I've been looking forward to this figure. Classics Megatron is a darn good update of G1 Megatron, sadly limited in color choices by current toy gun laws. Back when it first came out, I was hoping that there would be a Japanese version in colors closer to G1. Just because I can, I'll be a little more exhaustive in this review. And because I'm a designer and enjoy packaging, I'll note some details about that as well. Megatron comes packaged in robot mode. A picture of the pistol is below him, along with the number D-01. The box is mainly cube-shaped, with the left front corner at an angle. The original G1 Transformers logo runs along that side. The back has what I assume to be the bio and specs. Obviously, I can't read the Japanese text, but the numbers aren't the same as the Classics version. Differences (assuming the stats are in the same order, which may or may not be the case) - Speed, Classics 6, Henkei 4. Endurance, Classics 10, Henkei 8. Courage, Classics 10, Henkei 9. Skill, Classics 7, Henkei 9. All other stats are 10, and are identical on both versions. To get really detailed (since I can, and if you're bored you can always jump ahead ) here are the G1 Megatron stats. ST 10, INT 10, SP 4, END 8, RNK 10, CR 9, FP 10, SK 9. Meaning the Henkei version matches the original stats more closely than the classics version. One side of the box has a three step depiction of Megatron transforming, and the other side advertises Optimus, Bumblebee, Grimlock (lots of chrome!), Mirage and Starscream. And despite my earlier lack of interest in most of the Henkei line due to similarity with Classics, I have to admit that Starscream and Mirage both look quite good. I may be buying more than just Megatron. Onwards and upwards. Time to actually open the box. One thing I like about the few Japanese figures I've purchased is that the packaging is generally devoid of twisty ties. There's an inner and outer plastic case that holds Megatron in place, meaning he's easy to remove, and will be easy to store in the packaging, which appeals to me as a collector. Cut a little tape, and he's out. The colors are definately much more Megatron than the Classics version. The base color is a warm grey, with lots of black, and some red trim. The Decepticon symbol on the cannon is chromed purple. The "hatch" on the chest that opens to hide the head is also chromed, and the 'con symbol is darker than the one on the cannon. The mold itself is probably identical to the Classics version, and shares the primary weakness of that mold in that it's back heavy. Balancing Megatron is a little tricky, but not too difficult. There are a couple of ways to review this figure. One is to compare it to Classics Megatron. But since both are a remake of the original, I took that one out for comparison as well. Now there's no doubt the "fusion blaster" nerf gun isn't as cool as the real-world Walther P-38. But having Megatron turn into a gun of any sort for the first time since the original is great in my book, even if it is a fantasy pistol. The purple and green of the classics version work fairly well together in my opinion, in a garish, non-Megatron sort of way. Henkei Megatron looks worlds better. The gun is mainly a metallic silver, with black handles and scope and red trim. No orange safety caps here. The Henkei color scheme is a reasonable attempt to mimic the original, at least as much as it can be mapped onto a totally different mold and transformation style. Classics and Henkei Megatron both owe a lot of their appearance to the cartoon/comic Megatron as much or more than the original toy. I paid $39.00 plus 8 shipping for Henkei, so around $47.00 for a $20.00 figure. It's a bit steep, but worth it to get the much better color scheme. It's too bad we couldn't have gotten this color scheme domestically, but at least it was released somewhere. Overall, if you're willing to splurge a bit, and like Classics Megatron, Henkei Megatron is worth the extra money. If you're a G1 fan, but don't like Classics Megatron color scheme, you might still like the Japanese version. If you just don't like the mold, don't bother, because that's identical. No remolding that I can find. It's a good Transformer (if a bit of a shell-former), a good homage, and the more accurate color scheme really is an improvement.