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

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

  1. fsfeedback

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    Certainly sub $315 shipped beautiful. Who paid $350? I mean was MP-10 $250 beautiful? That is what it costed here in the States long before AJ started allowing US buyers to purchase toys from them with the deep JP discounts, and AJ actually has reasonable shipping prices.

    I got MP-10 and MP-9 on the same day, and found MP-9 to be a more fun figure. A lot of that was due to its articulation, and it's deco was more satisfying. He was also $40 dollars cheaper.

    This Prime does WAY more than MP-10 could ever wish to do. Better truck mode, more articulated robot mode, and so much playability with the accessories it comes with. It is covered almost head to toe with paint. So yeah it is most certainly worth the roughly $60 to be an upgrade.
     
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  2. lord ginrai

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    Good catch. It also looks like his antennas are plastic after all, at least on this particular test shot. Pretty sure they appeared to be made of die-cast on the prototype.
     
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  3. chchchch

    chchchch Floptimus Prime

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    Yeah, it's strange because they looked to be die-cast even on that unpainted production prototype (unless you're talking about the same one ;)  as opposed to the hand-painted one).

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  4. lord ginrai

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    Ah yeah, that's the one! Wonder what we'll end up with on the final product.
    It's probably gonna be plastic, I reckon.
     
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  5. OmegaPrime71

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    Honestly, reading through this forum and I feel like I'm looking at a completely different figure than the rest of you. I think it looks like a mess, especially in comparison to a couple of the most recent 3rd party offerings. The trailer and accessories look nice, but all the paneling, the back pack and the overall unclean look of it are a real turn off. Lots of things on this should be hidden that aren't, like the back of the legs and the rear end of the truck. There are some things I like about the figure, like the look of the knees, hands and the full front, but looking at it even slightly at an angle shows too much roughness. This could've had a lot cleaner of a sculpt, especially when you look at how clean the 3P ones appear in comparison.

    I'm sure the final paint job will help it look a bit nicer, but there are lots of issues on this figure that paint won't fix. I'm happy for you folks that like it and PO'd it, but it's just not for me.
     
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  6. hthrun

    hthrun Show accuracy's overrated

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    For me, one of the iconic things about Optimus Prime was his transformation on the show and original toy. I always picture his arms folding in and out on the sides. I loved that in MP1 and am a tad disappointed that this toy over complicates that aspect.
     
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    One of my favorite things about this MP, is how they did try to end up with the arms and hands sort of in a position reminiscent of the original toy. It obviously can't be exactly the same, but the shoulders fold back similarly, and the forearms end up bent into the same L shape, and the hands end up inside of those. It's not perfect obviously, and the arms end up covered by the side panels, but I love that they tried.

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    I think I'm gonna use the S1 head as well!
     
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    Just added another 5,000 Yen to my AJP account. Still unsure if I'll be able to get him when the time comes, but I figure if I can't... at least there's a nice store of money on my account for other stuff I might want or need, built up little by little. It's not like a lot of the things I want/need can't be bought on the site after all lol. (And while I know not everyone likes him, I'm definitely going to get the new MP Bee on AJP as soon as he goes up too, so it works for that too.)
     
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    Man looking back on this that backpack doesn’t look that bad. Honestly it’s just a tidy little pack and it’s handled very well.
     
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    See? TT's strategy with MP-45 BB is working!
     
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    Bit of a bummer if his antennae are plastic and mobile, but just a minor disappointment. Still so great seeing new shots of him!
     
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    The battle damaged face and parts are never going to be on my MP-44. That is just too many feels that I don't want to have. :( 
     
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  15. Optimus Prime23

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    We feel you, bruh. We feel you. :( 
     
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    I’m wondering if they painted them blue for the show. Some parts are painted like the yellow bits on the pelvis.
     
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  17. chchchch

    chchchch Floptimus Prime

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    Good point! Die-cast would be nice there to make sure they never get bent...and while I'd rather they be immovable, maybe the rotation will allow them to push away from my clumsy fingers rather than stab them ;) 
     
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  18. Dean ML

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    I think they're unpainted blue plastic in these shots. Take a look at how they have some translucency to them. They'll be painted over in the final product, but hopefully they'll switch back to die cast, too. I'd be shocked, though, seeing as how some of Megatron's parts got hollowed out between his promo shots and his final product (still my favorite MP I own, though!).
     
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  19. chchchch

    chchchch Floptimus Prime

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    I wonder if this could be among the "slight design changes" @Phamduc mentioned?
     
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  20. Dean ML

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    Yeah, could be, brother. There've been plenty of slight to drastic tweaks in this line from reveal to release so it wouldn't be anything new, from MP-03 Starscream's overhaul by Kawamori to MP-21 Bumblebee's ears getting rounded, Ultra Magnus' inner legs going blue, even to a few of Megatron's parts getting hollowed out. Hopefully whatever changes are happening are to ensure we get the best figure possible, free of any major qc issues like Dinobot's shoulder.
     
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