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)→
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.