Thursday 16 June 2016

Masterpiece Ironhide MP-27

Profile (Translated from the Character 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 will he always fights on the front line and has earned the trust of Commander Convoy and his comrades. A weapons expert and his arm attachments can fire glue, fire extinguishers, freeze rays and many more.
STR...7; INT...8; SPD...3; END...9; RNK...7; CRG...10; FBL...7; SKL...7

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Nissan Cherry Vanette


Around January 2015 there were rumours around the next Masterpiece characters. These were MP-25 Tracks, MP-26 Road Rage and MP-27 Ironhide. These rumours turned out to be true with Ironhide being revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Toy Show in June. 

MP-27 Ironhide was released in 2016 at the end of January, retailing for 10,000 Yen which was a slightly higher price than previous Cybertron Cars. Ironhide transforms into a late 1970's, early 1980's Nissan Cherry Vanette and was the second Car Robot released in Takara's 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 from 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.There is also a hidden neck hinge so you can lift the head up and tilt forwards to make Ironhide look at the ground.

I've also noticed that the shoulders are missassembled 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 in terms of articulation 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 die cast drill accessory which appeared in the episode SOS Dinobots. Ironhide was reissued once more in Asia in December 2018.

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


■ A veteran warrior with a body and will of iron.
(Translated from the back of the box)
The Onebox Cherry Vanette is manufactured by Nissan. It transforms its spacious body, unique to a van, into “Ironhide”, one of the Cybertron's most experienced warriors. Ironhide is one of the most recognisable characters having appeared since the first episode of “Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers” and many more episodes after. Prides himself as a warrior and courageously stands on the front line in battle and is always the first to strike the Destrons first. He is also devoted to his friends and there are many scenes where he risked his own life to protect his fellow Cybertron warriors and human allies, such as Spike, from danger. This item is a Masterpiece of the famous “Ironhide” who can be said to be the second most recognisable Cybertron Warrior after Convoy. The complete transformation from van to robot mode which is faithful to the original animation which fans have been waiting to see for over 30 years has finally been realised. Additionally various other parts have been included such as weapons, effect parts seen in the cartoon and an alternate face. Ironhide has been recreated for the modern age with such a high quality that it is worthy of the Masterpiece title and we hope you enjoy this fascinating character.  

Nissan Cherry Vanette (Vehicle Commentary) (Translated from the back of the box)
Developed in 1978 by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd to meet the needs for outdoor recreation, this onebox van utilises the style and components of small commercial vans which were around at the time. A passenger model, “Coach”, was released alongside the commercial model, “Van”. The models were named “Sunny Vanette”, “Cherry Vanette” and “Datsun Vanette” by the distributors. In addition to the traditional Nissan A series 1.2L and 1.4L petrol engines, a 2L diesel LD20 version was available from 1981. Also available was a longer wheel base version with increased load capacity and a higher roof which improved comfort; various optional extras such as an electric sunroof were also available to customers. It could be said that this model is the origin of the modern minivan establishing features such as a high level of comfort, a variety of seating arrangements and sliding doors.

■ Length: 3900mm
■ Width: 1600mm
■ Height: 1965mm
■ Wheelbase: 2075mm
■ Weight: 1025kg
■ Engine: A14 Series 4 Cylinder OHV 1397cc
■ Maximum Output: 75 Housepower / 6000rpm
■ Maximum Torque: 11.5kgm / 3600rpm

Vehicle Mode: Nissan Cherry Vanette (Translated from the instruction booklet)
The Onebox Cherry Vanette manufactured by Nissan is a van that differs from your typical passenger car in its size and striking red colouring, making this an ideal alternate mode for Ironhide. After an incident breaks out and a courageous shout of “Transform!”, Convoy's Tractor Trailer rushes to the scene followed by the red van, leaving a deep impression with the audience. Within Ironhide’s interior there is enough room for his companions to ride along as well as space for weaponry. Bumble was occasionally placed at the rear of the van to fire the cannon. When Ironhide was observing the test flight of an experimental Ultra Fighter developed by the humans, he was carrying Broadcast in his boom-box mode in the rear of the van. Soundwave was also present which Ironhide was completely unaware of, presumably as he was complacent in the presence of his friends. He only became aware of the situation once a fight broke out. His vehicle mode is not built for speed and there was a scene where he expressed his desire to be faster when talking with Ratchet who was performing maintenance, “If you’re going to tune me up, why don’t you give me a little more horsepower so I can go as fast as the Stuntrons?”

Robot Mode: Ironhide (Translated from the instruction booklet)
● Function: Security
● Motto: “High tech circuitry is no replacement for guts”.
● Profile:
Ironhide is one of the most experienced Cybertron warriors. Always courageous enough to fight on the front lines and stands alongside Convoy giving his opinion, effectively making him second-in-command. Although he is brash and quick to anger his devotion to his comrades is stronger than anyone else's as he is often seen protecting his friends, such as the scene where he was seriously wounded as he protected Convoy from Megatron’s bombardment. After the Destrons block Ironhide from transforming to robot mode and are about to execute him, he says “I’ve been lucky enough to have had great friends.” He also formed a strong friendship with Spike and the other humans, and often risked his own life to protect them. He has a strong sense of duty as a warrior and after an incident involving the Immobiliser he blamed himself and said “Please demote me from a warrior.”. On his homeworld of Planet Seibertron, he had an old flame named Chromia and when they were reunited after several million years they spoke of their mutual love for each other. However, he later died heroically at the hands of Megatron in a battle which would later be known as the Unicron War. Even until the very end he never made an enemy as was truly a great warrior.

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 custom tune his weapons and can fire the likes of instant adhesive from the barrel to mend holes in pipes.

Weapon: Static Laser Gun (Translated from the instruction booklet)
Ironhide is a weapons specialist and uses a range of weaponry, depending on the mission. One of his favourite weapons is the Static Laser Gun. With the original toy, this was the main gun on the mobile artillery platform.

Weapon: Liquid Shooter (Translated from the instruction booklet)
As a skilled warrior, Ironhide has a number of devices built into his arms which can fire a variety of materials, such as glue, liquid nitrogen, fire suppressant and freeze rays. He not only uses these in battle but also to handle emergencies, such as extinguishing fires, repairing damaged structures and so on. In Episode 40, “Search for Alpha Trin”, he returned fire at Astrotrain shooting a corrosive substance from his fingertips. In Episode 54 “Resurrection of Bruticus” he attempted to subdue B.O.T by firing molten lead from his barrel attachment.

Equipment: Utility Sensor (Translated from the instruction booklet)
This small antenna mounted on Ironhide's right arm is a versatile sensor which can detect nearby enemies and unique radio signals. In episode 7 “Birth of the Dinobots”, when using his sonic sensor, he located fossilised remains of dinosaurs which lay behind the Cybertron’s base. The results of the scan were displayed on Ironhide’s chest and the discovery provided the inspiration for the creation of the Dinobots.

Weapon: Missile Launcher (Translated from the instruction booklet)
An anti-aircraft missile launcher built into Ironhide’s back used to counterattack the airborne Destrons. When chasing after the Destrons after they stole Energon Cubes, he fired an anti aircraft missile damaging Skywarps tail fin.
(Note: As seen in Episode 3 "Escape from Earth!" / "More Than Meets The Eye, Part 3")

Equipment: Jet Thruster (Translated from the instruction booklet)
The Cybertron warriors are fundamentally unskilled in aerial dogfights. However, as the Destrons have the ability to fly, Ironhide has built in Jet Thrusters to help him counter their attacks.
(Note: As seen in Episode 14 "Immobiliser" / "The Immobiliser")

"Such heroic nonsense."

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