Of all the toys of my youth, not many survived in a decent looking shape and so
they were left behind. When, in 2000, I found myself in California, alone, with
a few extra bucks, with an eBay account, I bought this Megatron.
While I had loved “Star Wars” toys during my pre-pubescent years, “The
Transformers” heralded something bigger, more Shakespearean. If “Star Wars”
found its root in The Hero with 1,000 Faces, “The Transformers” were rooted
in Hamlet, King Lear, and the Roman Empire.
Megatron, above, transforms into a toy that looks like a gun a real,
not-safe-for-kids, gun. You pull his trigger, it goes “snap.” In his fully
transformed form as a Walther P38 there’s a rifling attachment and an arm
brace. It’s a scarily good approximation of a firearm.
On top of this, his pieces are not all plastic. There’s some heavy metal, the
kind that if you threw it at your annoying sibling stitches may ensue, danger.
Finally, you can see that the designers were struggling from their Asian point
of reference to translate the facial styling to a Western consumer. The
head shape is distinctly samurai-informed and the eyes are vaguely Styx Mr.
In any case, I re-encountered Megatron.