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Name: Megatoron
Series: Beast Wars Japan
Allegiance: Destron
Alternate Mode: Alligator

Thanks to Goktimus Prime for loaning me Megatoron for this review



ALLIGATOR MODE
Height: 3.5cm Length: 15cm Width: 5cm

   A "Decepticon" purple alligator, Megatoron is limited repaint of Alligator Megatron. He has a wash of black paint down his back, red eyes, white teeth and a stamped silver Destron (Predacon) symbol on top of his head with "D-ROM" in front of this. The realism of the green toy is well and truly lost on this purple crocodilian but then this is a limited repaint. The colours themselves are very Decepticon, and work well in contrast to Convo-Bat, whom he was sold with.

   The poseability is pretty limited, but then alligators aren't really known for their flexibility. The legs have some wiggle and the front feet have ankles, the upper jaw can open and shut, and reveals a red tongue inside which is a nice touch, even if it's a very muppet-esque tongue. The tail can wiggle up and down a little but don't move it too much or you'll set off the auto transform.

   Yeah it's simple but for Beast Wars' first effort this isn't bad. More convincing and realistic that any Transformer before him. Megatron's gator mode is a little off in proportions - notably the front legs, but it's nice that the rear legs don't end up becoming the robot legs, although front legs are destined to become his hands. In the context of a limited, themed, repaint set, Megatoron works, even if a Decepticon purple alligator is quite garish. The repaint doesn't work as well as Convo-Bat's does, but work very well along side it.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pull up the tail and internal gears and springs do most of the work. The gator head becomes his torso and the tail sits against his back. Straighten his hands, fold back the hindlegs now on his ankles and fold down his feet. The tail detaches and folds out to become his handgun.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10cm Width: 4.5cm

   Again largely purple, although the upper arms and thighs are black while his toes, shins, knees and face are silver while his eyes are red. The Destron logo is in the middle of his chest, formed from the beast head. Again there's no mistaking that this figure is a bad guy, and while the colours are quite garish here, they work well enough for the theme of the pack.

   This toy features the buckethead which was soon abandoned for beast Megatron, and this mould represents an intermediate step between G1 Megatron and Beast Wars Megatron.

   The play value here is actually really good, and follows on directly from the Cyberjets at the tail of G2. The neck, shoulders, elbows, hips and knees are ball jointed while his ankles and wrists are hinged - although the wrists only bend backwards. If you leave the tail attached to his back, you can swing it up over his head and deploy the barrel as a sort of overhead barrel, or you can go for the more conventional handgun, which is a giant green log with a barrel at the end. Both work equally well, and while the head-cannon isn't intentional it adds to the fun. The ankle joints really make Megatron a poseable toy.

   A pretty good mould for the time, but the colours really don't accentuate the positives of this robot mode. His poseability is good and the gun is useful - and the darker colours hide the gap under his chin better than the green of the regular version. The position of the allegiance symbol is good, rounding out a fairly well executed limited repaint.

VARIATIONS

   Released in a 2 pack with Convo-Bat, along with a CD-ROM in Japanese.

OVERALL

   A very bright recolour of decent toy, although the mould has dated somewhat. The colours really wouldn't work on anything but an exclusive - Megatoron is too garish for that - but they work in the red-purple theme of the CD-ROM pack. While Megatron has the stronger mould, Convo-Bat makes for a more rewarding repaint. Having said that, neither of them are quite enough for me to recommend paying the market prices for this hard-to-find set - 4.5/10

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