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Old 2014-01-10, 11:16 PM   #101
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Pretty similar;

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Old 2014-01-10, 11:31 PM   #102
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Oh my god, is that how small they are? What are they charging for these little masterpieces?
I hadn't seen one in the flesh or a comparison yet.
 
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Old 2014-01-11, 08:16 AM   #103
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I feel the ludicrous notion of obtaining obsolete licenses helps me justify the premium price.
 
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Old 2014-01-11, 12:49 PM   #104
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Oh my god, is that how small they are? What are they charging for these little masterpieces?
I hadn't seen one in the flesh or a comparison yet.
They're about 40-45 shipped to the UK. Taking into account you're always going to pay more for collector's orientated stuff it doesn't compare toooo badly to the old Alt price bracket (which probably would have inflated to about 30 plus by now if the line hadn't been so deeply unpopular) or current Voyager assortments, especially when you factor in that these have crazy luxuries like paint apps, proper plastic and not looking like shit on a stick.

They're not cheap per se but you pretty much get what you're paying for... If you like, say, G1 Smokescreen you won't go far wrong. If you don't, well, you probably wouldn't be buying the thing anyway and he's not going to convince you otherwise.

Though it must be said both car moulds thus far are very good. The worth-it scale will drop pretty drastically if it follows the same pattern every other collector-aimed line does (i.e. very good first couple of figures, rapid degeneration into half-hearted pish). Remember how good the Classics line was? Then a year or so later we got Prowl, Silverbolt and Octane.
 
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Old 2014-01-11, 02:25 PM   #105
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Depending on the retailer you get them from, they range from around 32 pounds [HLJ] to 50odd pounds [Kapow], then you factor in shipping and *maybe* customs charges.

They are worth it to be honest. We've only got 2 cars so far, Sideswipe and Prowl, and 3 releases from each. The amount of retooling and repainting between them is staggering.

And thankfully, they're released few and far between--Sideswipe was October 2012, Red Alert December 2012, Prowl September 2013, Streak October 13, Smokescreen December 2013 and Wheeljack's out on August 2014. In my opinion, that's a lot of time in between to save up on 50 pounds.

Heck, while smoking, I spent 40 pounds on average per month
 
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Old 2014-01-11, 03:31 PM   #106
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Wouldn't it be awesome if he had flashing ears?
 
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Old 2014-01-11, 03:51 PM   #107
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I was more or less certain he'd have a clear plastic accessory like Red Alert, but it seems he won't.
 
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Old 2014-01-11, 07:05 PM   #108
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I had thought I wouldn't be picking up Wheeljack, but now I'm not so sure. The prototype looks very nice indeed. Of course, having our baby on March and moving house in January may mean I simply can't get this one past my wife...

Delayed release now though - August is hardly 2nd quarter of the year!

Really want to see Bumblebee...
You're in for some lean times for sure, but with any luck, your forthcoming child will be a powerful ally in your toy acquisitions.

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Old 2014-01-15, 01:00 PM   #109
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Wheeljack gets this thingie (an anti-hypnosis device) if you pre-order him from Amazon.

Looks like a toolbox, pretty decent extra accessory.
 
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Old 2014-01-15, 04:36 PM   #110
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You're in for some lean times for sure, but with any luck, your forthcoming child will be a powerful ally in your toy acquisitions.

"But dear, it's not for me, it's for us."
Sadly I fear if our child takes any interest in Transformers I will be blamed wholeheartedly and be in a worse situation than I am right now!
 
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Old 2014-01-15, 07:51 PM   #111
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Looking on the bright side, kids are the future and have the chance to not be as batshit as their parents.
 
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Old 2014-01-15, 08:24 PM   #112
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To be honest, the ongoing big blockbuster series of films is more likely to create a child's interest in Transformers than whether or not their parents like it. Unless Age of Extinction flops, little Numbat Jr. is likely to get involved by the time of the fifth film...

It's nice Wheeljack gets at least one mad gadget.
 
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Old 2014-01-15, 09:13 PM   #113
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Looking on the bright side, kids are the future and have the chance to not be as batshit as their parents.
Absolutely - I've never been more excited than I am about becoming a father. There are far more wonderous things I'd like to share with my kid than Transformers!

Plus Dalek's right.



Wheeljack does look good, and the inclusion of the gadget is nice. Sideswipe's pile driver exclusives were snazzy too. Really want to see Bumblebee...
 
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Old 2014-01-25, 09:22 AM   #114
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Masterpiece Prowl is apparently going to get a US release, depending on how much shelf warming the bonkers decision to release Acid Storm resulted in I wouldn't be surprised if he makes it over here as well:

http://tformers.com/transformers-mas...2327/news.html

I certainly don't regret getting the Japanese version (though considering how they pimped out Soundwave with all his tapes I wouldn't be surprised if Hasbro throw in those toy accurate launchers that mean a lot to many of you), but it would have been nice to support a more mainstream (from my decadent Western perspective) release.
 
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Old 2014-01-25, 08:27 PM   #115
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$60 is a little disappointing, considering how much they undercut the Japanese price on Soundwave. I was hoping he'd be cheaper, and thus probably available in greater numbers. But it's around what I'd pay to buy the toy from an Asian seller and ship it to me, so I guess it's not that bad.

I'm hoping for the launchers and a more toy-accurate paintjob, personally. If it's just a direct copy of the Takara Prowl, I'll probably pass on him and wait for Bluestreak.
 
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Old 2014-01-29, 05:53 AM   #116
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Got an email tonight from BBTS tonight talking about some "exclusive repaint of the MP-18 Masterpiece Bluestreak". No details on what the colorscheme will actually be though.
Could it possibly be blue?

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Old 2014-02-09, 01:53 PM   #117
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G1 Megatron now turns into a Sega Genesis

This is still somehow less strange than the transforming hats.
 
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Old 2014-02-09, 02:50 PM   #118
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G1 Megatron now turns into a Sega Genesis

This is still somehow less strange than the transforming hats.
At least this is something electronic. I wonder if it'll be a working Genesis.
 
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Old 2014-02-09, 04:50 PM   #119
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G1 Megatron now turns into a Sega Genesis

This is still somehow less strange than the transforming hats.
Or shoes...

Still. I'll pass.
 
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Old 2014-02-09, 09:24 PM   #120
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That is awesomely wacky. Still virtually no chance I'd buy it, but still kinda cool.
 
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