Here’s another Transformers toy news fresh from the oven. Takara Tomy, the original creator of Transformers, has just live-streamed the reveal of a new Masterpiece Movie toy, the Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece Movie MP-13 Blackout, on Weibo a couple of hours ago The Blackout here is, of course, inspired by one of Megatron’s most trusted lieutenant as seen in the 2007 Michael Bay’s Transformers movie.
The latest Masterpiece Movie toy is based on a new CAD model which recreates Blackout’s appearance in the movie – which is celebrating its 15 years this year, btw – and it converts from a Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low helicopter, as it was seen in the movie, to robot mode in 88 steps. That’s quite a number of steps for a transforming toy and so, yeah, expect the transformation to be complicated (but hopefully not frustrating!).
In bot mode, MPM-13 stands 29 cm (11.4 inches) tall and in spite of its hulking stature, it offers over 50 points of articulation. In addition, expect to find paint applications and detailings in no less than 200 areas and die-cast elements.
The MPM-13 comes with 6 accessories: a pair of Gatling guns and matching effect parts, a rotary blade, and a Scorponok figure which can be stored inside the cargo hold area when in helicopter mode. And yes, it does have an opening cargo door at the back in heli mode.
The Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece Movie MPM-13 Blackout is expected to hit the shelves in Autumn 2022. Not sure about its price in Yen but since it was revealed in China, we saw that it has a 1,649 yuan sticker, which is exorbitant, to say the least.
I love helicopters and I love robots too. More importantly, I love Transformers and I have no issue with Bayformers, but man, at about US$257, I may just have to say no to this. Seriously, that’s way more than the last MPM, which is the Bumblebee movie Optimus Prime.
Images: Takara Tomy [JP].