Transformers Masterpiece MP-43 Beast Wars Megatron
The paint and colors on this thing look beautiful, it’s like Beast Wars Megatron walked right out of the screen! Even in dinosaur mode.
The eyeballs on the T-Rex can be rolled by pressing your thumb against the eyeball and moving it. Pretty clever.
I really wish they didn’t have to make the “shell” have to fit so tightly, it’s not happening. Right out of the box this is what we get, some open panels. I think this could’ve been executed better? .
Naming himself after his “hero”, the original G1 Megatron, the leader of the Predacons begins a new chapter in the Cybertronian wars, pitting his forces against Optimus Primal and the Maximals in a bid to gain the Golden disks, which contain an important secret message from the original Megatron.
Laser Buster- BW Megatron comes with an effects part that plugs into the mouth of the T-Rex head. Too bad it doesn’t light up though.
Articulated fingers on the left hand.
In robot mode, the tail section becomes a shield.
Hunting Rifle – Megatron also comes with a hunting rifle, he used it in one episode. He didn’t really hit anything if I recall correctly.
I think that it’s really cool you can pose him like he’s looking through the scope. Great design and articulation comes into play here.
Light mode – Megatron’s “armor” can be removed. Just be careful with how to remove the connections.
To remove the shoulder pads, rotate them to the front first, then pull them outwards.
To remove the hip armor, just tug on the plates. They’re a bit hard to pull out but it should pop free.
To remove the “wings”, simply slide them upwards to free them from the posts.
To remove the tail from the left arm, just slide it downwards to get it off.
When a sneak attack gets awkward….
Toothbrush – To recreate one of the scenes from the show, when Megs has some downtime at Predacon headquarters, we see him brushing the teeth of his T-Rex head. I guess he’s a fan of dental hygiene. Way to go Megs!
Not much diecast though, I could only find metal in the heel and his right tricep.
The toy features electronics in robot mode, light up eyes and a voice chip in the dino head!
Battery compartment for the voice chip.
Switch for the voice chip.
One major issue of contention for collectors is the breaking crotch section. Mine was ok when I opened the toy, until I moved the leg and the ratchet inside the groin snapped the plastic. And this happened while the toy was still in dino mode! Terrible, terrible quality control here Takara.
The good news for me is that it’s not that obvious if you look at the toy from any direction except from a lower position. Plus the plastic piece can be returned to cover up the damage, meaning it wasn’t a shattered piece that fragmented into a dozen bits. Still, it shouldn’t have been an issue at all.
Make sure you slide the upper torso properly, if done right, it should lock in, you’re doing it wrong if it falls backward. It took a few attempts for me, but when I got it right, the connection was solid.
Last but not least, it comes with attachments so you can place him onto the display base that came with MP Beast Wars Dinobot. I should try it one time (lol… too busy to dig out Dinobot just to get the base).
With Optimus Primal
Overall, it’s a beautiful piece, the electronics are a great touch and I love that you can remove the armor pieces. The paint and finish a excellent for the dino mode. I just wish they added some more allowance so that everything can be tabbed together neatly. The breakable crotch section is a cause for concern, too. From what I understand, it can be hit or miss, but I really wish Takara releases replacement pieces for it. It’s such a shame to see such a well-designed toy go wrong all because of poor quality control.