As we know, Actor, singer, director Leonard Nimoy passed away at the age of 83 from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He is most known of course as the Vulcan (Also half-human) Mr Spock, science office and good friend to James T. Kirk and antagonist to Dr Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek The Original Series. Most of us will know however he also voiced Galvatron, the reformatted version Of Megatron (Later went back to Welker in the series) in Transformers the Movie 1986 and also Sentinel Prime in Dark Of The Moon.
So in respect of this pop cultural icon, this month we celebrate the character - of Galvatron! How did he compare as a leader to Megatron, his former version, what were your favourite and least favorite - things about him and toys? Let's discuss the insane one!
Galvatron may have been the only Decepticon villain who demanded respect and received right away.
That maybe because as we first knew the character he was in fact Megatron, or at least was. I think we may have seen him as a serious upgrade. And while in the 86 movie we saw many of our beloved character killed and replaced by questionable quality replacements, Galvatron really played his part well.
Also I think its because of how powerful he was. Right from the start he was after the Autobots, no fear, had the awesome henchmen and he seemed more powerful then Megatron. But the most convincing part for me is he killed Starscream. Right off the back, he did what Megatron never did, kill the #1 Decepticon backstabber. What better way to sell the power of a character? Kill one of the best Decepticons to have ever existed!
I also think what appealed to fans was his craziness. Or the hint of it. I never really saw Galvatron as really, really crazy, maybe here and there, but I think it was mentioned a few thinks and fans just took it and went with it.
Now the toy kinda sucked. I had it when I was a kid. He was a block of plastic with arms and I he was grey. If he had a purple paint job then he'd would of looked better, seen one online somewhere, properly seibertron.com
Good point about Starscream, Megatron was ruthless but prone to: "Retreeeeeaaaat!", whereas Galvatron was bad-ass from the start.
I never liked the brick as well, but from 86 (For me) is when the toys reeeeallly got plasticy. We all know the Classics one should've been a voyager. In the Energon cartoon I liked the futuristic jet thing he was, but I don't think it suited the look of Megatron, it was always much more suited to Galvatron right from the off.
I think Galvatron was quite an interesting figure in the original series, which I have most of on DVD 25th anniversary pack with the fourth season unwatched due to a rather larger crack in it much to my annoyance. I'm hoping I can find the DVD set again and buy a new one, or come across the entire pack I saw once at Best Buy. Anyway, I found Galvatron to be far more suited to the Warlord role some have portrayed him as, being far more straight forward and aggressive in his plans as opposed to Megatron.
Don't get me wrong, I liked Megatron's original characterization but he didn't seem as quick to dish our his cruelty until becoming the reformatted Galvatron. Now he did seem to be a little crazy in the series but I think he was more or less becoming frustrated and desperate to make his cause work and had to work with what he had as soldiers. But I am amazed of the resemblance he has to Energon version of Megatron/Galvatron and I kind of figure his styling is based off the original Galvatron to some degree, especially the head design.
Honestly, I hope to see the movie but anywhere I've looked it's been incredibly expensive much to my surprise and partly not, and unfortunately due to being a younger generation of being a Transformers fan I've never had any of the original toys. And don't really have the room for it at this moment, and the one toy I did collect was of Sideswipe from ROTF toyline, though I've misplaced it since and never found it again.