted by Bowspearer on September 28th, 2013 @ 3:11am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Bowspearer wrote:You left out Overlord.
Wasn't too sure if that was him or not. Had some details that made me think of Megatron as well, like a mix between the two.


It may well have been the original concept. Remember, there was originally a radically different prototype for Godbomber too:

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Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520543)
Posted by Sabrblade on September 28th, 2013 @ 5:24am CDT
xyl360 wrote:Whoa, Powermaster Rodimus Prime.
That's "New Rodimus", not a Powermaster.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520549)
Posted by Stormrider on September 28th, 2013 @ 8:15am CDT
Bowspearer wrote:From page 22 of Transformers Generations:

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Thanks for sharing. Which Transformers Generation year is this book?
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520550)
Posted by Stormrider on September 28th, 2013 @ 8:16am CDT
double post #-o
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520552)
Posted by Bowspearer on September 28th, 2013 @ 8:59am CDT
Stormrider wrote:
Bowspearer wrote:From page 22 of Transformers Generations:

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Thanks for sharing. Which Transformers Generation year is this book?


PM sent.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520558)
Posted by El Duque on September 28th, 2013 @ 10:02am CDT
To coincide with the release of Takara Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl, the figure's designer, Shogo Hasui, has tweeted an image of the original Diaclone Fairlady Z concept art. This figure went on to become Generation 1 Prowl, Bluestreak, and Smokescreen. As you can see many of the design elements made it from concept to reality with the exception of the head sculpt, which is considerable different. Check out the image mirrored below.

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Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520562)
Posted by KorbinJones on September 28th, 2013 @ 10:39am CDT
I'd buy a yellow repaint with a new head!
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520568)
Posted by triKlops on September 28th, 2013 @ 10:59am CDT
This is great to see how far the design travels from concept to physical form.
Would be an interesting Botcon/ TFCC exclusive repaint/ retool on a deluxe down the line.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520569)
Posted by spiderbob007 on September 28th, 2013 @ 11:00am CDT
The head reminds me of a samurai helmet.

I would love to see more concept art of this nature, and of course toys.

http://www.swordsdirect.com/samurai-helmets-by-hanwei.jpg
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520571)
Posted by Down_Shift on September 28th, 2013 @ 11:03am CDT
Come on eHobby, don't fail me now!!
:-B
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520573)
Posted by Windsweeper on September 28th, 2013 @ 11:15am CDT
No offence but that head is hideous. Prowl wouldn't be my favourite Autobot if he looked like that. It's like Prowl possessed by Unicron.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520575)
Posted by Stormrider on September 28th, 2013 @ 11:31am CDT
spiderbob007 wrote:The head reminds me of a samurai helmet.

I would love to see more concept art of this nature, and of course toys.

http://www.swordsdirect.com/samurai-helmets-by-hanwei.jpg


Very observant. :D Many of the Diaclone and G1 Tranformers heads were based on Samurai helmets. The crests, horns, and faceplates are the most notable features. (This was a common theme in Japanese robot cartoons in the 1980s.

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Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520583)
Posted by Rated X on September 28th, 2013 @ 12:40pm CDT
I want one from the classics prowl mold. A custom might not be too hard to pull off since white plastic can be dyed and red parts can be swapped from Smokescreen/Bluestreak. But creating a new head would be out of my skill level...
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520586)
Posted by stocky on September 28th, 2013 @ 1:21pm CDT
I could be wrong, but that head looks an AWFUL lot like Wildrider's -- at least the head that they used for the animation in the original cartoons. Wonder if this concept sketch is where they got the design that they used in the cartoon...

http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:BurdenHarde ... Matrix.jpg
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520591)
Posted by Cyberpath on September 28th, 2013 @ 1:50pm CDT
stocky wrote:I could be wrong, but that head looks an AWFUL lot like Wildrider's -- at least the head that they used for the animation in the original cartoons. Wonder if this concept sketch is where they got the design that they used in the cartoon...

Funny that you bring up Wildrider's head, just last night I found this article about the Stunticons, suggesting that Floro Dery worked off early toy designs of the Stunticons when he created their cartoon models. (Save for Motormaster.)

It explains why their cartoon-heads are so different than the finalised toy-heads. And how Dragstrip got his horizontal two-wheels shoulders.

Not really related to Prowl, but an interesting piece of trivia.
Re: In-Hand Images: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl (1520619)
Posted by Rated X on September 28th, 2013 @ 4:47pm CDT
Cyberpath wrote:
stocky wrote:I could be wrong, but that head looks an AWFUL lot like Wildrider's -- at least the head that they used for the animation in the original cartoons. Wonder if this concept sketch is where they got the design that they used in the cartoon...

Funny that you bring up Wildrider's head, just last night I found this article about the Stunticons, suggesting that Floro Dery worked off early toy designs of the Stunticons when he created their cartoon models. (Save for Motormaster.)

It explains why their cartoon-heads are so different than the finalised toy-heads. And how Dragstrip got his horizontal two-wheels shoulders.

Not really related to Prowl, but an interesting piece of trivia.



The reason the stunticons toy heads are so different is because of 1986 combiner port technology that required square heads. I dont know if the toys were created after the cartoon or vice-versa, But it was the release of Menasor and Superion that introduced the square head for all G1 combiner limb figures to come. That's why I hate when 3rd parties go with toy accurate heads and ignore cartoon accuracy. The heads were square for a reason and it wasnt to look cool.

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