Cybertron Toy Reviews: Megatron (Legends)

in 2005, Action Figure Review, Cybertron, Decepticon, Galaxy Force

General Information:
Release Year: August 2005
Retailer: Speciality Stores (Walgreens, Meijer's etc.)
Price: $4.99 (Depending on Retailer)
Accessories: None

Images:

Tech Specs:
Evil villain and leader of the Decepticons.

Strength: 10 Intelligence: 10 Speed: 10 Endurance: 9.5 Rank: 10 Courage: 10 Firepower: 10 Skill: 10

If you're going to have Optimus Prime in a wave of toys, somewhere nearby most likely you'll find a Megatron. Legends of Cybertron's first wave includes the Decepticon leader in all his Unicron armored glory.

Robot Mode:
The larger version of Megatron is quite ornate, and a lot of finer details wind up getting sacrificed in this smaller scale. However, this does not mean at all that the figure does not look detailed. All the major details from the larger toy carry through. The curved details on the shoulder armor, the layered vertical lines on the chest, the outlines on the cockpit section are all present. The legs are no different, with each section having a distinct set of details including the huge "wheels" on his lower legs and the curved lines on his upper legs.

Megatron is cast in orange and grey plastic. The grey provides a good soft base for the paint applications. The face is painted silver, and his chest is surprisingly detailed. On top of the chest is bright red, the vertical lines on the upper body are painted metallic green, and the central "cockpit" piece is metallic light blue with orange around it. The legs have metallic purple on the center piece of the lower legs. I was surprised to see that much paint detail on such a small toy.

Megatron has six points of articulation. This includes a welcome knee articulation, on ball joints no less! However, the arm articulation is a bit confounding. His arms are sculpted as one piece, with the lower arms slightly raised. However, his arms cannot move up and down at the shoulder. This is usually compensated by giving elbow movement, but here there is none, leading to a rather stiff armed Decepticon. His arms can swing out to the sides, but that almost seems a waste of a ball joint.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Fold in the robot fists into the lower arms.
  2. Swing the robot chest up.
  3. Swing in each arm and connect them together to form the front of the car.
  4. Swing the pieces mounted on his back forward, attach them to the robot arm pieces by the small hole and peg on each.
  5. swing the waist piece forward.
  6. On each lower leg, rotate the feet up.
  7. Swing the legs out to the sides, rotate the upper legs, then bring in the lower legs and connect each to the pegs on the central body.

Vehicle Mode:
As part of trying to figure out a way to put a Megatron into this line, a vehicle mode wound up being sacrificed. Personally I think the designers went with Megatron's better vehicle mode, his race car mode. The designers did a fantastic job of sculpting a lot of the same details you'll find on the larger toy. The front end is very sleek and dangerous looking, with curves and edges that give it a very "bat-like" feel. However, it is the rear section which holds most of the minute sculpted detail. The section where the Planet Key would be inserted on the larger toy is full of tubes, lines and circle detailing. The two cannons at the back have been included as well, along with the small details at the center of each tube.

In terms of paint scheme, the focus was on the front of the vehicle with the metallic purple seen on the robot legs used for the front section and the curved spikes on the sides (sculpted into a permanent down position here). A Decepticon symbol is found at the center, but towards the back there is no paint detail save for those carried over from the robot legs. The thing is, between the great sculpted detail and the abundance of colors in the front section, you really don't miss them in the back too much.

Megatron rols on the two front wheels and two smaller ones in the back. The huge rear "wheels" are just sculpted detail to replicate the appearance of the larger toy, but they are not functional.

Final Thoughts:
I am very impressed with the job done on Megatron for this assortment. He looks fantastic and true to the larger toy in both modes. The extra paint details are most welcome as well! Highly recommended.