Wednesday, July 13, 2011

#70: Transformers Dark of the Moon - Megatron

So far I have passed on movie versions of Megatron, due both to the aesthetics of the robot mode, and what I consider to be lackluster Cybertronian altmodes. But now Megatron finally has an earthly altmode, a Mack truck. And a cape! I'm not going to lie, the cape is probably the biggest selling point for me here. Something about it just really hits my sense of humor about it the right way. When I decided it was time to buy Megatron, Target was having a sale on voyager class figures for three bucks or so off the normal price. Naturally, my local Target only had Optimus, Shockwave, and that other one (a helicopter?). So I tried checking out Target's website, where Megatron was out of stock. Then I tried Amazon, and they had it in stock for slightly less than normal retail, and even better with free shipping.

Megatron in bot mode is pretty cool, it isn't too much a mishmash of pointy metal bits that I think of as the movie style. Having an earth-based altmode helps in that there are recognizable vehicle pieces on his body. The cape (and attached hood) is removable, which reveals Megatron's heavily damaged face underneath. Or if you want to move his left arm around, because it kind of restricts the arm's movement while it's in place. The Mechtech weapon is a pretty sizable cannon/claw thing that can be attached to either arm, as well as stowed on his back. Pretty cool.

Megaton's altmode is a Mack tanker truck, and it's definitely one of my favorites as a toy. The coolest thing about it is that the trailer part can actually be moved back and forth like a real truck even though it's not detachable. It's a really nice piece of engineering, and it adds a lot of fun to the toy. There is an odd detail that I thought was a mistake, but as far as I can tell from looking at other people's pictures of the toy, seems to be part of the design. The left side of the windshield sticks out from the cab a little, while the right side is level with it. I'm not sure if this reflects an oddity of the design on the real truck, or if it's a weird quirk of Megatron in the movie or what.

Overall, this is for sure one of my favorite toys of the any of the movie lines so far. I'm not sure if they're going to release a leader class version of Megatron, so for now I am calling the best version of movie Megatron.


  1. One of the best voyager in so far in the movie tie-in. In terms of design and proportion.

  2. Am not crazy at all about the Dark of the Moon toys but there a few like this one that has peaked my interest.

  3. I think if you get any Dark of the Moon toys, this is the one to get.


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