JiangXing are a new entry on the 3rd party scene (right?) and JX-01 Metailbeast(sic) Winged Dragon is their first figure(I think?)...and what an ambitious first figure it is! Essential what we have is an MP scale and style Beast Wars Transmetal 2 Megatron. So...first things first.... Packaging I don't normally comment all that much on packaging....and I wont really now more than to say this is a very professional job. The massive box is decorate with artwork that both mimics TakaraTomy's Masterpiece Beast Wars Boxes and the artwork, lettering and iconography used on the original Beast Wars packaging. Both the dragon tail and neck/head sections arrive unattached...which is a bit of a pain because attaching both is a bit troublesome! I recommend using a hairdryer on the tail ball socket to expand it a bit before you attempt it. Elsewhere in the black foam inserts that house this figure you'll find two flame accessories, four additional face plates, an instruction booklet (that's right a stapled booklet, that's more like it!) and a rather nifty lenticular collectors card (that switches between robot and beast mode as you move it). Robot Mode This is one big beautiful bastard. At over 13 inches tall (it sort of varies depending on how you have his wings deployed) he towers over all the Beast Wars MPs thus far including the season 1 version of himself. The deco on this guy in both modes is exquisite. The instruction manual describe it as "Lacquer curtain coating method and high-quality metallic paint" which results in a luxurious glossy metallic finish that perfectly emulates both the vac-metal chrome-like finish of the Transmetal figures but also the deep metallic reds and purples seen in Beast Wars season 3 and to a certain extent Beast Machines. On top of that we have many gold highlights and very pretty dark sliver/black metallic die-cast used on his claws and 'kneepads'. On top of that the sculpt is fan-bloody-tastic! JiangXing have both nailed the onscreen appearance of Transmetal 2 Megatron as well as reflect the detailing of the orignal toy. It's a great balance, The powerful proportions from the show are complimented by sculpted mechanical and organic detailing of the original toy. The head sculpt is just as impressive, the surrounding helmet recreates the show look very well and below that we have his head with its thorny detailing and gold accents. The outer 'surround' of this can be removed to change between the five face plates included. I have my favourites but all five look fantastic, from a rather standard grimace, to gritted teeth, a wide grin, a sharp-toothed snarl and...of course.. his trademark 'yes' expression. All five capture the character of Megatron perfectly and give the robot mode the extra expressiveness we've come to expect from Beast Wars Masterpieces. Indeed the only only place I find him lacking, and this is so nitpicky its untrue, is he had a rather scrawny neck...but that's hidden from most angles. Standard a stance comparison photos: Now then... the price you pay for this breathtaking deco is what? Yup you guessed it paint chipping. It's a fairly common problem these days with high end Transformers be the official or not, but I have to say in this case it's rampant. Unfortunately due to the fact the ENTIRE figure (even the parts you'll never see) has essentially been lacquered in gorgeous metallic paint AND the clearances between moving parts are very tight or none existent where parts rub against each other, whether it be by posing the figure or transforming it, paint will and does scuff and chip. There's no two ways about it....it's disappointing to say the least. If you're the sort that like to regularly pose and/or transform your figures, or like to actually play with them, or are a little heavy handed then this might not be the figure for you. I've also found with my copy, and noticed on others, that the otherwise gorgeously painted wing sections are marred slightly on the undersides (the side face you on the shelf 90% of the time) by blemishes and scratches. These are not obvious from every angle an the severity seems to vary from copy to copy but it's not ideal. Sorry...but in the interest of balance here are some ugly photos The materials, hardware and build are almost outrageously high in quality. This actually feels more high end than you're average official Masterpiece. The plastics are ridged and heavy duty, die-cast is used generously and sensibly and the joints that need to be ratcheted or strong to hold up this very heavy figure are just that. Impressively the weight of the wings and and tail do not cause the figure to topple over backwards, and this is largely due the the strength of the joints in his hips legs and ankles. Even more amazing is he can stand on one leg with ease! The articulation is both excellent and sympathetic to the sculpt...something often missing on more modern MPs. He had all the articulation you need... double jointed elbows and knees, universal joints at the hips and shoulders, bicep and thigh swivels, waist swivel, ab crunch and ankle rockers...plus the extravagance of individually articulated fingers and toes (both at numerous knuckles and laterally), ball-jointed shoulder pads, many ball joints in the dragon neck and an outstanding range of wing articulation (more on this later). He doesn't have butterfly joints but I can't say I feel like he meeds them, plus I'd rather that than have the chest or shoulder sculpt compromised by it. The only place where I find his articulation compromised is the head. Due to the design the dragon tail hangs from the back of his head like a robotic ponytail...and it's understandably cumbersome. In addition to that the spines that sit either side of his head/pony tail hinder this further. His actual head articulation is fine, but it's difficult to fully utilise it. The gimmicks/accessories available in robot mode are two..of maybe three fold. For a start we have the electronics, three AG10 watch style batteries can be inserted under a panel on the top of the dragon head to power LEDs inside the head. A switch on the back of the head allows you to switch between red and blue/white light (and off) which shines VERY brightly through the dragon eyes and mouth. I'm not big on electronics but this looks awesome in both modes...probably more so in beast mode especially when you make use of.. the flame effects. Winged Dragon comes with two translucent plastic flame effects, one red and one blue to represent fire and ice breath. These can be attached to the connector in the mouth and illuminated by the aforementioned LEDs. Secondly or thirdly JX gave Winged Dragon a second slightly oversized hand!? Im not sure why its oversized but its nice to have the option. Remove the top part of dragon neck/head and inside the lower section is a flip out fully articulated fist. The neck and head can then be mounted on his forearm to in a nod to G1 Megatron's fusion canon. Its not too dissimilar to what Perfect Effect did with their Mega Doragon and It looks pretty cool! Transformation I'm finding as the collectors market move more towards show accuracy, articulation and high end decos transformations are becoming less enjoyable... now that is very likely just me. I see a lot of people describing transformations I've found joyless and unpleasant as 'involved' or 'puzzle-like' and found that enjoyable. Winged Dragon isn't one of those but it's certainly not my idea of a good time either. The transformation although reasonably simple is ungainly and cumbersome, mostly due to the many moving parts and the figures size/bulk. Added to that, the all over paint job, many limited clearances and troublesomely tight joints make transforming this figure frustrating and terrifying in equal measure. For example, on mine, the armatures you need to swing out to tab into the top of the dragon neck were so tight and gummed up with paint that I had to loosen the screws holding them in place and one was so tight I mashed up the head of the screw attempting to do so! My thumbs felt bruised after transforming this monster. That aside everything locks satisfyingly in place and the results can't be knocked...but due to the damage I could cause (and have caused) to the paint I'm not sure I'll do it all that often. Oh... and bits fall off when you transform him. It seems JiangXing need to get a better batch of glue.