My Latest Purchase: MP-17 Masterpiece Prowl!

MP-17 Prowl figureI never had a lot of Transformers toys as a kid even though I was a huge fan of the original cartoon. I will always remember the first one that I did get though and that was the police car, Prowl! I don't remember what happened to Prowl. I may have sold him or maybe just gave him away as I got older but now I want him back!

I just recently discovered the Masterpiece line of Transformers toys and man do they look good! They look exactly like the characters from the cartoon that I so fondly remember. There's still a lot I don't know about them but it seems that there are two different releases of these figures.

In Japan they are released by Takara/TakaraTomy while some figures are released in the U.S. by Hasbro. The Japanese figures tend to be more expensive (partly just because of shipping costs I would imagine) but as with a lot of toys they are sometimes cooler or more desirable than the U.S. versions. It seems that there are lots of collectors for both the Japanese and U.S. lines with lots of online discussions about the differences between the two and classic forums battles about which one is better. Check out the forums at Transformers World for much, much more about these toys.

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I've been drooling over pictures of the soon to be released Soundwave and planned on ordering it as soon as it becomes available (still not sure when that is). But today I saw the Prowl figure online and just had to order it. Well, actually it's a pre-order and won't be released for several months. I think it's very fitting that the first Transformers figure I ever had is the first one that I buy from the Masterpiece line.

I actually went all out and pre-ordered one figure in a C-9 box to open up and display and one in a mint box to keep safely stored away. My new Transformers collection has begun!

Usually I'm a completist, meaning when I collect something I want to get all of them. In this case, I don't see myself shelling out the money to buy every figure in the Masterpiece line, they're just too expensive. The figures that I am excited about are Prowl, Soundwave, Optimus Prime, Starscream and Megatron. I'm still a bit confused and undecided about buying the Japanese or the U.S. versions, but I'm thinking that it doesn't really matter that much. As long as I'm getting figures that look this awesome I will be happy.

Do you have any of these figures in your collection? Let me know down in the comments!


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