While there have been dozens of different Transformers toy lines over the years, Masterpiece figures are easily the most coveted. These uber-expensive toys (if you can call them that) are the perfect mix of cartoon and toy - meshing each character’s classic animated design with updated mechanics and engineering to offer the most well-rounded Transformers figures ever made.
It’s no stretch to say the Masterpiece line is the culmination of every diehard TF fan’s dreams. They’re incredibly detailed, feature fully articulated joints, and are made to look like they literally walked right off the screen. While the MP line isn’t cheap (newer figures are topping $300 and $400 a pop), they’re typically considered the definitive version of their character.
Sure, the Masterpiece line has had its fair share of flops over the years, but for the most part these figures are perfect renditions of their cartoon (and live-action) counterparts. From Masterpiece Optimus Prime, which has been reformatted into three different versions over the years, to Masterpiece Soundwave and Bumblebee, the best Masterpiece figures are simultaneously complex and simplistic. How many of these toys do you own, and how many would you buy all over again?
Let’s settle once and for all which Masterpiece figures are the best by voting up your favorites molds and designs below.
The revamped Masterpiece Prime is significantly scaled down to match the newer Masterpiece figures. He features an easier and more intuitive transformation and utilizes a new cartoon(ish) design. He comes with all the accessories as the original, but unlike the oversized MP-01, this Prime comes packed with his truck trailer and Roller.
While the Japanese release features more mature colors and darker eyes, the American version has lighter eyes and lighter blues throughout.
Repaints: MP-10B (Black Convoy)
Release date: 2011
MSRP: $15018847Is this figure a true masterpiece?
The third Optimus Prime release in under a decade, MP-44 features more articulation, more paint, and comes with tons more accessories. Designed to match the updated Megatron MP (which is arguably the best Megatron design), Prime 3.0 comes with his blaster, trailer, energy axe, jet pack, multiple facial expressions, Matrix, battle-damage parts, and more.
Easily the most expensive Masterpiece figure ever made, is he also the best?
Repaints: MP-49 (Nemesis Prime)
Release date: 2019
MSRP: $449.9919555Is this figure a true masterpiece?
Masterpiece Wheeljack, which was later retooled and released as Masterpiece Exhaust, comes with his mini blaster, detachable shoulder cannon, and brain wave accessory. Third-party kits include more accessories and light-up ear pieces.
Subsequent re-releases include a '+' model with more white paint and less overall detail. His rear-view mirrors are also detachable.
Repaints: MP-23 (Exhaust)
Release date: 2014
MSRP: $77.0012619Is this figure a true masterpiece?
One of the first releases that closely follows the more 'cartoon-accurate' approach, Masterpiece Inferno features a fully painted glossy red coat and comes with two chest options: one chrome to match the toy and one painted to match his on-screen character design.
Aside from being packed with ratcheted joints, Inferno's impressive transformation is able to store his entire firetruck ladder inside his chest.
Repaints: MP-35 (Grapple), MP-37 (Artfire)
Release date: 2016
MSRP: $111.9911817Is this figure a true masterpiece?