"The Last Knight" Premier Edition Deluxe Megatron Toy Review

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The Last Knight

Megatron General Information:
Release Date: July 2017
Price Point: $19.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Wings/Cannon halves x 2

Official text below in italics from ToysRUs.com
The Mission to Cybertron is on with this Premier Edition Deluxe Megatron figure. Mission to Cybertron figures feature glyph deco and cards that can be deciphered with the decoder available online at transformers.com/missiontocybertron. This Megatron figure is articulated with eye-catching detail and converts from robot to jet mode in 19 steps.

In the explosive Transformers: The Last Knight movie, new evil rises in an epic struggle for the fate of Earth. After damaging Cybertron with relentless battle, Megatron leads the Decepticons to wage war on Earth. With superior strategy and dominating strength, Megatron will stop at nothing to force his rule over Autobots and humans, alike.

The Transformers: Mission to Cybertron Premier Edition 5.5 inch Action Figure - Deluxe Megatron Features:

  • Premier Edition Deluxe Megatron figure
  • Exclusive Mission to Cybertron glyph detailing
  • Converts between robot and jet modes
  • Converts in 19 steps
  • Decode glyph messages on figure and included mission card online
  • Figure scale: 5.5 inches

Deluxe Class Megatron is part of the "Mission to Cybertron" Toys R Us exclusive series introduced in 2017 as part of the movie toy line for "The Last Knight". Most of the time, exclusive figures such as these are redecos and/or retools of existing figures. In Megatron's case this figure is a redeco and retool of the 2013 Deluxe "Generations" Megatron. This sculpt would later go on to be released as a Nike exclusive figure and more recently he the sculpt was used by the Transformers Collector's Club to create an updated version of the Decepticon Krok. Check out my review of the "Generations" version of this figure for a detailed look at its design and functionality. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Packaging:
Megatron falls into the "Premier Edition" series of figures, however because he is also part of the Toys R Us exclusive "Mission to Cybertron" sub-line his packaging is different than the other Premier Edition figures. There are some shared features such as the "Premier Edition" logo and the vertical Transformers logo on the right side. However, there is no individual package art. Instead, the sides of the packaging feature artwork from the "Last Knight" promotional art featuring Optimus Prime and Megatron facing off on Cybertron.

Instead of being carded, Megatron is in a plastic tray inside a box. The figure is packaged in robot mode. The back of the box features photography of Megatron in both modes and advertising a 19 step transformation. It also points out that he has Cybertronian glyphs on him that you can use a decoder card (given out for free at Toys R Us stores during this promotion) to translate. The packaging also features his cosell: Skullitron.

Accessories:
Megatron comes with two accessories. Each is an end of one of his wings. When you detach them, you can swing down a 5mm peg and connect them together to form Megatron's cannon. The cannon can be held in one of his hands or you can connect it to the 5mm ports on the sides of his forearms, giving him a more "G1" appearance. The blasters are cast in translucent orange plastic with a purple peg. The outside of each blaster is painted grey to approximate the plastic color used on most of the figure, however it winds up being about one shade lighter so you can see the difference in the right lighting. Painted on the sides of the blasters are a series of Cybertronian glyphs. Translate them and they turn out to say (not shockingly) "Megatron".

Robot Mode:
Megatron features a new head sculpt based on his appearance in "The Last Knight". It features a round helmet section with a raised crest in the center. The sides feature some raised ridges and he has two horns which wind up overlapping his face like protective armor. His chin comes to a point and you can clearly see a face underneath the horns and helmet. While detailed, this head sculpt appears to scale back some of the more savage looking facial features of the movie's CGI model, instead opting for a middle ground between the movie design and "Generations" designs. I think it looks great and I'm glad the designers did not just release a straight up redeco of the original release.

In an effort to echo the design of Megatron in "The Last Knight", this figure is mostly cast in metallic grey plastic. To balance out the darker grey color, other parts are cast in gold plastic. This includes his shoulder joints, parts of his biceps and lower legs. A bit of purple plastic is used on the waist area, fists and parts of his ankle assembly. To add an additional splash of color gold paint is used on almost every part of this figure including the forearms, the chest, thighs and lower legs. Purple paint is used to fill in the window details on his chest and a Decepticon symbol on the center of his chest. The eyes are painted red, giving him the same demonic look as his movie counterpart. The color combination on this figure looks cool for sure, but part of me would have loved to see most of it cast in a metallic silver color which would call back to both "G1" and "The Last Knight" Megatron at the same time.

For the most part the joints on this figure feel almost as tight as the ones on my original version of this figure. Unfortunately there is one issue. The right arm hinge is slightly more loose than the left, so when he is holding his weapon with the right arm it has a tendency to sag down unless you pose it just right. This could just be my copy of this figure as I have not heard of widespread issues with it. That said, nothing is floppy on this figure so the tooling appears to still be in good shape.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the cannon. Split it in half and push each wing end in. Set these aside for now.
  2. Straighten out each arm and swing the fists in.
  3. Pull the center of the chest up, forming the cockpit of the bomber.
  4. Swing up each half of the chest up a bit (there's a tab that connects it to the center section).
  5. Push each chest half down then swing it up against the cockpit.
  6. Rotate the arms back and swing the shoulder armor against the section with the vents.
  7. Rotate each thigh section around then rotate the lower leg around so you can move the legs up.
  8. Swing each leg up, using the tabs on the sides of the feet to connect to the section near the vents and the middle. You'll need to push the knee armor down.
  9. Swing the feet back.
  10. Rotate the arms so the ridged sections face up, then press them up against the robot leg pieces.
  11. Attach the ends of the wings to the tabs on the edges of the vehicle.

Vehicle Mode:
This vehicle form is a stealth bomber "wing" shaped plane. In "The Last Knight" Megatron transforms into a jet, so there is some link to this vehicle form in that both are air vehicles but that's about where the link stops. Still it is neat to see this vehicle in different colors even if no parts of it are retooled. The main body is mostly metallic dark grey while the wings are a lighter grey. The color difference is really obvious in this form and I found myself wishing they had color matched the ends of the wings by making them a darker color.

There are several sections featuring gold paint applications. This includes the front end, the vents on top of the vehicle, the part that borders the wings and even a bit of the details sticking out from underneath the wings. On the ends of the wings are the Cybertronian glyphs that say "Megatron" on them (not very original, but they look neat at least). Purple is used on the cockpit windows, giving the figure a bit of the traditional Decepticon symbol coloring.

This mode has two 5mm ports on the top of the vehicle, allowing you to attach additional weapons. In this mode the wings attach nice and firm so no issues there.

Final Thoughts:
A lot of people have expressed reservations online about this figure because it is a redeco/retool. However most store exclusives in the history of the line have been redecos and retools, so I do not see that as a strike against the figure at all. I think it is great that there is a new head sculpt and the colors look good (even with the issues expressed above). That said, I would try to see if you can get this figure on discount of some sort. I purchased it during a BOGO sale (buy one, get one 40% off) so essentially I got 20% off the price of the figure. At that price I think it was more than fair. Recommended if you enjoy store exclusive sub-lines, but if you want a brand new sculpt then hold out for the Voyager or Leader Class Megatron figures.

Pros:

  • New head sculpt looks great.
  • Original mold was already a fun toy.
  • Nice deco.
  • Can attach cannon in "traditional Megatron" fashion (i.e. on right arm).

Cons:

  • Wing ends/weapon colors do not match up well with the grey plastic on the rest of the figure.
  • Right arm hinge is a bit loose.