The second Movie Masterpiece figure is out in the wild across the globe, MPM-4 Optimus Prime. Featuring his look from the first movie, Optimus hits all the key Movieverse points – long nose cab, flames, mouth and battle mask faces, energon swords, blaster, Matrix of Leadership. His transformation is complex but fun, and he looks spot on in both modes. Other than some fitting issues in vehicle mode, it’s an impressive piece. He pairs well with the also stellar (but not perfect) MPM-3 Bumblebee.
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Not going into a full review, it’s not my style and the members of the 2005 Boards have that covered. I’d just like to touch on a couple points. I know there have been concerns raised with this piece, though I am not 100% sure of the specific issues. I tend to stay away from figure discussion before I get a hold of things, I treat incoming figures like movies, and the release discussion is like a spoiler.
That being said, I didn’t find much wrong here. The robot mode, no problems. The vehicle mode, getting everything to line up perfectly is difficult. I gave up, as fixing one popped something else out of place. This is most noticeable where the window meets the engine. All 4 wheels are also difficult to get touching the ground at the same time. Not saying it’s impossible, but it was fidgety enough that I gave up.
Cosmetically, I’d prefer the darker blue seen on MP-10 from Takara. Or similar. This is more of a primary blue, reminds me of Superman from the 70s. Don’t dig it. This color scheme, along with the bright yellow used on Bumblebee rather than the proper sunset orange, takes these 100 dollar adult-ish toys and makes them look like kids toys. Which sucks. Masterpiece toys, G1 (if going for toon angle) or Movie, should be screen accurate. And these, color wise, are not.
Overall though, it’s a fun, impressive piece that like Bumblebee, is only a couple minor points away from being perfect.