|e-Hobby Exclusive Megaplex (MISB)|
It was hard to pass up on this guy after what my friend "M" recently did, along
with some research and remembering some past conversations that we have had together regarding some very important facts regarding this embodiment of Megatron.
All of this I will get into as we go through this posting.
But first, for those of you not really familiar with this "version" of Megatron and its reason for being made here is…….
A LITTLE BIT OF CHARACTER BACKSTORY
Megaplex is one of a series of specially constructed clones of Megatron. He exists to foment confusion in the Autobot ranks and protect against traitors among the Decepticons. He has led many battles in Megatron's stead.
While Megaplex is ideally endowed with the same power as the original Megatron, the Decepticons' true leader is no fool. Realizing that a being based so closely on his own nature and with equal power would be quite likely to make a play to permanently replace him, Megatron thus had his clones constructed with a failsafe device that significantly restricts their abilities. Thus, though Megaplex is easily able to pass as Megatron for short periods of time, his intelligence, strength, firepower, and skill are capped at levels significantly below those of the real Megatron. The deception is likely to work best on the battlefield, from a distance, or when Megaplex is following a strict script set by the original.
Megaplex prefers close-quarters combat, tearing into his opponents with electron sword and energy flail. For artillery he prefers liquid helium "Freeze Shells".
- Megaplex (Decepticon, 2003)
- ID number: 93
|They call me, "Mr. Megaplex"|
Megaplex was recolored from the 2003 reissue of 1984 Megatron. The '84 Megatron mould was also colored into Black Megatron (2000, Japan).
- Accessories: "Megasight" scope/"fusion cannon", two-part silencer ("focusing barrel" and "accelerator"), three-part stock ("death charge unit", "saddle", "cannon base"), "energy flail", "high-density infra-red ray laser gun", "electron sword", 20 "Freeze Shell/particle beam" bullets
ORDER OF PRODUCTION
I don't want to get into every release of Megs, but rather just the key ones showing how they came to Megaplex's turn.
|G1 Megatron (Decepticon Leader, 1984/1985)|
|Convoy VS Megatron (Multi-pack, 1985|
|Good Bye Megatron (Multi-pack, 1986)|
|Megatron Special 16 (reissue, 2001)|
|Megatron Black Version (2001/2009)|
|Transformers Collection Megatron (2003)|
|Megaplex (Decepticon, 2003)|
- The original Takara version lacked all of the gun's add-on parts, having only the chromed rifle and sword, and of course the flail is new to the "bookbox" Megatron. His scope, stock and silencer can combine to form a large "particle beam cannon" artillery mode, or attach to his robot mode to make a huge shoulder-mounted "telescopic laser cannon formation". Both of these modes can fire the small plastic bullets the toy comes with thanks to the spring-loaded "death charge unit" portion of his stock. This piece can also connect to the back of his pistol barrel in robot mode, letting him "shoot from the hip", as it were.
Megaplex's Tech Spec Card
Below is a box comparison between these two very similar pieces, with the differences being between the colours of the bullets, gun handles and barrel, and only one energy mace.
Destron Leader Black Megatron Version
Briefly, since they are soooo close in comparison, I think we need a bit of backstory for this character as well:
e-Hobby later reissued the Black Megatron Version in February, 2009. This release includes a mini-comic explaining the story behind the redeco.
At Autobot Headquarters, the Decepticons are attacking. Brawn successfully beats one to a pulp, not backing off until Wheeljack encourages him to let up. Hound then asks where Optimus Prime is. Wheeljack informs him that he's battling Megatron, but without any weaponry.
As Wheeljack provides play-by-play coverage, Optimus belts Megatron across the face and sends him hurtling through a wall in the Headquarters. Unfortunately, the blow damages Megatron's gyrocompass which acted as an internal stability regulator. This suddenly allows his processors to access a cache of quantum surge energy that had been stored in him for some time. This power boost turns his body black, heals his wounds faster than they can be inflicted and sends his strength rocketing off the scale. Wheeljack laments that they're now dealing with a whole new kind of Megatron.
Megatron does not know where his newfound power has come from, but presuming it to be divine intervention, decides to use it to his advantage in an all-out assault to crush the Autobots.
Okay, so now that I've gone through a bit of the backstory for some of the reissues and their place in the timeline, let's get down to the "brass-tax" as they say.
Why did I buy Megaplex?
|Do I really need another redeco per say ?|
It started after a recent visit to my fellow collectors "M's" house. Pulling out his trusty TF buying iPad, he pulled up a listing and wanted to know what I thought about an eBay listing for Megaplex that he had found. To be honest, at the time I had really just considered it be be another redeco and that's it. I already had so many other reissues of Megs that to go out and get another one really wasn't on my priority list at the moment since I still don't even have a G1 version because I haven't been able to find one that meets my standards.
I told "M" it looked pretty good, but it certainly was an expensive figure. He justified it saying that this guy is rare and doesn't pop up very often for sale.
|Yes, having a bigger gun really does matter.|
"M" and I chatted some more about upcoming figures and then I had to leave. Later that night I started to look some more into this figure….and the more I look the more I liked what I saw.
|How does all this blue make my butt look? Not too fat I hope?|
I had prior to that, sent the seller an email out of curiosity to see if they would lower the price a bit, but they again reiterated what "M" and my searching had told me…."it was a very hard figure to come across" so no price reduction. Fair enough.
So…..after all of that, let me go through what all my reasons were for this purchase:
- This figure was already in Canada so there would more than likely be no tampering/opening of my package in delivery
- It was part of the e-Hobby line of which I would like to complete eventually, though it certainly was not a priority at the moment.
- Certain e-Hobby figures are not getting any cheaper…..and this is one of them. Optimal Omega had recently done a posting on his blog HERE , entitled "Decisions Decisions" where he discusses his need to purchase only a few of their figures (Anime Streak, Nucleon Quest Convoy, Road Rage, Crosscut, Roadhauler, Clamp Down, Deep Cover, Ghost Starscream, and Tigertrack), but every time he comes across them, they are ridiculously expensive and that he should have pulled the trigger on them a long time ago.
- The more and more I kept looking at this figure, the more I REALLY loved the blue colour on it. They really did a fantastic job by giving it the right hue and put it in the right places to show off this figure at any angle. Yeah, it doesn't have the chrome factor of the G1, but then again if we wanted an exact copy of G1 Megs, well, we would just buy a G1 Megs.
- I have not bought a figure off of eBay for quite a few months so I had to feed my addiction. I can only live vicariously through others for so long…..I know, a lame reason.
- Most importantly, "M" was the one to first bring this point up to me a long time ago, but it is almost with certainty that they will never make another G1 sized Megatron ever again……that being just because he is a gun. Granted, I fully expect the Masterpiece line to make one more since they really screwed up the size dimensions for their initial MP Megs by making it so large. More than likely, I see them tuning down the complexity of the transformation process and making it more size-appropriate to fit in your hand….but nonetheless, we can forget about Hasbro/Takara making the original Megs anymore.
I think I may have exhausted all I can say about this figure. You know the backstory, timelines, the differences in picture comparisons, my reasons for grabbing it.
You have to ask yourself now if you don't already own this guy, should you start your hunt for one now? If you are a Megs', redeco, rare collector or e-Hobby fan then yes, you need to have this particular piece in your collection.
I know for some of you, buying another version of a character that you already have may not seem that appealing, especially at certain price points, but you have to ask yourself, do you pull the trigger (pun not intended) now, or just pass altogether and focus your collection elsewhere.
I think the best note to end on with would go back to my reasoning on this particular form of character never being officially made again. Too may legal issues and repercussions are at the root of this and I don't see the manufacturers assessing that the risk is worth the profit. Less and less quality boxed figures are showing up for Megatron, as more and more people are hoarding them for this reason alone.
So why not hoard one more visually stunning character for yourself and grab this guy….if you can.