Megatron here is my last Transformers Prime review from the latest wave. I decided to take a chance on the Takara version because I was so intrigued by these new Minicon figures. Unfortunately a few issues kept me from liking the figure more.
Like Skywarp, Megatron came packaged in a box instead of a bubble card. Mostly in vehicle form, his weren’t fully transformed to cut down on the amount of space he took up. Also in the box were his instructions, Minicon sprue, Minicon instructions, and sticker sheet.
I actually really like Megatron’s design in Transformers Prime. His body has interesting proportions that give him a look of muscle and armor. His hands look more like razor sharp claws, while his feet look like a sinister version of the Jaws of Life. Megatron’s body is covered in various spikes. Even the rounder parts are designed with sharp looking curves and angles. Everything about him screams dangerous and gives the feeling that he doesn’t really need an arm cannon to rip apart some Autobots.
One of the things I was a little disappointed in was the size of the figure. Since he’s one of the larger characters on the show I was hoping he’d be on the tall end of the scale. But this figure is a rerelease of the Deluxe scaled Megs from the First Edition two pack. (That two pack never made it to the US, so I was a bit clueless to that. But our sharp readers helped correct my mistake. Thanks again to Cythagen, Josh, and 3B!) The figure ended up being a bit taller than Soundwave, and a little smaller than the First Edition Starscream. It’s not a bad look, but I really wanted a hulking Megatron. So I’ll probably end up getting the larger Voyager class figure.
I really do like this figure’s head sculpt though. I think the design does a great job of taking the basic look of G1 Megs and altering the square bits into sharp angles. The figure really has fantastic light-piping that makes his eyes glow a bright purple. But I think my favorite detail is his teeth. Even at this size you can see detailed serrated rows that form a menacing grin.
If you read my Transformers reviews, you’ve probably noticed I buy most of these figures for their robot modes. I don’t really hate alt modes, I just think robots are cooler than vehicles. But every once in a while I’ll come across an alt mode that I just don’t understand. Megatron is one of those figures. In the cartoon, Megatron turns into a sleek looking Cybertronian fighter jet. The toy resembles this design in alt mode, but is really just too bulky to pull it off convincingly. To me, he looks more like some sort of insane crab tank. His head popping out doesn’t really cut down on the ridiculousness either.
Like Skywarp, most of Megatron’s parts are molded in the color they need to be. Mostly there’s a lot of light and dark grays. But I was surprised to see that Takara did add some purple highlights and silver decos to break up the monotony. The figure comes with a sticker sheet to add more details, but I don’t think I’m going to use them. I may add a Decepticon symbol, but other than that I think he looks pretty good as is. Continue to page 2…