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Masterpiece Prowl, Bluestreak and Smokescreen Update

Posted on 05-26-2013 at 04:46 AM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
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Snakas has posted a summary of the Transformers news from Figure King 184, which we had previously seen scans from earlier this week. Some great news regarding the future of the Masterpiece series as well as the future of the Encore reissues is contained within:
  • Masterpiece Prowl and Bluestreak are delayed due to retailer orders greatly exceeding what Takara-Tomy expected them to be, and them going back to manufacture more of each.
  • Masterpiece Smokescreen will be significantly different in design and will be announced soon.
  • Takara-Tomy are continuing to approach manufacturers who they do not have rights to use the vehicles of - you might get your VW Bumblebee or your Porsche Jazz yet folks!
  • There seems to be an announcement planned for the Tokyo Toy Show on 15-16 June. Masterpiece Smokescreen, or perhaps the rumored MP-20?
  • Encore Fortress Maximus sold beyond expectations, and it is hoped that reissues will continue on the back of this.
  • Masterpiece Tiger Track will be a Tokyo Toy Show exclusive and will include non-chromed versions of the Amazon exclusive piledrivers.
  • Confirmation is also included that Generations Japan Metroplex will have two guns and a different deco to the US, but no word on what that might be.

Many thanks to Snakas for posting the original summary and REMINATOR & MACRAPTRON for bringing it to our attention and translating!
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MACRAPTRON
It says Prowl and Bluestreak got delayed because TT wasn't expecting so many orders.
Smokescreen will be revealed soon and it'll look quite different from his brothers.
TT will keep harassing the car makers that won't allow them to use their cars.
Looks like something's big will be revealed at the Tokyo international toy show (June 15th and 16th). Masterpiece Fortress Maximus? (I kid)
Fortress Maximus sold above their expectations, so the Encore line will continue.
MP Tigertrack will be a Tokyo Toy show exclusive and will come with the Amazon.jp pile drivers for MP12 (no chrome).

I don't care about the other crap, so I didn't bother reading the rest.
Heat Guy
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Originally Posted by MACRAPTRON View Post
Fortress Maximus sold above their expectations, so the Encore line will continue.
Well, that's interesting, but I guess there was demand enough for a grail/reissue/never had at that price point.
Mizzinno
It says, blue.


No but really, what he said.
REMINATOR
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Originally Posted by MACRAPTRON View Post
It says Prowl and Bluestreak got delayed because TT wasn't expecting so many orders.
Smokescreen will be revealed soon and it'll look quite different from his brothers.
Looks like something's big will be revealed at the Tokyo international toy show (June 15th and 16th). Masterpiece Fortress Maximus? (I kid)
Thanks for the translation, Mac.
Awesome news from TTomy, I can't wait to see MP Smokescreen. MP FMax? That would be priceless if it happens!
Underwear
I would love to see a reissue Star Saber..wishful thinking... Lol

If they can reissue FM & make the recent Asian exclusive Sixshot with the metallic paint apps, nothing is impossible nowadays.
Yeled
I guess that means the speculation that Smokescreen could get pushed back from the MP-19 spot was unfounded.
PoweredConvoy
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Originally Posted by MACRAPTRON View Post
It says Prowl and Bluestreak got delayed because TT wasn't expecting so many orders.
Smokescreen will be revealed soon and it'll look quite different from his brothers.
TT will keep harassing the car makers that won't allow them to use their cars.
Looks like something's big will be revealed at the Tokyo international toy show (June 15th and 16th). Masterpiece Fortress Maximus? (I kid)
Fortress Maximus sold above their expectations, so the Encore line will continue.
MP Tigertrack will be a Tokyo Toy show exclusive and will come with the Amazon.jp pile drivers for MP12 (no chrome).

I don't care about the other crap, so I didn't bother reading the rest.
As I had thought. Thanks for the translation.

Randy
Stepper
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Originally Posted by Heat Guy View Post
Well, that's interesting, but I guess there was demand enough for a grail/reissue/never had at that price point.
This will be an indication that there might be a Grand Maximus,we shall see.
General Tekno
I wonder if the TakaraTomy reveal will be their version of Metroplex. They've teased it, sure but haven't actually shown the deco.
opt1musaber
Nice, can't wait for the reveals in June. I'm guessing that something big is MP-20? Hope so.

Harassing the car makers Go get em Takara!
Hiro Prime
Sounds like they really want to make that Bumblebee VW Bug and Jazz Porsche. Good to hear. Tho I really want the Vans next. Just to see if the make them with the sleds or not.
jamarmiller
Really hoping for a grand max and then more masterpiece cars , vans, Ect and at a faster pace
General Tekno
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Originally Posted by opt1musaber View Post
Nice, can't wait for the reveals in June. I'm guessing that something big is MP-20? Hope so.

Harassing the car makers Go get em Takara!
Let's hope that MP-20 is a new Megatron. My MP-05 is unceremoniously lying on the floor, cosmic rusting away, and I can hardly bring myself to care.

The mold hasn't aged well at all.
[Wing_Saber-X]
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Originally Posted by MACRAPTRON View Post
It says Prowl and Bluestreak got delayed because TT wasn't expecting so many orders.
Smokescreen will be revealed soon and it'll look quite different from his brothers.
TT will keep harassing the car makers that won't allow them to use their cars.
Looks like something's big will be revealed at the Tokyo international toy show (June 15th and 16th). Masterpiece Fortress Maximus? (I kid)
Fortress Maximus sold above their expectations, so the Encore line will continue.
MP Tigertrack will be a Tokyo Toy show exclusive and will come with the Amazon.jp pile drivers for MP12 (no chrome).

I don't care about the other crap, so I didn't bother reading the rest.
Ahh, domo for the translation, it's going to ba a climatic end to 2013!
HnH
hmmm with this read i know i have to rob a bank again lolz....
orangeitis
It is times like this I wish I wasn't so poor.
Sai
So glad TT put these comments out and hopefully they'll do this kinda thing more often,lets us fans know what's currently happening with the MP line Smokey is still coming thank god and can't wait to see how much different he'll look from his brothers.Something big unveiled at the Tokyo show?? Hmmm maybe Galvy or Megs revealed as MP-20 perhaps?? Can't wait to find out....
Acid Storm
If they say 'something big' is coming I'm thinking its a combiner.
opt1musaber
Don't think we are seeing combiners any time soon, it's the big 3 (Megs etc) that's what I'm guessing. Who knows it could be something unrelated to MP.
Fort Max
That's all good news.
orangeitis
MP Brawl would be so badass. Oh and MP Onslaught. MP Blast-Off...

Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part.
dannyboy76
Some very good news there.

Can't wait for the Smokescreen reveal.

The something big revealed sounds like a Masterpiece Bruticus!!!

With the Prowl/Bluestreak delay, everyone is jumping on the Masterpiece bandwagon and Takara Tomy are just starting to realize the potential(money making) of this line.

The harassing of the car makers doesn't sound too good. It sounds like they've already been rejected for a few. With the rumors that they've acquired Mirage and Hound, feels like they set out to get all the license's for the autobot cars.
opt1musaber
If they're really going for all the licenses for the cars, then a MP Menasor could be possible. If that were the case, FP Menasor would be instantly redundant
deathsheadII
big reveal will be ultra magnus to go with the mp car bots we have and on the way ( i hope ) looks like they are listening to the fans about smokescreen can't wait to see wht they do with him
orangeitis
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Originally Posted by opt1musaber View Post
If they're really going for all the licenses for the cars, then a MP Menasor could be possible. If that were the case, FP Menasor would be instantly redundant
Oh wow, you might be right.

What a gorgeous sight that would be. And pretty frickin' big to boot...
Mr.Deflok
The MP line is the best ever. Don't give a damn about any other line anymore. I will cry manly tears of joy if I can complete my S1 Autobots in MP form.
lastczarnian
Smokescreen will be different? Maybe with wheels that aren't solid and hollow?
Fort Max
Really hoping to see the long rumoured mp ultra magnus.
Of course, "something big" may not be a single item but an announcement of the next few mps.
deathsheadII
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Originally Posted by lastczarnian View Post
Smokescreen will be different? Maybe with wheels that aren't solid and hollow?

think it will be more the head and the shoulder cannons were totally different

deathsheadII
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Originally Posted by Fort Max View Post
Of course, "something big" may not be a single item but an announcement of the next few mps.
could be
Toyzaremine
If the entire fleet of s.1 and s.2 cars are done, I can die happy.
BB Shockwave
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Confirmation is also included that Generations Japan Metroplex will have two guns and a different deco to the US, but no word on what that might be.
Umm, we already saw the pics a few days ago -he has more white, and grey antennae on the helmet rather than red.
Deonasis
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Originally Posted by BB Shockwave View Post
Umm, we already saw the pics a few days ago -he has more white, and grey antennae on the helmet rather than red.
Are you sure? I think those magazine scans were a black & white photo with photoshopped red guns.

I am very excited for the Tokyo Toy Fair it is going to be awesome!!
Líder Optimus
This has been a great year for us transfans!
PoweredConvoy
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Originally Posted by BB Shockwave View Post
Umm, we already saw the pics a few days ago -he has more white, and grey antennae on the helmet rather than red.
That was just a test shot done in grays. He won't be those colors.

Randy
GreyFox787
I'm thinking TT needs to release some more Decepticons...of course, I'm not too sure who they would release other than a new-and-improved Megatron, Shockwave, or the Conehead seekers...while it would be awesome if done right, I don't think they're ready to tackle Blitzwing or Astrotrain.

If they continue with Autobots, though...I would imagine Wheeljack, Hound, Jetfire, or Ultra Magnus would be next.

Of course, if you want to go completely wishful, having the rest of the dinobots would be amazing. I mean, Grimlock was very, very similar to his G1 toy, so I don't see why it would be that difficult to do it to the rest of them; it isn't like they wouldn't sell like crazy.
orangeitis
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Originally Posted by Fort Max View Post
Really hoping to see the long rumoured mp ultra magnus.
Oh that would be oh so glorious. First time I'd have an MP on first-day preorder.

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Originally Posted by Fort Max View Post
Of course, "something big" may not be a single item but an announcement of the next few mps.
That would technically fit the description of a combiner team. /morewishfulthinking

Though either way, I'll be one happy TF fan.
megatroptimus
Why would they make Smokescreen significantly different? To be accurate, it pretty much needs to be exactly like the other 2.
Timesynch
That's good news about Smokescreen; here's to hoping they get all the little details for his character right to distinguish him from his bros. And the slight delay caused by retailer demand being more than expected can only be a good thing. As long as there is so much demand for the figures, the reinvigorated MP line will continue to go on strong with sales and new character offerings. Very exciting time to be a TF fan!

As for MP-20, I can only hope it's a Megatron v2. He's the missing linchpin on the Decepticon side of the house; Skywarp, Shockwave, and the Coneheads are really secondary concerns for me since we have 3P offerings available.

Ultra Magnus, as cool as he'd be, can wait along with any Season 3 characters. Belt out the Seasons 1-2 characters as soon as possible (Jazz and Wheeljack would be beyond awesome, as would Hound and Mirage) and save/space-out the big guys like UM and Galvatron for the "large" releases. Combiners are just wishful thinking at the moment but TakTom may just surprise us, so who knows?
Maverick Hunter Christian
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Originally Posted by megatroptimus View Post
Why would they make Smokescreen significantly different? To be accurate, it pretty much needs to be exactly like the other 2.
Hoobajoobawha?

If nothing else, Smokescreen needs the rally style front end and spoiler. I also wouldn't discount him from having yet another different head and shoulder launchers from Prowl and Bluestreak. His animation model also moved the front wheels from behind the shoulders like on Prowl and Bluestreak, to the top of his shoulders. Given how the masterpiece fairlady mold transforms, that last bit might be more difficult to implement, but it was another thing done to differentiate Smokescreen from Prowl from Bluestreak.

As TakaraTomy's design intent with Masterpiece now seems to be a marriage between the look and feel of the original figure with the character's animation model, I'm confused as to why you'd think accuracy would dictate Smokescreen to be exactly like Prowl and Bluestreak; when in both cases (figure and animation) he had numerous changes done to set him apart from his contemporaries.
[Wing_Saber-X]
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Originally Posted by Maverick Hunter Christian View Post
Hoobajoobawha?

If nothing else, Smokescreen needs the rally style front end and spoiler. I also wouldn't discount him from having yet another different head and shoulder launchers from Prowl and Bluestreak. His animation model also moved the front wheels from behind the shoulders like on Prowl and Bluestreak, to the top of his shoulders. Given how the masterpiece fairlady mold transforms, that last bit might be more difficult to implement, but it was another thing done to differentiate Smokescreen from Prowl from Bluestreak.

As TakaraTomy's design intent with Masterpiece now seems to be a marriage between the look and feel of the original figure with the character's animation model, I'm confused as to why you'd think accuracy would dictate Smokescreen to be exactly like Prowl and Bluestreak; when in both cases (figure and animation) he had numerous changes done to set him apart from his contemporaries.
this and well put, dude! I second the notion that Smokescreen needs to be slightly modified and retooled.
Stepper
I am still pondering,how significantly different can the design for Smokescreen be since they are same mold for the G1 vintage mold.
REMINATOR
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Originally Posted by Maverick Hunter Christian View Post
Hoobajoobawha?

If nothing else, Smokescreen needs the rally style front end and spoiler. I also wouldn't discount him from having yet another different head and shoulder launchers from Prowl and Bluestreak. His animation model also moved the front wheels from behind the shoulders like on Prowl and Bluestreak, to the top of his shoulders. Given how the masterpiece fairlady mold transforms, that last bit might be more difficult to implement, but it was another thing done to differentiate Smokescreen from Prowl from Bluestreak.

As TakaraTomy's design intent with Masterpiece now seems to be a marriage between the look and feel of the original figure with the character's animation model, I'm confused as to why you'd think accuracy would dictate Smokescreen to be exactly like Prowl and Bluestreak; when in both cases (figure and animation) he had numerous changes done to set him apart from his contemporaries.
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Originally Posted by [Wing_Saber-X] View Post
this and well put, dude! I second the notion that Smokescreen needs to be slightly modified and retooled.
Totally agreed with the above if we are aiming for toon accuracy. Hopefully, Smokescreen will get a better retool than Red Alert which only has the extra wheel on the shoulder and slight change on the head horn.
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Originally Posted by Stepper View Post
I am still pondering,how significantly different can the design for Smokescreen be since they are same mold for the G1 vintage mold.
If we go by toy, not much other than Smokescreen has a thicker bumper.
Cyclonus79
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Originally Posted by megatroptimus View Post
Why would they make Smokescreen significantly different? To be accurate, it pretty much needs to be exactly like the other 2.
WHAT?! Oh hell no! Smokes is waaaay different then he's bros in just about every way when it comes to his bot mode.
Max Rawhide
I wonder about MP smokescreen and how accurate TT is going to make him.

The toy only differed in the spoiler, lack of roofwindows and the rally front.

The cartoon, however, made Smokescreen REALLY different from Prowl & Bluestreak:
- rally front
- wheels on top of the shoulders
- roof looks like a backskirt (the roof seemed absent with Prowl and Bluestreak)
- very blocky head with completely different shoulderweapons that almost seem part of the head

I hope the MP will include all these changes
Stepper
If lets say Smokescreen is really different mold from Prowl & Bluestreak,then TakTomy will be just using this Smokescreen mold just once only because i don't see any other G1 character which resemble nearest to Smokescreen except for Prowl & Bluestreak.
megatroptimus
I was thinking about the original toys... but yeah, animation is a different story. More molds = happy.
PoweredConvoy
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Originally Posted by REMINATOR View Post
Hopefully, Smokescreen will get a better retool than Red Alert which only has the extra wheel on the shoulder and slight change on the head horn.
Hopefully his retool is more significant, but Red Alert had different shoulders, a different face, different head top, light bar in car mode, and two circle things on his collar area / chest.

Randy
Stepper
There will be something's big which will be revealed at the Tokyo international toy show,i hope is the news of reissuing Grand Max,that will be wonderful.

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