Over at Ozformers we've been discussing the question of whether we as Masterpiece collectors are spoiled? In the process I've crunched the numbers on the history of Masterpiece releases and wanted to share a couple of interesting charts here. What I set out to do was to chart the number of Masterpiece releases per year from its inception in 2003. I have only included duplicate Hasbro/Takara releases where there were significant deco differences (eg Sunstorm). I have also excluded the five recent atmos safari versions that were never released for sale. Obviously each release is not created equal so I've tried to distinguish the G1 + repaints that are essentially the same mould (yes that's the British spelling) and character but in a toy or toon deco, which are seen as less essential by some depending on the degree of redeco. Observations If you are a G1 centric collector like me then just by going off the number of releases 2013-2016 was an amazing period. This obviously doesn't speak to quality but that is very subjective. We can see that from 2017 onwards there has been a substantial drop-off in G1 figures excluding + repaints being released. Part of that is explained by the fact that the easy multiple character repaints (Datsuns, Lambos etc) have been mostly done. However, Takara is definitely milking the moulds less with Diaclone repaints substantially scaled back (eg Red Sunstreaker and Deepcover out of Sideswipe were previously considered gimmes). I imagine this has been done because they didn't sell well enough or they are simply prioritising factory slots on Movie and Beast Wars figures. I've also analysed releases by focusing only on unique moulds (ie exclude all repaints or remoulds). By number of unique moulds the line has never been stronger. Though while 2019 yielded 3 new G1 moulds, Hound is the only new G1 mould of a previously unreleased character in the last two years. I'm sure much of this intuitive but to see it charted hopefully provides some perspective. Finally, let's end with a poll. The question is are you happy with the pace of releases and the diversification out of G1 into Beast Wars and Movie figures? For me personally, while I do wish there were more new G1 characters released, I do also collect and appreciate the Movie figures so it's not that bad.