KRE-O Microchangers Galvatron Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Generation One, KRE-O, Microchangers

KRE-O Transformers

General Information:
Release Date: August 2012
Price Point: $2.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Parts List:

  • Helmet
  • Head
  • Torso/arms x 2
  • Torso cover
  • Waist/Legs
  • Cannon
  • Circle pieces x 2
  • Wheels x 2
  • Cones x 2
  • Backpack piece
  • Handle piece
  • Cannon barrel cover

Images:

*Images above with an asterisk(*) are from both the Official Hasbro KRE-O site and the Official Transformers web site.

One of the biggest demands made by fans after KRE-O was revealed was the chance to purchase the cute little KREON figures separate from the larger (and more pricey) playsets. Hasbro listened, and in 2012 the "Microchangers" sub-line of KRE-O was released. This sub-line focuses on the KREONs themselves instead of larger playsets. Assembling and reassembling is still part of the play factor, but these guys are a lot faster to convert from one form to the other given their small size and limited parts. For the most part, these are recycled parts from other figures in new colors and put together in creative ways to represent characters spanning different eras of "Transformers" history.

The first Micro Changers released were the "Preview" wave, a set of six characters who were "blind packed" in bags in a cardboard box case. On the surface, it appears you just have to keep buying these until yo have tons of extras, but in fact each KREON has a code printed on the bag that tells you just who is who. The codes for this assortment break down as follows:

  • Crankstart - A1010 (214510)
  • Galvatron - A1008 (214518)
  • Scorponok - A1011 (214511)
  • Spinister - A1007 (214517)
  • Sunstorm - A1009 (214519)
  • Waspinator - A1012 (214512)

One of the most iconic Transformers in history returns in this assortment as a cute little KREON! Galvatron is here to command his Decepticons with forms based on his animated appearance in G1! I love his profile too. What's not to love when he describes his boss as "pudgy"? And who is that boss? UniKREON! Ha!

Vehicle Assembly:

  • Attach the handle piece to the dark grey back pack piece.
  • Connect the head (face down) to the back pack piece.
  • Connect the cannon cover (the curved piece open on one side) to the head.
  • Attach the cannon to the top of the handle piece.
  • Slide the torso cover over the torso with the Decepticon symbols facing the same side.
  • Attach the torso piece to the cannon section.
  • Attach a wheel to each of the legs on the sides.
  • Swing each leg back, then attach the peg at the waist to the torso.
  • Swing the robot arms back.
  • Atteach each of the small circle pieces to the cone shaped pieces, then attach those pieces to the bottom of each foot.

Vehicle Mode:
Galvatron's vehicle mode is a riff on the Generation One cannon/tank form he used in the animated series. He was never shown really rolling on it, but it had treads in front and a wheel in the back (in toy form at least) so calling it a "vehicle" is not too far of a stretch. Here, Galvatron looks more like a gun emplacement, but one that could probably putter around the battlefield on his two wheels. Unlike his G1 form, he appears to have two cannon barrels here: one on top (the orange one) and another larger barrel under it. By KREON standards, this makes him quite formidable looking as he should be. Of course, this is mitigated a bit by his arms kind of just hanging out in the back that help him balance in this form. Still, I can imagine Galvatron leading the charge in battle in this form or at the very least, creating a central point for his troops to rally around.

The only shame of this form is that it does not have a way of incorporating the helmet into the mode. All things considered however, having only one piece being the odd man out isn't too bad by any means.

Taking inspiration from his G1 counterpart, Galvatron is cast in two shades of grey (dark and light), lavender, black and orange. The grey sections make up most of the cannon from the front to the back. The lavender is found on the arms, torso and legs. Most of it is obscured here, but it peeks out enough that you get who this is supposed to be. His cannon is cast in orange plastic, which was the color of G1 Galvatron's cannon. A black Decepticon symbol is painted onto the torso armor, warning all those who oppose him just what army they're tackling!

Robot Assembly:

  • Attach the cone shaped pieces (with the round pieces at the ends) to the back pack on the sides.
  • Connect the handle piece to the curved cannon/barrel end cover.
  • Connect the piece from the last step to the back pack on the bottom.
  • Slide the torso cover over the torso.
  • Connect the head to the neck peg.
  • Slide the helmet over the head.
  • Connect the waist/legs section to the torso.
  • Attach the back pack to the back of the robot.
  • Connect the cannon to the right arm.

Robot Mode:
Like most KREONs in this assortment, Galvatron is made up of repurposed parts from other previously released KREON figures. His helmet is a redeco of the Sentinel Prime KREON's helmet and his cannon is actually KREON Megatron's cannon. The other pieces are fairly generic, but the paint job on them is what makes them unique. The torso piece has black paint on it which outlines a design based on G1 Galvatron's barrel shaped chest, complete with the four squares in the abdominal area and his "belt". The face has narrow red eyes with an evil looking grin, both worthy of the character Galvatron.

Unfortunately, the torso detail gets covered up by the torso cover piece. It has some details sculpted into it and a Decepticon symbol, but it's not the same as seeing Galvatron's "real" torso design. Other than that however, I like the deco on this figure including making his cannon orange, one of the more distinct aspects of G1 Galvatron.

The only awkward bit on this figure is the back pack, which is inspired by a "back pack" of bits G1 Galvatron had, but there it was just one curved handle like piece. Here, with the cone shaped pieces sticking out to the sides, it looks a bit odd. However, if that's the price of using all the parts for the robot mode, I'm okay with that.

Galvatron has the standard seven points of articulation including the shoulders, wrists and hips. The back pack winds up being a tad too tall, so he winds up leaing forward a bit with it on his back. Frankly, he looks better without it on, but the effort to use up all his parts in this form is valiant and appreciated.

Final Thoughts:
Galvatron is a fun little KREON and frankly the juxtaposition of this terrifying figure in Transformers history with the utter cuteness of the KREONs is too delicious to resist. The figure has some small issues, but it's still recommended!