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This. This, I have been really waiting for.
The Takara SCF ACT2 Chase figures - (left) Convoy with Megatron gun and Sideswipe's rocketpack; and (right) Rodimus Convoy with Matrix, transluscent version (aka Hot Rod mid-transformation into Rodimus Prime)
First, about Convoy...
Among all the SCF Chase figures out there, it is the ACT 2 Convoy with Megatron gun and Sideswipe's rocketpack chase figure (hereinafter, referred to as "MTMTE Part 2 Convoy") that has been tugging and tugging at my heartstrings since it was first released back in 2001. During those Clarke Quay days, I never saw the MTMTE Part 2 Convoy chase figure, just never saw it. Knew it existed and wanted it, but just could not find it.
Also, Chase figures would go for around SGD$50 to $150 back then, depending on which Chase figure it was. So even if I found it, I'd likely not be able to afford it.
Why is this figure so special to me? It comes down to a number of key reasons, really. Here they are:
- it's an Optimus Prime figure (ha!)
- it features a very cartoon accurate colour scheme
- he is holding his arch-nemesis, Megatron, in gun mode in his hand - I will explain more on this point below
- he has Sideswipe's rocketpack, which is from one of my favourite scenes of More Than Meets the Eye Part 2 - "Sideswipe, give me your rocketpack!". Love that scene. So many childhood memories. I even talked about it in my Proposal to Takara for MP-Sideswipe Accessories post.
- I was so desperate for this figure after I restarted collecting SCFs that I actually offered another collector a Goodbye Convoy giftset (missing poster) in exchange for this figure. Guess what? He actually rejected my offer!
Another shot of this stunning figure.
Holding Megatron in gun mode
This below is the significance of the Megatron in gun mode he is holding - from the Season 1 episode Countdown to Extinction. It's one of the few occasions in the G1 era where Prime and Megatron actually worked together.
While I was watching this episode as a kid, I thought to myself "yes, they are finally friends! That's great, now they can stop fighting." I was so hopeful, so naive. It was not to be though - Prime and Megatron remained mortal enemies after their brief truce.
Featuring Sideswipe's rocketpack. Whilst Convoy has been released in many incarnations and many different colour schemes, this is the only release that has the rocketpack, making this ACT 2 Chase figure extra special.
See that rocketpack? Now, give it to me!
The rocketpack part of this figure is inspired by More Than Meets the Eye Part 2. Prime asks Sideswipe for his rocketpack so that Prime can pursue the Nemesis. Why you might ask? Because Autobots can't fly!
Comparison of MTMTE Part 2 Convoy with 'regular' Convoy from ACT 1.
Gratuitous shot of this beautiful figure among other SCF figures.
The other ACT 2 Chase figure is Rodimus Convoy with Matrix (translucent figure). Arguably, this is Hot Rod with the Matrix in Transformers: The Movie (1986), mid metamorphosizing into Rodimus Prime, if that makes sense.
Here he is, transparent looking and all.
As with the MTMTE Part 2 Convoy figure, this figure is steeped in Transformers canon and cartoon inspired. I should take the opportunity to mention here that this figure is one of Maz's (TF-1.com) grails and something he has been on the hunt for.
In truth, this figure is likely just as rare as the MTMTE Part 2 Convoy, perhaps.
Here is a closer shot of this stunning figure.
This scene from TFTM looks quite close to the photo above, but is not actually the scene where Hot Rod unleashes the power of the Matrix (he does that later in the movie).
ACT2 Rodimus Convoy with Matrix (translucent) next to ACT4 Rodimus Convoy with Matrix (coloured version)
ACT2 Rodimus Convoy with Matrix (translucent) in front; ACT4 Rodimus Convoy with Matrix (coloured version), behind
The scene in Transformers: The Movie (1986) that inspired the Chase figure?
Lastly, I'll finish with a gratuitous photo of the ACT2 Chase figures with their 'regular' counterparts.
Look out for the next exciting SCF chapter!