DIA Commander or Powered Commander is a 3rd party add on to make Henkei Convoy or Classics Prime to be more beefy and intimidating. It is created by FansProject not related with Takara nor Hasbro. Just from Fans to Fans kinda operations.
Not to forget, Henkei Convoy or Classics Optimus Prime sold seperately. You need to have either Henkei Convoy, Classics Optimus Prime or Classics Ultra Magnus to complete DIA Commander.
I got mine after deciding to make my Henkei Convoy more intimidating. Powered Commander is inspired from the City Commander, and add on to Classics Ultra Magnus to reflect its G1 roots. Other than that I do not recall any canon story line of any Transformers that include Powered Commander.
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.
Transformation from robot mode to truck mode is perfect but the proportion of the truck is not good. On top of that it has a lot of ugly gaps. The ugly truck mode will encourage THS02 owners to refrain from transforming into the truck mode.
The only fun factor for truck mode, is the trailer can be attached to convoy.
The trailer itself can be transformed into cargo box, command center/support weapon platform and maintainance bay for Convoy.
See the gaps ?
Very bad proportioned
Trailer transformed into the command center or support heavy weapon
Convoy cooling off at repair bay
Packs of tonnes of accessories and gimmick. Small and compact but highly pose able. Greatdetails at robot mode. Sadly poorly executed truck mode. On top of that not recommended for toddlers & big hands. Great for collectors which wants to expand Convoy collections.
Though Convoy is represented as a less than 15 cm midget, it does not lack of details & articulation. Convoy has 14 points of articulation which make it capable of multiple posing. In term of material used, Convoy contains some diecast in its chest & legs.
Watch my 6
With Jet-pack attached
Energon Axe attached… activated
Not forgetting, this mini Convoy has the mini Matrix. The matrix is small but it can be used to pose Convoy releasing the Matrix energy.
Convoy, the first Cybertrons commander introduced in Transformers. A symbol of all good & virtue. Perhaps one of the ageless icon in the transformers series. Now it is again immortalized in the TakaraTomy toyline THS.
Box art at the front
Yet again, the Japanese toys makers had made Convoy, ultra-small and surprisingly alot of details. This toy comes with alot of accessories & gimmicks. A vast improvement compared to the T.H.S.-01.
A look into the contents.
Like most premium toy package, this toy has a viewable windows to show the contents. A first looks the contents looks stunning.
Behold the original Convoy from Transformers (yeah it Optimus Prime but I prefer to call it convoy here).
Small stature does not discourage Convoy to stand tall & proudly
The Japanese has done it again in compacting their product. THS02 also known as Original Convoy is Takara line of transformers robot for ppl with space problem.
It is standing at less than 13 cm height, with some diecast content. Robot mode is impressive but abit fragile for big hands. Articulation is good if not excellent for a robot at this size. Most of the weight is felt at the legs due to the die cast content over there.
Did I mention that midget convoy can transforms into a truck, this package do come with a trailer & a roller & tonnes of accessories. The only lament is the truck mode is below expectation. The makers can do it better.
Wow truck mode… but with tonnes of gaps… Robot in disguise exposed :S
If you can ignore its short coming, this piece is a keepers.