New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy

Transformers News: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy

Friday, September 27th, 2019 7:54PM CDT

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Posted by: D-Maximal_Primal   Views: 22,977

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Thanks to TakaraTomy Mall, we have some new images and information to share with you for the upcoming Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy!

Up first, we have an image of the sample packaging for the figure. The packaging is new and is not based on either his original toy packaging or prior Encore packaging. The packaging has an image of Big Convoy wielding his BFG in full wonderful new artwork glory.

And finally, in conjunction with the new packaging images, we have a new interview with the Takara Tomy design team behind the figure. The interview, in Japanese, can be found HERE, and we will highlight some of the main talking points below. Of note is the interview includes some images of the prototype and the collapsible Matrix.

Check it all out below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

-The Matrix Buster can work with any version of the Big Convoy mold
-The Matrix itself is newly molded to collapse and fit into the Buster, just like the cartoon
-Takara was trying to have this accessory package ready for the original Encore release, but they didn't make it in time
-Takara tried their hardest to align the toys molding with what was in the cartoon
-The Matrix Buster package wasn't given to the Anime release because it would have been possibly too costly to market, so the Anime colors were prioritized
-Big Blue Convoy was released to help offset the cost of updating the molding as well
-The popularity of Big Blue and Anime Convoy helped the team raise the funds to release this new Matrix Buster version
-The Matrix Buster was originally intended to be released in 1999 during the cartoon, during which Big Convoy would have had the Matrix Buster attached to his "prosthetic" left arm (in the cartoon). With the scrapping of the Unicron toy, the cartoon was altered and the Matrix Buster never made it out


Transformers News: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy

Transformers News: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy

Transformers News: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy

Transformers News: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy

Transformers News: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy

Transformers News: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy

Transformers News: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy

Transformers News: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy
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Re: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy (2039747)
Posted by Sabrblade on September 27th, 2019 @ 8:20pm CDT
It also says that the anime-colored Encore was released to align with the Beast Wars Masterpieces, which to me makes it sound like a substitute for an actual MP Big Convoy, as though it was released because of there being no plans for a MP Big Convoy.
Re: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy (2039752)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on September 27th, 2019 @ 8:57pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:It also says that the anime-colored Encore was released to align with the Beast Wars Masterpieces, which to me makes it sound like a substitute for an actual MP Big Convoy, as though it was released because of there being no plans for a MP Big Convoy.

That's a bummer, though if they had wanted to, they could have held off on the Anime one to coincide with the Lio Convoy
Re: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy (2039753)
Posted by Sabrblade on September 27th, 2019 @ 9:17pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:It also says that the anime-colored Encore was released to align with the Beast Wars Masterpieces, which to me makes it sound like a substitute for an actual MP Big Convoy, as though it was released because of there being no plans for a MP Big Convoy.

That's a bummer, though if they had wanted to, they could have held off on the Anime one to coincide with the Lio Convoy
Having further asked about this elsewhere, it seems that they wanted to get the anime-colored one out this year in time for the Beast Wars Neo 20th anniversary, and that its release was done in lieu of an actual MP because A) any plans for an actual MP would have taken too long for it to see release in time for the anniversary year, and B) the original toy was basically already close enough to matching the animation model almost perfectly in sculpt and detail (it just needed the cartoon colors to be completely spot on).

It's also fortunate that both the MP versions of Primal and Lio Convoy are scaled to be of equal height to the original Big Convoy mold in robot mode.
Re: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy (2039760)
Posted by Ironhidensh on September 28th, 2019 @ 5:32am CDT
Can you switch Takara-Tomy mall to an English version? Like with Amazon.jp?
Re: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy (2039766)
Posted by william-james88 on September 28th, 2019 @ 9:09am CDT
Ironhidensh wrote:Can you switch Takara-Tomy mall to an English version? Like with Amazon.jp?

No since they dont cater to people outside Japan. BUT google can translate the pages for you.
Re: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy (2039767)
Posted by Sabrblade on September 28th, 2019 @ 9:18am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:Can you switch Takara-Tomy mall to an English version? Like with Amazon.jp?

No since they dont cater to people outside Japan. BUT google can translate the pages for you.
Google can't translate PDFs, though.
Re: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy (2040019)
Posted by SpikeyTigertron on October 1st, 2019 @ 8:34am CDT
Just occurred to me.... does his arm swap out for the cannon? Also; he presumably comes with his regular BFG?
Re: New Images and Interview for Takara Transformers Encore Matrix Buster Big Convoy (2040023)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 1st, 2019 @ 8:51am CDT
SpikeyTigertron wrote:Just occurred to me.... does his arm swap out for the cannon? Also; he presumably comes with his regular BFG?
For the former, the Matrix Buster encloses his arm. For the latter, yes, the Big Cannon is still included separately (even if they were the same weapon in the show), since it forms vital parts of the beast mode.

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