Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi

Monday, December 30th, 2013 9:54PM CST

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We have some interesting news on Takara Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece line to report from the latest issue of Dengeki Hobby by way of Autobase Aichi. According to an article within the pages of the magazine the 2014 Transformers Masterpiece line will have a new designer, or rather an old designer, Hironori Kobayashi.

Kobayashi is no stranger to the Masterpiece line, he designed MP-01 through MP-09, although his designs for MP-03 Starscream were tweaked by Shoji Kawamori. Kobayashi was also the designer behind the Alternity line. He will be taking over for current Masterpiece designer is Shogo Hasui, who's credits include MP-11 through MP-19. This change will not impact the the development of Masterpiece Fan Poll Winner Star Saber who is currently being designed by Hishashi Yuki.
Credit(s): Autobase Aichi, Dengeki Hobby
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Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538463)
Posted by Tronus_Rex on December 30th, 2013 @ 10:12pm CST
I like the new MP line, which did learn from the flaws of the original, & improved the quality. Hopefully, since H. Kobayashi, the engineer/designer drafted, said original, it will make him best qualified/suited to create future MP toys. After all, who would learn from his originals, better than himself, right? :-?
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538464)
Posted by RodimalToyota on December 30th, 2013 @ 10:13pm CST
Just as the MP line was becoming epic, they change the line up...

Wat?
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538468)
Posted by Powered Convoy on December 30th, 2013 @ 10:18pm CST
Scans from the magazine can be found here.
http://www.allspark.com/forums/topic/97 ... ers-scans/

Randy
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538477)
Posted by xyl360 on December 30th, 2013 @ 10:49pm CST
RodimalToyota wrote:Just as the MP line was becoming epic, they change the line up...

Wat?

Yeah, I was kinda thinking the same at first, but this guy did design MP-10, the one that started it all with regards to the 'new' MPs so I think we'll be OK :).

Besides, who better to create MP-22 which is itself based on MP-10 than the one who designed MP-10?
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538492)
Posted by mesh on December 31st, 2013 @ 12:35am CST
hmmmmm......i don't know what to think here.
the masterpiece line started to become engineered amazingly since mp-11 to mp-19. why the change? and i thought mp-20 was supposed to be wheeljack, then bumblebee, THEN Ultra Magnus.

I hope to God they don't change the line up. there really is no need to change a good thing.
:BANG_HEAD: :-x #-o :HEADHURTS: :michaelbay:
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538494)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 31st, 2013 @ 12:51am CST
Star Saber is not MP-20. Or at least, he's never been confirmed to be. He might just get his own unique number to reflect his special-ness as a fan vote winner. But as MP-20? No confirmation.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538503)
Posted by Cyberpath on December 31st, 2013 @ 2:20am CST
Wait, are you sure it wasn't actually Shogo Hasui behind the MP-10?

Because I read an interview with Hasui where he stated that he deigned the new Masterpiece Optimus Prime while Kobayashi was working on Rodimus Prime.

And why does Shogo Hasui have to leave the project anyway? I don't like the sound of this.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538527)
Posted by griftimus prime on December 31st, 2013 @ 7:49am CST
cool. i hope there will be many many more repaints to come.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538528)
Posted by Stormrider on December 31st, 2013 @ 7:58am CST
The last several figures have been excellent. Not sure I like this move. I really hope Kobayashi will pick up from Prowl/Blue Streak/Smokescreen with the same style. It would absolutely suck if the future figures don't match the recent figures in astetics. Did Hironori Kobayashi design MP Grimlock?
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538529)
Posted by mooncake623 on December 31st, 2013 @ 8:00am CST
OHHHH.. this is worrisome.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538557)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 31st, 2013 @ 10:30am CST
Cyberpath wrote:Wait, are you sure it wasn't actually Shogo Hasui behind the MP-10?

Because I read an interview with Hasui where he stated that he deigned the new Masterpiece Optimus Prime while Kobayashi was working on Rodimus Prime.
Yeah, Hasui definitely did MP-10 while Kobayashi's last MP was MP-9 Rodimus.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538565)
Posted by megatronus on December 31st, 2013 @ 10:52am CST
I'm not sure what to make of the fandom's collective freak out... >:oP
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538567)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 31st, 2013 @ 10:59am CST
megatronus wrote:I'm not sure what to make of the fandom's collective freak out... >:oP
On here, it looks less like a freak out more like just a cautionary awareness. The MP line has been doing so well so far, so to hear of a change of staff would naturally spur a reaction of some kind. ;)

At least we can still look forward to Hisashi Yuki's MP Star Saber since he's good at designing Super Robots like that. :D
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538580)
Posted by megatronus on December 31st, 2013 @ 12:00pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
megatronus wrote:I'm not sure what to make of the fandom's collective freak out... >:oP
On here, it looks less like a freak out more like just a cautionary awareness. The MP line has been doing so well so far, so to hear of a change of staff would naturally spur a reaction of some kind. ;)

At least we can still look forward to Hisashi Yuki's MP Star Saber since he's good at designing Super Robots like that. :D

Mmmm... Star Saber =P~
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538613)
Posted by El Duque on December 31st, 2013 @ 2:08pm CST
Yes, you guys are correct Shogo designed MP-10. I've corrected the post.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538662)
Posted by fenrir72 on December 31st, 2013 @ 6:52pm CST
People, I'm one of the unfortunates who don't own an MP Hotrodimus. Were the problems due to design or bad materials? Either way, the change in engineering designers would more or less have learned from mistakes and avoid them in future TF releases no? (and maybe avoid the stupid design flaws found in non MPs like TG Blitzwing)
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538663)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 31st, 2013 @ 7:02pm CST
fenrir72 wrote:People, I'm one of the unfortunates who don't own an MP Hotrodimus. Were the problems due to design or bad materials?
A little of both (as some parts were either too fragile or designed unworkable ways for the figure to function), as well as due to it simply being too ambitious for its own good, trying to play the role of both Hot Rod and Rodimus when it could have benefited from being constrained to just one and giving the other his own separate mold.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538710)
Posted by Trikeboy on December 31st, 2013 @ 11:46pm CST
I think Masterpiece collectors are entitled to be worried. Everything before MP-10 (which Kobayashi designed) while good, never really meshed as a collective series. Everything after has worked together and looks great together. As long as he doesn't ruin the series because third parties have realised that people want Masterpiece scaled toys. Quakewave was the catalyst and Xtransbots and Cubex are about to duel it out over Huffer. They have competition now, they better not ruin a good thing.

On the other hand, they have a Wheeljack and Bumblebee mold to repaint, not to mention Ultra Magnus so we do have some upcoming releases using the new Masterpieces.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538757)
Posted by REMINATOR on January 1st, 2014 @ 10:15am CST
The words so far is Hasui will be doing MP20,21,22 then he'll jump into TF Movie line. Kobayahi will pick up the MP Line starting with MP23 and up. Going to be very interesting to see both lines.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece 2014 Line to be Designed by Hironori Kobayashi (1538762)
Posted by DinobotSix on January 1st, 2014 @ 10:26am CST
good to hear Hasui isn't going away! Looking at some of the pre-Hasui issues, this is a small concern, but hopefully one that is fixed by lessons learned as a design team.

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