Legends LG-60/Titans Return Overlord Comparison Gallery and Review!

Traversing dimensions to arrive in the Allspark Studios this week is none other than Megalithic Power-Monger, Overlord!  Is he standing his ground?  Is he ready to accept any challenge? Is he hungry for conflict?  Did he bring his kissy-face?  Should you spend your money on this Phase Sixer?  Tune in after the break to find out!

I was pretty much done with Transformers after about ‘87 or ’88, and it was not until Beast Wars Season II that I really got back into the property, with Beast Machines leading me into the actual fandom.  As such, Overlord went from being a non-entity to a thing fans pined over; a badass bot from a Japanese-only continuity show that Americans never had a chance to get…and the wouldn’t, until now.  Titans Return and Legends have spawned an update of the Overlord character in a toy form than I believe does justice to the original mold.

Tank mode
Normally tank toys have a rotating turret.  Some tank toys even have moving rubber treads.  Those toys don’t do everything that Overlord does, so you have to cut slack for any limitations in normal features due to budget and design limitations.  That does not mean the tank is not a cool looking piece, but it clearly was never going to be as great a tank as a stand-alone tank, as this tank must split in half to become legs or part of the base mode.  What it does have is an awesomely garish and unrealistic for Earth color scheme, a hatch and place for the Titanmaster gunner to sit, and three wheels on the bottom of the vehicle to simulate movement via the treads.  It’s a good, basic tank, with a driver “feature”.  Kids will love it.

Tank Differences: Legends vs. Titans Return
The color schemes are fairly similar between both releases, and yet drastically different.  Case in point, Hasbro’s Overlord uses a brighter shade of blue, while Takara’s is a dark navy.  This is due to Hasbro’s theme of toy accuracy versus Takara’s cartoon accuracy.  Neither are wrong, and I am happy we got both as options.  Other differences include Takara using additional purple paint on the front of the tank (robot toes), brighter and slightly opaquer yellow plastic on the hatch, light blue paint on the sides of the turret, and navy “frames” around the Decepticon symbols on the front of the tank, which are tampoes on the Legends release and stickers on the Hasbro release. The stickers are the only downside on the Hasbro version.
Jet Mode
I love Overlord’s jet mode.  A jet never has to have multiple moving parts, so it’s easier to get right, and this figure definitely hits the mark.  It is 80’s sleek, with a mean looking shape, hard edges, and an almost passably real color scheme. The “deception” ends if you look at the white engine areas or the back of the plane, but hey, imagination also worked when we were young, no?  The jet has a hatch that opens for the cockpit, and landing gear that give the impression that this Cybertronian jet has the ability to take off and land vertically. Honestly, I think I like the jet mode because it reminds me of the Cobra Night Raven.  I may be using my imagination a little too much there.

Jet Differences: Legends vs. Titans Return
There are less differences between the Legends and TR versions in this mode, at least for what matters.  Again, sticklers abound on the Hasbro version, and provide a few added details found on the original toy.  This would not be bad if they were sturdier, or always came applied correctly (straight). Another difference is that, strangely enough, the Hasbro version has a little more paint than the Legends jet.  The Hasbro Overlord has more black paint on the cockpit and the intake flaps on the back of the body of the jet have silver and teal details.  Seeing this added paint really just drives in the need for Hasbro to go back to doing all detail in tampo/paint.
Base Mode
I can’t really say much about the base mode, as I no longer play with my figures, though it is great if you do.  I think that anyone, adult or child alike, that enjoys the playability of the Titanmaster features in both lines will get many hours of enjoyment from this base, as it does look rather neat.  I think that after looking at pictures of the original figure, I may display mine in base mode at some point, with the legs/tank parts placed parallel to the rest of the base, to get closer to the original look.

Base Differences: Legends vs. Titans Return
Refer to the previous two differences sections.  Not much more to say here, as the base mode displays a good part of the details from the vehicle modes.
Robot Mode
Things really get fun with this figure when we get to robot mode.  As with most the molds from recent history, it has a great amount of articulation.  The legs are phenomenal, and even have a sort of ankle tilt.  The shoulders and arms are great, but could have benefitted from a gear setup to allow them to hold in place when utilizing heavier objects than the gun with which he comes.  The head engineering on TR molds is already hampered by the Titanmaster feature, but this one is even more so due to the helmet.  It’s a mild annoyance that also reminds me HasTak has had a problem with head/neck articulation on figures with no feature as an excuse for a while.  But that’s for another review. 😉  Overall, this is a solid figure with good articulation and a heroic (or evil) build that will nicely serve as a General in any young fan’s army.

Robot Differences: Legends vs. Titans Return
Some of these differences are clear from other modes, like the paint and stickers previously mentioned.  Hasbro uses stickers on the shins and shoulder, where the Takara version has no detail.  The fronts of the Hasbro chest panels are also painted silver with an outline the same blue as the torso, and the area that held a gun on the G1 figure’s abdomen is painted a solid gray, as opposed to the silver flake on the Takara figure.  Hasbro’s version has gray elbows, while Takara employs white plastic, and the face on the Hasbro figure is again, and interpretation of the G1 toy.  Sadly, there is nothing official to place in the chest holes of the Hasbro Overlord.

Major differences on the Takara figure start with the chest panels being newly molded parts with no paint.  It also comes with POTP gun panels nicely painted to represent the original Powermaster/Godmaster partners, even if the details are less than faithful in this case.  Instead of a single Titanmaster Dreadnaught, Takara Overlord comes with two completely different figures, Mega and Giga.  Giga has a cartoon accurate serious faceplate, while Mega has an elfish, mischievous looking face.  Form Overlord Mega by placing the Mega head in the body, opening the chest panels and connecting the jet cockpit to the shoulder.  Form Overlord Giga by placing the Giga head into the body, closing the chest panels and attaching the jet cockpit to the back of the body.

I like the open panel, jet on the shoulder, mischievous look of Overlord Mega, so that is how mine will stay, when he is not combined with Hasbro’s Overlord to form Overlord Tera.  He kind of reminds me of the IDW, kissy-face Overlord TM, so bonus. 😀
Overlord Tera Mode
To form Overlord Tera from robot mode, follow these steps and see pics for reference:

  • own two copies of the mold, version does not matter
  • remove the legs of one Overlord for the base of the Tera legs (I usually use Hasbro’s)
  • rotate the legs laterally outward, then parallel at the hips, then bend the knees backward
  • rotate the head on the same body around 180º,
  • remove the cockpit
  • rotate the forearms so that the black fins are against the body and bend at the elbow and push the forearms down so that the white pieces of the arms touch
  • lift up the intake panels and rotate them to a lifted perpendicular position to the body
  • invert the original torso and connect it to the second figure, placing the connectors for the cockpits to their respective spots on the opposite body
  • if you are using the Legends figure as the second figure disconnect the cockpit, if not, skip this step and the next
  • connect the cockpit to the chest and bring the chest panels around to “hold” it and attach the first figure’s cockpit to the back of the combined figure
  • place both guns in the backpack figure’s hands and bring the purple arm fins down to lay flat
  • use the ankle tilts and the spread of the legs at the hips to position Overlord on top of the original figure’s legs, as if they were feet

I love the insanity of this mode, and as such, this is the default mode for Overlord on my shelves for now.  It is not super stable, so be careful not to place him in a spot where he can get bumped, fall, and get broken.  I started playing around and was able to add the base legs to the top of the body for a “brute mode”, so definitely check out the end of the gallery below.
I have no significant preference for one version of the Overlord mold over the other, beyond the Legends version coming with extra pieces and no stickers.  They are mostly the same toy, so get the one that works for you.  If you can get two copies, I would recommend at least one being the Legends version so you can get the extra Titanmasters.  I think kids will love the Hasbro version, so if you have that, you may have to share.  🙂
I give both Hasbro and Takara Overlord an 8/10 for being a good figure with lots of playability that has no major issues in any mode.  I would add .5 to the Takara score for the extra parts and lack of stickers.  I hope you already have this mold, but if you don’t why are you still reading this?  Get him now!