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Name: Megatron
Series: Henkei
Allegiance: Destron
Function: Commander
Alternate Mode: Nerf Gun



GUN MODE
Height: 15cm Length: 19.5cm Width: 5cm

   A silver scaled down nerf gun with a glossy black handle, black fusion cannon style scope on top. Megatron is a more traditional repaint of Classics Megatron without the legally required orange tip. There are red elements here and there and some yellow rivet elements here and there. There's a false six chamber revolver towards the front with transparent windows, revealing some robot stuff inside. These colours aren't especially nerf-gun like, meaning this gun mode really feels like a space-gun. This sci-fi feel makes this gun mode feel more like Megatron that the bright colours of the Classics version can, giving him the edge that the Classics toy lacks.

   As is usually the case with Henkei toys, TakaraTomy has found a way to include chrome on Megatron - in the form of glossy _black_ chrome on the handle, and a similar patch under the tip. The main body is painted a glossy silver as well, while areas like the trigger and hammer are grey plastic. There's a big purple silver Decepticon logo on either side of the cannon, which is also chromed.

   While I'm not a fan of Megatron as a nerf gun, Henkei Megatron looks more like a laser gun than a toy, and the mould is well executed for what it is. He can't fire anything but the trigger clicks when you pull it, you can look through the scope, which has a crosshairs on its red window. The gun itself holds together very well, and while there are a few robot mode hints here and there, they're all subtle.

   While the idea of Megatron as a nerf gun is questionable, the repaint here is great - Megatron looks like a real weapon again. The chrome and silver paint really helps in this respect. While I'm not blaming Hasbro for the laws they had to comply with, their end result just doesn't befit the character as this done. The play value is good and it fits together very well - this is a great space gun Megatron.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Essentially the side panels of the gun open out to reveal one of the worst shellformers we've seen - and easily the worst conceived by Hasbro. This isn't a criticism as such, but it is cheating to an extent. Once you open the sides you expose most of the robot mode, which you then unfold and the shell halve send up on his back as wings. The whole affair reminds me of BW Dead End. One cool aspect of the transformation is that the scope doesn't detach and reattach - it stays attached to what becomes his right arm the entire time.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 22cm Width: 19.5cm

   A grey, silver and black robot with silver wings behind the arms. The torso is silver while his chestplate is chrome silver. His arms, thighs and head are grey while the boots are black with the chrome on his shinplates. Megatron has black fists and a black groin while his chest is red along with various other painted details. There's a purple Decepticon logo on his chest while his face is painted silver with red eyes that feature a good lightpipe. The fusion cannon on his right arm is black. It almost goes without saying that he sports the traditional buckethead - not difficult since the head tucks away in gun mode. This is an excellent colour scheme which is spot on for Megatron and simply wonderful in its own right.

   While the gun mode isn't traditional, the robot is very much Megatron. The buckethead and fusion cannon really nail the character while the grey really helps things along. The wings are very prominent - you get this sort of thing with shellformers, but they sit back far enough that they don't crowd the robot mode itself. The bodyshape and character defining features are all done well - to be honest with this sort of shellformer the designer had plenty of room to get it right. The boots are a little longer than they should be, but this is a pretty minor thing, and is a by-product of one becoming the handle.

   The play value is pretty good. Unusually for a Classics toy, Megatron doesn't come with a handheld weapon - the fusion cannon doesn't detach. Still, there are holes in the fists and with a great weapon built in (which you can't misplace), who cares? The trigger is now tucked away on his back so we can't access that but there's no point anyway. The head is ball jointed while the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees all feature hinges and rotators, allowing for a wide range of motion. The wings on his back do rule out some poses - Megatron is somewhat backheavy - but you can get away with quite a few poses, and if the fusion cannon is out in front it acts as counterbalance. The heelspurs aren't as big as I'd like - more dynamic leg poses are pretty much out, which is my biggest complaint about this robot mode.

   The better of Megatron's two modes thanks to a kickass colour scheme and very strong semblance to the G1 version of the character. The character defining details are all well done - the fusion cannon is a real highlight. The poseability is fairly good, and while it could have been a little better, it's enough to put Megatron in some cool poses. The shellformer nature of this robot mode will annoy some, but it did allow the designer to really get the robot mode right, visually. With lots of chrome and a great lightpipe rounding things off, this is a fantastic robot mode.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. As mentioned he is a repaint of Classics Megatron.

OVERALL

   While the nerf gun idea is controversial, TakaraTomy have done a great job of making this an imposing Megatron toy in a way the Hasbro version could never be. The colours suit the character to the ground and there's not a hind of day-glo here. The extensive use of chrome is almost luxurious while the colour layout in both modes is great - the gun works as a space pistol while the robot mode drips Megatron. It's a well designed mould with only a few flaws - the robot mode heels being the main annoyance. I'd easily recommend this over Hasbro's nerf coloured version - 9/10

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