"Generations" Platinum Edition "One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall" boxed set Toy Review

in 2016, Action Figure Review, Generation One, Online Exclusive, Platinum Edition, Voyager

Generations

General Information:
Release Date: August 2016
Price Point: $74.99 (depending on retailer)
Retailer: Online Shared Exclusive (Amazon, BigBadToyStore etc.)
Accessories:

Official images and text below in italics are from Amazon.comu:
Transformers Generations Platinum Edition sets feature figures with a high level of detail, plus premium features and packaging. These sets highlight some of the most memorable scenes, powerful warriors, and epic storylines in the Transformers universe. Celebrate the classic 1986 animated film, "The Transformers: The Movie" with this pack that honors one of the most unforgettable moments in Transformers history: the scene in which Megatron defeats Optimus Prime. The One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall Platinum Edition set features Optimus Prime and Megatron figures inspired by The Transformers: The Movie. Both figures are rendered with premium details geared to make them a premier addition to any Transformers collection.

Optimus Prime and Megatron have fought many battles, but none more memorable than this. When the Decepticons launch a surprise attack on Autobot City, the two leaders meet in the middle of the firefight. Just when Optimus Prime has gained the upper hand on his archival, an over-eager Autobot Hot Rod tries to help, giving the Decepticon tyrant the opening he needs...and the victory he has sought for centuries. Relive that unforgettable moment with these Optimus Prime and Megatron figures inspired by the 1986 animated film. This is the first Megatron figure based on his look in "The Transformers: The Movie." Both figures feature movie-accurate details and special-edition translucent parts. The Optimus Prime figure changes from robot to vehicle and back in 15 steps. The Megatron figure changes from robot to blaster and back in 16 steps. Both figures come with a blaster accessory. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

This two pack includes redecos of two existing sculpts from the "Classics" toy line. The Megatron is a redeco of the Voyager Class Megatron from that line. Given that this figure was released ten years ago it is amazing that it has not seen more redecos. Previous to this its only other mass release redeco was the Japanese "Henkei! Henkei!" version.

Optimus Prime on the other hand is a very different story. Below is a list of reviews I written for the Optimus Prime sculpt used in this two pack:

This review will focus on the changes made to these figures for this release.

Packaging:
Optimus Prime and Megatron are packaged in a rectangular box that is mostly black. The "Transformers" logo is set vertically on the right side with the "Generations" logo above it. The bottom strip indicates this is a "Platinum Edition" in foil print. The left side has the term "One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall" in white text. The middle features dramatic artwork showing Optimus Prime and Megatron fighting in Autobot City. In one corner is a foil sticker showing a silhouette of Rodimus Prime holding the Matrix with a large "30" on it showing it celebrates the 30th Anniversary of "Transformers: The Movie". Flip the artwork up and you reveal the figures behind a window. The back of the box features both figures in both forms against a grey background with a grid on it. Overall it's a really nice package and it definitely has a "premium" look to it.

Megatron Review

Robot Mode:
When this figure was released in 2006 it had been many years since a Megatron had been released who did not transform into a tank or some type of beast. This caused quite a bit of excitement back in the day and with good reason. For the time this figure was quite the revelation, showcasing modern engineering and sculpting with elements of the original Megatron as well. Like the original Megatron he has some blocky details on the upper body, the blaster handles form his legs and he has a cannon on his right arm. Unlike G1 Megatron a lot of his lines are a lot more sleek and angled and he has two large "wings" on his back formed from the sides of his weapon form. From a sculpting perspective the figure is solid.

From a design standpoint however the figure does have some issues mostly around the design of the legs. The hip joints are ratcheted, so if you want him to stand you either have to have the legs set wide apart in an "action" pose or you push them very close together which looks rather odd, almost like he is standing straight trying not to be noticed in a cartoon or something. Also, due to the way the cannon is formed on the arm, it winds up on the underside of his forearm instead of the side or top as it had been on the television series (and the G1 toy). These are by no means dealbreakers for the figure, but they are worth mentioning in any review.

Megatron is cast in very different colors than his original release. He is a combination of silver, metallic red, gunmetal grey and translucent red plastic. Of course, since the figure transforms into a weapon there are orange plastic parts which wind up on the cannon and the left shoulder. You'll also see a bit of orange used for the ratchet joints on the hips. It is a really interesting color combination. The metallic colors definitely give it a "premium" feel, almost like there is die cast metal on it (from a visual standpoint). Paint colors on this figure include silver, metallic red, gold and black. The silver is mostly found on the torso. The red is mostly found on the legs, where it outlines the gunmetal grey parts of the lower legs. Gold is used to beautiful effect on several parts as a trim. Examples of this include the middle of the legs, circles on the waist area and small details on the thighs. Silver and black are used in concert on the head where silver is on the face and black is used on the 'brow', calling back to G1 Megatron's colors. The finishing touch is a combination of white and purple on the sculpted Decepticon symbol on the chest.

You may wonder why the designers did not just go with silver and black like G1 Megatron. The fact is they could not do so and still conform to modern day toy safety laws in the United States. Specifically these laws control how any toy resembling a gun has to look so it is not mistaken for a real weapon. This is partly why the original version of this figure had garish colors like bright green and purple. I have to say however that this time out the designers really found a great combination of relatively dark colors that work very well together. Sure the orange kind of stands out but that's the point. Indeed, the red and gold together really evoke traditional Chinese colors of good luck, so for me it adds an extra layer of visual appeal to this figure.

There are twenty one points of articulation on this figure and a majority of them are ratchet joints. Thanks in part to this tooling not having been used repeatedly over the years all the joints are very tight giving the figure a very solid feel.

Transformation to Weapon Mode:

  1. Straighten out the arms and legs.
  2. Swing the panels on the top of the lower legs down.
  3. On each forearm swing up the panels on the forearms and swing the fists in, then close the panels.
  4. On each foot, swing the heel pieces in, then the foot pieces.
  5. Swing the chest panel open, push the head down, then close the panel.
  6. Swing the "wings" back.
  7. Hold the torso with one hand, then hold the base piece with the wings attached with the other and pull it down. It is clipped in so you will need to give it an extra bit of strength.
  8. Hold the torso and pull the right arm out to the side.
  9. Pull the torso up.
  10. Swing the left arm up so it is against the orange piece on the robot shoulder.
  11. Rotate the left arm around so the orange piece points down.
  12. Swing the left arm up.
  13. Rotate the torso around.
  14. Swing the lower left leg up, then rotate it outward.
  15. Swing the torso piece and left arm down so it is against the left leg.
  16. Rotate the lower right leg in.
  17. Swing the right leg out three notches.
  18. There is a piece of knee armor sticking up from the leg that fits into a slot on the trigger piece, connect the two.
  19. Rotate the right arm around, then swing it up and set the shoulder piece against the back of the weapon. Rest the arm and targeting scoipe flat against the waist/leg section. There is a peg on the bottom of the scope/cannon piece that fits into a hole on the waist area. Use this as your guide.
  20. Rotate the "wings" of the robot mode. On each one swing out the clip pieces, then bring them together.

Weapon Mode:
As mentioned above, there are laws against creating toy guns that resemble real life weapons. Instead, Hasbro looked inward at their toy line that is nothing but weapons that fire projectiles: Nerf. Specifically it looks like the designers looked at the Nerf N-Strike Maverick as the inspiration for Megatron's weapon mode and it works very nicely. The angled handle and wide body give it a science fiction like appearance while the faux cylinder, hammer in the back and targeting scope on top of the weapon seem to evoke a more traditional weapon design. Sculpted Decepticon symbols on the sides of the targeting scope solidify this as a Transformers weapon. Overall it's a cool sculpt and looks great as a modern version of Megatron's weapon form.

This mode largely features Megatron's red colors. That includes the metallic red plastic, the translucent red and parts that have been painted red. The gunmetal grey parts help balance the colors out, but overall it has a cool, dark color scheme. This mode also reveals white paint on the cylinder sections, which offers a bright contrast to the darker red and gunmetal colors. Of course, you can't get away from having the orange color so the end of the barrel in front and the end of the targeting scope are bright orange. It's not the most attractive color, but I will say since all the other colors are so dark the contrast actually works out well.

In terms of functionality the trigger on the weapon makes a satisfying "click" when you pull on it and that's about it. While the scope does have translucent red plastic on the front and back you can't really see through it.

Optimus Prime Review

Robot Mode:
Optimus Prime's new color scheme is much less of a dramatic departure from the original than Megatron's. Most of the upper body is red while the head and the legs are mostly cast in metallic dark blue plastic. Both the red and blue plastic colors are notably darker than the original. Other parts such as the fists are metallic black. The translucent parts from the original figure are now translucent blue.

Many of the paint details are in the same place, but have been replaced with new colors. For instance, the yellow on Classics Optimus Prime has been replaced with gold. Silver paint is used on the waist, thighs and head. There are some minor details on this figure that were not present on the original, most notably some silver on the inner forearms and an Autobot symbol on the right shoulder. The colors look great and I really love how rich the metallic plastic and paint look.

All twenty points of articulation on this figure are still nice and tight. Indeed, I was surprised to find the joints actually tighter than both my

  • "Timelines" Knight Ginrai and
  • "Age of Extinction" evolution Optimus Prime! Chalk this up to a good thing but surprising. Both weapons are also still nice and tight (both involve a level of transforming). They can also combine into the shoulder cannons without a problem. The larger weapon is red plastic while the other weapon is black with silver paint on the barrel.
  • Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

    1. Detach the weapons.
    2. Push the back of the black rifle down. Split it and swing its halves out. Swing the panels from the bottom of the barrel in to form the smokestacks.
    3. On the larger weapon, swing the end of the barrel down and back. Then swing the front half of the barrel up and back. Swing each half of the wind vane out to the sides.
    4. Push the robot legs together.
    5. Point the feet down.
    6. Swing the knee armor pieces down.
    7. Swing each arm up out to the sides.
    8. Rotate the chest section around.
    9. Swing the panel behind the head down, then turn the head around and swing it down. Swing the middle to back section of the orange panel up.
    10. Swing the panel under the vehicle mode's grille up.
    11. On each arm swing out the vehicle mode panels and push the fists down.
    12. Rotate the shoulder pieces so the blue sections face out to the sides, then bend the arms at the elbows so they wind up on the back. You may have to swing the panels out to the sides to do this.
    13. Swing the side panels in to form the sides of the cab.
    14. Push the robot legs up to form the back of the vehicle.
    15. Swing the blue panels on the sides of the legs forward to reveal the wheels.
    16. Attach the wind vane to the top of the vehicle.
    17. Attach the smokestacks to the sections that were the robot arms.

    Vehicle Mode
    The vehicle mode of this figure is odd to say the least. The vehicle mode is mostly made up of red, metallic blue and translucent plastic parts. The grille is grey and the wheels are black. The wind vane on top has a large Autobot symbol painted on it and the sides have small silver stripes on them. The sides of the wheels are also painted silver. Here's the weird part: the translucent blue panels are left completely unpainted. Now, the problem is that those translucent panels make up a very large portion of the cab so it kind of looks like Optimus Prime is going invisible or something. Given that there is also no paint on the grille or front bumper the cab winds up looking very plain.

    This is very unfortunate. If this was a mass release two pack at Toys R Us or something I would be able to excuse this. However if you are going to call something "Platinum Edition" and charge $75 retail, nothing should look unfinished. This is a definite dealbreaker in terms of being worth the original asking price.

    All the parts (including the wind vane and smokestacks) hold together nice and tight in this mode. I almost wonder if they fixed up the tooling for this sculpt, so that's a plus.

    Final Thoughts:
    As of January 3, 2017 (when I am writing this review) Amazon had this two pack priced at a discount price of $41.01 (the price fluctuated a lot between December 2016 and January 2017). For that price this set is worth the money if you do not have these figures already. About $20 USD each is what these figures went for when they first came out in 2006 so this price is more than fair in my book. If you already own these sculpts Megatron is the real centerpiece here. If you don't mind owning the sculpt again then it's worth it. Overall if you can get this on discount (I paid about $50) it is a good set to add to your collection.

    Pros

    • This is only the third mass release of the Megatron sculpt.
    • Megatron's deco looks fantastic.
    • Both sculpts are in really solid shape with tight joints.
    • Both sculpts feature a lot of solid engineering including lots of ratchet joints.
    • Both figures are fun to play with.
    Cons
    • $75 is a very high price for two Voyager Class figures.
    • Optimus Prime's deco is very incomplete looking in vehicle mode.
    • Megatron can look awkward in some poses.
    • Some fans may be turned off by the "safety orange" on Megatron.