Yawoooo! I finally received MP-33, the transformation is insane.
I think I had a big grin when I transformed him. Takara thought about everything down to those disk things on his legs. And he's not even a major character.
The paint is beautiful, both the red and pearly white. I also love the chromed parts, they go great with the "Toei Animation" head.
And all those little gimmicks like the anchors, the (ratcheted!) ladder, etc.
This release probably marks a whole new level of cartoon-accuracy and customisation. He looks amazing. Not lacking in any detail in my opinion.
I don't think it would have hurt his show-accuracy though if Takara had tampoed the FD logos; I do like the sponsorship logos tampoed on Wheeljack and Smokescreen. But it's fine.
The grill for carrying Red Alert just reminds me that if Sideswipe were made today instead of three years ago, we would have gotten a better Red Alert. I'm a little surprised that Takara didn't change more than just his deco for the recent MP+ release. They said that at least 50% of Inferno's parts were retooled to make Grapple.
I'm not sure what to do about shelf-space anymore.. it's pretty full now, and Grapple is coming up. Where is this whole thing headed?