"Bumblebee" Power Series Megatron Toy Review
Release Date: November 2018
Price Point: $9.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Target, Walmart, Amazon etc.)
*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
The lifeblood of Transformers robots, Energon fuels the epic battles on Earth and beyond.
Now, imagine harnessing the Transformers energy source with Energon Igniters figures. Convert this Energon Igniters Power Series Megatron figure between robot and tank modes in 9 steps. Then plug the Energon Igniters core (not included) into the vehicle and push down to unleash driving action. This Megatron figure stands at a 5-inch scale with eye-catching detailing. Look for the Energon Igniters core sold with Power Plus Series and Nitro Series figures (each sold separately).
Megatron rolls his optics at the Autobots slowing down to protect the humans. With gladiator speed, he converts into tank mode and barrels through obstacles that stand in his way. Harness Energon Igniters tech and unleash the power within.
In September of 2018 Hasbro launched its "Bumblebee" toy line based on the live action movie. Much of this toy line was aimed at a younger audience, relying on the "Energon Igniter" gimmick. More complex and detailed figures for the movie would be folded into the "Studio Series" and "Masterpiece" lines instead. The "Energon Igniter" gimmick was spread across several classes of figures including the "Power Plus Series" which consisted of figures that were roughly 5 inches (12.70cm) tall with very simple transformations. Unlike the figures in the "Power Plus" series, the "Power Series" do not include the "Energon Igniter" accessory, meaning to utilize this figure's full potential you need to get the "Energon Igniter Core" accessory from another figure.
Megatron was created as a "filler" figure for the Power Series of figures. The character does not appear in the "Bumblebee" movie and the form this figure is based on is actually the "Revenge of the Fallen" Megatron who transformed into a tank that could also fly.
It would be very easy to mistake the Power Series figures for One Step Changer figures. They are roughly the same size (slightly bigger actually) and packaged on a wrap around card similar to the One Steps from previous lines. The front of the packaging has Bumblebee cross armed with the "Energon Igniters" and "Transformers" logos on the right. The wraparound part in front shows the figure in robot mode with the "Transformers Bumblebee" movie logo and the character's name. The figure itself is in vehicle mode resting on a plastic tray.
The back of the packaging has the four step instructions on the left with photos of the figure in both modes in the middle. On the right side the vehicle mode is shown off utilizing an Energon Igniter Core to activate its extra weapons. The packaging primarily utilizes yellow, beige and black colors, making it very distinctive from previous Transformers lines which tend to focus on more stark white and black colors for the background.
Megatron's "Revenge of the Fallen" vehicle mode was a tank that could sprout wings and fly. It always had a vaguely crab-like appearance between the large dome/turret on top and the jagged shapes that made up so much of Megatron's body. This interpretation of that vehicle carries over a lot of its design elements including the robot head in the front (right under the tank barrel), four different tread sections, a rounded tank turret section and layers of armor over the top of each tread. The detailing is nice and intricate. I really like the sculpting on this figure.
Unlike the "Revenge of the Fallen" design, this tank mode is much more streamlined. The areas around the treads are not as bulky and the turret section sweeps back and is nowhere near as wide as the CG model from that film. While this may not be 100% "screen accurate" it actually does wind up looking very cool. I kind of like how the turret "shell" does not get in the way of other details, allowing them to shine.
Megatron is cast in a grey blue and gunmetal grey plastic. The blue makes up most of the figure with the gunmetal grey making up smaller parts. Gunmetal grey is used to paint several sections including the sides of the treads. The armor on the top of the treads is painted silver along with some tiny details on the turret. A tiny bit of red can be seen on Megatron's head in the front of the vehicle. Overall I really like the look of this vehicle mode. It has nice colors and fantastic detailing.
As part of the "Power Series", you can connect an Energon Igniter Core to the vehicle. Slide it into the back of the vehicle and connect the peg on the Core into the port that looks like a thruster on a jet. This will push out the wings under the turret to the sides, effectively making this the "aerial tank" mode. Push down on the tab on the Igniter Core and it will propel the tank forward! Depending on your imaginary scenario, the tank can be rolling along the ground or flying through the air. This is probably one of my favorite uses of the Igniter Cores. On top of all that, there is a 5mm port on the top of the turret, allowing you to attach an additional weapon.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Disconnect the Igniter Core if attached.
- Swing the wings back if they are out to the sides.
- Swing all four tread sections out to the sides.
- Swing the section with the robot head up, then turn the head around.
- Straighten out the legs.
- Pull the tread/feet forward.
- Swing out each forearm/hand section on the arms.
Megatron's robot mode has several design elements carrying over from the "Revenge of the Fallen" design. First there is his iconic looking head design complete with scary looking teeth and points sticking up at an angle in the back. Other details from the movie model include asymmetrical shoulder armor designs, a series of angled panels on the torso, the claw like hands and treads serving as his feet. Like the vehicle mode, the robot mode does a great job looking mean and dangerous!
This mode shows off plenty of the blue plastic but now some more gunmetal grey parts show include the forearms/claws, feet and chest. His eyes are painted red. Megatron was never particularly colorful in the live action films so I am thankful this figure did not wind up just being all one color. The gunmetal grey and the blue help break up any potential monotony and it looks great.
There are nine points of articulation on this figure, which is exceptional for the Power Series Class of figures who average 4-6 points. His claws are also designed to hold weapons from other figures with 5mm pegs! These were very pleasant surprises in the Power Series which has not been high on functionality.
Megatron is the best of the Power Series figures thus far. I appreciate it being an original sculpt with a bit more functionality than the other Power Series figures. Recommended!
- Sculpt looks fantastic in both modes (even with design compromises).
- Good articulation in robot mode.
- You can connect extra weapons to the figure.
- Could use a tad more deco in both modes to bring out sculpted details like the shoulder armor.
- The vehicle mode has a big opening in the back for the Energon Igniter Core which may bother some fans.