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



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

   A small grey Cybertronian jet with some black 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 essentially similar to the full sized version, without the blue spray. He also lacks the badly stowed robot legs under the wings, which is nice. The colour scheme is simple but does what it has to do. I like the fact that while it's necessarily simplified, the colours used ensure this Megatron doesn't feel like a knock-off as some legends do.

   Unlike the larger version, this version lacks any gimmicks or electronics. 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.

   There are are few other minor changes - the central hull is short, the face is even more visible and the tail section is more unified than on the large version. 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.

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 leader sized version.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8cm Width: 4cm

   Again grey with black - the latter is prominent on his knees and elbows along with grooves on his chest and face. His mouth is silver and his eyes red, while Megatron has a few gold painted aspects here and there, rounding out a colour scheme which is a simplified version of the leader version.

   The arms sit on the "wrong" sides in this mode - they end up with the gold paint applications on the back and visible shoulder ball joints on the front - you might want to swap them over. 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 claws, which sit on the ends of the hulls (rather than deploying on place of the stowed hulls). 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 full sized version.

   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.

VARIATIONS

   There is an Ice repaint.

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 - the gimmicks are all lost, the jet mode makes too many compromises and his robot form ends up too spindly. 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 - 5/10

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