ACT 9 was where the SCFs took a slightly different direction, it was no longer G1 focused.
ACT 9 features characters from the then current Transformers Armada line of toys and the assortment was made up of 6 Transformers Armada inspired robots - Convoy, Megatron, Starscream, Ratchet, Ironhide and Hot Rod, all in Armada designs and body.
The same is applied to the Chase figures for this ACT, they are Armada designs and characters rather than G1. At this point, Takara lost a lot of die-hard G1 fans and there was generally a lot of hate because fans at the time wanted the SCF series to continue with more G1... there were so many characters who have yet to receive the SCF treatment, notably characters like Shockwave, Ravage, Rumble, Mirage, Sideswipe, Bluestreak, Prowl, etc.
I'm not a fan of ACT 9, but I have the Chase figures nonetheless. Gotta get 'em all huh?
The ACT 9 Chase figures are:
- Pre-Earth body Convoy (aka Cybertronian mode Optimus Prime); and
- Pre-Earth body Megatron (aka Cybertronian mode Megatron).
Aaaand, here they are. Convoy actually looks pretty good and like a beefier version of his G1 self. Megatron on the other hand, is quite different from all previous incarnations except maybe for the green which is reminiscent of G2 Megatron.
I really don't know much about Armada fiction, so I can't comment on whether these would tickle a fan's fancy or whether they are accurate or not. However, they do look like decent sculpts and looking at the previous SCF ACTs which are very animation accurate, I am guessing these 2 figures are as well.
- Pre-Earth body Megatron Chase figure -
Remember how power G1 Galvatron is in the Marvel UK comics? Well, in the World's Collide arc of Dreamwave's Armada comic, this guy, yes him, beat down G1 Galvatron!
I kind of like the Decepticon symbol on its back, haha