The first chance to pick up Black Animated Convoy has come and gone. Photos of the event where the figure was being sold can be seen at Japanese Transformer blog TF-Seesa (site is in Japanese). This figure was originally expected to be incredibly limited to a total of 300. This meant the value of the figure was expected to leave planetary orbit as soon as it left the proximity of the sales event. However, this Collecticon was given a bit of a surprising update from an attendee of the sale:
I am officially done visiting the Takara/Tomy Museum near Kyoto. It was a crazy event because it seems like such a small town wasn’t ready for us ravenous Transformer fans. Instead of putting the toys behind the cash register, like past events in Tokyo, the toys were placed in the wide open. There was an ensuing battle royale for the toys, with some Nemesis Primes getting damaged in the melee. I actually ended up at the bottom of the pile, but I did manage to get some quantity. But that isn’t the good news…
The good news is that Takara/Tomy will hold one more event like this and a Takara/Tomy staff member said they will dramatically increase the stock at the next event. This news means that it IS NOT only limited to 300, as previously stated by Takara/Tomy. I didn’t get a direct answer about quantity, but she made it sound like it’ll be over 1000 pieces.
Apparently the event caused a few attendees to get into a scuffle over the figures!!! How very un-Japanese-like! It must have been to gaijins! Also, the event has revealed that far more than the initial 300 figures will be sold in total. Most likely there will 300 figures available at each event location meaning those that are really fiending for the black crack may find it easier to get their fix.