"Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

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Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 7:56PM CDT

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"Is it Fear or Courage that compels you fleshling?"

The time has come, and MPM-08 Movie Masterpiece Megatron is arriving in-hand for all the movie fans (and hopefully more fans elsewhere) to enjoy. As a huge movie fan myself, I could not wait for this figure. I was more excited for this figure than I was for any other figure this year, including MP-43 Beast Wars Megatron, Ectotron, and even MPM-09 Jazz. This specific Megatron has a very special place in my heart, and I really wanted it to be good.

So is it?

In the famous words of another Megatron: Yessssss

Let's start just by looking at this robot mode head on. The figure is faultless. The design is dead on to the original Movie Megatron design. It's also both cool and important because this is the first mainline figure to utilize that Movie 1 design since the first movie itself.

Let's take a look.

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

The robot mode is tall, hefty, and imposing. He looks like he walked right off the 2007 theatre.

Now take a look at that headsculpt! That is a mean Megatron face right there, captured in gorgeous detail and with some well placed paint to help it stand out. The mouth is posable, and it looks great open or closed. They nailed it.

And take a look at how tall he is! This Masterpiece figure is as tall as a Prime Wars Combiner, which is really impressive.

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Looking around the figure some more, there is a backpack on him, but honestly considering the design, I think this is as close as they could get to minimizing it. The good thing is that backpack is only really noticeable once you start moving around to view him from behind, and it blends in fairly well from a back view.

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Also, while we are around back, take a look at the weapon storage. The gun tabs in down behind his waist, and the flail piece pegs into the gun and the back stabilizer wing.

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

And here we have my favorite of his accessories: the Allspark. I have wanted one of these since the movie came out, and it is awesome to see it here. The cube is very intricately detailed, and is painted a beautiful silver.

The cube itself can fit into Megatron's chest, so you can recreate his famous 2007 Death Scene, or maybe just pretend he is powered up on it. either way, that translucent red plastic in his chest is fantastic looking.

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Since we are now on accessories, take a look at that flail. Now, this is one of the few down points about this figure that I have. The flail is made of soft plastic, so while he can swing it around and pose it, it is subject to the laws of gravity, so you can't get all the poses you want out of it, such as a mid-air flying flail. But it is still a nice piece, and I appreciate that they recreated the movie where he literally pulls his hand out of his arm into a flail.

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

His final accessory is his cannon. Now the cannon has 2 forms. The first is a blaster mode, where it replaces one of his hands and forms a pretty wicked looking gun hand. It makes a nice companion piece to his other hand has a flail.

The other form is that of his dual-handed fusion cannon, as seen in the first movie when he blasts Optimus. I really like the way they have it wielded and how it perfectly recreates his pose from the movie. I appreciate the effort they put into making it a single hand gun as well as a dual-handed cannon.

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Posing Megatron is also really fun. His fingers are all articulated, the head has multiple hinges to move around wherever you need it to go, and the arms and legs are very posable. The ankle tilts are a bit of an issue. He has some good ankle tilts with a lot of movement, but they have a soft tab area where they are either right upright or they are free to move and tilt, which limit his shallower ankle tiltage.

Before we get to comparisons, one last thing: he has spectacular light piping.

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

So for some comparisons, here we have him beside his original voyager toy from 2007, his recent Revenge of the Fallen Studio Series toy, and the other Movie Masterpiece figures that have been released since the 2nd Bumblebee figure of the line.

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Breaking the mold of the larger Movie Masterpiece figures, Megatron's transformation is really fun! It takes less time to transform him than any of the other Movie Masterpiece figures, and he is far less finicky than any of the others too. It is fun to transform him, and it's not much of a chore.

The jet mode is a really nice looking alien jet mode too. Unlike a large portion of the fandom, I really like his 2007 jet mode, visible head and all. This is a lean and mean Megatron ready to batter you into submission. And the visible head makes his jet mode pretty darn scary when you see it flying at you.

It's also a very heavy robot, and the jet mode is not only huge in size, but you can feel the weight when you pick it up. The die cast is included in his midsection and his feet, so the weight is faily nicely distributed throughout, and the die cast in the middle of the jet mode fits in great with the plastic surrounding it, really giving Megatron a metal jet heart.

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

He also does a fairly good job of blending his robot parts in with the jet parts. While the robot parts are not fully hidden away, they add to his mean jet aesthetic, with the fingers giving the nose a pointy feel, and his feet looking like massive jet boosters.

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

He also has some good weapon storage in this mode. The blaster tucks away between his robot mode feet, and blends in flawlessly with the back of the jet. The flail is a little less subtle, pegging in beside the jet. But at least it has somewhere to go.

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

And here we have his jet mode beside his 2007 self and some recent Studio Series Constructicons. His jet mode is absolutely massive.

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

So the final verdict on Megatron: He is spectacular. He was such an anticipated figure, and he lived up to expectations. He is massive, accurate, posable, and fun to play with. Robot mode can move and is beautiful, the transformation is fun, and the jet mode is absolutely gigantic. He's heavy, and he's tight.

He has a few weak spots. The ankle tilts could use a little bit better and smoother movement, the fingers could be made of a little bit more sturdy plastic, and the flail could have been made stiffer and segmented for posing. But those are minor points considering how much is excellent about this figure.

As the 2007 Megatron voyager was my first ever Transformer, I have been waiting a long time for this update. And I could not be happier with it. They nailed this Megatron, finally giving proper justice for the first Megatron many of us got to see and love.

Well done.

Transformers News: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron

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Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032700)
Posted by Randomhero on July 31st, 2019 @ 8:12pm CDT
I got that same bumblebee pillow as a gift. It’s very soft and comfy
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032701)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 31st, 2019 @ 8:14pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:I got that same bumblebee pillow as a gift. It’s very soft and comfy

Really, that's what you got out of all that? :lol:

Although we can both agree those pillows are very comfy
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032702)
Posted by TulioDude on July 31st, 2019 @ 8:34pm CDT
Nice review!

I always thought this was one of the most imposing Megatron's designs.


Are joints in the arms strong enough to hold other toys?I'm asking because since he is meant to hold Jazz,I'm wondering who else he can lift with his BARE HANDS!
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032704)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 31st, 2019 @ 8:37pm CDT
TulioDude wrote:Nice review!

I always thought this was one of the most imposing Megatron's designs.


Are joints in the arms strong enough to hold other toys?I'm asking because since he is meant to hold Jazz,I'm wondering who else he can lift with his BARE HANDS!

I haven't tried holding other figures in his arms yet, but he does have some pretty nice ratchets. The shoulders seem to be a bit weaker than the elbows, so i'm not sure about them yet. But I have confidence those elbows won't droop, they are strong
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032705)
Posted by CobraKai on July 31st, 2019 @ 8:40pm CDT
I wish I can afford him. He’s my favorite iteration of Bay’s Megatron.

Im hoping a Studio Series release using similar engineering is in the works
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032706)
Posted by SGMLordMirage on July 31st, 2019 @ 8:40pm CDT
Besides the consensus on the fluffy pillows. :-D =P~ , definitely good review D-Max. I have not taken the plunge to get him just yet but he does look good!

SGM
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032707)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 31st, 2019 @ 8:43pm CDT
CobraKai wrote:I wish I can afford him. He’s my favorite iteration of Bay’s Megatron.

Im hoping a Studio Series release using similar engineering is in the works

I imagine it would not be difficult. his jet cannon unfolds from his chest, his arms rotate up and collapse into the chest space, and his legs are the MP version of CW Offroad/Aerialbots.
SGMLordMirage wrote:Besides the consensus on the fluffy pillows. :-D =P~ , definitely good review D-Max. I have not taken the plunge to get him just yet but he does look good!

SGM

thanks! And he does look and feel amazing!
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032708)
Posted by SGMLordMirage on July 31st, 2019 @ 8:47pm CDT
So when does he make his debut at the office?
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032709)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 31st, 2019 @ 8:52pm CDT
SGMLordMirage wrote:So when does he make his debut at the office?

He actually did today

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Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032712)
Posted by SGMLordMirage on July 31st, 2019 @ 9:01pm CDT
Awesome man! :BOWDOWN: :BOWDOWN: :BOWDOWN:
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032713)
Posted by SkyFire Prime on July 31st, 2019 @ 9:04pm CDT
:P
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032718)
Posted by Randomhero on July 31st, 2019 @ 10:32pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
Randomhero wrote:I got that same bumblebee pillow as a gift. It’s very soft and comfy

Really, that's what you got out of all that? :lol:

Although we can both agree those pillows are very comfy



What can be said about Megatron that hasn’t already?

That pillow however...
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032719)
Posted by Ultra Markus on July 31st, 2019 @ 10:37pm CDT
the one thing about this megatron that really annoys me is his hands
every other character has distinguishable hands with actual fingers but this guy
they had to give him weird looking thing-a-ma-bobbers
imagine if he had at least something resembling fingers with sharp claws
would look so much better
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032725)
Posted by transformers_va on July 31st, 2019 @ 11:13pm CDT
Nice review! :D

D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Image

Whilst I've never been a huge fan of the Bayformers, I just received Megatron today and I'm actually pleasantly surprised. The detailing and paint job are very well done, and he feels solid.

My only real gripes are having to fully remove the hands in order to attach the weapon, and his shoulders.. they remind me way too much of the Mondoshawans. I think the shoulders on the Studio Series Megatron looked much better.

Overall though, if you like the Bayformers, this is a good figure to have. ;)^
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032736)
Posted by CobraKai on August 1st, 2019 @ 1:49am CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
CobraKai wrote:I wish I can afford him. He’s my favorite iteration of Bay’s Megatron.

Im hoping a Studio Series release using similar engineering is in the works

I imagine it would not be difficult. his jet cannon unfolds from his chest, his arms rotate up and collapse into the chest space, and his legs are the MP version of CW Offroad/Aerialbots.
SGMLordMirage wrote:Besides the consensus on the fluffy pillows. :-D =P~ , definitely good review D-Max. I have not taken the plunge to get him just yet but he does look good!

SGM

thanks! And he does look and feel amazing!


BTW. Thank you for the pictorial review. Usually when video reviews pop up, I tend to skip them, but a nice written pictorial review is something I will always appreciate.

Also the pillow set up made Megatron look like he has huge butterfly wings at first
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032738)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on August 1st, 2019 @ 3:25am CDT
Yeah he looks fantastic. Way out of my budget though but yeah hoping for a Studio version that's pretty much scaled down of this one. :)

I always liked that his head was kinda visible in his 2007 and RotF vehicle forms. Cos he's not in disguise, just in transport mode. He wants you to know it's him. It's not until a couple major defeats that he finally chooses an Earth-like alt-mode in DotM that does hide his head cos he feels he needs to be more disguised while recovering from shame of the defeats and loss of the Fallen.
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032745)
Posted by Ironhidensh on August 1st, 2019 @ 6:59am CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
Randomhero wrote:I got that same bumblebee pillow as a gift. It’s very soft and comfy

Really, that's what you got out of all that? :lol:

Although we can both agree those pillows are very comfy


That’s what stood out to me as well. :x
Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2032770)
Posted by hausjam on August 1st, 2019 @ 12:09pm CDT
What a difference 12 years makes. Though I wouldn't call him flawless. He is just as unstable standing as the original. Hips and ankles aren't strong enough for his heft. He does look awesome though.

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Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2033348)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 5th, 2019 @ 6:37pm CDT
confirmed, Megatron can hold a bisected figure in hands:

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Also, this jet mode is fantastic!!

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Re: "Oh, So Unwise..." A Pictorial Review of Movie Masterpiece MPM-08 Megatron (2033358)
Posted by ZeroWolf on August 5th, 2019 @ 6:51pm CDT
Poor brunt :lol:

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