Transformers Reveal the Shield Legends-Class Figure
Item No.: Asst. 98433 No. 28573 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Nothing Action Feature:Turns into a tiny gun Retail:$4.99 Availability: Early 2011 Other: So far not sold in US mass market stores
Is it-- can it-- could it be? Yes. This Megatron actually turns into a small toy gun, although it was redecorated from the early samples with added silver and grey paint, plus the barrel is now orange to match most other kids' toy guns. Only the dang thing is so tiny, it's somewhat ridiculous-- it's scaled to fit with your Masterpiece Starscream toy if you were so inclined.
The first toys off the production line had grey barrels and seemingly less silver paint, while the final release (as seen here) has a lot of silver paint, plus an orange barrel painted in grey. It is, without a doubt, the original Megatron as best replicated in a 3-inch scale. He has jointed knees, hips, and shoulders with a fairly simple transformation and fairly solid construction. Aside from some black and red, the figure also has the rubsign on his chest that, when heated, will show a Decepticon logo. It's a nice robot, if you didn't guess.
The transformation of this one is a little more complicated than the cars, as you fold the head down, move over the torso, fold the arms just so, and rotate up the legs-- and then you get a little gun. It's really weird when having him in a lineup with other vehicles at this price point, but it's pretty slick. I never had a gun Megatron toy from the first generation so this is a nice, if lesser, substitute.
The gun isn't anything too fancy-- there are no mechanism or moving parts, but if you collect the high-end Masterpiece toys from Takara or Hasbro this might be a fun add-on for those. The gun was designed to fit in the hand of the Starscream mold, so if you have those jets this gun might have a little extra life in it.
I genuinely like micro-scale toys, so Legends (specifically this series) have always been appealing. As a tiny robot action figure Megatron is a lot of fun, and it's nice that it can turn into a gun as well-- but get it because you like the robot mode. Aside from some black markings on the toy from before I opened it, I'm pretty happy with the design. If you have the chance you may want to examine yours before purchase, but since it's a de facto online exclusive in many parts of the USA you may not have this opportunity. (I took a silver Sharpie to it after shooting for this review, and the results aren't perfect but it's an improvement.) I also saw these at a certain local grocery store chain in June of 2011, plus Japan will be getting a redeco of this one later in the year as part of TakaraTomy's EZ Collection Transformers.
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