Transformers Review: Galvatron (G1 eHobby Exclusive)


Intro:
            As a collector, it’s not so often you’d come across a vintage piece, or a Holy Grail-level figure in the open market. On one of my latest TF hunts, I’ve managed to do just that – I managed to dig up a classic G1 figure that I have always wanted.
            It was a classic TF hunt, which kind of reminded me of the TV series, Toy Hunter, where its host Jordan Hembrough would go to a location and try to rummage through a pile of old toys to dig up a gem among them. That was exactly the experience that I got.
            The location was at Toy Garden, Sungei Wang Plaza. I was with another friend of mine, who was supposed to be looking for some Transformers figures as well, until he decided to drop the ball (again). Anyways, he bagged a lot of stuffs, whereas I had none. It took me probably one and a half hour rummaging through their piles of unorganized stuffs, while waiting for my friends to sort up his treasures, for me to manage to dig up this gem.
            And the best part is, even the store owner himself wasn’t aware of the availability of this figure, or rather should I say, couldn’t remember that they still had this figure. That itself was a priceless moment for me. I bet that was the exact same feeling that Jordan had, whenever he managed to uncover these sorts of hidden gems, every time.
            I have always wanted a G1 Galvatron figure. Just like how Megatron would always be associated with that iconic Walther P38 handgun; Galvatron will always be associated with that futuristic cannon that disintegrated the scheming Decepticon Aerial Commander Starscream, during his short-lived coronation.
            The closest to a G1 Galvatron that I ever had was the Henkei G1 Galvatron that transformed into a tank rather than a cannon.
            So after spending about one and a half hour rummaging, I finally found my poison – that oomph factor – G1 Galvatron, and to make that even sweeter – an eHobby exclusive, also nicknamed Galvatron 2.
            This particular figure was released at about the same time as another more anime-accurate version of Galvatron (known as Galvatron 1) and was only available from online retailer eHobby.
            So yeah, I am kind of excited about this, so without further ado, let’s get on with this review.

Handgun Mode:
            This mode was never shown in the animated series, but it was featured in the UK comic series. The gun mode is humongous!
            The original G1 Megatron, as well as his Classics/ Henkei counterpart were life-sized & life-liked, which means when you hold them in your hands, they felt just nice. For G1 Galvatron however, you can’t help it but feel that it’s just a little too big, and definitely non-conventional.
There is a trigger on the handle, which we will be delving more into it shortly.
Overall, I just love this mode and it really does end up looking more menacing and deadly as compared to the Walther P38.

Cannon Mode:
            Now this is probably the mode that we’re most familiar with. This mode is probably most memorable for its disintegration of Starscream, during the events of the 1986 movie.

            The cannon mode is just humongous. Some may even contest whether or not this is actual cannon, because clearly there are tank threads on wheels for the front stands, as well as a wheel at the back. So yeah, this mode does roll.

Robot Mode:
            Bot mode, and this is what it’s all about. I wouldn’t say that this is absolutely anime-accurate, but like most G1 action figures in its time, close similarities are the only thing that you could wish for.
            Being a reformatted version of Megatron, Galvatron still feature some characteristics that are predominant on the original Emperor of Destruction. The most notable of all is the fusion cannon – a futuristic and a semi-transparent one at that.
            The head sculpt, instead looking like a bucket head, looks more like a head with a crown on top.
            Articulation-wise: the shoulders are on soft-ratcheting universal joints that enable the arms to rotate and swing outward; the elbows ratchet as well; there is also waist articulation, although it seems that it was mostly for transformation purposes, but it’s there; the knees ratchet; and finally the toe pieces bend up and down – so you can really pose Galvy in a walking posture.
            All in all, Galvatron is definitely a huge improvement from the original G1 Megatron figure – it is more proportionate but the arms are still a bit too small for my liking. Still, those are only minor complaints.
G1 Galvatron & Prime Deluxe-class Optimus Prime (First Edition)
            There figure is considerably huge and bulky, and he definitely does not look out of place standing next to G1 Sixshot & Ultra Magnus. The paint application on this figure, which is predominantly grey were meant to mimic his look from the pages of Marvel Comics. There are also some really shiny and reflective paint-apps, namely the collar, the four-square abs and the knee caps.
From left: G1 Ultra Magnus, G1 Galvatron & G1 Sixshot
            This figure just looks absolutely great, but wait, we’re not done yet, there’s more…

Gimmicks and Accessories:
            This set comes with a bunch of accessories. Just like any G1 figures, Galvatron comes with stickers to make him look even more like himself. Plus, he also comes with a exclusive set of stickers – supposedly of small electrical bolt decals, which can be applied to the figure.
            Galvy also comes with a gun – not that I really think that he ever needs it anyway, cuz he already got a friggin’ blaster on his right arm (!!!) – and most importantly of all, the Matrix of Leadership. As far as I am concerned, that is one detailed (and hefty) looking piece of Matrix they got there, despite the fact that it is green instead of his traditional colors, supposedly to mimic the colors of the Matrix, as shown in the Marvel Comics.
Attached to a chain, the Matrix can be placed around Galvatron’s neck to mimic his appearance in the climax of the 1986 Movie.
As with his original 1980’s version, Galvatron comes with some good ol’ sound and lighting effects. Unlike that version, which is powered by a 9V battery, this version is powered by 2 AAA batteries.
Button and Trigger to control the Sound and Light Effects
There are basically 3 types of sound effects that you are going to get out of him, and all 3 of them are determined by a switch at the back of the robot and activated either by the button on his crotch or the trigger on the gun handle.
The first sound is that of the cannon/ gun blasting; the second sound is the iconic transformation sound; and the third is a compilation of various sound clips in Japanese, not that I understand any of those anyway.
Each of these sound effects is followed by light effect on its head. In robot mode, the eyes would light up red, whereas in cannon/ gun mode, the tip of the cannon/ gun would light up. For a figure from the 80’s, that is awesome in my book.

Overall:
            Honestly, I can’t tell you enough how much I love this figure. This has been in my most-wanted list for a very long time, and to be able to find him now, not to mentioned in an actual shop, as well as being an eHobby exclusive, it is just surreal.
            I love Galvatron, and this was one of the very few times that Galvatron actually has his own molds rather than just a mere repaint of a Megatron figure.
            By being a supposedly upgraded version of Megatron, Galvatron definitely looks very, very menacing, and his sheer size is just so suhweeet…
            Highly recommended. If you can find him, don’t ever think twice.

            Final verdict: 10/10

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