Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus

Transformers News: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 4:15AM CST

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We have, after a long stint of radio silence, a new image of the latest offering from the Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece line: the Targetmaster version of Hot Rodimus, relabelled as MP-40! The image, mirrored below from the Singaporean fan group on Facebook Planet Iacon, only really shows the box for the figure, with the Long Life Design Award label and very minor shots of the Targetmaster itself, only in weapon mode on the stock photography. You can take a closer look in one of our previous articles covering the set, here, and join the conversation in the Energon Pub!

Transformers News: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus
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Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1938244)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 13th, 2018 @ 10:35am CST
Can't wait Can't wait Can't wait!

He should be coming in a few weeks, I'm hyped.
Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1938380)
Posted by Acesmcgee on February 13th, 2018 @ 4:44pm CST
I loved this Hot Rod mold, but I may pick this up only if I find it on sale at some point. The rebirth color scheme is interesting for a talking point. Actually, you know what, I may pick this up as a gift for a friend who always threatens to steal my Hot Rod.
Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1938836)
Posted by Va'al on February 15th, 2018 @ 4:19am CST
Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1941483)
Posted by Va'al on February 22nd, 2018 @ 11:38am CST
Courtesy of site sponsor RobotKingdom, we have some new images of the Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece release of MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus, and specifically of the collector coin that will accompany the Hasbro Asia (outside of Japan) releases of the new offering in the line.

You can find the image of the coin in its carded sleeve below, with the latter sporting the iconic Hot Rod chest / car hood flames, and the coin itself showing the Targetmaster name under Rodimus' face. Check it out, alongside some tiny robot Firebolt images too, which was first seen with the MP-9 version of the character!











Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1941724)
Posted by Cyberpath on February 23rd, 2018 @ 4:52am CST

In-hand pix..


- - - From げんもん Photo Vault - - -


















- - - From @Alfes2010 - - -



















Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1941834)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 23rd, 2018 @ 12:04pm CST
Thanks to a heads up from our resident Takara expert Cyberpath, we now have some new in-hand images of the new Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus with Firebolt! The new masterpiece figure is a redeco of the original MP-28 mold, with fewer accessories and the added inclusion of his Targetmaster Firebolt, which itself is a redeco of the Hasbro exclusive masterpiece that came with Hasbro's Rodimus Prime. The new paint work is also based on the Generation 1 3-part episode "The Rebirth."

Check out all the new in hand images, courtesy of げんもん Photo Vault and アルフェス2010:ひげひげ休止. Let us know what you think of this Msaterpiece in the comments section below!























Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1942042)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on February 24th, 2018 @ 2:09am CST
I'll have mine Monday. Can't wait to fiddle with the Targetmaster
Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1942044)
Posted by Cyberpath on February 24th, 2018 @ 2:37am CST

Comparison pic --


Source: @Kazumasa_yskn

Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1942054)
Posted by Va'al on February 24th, 2018 @ 4:22am CST
Thanks to a tip from fellow Seibertronian Cyberpath, we have a couple more in-hand images of Takara Tomy's latest figure in the Transformers Masterpiece line compared to a previous iteration of the same character (and mold, really): MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus with Targetmaster Firebolt, joined my MP-28 Hot Rodimus.

This set below, via Japanese toy bloggers Alfes2010 and Kazumasa_yskn, is to be enjoyed accompanied by the previous batch of images reported on here! You can see there are a couple of differences, especially the darker hue of the latest version of the character - but are they enough to make you double dip, or were you waiting for this version anyway? Let us know in the Energon Pub discussion boards!












Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1942056)
Posted by DMSL on February 24th, 2018 @ 4:40am CST
Looks nice, but i already have the first one so i will pass on this. I hope they fixed the clearance issue in carmode. Having a carmode that can't roll is a little silly.
Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1942139)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on February 24th, 2018 @ 1:54pm CST
It looks like from these pics Roddy can hold Firebolt fine. Unless they changed the mold from the US MP09 release
Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1942149)
Posted by dragons on February 24th, 2018 @ 2:55pm CST
Something always wanted to know since Takara made hotrod master piece figure solo will they release new rodimus figure solo ?
Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1942171)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on February 24th, 2018 @ 4:42pm CST
My only complaint about the TM version is the white on the crotch piece. If it was orange or burgundy like the rest of it, it would be fine. Otherwise, MP-40 looks better than MP-28 color scheme wise.
Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1942210)
Posted by Ultra Markus on February 24th, 2018 @ 6:48pm CST
its a bit funny that takara that has this target master Hotrod when Hotrod was never a targetmaster in the japanese only Headmasters show only ended up being Rodimus Prime again
but still a nice rendition though ;)^
Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1942225)
Posted by bvzxa on February 24th, 2018 @ 7:43pm CST
chuckdawg1999 wrote:It looks like from these pics Roddy can hold Firebolt fine. Unless they changed the mold from the US MP09 release


MP-9 is the old style of the mold. He is waay larger than MP-28/MP-40
Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1942231)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on February 24th, 2018 @ 8:53pm CST
bvzxa wrote:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:It looks like from these pics Roddy can hold Firebolt fine. Unless they changed the mold from the US MP09 release


MP-9 is the old style of the mold. He is waay larger than MP-28/MP-40
I think chuck was talking about the Targetmaster. Looks like he's just a repaint of Offshoot from the TRU MP Rodimus Prime release.
Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1942232)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on February 24th, 2018 @ 9:00pm CST
bvzxa wrote:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:It looks like from these pics Roddy can hold Firebolt fine. Unless they changed the mold from the US MP09 release


MP-9 is the old style of the mold. He is waay larger than MP-28/MP-40


He meant Firebolt, which was originally a Hasbro add-on for their release of MP-9, sans trailer:


Transformers Masterpiece Offshoot Gallery

And from the looks of it, his grip has been retooled:



That's the original, don't want to hot link anything from Alfes.
Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1942253)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 24th, 2018 @ 10:29pm CST
Rodimus Prime wrote:My only complaint about the TM version is the white on the crotch piece. If it was orange or burgundy like the rest of it, it would be fine. Otherwise, MP-40 looks better than MP-28 color scheme wise.
We have AKOM to thank for that, with their tendency to misinterpret Hot Rod's crotch piece as being his car mode's windshield:

Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1942305)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on February 25th, 2018 @ 2:15am CST
Still looks pretty poor. Not keen on the burgundy colour (that should be solely for Rodimus Prime, not his Hot Rod persona) and that highlight attempt on the legs just doesn't work.

If only we could buy the Targetmasters seperately. They're so much better at looking like decent guns that the crummy mis-use of the Pretenders in PotP.
Re: Box Image of Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (1942327)
Posted by Cyberpath on February 25th, 2018 @ 6:15am CST
Sabrblade wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:My only complaint about the TM version is the white on the crotch piece. If it was orange or burgundy like the rest of it, it would be fine. Otherwise, MP-40 looks better than MP-28 color scheme wise.
We have AKOM to thank for that, with their tendency to misinterpret Hot Rod's crotch piece as being his car mode's windshield:



I don't think that AKOM misinterpreted Hot Rod's pelvis though, they were just working off the colour guides that Sunbow had supplied them (usually outdated ones compared to TOEI, and to the other studio in season 2.) I don't think that AKOM came up with their own decos. Perhaps this implies that at some point in the design-process Hot Rod's windshield area transformed into his pelvis.


Preliminary Rodimus Prime model cel.



The "unknown studio" received even older models for some of the characters in season 3 (Starscream's Ghost; Only Human.)
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