TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock Review

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2009 by Shaun in Labels: ,
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TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

This figure rocks and definitely deserves entry to my personal top ten list of toys this year.

The box that contains the figure is rather huge, and this is due to the huge mass that is Grimlock's back. I think they could have shortened the box though. This figure is light, and feels similar to Masterpiece Megatron or any of the seekers' weight.

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

Here's the plastic tray that contains the figure.

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

And the accessories which include a brainwave transmitter, sword, gun, serving tray & drinks, bow tie and apron. I can't remember the scenes in the cartoon where the brainwave transmitter was used (apparently on Computron) and when Grimlock took on waiting duties, but it matters not.

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

His eyes can be switched from red which represents the G1 toy to blue which is cartoon accurate.

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

His articulation is what you'd expect of a masterpiece figure. I'm glad to see that these days, similar articulation is translated to other Transformers lines, though to a lesser degree.

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

Transformation to his dinosaur mode is the easiest among all Masterpieces to date, as it replicates the G1 figure's transformation to a large degree.

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

SImilar to his 'bot mode, the eyes of his beast mode can be changed from red to blue.

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

He even comes with the throat weapon which IIRC was used to good effect on the Decepticons.

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

His three fingers on each hand are individually articulated with the help of a pin joint.

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

With the brainwave transmitted plugged on.

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

And his waiter outfit.

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

Wow. Just wow. It's a really fun figure and well deserving of his Masterpiece tag. However, at the time of purchase, the rising yen exchange rate sees this figure being priced at almost twice the amount of the very first Masterpiece figure, Convoy, which was made of much more die cast. After grappling with that fact, there's the more pressing concern of whether to display him in bot (which looks damn badass) or beast (which was his more regular incarnation in the cartoon) on your shelf.

TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock



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7 comments:

  1. Great review! MP Grimlock seems smaller than the previous MP release and the huge area of chrome may raise a concern of chrome wear over time.

    I definitely like the detail sculpture and the toy can balance really well on display.

  1. neoconvoy says:

    After grappling with that fact, there's the more pressing concern of whether to display him in bot (which looks damn badass) or beast (which was his more regular incarnation in the cartoon) on your shelf.

    there is a so simple solution to this. buy one more.

  1. LEon says:

    That is one solid review esp the photos. Master piece are too ex for me... :(

  1. Shaun says:

    @dennis: Thanks for reading. :) Yes, the chrome area will just deteriorate in our weather. Always the case living in sunny SG. :(

    @TED: TIA

    @LEon: Thanks for reading. :) Hope if it goes on clearance, you manage to snag one. :)

  1. Paul says:

    Damn, I really wish I had money for this guy.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Its bound to hit 200 dollars once the initial shipment sell out. Plus I think Hasbro will release a stateside version either this year or next. I think Skywarp or Thundercracker will get put out before then.

  1. L says:

    chrome scratches easily when u transform him (mine did) so be careful. I do not think the price will sore. As it is, there is an over supply at the moment judging by the no. of ebay listings