Henkei Black Optimus Prime Scrapped?

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  1. Xhairs

    Xhairs Well-Known Member

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    Last year, there were rumors that Takara was planning on producing a Henkei Black Optimus Prime. Pictures were shown that looked similar to Classics Nemesis Prime, but featured red windows and a slightly different paint scheme. At the time, people speculated that this mysterious black Prime would surface as an event exclusive. But a year has passed and nothing has appeared. We haven’t seen or heard anything. Was this just an apparition? A prototype produced by Hasbro? Or, a Takara project that never panned out?

    eBay seller, Ultraconvoy, recently listed information that may shed some light on this elusive figure. According to the seller, this figure was due to be released as an exclusive, but this may never happen. In Ultraconvoy’s words, he had this to say:

    This is an unreleased Classic Black Optimus Prime. I was told it was going to be released for a few conventions in Japan but none were true. I was also told it was coming out for winter fest January 2009 but winter fest is canceled due to building problems. We may never know if this figure will be released. Figure is a testshot/prototype.


    It is difficult to confirm the truth at this point. This figure has a few differences compared with the Nemesis Prime version. It has Autobot insignias, red windows, and a slightly different paint scheme. Also the words “Not for sale?Eare stamped on the top.

    link to auction
    Transformers classic henkei Unreleased Optimus Prime - eBay (item 180300084791 end time Nov-18-08 10:50:16 PST)
     
  2. Nevermore

    Nevermore It's self-perpetuating a parahumanoidarianised!

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    This didn't surface "last year" (Henkei didn't even start until this March). The Black Convoy prototype surfaced this April, shortly prior to BotCon.

    And TFormers repeatedly claimed it would be coming out at various conventions, which never happened.

    Here are some older pics:
    http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=9553&dispsize=800&start=0
     
  3. Xhairs

    Xhairs Well-Known Member

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    oh i didnt know this as i just got back in to TF. sorry if old news.
     
  4. ki1983ng

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    Here are some additional pics that I got off HK-TF forums a while back.
     

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  5. PoweredConvoy

    PoweredConvoy Randy of the Allspark

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    He's so vastly different from Nemesis Prime, that I really wish he'd be released.

    He reminds me a lot of Nucleon Quest Super Convoy, which I love!

    Randy
     
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    Anyone think that this could be the planned Universe Special Edition Nemesis Prime?
     
  7. Xhairs

    Xhairs Well-Known Member

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    it could be
     
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    I love that prime, its perfect for nulceon quest vesion!
     
  9. GrimlockAutobot

    GrimlockAutobot Me No Bozo Me King!!

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    The Autobot symbols on this version are throwing me off. I think they look terrible. This version should be a decepticon. Why would they do that in the first place?
     
  10. Blue Meanie

    Blue Meanie Hello from the Gutter

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    I have been tap dancing around buying that for a while now. I want it desperately, but I am spending all my money on my car.
     
  11. cheetorBWORG

    cheetorBWORG Cheetor Fan

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    That looks much better than the regular Nemy. I want THAT.
     
  12. Bass X0

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    Takara like to repaint popular characters in black.
     
  13. Pravus Prime

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    I don't know why so many fans believe that black = evil. Many of Takara's black Primes aren't bad guys. As mentioned, this definately has a Nucleon Quest Superconvoy vibe to it, another Takara exclusive Transformer who was black with red windows, but was in fact, G1 Optimus Prime with an upgrade to survive a black hole, a good guy in black. Something that Takara does. A lot. And fans eat it up (Myself among them).
     
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    Because the original black Prime was just that, a black Prime with a special Nuclean armor, or something like that...
     
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    Nucleon Quest Super Convoy was created after along with the JAFCON Convoy as reissue repaints after Black Convoy/Scourge was created for Car Robots/Robots in Disguise. So yes the first black "Optimus" was a decepticon.
     
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    I like that paint scheme a lot better
     
  17. Nevermore

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    Hasbro certainly didn't think so at BotCon.

    JafCon Convoy and Car Robots Black Convoy came out the same month.
     
  18. nkelsch

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    Yeah, I was Kinda wondering what happened, maybe Crystal Prime was a disaster? Besides, it would probably have been like 80$ and people would have freaked out. This is why we can't have nice things.
     
  19. artiepants

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    I think they both look really good honestly, and surprisingly different for being essentially the same concept...
     
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    I don't recall seeing those pictures before. I didn't realize how different he was from Hasbro Nemesis Prime. I'd love to be able to pick that one up... maybe someday it will find itself released.
     

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