Chromedome looks identical, but Hardhead has a few differences on the chest: his abdomen has a black autobot logo on it, and his shoulders have smaller logos too. The biggest difference is his crotch. His taint is painted silver with red in the center, and yellow triangles on the left and right. His thighs have silver stickers on it. The head is the same as the LG release, color and sculpt wise. Like I’ve said, the base plastic colors seem to be from the Hasbro version. Overall, if you’ve got him in the original run or have the LG version, I don’t think you’re missing much.
Don't realize what a hot mess TR Hardhead is until I saw this one. Will probably get it.
Chromedome is an improvement, though aside from the proper head, not sure why. Want the proper head, but not sure if i want it enough to buy it again. Brainstorm looks worse, and I didn't bother comparing Mindwipe.
I'm left feeling a little like when the GI Joe retro collection turned out to be 25th anniversary moulds again. I'd have been all over these if they were G1 reissues, but like this... I might get Mindwipe as I didn't get him first time around, but that would be it.
When there are straight up reissues like the Real Ghostbusters toys, or the 80s styled but with articulation MOTU Origins line, just using retro packaging for a modern toy doesn't quite cut it with me.
Yeah, I know... I can’t imagine it ever being worth recreating moulds like the headmasters, but I remain surprised that it isn’t economical to recreate the Dinobots, or at least Grimlock. I’m sure that would sell!
Hasbro won't, and I'm under the impression that the dinobots were never a major thing for the japanese fans they way they are for us. Which is why we haven't seen more Dinobot Masterpieces, or more of mp Grimlock outside of the marvel repaint. Since recreating molds is a takara thing, i think the headmasters actually stand a better chance than the dinobots.
What actually surprises me though is that when the reissues were a big deal, that takara never recreated sunstreaker or mirage.
I'm not sure the Japanese Dinobot story stands up: they got the Chinese reissues as mail aways, they got new BW Dinosaurs in Neo, they got MP Grimlock early in the MP range, they got a second go at Volcanicus....
It seems to be a theory put about over the years with little basis that's accepted as fact.
The moulds being toast I can, sadly, believe. But they were produced in multiple locations over the years - there's definitely a Chinese set - so it's not beyond the realms of possibility that a currently missing set may show up