Megatron (Prime), not to be confused with The Fallenon January 30, 2012 at 8:23 pm
We’d sort of guessed that there’d eventually be a Voyager Class-scale Megatron toy of his Transformers: Prime design. Hasbro probably wasn’t going to leave his only representation a Deluxe inside of a multipack. But we had no news of such a toy, no catalog listings or stolen test shots or anything. Until, that is, he suddenly showed up for sale across the ocean at Argos. Usually when we hear news of a toy, it’s six months in advance. The lead time between learning about Voyager Megatron and him being for sale was no more than a few hours.
And since I’ve been anticipating a larger Megatron toy for basically forever, and the multipacked Deluxe still being a no-show, I was willing to ship one from over there to here. I’m mad like that. I asked my Twitter followers for assistance, and a dude named Tricky ended up being my very awesome helper. He’s part of a podcast called The Nerdsphere Network, by the way. Go check it out.
Because the leadtime was so short, hopefully nobody had it in their heads too long that he was going to be gloriously shiny silver like the usually-airbrushed stock photography. No, Megatron is mostly a matte french gray. Some of his plastic is caramelly, like his feet, knees, hands, and fusion cannon. The difference between the gray and the caramel seems a little too pronounced in some photographs, but in person the effect comes off a lot better. It varies his colors up a bit without requiring paint or using a color too divergent from what he’s supposed to be.
The reason I love this Megatron design is his robot mode, and this is where the toy shines. He’s wide yet slick, a balance of monstrous and sophistication. Other than a lack of a waist joint, there’s enough articulation present to get him into most poses that I’d want. Some Megatrons look kind of dippy while raising their arm up in the air to aim their fusion cannon, but not this guy. The open palm helps a bit, but I’ll let you in on the real reason. The tops of his shoulders are actually separate from his biceps, and are suspended above them on struts. This not only helps him look better when his arms are going every which way, but they also help keep his pointy shoulder kibble from clipping his back kibble as you move his arms around. That would be a real problem otherwise.
The vehicle mode is… sufficient. It’s a little bulkier than I’d like, but I’m not sure any better could be done. Megatron is a big bulky dude, and he somehow extrudes himself out into a thin, sleek jet. The toy renders the jet much more thickly, with the legs obviously hanging underneath, and his shoulder spikes tufting out from under his wings like armpit hair. He’s 80% fuselage and 20% wingspan. It’s unfortunate. But it gives me a great robot mode, so at least the better mode is the one I wanted most.
The Voyager Class toys in this line are called Powerizers. This is because they have electronic lights. Megatron’s fusion cannon is where Megatron keeps his electronics, and there’s a Mechtech-like gimmickry engineered into it as well. If you push in the plunger in the back, segments of his sword swing forward and into place, in theory becoming a single blade. In practice, it’s tough to get the sword parts to align properly in both configurations. You can force the sword into a good configuration one end-point or the other, but never so it’s at a satisfactory alignment in both. When the plunger is pushed all the way in, a light inside the cannon turns on and shines into the back of the blade, lighting it up.
Megatron also comes with a handheld blade weapon that pegs into the top of his wrist while a grip slips into his palm. I think this is just an extra accessory for funsies. I can’t find anything like it on his character model in either modes.
Long story short, major digs for Megatron. His toy has gravitas, which is what was important to me. His vehicle mode has less gravitas, what with the whole stubby wings deal, but it’s not a dealbreaker to me. Plus, hey, light-up fusion cannon! And it doesn’t make horrible sounds like the original Galvatron toy!
Oh man, those sounds.