While everyone’s been busying themselves over Comiket (C87) and CosHolic in Japan or Comic Fiesta 2014 in Malaysia, I’ve spent my weekend fiddling with my newly bought Volkswagen… w
Designated MP-21, Bumble AKA Bumblebee has finally saw his transformation into the Transformers Masterpiece line.
Although a fan favourite since his appearance back in the 80’s, it seems that his lateness into the Masterpiece line was due to Takara Tomy’s difficulty in obtaining permission from Volkswagen, due to Bumble’s vehicle mode being based upon their automobile’s design.
As quoted above on the post title, I really didn’t expect myself getting this figure at all.
Re-released as a complement to Michael Bay’s latest movie Transformers: Age of Extinction (Known as Lost Age in Japan), the Voyager Class AD-12 Revenge Optimus Prime is based upon its appearance in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2nd movie in the Movieverse), having nothing to do with the latest movie at all… ^^;
Albeit too complicated in design, I’m fascinated with the over all feel of the original Movieverse Optimus Prime ever since I saw the 1st movie, but the only good-looking figures of him are a rarity nowadays.
As mentioned, I never intend to acquire this one at all, instead I’ve placed my attention to Voyager Class AD-02 Classic Optimus Prime which is featured on the early parts of the latest movie: Movieverse Optimus Prime Robot Mode with a classic G1 Vehicle Mode.
I’ve pre-ordered AD-02 from a local store called Toon Shoppe along with a third-party mod parts set for my Fall of Cybertron Grimlock, but so far I’ve never hear any news from the store.
When asked after a couple of months of official release date of AD-02, the owner uncle of the store told me I can get a refund if I could no longer wait (Which I did) but he threw in another surprise at me when I finally pay a visit a few weeks later (I paid a visit one week prior but his shop had already closed for the day by the time I reached it).
I’ll definitely black list this uncle’s store from now on after I got the PO’d stuff since according to him I’ll give up my deposits if I cancel them, spitting all sorts of mumbo-jumbo excuses such as the local distributor being Hasbro, their Takara Tomy stocks will always be behind schedule from official release dates, blah blah blah…
Continuing from the initial look at the Transformers Masterpiece MP-13 Soundwave, this time let’s have a look at its signature Cassetticon minion, Condor aka Laserbeak…
In comparison here are Condor in its Cassette mode, sized at about 1/2 of the device it is based upon and closely resembles that of the Micro Cassette.