Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby TK415 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:48 pm

Do you expect them to release a different version with a less cartoony head in the future? Sideswipe got another release with more accurate colors, right? Which still looked like 80-90% the same.
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby Emerje » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:06 pm

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TK415 wrote:Do you expect them to release a different version with a less cartoony head in the future? Sideswipe got another release with more accurate colors, right? Which still looked like 80-90% the same.

We've seen them go from a realistic version to a cartoon-ish repaint (Sideswipe, Red Alert), but not the other way around. Right now their only interest is either cartoon accuracy or G1 toy accuracy, but they seem to have lost interest in real-world accuracy some time ago.

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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby william-james88 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:45 pm

Emerje wrote:
TK415 wrote:Do you expect them to release a different version with a less cartoony head in the future? Sideswipe got another release with more accurate colors, right? Which still looked like 80-90% the same.

We've seen them go from a realistic version to a cartoon-ish repaint (Sideswipe, Red Alert), but not the other way around. Right now their only interest is either cartoon accuracy or G1 toy accuracy, but they seem to have lost interest in real-world accuracy some time ago.

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But they do give us the option to have his alt mode be real world accurate, though I believe that had to be done inorder to get the licence. Just saying there is still some real world accuracy at play somewhere.
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby gothsaurus » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:40 am

I think we are all on the same page. While I love that we DO have a cartoon accurate head, it's so different from the crisp, pointy, technical original design. If ANY figure gets released with an alternate face and head to make it toy accurate, it should be this one.

I mean, this IS the first transforming character ever designed. (per discussions and reveals at Botcon.) Sunstreaker truly deserves a masterpiece release that pays homage to the toy mode in addition to the toon model.

All that said, I think it's interesting how they included a street legal mode, but I know I'd never display like that. We have the yellow repaint of Sideswipe if we want a yellow Lambo. This is all about the super mode. Hoping that doesn't compromise the design too much.
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby D-Maximus_Prime » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:00 am

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MGrotusque wrote:Now we just need a 3rd party to make a way better head than this official version.

This is my 1 major gripe with the figure. I got Sideswipe now, and I kinda want to get Streaker at some point to go with his brother, but the head is just... cartoon accurate was really not the way to go this time around.

If it weren't for the head, I would consider placing a pre-order now. I'm gonna try to wait it out though, the brothers lambo need to unite
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby Emerje » Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:54 pm

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gothsaurus wrote:I mean, this IS the first transforming character ever designed. (per discussions and reveals at Botcon.)

Small caveat: first transforming real world vehicle ever designed. There were transforming toys before him, he's the first car to do it.

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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby gothsaurus » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:06 pm

Right. Thanks for the details. I'm hoping everyone here in the thread knew what I meant. Yeah, we're on the same page.
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby Bronzewolf » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:49 am

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Now, just mere weeks before it's release, we finally have some in-packaging photos of MP-39 Sunstreaker! The pictures, coming from an account over on Weibo, show the traditional, high-quality box that most MP releases come in. The packaging also shows off his articulation, accessories, and scale compairisons, like normal. Something interesting to note (and something that's shown in the photos) is that his front-of-box pose is inspired by his classic G1 packaging, something we haven't really seen in Masterpiece releases. It will be fun to see if this is a running change with MP packaging! Check out the photos mirrored below, and then tell us in the Energon forum if you'll be picking this figure up!

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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby gothsaurus » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:16 pm

I'm bummed there is no alternate G1 toy head. Hope a 3p will chime in with one of those in case we want to swap out.
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby bigcee66 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:18 pm

I guess I'm the minority, but I'm cool with them looking more like the cartoon.
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby gothsaurus » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:21 pm

Oh don't get me wrong. That's my preference, BUT some of the other Masterpieces they've included both options.
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby Sabrblade » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:06 pm

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gothsaurus wrote:Oh don't get me wrong. That's my preference, BUT some of the other Masterpieces they've included both options.
In several of those more recent cases like Inferno, Grapple, and BW Convoy it was because those toy-based faces were also seen in the cartoons.
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby huryochagi » Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:25 am

bigcee66 wrote:I guess I'm the minority, but I'm cool with them looking more like the cartoon.
The whole purpose of the Masterpiece series is to make cartoon-accurate Transformers. The only reason why most figures aren’t 100% cartoon-accurate is because it’s technically difficult to pull it off for some characters. MP’s arent intended to make “good-looking” Transformers but to make them as cartoon-accurate as possible. They make the vehicle modes real-life accurate because of licensing obligations. That’s why the non-licensed alt-modes are cartoon-accurate as well.
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby bigcee66 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:05 pm

I know this. Known this since 2003 which is why I'm not understanding the hate. To make these figures look like the animated versions and I think it's a slap in the face to knock such a feat as it wasn't drawn to represent a true transforming robot but to simplify the appearance of said robot.
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby chuckdawg1999 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:46 pm

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Ironhide was figure of the year last year and it looked fantastic. My one complaint with Sunstreaker is the lack of a gun hand.
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby fenrir72 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:58 am

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chuckdawg1999 wrote:Ironhide was figure of the year last year and it looked fantastic. My one complaint with Sunstreaker is the lack of a gun hand.


SS never showed his "pile driver"/missiles in the show so too bad. :(


gothsaurus wrote:Oh don't get me wrong. That's my preference, BUT some of the other Masterpieces they've included both options.


Was wondering about that too but his face design in the anime was nailed almost immediately. Just like Lambor and the rest of the gang. (WJ excluded)

The Fuso boys, had differing face designs so OCD Takara gave us a bone (Grimlock only had one differing during SOS Dinobots so an exception?)
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:14 am

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chuckdawg1999 wrote:Ironhide was figure of the year last year and it looked fantastic. My one complaint with Sunstreaker is the lack of a gun hand.


SS never showed his "pile driver"/missiles in the show so too bad. :(


gothsaurus wrote:Oh don't get me wrong. That's my preference, BUT some of the other Masterpieces they've included both options.


Was wondering about that too but his face design in the anime was nailed almost immediately. Just like Lambor and the rest of the gang. (WJ excluded)

The Fuso boys, had differing face designs so OCD Takara gave us a bone (Grimlock only had one differing during SOS Dinobots so an exception?)


It all comes down to whatever appeared in the cartoon from MP-10 on. Grimlock being MP-8 falls outside that, so he had some toy-accurate detailing by virtue.
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby gothsaurus » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:52 am

Yeah, I was thinking of that, too. I'm guessing we WILL see a toy accurate head for a red and/or police diaclone version. Hoping for both of those. Definitely two instant-buys for me.

I have appreciated it when Takara has given us both options in a set. It's fun to swap them out in the ole display as toy accurate one week... and cartoon accurate the next. Hope they do more of that. And if they don't, will be cheering when a 3P helps us out.
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby zodconvoy » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:18 pm

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I'm assuming Chip's wheelchair is going to be painted.

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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby dragons » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:48 pm

zodconvoy wrote:I'm assuming Chip's wheelchair is going to be painted.

Because there's one guy you don't want it tick off, it's a the guy with the upper body strength to rip a floppy like paper.
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I say no these pictures of Figure and chip figure are out of box package and looking at wheel chair it is all black
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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby fenrir72 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:04 pm

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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby Ultra Markus » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:31 pm

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Re: Takara MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker Discussion Thread

Postby Cyberpath » Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:20 am

Looks good. But they should have tampoed the Lamborghini emblem.
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