I’ve been falling behind on my Transformers Prime reviews over the last few weeks, so I thought I’d play a little catch-up and review two. Today I’ve got the monstrous Darkness Megatron and the equally intimidating Arms Micron Dark Matter Calibur sword.
Last April I picked up Takara’s AM-05 Megatron figure. Although I was happy with his design and his Arms Micron, I wasn’t quite satisfied with his smaller Deluxe size. So when the preorder for the larger scaled AM-15 Darkness Megatron was announced I knew I had to snap it up.
Although Darkness Megatron shares the same basic design as his smaller counterpart, there’s so much more to this figure to like. First off, he’s a Voyager Class figure, which is truly the only way Megatron should ever be presented. His size gives the figure an intimidating edge and puts him perfectly in scale with his Deluxe Class minions.
But size isn’t everything, and I’m so glad I skipped Hasbro’s release of this figure. From what I’ve seen there’s nothing really wrong with Hasbro’s version, it’s just that Takara’s Darkness Megs has so many addition features. Most noticeably are his new metallic head, chest, and shoulders. These chromed bits do a fantastic job of highlighting Megatron’s menacing upper body and making a very stark contrast from his darker plastics.
The chromed bits aren’t his only nice plastic feature. Darkness Megs also has a translucent purple chest, forearms, and eyes that allow for some really fantastic light piping energon action. These glowing purple pieces also serve to make him even more menacing with the look of Dark Energon flowing through his frame.
Since this is a Takara release, most of Megatron’s paint apps have been replaced by stickers. But they did go ahead and paint the metallic purple areas of his legs and lower torso. The rest of the color variations on his body are molded black and gray plastic. All together these painted and molded pieces combine nicely with the translucent purple and chrome, so I didn’t even see a need to use stickers on the main figure.
Megatron’s articulation is decent. He’s got a ball jointed head, shoulders and hips. His wrists, elbows, knees and ankles are all hinge joints. His forearms and thighs are swivels. This really does allow for some nice posing, but he isn’t quite as limber as First Edition Starscream or Soundwave. Continue to page 2…