Superlink Toy Reviews: Mega Zarak

in 2004, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Superlink

Transformers Superlink

General Information:
Release Year: 2004
Retailer: General (exclusive to Japan)
Price: Approximately $50 at US import stores
Accessories: Missiles x 2

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Tech Specs Translation (by Doug Dlin):
"There is no retreat for me--only advance!"
A Terrorcon who has evolved by making his way through countless battles. From the brutal fighting ability he displays in beast and vehicle modes, one would never imagine the chivalrous combat he uses in robot mode.

Strength: 10 Intelligence: 8 Speed: 7 Endurance: 9
Rank: 9 Courage: 9 Firepower: 9 Skill: 10

Mega Zarak is the Superlink version of Energon Scorponok. His color scheme is significantly different than Scorponok's. His is more geared towards being accurate to the animated version of Scorponok, something which is quite typical of Takara. This review will cover the changes made to the toy. For a more detailed review of the toy itself, please read Scorponok's review.

Ground Vehicle Mode:
The primary change to the toy is a streamlining of the color scheme as compared to the US version. The US version is very ecclectic in its colors, but the Superlink version is more unified. All the parts that were red on Scorponok are now gold. The dark gray (almost black) parts on Scorponok have been replaced by metallic green. All the other colors remain the same.

For the most part, the gold deco used on Scorponok remains here except for the front part of the vehicle. Whereas Scorponok has gold painted on the lines on the front section, Mega Zarak does not.

The new colors work better than Scorponok's. This is primarily due to the metallic green, which blends with the flat green that akes up the central body and tail pieces. The metallic green and gold look fantastic, looking more "machine-like" than flat colors would. The gold also contrasts nicely with the green, and evokes one of the colors used for the Generation One toy "Black Zarak", a redeco/retool of G1 Scorponok.

Mega Zarak's functionality has not changed. All his holes for Energon weapons are just as tight as those on Scorponok, and his missile launchers work fine. Contrary to earlier rumors, Mega Zarak still has all the sound effects that Scorponok does.

Aerial Vehicle Mode:
In the aerial vehicle mode, you'll find a better look at Mega Zarak's tail. Though using the same green color, the black deco pattern used on Scorponok is absent here. Indeed, two other deco patterns are missing as well. The claw-shovels are missing the black wash deco, and the scoops that become the robot feet no longer have a "wear" deco on them. The result is a much more "clean" looking toy, which fits in with the goal of making this toy look more like the animation model.

With the tail making up most of the front of this form, you get to really see how much more unified the two shades of green look than having green, dark gray and red.

Robot Mode:
The robot mode exposes the most number of parts on this toy, so it really gives you the biggest overview of how the colors of this toy work together. All the red parts on Scorponok have been replaced with gold parts. This includes the upper legs, feet, shovel claws and upper arms. It should also be mentioned that the gold color goes very nicely with the translucent yellow plastic usd for parts like the missile launchers and knees.

What's amazing is that Takara really didn't change that much with this toy, but these minor changes made all the difference. While I do miss the black decos used on the shovel-claws and tail, the metallic green and gold were simply brilliant choices to keep the toy looking less "confusing" than his US counterpart. The fact that this version is more accurate to the television show model is a bonus. If you don't mind spending the extra cash (he will cost roughly $15 more than the US version), this is a cool version of this toy model to own.