These new Leader Class figures are big… and expensive. Are they worth the cost? Let’s take a look at the first pair. Megatron and Armada Megatron are basically the same figure with a different head and a different paint scheme. They are basically identical. Is it worth picking them both up? Well, yes and no. Here is the rundown:
The color alone really sets the two apart. Megatron looks so much like his G1 counterpart. Even his legs look like they could be triggers or handles to a big gun. Armada Megatron has a whole lot of purple added in, and other than with G1 Megatron, really says they are a Decepticon.
If the big difference between the two is going to be in the face, then it sure is a good thing they nailed the face. It is about as perfect as you would want. There is not a lot of emotion there, but you can tell it is not a boring robot face with no movement.
Of course Armada Megatron has to have the beetle head. He has such great details with so many colors in his face and head. He has an awesome scowl.
There is definitely a backpack going on back there. You can’t get away from the giant working treads, so you have to put them somewhere. They fold back and then slide down on those red arms. It is quite a smooth and amazing part of the transformation.
Megatron looks like an unpainted version of the other tank that just rolled off the factory floor. With Megatron, there is a cleanliness to the nearly all silver theme. The juxtaposition is Armada Megatron with the green paint and the grey details all over. There is still a lot of purple showing in A. Megatron to show who he is.
And to confirm, yes. Real rubber treads that really work. There are four separate treads. Two on the front and two on the back. They roll really easily.
Holy Shmoly! There is a BIG size difference between the Voyager Class and Leader Class. Megatron is half again as tall as Optimus. That does not bode well for our Autobot leader.
And just when you thought, “That’s okay. This is the Combiner Wars. Surely Superion can take on Megatron.” Well take a look at that. Superion is only about a head taller than Megatron. That is not nearly enough size, especially when you are talking about all of those Autobot brains having to control one robot body. Where is Ultra Magnus when you need him?
With Megatron, there is a set of stickers in with his art card. There are two Autobot and two Decepticon emblems, a grate, and some art for his chest. I guess I will have to hurry up and read the Combiner Wars story to see what stickers I may want to put on him. Don’t worry. Megatron comes with regular Decepticon tamops on his body to begin with, so you don’t have to put on stickers if you don’t want to.
The directions show transforming Armada Megatron the same way as Megatron. The art work at the end of the transformation shows Armada Megatron with his treads separated and slightly elevated. That really gives AM a different look.
Overall, I only found Armada Megatron at first. I knew I needed at least one of these guys. Much later I found the silver version, and I just had to have him. He is so clean and great looking. Do you need both? Probably not. If I were to choose, I would definitely go with the Silver version over the Armada version. I do like them both a lot, and they look different enough that I am not disappointed to have both. I will probably display Armada Megatron in vehicle mode since that is just as well made as the robot mode. Megatron will remain in robot mode as the best resemblance to G1 Megatron EVER!