I’m not exactly an expert on the vintage MOTU toyline, so I’m not ashamed to say that I never knew the 12-inch giants even existed. As Dirty Harry once said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Back when Matty introduced the first of their Classics versions of these figures I passed on Tytus. Megator, on the other hand looked a lot cooler. Maybe I just prefer my giants to look like monsters rather than regular dudes, so despite my reservations about the $40 price tag, I decided to go for it anyway. It didn’t hurt that Megator was plenty easy to get, even when I logged on that night to buy my stuff.
I gotta be honest, I wasn’t prepared for just how big this guy is, especially when he’s in the package. The last larger MOTUC figure I bought was Shadow Beast, and this guy really dwarfs him. The packaging maintains the green Greyskull stone deco of the regular sized carded figures, but this is a window box, rather than a card and bubble. The box dubs him an “Evil Giant Destroyer” and there’s a cool “The Powers of Greyskull” sticker on the window, which I don’t recall seeing before. I’m not usually a MIB collector, but I probably won’t be displaying Megator with my regular MOTUC figures, so I was able to carefully remove this guy from the box without mangling it and he’ll likely be living in his box on my shelf of other boxed 12-inch figures. Needless to say, I’m happy the packaging is collector friendly.
Megator’s design gives him something of an easy sculpt. As far as his body is concerned, he’s just a green guy in a furry diaper and a leather harness. Still, the muscles are sculpted very nicely and I think the different shades of green make for an outstanding looking figure. The harness is soft plastic and features some nice detail work that include tiny rivets and a skull motif. The harness clips together behind his back, and is pretty easy to take off if you so choose.
And then there’s the head. I’m not crazy about it and I can’t quite put my finger on why. It’s not terrible, it just looks maybe too cartoony to fit in with a lot of the more realistic modern sculpts. The hair is sculpted, which fits in with the rest of the MOTUC line, and its soft enough to not terribly hinder the neck articulation, but I just don’t think it looks all that great. Thankfully, just like Man-E-Faces, Megator came with a secret accessory, and yep, its an extra head. While I didn’t care about Man-E’s extra head, I think Megator’s extra head is so much better than the one that came with it. The sculpt is more hideous and generally better looking than the in-package head and the rooted hair works much better for me than the standard head’s sculpted hair.
One of the reasons I didn’t pick up Tytus was because I hated his weapon. Yep, that terrible hammer-slash-vacuum thing. Megator, here comes with a much cooler weapon: A giant spiked ball on a chain. The ball is almost half the size of a regular MOTUC figure, so he could really do some damage with it.
Megator’s articulation isn’t up to the standards of the smaller figures. The head is ball jointed and pops off pretty easily to do the swap. The shoulders are ball jointed, but you don’t get a lot of lateral movment there. His elbows are hinged and he has swivel cuts in his wrists. His legs swivel at the hips and are hinged at the knees. The only thing I’m really missing here are hinges in the ankles. Apart from that I’m ok with the limitations.
Megator turned out to be a really cool figure, even for someone like me who doesn’t care about the vintage toy’s history. Don’t get me wrong, I can certainly appreciate all you vintage MOTU collectors being thrilled to finally have a toy version of this guy that is affordable and fits in with the modern line. But as far as I’m concerned, he’s just a crazy looking giant and that’s good enough for me. I can’t say I’m really thrilled about blowing almost $50 on him including shipping, especially when Mezco can put out such an amazingly sweet and significantly bigger Lion-O for $35.