A recent TV special in Japan went behind the scenes at Takara-Tomy, showing the place where the magic happens - the offices of the Takara-Tomy Transformers design team. As well as showing the offices, viewers were treated to a view of the desk of Transformers Masterpiece series designer, "Mr Starscream" Shogo Hasui. On his desk you can see a quartet of Masterpieces - Masterpiece Lambor (Sideswipe)
test shot alongside the released Starscream
(MP11 and MP10 respectively) and an Ultra Magnus proof-of-concept custom
, built from a Generation 1 Ultra Magnus trailer and then attached to an MP10 Convoy. It is in no way an indication that a Masterpiece Ultra Magnus is in our future - but it is a good indication that if a few things line up, then we just might see one. After all, it is a good sign that the lead designer for the Masterpiece series happens to have this proof of concept on his desk, no?