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: "Masterpiece" Optimus Primal prototype photos

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Toy News: "Masterpiece" Optimus Primal prototype photos

2016 is the 20th Anniversary of "Beast Wars Transformers", the series that helped to revive the "Transformers" franchise after "Generation 2" ended. As part of their celebration for this milestone Takara Tomy is releasing a "Masterpiece" version of Optimus Primal! Fans have seen teases for a while but this is our first look at the figure in plastic form. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Light up eyes
  • Multiple facial expressions in beast mode
  • Shoulder cannons
  • Forearm cannons
  • Twin swords

Toy News: Masterpiece Optimus Primal render and design art revealed

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Toy News: Masterpiece Optimus Primal render and design art revealed

TF Upgrader on Facebook has posted a photo of a magazine page that reveals a new look at the upcoming Masterpiece Optimus Primal figure! 2016 will be the 20th Anniversary of "Beast Wars", making this a timely arrival for this new Masterpiece figure. This is preliminary art of course and should not be looked at as final.

Toy News: MP30 Masterpiece Ratchet announced

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Toy News: MP30 Masterpiece Ratchet announced

Fellow fan site TFormers.com is reporting (via Nippon Yasan and Facebook) that the next Masterpiece figure will be none other than Ratchet! With the upcoming release of Ironhide, this is hardly a surprise but it is great to finally get a look at the figure. Ratchet will be coming with a ton of accessories including blasters and repair equipment. The images in this article originally appeared on Nippon Yasan's web site (since taken down).

Toy News: MP30 Masterpiece Ratchet announced
Toy News: MP30 Masterpiece Ratchet announced
Toy News: MP30 Masterpiece Ratchet announced
Toy News: MP30 Masterpiece Ratchet announced
Toy News: MP30 Masterpiece Ratchet announced
Toy News: MP30 Masterpiece Ratchet announced
Toy News: MP30 Masterpiece Ratchet announced
Toy News: MP30 Masterpiece Ratchet announced
Toy News: MP30 Masterpiece Ratchet announced
Toy News: MP30 Masterpiece Ratchet announced
Toy News: MP30 Masterpiece Ratchet announced

Toy News: Takara Tomy Reveals details about Masterpiece Bumble "Red body"

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Toy News: Takara Tomy Reveals details about Masterpiece Bumble "Red body"

Takara Tomy has put out official word on the previously revealed Masterpiece Bumble redeco with a red deco. This is a homage to the G1 red Bumblebee toy that was released in the 80's. Red Bumble is due for release in December 2015 at the price of 5500 Yen (approximately $46 USD). He will primarily be sold through Cybertron Satellite stores but it is likely US based online shops will get him in as well.

Toy News: Masterpiece Ramjet announced (well, sort of)

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Toy News: Masterpiece Ramjet announced (well, sort of)

For years fans have wondered why the Masterpiece Seeker sculpt (such as the one used for Thundercracker) had not yet been retooled for use as "Conehead" Seekers (such as Thrust and Dirge. Now fans have gotten their wish! Sort of. Takara Tomy launched a listing for Masterpiece MP-11N Ramjet last night...and then promptly took it down.

Toy News: Masterpiece Ramjet announced (well, sort of)
Toy News: Masterpiece Ramjet announced (well, sort of)
Toy News: Masterpiece Ramjet announced (well, sort of)
Toy News: Masterpiece Ramjet announced (well, sort of)
Toy News: Masterpiece Ramjet announced (well, sort of)

Toy News: Clear color photos of Masterpiece Hot Rod for your viewing pleasure

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Toy News: Clear color photos of Masterpiece Hot Rod for your viewing pleasure

Thanks to the folks over at Planet Iacon, we now have clear, color photos of Masterpiece Hot Rod to enjoy! These photos show off several of the accessories and features of this upcoming figure. Several of these reference the character's appearance in "Transformers: The Movie". These include:

  • Visor that goes over the eyes.
  • Compartment for MP10's Matrix
  • Two blasters
  • Fishing pole
  • Saw blade hand
Toy News: Clear color photos of Masterpiece Hot Rod for your viewing pleasure
Toy News: Clear color photos of Masterpiece Hot Rod for your viewing pleasure
Toy News: Clear color photos of Masterpiece Hot Rod for your viewing pleasure
Toy News: Clear color photos of Masterpiece Hot Rod for your viewing pleasure
Toy News: Clear color photos of Masterpiece Hot Rod for your viewing pleasure
Toy News: Clear color photos of Masterpiece Hot Rod for your viewing pleasure
Toy News: Clear color photos of Masterpiece Hot Rod for your viewing pleasure
Toy News: Clear color photos of Masterpiece Hot Rod for your viewing pleasure
Toy News: Clear color photos of Masterpiece Hot Rod for your viewing pleasure
Toy News: Clear color photos of Masterpiece Hot Rod for your viewing pleasure
Toy News: Clear color photos of Masterpiece Hot Rod for your viewing pleasure

Toy News: Masterpiece Shockwave painted prototype photos

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Toy News: Masterpiece Shockwave painted prototype photos

DaimChoc Reports on Facebook has posted several photos of the painted prototype for Masterpiece Shockwave! These photos show off several of the features we can expect from the figure. These include:

  • Option to switch between two hands and his "blaster" hand.
  • Shockwave "gun" accessory to replicate the G1 animation error
  • A stand for the figure to be displayed in weapon mode
Toy News: Masterpiece Shockwave painted prototype photos
Toy News: Masterpiece Shockwave painted prototype photos
Toy News: Masterpiece Shockwave painted prototype photos
Toy News: Masterpiece Shockwave painted prototype photos

Sponsor News from BigBadToyStore- Preorders for Masterpiece Hot Rod 2.0

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Sponsor News from BigBadToyStore- Preorders for Masterpiece Hot Rod 2.0

Ben's World of Transformers sponsor Bigbadtoystore has put up its preorder listing for Masterpiece Hot Rod 2.0! This figure is a new sculpt featuring the character before his transformation into Rodimus Prime.

Sponsor News from BigBadToyStore- Preorders for Masterpiece Hot Rod 2.0
Sponsor News from BigBadToyStore- Preorders for Masterpiece Hot Rod 2.0
Sponsor News from BigBadToyStore- Preorders for Masterpiece Hot Rod 2.0

Toy News: Masterpiece Shockwave and Hot Rod announced!

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Toy News: Masterpiece Shockwave and Hot Rod announced!

Catching fandom by surprise, photos from a recent toy show by K-Hobby show what appear to be grey models for Masterpiece Shockwave and Hot Rod! According to their Twitter feed Shockwave will feature a light up gimmick for his laser arm and Hot Rod will have a compartment for the Matrix that comes with MP-10 Optimus Prime! The Hot Rod sculpt appears to be roughly the same size as other MP figures like Prowl while Shockwave is (appropriately) larger.

Toy News: Masterpiece Shockwave and Hot Rod announced!
Toy News: Masterpiece Shockwave and Hot Rod announced!

Toy News: Masterpiece Ironhide prototype pics reveal a surprise

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Toy News: Masterpiece Ironhide prototype pics reveal a surprise

Takara Tomy Mall has put up their listing for Masterpiece Ironhide Surprisingly instead of using color photos they have decided to show off pictures of a grey model prototype of the figure. The vehicle mode photo reveals a surprise: an extra face! This square face is based on the G1 Ironhide toy, which did not feature the head shown in the animated series. This is a real fun easter egg for fans of the original series!

Toy News: Masterpiece Ironhide prototype pics reveal a surprise
Toy News: Masterpiece Ironhide prototype pics reveal a surprise
Toy News: Masterpiece Ironhide prototype pics reveal a surprise
Toy News: Masterpiece Ironhide prototype pics reveal a surprise