CYBERTRON ADVISOR MEISTER
TRANSFORMERS: ENCORE (TOMY)
“08 Cybertron Advisor Meister
Function: Cybertron Advisor Assistant to Convoy
Transformation: Racing Car
Ability: Has a high performance stereo speaker system and is able to confuse enemies with light and sound displays.
Character: A skilled Cybertron warrior who loves Earth’s culture; knowledgeable and competent at undertaking dangerous missions.”
And behold, my stock of Transformers reviews grows exponentially! Now I’ll have reviewed *three* of them! As I’ve mentioned once or twice before on this site, Transformers generally aren’t on my collecting radar, and never really have been. I’m moderately familiar with some parts of the franchise, though, and I do have a few characters that I’ll buy in toy form. My all time favorite is Soundwave, but on the Autobots side of things, I’m also a pretty big fan of Jazz. But wait…doesn’t the title say Cybertron Advisor Meister? It does. I’ll get to that in a second.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cybertron Advisor Meister was released in 2008 as part of TOMY’s Transformers: Encore line. In case you hadn’t yet caught on, Meister is Jazz’s name in Japan, and this is a Japanese release. In fact, it’s a re-release, or a slight retooling anyway, of the original Jazz/Meister from the ‘80s. In his robotic form, Meister stands about 5 inches tall and has 8 workable points of articulation, all in his arms. His sculpt is okay for what it is, which is an old style Transformer. This is back in the days when the priority was placed on the vehicle form, and less on the robot form, so he looks a little goofy to be sure. There are a lot of cool little details, though, especially on the car parts of the sculpt. I also quite like the head, which was the newest piece of the figure. In his car form, Meister’s a race car, and he’s about 4 inches long and two inches wide, with four moving wheels. My figure is missing his doors, but otherwise it’s a rather convincing transformation. The paint work is actually pretty decent. Mostly basic blacks, whites, and silvers, with a helping of vac metalicizing thrown in for good measure. There’s some tampography on the fine details of the car, such as his number, Autobots symbol and the like. It’s all quite clean, and a definite step above the decals seen on other releases. Meister included a silver blaster, as well as shoulder mountable cannon (missing from mine).
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve always rather liked Jazz, but I’ve never had a proper toy of him. I found this one at a 2nd Avenue of all places, in a bag with a bunch of die cast cars, for like $2. I figured he was one of the Hasbro re-releases and was a little surprised to find out he was a foreign release. It’s odd to me that something like this ended up at a 2nd Avenue, and I have the wonder what the story is behind that. He’s missing a few pieces, but looks good enough in robot mode and I’m happy to have a Jazz for the shelf.
*I realized while writing this review that I’m a total dingus who left the foot pieces down for all of the photos. Silly Ethan. I’ll try to reshoot those when I can.