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Masterpiece Prowl


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Shoulder Cannons

Fantastic Review! The shots of MP Prowl on the Action Master cycle gave me a big smile.

Regarding the shoulder launchers. They will pull out quite a bit farther than you show, but you may need to twist them a bit to overcome the friction. Also, I guess Prowl did sometimes have them in his animated form - check the screencap in the instructions.

I adore this toy. My only gripes are very minor. I would have preferred the Imperial chrysanthemum badge over the Nissan Z badge, to match the decals on the original toy. And I'm not sure why they made the center of his lightbar white instead of silver. He could probably use more markings to match the original in robot mode, but I expect reprolabels will cure that any day now.

This is the Prowl that was in my imagination while I was playing with the original as a kid. And, yeah, I broke the windshield on that one...

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Posted by Corduroy Bear on 23 October, 2013 - 22:13
"Also, I guess Prowl did

"Also, I guess Prowl did sometimes have them in his animated form - check the screencap in the instructions."

A clever image choice by TakaraTomy, but one they had to sneaky for: look at the head closely. Those horns mean it's actually Bluestreak mistakenly colored like Prowl, rather than actually him!

...or perhaps it's Prowl accidently drawn as Bluestreak? Ah, such is the fun of G1 at times!

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Posted by T.B. on 25 October, 2013 - 03:23
Looking at things like the

Looking at things like the articulation, the way parts lock down in vehicle mode, and the hinges to let his door-wings move upwards, it seems to me like there's a lot of the same thinking going into this toy that went into the engineering of the better Binaltech/Alternators releases (like that first Smokescreen/Streak mold, for instance).

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Posted by recognizer on 24 October, 2013 - 01:04
Oh no! Bumblebee!

Your comment got me thinking about the engineering. As clever as the Binaltech/Alternators molds are, I think that MP Prowl borrows from more recent toys that developed some of those ideas even further. Specifically, the up-hinged door-wings, the roof/windshield connected by a hinged arm, and the tuck-away shoulder weapons are just like some of the movie Bumblebee toys, particularly the Human Alliance one (although the latter two features also appear on the 2008 Classics Prowl).
It's really neat to watch Hasbro and Takara learn new "tricks," isn't it?

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Posted by Corduroy Bear on 24 October, 2013 - 06:28
Great review

Thank you. This line is so much fun. I would gladly pay a little more for diecast but nothing to be unhappy with. This line is so great even the knockoffs are awesome!

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Posted by TattooedRobot on 24 October, 2013 - 19:43
The Dream is coming True

Keep them Coming Takara!!
Cant wait for the Next batch of MP's TF
My only wish is we started getting some new engineered MP DECEPTICONS!!

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Posted by ThePlasticRobot on 26 October, 2013 - 03:48