Transformers: Combiner Wars Megatron

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Transformers: Combiner Wars Megatron
  • Character
  • Articulation
  • Vehicle Mode
  • Robot Mode
  • Transformation

Summary

Finally, after 30 years, the evil leader of the Decepticons gets his due! With all of the hallmarks of his classic, evil look, this tank-themed Megatron steps off of shelves and into the timeless battle between the Decepticons and Autobots. Either as a looming, broad shouldered robot, or an evil armored tank, Megatron will crush all that stand before him.

...or he'll joint the Autobots and be an all around nice guy, depending on which stickers you use.

3.7

I have no idea what the deal is with Megatron.

Here he is… the top bad guy in the Decepticon armada, and one of the most fearsome villains in pop culture history. But Hasbro just never seemed to be able to get how to make him cool in toy form.

His original Walther P38 in 1984 obviously defined the look and feel for the evil leader of the Decepticons, but it was really the animated series and comic that took his design aesthetics and made them a bit more robust.

Hasbro has revisited Megatron dozens of times over the years and never seemed to be able to capture the look of that classic villain. Of course I think it’s accepted that they can’t use a realistic pistol as his alt mode, a fact that should surprise and disturb no one by now…so why not something else?

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Well, they finally did it. They looked past the “pistol problem” and went into Megatron’s past… his second Generation past, to be specific, where he appeared as a tank. Using the tank as his alt mode, and some striking colors and real working rubber treads, Hasbro managed to do multiple homages at once and give us a pretty great looking offensive vehicle, and a robot mode that is amazingly reminiscent of the familiar Megatron we all know and love.

Don’t get me wrong, there have been some good Megatrons along the way… I have about 4 – 5 Beast Wars, Animated, and Prime versions that I absolutely love. But they weren’t the classic Megatron… that G1 iconic look of the Decepticon overlord. Well, now that’s changed.

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I’ve read some complaints about the figure, mostly with his leg poseability, and yeah, I can see some of those issues. His range of motion in his legs could be a bit better, but at this point, just looking at him on the shelf, I love this figure so much. This is the first time I’ve dropped $40+ on a Transformers figure in a very, very long time, and I have not a single ounce of buyer’s remorse. He is awesome.

I will say the articulation is a little…  funky?  Is that the right term?  The joints feel somewhat springy, and don’t hold especially well.  He’s got enough articulation to make him poseable, but when he’s posed, he’s forced to stand at somewhat awkward angles.  He has ball joint hips, shoulders, and neck, with some level of elbow joints and knees, though you do occasionally have to shift around his fusion cannon to get him to move how you want him to move (yes, it’s permanently attached).

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The perfect combination of silver and black really brings the evil Decepticon to life in all the right ways. That long, cylindrical torso shape, those blocky arms, and slender black legs connect all the right dots to bring us that classic G1 Megatron many of us have been waiting for. I do wish that maybe his fusion cannon was a bit better and not so restrictive, but for a figure I’ve been waiting 30 years for, it’s tough to pick nits.

As a leader toy, I anticipated some complex transformation steps, but like the other Combiner Wars toys I’ve bought, it was relatively straight forward and simple to get from one mode to the other. The tank feels a bit floppy and not quite as “put together” as some other vehicles I’ve seen from the Transformers line, but he looks good and is functional enough to work.

The small sticker sheet that Megatron comes with is a neat touch, and based on IDW continuity, you can even make him an Autobot if you so choose.  I don’t so choose, but more power to those who want to, it’s nice that Hasbro gave that as an option.

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I never thought I’d ever say this, but now Hasbro needs to make another Optimus Prime that can stand toe-to-toe… this hulking Megs needs a sparring partner.

Check out my video review of Combiner Wars Megatron below… with some assistance from my 5 year old…

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5 thoughts on “Transformers: Combiner Wars Megatron

  1. Hey Justin, I just wanted to say I am really enjoying the new direction of the site. Keep up the good work!

  2. I might have considered in this if I didn’t have the X-Transbots Apollyon (3rd party Masterpiece-style G1 gun Megatron) on pre-order. Nice review and adorable kid.

  3. Lookin’ forward to this one! Nothing will ever beat out the Classics one that turned into a nerf gun, but I’ve always wanted a big silver Megatron, so this’ll cover that area. Kinda wish they hadn’t immediately repainted him as Armada Megatron, though. I was hoping they’d use this chance to make a G2 Megatron.

  4. Your 5 year old daughter made the video, if you plan to do future video reviews I say be sure she gets to participate!

    I always look at the Transfrormer toys but only buy them on occasion. When I saw this Megatron, I couldn’t pass it up either.

  5. I didn’t have the problem with the ‘floppy tank’ you experienced. Mine locked in very tightly once everything was pegged in. Maybe your figure had some tolerance issues?

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