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Rodimus/Hot Rod Masterpeice Release Date and Price!

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HolyGrail at 2010-09-14 7:47 pm
Perennial TF supplier Big Bad Toy Store have a listing for the upcoming MP-9 Masterpiece Rodimus Prime.  Arrival date is listed as Jan 2011 and the price sits at a hefty $199USD.   HobbyLink Japan also have it listed for roughly the same price. 

Folks, it's pre-order time! 

DocWho said,  - 2010-09-14 20:22:42

Cheetor2 said,  - 2010-09-14 23:09:28
That's way too much money for me. I'll wait and see if Hasbro releases it.
This thing is so unfair, with FansProject's Protector upgrade kit for Classics Rodimus coming out like a month earlier. What are they gonna do next, MP Springer?

I'm so glad this thing is so stupid-looking.
HolyGrail said,  - 2010-09-14 23:36:04
My only real complaint is I fail to see the difference between "Hot Rod" mode and "Rodimus" mode. Obviously the car modes look very different but other than that, am I missing something?
Sabrblade. said,  - 2010-09-15 06:51:58
This thing is amazing!

@Cheetor2 - If Hasbro does release it, I hope they don't exclude that beautiful trailer of his. That's the key to making his Rodimus Convoy/Prime Vehicle Mode. It's more than a simple "Stick the car into the trailer and that's it" gimmick. It's a more complex method that involves an entirely new front hood folding down into the rear of the car, spinning the spoiler around, and more steps.

@said - FansProject is a third-party company who cannot compete with the likes of Hasbro and TakaraTomy. This thing PWNS any of their products, as they've NEVER done something on the level of a Masterpiece figure. Why, if it weren't for Hasbro/TakaraTomy, there wouldn't even BE a FansProject.

@HolyGrail - Rodimus is taller than Hot Rod with some extensions made to the legs and hips. And his face is different, featuring his show-accurate "wrinkled" face. For a better image comparing the two modes, look here -
lioconvoy said,  - 2010-09-15 09:29:44
hmm pricey but so so needed.
@Sabrblade - I'm not trying to change your opinion, I'm just saying, how do you know?
Sabrblade. said,  - 2010-09-15 11:37:59
FansProject mostly focuses on producing accessory packs and armor upgrade kits instead of fully functional action figures. Only three full figures have ever come out of their company (two of which also served as accessories themselves), whereas Hasbro and TakaraTomy specialize in producing tons and tons of action figures all the time.

As for the Masterpiece figures vs. FansProject's products, FansProject does not have the same amount of time, resources, and money to produce something at the same quality of the Masterpiece figures, which are the most expensive, most complex, and most ingenius works of Transformers toy engineering ever.

And there's one area in design that FansProject has thus far been lacking in when compared to some of the official products (especially the Masterpiece figures): Show-accuracy. In this case, MP-09 Rodimus Convoy is practically the spitting-image of his G1 cartoon character model, but with a little extra detail. The Protector armor only vaguely resembles Rodimus in shape and color, but not in regards to his appearance inteh cartoon. Sure, it looks awesome, but it still isn't quite right in that regard. It would, however, fit quite nicely (in fact perfectly) with the Classics/Henkei/Universe figures, which focus more on giving G1 characters newer modern-day designs.

All in all, MP-09 Rodimus Convoy is the definitive representation of the nostalgic G1 Rodimus Prime character, and the Protector armor is a cool addtion to the Classics/Henkei/Universe figures. As for which is superior in regards to the technology and show-accuracy of the toys, though, MP-09 Rodimus Convoy wins in that department.
Overhaul said,  - 2010-09-15 16:23:46
@Sabrblade-I guess the big thing a lot of us have against the Masterpiece Hot Rod/Rodimus is that $200 price tag.
Unfortunately, many of us fans don't have that much money to spend, or at least, are not willing to spend it (I'm certainly not).
Don't get me wrong, MP Rodimus looks awesome. Yes, spitting image of his show self. Except... there doesn't seem to be as much of a difference between the Hot Rod and Rodimus robot modes (but then, not that much difference between the two characters). But again, not many of us are willing to shell out that much cash.
Don't get me wrong, I love the Masterpiece line. I've got the first release Hasbro Optimus Prime staring down his Japanese Takara counterpart, Megatron on my desk. But as much as I'd love to, I couldn't afford a large number of these guys (I probably paid somewhere around $170 for both of them).
That's where the Classics/Universe comes in: not too expensive, but still homages. In some ways, a nice upgrade (in the re-imagining).
I'll also note, that Fansproject makes the upgrades to these existing Hasbro figures, which do lack a few features we fans wish they had. But it's really a matter of preference. I've no problem with working on my collection of Classics/Universe figures, and largely leaving the Masterpiece alone (with a few exceptions).
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Sabrblade. said,  - 2010-09-16 10:14:36
@Overhaul - the price doesn't bother me because, if Hasbro doesn't release their own version, then I'm probably not gonna be able to buy one. The only MPs I own are the four that Hasbro has released (just got Grimlock and he is BEAUTIFUL!!!). I don't get my hopes up for getting a non-U.S. MP simply because it's expected that these beauties are going to be uber-expensive.

@said - Of course they're awesome. It's just that the MPs are "awesomer" than "awesome".
Overhaul said,  - 2010-09-16 15:27:23
I guess I was feeling that FansProject was being dissed too. Sorry.
@Sabrblade.I guess that's how I usually am with MP's, not getting my hopes up about non-U.S., but I saw Megatron on sale about 2 years ago (I think he was about $70 to $80 at BBTS).
BTW, where'd you get Grimlock, and how much did he cost?
From everything I've seen, he looks amazing, I'm just disappointed that he doesn't seem to be in scale with MP Optimus (Grimlock should really be bigger)
Sabrblade. said,  - 2010-09-17 12:18:56
I got Grimlock at Toys'R'Us for $59.99 (he's a TRU exclusive). I'm fine that he's not as tall as Prime, but he fits fine with Starscream and Skywarp. In fact, he may now be my new favorite of the four Hasbro MPs. His transformation is the least complex of the others, but seeing as how this is Grimlock we're talking about, that works out just fine. I only wish that he had come with all of his accessories (the helmet, the apron, the bow tie, the tray of glasses, etc.), but the sword, gun, and crown are good enough.
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Overhaul said,  - 2010-09-18 16:46:54
And I admit, I havn't owned any FP myself.
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