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Someone's review of: Galvatron

Faction: Decepticon
Function: City Commander
Generation: One
Sub-Group: N/a
"My power is everything; defeat is absurd"

"Galvatron is a cold-hearted robotic villain. Determind to lead the Decepticons. Possesses enough strength to pulverize an Autobot into scrap metal. Unconqueable. Arrogant and compassionless. Plots against his allies, thus weakening his position. In robot mode he carries a laser that emits chemically-produced, direct-current electricity. "

Alternate Mode: Galvatron actually had two wonderful alt modes. The primary (not to mention the only one used throughout the cartoon) is a laser cannon. The secondary, utilized for the sole purpose of annoying the parents, is a hand-held laser gun. In either of these modes, the aforementioned light serves to light up the barrel of the cannon. For some peculiar reason, Galvatron came furnished with wheels, so that he could roll into battle in cannon mode…one of his more underused capabilities. Being a futuristic cannon, Galvatron's design is not highly realistic. The bulk of Galvatron's body is gray, with purple just above the front tracks. A black button is located on the top middle part of Galvatron, just below the well-concealed battery case, to operate the lights/sounds. When in the oh, so often used gun mode, a trigger on the grip operates Galvatron's special effects.

Robot Mode: Right, so transforming him before we start the robo-review. First of all, make sure that the purple 'boosters' are lined up straight, then slide the thorax In robot mode, Galvatron presents a formidable image of his cartoon likeness. My major complaints about this toy are twofold; color scheme and size. In the cartoon, Galvatron's upper body is primarily purple. However, the toy's basic design is gray, with purple on the upper arms above the gray fists and silver accents on his head, neck and knees and red on his shoulders. The overall design is quite good and fairly close to his cartoon version. The other discrepancy comes from his size. In robot mode, this toy is roughly the same size as Metroplex, while the cartoon Galvy is just a bit larger than a normal sized Transformer. However, Galvatron's lighting system provides him with ultra-cool glowing eyes when activated by the black button in his mid-section.
While Galvatron looks quite good overall, his possibility leaves a bit to be desired. His head does not rotate whatsoever and the legs are fairly limited. He can bend his legs at the knees, but not the hips. The shoulders, on the other hand can rotate 360 degrees and separate elbows allow his clinched fists to move 90 degrees…unless you want to be really mean to your toy, then he can go 180 at the elbow…he may not like it, but he IS a toy and will comply. He can also swivel at the waist.

Transformation:8 - I remember him being difficult the first time, but once figured out he is fairly simple.
Durability: 8.5 - This guy had some wars for me, and he is still tight! Though he does have some trouble spots that may have caused some difficulty with younger children, especially in the purple locking mechanism on the top of the cannon/back of the robot. Stickers, like with all Transformers, are quite subject to wear and age.
Fun:10 - OK, what was cooler than toys that made noise, had flashy lights, and annoyed the parents to the point where you got sent outside or behind closed doors to play with your toys? This guy was also large enough so that he truly looked like he was the supreme Decepticon! The light up eyes in robot mode seal the deal!
Price: 8 - Galvy has the potential to hit your pocketbook with prices ranging from $40 to $200. Some will even go higher on auctions. Price is, of course subject to condition, whether or not it comes in the box, if it's sealed, stickers applied, etc, etc.
Overall: 8.75 - One of my personal favorites, could only be improved through greater possibility, and closer size and coloration to the cartoon. However, he is definitely a fine piece!

 
 
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