Selects Galvatron - WFC-GS27

Discussion in 'Transformers Feedback & Reviews' started by Pravus Prime, Nov 17, 2021.

  1. Pravus Prime

    Pravus Prime Wields Mjolnir!

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2002
    Posts:
    17,969
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    387
    Likes:
    +5,831
    TL;DR I love this figure.

    It's funny, as a kid I absolutely loved Galvatron. His rebirth sequence was burned in my brain, I though Galvatron was such an improvement over Megatron (I hated that Megatron turned into a gun for someone else to use, and that he always tolerated Starscream, so Galvatron having an independent alt mode and his first major action to be to eliminate Starscream really scored a ton of points with me), but as a naive kid, I was always upset that everyone got his colors wrong. Gray toys? What is this nonsense, he's purple!

    When I was in college, thanks to a friend, I rediscovered the franchise through the Marvel comics. Rhythms of Darkness Galvatron was something new and I liked this very different from the Sunbow cartoon take on the character. It was during the pandemic that I finally got around to reading the UK comics, and finally reading Target: 2006 and Time Wars for myself, well, that solidified my love for the alternate version(s) of the character.

    For far too many years, we didn't have a good Galvatron toy, the less said IMHO about the Classics dumpster fire, the better. At times, I'd use Superlink Galvatron G as a stand in, but that at best was a poor substitute (Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Superlink, but that's what the toy was, a character from a different series). I quite love the Legends Galvatron, thanks to a friend and the upgrade set from ToyHax, I blinged mine out and I'm immensely satisfied with it, but with the themed box sets during Titans Return, I kept wondering, where's my gray Galvatron? Sure Kingdom Galvatron was neat and all, but I really wanted a gray one. (I even started a thread to gauge interest in a gray Galvatron and was surprised at how many felt as I did and wanted one) Then, like a personalized birthday present, just a day or two beforehand, the Selects version was revealed. I eagerly pre-ordered. Yeah, it's toy based, yeah it's not 100% accurate to the original toy. I don't care. One of the design elements that I like on Superlink/Energon Galvatron was the different colored headcrest. So, I was set.

    Then came the delay, to which I don't blame Pulse for, but it was torment that the figure I've wanted the most was being delayed. Fortunately another poster here turned me on to the Dorkside Toys and before the week was out I had it in hand. Unfortunately, the timing couldn't have been worse, I had a life threatening infection and was in to the ER twice, but after I recovered I thoroughly enjoyed the figure. I had life get in the way, so again the pictoral and this review got delayed (started a new job among other things), but I finally made time for myself this week, so I've taken some photos and made the time for this review.

    I will note, as an overall, as much as I like Hasbro's Galvatron, the cannon is IMHO, way too big. Thanks to a friend with a 3D printer and some looking online, I have a smaller custom printed cannon on my figures, but I did include pictures with the original cannon. (As an aside, I actually have several cannons, of different colors and materials, as he wanted to give me options, but this is the most recently made and one that I think looks pretty dang good.)

    As to the figure itself, it has the correct shoulder assembly, I have two figures and they're both very good copies, no issues. Also unlike Kingdom Galvatron, I didn't have to shave any pegs down to fit the head into the torso and get it to close and open without issue. I quite like the transformation, it's that right balance of not being overly simple, but being the right level of complexity to change form. As with Kingdom Galvatron, you can slide the adapter into the holes in the thigh, which effectively hides it from many angles in alt mode.
    Obviously, I love the character. Yes, I have the cannon on the left arm. He's evil and he's mine.

    Lots of Pictures incoming! I could easily spam threads with various covers and panels, but that's not really what the feedback forum is for, so just a few pictures for funsies.

    Out of the box:
    Selects Galvatron with all Accessories.jpg Selects Galvatron in cannon mode.jpg


    With custom Cannon:
    Selects Galvatron with custom cannon.jpg Selects Galvatron with custom cannon in alt mode.jpg

    Comparison with Other Galvatrons
    Galvatron comparison.jpg Galvatrons, Scourges, and Cyclonus in the middle.jpg Galvatron, Toy Scourge, Cyclonus.jpg

    If there's a deep purple Cyclonus coming as Armada as rumored, I'll get it and have two sets of the unholy trinity. I'm a sucker like that.

    Some other comparisons:
    Selects Galvatron Siege Ultra Magnus.jpg Comic Galvatron and Megatron.jpg
    Run Starscream, Galvatron is here.jpg

    Galvatron and Matrix against Hot Rod.jpg

    Rhythms of Darkness Cover:
    Rhythms of Darkness Cover.jpg

    Target 2006:
    Galvatron on Ultra Magnus.jpg To Be Continued Comic Cover.jpg

    Time Wars!

    Time Wars.jpg Galvatron wins the Time Wars.jpg

    Team Up Cover.jpg

    Galvatron squishing Hot Rod.jpg
    Galvatron rips open Rodimus.jpg
    Megaempress, Galvatron, Soundblaster.jpg

    Figure of the year for me. Highlight of my collection for sure.
     
    • Like Like x 23
  2. Dachande

    Dachande Janitor. Moderator TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2008
    Posts:
    41,877
    News Credits:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    417
    Location:
    South Central PA
    Likes:
    +108,932
    Great review! Really looking forward to this one as well.

    Side question: What's up with that Megatron with the toy chest? Been looking for that option for a while now.
     
  3. Pravus Prime

    Pravus Prime Wields Mjolnir!

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2002
    Posts:
    17,969
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    387
    Likes:
    +5,831
    Toyhax. Labels & Stickers for WFC Netflix Megatron - Toyhax

    I'm missing a few stickers as when they sent my order, they left out a sheet. They sent replacements, but my friend already stickered him up for me (I'm on a medication that can cause minor hand tremors so putting on stickers is extremely difficult for me; as a former watchmaker, he finds it fun to apply them, so he does all the decal work for me for the last 2 years) and I've never taken Megatron out again to get the last few put on, not that I think Megatron looks bad without them.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. Nemesisprime1975

    Nemesisprime1975 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2020
    Posts:
    1,342
    Trophy Points:
    177
    Likes:
    +1,420
    Hope you're feeling better that's the most important thing.

    This galvatron is my most anticipated figure of the year even more so then black zarak. He looks as great as I knew he would. As a marvel UK galvatron fanatic he is an absolute must have.

    Congrats
     
  5. Pravus Prime

    Pravus Prime Wields Mjolnir!

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2002
    Posts:
    17,969
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    387
    Likes:
    +5,831
    Thank you for saying so. At the time it was pretty scary, but I followed the instructions, the medications worked, and made a complete recovery. Though my follow-up visit to my Doctor was more show and tell, every other Doctor I think in the practice was there asking questions and wanting to see the pictures I took of myself because of how rare it is to get. It's like chicken pox, when you get it as a kid, it's no big deal, but as an adult, it can be life threatening (and I had the most most lethal kind), with two different ER Doctors telling me it was the worst case they've ever seen. Beyond being worried for my life, the next worst thing was that week was supposed to be a vacation for me. So I lost my vacation too.

    Regarding Galvatron, if anyone wants to see the other colored 3D printed cannons, or if there's a picture they'd like to see and I can oblige, let me know and I'll do my best to post it. I may reshoot the Time Wars battle photo, I didn't realize the focus was on Rack N Ruin and not Galvatron and Twin Twist for that shot and I realize now I never did a proper side by side with Rodimus Prime. Also, I had never realized just how slim Siege Ultra Magnus is in alt mode, getting beefy Galvatron on him and posed was a pain in the butt and by far the hardest shot to arrange. I think my favorite is the "To Be Continued?" Cover from Target 2006 (Ironhide, Tracks, Smokescreen, Jetfire). Yeah, it's not perfect, but I think it looks great.
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2021
  6. Wars

    Wars I ate the WHOLE plate

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2009
    Posts:
    16,945
    News Credits:
    20
    Trophy Points:
    367
    Location:
    The Emerald Isles
    Likes:
    +10,315
    Ebay:
    Love the look of this guy. I really want to get my hands on this figure. I've got the regular release version of Kingdom Galvatron, which I love, and I've wanted a modern update of the character in this deco since we first saw that Titans Return voyager however many years ago. Only issue is finding somewhere to get him from that isn't gonna cost me €70+. As much as I want this guy, no modern leader class figure is worth that much
     
  7. Turnip

    Turnip Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2004
    Posts:
    658
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    222
    Likes:
    +76
    I got this guy over the weekend and he's great. I'm not sure why but the toy colors have always looked more dynamic to me, even as I agree that cartoon colors are more iconic. I'm also really glad he looks so good without any of the stickers applied. For those who are putting the stickers on, which ones are you using?
     
  8. herugrim

    herugrim N/A

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2007
    Posts:
    1,136
    Trophy Points:
    232
    Likes:
    +835
    Ebay:
    Getting another galvatron seemed pointless. The TR figure scratched that itch fine for me and the new Geewunn model didn't impress me at all, but this redeco interested me. It isn't the same old v galvatron, it's the comic book one. Might as well be a new character.

    Having it in hand reminds me a lot of energon Megatron which I really like. The alt mode is still a lame duck but the engineering is just enough to be interesting. I can dig it.
     
  9. Smokescreen38

    Smokescreen38 Fight fire with smoke!

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2002
    Posts:
    6,446
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    337
    Likes:
    +2,098
    @Pravus Prime - Awesome pics!!

    I got mine over last weekend as well...after preordering the translucent version during "Pulsecon" I almost cancelled this one...three versions of a $50+ toy is a bit much IMO (even for a good mold like this one)but I'm very glad that I didn't.
    For whatever reason, the repaint/off color versions of the WFC figures have consistently been dazzling to me. I have a shelf with Worlds Collide Primal and Black Arachnia, T-Wrecks, Shadowpanther, Roadrage, Sandstorm (Ramjet), Grimlock (Beast Dinobot repaint), Skywarp (Airrazor repaint), etc and I frequently find myself reaching for those guys over the main version of the molds. So...I have to add Selects Galvatron to that list and If I could only keep one version of this mold, I thjink this would be it.

    Nice materials/finish all around, pleasing color scheme, previously untapped nostalgia, properly assembled shoulders, an honest to God rub sign...it's a win all around!

    Quick question- I'm always hesitant to apply stickers on figures like this when aftermarket ones can be used instead but those don't seem to exist yet. I would chance it with the original set if I had a spare sheet...so if anyone wants to sell their sheet or if they know where they can be bought, drop me a PM!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. Shlockwave

    Shlockwave a.k.a Moronmaster

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2012
    Posts:
    698
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    182
    Location:
    Southern California
    Likes:
    +2,305
    I like how this came out, although I am happy with the standard edition (Damn Hasbro should they ever release a Studio Series repaint in his closer indigo colors). Yet this takes me back to when my brother purchased the new Decepticon "City Commander" only to find out from the comic adaption that he was, in truth, Megatron. Loved the OG toy despite his ginormous scale and I was at first disappointed they changed his colors for the movie. I def can appreciate this from the photos you have all posted here. That dark grey face is so cool, and I like how the grey sort of calls back his original form.

    As perfect as Cyclonus came out in execution and how successful Scourge is from his model sheet, I still think Galvatron would be my "Toy of the Year". I have just the standard release, but I marvel at how they managed to get so much of the show's look in both modes, the heft and the transformation into something I thought would come close ever, but not this well done. WFC has several contenders for the TotY, but in terms of anticipation and gratification, I give it to Galvy.
     
  11. Dachande

    Dachande Janitor. Moderator TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2008
    Posts:
    41,877
    News Credits:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    417
    Location:
    South Central PA
    Likes:
    +108,932
    Absolutely stunning.
    20211123_091202.jpg 20211123_072845.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 10
  12. Bumblejazz

    Bumblejazz cutest ninja

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2008
    Posts:
    6,086
    News Credits:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Location:
    Broken Arrow, OK
    Likes:
    +20,015
    I like him a lot. I put all the stickers on.
    20211122_141109.jpg 20211122_141552.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 7
  13. Metalwario64

    Metalwario64 City Commander

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2017
    Posts:
    1,609
    Trophy Points:
    197
    Likes:
    +3,219
    How is the quality of the stickers? Are they better than the paper thin, easily torn and barely adhesive Power of the Primes ones?
     
  14. Bumblejazz

    Bumblejazz cutest ninja

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2008
    Posts:
    6,086
    News Credits:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Location:
    Broken Arrow, OK
    Likes:
    +20,015
    They feel about the same as the ones that came with the recent Walmart G1 reissues. None of them tore and they stick well, but they do feel a little flimsy.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. Pravus Prime

    Pravus Prime Wields Mjolnir!

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2002
    Posts:
    17,969
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    387
    Likes:
    +5,831
    My friend is getting into using a new material in his 3D printer, TPU, or a very strong and flexible plastic. So, with the translucent orange, he decided to surprise me with a new cannon. I think it looks great!

    TPU Cannon and Selects Galvatron Original Cannon.jpg Selects Galvatron, the Creation Matrix, and the TPU Cannon.jpg Selects Galvatron - TPU Orange Cannon - Cannon mode.jpg Selects Galvatron - TPU Cannon - Crossed arms.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 5
  16. Murasame

    Murasame

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2008
    Posts:
    23,907
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    362
    Location:
    The Lost Light
    Likes:
    +10,219
    Shit. Is he gray? I thought he was white. Which color would match him? I ordered one and wanted to paint parts matching in color and always thought he was bright white from promo shots.
     
  17. Murasame

    Murasame

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2008
    Posts:
    23,907
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    362
    Location:
    The Lost Light
    Likes:
    +10,219
    Is your friend Whirl? :D 
     
  18. Omega Magnus

    Omega Magnus Can’t deal with that right now

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2003
    Posts:
    625
    Trophy Points:
    222
    Location:
    Tempe, AZ
    Likes:
    +84
    Ebay:
    Instagram:
    Mine arrived today and I am very happy with it. I love the toy accurate design of the decals but unfortunately they are the same low quality as those from the Prime Wars trilogy so no thanks. I am hoping Toyhax does something similar but with their superior material quality. If you have love for the G1 toy like I do this guy is a no brainer.
     
  19. Pravus Prime

    Pravus Prime Wields Mjolnir!

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2002
    Posts:
    17,969
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    387
    Likes:
    +5,831
    I'm afraid I can't help much with what paint color will match him, he is a light gray though.

    :p  No, but that is a good one.
     
  20. Murasame

    Murasame

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2008
    Posts:
    23,907
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    362
    Location:
    The Lost Light
    Likes:
    +10,219
    Yeah, I figured that a few days ago, but had a different idea. I remembered that at work we had little books by pantone and hks with the color names written to it and I thought, maybe Vallejo has something like that as well. Then I only would have to hold the color chart next to the figure and hopefully it matches. Hope I don't need to mix colors for that light gray. Because the other option would be to paint the whole figure. And never having customized a figure like that, that sounds like a nightmare. (also I could have just gotten a purple Galvatron then :lol )

    So let's hope option 1 works out :D