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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

BEAST WARS NEO BIG BLACK CONVOY. 1999 TOYSR'US JAPAN EXCLUSIVE



Hello fellow followers! So sorry for slacking off posting on my blog lately. Been busy with office work and added to that, am a proud owner of a new Honda City 2013 Modulo car! The added responsibility that comes with owing a new set of wheels is both exciting and nerve-wracking as most of you will know. Yay! Ok folks, enough about these two non-Transformers events, as important as they are in one's life, it's time to blog on a very special item that I have been actively scouring for sometime now, to be precise, a good SEVEN years to this day. 

He is none other than the uber-exclusive Toys R' Us Japan exclusive repaint of Beast Wars Neo Big Convoy, also know as his 'body-double' of sorts. So glad to have snagged him at a fairly decent price that what he normally goes for in the collectors market-- complete with unused Bio and missiles, as well as the added bonus of having gotten his box in fairly decent condition. 

Brief info from Transformers Wiki: 

Beast Wars Neo
A redeco of Beast Wars Neo Big Convoy, Black Big Convoy transforms into a mammoth, and is somewhat infamous for being an extremely difficult-to-transform shellformer, as practically all of his beast mode components are shells that fit around the compressed robot to form this mode. As such, he has no leg articulation in this mode, but has a rubber trunk which can be controlled by pushing a lever on the top of his head. In addition, the his tusks can be moved by pulling back either of his ears. Black Big Convoy technically has a beast "attack mode", in which his cannon is folded out.
In robot mode, Black Big Convoy stands slightly shorter than the Beast Wars Ultra Class Lio Convoy and Optimus Primal toys, but makes up for it by being absolutely chock-full of weapons and gimmicks. First and foremost, the spring-loaded cannon, formed out of the beast's head, back, and tail, can fire two missiles from two barrels in succession with a rotating dial. It is held in his hands via 5mm post and can be stored on his back, though doing so may cause some stability problems owing to its weight. Second, his shoulders can be swung up to reveal sculpted, non-firing missile pods. Third, he has flip-out tonfamelee weapons in his forearms. Fourth, the two beast panels on the sides of his legs feature two spring-loaded missile launchers that fire his anchor-shaped projectiles, (similar to the original Beast Wars Ultra Class Megatron toy) and the missiles can be loosely held as melee weapons. Last, but certainly not least, his chest panel flips down, revealing the first-ever removable Matrix toy accessory, vacuum-metalized gold with an opaque orange center. This accessory can be held by any figure with standard 5mm fist holes.
Black Big Convoy was sold in the regular Big Convoy package, with a sticker indicating that it was "Black Big Convoy".
This mold was also used to make Universe Nemesis Prime and Timelines Ultra Mammoth.

Beast Wars Neo and Big Black Convoy Copyright 1999 Takaratomy. 

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