Megatron transforms into a modified Walther P38 "U.N.C.L.E. Special" Carbine handgun, with a scope, silencer, and ankle stock. The Walther P38 was developed by Nazi Germany in World War II, and the gun's attachments were created for the 1960s Spy-Fi series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Which is a far more interesting history than transforming into a generic tank. Oh, wait...
Depending on which version of Transformers fiction you want to believe, Megatron began as either a coal miner, gladiator, or slave, nearly 9 million years ago. Or all of the above. And after a while, he got pissed and started an uprising, attempting to overthrow the Cybertronian government.
On his campaign for a better Cybertron, Megatron met a young Orion Pax, and offered the young historian a place at his side. Pax said he'd have to think about it, and when Megatron returned, he shot Orion Pax and his girlfriend, Ariel, nearly putting them offline. He also killed Pax's friend, Dion, and then was on his merry way.
Seasons 1 & 2Edit
Presumably 5 million years later, Orion Pax became Megatron's greatest adversary, Optimus Prime. While OP was on a mission to find energy to replenish Cybertron, Megatron and his Decepticons attacked. The result was both the Autobots' ship, The Ark, and the Decepticons' ship, the Nemesis, crashing near a volcano on Earth, 4 million years ago.
In 1984, the volcano erupted, knocking Skywarp into Teletran-1's repair beam. Skywarp used Teletran-1 to repair Megatron and the other Decepticons, and the handful of evildoers were off to terrify Earth until they could get back to Cybertron. Unfortunately, due to a blast from Megatron's subordinate, Starscream, the Autobots awoke as well, and put a stop to Megatron's plans to build a ship and fly back to Cybertron.
For all of seasons 1 and 2, Megatron would often get close to his goals of A) Returning to Cybertron, B) Destroying the Autobots, or C) Being a general nuisance.
Transformers: The MovieEdit
By 2005, Megatron had succeeded in his goal of taking over Cybertron. When the Autobots sent a ship from their secret base on one of Cybertron's moons on a mission to gather Energon from Earth, Megatron and the Decepticons attacked - And this time, they weren't fucking around. Megatron transformed into his Walther P38 mode, and together, he and Starscream just straight-up killed Ironhide, Ratchet, Prowl, and Brawn.
After traveling to Earth, Megatron lead the attack on Autobot City, where 19 Decepticons destroyed basically everything the Autobots had on Earth. And then Optimus Prime showed up.
Prime foolishly challenged Megatron to battle, exclaiming "One shall stand; One shall fall!" Megatron asked the fool, "Why throw away your life so recklessly?" When Prime suggested Lord Megatron should be asking himself that very question, Megatron told OP what he was going to do: "I'll crush you with my bare hands!"
At the end of the battle, Megatron fooled Prime into thinking he was defeated, when interference from the impetuous Hot Rod helped turn the tables in Megatron's favor. Megatron blasted Prime in the Transformers equivalent of vital organs, felling Prime to his knees. With Megatron proclaiming, "It's over, Prime," Optimus managed to get in one last cheap shot, knocking Megatron off a cliff.
That idiot, Starscream, then kicked Megatron when he was down, and stupidly told the Decepticons to retreat. Fortunately, loyal Soundwave was there to bring Megatron back to Cybertron. On the trip home, Starscream and Astrotrain were clearly working together, as Astrotrain demanded the Decepticons to "Jettison some weight, or I'll never make it back to Cybertron." EXCEPT THAT THERE IS NO WEIGHT IN SPACE! Starscream and his mutinous followers threw several Decepticons into the blackess of space, including the Insecticons, Skywarp, and Thundercracker.
Moments later, Megatron was confronted by the planet-sized Unicron, and given a choice: Become rebuilt and destroy the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, or be destroyed. The mighty Megatron was last seen whining like a coward, before being reformatted into the insane Galvatron.
As you may have noticed by looking down the right side of this page, Megatron is quite possibly the most complicated Transformer to turn into a toy. Below are some of the better highlights:
- The original Megatron toy looked absolutely ridiculous by any standards (except when transformed into a replica gun, which was the wrong focus for a toy company to take), and he was not an intimidating leader for the Decepticons, especially when compared with the original Optimus Prime toy. Ed The K Motley had this toy as a child.
- When Transformers: Generation 2 toy line came about in the early 90s, child safety laws had changed signifcantly, and a realistic-looking toy gun was no longer a viable option for Megatron's alt-mode. Instead, he was transformed into a tank (that was, for some inexplicable reason, green with purple camouflage splotches). Psycho Andy and Grimm both had this version of Megatron as children, and regard it with warm memories.
- Every version of Megatron released for the next 14 years either couldn't transform, or was a tank or some sort of jet, to avoid getting around releasing a toy gun and having to tangle with toy safety laws.
- In 2006, as part of the Transformers: Classics toyline, Hasbro released Megatron as a gun for the first time in over 20 years. Only, this time, his gun mode was based on Hasbro's Nerfstrike Maverick gun, in a grey color with bright purple and neon green trim.
- Later that year, the Japanese version of Transformers: Classics, Henkei! Henkei! released the same figure in cartoon-accurate colors.
- In Fall 2007, TakaraTomy (the distributor of Transformers toys In Japan) released "Masterpiece Megatron," a 12-inch, highly detailed version of Megatron in his original Walther P38 form. Unfortunately, because the alt mode of this toy looks EXACTLY like a scaled-up version of the real gun, it is not available for sale in the United States. Even selling it with a blaze orange tip wasn't good enough for the likes of eBay, who decided it was better to be safe than sorry, and banned the sales of Masterpiece Megatron for the better part of two years.
- Just in time for Christmas 2007, Japanese company Kaiyodo released the 25th figure in their Revoltech line, which just happened to be Lord Megatron. While this figure does not transform (and is only about 5 inches tall), it is super-posable, and is possibly the most cartoon-accurate version of Megatron released, to date.