New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter

Sunday, February 10th, 2019 2:53PM CST

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We are still getting new images from the Winter Wonder Festival taking place in Japan right now. While the new reveals are getting all the attention, other toys we know are coming but aren't out yet were also present. Like the very divisive Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime Ver 3.0. We had images of the back of the vehicle in colour, which is something we had not seen yet. Grey model images showed the back of the cab as a mess of parts but you will let us know if it looks more uniform in colour.

This toy will be coming out in the US and Japan at the same time later this year for around $440 USD. Hasbro's release will be identical in every way, including Prime speaking Japanese, but it will have a slip cover with english on it so that it can be distributed in the US. You can get a look at a previous slip cover here to get a sense of what that will look like.

These images come from Gamerlingual and @N_A_M_E_.

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter
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Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009545)
Posted by DMSL on February 10th, 2019 @ 6:31pm CST
The more i see of him the more i like him. Hopefully we will also get an Ironhide/Ratchet version 2.0, the current mold looks horrible. They are just too lanky and the panels on the waist plus the back - it all just looks like a mess.
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009555)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on February 10th, 2019 @ 7:47pm CST
Nearly $500 for that?! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009580)
Posted by omega666 on February 10th, 2019 @ 10:43pm CST
The more I see of him the less I want him. I am VERY happy with my MP-10.
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009604)
Posted by Anonymous on February 11th, 2019 @ 3:33am CST
Hehe.. lots of very diverse opinions on here.

I am in the more i see the more i like category.. but still dont know if i will justify the price given non articulating fingers and no english sounds effects.. time will tell.
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009622)
Posted by Rodimus Knight on February 11th, 2019 @ 7:46am CST
I'm sort of waiting for it to go on sale and then consider picking it up. I do like it, but that price is terrible.
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009624)
Posted by Anonymous on February 11th, 2019 @ 7:51am CST
Yeah obv sale would be ideal.

I assume it wont reach sale in the UK..
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009626)
Posted by william-james88 on February 11th, 2019 @ 8:11am CST
Rodimus Knight wrote:I'm sort of waiting for it to go on sale and then consider picking it up. I do like it, but that price is terrible.

MPs go on sale routinely? I doubt this guy will be able to get for cheaper than the $320 you can get him for right now on Amazon Japan.
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009636)
Posted by nycPrime on February 11th, 2019 @ 8:40am CST
Agreed. I would suggest you jump on the Amazon JP option now. You still have the option of cancelling it up until close to the release date.
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009656)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 11th, 2019 @ 10:25am CST
PadForce wrote:Yeah obv sale would be ideal.

I assume it wont reach sale in the UK..

If by sale you mean "being sold in the UK" your best bet is import sites as Tru was the only one to sell Masterpieces. If you mean reduced prices...good luck with that... Will is right, amazon jp is the best option here.
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009665)
Posted by Anonymous on February 11th, 2019 @ 10:51am CST
Yeah I use Kapow toys personally, would never rely on TRU or other physical stores.

The more niche masterpieces (typically repaints) do tend to end up on sale. I guess price for MP 44 will mean lower stock will be reserved by the importers and it is less likely to go on sale. Never know though, might be surprised if people decide against shelling out so much £££ for a new version of a done to death character.

I dont think I should consider ordering through Amazon Japan at the moment because EU has free trade deal with Japan.. when Brexit happens all the packages from Japan will presumably be subject to import tax again so slaps another 20% on top of the price.. definitely not something I am willing to stomach.
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009680)
Posted by william-james88 on February 11th, 2019 @ 12:22pm CST
PadForce wrote:The more niche masterpieces (typically repaints) do tend to end up on sale. I guess price for MP 44 will mean lower stock will be reserved by the importers and it is less likely to go on sale. Never know though, might be surprised if people decide against shelling out so much £££ for a new version of a done to death character.

Yeah, you'd think, but so far there is only evidence against it. People are still calling foul for a $50 Optimus G1 cab and yet at the same time people are trying to find one. Same with all those G1 bees sold on e-bay for $20. There was diselief at the price of MP Megatron and MP BW Dinobot followed by both toys selling out Dinobot selling for a freakish amount on the secondary market. And what about Siege Shockwave who is being atacked with torches and pitchforks for being a leader price? That toy is hard to find too since a bunch of fans nabbed him. And now we have Optimus Prime, the main character of the franchise, if only a small bit of fans who know him want him that will still be a bunch of sales.

If those expensive statues have a market, then a $400 fully transforming toy does too.
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009685)
Posted by sol magnus on February 11th, 2019 @ 12:39pm CST
I'm going to get one (Lord help me).
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009690)
Posted by Anonymous on February 11th, 2019 @ 1:03pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
PadForce wrote:The more niche masterpieces (typically repaints) do tend to end up on sale. I guess price for MP 44 will mean lower stock will be reserved by the importers and it is less likely to go on sale. Never know though, might be surprised if people decide against shelling out so much £££ for a new version of a done to death character.

Yeah, you'd think, but so far there is only evidence against it. People are still calling foul for a $50 Optimus G1 cab and yet at the same time people are trying to find one. Same with all those G1 bees sold on e-bay for $20. There was diselief at the price of MP Megatron and MP BW Dinobot followed by both toys selling out Dinobot selling for a freakish amount on the secondary market. And what about Siege Shockwave who is being atacked with torches and pitchforks for being a leader price? That toy is hard to find too since a bunch of fans nabbed him. And now we have Optimus Prime, the main character of the franchise, if only a small bit of fans who know him want him that will still be a bunch of sales.

If those expensive statues have a market, then a $400 fully transforming toy does too.


Yes i agree.. its whh im not holding out hope of getting a discount. Ill potentially see what the importers put it on at and then see how i am feeling.
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009749)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 11th, 2019 @ 6:18pm CST
The mess of the hitch area is a lot less visible with all that blue on it
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2009769)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on February 11th, 2019 @ 7:05pm CST
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:The mess of the hitch area is a lot less visible with all that blue on it


Plus it's in a place no one normally look.
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2010311)
Posted by ksquad80 on February 14th, 2019 @ 9:39pm CST
Does anyone think that there will be a high-quality 3rd-party reproduction of MP-44?

I picked up the Infinite Transformations E.O.D. copy of MP-36 and I am really happy with it. It was $80 shipped on eBay, which was justifiable to my budget (the $250 for MP-36 was not). With MP-44 going for $350-$450, I'm back in the same boat in even deeper water.

Further, does anyone know what kind of timeline is typical for the 3rd-party copies to appear after the Masterpiece release.

Sorry if this upsets anyone who are Takara purists and don't like aftermarket rips. It just is what it is, my wallet isn't as fat as I'd like.
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2010366)
Posted by starfish on February 15th, 2019 @ 12:33am CST
Disdain for this kind of behaviour is nothing to do with being a Takara purist, and everything to do with respect for the law.

I can’t afford a Ferrari, but that doesn’t justify me stealing one!!!
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2010378)
Posted by Anonymous on February 15th, 2019 @ 2:22am CST
Id usually agree with the sentiment but the poster is not stealing.. and the demand only exists here because the official prices are so ludicrous. In this instance i think the company is making a rod for its own back.

I for one didnt hesitate to grab a KO ratbat because like f**k was i shelling out £100 - £150 for essentially a second soundwave just to have all the cassettes.

Looking at MP44, are they offering an english speaking version? No. Are they offering a cheaper non electronics version? No. Are they offering a cab only version? No.

Taking your Ferrari annecdote.. its more like wanting a DB9 10 - 15 years ago when they were the car to have, then deciding to buy the Jaguar sports car that basically copied the silhouette and cost £40k less.
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2010385)
Posted by starfish on February 15th, 2019 @ 3:07am CST
It’s theft, pure and simple. It’s like buying a knock-off DVD. The price that Takara is charging is immaterial. It doesn’t matter if MP Ratbat costs $1000 or $1, if it’s a KO it’s illegal, and by owning one, you’re a party to that.

Justify it to yourself all you want, but don’t expect everyone to agree with you.

And your Jaguar example doesn’t prove anything. You’re essentially saying “someone else got away with it, so I should be able to, also.” So by your argument, does that mean I’m allowed to burgle your house, just because other burglars have occasionally gone unpunished?
Re: New Images of Transformers Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 from Wonder Festival 2019 Winter (2010387)
Posted by Anonymous on February 15th, 2019 @ 3:43am CST
Yep, and im fine with that because in my opinion if companies make decisons that make their products unobtainable then they deserve others providing completing products. Its capitalism.

Its not like buying a knock off dvd because dvd prices are not unobtainable. It would be like buying a knock off version of the 2007 Transformers movie if to get the official movie you had to buy a life size Sam Witwicky manequin with it.

Confused by your response ont he Jaguar example - the whole point is that example is perfectly legal, yet you respond with burglary that is clearly illegal?

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