Masterpiece Transformers MP-1 Convoy Booklet Translations
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Convoy concept sketch by Don Figueroa (larger version)
All translations below by Doug Dlin
MP-1 Cybertron Commander CONVOY
"Masterpiece" Convoy makes its debut almost twenty years after the birth of the Transformers. It has been designed based on the cartoon version, the greatest common factor among the images of Convoy embraced by the users.
There have been other Convoy items based on the cartoon version, but this Masterpiece version is the first to make realistic proportions compatible with transforming mechanisms to change the figure into truck mode. Naturally, there were unexpected barriers to making this a reality; in order to recreate the characteristic torso and waist area of the cartoon version, the abdomen is packed with intricate transformation systems. You can also form the robot mode without separately having to insert the fists. Even as we solved this without compromising the image of Convoy seen in the cartoon and comics, we reinforced its sense of realism by adding modern-level detail to the joints and such. There's generous use of zinc alloy in the chest and legs, producing a sense of massiveness which is also captivating. We also hope you note the numerous optional items and gimmicks in Convoy's armament, as typified by the laser rifle. To users around the world we present Masterpiece Convoy, a suitably supreme commemorative item to celebrate the Transformers' 20th birthday.
This is the proof of office for Cybertron Supreme Commanders that Convoy protected for ages. In the 2010 cartoon episode "The Resurrection of Convoy, Part 2" ["The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 2"] (see picture), it is opened to save the galaxy from danger.
Item--ENERGY AXE Used only once, in the first-series episode "Mystery of the Ruby Crystals" ["More than Meets the Eye, Part 2"]. (See picture.) He deploys it to take on his arch-enemy Megatron in a fierce battle atop a dam. Many Transformers can change their hands into weapons or tools.
Item--LASER RIFLE Convoy's favorite gun. He prides himself on being highly accurate with it, even when firing one-handed. In episodes like the first series' "Operation: Space Bridge" ["Transport to Oblivion"], he shows how he regulates its output by operating the barrel.
Item--MEGATRON GUN Occasionally, Convoy fights alongside his enemy, Megatron, the Emperor of Destruction. Convoy used Megatron's gun mode in the original-series episodes "The Plan to Destroy Earth" ["Countdown to Extinction"] and "The Insectron Syndrome" ["The Insecticon Syndrome"]. (See picture.)
Function--COMMUNICATOR Convoy is equipped with communicators in both arms. The triangular marks on his arms are energy gauges, by the way, and in the first-series episode "Capture the Negavator!" ["Auto Berserk"], they both light up at once, urgently warning him that he needs to replenish himself.
Function--SUSPENSION Convoy's ability to travel the distance through the many valleys of America's bad roads (image is from the first-series episode "Operation: Survival" ["Quest for Survival"]) is a result of the high-performance suspension set up around his wheels.
Function--SUSPENSION Convoy's solid legs support his body. Even in TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE (see picture), he attacks the Destrons while landing from a high-altitude jump, all without losing his balance.
HISTORY OF CONVOY
The world of the Transformers was created by Japan's Takara and North America's Hasbro. In this section, we'll review the various forms in which the original Convoy has appeared over the history of the Transformers. (Match the content with that of the "All-Convoy Lineup" section at the end of this booklet.)
The Transformers are super robot lifeforms born on the planet Seibertron. The peace-loving types among them are known as Cybertrons, and Convoy (known as Optimus Prime in the West) has governed their warriors for ages. The transforming robot Battle Convoy derived from the Diaclone line (see sidebar on pg. 8) still lives on as the Transformer (hereafter, TF) Convoy. Also, note that there are points of difference between the Western and Japanese histories of both Convoy and the TFs in general. Here we will proceed by focusing on the development of the Japanese version of things. First, Convoy debuted in the first series of toys. This was in 1984 for the U.S. and the U.K., 1985 for Japan. From the way Convoy was depicted particularly large for the first series, even in the key visuals on the back of the toy packaging, one can gather how importantly he was regarded. The first time in the history of TF imagery that Convoy is seen in motion is the animated portion of the toy commercial broadcast in America in the Spring of 1984.* Although this was taken from a pilot film at the time, which is why his look here differs some from that of the subsequent TV cartoon series, his overall balance had already been perfected. In short, one could say the original source material for Masterpiece Convoy, which is based on the cartoon-version design, was inherited from this commercial (pilot film). Later, in the TV series FIGHT! SUPER ROBOT LIFEFORM TRANSFORMERS (original title: THE TRANSFORMERS), which began airing in the West in September of that same year and in July of 1995** in Japan, Convoy would achieve his genuine animated debut. His first words in the TV show's first episode are, "Any good news?" By shifting their activity location to various story media from the TV show on, Convoy and the other Transformers became ennobled into characters who showed firm personalities. One could say that their original versions were in the images spun in the cartoon version. Some 90 Transformers appeared in the first TV series, but no single episode has them all present at once. Convoy ranks among the top in rate of appearance, being absent from no more than three episodes out of all 65 (and the SCRAMBLE CITY: ACTIVATION video) in the Japanese version of the show, not counting clip show episodes. One could say this fact is also a foundation for increasing his recognition among fans.
Though loved by fans worldwide, Convoy would come upon a major turning point in 1986: the shocking development of his death. This story was presented through the full-length theatrical film TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE, which was released that year in the West, and the non-Japanese comics. Meanwhile, in Japan, they announced that Convoy had fallen in battle and they ventured to carry out measures to bridge the gap to the next series, which would be set after his death. In the plot of THE MOVIE, Convoy loses his life from an exchange of blows with his archenemy, the Destron Emperor of Destruction, Megatron, and thus departs from the world of TFs. However, this was not, in fact, the end of him. Convoy would leave and return several times later on in TF history. First, he made a guest appearance in the second, post-movie TV series, FIGHT! SUPER ROBOT LIFEFORM TRANSFORMERS 2010 (original title: THE TRANSFORMERS), then he attained a miraculous resurrection at the very end of that series. After that, in the third Japanese cartoon series, TRANSFORMERS: THE HEADMASTERS (1987), Convoy is wounded in battle and enters the long sleep. Convoy only appears in three episodes of THE HEADMASTERS, but we should also note that in the latter half of the series, Blanker [Pointblank], one of the new Cybertron warriors, mentions his name. Moving on, in the fourth Japanese cartoon series, TRANSFORMERS: SUPER-GOD MASTERFORCE (1988), there appears a Cybertron warrior named Jinrai (Super Jinrai) who bears a strong resemblance to Convoy. Later backstory reveals that this is because Jinrai's body was supposed to become a new Convoy (Super Convoy). Then, in the fifth Japanese cartoon series, FIGHT! SUPER ROBOT LIFEFORM TRANSFORMERS V (VICTORY) (1989), Convoy appears--though only once--in an image scene in one act of an event compilation episode. Finally, in the 1991 Japanese TF series TRANSFORMERS: THE BATTLESTARS, Convoy is officially brought back to life, reincarnated as Star Convoy. (See pg. 7)
During this time, the non-Japanese version was developing along a different path from the Japanese version. In America, where HEADMASTERS and subsequent Japanese TV series weren't being shown at the time, they broadcast the original TV cartoon "The Rebirth" in 1987. The Convoy appearing here was still alive when the show ended. Then, in 1988, Convoy achieved a rebirth in the West as a Powermaster, a living warrior combined with a human. Convoy also appeared as part of the non-transforming line of Action Masters (see pg. 7) in the 1990 toy series. After that, the original Convoy toy was re-released in the West first in 1991's Classics series, and then with some alterations in the Transformers: Generation 2 series that began in late 1993. Continuing on, in 1994 and 1995, a total of three new Convoys were announced, including two with new designs. The two new-design versions were released as part of the Japanese Transformers G-2 line in 1995 as Convoy Missile Trailer and Battle Convoy. (See pg. 7.) As you can see from the above, from a global point of view, Convoy existed in some form or another in the TF world almost every year up until Beast Wars began in 1995. This very thing is proof that his is the "face" that should represent TFs. On the next page, we bring you the best of the TV episodes which are essential for discussing about Convoy.
*I think this is wrong, as the first animation *I* ever saw of Prime was in the commercial for the Marvel comics mini-series, but it's possible Prime's commercial was broadcast first elsewhere in the country.
**The booklet text says 1987, but this is a typo. The show started broadcast in Japan in July 1985.
STORY OF BEAST WARS
In 1996 in the West, then in 1997 in Japan, a new series called Beast Wars began. The Cybertron Supreme Commander appearing here was also called Convoy (Shown at right. Named Optimus Primal outside of Japan.), but he transformed into a gorilla and was a different warrior who had succeeded to the original Convoy's heroic name. In the plot of the CG-animated TV series BEAST WARS: SUPER LIFEFORM TRANSFORMERS (original title: BEAST WARS), the connection between the two is unclear at the beginning, but in the sequel series BEAST WARS METALS (original title: BEAST WARS), released in Japan in theaters and on TV, he co-stars in an unexpected way with the original Convoy. Metals Convoy (see Pg. 7) and the other Beast Warriors learn they are on Earth four million years in the past and achieve a dramatic encounter with the original Convoy, slumbering in his spaceship as he awaits the time of his reawakening.
BEST STORY OF CONVOY
"Search for Alpha Trion" ["The Search for Alpha Trion"] FIGHT! SUPER ROBOT LIFEFORM TF Ep. 40 On planet Seibertron, a resistance force of female Cybertrons [lit. "woman Cybertrons"] opposes the Destron army. Among them is Elita One, Convoy's sweetheart. Learning she's in danger, Convoy heads for his home world, but.... This is the episode of this show that established there were feminine-form female Cybertrons among the Cybertron warriors. There's even a flashback scene depicting Convoy's tearful parting with Elita One when he journeyed from Seibertron four million years ago. This is also the first appearance of the Cybertron elder Alpha Trion, among the many highlights of which is his depiction as a mysterious being who knows the secrets of Convoy's creation.
Furthermore, in the Japanese broadcast, starting with this episode, the opening titles changed and commercial bumpers started to be inserted. Naturally, there was a Convoy version among the bumpers.
"Target: Convoy" ["Prime Target"] FIGHT! SUPER ROBOT LIFEFORM TF Ep. 50
Revised draft of "Target: Convoy" (FIGHT! SUPER ROBOT LIFEFORM TF Ep. 50):*** The disappearance of the Soviet Union's state-of-the-art fighter jet becomes an opportunity to raise U.S.-Soviet tension. The true culprit is the hunter Lord Chumleigh. The very embodiment of the desire to hunt, he has chosen his final prey, and that is Convoy...! In order to capture Convoy, Chumleigh traps one Cybertron warrior after another. Very few of the humans appearing in TRANSFORMERS are villains. Lord Chumleigh from this episode is one of those few; absorbed in hunting Convoy, he manages to twist other Cybertrons around his little finger. Of course, Convoy's not about to stay quiet, even if his opponent is an Earthling. Convoy's valor never fades as he proceeds alone into enemy territory to rescue his teammates, and the final scene revealing that Convoy's actions are responsible for averting a U.S.-Soviet war is one of the best closings of the series. You can also see a rare scene of Convoy flying in trailer mode in this episode.
"Caused War" ["War Dawn"] FIGHT! SUPER ROBOT LIFEFORM TF Ep. 59
Megatron plans to use a time machine to send the Cybertrons' Airbot team to before the creation of the universe. However, the Airbots arrive in the Golden Age of Seibertron, nine million years in the ancient past. There they meet a Transformer youth named Orion Pax...
This episode is the secret story of Convoy's birth. Heavily wounded and on the verge of death thanks to Megatron's scheme (of nine million years ago), Orion is reborn in a new form at the hands of Alpha Trion. Yes, Orion Pax was the previous form of Convoy. The Airbots debuted about midway through the first series, but the development of their connection with Convoy's creation is deeply interesting. Also appearing in this episode are Elita One's previous form, Ariel, and Orion's good friend Dyon. Nine million years ago was a momentously meaningful time in Seibertron's history.
"Convoy's Resurrection Pt. 1/Pt. 2" ["The Return of Optimus Prime"] FIGHT! SUPER ROBOT LIFEFORM TF 2010 Ep. 29/30
The Earthling Doctor Gregory and his daughter Jessica*-* discover Convoy's corpse in space. But from his anger toward Megatron, who once left Jessica half-paralyzed, Gregory has developed hatred toward all Transformers, and in cooperation with Dr. Morgan, Gregory plots revenge using Convoy and a space plague that induces brutality. Even as he falls into a crisis of galactic scale, the Cybertron Sky Lynx gains the help of the Transformers' evil creators, the Quintessons, and has them resurrect their last hope. The time of Convoy's rebirth has come! The event compilation in which Convoy is completely revived after dying in battle in THE MOVIE even uses a news flash made for this episode in America. The song "The Touch" from THE MOVIE is used in the scene in which Convoy eradicates the space plague by opening the Matrix. The final scene, in which Convoy's actions temporarily calm the war with the Destrons, was impressive.
***I'm not sure this bit is supposed to be here. It kinda fits, but it's still out of place compared to the rest of the synopses, and the way it's written is grammatically odd. It's as if this part was supposed to be deleted from the final draft of this booklet but wasn't.
*-*Whoops! Someone goofed their research! Gregory was Dr. Swofford's FIRST name, and Jessica was the daughter of his partner, Dr. Morgan.
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MASTER OF CONVOY
Here we'd like to get a commanding view of various info related to the original Convoy obtained from the world of Transformers. Where the name "Convoy" appears in this section, it basically indicates the same character as the original. We'll use "gorilla Convoy" and similar to distinguish when we refer to other characters of the same name, such as in Beast Wars.
Convoy's Physical Functions
You could say the design Convoy's trailer-truck alternate mode retains influences from the actual Swedish-made 16 turbo truck. This cab-plus-trailer arrangement would be inherited by many Convoys, from the second one, Rodimus Convoy, onward, with the exception of gorilla Convoy and the other Beast Warrior Convoys. Aside from the ability to transform, the first Convoy's functions were represented mainly by the special anti-aircraft cannon stored in his trailer and the small vehicle Roller, which could also be said to be a part of him.
As for data on Convoy's other functions, aside from those touched upon on page 2 of this booklet, let's pick up on several based on info gleaned from the first TV series. As an unexpected part of his function aspects, it states that he's equipped with repair systems. This is newly established in "Dinobot Showdown!! Part 2" ["Dinobot Island, Part 2"]. It is thanks to this function's action that he is able to deal with an attack by Megatron. Also, in "Steel City" ["City of Steel"], when his body is all disassembled, he pulls stunts like mentally controlling his arms from his separated head. His standardly equipped weapon is his laser rifle, but in "Bruticus Attacks" ["The Revenge of Bruticus"] he simultaneously uses a different type of gun. In that same episode, he also uses a machine gun in car mode. He also fires lasers from his eyes in "SOS Cybertron!" ["Divide and Conquer"] and from his fists in "The Laws of Seibertron" ["Heavy Metal War"].
Many Cybertron warriors in the first cartoon series were unable to fly, but in part 3 of the first miniseries, they introduced some optional flight functions, and Convoy was no exception to this. (In this third episode, "Escape Earth!" ["More than Meets the Eye, Part 3], Convoy borrows an atmospheric-escape jetpack from Lambor.) Although they basically went everywhere in car mode after this, whether over long or short ranges, we can confirm one scene in the aforementioned "Dinobot Showdown!! Part 2" in which Convoy and the others use flight jetpacks. Among the named parts comprising Convoy's body are the Cosmitron and his power filter. The former is destroyed in "SOS Cybertron!" when Convoy is attacked by Condor while under repair, and one act depicts Ironhide and friends returning to their home planet to get a spare. The same item is an essential part influencing Transformers' life-support functions, but Convoy's is the only one of these mechanisms that appears in the show. His power filter shows up in "Search for Alpha Trion." When Convoy's sweetheart the female Cybertron Elita One, is on the verge of death, Convoy pleads with the Cybertron elder Alpha Trion to repair her, and he is asked in return to offer a part he shares in common with her. The fact that only the one who built Convoy would know that both robots' parts were compatible becomes foreshadowing into the subsequent secret tale of Convoy's birth, "Caused War." We'd also like to note how "Bruticus Attacks" establishes that Convoy and Megatron share some parts (micro-snap plugs, etc.), and the existence of the emergency transistors the young girl Carly uses to repair Convoy in "Broadcast Blues" ["Blaster Blues"]. Digressing a bit, the autonomy functions of Cybertrons who are drained of energy decline considerably, and a scene in "Monacus, the Gambling World" ["The Gambler"] depicts Convoy and several other Cybertrons moving around unthinkingly.
How tall would you say Convoy is? The specs of giant robots and mechs appearing in Japanese robot anime are almost always established in detail, but in the case of TRANSFORMERS, nothing so strict was set up. In the character chart used when the first series was being produced, he was depicted as being about 6 m tall, which is about the height of a two-story residential home in Japan. In the TV cartoon, this was generally depicted as the norm, and from comparisons with Spike and others, it seems he was regarded as being about 6 m. However, some deeply interesting specs were announced in TRANSFORMERS INFO FILE NO. 1, a pamphlet from when the show was first brought over to Japan. Let's quote them, shall we?
- Position/ Supreme Commander
- Transformation/ Trailer Truck
- Height/ 36 m
- Weight/ 28 t
- Vision/ Capable of reading text in a dictionary at 10 km
- Hearing/ Able to detect a butterfly's wings flapping at 3 km
- Grasping Strength/ 0.5 t
- Weapons/ Laser Rifle, Anti-aircraft cannon in combat trailer
- Power/ Can smash even special alloys 2 m thick
- Abilities/ Can become three powerful machines
- Personality/ His greatest power is his intellect, and he makes it his mission to protect Humankind and Earth
Considering the aforementioned first TV series, a height of 36 m for Convoy seems somewhat excessive, though it seems he was depicted at about this size years in the BEAST WARS series made years later. Comparing the Beast Warriors to the prehistoric humans in the CG cartoon, if you think of them as about 3 m tall, then Convoy appears to be on a scale of some 30 m in proportion to Metals Convoy and Metals Megatron. If we say for now that Convoy is 6 m tall, that means the Masterpiece version is about 1/20 scale. If we agree he's 36 m tall, then it's about 1/120 scale.
Also, his speed in truck mode is never really stated, but judging from the scene in the first-series episode "Panic--The Kremzeek!" ["Kremzeek!"] in which Convoy chases after a Japanese bullet train in truck mode, he apparently can reach at least 300 km/h, more or less. Incidentally, the similarly large vehicle Super Fire Convoy from TRANSFORMERS: CAR ROBOTS is established as being able to go 354 km/h. If we take into account that Super Fire Convoy turns into a special-stock firetruck known as the Fire Enjin (engine), then it's astounding that the original Convoy, who turned into a regular truck, could display speeds of 300 km/h.
Now then, while it is sadly not recorded in this INFO FILE NO. 1, how strong do you think Convoy is? If we use images from the first TV series for reference, in "The Computer Rebellion" ["Day of the Machines"], we can see in one act where Prime worries as he is unable to wrench apart some molybdenum alloy, but from the way he picks up and throws a large tanker ship (while floating in the ocean) in "Mystery of the Insectrons" ["A Plague of Insecticons"], it's possible to infer the extent of his power. According to [tanker spec] documents officially released overseas, he'd have been lifting up four million pounds (about 1800 tons), but even if it was a small tanker, its load weight would still be no less than 10,000 tons, so even his minimum strength could be called extraordinary.
What's Convoy Like?
It's been some twenty years since the birth of the Transformers. At the same time, Convoy himself has accumulated just as much time. So, how do you think people have reacted to his personality?
"Freedom is the right of all sentient beings."
This is the motto established for the overseas version of Convoy. These days, the numerous Cybertron commanders who have inherited Convoy's name from the image of these words tend to have personalities based on stoicism, but we should note that, if anything, the original Convoy was ultimately no more than a single representative of the Cybertrons in the first TV series. It is a solid fact that the Convoy who speaks so gently to the stupefied boy Chip in "Defeat Devastar!" ["The Core"] is a 'bot of character. On the other hand, he gets angry at his subordinate when his strategy fails in "Escape Earth!" and jokes around right in the middle of serious situation in "Steel City," when his body has been disassembled by the enemy. In "Master Builders," he amuses himself with the Earthly game of basketball, keeping the ball with him even when he's alone. Convoy's charm is that his character combines nobility with an atmosphere of an everyday guy. Of course, we mustn't forget the powerfully reliable nature of the character evoked by Tessho Genda, his voice actor in the Japanese version.
Also, we should add that an aspect of pessimism was stressed in Convoy's personality in the non-Japanese comics, as opposed to the cartoon. In the comic published in the U.K., his suffering is depicted everywhere, from the early stories in which he is tormented by the fact that they brought their war between Transformers to the unrelated world of Earth, to his being overrun by feelings of self-condemnation because he has lost the Matrix.
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ALL LINE UP OF CONVOY
Here we'll try tracking down the likenesses of all the warriors for justice sold by Takara who bear the name of Convoy. You can get a full view of how, from 1995's G2 on, the history of TFs was also a historic site of Convoys. (There are also a number of limited-edition items and series goods like Choro-Q besides what's shown here.)
Convoy (Sold in 1985)
A glorious warrior who has been able to keep fighting for nine million years. His freedom- and peace-loving soul has been inherited by the Convoys of the future and of other worlds.
Rodimus Convoy (Sold in 1986)
In the midst of the Unicron War in 2005, a young knight named Hot Rodimus is reincarnated as the second Supreme Commander through the blessings of the Matrix.
Star Convoy (Sold in 1991)
The original Convoy reborn through the super-energy Zodiac. Besides a trailer truck, he can also change into a large command base.
Convoy (From 1991, not sold in Japan)
A transitional form shown by the original Convoy when he becomes Star Convoy. (Sold outside of Japan as an Action Master.)
Convoy Missile Trailer (Sold in 1995)
When Megatron deserts the Seibertron Alliance, in which he was fighting alongside Convoy, Convoy must fight against him, so he is converted into this new body.
Battle Convoy (Sold in 1995)
One form of Convoy, who is now able to convert into many bodies through the power of the Matrix. His weapon is a Seibertonium Sword.
Convoy (Gorilla) (Sold in 1997)
When Convoy crash-lands on the planet Energois (ancient Earth), he is reformed into this animal form in order to adapt to the energy of this heavenly body.
Convo-bat (Sold in 1997)
Convoy (gorilla) transforms into a bat mode to be suited for jungle combat. Because of his short stature, he can sneak up soundlessly on his enemies.
Beast Wars II
Lioconvoy (Sold in 1998)
Leader of a squadron sent to investigate the planet Gaia, he imitates the shape of a white lion who rescued him. There's a Liojunior character who would have to be called his son.
Beast Wars Neo
Big Convoy (Sold in 1999)
Originally a lone-wolf mercenary, he is given the duty of disciplining young Cybertrons. He trusts his life to his Big Cannon heavy artillery weapon.
Beast Wars Metals
Metals Convoy (Sold in 1999)
Convoy (gorilla) is evolved into this Transmetals form by a "Quantum Surge" energy wave. He glides around using hoverjets.
Beast Wars Metals
Powered Convoy (Sold in 1999)
Metals Convoy is enlarged by the influence of the spark (soul) of the original Convoy. He can transform into four modes, including the first-ever jet mode for a Convoy.
Super Fire Convoy (Sold in 2000)
The larger mode of Dimensional Patrol Team commander Fire Convoy. This hot-blooded warrior's creed is "For a fiery soul, nothing's impossible!"
God Fire Convoy (Sold in 2000)
The ultimate form of Fire Convoy and his sworn brother Ultra Magnus, achieved by super-giant fusion. His basic powers are quadruple what they were before.
Convoy Super Mode (Sold in 2002)
Fighting to protect the race of Transformers known as Microns, Convoy combines with his trailer into this powerful form.
Convoy (STD Convoy) (Sold in 2002)
The transformation of the cab portion of his trailer-truck mode. Though he's a pacifist, when the need arises, he won't shirk from using his power to hold down his enemies.
The picture at right is is an image visual of generations of Convoys from around the world, shown as a group. From the left, we have MICRON LEGEND's Convoy Super Mode, then below him is Powered Convoy from BEAST WARS METALS. Below him, equipped with the double-barreled cannon, is Metals Convoy from the same show, and the small one below Metals Convoy is Optimus Minor. Rising high at the top of the image is Super Jinrai from SUPER-GOD MASTERFORCE, midway down with the two warheads on his back is G-2's Convoy Missile Trailer, and below that, holding the scimitar, is Convoy (gorilla) from BEAST WARS. Right in the center is Convoy (the original) from TRANSFORMERS, and between his legs can be seen the Machine Wars version. At the original Convoy's left shoulder is Beast Wars' Convo-bat, and to the right of that is Convoy (gorilla) as he appeared in BEAST MACHINES. Moving down from him, we find CAR ROBOTS' Super Fire Convoy, then G-2's Battle Convoy, then [G-2 GoBot] Optimus Prime. While some of these appeared or played active parts in Japan as separate characters, in the West, all of them were treated as Cybertron warriors designated "Optimus," a name equivalent to the highly honored "Convoy."
STORY OF DIACLONE
"Diaclone" is the name of an SF World series Takara developed between 1980-1985. Centered on 1/60-scale humans riding in transforming/combining robots, this series' entire set-up was changed with the announcement of the "Car Robots" line in 1982. Up until then, the Diaclone mecha had been developed with futuristic, fictional designs, but the "Car Robots" line freed itself completely from the brand's image to date, with designs based on modern sports cars or everyday vehicles. With its robots that turned into vehicles familiar from TV or everyday life, "Car Robots" set even bigger records sales-wise. The concept changed greatly after Diaclone; "Real & Robot" series--taking the "real" from the real-life machines and the "robot" from what they became--were announced one after another. Alongside the Microman "Microchange" (Chameleon Goods) series, which Takara developed at the same time as "Car Robots," the "Real & Robot" line, with its fusion of actual machines' realism and transforming robots, truly overflowed with "More than meets the eye!" appeal. One could say it led to the construction of the Transformers worldview as-is.
The No. 01-Supreme Commander Convoy commemorating the Transformers series anniversary is an item based on the No. 17-Battle Convoy from the "Car Robots" series. Up to then, there was little sense of interaction between items in the "Car Robots" line, but Battle Convoy's trailer, which could accommodate those other vehicles, was sold as a "Mobile Secret Base," greatly broadening the scope of the user's play scenes. In the initial stages, this same item was simply named "No. 17 Trailer Base," but we see once more that the "Convoy" name ultimately given to it has been striding through the world of Transformers for more than twenty years.