Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Monday, August 19th, 2019 1:37pm CDT

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Thanks to our fellow Seibertronian special operative Sabrblade we've learned earlier this month there was a Transformers 35th anniversary party hosted by DJ's spinning G1 and Beast Wars II themes while fans were welcome to tour an entire pride's worth of Lio Convoys on display. Website Chohenken was on the scene and snatched tons of pics of the event we're mirroring here to enjoy.

Practically every rare Lio Convoy special edition from the original Beast Wars II line and beyond was on display as shown in the images below. Also on hand was a prototype for the new MP Lio Convoy toy and the creator of Lio Convoy himself Hisashi Yuuki and MP Lio Convoy designer Kenta Wakizawa. Along with the images enjoy a few excerpts from the translated interview done by Chohenken's Mr. Tai. Enjoy the images and share your thoughts in the forum. Click on any of the images below to go to the original Japanese article and as always stay tuned to Seibertron for the ultimate in Transformers news!

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys


Toys 'R' Us Special Edition Black Lio Convoy (also released as a lucky draw version)
Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

"Flash" Lio Convoy released to coincide with the Beast Wars Special film
Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

From creator Yuuki regarding the extremely rare Lucky Draw multi-colored Telemaga and Ksei Lio Convoy seen below: "Have you ever seen a physical thing? I think there are only a few people in the world who don't go up, and i think only the child who really hit them. There was a standard event which was without fail in old times though it decreased now to commercialize the color that children liked in the sweepstakes of the children's magazine, and it was always troubled by the head when the color was passed suddenly and it was asked to make it to the specification. I've also decided on hundreds of colors and transformers, but this color doesn't come out easily. It was a great project for the children's imagination because it was a great project."
Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

"Normal" C-16 Lio Convoy
Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Galvatron Colors Lio Convoy was a Lucky Draw exclusive limited to only 50 units. This particular version of Lio Convoy represents the Bom Bom manga story wherein Lio Convoy's spark was tainted by Angolmois Energy. From Yuuki: "If I say that, it might be so. When you open the hatch of the chest matrix properly, it is the secret emblem of Deathtron that is attached. I couldn't change the mold, but I'm trying to change that."
Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys


The sketch below is the one of the designers first renditions of Lio Convoy.

"Yuki says, "I don't want a lion on my chest for the time being. I'm tired of seeing that, yadayada(laughs) (i got the illustration from my senior) that the lion's head was running away on his back. I don't want to do this anymore. I started working on this based on why i can't see the boy's favorite lion, and that's the only thing that makes a lion the coolest. Then, it is oti that it was able to do almost the same thing.""

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Here's a quick conversation with the designer of the MP Lio Convoy and Lio's original designer:

"Mr. Tai: How did you start masterpiece?

Mr. Wakizawa "First of all, I wanted to create a drawing image of the bank scene that transforms the naoconvoy of anime, and what kind of modeling do you make when you come out of anime to the present world? I wonder if the chest is massive and muscular? Or, i feel like i've put that kind of thing into modeling."

Yuki-san: "It really looks like anime. My 20-year-old is ashamed. In fact, I'm sure Hiroyuki Ohkawa re-wrote the design painting that Yuki-san wrote at the time. It's going to get better and it's going to be passed down to masterpieces."

Mr. Tai: The concept was developed as a toy for children at the time, and i think there is a difference between high target s and adults this time, but what i was aware of in that area? 」

Mr. Wakizawa: "The best thing is to expand the range of motion and recreate the scene in the play, and it has to be a mast. I wanted to make a difference from the original, so i was particular about the face of the lion in robot mode and the face of the lion in beast mode, the face of the mecha lion and the living lion, the face is changed."

Mr. Tai "Eh!? What's going on with this?

Mr. Wakizawa:It's a pleasure to be. The mane is different from the mecha lion and the living lion, so I think that's also the point."
Yuki-san: "I don't think this will happen in 20 years. At that time, it is serious when i draw raw hair, so why can I change it to a linear design? I was told by an anime shop that it was ok.

Mr. Tai: "I don't think it's going to be remade after decades. It's a desire to see both."

Mr. Wakizawa "I am particular about the state of beast mode, and i think it is also a point to try to reproduce the skeleton of the four-legged animal"

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Transformers News: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys

Credit(s): Sabrblade with Seibertron/Chohenken


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Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2035043)
Posted by blackeyedprime on August 19th, 2019 @ 3:39pm CDT
MP variant repaints galore ahead. I honestly dont have room for 1 of them having the legends figure so it will be a MP i can skip whilst backtracking the ever expanding list of other MPS I'm missing.
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2035047)
Posted by Cheetron on August 19th, 2019 @ 4:31pm CDT
Is it bad that my flash lio convoy is in a totebox somewhere?
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2035051)
Posted by Alpha Weltall on August 19th, 2019 @ 4:56pm CDT
Cheetron wrote:Is it bad that my flash lio convoy is in a totebox somewhere?

No, not really. Mine is in a tote somewhere as well. However I received it incomplete in a small lot with a complete Galvatron. I now have it listed on Ebay in a junk lot of figures to try and make the lot more appealing. Trying to find pieces for it is neigh impossible otherwise I'd complete and keep it.
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2035083)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on August 19th, 2019 @ 11:20pm CDT
Alpha Weltall wrote:
Cheetron wrote:Is it bad that my flash lio convoy is in a totebox somewhere?

No, not really. Mine is in a tote somewhere as well. However I received it incomplete in a small lot with a complete Galvatron. I now have it listed on Ebay in a junk lot of figures to try and make the lot more appealing. Trying to find pieces for it is neigh impossible otherwise I'd complete and keep it.
There's also photodegredation to consider. Seeing the two Moons in the second pic made me realize that I haven't been sure where my regular Moon is for years, and if I'd ever splurged on and actually displayed the rare white one, he'd probably have just turned into the yellow one by now...like my Japanese Tigatron.

So it's just as well that the only "variant" of the original LioConvoy I own is that Big Lots (Space Warriors?) KO that attempted the Flash deco, but used so much gray that it looks like he died then came back as a zombie by going super saian. Though I was surprised to see one deco I'd never even heard of: is that red-maned one the rarest of all? Sounds like it has an interesting story, even without the interesting translation.

But will I eventually buy the MP and any variants thereof? Probably!
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2035127)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on August 20th, 2019 @ 4:26pm CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:
Alpha Weltall wrote:
Cheetron wrote:Is it bad that my flash lio convoy is in a totebox somewhere?

No, not really. Mine is in a tote somewhere as well. However I received it incomplete in a small lot with a complete Galvatron. I now have it listed on Ebay in a junk lot of figures to try and make the lot more appealing. Trying to find pieces for it is neigh impossible otherwise I'd complete and keep it.
There's also photodegredation to consider. Seeing the two Moons in the second pic made me realize that I haven't been sure where my regular Moon is for years, and if I'd ever splurged on and actually displayed the rare white one, he'd probably have just turned into the yellow one by now...like my Japanese Tigatron.

So it's just as well that the only "variant" of the original LioConvoy I own is that Big Lots (Space Warriors?) KO that attempted the Flash deco, but used so much gray that it looks like he died then came back as a zombie by going super saian. Though I was surprised to see one deco I'd never even heard of: is that red-maned one the rarest of all? Sounds like it has an interesting story, even without the interesting translation.

But will I eventually buy the MP and any variants thereof? Probably!


I'm curious about that red and black one too. Is there a better translation out there?
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2035128)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 20th, 2019 @ 4:44pm CDT
chuckdawg1999 wrote:
Bumblevivisector wrote:
Alpha Weltall wrote:
Cheetron wrote:Is it bad that my flash lio convoy is in a totebox somewhere?

No, not really. Mine is in a tote somewhere as well. However I received it incomplete in a small lot with a complete Galvatron. I now have it listed on Ebay in a junk lot of figures to try and make the lot more appealing. Trying to find pieces for it is neigh impossible otherwise I'd complete and keep it.
There's also photodegredation to consider. Seeing the two Moons in the second pic made me realize that I haven't been sure where my regular Moon is for years, and if I'd ever splurged on and actually displayed the rare white one, he'd probably have just turned into the yellow one by now...like my Japanese Tigatron.

So it's just as well that the only "variant" of the original LioConvoy I own is that Big Lots (Space Warriors?) KO that attempted the Flash deco, but used so much gray that it looks like he died then came back as a zombie by going super saian. Though I was surprised to see one deco I'd never even heard of: is that red-maned one the rarest of all? Sounds like it has an interesting story, even without the interesting translation.

But will I eventually buy the MP and any variants thereof? Probably!


I'm curious about that red and black one too. Is there a better translation out there?
It is a Lucky Draw figure that is believed to have been part of a coloring contest held through TV Magazine, in which children participating would submit their own coloration ideas for a recolor of the figure and the winner would receive a physical copy of the figure colored in the winner's submitted deco.
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2035259)
Posted by STngAR on August 21st, 2019 @ 7:51pm CDT
I am in love with this. Yes, I did just declare love for a toy. :MAXIMAL:


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Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2048044)
Posted by ZeroWolf on December 30th, 2019 @ 3:59pm CST
Greetings Seibertronians! Now that MP-47 is on its way to proud owners, let's check in with next MP to be released, MP-48 Lio Convoy!

Takara Tomy were showing off a new picture on their twitter feed, one of which was posed with a previous Takara Encore release, Anime Big Convoy! It also featured a ghostly Optimus Primal looking on. Check out the pictures below!

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Accompanying the picture was this tweet, which we have run through a machine translation.

Nearly the final sample of the MP Rio Convoy has arrived from the developer (()

So I arranged it with the big convoy of the reprint anime color. Japanese beast commander combination.

Reservation is here
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Anime Big Convoy is a redeco of Big Convoy that aims to be as close to the Beast Wars Neo look of the character.

What do you think of these pictures? Do you have a preorder locked in place for either of these? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews.
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2048065)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 30th, 2019 @ 6:22pm CST
Those 2 look absolutely fantastic together. They are beautiful
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2048109)
Posted by bvzxa on December 30th, 2019 @ 8:29pm CST
I might have to get him. I have the Anime Big Convoy and I love it. Wow!!!
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2048115)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 30th, 2019 @ 10:55pm CST
It's pretty cool that both MPs of Optimus Primal and Lio Convoy were scaled to size up with the original Big Convoy mold, along with how the show-accurate Encore of Big Convoy was made to go with the two aforementioned MPs.
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2048159)
Posted by STngAR on December 31st, 2019 @ 1:26pm CST
Damn, did not realize encore Big Convoy was anime color. Quick search on EBay and.......add to cart. :lol:

:MAXIMAL:
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2048186)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 31st, 2019 @ 5:52pm CST
STngAR wrote:Damn, did not realize encore Big Convoy was anime color. Quick search on EBay and.......add to cart. :lol:

:MAXIMAL:

Oh yeah, that Big Convoy is fantastic!

He will look great with Lio Convoy. We need a 3-shot with those 2 and MP-38
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2048407)
Posted by megamanfan on January 3rd, 2020 @ 4:54pm CST
primal up there like "remember who you are, simba"
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2055137)
Posted by william-james88 on February 29th, 2020 @ 11:22pm CST
Fellow Seibertronian Cobotron has informed us that there is a video review of Takara's Transformers Masterpiece MP 48 Lio Convoy. While it is in Japanese, you can see the Transformation and just how exactly the cartoon lion head becomes a robotic lion head on his shoulder in robot mode.

Hey all. Just stumbled across this on youtube. Just uploaded today.




This toy is still available at Amazon Japan.

If you'd rather deal with a domestic seller or an exporter that offers PayPal you do have options. Hasbro Pulse, TFSource, Big Bad Toy Store, Ages 3 and Up, Entertainment Earth, and The Chosen Prime are all asking $184.99 USD. Robot Kingdom is $142.99 USD. Hobby Link Japan and AmiAmi are asking 16,000 JPY while Hobby Search is asking 17,000 JPY. If you are in the UK, you can get him for £144.99 at Kapow Toys and In Demand Toys.
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2055143)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on March 1st, 2020 @ 12:01am CST
You don't really need to understand Japanese with this reviewer. He's thorough with showing off details and the transformation (not mention careful with fragile looking areas), not cutting off parts that are the exact same but mirrored (think of it as "in case you missed it")...

...and holy cow is the cradle for the lion head scary :shock:
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2055220)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 1st, 2020 @ 10:46am CST
Thanks to a multitude of Twitter users (who will be listed below), we have a slew of new images for you of the just released MP-48 Lio Convoy. MP-48 Lio Convoy is the latest in the Transformers Masterpiece line, and the newest addition to the Beast Wars section of that line. He is technically the 2nd Masterpiece figure from Beast Wars II following MP-38 Optimus Primal, done up in his Beast Wars II deco from his appearance in the Beast Wars II Movie.

Lio Convoy transforms from a white lion into a robot with a giant lion head on his right shoulder and a lion tail on his left, with a very nice Prime-esque face and wonderfully detailed chest.

You can check out the images below, and you can check out a review that showcases some of the more delicate sections of the figure and will give you a hand in transforming him, as can be seen here. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2055221)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 1st, 2020 @ 10:50am CST
Oh, good. I couldn't remember if it had been shown that he comes with a Cybertron Buster.

Did you guys know they made a role play toy of that gun back in the day?
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2055224)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 1st, 2020 @ 11:05am CST
Sabrblade wrote:Oh, good. I couldn't remember if it had been shown that he comes with a Cybertron Buster.

Did you guys know they made a role play toy of that gun back in the day?

Did not know that no. got any pics?
Re: Liopalooza in Japan at Fight Super Robot Sonic Transformers Festival Featuring Rare Lio Convoys (2055227)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 1st, 2020 @ 11:09am CST
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Oh, good. I couldn't remember if it had been shown that he comes with a Cybertron Buster.

Did you guys know they made a role play toy of that gun back in the day?

Did not know that no. got any pics?
Right here.

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