Titans Return Galvatro Toy Review


 

(please note, I apologize for not having any pictures of the figure WITHOUT the upgade kit anymore, just take my word for it that you need the upgrade kit)

Class- Voyager

Commentary-

I love Season 3 of G1.  I love Galvatron.  I don’t mind the Titans Return headmaster gimmick.  So why didn’t I jump onto the TR Galvatron train when I first saw him?  Well when I first saw the pics of TR Galvatron, I already had the Unique Toys Mania King figure (Mania king was Unique Toys’ Galvatron figure).  I loved the bot mode of Mania King and I didn’t think anything could come out that would be better.  But here’s the problem with Mania King, he was so hard to Transform, I was never able to transform him.  So I kept getting very frustrated, sold Mania King, and replaced him with Titans Return Galvatron.  Did I make the right choice?  Well keep reading and you decide.

Bot Mode-

The CHUG Galvatron was just a mess, he was a figure that was too small that looked like crap. I never had it, and never will.  Well, Titans Return Galvatron is great in bot mode (with one problem).  He is mainly Purple and Metal with just a little red to add some pop.  His cannon attaches to his right arm and that is an opaque kind of sparkly orange.  The cannon is removable which is good because it slightly diminishes his articulation.  He has joints on his shoulders, elbows, legs, and knees.  He is a bit hollow feeling though, by this point Hasbro started making their figures a little more hollow to save on costs, but of course we pay more for the figures.  He would’ve really have benefited from wrist movement.  I get two impressions from Galvatron’s bot mode, and they kind of mix together.  First, I get the impression that Galvatron was designed before other Titans Return figures to be in a different line.  He doesn’t have the same “poetry” other Titans Return Voyagers have.  Second, he feels like they used him almost as an experiment and learning experience for future Titans Return Voyagers.  Both of his hands have 5mm holes in them. Here's the MAJOR problem with Titans Return Galvatron. It feels like Hasbro and Takara really didn't know what they were doing when they engineered him and his headmaster gimmick. The head itself is pretty cool. It really resembles G1 Megatron's head. But the biggest problem is, he has this stupid mask over the headmaster. This prevents any movement left or right in his head... This one flaw really hurts how I feel about the figure.

Transformation-

Well Galvatron has 2 transformations, both are pretty straight forward and both include removing Galvatron’s cannon and placing it on a different place.  For his Jet mode, for fun I give it a 6 out of 10 and for complexity I give it a 5 out of 10.  For Robot to Cannon Mode, complexity I give it a 5.5 out of 10 and for fun, 5.5 out of 10.

Vehicle Mode-

In Vehicle mode, Galvatron is a space jet.  While its a nice addition, it really isn’t needed.  G1 Galvatron only turned into a large cannon.  The first time I transformed him into Jet mode, I forgot to re-attach the cannon and I realized he kind of looked like Cybertronian Jet Mode (aka Tetrajet) of G1 Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker.  I don’t know if this was intentional, but I like the homage.

Cannon Mode-

Finally, a G1 style Galvatron that I can transform!  While the color scheme isnt 100% perfect, its 95% perfect.  He looks great in this mode.

Accessories-

Galvatron comes with two accessories.  First his Titan Master (who I don’t remember the name of and I really don’t care about looking it up) which without the helmet/crown of Galvatron in Bot mode resembles Megatron.  Galvatron is another one of those Non-Headmaster Titans Return figures, I just pretend that the head is always on.  His other accessory is his large orange cannon.  It is a little too big and bulbous (especially in comparison to Mania King), but it works.

3rd Party Add Ons-

I hope I didn’t omit any add ons (if I did, please let me know), but Renderform has some great add-ons (click HERE to see a review for the Renderform upgrade kit..  A new G1 inspired head, an axe, a hand gun (which resembles his G1 toy gun). Renderform also put out an IDW inspired head set, but I was unable to get it. If I can find it on the secondary market (aka ebay) I totally plan on getting it. Before I saw the existence of the Renderform Axe, I wanted a melee weapon for Galvatron, so I got the purple deco Dr Wu. TF Prime Star Saber and it fits very well in his hand, especially if you remove his orange cannon. Toyhax made a new helmet for Galvatron, but I don't have it. Also, since the Renderform add on is so good, I really have no interest in the Toyhax one.

Pros-

This is the best Galvatron we can get without going 3rd party.  He has a fun and not too complex transformation, he looks accurate to his animation model, and has a great play factor.

Cons-

A few minor ones and one major one.  Most nit picky is, I would’ve liked to see his wrists spin or have the cannon peg in bot mode moved over a little for better posing.  Also, like most Titans Return figures, in the source material, Galvatron wasn’t a headmaster.  Finally, his crown/helmet is poorly engineered where it doesn’t “hug” the head close enough. The figure from the neck down is AMAZING, but the head is so bad that it really takes away from the figure itself. The only way to get a perfect Titans Return Galvatron is to spend another 45 dollars on an upgrade kit. While the upgrade kit is amazing, Hasbro and Takara should engineer figures right so the upgrade kit isn't needed.

Grade-

Well, without the Renderform upgrade kit, the fact that his head is so bad, I really want to give it a good grade, but I really can't. Without the Renderform head, he gets a 4 out of 10. With the Renderform kit, he is a complete figure and he gets 8.25 out of 10. Honestly, this is another figure that once you have the upgrade kit, is really good and he's one of those figures I really can't see getting better (granted you have the upgrade kit).

American Retools and Repaints-

None (although there is a rumor that TR Galvatron may be retooled to be Super Megatron)


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