Undoubtedly one of the top five iconic Transformers of all time (cue someone doubting it) but I wonder how many people in Hasbro regret making someone that turns into a handgun such an important character. I mean, it was obvious why. Sure Soundwave is in the same size class as Megatron but he doesn't come with as much plastic as ol' Megs and his stock and barrel 'weapons emplacement'. But since, I guess, the early 90's we've had so many get around for this guy being a handgun. Tanks, jets, dragons, dinosaurs, friggin nerf guns. Anything that we couldn't possibly mistake for a replica handgun. I find it hard to cast any blame. In many ways, we live in edgier times than the 1980's, and even then I remember having to throw my plasticene away at the airport back then because it looked like plastic explosives to airport security. Click for the full review Spoiler In some ways, Megatron was the most boring of all the Decepticon leaders I remember. When I think back to the comics he seemed so much less effective than Shockwave, his future self, or even Soundwave. He was your kind of standard issue cackling bad guy in the cartoon but an unarguably awesome and brutal bastard Transformers the Movie. Nevertheless, when it came time to go pick out a toy for my seventh birthday he was the guy I had to have. I knew my gran had got me Optimus Prime so the prospect of having the two leaders, one in each hand, duking it out was pretty much totally thrilling. I pointed him out to my Dad who took him to the counter and paid what must have been around forty pounds in today's money. All excited I got him out the box and straight away went to transform him into robot mode...only for him to snap at the waist straight away. My Dad took me straight back to the shop and will have eloquently argued until I was able to go back to the Transformers aisle and pick another toy. I didn't want to just get another Megatron because that had gone really badly. I think I spent a long time looking. Maybe too long. I was tired. It had been a long day after all. I picked Staks. The Gobot Staks. Not the big one that came with the car carrying trailer. Just your regular, bog standard, doesn't even have a head, Staks. To this day I will never understand what was going on in my head. If i was being generous I'd say Megatron was a quirky, yet distinctive looking figure. There's not a single detail of his robot mode that looks 'right' to me. From the big trigger sticking out from his crotch, his spindly legs, his stubby arms, the scope that's an absurd and unmanageably sized cannon to that headsculpt. It's almost like he's been put through a fish eye lens; tiny chin, massive forehead. Nothing about him even whispers 'leader', never mind screams it. Of course he comes from a time when the robot was the secondary consideration. The Microchange designers never had to anticipate the dissonance many of us felt in having the iconic leader of the Decepticons be such a ganky looking figure. For them it was rolpelay mode first, robot second. And there is no doubt that Megatron's pistol mode is totally excellent. I used to own a few replica guns when I was a kid, mainly presents from my odder uncle, and Megatron was almost as convincing a replica as any of these. Combiner Wars Megatron was probably the first Generations Megatron that looked right to my eyes. Maybe I'm an old fart that wants my Megatron to look like the character I remember from Geoff Senior's drawings. Yeah maybe, but I love Beast Wars and Transformers Animated Megatron. It's just that my CHUG shelf is my my IDW shelf, and IDW Megatron is in serious debt to yer old 80's UK Megs. Plus I hate nerf. The robot mode is imposing, robust and fairly well proportioned. I'd say maybe the legs were still a bit skinny, but not so much that it frustrates. Having such a lot of G1-esque detail in the chest is a smart move as it distracts from the less satisfying deviations, like the legs. To be fair, they've tried to represent the black handle grip, but it's not a unqualified success. I love his headsculpt. My Megatron was never the cackling guy from the cartoon. It was the sneering, superior warlord from the comics, and the sculpt captures the imperious aloofness of that character. The tank mode is a wonder. Easily one of the best tank modes of the modern era. A 360 degree rotating turret that has a believable looking cannon, two sets of moving tracks each side, solving the perennial problem of 'how do we make the tracks work when the inevitably have to split in half. It's even amazing how little robot kibble jumps out at you as look underneath it. The transformation is a smooth one too. My only substantial complaint is a worthless one; this guy is too tall for my Lost Light crew display. But hey, that's what the inferior TR Megatron is here for, right?