Megatron - Energon - Figure

Just for those who don’t know, Energon Megs hit UK shores this morning.

I am quite pleased with the figure as it is an obvious homage to g1. they should have called him galvatron though, as it means he has changed his name back to megs after armada, which is just dumb.

The figure stands about the same size as super mode prime and is quite well articulated. The legs have an excellent field of movement, better than prime with articulated knees and hips. The arms are also move well, the only thing missing being rotating wrists. The head rotates, but that’s it.

He is extremely stable because he has quite large feet which thankfully counteract the weight of the aircreft nosecone and the wings which are attached to his back.

The cannons on the shouldersmove up and down but sadly do not rotate, one has a spark crystal subtly placed on the side, the other has a standard sized weapon mount.

The strange small armada megs style tank is a little odd, but fits well to megs forarm either with the gun facing forward (similar to g1 fusion cannon) or with the gunbarrel removed and an energon sword blade coming from the rear. (I have found that u have to take the gun off really as if u leave it the range of movement available is severely limited.

The tank makes 2 different noises, when the missile is fired we get amachine gun sound, and when the sword is pressed against we get a sort of swooping light saber-esc sound.

The transformation to gunship mode is relatively simple.

First the horns/crown on the head are roted down the head turned round and folded forward, then once the sword blade has been stowed in its hiding place in the jt nose, the nosecone is folded over from its position facing down the back.

Then the entire wing section rotates thru 180 degrees and each wing is lowered slightly. At this point the arms are pushed into the sides of the body and the shoulder cannons are raised upwards.

Then the legs come into play each 1 is folded sideways just below the knee so they are now facing straight upwards against the sides of the torso. The feet are closed together and pushed into the lower legs, this action causes the landinmg gear on the front of the legs to move forward, and for the knee cap tostick out over the end of the leg, where a spring action foldsit up against the end of the leg forming an afterburner. Each leg is then held in place by two pegs on the back of the legs attaching to the underside of the wings. All in all he is quite solid in both modes.

All that remains is to then extend the landing gear if necessary, and to mount the tank on 4 powerlink pegs on the rear fusilage.

For all star wars fans out there they will be pleased to see that if the green energon parts of the wings are pulled out, the top half extends upwards in a very x-wing style, automatically flipping an extra set of guns out from under the wings at both the front and rear, making the alt mode quite an impressive sight as a heavily armed star cruiser.

All in all I am relatively pleased with this figure, my only complaint is the cannons on the shoulders. I would have much rather had just 1 gun under the nose in alt mode which in robot mode could be forearm mounted. But you can’t have everything.

Megatron is now a proud part of my energon collection, and hopefully we can look forward to plenty more figures of this quality to come.

DateJuly 24th 2004  
Score 8 stars (8 out of 10)  

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