Takara-Tomy have updated their Transformers site, adding a new page for Masterpiece Rodimus Convoy. While there are no pictures that we have not seen before, a new feature on the site features comments from the designer, who goes into a little detail on some of the design choices for Masterpiece Rodimus – such as, for example, how Rodimus Prime was originally designed to embody the aesthetic of an American comic hero and how the Hot Rod to Rodimus transformation embodied growing up, leaving behind sports cars and getting a family camper van instead. He closes by saying how, 24 years on from the original release, he hopes you can look upon Masterpiece Rodimus Prime who does not only transform, but whose design has also grown up.
Check out the full text translation by reading on, and give a big thanks to 2005 Boards member kurdt_the_goat and his wife for the insightful translation! Cybertron 2nd Commander Rodimus Convoy, which transforms into a futuristic truck will be at last released to celebrate the year 2010. The release of the flagship model of Rodimus Convoy has been anticipated for a long time because he is an unusual commander, not a typical historical Convoy commander.
I assume that there are many people who found it hard to understand the new ‘concept’ such as ‘the round’ body shape like an american comic hero and ‘atypical(for robot heroes)’ colours of maroon and orange. Also, the original toy was sold for about a half of the price of Convoy commander and so it was not a very convincing toy for a successor to the great Convoy. However, i’m sure there are many people who felt “something special” about Rodimus Convoy and other characters from “Transformers 2010” as a child.
Hot Rodimus was designed to imagine “hotrod” and a typical young american man and then transforms into a campervan to show his growth and new role. You can say that these profound intentions of the design can be understood as we grow up and have a greater vision/understanding of things.
24 years after. It’s 2010 now and our world has not become the futuristic world that we imagined back then, but why don’t you think about that feeling you felt then, and that future you thought of, as you take Masterpiece Rodimus Convoy which does not only transform, but also has grown up.