|Toy Design||Katsuhisa Yamaguchi|
Review by JoshB
One of the great things about the Revoltech line is that with each figure you
can see the evolution of the line. We are seeing materials and joints change
from one release to the next. Each time a box comes from HobbyLink Japan I am treated to
Revoltech Convoy (Optimus Prime) continues this series of innovation, and
is in my opinion one of the best Revoltech releases yet. I know I keep saying
that, but with each release Kaiyodo keeps one-upping themselves.
Convoy is short, only 4.5 inches tall, but what it lacks in height it more
than makes up for it in articulation. Consisting of 10 Revoltech joints (the
neck is a double Revoltech joint) and 6 monoshaft joints, this Convoy can achieve
dynamic poses that no other Convoy toy can.
This round of figures (the other being Giant Robo) feature a new method of
connecting the elbow joints. In the past, to achieve this effect Kaiyodo did
not use Revoltech joints, but a regular joint (see Getter
1's elbows). This
new method has the appearance of a standard joint but uses a revoltech joint
instead. One end of the shaft inserts into the upper arm. The other end of
the shaft actually points down instead of directly into the lower arm. it is
then secured with a cover, giving the illusion of being a normal joint. This
adds an extra level of flexibility, but in exchange it detracts from the appearance.
The black revoltech peg sticks out the back of the arm. Kaiyodo could have
fixed this easily by using a red Revoltech joint.
Convoy comes with one Matrix of Leadership, one cannon and 3 variant hands.
There is no stand included with this release.
About a year ago, before the Revoltech line came out, Kaiyodo leaked some
pictures of a poseable Convoy figure. This figure was sculpted by Katsuhisa
Yamaguchi, who also sculpted this figure. It is clear that this toy evolved
from that prototype, but many changes to the sculpt have been made to accommodate
the Revoltech joint system.
Due to licensing restrictions, Organic Hobby will NOT be distributing this
figure in the United States. The only way to obtain this figure is from an
on-line import store such as HobbyLink Japan.
|Posted 21 January, 2007 - 12:54 by JoshB|