"Age of Extinction" Power Attacker Galvatron Toy Review

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Age of Extinction

Galvatron General Information:
Release Date: November 2014
Price Point: $9.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images with asterisks (*) and text below from Amazon.com:
Gear up for power-punching action with the Power Attackers! This mighty Galvatron Power Attacker figure converts from robot mode to vehicle mode, just like Galvatron always has. But when he's in robot mode, his spinning grinder attack will shred any Decepticon who gets in his way! When he needs speed and strength, he converts in 9 easy steps to semi truck mode! Convert and attack with your Galvatron Power Attacker! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

  • Galvatron Power Attacker converts from robot mode to vehicle mode
  • Semi truck mode
  • Power Attacker figure has a spinning grinder attack
  • Changes in 9 steps
  • Includes figure

The Power Attacker line offers a good middle ground between the very simple "One Step Changers" such as Grimlock and the larger, more complex "Generations" style figures such as Dinobot Slash. They offer multi-step transformations with the feature of the figure being some type of action feature. In late 2014 one last wave of these figures came out including the reborn Megatron now named Galvatron!

Robot Mode:
I think it is a common belief that the moment a figure is simpler in transformation, it automatically has to be less detailed. I've seen comments on the official Transformers Facebook feed that make this assumption and I'll tell you, Galvatron puts that concern to rest for me. Once I had this figure in hand, I was struck by how much wonderful sculpted detail there is on it. From head to toe, this Galvatron figure is a nightmarish combination of wires, panels and armor that is quite intricate. The head sculpt alone features an array of tiny details from the many interlocking armor panels on his face to the points that look like "horns" on the top of his head. Wires run through his entire form from the arms, to the chest and even on the legs. The cannon in the center of his chest (aka the "Grinder") has some really nice, layered details on the outside. You can check out the photos above to see more of this detail for yourself, but from a sculpting standpoint this figure is quite impressive!

Galvatron is cast in gunmetal and black plastic. The gunmetal makes up most of the figure. The black is used for his vehicle mode wheels, which wind up on his chest and legs in this mode. The paint colors used on the figure include metallic blue, gold and orange. The metallic blue is used for parts that feature wires. The gold color (which is rich enough that it borders on being copper) is used for round parts like the cannon in his chest, the shoulders and parts of the forearms. Orange is used on the eyes, which gives them the same evil glow they had in the film thanks to being set against the dark, gunmetal colored plastic. If you activate the weapon in his chest (more on that below) you'll see light blue and orange used for the interior of the weapon. For a figure this size and of a "simpler" class, this is a really nicely done deco and it enhances an already awesome looking sculpt.

There are eight points of articulation on this figure. This includes three in each arm and the knees. I recommend being careful with swinging the arm out to the side however. Go too far and the arm pops off. You can snap it right back in but it's not held in by a pin or anything. The main action feature of this figure is the "Grinder" in the chest. Press the panel on the back down and the head lifts up a bit, allowing the weapon to pop out of his chest. The three panels on the barrel of the weapon open up, revealing the smaller weapon barrels underneath. The cannon is called a "Grinder" but I think it's meant to represent a weapon that fires so many blasts it shreds or "grinds" its enemies. I don't think it's meant to represent something like a blender (that's more of Devastator's territory). It's a neat feature and works consistently.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Swing the back panel over the top of the head.
  2. Swing each forearm up against the upper arms.
  3. Swing each of the arms up, connecting them together in the middle to form the truck's wind vane.
  4. Use the various tabs and slots on the top half of the truck to press the wind vane down and secure it.
  5. Connect the lower legs together.
  6. Swing the lower legs up and down to form the rear of the truck.
  7. Swing the heel pieces up.

Vehicle Mode:
Galvatron transformers into a Daimler Freightliner Argosy 2014. As I mentioned in the robot mode review, it's easy to think that a "simpler" figure has less detail, but this vehicle mode has a lot of the details carried over from the real life truck. These include:

  • The overall shape of the truck is sleek and futuristic, with a flat front end and a curved wind vane on top and rectangular tanks on the sides behind the front wheel wells.
  • The front grille has an angled shape, starting wide on top and narrowing towards the bumper.
  • The panel above the windsield windows has small lights sculpted onto it, including three distinct ones in the middle.
  • Armor panels on the front of the vehicle are beveled outward over the grille.
  • The headlights are thin with angles on the outer edges.
  • The side panels have raised sections with grooves that accentuate the stripes painted on the sides.
  • The side view mirrors are rectangular and set in a vertical direction.

The main difference is in the back of the vehicle, where robot mode leg details are plainly visible. On the real life truck this section is much more flat and just looks like a truck, not curved armor.

This mode features gunmetal and black plastic, but not just the flat black of the wheels but also a very shiny, reflective black plastic used for the windshield windows. Silver paint is used for detailing on the front and sides. Metallic blue is used for the headlights. The grille is black. Overall the vehicle mode looks great in terms of sculpt and deco.

Final Thoughts:
The first time I saw this figure it was in blurry photos online and I didn't think highly of it. However, looking at it now and reviewing it I really love the way it looks in both forms and the action feature is fun. Recommended!