Ah where to start. Childhood nostalgia I guess. I absolutely loved The Transformers cartoon back in the 80’s when it was first aired on Saturday mornings on SSVC. Got a bunch of toys, Starscream as a memorable first and after that something like a dozen or two more. Loved them to bits. Bought a few of the comics in Dutch. At some point the cartoon ended, the Dutch version of the comic ended and that was it. Yeah Beast Wars came on later but that was in crappy 3D and didn’t do much for me to be honest.

Fast forward a few decades and I somehow come across some artwork for a Transformers comic. And it’s awesome. I can’t remember which one exactly but it must have been one of these. So I start reading up on what happened with The Transformers since the old G1 days and it seemed I’d missed quite a bit. A few decades worth of comics from three publishers (first the horrible Marvel cash-ins, then the DreamWave reboot and after they went bankrupt the IDW reboot which has been going strong for years), multiple tv-shows and toys, toys, toys as far as the eye can see (we shall not speak of the Michael Bay films).

So I started reading the comics, and god the IDW’s are good (particularly the whole Lost Light storyline) and looking into the toys. Some are and have been produced to tie in with the newer shows or films but I have decided to focus on one line in particular; the Masterpiece series produced in the US by Hasbro and in Japan by Takara. They’re basically overpriced and over engineered fanboy wet dream reimaginings of the old G1 characters for adults. Because let’s face it when you take off the nostalgia goggles to look at the toys from the 80’s they don’t exactly look the part.

But with the Masterpieces all of a sudden you get figures that are nearly cartoon accurate both in robot as in vehicle mode. Which, as transformation accuracy was never on the checklist for the cartoon, is quite a miracle of engineering for some of these pieces.

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