Got some sleep, time to reflect: G1 Megatron (particularly from the 80's animated movie) is by far my favourite character in the entire Transformers universe so yes there is going to be bias. That said, when I first freed Megatron from the clamshell I was just in awe of what I was holding in my hands. Not too heavy, not too light, great detail, just a wonderful representation of the Megatron I had always dreamed of when I was a kid. I think if your favourite representation of 'Megatron' is anything other than the 80's animated movie version, you're going to nitpicking heavily. I'm going to address some of the more popular critical issues. Transformation: I've been collecting Masterpieces since MP-01, plus a lot of 3P figures (so I've experienced complex transformations from MP-05, MP-09, Fansproject M3, MMC Carnifex) and even then I felt intimidated about transforming MP-36 based off of written and visual reviews. The only video I watched is from Wotafa (because of his awesome transformation video of MMC Carnifex - seriously you don't need to understand ANY Japanese to follow along). I didn't even bother with the official instructions. I took my time during the first transformation (shy of an hour) because I wanted to take it slow and really understand all the joints. Afterwards I was able to transform him back in under 20 mins and with minimal scratches. I transformed him again this morning to alt mode in under 20mins and it was still such a joy. Lastly, when unlocking the legs downward from the hips, listen to the advice of loosening the single screw on his rear. Loosen it until the legs unlock with a 'reasonable' amount of force. Seriously, take your time with this guy, it's not a race, enjoy it, that fully kitted Walther is a beauty to behold and well worth it (seriously plop this on your coffee table and it's going to be a conversation piece): Scratches: I don't think scratches can be avoided given the complexity of his transformation and all the panels contacting each other. But scratches can be minimized if you take your time. After two 'back and forths' I have very little scratches. I have a few tiny lines on the barrel from the silencer plugged all the way in and taken off (not as scary as the reports, just take your time to slowly pull it off while grasping all the right joints and it'll come off just fine). The color of the raw plastic underneath is not a bad shade so even the scratches on the barrel is not an eyesore to me. To me, nothing lasts forever in pristine condition, even expensive items like a nice car or expensive Rolex, so I just learn to embrace them. Value: I think for those who preordered and locked theirs in at around $160-180 it's definitely worth it (I think MP-05 was around $150 at retail). I personally would be willing to pay up to $200 for this figure. Any more and you're just going to have to decide if you want this guy bad enough. Final thoughts: It's clear a lot of detail and engineering went into this thing. Using the shoulder stock as a flight stand is ingenious. The different facial expressions give this figure so many possibilities. I'm fine with the back kibble (something has to give). I'm fine with the panel lines in alt mode (I rather this than the typical transformation with the chest being one solid piece). I'm fine with the cartoon insignia. Overall this figure ticks all the right boxes for me while the compromises IMO are worth it. Tl;dr He is awesome and WELL worth it if purchased in the $160-200 range. Take your time (seriously) with the transformation and you'll be fine. Watching video transformations will help you more than the official instructions. Scratches can be minimized with careful transformations. The fully kitted Walther is an absolute beauty and must be seen and experienced.