All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version

All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version

Thursday, August 9th, 2018 9:05pm CDT

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Hasbro confirmed to Seibertron that the days of waiting for the Hasbro release of a Masterpiece figure are over. From here on out there is no more waiting, and anyone can get the same Masterpiece figure in the US on the same day as Takara is releasing theirs in Japan. Toysrus used to be the distributor of such Masterpiece figures, and now Entertainment Earth has stepped in to take that duty which we saw with Masterpiece Beast Wars Megatron and which we again with the latest release, MP 20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version.

While it is not stated to be an exclusive to them, it is the only retailer offering the Hasbro release at the moment rather than importing the product from Japan. The toys will be the same, but the Hasbro release is said to have an extra sleeve on the box for English writing. This makes it the very first time Hasbro releases this mold. The price is $79.99 with free shipping and there are wholesaler discounts. The figure is being released in February 2019.

Here are additional descriptions from the listing:

Transformers Masterpiece Edition Wheeljack is back! The Autobot mad scientist comes complete with another one of his crazy inventions. With cartoon-specific detailing, Wheeljack looks just like he did in the cartoons from 1984 in his blue windows and colorful finish. Transforms from Lancia Stratos Turbo to robot and back again. Includes shoulder cannon and additional accessories. It's great for Generation One fans!


Transformers News: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version

Transformers News: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version

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Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (1977664)
Posted by Emerje on August 9th, 2018 @ 9:33pm CDT
It'll be about $12+ less to import it. >:oP

However, it's a great for those that need this option, it's basically the same as the Japanese taxed price (about $83).

Emerje
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (1977674)
Posted by Qwan on August 9th, 2018 @ 9:48pm CDT
Emerje wrote:It'll be about $12+ less to import it. >:oP

However, it's a great for those that need this option, it's basically the same as the Japanese taxed price (about $83).

Emerje

How can it cost about the same, and yet be $12 more expensive than importing (with associated costs)?
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (1977675)
Posted by william-james88 on August 9th, 2018 @ 9:53pm CDT
Emerje wrote:It'll be about $12+ less to import it. >:oP

However, it's a great for those that need this option, it's basically the same as the Japanese taxed price (about $83).

Emerje

I really wonder, who needs this option? Then again, lots of people order from BBTS and this is 5$ cheaper
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (1977680)
Posted by Emerje on August 9th, 2018 @ 10:21pm CDT
Qwan wrote:
Emerje wrote:It'll be about $12+ less to import it. >:oP

However, it's a great for those that need this option, it's basically the same as the Japanese taxed price (about $83).

Emerje

How can it cost about the same, and yet be $12 more expensive than importing (with associated costs)?

Full MSRP plus tax is 9,180 JPY ($83) making $79.99 reasonably close to the Japanese price. But after the usual discounts from exporters (AmiAmi, HLJ, et al) it's closer 6,500 JPY (give or take) plus 800 JPY to 1,000 JPY for SAL shipping bringing it to around $68~ total or around $12 less than Hasbro's price.

Will, there's a lot of people that simply don't trust or feel comportable importing themselves and would rather use a domestic online shop.

Emerje
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (1977684)
Posted by Qwan on August 9th, 2018 @ 10:34pm CDT
Emerje wrote:
Qwan wrote:
Emerje wrote:It'll be about $12+ less to import it. >:oP

However, it's a great for those that need this option, it's basically the same as the Japanese taxed price (about $83).

Emerje

How can it cost about the same, and yet be $12 more expensive than importing (with associated costs)?

Full MSRP plus tax is 9,180 JPY ($83) making $79.99 reasonably close to the Japanese price. But after the usual discounts from exporters (AmiAmi, HLJ, et al) it's closer 6,500 JPY (give or take) plus 800 JPY to 1,000 JPY for SAL shipping bringing it to around $68~ total or around $12 less than Hasbro's price.

Emerje

Ahh, I gotcha! Thanks for the explanation :D
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (1977689)
Posted by william-james88 on August 9th, 2018 @ 10:56pm CDT
Just an FYI, most retailers in Japan also have that discount, Amazon Japan as well. I have only ever seen that Japanese MSRP ever followed at takara tomy mall.

As for the preference of a domestic online retailer, i never really understood it myself since i figured anyone able to order online could do it anywhere, so why not choose the cheaper option.
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (1977693)
Posted by Emerje on August 9th, 2018 @ 11:36pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:Just an FYI, most retailers in Japan also have that discount, Amazon Japan as well. I have only ever seen that Japanese MSRP ever followed at takara tomy mall.

No doubt, though given enough time I think we'll see the domestic price come down as well. Other stores are also carrying EE's exclusives, but for a flat $5 more (except for MP-43 Megatron which is the same price) on each one so there's room for sales and discounts later on. Either Hasbro is giving the best prices to EE or the other stores are getting theirs from elsewhere (Asia?).

As for the preference of a domestic online retailer, i never really understood it myself since i figured anyone able to order online could do it anywhere, so why not choose the cheaper option.

Me either, but we've both seen long time fans ask advice on ordering from Japan for the first time or choosing to buy from domestic shops over lower priced Japanese exporters. I think there's a belief that it's expensive to ship from Japan, but we know that doesn't have to be the case. Heck, sometimes the shipping from Japan is cheaper than what I can ship any package for within my own country. :roll:

Emerje
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (1977699)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on August 10th, 2018 @ 12:56am CDT
I just pre-ordered this from Amazon Japan the other day. If Amazon US picks it up then I'll go with them, but right now after shipping I doubt EE will be that much better.
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (1977703)
Posted by ZeroWolf on August 10th, 2018 @ 1:11am CDT
I thought people may choose to get it domestically to avoid the hassle of knowing if they have to pay extra taxes or fees. In the UK we have to pay VAT on imports over a certain price (we can ask for it to be marked 'gift' or the seller will do that but it's a game of roulette as to whether you'll get caught and have to pay the taxes). Buying from a domestic supplier will mean that they will have sorted that out already and just added to the local price but I don't have to worry those things.
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (1977707)
Posted by Emerje on August 10th, 2018 @ 1:34am CDT
Well that's certainly a benefit of being American. No customs, no taxes, and no added fees. Some states expect a use-tax for online and out of state purchases, but it's done on an honor system. What we pay is our total, no surprises when they arrive.

Emerje
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (1979309)
Posted by Cyberpath on August 19th, 2018 @ 3:26pm CDT
carytheone wrote:
Cyberpath wrote:
carytheone wrote:
They still haven't fixed the canon arm so it could bend like in the original stock photos...
Not sure if I follow. Pretty sure he can pull off that pose,, mine has anyway :-?


Not as much as in the original stock photos, I'm sure. Somewhere between the prototype and final product they cut costs and limited its swing range. I even opened it to see.

Perhaps it's why they didn't tab it all the way into his shoulder in the new stock photos.
Ahhhhh..... so I see. I've never noticed that before. I did noticed that when the cannon was tabbed all the way in, tilting it up un-tabs it a bit. Still seems to pull an acceptable angle though.


Not enough. :(

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It would have improved the flying poses, too.

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Oh well. If I had a copy of the cannon I think I could tweak it, but otherwise I don't want to mess with it.
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (1980869)
Posted by Cyberpath on August 27th, 2018 @ 3:33pm CDT
MP-20+ pre-orders --

Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (1980907)
Posted by fenrir72 on August 27th, 2018 @ 7:23pm CDT
WJ looks so nekid! :lol:

It's his Alitalia endorsements that make the the Lancia Stratos shine even more (just look at Sega Rally)similar to how Martini makes the Porsche 935 turbo iconic.
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (2007298)
Posted by Cyberpath on January 29th, 2019 @ 12:19pm CST
From Phamduc (says it's a pre-release copy) --

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Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (2012030)
Posted by Cyberpath on February 22nd, 2019 @ 3:23pm CST
In-hand pix of MP-20+ --

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More pix and comparison shots with the original at:
http://higekumatoytoy.blog60.fc2.com/blog-entry-2925.html



That windshield is.. very blue.
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (2012032)
Posted by Ironhidensh on February 22nd, 2019 @ 3:40pm CST
I had completely forgotten about this. Got my payment notice the other day from HLJ. Sadly, I haven't decided if I'm gonna ship him solo, or leave him in warehouse for another purchase.
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (2012035)
Posted by Nathaniel Prime on February 22nd, 2019 @ 4:24pm CST
Ironhidensh wrote:I had completely forgotten about this. Got my payment notice the other day from HLJ. Sadly, I haven't decided if I'm gonna ship him solo, or leave him in warehouse for another purchase.


Guess it goes to show how uninterested people are in this.

My advice is to wait till you get something else from there. That way you can get combined shipping for both. Waiting a little can save you a few bucks I guess ;)
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (2012048)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on February 22nd, 2019 @ 7:21pm CST
I paid for mine today from Amazon Japan, with a 300 yen credit I got this for around $58. I can't wait.
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (2012316)
Posted by Amelie on February 25th, 2019 @ 6:32am CST
Thanks to blogger higekumatoytoy, we now have an extensive gallery of Masterpiece 20+ “anime” Wheeljack, complete with a hefty slice of comparison shots with the original MP-20 “realistic” deco and a group shot of MP20+ with MP12+ and MP17+. The over all effect is much tidier in robot mode, but the lack of detailing might deter some fans. We have mirrored some images below, but the full gallery can be found via this link.

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Have you already pre-ordered yet (or better still – has it arrived?), is the anime look simply too minimalistic for a double dip? Let us know your thoughts here on the Energon Pub at Seibertron.com.
Re: All the Details Revealed for Hasbro Release of Masterpiece MP-20+ Wheeljack Cartoon Version (2012317)
Posted by Lore Keeper on February 25th, 2019 @ 7:20am CST
I really prefer the detail and color pallet of the original MP-20. This one just feels so bare. This gallery makes me wish I had picked up the first one when it was readily available. I encountered the same thing with Sideswipe. By the time I realized I wanted him, there was only the low res Sunbow version on the market. :(

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