Vault Review: Transformers
Prime AM-05, Megatron

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.

16 thoughts on “Vault Review: Transformers
Prime AM-05, Megatron

  1. I really, really dislike vehicle mods made of kibble, that are a clear statement of “We made this awesome robot, but totally dropped the ball on what sort of alt-mode he is supposed to have, so we’ll fold this bit to look like wings, push these shoulders out to look like so, and then fold the legs like this, and open the torso, and whaaalah! A…space ship…robot fighter plane…thing. It’s a thing. Kids’ll love it!”


    1. Yeah. Most modern Transformers do a really good job with their vehicle modes it seems, but Megs here didn’t quite make the cut.

      I wonder if the larger figure does any better?

  2. You know, I think Gola not only resembles Animated Lugnut a bit, but also the G1 casette-bot Beastbox. Is it just me?

    1. With him being a purple gorilla, I can definitely see the Beastbox connection. I didn’t even know about that character. Thanks for bringing him up, Sandman.

  3. Takara’s Micron Arms Megatron actually isn’t a Voyager Class figure. Rather, it’s a re-hash (with added Minicon ports) of the Megatron from Hasbro’s First Edition box set featuring a Deluxe-scale Megatron and Optimus Prime (which was scrapped for release in the US). The actual Voyager class figure is every bit the hulk that he should be and towers over the other Deluxe. Sadly, the makeshift alt-mode fares no better in the larger scale. The Cyberverse Commander is the smallest so far, but the transformation sequence is well-executed, and the alt-mode holds together surprisingly well.

    1. So this is the same figure as the First Edition box set? I did not know that. Thanks for the info, Cythagen!

      So now I need to find the actual Voyager class figure. Too bad his alt mode isn’t any better…

  4. I’ll have to echo what Cythagen said. This is no Voyager Class figure, its the same as the Entertainment Pack Deluxe. That part of the review really threw me for a second.

    The Voyager class is a very nice figure, though the alt-mode is perhaps worse than this one you have now.

    1. Thanks Josh!

      I think I’ll be getting the real Voyager figure. Although I’m disappointed his transformation isn’t any better.

      1. Admittedly, the Voyager version has an even worse transformation. Especially going from Robot to Alt-mode. The Entertainment Pack Deluxe stands as my favorite Transformers Prime Megatron. The show accurate cannon, and added silver paint really helps.

        Thats not to say the Voyager is a bad figure, because its a cool toy, and definitely worth having if you want a more imposing Megatron.

        Looking forward to more Transformers review from you! (Or really any reviews from you, for that matter. Always enjoy ’em!)

        1. Thanks, Josh. 🙂

          I’ll probably have a couple more Transformers reviews in the next month or so. I ordered the Takara versions of Arcee and Soundwave. Damn Minicons coned me into buying figures over again. :/

  5. I’ve changed the article to reflect the proper classes, so hopefully I won’t be spreading too much more misinformation.

    A big thank you to everyone who helped correct my mistake. 🙂

  6. wait, so this is a deluxe? wow… impressive. second Prime/RID Megatron review I’ve seen, and I’m leaning more and more towards picking one up. Love it!

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