Megatron feat. Nike FREE 7.0
Review by JoshB
This is the companion piece to the Convoy feat. Nike FREE 7.0 sneaker. This one isn’t any better. In fact, it’s basically the same toy with a different head and paint job.
Megatron feat. Nike FREE 7.0 is a collaboration between Takaratomy and Nike. In some way, I guess it makes sense. Some of the original Transformers were from the Microman Microchange series, which consisted of everyday objects (Cassette players) that turned into robots. The big difference is that Microchange were supposed to be actual size, where this shoe is only about 1/2 the size of a regular shoe. The Nike Free shoe is a type of sneaker designed to feel like you are running in bare feet. The toys are meant to look just like the shoe.
As Transformers go, this is a pretty poor example. The parts all seem like they were rushed and not a lot of thought went into the design. The shoe shell feels hand carved, almost like folk art, and there is no interior detail. It’s like they stuck the design interns on this one. Articulation is minor and hampered by the large shoulder panels.
The head of this toy is poorly done and lacks execution. I mean, Megatron doesn’t have a mouth!
The weapons store neatly in the shoulder panels but look kind of lame when combined.
The packaging is neat, made to resemble an actual Nike shoebox, even down to the shoe size label. Inside is a catalog, info card, and instructions. It almost seems as if more work went into the box than did the toy.
One thing I didn’t mention in the convoy review is just how TERRIBLE this figure looks from behind! It’s a disaster.
To each his own.