"Cyberverse" Spark Armor Megatron with Chopper Cut Toy Review

in 2019, Action Figure Review, Cyberverse, Decepticon, Elite, Power of the Spark

Cyberverse

Megatron

General Information:
Release Date: August 2019
Price Point: $24.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Amazon, Entertainment Earth, Target, Walmart etc.)
Accessories: Fusion Cannon; Chopper Cut Helicopter Vehicle/Armor

*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
The Race to find the all spark is on between the heroic Autobots and evil Deceptions on the cybernetic animated series! With the all spark, both sides can harness incredible new powers, including the power to convert earth vehicles into spark armor: battle-ready gear that allows them to fight in new places and in new ways. Bots with ground-based alt modes can use spark armor to take flight, while those who soar through the skies with flying alt modes are suddenly just as formidable on the ground. With the all spark at play, see how its power will be used to defend earth or threaten it.

Megatron harnesses the power of the all spark to convert an attack helicopter into powerful spark armor called Chopper Cut!

Kids can collect other spark armor figures (each sold separately, subject to availability) to discover MORE exciting characters from the Transformers cyberverse series! All Elite class spark armor works with other elite class figures.

  • 5-Inch megatron figure: megatron figure is an impressive 5 inches tall.
  • Power up megatron with spark armor: combine, convert, and power up! Combine the included Chopper cut spark armor vehicle with megatron to convert him into his powered-up mode. When combined size increases to approximately 5.75 inches tall.
  • 3-In-1 converting toy: easy Transformers conversion for kids 6 and up! Convert megatron toy from tank to robot mode in 9 steps, then combine with his Chopper cut spark armor to armor-up figure. Makes a great gift for kids!
  • Transformers cyberverse character: classic grey megatron toy robot inspired by the Deception ruthless leader from the Transformers cyberverse cartoon, as seen on cartoon Network and YouTube.
  • Inspired by Cartoon Network show: in the G1-inspired Cyberverse series, giant Transformers Robots from the Planet Cybertron engage in epic battles, harnessing the power of the all spark with their spark armor! Kids can imagine unleashing this new ability with this spark armor figure!

Packaging:
The "Power of the Spark" Spark Armor packaging is a bit of a throwback. In the "Robots in Disguise" line from a few years ago, the "Crash Combiners" featured packaging that emphasized the combination of two characters. In this case, the emphasis on the packaging is between a character and their armor. The packaging uses the same "Cyberverse" design as last year's figures including the vertical "Transformers" logo, a yellow and blue background with the "Cyberverse" logo prominent in the middle. Where this packaging borrows inspiration from the "Crash Combiners" is the character art. On the left side of the box is Megatron's art, then in the middle on the front is Megatron combined with Chopper Cut. On either side of the combined form are arrows with the names "Megatron" and "Chopper Cut".

The back of the box shows Megatron separate and combined with his armor. The transformation is called out as a 9 step transform. The cosells are the Spark Armor versions of Bumblebee and Optimus Prime.

Accessories:
Megatron includes two accessories. Now, it is important to stress that in the context of the Spark Armor figures, we are using the term "accessory" very loosely. Yes, he does come with a Fusion Cannon accessory, but he also includes a vehicle named "Chopper Cut" that transforms into armor for Megatron. Chopper Cut does not appear to be an additional character, and its entire functionality rests on combining with Megatron hence me considering the vehicle an accessory.

Chopper Cut is an attack helicopter that looks like it came right out of a scifi movie in the 80's. It has a weapon barrel in the front of the cockpit and two gatling guns mounted under it. Both wings have rocket launcher tubes and eight rockets on each end. Ths helicopter is also relatively thick, looking almost like it could serve as a troop carrier as well (it's way to small to actually do so however, just using my imagination). From a design standpoint, I really dig Chopper Cut.

Chopper Cut is cast in purple and black plastic. Most of the vehicle is purple, with black used on smaller parts like the helicopter blade on top. Metallic blue paint is used to paint the cockpit windows. A dark pink is used on the sides of the cockpit and the rocket launchers. Silver paint is used to color in the rockets on the ends of the wings. From a design and deco standpoint, Chopper Cut looks great.

Robot Mode:
Previous versions of Megatron in "Cyberverse" generally made some design sacrifices to create the Decepticon leader. However, this figure is perhaps the most "regular" of all the "Cyberverse" Megatron toys so far. His proportions look rather normal. Indeed, he looks almost too thin and not as bulky as he appeared in the animated series. he also has two regular arms (instead of say, having a mace permanently sculpted in place of his left hand like the Warrior Class figure). He also comes with a Fusion Cannon accessory that can attach to the sides of his arms. Overall, this is the most "normal" looking Megatron in "Cyberverse" so far and I quite like it.

This figure is cast in silver plastic. There are metallic black paint details on the Fusion Cannon, hip area, fists and the treads on the back of his legs. Red is used on the middle of the body and the eyes. A purple Decepticon symbol on the chest completes the deco. This is very much a classic Megatron deco, but I do wish he had a tiny bit more color in the "control panel" detail in the middle of the torso.

There are nine points of articulation on this figure. The shoulders in particular are interesting because they are ball joints, but due to the shape of the upper arms the range of motion is basically limited to "up and down". Still, this is perhaps one of the most articulated figures in the line. Megatron features eight 5mm ports. Two are on the back to attach Chopper Cut. Four others are on the arms and each lower leg has one on the side. Most of these can act as areas to attach additional weapons and/or armor from other Spark Armor figures (or any 5mm peg accessory, really). From a traditional "play value" standpoint, Megatron is above average for the "Cyberverse" line.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the Fusion Cannon and set it aside for now.
  2. Rotate the head around.
  3. Swing the robot arms up.
  4. Swing the arms together.
  5. Swing the sides of each lower leg out and down.
  6. Swing the lower legs back at the knee hinges and connect them to the tabs on the back.
  7. Connect the Fusion Cannon to the ports in the shoulders.

Vehicle Mode:
In some ways, Megatron's vehicle mode reminds me of "Authentics" Megatron, mostly because of the way the arms and Fusion Cannon form the top of the tank. Surprisingly, "Authentics" Megatron actually forms a more cohesive looking tank despite being a "discount store" Transformers figure. The issue here is that way too much of the robot mode shows in this form. You can clearly see his legs, hip area, mid-body and even his fists stick out in the back. It looks less like Megatron transformed and more like he fell back, landed awkwardly and then his Fusion Cannon landed on his chest. I'm sure for some kids this won't matter. It looks "tank-like" enough with the Fusion Cannon in the center and treads on the sides, but man, Hasbro could have done better with this design.

There are no real deco surprises here since almost everything you see are robot mode parts with no real new panels or vehicle mode bits revealed.

While the turret section cannot turn, the Fusion Cannon can move up and down. Four of the 5mm ports from the robot mode are exposed here. There are 5mm ports on the fists and the sides of the tank above the treads. This gives you the ability to armor up the figure or add extra weapons. This is a fun play pattern and I think it helps with the aesthetic.

Spark Armor Mode

Combination with Spark Armor

  1. Make sure Megatron himself is in robot mode without the Fusion Cannon attached.
  2. Swing down the heel pieces on the back of Megatron's legs.
  3. Swing out the front halves of Chopper Cut.
  4. Swing up the wings on Chopper Cut.
  5. Attach Chopper Cut to Megatron's back.
  6. Swing the cockpit section over Megatron's head. As you do so, the arms on Chopper cut will swing out.
  7. Attach the Fusion Cannon to either of the ports on the forearms formed by Chopper Cut.

In his Spark Armor form, Megatron looks like a completely different robot. The newly revealed head from Chopper Cut bears some resemblance to Spinister complete with "horns" that stick out of a central crest, a mouthplate with a chin piece and thin, mean looking eyes. The rest looks like Megatron-inspired armor. There are rocket launchers on the shoulders and the left arm has a mace instead of a fist. Each of the arms feature the rocket launchers from Chopper Cut's vehicle form, adding some intense firepower to this form.

While many of the newly revealed Chopper Cut parts look great, there is some weirdness with the design. First off, Megatron's robot arms still stick out in a super obvious way on either side of the chest armor. The result is this form looks like it has four arms. You can try to tuck the Megatron arms out of the way but it still looks a bit awkward. The other issue is that the forearms are connected to the upper arms by springs. This facilitates a very dramatic transformation, for sure. However, this also completely takes away articulation. The arms are stuck in a down position unless you prop them against something (like Megatron's own arms). Personally I would have been happy to lose the dramatic transform so we could get elbow articulation back.

The newly revealed Chopper Cut parts are cast in purple. Silver, yellow and red deco is used on the arms and head. From a deco standpoint, I like the blend of the purple Chopper Cut parts and the silver Megatron parts acting as a background.

There are three 5mm ports on the Chopper Cut forearms and four on each side of Megatron himself. You can use these to attach additional weapons, though some may be a tight fit (specifically the shoulders on Megatron). For those curious, the "Elite" Class of Spark Armor/Vehicles armor pieces (with the alternate head) are not compatible with the smaller "Battle Class" figures such as Sky-Byte or Starscream since the two types of figures are different scales. That said, you can use the other accessories such as the tank turret from Jetfire's accessory and attach it to this figure.

Final Thoughts:
This set has a lot of cool core ideas. Unfortunately the execution leaves something be desired. There are some very simple changes that could have been made to the design of this set to make it better but as it stands, I do not think it is worth the full $25 price point. If you can get this on sale (say, for $20) it may be worth it, but not recommended at full price.

Pros:

  • The Megatron figure looks great in robot mode.
  • Chopper Cut is a really cool looking vehicle.
  • There are nicely sculpted details on Megatron and Chopper Cut's "armor" mode.
  • Good deco on Chopper Cut.
  • Fun, dramatic transformation when combining the armor with Megatron.
  • Plenty of attachment points for extra accessories.

Cons:

  • Very awkward looking tank mode for Megatron.
  • Megatron could use more deco in robot mode.
  • The lack of arm articulation on Chopper Cut really cuts down on play value.
  • The integration between the armor and Megatron needs to be better. Megatron's arm ssticking out is perhaps the biggest issue.