"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Megatronus Toy Review
Release Date: October 2015
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: Toys R Us Exclusive
"Clash of the Transformers" is a Toys R Us exclusive line of Transformers figures from the "Robots in Disguise" toy line. This line focuses on the arrival of Megatronus in the show and features redecos of figures from the various classes of figures in the toy line including Legion to 3 Step Changers.
Unlike the other Warrior Class figures in this toy line, Megatronus is a new sculpt representing The Fallen as he appeared in the cartoon. This sculpt is going to be released as a mass release figure in an upcoming wave of Warrior Class figures. However that release will have a different head sculpt and a slightly different deco. As of this writing (November 23, 2015) there has been no listing for this specific figure on Toys R Us' web site even though other "Clash of the Transformers" figures are listed.
Megatronus is packaged on a blister card. The card art is based on the character's appearance in the cartoon. The side of the packaging has the "Transformers" logo set vertically with a circular "Clash of the Transformers" logo above it. On the bubble is a sticker indicating the figure is a Toys R Us exclusive. The back of the packaging shows the figure in both modes with the instructions. The bottom of the card has legal information in multiple languages.
When thinking about the character of Megatronus it is important to remember he is not Megatron. This character was one of the original 13 "Primes" and would later go on to betray his allies. This would lead him to being called "The Fallen". His appearance would later go on to inform the appearance of the Decepticon leader Megatron and his armor. Given that, Megatronus' design is all his own, though you can see where Megatron may have gotten some ideas for his own armor design.
Megatronus has a very bulky appearance despite the figure actually being about the same weight as other Warrior Class figures. I compared him to Warrior Class Bumblebee and the figures are about the same height and weight. Bumblebee is 2.7 ounces while Megatronus is about 2.8 ounces. The illusion of bulk is partly thanks to a wide chest design flanked by wide shoulder armor. His legs are also very thick, especially the lower legs. A lot of the details from the cartoon model have carried over into this figure including:
- The head sculpt features horns that angle back, resembling the Decepticon symbol. His face is covered with a cage like mask, which is how the character first appeared in the cartoon. The mass release of this figure will feature the head without the mask.
- Each shoulder armor piece has three vertical lines near the chest.
- The chest design has two large panels on the right and left which overlap a curved panel in the center.
- Each arm has a cannon mounted on the forearm which includes several vertical and horizontal lines. These cannons are analogous to Megatron's Fusion Cannon.
- The knee armor on Megatronus looks like it has blades sticking up at angles.
Overall the sculpt looks great. While the Legends Class figure was cool and there is the big "5 Step Changer" version, this is the figure class I think offers up the best compromise between sculpting and play value.
The two main plastic colors on this figure are silver and gunmetal grey. The two colors are mixed pretty evenly on the figure. The gunmetal is mostly found on the outer parts of the figure including his shoulder armor, forearms and lower legs. The silver makes up the rest (including his sword weapon). Paint colors on this figure include silver, purple, light blue and gunmetal. The silver and gunmetal paint is mostly used to balance out sections that are cast in one color, but need to be another. For instance his forearms are cast in silver, but the cannons are painted gunmetal. Purple is used on parts like his knee armor and the are around the wrist. Light blue gives him the signature "Robots in Disguise energy glow" that most characters on the show emanate. This includes the sculpted lines on his cannons and vertical lines on his mask. The finishing touch on the deco is a scannable Decepticon symbol on the center of his chest which you can use to unlock the character in the "Robots in Disguise" mobile app.
There are sixteen points of articulation on this figure. This four in each arm, three in each leg and even waist articulation. Megatronus' accessory is a sword attached to a long handle. He can hold the sword in his hands (which are standard 5mm ports) or you can attach it to the underside of the cannon on his right forearm, freeing his hands up to hold other accessories you may have lying around.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the sword and set it aside for now.
- Straighten out the arms.
- Swing each robot hand into the forearm.
- Rotate the forearms so the top of the forearms face outward.
- Swing each forearm up against the shoulder armor.
- Push the robot head back.
- Swing the chest panel down.
- Rotate the arms at the shoulders.
- Attach the sword to the right forearm cannon with the blade pointing down.
- Swing the two arms in and connect them in the middle to form the tank cannon.
- Rotate the cannon around so it points in the same direction as the two "drill bits" at the waist level.
- Move each leg up, then connect the tabs on the drill sections to the corresponding slots on the lower legs.
- Swing each knee armor piece back.
- Swing the section with the feet out, then back to extend the treads.
Megatronus' vehicle mode is a Cybertronian "H" style tank, with tread sections on the side jointed in a narrow middle section and a large tank turret on top. The turret feels a bit out of proportion with the rest of the tank considering tank cannon barrels are normally pretty narrow compared to the rest of the vehicle. Here the cannon has a wide barrel and opening at the end. In some ways he's reminiscent of "Transformers Prime" Shockwave which is a nice bit of design continuity. The treads are sculpted with wheel details but the figure actually rolls on four small wheels on the bottom of the tread sections. Other neat details include drills in front and missile pods mounted on top of the treads. The blade mounted under the cannon really adds to the threatening appearance of this vehicle.
This mode mostly shows off gunmetal grey on the tread section and silver on the turret. Purple and light blue are the main paint details on this figure. The light blue shows up on line details on the underside of the barrel. The purple is found at the edge of barrel and the missile pods. I would have liked a bit more detail on the treads, but there aren't a whole lot of details that seem to be neglected. The color scheme is mostly saved from looking plain by the use of the gunmetal grey plastic, which has a rich feel to it.
Aside from rolling on four small wheels, the tank turret can turn in a full circle which is pretty unusual for a Transformers figure. Unfortunately there are no additional attachment points for 5mm peg weapons. I think they could have squeezed one or two on the tread sections, but alas that was not to be.
Megatronus is a cool toy but the character definitely deserved the Voyager Class treatment. While I haven't reviewed it yet, the 5 Step Changer is a bit awkward as a toy and the Legion Class is of course meant to be more of a "pocket sized" version of the character so this is about as complex as he's going to get. If you've been focusing on the Warrior Class, definitely pick this guy up (or wait for the mass release version if you prefer him without his mask). Otherwise focus on getting Leader Class Megatron who is far more imposing.