Transformers: Titans Return – Galvatron – Review

Straight off the shelf and on to the table we have Transformers: Titans Return – Galvatron.  Galvatron first appeared in Transformers: The Movie in 1986 and since then has had only a few figures made. The quality of which has been debatable.  Looking back, I’m glad I missed out on the Universe version.  His Titans Return outing looks promising at least, so here we go.

Box Front
Box Front
Box Back
Box Back

First Impressions

Galvatron appears this time in the Voyager scale which makes for a fairly decent size.  His colour scheme matches his original appearance and he has that recent “classic but new” feel about him.  He still looks like Galvatron but with more fine details and modern design cues.

The Mighty Galvatron
The Mighty Galvatron

Accessories

You don’t get a lot of accessories with this figure.  Do they even count as accessories if they’re an integral part of the character?  Apart from the base figure, included in the package are his Particle Cannon and a removable head that goes by the name of Nucleon.  “Nucleon gives Galvatron a universal systems upgrade with powerful but unstable results.”  That sounds like Galvatron alright – overwhelming power at any cost.  It’s interesting to see Hasbro bring back the old Headmaster line that first appeared back in the G1 days.

The head/Nucleon can transform into a little robot mode that looks a lot like a tiny G1 Megatron.  So like the original Headmasters, the heads are interchangeable with other Titans Return figures.  There’s very minimal paint apps on Nucleon which is a bit disappointing, even though it is a very tiny figure.  At the end of the day, you only really get the important stuff with no extras, apart from the instruction sheet and a collector’s card.

Nucleon Installed
Nucleon Installed
Nucleon (or Not-Megatron)
Nucleon (or Not-Megatron)

Articulation

Galvatron moves quite well given his size.  The head can turn left and right well enough but can only offer a slight tilt in the left, right, up and down directions.  The blue faceplate doesn’t move at all so it looks silly if you turn the head while the faceplate is up.  The shoulders can rotate all the way around and have a bit of ratchet to them.  There’s a bicep swivel and the double joint in the elbows allows for a decent curl.  The wrists can turn in due the transformation, but sadly there’s no swivel there.

There’s a swivel at the waist and thighs and the hips have a wide range of movement.  The knees can only bend just past 90˚ and the joints in the ankles help Galvatron to plant his feet on the ground more securely.

Fire!
Fire!

All this adds up to make Galvatron fairly poseable so you won’t have any trouble getting him into some dynamic poses.  Although not being able to really turn the head with the faceplate up complicates things.

Crouching Cannon
Crouching Cannon

Not-Megatron has very limited articulation due to his tiny size.  He has ball joints at the head and shoulders as well as hinges at the hips and knees.  His legs are moulded together so all he can do is sit really.

Transformations

This time around Galvatron appears as a triple changer.  There are the usual cannon and robot modes, and this time they’ve added a spaceship mode (because why not, that’s why).  Once you get through the transformations the first time, it’s pretty easy to repeat the process.

Cannon mode looks fairly decent.  What you’d expect from Galvatron really.  It’s nice to have him get back to his original alt mode and not have him be some sort of truck, or tank, or something.  The massive Particle Cannon plugs in to complete the iconic look.  The cockpit/nose kibble folds away underneath, just barely clearing surface level.  The tracks are moulded and there aren’t even any little wheels to roll on – love them or hate them.

Cannon Mode
Cannon Mode
Cannon Mode
Cannon Mode

There is a spaceship mode, but it feels kind of unnecessary.  The only part that makes it look like a spaceship is some tacked on cockpit and nose assembly.  I would have preferred to have had just the cannon and robot modes done well than to have 2.5 modes in a triple changer.  But hey, the spaceship mode does have that retro arcade shoot-em-up feel to it.  Suitable for a character that originated in the 1980’s when you think about it.

Spaceship!!
Spaceship!!

How do you like your arcade shoot-em-ups?

Side Scrolling
Side Scrolling

Or

Top-Down
Top-Down

Conclusion

Transformers Titans Return Galvatron is a pretty solid figure in its own right.  Fans of the original Transformers Movie should be sure to pick him up.  He certainly looks the part, and will make for a decent addition for those looking to fill a Galvatron sized hole in their collections.  I will add that Hasbro really missed an opportunity here to do something worthwhile with the Particle Cannon.  It’s quite a large single piece, but there’s no firing mechanism or light-up gimmick to it.  Even one of the more recent Grimlocks has a light-up chest area.  To have a large gun that doesn’t fire or light up is a bit of a disappointment.

Galvatron and War for Cybertron Megatron
Galvatron and War for Cybertron Megatron

This particular version of Galvatron is a lot like the new movies – it’s new and updated and retains a lot of its original charms, but it’s not without its flaws and could have been a whole lot better.  It also works as a much cheaper alternative to one of the recent Masterpiece versions which only appear to be made by 3rd party manufacturers.

Mix and Match with Titans Return Wolfwire and Monxo
Mix and Match with Titans Return Wolfwire and Monxo

Galvatron can be found at the link below along with other Transformers in the Titans Return range.

375mL Drink can for scale
375mL Drink can for scale
Give me back my head!!
Give me back my head!!
Look at me! I'm Galvatron! Hurr durr. You suck, Starscream!
Look at me! I’m Galvatron! Hurr durr. You suck, Starscream!

Armor Girls Project MS Girl Wing Gundam (EW Ver.) – Review

Next up we have Armor Girls Project Mobile Suit Girl Wing Gundam (Endless Waltz Version) (whew!).  The Armour Girls Project line specialises in the mecha musume style that incorporates cute anime style girls with anime style mecha/robotics.  The Armor Girls Project (AGP for short) uses characters from anime shows such as the ever popular Gundam series, Infinite Stratos, Strike Witches, and most recently Kantai Collection.

ms-girl-wing-gundam-ew-ver
Mobile Suit Girl Wing Gundam (Endless Waltz Version)

First IMPRESSIONS

Once you remove everything from the packaging it sort of feels like a model kit (of which the Gundam series is famous for).  There are a lot of small pieces and at first it’s not very apparent as to what goes where. Thankfully, instructions are included.  The girl included in the set is certainly cute in her mostly white body suit and short blue hair, and she appears to be poseable enough.  She seems to be around the 1/12 scale which would make her a similar size to Figmas or Revoltechs.  All the armour pieces seem to just attach to wherever they’re supposed to go which makes me wonder if they’ll hold their positions well enough.

Isn't she cute? ^_^
Isn’t she cute? ^_^

ACCESSORIES

There are a lot of pieces to contend with here so hopefully the photos will do them justice.  Apart from the armour pieces, the set includes left and right open hands, closed fists, open fists for holding weapons/handles, and hands for holding guns.  Weaponry consists of a long rifle and a beam sword as well as forearm mounted blades and a shield.  It appears that the shield can only be equipped on the left forearm.  I would also like to add that while the two faces that are included are nice, it would have been excellent if a more “serious” face was included in this set.

Wing Gundam Gear
Wing Gundam Gear

ARTICULATION

The base figure is fairly well articulated.  The head can do a full 360 turn and has a good left and right tilt. She can look down okay, but can’t look up very far which is surprising with her short hair.  Her shoulders can’t lift up very high but they can rotate all the way around as far as the sculpt allows.  Elbows can manage a decent bend and the wrists are able to rotate and bend to a satisfying degree.  There seems to be a ball joint in the chest that allows a fair twist but only minimal tilting.

"Knight" Mode
“Knight” Mode
"Knight" Mode
“Knight” Mode

The hips on the figure that I have seem to be quite stiff.  I should be able to get more movement than I’m currently getting, but I don’t want to overly stress the hip joints.  The figure seems to be quite delicate and I wouldn’t want to break the hips by trying to force it too much.  Knees and ankles offer a decent range of movement and the joints are firm enough to be able to hold some good poses.  Once equipped, the armour pieces may hinder poseability in some areas.  It then becomes a matter of working around it somehow.

In Flight
In Flight

CONCLUSION

MS Girl Wing Gundam (EW Ver.) by AGP makes for a pretty good example of the mecha musume genre.  It is possible to go for a “light armour” look by scaling back some of her equipment.  However, unlike Busou Shinki it doesn’t have that modularity with the pieces that allow for interchanging and customising armours.  With AGP girls, they appear to be compatible with other figures in Bandai’s Robot Spirits range, which should allow for some mixing and matching at least.  One thing that I have noticed about this particular set is that some armour pieces don’t quite connect as well as they should.  It’s pretty easy for some pieces to pop off which can be annoying when you’re trying to get a pose just right.

"Brawler" Mode
“Brawler” Mode
"Brawler" Mode
“Brawler” Mode

MS Girl Wing Gundam is a fine display piece and it has the added benefit of having a cute anime girl figure to pick up and play with at any time.  The AGP Gundam Girls are a nice alternative to the usual model kits that are associated with the Gundam series, and they also provide a fresh new outlook on some of the more iconic Mobile Suit designs.

Stand By
Stand By

She can be found at the link below along with other figures in the AGP range.

Wing Gundam Girl featuring Origami from Date-A-Live
Wing Gundam Girl featuring Origami from Date-A-Live
Wing Gundam Girl featuring Origami from Date-A-Live
Wing Gundam Girl featuring Origami from Date-A-Live
I believe this is yours...
I believe this is yours…
Yes! I was looking for that!
Yes! I was looking for that!
AGP Kung Fu School (375 mL drink can for scale)
AGP Kung Fu School (375 mL drink can for scale)