Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure

Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 8:04am CDT

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Fellow Seibertronian Logan. has shared a Transformers Asia post on the boards, showing the Hasbro Asia exclusive add-on accessory that will accompany the Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple: it looks like there'll be a small Ultra Magnus die-cast minifigure coming our way! Check out the teaser below, and discuss the new in the Energon Pub.

Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Promotion
Get this special design die-cast metal mini figure free when preorder “ MP-35 Grapple " at selected stores in Asia, while supplies Last !
Available to Asia (Exclude Japan)


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This article was last modified on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 8:14am CDT

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Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1829104)
Posted by shajaki on September 28th, 2016 @ 8:10am CDT
Again with this... why? :???:
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1829129)
Posted by william-james88 on September 28th, 2016 @ 9:44am CDT
Wait, there is something I dont get. Is it new that Transforemrs Asia handles the MP releases? Because I thought it was Hasbro Asia who handled them and they wre the ones providing the coin and such (and distributing them in australia).
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1829130)
Posted by Va'al on September 28th, 2016 @ 9:48am CDT
william-james88 wrote:Wait, there is something I dont get. Is it new that Transforemrs Asia handles the MP releases? Because I thought it was Hasbro Asia who handled them and they wre the ones providing the coin and such (and distributing them in australia).


Takara distributes in Japan, Hasbro Asia in the rest of the Asian market, with links to Australia too. In addition to the regular Takara accessories, they usually have the coin, and recently some other stuff too. :)
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1829131)
Posted by william-james88 on September 28th, 2016 @ 9:52am CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:
william-james88 wrote:Wait, there is something I dont get. Is it new that Transforemrs Asia handles the MP releases? Because I thought it was Hasbro Asia who handled them and they wre the ones providing the coin and such (and distributing them in australia).


Takara distributes in Japan, Hasbro Asia in the rest of the Asian market, with links to Australia too. In addition to the regular Takara accessories, they usually have the coin, and recently some other stuff too. :)

But if you look at the official pics again, you will notice that they arent from HAsbro asia but from Transformers Asia instead who is a 3p licencee (like funpub) who reissues previously used molds like Shattered Glass Optimus, Ultimate Movie Prime and now (it seems) the MP toys.

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Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1829132)
Posted by Va'al on September 28th, 2016 @ 9:57am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Dr Va'al wrote:
william-james88 wrote:Wait, there is something I dont get. Is it new that Transforemrs Asia handles the MP releases? Because I thought it was Hasbro Asia who handled them and they wre the ones providing the coin and such (and distributing them in australia).


Takara distributes in Japan, Hasbro Asia in the rest of the Asian market, with links to Australia too. In addition to the regular Takara accessories, they usually have the coin, and recently some other stuff too. :)

But if you look at the official pics again, you will notice that they arent from HAsbro asia but from Transformers Asia instead who is a 3p licencee (like funpub) who reissues previously used molds like Shattered Glass Optimus, Ultimate Movie Prime and now (it seems) the MP toys.

Image

Image


Huh. So it is.
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1829144)
Posted by shajaki on September 28th, 2016 @ 11:05am CDT
This whole Takara - Hasbro Asia - Transformers Asia - thing, is confusing. Not really the idea, but to get straight who's doing what.
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1829161)
Posted by william-james88 on September 28th, 2016 @ 12:22pm CDT
shajaki wrote:This whole Takara - Hasbro Asia - Transformers Asia - thing, is confusing. Not really the idea, but to get straight who's doing what.

Yes. So now I am wondering are there 3 different companies releasing Grappel? Like will there be a version of him just coming with the coin and then another where he comes with the coin and die cast figure? Or will the die cast figure version not come with a coin?
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1829173)
Posted by Cyberpath on September 28th, 2016 @ 12:58pm CDT
shajaki wrote:Again with this... why? :???:


Probably because Takara got all his accessories covered in the original release. :))
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1829421)
Posted by william-james88 on September 29th, 2016 @ 9:58am CDT
shajaki wrote:This whole Takara - Hasbro Asia - Transformers Asia - thing, is confusing. Not really the idea, but to get straight who's doing what.


I think Ironhide is the only one getting released by 3 different companies. The ones since are only released by Transformers Asia who seems to be replacing Hasbro Asia for the release of MPs. Sadly that means the coinc collections are at an end and will be replaced by a collection of die cast minifigures.
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1829443)
Posted by shajaki on September 29th, 2016 @ 10:59am CDT
That sucks.

Coins > Minifigs
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1829445)
Posted by william-james88 on September 29th, 2016 @ 11:14am CDT
shajaki wrote:That sucks.

Coins > Minifigs

What sucks to me is that they are abandoning a set to start a new one.
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1834651)
Posted by Cyberpath on October 19th, 2016 @ 5:30am CDT
Nothing new to report, just wanted to share the model sheet of the Solar Power Blueprints --

Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1843643)
Posted by sol magnus on November 27th, 2016 @ 7:21pm CST
Can't decide which helmet color I'm going to go with.
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1861158)
Posted by Va'al on February 19th, 2017 @ 8:12am CST
Some stragglers from the news out of Wonderfest 2017, in Tokyo, Japan, include the Takara Tomy Masterpiece and Unite Warriors line - the first update is for the MP-35 figure, a redeco and newly accessorised Inferno: Grapple! Not a lot of love for this yellow guy, but check out two images below.

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Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1861280)
Posted by sol magnus on February 19th, 2017 @ 4:27pm CST
I'm still getting him.
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1861394)
Posted by fenrir72 on February 19th, 2017 @ 11:32pm CST
Just noticed this. Related to the Inferno mold. Takara didn't just do a lazy recolor.In order to make each unique, they added extra molding on Grapple's side shoulders and shins that were absent in Inferno.

So it wasn't lazy but intentional to "personalized" them. Same with Artfire who is a hybrid of both molds.
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1861425)
Posted by Cyberpath on February 20th, 2017 @ 4:33am CST
fenrir72 wrote:Just noticed this. Related to the Inferno mold. Takara didn't just do a lazy recolor.In order to make each unique, they added extra molding on Grapple's side shoulders and shins that were absent in Inferno.

So it wasn't lazy but intentional to "personalized" them. Same with Artfire who is a hybrid of both molds.



Yes, according to Takara, Inferno and Grapple have only 50% parts in common, and here they are:

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The rest was retooled.

Here's a chart showing some of the differences --

viewtopic.php?t=107790&p=1827584#p1823081


I think Artfire is a straight up redeco of Inferno.
     
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1861441)
Posted by fenrir72 on February 20th, 2017 @ 7:51am CST
Cyberpath wrote:
fenrir72 wrote:Just noticed this. Related to the Inferno mold. Takara didn't just do a lazy recolor.In order to make each unique, they added extra molding on Grapple's side shoulders and shins that were absent in Inferno.

So it wasn't lazy but intentional to "personalized" them. Same with Artfire who is a hybrid of both molds.



Yes, according to Takara, Inferno and Grapple have only 50% parts in common, and here they are:

Image

The rest was retooled.

Here's a chart showing some of the differences --

viewtopic.php?t=107790&p=1827584#p1823081


I think Artfire is a straight up redeco of Inferno.
     


Artfire has that disc like thingie on his shoulders. Like Grapple's.
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1861639)
Posted by Relic0037 on February 20th, 2017 @ 10:01pm CST
Even if he is highly retooled, the Inferno mold was one of the better recent Masterpieces, so Grapple should be an excellent addition to the line. I look forward to getting ahold of one.
Re: Transformers Asia Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple Exclusive Die-Cast Minifigure (1862321)
Posted by Cyberpath on February 23rd, 2017 @ 7:41am CST
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