Amazon Japan has (briefly) added (then removed) its listing for the upcoming Masterpiece MP-41 Dinobot. The third Beast Wars character to get the Masterpiece series treatment, Dinobot is the most expensive Masterpiece release to date at ￥30,240 (or US $260).
What do you get for your money? A whole lot. We’ve got three alternate faces, the Golden Disc itself, and effect parts for Dinobot’s optic blasts, as well as his sword and spinning shield weapons which form his dinosaur mode tail. The robot and dinosaur mode are impressively detailed and accurate to the show, with a level of accuracy that blows this fan away. The dinosaur in particular seems extremely expressive. And this guy is big; as some theorized he’s the biggest Beast Wars Masterpiece to date, with last year’s Optimus Primal only reaching his shoulder.
What Dinobot also comes with, in a first for the Masterpiece series, is a modular display base, in the style of the chain bases marketed for the Gundam franchise. It’s undoubtedly part of what has pushed the price up (along with the light up eyes and actual spinning shield), and it marks an evolution in the growing idea of how Transformers could be displayed. We’d expect to see this base released individually later on, and we’d be okay with that.
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