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Name: Megatron
Series: Generation 2
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Commander
Alternate Mode: Sports Car



CAR MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 7cm Width: 3cm

   A silver sports car that's either a Porsche or meant to resemble a Porsche, Megatron actually looks pretty good in car mode. This mode is pretty much entirely silver, with black windows and black tyres. He has chrome silver hubcaps painted onto his tyres. The black of the tyres is actually the only part of this mode unpainted - the silver body of the car is actually a metallic paint over the base plastic, which is grey - not that you can tell from the topside - there’s some hints underneath where there's some robot kibble present.

   The moulding detail's pretty good for a toy this size. Megatron has door seams, door handles, side mirrors, an engine grill behind the rear window, popup headlights, taillights, an indent at the back for a licence plate and even front indicators. None of these details are painted, so it's subtle, but considering that for a $4 toy the paint mask would have invariably been riddled with paint spills, I'm glad they left the details unpainted.

   As with all Gobots, Megatron has front and rear axles, and can roll quite well, and is designed to fit into Hot Wheels tracks. That's about all for the play value, but for a $4 toy I'm not complaining.

   One of the better Gobot moulds, and somehow a silver Porsche is a fitting car mode for Megatron. The simple colour scheme works very well, the level of detail is good and I've not had any paint chipping problems despite this toy being covered in paint.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pretty simple. Pull down the rear to form the legs, fold down the hood to form the chest, pull out the arms.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 6.5cm Width: 4.5cm

   The silver paint is now confined to Megatron's chest, with his arms being the basic grey, his head and thighs black and his lower legs blue. His face is painted blue (the same shade as the legs). The facial paint is a little thick - it hides the details of his facial moulding. Oh, and his gun is grey.

   Two things about this paint job are worth mentioning here - the first is that this grey does have a sheen do it, the second is that this shade of grey again makes this believable as a Megatron robot mode. Sure, it's not a gun, but it looks like a powerful bad guy's colour scheme. Poseability is about what you'd expect of a Gobot - his shoulders rotate. It's not great, but for a $4 toy it's enough. The play value's in the car mode, anyway.

   While it's a small robot mode for Megatron, it works, and you can buy that this could be Megatron (unlike Gobot Soundwave). The colours are good and the mould's good.

VARIATIONS

   None as such, but recoloured several times - Blowout who's almost identical, Frenzy, the many versions (at least 5) of Hot Shot/Artfire.

OVERALL

   A good Gobot mould and a good colour scheme, and while Megatron is a weird candidate for a Gobot, it's a good fit for him. The car mode looks sweet, the robot mode's not as cool but still nice. The original and still the best version of this mould for me - 8/10 - assuming you like Gobots.

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