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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Prime - Megatron

"Megatron began his life as a gladiator, built to fight in the brutal darkness of the Kaon pits. It was there that he learned that the strong survive and the weak perish, and there that he became determined to be the strongest of all. His conquest began there, and has since burned its way across the universe."

Faction: Decepticon
Size Class: Voyager Powerizer

Strength: 10
Speed: 8
Rank: 10
Firepower: 10
Intelligence: 9
Endurance: 10
Courage: 8
Skill: 6
Robot Mode
Megatron's robot mode is mostly light grey, but with some purple highlights visible as well. His form is a masculine bi-pedal robot with wing kibble on his back. Due to the nature of the purple plastic on his body, if placed in a reasonable enough light source he will seem to glow with energon (much like how they do in the WFC games)
Megatron's torso is very simple, he features a purple body covered in light grey armour, which covers his abdominal area and chest, but leaves some gaps for accents of colour to break up the scant grey. In dead center on his chest he has his Decepticon insignia on a purple background. His head is attached via a ball joint connector that allows it to move as far as possible (which isn't much due to the height of his shoulders) but it is enough for you to pose him in a smug titled head pose if you want (And you know you want to). 
Megatron's head itself is mostly made of a grey angular helmet with some eye-brow chevrons pointed out the  sides above his eyes. Megatron's face is silver and sculpted with a skull-like feel to it, with him have a recess where his nose should be and some small fangs in his mouth as well. His eyes are purple and can light up by activating the light-piping feature found on the back of his head.

Megatron's upper arms are connected to his upper torso by a ball-joint connector that give sit full articulation, however the articulation is hindered by the shoulder pads that are placed over the tops (to hide the connection, and gives him decoration). Megatron's elbow is formed from a hinge-joint that leads to a pivoting joint at the top of the lower arms, thus allowing the lower arms to rotate as far as needed, and also flex inward as far as possible too. The hands are connected to the lower arms by a hinge joint each that can fold in on themselves. The hands themselves are sculpted with sprawled claw-like fingers that feature a hidden peg hole as well between the fingers and thumb for him to hold any standard sized weapon.
Megatron's lower arms feature two sets of peg holes, one near the outer wrists and one higher up, near the elbows. Megatron's knuckle duster is plugged into the wrist one, whilst his cannon is plugged in the elbow one (or any other weapons from other characters can be plugged in instead).

Megatron's upper legs are connected to his groin area by ball joint connectors and pivoting joints that allows them to rotate and swivel as much as needed. Megatron's knee joints are created from a hinge joint that allows the lower legs to bend backwards as far as possible.
Megatron's lower legs are made up mostly from Megatron's vehicle mode wings (I know! Weird right?) and are very solid, but feature nothing else to really talk about. His feet are made up of two toes and one heel which are connected to the lower leg by a set of hinge joints and can be altered to allow for any surface type needed (within reason)
Vehicle Mode
Megatron's vehicle mode is a light grey and purple Cybertronian Jet (as it tends to be for his Cybertronian mode in recent years) and also features his fusion cannon plugged in on top.
This mode features two wings and a...thing on the front that I guess is either a weapon or a deflector device of some sort. As with Megatron's vehicle modes in the Movies this version has his head at least partially visible in vehicle mode.
Now, despite me liking this mode from the front, I do have to say that the rear looks just lazy, his hands and legs are fully visible, which I'm guessing isn't a planned design feature, unlike what happened with his head (please note, in my pictures I have left the hands open, but even when closed they are still very visible none-the-less).
This mode doesn't feature any unique features, much like with Optimus Prime's Voyager toy before.
Megatron comes with his fusion cannon and a knuckle-duster/blade weapon that are able to combine (as shown in my vehicle mode pictures) or kept as separate weapons (as shown in my final picture). The weapons are able to be inserted into Megatron's forearms, or wrists by the peg holes on either arm.
Megatron's cannon can be converted into a sword as well by pushing the large purple button on the end of it, which pushes forward his blades and activates a light as well
My Final Thoughts
Megatron's an interesting one, he's the sole member of the Prime cast to still retain his Cybertronian mode whilst operating on Earth, and I like Cybertronian modes, which gives Megatron a few points from me, and he looks good in both modes, again more points, but that's about it.
He's a very annoying figure to Transform, and half of his robot mode is clearly visible in vehicle mode, plus in robot mode he has some random kibble that's just annoying on his back.
He's not very stable on his feet honestly (this may be just mine) as he likes to do the splits randomly, or tilt on his side for no apparent reason (as in the lower picture).
His accessories work very well on this toy and are indeed fun, but that's about all the play-value you can get from him (unless you still like turning the toy into jet mode and going "Phwoosh, PiCHOW!!"and the such).
So all in all, I'd say that he's worth buying, just so you have Megatron in your Prime collection, but otherwise you may as well just forget about him on the shelf afterwards (also, get him when he's on a sale or something, not full price if possible)

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