A few months ago, Hasbro Asia dropped a reveal that left most of the Transformers collecting community questioning if it was real. Masterpiece Shattered Glass Optimus Prime.
It was the first time that Hasbro had acknowledged the Shattered Glass universe officially, although their Diaclone Masterpiece releases had come close with releases such as Road Rage. I saw the pictures and was instantly interested. I have long been interested in the Shattered Glass concept and think that its a very interesting idea when done with a little thought, and allows some interesting new perspectives in established characters and designs. However, Botcon and FanPub have dealt with this inconsistently to my mind, sometimes showing a lot of the promise and other times reverting to lazy repaints. This interest, coupled with pictures that I now know were largely photoshopped to imply the evidence of chrome on this release, had me putting down a preorder with a local importer here in Singapore.
Fast forward to this morning, when I collect said ‘evil Autobot’ from the store in Chinatown. And this is the result….
I am not the fanatical follower of the MP-10 design. I like it, and it does everything that I want it to, but my heart belongs to the Masterpiece Seeker design. As such, the only Masterpiece Prime that I currently own is the Year of the Horse version, which I like so much that it pretty much resulted in my total lack of interest in owning a ‘proper cartoon colours’ Optimus Prime Masterpiece. (However, I do now have the downsized MP-10 on the way in, and the Ultra Magnus repaint of the same figure on preorder.) Honestly, Year of the Horse and now Shattered Glass are probably enough for me right now. Job done.
And then….. I almost made it out of the shop, wallet unscathed. I made it all the way to the door on my way out, and then……
I have looked at the Titans Return Hot Rod and thought that it looks good, but no modern Hot Rod has ever really captured what I liked about the original figure. All of the recent Hot Rod releases have left me feeling that they were good…. but the Classics did it better. Now, I already have the Classics Henkei Hot Rod, and the FansProject armour for him. But, those are both trapped in storage back home in England. When I found that he was S$35 I was lost…. and then I saw the Vehicon.
I picked up a Takara Air Vehicon a couple of months ago for S$15. I love the transformation and engineering, and he was an instant hit. I named him Travis and he is one of the bots usually within reach for swooshing and transformation. Since getting him, I also wanted his twin, a regular Vehicon. Now I have this one, henceforth known as Parker. A bargain at S$20! I might give Travis the regular Vehicon gun and swap the Air Vehicons Micro Arms weapon to pass it to Parker. No no, I am a serious collector! Thank goodness I have no inclination to army build this one.