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DX 9: War in Pocket Mightron (aka Megatron) REVIEW

INTRODUCTION:

"Behold! The age of the Decepticons!" - Megatron

Megatron is a character from the Transformers franchise, serving primarily as the its main antagonist, an antithesis and arch nemesis to Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots and the main protagonist. He was created by Hasbro in 1984, based on a toy design by Takara.

The original Megatron is leader of the Decepticons, a race of sentient machine beings bent on world domination and self-preservation. The many versions of Megatron could generally transform into three different modes- a Walther P38 handgun, a particle beam cannon, and a telescopic laser cannon.

Just like Optimus, Megatron hail from the planet Cybertron, and has been traditionally described as a working class Cybertronian who quickly rose up in ranks through victories in the arena, eventually becoming a champion gladiator.

As a gladiator, Megatron fought for an end to his planet's corrupt government and the class system for Cybertronians. His message to his supporters was that freedom of self-determination was the right of all sentient beings, and at one point he was also Optimus' mentor.

Megatron's obsession with power and control eventually corrupted him; and like all good comic book villains he eventually became the very thing he despised.

This time we look at a third party manufacturer, DX-9 and its take on the classic Transformers character. Bear in mind the figure is a Transformers Legends scale, at around 3.75 inches in height.

The figure was released some four months back, and I got it :) Its been in storage, so I thought I'd take him out for a quick review!

PACKAGING- 7/10

Mightron comes decently packaged, tucked away inside a very sturdy cover. Once you open up the package, you can see Megatron with his accessories neatly presented in a plastic tray. There's also an instruction manual to help the process of transforming him into his alternate mode and back.

FIGURE-6/10

I'm really torn about this figure. On one hand, the sculpt and the build is the most faithful representation of Megatron that I've seen on a figure this size, and his transformation process, while slightly cumbersome (had to exert some force in twisting the parts) is equally solid and beautiful.

But on the other hand, Mightron's articulation and poseability issues can be quite exasperating. I'll try and explain it in detail below.

ARTICULATION- 4/10

What is frustrating about this otherwise beautiful figure is its lack of articulation- which really limits the type of poses it can accomplish. Mightron's head and turn a complete 360 degrees, and his arms can move up and down 180 degrees, and his elbow joints can bend a little, but that's about it. He can't move his arms sideways and there's no additional articulation for his body.

There's a little more articulation for the lower part of his body. His legs can move to the front, back and sideways, and his feet has ball joint so there are some poses possible- but I must stress again the lack of poses on the upper body of his body makes this figure really stiff. Which is quite a shame since the manufacturer did a swell job with the paint job and the likeness to classic Megatron.

ACCESSORIES- 7/10

Mightron comes with a fairly generous amount of accessories- a silencer for his alternate mode, extended gun stand, sword, ball-chain, and a gun for his primary/robot mode.

POSEABILITY-5/10

Mightron can definitely pull off some sweet poses, but due to the limitations in his articulation there aren't many variations of what he can do. I'd suggest trying different poses until you get one that sticks and doesn't look awkward.

VALUE- 7/10

Despite the articulation issues, should you get this figure? I'd say yes, IF you're a hardcore Megatron fan and are on the lookout for a legends scale figure. This is the closest you'll get to classic Megatron and he looks great, sculpt-wise.

Mightron is also quite affordable, although some sellers have raised his price quite recently. You can get him at TFSource for US$52.99 (RM235.30) and at Big Bad Toy Store for the same price as well.

Alternatively you can go on Ebay and search for a deal ranging from US$49.09 (RM218) to US$90 (RM400).

OVERALL SCORE- 6/10

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