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Spotlight on Transformers Masterpiece Optimus Prime


Transformers is one of the most well-recognized and beloved action figure lines in existence. For almost three decades, the robots in disguise have been enjoyed by kids and collectors alike. Many collectors have their favorite classic rendition of each character throughout the years. For some it's the first Transformer they ever owned, while for others it night be one that's their favorite color or they got for a special birthday.

For a large number of Transformers fans, the robots in disguise have peaked with the aptly named Transformers Masterpiece line. It takes the classic action figures of old and updates them in an incredible way. The Transformers Masterpiece line launched in 2003 with everyone's favorite robot, Optimus Prime, and it's widely considered one of the best, most decadent, and collectable figures ever produced. It might not be an antique, but the Transformers Masterpiece Optimus Prime is already a legendary figure.

There are a variety of different versions and releases of the Transformers Masterpiece Optimus Prime. The original MP-01 Convoy from Takara started it all, but every rendition of the original mold is an incredible figure in its own right.


  • Name: Optimus Prime
  • Line: Transformers Masterpiece
  • Year of Release: 2003
  • Manufacturer: Takara/Hasbro
  • Scale: 12-inch

Sculpt and Design

The Transformers Masterpiece Optimus Prime is a perfectly rendered figure in its robot mode. It's gigantic, imposing, accurate to the original figure, and reminiscent of the popular cartoon's model. The details are absolutely splendid, there are numerous action features, and it just looks as much like Optimus Prime as any figure ever created. Some people criticize the somewhat clunky alternate mode, but in the robot form, there isn't a more imposing and eye-catching figure in existence.

Paint and Color

As good as Optimus Prime's sculpt is, the paint is equally incredible. The colors are bold and vibrant, character-accurate, and some of accessory showcase impressive color techniques with translucent plastic and other effects. The color completes the amazing total package that is Transformers Masterpiece Optimus Prime's appearance.

Articulation and Posing

Transformers often suffer from a limited set of articulation, but this Optimus Prime figure benefits from one of the most varied and dynamic articulation models in Transformers history. There are so many poses that can be achieved with this figure that have been impossible with those prior. It's a fun, easy-to-transform, and poseable figure in every regard.

Overall Thoughts

Transformers Masterpiece Optimus Prime is a complete action figure in every sense of the word. The sculpt and design are perfect. The paint is vibrant and lively. The articulation is tight and playful. Optimus Prime is in many ways the king of the action figure world, and this figure is the best take on the character yet.

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