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The older generation of us might recall Raiden, the combiner transformer that was composed of 6 prototypical Japanese trains and locomotives that combine into one mean looking robot: 

 

 

And here comes the remake, and i must say, i am VERY TEMPTED!

 

https://tf.takaratomy.co.jp/tf_mpg/mpg-01/

 

It is truely amazing! look at the photos and we can recognise some of Tomytec products in there immediately:

 

https://tf.takaratomy.co.jp/tf_mpg/mpg-01/gallery.html

 

 

This is indeed.... tempting haha

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The next Masterpiece trainbot is now on preorder. I’m slightly tempted to start this collection as they’re very well modelled and who wouldn’t want a huge combining robot made out of JNR era trains. 

 

Shouki Masterpiece Generations 01

transforms into a 0 series shinkansen and is out in June 2022. He also forms the body of Raiden.

 

Getsuei MPG-02 transforms into a EF65 and will be released in September 2022. He also forms Raiden’s right leg. 

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It is SO HARD to resist this fellow... It's really well made, heck it even came with a display track!

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Actually they look better as trains but the robots have the nostalgic 80s feel that I remember as a kid. 

 

Here's the info on the Getsuei model. 

 

https://tf.takaratomy.co.jp/tf_mpg/mpg-02/

 

My only issue is the price and size. 18cm tall but very tempting.

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So i bent... Amazon was providing a really hard to beat price so here goes....

 

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The box art really is pretty nice, quite small for a train this size

 

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Right out of the box, the train takes up almost half of the space, along with display tracks and some accessories 

 

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Apart from the main body, we get the display track, his blaster, a trans-piece for connecting to a display stand, two seats (that can fit into the front cabin) and the shield piece, that will serve as the chest piece of the combined form, Raiden!

 

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Takara Tomy placed major emphasis on the train mode this time, and i must say it looks almost NOT transformer-ish, if not for the transforming panel lines. The front nose piece is in a whole which is great. The model is also supposed to be HO Scale, but i dont have a HO Scale model to compare this with... 

 

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While i love the Zero series train form, the robot form is pretty neat as well! 

 

Needless to say, it's on to the rest of the gang! 

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Getsuei (EF65) is out pretty soon and Yukikaze (200 series) in February. Would be kind of nice to see what all will look like once in Raiden mode.

I still see a few Shoukis around in some local hobby shops but I think the next 2 releases will sell out pretty quickly.

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On 9/22/2022 at 3:08 PM, Kamome said:

Getsuei (EF65) is out pretty soon and Yukikaze (200 series) in February. Would be kind of nice to see what all will look like once in Raiden mode.

I still see a few Shoukis around in some local hobby shops but I think the next 2 releases will sell out pretty quickly.

 

Pre-ordered the Getsuei as soon as i got hooked on the Shouki... It's getting ready to be shipped over to me! Pre-ordered the Yukikaze as well.

 

Will be using this thread to share the MPG series trainbots till completion! 

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