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Sir Auros' review of: Megatron

Name: Megatron
Function: Commander
First cartoon appearance: N/a
"Peace through tyranny!"

Megatron is a combination of brute strength, military cunning, ruthlessness and terror. He aches to return to Cybertron to complete his conquest after destroying all the Autobots on Earth and capturing all Earth resources. He's incredibly powerful and intelligent and fires a nuclear charged fusion cannon. He can also link up interdimensionally to a black hole and draw anti-matter from it for use as a weapon. Megatron has no known weaknesses.

Generation 2 Megatron, the first incarnation of Megatron to use a tank as a vehicle mode and a much nicer alternative for the G2 line than using the original G1 mold. The G1 Luger Megatron was just a terrible toy and it was actually fortunate that Hasbro decided that a toy gun wasn't safe and just completely redid Megatron. I really, really love this figure and it's nice that Hasbro has gone back to the tank idea for the Armada line.

Vehicle Mode:
As I said, G2 Megatron is a tank. A big, purple and green camoflauge tank. I do mean big. The tank mode can fire missiles from the turret and make some movement sounds and it looks awesome. I like the bright, neon green and purple paintjob because it just smacks Decepticon. The only way it could've been more of a Decepticon color scheme would have been if it were purple and black or purple and that teal color used on several older figures. The tank mode doesn't move like a real tank of course, opting for little wheels on the bottom rather than moving treads and the turret doesn't move at all. The turret not moving is about the only negative thing I have to say about the tank mode though, because the mold's detail is really pretty good and it manages to not look as flashy and tacky as many of the other G2 figures.

Robot Mode:
This is the mode you'll want to display this figure in, because Megatron looks badass. He doesn't have the iconic huge gun attached to his right arm (or as his right arm), but he does use the tank cannon over his right shoulder. The robot mode isn't particularly articulate, but I think it's acceptable given the size of the figure and sheer awesomenessittude or something like that. The arms move a little and that's about it, but even with that little bit of articulation, Megatron can be posed to look cool. I really like the sculpting on the head as well as the coloring. They were able to capture the same bullet-shaped helmet from the original cartoon and comics and give him this nasty, evil expression too. Much better than the fugly helmet and unibrow that the G1 version of Megatron had by far. The robot mode is also pretty darn big as it's at least a foot tall, that was pretty big for a G2 figure and it's still pretty big for a figure today considering G2 Megatron comes up to Armada Unicron's chest. The figure's worth it for displaying in robot form alone.

Transformation: 5 It was a little tricky at first, but certainly nothing I had to look at the instructions for...
Durability: 10 There's nothing thin enough on the figure to break and it's made out of high-quality, tough plastic. Doesn't even scratch. Mine fell from the sky and landed in a smoking crater in my yard - not a single sign of damage. True story.
Fun: 8 If ever there was a version of Megatron that you could really play with and have fun pretending to be the evil Decepticon commander, this is that version. Both modes are fun and cool.
Price: 8 For a toy this size, this old, and this cool, G2 Megatron goes for an insanely cheap price. You can usually find one out of the box for around $20-$30 USD and you can get boxed versions for under $50 quite often. Also, the figure was released as part of the BW II line, so you can likely find those around for decent prices too and there's no difference in the molds that I've heard of.
Overall: 9 If you only buy one version of Megatron...yeah, I can stand by that.
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