Bluestreak – Diaclone Ver.
Takara brings us their nod to the Diaclone line with MP-18B Bluestreak. This “Blue” version of Bluestreak is the one that some incorrectly remember as being released under the Transformers line by Hasbro. Yes the figure appeared on some catalogue photos and it’s likeness does appear on the G1 box and instructions but no “official” release of the figure has been recorded but that aside on to this Masterpiece release review.
As always we start with the box, it’s the usual TT Masterpiece box. Quality and style remains the same as previous releases and the images, aside from colour are a mirror of those used for the MP-18S Streak release. The eagle eyed amongst you will note the head sculpt is the same as Prowl’s, more on that when we get to the figure itself.
What’s in the box:
Bluestreak Figure (Car Mode), Blaster Rifle / Gun, Two Shoulder Mounted Rocket Launchers, Instruction manual and the Collectors Card.
The inner tray has the same layout as that of MP-18S.
On first impressions it is apparent that aside from the colour scheme (in car mode), it is identical to MP-18 and MP-18S. As like the other MP18’s it feels a little plasticky but solid non the less and the new paint scheme makes the car mode really stand out from the other releases. No panel gaps, nothing loose, all is straight and rolls well on the wheels with good clearance on the underside.
The only “fault” so far are two marks on the bonnet (hood if you’re in the U.S.), the lid from the inner tray has rubbed and worn the silver paint slightly. If I was to be picky, which is unlike myself, I would have liked to have seen a little more detailing on the rear light cluster. The current paint application has an animated feel to and lacks the detail afforded to the rest of the figure.
After transformation to robot mode it is immediately obvious that this is a repaint of the Prowl mold, minus the roof mounted light bar of course but retaining the same head and waist sculpt.
With there being no animation model to base this figure on look and colour wise it makes sense to be a repaint of the Prowl figure, this then gives it distinction from the other MP-18 releases.
Articulation remains the same and some great poses are achievable, again if I were to nit pick I would think a separate index finger would be nice but I suppose on a figure this size it would be quite delicate and a week point for breaking.
Nothing new accessory wise, the gun and launchers remain the same as the ones supplied with MP-18S, with some minor paint colour changes. The same is also true for the enclosed instructions and collectors card, I had the additional Collector Coin sent with mine but I don’t include these in the reviews. I know for some they are a nice addition but for me personally, I’d like to see an additional accessory that can be used in conjunction with the figure itself.
In conclusion this is a very nice piece, the colours with their links to the Diaclone figure make it worth the repaint and its availability to us the collectors. If you are not a completist then you could give it a miss but if you do not have the MP-18S Silverstreak and would like another representation of this mold then I would definitely pick him up. MP-18B is better than MP-18S in my opinion and this is all down to the paint scheme.
With more than a passing interest in the old Takara Diaclone & Microchange stuff I hope we see more repaints reflecting those figures, next up for this treatment is the MP-21R “Red” Bumblebee which will go well with this, MP-23 and MP-12T.
Thanks to Kapow Toys Ltd, figures reviewed are available online via their website: www.kapowtoys.co.uk
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