Before the official opening of preorders, TAGhobby jumped the line a bit and released the first info and clean stock photos for Masterpiece Shouki, the first entry in the Trainbots team. Coming with a hurtful ¥18,000 list price, Shouki seems to favor a realistic, and almost impossibly clean-looking train mode, with some small sacrifice of substantial backpack on the otherwise very animation-inspired robot mode.
Shouki is the first representative of the MPG subline, which seems meant to give a home to combiners (G is for Gattai!) and large characters (G is for Giant!) which otherwise have gone unutilized in Masterpiece previously. As a team of six, the eventual Raiden looks due to cost solidly in the $1000 neighborhood once completed. (G is for Gah!) This cost mmay end up spread out over an extended period, as we’ve had no hint yet of Kaen or any of the other five Trainbots being in any advanced state of development yet. While $160 twice or maybe three times per year might not sound so bad, remember that with everything getting steadily more expensive, odds are the longer it takes to finish the team, the higher and higher that final total will go.
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