Dark of the Moon Activators Megatron Toy Review

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Dark of the Moon

General Information:
Release Date: July 2011
Price Point: $7.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images and text below in italics from The Official Transformers web site:
MEGATRON has dozens of plots running at any time. He suffers defeat only as a temporary setback to his larger goals. This time, nothing will stand in the way of a final victory over OPTIMUS PRIME and his AUTOBOTS.

Spring into action with this vehicle-to-robot villain! Switch your mighty MEGATRON figure from Mack Truck mode to battle-ready robot mode with just the click of a button. Then convert him back to vehicle mode so he can chase down his enemies. As the battle rages on, keep clicking to convert him back and forth so he can handle whatever his enemies throw at him!
Ages 4 and up.

For years now, Hasbro has worked hard to introduce Transformers to kids at younger ages. Part of this involves releasing Transformers that have simplistic transformations and have few to no accessories, making them an easy to understand, single package of fun. The term "Activators" has been used in the Transformers line before. Originally these were from Transformers Animated, representing simplified, but show accurate versions of the characters. This line is different however, representing a much more simplified transformation scheme and much more squat and cute looking versions of the characters they represent.

The second wave of "Activators" in "Dark of the Moon" was headed up by none other than the leader of the Decepticons, Megatron!

Vehicle Mode:
The Activators in this line use the vehicle modes seen in the movie. In this case, Megatron has his "Mack truck" form. While its proportions are somewhat compressed, the front half of the vehicle actually looks very close to the other versions of the character (including the Cyberverse and Voyager Class figures). It has a lot of the requisite details including the front cage complete with spikes, the "Mack" logo and even the small Mack truck "bulldog" in front. The sides have raised panels and circles representing the parts where the armor panels are attached and he features tinier details like the door handles and hinges. The proportions are also not super exaggerated, which helps give him more of a sense of menace in appearance.

Where the proportions of the figure do go a bit wonky is the back end, and that's on purpose given the back end is supposed to be rather long. Here it's actually smaller than the front end, but it features a flattened version of his fuel tank complete with wheels attached to the sides. This rear section definitely makes him look more "cute" and fits in with the aesthetics of the Activators sub-line.

Megatron is cast in three plastic colors: light brown, black and metallic purple. The brown makes up most of the figure, with the black used on smaller parts like the wheels and the cage in the front. The purple is used for the extension in the back that activates his transformation. I dig the use of purple instead of red or blue for this piece. It really emphasizes the "Decepticon" nature of the vehicle and character. A bit of paint is used to provide additional detailing. This includes dark blue on the windows, silver on the sides and fuel tank as well as the smokestacks. It's not a super complicated paint job, but it works well for the character and evokes the on-screen version of the vehicle nicely.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Press the purple section and the figure will complete most of its transformation by itself.
  2. The sides of the vehicle's front end swing up to reveal the robot arms.
  3. To reverse the transformation, move the arms back into place and then press the purple section in the back again.

Robot Mode:
Megatron's robot mode is a super simplified version of his CGI model from the movie, but that said, i was surprised to see just how detailed it was! Many of the details from the movie carry over into this figure. His head has the right side damaged and torn up, just like it appears in the film. His torso has the many layered panels that resemble the chest and abdominal muscles of a human being and his legs have the blocky, angled designs seen on other versions of this character. Adding to the details are mechanical details on the shoulder joints and even thin arms ending in claw hands sculpted into the inside of each arm piece (which are themselves formed from the sides of the vehicle's front end). The details don't just appear in the front. Turn the figure around and there are additional details on the back including his "spinal column" in the center and truck details on the back of the legs. Overall it's some great sculpting for a figure that's supposed to be a simplified version of Megatron.

In this form, brown becomes the primary color, with some of the newly revealed parts cast in silver. Paint details are done in silver, purple, red and black. The silver is used really nicely, providing larger details on the torso and back as well as fine detail on the robot head. His eyes are painted red and the sculpted Decepticon symbol in the center of the chest is painted purple. The colors work really nicely and provide some great additional details to a nice sculpt.

There's not much functionality to speak of for this figure. It's quite bare bones in that respect. However, the arms are able to move up and down, so he's not completely immobile. As play value goes, a younger set of Transformers fans will definitely have no trouble with this toy.

Final Thoughts:
Activators Megatron is a cute little toy. For its class size/design it really has some fantastic sculpting and deco. Recommended if you're looking for a figure for younger kids who want a Megatron in their collection that's easy to transform, but still scary looking!