Update 18 May 2013 - updated with some detailed photos of battle damage Convoy and comparison of ACT 3 chase figures with their regular counterparts.
Previously, I have talked about the chase figures for ACT 1 and ACT 2. So far, each ACTs' chase figures have been highly desirable, special and has an undeniable place in Transformers lore, mythos and history. The figures for this present ACT 3 is no exception to the iconic status of the chase figures for ACT 1 and ACT 2 and in fact continues to build upon the tradition of using the chase figures to pay homage to key scenes or particular battles in the Transformers animated series.
For ACT3 of the Takara's SCF line, the 2 chase figures are:
- Battle damaged Convoy; and
- Reformatting Megatron.
Notwithstanding the reuse of the Convoy and Megatron molds, these 2 chase figures are once again, steeped in Transformer mythos and significance - they are both homages to scenes in Transformers: The Movie (1986) ("TFTM").
Here they are together.
- Battle damaged Convoy -
This chase figure is a straight repaint of ACT 1's regular Convoy figure. It can be seen that a lot of effort has been spent on the paint applications. Even the 2 windows on Convoy's chest has crack lines on them. And the portion where he got hit by Megatron's laser sword (and later laser-gun) is blackened.
Here is the scene from TFTM where the lower left portion of Convoy's torso was damaged by Megatron.
Another scene showing the damage
The back view - not much damage here.
Convoy's cracked windows can be seen in this scene.
Battle damaged details are shown in the next couple of photos
Comparison between ACT 3 chase Battle damaged Convoy and ACT 1's regular Convoy
- Reformatting Megatron -
The other chase figure from ACT 3 is Reformatting Megatron, also pulled right out of another famous scene from TFTM - the scene where a near dead Megatron is reformatted by Unicron into Galvatron!
This is a beautiful figure and is not homogeneously transparent throughout. Rather there are gradations to it transparency. The transparent PVC was also mixed with silver flakes giving it a somewhat glittery look depending on which angle it is viewed from.
The below are the scenes this chase figure seeks to capture - and I think the figure captures the essence of Unicron's reformatting of Megatron in aces.
... and... "Behold...,"
Comparison between ACT 3 chase reformatting Megatron and ACT 1's regular Megatron
Comparison between ACT 1: regular Megatron, ACT 1: chase metallic Megatron with flail and ACT 3: reformatting Megatron
The 2 chase figures together. A closer look at Convoy's face paint application makes me think that he looks a little zombie-fied, which is not far from what happened to him in the episode Dark Awakening.
Reformatting Megatron with Ghost Starscream (a chase figure from a later ACT).