The demise of Toys R Us led several fans to question what the fate of the Masterpiece Transformers line would be in the US, and we have an answer for you here. It seems that the Masterpiece line might be going the route of other niche pop culture collectibles and will be offered through channels such as Diamond Comic Distributors – meaning that you may soon be able to pick up the next Masterpiece Transformer at the same time as you pick up your pull list.
The first Masterpiece Transformer getting this treatment is MP-17+ Prowl. The animation version of Prowl is solicited in Diamond’s latest edition of Previews, and looks to be identical to his Japanese release. He’s also been previously solicited on Entertainment Earth, suggesting he’s not going to be a Diamond exclusive item.
According to the solicit, the figure is set to hit comic shops in September, the same month as the Japanese release.
Could this be the future of the Masterpiece line in the US and other releases formerly planned as Toys R Us exclusives? Time will tell – as will the potential for this to make Masterpieces more available to some parts of the fandom.