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Megatron


Megatron returns to his roots with this updated gun mode!

Images
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Character Info
Name: Megatron
Faction: Decepticon
Function: Decepticon Supreme Commander
Motto: Lesser creatures are the playthings of my will.
Toy Specs
Size Class: Voyager
Price: 19.99
Release Date: September 2006
Wave of Release: Wave 1
Product Number: 81298
Asst. Number: 81274
SKU Number: 5356918264
Target Age: 5+
Redeco of: None
Exclusive: No
Variants: None
Parts: N/A
Hype Line 1: Working Scope Becomes Anti-Proton Pulse Canon!
Hype Line 2: Cylinder Becomes Wings!
Hype Line 3: Clicking Trigger!
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Bio
MEGATRON is the most feared and powerful leader in the history of CYBERTRON™. His might is legendary, and his name is spoken only in whispers. He will stop at nothing in his drive to conquer the universe. So great is his will to power that even his own followers are little more to him than fuel for his war machine, and his enemies are less than the dust he grinds beneath his heel. He is always at the front of any DECEPTICON charge, soaring into the sky and vaporizing enemy positions with his anti-proton pulse cannon. The mere sight of his snarling face is enough to break the spirit of many an AUTOBOT®.
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Review
Megatron returns as the main villian in Transformers Classics! Taking a page from the original Generation One Megatron of 1984, Classics Megatron returns to a gun format for his alternate mode! Interesting fact is this toy is actually based on the NERF MAVERICK gun, with assistance from the NERF design team! It passed Hasbro legal on the first try.

Gun Mode
As far as realism goes, Megatron kind of strikes out here. There is some realism but when you combine the paint applications (which many figures have reported a rather sloppy paintjob) and the green translucent plastic, not to mention the overall make of the gun, it's hard to give Megatron anything decent on the realism scale, so I figured an even 5 would do the trick. However, the PLAYABILITY on this alternate mode is absolutely fantastic. The scope actually has crosshairs molded in to the plastic that you can see through, and the trigger pulls and clicks as if it were actually shooting something. While many will argue that doesn't save the figure, it adds so much more to an alternate mode that, without it, would be severely lacking. Major kudos to the Hasbro team there.

Transformation
Megatron is kind of one of those transformations where you just fold various body pieces until his "shell" will fit around it and pray for the best. As soon as you open the two shell pieces, you should be able how to transform him just from looking at it. Seriously just move a few pieces, click in a few other pieces, and he's ready to go. The real challenge is turning him BACK in to a gun. Consult your favorite instruction manual for that one, or gain a lot of patience because you may not get it right on the first try. The transformation back to gun mode may be frustrating for the young ones.

Robot Mode
I'm a bit biased here, because I absolutely love the robot mode of Megatron. Though there are many issues I have with the coloring selection and details given to him. I'll explain. For instance, what's up with his face? I know the green piping was used because the wings are the same color, but just imagine if it were red. That would give Megatron a much more sinister feel to him. His "eyebrow" as many fans are calling it seems off. That's not necessarily the "classic" Megatron face that we've seen in previous figures. They've also given Megatron an entirely new face "sculpt" ... for reference, observe the images from the Generation One cartoon of Megatron and Galvatron, the Generation Two references from the toy, even Energon Megatron/Galvatron ... they all have the same overall face sculpt. This one changed and from a distance, it almost looks as if Megatron grew a goatee, a la Unicron style. Freaky.

The paint applications actually don't bother me too much. I think there may be a bit too much purple used for my own personal liking, but the black helps to subdue it. The green is on its own, there's not much you can do about that save a good custom job like TFW2005.COM's REDLINE has done (check out our gallery section to see for yourself!).

Articulation wise, Megatron looks to have near/around/about/estimated 18 points of articulation or so, a big missing piece being his waist due to his transformation. However that should not limit you from coming up with some incredible poses for this classic villian.

Overall
Megatron is a good toy. He's definitely not the shining spot for the series, but I imagine he will be very popular as a stand alone toy. While his homage now comes from two places (both G1 Megatron and NERF's MAVERICK toy), he does have something about him that makes him a good figure. If you can get past the paint applications and the colors, Megatron is a fine addition to your collection. We recommend this figure.


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Playability: 10
Paint Applications: 7
Articulation: 9
Realism: 5
Difficulty: 9

Overall Score: 8.0

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