. . . . Part Three of my Masterpiece Speculation is here! Just to note, Part Four will expound just a little bit. Again, I stated a few posts back that I wanted to archive what I’d already written at one point with my blog. This was written some time ago, and the fun of it for me is to see what I predict turns out to happen . . . or not! Anyways, that’s enough of a preface this time; let’s continue!
(If you missed the first two parts, here ya go:
Grimlock - Between TakaraTomy and Hasbro, we've had three (3) versions of this figure with a fourth on the horizon. I'd go so far to say that we may get a rerelease of the first mold (as in not an exclusive, but just a straight run of the MP-08), but that's it . . . at least for the foreseeable future. From what I've seen so far, the designers of TakaraTomy are more bent on things they've not done before. From a designer's standpoint, I really can't blame them there, nor will I :)
The other four Dinobots (Slag, Sludge, Snarl, Swoop) - I'm sorry, and I hate to burst anyone's bubbles here, but I don't realistically see these happening. Sure, there's a pocket of fans that would like to see these, but I just don't think the market is there for these guys to hold a release on their own separately. The four look very similar to each other, except maybe Swoop. If you get from this writing here that I don't want a set of MP Dinobots, then I'd think you've missed the point of this post as well as my previous two. This list is about what I think we'll see not about what I'd like to see that we get. I've just not seen a strong enough argument for these to be made than not.
(Wait! Where's Snarl? Who cares?)
Tripletrons (or Triple Changers):
Generally speaking, I think once the engineering is solved for the MP combiners, whether that's Devastator style or Scramble City style, I can see at least one of these tackled (guess which one?), [or] perhaps a few. I'd caution here beyond my first choice, as I don't think the characters themselves have the selling power to warrant a release. Are you ready for my first candidate? Here goes:
Sprung (Springer): Out of the small (but not exhaustive) list of Triple Changers, this one seems like the most likely candidate simply because of the character's resonance. He's a decently popular 2010 character, alongside the likes of Hot Rodimus/Rodimus Convoy.
I don't feel the following characters would warrant their own release, sorry:
Astrotrain and Blitzwing maybe, as they're season 2 characters, but if they were skipped, I don't think people would really be all that upset. Again, keep in mind the Masterpiece line isn't a Generations line where every single character from G1 will be made eventually or anything like that. This is still a "greatest hits" line, so to speak. There are certainly arguments to this, but the counterargument would simply be things like mold usage and whatnot.
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