18 May 2013

Takara Transformers SCFs - ACT 3 Chase figures - Battle damaged Convoy and Reformatting Megatron

Previous post - Takara Transformers SCFs - ACT 2 Chase figures - Convoy w/ Megatron and rocket pack, clear Rodimus Convoy w/ Matrix

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:
  1. Battle damaged Convoy; and
  2. Reformatting Megatron. 
Battle damaged Convoy is the third Convoy chase figure in a row that is based on the Convoy mold - in each of ACT 1, ACT 2 and ACT 3, there has been a Convoy chase figure. Reformatting Megatron is the second Megatron chase figure after ACT 1's Metallic Megatron with flail.

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...,"

"... Galvatron!"

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).


  1. I love that Megatron! He is so freaking beautiful! The Optimus Prime is great as well, but man, that Megatron...

    1. this Megatron is surprisingly sweet (like candy) haha. I've added some comparison pics, so you can compare him against the other Megatrons in the SCF series.

  2. It's official! Once I sell off my non-Encore/non-2010 pieces, and restart with a leaner collection and a more structured focus (1985-1987 G1 + Super GT), I am buying some of these! Definitely not the chase figures, but rather ones that fit however I choose to display my wares. :)

    But yeah... Very nice addition, as always. :) And truth be told, "Battle Damage" Convoy (my favorite of the two) reminds me of his brief return from the dead more than his death scene in the movie. Not sure why, but looking at him has me feel like I am hearing a feint "Until all are one." ;)

    1. Think the regular figures of each ACT would be a good start. They are still not very expensive and would look stunning on Fort Max in base mode. Probably avoid repeats and the clear or pewter coloured ones. Actually most Chase figures are also repeats of existing molds.

      I see you have a different favourite from Optimal Omega up there, heh. Both are nice, but since battle damage convoy is still standing, he is not dead yet...

    2. I 100% agree. Because these are space savers and some can even be used to do dioramas, especially if one has a Fortress/Grand/Brave Maximus. Because I had the money, and you were willing to do the stickers, I would get a second Fort Max and display the entire SCF portion of The Headmasters cast while having it be in fortress mode. And do the same with Super-God Masterforce, if Grand Maximus was reissued.

      But until then, I need to catch up on Encore. So any I get may either be displayed in a special area or as "museum patrons" that admire my MISB collection.

      And yeah... I so much like how they gave him a "I'm not dead yet" look. But we all know that he is so tough, when he appears dead... He is only appearing in a different series. So he never dies in the end. :)

    3. Oh! And on a side-note, I should note that you (along with Arkvander and 20th Century Collector) have convinced me to push forward and focus on a single Transformers series - When it comes to collecting. In your case, it is your quest to complete you SCF collection (along with Binaltech). So I am 100% hoping that in a year or two, I will have a "complete" Encore collection (sans exclusives and possible variants). So thanks for the motivation (even though I wish I decided last year, when more pieces were easier to get). :)


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