Masterpiece

Introduced in 2003, the Masterpiece line of Transformers created some of the highest quality Transformers ever made for the specialty market. Targeted towards a more discriminating collector, these figures often featured high levels of detail, articulation and in some cases, die cast metal with rubber tires.

Toy News: Hasbro & Takara team up to create Masterpiece Movie Optimus Prime

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Toy News: Hasbro & Takara team up to create Masterpiece Movie Optimus Prime

One of the biggest TRANSFORMERS products of 2017 was just revealed at the Beijing and Guangzhou Midnight Sales Event—the OPTIMUS PRIME MPM-4 figure, the latest figure from the MASTERPIECE MOVIE SERIES line! The figure is enclosed in a special glass window display, and fans are given the opportunity to take photos with it at this exclusive unveiling.

Toy News: Hasbro & Takara team up to create Masterpiece Movie Optimus Prime
Toy News: Hasbro & Takara team up to create Masterpiece Movie Optimus Prime

Toy News: Masterpiece Bumblebee information from Hasbro Pulse

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Toy News: Masterpiece Bumblebee information from Hasbro Pulse

After an initial announcement only a few days ago, the Hasbro Pulse site has been updated with new information about the upcoming Masterpiece Bumblebee figure! There are some exciting tid-bits about this figure including the use of die-cast metal! Note: this figure will be a Toys R Us exclusive much like other Masterpiece figures released in the last few years.

Toy News: Masterpiece "Legendary Commander" Convoy (aka Optimus Primal) revealed

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Toy News: Masterpiece "Legendary Commander" Convoy (aka Optimus Primal) revealed

Dengeki Hobby Web has released an amazing set of photos showcasing the upcoming "Beast Wars II Super Robot Life Transformer Convoy The Crisis! It is a legendary commander "Convoy" version of Masterpiece Optimus Primal! This version brings the figure much more in line with his classic "Beast Wars" appearance. Here's how the release differs from the current release:

Toy News: Masterpiece "Legendary Commander" Convoy (aka Optimus Primal) revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece "Legendary Commander" Convoy (aka Optimus Primal) revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece "Legendary Commander" Convoy (aka Optimus Primal) revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece "Legendary Commander" Convoy (aka Optimus Primal) revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece "Legendary Commander" Convoy (aka Optimus Primal) revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece "Legendary Commander" Convoy (aka Optimus Primal) revealed

Toy News: A Bathing Ape announces exclusive Optimus Prime figure

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Toy News: A Bathing Ape announces exclusive Optimus Prime figure

Japanese clothing store A Bathing Ape has announced the next of its exclusive Transformers figures. Previously it released some G1 Optimus Prime reissues in exclusive colors. This time out they're going big with Masterpiece Optimus Prime in an exclusive camo pattern with the "BAPE" symbol. From the official web site:

Toy News: A Bathing Ape announces exclusive Optimus Prime figure
Toy News: A Bathing Ape announces exclusive Optimus Prime figure
Toy News: A Bathing Ape announces exclusive Optimus Prime figure

Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed

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Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed

With the release of both Masterpiece Ramjet and Thrust in the past year, fans may have wondered "What about Dirge?" and now we have our answer! Takara Tomy has revealed Masterpiece Dirge. The figure is a heavy retool of the Seeker Masterpiece sculpt used in the past few years. It is due for a May 2017 release.

Below is the official write up on this figure from Takara Tomy's site (via Google Translate):

Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Dirge revealed

Toy News: Masterpiece Artfire with Nightstick revealed

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Toy News: Masterpiece Artfire with Nightstick revealed

Hot on the heels of the Godbomber reveal, Takara Tomy has released photos of its latest upcoming Masterpiece figure: Artfire! In Generation One, Artfire was a redeco of Inferno paired with Targetmaster Nightstick. This unique combination was a rare figure and highly sought after by fans for many years. Now fans will have the chance to own this character in Masterpiece form!

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Toy News: Masterpiece Artfire with Nightstick revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Artfire with Nightstick revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Artfire with Nightstick revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Artfire with Nightstick revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Artfire with Nightstick revealed
Toy News: Masterpiece Artfire with Nightstick revealed

Toy News: Official photos of Masterpiece Megatron 2.0

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Toy News: Official photos of Masterpiece Megatron 2.0

Several years ago when Masterpiece Megatron was released, fans picked up the figure but often found it lacking. Its design favored the G1 toy with a mix of animation but some found it unnecesarily difficult to transform while others just didn't like the aesthetic. Now fans have a new option: Masterpiece Megatron 2.0! Thanks to Planet Iacon we now have new, official photos of this upcoming figure.

Toy News: Official photos of Masterpiece Megatron 2.0
Toy News: Official photos of Masterpiece Megatron 2.0
Toy News: Official photos of Masterpiece Megatron 2.0
Toy News: Official photos of Masterpiece Megatron 2.0
Toy News: Official photos of Masterpiece Megatron 2.0
Toy News: Official photos of Masterpiece Megatron 2.0
Toy News: Official photos of Masterpiece Megatron 2.0
Toy News: Official photos of Masterpiece Megatron 2.0
Toy News: Official photos of Masterpiece Megatron 2.0

Toy News: NEW Masterpiece Megatron revealed?

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Toy News: NEW Masterpiece Megatron revealed?

DaimChocReports has posted images that appear to be from a Japanese toy magazine featuring a new Masterpiece Megatron! If these are the real deal then this features an amazing new piece that has more G1 animation style proportions (the first Masterpiece Megatron leaned more towards G1 toy proportions in some areas). Among other features are:

  • Removable face piece.
  • Different expressions.
  • "Battle damaged" head and chest.
  • Posable mace weapon.
Toy News: NEW Masterpiece Megatron revealed?
Toy News: NEW Masterpiece Megatron revealed?
Toy News: NEW Masterpiece Megatron revealed?

Toy News: Official Masterpiece Bumblebee video

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Toy News: Official Masterpiece Bumblebee video

Hasbro designer manager John Warden and Takara designer Shogo Hasui have teamed up to produce a video focusing on the recent Toys R Us exclusive release of Masterpiece Bumblebee. The video features some fun G1 based green screen work with Warden standing "in" the Ark. I enjoy these fun videos and appreciate the effort that goes into them. Check it out in the embed below:

Sponsor News BBTS - Preorders up for Shattered Glass Masterpiece Optimus Prime

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Sponsor News BBTS - Preorders up for Shattered Glass Masterpiece Optimus Prime

A couple weeks ago a rumor popped up that a "Shattered Glass" Masterpiece Optimus Prime figure was on on its way. "Shattered Glass" refers to an alternate universe where the Autobots are evil and the Decepticons are good, but this has been largely relegated to figures exclusive to Botcon and the Transformers Collector's Club - until now!