Category Archives: Masterpiece

Repaints and Resurgence

Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource

Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource


The close of 2015 saw a series of four Masterpiece Transformers repaints released within the space of a month, and ensured an extremely high quality end to another fabulous year of official MP product. MP-11T Thundercracker, MP-21R Bumble Red Body, MP-26 Road Rage and MP-14C Clampdown might all have been repaints of existing and well known, well-documented moulds, …

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Sunstruck

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BadCube OTS-08 Sunsurge available at TFSource


The battle has been joined proper, with 3rd party companies left, right and centre putting out figures to fill gaps in Masterpiece collections. BadCube had already released Huff, Brawny, Backland, Wardog and the Evil Bug Corps, but Sunsurge is arguably their most ambitious stab at a slice of the MP market so far. For some time competing with Omnigonix’s …

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Stomp! (FansToys FT-07 Stomp)

FansToys FT-07 Stomp at TFSource

FansToys FT-07 Stomp at TFSource


Well, 2016 is off to an excellent start! FansToys, 3rd Party makers of toys that aim to unofficially complete your Masterpiece Transformers collection, bring us the fourth in their series of Iron Dibots, transforming dinosaurs not completely unlike those Dinobot fellows you may have heard of. FT-07 is Stomp, the brontosaurus of the five-member team, following Scoria, Soar …

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Top 5 Purchases of 2015

Masterpiece and 3rd Party figures at TFSource

Masterpiece and 3rd Party figures at TFSource


Without any sort of hesitation or doubt, I can gladly cite 2015 as the year with the most impressive official and unofficial Transformers releases that I have ever experienced. In previous years for my Top 5 of the year article, I have not just included purchases of toys released in that year, but also …

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Spot On (FansToys FT-11 Spotter)

FansToys Spotter available for pre-order at TFSource

FansToys Spotter available for pre-order at TFSource


Is it better than MakeToys Visualizers? No matter what else gets covered in this review of FansToys FT-11 Spotter – their stab at a Masterpiece version of a well known transforming evil 3-guy camera - that first question is one I have been asked non-stop since teasing my first image of the review last week, and one that …

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Gaps

Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource

Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource


We have it good as Transformers collectors currently, we have it very good. The flagship Takara Tomy Masterpiece line has sped up and started to put out new figures at a respectable rate. Takara Tomy’s Transformers Legends, Unite Warriors, together with Hasbro’s Generstions, Combiner Wars and soon Titans Return are giving collectors updated toys of characters once thought …

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New World (Pre-)Order

Masterpiece and 3rd Party Transformers at TFSource

Masterpiece and 3rd Party Transformers at TFSource


I did something incredibly stupid recently, I looked up all the figures I had on pre-order across the internet and totaled the amount. I have over $1000 invested in pre-orders for toys that do not even exist currently. Discussion about the pre-order culture that permeates the Transformers fandom is not new, but …

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MP-25 Tracks – A True Masterpiece?

MP-25 Masterpiece Tracks available at TFSource

MP-25 Masterpiece Tracks available at TFSource


The long-awaited MP-25 Masterpiece Tracks from Takara Tomy finally saw release in early November. With various retailers filling orders throughout the world and opinion quite generally divided among collectors as to whether or not the Kobayashi-designed Tracks is up to the same standard as the previous Autobot cars, I decided to feature the new kid on …

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Ocular Max Sphinx – Perfection Indeed

Ocular Max Sphinx available here at TFSource

Ocular Max Sphinx available here at TFSource


”I remember running to the sea, I remember falling to my knees”. 
Mastermind Creations have released a Masterpiece-scaled homage to the Generation 1 Autobot Spy Mirage, and they have done it in the style of celebrated Japanese animation gurus Studio Ox, responsible for so many beautiful illustrations in Television Magazine. Under their Ocular …

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Are Hasbro & Takara Going After 3P Companies?

3rd Party and Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource

3rd Party and Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource


Collectors will accept and purchase 3rd Party Transformers products for different reasons, maybe to fill gaps in high profile lines like Masterpiece, or just for the ingenuity of unique figures they appreciate. Other enthusiasts will not touch unofficial products that are guilty of intellectual property theft that they believe are harmful to …

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