Top 5 Best G1 Styled Megatron Transformers Toys
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Top 5 Best G1 Styled Megatron Toys
Megatron has had loads of toys throughout the years and unlike Optimus, they have all been very very different from one to the next. That's because his original alt mode, a realistic 1:1 gun, is not something that can be made a toy of as easily as a truck. We already made a list of the best toys to sport the Megatron name but with such varied toys representing his G1 self alone, we thought it could be fun to look at just those. This refers to toys that evoke the original look of Megatron we all know and love. Unlike Optimus Prime, that look has changed throughout the years since Megatron toys released in the US could not turn into realistic life sized guns, but the general theme and aesthetic was still maintained.
5. Transformers Reveal The Shield Legends Megatron
This toy HAD to be on this list, at all cost since it is much more significant than one may think. It is, to this day, Hasbro's final stab at a Megatron toy that turns into a hand gun. Sure, he is small, but that comes with its own set of advantages. For one that means you have a G1 gun Megatron to scale with larger toys like Generations Metroplex, joining other G1 styled smaller toys like Optimus and Starscream. Plus, him being so small, means you have a transforming Megatron toy that can be held by Masterpiece Starscream. In fact, in terms of cross compatibility, Megatron in his gun form can be held by Starscream in both robot mode(thanks to a peg at the handle) and jet mode (thanks to the clip underneath).
Image from Yatsuya Reviews
4. Transformers G1 1984 Megatron (Reissue)
While G1 Megatron may look of with propotions and a trigger hear his crotch, I feel this is one of the main G1 toys everyone should experience. The transformation is very clever and it is very impressive how back in the 80s they could have a realistic gun turn into a robot. There are plenty of reissues available, so taht helps, and it turns out the reissues are even better than the original. The original Hasbro version couldn't fire pellets while the original Takara release was not silver but several reissues give you the best of both worlds by having a silver/chrome finish gun that actually fires.
3. Transformers United Megatron
For over a decade, this was the best G1 styled Megatron toy. The design is still great and very smart. I espeially love how the legs become different parts of the gun's alt mode and yet are identical. While the Hasbro deco was a bit off, with some purple and neon green, the Takara versions and the recent Platinum release have some very nice paint schemes.
2. WFC Siege Megatron Netflix (specifically the Netflix boxset)
This toy was a looooooong time coming. While we had several Classics Megatrons over the years, they were either too small or too big or a redeco of another character (like Blitzwing or Bludgeon). And finally in the Siege line, we got a G1 styled Megatron who was the right size and not someone else's mold/body. That is worth celebrating, let alone the fact that he is a fun toy. The proportions are nice, especially the size of the fusion cannon, and while the tank mode could be better the robot mode makes up for any alt mode shortcoming. I especially recommend the Netflix version since the deco is more apt, especially int terms of the weathering, and it fixes an issue with the ankles. Plus it comes with targetmasters we actually needed like a properly coloured Lionizer and pinpointer.
1. Takara Transformers Masterpiece MP 36 Megatron
I will be honest, I had my doubts with this toy. The price was the highest I had ever paid for a Transformers figure and the intricacies of the transformation worried me. The previous MP Megatron was not fun to transform and this one was even more complex.
But all those worries melted away when I first transformed the figure. Well, even before even because i was amazed at how solid the robot was. This toy has great articulation and parts don't unclip, he really stays together as a full fledged action figure. And then when transforming him you see just how many parts are involved and you wonder just how it's possible that you have all these small moving piece that can disconnect and reconnect themselves in different positions to form two solid modes. The transformation, while complex, was not annoying. Every part had a place to go, it felt like a pleasant journey. I especially liked the side of his abdominal area disappearing within the body of the gun. I also like transforming the legs since there are smaller pieces used just for the robot mode to fill out the legs and since they disappear when forming the gun handle, it really gives the impression that the toy is morphing to accommodate closer proportions to what we see on the show even though initially the handle of the gun simply split into two legs.
Whether that last part was clear or not doesn't matter, what I want to get across is that I felt I had a great toy and a great experience and that it was money well spent. I do not know if this is the best Masterpiece toy of all time but it is easily the best G1 Megatron toy by a country mile.
Honourable Mention: The Combiner Wars leader class Megatron is an ok toy, and looks the part, especially the headsculpt. But unlike any of the figures above, it just didn't break any new ground. It was also a very basic toy for the leader price point and it started the now aborted budget MP scale which I still have a tough time remedying within my collection (and eventually sold).
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Posted by Rodimus Prime on May 10th, 2020 @ 2:35pm CDT
Would the Titanium War Within Megatron be considered G1-styled?
Posted by Nathaniel Prime on May 10th, 2020 @ 2:41pm CDT
As for the upcoming Earthrise Megs, I don't see myself getting that, really. It's just not as visually interesting as the Siege mold.
BTW, does Animated Leader Class Megatron count as a G1 Styled Megs?
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on May 10th, 2020 @ 3:15pm CDT
Posted by ZeroWolf on May 10th, 2020 @ 3:25pm CDT
As far as the list goes, I can't fault it Really good choices all around.
Posted by blackeyedprime on May 10th, 2020 @ 3:27pm CDT
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on May 10th, 2020 @ 4:36pm CDT
One thing I dislike about Henkei Megs(that's the version of the mold I have) are his wings. They're so large they make placing him in a crowd annoying.
I think I like World's Smallest Megatron more than RTS Megatron. I didn't realize he had a peg specifically for Starscream to hold, but I like the gun mode of WSTF Megs better and, at the time, it was amazing to get G1 transformations so small. I had Primus holding that guy for ages.
Posted by cruizerdave on May 10th, 2020 @ 4:58pm CDT
Posted by TheForgottenTaxi on May 10th, 2020 @ 5:39pm CDT
I know nobody likes it, but I also have a soft spot for MP-05. Its robot mode is floppy and spindly, but I still kinda like it, the transformation is fun, and the gun mode is killer.
Posted by Railbomb on May 10th, 2020 @ 6:36pm CDT
Posted by SkyFire Prime on May 10th, 2020 @ 8:48pm CDT
Railbomb wrote:I just can't agree with making the CW Megs an honorable mention. To me that is still the best all-around version of Megatron. Sure the transformation is a bit simple but it makes it fun and easy to transform back and forth. The working treads and 360 degree rotating turret give it one of the best tank modes. Plus, it's the only Megatron to have the spark chamber from Beast Wars inside the chest. Next to the PotP Optimus he looks right at home and make a great centerpiece for a Generations display.
I couldn't agree more, the only way he gets unseated in my collection....is maybe when Netflix Megatron shows up.
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 10th, 2020 @ 9:48pm CDT
I also really enjoy the stealth bomber 30th anniversary Megatron, it counts, G1 Megatron had this body.
Posted by sol magnus on May 10th, 2020 @ 10:25pm CDT
Posted by -WonkoTheSane- on May 10th, 2020 @ 11:04pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:I still can't look at MP-36 (fine figure that he is) and not see something that Seibs himself pointed out a few years ago. That being Megs unfortunate placing of the folding panels in megs crotch. I'll let the dirty minded amongst you work out what was said.
I remember that.
IMO it's a lot less noticeable in person.
Posted by -WonkoTheSane- on May 10th, 2020 @ 11:09pm CDT
It truly is a marvel of modern Transformers engineering.
Not to mention it's arguably the definitive figure of G1 Megatron.
Posted by Evil Eye on May 11th, 2020 @ 8:26am CDT
One I would be tempted to add as an honourable mention is the Cloud figure, though I don't know if he's too stylized to count.
Posted by Go-Faster-Wings on May 11th, 2020 @ 9:27am CDT
5. Seige Megatron: great looking, nice articulation, but the tank mode is really not a winner for me. Transformation isn't the best, either.
4.MP 36 Megatron: both modes look fantastic, he's an incredible display piece, but that transformation!! I can't put him any higher because he fails as a "toy" for me, he's always going to be in robot mode on my shelf and I dont think I've ever just picked him up to play with him.
3. Titans Return Megatron: So much fun to play with. This is almost always my go-to for just messing around. He looks great in plane mode and the robot mode has such a different, but still obviously Megatron look to him. I think it's a phenomenal figure, and he has a certain presence on the shelf i just love.
2. War for Cybertron (2010) Megatron: Another figure with amazing presence. He looks amazing in robot mode, he looks like an incredibly evil character, all his jagged edges and angular features. Transformation is easy and tank mode is different and cool. I love this thing and regularly display him with my Classics 'cons.
1. Henkei Megatron: in 2008 I was 13 and this was the first ever toy I imported, saving up just enough from doing yard work around the neighborhood to by him and Henkei Prime from Amazon (which I would discover later was quite the mark up. I was going haha) This is the Megatron that will always, always be in my Classics shelf, he has an amazing look to him and that transformation!!! So much fun and totally wild, like the Emporer of Destruction should be.
Posted by YRQRM0 on May 11th, 2020 @ 1:47pm CDT
Siege Megatron, on the other hand, feels super overrated imo. He's the most disappointing Siege mold I've purchased. The Netflix paint is nice, but it's polish on a turd for me. I would really like them to give him another go with a whole new mold.
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on May 11th, 2020 @ 1:56pm CDT
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on May 11th, 2020 @ 4:07pm CDT
YRQRM0 wrote:Siege Megatron, on the other hand, feels super overrated imo. He's the most disappointing Siege mold I've purchased. The Netflix paint is nice, but it's polish on a turd for me. I would really like them to give him another go with a whole new mold.
Oh, wow, really? He seems like one of the best G1 Megatron types since he has the look and posability down. What about him was so disappointing to you?
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on May 12th, 2020 @ 11:31am CDT