We had listened to rumors about the recalling of the Encore God Fire Convoy reissue in China, due to several quality control issues on this expensive set. Finally, we have a Takara Tomy Official Apology and Collection Notice Regarding Encore God Fire Convoy.
The official statement was found at the Takara Tomy Website by our 2005 Boards member Gamerlingual. He was kind to summarize the text for us. According to this document, Takara Tomy send an apology to all their customers about a QC issue with the electronics. Basically a swap with the “Magna Laser” and “Magna Vulcan” speeches and sounds. There’s also a packaging mistake regarding this, too. This is the main official reason for the collection of the copies. While Takara Tomy will accept customers to return their purchased items, but they are NOT going to replace them and they will only issue refunds. As you should imagine, this is valid only in Japan at the moment.
There’s no mention about any other QC problems, but there have been several reports and pictures about them from several of our 2005 Board members, who have already received their copies. You can check them out in our respective thread. We are sure many fans were expecting this set (even for the expensive price, though), and we hope there’s a proper official solution or alternative for all collectors who already bought, or are waiting, for their copies around the world.