Review by JoshB
What more can be said about this toy? It is truly worthy of the Masterpiece title. The Masterpiece Convoy is the product of 3 years of development. It is the Optimus Prime you always wanted. This is the Japanese release by Takara, so we have to call him Convoy in this review.
Convoy is full of die cast. The lower legs and chest are solid. Every joint is satisfyingly tight and clicky and most joints have hydraulics. The wheels have suspension, and the tires are actual rubber. He comes with a gun, an axe and a miniature Megatron pistol. as well as the matrix of leadership, which fits snugly in his chest. You can move a lever on the back of his head to make his mouthpiece move up and down to simulate talking.
Transformation is fairly complex, but once you get used to it it becomes easy. While the robot mode looks great, the truck mode is unconvincing. Things don't line up right in my opinion.
The Takara version of Convoy is slightly different than the Hasbro version of Optimus Prime. The Hasbro version has shorter smokestacks and has a weathered look. The die-cast content is the same.
Regardless, this toy is insane. Get either version, and get it now!
|Posted 13 February, 2004 - 22:59 by JoshB|