I figured since I own both, I would show everyone here pics and explain some of the differences. The original Star Convoy is on the left. This Star Convoy is a thing of beauty, even the very box is glossy and bright. The original piece color is a very rosey like red, on the other hand the chinese piece red color is very dull. Actually all the coloring on the japan piece is so much more alive. It's very easy to tell the difference in the black parts that go with Star Convoy. The grey parts it's almost impossible. I have been staring at those parts for awhile. I'm sure if the chinese version came with the red piece that connects with Grandus. The Hotrod figure is soo awesome. We all know that the original one has that bright yellow on the legs and fin. The little flame sticker is a nice touch. The chinese one has dark blue legs and has no stcker at all on the chest. The original Star Convoy comes with it's black Cybertron carrier, the chinese version has the white one. The box are pretty much the same, expect for that one and three on the chinese box. Plus it has N0.9212 on the upper left corner instead of C-372. Here are two pics. Enjoy.