Monday, 2 May 2016

Masterpiece Tracks MP-25




Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
Function: Warrior
Motto: “Looking good is what life is all about.”
Profile:
Tracks is a narcissist who idolizes his own body. He is passionate about Earth has a great admiration for humankind. Armed with a Black Beam Gun and a Heat Seeking Incendiary Launcher; he shames the Jetrons with his superior aerial techniques; a very dependable Cybertron Warrior.



Tracks is based on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C3 1980-82 and makes his first appearance in the G1 cartoon partway through Season 2 in Dinobot Island Part 1.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C3 1981 (Source: Cargurus.com)




MP-25 Tracks was released in 2015 for 7500 Yen. Apart from the great looking car mode, I've always felt the original G1 Tracks was one of the weaker Autobot cars, and I have the same feeling with this Masterpiece figure. Overall its a good figure but there is just something about it. It feels fragile to transform, the wings and arms are too thin and you feel as though you might break them when transforming it. This however is the first Masterpiece Autobot car to feature an opening bonnet revealing the engine which is also part of the transformation. My other gripe with this figure is the head does not snap into place very well. To make it worth the money, it comes with several accessories:-
  • Flight Stand (a clear version of this stand was also available on its own through the Takara Tomy Mall)
  • Black Beam Gun
  • Black Beam Gun for front grill
  • Blaster / Broadcast cassette deck non transforming figurine
  • Raoul figurine (unlike Spike or Daniel figures this cannot be seated in Tracks' vehicle mode)




Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C3 Vehicle Mode (Translated from the instruction booklet)
Tracks transforms into the Corvette Stingray C3, an attractive vehicle mode with a unique curved design. As well as the beauty of his Corvette vehicle form, it’s blue in colour much like the Earth which he is incredibly fond of. It also has a fire pattern on the bonnet which gives a strong impact to the overall design. Tracks is particularly fascinated by the beauty of his vehicle mode and much prefers this form to his robot mode. Even during battle he is worried about his appearance and would rather remain in vehicle mode until conditions force him to transform to robot mode.
Although he likes to show off the beauty of his vehicle mode, he has put himself into situations where he has suffered severe damage; his bonnet has been squashed against a telephone pole by a car thief and he was crushed by Blitzwing in tank mode.
In vehicle mode his land speed is 448km/h. He can expand wings housed underneath his rear fender enabling him to fly at semi-sonic speeds. He has even defeated Starscream, out manoeuvring him with his aerial techniques and is considered a valuable addition to the Cybertrons aerial forces.






Tracks Robot Mode (Translated from the instruction booklet)
Function: Warrior
Motto: “Looking good is what life is all about.”
Profile
Cybertron Tracks appeared from the middle of the “Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers” series. Although he has noticeably narcissistic behaviour, at the same time he has great affection and an affinity with the humans on Earth. Enjoys being involved in Earth culture, from playing basketball with Commander Convoy and his comrades to being invited to film a movie with Hoist. Along with Broadcast, he favours Earth's culture and there are many scenes depicting his friendship with the humans and Bumble. In particular he loves New York city where he met the young car thief Raoul and together they foiled a Destron plot. Since then he became friends with Raoul and works with him again during following Disco Dancitron event. Uses his Heat Seeking Incendiary Launchers equipped in his back and also his hand held Black Beam Gun in battles against such foes as the Insecticons devouring Earth's crops and when confronting a huge organism from space attacking San Francisco. Although his self-consciousness can be a little overbearing, he has captivating personality and respectful and friendly to the humans; his charming character makes him stand out amongst the Cybertron warriors.






With Road Rages weapon




Weapon: Black Beam Gun (Translated from the instruction booklet)
Track’s gun, fires a beam of black light at his enemies mainly used to temporarily blind them. It can also be used as a normal gun and has enough power to blow up a Destron car factory. Its output can be widely adjusted so only the gunman is left standing when everything else has been destroyed. Additionally it is shown to have the same ability as Broadcasts Electro Scrambler Gun in episode 51 “Broadcast VS Soundwave”.





Mode: Flight Mode (Translated from the instruction booklet)
Has the ability to fly, deploying wings stored at the bottom of his vehicle mode. Has a wide range in flight mode, as shown in Episode 51 “Broadcast VS Soundwave” where he is shown to out maneuver and fight off Starscream. Additionally in Episode 25 “Megatron's Plan to Rule Earth”, a laser emerges from his front bumper and blinds Dirge.




With Road Rages weapon attached underneath


Ally: Raoul (Translated from the instruction booklet)
Lives in New York and has been a car thief from an early age. Initially tried to dispose of Tracks, but after his rehabilitation he has become a close friend.





Ally: Broadcast (Translated from the instruction booklet)
Cybertron warrior Broadcast transforms into a cassette deck. Tracks and Broadcast have a close friendship with both sharing an affinity to Earth's culture.



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History

Diaclone 1984 (Japan)

Source: TFSource.com
Diaclone 1984 (Italy)

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Diaclone 1984 (Finland)

A black version of the Corvette Stingray was found to have been released in Finland as an R-Kioski store exclusive. The black version finally came to have an official Transformers release as an exclusive in the June 2016 Tokyo Toy Show - a repainted Masterpiece Tracks, now a Destron called Loud Pedal.

Source: tf-1.com

Joustra Diaclone 1985 (France)

Source: tf-1.com

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The Transformers 1985 (Hasbro)

Source: eBay

The Transformers 1985 (Takara)



The Transformers 1985 (MB)

When Tracks was released in the Transformers line he was originally going to be red like the Diaclone version and was also depicted in the red colour on the artwork on the back of the box. Milton Bradley took stock from the Joustra Diaclone line which is why this Tracks was released in his intended colours (later to be retconned as Road Rage.

Source: 20thcenturytoycollector.com

The Transformers 1991 (Hasbro UK)

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The Transformers 1991 (Hasbro Spain)

Source: TFSource.com

Transformer Collection Series 2002 (Takara)



e-Hobby Exclusive 2002 (Takara)

The red Tracks was now intentionally released in the Transformers line now as a different female character called Road Rage.



Exclusive 2002 (Takara)

As well as the red Tracks being released, Takara also reissued the black version as a lucky draw exclusive, limited to 300 pieces. This version features noticeably different colours from the Finnish Diaclone version and unlike the red version this has no character card with it.

Source: TFSource.com

Commemorative Series 2003 (Hasbro)

Source: eBay

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