Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Class Megatron Toy Review

in 2009, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Movie (2007), Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: May 2009
Price Point: $22.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Missile x 1

Images:

*Images and text below from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
Trapped in the black, crushing depths of the sea, his mind inert in the grip of stasis lock, MEGATRON knew nothing of the desperate search mounted for his remains by the other DECEPTICONS. When he was finally brought back online, their effort and sacrifice meant little to him. The only thing that had any meaning was revenge. He would have his vengeance against the human boy who cheated him of his prize, and he swore to celebrate over the smoking wreck of OPTIMUS PRIME.

Recreate exciting movie scenes or stage your own living room battles with this awesome DECEPTICON leader! MECH ALIVE gearing helps bring this havoc-wreaking villain to life with a twist of the waist! Unleash an extending energy sword and “fusion blast” in robot mode. Or convert to vehicle mode for a Cybertronian tank that’s ready to flatten the AUTOBOT competition! The battle is on!

In the first Transformers film, Megatron was seemingly destroyed. However, in "Revenge of the Fallen" he is brought back to life through the use of an Allspark shard and the skills of the Constructicons. His new form resembles his old one, but he has traded in his aerial vehicle form for a flying tank mode.

Vehicle Mode:
The film portrays this vehicle as an all terrain tank and a vehicle capable of space travel. To me, it kind of looks like a tank inspired by either a turtle or a crab. The top section is round in shape, with armor that overlays treads and machinery. It isn't all just round however. Seemingly like some ancient creature from Earth, there are spikes and angled blades sticking out the sides. It definitely fits in line with the design of the vehicle mode from the first movie, and I could imagine that if Megatron were a true triple changer, this would have been his third mode in the first movie. I really like a lot of the curved, raised sections on the top armor. There's a very alien look to the tank, which fits in with the aesthetic of the movie. I also like all the smaller, intertwining details etched into the armor panels. Some are in simple lines, others are polygons while others are lines forming vent-like details. You'll also find a lot of details that resemble everything from wires to coils. I really dig the amount of care that went into the sculpt for this figure.

In terms of accuracy to the CGI model, I'd have to say that at best this is an approximation of the vehicle as seen in the movie. The tank as portrayed in the movie has a much more jagged appearance than this figure, and there are extra gun ports on either side of the main cannon that this figure does not have. However, it does retain the general shape, with the curved top portion, the main cannon in the front, Megatron's covered head in the center under the cannon and triangular treads off to the sides. Some smaller details also carry over from the CGI model including the jagged looking cover over Megatron's head, the beveled sections of the tank treads and several small points sticking out at the end of the cannon. He also has large rocket boosters on the back of the tank, four in total (six if you include the huge ports formed from part of the robot legs). These are used prominantly in the movie when Megatron blasts off to go see The Fallen on the Decepticon ship. While Megatron's wings on the sides are constantly deployed in this figure, the CGI model actually has them as retractable so they don't always appear. I don't think that's a bad however, it looks plenty cool the way it is.

While he is shown as a very silver color in the movie, this figure is cast in a muted teal color and black plastic. There is some light grey plastic as well, primarily used in joints visible around the area at the base of the cannon. Small pieces of gunmetal colored plastic are used for the small thrusters in the back. Some translucent red plastic is used on the cannon barrel where it forms the trigger as well as the missile inside the launcher. Paint applications are done in silver, gold, gunmetal and red. It sounds like there are a lot of colors, but they're actually used rather sparingly. The silver color is used as accents on the wings in the front, the center behind the cannon and the large thrusters in the back. Gold is used on a V shaped section in the middle on the top of the vehicle. Gunmetal is used on two strips of designs on the either side of the central section of the back. A tiny dab of red paint is found on a raised detail at the base of the cannon. Overall, I like the understated nature of the deco and I like the teal color. That said, I find it interesting that the main color is so different than the silver color of the CGI model. There are definite points here for looking nice, but some are lost in terms of show accuracy.

Megatron has four tread sections, each with a tiny wheel on the underside to roll the vehicle mode along. The cannon really isn't on a turret, but it is connected to hinges allowing you move it up and down and side to side. I was really happy to see this functionality. When I first saw it in the packaging I suspected the cannon might not move due to the way it was situated in the figure, I'm super happy to see I was wrong! To fire the missile, press the translucent red trigger. The panels with wings in the front can move, but that's more of a function of the transformation than anything for this mode.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Eject the missile just to keep it from flying all over the place during transformation.
  2. Lift the fork shaped piece at the base of the cannon up.
  3. Disconnect the wings on the sides from the treads.
  4. Swing the panels with the small wings towards the front back.
  5. Swing the panels on the sides up and fold the wings in.
  6. Swing the tread pieces out to the sides and down, which begins the formation of the robot legs.
  7. Swing the teal panels on the sides of the legs up.
  8. Swing the smaller tread pieces on the sides to a right angle with the hinge they are connected to, then swing them into the lower leg pieces.
  9. Swing the teal panels back down.
  10. Swing the lower legs forward, angling them.
  11. Swing each robot arm out from behind the head.
  12. Separate the halves of the cage over the robot head and swing them back.
  13. The robot head is situated on a hinge, swing it back and then position the head so it faces forward.
  14. Swing the back panel down.
  15. Insert the missile into the left arm.

Robot Mode:
I covered a lot of my thoughts on the overall design for the new Megatron design in my review of the Fast Action Battler so I won't beat you over the head with my thoughts. Suffice it to say, it would be really hard to ever redeco this figure as anything but the stomping, screaming embodiment of destruction in the Transformers universe. Between the frightful skull-like head design and the jagged lines all over the body, Megatron is without a doubt one of the most evil looking Transformers in this toy line.

There are lots of details on this figure that are directly carried over from the CGI model. Among them are:

  • The head design is accurate to the movie model, down to the V shaped crest piece on her head, jagged edges near the chin and the sharp looking teeth set in an open mouthed position.
  • The parts that covered his face in vehicle mode swing back and form a collar on either side of his head. The CGI model has similar details on either side of the head.
  • The right shoulder has a raised piece of armor that curves up, making the right shoulder armor larger than the left.
  • The left hand has finger like appendages, complete with hinge details sculpted into each "finger". They are not articulated however.
  • The torso has many layers of jagged details seemingly overlaid on top of machinery underneath.
  • The leg designs have smooth, curved armor over the upper legs, but the lower legs are composed of treads leading to the toes on his feet.

I would say my biggest "gripe" of sorts with this figure is the large amount of back kibble. He basically wears his wings/tank armor on his back and it would have been cooler if there were more hinges to allow the pieces to fold in more. Of course, the argument against this is that hinges tend to ruin how nice a sculpted piece can look, so given that I can see why the designers went the way they did.

Megatron shows the same plastic colors in this form as the vehicle mode, but here you get to see the grey parts better, specifically in his joints such as the elbows, shoulders, neck and hips. You can also see the black on his legs a lot clearer. Silver paint dominates this mode, which is nice to see considering that should be his primary color anyhow. Here you'll find the silver on his head, shoulders, torso, waist and legs. I'm particularly fond of the way the paint is sprayed onto the shoulders and legs. They look almost more like a wear pattern than simple paint details. The head also uses gunmetal and gold. The gold is found on the face, which works well with the silver and translucent red eyes. Black deco is used as well, found on his right arm and on the left leg for a huge Decepticon symbol. Sure the deco isn't accurate to the movie, but it sure looks nice!

There are twenty one points of articulation in this form. This includes five on the left arm and seven on each leg. It's quite impressive on that front, and I love how articulated his head is since it's on a ball joint. Megatron features two "Mech Alive" gimmicks in this form and third feature that seems almost like one. If you turn the waist, gears inside his torso turn. The other is based on the right arm. Normally the arm is curled up. Swing it down and his sword/blade extends out. The third is more of a feature of the sculpt and his articulation combined. If you turn his right arm out, you can see the inner sculpt of his upper arms inside through the gaps in the armor. I love the level of articulation on this figure, and you can strike some pretty cool poses in the process. There's definitely a lot of play value here!

Final Thoughts:
I really find myself liking this version of Megatron a lot. The figure looks cool in both modes, and despite some limitations on the design it's fun to play with in both modes. I am a bit mystified by the choice of colors since they don't look at all like how the character appeared on screen. Still, the colors look good so I can't badmouth them too much. I guess I'm a sucker for well done spray ops! Given everything, I have to list this as a definite recommended, only losing points for the back kibble in robot mode and colors.