They may look like Runway, Jetstorm, and Sonar, but the Energon Saber Mini-Con team is quite a bit different from their Armada counterparts. Sporting a new color scheme and featuring some cosmetic changes to their vehicle mode bits, Wreckage, Scattor, and Skyboom are the new Mini-Cons to own. I wonder if the Energon Saber will be as highly coveted at the Star Saber was in Armada. Hmmm.
At a little over 2 ½" in length, Wreckage resembles a futuristic transport jet with lots of greeblies on top. He is mostly a clear yellow with some with black, gray, and silver trim. His undercarriage, the robot arms and legs, are a cream color as is the front landing gear, which is retractable. The robot legs are rather bulky looking in this form and each has a Powerlinx notch for use with the Autobots and Decepticons.
Transformation is fairly easy. Retract the landing gear; flip down the legs and arms. Flip the head up and the rear engines down. Wreckage now stands just under 2 ½". He features eight points of articulation: elbows, hips, and knees can bend, his head can pivot back and forth, and his waist can pivot slightly as well. Wreckage is still primarily clear yellow with the aforementioned colors in trim. No details are painted on his face, not even the eyes. Still, the detailing on Wreckage is very nice considering the size.
Like Wreckage, Scattor is primarily comprised of clear yellow plastic. His secondary color is dark blue which covers the front cockpit section and tail fin. Scattor looks like a merging of a Concorde jet and an X-Wing Starfighter and also features the front landing gear. However, Scattor has only one Powerlinx notch in the center of his undercarriage.
Scattor’s transformation is a bit more involved that Wreckage's. Retract the landing gear and flip the front of the jet back. Unsnap the legs from the back of the jet, swing them down and rotate the lower legs down and forward. Swing the arms done and flip out the lower arms. Push the tail fin up and swing around to form the chest. In robot mode, Scattor stands at 2 ¼" and features eight points of articulation: shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. His chest plate is dark blue and looks rather out of place with all the clear yellow that makes up the majority of his form. His elbow joints and legs are cream, however. Scattor's eyes are painted gray, unlike the blank expression of Wreckage.
Resembling some form of futuristic space shuttle, Skyboom is the shortest of the bunch at just over 2" in length. He hides the robot parts very well. In fact, the only kibble is the Dark Saber handle underneath. Skyboom is mostly cream and clear yellow with black, silver, and gray highlights. His wings are molded in dark blue. Unfortunately, his robot face is slightly visible in the rear of the shuttle. The sword hilt provides Skyboom with two Powerlinx connectors.
To transform, pull the front of the shuttle out and separate. Push the nose halves outward and rotate so the cockpit windows are facing out. Flip the hilt to the back, fold the arms down and move the head up. In robot mode, Skyboom is mostly cream and clear yellow with gray upper legs. He’s still shorter than the rest at just a little over 2". Like the others in his team, he has eight articulation points: shoulders, elbows, hips, and ankles.
Form Blazing Sword!
To form the Energon Saber, make sure to start off with all three Mini-Cons in vehicle mode. Separate Skyboom’s legs as before, but leave the cockpit section alone. Fold Scattor’s front section back and attach to Skyboom. The mold had been changed so that you can no longer bring Scattor's robot legs down and connect them into the Powerlink ports on Skyboom like you could with the Star Saber. However, due to the added jet kibble, this stabilization method is no longer needed as Scattor's smaller front wings help lock him into place. Then simply attach Wreckage’s engines to Scattor’s and you're done.
Measuring 5 ¼" from the tip of the handle to the tip of the blade, this version of Energon Saber is nearly completely clear yellow and quite Sun Sword like (for those of you that remember Thundarr the Barbarian). With all the robot undercarriage from Wreckage and Scattor, the blade of the sword is rather think. Unfortunately, I don't have any toys with light up fists, so I don't know how well this version lights up.
While the Energon Saber mode is a bit disappointing, each of the Mini-Cons are remarkable on their own. The parts of Scattor’s cockpit seem brittle, so be careful there. These are good toys that are worth picking up, particularly if you missed the other versions released during Armada.
Final Grade: B-
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||December 2nd 2003|
|Score||(6 out of 10)|
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