Galvatron (Transformers Generation 1)

Transformers Generation 1 Galvatron

Decepticons faction symbol
Name: Galvatron
Allegiance: Decepticons
Function: Decepticon commander
Timeline: Generation 1

My power is everything; defeat is absurd!

Profile:

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Imagine a worse version of Megatron: more ruthless, more powerful, and completely devoid of mercy or noble ideals. That does not even begin to describe the evil of Galvatron. A cold-hearted villain, Galvatron is viewed by many to be the ultimate Decepticon, free of restraint and weaknesses. Unfortunately Galvatron is also devoid of one other important thing - sanity. He's simply not quite all there. Galvatron's core programming is an unpredictable, dark, rotten mass of evil and madness, his every thought and dream is of conquest. Galvatron wants nothing more than to see his enemies crushed before him, their screams and laments filling the air. His power is so incredible and his confidence is so undaunted that it borders on arrogance - but Galvatron's confidence is well-founded because he is one of the most powerful Cybertronians to have ever existed. Galvatron's tactics are incredibly unpredictable, his battlefield decisions simultaneously brilliant and irrational. Ruthless and cruel, Galvatron tolerates no opposition to his leadership - any who oppose Galvatron or plot against him (or simply look at the insane Decepticon leader in the wrong way) are crushed quickly and brutally, often in full view of the assembled Decepticon ranks as a reminder that Galvatron demands unquestioning loyalty. Most Decepticons follow Galvatron out of fear; many would sooner follow a less cruel (and more sane) leader but most are too afraid of Galvatron to hope for anything better.

Powers and Abilities:

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Galvatron's strength and endurance are incredible. He is physically without equal; no Cybertronian less powerful than a Prime, a Combiner or a Titan can hope to match his sheer power. Galvatron is perfectly capable of tearing an Autobot apart with his bare hands, reducing them to scrap with minimal effort. Likewise many Cybertronian weapons have little appreciable effect on Galvatron. He's been known to shrug off artillery blasts from Ultra Magnus with no obvious damage beyond a few chips to his paint. On occasions when Galvatron serves Unicron, he has an extradimensional link to the Chaos Bringer; much as Megatron could draw upon a connection to a black hole, Galvatron can draw upon Unicron's vast power to bolster his own. Galvatron's physical attributes increase greatly when he draws upon his connection to Unicron but he often chooses not to make use of this power as it places him fully under Unicron's dominion.

Although his mind is clouded with madness, Galvatron should never be underestimated. Behind the madness there is one of the greatest military minds in Cybertronian history, and Galvatron's tactics (while frequently irrational) often also display incredible tactical brilliance. It is thought that Galvatron sometimes intentionally plays into his image of being an unreasoning, incoherent madman to lure enemies into traps or ambushes.

Galvatron's signature weapon is his particle cannon which he carries on his right arm in robot mode. It can fire a variety of different energy blasts including super-heated plasma and nuclear fire. The cannon has enough power to completely obliterate a city block and an effective range of fifteen miles. When Galvatron transforms into his mobile particle beam cannon mode his particle cannon's power is enhanced to the point that he has enough firepower to lay waste to entire cities single-handed; in his alternate mode Galvatron can also focus his energy into a concentrated beams of incredible power that can overload and destroy a Cybertronian in a single shot, reducing their bodies to ash. Galvatron sometimes complements his particle cannon with a sidearm; a laser rifle that emits chemically-produced, direct-current electricity.

Galvatron has the capability of transforming into multiple alternate forms, an ability he rarely makes use of. Galvatron can assume a handheld particle pistol mode, using mass displacement to compress his size without compromising any of the power of his larger cannon mode. Galvatron rarely employs this mode as he feels very few Decepticons are worthy of wielding his power. Galvatron has also on occasion made use of a jet fighter mode with out-of-atmosphere capabilities. Galvatron rarely uses this form as Cyclonus has pointed out that he, Scourge and the Sweeps are more than sufficient to ensure Decepticon air superiority and therefore Galvatron does not need to personally lead aerial assaults (Cyclonus' reasoning carries the additional benefit that Galvatron won't shoot down his own men for daring to cross his flight path).

Weaknesses:

Galvatron has no physical weaknesses. However, his unstable mental state can make him extremely unpredictable, and on occasion Galvatron has been known to turn on his Decepticon followers. As a result many Decepticons follow Galvatron out of fear of reprisal rather than any sense of loyalty, and the unrest and plots caused by Galvatron's unstable leadership have weakened the Decepticons as a whole.

Mobile Particle Beam Cannon:

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Spaceship mode:

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Galvatron's Titans Return Titan Master, Nucleon:

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Author notes:

What did he say his name was?

Galvatron is a classic character in Transformers lore, albeit he's one that hasn't always had a consistent backstory. Sometimes he's a reborn Megatron, other times he's his own character who exists independent of Megatron. I like both versions of the backstory, and so I've kept Galvatron's origins vague as a kind of "one size fits all" bio for Galvatron (much like the Universe Galvatron packaging bio). The main thing in my mind is that Galvatron, when he is used, is an awesome villain who acts as a great bigger villain compared to Megatron.

A cool juxtaposition in Galvatron's character to me was that he's this incredibly powerful villain operating on a whole other level compared to those that came before him - but he's then limited in most versions by his insanity, which has Galvatron plotting against his allies as much as the Autobots. It's a fantastic example of keeping the conflict balanced by making sure the character's weaknesses balance out their powers.

Toys of Transformers Generation 1 Galvatron

Transformers Titans Return Galvatron

The toy featured here is Hasbro's Titans Return Galvatron. He's a handsome toy but one with a few flaws. The main issue I had was with the helmet. The stock one is terrible, it is a flip-up mask around the face which takes away a bunch of head movement and just doesn't look that great. Fortunately there are some third party options on offer, like the ToyHax helmet you see in these photos. It's a very simple solution but it works so well - Galvatron finally feels like Galvatron with this helmet.

(I'm surprised we've never had a non-Headmaster retool. It would be very easy to pull off. I suspect we won't now as I think a new mold Galvatron is coming in 2021).

Beyond my complaints about the head, Galvatron is a decent toy. His articulation is good and he can strike a few decent poses, although it would have been nice to have less impeded shoulders and the option to side mount the cannon. The transformation is simple and nails the look of a cannon mode Galvatron, no complaints there. The jet mode is contrived and I personally feel it is unnecessary, but it doesn't harm Galvatron's look in either mode so I'm okay with it being there. I just don't use it that often and that's reflected in the fleeting mention to it in the bio.

Overall, a decent toy, not amazing compared to what Generations War For Cybertron is now doing, but to date this is the best representation of Galvatron released.

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