LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive

Transformers News: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive

Sunday, February 24th, 2019 4:39PM CST

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One of the more obscure exclusives to appear on Takara Tomy Mall is out and we're getting our first in hand look! LG-EX Blue Big Convoy, piggybacking on the recent release of Encore Big Convoy, is based on an exceedingly rare Beast Wars Neo lucky draw figure and later repurposed for an e-Hobby story line involving their own Magna Convoy and Convobat. Several photos posted to the Hobbymizer Hong Kong Facebook discussion page (and a single photo from PC Kok) are showing off everything from unopened cases to the figure pared with Magna Convoy and even a preview of the pack-in comic!

Enjoy the photos and let us know what you think of the opportunity to get mass produced versions of Lucky Draw figures in the Energon Pub forums below.

Transformers News: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive

Transformers News: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive

Transformers News: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive

Transformers News: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive

Transformers News: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive

Transformers News: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive

Transformers News: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive

Transformers News: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive

Transformers News: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive

Transformers News: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive

Transformers News: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive
Credit(s): Hobbymizer Hong Kong Facebook discussion group, PC Kok on Facebook
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Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012229)
Posted by Gzstg on February 24th, 2019 @ 4:50pm CST
I think that Hasbro will release Armada Prime here as Armada was a major part of the franchise in America at the time and the nostalgia is there. He probably will be released in Hasbro Pulse as a 35th anniversary thing. If he has a trailer I think it will be retooled from Power of the Primes Rodimus since he combines in a similar way to Armada Prime. as for a size class if it includes a trailer then it could be what ever class Siege JetFire is as the super mode of the original is of a similar height.
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012232)
Posted by william-james88 on February 24th, 2019 @ 5:03pm CST
Gzstg wrote:I think that Hasbro will release Armada Prime here as Armada was a major part of the franchise in America at the time and the nostalgia is there. He probably will be released in Hasbro Pulse as a 35th anniversary thing. If he has a trailer I think it will be retooled from Power of the Primes Rodimus since he combines in a similar way to Armada Prime. as for a size class if it includes a trailer then it could be what ever class Siege JetFire is as the super mode of the original is of a similar height.

He is not part of 35th line, nor would he be, its not related to G1.
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012236)
Posted by Jeddostotle7 on February 24th, 2019 @ 5:43pm CST
Been thinking recently, if Takara wants to expand the Armada updates to more characters than just Optimus and maybe Jetfire/Overload, they could pretty easily make a Wheeljack from Siege Sideswipe.
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012237)
Posted by Hellscream9999 on February 24th, 2019 @ 5:56pm CST
Jeddostotle7 wrote:Been thinking recently, if Takara wants to expand the Armada updates to more characters than just Optimus and maybe Jetfire/Overload, they could pretty easily make a Wheeljack from Siege Sideswipe.

Oh, man, I would BUY that :-?
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012240)
Posted by Emerje on February 24th, 2019 @ 6:09pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
Gzstg wrote:I think that Hasbro will release Armada Prime here as Armada was a major part of the franchise in America at the time and the nostalgia is there. He probably will be released in Hasbro Pulse as a 35th anniversary thing. If he has a trailer I think it will be retooled from Power of the Primes Rodimus since he combines in a similar way to Armada Prime. as for a size class if it includes a trailer then it could be what ever class Siege JetFire is as the super mode of the original is of a similar height.

He is not part of 35th line, nor would he be, its not related to G1.

That appears to be the big difference between Hasbro and Takara Tomy's plans for the 35th anniversary. What Hasbro displayed was entirely G1, but what Takara Tomy displayed with Star Convoy and especially Armada Prime seems to be celebrating the life of the franchise as a whole rather than it's origin. But really lack enough information to say anything is for certain from either side just yet.

Emerje
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012242)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on February 24th, 2019 @ 6:16pm CST
Emerje wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Gzstg wrote:I think that Hasbro will release Armada Prime here as Armada was a major part of the franchise in America at the time and the nostalgia is there. He probably will be released in Hasbro Pulse as a 35th anniversary thing. If he has a trailer I think it will be retooled from Power of the Primes Rodimus since he combines in a similar way to Armada Prime. as for a size class if it includes a trailer then it could be what ever class Siege JetFire is as the super mode of the original is of a similar height.

He is not part of 35th line, nor would he be, its not related to G1.

That appears to be the big difference between Hasbro and Takara Tomy's plans for the 35th anniversary. What Hasbro displayed was entirely G1, but what Takara Tomy displayed with Star Convoy and especially Armada Prime seems to be celebrating the life of the franchise as a whole rather than it's origin. But really lack enough information to say anything is for certain from either side just yet.

Emerje


For now tho, it's a pretty safe bet whatever new tooling TakaraTomy makes for its lines will remain in Japan for a good while, brand new molds more so. We did get Super Ginrai, but not Godbomber.
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012263)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 24th, 2019 @ 8:09pm CST
Oh man, that Blue Big Convoy is a thing of beauty!
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012296)
Posted by bacem on February 25th, 2019 @ 12:04am CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Emerje wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Gzstg wrote:I think that Hasbro will release Armada Prime here as Armada was a major part of the franchise in America at the time and the nostalgia is there. He probably will be released in Hasbro Pulse as a 35th anniversary thing. If he has a trailer I think it will be retooled from Power of the Primes Rodimus since he combines in a similar way to Armada Prime. as for a size class if it includes a trailer then it could be what ever class Siege JetFire is as the super mode of the original is of a similar height.

He is not part of 35th line, nor would he be, its not related to G1.

That appears to be the big difference between Hasbro and Takara Tomy's plans for the 35th anniversary. What Hasbro displayed was entirely G1, but what Takara Tomy displayed with Star Convoy and especially Armada Prime seems to be celebrating the life of the franchise as a whole rather than it's origin. But really lack enough information to say anything is for certain from either side just yet.

Emerje


For now tho, it's a pretty safe bet whatever new tooling TakaraTomy makes for its lines will remain in Japan for a good while, brand new molds more so. We did get Super Ginrai, but not Godbomber.


yes, but wasn't that godbomber happened before the brand unification thing become official? and since they said that brand unification means takara and hasbro gets the exact same thing, it is safe to assume that armada prime will be brought by hasbro as well, unless it is an LG-EX thing.
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012300)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on February 25th, 2019 @ 1:07am CST
bacem wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Emerje wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Gzstg wrote:I think that Hasbro will release Armada Prime here as Armada was a major part of the franchise in America at the time and the nostalgia is there. He probably will be released in Hasbro Pulse as a 35th anniversary thing. If he has a trailer I think it will be retooled from Power of the Primes Rodimus since he combines in a similar way to Armada Prime. as for a size class if it includes a trailer then it could be what ever class Siege JetFire is as the super mode of the original is of a similar height.

He is not part of 35th line, nor would he be, its not related to G1.

That appears to be the big difference between Hasbro and Takara Tomy's plans for the 35th anniversary. What Hasbro displayed was entirely G1, but what Takara Tomy displayed with Star Convoy and especially Armada Prime seems to be celebrating the life of the franchise as a whole rather than it's origin. But really lack enough information to say anything is for certain from either side just yet.

Emerje


For now tho, it's a pretty safe bet whatever new tooling TakaraTomy makes for its lines will remain in Japan for a good while, brand new molds more so. We did get Super Ginrai, but not Godbomber.


yes, but wasn't that godbomber happened before the brand unification thing become official? and since they said that brand unification means takara and hasbro gets the exact same thing, it is safe to assume that armada prime will be brought by hasbro as well, unless it is an LG-EX thing.


Not quite what you think. In practice, what the brand unification does is eliminate regional variants (meaning the figures have no discernible changes between regions), but nothing else. Each company is still free to do whatever with the lines, like how to market them in their respective areas, and when to release them, if at all. For instance:

  • Generally speaking, toys are the same, but the packaging is different.
  • TakaraTomy seems to have opted out of the Cyberverse and Bumblebee lines for now, aside from the Studio Series releases and Power Charge Bumblebee (plus that Speed Series 'Bee redeco).
  • Hasbro has yet to announce any domestic release of the Legendary Optimus Prime figure (the AoE Evasion upscale), plus the Powered Masters retools

Also, TakaraTomy-originals have a rough time fitting with Hasbro's price points which may hamper a possible US-release (and of that aforementioned upscale). I will give you that so far, PotP, Siege, and the Studio Series (barring exclusives) have been the same in both regions when it comes to releases, just a different release order. Not too sure about Masterpiece (tho I know Convoy v.3 will keep the Japanese sounds when released in the US).
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012315)
Posted by Ironhidensh on February 25th, 2019 @ 6:14am CST
All the more reason to through this bullshit "unification" in the trash, and for Takara to get back to making vastly superior decos.
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012318)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 25th, 2019 @ 7:23am CST
I think Takara are doing quite well with the brand unification actually, while I have no proof, it wouldn't surprise me that the money they've saved by not doing specialised decos for every figure has saved them money, which has then gone into developing these LG-ex releases and their own ip like Diaclone and whatever the transforming trains line is (oh and the other transforming car line)
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012327)
Posted by SpikeyTigertron on February 25th, 2019 @ 8:50am CST
ZeroWolf wrote:I think Takara are doing quite well with the brand unification actually, while I have no proof, it wouldn't surprise me that the money they've saved by not doing specialised decos for every figure has saved them money, which has then gone into developing these LG-ex releases and their own ip like Diaclone and whatever the transforming trains line is (oh and the other transforming car line)

That diaclone reboot is an expensive, but amazing, line. I’ve been eyeballing those trains... I just don’t get what the gimmick is.... so they just swap parts?
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012333)
Posted by william-james88 on February 25th, 2019 @ 10:00am CST
bacem wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Emerje wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Gzstg wrote:I think that Hasbro will release Armada Prime here as Armada was a major part of the franchise in America at the time and the nostalgia is there. He probably will be released in Hasbro Pulse as a 35th anniversary thing. If he has a trailer I think it will be retooled from Power of the Primes Rodimus since he combines in a similar way to Armada Prime. as for a size class if it includes a trailer then it could be what ever class Siege JetFire is as the super mode of the original is of a similar height.

He is not part of 35th line, nor would he be, its not related to G1.

That appears to be the big difference between Hasbro and Takara Tomy's plans for the 35th anniversary. What Hasbro displayed was entirely G1, but what Takara Tomy displayed with Star Convoy and especially Armada Prime seems to be celebrating the life of the franchise as a whole rather than it's origin. But really lack enough information to say anything is for certain from either side just yet.

Emerje


For now tho, it's a pretty safe bet whatever new tooling TakaraTomy makes for its lines will remain in Japan for a good while, brand new molds more so. We did get Super Ginrai, but not Godbomber.


yes, but wasn't that godbomber happened before the brand unification thing become official? and since they said that brand unification means takara and hasbro gets the exact same thing, it is safe to assume that armada prime will be brought by hasbro as well, unless it is an LG-EX thing.


Brand unification means the toy will look the same no matter where it is sold. That is entirely independent from whether or not a toy will be carried by one company or the other. We have enough proof now with the near hundred of hasbro/takara exclusive toys we got in 2018 that not everything released by one company will be released by the other.
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012375)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on February 25th, 2019 @ 3:26pm CST
SpikeyTigertron wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:I think Takara are doing quite well with the brand unification actually, while I have no proof, it wouldn't surprise me that the money they've saved by not doing specialised decos for every figure has saved them money, which has then gone into developing these LG-ex releases and their own ip like Diaclone and whatever the transforming trains line is (oh and the other transforming car line)

That diaclone reboot is an expensive, but amazing, line. I’ve been eyeballing those trains... I just don’t get what the gimmick is.... so they just swap parts?


1) The car line is called Drive-Head. I think it's an offshoot of their Tomica Hyper lines with the interchanging and combining vehicles.

2) Shinkalion. They're basically transforming Shinkansen of various models. The beginning has them all split into "shirts" and "pants", but starting with Black Shinkalion, they've expanded into other forms of combination, even compatible with earlier trains! Doctor Yellow (a diagnostics train) is especially big... and quite beloved. I've seen videos of people ganging up when one passes by.
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012378)
Posted by Emerje on February 25th, 2019 @ 4:01pm CST
Shinkalion is also possibly more popular in Japan than Transformers right now. There's even a model kit line from Good Smile Company and even Vocaloid Hatsune Miku has a minor character in the show.

Ironhidensh wrote:All the more reason to through this bullshit "unification" in the trash, and for Takara to get back to making vastly superior decos.

I would argue that the level of paint we've seen in Siege is as good as anything we got in Legends, especially the Voyagers and Leaders. At best they might have removed the dirt and battle damage, but I can't see them doing much different with the colors aside from doing boring stuff for cartoon accuracy like removing the red from Cog. Same with PotP Deluxe, I'm not sure what Takara Tomy could have done to paint them better.

I've really never considered either company doing better or worse versions (aside from Hasbro's stickers), they were just doing things in a different direction. Hasbro preferred to do things more like the original toys and Takara Tomy went for cartoons.

Emerje
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012382)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on February 25th, 2019 @ 4:30pm CST
Emerje wrote:I've really never considered either company doing better or worse versions (aside from Hasbro's stickers), they were just doing things in a different direction. Hasbro preferred to do things more like the original toys and Takara Tomy went for cartoons.


It would have been nice, though, if the "brand unification" could have held off one more year so we could have had Takara Tomy repaints of the Power of the Primes figures, if only to have the Voyagers and Leaders done without the craptastic stickers. At least with the second half of Titans Return, we were still able to get most of the "stickered" figures in a non-stickered version via Transformers Legends.
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012388)
Posted by Ironhidensh on February 25th, 2019 @ 5:33pm CST
Emerje wrote:
I've really never considered either company doing better or worse versions (aside from Hasbro's stickers), they were just doing things in a different direction. Hasbro preferred to do things more like the original toys and Takara Tomy went for cartoons.

Emerje

We will just have to agree to disagree. I saw Hasbro figures as cheap mass market offerings (which is what they are, I get that) and Takara as the bbn premium collector line. If you just want a toy, hasbro us just fine, but if you wanted a display piece, it was takara all the way.
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012396)
Posted by william-james88 on February 25th, 2019 @ 6:43pm CST
Ironhidensh wrote:
Emerje wrote:
I've really never considered either company doing better or worse versions (aside from Hasbro's stickers), they were just doing things in a different direction. Hasbro preferred to do things more like the original toys and Takara Tomy went for cartoons.

Emerje

We will just have to agree to disagree. I saw Hasbro figures as cheap mass market offerings (which is what they are, I get that) and Takara as the bbn premium collector line. If you just want a toy, hasbro us just fine, but if you wanted a display piece, it was takara all the way.

Question for you Iron, what did you think of Misfire? To me thats a great example of the companies giving us something just as good. Hasbro's even felt slightly better in value due to being a cheaper price point and still having a great deco (i think its better) and exclusive weaponry.
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2012427)
Posted by Emerje on February 26th, 2019 @ 7:42am CST
Ironhidensh wrote:
Emerje wrote:
I've really never considered either company doing better or worse versions (aside from Hasbro's stickers), they were just doing things in a different direction. Hasbro preferred to do things more like the original toys and Takara Tomy went for cartoons.

Emerje

We will just have to agree to disagree. I saw Hasbro figures as cheap mass market offerings (which is what they are, I get that) and Takara as the bbn premium collector line. If you just want a toy, hasbro us just fine, but if you wanted a display piece, it was takara all the way.

I get it, I bought more Legends figures than Titans Return figures, but there's quite a few figures that I bought both versions either because I thought both looked great (the Decepticon Targetmasters) or both looked so different (Hot Rod). There was also a lot of TR figures that I bought just because I didn't care about what Legends was doing. I wouldn't call the TR original Headmasters less displayable than their Legends counterparts, they just represent something entirely different.

Emerje
Re: LG-EX Blue Big Convoy first in hand photos arrive (2016299)
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The images were posted as an individual album, but the images are indeed provided below. Be sure to let us know if you're excited for these figures in the forums below, and be sure to stay tuned to Seibertron.com for more Transformers news and reviews!

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