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Masterpiece MP-20 Wheeljack and MP-21 Bumblebee

June 23rd, 2013

This news kind of came out of nowhere. I sort of heard from around the web that Takara are planning new Masterpiece TFs. But details were super vague. Then all of a sudden, I think on Thur this past week, I get the weekly BBTS newsletter. The first pre-orders on the list were MP-20 Wheeljack and MP-21 Bumblebee! I couldn’t believe my eyes! More MPs of G1 figures are always a plus in my book. No pics yet, but nonetheless this is still awesome news!

I never had the Wheeljack G1 toy growing up. I didn’t know anyone else that had it either. And I’m not sure if he was ever re-issued. The point I’m trying to make is I have never seen the G1 mold. But I’ve seen pics and the Wheeljack robot mode is unflattering to say the least. I’m positive the MP-20 will correct this issue. It will also be very interesting to see a Lancia faithfully reproduced in this day and age.

As for MP-21 Bumblebee, it has gotta be the original Beetle. I never really thought Takara will attempt this. In the mid-2000s it was well known that VW wanted very little of their brand to be associated with Transformers products. I guess they have since changed their mind. If this figure is anywhere near the quality of recent MPs, this may very well be the best Bumblebee ever. I’m also wondering how this figure will scale with other MPs. As Bumblebee he should be smaller (like the MP cassettes, though not that small). But he’s got the same pre-order price as Wheeljack, so he may be the same size as the other cars. I can’t wait to see how this will develop.

Oh yeah, along with these two, there will also be MP-12G, which is G2 MP Sideswipe. Knowing me, I will get this too, because I have the original G2 Sideswipe. A very blurry pic appears below. Apparently MP-12G gets some new weapons and accessories.

It is a dream come true to see some of my favorite Autobot cars reproduced in the MP line. We already have Sideswipe (MP-12) and Red Alert (MP-14). Prowl (MP-17), Bluestreak (MP-18), and Smokescreen (MP-19) are next. Now we’re getting Wheeljack and Bumblebee! It is good to be a TransFan!

Back in 2006 when Transformers Classics first came out (which eventually expanded into Universe, Henkei, Generations, and whatever else Hasbro decides to call them), Gemini and I were thinking it would be so cool if they updated all early G1 Autobots and Decepticons in this line. That dream pretty much came true. Now we’re thinking the same about the MP line. It seems like we’re well on our way there… could this become reality as well? Only time will tell… transform and roll out.

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  1. June 27th, 2013 at 23:43 | #1

    Preordered these as soon they popped up on BBTS.

    • June 27th, 2013 at 23:55 | #2

      Awesome! I will pre too, maybe at one of the Japanese sites like amiami or hlj. Though their release is not for a whole year 🙁

      • June 28th, 2013 at 01:55 | #3

        Yeah, the year wait is going to kill me. Still, it’s nice to know that they’re coming.

  2. Wheeljack
    June 28th, 2013 at 04:42 | #4

    Wheeljack was the first autobot i got when was a kid. Pics dont do him justice. He was fun to transform! Very fun to play with. And his lumbering arms gave him this vibe of immense strength. Plus his head, alt mode and colors were awesome.

    • June 29th, 2013 at 03:09 | #5

      hey Wheeljack, thx for the comments. Like I said in my post, I never had the G1 toy. Wish I did though. Maybe the lumbering arms on TF Prime Wheeljack is a homage to G1. I’m totally looking forward to MP Wheeljack!

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