- Looks menacing. Great Megatron for MP10
- Fantastic accessories.
- Very fragile. Transform and pose with care.
- Ball socket shoulders on a figure this big is asking for trouble.
Masterpiece Soundwave & Laserbeak
One of the most recognizable Transformers from the earliest days, and most popular among the Decepticons is the communications/spy expert, Soundwave. This masterpiece figure came at the perfect time. After a dry spell of Decepticons, He came in and wowed the fandom. Soundwave tossed aside his angular, blocky G1 toy in favor of the sleeker animated look. This showed the world Hasbro/Takara's new focus on Masterpiece was here to stay.
Cementing the new focus was Laserbeak. This little guy is arguably the finest official Masterpiece figure yet made. Tiny in stature as it is, it absolutely nails the complex transformation of a flat cassette into the animation-accurate condor with jet turbines on its back. Not only that, but it also does it while being the same size as the original 1984 toy! Years and many figures later, none have come as close to perfection as Masterpiece Laserbeak!
- Laserbeak is phenominal.
- Chest stores several cassettes.
- Works with old G1 cassettes as well.
- Weird circle in center of visor.
- No flight stand for Laserbeak.
- Nice blend of toy and toon.
- Shoulder fins are delicate.
- Bumblebee has a great look for a comics/real car blend.
- Articulation good. Can duplicate many scenes from the movie.
- Brawny has atrocious legs.
- Bumblebee is orange instead of yellow.
- Bumblebee has huge gaps in arms.
- Bumblebee doesn't come with G1 toy battle visor by default.
- Brawny's crotch is a thin clip of metal. Be careful.
- Toon or toy accurate shoulder possibilities with optional shoulder cannons.
- Simple transformation.
- No alternate faces.
The first "tiny" Masterpiece, Sideswipe came out after the MP10 Prime reboot. Many fans didn't know what to make of the voyager-scaled toy with a huge price tag. Once he hit retail, fans warmed up to him quickly, and he's received several re-issues as well as a new slight-recolored "animation accurate" Plus edition. He's an amalgamation of cartoon, G1 toy, and comics in his design, without being fully accurate to any of them, but was the standard for many of the Masterpiece and 3rd Party figures of 2013-2015, until Hasbro/Takara moved their focus to a more animation accurate line.
- Gorgeous car mode.
- First "small" masterpiece.
- Paint is glossy and looks like car paint.
- Too wide for MP39 Sunstreaker. Looks better with 3P option.
- No alternate faces.
- Limited articulation options.
- Head sculpt isn't cartoon, toy, or comics accurate.
- Great use of diecast. He's a solid bot.
- Intuitive transformation.
- Face sculpt isn't Hound.
- Chunky thighs. Body shaming ain't cool, tho, bro!
When Fanstoys first figure, the Shockwave homage "Quakewave" was a sellout success, Fanstoys was quick to announce their ambitious follow-up: the Iron Dibots... an homage to the Dinobots. These have been the pinnacle of many collections, as well as the closest to "event releases" for many in the fandom. Every bit of news, every "leaked" photo was slavishly drooled over and reposted across every forum in the community.
With the Iron Dibots being in scale with the rebooted line, they were too big for Takara's MP08 Grimlock, so a KO company took the Grimlock design and gave it a 1.5x upscaling called Reximus Prime. This appeased many, however there was still a demand for Fanstoys to make Grimlock in their image, and in 2017, Grinder was born.
Scoria, Fanstoys take on Slag/Slug, was the first Iron Dibot. While not perfect, he set the archetype for future Fanstoys product as big, bulky, and HEAVY!
- Great sculpts blend well with MP08 Grimlock and more modern Masterpieces.
- Heavy. Lots of chrome and diecast.
- Soar's "stoned" alternate face.
- Chrome chips easily, especially as it ages.
- First Skyfire on the market.
- Low quality plastic.
- Bad transformation.
- Falls apart easily.
- Nice and solid build.
- Tiny hands.