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numbat's review of: WST GTF-07 Megatron

Name: GTF-07 Megatron
Function: Decepticon (Destron) Leader
"Peace through tyranny."

Megatron combines brute strength, military cunning, ruthlessness and terror. Aches to return to Cybertron to conquest after destroying all Autobots on earth. Plans to possess all Earth resources. Incredibly powerful and intelligent. Fires nuclear- charged fusion cannon. Can link up interdimensionally to a black hole and draw antimatter from it for use as a weapon. No known weakness.’

I always loved the original G1 Megatron. Admittedly, Megatron has had a lot of cool incarnations since, but there’s just something poetic about the Bad-Guy Leader turning into a gun…

When I came across the World’s Smallest Megatron, I was just blown away. He is in almost everyway IDENTICAL to the original, yet he stands just under 2” tall in robot mode! With my original toy having broken when I was about 5, I just had to get this guy, and I was in no way disappointed…

Alternate Mode:
WST Megatron’s alternate mode is – hurray! – a GUN!

A PPK, to be slightly more precise. The gun made famous by James Bond. But to me, it’ll always be the incarnation of ultimate evil.

It looks almost identical to the original full size toy, but is only two and a quarter inches long. As you’ll notice in the photo, it even has the cool spiral design with the Decepticon insignia in the middle. But this is no sticker! It’s printed on the toy. The detail is stunning in this mode, although nothing to the robot.

Of course, there are some concessions, as you’d expect fitting something so complex into such a tiny package. There are a few areas where the red of the robot mode shows through, and of course, the trigger is far too small to work. But that is, honestly, IT. He is that damned good! He even holds the form perfectly!

Robot Mode:
The transformation is exactly as the original, with the exception of the hands, which no longer slide out, but flip / rotate out instead. This is a Hell of a complicated transformation for such a tiny toy! It is a little fiddly, as was the original, but this is scaled down a lot. It can take a while to get everything in place, and when you pull the torso up, it does come off. This is because of the super-strong clip that holds in down in gun mode, and is the only thing I would change about this toy. It’s just terrifying every time!

That aside, the robot mode is phenomenal when you finally get there! The face is incredibly detailed, and everything is in place. And you even get the arm cannon (despite talk that suggested it would only be available as a chase). Proportions are identical to the original, which means damned good overall, especially for the time of the G1 toy, and, in this case, size too! Articulation is limited to parts needed for the transformation, as with most G1 and WST figures, but, with the complexity of Megatron, that allows for quite a few nice power poses, so I really can’t complain!

This is THE Megatron. (Albeit 2” tall…)

And one of the most perfect pieces of Transformers engineering ever.

Transformation: 9 – It’s a tricky as the original, but miniscule! Quite fiddly, but damned impressive in such a small toy.
Durability: 7 – With being so small, and made of light plastic, Megatron can survive huge falls, and should only break if stood on, or mistreated. The only scary point is the torso, as discussed in the review.
Fun: 10 – This guy is one of the most fun Transformers ever, and looks great – and he’s tiny!
Price: 2 – WST Megatron can cost a fair bit for us Brits anyway, although I’m sure those in Japan are getting an amazing deal if they’re lucky enough to open the blind-packaged box to find this guy’s barrel staring back at you! You really do pay for the privilege of owning this guy. Mine cost £10 ($17.20), which was the best deal I’ve been able to find. But I do not regret it at all. I don’t buy many Transformers, and so I don’t mind paying a bit (reasonably) for ones I really want (as long as I can afford it!).
Overall: 10 – Basically, you gotta own this guy somehow!
 
 
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