Hi all, here's a quick look at Transformers Masterpiece Rodimus Prime Hasbro version
Weapons can be mounted on the engine
.... but for some strange reason, even though it's mentioned in the manual, the Target Master figure can't fit into the the slot. Unless I'm missing something?
The color scheme for this version of the MPC Rodimus Prime is based on the G1 toy of Hot Rod.
Hot Rod mode
Blasters combine to form Battle-rifle
Target Master Offshoot
Matrix of Leadership (comes with an extra one from MP01 Optimus Prime)
Light our darkest hour!!
Comparison with the Takara Tomy version
For some reason, the Hasbro version has a different type of cover for the elbow areas. Thinner and tends to pop out of place a lot more often.. hmm...
Of course the Hasbro version plugs into the Takara Tomy trailer all the same, but the color difference sticks out a bit.
Even though I still prefer the Takara Tomy version colors (plus the trailer), coming across this at almost 65% off the retail price was too good to pass up. Hasbro Rodimus Prime also holds his weapons better (way better) than the version 1 Rodimus Convoy. Plus the Target Master is an exclusive figure for the US version.
Thanks Tragichero, I can't say I had any problems with the Hasbro version. I wasn't being too careful and nothing broke. Unlike how I tiptoed around the legs with the Takara Tomy version 1 after reading about the QC problems with durability.
Yup, Hasbro's MP Rody is one sturdy toy, there's no sign of the ankle problem that plagued TakTom's 1st release. I even manhandled one of the elbow covers once while transforming it to car mode, and it's still ok, considering the size of that flimsy bit of plastic.
The boxes are identical in every way. Except the stamp on the underside of the box, if you can view it in person the original said A0911 (for January 09, 2011) and the 2nd version says H2511 (for August 25, 2011).
Improvements 1. His leg panels won't break off if they come off. 2. His back panel attaches securely (perhaps even better than the Hasbro one) in robot mode. 3. No issues pegging his chest into place. 4. He holds his guns extremely securely. 5. His wrists are not loose and do not wobble about. 6. No issues with the ankles (that I can see). 7. His spoiler slides in easier when transforming to Rodimus Convoy vehicle mode (though you still may get some rubbing). 8. He has the Rodimus Convoy biceps rather than the new type that came with Rodimus Prime (though apparently this isn't the case for all of them). 9. His crotch plate is beveled to decrease the chance of hitting the ground in car mode.
Other changes 1. His maroon paint in robot mode is very light compared to the original. 2. Orange plastic is a little lighter. 3. Yellow paint is slightly lighter. 4. Maroon paint on Rodimus Convoy cab portion is darker. 5. Biceps have a different sheen to them (perhaps they are made out of a different kind of plastic).
Supposedly though, not all version 2s are fixed, some still have the occasional wobbly wrist....
Thanks Gold. It's definitely a very helpful tip to prevent collectors from getting the dreaded first release by accident. Although this probably won't be applicable when buying at online stores, at least it should work in conventions where potential buyer has a chance to see the toy's box first hand.
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