Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive

Transformers News: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive

Friday, July 8th, 2016 12:27PM CDT

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Believe it or not, Takara has never released MP-11SW Skywarp in Japan. The only release of this toy so far was the Hasbro Asia release that was available in China and international web retailers. For those in Japan who never got a chance to own this toy, we have some good news for you, directly from TakaraTomyMall, as it looks like the figure will be released this year, with pre-order periods running from July 11 , 2016 (Mon ) 12:00 noon to July 27 (Wed. ) 13:00. The catch, of course, is that it will be a Japan Takara Tomy Mall exclusive with limited quantities of 2,000 items. Unlike the usual Takara Tomy Mall exclusives, the Asian release was done long before, so it is not certain that there will be another Asian release of this product that can be sold internationally.
For those outside Japan wishing to own him, you have to be a bit creative and find professional middlemen who can ship it to an adress outside Japan, like specialized shipping company Tenso.
Still, another chance to grab a teleporting seeker is not one to pass on - refresh your memory with our gallery right here, and check out some further stock images mirrored below!

Transformers News: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive

Transformers News: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive

Transformers News: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive
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Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1803993)
Posted by Deathsanras on July 8th, 2016 @ 12:36pm CDT
Maybe these ones won't be opened at the factory...
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1804081)
Posted by LegendaryAntiHero on July 8th, 2016 @ 4:43pm CDT
I'm glad Takara is giving us another chance to get these figures
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1804094)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on July 8th, 2016 @ 5:25pm CDT
It still baffles me that Takara would produce a "Masterpiece" Skywarp with those weird shoulder, wrist, and "pectoral" pin stripes, making him far less screen accurate, especially now that the Masterpiece line is catering to that preference more than ever before. I know that's how it ended up for the Hasbro Asia market release a few years ago, but as this is being released only in Takara Tomy's home market, Japan, you'd think they could make a few changes to the paint apps? That's really all it would take.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1804096)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 8th, 2016 @ 5:27pm CDT
Wolfman Jake wrote:It still baffles me that Takara would produce a "Masterpiece" Skywarp with those weird shoulder, wrist, and "pectoral" pin stripes, making him far less screen accurate, especially now that the Masterpiece line is catering to that preference more than ever before. I know that's how it ended up for the Hasbro Asia market release a few years ago, but as this is being released only in Takara Tomy's home market, Japan, you'd think they could make a few changes to the paint apps? That's really all it would take.
Think of this as like Takara's release of Hasbro's MP Acid Storm. A straight reissue for the main Japanese market of a foreign market figure.

Otherwise, Takara's release of Acid Storm ought to have been recolored as, well... this:

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Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1804098)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on July 8th, 2016 @ 5:33pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Wolfman Jake wrote:It still baffles me that Takara would produce a "Masterpiece" Skywarp with those weird shoulder, wrist, and "pectoral" pin stripes, making him far less screen accurate, especially now that the Masterpiece line is catering to that preference more than ever before. I know that's how it ended up for the Hasbro Asia market release a few years ago, but as this is being released only in Takara Tomy's home market, Japan, you'd think they could make a few changes to the paint apps? That's really all it would take.
Think of this as like Takara's release of Hasbro's MP Acid Storm. A straight reissue for the main Japanese market of a foreign market figure.

Otherwise, Takara's release of Acid Storm ought to have been recolored as, well... this:

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Acid Storm is quite a D-List character, though. Skywarp is an established A-lister, part of an iconic trio of characters. It's annoying that he doesn't "match" his mold-mates Starscream and Thundercracker. Heck, Takara's Sunstorm does a better job of conforming to the "seeker trio" paint scheme. That's just weird.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1804099)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 8th, 2016 @ 5:41pm CDT
Wolfman Jake wrote:Acid Storm is quite a D-List character, though. Skywarp is an established A-lister, part of an iconic trio of characters. It's annoying that he doesn't "match" his mold-mates Starscream and Thundercracker. Heck, Takara's Sunstorm does a better job of conforming to the "seeker trio" paint scheme. That's just weird.
Takara's Sunstorm is a good example to bring up since, cartoon-wise, he's just as obscure in the show as Acid Storm was (arguably even moreso since Sunstorm was only seen in one shot of the one episode he showed up in, while Acid Storm got more screentime with multiple shots in the episode he appeared in) and yet received a deco that was very beholden to his single onscreen appearance:
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Sunstorm may be more known in external media, but strictly speaking of the cartoon, he's even lower tier than Acid Storm, Nova Storm, and Ion Storm.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1804111)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on July 8th, 2016 @ 8:47pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Wolfman Jake wrote:Acid Storm is quite a D-List character, though. Skywarp is an established A-lister, part of an iconic trio of characters. It's annoying that he doesn't "match" his mold-mates Starscream and Thundercracker. Heck, Takara's Sunstorm does a better job of conforming to the "seeker trio" paint scheme. That's just weird.
Takara's Sunstorm is a good example to bring up since, cartoon-wise, he's just as obscure in the show as Acid Storm was (arguably even moreso since Sunstorm was only seen in one shot of the one episode he showed up in, while Acid Storm got more screentime with multiple shots in the episode he appeared in) and yet received a deco that was very beholden to his single onscreen appearance:
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Sunstorm may be more known in external media, but strictly speaking of the cartoon, he's even lower tier than Acid Storm, Nova Storm, and Ion Storm.


Which just begs the question even more: What the hell, Takara Tomy!? Give poor Skywarp a break!
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1804135)
Posted by SeventhSage on July 9th, 2016 @ 1:51am CDT
That's it. I'm moving to Japan.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1804634)
Posted by william-james88 on July 11th, 2016 @ 2:34pm CDT
SeventhSage wrote:That's it. I'm moving to Japan.

Dont need to . Turns out Hasbro Asia is making a simultaneous reissue of their skywarp and you can get it at BBTS and TFSource for 189$ (so 10$ cheaper than initially).
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1850902)
Posted by william-james88 on January 6th, 2017 @ 10:20pm CST
This is surprising, it turns out there is an actual difference between the most recent release of Masterpiece Skywarp and the Hasbro Asia release of two years ago. It was taken for granted that the previous Hasbro Asia release was simply the Takara release to be sold outside Japan but that is not the case. Fellow Seibertronian Powered Convoy, (Randy of the Allspark) has done a write up of the differences between the recent release and the one from two years ago, and seperated them between what he finds better, worse and inconsequential. This means that there is indeed a distinction between the Takara version of MP 11 Skywarp and the Hasbro version, even though North America has yet to see this toy released. How do you completionists feel? Were you aware? Does it look like one of them is sporting the movie Decepticon symbol? Let us know.

The Good:
- Black painted biceps and knees are now black plastic
- Chest fans are considerably darker
- Joints are really nice and tight (unlike Thrust and his wobbly waist), though this isn’t any better than the original
- Heel spurs, and jet exhausts are darker

The Bad:
- Torso area behind his biceps is no longer painted silver, just silver plastic
- Bottom of shoulder pylons are considerably darker

The Indifferent:
- Purple is much warmer purple
- Symbols are lighter
- Chest missiles are darker
- Silver feet detail is darker
- Buttocks is black plastic
- Yellow wing paint is lighter and does not extend past molded detail
- Window is lighter but less clear

So really nice. I do like the old purple better, though this purple is similar to what was on the Henkei (not exactly the same). The biceps and knees being cast in black rather than painted is a definite improvement. As they are kind of distracting on the original. The lack of paint on the chest section is disappointing.

So it’s a matter of how much the change in purple bothers you (if it does at all) and how much the lack of paint (good for the biceps & knees, bad for the torso section) matter to you.

Looking at them from here, the black plastic biceps and darker chest fans are winning me over right now. You can’t lose with either of them. The ideal for me would be the 2016 version with the 2014 purple and painted chest part.

In all the pics the China 2014 version is on the left, the Japanese 2016 on the right.

Randy



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Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1850911)
Posted by shajaki on January 6th, 2017 @ 10:38pm CST
Huh. Do I need to buy another MP11SW? 8-} #-o
Also, was this aimed at me?
william-james88 wrote:How do you completionists feel?
:lol:

Luckily, I prefer everything on the original. But I don't know if my neurosis can let this slide....
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1850915)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 6th, 2017 @ 10:55pm CST
Oh wow. I didn't expect to see Randy's comparison posted here. I'd forgotten he'd done it, tbh. :oops:
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1850920)
Posted by william-james88 on January 6th, 2017 @ 11:06pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:Oh wow. I didn't expect to see Randy's comparison posted here. I'd forgotten he'd done it, tbh. :oops:

Hes a member of ours too and no one elsehad done such a comparison.

And Shajaki, while I was hoping you would respond, I think you aren't the only cpmpletionist and I am always hoping to find others who can share their hopes and frustrations. But you are by far the most vocal, and I am thankful.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1850922)
Posted by RiddlerJ on January 6th, 2017 @ 11:08pm CST
Is it possible that Masterpiece Skywarp will show up in US Markets like Starscream recently did?
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1850923)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 6th, 2017 @ 11:09pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Oh wow. I didn't expect to see Randy's comparison posted here. I'd forgotten he'd done it, tbh. :oops:

Hes a member of ours too and no one elsehad done such a comparison.
I know he is. I just... forgot that he did this.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1850941)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on January 7th, 2017 @ 12:31am CST
shajaki wrote:Huh. Do I need to buy another MP11SW? 8-} #-o
Also, was this aimed at me?
william-james88 wrote:How do you completionists feel?
:lol:

Luckily, I prefer everything on the original. But I don't know if my neurosis can let this slide....


No, it won't. Oh no it won't. :-$
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1850942)
Posted by Relic0037 on January 7th, 2017 @ 12:36am CST
Both versions look fine. I don't see any reason to get the new version, unless you missed the previous release or if you need to own every version of Skywarp out there,
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1850974)
Posted by BW Megatron on January 7th, 2017 @ 8:38am CST
All I have is the Hasbro MP-3 mold Walmart exclusive and I'm fine with it.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1850976)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on January 7th, 2017 @ 8:46am CST
BW Megatron wrote:All I have is the Hasbro MP-3 mold Walmart exclusive and I'm fine with it.


MP-03 is the BEST mold IMO. Especially for the price paid originally.
Re: Transformers Masterpiece MP-11SW Skywarp Finally Released in Japan as Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive (1850994)
Posted by Black Hat on January 7th, 2017 @ 11:53am CST
Meh, if I ever get the space for an MP collection I'm gonna either wait for the MakeToys Seekers or wait even longer for a Seeker 3.0 mold. The existing MP Seeker mold (which is basically MP-03 with lipstick) is kinda dated engineering wise, and AFAIK mold degradation is seriously setting in on the poor thing. If I were to get either version though I'd go for MP-03, because A: less degradation and B: better jet mode (I am a bit of a jet nerd).

Seriously though we need a totally new MP Seeker mold. This one sucks.

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