Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Transformers Alternity Megatron Blade Silver Part 6 [Final]


More action poses from Transformers Alternity Megatron Blade Silver to start off this final posting of the review series: ^^

Supported using Soul Stage Act 5 Action Support Type for Mechanics Clear Ver.

Comparison with the vehicle mode of Convoy Super Black Ver:

Megatron looks deceptively larger than Convoy Super Black Ver in robot mode, even though its vehicle mode is evidently smaller in comparison (see Part 2). ^^ More than anything, this goes to show how compact all the robot mode components are stored in Megatron's vehicle mode, and its realistic representation of the actual car in terms of look and functions (opening of the hood and doors) even more impressive. The same can be said for Convoy Super Black Ver as well. ^^

As mentioned in the transformation design part, many of the steps involved in Megatron's transformation are very similar to Convoy's.

(Left) The doors and hood need to be opened first before activating the Automorph gimmick.
(Right) The head would pop up when both fenders slide forward to form the chest.

Similarities in the spine block and abdomen plate.

Similarity in the forearm's formation.

Having a large backpack consisting of the hood, windshield, and roof that cannot be transformed is also a similarity between the two.

Comparison with Convoy Super Black Ver in robot mode:

Front view

Closeups on the details.

With the doors tilted upward as wings behind its shoulders, Convoy Super Black Ver may look somewhat larger than Megatron from the front, but they are in fact of the same height.

Rear view
The car roof that sits lower behind Megatron as compared to the same part on Convoy Super Black Ver may be the other factor contributing to the deceptive look of Megatron being shorter than his Autobot nemesis in this series. ^^

Overall, the most obvious differences between the two designs would be the positioning of the doors, and their leg structure. The former is pretty simple in application, with Convoy Super Black Ver's doors set as wing, while Megatron's as shoulder armors. The legs are totally different between the two figures. Each half of the vehicle mode's back fender, wheel, spoiler and trunk are integrated into the actual frame to form Convoy Super Black Ver's legs. On the other hand, for Megatron, not only is the tail of Nissan Fairlady Z smaller than that of Nissan GT-R - smaller parts available to form the legs, the back fender with wheel half being the largest single component is not directly integrated into each leg, but sits as side panel instead. As a result, Megatron's legs are significantly smaller than Convoy Super Black Ver's. ^^

On that note, the design of the transformation that enables the two to be of the same height, even for just the legs despite the differences in car proportion is amazing to say the least. Perhaps if Megatron was set to be a moped in this series, for whatever incomprehensible reason, the designer would still be able to find a way to make him worthy as Convoy's arch-rival in terms of size. XD

Just for the fun of it, here's Megatron with his "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Voyager Class incarnation:

No comparison at all. XD

Lastly, since it was featured in Part 2 of this review, here's Megatron with "Transformers: Prime - Beast Hunters" Deluxe Class Bumblebee in robot mode:

Like their vehicle form, the robot mode appears to be of very similar size as well. ^^ Besides the size, some of the aesthetics, including broad chest, spiky shoulder guards, skinny arms, shinny thighs, and having the car roof as backpack are shared between the two. It's quite funny that two figures from completely different series, produced by different company, and with so many years apart in terms of production would share so many similarities. ^^ Then again, that connection isn't exactly surprising, since many car-type Transformers figures are designed with very similar transformation elements anyway. ^^

All in all, this is a very solid Transformers figure. The vehicle mode is very beautiful, and very realistic as a replica of Nissan Fairlady Z. The transformation is challenging, but not as confusing as Convoy Super Black Ver's design. The robot mode features a unique blend between some of Megatron's most classical design elements and special image of him being a Samurai warrior, which actually works well. ^^ The articulation design is pretty flexible in allowing the figure to perform various action poses as well, so it's not all about look for Megatron in this incarnation. ^^

All reviews on Transformers Alternity Megatron Blade Silver:
Part 1: Samurai Megatron
Part 2: Sleek
Part 3: Thanks for showing me so little, instruction sheet
Part 4: Super thin legs
Part 5: The benefit of having the die-cast material excluded
Part 6 [Final]: Brothers?

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