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Name: Megatron
Series: Movie Tie-Ins
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Cybertronian Jet

Thanks to Goktimus Prime for loaning me Ice Megatron for this review



JET MODE
Height: 4.5cm Length: 9cm Width: 11cm

   A small pale blue Cybertronian jet with some royal blue here and there, including the robot face visible on the head, which sits at the base of the central of his three hulls. This toy is a repaint of the regular Legends toy with blues instead of grey and black, although this toy also gains a wash of white paint on the front edges of the wings and some other areas. The colour scheme is simple and mostly does what it has to do. I like the fact that while it's necessarily simplified, the basic idea is good. Sadly the colouring here feels a little tacky.

   There aren't any gimmicks to speak of really - which is normal for this size class. There are no wheels, in fact Megatron doesn't even lay flat properly - resting awkwardly on the tips of his three hulls and the wingtips. Hasbro's promo pictures seen to suggest the wingtips point up (rather than down as on the leader sized version), which does allow Megatron to stand on the table far more securely - although it looks better in hand with the wingtips down.

   Compared to the larger toys the central hull is short, the robot face is far too visible and the tail section is more unified. The wingtip changes bother me a little, there's no good position really - it's a compromise no matter what you do. While I don't mind this jet mode as Legends go, it suffers from proportion changes, and the colours don't quite work since they're more Machine Wars Megatron than anything else.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Swing the wings back to form his legs, fold up the wingtips to form feet. Rotate his waist, swing the outer hulls down to form arms. Fold the central hull back to reveal his head, rotate to reveal the face. Ironically the leg transformation is more elegant than it is on the far more complex larger toys.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8cm Width: 4cm

   Again pale blue with royal blue and the white wash on his torso. The royal blue is prominent on his knees and elbows along with grooves on his chest and face. His eyes are red and the overall paint job here is simpler than the original despite the addition of the white paint wash. It doesn't really look like Megatron in the Sector 7 hangar, which is the "Ice" inspiration for this somewhat tenuous repaint.

   The arms sit on the "wrong" sides in this mode - they end up with the visible shoulder ball joints on the front - you might want to swap them over. At least this time the painted details don't end up on the back (since they're no longer present). These arms are made of a soft plastic, which means swapping them is easy, as well as making sure the finer sculpt of his hands won't just snap. The hands are silver claws, which sit on the ends of the hulls (rather than deploying on place of the stowed hulls), and the silver on his hands is a new paint application. The legs are also quite different, since the outsides are the top of his wings - they're a not slimmer and smoother than on the larger versions.

   Megatron's articulation is pretty good for this size - the neck, shoulders and hips are all ball jointed. While this represents the entire play value in this mini Decepticon leader, I appreciate the fact that all the joints are ball joints. The shoulders only swing and without knee or ankle joints, the leg motion is limited,

   His better mode by a narrow margin, mainly because it doesn't have any ambiguity problems. Sure, the arms are better swapped, but it's not a case of both configurations having problems. The loss of detail compared to the full sized robot mode is pretty severe - which is to be expected, but in the case of Megatron, this does hurt a little more than on most Legends. Again the switch to blue doesn't really work.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   Whilst this Legends toy is fairly well executed compared to some of the Legends we've seen, I can't say I'm a huge fan. The detailed Decepticon leader loses an awful lot in translation here and this repaint is a little too forced. The jet mode makes too many compromises and his robot form ends up too spindly, so this toy doesn't represent the on screen character that well. On the upside this version manages to avoid underwing kibble - something the leader sized toy can't manage. I'd recommend swapping his arms if you do get this toy - but don't rush out to pick him up - 3/10

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