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Transformers: Masterpiece
Autobots Visual Checklist

Visual Checklist & Reviews

This checklist includes toys released under the Transformers: Masterpiece label. It is broken into two sections: an catalog-themed checklist that takes figures released by TakaraTomy in Japan, Hasbro’s domestic & Asian releases to form a cohesive line and a simple table of other releases in the MP line that have either been replaced by improved versions or are additional variant releases to a toy already in the checklist. The choices made are strictly that of the checklist creator. Individual collections may vary. US names are used throughout the checklist; a glossary is included below.

If IAT has a review available, it will be linked on this page. If not, links may lead to an offsite review. Offsite reviews do not necessarily reflect the views of IAT.




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Sideswipe includes Missile Launcher, Flare Gun, & two Flat Piledrivers. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2012. Amazon-JP Exc: two Jackhammers.

Red Alert includes Missile Launcher, Particle Beam Rifle, & “Circuit Trouble” Headband. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2012.

Tigertrack was exclusive to Tokyo Toy Show 2013. He includes his Electron Pulse Gun, SAM Launcher, 2 Jackhammers & Stickers.

Prowl includes Rifle. US Release: 2014 (TRU). Japan Release: 2013. Amazon-JP Exc: Missile Launcher.

Bluestreak in show accurate colors, also includes Rifle. US Release: 2015. Japan Release: 2013. Amazon-JP Exc: Missile Launcher.

Smokescreen in show accurate colors, also includes Rifle & two Jamming Launchers. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2013.

Sideswipe in his G2 deco. Includes new face, two spiked shoulder wheels, machine gun, grenade launcher, a sword & faction stickers.

“Silverstreak” was exclusive to Tokyo Toy Show 2014. He features an all-silver deco & includes a rifle & two missile launchers.

Wheeljack includes Shoulder Cannon, Missile, & Laser Gun. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2014. Amazon-JP Exc: Hypno-chip Disruptor.

Bumblebee includes a pistol, tire cover, extra face, & Daniel/Exosuit. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2014. Amazon-JP Exc: “Battle Mask”.

Grimlock includes his Energo Sword &
Laser Rifle; reissues have featured additional
accessories. See: Differences. US Release:
2010, 2014 (TRU). Japan Release: 2009.

Bumblebee in G2 Deco. Includes jetpack, pistol, tire cover, & all three faces. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2015.

Ultra Magnus includes Super Blaster
Gun, Spike & Daniel figures, extra
Matrix hands and a screaming face. US
Release: None. Japan Release: 2014.

Star Saber was the 2013 Fan’s Choice
Winner. He includes “Brain of Courage”,
“V-Star”, Saber Blade & Laser, & Shield.
US Release: None. Japan Release: 2015.






Previous Releases & Character Variants:

The Masterpiece Releases in this section are official releases in the line, but are excluded from the checklist above due to scale, being a variant of a character in the checklist, or having been replaced by a newer release that better fits in with the line. The distinctions made are solely that of the checklist creator. Individual collections may vary.


Optimus Prime – MP-01

MP-01 stands 13″ tall, featured die-cast parts, and included his Ion Blaster, the Matrix, Energon Ax, & Gun-Mode Megatron. US Release: 2004 (20th Anniversary), 2006 (DVD Edition). Japan Release: 2003. See: Differences.


Ultra Magnus – MP-02

A white re-deco of MP-01 based on the vintage toy’s inner robot. Ultra Magnus includes a rifle, Gun-Mode Megatron in black & brown, a green Energon Ax, and the Matrix. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2004, 2008.


Optimus Prime – MP-01B

A black re-deco of MP-01 based on the color scheme of Nemesis Prime, but is not actually him. This version includes a rifle, Gun-Mode Megatron, a red Energon Ax, and a red & purple Matrix. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2010.


Optimus Prime – MP-04

Takara reissued MP-04 again with a significant upgrade: a full-size, transforming trailer/combat deck. All regular accessories were included, but Roller was not added along with the trailer. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2006, 2009.


Optimus Prime – MP-04S

A black deco of MP-04 called “Sleep Mode” based on when Optimus dies in Transformers: The Movie. This release includes a translucent trailer/combat deck, purple Gun-Mode Megatron, a grey Energon Ax, and the Ion Blaster. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2010.


Optimus Prime – MP-01L

The Final release of MP-01 intended to send the mold off into retirement. This really is intended to be identical to MP-01 though the colors are not an exact match. MP-01L includes all the original releases, and an electronic base. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2011.


Grimlock – MP-08X King Grimlock

This is a bright silver & blue redeco of Grimlock based on the G1 Marvel comic. Includes an orange Energo Sword, Laser Rifle, & Crown. A 2014 reissue also included a throne. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2009, 2014.


Rodimus Prime – MP-09

MP-09 transforms into Hot Rod, Rodimus Prime, & their alt modes. He includes his Trailer, Photon Lasers /Eliminator, the Matrix, a buzzsaw, & a torch. The 1st run had notable QC issues, resulting in a 2nd run. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2009, 2011.


Rodimus Prime – MP-09

Features toy colors & transforms into Hot Rod & his alt mode or Rodimus Prime. The trailer was omitted, but the Photon Lasers /Eliminator, two Matrixes, buzzsaw, & torch are included along with Targetmaster Offshoot. US Release: 2011 (TRU). Japan Release: None.


Optimus Prime – MP-1O

This Optimus Prime was released to celebrate the Year of the Horse. This release features darker red & gold vac metal, a translucent Trailer, Ion Blaster, the Matrix, & a Blue Energon Ax. Roller & Spike were not included. US Release: 2014 (TRU). Japan Release: None.


Optimus Prime – MP-1OA

Exclusive to the Japanese Clothing Company, A Bathing Ape (BAPE), this version of MP-10 is redecoed in green & camouflage. This release included his Ion Blaster, the Matrix, and an orange Energon Ax. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2014.


Optimus Prime – MP-1O EVA

An exclusive Evangelion deco based on the Transformers X Evangelion crossover. Prime’s color scheme matches that of Eva-01 while his accessories have been given a NERV-themed makeover. US Release: None. Japan Release: 2014.

Release Differences:
MP-01:

MP-01 was released multiple times since debuting in Japan in 2003. The initial US release (2004) included all the same accessories, but featured shorter smokestacks for safety and painted on battle damage in robot mode. The US DVD release (2006) included an electronic base with sound clips. Prime’s flip-up panels for MP-01 & the 20th Anniversary edition feature Bumblebee & Starscream while the DVD Edition features Grimlock & Megatron. Though not included in the checklist due to scarcity, a gold vac-metal Lucky Draw version of MP-01 was made in 2004.

MP-08:

Grimlock was released in Japan in a lighter gray with an apron, bow tie, tray, seven glasses, & the intelligence transfer helmet in addition to his sword & rifle. The US release omitted all but the sword & rifle, adding a crown instead. The US/TRU release was also a darker grey, featured more rounded teeth & tampos that recreated the original stickers. He was reissued at TRU in 2014. Also see: King Grimlock MP-08X.

MP-10:

MP-10 was released in Japan with a metallic red finish, darker blues, and Roller in silver. The US release, a TRU exclusive, featured overall brighter reds & blues largely cast in the appropriate color plastic, painted running lights, and painted, brighter eyes. The interior of the trailer is unpainted and Roller is blue.

Name Translations (US Name = Japanese Name):

Optimus Prime = Convoy , Sideswipe = Lambor , Red Alert = Alert, Bluestreak = Streak , Bumblebee = Bumble


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