Fanstoys’ Transformers: The Movie range grows further, and with an MP I’ve been dying for. I do wonder though when the adulation for this company will start to wane. Its first release, Quakewave, was a classic, but sadly still probably the best figure the company has released.
I concede that Fanstoys Grinder is the ‘better’ fit on the Masterpiece shelf (and he sits on mine), especially when among his Fanstoys brothers. But for me the official MP (in this instance the Hasbro V1) remains the ‘better’ realisation of the Autobot Grimlock.
One of the things I’m most enjoying about MP-39 Sunstreaker is exploring how his differences from MP-12 so ably demonstrate the evolution of the Takara Masterpiece.
Having MP-39 alongside MP-12 really highlights how much the Masterpiece line has evolved, even since the MP-10 ‘reboot’. These modern releases have clearly been influenced by the third party market, with higher part counts, greater posability and, of course, an elevated price. I still love MP Sideswipe (and in some ways perhaps prefer the simplicity of the old MP cars, possibly?) but there’s no denying that Takara has taken the 3P model and proved that it can still lead the market. MP-39 is leaps and bounds ahead of Badcube’s Sunsurge, undoubtedly.
I was really pleased to be given the opportunity to write about one of my favourite subjects is the last two issues of Collector’s Gazette. I’ll be writing a regular feature for them about more off-the-wall collecting hobbies starting in the summer.
Thanks ever so much to Maz for the picture contribution.
The first of two articles I’ve written on Takara and Hasbro Transformers Masterpieces will appear in next month’s Collectors Gazette!
Ignoring my customer service problems with a defective bot for the moment (which is perhaps a story we’ll get to later), I can comfortably say that I think the individual Generation Toy Gravity Builder bots are loads better than Toyworld. They’re more stylized, certainly, but they’re better built and loads more fun.
Combined mode, however, is a totally different story. Constructor is just something else: