Currently I have two. One I meant to cancel after a cup of tea, but didn’t. The other I fully intended to get.
This post is about the lucky one. The one that owes his home to a cup of tea.
His name, Galvatron.
Ever since his debut in the movie (and especially his time hopping UK comic adventures), I have liked Galvatron. Even looking at him in the G1 toy catalogue that came with toys, I wanted one. I never got around to it until I bought the E-hobby purple version and he was fun if a little odd, but he is a space laser weapon thing, so that’s fine. I grabbed the HenkeiHenkei one too, and that was pretty awful.
Luckily for me, Legends Galvatron is back to being a weird laser cannon thing again. Huzaah.
Let’s start with the box. I really love the look of the Legends boxes. This one is quite large due to the shape of Galvs’ cannon mode. I was impressed when I opened the packing box he came in. He has some awesome character art on the front and side which looks just like the comic book art style and rather nicely also looks like the toy!
The box doesn’t mention the name of the Headmaster figure at all. No surprise since the Japanese story for Headmasters is that the head robot is the character, so we could assume that the headmaster robot is called Galvatron. However it does look suspiciously like Megatron.
The blurb on the back of the box says:
New Emperor of Destruction Galvatron has returned as a Headmaster! It's possible for him to Transform into a new mode, a SciFi Jet plane!
The Headmaster isn't just a gimmick, it adds lots of play satisfaction with the Battle mask’s Battle-Up gimmick and other new fun gimmicks.
The instruction sheet has a little comic in it as the Legends series does, and instructions on the reverse. The instructions also don’t mention the name of the Headmaster Robot. However the COMIC book does name the HM robot. It is Megatron. In fact it is the previous Legends Megatron LG13. In the comic Weirdwolf gives him a face Backpack and bammo He’s now a Headmaster, that simple. So there we go.
A quick looks at sheet
I really like the instruction sheets TT have been coming out with lately. One side has some nice artwork, the other has bio and statistics and the other side has the comic.
The Emperor of Destruction Megatron has been reborn as the New Emperor of Destruction Galvatron!Statistics
His new body is covered with high pressure resistant armour and can transform into a high speed, long distance Jet plane.
His fusion cannon is more powerful than before and can be used for flight whenever he wishes as well as attacking his enemies the Autobots!
He is the absolute ruler of the Deceptions and uses fear to control the army from the highest ranks, to the lowest warrior.
- Strength 10
- Intelligence 9
- Speed 9
- Endurance 10
- Rank 9
- Courage 9
- Fireblast 9
- Skill 10
I notice that all the Tfs are HM size now. Wierdwolf and Skullcruncehr are the only two there right now, but they are as tall as Soundwave, Megatron, Tarantulas, BW Megs and everyone else. The only ones that are taller are, the OL ladies, Blackarachnia, Slipstream and Nightshadow.
The comic goes with a little story about how WW and Tarantulas made the Galvatron body. When Megs Transforms an Head-ons, the battle mask pop ups and makes him reveal his dark heart and go a bit berserk. Then a wee little joke at the end. In the panel at the bottom right of the first page, (remember that Japanese comics go from right to left)you can see that at the table is Soundblaster, Skull next to him and Mindwipe (with a little Dracula style cape). The one with the reed in his mouth is WW, leader of the Decepticon Headmasters, next to him is Beast Megs and Tarantulas. Waspinator gets to sit right next to Megatron for some reason. Lucky waspy!!
Ok, now for the toy.
That's some serious Heat he’s packing
Because he’s a cannon.
I like this rendition of the cannon mode and am really pleased to see they didn't give him a tank mode. I always thought of it as a natural progression for Megatron, since he was a gun to go up to the next level and become a BIGGER gun (in the form of a cannon). After all, Hot Rod went from a sports car to a space camper van...
Even the jet mode cockpit underneath manages to bulk up the form enough to add some oomph to the look.
Underneath also looks fine and even though it doesn't really look like anything, a common complaint I seem to have about space/future modes I have it seems, however I do really like this mode. It does have an undocumented option, where you can seat the HM figure into the cannon, barrel. Although in this current setup the HM will be upside down. I suspect this is so that you can use the cannon on the other figures that have an official base mode. I think the Voyager sized ones are all vehicle triple changers, and the Leader sized ones are all base formers.
Soundwave/Blaster and PM Prime are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
Let’s wiggle some bits
On the toy.
So with a short bit of wiggling about, we have his jet mode. Yes. All voyager Titan Wars/Headmasters will be triple changers. Not necessarily a good thing…. The instructions label it as a SF Jet. A science fiction jet.
Great. Another can’t be arsed future/space mode…
Apparently this purple hinged piece on the cannon is front landing gear. Flipping it down kind of works, but there is no other landing gear anywhere else. He has some possible clip/landing gear bits on his back, but they are made redundant by the treads. The treads I guess are it, but they are angled to the floor and only just make it by default… if you flip the purple landing gear al the way over, it actually locks the rear of the cannon in a bit tighter.
Overall, this mode is. Passable. I would have preferred a laser pistol mode over this to be honest. Or better yet, a better engineered toy with only a robot mode and cannon mode.
Time to looks at HM Megatron
Before we get to the main piece, let’s have a look at little Megatron. He is very cute and a rather good miniature version of how we think he should look. I like the fact that you can easily see his bucket head style on his head. Colours are a bit plain on the front, but he does have enough colours to do the job with his black legs and a pretty good grey plastic for the rest of the body. His eyes have been picked out which adds some nice definition to his face which is needed as even though he has a mouth and nose sculpted in, it all kind of blurs together in the grey.
A quick 5 or so steps later…
Sculpting is nice with little details here and there to add texture to his look. I like the inclusion of his abdominal section which is needed to add to the look of Galvatron.
Articulation is excellent.
On the base robot.
That damn Mask gimmick
So now we are here, probably the biggest flaw on this toy is the mask gimmick. I can see why it was implemented, I just wish it was done better. The big thing with this series of toys is that they want you to swap he heads around as they are compatible between all robots and class sixes. So HM Megatron can be plugged onto Skullcruncher’s body. Chromedome ‘s head can be plugged into Galvatron’s chest and so on. Therefore, I guess to avoid mini-Megatron being laden with the crown of Galvatron all the time, and thereby making MegaHead too large for any deluxes, as well as limiting his interaction with the mini vehicles and whatnot, they gave the body the battle Mask gimmick.
The mask in the chest and required hinge joint limit the L-R movement quite severely. There is no way this guy can look in either direction convincingly. Mine can look more to the right than the left, but even then the amount of swivel is pathetic.
As a mask, it is a separate piece of the face and doesn’t naturally adhere to Megatron’s face very well. You can (with a bit of fiddling) kind of hook the chin into a space in the mask’s chin, but even with the closest possible connection, there are many points where you can see gap between the face and mask.
The Wrap up.
In the end, old Galvatron here isn’t half as bad as I thought he would be.
I have gone from
- regretting seeing him arrive,
- to being slightly disgusted,
- to actually thinking he’s not a bad toy.
Don’t get me wrong, he’s certainly not an excellent toy. Well, the base body for robot mode is, but when you add on the parts that make him Galvatron (laser and mask) it hinders him so much that he drops to “Hrm, I guess he’s OK” levels. The leg articulation is nice and you can actually put him in some cool poses as long as you don’t rely too much on an expressive head.
I have now passed the point where I was thinking about selling him and changed my mind and will keep him as my resident Legends Galvatron for now, but seeing how close this guy is to being a good toy (if they dropped the mask gimmick) really makes me wish they’d pull their finger out and make me a Masterpiece Galvatron.
I mean come on, there were concept sketches and a hint of planning for an MP Galvatron YEARS ago….
Since there is a lot of base action going on with this Headmasters line going on, so I’ve made myself a personal challenge. To make a base mode from any and all Titan Masters/ Headmaster Legends figures I get and here is my attempt at one for Galvatron.