Sunday, January 11, 2015

Transformers Masterpiece Streak Part 1

Jumping the queue, again

The first action figure review of the year on this blog has be nothing short of masterpiece, and this Transformers figure can most certainly fulfill that role. ^^

Transformers Masterpiece MP-18 Streak
Production company: Takara Tomy
Release date: October 2013
Price: 5,800 Yen (exclusive of tax).
Official link

Unlike many other collectibles that I have, Streak was never a hot item on my to-get list after his release in October 2013. ^^; I'm not a big fan of MP-17 Prowl to begin with, so it's just natural to me that I didn't care much about the two regular-release variants based off Prowl: Streak, and MP-19 Smokescreen. ^^ I can acknowledge that they are great figures that live up to the series's reputation of being high-end Transformers figures with amazingly well-engineered transformation design, but I just don't have any interest in these three Autobots figures. ^^

Besides design, large size for the figures is a very important attraction of the Masterpiece series to me. ^^ That's why I picked up Soundwave, and Acid Storm. ^^ They are very detailed in their designs, but their large size is very eye-catching as well. ^^ That's probably the main reason I didn't feel much about Prowl, or even MP-12 Lambor, and its variants. ^^; They are great figures in their own rights, but they are just not big enough as Masterpiece figures, at least that's how I feel about them. ^^; Then again, after reading more reviews, and seeing more pictures of Streak, the sleekness of its vehicle mode, and the clever transformation design for some of its components, especially its legs, the figure really grew on me. ^^ When I saw that he was still available on a local online forum, I went ahead and picked him up. ^^

Like ZCGirl's Sniper Muriel Black Ver in the 1/6 scale action figure line, having Streak to be reviewed first is jumping the queue for the Transformers Masterpiece series for me. ^^ Being my third purchase from that series, after Soundwave, and Acid Storm, Streak gets to be featured first instead. ^^ However, he is the first Takara Tomy produced Transformers Masterpiece that I got, which has the smallest box size among the three as well. ^^

Front view of the box.

The images of Streak in robot and vehicle modes, as well as the Nissan logo are appended with a layer of precisely fitted clear coat on top each of them, giving them a nice, almost 3D-like appearance on the flat black box cover. ^^

Car model information, product number, name, and Streak's role as "Cybertron Gunner" on the box front label.

Two Transformers logos, one directly referring to the Masterpiece series on the top left, and bottom right corners of the box cover respectively.

Images of Streak in vehicle and robot modes on the left and right hand sides of the box respectively.

Simple design for the top and bottom sides of the box.

(Left) An emblem that indicates the official approval by Nissan of Streak's vehicle mode. ^^
(Right) A very detailed Japanese text-only list that identifies the materials used for the different components on Streak.

Introduction of the character, and his vehicle mode on the back of the box.

Content list.

Comparison with MP-10 Convoy.

Like MP-12 Lambor, MP-17 Prowl, and all of their variants, Streak's ability to fit inside Convoy's trailer is also shown. ^^

Comparison with the boxes of Alternity Cliff Supreme Red Pearl, and Binal-Tech BT-21 Arcee featuring Honda S2000.

Just from the rough comparison with Binal-Tech BT-21 Arcee featuring Honda S2000's box, it seems that Streak is going to be smaller than the latter, and perhaps all the releases from the Binal-Tech series in general. ^^

Comparison with Acid Storm's box.

Box open.

The sealed instruction sheet pack has more items than the actual tray that holds Streak in vehicle mode. ^^

Top view of the package content.

Package content without the top cover.

Closer look at the content.

Rear view of the package content.

Closer look at the content.

The instruction sheet pack.

A more detailed introduction of the character, Streak's vehicle mode, and the figure's weapon configuration can be seen on the front page of instruction sheet.

Vehicle to robot mode transformation sequence on the opposite page.

A hard plastic character card.

The character stats on the card indicates just 2 for Streak's courage (勇気), which is really low. ^^;

A lucky draw ticket.

A straight out of box display of Streak in vehicle mode.

More images of the vehicle mode of Transformers Masterpiece Streak in the next posting. ^^

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