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Quick reviews : Animated Megatron & Bulkhead

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ANIMATED VOYAGER MEGATRON

 

Pros

 

-very nicely detailed headsculpt with great facial expression... a cross between G1 Megatron and Movie Megatron

-the clear red parts really stand out...

-very good articulation (including waist and wrist joints for added poseability)

-big arm canon

-the big gold Decepticon symbol right in the middle of the chest

-very good stability despite the weight of the arm canon (big feet and very solid hip click joints to support all the weight)

-retractable landing gear (lower torso)

-rolls easily in jet mode

-very tight in both modes

-good size

-the automorph-like features (when the arms swing into place, it moves the upper torso as well... and one blade moves the other as you rotate it until both blades line up)

-articulated skirt (sides + rear)

-clean paint apps (btw, even the upper legs are painted silver when they could have easily been grey or clear red)

 

Cons

 

-transformation is not that hard but not super intuitive either (but gets easier after a few transformation)

-jet mode is questionable... cleaner that Movie Megatron though...

-clear red bits don't really match the aesthetics of the other toys in the line

-sword mode is pretty meh...

-arm canon hangs strangely off Megatron's arm... execution could have been cleaner...

-clear red fingers look a bit silly

 

 

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ANIMATED VOYAGER BULKHEAD

 

Pros

 

-very solid in both modes

-clean military deco (I dig the big fat white stars!)

-rolls superbly in truck mode

-very stable in robot mode

-very good articulation (except for the head who sits at funny angles when you turn it because it sits deep in the neck area)

-excellent and fun transformation with some automorph features (from truck to robot, the arms will spring forward automatically and the head will be revealed automatically when you swing the front cab/torso into position... very good execution)

-2 gimmicks (punch action in one arm, launchable grenade in the other)

-a lot of presence with the cartoony look

-good weight and bulk

 

Cons

 

-punch action gimmick is hard to activate

-grenade launcher gimmick isn't spring-loaded (more of the pop-off type, like some of the missiles found on Minicons)... if you're not quick enough with the lever, the grenade won't launch or go far enough

-I would have prefered a clear lightbar to give it a tiny touch of realism...

 

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You can view more pics on cybertron.ca.

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I can't get over how that alt mode for Megs looks like an epilady. I just don't see any type of jet when I look at him, futuristic or otherwise.

 

Bulkhead is most certainly a pass for me. My nephews (the targeted age group for these figs) HATE them.

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I LOVE Bulkhead. But can he sit on his panels like in Total Meltdown?

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Unfortunately not... I so hoped the halves could be rotated down but they can't. Oh well.

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:(

 

Oh well. I'm sure it's still good.

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My only beef looking at these pics of Megs (besides the clear plastic) is that Starscream is taller than him. I was hoping all these guys would all be in scale, but it looks like we might end up with some Beast Machines nonsense. Same thing I think when I see Universe Ultra Powerglide. Oh well...

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Looking at Megatron on my shelf, I just realized that he totally looks like G1 : head, chest, lower torso, arms, legs, arm canon... Just more angular. He almost looks like he could transform into a gun.

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I'm definitely gonna get this TFA Megatron once its released!

 

EDIT :: Btw Pascal, may I copy those pics to show those on our Indonesian TF fan forum? Thanks.

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