I’ve always had an affinity for Powered Convoy.
Well, that’s not exactly true. Ultra Magnus was a worthless loser in Transformers: The Movie. I left the theatre at the ripe age of six wanting an Optimus and a Rodimus toy. I didn’t want an Ultra Magnus. I kinda liked Ultra Magnus once I discovered that his toy included a version of Optimus Prime’s cab. One Christmas, instead of the original Optimus Prime I opted for a Jetfire, and by the time I had the opportunity to request Optimus again, he was already off the shelves. However, Ultra Magnus was something of a second chance. Sure, I couldn’t get the regular trailer, but the extra armor was intruiging. One problem: Those colors were just awful. Instead of looking like a more powerful Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus looked like Optimus Prime’s flamboyant brother. I wished I could just get an upgraded Optimus Prime, if I couldn’t get the original.
Years later, I found out that just such a thing existed in the original Japanese Diaclone line. As soon as I first saw pictures of Powered Convoy on the Internet I was obsessed with it. Sure, I’d gotten my own original Optimus Prime earlier, but this was the toy that I had dreamed of when I was a child. It was real all this time and I didn’t even know it!
Powered Convoy’s color scheme was so well designed that the trailer went beautifully with either Powered Convoy’s blue cab or Battle Convoy’s (and hence Optimus Prime’s) more traditional red cab. Hey, in Italy, Gig released Powered Convoys with both blue cabs and red cabs in their Transformer line, which at that time was a strange mismash of Diaclone, Microchange, several other Takara toy lines, and Transformers. Either way the toy looks beautiful.
Since then I’ve tracked down several Powered Convoys of my own (one Italian Powered Convoy with a blue cab, one with a red cab, and one Japanese one), and have written a series of articles on the toy at my website (http://www.masterforce.org), but I always wanted to be able to provide the television commercial online. At long last (over three years later), thanks to a little help from a certain monk, I now have Powered Convoy’s commercial ready for your viewing pleasure. Just hop on over to http://www.masterforce.org and check it out for yourself in our new Commercial Sign (http://www.masterforce.org/4.1/cs1.html) section!
Enjoy this piece of Japanese toy heritage.
P.S. If you have any requests for other old Takara Diaclone, Microman, or Henshin Cyborg commercials, let me know.