What I am going to share out today is none other than the recently released Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (MP09). This is my 1st ever Transformers Masterpiece as well as the most expensive collection i have, yet. I don’t particularly fancy G1 Transformers except Rodimus and this piece definitely will be a must have for me. Moreover, this will be the most gimmicks a Transformer has among all my collections indeed. Read on!
This is going to be the BIGGEST, most images intensive (cautions for low bandwidth users) and the longest review up to date. I have spent roughly 2 hours of photo shooting, 5 hours of photo editing, 3 hours of writing up and another 30 min of proof reading/editing. Guess this is a record for me and this will be posted as Bilibala Exclusive review 🙂
I was having a difficult time deciding whether to buy this Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (MP09) after it was being released. It is really quite a pricey collection and there is A LOT of QC complaints which i found out from the forum and Transformers fan around the globe. But anyhow, i gave it a try and luckily i got the piece with lesser QC problems. It is just like a lucky draw when getting your piece and here’s an honest piece of advise: Do check your Rodimus thoroughly before buying them, especially some colors and joints.
Despite being a Takara Tomy, this Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (MP09) is being reported to have a lot of frauds and QC issues which you really take precautions on examining and transforming him. The problem is worsen with the 1st batch but subsequent batches (such as mine which is the 2nd batch) will be better and less prone to problem.
Anyhow, let’s put all these problems aside for the time being and check out what this Masterpiece got to offer.
(A) The Packaging + Exclusive Gifts
I have to admit it, this is the biggest packaging and the most gifts i get from buying a Transformer toy. The extra gifts are only exclusively for Asian Edition and definitely on limited amount being released. For US version, i guess only the toy is being sold without any exclusive gifts. Wonder why.
Here’s what comes with the Masterpiece: A display case, the Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (MP09), a collector gold coin and a BIG Rodimus themed paper bag to pack up all the stuff (they all fit in nicely).
The main box for the Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (MP09). It is quite standard size as compared to previous Masterpiece collection.
The back with descriptions in Japanese. You can have a bit of sneak peak on the gimmicks for the Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (MP09) here.
Here’s the BIG Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (MP09) themed paper bag where you can put in all the goodies into it nicely. Speaking of this, this really is an eye catcher when you are holding it especially after you bought it from the shop and walking back to your car. Passersby will gaze at your haul with utmost curiosity of the content inside. That’s what actually happened to me when i was walking with this big bag after buying it from 1Toys at Amcorp Mall.
This display box is quite big which you can put your Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (MP09) inside to display. Despite the size, it is quite light in weight.
The 3rd goody which is the Limited Edition Rodimus Collector coin which only available for the Asian Edition Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (MP09). Not really sure about the value of it, but i did see people selling at ebay at the price of US100!
A close up on the coin. I didn’t open the package to get a feel on the coin though. I doubted it is pure gold :p
A brief description on the history of Hot Rod of how he changed to Rodimus Prime and become the new leader of the Autobot.
Reading through it, you might find out that the rebirth of Galvatron in 2010… hm.. another teaser for new Masterpiece coming out?
(B) What’s inside the box?
Here what’s inside the box: The robot in Hot Rod mode, the trailer, accessories (2 cannon blasters, matrix, wielder and disc blade), the instruction book and the character profile card.
A more detailed accessories shot here:
Here’s the Character profile card with the Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime stats. Again, too bad is in Japanese which i don’t really understand what is the description about.
An interesting piece of information from the instruction manual which i like to highlight here. This actually shows the different Rodimus design throughout the years. Cool. See how the Rodimus evolved through time.
The MAIN selling point of the Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (MP09) is the 4 different modes it has for you to play with: Robot mode, alternate mode, alternate mode + convoy and the battle station mode.
(C) Mode 1: The Hot Sport Car
I like the alternate mode very much. The amount of details are very cartoon accurate. And you can see additional details such as the “turbo” engine in chrome; the front headlights are of transparent plastics (No lightings or LED being used here); the blue transparent driver windows.
I couldn’t get the gap to close up nicely for the alternate mode. I wonder is it because i didn’t do properly for the transformation or there is fraud on the figure itself.
I just find that the spoiler is a bit slanted and i can’t really make it horizontally straight.
I have a problem of pegging in the right exhaust pipe to the leg (in this picture, it should be the top one) as you can see here.
Gimmicks for the alternate mode. Not as much as the robot mode though.
(D) Mode 2: Hot Rod / Rodimus Prime
The robot mode is very G1 accurate. The overall material of the robot is of matte colored plastic and not those glossy type of plastic. It does come with some chrome parts like the exhaust pipes and the sport rims.
A QC point to note here, notice that the small gap at the right legs from the rear view.
A close up on the face of Hot Rod. The eyes are not light piped nor LED lighted. Currently he is still in Hot Rod mode and he can be converted into Rodimus Prime’s face. Will touch more on this in the gimmick section below.
Plentiful to play with, here’s all the gimmicks for the Robot mode:
(E) Transformation: Robot Mode to Alternate Mode
To be frank, the transformation isn’t very difficult if it not with the “precise angle issue” as in the step 5 . Once you are familiar and know the angles well, you can transform him in a breeze.
For first time transforming him, i would recommend you go thru this YouTube Video review by OptimusSG (here) and it does really help out in transforming him smoothly (especially on getting the angle right). I don’t even bother following the instruction manual for the 1st time transforming as it is quite confusing and most of all, it is in Japanese which you can’t really understand the certain details that need to take into consideration when transforming him.
You might be asking, how do you judge whether you have get the right transformation? If you have done the correct transformation (with the correct angle as well), 4 wheels will be touching the ground. If you find that you vehicle mode is like a “U” shape or having either the wheels not touching the surface, meaning you have not tweak to the correct position. This is the 1st obvious point of it. The 2nd one would be, you might see gaps in between parts or even some of the parts can’t be pegged in properly. Get the angle and position right and you will have the perfect transformation 🙂
(F) Mode 3: Trailer Mode
The Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (MP09) comes with the trailer which is the alternate mode for the Rodimus Prime in the G1 Transformers. Just have to slot in the vehicle into the trailer and volia, you will have the 3rd mode for the Rodimus Convoy. Anyhow, the first time combining the vehicle with the trailer does take some efforts of adjusting the alignment and slotting in properly to the tight spoiler gap of the trailer.
You can notice the middle part is where the spoiler of the car slot into the gap of the trailer.
You can see that the chrome part of the exhaust pipe and the sport rim for the trailer as well. The trailer does have a decent painting and coloring especially the fiery vinyl at the side. It blends in seamlessly with the vehicle!
The top part of the trailer is a bit plain though. Not much details you can see here beside the button that opens the trailer.
The rear part for the trailer also looks a bit plain in my opinion. Notice that there is nothing special with the rear car lights. It is only a plastic panel embedded on the rear door of the trailer. If they can put some transparent plastic (like what they did to the headlights), it will be much more nicer.
A point to note here, when you are removing the vehicle from the trailer, do make sure you do it gently and use your fingers in pushing out the spoiler first (as highlighted below). I have heard of reported case that someone actually broke their spoiler by removing the vehicle straight out without pushing the spoiler out first. It isn’t a surprise as the gap between the spoiler with the trailer is exceptionally tight and it somehow “sticks” the spoiler inside. This eventually spoils the paint on the trailer as well as the spoiler when inserting and removing due to friction. I have compiled this point under the “Precautions! ” section below and highlight how the paint is spoiled due to the friction.
(G) The Trailer
This trailer is really more than meets your eye. Other being a normal trailer, it is also a battle station and weapon + accessories storage for the Rodimus Prime.
In order to access the content of the trailer, just simply push the button located on top of the trailer and the trailer will pop open in split halves.
Once pop opened, you can see the BIG cannons there along with other accessories being kept inside.
There are 2 sides of the compartment to hold the accessories and cannon blaster. Here in the left side you will hold the disc blade and either 1 of the cannon blaster.
On the other side of the compartment, you can slot in your wielder and with another cannon blaster in place.
Now for the fun part, the BIG cannon for the trailer which you can pull it out and extend it to become the final mode of Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (MP09): The Battle Station! Read on!
(H) Mode 4: Rodimus Battle Station
Here’s how it looks like when the big cannon is being extended to become the battle station. In addition, you can slot in your 2 blaster cannons to the side of the station to make it a complete battle station.
You can then pose your Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime on the station with his hands gripping on the handle of the big cannon.
Well, that’s all the 4 modes of the Rodimus Convoy. There’s really A LOT to play with this transformer and it does cost every cents in it. 🙂
As mentioned before, there are certain parts of the Rodimus Convoy which really need extra cautions while transforming it and some of the QC issues as well. So i did a compilation on some of the problems which i encountered while playing this toys.
Beside having the standard gift with the Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (MP09), i got extra exclusive gift from the boss at the toyshop (as a token of appreciation for being a loyal and BIG spending customer over the months) .
It is actually an exclusive (and limited apparently) Transformers: Hunt for the Decepticons merchandise which comes in a pocket file.
What’s inside? There are actually 5 items inside: an unassembled paper Optimus Prime, the instruction for the paper Optimus Prime, a Transformers lanyard with card holder, a Transformer Hunt for the Decepticons catalog and a Transformers: Cyber Missions Webisodes DVD.
You might be curious about the Transformers: Cyber Missions Webisodes DVD. It is actually a 3D animated series released on the internet to promote the Transformers NEST toy line and this DVD actually is a compilation of all the episode inside. You can actually search for all these episodes in YouTube (here’s Episode 1 of it) or the official Hasbro site hosting them: here.
Despite having a lot of QC complaints and the infamous “precise angle” transformation, it is still a very valuable piece to own considering it having a lot of accessories, gimmicks and the 4 modes of “transformations” he has. And what’s more, with the extra gifts that come with the toys, i guess it is quite worth it. But a piece of advice here (again): Please check for the plastics and coloring as well as the QC before making the purchase of that piece in order to make the purchase even more worth it. Well, my personal rating for this collection of mine would be: 8.5/10!
If you are interested in getting one, i recommend grabbing yours at 1Toys at Amcorp Mall, Malaysia as they are having the cheapest and most competitive price (RM4xx.xx) among all other toys shop which i have surveyed! Definitely a good buy from them.
Whew…. okay i think that wraps up the review on the Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (MP09). Is 2.5k+ words here which i guess that’s the most i have churned out so far. 🙂 Thanks for reading this long review of mine.