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Name: Megaplex
Series: Machine Wars
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Warrior/Clone
Alternate Mode: F-22 Fighter Jet



JET MODE
Height: 5cm Length: 12cm Width: 8cm

   A grey F-22 fighter that's meant to be a decoy for Megatron, who uses the same mould. Except Megatron is blue, so Megaplex looks more like the original Megatron than Megatron. Anyway, this grey jet has a grey cockpit, which is a separate piece of plastic. There are black stripes on the wings parallel to the fuselage, and some blue and white stickers on the wings. There are some menthol green robot bits sticking out from underneath the wings and the undercarriage is also green. It's a fairly mundane colour scheme, really, which would have been a lot better with a black cockpit. Still, this is better than some of the colour schemes given to Flipchangers down the years.

   The heavy reliance on grey makes this a fairly nondescript jet. There are a few lines that meld into the grey, which has a slight sheen, serving to accentuate the lines under direct light but obscure them when not directly lit.

   There's really no play value in this mode - it's all in the transform and the robot mode. The landing gear can retract, which is fine if you're zooming him around the room, but he can stand with the wheels up. On the whole, it's a decent vehicle mode, if a little dull.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Theoretically, push down on the nose and that's it. In reality, you have to fold up the landing gear first. Once you've done that he does essentially transform. The tail section actually slides up when it transforms, which is kind of cool. Position the arms and legs, and remove the two halves of his gun from inside his legs.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10cm Width: 8cm

   Guess what? He's mainly grey again, although now the menthol green comes into its own on his thighs and shoulders, as well as the landing gear on his shins. The bucket-head (well, he is a Megatron clone) is a darker, painted green, with a grey face and eyes, as well as a grey block at the back - the remnant of an abandoned lightpipe. The black stripes are nowhere to be seen now - Megaplex is entirely green and grey, which is a little bland, but strangely works better than it probably deserves to. Plus he doesn't have a randomised head colour, unlike Skywarp.

   Being the only original character introduced in Machine Wars, Megaplex doesn't have to live up to any previous incarnation - his only real proviso was that he looked like Megatron, and the buckethead has that taken care of, plus he's got a cape in the form of his wings, impressive looking elbow spurs and a nice big grey rifle, with detachable silencer. The hips, knees, elbows and shoulders are ball joints. The head is, too, but its movement is limited to turning about 30 to either side, since the metal rod that his chest swivels down on is pushing up behind it. This poseability is Megaplex's strong point, and he has heelspurs that allow a lot of posing.

   This is Megaplex's better mode, thanks largely to the cool gun and great poseability. Plus he has a buckethead, so does a good Megatron impression. A little more colour would help, but better grey and green than orange and purple.

VARIATIONS

   Released concurrently with Machine Wars Megatron, who is the same mould. BWII Thrust and Wind Sheer from RiD are repaints of this mould. This character was later released as a recolour of reissue Megatron.

OVERALL

   The colour scheme is a little bland, and some more painted detailing would go a _long_ way. The robot mode is a lot of fun, so I'd recommend at least one version of this mould. BWII Thrust is my favourite, but is harder to find, so I recommend Megaplex, who has better colours than Megatron - 6/10

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