"The Last Knight" Knight Armor Megatron Toy Review
Release Date: May 2017
Price Point: $19.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Official images and text in italics below are from Amazon.com:
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The term "Turbo Changers" has been introduced in "The Last Knight" to refer to simpler figures, separating them from the more "Generations"-esque "Premiere Edition" toys. These figures are then further sub-divided into different categories. Taking a cue from the "Robots in Disguise" line, the "3 Step Changer" style of figures has been adopted into "The Last Knight" as "Knight Armor" figures (in some cases they were referred to as "Armor Up" figures). These figures are roughly 8 inches tall in robot mode and feature a simplified transformation. In addition to that these figures have an extra bit of armor that pops up over the character's face. One of the first figures released in this sub-line was Optimus Prime.
Not only is the concept of the 3 Step Changer carried over to this line, so is the style of packaging. The Knight Armor figures are attached to a bubble which is in turn attached to a cardboard box. The box has a flat backing that shows off character art and the Transformers logo. It then wraps around in front of the figure showing the Knight Armor action feature, the vehicle mode and the movie logo on the bottom. There is no bubble or anything over the figure, so you can see the figure in packaging unobstructed.
While the Knight Armor Turbo Changers are simplified figures, one place where they do well is sculpting. Thanks in part to the relative lack of articulation, the designers can pretty much do whatever they need to with the sculpting. The only limitation that exists is the need for the figure to transform. In "The Last Knight" Megatron gets a huge makeover with a new body that looks a lot like medieval armor, fitting with the "Knight" theme of the film. This design reflects a lot of the on-screen model's concept art. These features include:
- The head features a round "helmet" section, horns on the side of the head and some scary looking teeth.
- The chest has an asymmetrical design with the right side having three distinct sections angling downward while the left looks like three different armor plates overlapping.
- The right arm has a cannon on the forearm (which is also a nice G1 callback).
- The left shoulder has a spike on it that is not found on the right.
- The waist area has two tasset panels that partly protect the thighs.
- The legs have armor on them around the knee area that angle downward towards the center.
- There are curved armor pieces that protect the ankles, leading to the feet.
Overall this is a really great sculpt. It is detailed and Megatron's new form looks positively evil!
Megatron is cast entirely in a metallic dark grey plastic. Much of his detailing comes from paint colors. There is a more medium shade of grey used on almost every part of the figure including the head, chest, shoulders, arms and tassets. There are several sections on this figure that are sculpted to look like armor is overlapping them. Many of these parts are painted a mustard color. Examples of this include curved details on the biceps and thighs which look almost like mechanical muscle fibers. The eyes are painted red and there is a silver Decepticon symbol on the left side of the chest. Megatron is not exactly the most colorful character in "The Last Knight" so this rather dark motif works for the character.
There are only two points of articulation on this figure: the arms. They can both move up and down at the elbows. Each fist has a 5mm port in it, allowing Megatron to hold weapons from other figures. I noticed the left arm hinge is a tad more loose than the one on the right. He can still hold weapons up, but it is not ideal. The main action figure involves the "Knight Armor" feature. Behind the head there is a panel you can pull back. When you do, a helmet springs forward and fits on top of the head. The helmet is really creepy looking. It looks like a skull with large animal horns on the sides with a crest in the middle. The horns, crest and mouth area are painted the same mustard color used on the rest of the figure. The rest is painted purple, which really helps it stand out. I really like this design and how creepy it looks.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Straighten out the arms.
- Point the feet down.
- Push the robot legs together, then push up. When you do this the robot arms will move up.
- Connect the robot arms together.
- Flip the ends of the wings out.
Moving away from his "Galvatron" truck form from "Age of Extinction" and towards a mode akin to his original spaceship mode, this form looks like a Cybertronian jet. The front has a diamond shaped section which leads to bulky looking sections with machinery detail on the sides like wires and tubes. Interestingly there are boosters facing forward on the back, which may be used to slow him down if he is going at high speeds. On the back you see some more sculpted details including panels that look like they are covering up internal machinery. Unlike his original spaceship mode, this form looks a bit less alien and more like a traditional scifi style ship.
This form uses more mustard colored paint on parts like the edges of the wings and the aforementioned machinery in the middle. I was happy to see a good amount of paint used on the figure in both modes.
For fans looking for a super detailed, complex and articulated figure I would recommend looking towards the Voyager and Leader Class Megatron figures. However if you want a nicely sculpted figure that is chunky and easily transformable, this figure is a fun alternative.
- Detailed sculpt.
- Fun action feature.
- Easy transform.
- Limited articulation.
- No accessories.
- Limited deco.