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Megatron - Titanium - Figure
Seems no Transformer line is truly complete without the 2 main figures. There is always an Optimus Prime leading the Autobots. Inevitably, there also seems to be a Megatron leading the Decepticons. This also holds true for the Titanium line. When the War Within design was unveiled for Prime, there was mass hope that there would also be a WW Megatron. For now, this does not seem to be the case. Instead, we have a different type of Megatron altogether.
It is said that this Megatron is from a GI Joe comic. I have yet to figure out WHICH GI Joe comic line they are referring to. If anyone knows what it is, by all means let me know!! His alt mode is a tank, which looks somewhat like his G2 offering. The figure has a silver turret, with mostly black and purple colors on the body. The tank itself is blocky, but has some nice details. Such details include rubber treads (that aren't rotating, although he does have plastic rollers), the embossed M on the front end and the twin cannons on his turret. The smaller cannon has 360 degree rotatability but no angle ability. Meanwhile, the main cannon has vertical ability, but the turret does not rotate so it is always facing front. It loses some playability due to that. Also note the Autobot kill stamps on either side of the turret. There are a total of 5 between the 2 sides.
Megatron has his own base which includes the Decepticon insignia. This insignia can be removed if so desired. Megatron's transformation is not very difficult. However, be careful as this seems to be a fragile figure.
I try to be bias with my reviews and feel that for the most part, I succeed at that. However, my contempt for this figure is too much. Whomever designed this figure should be fired and barred from making any kind of toy in the future! First, the robot mode is one of the worst looking Megatrons in years. The main cannon on his right shoulder looks like an afterthought and takes away from the aesthetics of the figure. But the design is what really suffers. The die-cast pieces on his shoulders make his arms sag badly. Combine this with extremely loose elbow joints and his arms are floppy. You can't pose them period. The knees are very stiff and have limited range. The hips are perhaps the worst feature. The legs can snap off extremely easy due to a tiny hinge that clips on. This tiny clip shouldn't have been expected to hold the heavy die-cast legs together. The hips themselves are on a ball joint and can be moved, but trying to get leg poses without seperating the hips and/or breaking the legs loose is like pulling skin off your teeth.
I'm sure if someone gave more thought to the execution of the joints this would have been an adequate figure. But as it stands, I couldn't recommend this figure to anyone.
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|Reviewer||Michael Henry |
|Date||July 27th 2006 |
|Score|| (3 out of 10) |
|Link||Megatron Pics |
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