Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Convoy Mode “EVA”
MP-10 Convoy Mode “EVA” is the result of a cross over between Transformers and Evangelion. In this mini story Optimus Prime inherits the power of the EVA-01 unit and grows to a massive size in order to battle Starscream who has turned into an Angel on Cybertron.
The MP-10 Convoy Mode “EVA” is a limited edition, 1000 units were released domestically in Japan while unknown quantities were made available for export to the International market. The figure in this review is the export version but as far as I know there are no differences.
Name: Convoy Mode”EVA”
Manufacturer: Tomy Takara
Material: ABS, PC, PA, POM, SBS, die-cast
Release: Nov 2014
Original Price: 32,000¥JPY
Height: 240mm / 9.44inches
EVA mode Optimus comes packed in the traditional Takara Tomy Masterpiece black box with a photo of the toy in both modes on the front. This release differs from previous releases on the back of the packaging where it features an awesome artwork of EVA mode Optimus with a giant EVA UNIT-01 behind him, as opposed to the traditional design showing features and accessories of the toy. I love this artwork, if I had a spare box I’d cut it out and frame it! Inside the box the contents are held in plastic trays and laid out in exactly the same configuration as the normal TT MP-10 release.
Prime comes with his usual accessories, a blaster, Energon axe, Roller and a mini figure. The figure is painted in an Evangelion engineer uniform color scheme and does not depict any of the main characters from the show. The blaster fits into Prime’s hands with a tab on the handle and fits very well. The Energon axe simply fits over Prime’s fists and the head of the axe can rotate depending on the angle you want. The engineer figure features swivel articulation on the shoulders, hips and knees, very basic but allows him to be placed in sitting poses which will be shown later in the review.
EVA mode Prime is a straight up repaint and uses the exact same mold as the normal MP-10 Optimus Prime figure. There are no new moldings on the main figure, trailer or the accessories but that’s not a bad thing as I think the MP-10 mold is near perfect. There are nice mechanical and panel detail molded throughout the figure, most of the panels line up very well with minimal seams but there are a couple of places where I wish the plastic would blend in better especially for a high price figure such as this one. As with the original MP-10, there isn’t much die-cast parts, only the matrix of leadership, waist folding section and the tops of the feet are metal which means Prime feels a little on the light side.
ALT MODE: Truck mode for the MP-10 mold looks pretty convincing for the most part, the only thing that I think really gives it away as a Transformer is the thick rear section, but I’d rather have this than skinny ass legs in robot mode. The wheels are all soft rubber and roll quite well.
Alt mode looks even better with the trailer attached. The length of the trailer is spot on, looks great from any angle! Wheels on the trailer are also soft rubber and rolls just as well as the ones on Prime.
The MP-10 is chockablock full of articulation with nice ratchets where you need them and smooth joints where you don’t. Head is on a hinge joint and can look up and down, coupled with the side to side swivel joint of the neck this pretty much allows Prime to look where ever he pleases. Shoulders are double jointed, with a hinge and swivel joint, there’s a bicep swivel joint, single elbow joint for a 90° bend, and swivel joint for the wrists. Moving down the figure you get a swivel waist joint, ratchet hip rotation, tight friction joint to lift the legs out, thigh swivel joint, single ratchet jointed knees, knee swivel joint, ankle tilt, ankle roll and toe and heel articulation from the transformation. The hands are not fully articulated, but the index fingers do have 2 individual joints, and the rest of the fingers move as one piece. All this added together means Prime is a helluva poser!
This Prime being an Evangelion cross over gets lots of NERV, Evangelion and caution symbols printed all over him, and it is glorious! The print definition is really nice, but I have noticed some yellow paint coming off the bottom of Prime’s feet on the die-cast parts, so just be aware of this if you have him. Most of the figure is molded in purple rather than being painted purple which I think works well. Paint for the most part is clean and tidy but I have noticed over spray on the left forearm where the green meets the black, not very noticeable but enough for the OCD in me to shed a tear.
EVA Prime also comes with a Matrix of leadership, but this time it’s a red crystal with gold housing rather than blue crystal with metallic orange housing. The shoulders can be pulled out to give Prime more range of motion for his arms. Prime’s blaster folds up and stores in his back, very neat detail that is well engineered. The only downside to this feature is that the blaster feels a little on the small side.
The trailer has been designed so that it fits the Roller, as well as other MP cars. There is a ramp that pulls out and folds down to allow access for the cars to enter / exit the trailer.
The Roller has a flip open hatch at the back which reveals a connector for the trailer so he can tow it around when Prime is in battle. The hatch also has another function as a holder for Prime’s blaster, when Prime goes out on dates. And as mentioned earlier the mini engineer dude can be placed in a sitting pose, to drive the Roller. The trailer opens up to reveal the Combat Deck!
Inside the Combat Deck, there are a number of places where the engineer can sit and engineer stuff. There are two tabs you can flip down to allow the Auto-Launcher to be exposed while the trailer is closed.
You can also stand the Combat Deck upright and use it as a repair bay for Prime. Both the blaster and the Energon axe can be stored in the trailer.
Lastly the all important size comparisons. Because I have not reviewed the original MP-10 Optimus Prime figure, I’ll use this opportunity to do a bit of an indepth comparison between the EVA mode, original MP-10 and an MP-01 Optimus Prime.
Last few photos showing the differences in paint between the MP-10 EVA mode Optimus Prime and accessories with the original Takara Tomy MP-10 Optimus Prime and accessories.
When I first saw photos of a purple Optimus Prime emerge on the internet I immediately dismissed it as a crazy and stupid repaint. Months later I stumbled across some studio shots of this toy with his trailer and I was in awe…of the trailer! I love the paint scheme, and all the print details on the trailer which eventually led me to purchase this toy. Yes I know, to purchase a toy just for the trailer, that’s crazy right? I guess it was but I’m glad I did it because once I had this purple Prime in hand my opinion of him completely changed. I already loved the MP-10 mold before the EVA mode arrived, but now I love this EVA mode even more than the original. I can’t explain it, there’s something about bright lime green with purple that is so wrong but so right at the same time. The MP-10 is a beautiful mold, and I highly recommend this toy to anyone, in any of the color schemes be it the original TT, original Hasbro, Nemesis, BAPE or EVA, which ever one you can get your hands on!