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  1. Hello, I think I can help clear that up for you. You are right, the figure was renamed “Optimus Prime” in America for Transformers, but “Convoy” was only Japan’s name for in their Transformers releases, not the original Diaclone Car Robots line. In Diaclone, the toy was called “Battle Convoy” (Side note, “The Battle Convoy” is the name of the entire playset, while the robot component was “Convoy Robo”). The fact that the text “Optimus Prime” is in English, not Japanese, goes a long way to explain why it doesn’t say “Battle Convoy”. They’re explaining Transformers’ origins for an American audience, who may not be familiar with the minutia of Diaclone. I hope this helps!
  2. Another situation, sometimes the alt mode just isn’t necessary. Like the recent Dead Optimus Prime. I don’t need that to transform. What am I gonna do, make him a dead truck? He’s going to lay on a slab, looking dramatic. If the money for the tooling to make him transform had been used instead for a light feature, to light up the matrix, or make his eyes flicker out, I would have loved that.
  3. Exactly. Sometimes you just want something kibble-free to display on a shelf in some neat action poses. Good luck putting Selects Nightbird in any cool ninja fights when she has half her altmode hanging off her back. - Licensing a transforming figure would be direct competition with Hasbro’ down products.
  4. Other times, it might be a character who doesn’t have an official alt mode. Alpha Trion never transformed in the G1 cartoon, so this figure focuses on maximum animation accuracy instead. A huge amount of him is die cast metal, and he comes with a bunch of additional parts to change him into the different ages he was shown in the episodes he was in.
  5. Well, in this specific case, the transparent figures are an homage to Henshin Cyborg, the great granddaddy 1972 toyline Transformers’ lineage can be traced back to. That’s also why they’re called “Super Cyborgs”.
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