Takara-Tomy have showcased the next entry into the Transformers Masterpiece series at the Tokyo Toy Show. Quelling earlier rumors of an announcement of a version 3 Starscream, the next Masterpiece after Blackarachnia and Hound will be Lio Convoy!
Lio Convoy was the Cybertron / Maximal leader in the cel-animated 1998 spinoff series, Beast Wars Second. In this series, he led a small crew of Maximals on the planet Gaia as they fought to keep the dangerous Angolmois energy out of the hands of Galvatron and his Destron soldiers. He is the second of three Beast Wars era Maximal commanders, alongside Optimus Primal and the mammoth Big Convoy, who received an animation-accurate reissue of his original toy in the Transformers Encore line earlier this year.
Lio Convoy will be the 48th entry into the Masterpiece series. He sports an animated accurate robot mode that is scaled to stand roughly the same height as the Beast Wars Masterpiece Optimus Primal figure. His lion mode similarly channels the animation’s Kimba the White Lion inspired design, with similar sacrifices to the original toy. Reports suggest that Lio Convoy will arrive in the hands of fans in January / February 2020.