Masterpiece is a toyline created by Takara to update a character's G1 toy with today's advanced engineering techniques. "Masterpiece" Transformers tend to be very expensive, with an average price of 10000 yen (roughly $80 at current conversion rates). Currently, the Masterpieces appear to be on a bi-yearly rotation, with a new being released in the spring or the fall.
MP-1 - Convoy
This is a representation of G1 Optimus Prime in die-cast.
20th Anniversary Optimus Prime
Hasbro released this to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Transformers franchise, it comes with shortenned smokestacks and replaces some of the die-cast part with plastic.
20th Anniversary DVD Optimus Prime
Version that includes a DVD
MP-1 - Convoy Lucky Draw
Gold re-coloring of MP-1.
MP-1l - Convoy Last Production
Last chance for MP-1 at retail.
MP-1B - Black Convoy
Black-recoloring of MP-1, representation of G1 Nemesis Prime.
MP-2 - Ultra Magnus
White re-coloring of MP-1, representation of G1 Ultra Magnus in his cab form only.
MP-3 - Starscream
This toy is designed by mechanical designer Shoji Kawamori who had designed some of the original Diaclone toys, including F-15 Robo which would become Starscream and the rest of the seekers, he also famously designed the VF-1 Valkyries which Habsro recolored as Jetfire. It was designed to resemble a real-life jet hence the dark grey color scheme, there is a lot of kibble used to cover up the robot parts to form a streamlined fuselage such as the parts of the rear fuselage that hang off the hips like sheaths.
He comes with a non-transforming Megatron gun, as used several times in the show, and a stand that can support him in aircraft mode and robot mode (as he is very prone to falling over).
In fighter mode, he has a height of 10 cm, a length of 33 cm and a wingspan of 22 cm, these dimension make him fit nicely with 1/60 scale model aircraft. All the re-colors such as the other seekers and the re-tools such as MP-11 have the same dimensions.
For the American release, Hasbro had recolored MP-3 based on his G1 toy design (with a blue nosecone as opposed to grey like in the show), no changes were made to the engineering, however.
MP-3G - Ghost Starscream
Cast in clear plastic to depict his "ghostly" visage.
MP-4 - Convoy Perfect Edition
A re-release of MP-1 that comes with his iconic trailer as well as Roller.
MP-4S - Convoy "Sleep Mode"
Recolorization of MP-4 to resemble the deathbed scene from The Transformers: The Movie, the trailer is made from transparent plastic give a ghostly effect. There are weathering effects on this version with tints to his red and blue color-scheme as opposed to totally grey/black colors like Black Convoy to place emphasis that this is a dying version.
MP-5 - Megatron
Representation of G1 Megatron.
MP-6 - Skywarp
Recolorization of MP-3, representation of G1 Skywarp.
MP-7 - Thundercracker
Redeco of MP-3, representation of G1 Thundercracker.
MP-8 - Grimlock
Additionally, Takara released their own version of Hasbro's G1 colored Masterpiece Starscream with reduced weathering details.
The Hasbro release of MP-08 came with a crown, gun and sword.
MP-08X - King Grimlock
Release with the accessories provided in the Hasbro version.
MP-09 - Rodimus Convoy
MP-09B - Black Rodimus Convoy
Darker color scheme.
Masterpiece Rodimus Prime
Hasbro release of MP-09.
MP-10 - Convoy
An entirely new mold, comes with scaled Roller and a trailer too. Each of the Masterpiece Autobot Cars that come following this toy are scaled such that they can fit in the trailer.
MP-10B - Black Convoy
Redeco to represent Black Convoy/Nemesis Prime.
MP-10 Convoy Mode "EVA"
A recoloring of MP-10 in Eva Unit-01's green and purple color scheme as part of the TRANSFORMERS MODE EVA crossover series. His trailer has been painted white with NERV livery around (with a Roller figure with a yellow NERV logo), he can store a red-colored matrix inside his chest and has a red NERV logo on his right shoulder.
Masterpiece Optimus Prime
Hasbro release of MP-10.
MP-11 - Starscream Coronation Version
This is a retool of MP-3 Starscream. MP-11 removes a lot of the kibble that provided the streamlined vehicle mode accurate to an F-15 Eagle and instead provides a robot mode as accurate to the television aseries as possible. Accuracy to the show in vehicle mode has also been improved. For example, the nosecone is grey, following the show appearance rather than a blue like the original G1 toy. The tail fins are now part of the legs. The feet are completely remolded and viewable Jet engines also serve as heels for Starscream in robot mode, providing better balance. Starscream no longer has detachable missiles; instead, his weapons are attached to his arm (just like in the show), using ball joints, they can attach to the wings in aircraft mode, this allows you to transform Starscream without taking anything apart, not even the weapons.
MP-11 comes with new accessories such as a crown and a foldable cape, as seen in The Transformers: The Movie, although he lacks to stand that allows you to display him in aircaft mode.
MP-11s - Sunstorm
Redeco to look like yellow seeker Sunstorm.
Masterpiece Acid Storm
MP-12 - Lambor
MP-12 is a representation of Sideswipe, he can transform into an accurately detailed Lamborghini Countach, the toy is official licensed by Lamborghini too.
MP-12t - Tigertrack
Redeco to look like Tigertrack.
MP-13 - Soundwave
MP-14 - Red Alert
Retool of MP-12.
MP-15 - Rumble & Jaguar
MP-16 - Frenzy & Buzzsaw
MP-17 - Prowl
MP-18 - Bluestreak
MP-19 - Smokescreen
MP-20 - Wheeljack
MP-22 Ultra MagnusAn entirely new mold to depict Ultra Magnus accurately in accordance to the television series (even a red bumper) The cab is scaled to match MP-10 Convoy but it does not transform into the "inner robot". However h
Like MP-10, the Autobot Cars can fit on to his trailer and the ramps can be adjusted to allow the cars to exit.
Accessories include the Matrix of Leadership, removable hands that allow him to hold the matrix as he did in the movie. All of his weapons are included including his super blaster gun. Spike and Daniel Witwicky figures are also included.
His collector's coin folder is designed to look like his chest and the inside matches his waist (although the crotch piece is upside down.
Included the the box is a "History of Ultra Magnus" showing his toy incarnations from all series; from G1 to Car Robots God Magnus, to Micron Legend Ultra Magnus (who was renamed into Overload in the Armada dub) to Fall of Cybertron and beyond.
A redeco of MP-20 with a new head. Exhaust is a new character based on the Diaclone toy that would become Wheeljack. He has a Decepticon insignia.
MP-24 Star Saber
In the July of 2013, Takara Tomy held a Masterpiece Fan's Choice poll to determine which character would get a Masterpiece toy. The candidates were:
- Fortress Maximus
- Super Ginrai
- Star Saber
- Dai Atlas
- Beast Convoy
- Lio Convoy
- Big Convoy
- Superfire Convoy
- Micron Convoy
- Grand Convoy
- Galaxy Convoy
Images first surfaced in February 2015, part of phase 7, represenation of G1 Tracks, will debut sometime in 2015
MP-26 Road Rage
Redeco of MP-25 to represent Road Rage.
A representation of G1 Ironhide, it was first announced at Takara Tomy's Transformer Panel at Tokyo Toy Show 2015 on June 19, 2015. On July 24, 2015 10 Seibertron.com reported that Australian retailer tfidownunder have MP-27 due to be released on 12/1/2015 and priced at $90 AUD which based on today's FX rates is about 8000 Yen and $65 USD.
- ↑ Cliffbee.com: Transformer Toy Reviews: Hasbro Masterpiece Starscream
- ↑ New Sillhouette Image of MP-20 Masterpiece Wheeljack
- ↑ Transformers Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-27 Ironhide release date and pricing