Keeping the name alive for yet another line of Transformers toys, Scavenger, like his RiD counterpart is an Autobot now. I wonder how the other Constructicons feel about that. In vehicle mode, Scavenger is more reminiscent of a Scrapper – Bonecrusher hybrid with a nasty looking wheel in the back that would grind anything into pulp. He’s more a bulldozer than anything else, making this only the second time the name has been applied to anything but a crane-like vehicle.
Rollbar, in robot mode, can ride along inside the cab of Scavenger. When put in there, Rollbar activates the first of Scavenger’s many sound effects; the sound of an engine starting up. Additionally, when Scavenger is rolled along, the rear wheel activates an engine running noise. I’ll add that none of the sound effects are too loud. Sadly, there is no off switch save from taking the batteries out.
Rollbar is an off-white dune buggy of unknown make. And despite the robot hands hanging off the front of the vehicle, he hides being an alien robot from another planet very well. Lift up the roll bars to reveal two tiny seats. These become the robot feet when the back of the vehicle is flipped around. The front half of the buddy separates into the arms.
Scavenger isn’t especially difficult to transform, but there are a few tricky spots involved. The front shovel separates, flips around and forms the robot feet. The tricky part isn’t going to robot mode, it’s returning to vehicle mode that all the little panels the flip around can be tricky the first few times. For this, I recommend following the instructions, they do help out. The treads become the arms and hands and the robot head reveals itself when those are put into place.
In robot mode, Scavenger looks huge, strong, and ready for trouble (or to start some). He features full shoulder articulation, can bend at the elbows and turn at the waist. His hands can also open up to grasp Mini-Cons when he finds them. Turning him at the waist or raising either arm activates a sound effect akin to metal striking metal. When rolled along a hard, smooth surface, Scavenger also makes a walking sound.
Rollbar is rather neat looking in robot mode and has a fair amount of articulation in his elbows, hips, knees, and ankles. Placing him on the Powerlinx port on Scavenger’s right hip and moving him forward fires the missile and unleashes the sound of lasers firing.
Overall, Scavenger is a lot of fun and has some neat gimmicks. The do get in the way of the toy and, at least on mine, prevent him from standing up straight. Still, he is an improvement over the other Max-Cons. Grade: B
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||December 19th 2002|
|Score||(7 out of 10)|