While there have been dozens of different Transformers toy lines over the years, none is as detailed, intuitive, or as stunning as the Masterpiece line. These uber-expensive figures are the perfect mix between 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 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?
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Masterpiece Soundwave features integrated compartments to store his weapons in alt mode. His cassette deck also includes a spring-loaded function that can store up to four cassettes at a time. While the Japanese release features a beautiful red visor (like the cartoon), the American version followed the original toy's design by painting his visor yellow. The American version also comes with five tapes (Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage, Laserbeak, and Buzzsaw), while the Japanese version only includes Laserbeak.
Release date: 2013
Quite possibly the most complicated Masterpiece figure to date, the updated Masterpiece Megatron is able to transform from cartoon-accurate Decepticon into a realistic-looking Walther P38 handgun. Packed with his barrel, scope, and stock accessories, MP-36 also comes with oodles of other accessories, including interchangeable faces, energon chain, helmet, Vector Sigma key, and more. He even comes with a damaged chest plate and face to match his look in the '86 movie.
Release date: 2017
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, 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?
Release date: 2019
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.
Release date: 2011