Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide available 7 / 30 / 2014

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014 1:53PM CDT

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Here is something interesting Amazon Japan listed a preorder for the Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide set to be released on 7/30/2014 for 3,024 yen. Not much information is currently available but one would assume it would cover the entire history of the Masterpiece line and all their releases and perhaps a sneak peak at what's to come in 2015? Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!
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Re: Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide available 7 / 30 / 2014 (1588109)
Posted by megatronus on July 5th, 2014 @ 2:06pm CDT
Books like this are always a bit underwhelming, because you know they'll be completely outdated in 2-3 years.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide available 7 / 30 / 2014 (1588111)
Posted by mooncake623 on July 5th, 2014 @ 2:14pm CDT
megatronus wrote:Books like this are always a bit underwhelming, because you know they'll be completely outdated in 2-3 years.


While true it'll still be nice to have.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide available 7 / 30 / 2014 (1588116)
Posted by Deathsanras on July 5th, 2014 @ 2:46pm CDT
I still have my Binaltech Complete Guide ("complete" only up to BT-12 Overdrive) and it's still very cool.
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Posted by Autobot tap out on July 5th, 2014 @ 3:33pm CDT
Maybe in 2015 they will hopefully make masterpiece editions of UT OR RID characters to give them a new life :BOWDOWN:
Re: Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide available 7 / 30 / 2014 (1588150)
Posted by atraus on July 5th, 2014 @ 5:38pm CDT
Masterpiece Beast Wars? Biggest shellformers ever!
Re: Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide available 7 / 30 / 2014 (1588175)
Posted by mooncake623 on July 5th, 2014 @ 7:33pm CDT
atraus wrote:Masterpiece Beast Wars? Biggest shellformers ever!


I'm fine with shellforming with beast war characters if it's necessary, and hidden well in robot mode. Masterpiece Beast wars would be cool but I doubt that'll be happening anytime soon.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide available 7 / 30 / 2014 (1588224)
Posted by triKlops on July 5th, 2014 @ 10:59pm CDT
Would love to get my hands on a copy of this.
Hopefully Ryan or Saberblade will be able to provide a link for purchase of this down the line.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide available 7 / 30 / 2014 (1588243)
Posted by megatronus on July 6th, 2014 @ 12:16am CDT
mooncake623 wrote:
atraus wrote:Masterpiece Beast Wars? Biggest shellformers ever!


I'm fine with shellforming with beast war characters if it's necessary, and hidden well in robot mode. Masterpiece Beast wars would be cool but I doubt that'll be happening anytime soon.

Yea - I'm sure the only way we'd see a Beast Wars MP anytime soon is if a BW character wins a fan poll, like Star Saber did.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide available 7 / 30 / 2014 (1588247)
Posted by leokearon on July 6th, 2014 @ 1:26am CDT
Sounds nice even if it is only 96 pages.
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Posted by Stormrider on July 7th, 2014 @ 6:33pm CDT
Very interesting. I have been collecting all of the Takara Generations books each year, which includes the Masterpiece line. So I would only be interested if they offer new pictures, concept art, interviews, etc.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide available 7 / 30 / 2014 (1589823)
Posted by Cyberpath on July 11th, 2014 @ 4:46pm CDT
The page has been updated with the cover:

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Posted by El Duque on July 12th, 2014 @ 10:58am CDT
Courtesy of Amazon Japan we have the cover for the recently announced The Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide. The 96 page book is schedule to release later this month on the 30th and retails for about $30.00. Check out the cover mirrored below, which features a really nice group shot of Masterpieces Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Wheeljack, Sideswipe, Bumblebee, and Rodimus Prime.

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Posted by Amelie on July 12th, 2014 @ 11:32am CDT
That photo really shows up how stupidly large HotRod is. Would love to see a V2 that was *just* Hotrod without all the crap about it also being Rodimus Prime. I know the original G1 Hotrod toy was huge compared to the original "diaclone" cast, but the few moments we do see Hotrod and Prime together in the movie - hes not that huge.
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Posted by El Duque on July 12th, 2014 @ 11:52am CDT
Here's a quick follow up to our earlier cover reveal for the upcoming The Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide, we not have a peek inside courtesy of AnimeAnime. The book is due to release July 30th for around $30.00 USD. Check out the preview mirrored below:










Re: Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide available 7 / 30 / 2014 (1589999)
Posted by MGrotusque on July 12th, 2014 @ 12:37pm CDT
I think this book is completely unnecessary being that the internet exists and will give you comprehensive information and videos of these figures.
Not saying books are pointless these days just that in this particular application of information the internet wins.
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Posted by Downbeat on July 12th, 2014 @ 12:49pm CDT
I figure they're gonna reveal SOMETHING we don't already know about the masterpiece molds.
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Posted by ScottyP on July 12th, 2014 @ 1:19pm CDT
MGrotusque wrote:I think this book is completely unnecessary being that the internet exists and will give you comprehensive information and videos of these figures.
Not saying books are pointless these days just that in this particular application of information the internet wins.


I think that's a pretty meritocratic statement to make about the value of books. Printed media, to many, has a certain intrinsic value and a sense of permanence that data on the internet does not have. That's the market for this book, folks like me that absolutely adore printed, touchable, high quality information that doesn't have to be looked at through a screen. Books like this are not meant to replace information that can be found online, they're meant to be a fun, enjoyable resource that captures information at a moment in time and keeps it in one compact physical spot.

How much information that was hosted regularly ten years ago is just plain gone now? Like it or not, the data we spill online is not as permanent as often perceived. Sure, it won't burn up in a fire or be eaten by moths, but it's also subject to as many different varieties and whims of fate as a book is.
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Posted by Stormrider on July 12th, 2014 @ 2:16pm CDT
Cyberpath wrote:The page has been updated with the cover:



Bee looks so tiny in the picture. His price even with Spike is hard to justify.
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Posted by griftimus prime on July 12th, 2014 @ 5:02pm CDT
lol a bunch of pages with the same ten molds on each page.
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Posted by Caelus on July 12th, 2014 @ 6:31pm CDT
Masterpiece Transformers: So expensive, you'll pay $30 just to get the catalog.

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