On May 16th, Hasbro released its new toy line for Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
In the previous two movie toy lines, Megatron has been a Cybertronian jet and Cybertronian tank/jet combo. After his defeat in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Megatron finds that he needs to take on the form of a human vehicle. This time around he is a Mack Truck with tanker trailer and tarp covering the back end.
The figure is very nice-looking this time around and I am glad they chose to give him the form of a human vehicle. If you’ve ever seen a Mack Truck on the road, then you know these are not small vehicles by any means. His menacing size is reinforced by the fairly decent rusty paint job on the figure. However the remainder of the figure feels like it is missing paint, as most of it remains a dull, grey plastic.
One of my favorite details is on his face. A chunk of it is missing from being shot off in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
The figure’s range of motion is very nice. In truck mode, the wheels spin and the tanker can swivel independently of the cab. In robot form, his head is on a ball joint with full range of movement. Both arms are capable of 360-degree rotations at the shoulder, with elbow articulation and some slight wrist articulation. Legs are on ratcheting joints allowing for limited movement and the knees to bend.
The figure is capable of quite a few poses and is well balanced, making it easy to stand up.
Transformation is fairly straightforward and simple, with the instructions being detailed enough to make it easy. As with any figure, the first couple of transformations may be difficult, but practice makes perfect. The only difficulty I find in the transformation is the grill of the truck. When turning him into a robot, you have to split the grill, and on the figure I have it is a very tight fit. Children may have difficulty separating it. All other parts easily move to where they need to be, both in truck and robot mode.
Overall, the figure is very clean and nice, a great addition to any Transformers collection. I’d have to say my favorite parts of this figure are the detail in the damaged face and the tarp. The tarp, in truck mode, really doesn’t serve a purpose. However in robot mode, it serves as a type of cloak, covering the damaged portion of his face.
Voyager Class Megatron is available now.