Galaxy Convoy has a basic robot mode and a super robot mode. Both modes are cool in their own rights. The colors themselves pay homage to the G1 Convoy - his head is blue, the body is red with a white stripe under his chest, gray thighs and blue legs. The front of the truck becomes his shoulders, the bumper becomes his hands. The grills look very good on the outer part of his fist because they resemble smiting weapons. His head is not very nice in basic mode with the mouth piece off. This is as the mouthpiece tip of the nose is roughly where the tip of the mouthpiece is, so when the mouth piece is down, the face is rather flat. The mouth sculpt could also use improvement. Instead of looking like a movable lower jaw, a mouth should just be sculpted on as per normal, like many other TF toys. To add on to that, the mouth piece does not go all the way down into the recess, and sticks out a little even when the lever is fully depressed, giving Galaxy Convoy a sort of â€˜protruding silver chinâ€™ that is not pleasing to the eye.
The torso portion would be the central homage piece to previous Convoys. The chest windows are hexagonal (like RID Prime/CR Fire Convoy) and tinted blue. His midsection, with the white stripe under his chest, also resembles the midsection of G1 Convoy. One feature that is an outright homage would be on his hip guard in the form of yellow faux headlights. These only come out during robot mode and are obviously modeled after G1 Convoyâ€™s hip guard.
Galaxy Convoy is very articulated and poseable in his basic robot mode. The wheels that are visible in his robot mode beside his hips can be moved out of the way to allow him in a kicking pose, which is impressive to say the least. The only part that is not very articulate would be the shoulders â€“ Galaxy Convoy can move his arms sideways around 30 degrees due to the shoulder armor but the elbowâ€™s rotation and ratchet joint makes up partly for this.
His chest window opens up, a gray â€˜lockingâ€™ part connected to the midsection is lowered and what is revealed in the center of his chest is the source of Galaxy Convoyâ€™s wisdom â€“ the Matrix! It is essentially a hexagonal sphere with two handles. The center is painted metallic orange. He can hold the matrix in one hand, but that just does not look right. To pose him holding it with 2 hands can be rather troublesome. His chest windows also need to be closed for his hands to meet and hold the matrix. However, it is cool that he can hold it with both hands, no matter how troublesome it is to get him to look right. It is indeed a very nice addition and homage to past Convoys.
Robot with Turret Mode
It seems that every incarnation of Convoy requires his trailer to become a battle station and Galaxy Convoy is no exception. The trailer detaches from the cab and remains exactly as it is â€“ just that the wings are now spread out like stabilizers. The same articulation is carried over from his vehicle mode. The 4 cannons have their usual range of motion and the 2 big ones can be â€˜ignitedâ€™ with his force chip.
His blaster can be attached to his big cannon on his left and
also, surprisingly, the smaller water cannon (see below). The holes are the
same size and it fits snugly, perhaps a sign of things to come in the future?
Personally I do not really like this turret mode; however, it is more or less already in this form when Galaxy Convoy is transformed into his basic robot mode.
I came up with a fan mode for his trailer. Just transform his turret as you would with his vehicle flight mode and you will get something for Galaxy Convoy to stand up on. It is quite similar to how Grand Convoy from Super Link uses wing saber in his vehicle mode. Of course, this mode is unofficial and is not recognized, but then again, we are supposed to play with them however we want, arenâ€™t we?
This mode utilizes all of his parts to form a really big robot with a 16 inch (40 cm) wingspan that is 9.5 inch (24 cm) tall (from head, tallest point is 11.5 (29 cm) inch at the wing tips)! The back of his legs in basic mode fold forward to form his feet, with the 2 blue add-ons, with the water cannons, attaching behind his leg to replace the back that is now the feet. The bulk of the trailer goes to form his wings. His head also receive an upgrade in looks, with black â€˜hornâ€™ flaps and the mouth piece comes up. Do note that the mouth piece is lever-operated and can also be left on in his basic mode, which is what i prefer. His head looks like a combination of Big Convoy from BW Neo and Star Convoy with the common characteristics of a Convoyâ€™s head. Also those wings on the back do remind one of the anime version of God Ginrai.
The two cannons can be deployed under his arm or stored behind his wings. These are the 2 official ways to put his cannons. Optics over at Tfans came up with a lot of ways to put Galaxy Convoy's cannons over at this thread. I did come up with the cannons over the shoulders myself but Optics came up with so much more variations.
Together with the 2 big cannons, his water cannons can be positioned to aim upwards, giving Galaxy Convoy a overbearing display of firepower. Galaxy Convoy has the same amount of articulation in his Super Mode, but due to the increase weight on his back, his poses become highly limited. This is not really an issue, because if posability is desired, Galaxy Convoy should have been left in his basic robot mode.
Verdict: 10/10 Excellent sculpt, good all-round articulation and just magnificent in all modes!
Overall, Galaxy Convoy is one hell of a transformer figure and certainly one of the better convoys around. His play value is bound to go up since we now know there will be several transformers that will combine with Galaxy Convoy, the first of which is Liger Jack â€“ who replaces one of his arms. He is not a very exciting addition from what I can see, but I will reserve judgment once I get Liger Jack. Hopefully, there will be better ones.
|Date||March 8th 2005|
|Score||(10 out of 10)|