Revenge of the Fallen Leader Class Megatron Toy Review

in 2009, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Movie (2007), Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: October 2009
Price Point: $39.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Missile


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Rebuilt with parts cannibalized from other DECEPTICONS, MEGATRON rises once again to lead his army. Though the AllSpark destroyed him once, he can now feel its power coursing through his circuitry. It calls him to seize his rightful place as ruler over the puny planet on which he was imprisoned and destroyed, and from which he will launch his conquest of the universe. OPTIMUS PRIME® is all that stands between him and victory, and the AUTOBOT® leader has done a poor job of hiding himself. At long last, MEGATRON knows exactly where his enemy is, and he has power enough to destroy him.

Prepare for an exciting battle with this DECEPTICON leader! In robot mode, this mighty warrior features electronic speech and light-up eyes and chest that give away his diabolical intentions. And with a flip-out sword, this bad guy is ready to give AUTOBOT forces the fight of their lives! In tough alien tank mode, a firing fusion cannon and blasting sounds lets attackers know this villain means business. MECH ALIVE gearing reveals moving armor panels and internal gears so you can recreate some of your favorite movie scenes â or create your own! Grab this fearsome foe and roll out!

During the production of "Revenge of the Fallen", many people speculated as to whether the Decepticon leader Megatron would return. I never had any doubt, mostly because I figured they'd want new action figures of the leader, whose name is pretty much synonymous with the Decepticon faction. Pictures leaked on the internet soon enough and it was revealed Megatron would take on a new form, a tank (but one that could fly!). This Leader Class figure represents the character in its the largest main-line scale to date.

Robot Mode:
When Megatron returned from the dead, his form was similar to his original form. His body is still mostly jagged looking armor and sharp edges. the basic form is based on a skeleton. The idea is that Megatron looks like the embodiment of death in the form of an alien robot. This figure definitely represents all this general appearance very well. The part of the body that represents this best is his upper body both front and back. On the front several armor pieces angle towards the middle, reminding me of bones around a rib cage. On his back, there are details on the upper and lower back that converge in the middle that are reminscent of parts of a spinal cord. Add in the jagged teeth on his robot face and this is definitely one evil looking creature!

A fascinating aspect of the new Megatron design is its asymmetry when it comes to his arms. His right arm is larger than the left, with a pauldron inspired piece of armor on the top that sweeps up in a curve. His arm is large and has a missile launcher built into the inside with a huge claw on the outside. The left arm in contrast is much asmaller and almost skeletal looking, with two smaller claws and one long one. It must be a challenge for designers to create Megatron's hands since they are not conventional at all. They are mostly elongated claw-like fingers with no real defined palm. In most illustrations online, Megatron appears to have five fingers on each hand, but here he mainly seems to have three. The right arm is my favorite. Each of the main "claws" are huge and blade-like in shape (especially the "middle" finger, which really is a blade weapon). The missile launcher has four more claw/finger like extensions that appear to be wrapped around the missile. The fingers/claws on his left arm are significantly smaller but rather long in relation to each other.

Megatron's leg design is also fascinating. The top is normal enough. The thighs have the expected armor plates over machinery styling so common in the movie line. The sides of the thighs have weapon pods attached to them, giving him extra offensive capability in robot mode. His knees are covered in curved armor, looking like something you'd find on a traditional knight's armor. The lower legs however are quite different. Instead of regular armor or flat sections, the lower eyes are composed almost entirely of his treads from the vehicle mode. The treads basically form a Y shape starting at the knee and then forming a V shape at the bottom, giving the figure plenty of support. For the most part this reflects the design of the CGI model, but the weapons on his upper legs are an addition to that design.

The head design is a narrower version of the one from the first movie. It angles downward quite a bit, and several of the angled sections take a cue from the design of the Decepticon symbol. He has a V shaped cret on the top of his head, and plenty of triangular sections on the helmet pieces on the sides. His mouth is set in an open position with his sharp teeth bared, giving him an even more evil appearance. As sculpts go, I really like this one and the head just adds an exclamation point to the design of the rest of the body.

Megatron is cast in three plastic color: silver, black and translucent red. Most of the body is silver, the same as the CGI model. Black plastic is found on parts such as the right shoulder, left forearm and the treads on his legs. Smaller parts are black including the square pegs on his legs and the missile in his right arm. Paint applications are done in black, gold, silver and bright orange. Silver is the color you'll find the most, found on the sides of his treads along with some gold detailing. Gold is found on a small point at the center of his chest while the thrusters on his back have gold in the center. On the gold section on his chest is a black Decepticon symbol. Black paint is found on his face and torso. The blasters on his hips have a fantastic spray pattern on the front. The bright orange is found on his right arm, denoting the trigger that fires the missile in his arm. This sounds like a terribly simple color scheme, but in the context of the character, it works really well and reflects the look of the movie CGI model very well.

Megatron has eighteen points of articulation in this mode. A lot of this is focused on his legs, which can bend at the knees, hips and have a swivel joint that allows each to turn in and outwards. His arms are where the articulation is inconsistant since each one is different in design. The right arm is mostly straight with the main articulation points being at the shoulder area. Pressing the gold button on his chest causes a light to go off lighting up the face and chest as he yells "I am Megatron!" in a growl. Moving his right arm up activates a cannon firing sound and the aforementioned lights. Press the black button on the outer part of his right arm and a blade weapon swings down. Just swing it back and click it into place to reset it. Pressing the bright orange painted button launches his missile.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. I recommend ejecting his missile and setting it aside before transforming the figure, although this is not absolutely necessary.
  2. Pull the outer part of the right arm out to the side and then swing it up, connecting it to the upper arm.
  3. Swing the middle finger on the left arm up in between the two other claws.
  4. Swing each arm back at the shoulders.
  5. Pull the back panel out and swing it down.
  6. Split the lower body at the hips and swing each leg outwards.
  7. Swing the section with the thrusters down and clip it to the section revealed by splitting the waist section.
  8. Rotate the left arm onto the top section, bending it into a semi-V shape near the front of what will be the tank mode.
  9. Swing the right arm back and attach the clip on the underside of the turret to the black hinge piece in the center.
  10. Rotate the turret around to face forward.
  11. Swing the robot head up.
  12. Rotate each leg so it hangs over each half of the hip pieces.
  13. Rotate each hip piece up.
  14. Connect the square pegs on the knee sections to the gapes in the underarms.
  15. Swing out each rear tread half of the lower legs and rotate them around.
  16. Attach the rear tread to the clip on the thigh.

Vehicle Mode:
In "Revenge of the Fallen", Megatron transforms into a tank, but it's a curious type that has the ability to fly (from Earth to other planets fairly quickly to boot). The Voyager Class Megatron has many of the elements of that design in vehicle mode including wing like structures on the sides and a relatively thin structure. On the other hand, Megatron has a very thick looking vehicle mode that looks like a vehicle that would only be suitable on the ground. A lot of the "flatness" of the CGI model and the Voyager Class version are lost here. While this may sound like a bad thing, to me it gives the tank a much more solid and tough appearance, something I expect from a Leader Class figure.

Tough and dangerous are two words that easily describe this tank. The treads are wide and look like they'd crush anything you put in front of them. The cannon is mounted high in the center with Megatron's toothy smile looking at you from right under it. The turret is the primary weapon, but the hip weapons from the robot mode wind up on the sides of the vehicle, acting as independent cannons on the sides of the tank. Combined with all the sharp and jagged stylings all over the vehicle (including the very prominant blade on the top of the turret) and Megatron looks super dangerous, which is appropriate for the character.

Each tread has three wheels on the bottom that the vehicle can roll on. The orange button is prominant in this mode and lets you launch the missil ein the turret. While the turret does attach to the section behind the robot head, you can detach it and turn the turret from side to side. The dual blasters from the robot mode hips can also be moved independent of each other. While not a functional piece, the thrusters wind up on the back of the vehicle, right where they belong if this is to be believed as a flying tank.

All of Megatron's vehicle mode parts were visible in robot mode, so there are no color surprises here. He's still mostly silver and black with some silver and black paint. The gold colored thrusters are on the back. A bit dull? Sure. But it also fits the character's on screen model so any lack of colors can't really be blamed on the figure itself.

Final Thoughts:
Leader Class Megatron is a fantastic looking figure. I do have to grant, he doesn't really do a whole heck of a lot for a Leader Class figure, but in the movie he really wasn't shown doing much anyway, so I'd say you break even in that respect. He does have good play factor, a great sculpt and a rather unique transformation scheme. Recommended!