Of all the 80s cartoon villains, Megatron was probably my favorite. Save Starscream his Decepticon underlings knew their place and his evil plans always seemed so much close to coming to fruition. And Megatron plays a significant role in Transformers the Movie’s incredible first act. Close to 1,000 movies later, that still remains one of my all-time favorite opening acts to a movie.
Megatron’s first Masterpiece figure was MP-05. That’s almost ancient considering the scaling advances in the line and he was long overdue for an update. This was an immediate Day 1 pre-order for me as I was hoping for a counterpart to the Masterpiece Optimus Prime, which remains one of the crown jewels of my collection. Does Megatron make the kill shot or does he need a hint? Let’s find out now.
Packaging: I’m a big fan of the Masterpiece packaging. Takara’s presentation is always top notch barring that one small matter of not seeing the figure. But with an excellent track record, I don’t have the fears of botched paint or broken pieces like I do with retail offerings.
The front features Megatron in action with some attractive reflective lettering on the side. But the highlight of the packaging is the back, which features a slew of pictures of Megatron and his impressive array of accessories.
Likeness: I’m real old school with my Transformers’ likenesses. I want the Transformers I grew up watching every weekday to look like how I always imagined as I played with them. This figure is pretty much just missing Frank Welker voicing it from being perfect. He looks like he’s ready to waltz into the Autobot ship and start some target practice.
There’s a lot of random, floating pieces in the back and the gun barrel doesn’t stay in place as tight as I’d like it. That’s a fair trade-off since I’m not going to pose Megatron with his back to me. And I’d much rather have the front look on point. Fortunately, the cannon attaches with no problem and doesn’t interfere with any movement.
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Scale: The Decepticons, on average, were taller than the regular Autobot. And Megatron was slightly taller than them. That’s the case here as well with Megatron rightfully being able to look down on his lackeys and towering over the smaller Autobots.
Paint: There’s less of a chrome finish to him than some third party versions. I like the flat color used here as it’s more consistent with the rest of the line. All of the detail work is top notch, but my favorite is the work done on the eyes. When they catch the light the right way, they have that Transformers glow.
Articulation: Like most of the Masterpiece figures, Megatron has excellent articulation and range of movement. A good looking Transformers figure is one thing, but Takara engineered smart articulation allowing Megatron to strike any reasonable pose.
The joints are tight without being so stiff I was afraid to move him for fear of breakage. Takara has built these figures to last so unless you’re really being careless in moving him, Megatron will hold up to normal use.
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Transformation: Ok, here’s the thing. I had negative interest in transforming Megatron. He shrunk down to micro size so the other Decepticons could aim him. I’ve got a scale-appropriate gun transformed Megatron from Optimus Prime. And I prefer my fingers (or hangers) as imaginary guns.
I’ve also read a few complaints about paint chipping so you might be better served not transforming this transformer. But in fairness, it’s not like having a giant gun interacting with truck Prime or jet Decepticons was going to look right either.
Accessories: Megatron comes loaded with accessories. This is why Takara had to give Megatron a full-on multi-page instruction book. I really wish someone would make these in English as there’s bound to be some helpful information I’m missing since my Japanese is terrible.
First, let’s break down the face plates. Takara gave him a neutral, an evil laughing version, a ‘you’re an idiot Starscream’ and an almost dead expression. The plates swap on and off easily enough thanks to a simple slide and lift mechanism.
Next up is the key to Vector Sigma, a critical tool from the Season 2 two-parter The Key to Vector Sigma. This has a surprising heft and isn’t the cheap, lightweight accessory I’d assumed was included. The gold-like chrome is really sharp. Even on the smallest accessory, Takara delivers.
Megatron also comes with a pretty nifty helmet. At the fear of losing my Transformers cred card, I’ll confess to not remembering what it’s about. I’m pretty sure it’s from Season 1 when the Decepticons were aligned with Dr. Archeville. Clearly this means I need to do some marathon sessions on my Season 1 DVDs. If anyone can help me out with that I’d appreciate it. The helmet fits snugly on the headpiece so you don’t have to remove anything.
If you buy Megatron from U.S. retailers, the barrel and silencer will come with an orange safety plug. That’s 100% for safety, but if you just want the robot version of Megatron, I’ve read the plug can be pulled out without too much trouble though.
Prime had his energy ax and Megatron gets his energon mace. It’s cast in a translucent purple and stays on snugly. I like being able to re-enact every possible Prime/Megatron battle from the cartoon. In a very cool touch, he’s got a separate chain piece so you can actually position the mace in more dynamic poses.
Of all the incredible accessories, my favorite is The Movie pieces. First there’s the laser sword, Megatron used when he started cheating in the fight with Prime.
Then there’s the snap on battle damaged chest plate (which again uses the lift and slide maneuver) and purple blaster. It’s hard — no impossible — for me not to say ‘It’s over Prime.’ Being able to re-enact that scene made the figure worth the price I paid all by itself.
You can also set up the stock, silencer and scope as a separate cannon mount for Megatron to use if you’d like. This was the one piece I really would have appreciated English instructions. It’s not from the cartoon or movies so I didn’t feel the need to bother with it despite its prominent setup on the box.
Worth it? I paid $159 for Megatron and don’t have a shred of buyer’s remorse. Thanks to the heft, size and accessory haul, I definitely got my money’s worth here. He’s now hitting much closer to the $250 range and it’s doubtful that price drops until Knock Off versions get released.
Rating: 10 out of 10
The random moving pieces might annoy some and the transformation might be nightmarish for others. I just wanted a Megatron that was comparable to the awesome MP-10 Optimus Prime. Now I’ve got it and this is another top tier addition to my collection.