I love the Transformers Masterpiece line. I tried to lie to myself for awhile, to stay out and save money, but all that ended up doing was keeping me from buying a reasonably priced Starscream. Yes, I know there’s a new one for $200, but really, Hasbro can’t avoid Screamer at retail forever, right? And then there’s Skywarp… I’ll save all that nonsense for a jet review, maybe Sunstorm, or Acidstorm, or Thundercracker… man, that’s a lot of opportunities with one mold, isn’t it?
All the remolds are more or less the one area where I’m not sure what to do about Transformers: Masterpiece though. See, Starscream aside, I keep buying all the releases since MP-10. All the repaints. Now the aforementioned jets, I don’t mind. I loved F-15s as a kid (I was huge into fighter jets, bet I’ve never told you that) and they’re all characters I think are cool. Okay, Acidstorm was pushing it, but he’s green, okay?
Year of the Horse Optimus Prime has been kept at bay, but that clear trailer? That’s to die for. I love it. I even think the gold accents kinda look neat, but I think he’s finally a bridge too far for my collection. I didn’t buy the one time I saw him. I do have plenty of repaints though: the “black” version of Prime which I consider Scourge or Nemesis Prime depending. I have Soundblaster, though that was more about getting Ratbat. The Fairlady Z cars, but they’ve all been crucial G1 guys. And then there’s the Lamborghinis. Sideswipe & Red Alert? Gotta have ‘em. Tigertrack… he was maybe pushing it, but Lambroginis look so sweet in yellow and he was unique character.
But now there’s G2 Sideswipe. He’s still Sideswipe (-1), but Lamborghinis look slick in black, don’t they? (+1).* I waffled back and forth on him quite a bit, but (as usually happens) he ended up on his way to my house. I blame his guns, but we’ll get to that in a minute. In the short-lived Generation 2 comic and toyline, Sideswipe got a color swap. What was black now was red and what was red now black. This may sound rather inconsequential, but it’s kinda important for Sideswipe. His mold buddy, Red Alert, didn’t have a new deco toy in the G2 line and met a grisly fate in that same comic series. Sucks when you don’t have a toy version Hasbro is trying to sell.
* – I wonder what color Lamborghinis look bad in?
While I’m wishy-washy on if I should’ve bought G2 Sideswipe and poking fun at the mold re-use, it’s not really because of mold reuse. That’s an integral part of collecting Transformers. The mold reuse now is largely possible due to mold reuse then. But cost & space do come into play. At $60-80 a pop for these Cars*, I just don’t know if I need every single release anymore. I never had the original toy of G2 Sideswipe (and, strangely, have little affinity for his neon green stickers) and was not even familiar with the comic appearance with his awesome commando gear until this very figure was announced. The whole product tie-in thing works in reverse when the toy has you hunt down the media, right? I’m not sure why I just needed to spend $80 on him sometimes.
* – Granted I’m importing them and the TRU price will hopefully be a little cheaper, but this guy is not likely to be available there.
Space is the other factor. MPs take up room and the line is looking amazingly healthy right now. My dream toy is coming, Ultra Magnus, and he looks spectacular! (No, I don’t care one second about the white inner robot being skipped, but speaking of repaints, Takara could make easy money off me with a white repaint of Prime!). And then there’s Bumblebee & Wheeljack! If the line continues to do well… well, let’s just say there are plenty of guys I have to have, and have to have room & money for. I worry about what will happen to guys like G2 Sideswipe or this upcoming, unrevealed repaint of Bluestreak (all-silver is prolly a no go for me, but if it’s blue we’ll talk). I can’t know what I’ll do, but I’d like to figure it out and maybe save some dough, y’know? Continue to Page 2…