Saturday, 28 January 2017

Masterpiece Wheeljack MP-20

Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
MP-20 Cybertron Mechanical Engineer / Wheeljack
Function: Mechanical Engineer
Motto: "Never do what your enemy expects you to do."
Wheeljack is a cheerful mad scientist. An excellent engineer, always immersed in creating new and fantastic inventions at the base, sometimes however he gets injured during failed experiments. He boasts driving skills which can out manoeuvre Hollywood stunt drivers. In robot mode he can fly at a maximum speed of 515km/h reaching a distance of 1300km.
STR:6; INT:6; SPD:7; END:9; RNK:5; CRG:2; FBL:9; SKL:7

With the merger between Takara and Tomy in 2006 we were finally able to receive reissues of both Omega Supreme and Sky Lynx in the Encore series in 2008 - this also marked their first release domestically in Japan. Masterpiece Wheeljack was also made possible due to the merger. Tomy had been producing licenced diecast car toys under the Tomica brand since 1970 and their relationship with car manufacturers made it possible to agree a deal with Italian car manufacturer Fiat Automobiles to release the Lancia Stratos model in the Masterpiece line.

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Scanned Instructions

Vehicle Mode: Lancia Stratos Turbo (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
Before he came to Earth, Wheeljack had a One Box type vehicle mode on Seibertron. When the Transformers reactivated on Earth, Teletran 1, the computer which had been accumulating Earth's energy chose a vehicle form which best suited him – a Stratos Turbo race car by Lancia. The body has been modified to the spec of a rally car combining vivid green and red colouring along with the number 539 on his side. With a robust robot mode and a stylish looking car with its exterior painted as a race car, at first glance you would not think him an engineer. Wheeljack however, is more skilled at driving than a Hollywood stunt driver and would easily put them to shame. He dodges Destron aerial attacks in overdrive by jumping, turning, driving on walls; he loves showing off his driving as much as showing off his inventions. The Lancia Stratos is indeed a most suitable vehicle mode for him. It hasn’t been confirmed whether his interior seats are either pink or grey suggesting he may have changed them shortly after activating on Earth. His name “Wheeljack” is a jack which lifts the body of a car to exchange wheels; a most suitable name for a technician who maintains his companions.

The handgun stores underneath car mode doubling for the exhaust.

Robot Mode: Wheeljack (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
Function: Mechanical Engineer
Motto: "Never do what your enemy expects you to do."
Wheeljack is a Cybertron who is an excellent engineer and inventor. His capabilities range from the repair and analysis of equipment, repairing companions, weapons development and chemical formulation. There is nothing more satisfying for him when an invention works properly. A mad scientist with a variety of interests and is always coming up with new inventions. Highly regarded, Smokescreen calls him a genius while Megatron schemes at getting hold of Wheeljacks latest inventions, even if he doesn’t know what they are for. He has however had many failed inventions such as the Dinobots when they ran rampant in the base and the Shock Cannon exploding soon after launch. Regardless of his failures, it doesn’t stop him inventing. A bright and cheerful character, always keeps everyone positive. Courageous with a strong sense of justice. He goes out of his way to help Spike and he helps his companions escape when they have been taken prisoner. He has fine-tuned his body to give himself sufficient fighting power as a warrior; he can also fly up to a distance of 1300km at a maximum speed of 515km. However he is not very good at flying and will not face the Destrons in aerial combat.

Weapon: Shoulder Cannon (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
Wheeljacks main weapon mounted on his right shoulder. He normally loads it with magnetic bullets but he also fires a magnetic inducer which paralyses the enemy. Dependant on his situation he will also launch shrapnel needles and gyro-inhibitor bullets. In episode 15 “Atlantis, Arise!” he launches a missile which caused devastating destruction.

Wheeljacks Missile Launcher is based on the cartoon version rather than the original toy. The missile can be removed but is not spring loaded. Toy accurate missile launchers came with MP-23 Exhaust which also fit Wheeljack.

Wheeljack with MP-23 Exhausts missile launchers.

Weapon: Laser Gun (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
A small gun Wheeljack occasionally carries during battle. Like the other Cybertron weapons it can also fire laser beams. In the 63rd Episode “Day of Destruction Part 3” he fires it along with the other Cybertron warriors towards Megatrons spaceship filled with Energon.

Weapon: Hypno-Chip Disruptor
An exclusive accessory which came free with MP-20 when purchased from A small blue box which can be held by Wheeljack and that's about it. It is from the Season 1 1984 cartoon episode "The Ultimate Doom: Revival Part 3".

Weapon: Immobilizer 
An accessory which came with MP-23 Exhaust but is actually Wheeljacks invention featured in the Season 2 1985 episode "The Immobilizer". In the episode it ended up getting destroyed by Ironhide.

Masterpiece Lancia Stratos Releases

MP-20 Wheeljack (Takara Tomy, 2014)

MP-23 Exhaust (Takara Tomy, 2015)

See also MP-23 Exhaust Article.

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