Thursday, 16 June 2016

Masterpiece Ironhide MP-27

Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
MP-27 Cybertron Security Ironhide
Function: Security
Motto: “High tech circuitry is no replacement for guts.”
Ironhide is one of the most experienced Cybertron warriors. Although quick tempered, he has a strong sense of responsibility as a warrior. With his tough body and spirit he always fights on the frontline; deeply trusted by Commander Convoy and his comrades. Skilled with many weapons; his arms can fire adhesive and fire extinguisher agents. Uses weapons for a variety of applications such as the use of freeze rays etc.
STR...7; INT...8; SPD...3; END...9; RNK...7; CRG...10; FBL...7; SKL...7


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MP-27 Ironhide was released in 2016 at the end of January, retailing for 10,000 Yen which was slightly more than the other Cybertron Cars. 
Ironhide transforms into a late 1970's, early 1980's Nissan Cherry Vanette and was the second Car Robot released in Takaras Diaclone line. At the time, Ironhide was an unexpected addition to the Masterpiece line but a welcome one, and is surprisingly the best release since MP-10 Convoy (for me at least anyway). After waiting years we have finally been given a cartoon accurate figure and a really good figure at that.

Packaged in vehicle mode, the figure also comes with a sled which replicates the G1 version. The sled is used to store the many accessories. Unlike the original there is no parts-forming so it was a nice touch that Takara included this accessory especially when only Ratchets sled appeared in the cartoon. The windscreen of the vehicle mode also features a face based on the original G1 toy which is an excellent touch. With all the accessories that come with Ironhide which appear briefly in he cartoon, I'm surprised Takara did not include a miniature Blaster (Broadcast) and Soundwave to replicate the scene from Megatron's Master Plan.

Ironhide is a similar size to the other Cybertron cars in vehicle mode, however once transformed into robot mode, Ironhide is much taller and stands around the same size as a Masterpiece Seeker. The transformation with Ironhide is great, something that is formed fro a small vehicle to a tall robot with relatively little kibble is fantastic. My only complaint in robot mode is that its very difficult to get the figure to hold the weapons without feeling like you'll snap off the thumb. 
Changing the face plates is a simple task, pushing the crest on the head forwards pushes the face off which is a nice feature rather than having to wrestle it as like the original Masterpiece Bumblebee.

I've also noticed that the shoulders are misassembled but this does not affect the figures transformation or overall look in anyway and unless you know what to look out for you wouldn't notice it at all. The error was corrected with Masterpiece Ratchet and I went ahead and corrected the shoulders on my figure as it is a simple task and there are a few "how to" guides on YouTube.

When compared to new Masterpiece figures such as MP-39 Sunstreaker, Ironhide does show his age however Takara did a brilliant job with robot mode. The main issue many have with Ironhide are the red hip sections. Third party companies have released "fixes" for this showing that it could have easily been done but I haven't opted for this approach, preferring to keep it the way Takara intended. Maybe in the future we may see an Ironhide V2 however what we have is good enough. 

From the side view you can see how streamlined Ironhide actually is and Ironhide features a great range of articulation. Ironhide was re-released in Asia (but not in Japan) in September 2016 and this version came with a diecast drill accessory which appeared in the episode SOS Dinobots. Ironhide with be reissued once again in Asia in December 2018.

To date this is the best Ironhide figure released and I'd highly recommend picking one up.


Vehicle Mode: Nissan Cherry Vanette (Translated from the instruction booklet)
The Cherry Vanette minivan made by Nissan has a unique size compared to a typical passenger car, together with a prominent energetic red colour this makes an ideal transformation for Ironhide. When responding to incidents and following a shout of Transform, he follows a Tractor Trailer, Convoy's alternate mode, and rushes to the scene. Only a few can ride in Ironhide's interior; loaded with armaments, Bumble can operate the cannon in Ironhide's rear. When watching an experimental Ultra Fighter plane developed by the humans, he had placed Broadcast in boombox mode in his interior without noticing the presence of Soundwave. It was only when fighting broke out in Ironhide's interior that he realised the situation and then glimpsed the plane go missing. Ironhide’s vehicle mode isn’t one for speed and he entrusts his maintenance with Ratchet (incidentally however he did have a tune up to give him more horsepower when battling against the competitive Stunticons) and there are occasions where he thinks speed would make him stronger as a warrior.

Robot Mode: Ironhide (Translated from the instruction booklet)
Function: Security
Motto: “High tech circuitry is no replacement for guts”.
Ironhide is a veteran Cybertron warrior and one of their best warrior's. Courageous and always fights on the front line, and as usual he battles alongside Convoy. Many are of the opinion that Ironhide is his Lieutenant. Easily loses his temper and has a gruff exterior; compared to his companions his outer skin is unusually robust. He will protect his companions without a second thought, such as when he protected Convoy when he was receiving a heavy bombardment from Megatron. When he transforms into robot mode to battle the Destrons and facing possible death, he always reminds himself “I am happy with wonderful companions”. Has a strong bond with Spike and the humans, he will always put himself forward to protect them. Has a strong sense of responsibility as a warrior and over the Immobilizer incident he blamed himself and asked “Please take me off active duty.” On his homeworld of Seibertron, Chromia was his sweetheart and even after they reunited after 10,000 years, their love was unchanged. During the fierce Unicron War however, Ironhide was killed by Megatron. His final appearance showed him worthy of being called a warrior, battling the enemy to the end.

Weapon: Laser Pistols (Translated from the instruction booklet)
These firearms are standard issue to Cybertron Warriors and Ironhide has used these on many occasions. He can also tune his hand held weapons, plugging in pipes and firing adhesive beams from the muzzle.

Weapon: Static Laser Gun (Translated from the instruction booklet)
A specialist weapon used by Ironhide dependant on his strategy, and the Static Laser Gun is his favourite. On the original toy this was the main gun on the mobile artillery platform.

Weapon: Liquid Shooter (Translated from the instruction booklet)
Ironhide is a professional warrior and as such, has a variety of equipment built into his arms. Is multi-functional and is able to fire glue, liquid nitrogen, freeze rays to fire extinguishing agent. He doesn't just make use of these abilities for fighting, but also for repairing and allows him to be flexible when responding to situations. In the 40th story “The Search for Alpha Trin” he return fire on Astrotrain, firing a solution from his fingertips. In episode 54 “The Resurrection of Bruticus” he fired molten lead at the rampaging B.O.T.

Equipment: Utility Sensor (Translated from the instruction booklet)
Ironhide is equipped with a small antenna on his right arm; this is a utility sensor able to detect enemy radio waves. In episode 7 “Birth of the Dinobots”, his chest displays the sonic sensors findings; he discovered fossils of ancient dinosaurs in a cave on the other side of the Cybertron’s base allowing for the creation of the Dinobots.

Weapon: Missile Launcher (Translated from the instruction booklet)
To attack the airborne Destrons, Ironhide utilises the surface-to-air missile launcher built into his back. When the Destrons stole Energon Cubes, Ironhide pursued them, firing a missile destroying Skywarp’s tail fin.

Equipment: Jet Thruster (Translated from the instruction booklet)
Cybertron warriors are no good at aerial dogfights. However in order to counter attack the aerial Destrons, Ironhide equipped himself with Jet Thrusters built into his back.

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