This is the Voyager class Megatron from the Revenge of the Fallen toyline.
Aesthetically, Megatron is a mixed bag. As a Transformer, he utterly fails on epic levels of epic fail. He’s a pile of ugly who holds onto the phrase “movie aesthetics” like a blankie. Had he a more conventional vehicle mode, he’d be pretty good. But no, he’s very much a “tank because he has a turret and we say he’s a tank”-tank; oh, and his head is exposed.
HOWEVER, as a generic alien space robot, Megatron does succeed. He’s got loads of sculpted detail and even some nice paint apps. I personally don’t mind the green as his primary color, and in fact, got him because of it. I wanted something a little different y’see. I do wish he had some more of that nice silvery paint app on his chest though. In robot mode, he’s sufficiently humanoid and is gives off a powerful impression of raw menace. As an alient space tank, he looks fine, and even his exposed head isn’t that bad because it’s mostly hidden at ground level and his mangled Bayformer design blends that contorted face with the rest of him. Generally, it’ll only bother you because you know it’s there.
The pointy bits on Megatron are all rubbery and easily warped, but fortunately, just as easily bend back to their original positions.
Articulation is also a mixed bag. Megatron’s well articulated with all the points of articulation we know and love, but he has two major problems as a result of his character design. The first and most obvious are his feet and knees. While I dig the tank tread feet, the heels are set too high and at too great an angle. Requiring you to beng his knees and thighs almost fully, just to get him to stand “straight”. This totally twisted leg design is sort of neat, but considering the joints are already fully bent just to get him to stand upright, it means he basically has no knees for actual bending. There are workarounds to this, but it’s still a point against Megsy here.
The other problem lies in his thighs. His thighs are so big and beefy that their range of motion for going backwards and forwards is highly restricted, as the inner thigh will brush against Megsy’s cod piece. I suppose a good customiser can shave the inner thigh off a little, in order to provide full range of motion with no drawbacks in aesthetics, but I’m not a good customiser. Heck, I’m not a customiser, period. I like my TFs to be “pristine”. So this limited hip motion is a major downside for me.
On a positive note, Megatron’s left elbow is fully articulated. Give that that’s the turret arm, and it’s still a fully functional missile firing piece, that’s pretty impressive.
But if this Megatron has one good side, it’s that he’s pretty good as far as fanmoding goes. He has the Jet Mode of course, but you can also give him tank tread legs for that “real” mecha feel, and he makes a decent turret platform or base too. I tried turning him into a backpack for Prime, but the limited hips really hurt him there. Also, the ladies just looooooooooooooooooove Midgetron.
This guy’s heralded as the best Movie Megatron yet, and I can see why. Oh, not because RotF Voyager Megatron is awesome, but because the other Movie Megatrons suck like a red matter induced singularity. That said, this is still a pretty good toy and a passable Megatron, especially if you just love the live action movies. I have no regrets getting this guy, but he’s certainly one to pass up if you’re short on cash. He has lots of possibilities, but because he works best as a generic robot monster, he doesn’t have any significant “star power” to draw you in.
Pros: Looks good for what he is. Well articulated. Sucks less than other Movie Megatrons.
Cons: Looks horrendously ugly as a Transformer. Hips and knees restricted due to “movie *ptui* aesthetics”.
2.7 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent