"Cyberverse" One Step Changer Megatron (2019) Toy Review

in 2019, Action Figure Review, Cyberverse, Decepticon, One Step Changer

Cyberverse

Megatron

General Information:
Release Date: February 2019
Price Point: $9.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Target, Walmart, Amazon etc.)
Accessories: None

*Images and text below from Amazon.com:

  • 4.25-INCH MEGATRON FIGURE: 4.25-inch 1-Step Changer Megatron Action Attackers figure inspired by the Cyberverse animated series. Makes a great gift.
    REPEATABLE ATTACK MOVE: Simply convert the evil Decepticon Megatron to activate signature Fusion Mega Shot Action Attack move.
  • 2-IN-1 TOY: Easy conversion kids ages 6 and up can do! Quickly convert Megatron from tank to robot mode in 1 easy step. Please note that since Transformers toys are made for children, some parts are designed to detach if too much force is applied. That way, the pieces can be reattached should separation occur.
  • G1-INSPIRED CLASSIC CYBERVERSE CHARACTER: Black and gray Megatron robot toy inspired by the tyrannical Decepticon leader from the Transformers Cyberverse cartoon, as seen on Cartoon Network and YouTube.
  • TV-SHOW-INSPIRED: Transformers robots are giant battling bots from the planet Cybertron. The Autobots and Decepticons traveled from Cybertron on their spaceships, the Ark and the Nemesis, in pursuit of the powerful Allspark. Each Transformers robot has 2 modes. They convert from robots to vehicles such as cars, trucks, jets, and tanks!

"Picture this: me, on Earth, still cooler than everyone this side of Optimus Prime, but I’ve got zero memories. Now I’m on a mission to recover my memories and discover all of my awesome powers. I’ll have to battle Decepticons, outrun an explosion or two, and be heroic- basically, I’m in for one epic ride across the Cyberverse." --Bumblebee"

Experience the excitement of quick conversion with figures that change between modes in 1 easy step! (Each figure sold separately). Convert Megatron from tank to robot mode with 1 quick step that activates Megatron figure’s Fusion Mega Shot Action Attack move! Kids can collect other Action Attackers figures, each sold separately, to discover the signature attack moves of favorite characters from the Cyberverse series -- one of the best ways to introduce young kids and new fans to the exciting world of Transformers! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

Originally started in mid-2018, the "Cyberverse" toy line continued into 2019 with more entries into established price points such as the One Step Changers. In a bit of a surprise, hot on the heels of the late 2018 release of a One Step Changer Megatron, another Megatron was released in the same sub-series. This is a whole new figure and not a retool or redeco of the previous version.

Packaging:
The "Cyberverse" 1-Step Changer packaging is very similar to the 1-Step Changer packaging from the tail end of "Robots in Disguise". Instead of sitting in a bubble on a card, the figure is attached to a plastic tray in vehicle mode. This is then glued to a card that folds around the figure. This packaging uses a striking blue and yellow combination of colors. A vertical "Transformers" logo sits on the right side with a Decepticon symbol above it. The front section has a photo of the toy in robot mode and the name of the character. The background features character artwork and the "Cyberverse" logo. The back of the box features Megatron in both modes, featuring his transformation. It also shows his cosells from the same case: Bumblebee and Prowl.

Vehicle Mode:
Megatron's vehicle mode is a Cybertronian tank. Like the previous One-Step Changer, this tank mode features four distinct tread sections and lots of mechanical detail and armor sculpted over it. While there is a turret section on top, it is dwarfed by the large Fusion Cannon mounted on top of the vehicle. There are some nice, smaller details on the figure including panels with the letter "X" on them running along the sides and small rocket launcher pods on the sides. From a sculpting perspective the only part that sticks out as odd are the robot feet in the back which feature rocket booster like details pointing up. Clearly these are intended for the robot mode and not this form.

Megatron is cast in silver, black and red plastic. Silver makes up most of the body of the tank while the Fusion Cannon is black and red. There is red and silver paint filling in some detailing on the tank. The finishing touches are two purple Decepticon symbols on the sides of the turret section. For a One-Step Changer, this deco looks good. The key is that the colors help visually break up sections so it does not look too one note.

The vehicle rolls on four small wheels on the underside of the tank. The "action feature" in this mode is an interesting one. At first you would think the cannon fires a missile. However, if you push the back of the "missile" sticking out of the Fusion Cannon it actually pushes forward a "blast" effect which shoots out of the front! It is a very dramatic feature and it fits the character perfectly. If you have another figure in front of Megatron, it will also likely knock them over, adding to the play pattern.

Transformation to Robot Mode:
Pull the back end of the tank down then swing it forward. The robot mode will unfold. Lock the back end of the tank (now the feet) in place.

Robot Mode:
In my review of the previous "Cyberverse" One-Step Megatron I mentioned that the robot mode was very chunky and that it was a shame the cannon could not be detached and mounted onto the right arm. I am happy to say there are no such issues with this One-Step Megatron! While his proportions are still rather bulky, it is much more aligned with the look of the animation model. Also, the way the figure transforms, the cannon from the vehicle mode winds up on the right arm. He still has a lot of the "Cyberverse" animation model details including the G1-esque head, blocky shoulders with octogons on the front, the "control panel" in the middle of the body and leg designs that echo G1 Megatron's "gun handle" legs. Overall the sculpt looks great for the size class.

This mode mostly shows off silver plastic. The Fusion Cannon is black and red plastic. Some silver, black and red paint is used for detailing on parts like the head, mid-body and feet. A purple Decepticon symbol is found on the center of the chest. Megatron is not exactly the most colorful Transformers character out there, so this simple color scheme suits him just fine.

There are two points of articulation on this figure: the arms. Each can swing up and down. The "cannon blast" action feature can still be used in this form. Interestingly enough, the Fusion Cannon has a 5mm port on one side, allowing you to attach an additional weapon to give Megatron more combat power! I was happy to see this since the fists do not have any ports in them. Thanks to Megatron's feet being rather large, can stand up just fine with both arms up.

Final Thoughts:
Of the two One-Step Changer Megatron figures in "Cyberverse" I much prefer this one. The proportions are nicer in robot mode and I am glad the cannon winds up on his arm. The transformation is smooth and elegant and the sculpt looks great. Recommended if you are a fan of One-Step Changers.

Pros:

  • Good sculpt in both modes.
  • Good proportions in robot mode.
  • Good deco (for the size class).
  • Fun transformation.
  • Fun action feature.

Cons:

  • Limited articulation.