One of my favorite Transformers has always been the original Sharkticon. Ironically I’ve never owned the figure myself, but my cousin had one that I always played with when I visited. Even after the figure took a bad fall and lost one of those little clawing arms, I just considered it advanced battle damage that made him even tougher than his toy brethren.
Flash forward to present day…
Even though my adult collector self is concerned about scale, articulation, and likeness, I’m still a sucker for a hideously clashing paint job. Not really sure why, but I have a feeling it has something to do with all those crazy Batman variations that Kenner exposed me to in my formative years. Either way, I can’t deny my love for figures like Halloween Skeletor, or TF Prime’s Dead End, and now I get to add Sharkticon Megatron to that wonderfully clashing shelf.
You may be wondering, why is Megatron a shark? Well friends, you won’t find that answer anywhere in the TF Prime cartoon. This is strictly a spawn of the people who run the toy line. Apparently Megatron lay defeated and abandoned in a derelict spaceship after a three way battle with the Autobots and Predaking. As he groped around in the darkness he found an ancient weapon, the Tartarex Warp Sword, which repaired his wounds and transformed him into a more powerful beast-like form.
Not too bad for a fun toy explanation.
The surprising thing about Sharkticon Megatron’s sculpt is just how much of it is new. The figure uses a lot of the same underlying skeletal structure as his earlier Voyager class counterpart. His torso, lower chest armor, biceps, hands, thighs, and feet are all the same. There are also some bits of back kibble that form around the cockpit and other small transformation details which haven’t changed either.
Aside from those mostly minor pieces, everything else on the figure is newly tooled. The head has a longer chin with a more samurai-like helmet and almost bulbous eyes. The shoulder armor retained is spiky feel, only now with more of an organic coral influence. The chest armor has been replaces with a ferocious piranha face. The forearms are now rounded with large razor fins extending out the side, and even his shin armor is much more detailed with those organic spikes. Continue to page 2…