U.S. Name: ULTRA MAGNUS (Mystery Of Comvoy)   Jap. Name: SAME 

Cartoon First Appearance: T.F. The Movie - Aug. 8, 1986

Toy Catalog Number: TFC: TF

 

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My only main reason for purchasing Mystery Of Comvoy game cartridge because the game is about Ultra Magnus and I want a piece of history from the past, the first transformers video game.  I got it for $XLV ($XLIX) from Ebay and it arrived to me on Oct. Xii, Mmxi.

 

R-0 Original Ultra Magnus' motto and tech specifications:  

Affiliate: autobots | Subgroup: none | Function: city commander | Alt. Mode: car carrier|

| STR 9 | INTL 9 | SPD 6 | ENDN 8 | RNK 8 | CRG 9 | FRPW 6 | SKL 8 |

Original G1 Ultra Magnus' Motto:

"Consistency is victory."

 

Original G1 Ultra Magnus' Bio:

Ultra Magnus is all soldier.  Most comfortable when carrying out Optimus Prime's orders.  Possesses magnificent fighting skills, courage, and a gift for battlefield improvisation.  Uncomfortable in the mantle of leadership, but presents strong profile as a commander.  Carries missile launchers capable of hitting a target 30 miles away.  Resolute, fair, and courageous beyond reproach.  Ever ready to sacrifice himself for the good of men and mission.

 

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R-1 Mystery Of Comvoy Game in its Original condition:

mysteryofconvoyorig1.jpg (235471 bytes)R-1A: Here are the box images of Mystery Of Comvoy Game from all 6 sides.  The front side of the box has an artwork showing Ultra Magnus changing from vehicle mode to robot mode as he's confronting Trypticon, only the head was shown.  In the background, we see space and planets with the large Japanese Transformers text at the foreground.  At the rear of the box, there are three small screen shots of the actual game itself on the right side and some Japanese text description at the left side panel.  The side panels have no artwork only Autobot and Decepticon logo plus Japanese text.

mysteryofconvoyorig2a.jpg (79831 bytes)R-1B:  When you remove the outer box out (above), you'll see that game Cartridge is taped down in a baggy while rest down on a clear plastic tray.  Remove the game the Cartridge and you'll expose to the paper works.

mysteryofconvoyorig2b.jpg (167291 bytes)R-1C:  In addition to the game Cartridge,, these are all the contents that were included in the box/ package/ card: "1" instructional mini-booklet, "1" yellow sheet with diagram on how to insert into the game console, and "1" miscellaneous text sheet.

NOTE-2: For clarity purpose, all the  images on R-1C are not in scaled with one another.

 

R-2 Mystery Of Comvoy Game - Box Art:

mysteryofconvoyart.jpg (199838 bytes)Although I have always prefer Ultra Magnus cartoon design and colors scheme, left image, Mystery Of Comvoy box art image is utterly awesome in its own right.  In fact, he's probably the best looking of the three from that image.  For starter, that design is a huge improvement over the regular action figure box art (right image) big time!  As a whole, Mystery Of Comvoy box art Ultra Magnus design is predominately based on the action figure box art with the chest plate bar borrow from the cartoon.  But what's striking about Mystery Of Comvoy chest design is the blue squares that mimic the window glass as seen in Optimus Prime chest.  In a way, it really looks interesting.  We don't see this in the cartoon because it was mainly portrayed as purely red and solid.  The toy has it hollow but because the chest plate sort of cover the areas you don't see much flaw in the design.

 

R-3 Mystery Of Comvoy Game - The Cartridge:

mysteryofconvoyorig3.jpg (114304 bytes)Mystery Of Comvoy (or Convoy No Nazo) was the first Transformers video game to be made and released on Dec. 5, 1986 in Japan.  The game was for Family Computer (Nintendo) and developed by ISCO.  Why the game was spelled Comvoy with a "M" and not "N" as in Convoy, my guess would be just a sound translation going from Japanese to English.  Another example is the "Diaclone" video ads where it was pronounced like Diaclumb.  Back to the game itself, if I'm not mistaken, this game was never officially release in the U.S. or anywhere else other than Japan.  Mystery Of Comvoy video game can be played via a computer and keyboard or the console itself.  Its game cartridge is basically a dark gray and has a measurement approximately 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 10/16 (LxWxD in inch).  On the front side of the cartridge is a glossy labeling artwork, plain text labeling at the rear of the cartridge, while the bottom of the cartridge has an opening that is for connecting to the console.  In June 10, 2008, the game was re-released for the virtual console so now people who missed it back then can purchase and download directly into their system and play.   

 

The gamer plays as Ultra Magnus who must battle 10 levels in order to complete the mission:

1. Wasteland Zone, 2. Temple Ruins, 3. Time Tunnel I, 4. Subspace Zone, 5. Floating City, 

6. Time Tunnel II, 7. Glacier Zone, 8. Time Tunnel III, 9. Underground Machine City, 10. Time Tunnel IV.

Overall, it's a frustrated and painful game to play because it's such a horrible and junky game.  Moreover, Ultra Magnus has only one life to play and he's constantly running, jumping, and shooting out in a scroll screen of horizontal or vertical orientation.  For more information regarding to the actual game itself, visit these links:

http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Transformers:_Mystery_of_Convoy

http://pleasesavemerobots.com/scrambledcity/moc/main.html

YouTube Videos

 

R-4 The Original Game Console:

familycomputer1.jpg (122509 bytes)familycomputer3.jpg (368674 bytes)Although nowadays you can play Mystery Of Comvoy by directly downloading to your Nintendo Wii for certain amount of points, the images on the left are the actual 1980's game console for the cartridge above.  This 80's game console may not exist in today market, but if you need to pick up one for sentimental purpose, luckily there are place like  Ebay and internet world.  

NOTE-3: R-4 Images are both internet pictures.  I don't know who own the left image, but the right image was taken from Gamespot.com.  All credit to their respective owner.

 

R-5 Rémy's Mystery Of Convoy Game Cartridge review:

Manufacturer - Takara

Line, Series/ Wave: Family Computer

Year Released: [Dec. 5, 1986]  

Made: [Japan]  

Scale: [N/A]

Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD]  - Approximately 5 1/2  x 3 13/16 x 14/16 - Box.

Packaging Method: Mint In Seal Box.  Contents were packed with the following procedure:

Taped in a clear baggy and rest on a clear plastic tray is: "1" game cartridge.

Underneath the game cartridge are: "1" instructional mini-booklet, "1" yellow sheet with diagram on how to insert into the game console, and "1" miscellaneous text sheet.

Box Special Note: Front Box Appearance: Ultra Magnus G1 box art.  Back Box Appearance: Instruction of the figure.

Approximately Dimension In Inches: 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 10/16

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: ŠTAKARA CO. LTD 1986, MADE IN JAPAN.

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Can be found on the sticker front side, near bottom left corner.

Material Durability: [A] - Pretty durable since it's plastic.

Materials: Die Cast Metal:  None.  Chrome Part: None.  Rubber: None.  Plastic: Main material.  Clear Plastic Window: None.

Stability: [A] - Very stable.

Negative Drawback - None.

Special Notes: None.

Overall Grade: [D] - Other than for nostalgia, the game itself sucks big time.  Also, if you don't have the game console, then this game cartridge is even useless.  Not recommended unless you want to own a piece of history.