Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Toy Review: Transformers The Last Knight Premier Edition Megatron (Voyager)


Review:  #387
Name:  Megatron
Brand:  Transformers
Allegiance:  Decepticon
Line:  The Last Knight
Year of Release:  2017
Size Class:  Voyager (Wave 2)
Mold Status:  new

JET MODE:


A new film, a new Megatron toy (although seems somewhat weird that he loses the Galvatron name from the previous film but anyway...) and he reverts to transforming into a Cybertronian jet.


Unlike the disasters of the first film when trying to translate it into a figure, The Last Knight's Megatron does a splendid job in jet mode and looks amazing.  Sure, there are some minor flaws such as the feet poking out from the back of the wings but overall, it looks wicked.


A comparison against Titans Return Megatron, The Last Knight's rendition is sizeable and feels hefty in your hands.  He is surprisingly heavier than expected too.


Considering how little jet modes are visible in robot mode, there is barely any undercarriage kibble.  He lacks landing gear, molded or otherwise.  Everything pegs together nicely.


The robot sword can peg on top of the jet.  It's somewhere to store it in this mode, even if it doesn't look that great.


A fantastic jet mode that works really well.

TRANSFORMATION:

Now this was a surprise.  Since the robot mode has effectively no visible jet kibble, you would have expected either the jet mode to be a mess or the transformation to be a shellforming mess.  That is not the case and Megatron has an elegant transformation to give us a bulky robot.  The jet nose forms the core torso, with the back of the jet moving up to form the arms and legs, as well as the panels of knight-inspired armor.  Very well done as there are no fiddly bits.

ROBOT MODE:


Megatron's robot mode is quite screen accurate.  He has a knight-theme going on with waist armor.


There's barely any visible jet kibble which just goes to show how clever the engineering was.  He really only has the jet nose folded on his back, and the wings wrapped around his legs.


The headsculpt is based on the faceplate-less head so Megatron has his angry snarl and sharp teeth.  Would have preferred the faceplate but the sculpting is sublime and super detailed.


He is regular Voyager height.  In this mode, he holds together solidly as well.


The right arm contains Megatron's cannon, that he often used in the film.  It's integrated into the figure so it is not detachable.


Articulation is excellent since he also has ankle swivels and hinges which doubles as transformation joints.


The waist armor are all on hinges so that they can get out of the way if you need to spread his legs for more action-orientated poses.


Megatron's other weapon (and the more prominent one in the film) is his sword-axe.


He can hold it in either hand, although stock photos show it in his left since the other arm has his cannon.


When not in use, you're able to store it on his back.


Megatron lacks wrist swivels but can still pull off many great sword poses.


While screen accurate, the predominantly gunmetal color scheme with gold highlights make him a bit drab, and the unusual alien aesthetics will not please everyone.


The shoulders have an additional piece that lift out such that you can lift his arms out to the sides if need be.


He lacks a waist swivel.  The figures in this line have heaps of detailed sculpting which helps mimic the onscreen look of them being comprised of millions of parts.


This mode is as good, if not better, than the jet mode with no flaws at all.

OVERALL:

This is one of the strongest figures in the line so far, and one of the best movie toys in general.  It is impressive at how they managed to engineer a robot that lacks visible jet parts and is super screen accurate, to a great looking jet mode.  The transformation is easy but intuitive and clever and overall, this is just a fun figure.  Megatron is highly recommended.

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