Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
Black Convoy D-012
Destronger Dark Commander
Transforms into a tanker truck. His amazing physical resemblance to Fire Convoy is the result of a simultaneous scanning of a tanker truck and Fire Convoy, but besides that, he seems to have a number of secrets yet hidden. His tanker portion can split apart, unfolding to become a battle base that boasts enough firepower to equal 12 Combatrons. Black Convoy specialises in swordsmanship, and is after not only Fire Convoy's head, but Gigatron's as well.
STR:10; INT: 10; SPD: 10; END: 8; RNK: 10; CRG: 10; FPR: 10; SKL: 10
The mould is an example of the improvements in articulation for the Transformer figures in Generation 2 which still holds up by today's standards and has since been re-released multiple times, the last being the 2015 Platinum Edition Year of the Goat Optimus Prime with a questionable colour scheme.
Black Convoy has to be the best version of this mould, the only negative (or not depending on how you view it) is the electronics were removed for the Car Robots release. The button on the cab roof would light up the robots fist, which in turn would light up the translucent plastic sword when holding it.
The following year in 2001 Hasbro would release their own version of Car Robots entitled "Robots in Disguise"; Black Convoy was renamed Scourge and was released as a Toys R Us exclusive in 2002. This release would feature Decepticon logos instead of the Combatron insignia (upside down Generation 2 Autobot insignia). The sword was remoulded to blunt the point and was deeper red in colour, the 5 firing discs were blanked removing the Combatron insignia. The rear of the trailer reads "Scourge D-012" instead of "Black Convoy D-012". The South Korean Sonokong release of Black Convoy was Hasbro's release with Takara's stickers.
Battle Convoy (Takara; 1995)
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