I've never been too fond of the name "Scavenger," especially when the current bearer is a towering block of badassitude who clearly doesn't have to scavenge for anything, except for maybe the remains of the last Decepticon he pulverized.
Dune Buggy Mode: Rollbar's buggy mode is white and grey with black seats and wheels and a couple of metallic grey panels at the rear. 5 cm(2") long, it looks pretty good except for the robot fists sticking out at the front. A Powerlinx socket is on the underside near the rear, but there's no faction symbol anywhere. The roll cage flips up.
Transformation: Separate the robot arms and flip out the legs. The seats cleverly become the robot's feet.
Robot Mode: Rollbar stands 6 cm(2.4") in robot mode. He's still mostly white and grey with black forearms, purple thighs, and a red face. His shoulders flap, and his elbows, hips, knees, and ankles bend. You can actually get some good crouching poses thanks to the ankles.
Overall, a satisfactory Mini-Con. Not necessarily great, but by no means bad.
Bulldozer Mode: This bad boy measures 22 cm(8.7") long and is mostly G1 Construction green with purple and maroon parts, black and grey treads, and metallic silver accents. Also a red siren and a yellow and black safety stripe on the canopy. The treads have dead hardpoints and big robot fingers hanging off their sides, but other than that, this dozer is kibble-free. The canopy flips open to allow Rollbar into the driver's compartment. Placing him inside activates a heavy revving sound, which you can also activate manually with your finger. The blade, which is big enough for two Mini-Cons to sit in, can be raised and kept in place there by squeezing the struts together slightly. Only problem is that the robot head is now in plain sight.
Scav's rubber treads roll fairly well on hard surfaces, but not carpet. As you push him along, his blade rises and falls slightly, his rear-mounted spiked drum rotates, and an additional engine sound is heard. It doesn't take much to imagine some unwary Decepticon getting knocked down and mangled by the blade, then ground into pulp by the drum.
Transformation: Easy, yet involved. The front section of the dozer rotates 180 degrees, the treads and robot head slide up and forwards front, the fingers unfold, and the blade splits in half and swings around to become the legs.
Robot Mode: As a robot, Scav stands 18.5 cm(7.3") tall and looks like a real Brawn-class badass, with big honking legs, a brick-like torso, massive arms, and fingers that could probably crush metal like slices of bread. His head is black with a maroon antenna, metallic silver face, yellow eyes, and a menacing snarl. A red Autobot symbol is on his left pec. On his right hip is a live hard point that fires a missile out of the exhaust stack when you attach a Mini-Con to it, complete with a high-pitched firing sound. Good thing the launcher's off to one side, otherwise it'd be a little too suggestive for a children's toy.
Despite his resemblance to a brick, Scav's by no means as unposeable as one. He's got joints at the head, shoulders, elbows, thumbs, knuckles, waist, and feet. A lucky thing too, since in order to keep him standing upright, you need to angle his feet downward to act as props. Raising and lowering his arms activates a clanging sound, as if he were wailing on an enemy. The sound is also activated by turning his waist when his arms are in the right position.
Now for his main gimmick. As you push Scav along, his legs move up and down and a stomping sound is heard (eat your heart out, T. rex). It's quite a nifty effect and will no doubt provide hours of fun for children and hours of irritation for their parents.
Overall, Susp Sez: If you're a big proponent of BW-level poseability, then Scavenger is not the toy for you. But if you enjoy big clanking robots with badass alt modes and nifty gimmicks, then he's right up your alley. Stomp, stomp, stomp, *squish.* 8/10
"Always rise to the call of duty!" -Scavenger
|Date||February 21st 2003 |
|Score|| (8 out of 10) |