"Cyberverse" 1-Step Changer Megatron Toy Review

in 2018, Action Figure Review, Cyberverse, Decepticon, One Step Changer

Cyberverse

Megatron

General Information:
Release Date: December 2018
Price Point: $9.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Target, Walmart, Amazon etc.)
Accessories: None

*Images and text below from The Official Transformers web site:
"Picture this: me, on Earth, still cooler than everyone this side of Optimus Prime, but I’ve got zero memories. Now I’m on a mission to recover my memories and discover all of my awesome powers. I’ll have to battle Decepticons, outrun an explosion or two, and be heroic- basically, I’m in for one epic ride across the Cyberverse." -Bumblebee

Experience the excitement of quick conversion with figures that change between modes in 1 step. Convert this 1-Step Changer Megatron figure from robot to vehicle with 1 quick press. Imagine charging into battle in the blink of an eye with Transformers Cyberverse 1-Step Changer figures.

The tyrant Megatron leads the evil Decepticons on a merciless quest to conquer the universe. Look for other Cyberverse 1-Step Changer figures, each sold separately, to imagine bringing the epic adventures of Cyberverse to life!

  • Includes Megatron figure and on-box instructions.
  • 1-Step Changer Megatron figure inspired by the Cyberverse animated series
  • Changes between robot and tank mode in 1 step
  • Convert this figure in 1 quick motion
  • Look for other Cyberverse 1-Step Changer figures, each sold separately, to imagine recreating awesome scenes from the animation
  • Figure scale: 4.25 inches
  • Ages 6 and up
  • Warning: Choking Hazard - Small parts may be generated. Not for children under 3 years.

In late 2017 it was revealed that a new Transformers cartoon would be replacing "Robots in Disguise". The series focuses on Bumblebee with partial amnesia attempting to regain his memories. A blend of G1 and modern characters combined with a more kid-friendly animation style results in a show that leans more towards a younger audience than even "Robots in Disguise", something which is reflected in the toy line. The toy line was released in countries outside the United States such as Australia around late June 2018. A few weeks later it would be released in North America.

Among the first wave of "Cyberverse" figures were a few 1-Step Changer figures. However, those were all just redecos of figures from "Robots in Disguise". It was not until the second wave that brand new sculpts appeared. This Megatron figure was one of them.

Packaging:
The "Cyberverse" 1-Step Changer packaging is very similar to the 1-Step Changer packaging from the tail end of "Robots in Disguise". Instead of sitting in a bubble on a card, the figure is attached to a plastic tray in vehicle mode. This is then glued to a card that folds around the figure. This packaging uses a striking blue and yellow combination of colors. A vertical "Transformers" logo sits on the right side with a Decepticon symbol above it. The front section has a photo of the toy in robot mode and the name of the character. The background features character artwork and the "Cyberverse" logo. The back of the box features Megatron in both modes, featuring his transformation. It also shows his cosells from the same case: Starscream and Optimus Prime.

Vehicle Mode:
Megatron's tank mode is a really chunky and powerful looking vehicle. It is not a basic tank with treads and a turret on top. Instead, there are heavily armored treads on the sides, extra blasters and rocket launchers flanking the main cannon and a giant cannon in the middle. I love the idea of Megatron being a rolling artillery station and this vehicle mode delivers in that respect.

Megatron is cast in silver, black and purple plastic. The treads are painted black and the sides in the front have silver repaint on them. Of course, I would have loved a bit more deco, especially along the sides to help the sculpted details pop, but it is not surprising not to see a lot of deco in a 1-Step Changer.

Transformation to Robot Mode:
Press the purple button on the top of the center cannon and the front half of the vehicle will spring up. Stand the figure up and swing the arms out to finish up the transform.

Robot Mode:
Thanks to most of the robot mode being tucked under the tank "shell", the designers had a lot of freedom to sculpt Megatron in such a way that he looked like his animation model. The head adopts a lot of styling from G1 Megatron, as does the chest, mid-body, arms and legs. I really appreciate some of the smaller details including layers of armor on the arms and the "control panel" in the middle of the torso. The legs are curved, looking a lot like the legs from the G1 Megatron design (which formed a gun handle in G1).

I really like the sculpt except for one thing: the cannon. Part of Megatron's iconic design is some type of large weapon on him (usually mounted on an arm). Here, the cannon winds up sticking out from the back, essentially being useless in robot mode. It would have been much cooler if that piece could have detached and fit into one of Megatron's fists (both have 5mm ports).

The deco on this mode is really nice. Most of the figure is silver plastic, but the designers still used silver paint on parts like the head and small details in the middle of the body. Black paint is also used on the torso, waist area and legs. On top of that is some red paint. The result is a really nice looking deco on this figure.

There are two points of articulation on this figure: the arms. Each fist has 5mm ports, allowing you to attach weapons from other figures.

Final Thoughts:
Of the three figures in this wave, Megatron is the least "amazing" of the bunch but he is still a cool 1-Step Changer. Both modes look big and chunky and the deco in robot mode is really nice. That said, the cannon sticking up on his back really bugs me. I would say if you were going to get this figure, get it on sale. Also keep in mind that there is a different "Cyberverse" 1-Step Megatron on the way who also has a tank mode but he gets a cannon on his arm in robot mode. This is not a bad figure, but it is mildly recommended.

Pros:

  • Cool sculpt in both modes.
  • Excellent robot mode deco.
  • Smooth and easy transformation for younger fans.

Cons:

  • Cannon sticks out the back in a really awkward way.
  • Transformation is easy but not particularly interesting.