Since their creation around 2003, Masterpiece Transformers have quickly become a much sought-after collectible that offers a path to the past for nostalgic adults who found solace and friendship in the Transformers franchise of their childhoods.
Whether you’re just beginning your collection or hoping to learn more about furthering your collection of Masterpiece Transformers, here’s is a detailed overview to provide you with everything you need to know about Masterpiece Transformers.
What are the Masterpiece Transformers?
Masterpiece Transformers is a collectible toy chain most notably known for their collectibility and durability. They closely resemble the make and look of Transformers toys from the original G1 series, circa the 1980s and 1990s, however, they use modern tech and advanced building methods to ensure their high quality (thus why they are so popular among collectors and the reason for their price range).
Within the Japanese market, the Masterpiece Transformers are owned and distributed for sale by Takara/TakaraTomy, however, across North America they are sold under the Hasbro brand. Often they are sold only in Toys R Us and Target stores as Hasbro has developed exclusive partnerships since the early 2010s. Prior to that, Walmart was the most popular location to find Masterpiece Transformers.
Transformers Masterpiece Figures Offer Top Quality
For those unaware of the significance of the Transformers, the brand has been hugely popular since its creation in 1984. These toys brought to America and mass-produced under the Hasbro name sparked a new generation of toys for younger children who were used to playing with immobile handheld toys such as GI Joe. With the subsequent popularity in the first generation television show, The Transformers, as well as the comic book line, Transformers have grown with the children of the 80s and 90s, becoming a hugely influential collectible and pastime for adults of the 21st century.
And, while Masterpiece Transformers are expensive and faced issues in their first wave of production (such as scaling and the exclusive availability of only major characters), they have continued to remain popular with newer editions being released every few years. Small websites and collector auctions are excellent places to find Masterpiece Transformers that are rare, out of production, or for more moderate prices.
It’s important to note that Masterpiece Transformers are not meant for young children and are created for the sole purpose of being sought after by die-hard collectors. Small pieces and sharp points may hurt a child, and if broken, lower any value of the toys in the future.
Figures from the Masterpiece collection come with exchangable parts such as different faces, and plenty of accessories to make for some truly great poses! MasterPieces Transformers MP-10 Convoy (Optimus Prime), is a… ahem… Prime example of the sorts of accessories you can expect from this line of Transformers collectibles. He comes equipped with an amazing assortment of parts, weapons, and accessories. This attention to detail and quality explains some of why these figures may fetch such a high price.
Why are the Masterpiece Transformers so expensive?
Masterpiece Transformers are particularly more expensive than their mass-produced more child focused Transformers toys due to their high quality, durability, and high standards in which each Masterpiece Transformer is built. Unlike in mass-produced toys, there is no room for error or shortcuts in order to save money and overhead costs. These are transformers for collectors.
Takara Tomy’s Masterpiece Transformers are just that; intended to be a masterpiece to put on a show by those Transformers fans who value high quality and advanced engineering while enjoying the nostalgia of their favorite childhood memories.
Each Masterpiece Transformers toy is articulated using modern techniques that ensure they hold their quality over time as well as provide the owner with excellent functionality, such as posable pieces and accurate coloring and features. Optimus Prime/ Convoy, for example, stays true to its 1980s coloring instead of using simple and cheap reds that other manufacturers might turn to. The most recent Masterpiece Transformers are much more worth the cost some may argue as they are sculpted for accurately to the appearance of their characters and are engineered with more modern tech. Others may argue, however, that those in the first generations are more valuable to collect because of their flaws and inaccuracies – we’ll let you be the judge of that.
You can find price guides for the Masterpiece Transformers online. Prices range from 99$ and can increase up to $600 depending on its rarity and other variables. Of course, the retail version of Masterpiece Transformers will seem much more inexpensive than the average real value online and in auctions.
How many Masterpiece Transformers are there?
Including the Masterpiece Transformers that have yet to be released, such as Arcee (Coming in January 2021) or Tigatron (December 2020, pictured below), there are over 140 collectibles available, but whether or not you can find them all is another question.
As you can see by looking at Arcee from the original Transformers compared Tigatron from Beastwars, the Masterpiece Transformers are not limited to G1 transformers alone. The Beast Wars editions are particularly amazing for that niche of collectors.
Starting in 2003, the First Generation of Masterpiece Transformers begin with the Standard Takara versions. MP-1 Convoy was released on December 11, 2003 (in time for the holidays) and was then followed by 50 more Masterpieces, ending most recently with MP-48 Lio Convoy in February of 2020 and MP-49 Black Convoy released in July.
As for Masterpiece Transformers’ special editions, there are 50 released and awaiting their release. The first, released in 2004, was MP-1 Convoy Lucky Draw figure which is golden in color. Since then, more special editions have been released every few years right up until recently when MP-10DC Convoy was released in March.
There are currently five special editions awaiting release in 2020, including MP-39+ Spinout in November and MP-10ASE Convoy, Elephant Camo version. Other camos will also be released, including Duck and Tiger.
In 2010, MPM-1 Starscream was the first released in the Masterpiece Movie Series. Since then, 10 more have or will be released. MPM-10 Starscream and MPM-11 Ratchet are scheduled to be released in September of 2020.
As part of the Hasbro versions, 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime was released in 2003 followed by 28 others. The most recent was released in 2019, which is the collaborative MP-10G Optimus Prime Ecto-35 Edition. MPM-10 Starscream is scheduled to be believed in September, 2020.
Where can I buy Masterpiece Transformers?
Masterpiece Transformers can be found in at Amazon for more common varieties and among collectors websites for the harder to find varieties. When purchasing online through auction type sites. Always pay close attention to the quality of the toy, whether it was opened, and what pieces are including (note if any are missing).
Purchase your Masterpiece Transformers and all your collectibles from a reputable website that has been reviewed and can provide a delivery guarantee as well as returns when the quality isn’t as expected, etc.
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