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MP-11 is a new seeker mold – Masterpiece Coronation Starscream with cape, crown, and new parts

Transformers Masterpiece 11 Coronation Starscream

Lorda-mercy!

Dear lord, the entire Masterpiece line appears to be gaining a reboot! This figure apparently has a bunch of remolded parts, hopefully fixing the issues with the hanging kibble. It will also be a sort of Coronation Starscream version. It’s funny because the first Masterpiece figure was the Prime mold, followed by the seeker mold… so what’s next? We clearly do not need a new Grimlock or Rodimus… but Megatron? Could MP12 be a new Megatron? Let us not worry about such things for now. Just cast your eyes upon the image above.

So how do you feel now that you’ve purchased your stupid KO seekers from iGear? Huh? Not going to fit in the collection so well now, will it? Feel the shame.

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iGear Masterpiece Thundercracker – dear God, let this madness stop

iGear Thundercracker

Just because the original became $300 doesn't mean you deserve a cheaper one

Annoying. Well, I’m sure there are plenty of whiney “i missed it the first time, why is it so expensive?” bastards that are rejoicing to get a sub-par anime-colored Masterpiece Thundercracker. Enjoy your fakes. In fact, order them here!

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iGear PP03J Masterpiece not-Ramjet in hand video

I was able to get a first-hand look at the upcoming controversial iGear PP03J Jet Fighter Team figure, aka Masterpiece Ramjet. The quality is impressive and reinforces the notion that 2011 is the year of the 3rd Party. Look out Hasbro!

iGear Ramjet

It's sad but true: this 3rd party toy is just as good as the real thing.

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iGear Kup01-Kup Head Kit having some issues, but looks cool!

igear Kup same head in box no cygar

Two heads are better than one?

The new iGear Kup head is making its way overseas into the hands of American collectors as we speak.  My good friend MarshallDusty just received his but to his dismay, he apparently received two of the same head, only one sans cygar.  Bumms.

This is the risky of minimal quality-control products that come from smaller manufacturers, otherwise known as the murky realm of 3rd party toys.  The presentation of this particular set is quite nice, with a collector box, foam insert, and even a supplied screwdriver to remove the old head!  However, not getting what you initally paid for is always a strike on an otherwise pretty good record.  Let’s hope this is just a one-time production error, but according to additional posts on TFW, things are not looking so good…

igear-kup-with-cygar-head

The TakaraTomy version even looks nice with this new head.

Overall, all problems overlooked, the head seems to make a massive difference on the quality of the Kup figure and persona.  The results have been incredible!  These are the types of 3rd party accessories that make me smile.  There are still some available from iGear.

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Thoughts on 3rd party toys – TakaraTomy says “no more!” in Japan

TakaraTomy says no to 3rd party Transformer toys

No means no, and yes means no

A startling announcement was made the other day by Japanese toy retailer Red Mercury when they cancelled a plethora of 3rd party Transformer toy orders.  Although I cannot find any information online even indicating the existence of said seller, I do not doubt the validity of the statement.

The 3rd Party Transformers toy market has ballooned in the past few years.  New “companies” appear to develop over night including manufacturers like CrazyDevy, iGear, and the leader of the pack, Fansproject.  The products these companies offer span the gamut from add-on accessories to official Transformer toys to fully transforming standalone figures.

Some fans claim that these companies fill the gaps left by Hasbro and TakaraTomy, citing a lack of figures they want and apparently deserve.  This of course assumes that customers of Hasbro and TarakTomy deserve to get what they want in any fashion.  The unfortunate thing is that the particular customer base for the 3rd party figures is speckled with selfish greedy middle-agers – a demographic that the major toy companies have again and again reminded the world they need not worry about.

igear Kup cygar 3rd party toy for generations

Cool as hell, but illegal!

It goes without saying that these add-ons and replicas of Transformers properties are in violation of copyright law and intellectual property law.   A blind eye has been turned for many years, with the potential gains from stopping production or creating a lawsuit being outweighed by the costs of protecting their properties.

I for one applaud TakaraTomy’s initial stance.  I hope it is the first in a long line of crack downs.  iGear has repeatedly pushed the limit with figures like down-sized Masterpiece molds and Masterpiece coneheads.  It takes more than a non-descript name of the character to save yourself from being an out and out fraud.

Why should TakaraTomy care if there is a ‘gaping hole’ left by not creating a masterpiece Dirge?  It is up to them to decide what gets made in the official Transformers line and if you don’t like, become a customizer.  Mass-producing figures outside of the realm of official production is beyond wrong.  I’m looking at you KOtoys.  Sure, you can still do whatever you want, but when the hammer comes down I hope it’s shiesty thieves like you that’re nailed to the cross first.

I had often wondered why the toy companies don’t attack the resellers that provide an easy outlet for these black market toys, namely TFsource, BigBadToyStore, and various other smaller shops along the way.  Sure, these shops help Hasbro and Takara sell off some of their stock, but compared to the big box stores, the novelty toy store market is a drop in the bucket.  Apparently someone poked the bear and now it’s awake.  I have been waiting for this day, and await to see how the dust settles.  Let’s ask some good questions at Botcon 2011 this year!

igear Diaclone Masterpiece Convoy

It's gonna be a blue Christmas for you, buddy!

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Hail King Optimus Prime! – Masterpiece Convoy gets a cape

MP Convoy wearing the iGear cape

Starscream isn't the only man of metal who gets to feel the soft touch of velvet!

I recently received iGear’s Masterpiece Convoy Cloak.  It took me a while to figure out that the clasps cover the air horns on the top of the chest.  This is a pretty cool accessory and very well made, especially when compared to the Masterpiece Starscream coronation set.  Enjoy the pic!

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Dear Hasbro – GET OFF YOUR ASS

Knock off Henkei exclusive seekers Ghost Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp

No one would try to pass on these knock-offs as the real thing, of course not... These are Henkei Exclusive seeker knock-offs, NOT the real thing! These are available for purchase RIGHT NOW!

Dear Hasbro – WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING OVER THERE?

We know, we’ve heard it time and time again: You don’t like the fact that other companies are knocking off your figures, but there is little that you can do about it. Bummer

It’s ok, you’re a big company. You sell billions of dollars worth of toys to millions of boys and girls all over the world. You can’t really be expected to worry about some small factory in Asia knocking off every single one of your toys and turning a small profit.

As someone who has invested a small fortune into this hobby, I am fed up. If there was something I could do, I would do it!

I think it’s going to take the knock-offs crossing into the Botcon exclusives realm to actually get a legal response. When pre-production copies of the Transformers Collector Club figures find their way to Ebay, Fun Pub has the auctions removed. I bring up Botcon figures because that is what is next on the horizon: the Botcon sets are next to be ko’d.

What else is on the horizon? Well here’s a nasty list of rumored knock-off figures coming out way from the land of the Great Wall:

  • G1 Black Zarak
  • All 4 G1 Autobot Dino Cassettes
  • G1 Abominus
  • Botcon 2007 set
  • Botcon 2008 Shattered Glass Rodimus Prime

I understand supply and demand just fine, but these KO’s are messing with the supply and will in turn destroy the price.  Sure, everyone wants a chance to own the dino cassettes, but they are CRAPPY figures.  The only reason they are notable is their rarity and once you take that away, the legend is erased forever.

Transformers Headmaster Knock off Giftset

As cool as I must admit this set is, this has obliterated the value of any of these little relics for the Transformers collector market

These knock-off Henkei Seekers above are problems for TakaraTomy, and not necessarily Hasbro.  It does just show how widespread this problem is getting.  Even iGear seems to be getting away with Cybertronian murder, and all this stuff is plain as day PUBLICLY AVAILABLE!  Hey Hasbro, if you’ve had troubled finding the source, I’d love to help you.  I actually own about two dozen factory-made prototypes of YOUR products.  Wouldn’t you like to know how I get this stuff?  I’d be happy to tell you if it means you can put some sort of stop to the knock-off game.

Hey, if you are too busy to plug the holes in your ship then fine.  I’m just gonna jump right off and cash in my collection now instead of later.  I expect to see plenty of other long-time collectors following suit.

igear Conehead Seeker knock offs Thrust, Dirge, and Ramjet

Totally legal, TOTALLY!

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iGear announces more mini Masterpiece Convoys – Magnus and Shattered Glass

iGear Mini MP Ultra Magnus and Shattered Glass Convoy

Taste the ever-growing rainbow

Someone needs to stop the people at iGear.

iGear mini Masterpiece MP Gold Silver Conovy

Even knock-offs can bling bling bling!

No seriously: THEY MUST BE STOPPED.

iGear's clear mini masterpiece Convoy

I make no sense

If anyone is willing to spend $1000 to collect all of these knock-offs, then I think it may be time for this Collecticon to throw in the energon towel.

igear mini Masterpiece Optimus Prime Convoy

The original flavors - classic as can be!