Revenge of the Fallen Legends Megatron Toy Review
Release Date: June 2009
Price Point: $5.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
- On Card
- Official Photo (Vehicle Mode)
- Official Photo (Robot Mode)
- Vehicle Mode
- Vehicle Mode (Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Back)
- Vehicle Mode (Forward view)
- Vehicle Mode (Angle view)
- Robot Mode
- Robot Mode (Side)
- Robot Mode (Back)
- Robot Mode (Close up)
Text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
Roll out against AUTOBOT forces as you stage your own battles with this MEGATRON figure. Engage with the good guys in robot mode, then quickly maneuver for robot-to-vehicle conversion and crush them in fusion tank mode! Add this DECEPTICON ally to your collection and fight for the fate of the Universe!
DECEPTICON villain figure converts from robot mode to fusion tank mode and back again!
Death has always been a rather salient concept in Transformers lore. It's almost a running joke at this point that Optimus Prime never actually dies, he just gets taken out of a story for a while only to return later. The same it seems can be said for Megatron, who has undergone a couple of "rebirths" himself throughout Transformers history. In "Revenge of the Fallen", the Decepticon leader returns with a new form and new toys including a Legends Class figure.
I wasn't too impressed with the Legends Class Megatron from the previous Transformers movie series, so I didn't have high hopes for this one either. Megatron's form is a rather generic one in the movies. Lots of sharp, angled panels everywhere with a Decepticon-symbol-esque head and tons of jagged bits. The difficulty is that from this rather generic form, you have to create a functional vehicle mode and transformation, and that often leads to problems in smaller figure scales.
In this case the problem with megatron are his spindly arms. Most of this figure is bulky looking. His head has the wide, armored head design of the first movie's Megatron design. His chest splays out to the sides wide and his legs are set wide apart (looking almost bow-legged) with thick legs made up of his tank mode treads. Then you get to his arms and they're super thin panels with thin bits for the lower arms. The problem with this is functional. If you move his arms around a bit on their ball joints, they have a tendency to pop off left and right, which gets really annoying after a while. Also, while this may not be reflective of all the Megatron figures out there, I was a bit annoyed that the left lower leg on my Megatron wasn't actually attached to the upper leg. It's supposed to be connected on a hinge but when they assembled mine they must have just missed it. The piece holds in well enough, but it falls out during transformation.
Now, I'm not going to sit here and be a total hater. There are some strong points to this figure. While I may not like the way the parts are assembled or the spindly arms, the fact is Megatron is a very well detailed figure. His head design reflects the helmeted look of the movie and his chest as all the sharp curves of the armor shown in the CGI model. His right arm ends in a cannon arm whereas the left has the spiked weapon "morningstar" type weapon from the first movie. His treads are well detailed and I like the way the armor panels on his legs angle downward towards the inner thighs. From a purely artistic standpoint he looks cool though I do find part of me wishing he had fists or fingers. Still, having his weapons constantly deployed is rather threatening looking!
Megatron is cast in silver and black plastic. Silver, black and red paint are used to color in details, sometimes to represent overlapping parts. For instance, the sharp panels on his legs are painted silver while the treads are black. His eyes are painted red and contrast nicely against the silver head.
There are eight points of articulation on this figure, which is quite a bit for a Legends Class figure. His shoulder joints are ball joints allowing for a wide range of movement (if you don't pop the arms off first). His legs move at the hips and knees as well. True, most of these articulation points are needed for the transformation, but I like it when the functionality of the robot mode is worked into the transformation.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Straighten out both arms.
- Swing the back panels forward and connect the two arms together with the left lower arm fitting under the right lower arm.
- Swing each lower leg back and connect the tabs on the lower legs to the rectangular slots on the panels connected to the arms.
A tank mode is something that has been associated Megatron for years now. When Generation 2 was released, G1 Megatron took on the updated form of a tank (partly due to the inability to reissue him as a gun). After taking on an aerial form in the last movie, a tank mode was a natural next step. This tank form is not a human tank however but a Cybertronian design. Like his robot mode, it's jagged looking, looking like a bit like H.R. Giger's idea of a tank. What I like about the design is the way a lot of the metal panels on the sides seem to point forward, smoothly curving towards the center of the tank. It gives this deadly vehicle a certain deadly elegance. The tank turret and barrel share this aesthetic, with a vertical fin in the center towards the back and sharp looking panels flaring out at the sides. The other details I like in the tank mode are the sides of his treads. Instead of just a row of circles, you'll find several interconnected, raised designs on top of the circles typically found in tank tread designs. This gives him a slightly more alien appearance that looks fantastic.
In this form, the newly revealed its are panels on the side towards the back. These are cast in black but painted silver. A black Decepticon symbol can be found on the right side. The rest of the parts were all visible in robot mode so no surprises there.
The tank rolls on four silver wheels on the bottom of the treads. The barrel can be moved up and down as well.
You know, I honestly don't want to give this guy a weak rating. I like some of the sculpted parts, I really dig the tank mode and he's fairly CGI model accurate for the scale. However, I simply cannot ignore a misassembled leg and arms that constantly fly off. Oh, and one of his arms was already popped off in package. Sadly, this is one figure I'm going to have to go against recommending.