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Sir Auros' review of: Megaplex

Name: Megaplex
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Warrior/Clone
Sub-Group: NA
"The skies belong to me!"

Megaplex was built to function as a clone for Megatron, a strategy designed to confuse enemy Autobots who seek to shoot down the elusive Decepticon leader. But Megaplex is more than just a decoy, he is equipped with powerful attack weapons that make him a formidable warrior in any air battle. And in robot mode, he only gets tougher!

Megaplex looks nothing like the figure shown on the back of the card. Everything that should be dark turqoise is silver instead and were it not for the stripes and stickers, I wouldn't be able to tell which was Megatron and which was Megaplex if I were just going by the back of the figure's card.

Vehicle Mode:
Pretty much the same as Megatron, but with a different paintjob. Still a weak-looking jet mode with crappy stickers, but now with stripes. The weapon is also just as prone to get lost in the figure's legs. It has the problems the Cyberjets had along with some more of it's own. I do think the paintjob's slightly better than Megatron's though as the stripes help it look less plain.

Robot Mode:
Except for the colors, Megaplex looks exactly like Megatron. Probably not a bad thing considering he's supposed to be a clone of Megatron meant to confuse the Autobots. Lot of articulation except for the forearms due to cool-looking protusions and the forearms have ugly looking slots on them for some unknown reason. Not bad, but not a Cyberjet. The head's sculpting is much better than the Cyberjets' though since Kenner wasn't concerned with using transluscent plastic.

Transformation: 8 - Semi-automatic transformation gimmick leads to horribly disguised vehicle mode.
Durability: 8 - The two gun parts are small and easily lost, but the figure is solid.
Fun: 9 - Still pretty fun.
Price: 8 - Really variable. Usually only available in lots sealed or loose. If it's loose it's pretty cheap, and sometimes you can find one all by itself and it's not too bad then.
Summary: 8 - Not really different enough from Megatron to warrant giving it a different score, no?

 
 
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