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

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

  1. Dean ML

    Dean ML Well-Known Member

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    I think it's just a matter of time - I hope!
     
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  2. artimus prime

    artimus prime Articulation Junkie... I'm a poser TFW2005 Supporter

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    No issues here! I'm still thrilled with mine!

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  3. e prime

    e prime Chosen by the matrix

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    I'll be the first to say it 1400 pages. Wow! :) 
     
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  4. Rogerimus

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    On the contrary I feel more & more praise. Added to that loads of positive reviews about it on YT.
     
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  5. StarscreamX

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    How do you center the blue (square) kneecaps in bot mode? Mine is off centered for both kneecaps.
     
  6. Tortugatron

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    Anyone find a color to match the blue? Mine has a chip I need to fill.
     
  7. boomerdave

    boomerdave Owns three Ditka figures. (Pssst...he's crazy) Moderator

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    Honestly I've lost a lot of confidence in Amazon in their shipping anyhow. I ordered one of these from Amazon for our library:

    [​IMG]...it came in it's own box of course but then Amazon threw it into a box 3 times the size of the box that contained the HIGHLY fragile item...with 2 tiny sheets of brown paper for cushion. That thing was sliding all over the place inside this monster box and I went through 3 before the company themselves just said "We'll send you one from the factory direct" that came in perfect shape.
     
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    Check the repair thread. Nobody has it perfect but @BrutiKing and @Jarrod have put their views in there
     
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  9. [Wing_Saber-X]

    [Wing_Saber-X] Takara Fanboy Collector

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    Great news on the knees. Im glad you're having so much joy out of MP44.
     
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  10. Fafnir72

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    There are almost full die-cast 2nd party licensed Convoy poseables that cost almost at par to MP44.
     
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  11. Lklee78

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    Try pushing the whole lower leg up while holding the upper leg. That worked for me.
     
  12. Memph99Q4Ev

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    Finally XFormed mine.  No paint issues fortunately.  As far as the KNEES go, they worked, just had to hold the 2nd joint in place to allow it to slide into the slot.  If i didnt hold it, it started to show the knee issues...

    ...went on ahead and did the \"fix\".  No stripped plastic fortunately...

    ...since then, the knees work PERFECTLY; no different than bending his elbow.  Crazy what 4-5 drops of glue will do.

    Now that its working, I can see that the tab causing the issue seems to hold the 2nd joint in place until the 1st joint has hit its limit, allowing the lower leg to remain intact for most of the bend.  The alternative would operate something like Hot Rods double knee, where the 1st or 2nd joint move freely (or like this fig before the fix).  Honestly, I LIKE the feature; Hot Rods knees have to be micro managed during posing, f**ckin annoying.  Just wish they used sturdier material for better execution.

    Overall, though, was not a big deal.  Like, not at all whatsoever; not sure what the fuss was about.  The exception of course  being those who had damaged goods.  30mins and a few drops of glue saved alot of headaches.
     
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  13. Tortugatron

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    Excellent! I’ll have to be reading through that thread over the next couple days.
     
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  14. Agent 539

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    @BrutiKing has developed a color mayching guide to get the colors as close as possible to the original colors. I believe he said that he’d put it in the repair thread.
     
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  15. Shin Densetsu

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    The fuss was that there were members here with weakened knee housings out of the box or soon after(like lord ginrai for example), coupled with the high price tag and the fact that a simple qc check before production could've easily caught the issue. It wasn't outright apparent how the knees were supposed to bend and once Brutiking, Jarrod and others posted their fixes, that's when it was discovered that if the knees are working as intended, the lower knee joint will not bend at all until the upper knee joint is bent, regardless of where you hold the leg or which part you bend 1st.

    I've noticed that with Takara and other Japanese companies(even ones that don't make toys), since 2017 they seem to increasingly try to forego a final qc check from the prototype stage to final production and just skip to final production. Maybe to them, the profit from the initial sales outweighs the initial loss by making the product hit to market on time. Maybe it saves them money. In any case, this has happened more than once and even with Japanese products outside of toys.

    To be on the safe side, given the higher MSRP these toys are carrying, I would not advise buying them unless you are willing to fix them yourself. YMMV. However, I don't see anything changing in the near future and maybe these toys would cost more IF Takara implemented the final qc check I mentioned before production.

    It's almost as if companies are using the 1st run buyers as guinea pigs and as the qc check itself rather than checking before production. Maybe the 2nd run will be largely fixed just like with MP Dinobot's shoulders(for the most part). Note that I'm not complaining. I've just changed my buying habits. I want to get MP-44 eventually but I'm willing to wait now.
    Then this is the thread for you:
    MP-44 Optimus Prime Discussion/Appreciation Thread
     
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  16. BenLeong

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    As was already said, it’s near impossible to replicate that pose. But here’s my go at it, but from a different angle:

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  17. BrutiKing

    BrutiKing Apparently Ratchet Now.

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    Man, I gotta get going with that lil pdf. Dunno how long it's gonna take, since I'm even busier now than a few days ago, and I'm exhausted when I get back home. Sorry about that. I hope someone can manage to sift through my posts for now... :( . If someone can't find it, quote me and I'll see if I can find some time in my day where I don't feel like falling asleep to answer it.
     
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  18. Agent 539

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    I got you covered. Get your rest. Everyone else, listed below is Brutiking’s discovery of paint that can be used on MP-44. Brutiking, if I’ve missed anything, please correct it. Edited to remove quotes.

    Colour matching thus far:
    Red: Mr. Hobby Red (3) x1
    Yellow: Mr. Hobby Orange Yellow (58) x1, Mr. Hobby Red (3) x1/32(really little bit)

    Yellow is mr hobby orange yellow
    Grey is a mix that Brutiking believes @Jarrod has.

    Mr. Color Light Grey (97): 4
    Mr. Color Black (33): 1 or 2
    Mr. Color Silver (8): 1
    Mr. Metal Color Rough Silver (GX 208): 1/32 (little bit)
    Mr. Color Blue FS15050 (328): 1/32
     
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    If hand brushed, Italian Red matches better according to @Jarrod. He couldn't match Red when brushing. Brutiking is airbrushing his Red.

    Brutiking also has a blue match using Cobalt Blue and another blue I can't recall right now in a 2:3 ratio.

    I'd meant to create a thread with just this info on, but just haven't had chance to plough through the pages. Thanks for doing this legwork!
     
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  20. blaine71274

    blaine71274 Recovering Completist

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    This is for those who have both Megatron and Prime. In your opinion which is more enjoyable to transform and mess with the most? I've seen the videos of Megatron many times and the transformation looks horrific. However, I've seen Prime's videos and his doesn't look near as bad. Probably just answered my own question, but I don't have any first hand experience yet. It looks like I would probably transform Prime many times and Megatron maybe once or twice then never again.
     
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