EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada

EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada

Friday, December 7th, 2018 1:49pm CST

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Posted by: william-james88   Views: 17,830

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Hasbro will be distributing Takara's Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada through EB Games. The price is $600 CAD before taxes. While the price is high, the fact that this is at EB games means that there is a chance some fans could get this for much cheaper due to trade ins. The release date is August 30, 2019, which leads to believe that the release date of the same toy on Entertainment Earth may be wrong. This toy should be avalable at the end of August across the planet. The listing where you can preorder the item is here.


DESCRIPTION
Making a third appearance into the Transformers Masterpiece line is the brave leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime. This version of Optimus will feature a more cartoon accurate styling.

Product Features
Masterpiece scale
Made of plastic and die-cast
Fully poseable
Third version of Optimus Prime
Box Contents
Optimus Prime figure
Trailer
Rifle
Energy axe
Jet pack
Rover (Rollar)
2 Energy spikes
3 Heads
Optimus Head
Optimus Mask
Starscream Head
Matrix of Leadership
Starscream's shoulder pieces
Battle damaged piece
Energon pump with hose and nozzle


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Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997512)
Posted by ZeroWolf on December 7th, 2018 @ 3:03pm CST
Ouch 600 eh? Does that work out the same or more expensive then the American price after conversion? Also Scram, what are you planning on trading in to lower that price :lol:
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997514)
Posted by Jeffrohurt on December 7th, 2018 @ 3:09pm CST
If you have a Platinum membership, you usually get 10% off the price. The old lady's membership finally comes in handy! Yes!
Hopefully, by the time this comes out, the price will drop to a more realistic level... :roll:
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997515)
Posted by galvatron00 on December 7th, 2018 @ 3:11pm CST
ZeroWolf wrote:Ouch 600 eh? Does that work out the same or more expensive then the American price after conversion? Also Scram, what are you planning on trading in to lower that price :lol:
I'm sure I can find some vidjo goimes. Or even a spare iPhone or two. SOMETHING!! Or, I'll stop being lazy and go eBay all the spare stuff!
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997517)
Posted by nycPrime on December 7th, 2018 @ 3:41pm CST
Not sure if it's an option for Canada, but Amazon JP is the best option for the US.
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997525)
Posted by william-james88 on December 7th, 2018 @ 5:20pm CST
nycPrime wrote:Not sure if it's an option for Canada, but Amazon JP is the best option for the US.

Its an option and the best one. We do of course have to pay an extra 50$ more than the US for duty.
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997530)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on December 7th, 2018 @ 5:36pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
nycPrime wrote:Not sure if it's an option for Canada, but Amazon JP is the best option for the US.

Its an option and the best one. We do of course have to pay an extra 50$ more than the US for duty.

Yeah but $50 when it comes to Masterpiece is pretty negligible right?

Then again I did just get MPM-05 because it was $50 cheaper than normal...
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997532)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on December 7th, 2018 @ 5:44pm CST
I may never, ever buy that thing. However, I just want to be reassured that if by some freak accident I have the cash and the will to buy that ludicrously expensive Optimus,

WILL I BE ABLE TO BUY IT IN A QUEBEC E.B GAMES STORE?

HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM?????????????
(Also, screw you, Toys R Us.)


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Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997546)
Posted by Emerje on December 7th, 2018 @ 8:03pm CST
With all of the talk about Prime's truck mode and if it's realistic (which by definition doesn't mean real or even real-referenced) or not, nobody seemed to look at a more obvious reference point:

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There are a lot of similarities in the colors and how they're laid out and not only found on the cartoon model (unpainted grab bars and wipers), but also has the same unrealistic over sized rivets (real rivets are much smaller, even on MP-10 and MPM-4). And think about it, MPs so far have striven for two types of accuracy: cartoon or toy, so when an alt mode can't be based on something in the real world then they're either going to go for cartoon or toy accuracy. I look at MP-44's alt mode as a cross between the G1 toy and the cartoon and think they did a pretty good job of it.

As for the fuel tanks, yeah, they aren't great and covered with a lot of stuff, but they were square on MP-10 as well. In both cases it was a compromise for the bot mode that I don't think it hurts the truck mode any.

Emerje
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997555)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on December 7th, 2018 @ 8:51pm CST
I think it does on MP-44. Yeah, the tanks on MP-10 are boxy, but they're still 3D. The ones on MP-44.. ugh. They end up looking more like flat panels than anything else and it just looks stupid as hell to me.
And I reiterate that dumbing the appearance down to the limits of the original toys and the cartoon is a step in the wrong direction, as is the overuse of faux parts in a foolhardy attempt to capture cartoon proportions that were never consistently drawn in the first place.
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997587)
Posted by Combat Zero on December 8th, 2018 @ 1:29am CST
Another MP Convoy/Prime, this time a little more cartoon-accurate. I wonder if they’re going to make one that’s accurate to his original G1 toy next like they did with Megatron. :-?
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997589)
Posted by Emerje on December 8th, 2018 @ 1:34am CST
Maybe it's a perception thing? I look at the fuel tanks and I see them as being full size, but covered. My brain just assumes they extend past what I can see. To me that's a fine illusion to use.

As far as cartoon accuracy goes, don't forget that this is the same company that painted up Hot Rod to look like an animation error from a season they didn't even initially get until years later. Personally the attempt at animation "accuracy" is everything I've ever wanted in a Transformers line since I was a kid in the '80s. For me the shift in direction for the MP line from toy accuracy to cartoon accuracy is the best thing to ever happen to the Transformers franchise, despite the required sacrifices in the transformation. As much as I like MP-44 I actually wish the truck mode went FURTHER and removed the rivets and gave him big square headlights (wipers optional).

To each their own.

Emerje
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997592)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on December 8th, 2018 @ 2:10am CST
That illusion would maybe work if this was a streamlined/semi-streamlined truck like the Classics Voyager. But since it's not, since it's the plain old G1 unshrouded block, it fails. Especially with the mess of the bed visible. And it's an attempted illusion that wouldn't be necessary if the legs weren't stupidly overengineered.

I think they ought to go back to adding what the cartoon added without subtracting what it had to leave out. To me, the including the visual dumbing-down (especially in not only the deco but the molding as well) makes him no more a masterpiece than a junked vintage Optimus with worn and missing stickers would be. No matter how involved the engineering is. In fact, the more overly complicated the engineering the less of a Masterpiece he is. I think they should stick to adding enough complexity to capture accuracy on key points (like the square forearms in Optimus' case) as needed while maintaining enough simplicity to feel like the G1 transformation in spirit as much as possible.
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997607)
Posted by Emerje on December 8th, 2018 @ 6:21am CST
Speak of his legs and over-engineering, if you look around his feet you can see some red bits even though the rear of the truck is all blue. That means some part of his legs is made from the cab, how crazy is that? Makes me wonder just how much of the inside of the red cab is actually blue. :shock: I suspect they've taken some inspiration from the movie Leader Primes.

Emerje
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997613)
Posted by Webz on December 8th, 2018 @ 8:37am CST
Speculation is that the legs store all 6 wheels, and that the red bit is the cab wheel wells. Seems feasible, knowing the origami that was MP36.
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997627)
Posted by Cyberpath on December 8th, 2018 @ 11:55am CST
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I like the truck-form more and more. Most of the time on the cartoon, Optimus had angular fuel tanks. The cylindrical ones were "rare" like the stripes. And like someone else here said, I too see the cab as a sort of mix between realistic-looking and cartoon-accurate.
The overall look evokes the cartoon, with a blend of "real world" surface details -- and little "edits" like the bumper and lights that will make him look good with the licensed sports cars.
I hope there won't be any alignment defects to the truck bed. The 360 turn-arounds of the alt-mode look off. Takara has been getting kind of sloppy with their photos so hopefully it's just that.
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997632)
Posted by william-james88 on December 8th, 2018 @ 12:28pm CST
Cyberpath wrote:Image

I forget who it was that was saying the truck mode was not at all like the cartoon, but yeah I see it now. And thats odd, so they change the truck mode details but retain the minimalist cartoon colouring.
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997643)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on December 8th, 2018 @ 2:17pm CST
THERE'S SIDE MIRRORS ON THE TOY WHEN IN THE TOON THERE ARE NOT!

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Seriously, why not going ALL THE WAY with cartoon accuracy?
Also, a 600$CAN normal MSRP... Holy mother fo :shock:
Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997648)
Posted by Cyberpath on December 8th, 2018 @ 2:28pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
Cyberpath wrote:Image

I forget who it was that was saying the truck mode was not at all like the cartoon, but yeah I see it now. And thats odd, so they change the truck mode details but retain the minimalist cartoon colouring.


How about now?

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Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997929)
Posted by megatronus on December 9th, 2018 @ 8:54pm CST
itscramtastic wrote:Some people just don't get jokes.

Or Transformers references. :lol:

Mmm... jokes...

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Re: EB Games to get Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3 in Canada (1997943)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on December 9th, 2018 @ 10:55pm CST
You know... I'm starting to wonder that since G1 Prime never had his make identified, if TakaraTomy actually sought out a license for a lookalike truck for this release :-?

Nah...

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