Right as I posted that, I see that Amazon has preorders up for siege OP and Megatron. They’re sneaky with it too. If you search for them, they only list 3rd party sellers with jacked up prices, but on the bottom right the preorders show up under “other sellers”.
For shame, you guys! The kickass box art & artstyle that hasbro/takara always cooks up is one of the coolest parts of the franchise, and is way too nice to merely discard. It’s as significant to the TFers history as the figures themselves.
The great looking boxes are all part of the presentation on store shelves. Imagine if the box artstyle had always sucked? I doubt TF would have been as successful back in the day.
Plus when figures have their original box in great shape, they just feel more “complete”.
I finally found SIEGE Optimus and Megatron at my local Target.
Sweet! So in the wake of Takara’s hubris and sheer arrogance, by pricing MP-44 like they’re the only game in town ($400+?!), 3rd parties have come to the rescue. MP-44 looks great but they can shove that asking price up their arse.
MS-01 Light of Freedom:
Transform Element TE-01:
MS-01 is MP-10.5
TE-01 has a decent sculpt but has a chaotic transformation.
I think both options look good. However, neither figure is painted and many people who own them say it lacks the premium feel. Collectors have been clamoring for better paint schemes, articulation, and accessories for the MP line. It’s delivered and now it’s way too much. Now, I will say there is probably “surge pricing” on MP-44 simply because it’s Optimus Prime. However, the current options lack the finish and detail of some of the more recent releases. Overall, MP-44 still the overall winner, especially at the import price of $300.
What do you mean neither are painted?
The primary color is from the plastic. Think of it like a Gunpla kit as if you just cut parts off the sprue and snapped it together. There is some detailing done, but it’s mostly colored plastic.
The other thing that’s off about MS-01 is the exposed Matrix cavity.
In case you don’t have done. Surprised this has die cast and rubber tires.
Do the hands still fit in the cab, though?
Yup. It’s a 1:1 re-release.