Takara-Tomy’s November solicits have yielded a surprising new listing. Tucked below their Power of the Primes November solicits is an entry that translates as “TF Encore Returns Convoy”.
This is big news as it confirms the Encore line is carrying on after the slightly tarnished reception it received earlier this year with the release of Car Robots Godfire Convoy, and it also indicates the line is going to carry on releasing Convoys (Optimus Primes) from across the Transformers lines’ rich history.
In this case, Returns Convoy is not Star Convoy (whose line was Return of Convoy, but the Japanese character for “of” is not present in the listing). Loopaza Megastore suggest that this release will be Beast Wars Returns Convoy, which judging by the price would make it the Supreme class Beast Machines Air Attack Optimus Prime (who was released in the US under the Robots in Disguise line as one of the early Toys R Us exclusives).
This could also explain the recent tease in Japanese hobby magazines where the unveiling of Masterpiece Beast Wars Megatron was accompanied by a caption of “can I talk too?” with Beast Wars Japan’s Optimus Primal’s verbal tic – as this release originally included some Gary Chalk voice clips and an Encore release would update this with the Japanese voice actor.
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