I mean why not? They've done every other character as a Masterpiece, there are literally none others to mine from the original 1984 line-up, so why not do the see- strike planes again?
This is sarcasm, of course.
Actually... I wouldn't mind a slight re-engineering of the seek- attack jet mold. The second version of the mold fixed a lot of the issues with the first one, but even so there are still the issues of the wings not always staying on properly, and poseability's still not great. So a well-re-engineered update wouldn't necessarily be unwelcome.
HOWEVER. Given Takara's recent design philosophy, I'm not sure I'll be interested in this one at all. It'll be painfully Sunbow accurate, cost over 300 quid, and have dubious quality. So I'm sure this'll be exciting for some people, but most likely an easy pass for me.
Until they do a + version, which has toy/early-Marvel-UK-accurate shades. Then I'll be in trouble.
Excellent news! Hopefully the detail will be kept to a nice minimum on this one and be wonderfully Sunbow accurate. It would be great if they use fake wings in robot mode as well as a fake cockpit too, just to get it right. Just have the actual jet mode fold up on his back. I also really hope it comes with every silly thing he ever used in the cartoon. Optimus had that Starscream head and shoulders from when he was cosplayed so Starcream should come with an Optimus onesie armour shell. Sure it would add another £80 to the £300 price but all worth it as it's such a defining moment of Transformers lore. Also some seagull droppings detail, can of invisibility spray and his deadly slingshot please. And tree Rumble.
This was inevitable, which is why I didn't chase the Maketoys ones too hard. In the intervening time Masterpiece has gone off the rails though so this will have to be spectacular and not ridiculous money for me to bite. The current MP11 crew aren't brilliant alongside newer figures and I would like a trio with an aesthetic that fits, but... if Hound was £120 these are easily going to be £170-200 each, so meh. Maybe not.
My interest in the MP line has dropped off a cliff. It peaked somewhere around the Datsuns (which remain marvelous) then started going more rapidly downhill with the shift towards Sunbow-accuracy coupled with escalating prices, and with WFC (esp. Earthrise) it feels almost redundant. Little masterpieces which are affordable and fun. Grapple even supercedes the MP with its simpler transformation which allows for an actual rotating crane!
Seriously thinking of ditching most of the MPs I have.
I agree with Jim. The price on them got silly and when you can get very similar products in the Generations line at a fraction of a cost it's hard to get excited by them. I did find myself tempted by Spinout, but Generations has a new Sunstreaker soon so the idea of a red one of them as Spinout (possibly in Selects) for about £80 less isn't so far fetched.
The only MP I still want to get is Shockwave MP29+ (I have regualr MP29) though the price on it is silly.
The problem with going full-Sunbow (which is not in itself a bad idea) is that when the show models (mostly made of single blocks of colour without much detail) are translated more literally into 3d models they can look bland and not worth it at MP prices. We expect detail, etc on toys.
I agree, Sunbow accuracy in itself isn't an objectively bad thing, but it does lead to under-detailing as you say, and over-engineering of the transformation. There's no doubt that Grapple transformation (and Ironhide, too) is clever, but I don't find it much fun and it leads to massive compromises. I've been finding Earthrise manages this balance better, though it's undoubtedly a Sunbow line.
That said I'd love for a line that takes more inspiration from the toys than the cartoon, Brawn being the first character to come to mind (followed by Ratchet / Ironhide).
I think the only MPs I have that I'd _definitely_ keep would be:
Shockwave Hot Rod MP10 Prime Grimlock Blue Bluestreak
True that. After Sunstreaker I've not really bothered with any MP releases. Inferno was the big let down for me, he's just so bland and boxy, and as the prices crept up with more and more redundant accessories I just kinda... moved on.
I have the Angry Bot version so maybe I'm clouded. Why don't you like it?
That's the version I have, and the only reason it makes me happy.
It lacks any of the beautiful subtle curves of the original toy. It's just a set of undefined blocks, that's ugly. It's an awkward robot that's not particularly stable, either. If I remember correctly, the transformation is overly complicated and not fun.
As for Tracks (i have Roadrage), the fact there is absolutely nothing that holds the head up except for the barest of tension on a pinned hinge absolutely ruins the entire mold.
Masterpiece is now a meaningless word that has just come to mean "oversized and overly expensive."
I guess I've gone the other way. I haven't bought an MP since Sunstreaker but I buy everything 84/85 Fans Toys put out. Their figures are what Takara should be doing - premium quality, beautiful finish, Sunbow styled but not to the extreme.