For some of us, there will never be another Optimus Prime to match Takara's Masterpiece MP-1 figure. Many will argue that it is too big, heavy and is difficult to transform. These are all good points, yet it is not what makes this figure good or bad, it is that it set a new and very high standard for what an Optimus Prime toy could be. There were a lot of things never seen in a Transformers toy before the MP-1 was made with regard to articulation and functionality. It also taught us a lot of things about toys. For instance, die-cast parts and larger scales can cause as many problems as they solve.
Today's Optimus shot takes a look at the three Takara Masterpiece Convoy & Trailer releases. The 2003 MP-1 was so large. Takara didn't add a trailer until the MP-4 (left) was released in 2006. Which spawned a number third party add-on trailers, almost all of which were too short to be in scale with the cab. Takara's next iterations with the Version 2.0 MP-10 in 2011 (right) and Version 3.0 MP-44 (center) in 2019 were reduced in size by roughly 30% to be in scale with other MP characters and were released with full trailers included.
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