Thursday, March 29, 2012

Transformers Prime RID: Voyager Class Megatron

Hey everyone, back again with a look at the next figure in the Transformers Prime: Robots in Disguise line, and this time it's none other than the Leader of the Decepticons himself...


The ruthless tyrant has arrived to conquer your toy shelves and crush any figures who stand in his way. But how does this big bad bot stack up on a TF shelf? Lets take a look and see your ourselves.

Megatron come packaged in a window box display, and is in robot mode. This method of packaging has been common for Hasbro's Voyager Class figures since the "Hunt For the Decepticons" line in 2010. The front shows everything you are getting and has a hole in the window so you can try the weapon's "Powerizer" gimmick. Information on the character can be found on the side and the back features pictures of the figure that look photoshopped to be more chromed than the figure really is. The packaging is nice and MIB collectors will enjoy it, but its time to open up and see Megs in all his glory.

Megatron's robot mode is a site to behold. Big, powerful, and menacing, that's what Megatron is all about and this figure shows it. The terrifying visage is as close to show accurate as a toy can get. The translucent purple plastic in his chest, arms and eyes make him seemingly glow with Dark Energon. His sculpt has a brushed steel look and feel all over, which just add more to his look. Megatron has 17 points of articulation including a ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel forearms, hinged wrists, ball jointed hips, swivel thighs, hinged knees and hinged feet. You can add 4 more points if you include the articulation for the shoulder armor. The paint job is ok, but it could have been better, mostly by replacing the bronze bits with a gunmetal grey color.

Megatron's Arsenal is headed up by his trademark Fusion Cannon. Now this beauty is a bit bigger than on the show. This is forgivable though because everyone knows Megatron likes his guns big and highly destructive. His powerizer gimmick enables the cannon to transform into a sword much like the MechTech weapons of the "Dark of the Moon" line. This time though, the cannon lights up as it transforms. While the weapon cannot lock into it's sword mode, the blades of the sword arn't molded onto any gears. This means that the blades can move independent of the gimmick, you just have to hold the button in place to keep the gears from turning as you move them. This is great if you like to pose Megs with his mighty blade extended. Actually learned this fun fact from Peaugh's review of Megs on Youtube. The other weapon he comes with is a spiked gauntlet that pegs onto either of his arms. We haven't seen this one in the show yet, but why complain about an added weapon.

Transformation to alt mode is a bit tricky to master, especially in the legs. The transformation of the legs is rather fiddly and getting the wings in the right position with the shoulder pads in the way is tricky. The alt mode itself is of a Cybertronian fighter jet. It looks good from the front and above, but any other angle is questionable at best. The fusion cannon sits on top of the jet looking like an oversized thruster with the battle gauntlet pegged on it.

Standing Megatron and Optimus together, you can see they stand pretty close to eye to eye level. This isn't really show accurate as Megatron should be a littler taller. Other than that, they look good together. Looking at Megs with his past incarnations shows how he gives major nods to G1 ad Animated. You can also see how the extra large Fusion Cannon is staple in Megatron designs. Putting him with his troops its apparent that he fits in well. The scale in PRID has been better than the many lines of the past, and Megatron doesn't disappoint in that department.

Over all, Megatron is a superb figure that is easy to recommend. With only minor quibbles like the bronze plastic and fiddly leg transformation to complain about, there are a lot of things to be happy with. If you collect Transformers Prime figures, Megatron is a must have.

See you next time

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