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Seerus Nalaius' review of: Galvatron

Name: Galvatron
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Leader/Tyrant
Sub-Group: NA
"No universe is too vast for my conquest."

Having undergone an intense reformatting at the hands of Unicron, Megatron has become Galvatron. Now, more ruthless and power-hungry than ever before, Galvatron possesses the same insidious qualities as Megatron and is ten times more powerful. After striking a deal with Unicron, Galvatron was granted an upgraded weapons arsenal that has made him practically invincible. Along with his advanced arsenal, Galvatron's hunger for conquest has grown nearly insatiable. The universe itself does not seem to be enough for this ruthless tyrant. He will even use the god-like Unicron as a pawn in his game of eternal conquest.

Intense reformatting? Yeah, right. More like repaint, though Galvatron is one hell of an intimidating toy. He's big, he's bad, and he wants your energon! Ummm....yeah...

Vehicle Mode:
When I first heard back near the start of Energon that Galvatron (Megatron) was going to be a gun ship, I wasn't sure if it would be a good idea. But, after seeing him in action, it was definitely a great idea. The colors, of course, are mainly purple, silver, black, with a hint of red and gold. Having always been a Decepticon of brute force and power, Galvatron has many weapons in this form. Sadly, none fire (except the tank), but the more guns, the better. Adding the tank to the jet may look kinda awkward, but it means one more weapon for him to fire, and it saves on shelf space should you decide to display him this way. This is only half the fun, though.

Robot Mode:
Behold...Galvatron! Once transformed, Galvatron becomes bigger (though thankfully not as big as Unicron or Tidal Wave), badder, and more intimidating. As a kid, I remember wanting the original Galvatron, but thankfully I missed out on that horribly miscolored representation. This version is the Galvatron everybody has wished for since Transformers: The Movie, but better. He retains his colors in this mode, losing the hint of gold for some yellow, and he projects that powerful, dark aura that every Decepticon leader needs. The crown is painted black for the US version, and this works better in my opinion, since having baby blue would distract from the rest of the toy and would look out of place. His shoulder cannons look awesome in this mode as well; it's just too bad they can't fire a missile or anything. His sword is colored orange, too. That's better than before, but it's short and can't be held by hand either, so its up to you whether or not to display it like that. I prefer to change it up every now and then, but that's me. The tank looks good as an arm cannon of sorts, but its so large that its hard to find a good shooting pose for him. He is articulated enough to strike a few good power poses, but the tank and the shoulders do limit his choices. Also, if you wanna put an Energon Star on him, I'd suggest buying a Doom-Lock to get the orange Energon Star. The green ones just don't work with these colors.

Transformation: 8 - Not that hard or complex, but definitely a fun time.
Durability: 9 - Solid and dependable.
Fun: 10 - He's Galvatron! How can you not have fun with this guy?
Price: 8 - Sadly, he's still $40. That's a bit painful, but if you can afford him, then, trust me, he is worth it.
Summary: 9 - Galvatron may be a repaint, but I hope you can ignore that. He's an awesome toy, looks good in his new colors, and demands respect from all on your shelf...or where ever you put him. If you find him, pick him up!

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