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TakaraTomy celebrates 2010 with new Masterpieces and Unicron
Some of this news may actually be a tad belated, but it's too good to ignore any longer. In 2010, the Transformers franchise is taking some new directions with its products. Known Hasbro plans include the generically-named "Transformers" toyline (including the movie-based "Hunt for the Decepticons" subline), the "Power Core Combiners" toyline, the Classics/Universe-esque "Generations" toyline, and newer innovations like the "War For Cybertron" video games and the new cartoon "TF: Prime".
As it turns out, TakaraTomy is dishing out their own ways to get in on the 2010 action. Namely, by commemorating the third season of the G1 cartoon, which they received under the name "Transformers 2010".
First, several new Masterpiece figures are coming out. One of which is MP-03G Starscream Ghost Version. Representing his ghost form first seen in the G1 cartoon (and later seen in several other places), this figure is an almost completely clear version of the normal MP Starscream (using the show-accurate Hasbro colors of course). e-Hobby has an order page for it that shows that it comes with a manga/comic when purchased from them.
The next Masterpiece is MP-04S Convoy Sleep Mode. Similar to but still different from the recent MP-01B Convoy Black Version, this Convoy/Optimus is decked out in blacks and grays to resemble his deceased body seen in the 1986 G1 movie. Though, it's okay, because this toy actually represents him a "Sleep Mode" instead of being "dead". ;)
Finally, the last of the Masterpieces is something more of a rumor instead of a confirmation. According to the Twitter of s250 (who's words usually turn out to be true in the end), we learn of a possibility of MP Rodimus. This would make sense in commemorating G1 season 3/TF:2010, where he was the Autobot's leader.
In that same Tweet, s250 also mentioned something about Unicron and "OP & Rodimus". We'll get to Unicron in a moment, but the "OP & Rodimus" that he's referring to is merely the two-pack of the TFA Deluxes Optimus and Rodimus doen in clear/crystal verisons. This is old news, so moving on.
In conclusion, have you ever wanted to own a G1-accurate Unicron figure? I mean, sure the Armada Unicron figure is somewhat pretty accurate to the G1 Unicron animation model, but it isn't an exact match. What if I were to tell you that there is going to be an even more G1 accurate Unicron coming soon? Toy Hobby Market has an image of an official G1-accurate redeco of Armada Unicron with an all new remolded headsculpt to better resemble his appearance in the 1986 G1 movie. Like the MP Convoy Sleep Mode and the Optimus/Rodimus 2-pack, he will be available in September later this year.