Heh. In the G1 cartoon, Galvatron's sheer power and badassitude (and nuttiness) made up for Megatron's sheer dumbassitude. And in the RID cartoon, Galvatron's sheer power and badassitude made up for Megatron's sheer dumbassitude. History really does repeat itself.
This review won't cover all ten modes, since I already covered most of them in RID Meggy's review (at http://tfexchange.com/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=20 ).
The American version of Devil Gigatron, Galvatron is white and black where Megatron was black and purple respectively. Galvatron also has metallic silver on his shins, a splash of gold on his vac metal silver chestplate, and vac metal gold fins on either side of his head. His face is metallic silver with vac metal red eyes. His other vac metal parts, wing membranes, and translucent parts are the same colours that they were on Megatron. Note that while the red beast mode feet on Meggy have painted gold claws, the ones on Galv do not.
I much prefer this colour scheme to Meggy's. It's original for a Decepticon/Destron/Predacon leader, it's striking, and it still makes Galv look like a real badass. Indeed, the reasoning behind the colour scheme and the name "Devil Gigatron" was that in Japan, white is believed to be a demonic colour just as red is believed to be one in North American culture. And there's certainly no denying that Galv looks the part of a demon from hell.
Transforming Galv into his various alt modes isn't too complex, due to the sheer number of modes he has. Be careful of the fins on his robot head. Like Meggy's, they have a tendency to chip very easily.
Iron Mammoth Mode
About 23 cm(9") long and 20 cm(8") tall at the ears, this is one of Galv's coolest and most innovative modes. Despite its bizarre proportions, it's fairly easy to recognize it for a robotic pachyderm of uncertain genus. Be fun to watch him duke it out with Big Convoy from BW Neo.
This is the mode that Galv used for much of the last two episodes of RID. 30 cm(12") long, it looks like a cross between a pegasus and a dinosaur, hence the name Pegasaur. With its sharp claws, huge batlike wings, menacing red eyes, and pointed snout, this aerial abomination looks more than capable of rending its opponents to shreds. I rather like this one.
At 17 cm(6.5") tall, this is essentially the bat mode reversed, with the robot legs folded in front of the bat's chest and the tail functioning as the dactyl's head and neck. And like the bat mode, extremely blocky. Probably the second weakest of the new modes. Looks like it's about as adept at flight as a turkey.
The loser of the lot. 30 cm(12") long, it can be conceived of as a Cybertronian hydrofoil, but it can just as easily be mistaken for a space ship or even some bizarre sea monster. To the best of my knowledge, this mode was never featured on the show (big surprise).
And remember, there's any number of additional modes you can come up with for this toy. Gorilla, Sharkticon, giraffe, insect, etc, all you need is a little time and a lot of imagination.
Suspsy Sez: Much of the attraction of Devil Gigatron was that you could only attain the Iron Mammoth mode with his toy, not Gigatron's. But since both RID Galvatron *and* RID Megatron use the Devil Gigatron mould, you can attain all ten modes with either. Hence, Galv's uniqueness is solely a matter of colours. And indeed, that wasn't what made me buy the toy; I got Galv because I like his character on the show. So if you've already got Meggy, you're really not missing out on anything by passing on Galv. But hey, if you like white and you like his character, then by all means snatch him up.
Susp, praying that his payment for Primal Prime made it through okay.
"You can't hurt me now that I'm in my Iron Mammoth mode!" -Galvatron
|Date||April 16th 2002 |
|Score|| (9 out of 10) |