Star Convoy Reissue

Discussion in 'Transformers Feedback & Reviews' started by Emperor Mengde, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. Emperor Mengde

    Emperor Mengde Instrumentalist

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    Well, I just received Star Convoy today thanks to imageanime.com. Here are just some general thoughts:

    The silver is really nice and well done (looks like they just used a silver plastic).

    The trailer sticker that looks like it's preapplied in fact isn't...there's just an extra one stuck to the plastic bubble.

    The paint is a little sloppy in some areas (mainly around the headlights in bot mode), but it's nothing overly bad

    The powered rolling gimmicks work really well. Star Convoy has no problems rolling around in either truck or robot mode.

    Micromaster Hot Rod is the shiznite!

    Um, that's about it. Besides the sloppy headlights (the yellow paint on one of them has some nasty drip marks in it) I'm happy with Star Convoy. Here's hoping they do the some more of the "Big Powered" figures as well.
     
  2. ssjautobot

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    i cant wait to get mine, too bad i have to wait about three weeks for my US retailer to get them.

    is there a way u can post pics?
     
  3. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    Thanks for the update! Mine just shipped out of HLJ, forgot to change SAL to EMS for this one though so he may be some time in coming. Well, he'll get here when he does. I'll do a shoot if I am able once he arrives.
     
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    Mine should be here any time!
     
  5. Emperor Mengde

    Emperor Mengde Instrumentalist

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    I'll try and get some pictures up as soon as I can find the digital camera.
     
  6. lord ginrai

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    woohoo, pics! :) 

    Anyway I also can't wait for mine to get here! Hurry up mailman...
     
  7. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    my friend's only gripe: it looks so dang small in that new non-vintage packaging.
     
  8. Emperor Mengde

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    Well, here are some low quality pics (and I'm sorry about the time/date stamp...it's not my camera and I've yet to figure out how to turn the damn thing off).

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  9. GetterDragun

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    Cool, he comes with the adapter. I'm going to go pick up my two today at ImageAnime. Now I have 4 Star Convoy's (2 original and 2 reissues)!
     
  10. Emperor Mengde

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    Yeah, he does come with the adapter...I actually had no idea what it was at first, then I remembered :D  . I'm actually considering picking up a second one myself to keep MISB. I really haven't done that with any other figure, but I really like Star Convoy so I may make the exception this time.
     
  11. Gears

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    What's the adapter for? UPS tracking says I should have my Star Convoy on Wed. Can't wait!
     
  12. Colorflash

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    Is that the adapter to hook him up to Grandus?
     
  13. Emperor Mengde

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    I believe that it is, but since I don't own Grandus I can't say for sure.
     
  14. GetterDragun

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    I have Grandus and the adapter goes in to him to operate his elevator (Sar Convoy can operate forwards and backwards providing up and down for th eelevator). THe problem is, the elevator moves so quick that before you get to turn it off, you hear this horrible clicking noise from the gears in the adapter.
     
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    Awesome news, I cannot wait until TFsource gets it in stock so I can get my two sent to me.
     
  16. Luke020681

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    In the vintage ones does the adapter then come with grandus? and what does it look like?
    thanks
     
  17. Codimus Prime

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    I purchased one of these from BBTS and I just got it last night. The figure is awesome.

    His vehicle mode is pretty cool looking, but I prefer the robot mode. I was able to transform him without the instructions! And it was fun just to explore the figure and play with all the gimmicks.

    I like the motorized treads for the vehicle mode, but I didn't have any batteries to try it out.

    The quality control on mine is wonderful, unlike one of the posts above. The labels make the figure look awesome, but I think there could be more ... like on the silver thighs. They look a little plain.

    I like all the little accessories like the Micromaster Hotrod and the little black transport.

    I'd say that this figure is well worth the $70 I paid for him. But if you don't care like a limited-articulation figure, you won't like Star Convoy.
     
  18. Philister

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    Robot Mode: First off, Star Convoy is big. Really big. Bigger than Leader-class, actually, and well on his way to Ultimate size. And unlike his immediate predecessor Powermaster Optimus Prime, he does not combine with his trailer into this large robot, he simply is the large robot. The truck’s trailer makes up most of his body, while the tractor truck merely becomes his arms and shoulders. Did I mention he’s really, really big?

    The classic Optimus Prime look is, of course, present and accounted for. A bit more streamlined than in previous versions and with that star-like ornament on his chest, but basically it’s the classic Optimus look. Not the first Optimus to feature a chest with faked chest windows, either. Naturally Optimus also has his trusty black rifle along, sufficiently resized to fit with his new giant frame.

    Articulation was never much of a focus with the G1 figures, so it’s no big surprise that Star Convoy isn’t exactly a contortionist. His lower body is a complete brick. He can turn at the waist, though (a transformation requirement) and has shoulder and elbow movement. That’s pretty much it, though. Still, it does make him slightly more dynamic than Powermaster Prime, even though he can’t do the split.

    As far as gimmicks go, Star Convoy can open up his chest, where his Micromaster partner (see below) can fit in and he has motorized treads on his legs (or as his legs, rather), on which he can roll forwards and backwards. So bottom line: a nice-looking figure, really big, but doesn't have that much to offer once you get past the look.

    Alternate Modes: As is a requirement for just about every toy called Optimus Prime or Convoy, Star Convoy transforms into a truck. It's basically the standard red tractor with silver trailer, though the rear end of the trailer is on big tank treads instead of wheels. It also nicely conveys a sense of scale, as the tractor is small in comparison to the huge, huge trailor. Star Convoy's rifle can fit on top, as well as the smaller gun / antenna thing. The motorized treads work in this mode as well, of course, allowing the truck to drive forwards and backwards (see the video below).

    The back of the trailer opens up to reveal two slots for vehicles. Micromasters can easily fit in there and Scout-sized vehicles wouldn't be a problem, either. Star Convoy's two partner vehicles can be stored here (see below). Bottom line: a very interesting truck which offers play value and looks pretty cool. Not the best Optimus-type truck ever, but cool.

    Star Convoy’s second alternate mode is a base on a scale for Micromasters and in this mode he is rather similar to Powermaster Optimus Prime’s base mode. The layout is more or less the same, the only real difference being the continued presence of Convoy’s head on top of the base and the larger platform on one side, where the motorized treads are.

    While the base as such is nothing special, it does feature two gimmicks related to the motorized treads. One, you can launch a Micromaster car down the ramp and have the treads deposit it further down. Second, the gun emplacement rotates. See the video below for details. All in all it’s not a bad base mode, but there have been lots better.

    Partner / Add-On: Seeing as he’s basically a Micromaster Base, Star Convoy naturally has a Micromaster as a partner. It’s Hot Rod(imus), who I must say is one of the best-looking Micromasters ever. Despite being every bit as small as most of his compatriots, he looks very fine and is as articulated as any Micromaster ever was. Never was a fan of Micromasters, but Hot Rod here is one of the best. Whether being ‘downgraded’ into a Micromaster is in any way, shape, or form meant to be a punishment for daring to replace Optimus/Convoy is anyone’s guess, of course.

    Additionally Star Convoy has a black, boxy support vehicle that can fit into his trailer in truck mode and can, in turn, fit Micromaster Hot Rod inside it. It's really little more than a box on wheels, but it does feature a mechanism to launch Hot Rod out its back. Nice, but not overly exciting.

    Remarks: The Japanese G1 cartoon story diverged from the American one after the two-part episode “The Return of Optimus Prime”. The first of these Japan-exclusive series was “Headmasters” and pretty much right at the start Optimus Prime aka Convoy died again. Of course Optimus never stays dead for long, so in the Manga-only series “Battlestars: Return of Convoy” Convoy – you guessed it – returns. And he returns in this huge updated form with a Hot Rod(imus) Micromaster sitting in his chest. This was actually the last new Optimus Prime toy released in the original toy series, coming shortly after Actionmaster Optimus Prime.

    As a toy, Star Convoy is okay. Interesting, even. But for all that he's big and has those motorized threads, he is little more than a really big Optimus Prime and somehow lacks that certain something that Powermaster Optimus Prime had. Maybe I've seen too many Optimus variants, I don't know, but while Star Convoy is certainly a nice figure and I don't regret getting him, I don't think I'll try and find room for him on my limited shelf space. Recommended to Optimus Prime fans and Japanese exclusive fanatics.

    Rating: B

    Video featuring the motorized gimmick
     
  19. megatroptimus

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    Oh God, I was so excited when that thing first came out. I miss G1 bricks. Now reissue Grandus dammit! :) 
     
  20. Philister

    Philister Teutonicons Rising!

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    I'd definitely buy a Grandus reissue. And the Dug Base reissue as well. ;) 
     

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