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Name: Megatron
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Decepticon Commander
Alt Mode: None (was a Walther P38)



ROBOT MODE
Height: 9.5cm Width: 4.5cm

   A light grey robot with black boots and dark grey shins, Megatron has purple on his groin and hands while there's some red on his waist and elbows. His face is silver with red eyes. Unlike some Actionmasters, these colours aren't too show accurate - the purple doesn't appear in the cartoon. The head is essentially the "buckethead" introduced in the cartoon, with a high brow. The colour scheme is still quite clearly Megatron, mind you - down to the silver on his feet as on the original. There's a Decepticon logo sticker on his chest - not on the shoulder as on many Actionmasters - which suits well, since there's one in the same place on the transforming version. While the purple isn't ideal, it's better than the orange on some Actionmasters, so I'm happy enough with the colour here - this is unmistakably Megatron.

   There are some nice relics of his gun mode here, such as the ridges down the front of his arms, the cock on his shoulders and grip moulded onto the sides of his rounded boots. There's no trigger, but he does have a solid groin, at least. While the loss of his trigger helps, the barrel which sat behind the torso in the cartoon and on his hip on the original robot is nowhere to be seen here, which is a little disappointing. I would have liked a false barrel behind his right shoulder, of some sort.

   Megatron's poseability is the same as every other Actionmaster - his head turns, arms rotate and legs have G.I. Joe poseability (fully poseable hips, knees bend 90 degrees). He can wield the red gun that mounts on his tank, although it's rather bulky and looks a little strange in his hand. The shoulder joints are slightly different to most Actionmasters, incidentally.

NEUTRO-FUSION TANK

   I'm not really sure what "Neutro-Fusion" means, but I'm assuming it refers to a black tank with some neon green, a purple turret and red missiles. There are a few black and green striped stickers here and there, along with some red stickers. The colours are striking, however they're not as garish as you'd expect with red & neon green, since the purple is fairly dark and the black makes for a nice dark base.

   The tank itself has moulded treads which are silver at the back and black at the front, and they have the usual tiny plastic wheels for it to roll on. As usual, they're too small and it'll slide on hard surfaces. The turret and cannon are both fixed, making this a very static tank. There are four holes behind the turret for standing Actionmasters to ride along while the turret "cockpit" is open, allowing Megatron to pilot the tank. The red gun can plug in either behind or in front of Megatron.

   The turret detaches to form a purple jet with green winglets, losing the cannon. The concept is simple and the result just as simple. Despite this, it's a fairly effective little jet, if somewhat garish. There are no wheels underneath, just the open cockpit on top.

   The rest of the tank folds out into a gun emplacement, with more greens and silvers exposed. It's a messy affair with a purple gunrack at the front which utilises the tank's cannon. There's a cockpit in the centre which is more of a rest spot than anything else since the "pilot" can't see out and this gun emplacement has no wheels anyway. There are two raised missilepods at the back, which can be manned awkwardly.

   The jet is garish but looks good otherwise, but I really don't think much of the gun emplacement. It's garish and awkward, without much purpose other than to fit four Actionmasters. Which is nice, in itself, but Prime's truck does it so much better, with more focus.

   The tank is static and only mildly impressive, and while the mini jet is decent, it's not really enough to make this M.A.S.K. competitor exciting, since the larger gun emplacement is just too forced. While it does give us a playset for the Decepticon Actionmasters, it's not a very good one. Coincidentally, this was the last G1 toy released (thanks to kup for that info), so this is something of an inglorious end.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   Megatron himself is a decent little Actionmaster, despite the loss of the gunbarrel. His colours work and the character is well defined. His brow is a little off but he avoids the bright oranges of so many Actionmasters. His Neutro-Fusion Tank is as unfocused as its name suggests, and is one of the weakest Actionmaster vehicles. The tank mode itself is okay but very static while the gun emplacement it becomes is a mess, in garish colours. While the figure itself is solid, the tank is weak enough that I'd only really recommend this set to completists. If you're after the figure specifically, I'd recommend grabbing a loose one - 5/10

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