|Character Design||Don Figueroa|
Review by JoshB
This version of Megatron is based off of his appearance in the ongoing Transformers (2013) comic by IDW Publishing. Designed by fan-favorite Transformers artist Don Figueroa, Megatron takes on the form of s stealth bomber similar to the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit.
Also worth noting is that this release is part of the "Thrilling 30" commemorating the 30th anniversary of Transformers.
As it is packaged in robot mode, that's where we will start.
Megatron stands XX tall and actually has a nice silhouette to him when in robot mode. It is very reminiscent of the Macross 7 VF-17D Stealth Valkyrie.
Articulation in this mode is excellent, with the hollow legs actually benefiting the toy in this case. Granted they are hollow for transformation rather than for cost-cutting measures.
And what is Megatron without his arm cannon? Two halves of the wings assemble and plug into the hole on the arm in the standard 5mm port. The gun is a little dopey looking in my opinion.
Transformation is nothing revolutionary, but the cool thing is you can stop halfway and make a gerwalk mode like the Macross toys. This is unofficial, but it sure looks cool.
In bomber mode there's a front landing gear, but that's it. It looks good, but some of the panels don't want to sit flush, especially where the former weapon parts become wings. In fact, I had a lot of difficulties with these parts in general. They are supposed to slide in and out with a lever action, but mine never worked right and one side actually fell apart.
The 5mm ports are now shown on the back of the vehicle mode, where you can mount any other Transformer's weapons. It looks very cool.
Overall it's a decent robot at a decent price. There aren't many out of this recent batch of Transformers that I'm interested in, but the design nod to Macross got me to make this purchase. I don't regret it.
|Posted 11 February, 2014 - 07:50 by JoshB|