November 2, 2013
Did you miss out on the first release of Transformers Masterpiece Soundwave when he was released in Japan in early 2013? Are you irritated by the ugly yellow visor on the upcoming Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave being released in the United States later this year? Do you wish you were getting the more accurate Takara Masterpiece MP-13 Soundwave Transformers toy, but you can’t deal with the highway-robbery $230+ it sells for on the aftermarket now? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then Takara has good news for you–a reissue of their Masterpiece Soundwave is on the way later this year…
A lot of Transformers collectors were really caught off-guard and taken aback by the popularity and lightning-fast sell out of Takara Masterpiece Soundwave MP-13 when it was released in Japan in January. I’m not sure why that is, exactly, since the Masterpiece Transformers line has been filled with successful sales and Soundwave is one of the most iconic and beloved Transformers ever, but that’s what happened.
Early adopters were able to acquire Transformers Masterpiece MP-13 Soundwave for around $160, but since his sell-out in Japan he’s been costing hopeful collectors a cool $230+. Not exactly for the weak of heart. The Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave will be released in America a little later in 2013 with all five of his cassettes included (Rumble, Ravage, Frenzy, Buzzsaw, and Lazerbeak), but that release has a toy-accurate yellow visor that simply isn’t the iconic look for that character.
Luckily, Takara is coming to the rescue of Transformers collectors and Decepticon fans everywhere with a reissue this fall! The Japanese Takara version of Transformers Masterpiece Soundwave will be re-released in September 2013. Even better, there will be no markup or inflation from the original cost of the first Soundwave Masterpiece figure’s release–the Masterpiece Soundwave reissue will cost the same 15,800 yen (about US $160) as the original did.
This is fantastic news for Transformers collectors who missed the boat on the original Masterpiece Soundwave or who just want another one. The re-release of the Transformers Soundwave Masterpiece toy is up for pre-order now HERE for $159.99. If you regret missing Transformers Masterpiece Soundwave MP-13 the first time, be sure to get in on the reissue so that you don’t miss out again!