"Generations" Studio Series Megatron (SS-31) Toy Review

in 2019, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Generations, Revenge of the Fallen, Target Exclusive, Voyager, Studio Series

Generations

Studio Series

General Information:
Release Date: March 2019
Price Point: $29.99
Retailer: Target Exclusive
Accessories: None

Megatron

Official images and text in italics below from Target.com:

  • STUDIO SERIES VOYAGER CLASS - Transformers Studio Series Voyager Class figures are 6.5-inch collectible action figures inspired by iconic movie scenes and designed with specs and details to reflect the Transformers movie universe. Fans can collect figures inspired by favorite movie scenes to build the cast and pose their figures on their shelf.
  • 6.5-INCH SCALE BATTLE DAMAGED MEGATRON - The 31 Voyager Class Movie 2 Battle Damaged Megatron action figure features vivid, movie-inspired deco, including detailed battle-worn deco and a newly tooled battle-damaged head exclusive to the 31 Voyager figure. The figure is highly articulated for posability.
  • BIG SCREEN INSPIRED - Figure scale reflects the character's size in the world of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Premium figure and packaging are inspired by the iconic Pyramid Desert Battle scene where a battle-damaged Megatron fights to defend his master, The Fallen, against the powerful Jetwing Optimus Prime.
  • 2 ICONIC MODES - Features classic conversion between robot and tank modes in 32 steps. Perfect for fans looking for a more advanced converting figure. For kids and adults ages 8 and up.
  • REMOVABLE BACKDROP - Removable backdrop displays Battle Damaged Megatron figure in Pyramid Desert Battle scene. Fans can use the backdrop and pose their figures in the scene with their own style.
    Reach past the big screen and build the ultimate Transformers collection with Studio Series figures, inspired by iconic movie scenes and designed with specs and details to reflect the Transformers movie universe.

In the Pyramid Desert Battle from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, a battle damaged Megatron fights to defend his master, The Fallen, against the powerful Jetwing Optimus Prime.

This Studio Series 31 Voyager Class Movie 2 Battle Damaged Megatron figure converts from robot to tank mode in 32 steps. Remove backdrop to showcase Battle Damaged Megatron in the Pyramid Desert Battle scene. Figure features detailed battle-worn deco and a newly tooled battle-damaged head exclusive to the 31 Voyager figure.

  • Includes Transformers Studio Series 31 Voyager Class Movie 2 Battle Damaged Megatron figure, removable backdrop, and instructions.
  • Figure scale: 6.5 inches
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Warning: Choking Hazard -- Small parts may be generated. Not for children under 3 years.

2017 was a milestone in Transformers history. The live action movie series was now ten years old meaning an entire generation of fans had grown up in an era where they had a live action Transformers theatrical film every other year to watch. In 2018 Hasbro launched the "Studio Series", a "Generations"-esque line of figured focused on the live action movies. The series boasts several figures that are made in rough scale with each other using the CAD files from Paramount Pictures as the basis for the design. Part of the idea was also to fill in gaps in previous lines by making characters who had not appeared in the line previously.

Released ten years after "Revenge of the Fallen", this redeco and retool of Studio Series Voyager Class Megatron was a Toys 'R' Us exclusive in Canada and a Target exclusive in the United States. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Packaging:
The Voyager Class Studio Series figures are packaged in boxes similar in size to the boxes used for "The Last Knight". The boxes are vertical rectangles with a large window in the front. Instead of the lighter colors of "The Last Knight" boxes, this box takes a more "Generations" style approach, using a black background and a vertical "Transformers" logo to the right. Above that is the "Generations" logo. Reflecting the new, unified approach to the Transformers toy line both Hasbro and Takara Tomy's logos appear on the front of the packaging. Towards the lower part of the box is the logo for the specific film the character comes from. To the left is new package art with blue borders. The packaging also has package art on the side and a large collector number designated to each figure. In Megatron's case he is number 31. The idea is that you can line up all these figures on a shelf to show off the collection numbers. It's a neat idea and has kept me from tossing out the box so far.

The back of the box is mostly red with faded background art (reflecting the insert used as a background for the figure). The figure is shown in both modes calling out a 32 step transformation. The write up (such as it is) calls out the Pyramid Battle from the movie, which serves as a callback to Megatron becoming battle damaged in the film. The bottom of the back shows co-sells including Bonecrusher, Optimus Prime and Starscream.

Robot Mode:
During the events of "Revenge of the Fallen", Megatron is blasted in the head, severely damaging the right side of his face. This figure features a new head sculpt that pays homage to this part of the film. The new head sculpt looks like the previous one on the left side, but on the right side there are parts that appear "melted away" and the horns that stick out the side are all burnt and shriveled looking. His eye on that side is larger than the one on the left, showing that it is now fully exposed with no eyelids or brow over it. It looks very creepy and I love it. I am so glad the designers did not just go cheap and paint black on that side of the face or something. This feels more like a quality figure I would expect from "Studio Series".

While the new head sculpt is awesome, it is the deco on this figure that is outstanding. The brighter silver of the original release has been replaced by a darker silver while the other parts are black plastic. Dark silver "battle damage" is brushed on several parts including the torso and knee armor. This gives Megatron a rough, battle worn look which is appropriate (given the look of his face). Some sections of the torso are painted gold. Meanwhile the blade on the right arm and the fingers on the left are also painted gold. His eyes are painted red. A bit of grey paint is used on the cannon portion of his right arm. I am not exaggerating when I say that this deco is gorgeous. It beats the original's deco by a mile and reminds me of the deco on Leader Class Grimlock in terms of quality and detail.

All the joints on my copy of this figure are just as tight on those found on the first release of this sculpt. The blade on the right arm swings out without a problem. Just be careful with the fingers on his left arm given that they are soft plastic and can be warped fairly easily.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
A warning before you attempt the transformation of this figure. During every transformation I have done so far (about three times total while writing this review) the armor the the knees, thighs and the robot head have popped off. All these parts are held in via small nubs instead of pins or pegs so the slightest pressure tends to send them flying off. By the fourth time I decided to actually just detach these pieces and reattach after the transformation. Your results may vary but I wanted you to be warned.

  1. Straighten out the arms and legs.
  2. Push the claw on the right arm in.
  3. Push the halves of the feet together.
  4. Extend the knee joint down, straightening out the legs further.
  5. Push the heel pieces up.
  6. Swing the thigh armor out.
  7. Rotate each leg around.
  8. Swing each grey armor piece on the feet over the threads.
  9. Swing each robot arm forward at the shoulders.
  10. Swing the back panel back and unfold the front of the turret and the cannon barrel.
  11. Pull each leg out to the sides at the hips. This will swing the legs out on a series of hinges.
  12. Push the fingers on the left hand together.
  13. Swing the left arm against the back. there is a tab on the arm that fits into a corresponding slot on the torso panel.
  14. Swing the right arm against the back of the torso panel. Turn the forearm and connect the tab on it into the corresponding slot on the torso panel.
  15. Push the robot head down and swing the head up.
  16. Rotate the robot legs at the hips to move the treads forward.
  17. Push each leg in, connecting the leg/treads to the tabs on the torso panel.
  18. Swing the thigh armor out so they wind up at the bottom of the tank mode.
  19. Push the tank turret/cannon section down, swinging it back slightly so the tab on it connects to the corresponding slot on the arm underneath.
  20. Swing the two "V" shaped panels on the insides of the front treads over the robot head.

Vehicle Mode:
The tank mode features no tooling changes. It still looks like a dangerous machine that can roll over anything in battle while blasting away with its central cannon or the two smaller guns mounted on the sides of the turret section. It is a very cool looking tank, featuring some awesome smaller detailing, especially around the treads.

The colors used on this figure come together to make this mode look a lot darker and more grungy than its predecessor, and it totally works for it. Add on the dark grey "battle damage" and the beautiful gold on the turret and treads and you have a really beautiful deco that makes the thank look like it has seen some major combat. I love the way the dark grey (and some black) paint are blended together with the gold to form a beautiful, cohesive deco.

Final Thoughts:
"Battle Damaged" Megatron is a fantastic redeco of the "Revenge of the Fallen" Studio Series Megatron. If you are choosing between the two, this is the version I would recommend purchasing. Recommended!

Pros:

  • Fantastic sculpt in both modes.
  • Excellent deco.
  • Good articulation.

Cons:

  • Some parts like the knee armor pop off way too easily.
  • Missing the "flying tank" wings.