Megatron’s got some pretty good articulation. His head is on a ball joint, but it’s a bit limited by its shape. His shoulders and hips are also on ball joints. He’s got swivel biceps, wrists, and thighs. His elbows are double hinged, while his knees and ankles are single hinged. The one joint he’s missing is a swivel waist, but it doesn’t seem to take away from his ability to pose.
The main reason I’m drawn to these Takara figures is because each of their weapons is a Minicon Transformer. With this figure, Megatron’s giant arm cannon turns into a little gorilla-bot named Gola. All the Minicons come unassembled on a sprue sheet, which I actually like. They’re easy to put together, and I have fun doing.
Gola has this really bulky cannon mode. At first I thought it might be too big, but now I think it fits perfectly with Megs’ beefed up design. One thing that I find really cool about the Prime design is the blades that can be swiveled around to the front. Megatron basically attached a sword to a cannon. How badass is that, and why did it take this long for it to happen?
Another cool aspect to the Minicons is that they all have the ability to attach to each other. You can make some pretty insane looking creations when you start combining multiple ones together. They can also attach to various ports all over the main figure’s body.
Gola’s robot mode resembles a tiny cyclopean gorilla. Between his proportions and one eye, I really think he has a resemblance to Lugnut. Gola is molded entirely in purple, but has some nice metallic stickers to add more detail. Unfortunately his only real articulation is his swivel arms and head, so there’s not a lot of dynamic posing with him.
I really like Gola, but he does have one majorly disappointing drawback. His arms have a difficult time staying flush together in cannon mode. This leaves an open seam running down the center of the barrel, which really ruins the badass effect.
I don’t really care for the goofy alt mode and the small scale, but this Megatron figure still turned out pretty nice. He’s got a great look and articulation, plus there’s a Minicon to boot. He cost me about $20 plus shipping, which I think is entirely reasonable for getting a second figure. I’m even tempted to order figures like Bumblebee just so I can get his Minicon, which shows you how much I really like these little guys.
P.S. Bonus pic! And for a scale shot of Megs with the rest of the Prime Decepticons, check out Skywarp’s review.