I was at home alone that night because E was working late, after having picked up a variant of 01-Convoy from a HK collector. I suddenly realised that I had a lot of Primes on hand... and I asked myself: 'I wonder which variant of Prime has the most powerful trailer'.
And then I thought further, 'Just how powerful is the fabled VSX-style 'super' launcher. Is it really that super?'.
I grinned and resolved within myself: 'I have the Primes, I have the time - let's have me a Trailer Race Day!!!'.
So first, here is a look at all the MIB Primes / Convoys that I have. I will go into which is which later.
Here they are all lined up for the race. Note that each Prime / Convoy will be using the Roller that came with it. So, left to right:
- USA box pre-rub Optimus Prime (metal plates trailer and bloated parts version)
- USA box pre-rub 'blue' Optimus Prime (bought this from Maz; for more details of this version, see here)
- USA regular Optimus Prime loose (that's why there is no box behind it)
- Takara box 01-Convoy (sticker trailer version; bloated parts; box stamped Takara Co Ltd 1985)
- Takara box 01-Convoy (metal plates trailer version; bloated parts; box stamped Takara Co Ltd 1982)
So, below is a pic where I have launchers #1 and #2. #1 went about 1.5 Roller lengths from the trailer; #2 is a little pathetic to be honest.
I discovered that #3 would not launch no matter how I tried - the launching mechanism is not working! But we can extrapolate that the Roller distance would be roughly similar to #1 and #2's distance.
Next, I launched #4, which if you recall from above, has a VSX-style 'super' launcher....
Poom! Roller shot off.
My jaw dropped.
Here is the result!!!
I stood there stunned.
Wow. So that is the power of a VSX-style super launcher. It is super indeed.
To be fair, I did not stop at one round and below I show the results of 3 separate rounds - I reset each Roller at the end of each round and launched them again.
I think the results speak for themselves. Clearly the VSX-style super launcher is superior to any of the US released Primes (was there ever a doubt?). What's also evident is that the sticker version trailer of Convoy (ie: #4) seems to be more powerful than the metal plates version of the 01-Convoy variant.
I even measured the distance. #4 launched to a distance of 1.90 metres or slightly more than 6 feet!
#5 launched to a distance of about 1.5 metres or 5 feet.
Well, this is it. Prove that the VSX-style launcher of the 01-Convoy toy is indeed 'super'!