Discussion in 'Transformers Feedback & Reviews' started by Shmoptimus Prime, Apr 16, 2019.
I keep one of the hands in a drawer To me he looks best with the cannon on one hand.
I think I'm gonna keep my pre-order now. Definitely looking forward to handling this massive figure. Haha.
Got mine in yesterday. He's a fantastic figure, really imposing and lot's of details. My one issue with it is the neck joint, it's just terrible engineering. The head is attached via a c-clip, and every time you try to "unfold" the neck, you pull the whole head right off. And the resulting articulation doesn't even look good, it just results in a more or less floating head. I don't get why the Movie Masterpiece designers don't just use ball joints like on the G1 and BW MP's.
Also the ankles could have been a lot more stable for a figure of this weight.
Other than that, he's great.
I especially like how the girder-like design of the wings, that was unexpected.
I’ve had a copy of this guy for months. You can probably get a good 3/8 turn out of the screws throughout the entire figure. It will make the difference in stability. The neck possibility issue is also present in the samples, but it is a reason for that clip system, due to transformation that would be a ball joint break waiting to happen. A small nuance that I can deal with to not break such an expensive piece
You can fold the heels together. The outside ones fold inwards
Can you post a back shot to show this? Thanks for the heads up.
Yeah, I don't understand that either. The neck joints on Bee and Prime are both awful and hinder the ability to look natural in certain poses.
Y'know, for a figure that's mostly shades of grey, Megatron manages to look fairly cohesive and avoids seeming too flat. The copper parts definitely help break up all that silver, and he manages a really nice presence. If I had any real nitpick, it would be that the eyes look fairly dull, especially from a distance (Prime's do too). Kinda wish they were painted, but all in all he's a really cool looking robot. Pretty indifferent to his alt-mode
Got mine through today, and unfortunately my first impressions aren't great. The legs are a huge pain to manipulate and thus he's very difficult to pose - the forwards/backwards hip ratchets are out of alignment by a few millimetres, so I can't pose both in the same position, one of his knees seems to be way off compared to the other, and his ankles are way too loose. Tightening the screws may have helped slightly for the latter two issues, but I'll need to keep fiddling to hopefully fix him.
Since for god knows why, MPM Megatron has hit Hong Kong early and I picked it up for around 137 US (pre order price in that store was 1099 HKD). Partly this may be because independent shops don't give a damn about street dates, but anyway onward!
Context: My first exposure to Transformers franchise is the 07 movie when I was 4. As such, this review may be pretty biased since I really dig 07 Megatron's design despite all the criticism, namely his awful design that has nearly 0 kibble and the fact that he looks like some monster composed of knives and all sorts of kitchenware from Kitchen Knightmares if it was a horror show and not Gordon Ramsay shouting and screaming in crappy restaurants.
Throughout the review, I will draw comparisons on the original voyager 07 toy (which I used to own), and the leader class (which I never owned).
MPM Megatron's sculpt, simply put, its excellent. Gone are the ice frostings on the extremely underwhelming voyager, and lackluster details from the 07 leader class. This guy simply feels like he's popped out from the big screen. The details are sharp, and it really shows that Hastak really spent a lot of time staring at the CG model. There is some detail lost in the sides of the torso namely due to the transformation scheme, however, it is worth the sacrifice. There's also some details in the red chest once you fold down his shell like thing (I'm sorry if my wording isn't that great), which is a neat bonus.
Unfortunately, looking at the side would reveal the extremely large backpack. Although it looks disgusting, it is unfortunately unavoidable due to his extremely toy unfriendly design. However, it is nevertheless a huge step up from the leader class toy and the non exsistent kibble management from the hot garbage voyager toy.
Die Cast Parts
The middle part of his alt mode that connects to the wings (which is obscured by the backpack in his bot mode) is made out of die cast metal.
The majority of the feet is made of die cast metal to enchance the center of gravity due to its hallowness.
A tiny part of his shoulder (that tabs in to his hand in his jet mode) is made out of die cast.
A real mixed bag here. Although the paint isn't bad, it just feels... bland? I'm not sure if its accurate or not, because his colors seem to change in every scene he's in due to Micheal Bay's immense fetish in filters. Some shots show him in a more metallic, ROTF fashion, yet in stock photos he's in this strange green/grey color, and when he's frozen in Antarctica his colors are VERY muted. Most of the figure is cast in your run of the mill grey plastic (akin to SS13) along with a dose of brown. There is a silver coating in some places, such as his head, abdomen, and thighs, which is really nice when you walk through your collection and it reflects the light. It's not JJ Abrams flair levels of reflectiveness, but its nice enough to make you think "this toy is pretty cool".
The All-spark is painted too, and my copy has some paint chipping. Sloppy bronze paint can be seen in some areas, and hopefully its only on my copy and not you folks.
His major joints are essentially dictated by ratchet joints. Shoulders, arms (that can reach 90 degrees), feet. Ankle can pivot up to 90 degrees but this will mean that Megatron will lose balance. The toe at the back that points outwards can be rotated, but only for an extremely limited extent. You can fold the front feet upwards and downwards. Head can look up, down and 360 degrees.
Finger articulation is really nice. Most of his chicken fingers have 2 points of articulation, whilst the third one is restricted to only one as it is cast with rubbery plastic.
Knee guards are rotatable, but prone to falling out during transforming. It's sorta like SS13's tank flaps but doesn't fall out even with the slightest hint of human contact.
Transformation for this lad is DEAD simple.
1. the chest, fold out the jet nose cone then unfold the wing
2. After that collapse the legs, tab them into the wings
3. For the hand, unfold the wing bits in his arms and tab it to the fingers
Pull out the mask thingy for the head and tab the entire shoulder assembly to the chest
It's a mix of how the arms flip inside Leader Class Megatron, and a inverse of SS13's chest where the nose is nicely folded up inside when he's in bot mode. The most frustrating bit is tabbing the legs with the wing kibble in as those tabs are tiny as hell and require around 5 minutes of fiddling around. In this mode he is a little over 14 inches in length and the wingspan of a little over 17 inches.
As expected with most Hasbro instructions it is grade A levels of hot trash.
Due to the fact that his weapons morph from his hands in the film, Hastak has used partsforming via the removal of his hands.
A flail that he uses when he breaks the ice away (and screaming I AM MEGATRON or else no one will know who that thing is). It's made out of rubbery plastic. Not much posability, but nethertheless neat.
There is a blaster that can either be held at one hand that he literally uses in one shot when he starts to fight against Jazz. Again, mix of both silver paint with a base layer of grey. Excellent detail in sculpt.
The fusion cannon is transformed by opening up the top of the blaster and unfolding the bits out.
You can remove a piece of his chest and put the allspark in, reenacting his death. Not really a big fan of the red bits as it sticks out like a sore throat even if you put the chest piece in, but I'm a fan of the entire idea of the spark being able to be put inside of his chest.
His eyes do shine and his chest is made out of translucent plastic so I think it is possible to put a tiny LED light inside to literally light him up.
He's not out yet.
This guy is amazing. 07 Megatron has been long overdue for a good toy. Although the leader one tried to fill in the void, obvious budget restrictions, gimmicks, as well as the designers trying to adapt to Bayverse's design meant that the final result wasn't that great. Voyager is possibly one of the most half assed toy I've ever shelled money for, and legends... has a good alt mode.
MPM excels in gimmicks, accessories, and an absolutely beautiful alt mode. Engineering isn't a complete nightmare (See: MP44), not a fragile mess (even though paint chipping for some parts can be seen after some really minor play).
Overall, 9 Hugo Weaving's voice out of 10. Definitely worth the 140 price.
Great review! I agree on all points. I think the backpack was actually intentionally made to collapse less in order to give the huge shoulders clearance, but that's just my personal guess. If you fold the wings out in bot mode (like for that one shot with jazz) they get a lot closer to the torso and the shoulders lose a lot of their rotational clearance.
If it’s not a hassle, could you post mpm megaton next to SS-32?
I am so fucking stoked for this guy.
TF Source Megs went out of stock real quick+
I'm sorry but I'll be in the Australia for the next two months.
I got you.
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