Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-44 Convoy/Optimus Prime Ver. 3

Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by Retroheavy, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. treatment

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    You paid too much for GX-71.

    Also, we've already done our own whining about it when it was first released back in 2017 or so.
     
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    ...People did lose their shit over it. There's even people complaining about it now because the chrome finish was a bit shoddy. But even with those problems, it's still the best Voltron out there IMO.
     
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    Alrighty so my transformation back to alt mode went less than perfectly. If anyone knows exactly what I did wrong.:oops: 

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    Seems like I can get it straight on only one side.

    Also, I'm not sure if this is an error or by design.

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    I've seen it in other videos where the toes arent straight either. Doesn't seem right to me.

    Lastly how good is the instructions in the manual?
     
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    Hey!

    Anybody got anything from Takara or Hasbro regarding the knees issue (and/or even the curved ears issue)? Any replacements or fixes forthcoming for those that bought it already?

    Coz I think Arcadia seems to have done a product-halt/recall and are working with japan-shops (hlj, etc) regarding the fixes or replacements for their recently released SV-51 Macross-toy that has foot-issues.

    phamduc, any word from TT about the MP-44 knees-issues that you can share with us?
     
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    I grew up with them.
     
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    Which, truthfully, is not saying much.

    One day there will be one that’s not a brick and the lion legs disappear.
     
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    Maybe, but the animators also cheated like crazy. Based on the following, the legs do fold and they are still visible after folding. Fast forward a couple of frames and it's like "where did the legs go?"



    So no, I disagree that it's certain there will be a version where the legs will disappear. Either way, I too like my GX-71 better than MP-44. Why? Presence. MP-44 just looks plain when put alongside him. But yeah, how do you argue with a bot with lion heads as both feet and hands?
     
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    Growing up in the 80’s, that’s pretty much all we had. And now we have a lot of nostalgia for them. High-speed screen-accurate modern-day kids have it much easier now.
     
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    Nostalgia. Historical interest. Aesthetic preference. Lots of possible reasons. Same reason G1 reissues tend to do well.
     
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    having both, SoC Voltron(first release) is by far a better value figure then MP-44. it comes with as much if not more accessory, feels much better made fit and finish wise(might not be fully painted but the plastic used looks just as good), larger and has diecast. yes its not as articulated which to be honest is my only issue with it.

    Price wise in AUD Soc Voltron cost me $420 to my door and MP-44 $530. Price normally isn't an issue for me if the figure is good but MP-44 while being the best Optimus made to date, it only feels like a figure worth half its price. Which is a shame as the articulation is amazing.
     
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    Whew Figured out how to get those toes lined up.

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    This is the state of the cab. The leg kibble is as straight as it wants to be. I can see now that somewhere along the waist or the thigh is off a couple degrees.

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    Feels good to figure out the foot problem but this part is kicking my ass.
     
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    It seems the correct remedy for Takara is to recast a single knee fix piece and send it to all their customers (the actual distributors like AJP, BBTS, etc) and they can forward it to any of us who ordered MP44. It's the most cost effective solution. The majority of us can do a simple parts swap and the ones that can't can send it back. I recall when MP Thrust had his shoulders miss assembled, a few of the local sellers were offering free repairs. We need something like that now but TT has to give us the new fixed parts.
     
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    Srry for the noob question but how do you make the voice chip switch from Japanese to Peter Cullen??
     
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    YES!!!! 20190918_220821.jpg
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    Everything is tight. Nothing wants to flex anymore. Man... this was an intimate moment.
     
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    I also forgot to mention, back during my "time" (a kid with no money), those figs were like state of the art. So just look at the evolution from Convoy-01 to the latest MP-44.

    The ingenuity of humans!:bowdown:  Not perfect but when you look at it as a whole. Not bad at all.

    Addendum: MP-44 just arrived 091819@ 14:13h and is enroute to the post office(seems like customs didn't take a notice at him)
     
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    Though you've already gotten some great answers to this, another reason is that they're still fun for a number of us. Nostalgia aside, these were figures that were simple and easy to transform and had lots of play value. I still have most of my original '80s collection and have been buying G1 reissues of ones that I missed as a kid or wanted to get better copies of without the wear and tear. Generally, a lot of us had to pick and choose which ones we wanted most at the time, so not a lot of us had every single figure we wanted. Although there were a number of G1 toys that would easily be considered bricks, especially compared to current lines' articulation, you're rarely going to hear any of the G1-loving crowd on here say they were terrible toys, even in retrospect. Some were more fun than others, yes, but I can't think of a single one that I regret owning. Also, the old toys are small enough that they make great desk bots today. I've got my original Computron and Defensor in my bedroom now. As far as the nostalgia piece goes, I'm 46 and clearly remember how much I enjoyed watching the first episode of Transformers 35 years ago to the day on Sept 17th and was overjoyed to get Soundwave as my first Transformer that Christmas. Honestly, I would still choose that Soundwave today even over a number of the current offerings. Had I not already owned 2-3 Soundwave reissues, I'd be trying to track down the new release in the retro packaging now. Also, even though engineering has advanced over the years, they just don't make them like they used to. The toys were generally far sturdier than the current Transformers are today. G1 Optimus was built like a freaking tank. My younger brother used to drive his off the coffee table with no damage afterward. There was far less worrying about breaking them while transforming or accidentally dropping them. Though I can't speak for everyone, I loved applying the stickers. Don't get me wrong, I love tampographed details these days, but I can't deny enjoying applying Reprolabels even today.

    Now I have to go mess with my Defensor after all this reminiscing. My first combiner, gotten as a gift set. Used to fight against my brother's Menasor set. :) 
     
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    Easy.. just press the button longer till you hear 5 transformation sounds. Peter Cullen's English lines are the last cycle.
     
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    robots in disguise
     
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    Damn ... Cullen gives me goosebumps ... what an absolute legend, thx!
     
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