Continuing from the previous analysis of Megatron in his robot mode, it is time for us to have a thorough research on his alternate mode…
Ever since the release of the inferior incarnation of the so-called “Masterpiece”, designated as MP-05, many fans cried out for a proper rendition of the tyrant that is the Decepticon leader, Megatron.
Over the years, many third-parties took up the challenge with their own creations, some good, some not so; But all of them significantly better than MP-05.
It wasn’t until the surprise announcement last year that the fans finally got their wish fulfilled: the MP-36, or as most of us refer him as, Megatron 2.0. And with that, the quote (The title of this post) from the 1986’s Transformers: The Movie takes on a new meaning… w
Pre-ordered via Taobao in bid to lessen the shipping cost, my package arrived just over a week ago, and I’ve fiddled with the Masterpiece ever since.
As always, clad in the standardised Masterpiece style box art design, the outer shell is littered with pictures of the product itself as well as various information and features.
Aside from the usual logos, curiously there is an extra one not seen on earlier entries: Long Life Design. Apparently this is an award bestowed upon Takara Tomy’s Masterpiece line of toys, so I expect future MPs will have this logo on their boxes as well.
If you’re asking me about Knock-Offs of Transformers toys a year back, I may have just laughed you off and disgusted at the words even mentioned.
Up until now, KOs are as always, lower quality copies of the original, usually made from cheaper and more fragile materials. However with the rise of Wei Jiang, my stance on KOs have been slightly changed.
I’m not here to debate the morality of buying KOs rather than the original, just read Optimus’s quote which is also the title of this post. =w=
Wei Jiang’s MPP-10 Deformation Era (Interestingly, seems to be an alternate way to spell OPTIMUS PRIME…), as hinted by its name, is basically a KO of Takara Tomy’s MP-10 Optimus Prime, minus the trailer. I’ve preordered it during New Year’s Eve last year, but due to high demand and low stock, only received it earlier last month.
It seems the box art I got are from the 1st release design, with a stylised artwork of Optimus himself that looks nothing like the product itself, subsequent runs actually have the product shot as the box art instead.
Nevertheless, the over all package seems pretty premium and closely resembles that of the official Transformers Masterpiece line, full with Chinese explanations of various product shots decorated a majority of the rear side of the box.
Continuing on from the last entry, let’s have a look at
Grimlock’s Wrath’s alternate mode.
Grimlock Wrath smash! Me Grimlock Wrath transforms! Me Grimlock Wrath KING!」
Seven years back, Takara Tomy’s official Transformers Masterpiece MP-08 Grimlock was released. It was quite a marvel at the time, a Transformer figure that converts into the classic Tyrannosaurus Rex mode and back to robot mode again. I’ve meant to get it back then (A big fan of dinosaurs AND Transformers) but due to the lack of budget at the time, I had to give up.
And it happened again during the reissue two years back, due to unstable forex (Which slowly but surely killing the currency in my country, even now…) and the bloating of the price. :/ Secondary markets like eBay still have Grimlock on sale, but at almost twice the original price nowadays…
Thankfully, it is the renaissance of Third Party Transformers figures for the past half a decade since the introduction of the ultimate 3rd party Not-Devastator called Hercules (6-in-1 Not-Constructicons) by TFC. Many companies have since been churning out their own versions of various Transformers (Including Grimlock), many of them do look significantly more magnificent than the original ones from Takara Tomy or Hasbro!
G-Studio (AKA G-Creation)’s Combiners Legend Shuraking SRK-03 Wrath is one of such prized Not-Grimlock, released earlier this year.
Packed in a metallic bling bling UV layered printed package,
Grimlock Wrath is the third in line of a total of five Dinobot combiners, which like their name suggested, will be able to form the gigantic Shuraking when combined. The package itself shows Wrath’s triple changer forms: The Robot Mode, the Dinosaur Mode and the Combination Mode.
I’ll skip the Combination Mode in this review since my primary aim is to (Finally!) own this Transformers Masterpiece sized Not-Grimlock, not to collect and complete the Shuraking mode.