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TakaraTomy Staff Interview - Shogo Hasui on Masterpiece

Posted on 03-13-2013 at 10:50 PM by ORIO under Transformers Masterpiece
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2005 Contributer SydneyY has been kind enough to translate a recent interview posted on Dime.JP with Takara-Tomy Masterpiece Designer, Shogo Hasui. Within this interview we learn why Masterpiece Soundwave took so long, how difficult the cassette Transformers were to design and even touches upon how much of the Generation 1 cartoon he's watched to get these toys done properly. Also, Shogo mentions several characters he'd like to give the Masterpiece treatment to: Jazz, Bruticus and Ultra Magnus.

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Views: 8,644 / Credit: SydneyY of the 2005 Boards!
Mechafire
Interesting read.
Cheem The Rup
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- Now that Soundwave is out, how about Laserwave (Shockwave)?

H: To be honest, what I'd love to release most is Ultra Magnus.
yes yes yes release also Galvatron and you'll become my personal hero Shogo
jjd1981
There is some good stuff in there. I really hope MP Bruticus comes true!
lildevilchick
Thanks for sharing! This was definitely informative!
orangeitis
I love this man. He wants EVERY character as an MP. Bravo to him. BRING ON MP ULTRA MAGNUS AND BRUTICUS!!!
Mechafire
MP Shockwave and Bruticus please.
Squawktalk
Holy @!?# mp bruticus!
REMINATOR
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Originally Posted by SydneyY View Post

- The future of MP series.

H: We hope to release 2 larger and 2 smaller MPs this year as well.

- Now that Soundwave is out, how about Laserwave (Shockwave)?

H: To be honest, what I'd love to release most is Ultra Magnus.
First, thanks SydneyY for the translation. You're the best.

The above 2 lines are the most intriguing of the entire interview!
Oh man, I can see myself drooling like a puppy when that MP UM sees its daylight. I'll probably end up getting 2.

As for 2 larger and 2 smaller by this year, I hope he's referring after MP Smokescreen. Otherwise, man oh man, that's an amazing year for MPs. If the larger 2 bots are Gavy Vs. UM, oohvy, I can't see myself creating that Target 2006 Marvel fighting scene.
bny888
"H: To be honest, what I'd love to release most is Ultra Magnus."

Oh, yeah!
Megatron31
As always thanks for translating that Sydneyy
Josh
Gawd a takara masterpiece bruticus? How amazing would a MP combiner be? <3
PoweredConvoy
Awesome review!

I wonder what the two large Masterpiece figures are left to come this year.

Seems that Smokescreen isn't coming this year based on this.

Randy
[Wing_Saber-X]
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Originally Posted by Mechafire View Post
MP Shockwave and Bruticus please.
holy s*it, yes please! Mr. Hasui = GOD of Mp's!

@SydY: OMG you're back to your best, man! Many thanks for the translation!
Mechafire
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Originally Posted by Josh View Post
Gawd a takara masterpiece bruticus? How amazing would a MP combiner be? <3
It would be very amazing.

And very expensive.
dannyboy76
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Originally Posted by SydneyY View Post

- The future of MP series.

H: We hope to release 2 larger and 2 smaller MPs this year as well. There are some characters already named as possibilities, but my personal favourites are Meister (Jazz) and combiner Bruticus. I recall saying the same thing 2 years ago at a toy show. (*laughs) I do want to make them come true, but it is hard to accomplish.... Although I am working with the intention of releasing all characters eventually.
Oh yes! That was the answer I was looking for. I hope that Takara let him have his way and release every character. What a dream come true, I absolutely love the Masterpiece line.
Galaxy Convoy
MP Bruticus? Cool I guess. But maybe that'd actually be exciting for me if we hadn't already got a bajillion different versions of Bruticus over the years :/
Shin Densetsu
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Originally Posted by Josh View Post
Gawd a takara masterpiece bruticus? How amazing would a MP combiner be? <3
Possibly better than 3rd party and more than likely cheaper too. Oh and not with bright ass inaccurate colors. I suspect this is in the works...notice how the 3rd party groups are all focused on Devastator and Superion yet no one is making an all new(not add on parts for existing figures to make one) Bruticus?

An MP Bruticus would be awesome. I'd really like to see what Mr. Starscream can come up with.
Sai
Thanks for the great translation,loved reading every bit of this Hasui is already a genius for starting this new MP direction full of dynamic designs and scale,if he ends up giving us a full cast of season one and two characters(along with a few of the main ones from season 3) then his status will go down as legendary in my book.
Starscream NZ
An MP Bruticus would probably stand as tall as Generations Metroplex, if not larger. It'd be a amazing feat of engineering if they were able to do this. I doubt it'll happen but if it does, then, well, wow.
Logik
Great read. Thank you Sydney for the translation. I hope Magnus w/armour is on deck and that H gets his way and Jazz is coming soon....as I have no bias for any particular character!!

All of the G1 characters you say...................sold!!
megaplex001
Dying to know whose next. MP has rekindled my interest in G1 toys as it's fun to display old design beside the new.
Vangelus
Thank you so much for translating this, SydneyY! There is never enough design commentary on the toy end of Transformers, I will always welcome more.
Transformed
MP Bruticus will sell out moments after pre-ordering begins in Japan
Deceptichage
This is a good read. I'm stoked about having many more MP figures.
SPLIT LIP
God I love all the little nods to the animation they throw in.
hardreturn
thanks for the translation Sydney!

amazing stuff.
Robogeek28
Great interview, I'm excited now!
KnightHawkke
No More Bruticus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Computron!!!!!!!!!!!!

aside from that, great read indeed and thanks for the translation!
MACRAPTRON
Great. Means I'm done with G1 vintage and CHUG and probably 3rd party toys and will focuse on MPs from now on.
orangeitis
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Originally Posted by Mechafire View Post
It would be very amazing.

And very expensive.
I'd see it as close to $200 USA for Onslaught and $80-100 for each of the rest. That's about $600. And assuming that Onslaught is Soundwave-sized and the others are between seeker-sized and carbot-sized, Bruticus would be much taller than Hercules...

Gen Metroplex tall though, I doubt that. But still hueg.

Edit: Scramble-city MP Bruticus with ankle-tilt built into the removable feet... that'll be amazing.
Argentenoboy
If there was a MP Shockwave, Bruticus, and UM, there would not be a single person on the site who isn't broke

Though interesting how he mentioned Ultra Magnus, since there was the White Prime UM
deaculpa
Thanks for this!
orangeitis
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Originally Posted by Argentenoboy View Post
Though interesting how he mentioned Ultra Magnus, since there was the White Prime UM
This time, I'd bet that it'll be the MP-10 mold with G1 UM trailer armor.
Megatronus27
Holy Smokes! Wow -Thank you for the translation!


So 2 more small... would that be Prowl and Streak or would that be 2 more in addition to Prowl/Streak? I'd assume the former and Smoke gets a Jan release date?

EDIT -Just realized this is from January -Streak was probably slated for 2014 at that time and things have changed. So we will get 3 smaller bots this year (3 Datsuns).

2 Larger Bots -Nemesis Prime and MegsV2? Although he WANTS UM, I can't say that I'm left feeling like its happening this year. Sounds like a 2014 release to me. Galv is also a possibility but I'm guessing we won't see him until after Megs.

Bruticus -2015.

Better start saving!
tfwAutobotProwl
wow im interested in the 2 larger and 2 smaller for this year. since if it was referring to Prowl et al those are all the same size? so maybe beyond them are planned some sweet action this year, early next year.

Its interesting to learn about the issues they working under toi make Lambor and such. And I wouldnt mind a Meister at all.

I suppose for him they are this year since they would be finished and touched up this year and released in 2014 maybe? or else wow my wallet just dissapeared for a while.

And MP Bruticus

Fughedaboutit!!!
Awesome to contemplate
Megatronus27
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Originally Posted by orangeitis View Post
This time, I'd bet that it'll be the MP-10 mold with G1 UM trailer armor.
Of course it will. I have no doubt. MP is the show and toy -Without a doubt UM is a white MP-10 with Trailer Armor!

I like how he skimmed past "Laserwave" ie Shockwave. That doesn't sound like he's on deck. I feel pretty good about getting FT Quake Wave now!
JoeHavok
And I too would love to see a Masterpiece Jazz, Bruticus, and Ultra Magnus!
Bnz Toy
"There are some characters already named as possibilities, but my personal favourites are Meister (Jazz) and combiner Bruticus"

I am in debelief.... but overjoyed at the possibility
Kilowog
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Originally Posted by orangeitis View Post
This time, I'd bet that it'll be the MP-10 mold with G1 UM trailer armor.
Wasn't there a pic of an Mp-10 with g1 armor put on it as a test on a desk in takara's HQ that made the rounds a while back?
Roadblock1977
I would love to see Jazz.
Optimus1116
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Originally Posted by SydneyY View Post
I am working with the intention of releasing all characters eventually.
How about the intention of taking all my money eventually?
OMEGAPRIME1983
That's a great read!!

"H: We hope to release 2 larger and 2 smaller MPs this year as well. There are some characters already named as possibilities, but my personal favourites are Meister (Jazz) and combiner Bruticus. I recall saying the same thing 2 years ago at a toy show. (*laughs) I do want to make them come true, but it is hard to accomplish.... Although I am working with the intention of releasing all characters eventually."

THIS is the part that catches me most. Jazz named as a possibility?? HELLZ YEA!!
wheeljack359
Im thinking the two smaller are the Datsun brothers, i guess they pushed off smokescreen, and the two larger will be the Skywarp and Thundercracker!

he is doing this with the intention of doing all the characters!!!!!!!
I like that!
Buzzetta
What does a guy have to do to get a Masterpiece Swoop or Snarl?

So far I found it worthy in my limited space to purchase:
Masterpiece Optimus 20th Anniversary, TRU Grimlock, Japanese Red Alert, TRU Rodimus Prime. I think I need at least one more...

Just want to add though, I really appreciate the translation.
Yeled
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Originally Posted by Buzzetta View Post
What does a guy have to do to get a Masterpiece Swoop or Snarl?
No doubt. Other than Grimlock, the Dinobots never get any love.
Zambot
I got excited when I saw this image(4th page) in the original Dime interview. Indication of good things to come?
alanyap
I agree with his thoughts. me as a toy-designer "wannabee" but using lego bricks.. found out its MUCH harder to contort a ' bot from a cuboid shape because there are no room at all for protrusions ,everything must fit within the core shape itself (and line up properly), .. and now we're thinking of even thinner shapes like cassettes with even less allowances.
JetBrawn
a TakaraTomy Masterpiece BRUTICUS?

FansProject, thems is officially fightin' words!
orangeitis
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Originally Posted by Optimus1116 View Post
How about the intention of taking all my money eventually?
No no. Not just you. All of us.

Guys, I... I... I think I want an MP Quickmix with Boomer and Ricochet. And an MP Cindersaur. And an MP Venom.

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