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Name: Megatron
Series: Universe
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Tank



TANK MODE
Height: 2cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 3cm

   A small dull green tank with camouflage patches in a fairly purple, Megatron is a tribute to G2 Megatron without the eye-damaging bright colours so characteristic of that line. The barrel is grey while there's a stamped Decepticon logo on the front of the tank. Essentially this is a more realistic interpretation of that concept, and it works surprisingly well, in an understated way.

   There's minimal play value here, which is to be expected of a Legends toy, really. There are small grey wheels underneath the treads allowing Megatron to roll, while the turret is fixed, since it splits during transformation (think Quake). He's quite solid, at least. The toy is quite well sculpted, although there are gaps in the middle of the green treads where his shoulders transform.

   A simple and static but well designed little tank. He's very simple but Megatron does a good job of de-neonising G2 Megatron and making the idea work. The play value is poor by Transformer tank standards but within the limits you'd expect of a Legends toy. While I would have preferred to see this update done at a larger scale where the tank was more dynamic, it's a good tank mode for this size.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Split the turret and fold the halves down to the sides forming arms - the cannon stays on top of the tank, by the way. Fold the rear out to form his legs, which splay slightly. Stand him up and fold down the front to form his chest. Swing the arms into position, turn the head into rotating the cannon down as a shoulder cannon as you do so.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8cm Width: 5cm

   A green robot with purple camouflage on the green elements which include the arms, chest and boots. Megatron's head, shoulder cannon, groin and thighs are grey while his face and fists are silver. Megatron has red eyes and the traditional buckethead while the Decepticon logo is now on the centre of his chest. Again the colours are a tasteful update of those from G2, with a face that is very much G1. The colour scheme works well visually, the subdued purple stays out of the way, which really helps this robot mode's colour work.

   The layout is essentially the same as that of G2 Megatron, down to the cannon over his right shoulder, although the cannon isn't as tall as the G2 toy since it's not trying to cram a gimmick in this time. The poseability is decent for a Legends toy, although basic for this well trodden tank-based layout. The head turns while the shoulders are very restricted ball joints. His hips are ball jointed while the knees are hinged. There are no heelspurs which limits his leg poseability, but I like the fact that his legs splay slightly, giving Megatron a natural, relaxed, stance.

   A good robot mode which is simple but effective. The colours work and while the poseability is dialed in, it works at this level. Megatron's not really imposing at this scale, but this is a good effort of a Legends toy.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   A simple Legends toy using a well-trodden idea as far as the layout goes, but this Megatron toy finally gives a version of the G2 Megatron concept which isn't garish. Both modes look good and while the tank mode is very static, the robot mode has a little play value. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but Megatron is a good Legends toy - 7/10

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