Yes, Skywarp is actually getting his own review and photoshoot despite being the exact same mold as MP-03 Masterpiece Starscream. Why? I guess I just have an affinity for the black, purple, and silver that just manages to look so damn sexy on a Seeker body. Forget those ridiculous acid–green or sun-yellow Seeker recolors – if you’re gonna go for a Starscream variant then Skywarp’s The One.
This is officially the U.S. release of Masterpiece Skywarp; to my knowledge Takara Tomy released him in Japan in mostly accurate G1 colors, but Hasbro managed to acquire the mold and throw some even more accurate purple/silver/black goodness on there. I actually bought this guy off eBay along with my Masterpiece Starscream in a bundle pack for a steal of $80.00 USD.
My second Hot Toys experience, the Mark VII Iron Man suit, as featured in Marvel’s the Avengers. I swore high and low after the disaster that was the Mark IV that I’d be selling that one off in favor of this one – a promise I did end up following through on. I can’t quite fathom how anyone would be able to own more than one Hot Toys figure at a time; I was only able to trade an old one off for a new one, and still ended up broke.
Regardless, this is the Iron Man figure for me now – pretty much all I need to represent Marvel in my collection. I’ll be making quite a few callbacks to my Mark IV in this writing, so it’s probably a good idea to jump over and read up on that crapshoot first before getting to the good stuff here.
Kicking off my MG Build Fighters collection with the blandest Build suit of them all – the Build Gundam Mk. II. I’ve actually had my eye on collecting all the MG 2.0 Zeta-era suits for a while now, but I think I’ll be forsaking that particular lineup for this one, which does sport its own Zeta-era 2.0 MG anyway.
I picked up this particular kit at Anime Expo 2014, along with the MG Build Strike Full Package and the MG Universe Booster. No MG Sengoku yet, though at this point I’m waiting on a MG Build Burning more than anything else.
Sideswipe – notoriously the first Autobot car to get the modern Masterpiece treatment, I remember having mixed feelings when I first saw this thing’s dinky size. I wasn’t really totally sold on it at first – it was tiny in comparison to the infamous MP-01 (the definition of Masterpiece for me back then) and sported absolutely no die-cast metal.
Add in the $80+ price tag this ruby jewel sported and I was almost sure that the Masterpiece designation had become nothing more than a brand label to sell lower-quality figures from the line. Thankfully, I was proven wrong.
It’s about time I got around to this one…my first Real Action Heroes figure, as well as my first bit of experience with the 1/6 scale line, Huke’s infamous Black Rock Shooter.
I got this one at Anime Expo 2012, and actually had to pay a hefty price for her…in the form of my dignity. During my attempts to barter for a lower price on this figure, the excellent folks behind the stand said they’d lower it if I gave them the shirt off my back. I figured what the hell, it was worth it. What’s more, I’ve seen the same folks at Anime Expos these past few years again, and apparently they still have my shirt. It has been missed.