C01 Henkei Convoy review

Henkei Convoy posing with primary blaster.
Henkei Convoy posing with primary blaster.

It is rather a delayed review for this figure. Photo were taken before the Queensbay Mall Transformers Convention with TransMYians during June. Nevertheless, personally I prefer this version rather than its Hasbro counter part. Ordered it from HLJ during a discount for this toys, was in luck for retail store in my place of residence is over priced.

If you do not know, in Japan and in most area of far east Asia Transformers purist will simply call Optimus Prime in the far east Asia as Convoy.

Autobot is known as Cybertrons and Decepticons is known as Destrons. A bit confusing but you will get the hang of it.

Unlike the Hasbro packing, Takara packing offer a more compact package with a DataCard of Convoy.

Henkei Convoy Package.
Henkei Convoy Package.

Hasbro Optimus Prime package is standard like all its Tansformers Classics/Universe Voyager Class toys which is way more bulkier and it is in truck mode. For TakaraTomy, Convoy is in robot mode.

Henkei Convoy Package Back.
Henkei Convoy Package Back.
Henkei Convoy package side 1.
Henkei Convoy package side 1.
Henkei_Convoy_package_side_2
Henkei Convoy package side 2.

The TakaraTomy Convoy comes in the package in Robot mode.

Henkei Convoy unpacked.

Henkei Convoy unpacked.

Henkei Convoy is undeniable, feel heavy for its class. With details and accessories to complement the defacto Cybertronian Commander.

Henkei convoy instructions.

Henkei convoy instructions.

The only down side of Convoy, it is not a perfect transformation figure. It smoke stacks is transformed into its primary blaster and its truck roof is transformed to his secondary blaster.

Henkei Convoy and accessories.

Henkei Convoy and accessories.

With multiple accessories, Convoy can have different weapons configurations.

Henkei Convoy robo backgun back view.

Henkei Convoy robo backgun back view.

Henkei Convoy Back Gun Armed back view.

Henkei Convoy Back Gun Armed back view.

One of the configuration is attaching the primary blaster it is mid transformed mode and attach them to the secondary gun which is still in the truck roof mode.

Henkei Convoy Robo backpack gun front view.

Henkei Convoy Robo backpack gun front view.

Henkei Convoy Back Gun Armed front view.

Henkei Convoy Back Gun Armed front view.

Another configuration is Convoy with truck roof as a back pack with a primary blaster. Every conservative peacekeeping forces would use.

Henkei Convoy Robo primary blaster with backpack back view.

Henkei Convoy Robo primary blaster with backpack back view.

The most popular mode for the most Gung-Ho people, dual blaster configuration. Aggressive and reckless nevertheless.

Henkei Convoy Robo dual blasters back view.

Henkei Convoy Robo dual blasters back view.

Henkei Convoy Robo dual blasters front.

Henkei Convoy Robo dual blasters front.

Convoy in truck mode is something truly to behold. Almost perfect in all expect. Except the robot parts is able to be view from the underside of the truck. and if you can forgive the designers to be lazy to make big side piece of the truck is visible as part of the Convoy Robot arms.

Henkei Convoy Truck front.

Henkei Convoy Truck front.

Henkei Convoy Truck back view.

Henkei Convoy Truck back view.

It is a shame that the under part of the truck expose the robot legs.

Henkei Convoy Truck underside.

Henkei Convoy Truck underside.

The roof of the truck can be taken off but it will expose Convoy’s robot head.

Convoy truck roof detached.

Convoy truck roof detached.

Not forgetting the fact, the roof of the truck as well as the smoke stacks can be transformed into Convoy’s blaster.

Convoy Truck Roof detached.

Convoy Truck Roof detached.

Convoy Truck Roof Secondary Blaster.

Convoy Truck Roof Secondary Blaster.

Convoy Truck roof secondary blaster front view.

Convoy Truck roof secondary blaster front view.

If you noticed the weapons details, TakaraTomy did not reserved and gives it more details. The smoke stacks can be detached and transformed into a small blaster with double barrel. Its design is very similar to the Warhammer 40K space marines bolters. Or atleast it has the outline of the Warhammer 40K bolters.

Convoy Primary Blaster - smoke stacks.

Convoy Primary Blaster - smoke stacks.

Convoy Primary Blaster - mid transformation.

Convoy Primary Blaster - mid transformation.

Convoy Primary Blaster - Transformation Complete.

Convoy Primary Blaster - Transformation Complete.

Convoy Primary Blaster side.

Convoy Primary Blaster side.

With good accessories Henkei Convoy is the best Henkei figure in the Henkei and Transformers classics line.

One thing which seperates Henkei from its cousins Transformers classics is chromed parts. The truck bumper and grill is chrome. Unfortunately it the part end up in Convoy’s behind. It is literally Convoy has a shiny ass in Robot mode. Reminds of Bender‘s famous quote “Bite my shinny metal ass.”

Henkei Convoy Robo.

Henkei Convoy Robo.

Henkei Convoy Robo back view.

Henkei Convoy Robo back view.

Another small details which I prefer is the fist of Convoy, for it is moulded or painted with 2 different color on a single fist.

Henkei Convoy Robo fist details.

Henkei Convoy Robo fist details.

Even Convoy’s robot head has a lot of details on it. The blue glow on the robot eyes is attributed to blue translucent plastics were used to allow light to pass through. Giving it a blue glow at the eyes or optics if you prefer 😛

Henkei Convoy Head front view.

Henkei Convoy Head front view.

Henkei Convoy Head side view.

Henkei Convoy Head side view.

Henkei Convoy Head back.

Henkei Convoy Head back.

Just manage to make lame pose with Convoy, but in reality it is a good possable figure and the joints is neither tight or loose; just nice.

Henkei Convoy simple pose.

Henkei Convoy simple pose.

Too bad there is no articulation at the waist. Else it can make more dynamic poses.

In a nutshell, C01 Henkei Convoy is an incredible toy transformable accessories. Good articulations. Good details just dumb down slightly by the fact it is not perfect transformation.

Highly recommended to Transformers fans old and new alike. Mecha lovers go get it.

There is also a 3rd party producer; FansProject has created extension to make this toy more worth while. Check out for the DIA Commander and the G3 Trailer.

Until the next post. Thank you for reading and visiting my website.

Henkei Convoy Robot mode.

Henkei Convoy Robot mode.

3 thoughts on “C01 Henkei Convoy review

  1. Great review, I am looking forward for your DIA COmmander review. I might swing for one as Daniel’s shop is quite cheap compared to others.

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