Planet-X Pluto (FOC MEGATRON)

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  1. Duwian

    Duwian Wants FoC EVERYTHING

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    They are, and be super careful with the hip joints!
     
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  2. Lothar Hex

    Lothar Hex Perverted Sociopath™

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    Yeah thanks for the heads up!
     
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    Lothar Hex Perverted Sociopath™

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    Got my Pluto and while not as impressive as Planet X's Vulcun (Grimlock) he doesn't half look the business when you sort out the screw hole covers and glue on the back spikes. Also did the alt mode. Even the sword storage, tacked on as it is, works.
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    Seems I got some older stock as mine didn't have a replacement hip in the box. Message Planet X on Facebook to see if able to get one. Or if anyone has other contact info for them it's be appreciated.

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  4. Lothar Hex

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    Who loves Fall of Cybertron? Most Transformers fans, I guess. But do you love it enough to have bought it 4 times on different platforms? No? Then you’re a fully functioning human being who makes good decisions with their money!

    I mean if you’re reading this you probably spend way too much on plastic robots but hey whatever.

    Anyway, While War for Cybertron (WfC) was a decent, Fall of Cybertron (FoC) took the groundwork, turned it up to 11 and gave us not only a great Transformers game but a great game overall. However, both games gave some great character designs that translated into pretty blah toys. I mean not as bad the first few years of Bayverse toys, but still pretty meh Yeah some were decent, such as the Megatron and Optimus Prime WfC, but the majority of them turned out pretty bad, such as Grimlock. It took third party Planet X to take that brilliant in game design and translate it to plastic, at a lower end Masterpiece price, but it was worth it, being my favourite Grimlock and third-party toy of all time, as seen in my review.

    Gratefully Planet X didn’t stop there and have done plenty of other characters, though it seems it’s been a little hit and miss. But when I saw they did a toy of Megatron in the form of Pluto, I knew that would be my second purchase from them. It took a while but he’s finally here, in all his “Soundwave used a thunderstone on him” glory.

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    So here we have Pluto in all his spiky glory. Word of warning? Those pointing bits ain’t for show, especially the ones on his back. They hare very sharp and I cut myself a few times on him, so be warned.

    So yeah this is a pretty damn good rendering of FoC Meg’s upgraded form. And while I love the moulded details, paint and full set of articulation, he isn’t as solid as Vulcun. He’s not badly made, but his joints aren’t as tight as I’d like and his centre of balance is a bit harder to find thanks to how his legs expand to become the front of his alt-mode (specifically the weird heel). However, he can stand and when he is posed, he ain’t gonna fall over. I dunno, it’s hard to describe adequately. He doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy, but there is a certain lack of density to him that Vulcun had.

    But hey that is a minor quibble because he still looks fantastic, especially when you bring in his massive purple sword. Every Megatron should have a sword rather than the flail. Yes, there are arguments to be made for a flail as a valid weapon, but swords always seemed more practical to me. Even ones like this that would give Cloud Strife a bit of trouble to lug around.

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    And God I love the fusion cannon here. It’s massive but doesn’t get in the way of the shoulders and the purple plastic at the core looks great on a camera flash. Be nice if it lit up, but not a deal-breaker.

    Transforming Pluto is simpler than you might expect, but still fiddly. While it doesn’t feature anything like Vulcun’s “you need to BEND this bit and hope it doesn’t break” tail transformation, it doesn’t feel rather floppy until you’re finished up. But once you do get it done, it’s solid and looks fantastic.

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    This is very accurate to the game model…but at the same time doesn’t scream “tank” to me. I mean, it IS a tank. I know that, and it looks very cool and deadly and sharp, but I dunno. Something about it doesn’t quite work 100% and I’m not sure why. Maybe using the weapon storage for the sword will help.

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    Yeah, that is dumb but …it also works. I dunno it weirdly adds something while making the whole thing look sillier. Weird.

    One thing I will mention about tank mode. Obviously, the arm cannon becomes the main gun. That’s a given. And when finishing him up you have a port that the peg that holds the cannon on his arm in robot mode can go in. DO NOT USE THAT PEG. While it holds it securely, it is WAY too secure and becomes a nightmare to pull out. Every time I did this, I thought the peg would break. Instead, just let the tabs on the gun and the…I guess “cockpit” section holds it in. It’s still solid as hell and less chance you’ll break it.

    I do like Pluto but he isn’t at the same level of Vulcun. I mean Planet X fucking hit it out of the park with that, so it would be a tough act to follow. Still, if you want an FoC Megatron, it’s your only option, and as a bonus, it’s a solid figure, despite and thanks to its oddities. However, be prepared to fork out more for the rest of the line unless you want him to overshadow your other FoC figures.

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    Good review and if he didn’t have the clear plastic joints you would’ve made me want to get him.
     
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    Messing around
    MMC idw Megatron head (Just set on top, ball joint small for it)
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    Necroing a bit but their most recent Shockwave release pushed me over the edge to pick up both Megatron and Starscream. Wow I’m sad I waited so long. He’s good. He did have snapped hip joint right out of the box though which was a bummer.
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    Did you get the replacement hip at least?
     
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    Thankfully I did. I did also contact them to see about getting a backup replacement since I had to immediately use the first one.
     
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    I'll be interested to know if they respond. Mine broke, didn't have a replacement, and PX was like...figure it out with your retailer son.
     
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    Where did you buy from? I was thinking of getting one, but I definitely want the replacement.
     
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    BBTS has the figure in stock I believe for about $60, and they send a replacement joint by default. I’ve heard they’re also very good about sending another if needed.
     
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  13. idkwdya

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    This is where I got mine from. Cheapest price I could find not from overseas and they pack replacements with some PX figures. They were sending spare teeth with PX Trypticon for some reason and the hip joint for Megatron.
     
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    For anyone wondering, I did get a reply from BBTS and they sadly confirmed that they will not be getting anymore spare parts for most of the older PX figures including Megatron. They gave me about $12 in store credit though which was kind of them.