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New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images

Transformers News: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images

Friday, May 17th, 2013 8:33AM CDT

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Takara Tomy designer Shogo Hasui has tweeted a couple of new images of the Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak. The pair looking great together in robot mode, and the second images shows off some of their impressive poseability. Images mirrored below.

Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images

Re: MP Prowl & Streak - Official Images
Credit(s): Shogo Hasui
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Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1487989)
Posted by Ravage XK on May 17th, 2013 @ 9:11am CDT
I cant help but notice that their fists seem to be roughly as large as their heads, if not bigger.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1487991)
Posted by Arctorro on May 17th, 2013 @ 9:12am CDT
Ravage XK wrote:I cant help but noticed that their fists seem to be roughly as large as their heads.
Matches their feet :P
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1487993)
Posted by AutoBorst on May 17th, 2013 @ 9:14am CDT
Ravage XK wrote:I cant help but notice that their fists seem to be roughly as large as their heads, if not bigger.


Does it really matter? Plenty of TF toys have hands bigger than their heads.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1487995)
Posted by Ravage XK on May 17th, 2013 @ 9:16am CDT
AutoBorst wrote:
Ravage XK wrote:I cant help but notice that their fists seem to be roughly as large as their heads, if not bigger.


Does it really matter? Plenty of TF toys have hands bigger than their heads.


No, it doesn't matter at all. It just jumped out at me.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1487997)
Posted by jgilkinson on May 17th, 2013 @ 9:26am CDT
The more I see of Prowl the more I love him. Depending on the hasbro release price point this might be a christmas present for a friend of mine, fellow tf fan who is a cop :grin:
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488000)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 17th, 2013 @ 9:40am CDT
I love how Streak's cannons are deployed while Prowl's are left tucked away.

Cartoon-accuracy, FTW. ;)^
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488002)
Posted by KirbyForce1 on May 17th, 2013 @ 9:53am CDT
Can we get a look of Smokescreen now please?
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Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488005)
Posted by gothsaurus on May 17th, 2013 @ 9:58am CDT
AGREED! I've seen enough of this pair to convince me to buy them three times over. Now I want to see their mold mate.

And that said, I'd buy a Barricade decepticon repaint and a Blue bluestreak as well. Dead serious, Takara. Dead serious.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488006)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 17th, 2013 @ 10:02am CDT
MP-19 Smokescreen won't be coming until after these two come.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488013)
Posted by KirbyForce1 on May 17th, 2013 @ 10:50am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:MP-19 Smokescreen won't be coming until after these two come.


That's what SHE said. ;)
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488029)
Posted by kirbenvost on May 17th, 2013 @ 11:52am CDT
^ #-o

These area looking awesome. They look like test shots now, you can tell the fists and a few other parts are bare plastic rather than painted like the prototypes we saw earlier. Also note 'Patrol'. ;)

One thing I noticed though, the middle of Bluestreak's head crest is red. Wasn't like that in the cartoon or in previous pics... :BANG_HEAD: I hope they fix that before it's released.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488044)
Posted by AutoBorst on May 17th, 2013 @ 1:14pm CDT
I really hope they change their mind and include both toy accurate launchers, the cartoon launchers just look lazy and ridiculous.
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Posted by gothsaurus on May 17th, 2013 @ 1:26pm CDT
Yeah, I'd love it if you could purchase launchers somehow. I'd prefer to have them in toy colors for both, even if I have to pay extra.

ALSO, I did find some odd pics of Bluestreak with a BIT of red between the crest, but MOST by far had gray in between. I'd MUCH much much much much prefer that. Solid red crest is way too Ratchet for my tastes.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488049)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 17th, 2013 @ 1:37pm CDT
The image in the thumbnail made them look like they had gimpy legs. :HEADHURTS:

They look really great. Hopefully we will get a stateside release of either one and Sideswipe.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488050)
Posted by gothsaurus on May 17th, 2013 @ 1:51pm CDT
of EITHER one... Hopefully we get the entire LINE over here. Picking and choosing with these is unacceptable, given what a perfect version of the original G1 lineup we're seeing out of them. I've had ZERO complaints from these cars, and very few about Soundwave, the jets, and prime.

Okay. My ONE huge complaint with the USA version of Prime is that I never saw one. Needz better distributions, plz.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488052)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 17th, 2013 @ 2:01pm CDT
gothsaurus wrote:Okay. My ONE huge complaint with the USA version of Prime is that I never saw one. Needz better distributions, plz.


This. This is so true, it hurts. :BANG_HEAD:
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488079)
Posted by xyl360 on May 17th, 2013 @ 4:07pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:
gothsaurus wrote:Okay. My ONE huge complaint with the USA version of Prime is that I never saw one. Needz better distributions, plz.


This. This is so true, it hurts. :BANG_HEAD:

That's because they're always produced in low numbers in the US and sold as store exclusives. Hasbro still doesn't believe there's a viable market for these 'adult collectibles' at mass retail.

Between that and how they invariably screw up the colors, I'm sticking with Takara regardless of cost.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488080)
Posted by Delta Magnus on May 17th, 2013 @ 4:12pm CDT
How big do the Masterpiece figures (Specifically, the car-formers and the jet-formers) look next to, say, a standard Deluxe? As someone with very little shelf-space who doesn't segregate his figures by continuity (I'm still 8 years old at heart, despite being twice that) it would kinda be cool if they were well scaled with "regular" Transformers.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488081)
Posted by gothsaurus on May 17th, 2013 @ 4:14pm CDT
I understand this, but being through Toys R Us, a guy should be able to eventually find one... and/or get it on Ebay without the market drying up. I heard of stores getting a couple, then never again. Seeing them at $250-300 on eBay, they have to think there's a LITTLE bit more market than what they released. That's pitiful. Sheesh, put some up online or something.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488082)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 17th, 2013 @ 4:15pm CDT
xyl360 wrote:Between that and how they invariably screw up the colors, I'm sticking with Takara regardless of cost.


Well, they haven't messed up the Mastperpiece decos.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488083)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 17th, 2013 @ 4:17pm CDT
Delta Magnus wrote:How big do the Masterpiece figures (Specifically, the car-formers and the jet-formers) look next to, say, a standard Deluxe? As someone with very little shelf-space who doesn't segregate his figures by continuity (I'm still 8 years old at heart, despite being twice that) it would kinda be cool if they were well scaled with "regular" Transformers.


The Seeker mold is about the same size as a Leader class figure, where Sideswipe (and most likely these guys) are about the same size as a Voyager class figure.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488084)
Posted by Delta Magnus on May 17th, 2013 @ 4:20pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:
Delta Magnus wrote:How big do the Masterpiece figures (Specifically, the car-formers and the jet-formers) look next to, say, a standard Deluxe? As someone with very little shelf-space who doesn't segregate his figures by continuity (I'm still 8 years old at heart, despite being twice that) it would kinda be cool if they were well scaled with "regular" Transformers.


The Seeker mold is about the same size as a Leader class figure, where Sideswipe (and most likely these guys) are about the same size as a Voyager class figure.


Ah, OK. Thanks!

I reckon that the Alternators figures would look pretty good scale-wise next to the Masterpieces. I have Silverstreak and Windcharger, and seeing as they're roughly Voyager sized, from what you say they should be the perfect scale (which is good, as I love the Alternators line, sparse as it was).
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488085)
Posted by gothsaurus on May 17th, 2013 @ 4:20pm CDT
Delta Magnus wrote:How big do the Masterpiece figures (Specifically, the car-formers and the jet-formers) look next to, say, a standard Deluxe? As someone with very little shelf-space who doesn't segregate his figures by continuity (I'm still 8 years old at heart, despite being twice that) it would kinda be cool if they were well scaled with "regular" Transformers.


Yeah, I wouldn't say these guys scale perfectly with any other line. They're an odd size... slightly large for normal line... and small for Alternators.

That said, I kinda love the size. It feels like the originals did in my grubby little child hands. It's kind of in scale with you being a grown up, which I like.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488086)
Posted by gothsaurus on May 17th, 2013 @ 4:26pm CDT
found this pic via google search. If it's bad form to link it, somebody let me know.

As mentioned, the size is definitely small for Alternators. Just larger than Classics in vehicle mode, though CLOSE to alternator height in robot mode. Scroll through the guy's pics below for that comparison.

The guy's Flikr gallery is below:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelvin255/8125533408/
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488090)
Posted by Delta Magnus on May 17th, 2013 @ 4:37pm CDT
Thanks, that's mighty helpful!

Hmm...they are an odd scale. I think they would have to have their own standalone display-they just don't fit in with the other figures. They look OK with Alternators in Robot Mode, but silly in Vehicle Mode.

Anyway, if I do start a Masterpiece collection, I'll probably pick up Prowl, and maybe Bluestreak later. I love'em both, but Prowl is just a little bit cooler.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488097)
Posted by gothsaurus on May 17th, 2013 @ 5:18pm CDT
Glad I could help! Yeah, these are too amazing not to pick up. If anything, I'd be shooting for season 1 autobots at least. (ie. Sideswipe, Prowl, Bluestreak, Prime)

Mind you, I just opened the cassettes. They're ahhhh-freakin'-mazing. Tiny, but like... perfect. When that whole set comes to the USA, and at the great deal it's rumored to be sold, I'd highly recommend that.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488195)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 17th, 2013 @ 11:08pm CDT
AutoBorst wrote:I really hope they change their mind and include both toy accurate launchers, the cartoon launchers just look lazy and ridiculous.
Oh, they will. The toy cannons will just be Amazon Japan exclusives. One cannon per figure.

No joke.

http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B00BQRKUF6/

http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B00BQRKX76/
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488201)
Posted by Bowspearer on May 17th, 2013 @ 11:19pm CDT
And they're not even the right colours for any of the 3 of the Datsun trio either. The warheads might be the right colours, but the launchers should be the same colour as the thighs and waist.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488203)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 17th, 2013 @ 11:23pm CDT
Bowspearer wrote:And they're not even the right colours for any of the 3 of the Datsun trio either. The warheads might be the right colours, but the launchers should be the same colour as the thighs and waist.
Not like those things appeared with Prowl/Bluestreak in the show, anyway.

Smokescreen might get his colored right, or his own custom-made ones integrated into his toy remolded from the show cannons and colored right that way.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488219)
Posted by Bowspearer on May 18th, 2013 @ 12:11am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Bowspearer wrote:And they're not even the right colours for any of the 3 of the Datsun trio either. The warheads might be the right colours, but the launchers should be the same colour as the thighs and waist.
Not like those things appeared with Prowl/Bluestreak in the show, anyway.

Smokescreen might get his colored right, or his own custom-made ones integrated into his toy remolded from the show cannons and colored right that way.


I can actually see Dr Wu capitalising on Takara's omission here.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488282)
Posted by steve2275 on May 18th, 2013 @ 8:35am CDT
those look pretty good
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488285)
Posted by Stormrider on May 18th, 2013 @ 8:45am CDT
Bowspearer wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Bowspearer wrote:And they're not even the right colours for any of the 3 of the Datsun trio either. The warheads might be the right colours, but the launchers should be the same colour as the thighs and waist.
Not like those things appeared with Prowl/Bluestreak in the show, anyway.

Smokescreen might get his colored right, or his own custom-made ones integrated into his toy remolded from the show cannons and colored right that way.


I can actually see Dr Wu capitalising on Takara's omission here.


I agree that someone will do them.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488297)
Posted by KnightStrike on May 18th, 2013 @ 10:16am CDT
As much as I want these and as great as they look, MP-10 has made me think waiting for a Hasbro release might be a worthwhile gamble. I preferred the Hasbro Optimus colors, especially the eyes, and the pics we have seen of the mythical MP Soundwave also make me lean Hasbro. I do dislike how Hasbro releases always turn into a nightmarish debacle with TRU, but the price for these is pretty steep given they are just over Generations deluxe size. That solid red crest on Bluestreak also turns me away from these, the shots we had earlier of him his head looked much better and more accurate. If my funds weren't so tight and we weren't getting so many great Generations releases this year, along with Metroplex and the Hasbro MP Soundwave at some point(hopefully :-( ), I wouldn't care so much to grab these, but being what it is I think waiting for a domestic release may be the path I take.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488305)
Posted by SKYWARPED_128 on May 18th, 2013 @ 10:44am CDT
KnightStrike wrote:As much as I want these and as great as they look, MP-10 has made me think waiting for a Hasbro release might be a worthwhile gamble. I preferred the Hasbro Optimus colors, especially the eyes, and the pics we have seen of the mythical MP Soundwave also make me lean Hasbro. I do dislike how Hasbro releases always turn into a nightmarish debacle with TRU, but the price for these is pretty steep given they are just over Generations deluxe size. That solid red crest on Bluestreak also turns me away from these, the shots we had earlier of him his head looked much better and more accurate. If my funds weren't so tight and we weren't getting so many great Generations releases this year, along with Metroplex and the Hasbro MP Soundwave at some point(hopefully :-( ), I wouldn't care so much to grab these, but being what it is I think waiting for a domestic release may be the path I take.


As has been discussed in earlier threads about MP Sideswipe, Hasbro might have trouble getting the rights to licensed car designs. MP-10 Optimus and Soundwave had no problem getting a Hasbro release because of their non-patented alt modes (generic snub-nose truck and micro-cassette player).

Of course, there's the question of whether the rights Takara Tomy bought to make MP Sideswipe and Prowl/Bluestreak can be transferred to Hasbro, and/or if Hasbro is willing to buy the rights separately.
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Posted by Sabrblade on May 18th, 2013 @ 11:05am CDT
SKYWARPED_128 wrote:As has been discussed in earlier threads about MP Sideswipe, Hasbro might have trouble getting the rights to licensed car designs. MP-10 Optimus and Soundwave had no problem getting a Hasbro release because of their non-patented alt modes (generic snub-nose truck and micro-cassette player).

Of course, there's the question of whether the rights Takara Tomy bought to make MP Sideswipe and Prowl/Bluestreak can be transferred to Hasbro, and/or if Hasbro is willing to buy the rights separately.
But this time, Prowl and Streak aren't licensed, as far as we know.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488317)
Posted by KnightStrike on May 18th, 2013 @ 11:15am CDT
SKYWARPED_128 wrote:
KnightStrike wrote:As much as I want these and as great as they look, MP-10 has made me think waiting for a Hasbro release might be a worthwhile gamble. I preferred the Hasbro Optimus colors, especially the eyes, and the pics we have seen of the mythical MP Soundwave also make me lean Hasbro. I do dislike how Hasbro releases always turn into a nightmarish debacle with TRU, but the price for these is pretty steep given they are just over Generations deluxe size. That solid red crest on Bluestreak also turns me away from these, the shots we had earlier of him his head looked much better and more accurate. If my funds weren't so tight and we weren't getting so many great Generations releases this year, along with Metroplex and the Hasbro MP Soundwave at some point(hopefully :-( ), I wouldn't care so much to grab these, but being what it is I think waiting for a domestic release may be the path I take.


As has been discussed in earlier threads about MP Sideswipe, Hasbro might have trouble getting the rights to licensed car designs. MP-10 Optimus and Soundwave had no problem getting a Hasbro release because of their non-patented alt modes (generic snub-nose truck and micro-cassette player).

Of course, there's the question of whether the rights Takara Tomy bought to make MP Sideswipe and Prowl/Bluestreak can be transferred to Hasbro, and/or if Hasbro is willing to buy the rights separately.


Point well taken. I was aware of issues with Lamborghini, and I believe I also read Porsche, not wishing to be associated with violence and weapons and so no longer wishing to issue rights to their product likenesses. However I had thought that Nissan, who own the rights to the Datsun 280z likeness, were being more reasonable about this though I admit I based that opinion solely on how much they have participated with the Alternity line. Sort of a shame everything has become so overly complicated in today's world that getting a toy car that turns into a robot sold in different countries becomes a legal quagmire, but guess you just have to roll with it :lol:
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488451)
Posted by xyl360 on May 18th, 2013 @ 9:50pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:
xyl360 wrote:Between that and how they invariably screw up the colors, I'm sticking with Takara regardless of cost.


Well, they haven't messed up the Mastperpiece decos.

In your opinion perhaps, but every one I've seen was less G1 cartoon accurate than what Takara gave us, at least in the new line so far (and most of the previous ones besides Grimlock and the first release of MP-01).
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488455)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 18th, 2013 @ 10:16pm CDT
xyl360 wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:
xyl360 wrote:Between that and how they invariably screw up the colors, I'm sticking with Takara regardless of cost.


Well, they haven't messed up the Mastperpiece decos.

In your opinion perhaps, but every one I've seen was less G1 cartoon accurate than what Takara gave us, at least in the new line so far (and most of the previous ones besides Grimlock and the first release of MP-01).


...Takara gets all the decos right?

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The very first release of MP Starscream (by Takara, ironically enough) begs to differ.

Seriously though, all the MP releases, whether they've been Hasbro or Takara, have been faithful to the character they are homaging. What MP release wasn't accurate to their characters? The only differences between Hasbro and Takara releases are subtle deco differences (for example, Hasbro's MP10 was colored more like the original cartoon, whereas the Takara release emulates the original toy).
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488460)
Posted by Eagleblaster on May 18th, 2013 @ 10:25pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:
xyl360 wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:
xyl360 wrote:Between that and how they invariably screw up the colors, I'm sticking with Takara regardless of cost.


Well, they haven't messed up the Mastperpiece decos.

In your opinion perhaps, but every one I've seen was less G1 cartoon accurate than what Takara gave us, at least in the new line so far (and most of the previous ones besides Grimlock and the first release of MP-01).


...Takara gets all the decos right?

Image

Image

The very first release of MP Starscream (by Takara, ironically enough) begs to differ.

Seriously though, all the MP releases, whether they've been Hasbro or Takara, have been faithful to the character they are homaging. What MP release wasn't accurate to their characters? The only differences between Hasbro and Takara releases are subtle deco differences (for example, Hasbro's MP10 was colored more like the original cartoon, whereas the Takara release emulates the original toy).


Takara is more accurate because they are colored like the g1 toys and what comes first, the toy or the cartoon? Answer: the toy.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488461)
Posted by xyl360 on May 18th, 2013 @ 10:28pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:
xyl360 wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:
xyl360 wrote:Between that and how they invariably screw up the colors, I'm sticking with Takara regardless of cost.


Well, they haven't messed up the Mastperpiece decos.

In your opinion perhaps, but every one I've seen was less G1 cartoon accurate than what Takara gave us, at least in the new line so far (and most of the previous ones besides Grimlock and the first release of MP-01).


...Takara gets all the decos right?

Image

Image

The very first release of MP Starscream (by Takara, ironically enough) begs to differ.

Seriously though, all the MP releases, whether they've been Hasbro or Takara, have been faithful to the character they are homaging. What MP release wasn't accurate to their characters? The only differences between Hasbro and Takara releases are subtle deco differences (for example, Hasbro's MP10 was colored more like the original cartoon, whereas the Takara release emulates the original toy).

Look at MP-11.

Hasbro's MP-10 was NOT colored like the cartoon. Go back and look at any episode of G1 featuring Optimus Prime. Hasbro's colors emulate the brighter colors that started with the Michael Bay movie franchise and the likes. In G1, the blue was always about as dark as on the toy.
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Posted by xyl360 on May 18th, 2013 @ 10:44pm CDT
And to cite a more recent example:
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Posted by Eagleblaster on May 18th, 2013 @ 10:54pm CDT
Eagleblaster wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:
xyl360 wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:
xyl360 wrote:Between that and how they invariably screw up the colors, I'm sticking with Takara regardless of cost.


Well, they haven't messed up the Mastperpiece decos.

In your opinion perhaps, but every one I've seen was less G1 cartoon accurate than what Takara gave us, at least in the new line so far (and most of the previous ones besides Grimlock and the first release of MP-01).


...Takara gets all the decos right?

Image

Image

The very first release of MP Starscream (by Takara, ironically enough) begs to differ.

Seriously though, all the MP releases, whether they've been Hasbro or Takara, have been faithful to the character they are homaging. What MP release wasn't accurate to their characters? The only differences between Hasbro and Takara releases are subtle deco differences (for example, Hasbro's MP10 was colored more like the original cartoon, whereas the Takara release emulates the original toy).


Takara is more accurate because they are colored like the g1 toys and what comes first, the toy or the cartoon? Answer: the toy.

Takara uses high quality collectors paint and Hasbro uses a even coat of low cost durable paint and Hasbro might even be molded in paint.
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Posted by Mindmaster on May 18th, 2013 @ 11:17pm CDT
Eagleblaster wrote:
Takara is more accurate because they are colored like the g1 toys and what comes first, the toy or the cartoon? Answer: the toy.


Not really what I was going for... :BANG_HEAD:

xyl360 wrote:
Hasbro's MP-10 was NOT colored like the cartoon. Go back and look at any episode of G1 featuring Optimus Prime. Hasbro's colors emulate the brighter colors that started with the Michael Bay movie franchise and the likes. In G1, the blue was always about as dark as on the toy.


Very well, I yield to the argument on MP10.

But the argument that Hasbro screwed up most recent MP releases (distribution of MP10 aside) are up for debate.

xyl360 wrote:Image


I am well aware of Hasbro's Soundwave having a yellow visor to homage the original toy (a red sharpie ought to do the trick, for those not wanting to shell out the import price just for a red visor). But really, there aren't huge differences between Hasbro releases and Takara releases, other than subtle deco differences. >:oP
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Posted by Sabrblade on May 18th, 2013 @ 11:17pm CDT
Both of you guys have valid points. Between Hasbro and Takara, at least one of them usually tends to get the show-accurate colors right on the MP releases.

MP-1 - Takara
MP-2 - Neither (Hasbro didn't release one, and Takara's was colored comic-accurately since Magnus never appeared without his armor in the cartoon)
MP-3 - Hasbro (at the time, until Takara made MP-11)
MP-4 - Takara
MP-5 - Takara (by default)
MP-6 - neither (Hasbro did toy colors, while Takara based their on real world F-15 colors)
MP-7 - Hasbro (for the most part, and uses the MP-11 mold)
MP-8 - Takara (but just barely)
MP-9 - Takara
MP-10 - Hasbro openly confessed to basing their deco for this one from the 1986 movie, but Takara's has a silver Roller.
MP-11 - Takara (by default)
MP-12 - Takara (by default)
MP-13 - Takara
MP-14 - Takara (by default)
MP-15 - too early to tell
MP-16 - too early to tell
MP-17 - currently Takara by default
MP-18 - currently Takara by default
MP-19 - yet-to-exist

And that's excluding any special editions, Movie MPs, or Hasbro-only character releases.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488514)
Posted by xyl360 on May 19th, 2013 @ 1:14am CDT
My point about distribution is simply that they're always store exclusives. It's up to Toys R' Us to order more and keep them on the shelves, but they never seem to stock them in sufficient numbers. The bloated prices online for every single Hasbro MP in recent years can attest to that fact. If Hasbro put them in every store that carries TFs instead of doing them as exclusives, this wouldn't be a problem (or at least not nearly as bad). Either way, I'm not waiting to see if Hasbro does Prowl and Bluestreak (nor any other MP). I'm getting Takara's as always.

Regarding decos, yes, the differences are minor, but they make enough difference to me along with not having to worry about whether or not I'll be able to get my hands on one to just preorder Takara's and skip Hasbro's. The only exception to that for me was Thundercracker (because Takara didn't do one, though Hasbro's is very nice and based on the same darker blue they used on the Generations TC).

Now I just wish one of them would do Skywarp out of the retooled MP Seeker mold already.
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488545)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 19th, 2013 @ 6:05am CDT
xyl360 wrote:My point about distribution is simply that they're always store exclusives. It's up to Toys R' Us to order more and keep them on the shelves, but they never seem to stock them in sufficient numbers.
Except for Thundercracker, since that shelf-warmed for a good long while.

And in the past, the Classics 20th Anniversary DVD Edition Optimus Prime, MP Starscream, and MP Skywarp all shelf-warmed like crazy at Walmart. ;)
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488554)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on May 19th, 2013 @ 7:00am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
xyl360 wrote:My point about distribution is simply that they're always store exclusives. It's up to Toys R' Us to order more and keep them on the shelves, but they never seem to stock them in sufficient numbers.
Except for Thundercracker, since that shelf-warmed for a good long while.

And in the past, the Classics 20th Anniversary DVD Edition Optimus Prime, MP Starscream, and MP Skywarp all shelf-warmed like crazy at Walmart. ;)


I wonder, if people were simply waiting for the prices to eventually drop. I know I would >:oP
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488556)
Posted by KnightStrike on May 19th, 2013 @ 7:10am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
xyl360 wrote:My point about distribution is simply that they're always store exclusives. It's up to Toys R' Us to order more and keep them on the shelves, but they never seem to stock them in sufficient numbers.
Except for Thundercracker, since that shelf-warmed for a good long while.

And in the past, the Classics 20th Anniversary DVD Edition Optimus Prime, MP Starscream, and MP Skywarp all shelf-warmed like crazy at Walmart. ;)


I wonder, if people were simply waiting for the prices to eventually drop. I know I would >:oP



I grabbed one of that Optimus as soon as I saw it at Walmart, then got another for myself and one for a friend for $25 each when they went on clearance. Sadly, I never saw a Starscream at any Walmart near me, but they stocked tons of Skywarp. Unfortunately I was usually pretty low on funds at that time, but then they went to $19 on clearance and I picked one up :D
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488577)
Posted by xyl360 on May 19th, 2013 @ 8:53am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
xyl360 wrote:My point about distribution is simply that they're always store exclusives. It's up to Toys R' Us to order more and keep them on the shelves, but they never seem to stock them in sufficient numbers.
Except for Thundercracker, since that shelf-warmed for a good long while.

And in the past, the Classics 20th Anniversary DVD Edition Optimus Prime, MP Starscream, and MP Skywarp all shelf-warmed like crazy at Walmart. ;)

Hmm, but that's Wal-Mart, not T r' U ;) and those are not part of the new MP line.

I'm talking about recent history, like MP-10. Or am I mistaken? Are the prices on ebay back to just over $99 (retail) now? Was distribution of that figure as good? Did it shelf warm ;)?

Will Soundwave?
Re: New Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak Images (1488617)
Posted by Eagleblaster on May 19th, 2013 @ 12:12pm CDT
Sitting here comparing this figure to my complete alternity line, and my complete alternators line, and what Hasbro is doing this year. And I'm starting to think this figure is 90 $ and its not a lambo or better than half the figures I compared it to. I might just take my chances and and weight for a Hasbro version. 8)

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