AUTOBOTS – Transform… and ROLL OUT! MP-44 Optimus Prime has rolled into TFW2005 HQ and we have an in depth gallery showing what he’s got. MP-44 is the third Masterpiece Optimus Prime version, this time focusing on a clean cartoon aesthetic with modern engineering to match MP-36 Megatron. He’s got a sleeker, more articulated body and very toon accurate head sculpt(s). The accessories are packed too, full trailer with removable repair bay that now has multiple transformations of it’s own, Roller, energy axe, battle damaged head and body piece, Season 1 toon head, Starscream head and intakes, Matrix of Leadership, rocket backpack, energy beam effects for them or the gun, gas pump and hose, an under-trailer container for some of these things, and of course his trusty laser rifle. In addition, we also get 3 human figures with head, knee, elbow and waist articulation in various levels – Spike, Sparkplug and Carly. They feature magnets in their feet so they can easily stand and pose at various points of the trailer. They can also fit inside the cab when Optimus is in vehicle mode.
When they first announced him, I was not super hype. MP-10 was still a solid figure, and there are a lot more characters I’d like officially done in MP scale (Season 1 roster, come on!). But, he did look sharp. Then the price came, and whoofa. He is super expensive compared to previous releases of similar figures. I get inflation and new engineering, but it still stings. After getting him in hand though, I don’t think I could go back. I’ve already made the official swap on the shelves, this is now the primary Prime for me. MP-10 is now in a side vehicle mode display. The proportions are overall better, the head sculpt is fantastic. Colors pop and the eyes are not dead. Posing is finicky a bit, and he has potential for knee issues. I knew he had them, knew how to avoid, and still stripped the ratchet on one leg. But even with that, he still shines. The official pics don’t do it justice. In hand, he feels great and looks sharp. I still don’t know if it’s worth the price, but if price was no issue, it would be my choice for a centerpiece Optimus Prime.
Bottom line, if he’s in your budget, and you dig the toon styling, he is worth a pick up. Paired with MP-36, nothing represents G1 better.
We’ve run him through the motions and have a massive (for me) 230 shot gallery showing off all his tricks with some fancy pants shots at the end. Click the gallery below to check them out! We’ve also attached some key shots to this story after the break!
He’s in stock now and shipping from TFSource!