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Old 2017-02-26, 10:33 AM   #1
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Default Titans Return Galvatron w/ Nucleon [uploaded]

Name : Galvatron
Allegiance: Decepticon


Bio: The Decepticons unite with Titan Master partners to power up for battle! Nucleon gives Galvatron a universal systems wide upgrade with powerful but unstable results.


In one or more possible futures, Galvatron is the new name and identity for Megatron. Reformatted by Unicron, Galvatron is the ultimate version of Megatron, less prone to decency or emotion and with a power set that makes him the most dangerous and lethal Transformer out there. For some versions of this future warrior, his power has been tempered by an extremely unstable mental state, but this has still made him a formidable foe, moreso even.

It's funny that when thinking about Decepticon leaders, it's never Megatron that springs to my mind. I'm more likely to consider Shockwave, Scorponok and Galvatron here as true leaders, thanks to the old Marvel comics that very quickly sidelined Megatron, something from which the Marvel version never really recovered from. Galvatron in particular burned brighter than most, being both a dominant force in character and appearance for over 100 issues of UK originated stories. This snarling, furious fellow has easily cemented himself as one of my favourites as a result.

The character has continued to pop up in various Transformers cartoon shows since his 1986 debut, in much the same vein, being a powered up version of Megatron, which has largely just meant he's been a recolour of whatever Megatron toy has been on sale at the time. He's also recently made the transition to the world of Michael Bay, this time as a human built folly. IDW have taken a cake-and-eat-it approach to Galvatron, having him as an entirely separate character to Megatron, who was part of Nova Prime's crew and now commands the Decepticons on Earth.

The toys the many versions of Galvatron have had over the years have largely been so-so, with perhaps the monstrous Leader Class Cybertron version being the best of the lot. Hasbro have dusted him down again for the excellent Titans Return line, albeit with an odd design choice that has had me reaching for the first time ever for a third party add on kit.

Robot Mode:

The pre-release images of Galvatron circulating online had already sold the figure to me and in hand, he certainly looks the part. He looks powerful and muscular. I like how the designers have managed to translate the animation model into plastic and given him some really nice shaping. His colours are excellent too. He's not big on paint apps, but what he does have is more than adequate and its the choice of plastic colours that really make the figure pop. The, rich royal purple is excellent and works well with the light grey and gun-metal grey parts on the toy, along with the comically over-sized and rather phallic orange cannon barrel. He's got some superb articulation with double jointed elbows, swiveling biceps, a waist joint (it's a transformation joint, but if you angle the cockpit kibble on his back out of the way, he can make use of it) and a good range of movement in his legs. The arm mounted cannon does restrict movement in his arms (whichever you choose to plug it into) and its a shame it can't be moved out to the side so it can 'rest' more comfortably, but that's a minor flaw next to the thing that really knackers the figure. Despite the superb design work and look of Galvatron's body, this is all ruined by an appalling spring-loaded gimmick. In common with the Leader Class Titans Return figures, Galvatron's Titan Master just forms his face, so relies on a helmet to give his head the required silhouette. Sadly, rather than go for full helmet, Glavatron has to make do with a crude spring loaded battle-mask that pops up in front of his face. It looks rubbish. And not only that, but it hampers any movement of the head. The money wasted on adding in the spring loaded feature would have been better spent engineering a full helmet that could have been housed in his chest or the jet mode cockpit, instead we get this cheap looking children's party mask.

Robot Mode:

Nucleon is cast in solid grey plastic and looks incredibly plain. The waxy grey plastic used smothers a lot of the detail and makes him look constantly out of focus. The daubs of red paint on his eyes don't help, being a less than impressive effort to pick out some detail. They may as well not have bothered and spent the money painting up Galvatron's face. Plus; Nucleon? Really?

Alternate Mode:

Never blessed with the most striking of alt modes, the cannon mode is a bit of a dumpy mess. The robot mode legs don't really clip together solidly enough for my liking and give the back of the thing a huge amount of bulk. The huge amount of underkibble caused by the jet mode nose also rob this of looking convincingly like anything.

[B]Alternate Mode:[/B

The jet mode, spacecraft, whatever... is exactly that, a pile of whatever trying to pass itself off as a legit third mode. It's a clumsy arrangement of robot mode parts and tank treads that utterly fails and just leaves you wondering why everything in the Voyager price point had to be triple changer. I'd have been happy enough for Galvatron just to have turned into a decent representation of his canon mode which Nucleon could pilot, rather than this turd.

Marks Out Of Ten For The Following:

Transformation Design: Two half baked alt modes is the end result of a very stylized figure that can't convincingly turn into either. 2/10

Durability: Galvatron is fairly tough, but Nucleon doesn't like to sit in his socket when in head mode, unless you turn his small head back to front. As with all the Titan Masters, he's at risk of being easily lost. 8/10

Articulation: An excellent range of motion in robot mode is where Galvatron really excels. That said, its nothing special for a figure in his price point and is pretty standard for a mainline figure these days. 7/10

Fun: Galvatron's one of those funny Transformers that doesn't need to transform to be tremendous fun. He's a bit like an Action Master in that respect and I've had more enjoyment out of him just in robot mode, and have found I can do without his alt modes. Which is a good job, as they're rubbish. The flip up battle mask does stop him being hugely enjoyable though as it looks silly. 6/10

Price/Value: On the face of it, 23.99 for a Triple Changing Transformer that incorporates the Titan Master gimmick is good value. As far as Galvatron is concerned, he's not really worth the asking price. The Voyager class has at the time of writing been excluded from pretty much all retailers discounting when sales are on too, which makes him even less appealing. That you have to 'correct' the figure with two small third party add-ons (if you're of a mind to) only harms the value further. 4/10

Overall: There's no way I can recommend Galvatron to anyone and even the most ardent of Galvatron fans will find this figure lacking. Having bought the thing, I've sucked up the loss on him and done what I can to improve him with some third party add-ons, but also compounded the error of having bought him in the first place, throwing good money after bad. I feel more like I'm willing some goodness to come out of this fiasco. His alt modes are terrible and I hope that Hasbro will move away from Triple Changing for all at this size class, as this has pretty much been the weakest area for the entire Titans Return line. 5/10
 

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Old 2017-02-26, 11:18 AM   #2
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Shame. I really want a good Galvatron figure, as the only one I have is the rubbish, over-engineered mess from Universe 2.0, but I guess I'll just have to keep waiting because from your review it seems that Galvy's only good for his robot mode, and even then that is problematic.

Shit, forget Optimus Prime, I've just realized how under-represented Galvatron is in the Classics/Generations line. He's got a grand total of two crap toys over the years, didn't he? Plus a cursory head in the Combiner Cyclonus? Poor dude. Comparing that to the rest of the 1986 movie cast, where they all at least have at least one decent mould over the line's ten-year history, poor, poor Galvatron just can't catch a break.
 
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Old 2017-02-26, 01:16 PM   #3
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Old 2017-02-26, 01:18 PM   #4
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Old 2017-02-26, 01:22 PM   #5
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Shame. I really want a good Galvatron figure, as the only one I have is the rubbish, over-engineered mess from Universe 2.0, but I guess I'll just have to keep waiting because from your review it seems that Galvy's only good for his robot mode, and even then that is problematic.

Shit, forget Optimus Prime, I've just realized how under-represented Galvatron is in the Classics/Generations line. He's got a grand total of two crap toys over the years, didn't he? Plus a cursory head in the Combiner Cyclonus? Poor dude. Comparing that to the rest of the 1986 movie cast, where they all at least have at least one decent mould over the line's ten-year history, poor, poor Galvatron just can't catch a break.
He looks good, but is just a disappointing figure in hand. It's a shame because there's the germ of a good figure in there. He's going to be one of the rubbish Transformers I hold onto just because his inherent crapness is endearing.
 
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Old 2017-02-27, 09:54 PM   #6
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Nice review. I can't count the multiple times I've picked this guy up in the store... to put him back down again because of his issues. He looks really awesome, but it all comes down to play, fun, and functionality.
 


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Old 2017-02-28, 12:24 AM   #7
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What a disappointment this figure is. The first time I saw one I just picked it up and stared at it for about a minute in disbelief. Not only is the face mask really off-putting, in person I found that Galvatron's got really bad proportions with those giant boots and seemingly more mass in tread kibble on his arms than the arms themselves. Thankfully I managed to talk myself out of buying it, but it's really a shame that I had to. Like Blackjack said, Galvatron's gotten really short shrift since the started doing new toys of G1 guys. I think you'd have to go back to the gigantic Energon toy to find something that looks like the guy and isn't awful.
 
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Old 2017-02-28, 02:31 AM   #8
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I thought I'd read that the "jet" mode was a reworking of the laser pistol mode that the G1 toy had, like Sixshot's submarine mode. That rear rudder looks like it might make a passable handle. Would that make this toy more fun? I'd try it, but that would require buying this thing, and I don't want to do that.
 

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