This post comes with a handy-dandy dividing line in the middle. First section, the toys. Second, the clearly marked, spoiler-laden section on “Deadlock”, the series finale of Transformers Prime — also known as one half of the reason this post is going up almost a week late. (The other half is due to an assembly error in Beast Hunters Megatron that needed to be fixed.)
Megatron went into Prime with a bland, prosaic toy but manages to go out on one of the most inspired redeco choices in recent history.
His first releases are virtually identical, just different in scale. For this reason, I chose to skip the deluxe First Edition release and just go for the Voyager Robots in Disguise release. Just like with Optimus Prime, the biggest problem with Megatron’s toy is that it stays true to his animation model, going from two-tone robot mode to flying Cybertronian… thing.
He does have one thing going for him that most of the other “Powerizer” (Robots in Disguise Voyagers) releases are lacking. At least an alien spaceship can have a large cannon mounted on the top without it looking too silly.
Though while we’re on the subject of silly, the one thing I think could have been done much better is covering his head. As it stands, he kind of peeks out of the top of his vehicle mode.
Not much else to say about it. Even with Megatron playing peek-a-boo out the top, I guess it is still kind of mean-looking for a nondescript flying… thing and Megatron did get some pretty good use out of it in the show.
From there we get to his best mode, though still not too visually exciting, it is very well articulated.
His “Powerizer” weapon is his iconic fusion cannon.
Much like the other “powerizer” systems, the light inside doesn’t really do its job properly. However, the weapon can be transformed into his arm blade, which made frequent appearances throughout the cartoon and is actually cool.
Annoyingly, the blade doesn’t have a locking mechanism to keep it deployed. He also comes with a strange “Combat Claw” attachment that he can hold, or that can be attached to the end of his gun.
Now that we have seen the wonderfully molded yet boringly painted results of toy designers having to follow a cartoon model, let’s see what happens when the toy designers are told, “this next one won’t be appearing in the show. Go wild.”
To the toy designer that made these choices, you are either a madman or a genius and for that I would like to say thank you.
I am a huge fan of weird Transformers and the Beast Hunters line continues to deliver weird in epic portions. Not only have we received a Prime Megatron heavily remolded into some strange fishy configuration, but he is then painted as an homage to the original G1 Sharkticons.
His packaging simply refers to him as Megatron, but his instructions call him “Sharkticon Megatron”. Also, his weapon is heralded on the box as the Tartarex (Ha! Tartar Sauce anyone?) Warp Sword, and then called a Sharktooth Spear in his instructions. This time his weapon includes a mechanism that allows it to remain locked in sword position.
Though gone is his arm mounted fusion cannon, in its folded position his new weapon forms a huge, fish-themed cannon.
He even receives a new, shark-toothed version of the Decepticon insignia.
His beastly vehicle mode now includes a panel that covers his head completely in alt mode.
Attaching his weapon to the top does start to swerve back into silly territory, but given everything else going on with this mold, it’s forgivable.
My only real complaint about him is that they appear to have painted the teeth in his robot mode’s mouth black so it looks like a hole. When you look closely, you can see the molded detail of the same razor teeth that adorn his Robots in Disguise release’s headsculpt. From a distance, the black hole coupled with the width of his mouth instantly brings to my mind one word: muppet.
I do have to say I am glad that this toyline is getting to go out on such an over-the-top and flat out freaking fun note.
I will never not think that joke is funny.
I can’t stress enough how much of a spoiler this is about to be. Of course, after a post full of the toys of Prime Megatron, everyone that has seen the final episode of Transformers Prime knows exactly what I am typing about.
In a last ditch attempt to get the Star Saber to Optimus, Bumblebee is brutally gunned down by Megatron, going offline as he sinks into the pool of cyber matter collected in the Omega Lock.
Shortly thereafter, Megatron stands over a helpless Optimus, about to deliver the final blow.
“Prepare to join your scout in the Allspark.”
,he gloats as he raises the Dark Star Saber above his head.
Easily one of the greatest moments in the history of Transformers animation, there’s a look on Megatron’s face as he belligerently turns to face this unfamiliar voice,
The sound that accompanies the animated image above is the abrasive impact of metal slicing through metal and something of a gurgle from Megatron. Pan down as we follow Megatron’s eyes to the Star Saber now firmly planted through his chest and out his back, straight through his spark. To his greater surprise, it is Bumblebee, fully restored, including his voicebox, damaged eons before by Megatron himself,
“You took my voice. You will never rob anyone of anything ever again.”
Through the hole in his chest, we see the light of his spark wink out as his optics go black. He then slips ever so slowly from the sword and his lifeless body plummets to the earth below, burning as it falls through the atmosphere.
As I have expounded to some degree, I am not a fan of meaningless death. Assuming he is truly dead, this is the complete and utter opposite of all that ham-handed, cheap, hollow and inconsequential death so very popular in Transformers comics. This is a death that means something in so many different ways. Does it end the story? No, this death is the one thing that allows them to begin the process of rebuilding Cybertron properly. That aside: Starscream and Shockwave survived to retreat; Knock-out
has joined the winning team is in Autobot custody; Soundwave is alive, though currently locked in the shadowzone; Airachnid is alive sort of mostly alive-ish on one of the moons of Cybertron; and there is, of course, at least one live Predacon loose on Cybertron.
I honestly can not wait to see Transformers Prime: Predacons Rising when it hits Blu-ray in October.
In the meantime, as I told a friend, I will most likely have Deadlock going on repeat. I’m just not ready to let this wonderful Transformer universe go just yet.