"The Last Knight" Voyager Class Megatron Toy Review
Release Date: June 2017
Price Point: $29.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Official images and text in italics below are from Amazon.com:
Grab a piece of the unforgettable movie action with Transformers: The Last Knight Premier Edition Voyager Class figures. This Premier Voyager Megatron figure converts from robot to jet mode in 22 steps and comes with a weapon accessory. Premier Edition figures are designed with eye-catching details and feature some fan-favorite characters from Transformers: The Last Knight.
In the explosive Transformers: The Last Knight movie, new evil will rise in an epic struggle where the fate of Earth hangs in the balance. When the spark of Megatron is revived, he rises to unleash a merciless vengeance on Earth. The ruthless Decepticon leader is more determined than ever to propel the Decepticons toward victory against the Autobots.
Includes Transformers: The Last Knight Premier Edition Voyager Class Megatron figure, 1 accessory, and instructions.
Megatron is packaged in a window box. The design feels like an evolution of the "Age of Extinction" packaging design. If you are facing the package the right hand side has a vertical "Transformers" logo against a light grey background with some metallic looking finish on it and the "Premier Edition" logo above it. Under the "Premier Edition" logo is a Cybertronian glyph which some fans online have figured out is the letter "V", which makes sense since "The Last Knight" is the fifth movie in the series. The figure sits in a plastic tray inside the packaging against a background printed on cardboard. The background has an Decepticon symbol and some ancient looking designs (alluding to some of the iconography of the movie itself). Set in front of the figure is artwork of Megatron from the movie. In a nice touch, this artwork actually wraps around to the side of the packaging where there is another vertical "Transformers" logo.
The back of the box has photos of Optimus Prime in both modes with the 30 step transformation called out between them. To the side is the cosell of the wave: Voyager Class Hound. Sadly there is zero bio information on the back, which is a shame. If you are going to call a figure "Premium" you may as well go all out on the packaging and provide some type of write up as well. Overall the packaging looks great, but this was a disappointment.
Megatron had a good amount of screen time in "The Last Knight", but without a DVD on hand it is hard for me to freeze frame the movie for reference. Instead I compared this figure to the concept art revealed back in August of 2016 and from that perspective the designers did an amazing job. Here's a rundown of the major features in the concept art that are also found on this figure:
- The head sculpt features Megatron's horns to the sides and mouth exposed (the "default" mode instead of his "battle mask" mode). The top of his head has a pointed crest and he has rows of savage looking teeth. It's a wonderfully evil looking head sculpt.
- The shoulder armor is asymmetrical, with the right shoulder featuring curved armor while the left shoulder has a horn-like design on top.
- Each forearm features what looks like an outer layer of armor wrapped on top of an arm underneath.
- In a nice nod to G1 Megatron, this Megatron's cannon is atached to his right forearm.
- The chest armor has an asymmetrical design. The right side of the chest has curved armor that has layers over the machinery underneath. The other side is more closed off armor with two pieces overlapping.
- Around the waist and hip area are armor pieces resembling Tassets from medieval armor. These pieces have raised edges and details in the middle.
- The leg armor has raised amor on the knees that come to points on the top and bottom.
- The robot feet each have three clawed "toes" instead of the traditional flat/rectangular foot pieces.
Overall, the sculpt on this figure is beautifully intricate and he looks both powerful and evil at the same time.
Megatron is mostly cast in a dark, metallic grey plastic. Gunmetal grey is used on smaller parts such as his biceps. Translucent red is used on the head where it light pipes from the top of the head into his eyes. The paint colors on this figure are mostly used to add some visual variety to the grey plastic. Parts like the ankle armor, chest and shoulder armor all have metallic grey paint on them. Gold paint is used on several parts including the torso and arms to provide some nice, metallic contrast. The finishing touch is a black Decepticon symbol on the left side of the chest. The deco looks great, and considering how uniform the colors on the CGI model used in the movie it's nice to have some contrasting colors. I also love the metallic look of the colors.
There are nineteen points of articulation on this figure. This includes an interesting ability for his feet to pivot on the ankles. In a really nice design element, the shoulder armor has pieces which swing out on hinges so the arms can swing outward. I'm really happy the designers did this. It makes the figure look good while not sacrificing articulation in the process. All the articulation points on this figure are nice and tight. Each of his fists have 5mm ports. This allows him to hold weapons from other figures but also his sword accessory. The sword is a unique design featuring a curved end that looks almost like an axe. The sword also has a tab on it that allows it to be stored on the back. The tab connects to a rectangular slot and holds in place nicely.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the sword set it aside for now.
- Straighten out the arms and legs.
- Swing each fist into the forearms.
- On the right arm, swing the front of the cannon back, then swing the cannon against the forearm.
- Lift the chest panels slightly, then swing them and the arms back.
- Turn the head around.
- Swing the vehicle cockpit up from the back over the head.
- On each leg, swing the wing parts out and straighten them out.
- Swing each foot out.
- Swing each lower leg up. There is a tab on the underside of each wing that connects to a slot on the bottom of each wing.
- Swing the thrusters on the sides out, then swing them up.
- Swing the right arm in, fitting the folded cannon end into the open slot on the piece that formed the back of the robot.
- Swing the left arm in.
- Connect the two forearms together using the tab and slot in the middle.
- Swing the back piece with the arms on it down. The chest armor panels swing up in the back against this piece.
- Swing the forward pointing thrusters down and tab them into the wings.
- The sword can be attached to the top of the vehicle.
- Attach the tasset panels to the forearms.
*Note: I neglected one step when shooting these photos. Megatron's feet should be flat against the underside of the wings.
Megatron's vehicle mode is an alien looking jet fighter. The front comes to a severe point in the front. Other distinct details include angled vents in the front, engine-like details in the middle, forward pointing thrusters on the sides and angled wings in the back. It is a very distinct design and it definitely sets Megatron apart from your typical jet based on an F-15 or F-35. The detail level on this sculpt is fantastic. From the nosecone to the back there are lots of small mechanical details and armor panel lines. The only complaint I have about the sculpt are the robot feet which stick out from under the wings. They break the illusion of the vehicle form a bit, but it isn't terrible so I'm okay with it.
The metallic, dark grey plastic makes up most of this form. Translucent red plastic is used for the cockpit cover. Gold paint is found on the cockpit, the engine in the middle and the front edge of the wings. Silver paint is used towards the middle, most notably on the forward facing thrusters. The colors look great. Shine the right light on this mode and the metallic colors really shine.
Megatron is a fantastic figure. His sculpt is beautiful and the colors are amazingly nice considering how relatively uniform he looks. Highly recommended!
- Sculpt looks great in both modes.
- Beautiful choice of colors that make a potentially boring set of colors look great.
- Intuitive and fun transformation.
- Robot feet stick out a bit under the wings in vehicle mode.