The newest US release Transformers Masterpiece figure is Soundwave and like the last few is also Toys R Us exclusive. For some reason the box says MP-02 but the figure is clearly a variant of Takara MP-13. I know Masterpiece Acid Storm who comes in the same case is labeled MP-01 but this makes little sense considering MP-10 Optimus, and even MP-08 Grimlock were released at TRU not all that long ago along with other retailer exclusives like Wal-Mart Starscream.
The short of it is Masterpiece Soundwave is excellent. I was skeptical that this guy could even be done as a worthwhile Masterpiece figure but the end result has exceeded my expectations. As a bonus you not only get Soundwave but 5 of his cassette minions and some other neat accessories seen in the G1 transformers cartoon. Everything is solid in every configuration, certainly a must have if you are into this type of adult collectable. More pics and commentary below the cut.
After lucking out on my first stop (thank you to my local TF club for the tip) I got the Toys R Us exclusive Masterpiece Optimus Prime version 2 and its worth every penny. Basically this is the Takara MP-10 with some very minor color differences. The packaging is amazing showing nearly everything you could ask for here… you still need to open it to fully appreciate how far this line has evolved so lets get on with it. Continue reading MP-10 Masterpiece Optimus Prime V2 (Toys R Us Exclusive)→
About a year ago I saw an announcement for the upcoming Diamond Select 1/15th scale KITT from Knight Rider. Being a big fan of the 80’s show, I’ve been eagerly awaiting its release ever since. Diamond Select has been giving early looks at the progress and with a few minor exceptions this looked like a pretty fun collectible to add to the toy room.
Last week I stumbled upon one at the local Toys R Us completely by chance and for the most part I’m pretty satisfied with the final product.
Baldinos is a quality sub shop based out of Georgia. The location I frequent is located off Buford Highway about 1/2 mile outside the perimeter. Today I tried their trademarked cheese steak with everything. It was good, not the best I’ve ever had, but better than most.
The “cheesesteak with everything” includes cheese, mushrooms, peppers, onions, lettuce, tomato, and oil & vinegar. I’m not typically a fan of the cold sub add-ons but on this sandwich its a must. The bread is baked in-house and is fantastic. If there is a franchise near you I suggest trying it out. The cold subs are some of the best around.
Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs
5697 Buford Hwy.
Doraville, GA 30340
The absolute best chicken soup of any type I’ve ever eaten is from Saigon Cafe in Norcross GA. They give you a gigantic bowl (this is the medium), and an impressive amount of sprouts and peppers on the side. The taste is amazing. I suggest you give it a try if you find yourself in the area.
Got this the other day. She is one of my new favorite truly playable figures and my second TF Prime RID deluxe. The transformation is so simple which usually is a bad thing, but in this case it really works to the toys advantage.
It’s not the same level of awesome as say a masterpiece but those are a totally different type of fun. Being so simple and easy means you can spend more time enjoying the two modes which are stellar even with the back kibble.
It’s no surprise that Transformers Prime: Robots in Disguise Wheeljack is an excellent figure. Out of the gate Hasbro had a winner on their hands. The show is well done, the characters are well-developed, and the toys are following in the trend.
Wheeljack has always been one of my favorite Transformers characters. Heck the guy created the Dinobots in G1, essentially the father of the most BAMF of them all; Grimlock. Wheeljack is the only Transformer I would choose to collect above Optimus Prime and I wasn’t going to start collecting this line unless I could find the updated version. To me its fitting that he is the first TF Prime RID figure I came across. Continue reading Transformers Prime Robots in Disguise – Wheeljack→
The latest Masterpiece Transformer in the collection is the Toys R Us exclusive Grimlock, which is nearly identical to the Japanese MP-08 by Takara. This continues the trend with this line by having an advanced and complex transformation with well executed gimmicks.
Features of note are color changing eyes in both robot and dinosaur modes giving a choice between blue or red depending on your preference. There is also some die cast metal parts such as the toes and internal frame components. The dino mouth snaps shut with a push of a button, and one of his hands can illuminate the sword and gun accessory. A crown is also included so you can have King Grimlock! More pictures after the cut.