Forming Ruination is no sweat compared to the puzzle tasks of Tripredacus and Landfill. Mega-Octane forms the head, body, and thighs while the other Commandos become the arms and lower legs. Snapping them into the slots requires a fair amount of force, especially with the legs. Each small Commando can form either an arm or a leg, hence the term "Scramble City." Armorhide's electron gun and Movor's ionic blaster attach to Mega-Octane's sonic gun to form one super weapon, while Ro-Tor's glue gun, Armorhide's sonic cannon, and Rollbar's gyro gun attach to the latter's scatter blaster to form the other. Mega-Octane's small chestplate attaches to the base of Armorhide's sonic cannon to become a viewfinder. Ruination's head and chestplate attach to Mega-Octane's head and torso, while his shield attaches to the launcher on his back. The shield can also be gripped in Ruination's fist while one of the weapons gets stored on his back. The fists and feet attach to strategically located holes on the small Commandos.
The completed Ruination stands 22 cm(8.5") tall at the head. His chestplate and head are black and gray, with beady pink eyes. Like most Scramble City gestalts, poseability on Ruination is somewhat limited. Ruination's head turns, his shoulders turn. and his wrists spin. Thanks to Mega-Octane's design, he can actually stand on one leg while delivering a devastating side kick with the other. Try it and see.
This is the mode that you always saw G1 Bruticus in,
with Armorhide and Rollbar as the legs and Movor and Ro-Tor as the arms. In theory, this mode gives Ruination faster arm movement and stronger kicking power as well as the ability to fly.
Now the ground Commandos are the arms and the flyers are the legs. I prefer this mode myself, since it probably gives Ruination greater upper body strength, and also employs Armorhide's turret gun, Ro-Tor's machine guns, and Movor's X-ray lasers as well as the two super weapons. Along with the launcher on his back, that gives Ruination fifteen guns in all! Violence, beautiful, glorious violence! Bwahahahahahahah!!!
Suspsy Sez: Okay, it's the fifth release of fifteen year-old toys, yet nevertheless, I like these guys. Mind you, much of that has to do with the fact that I only had Onslaught as a kid. As far as G1 toys go, the Commandos are fairly good, and the combined Ruination mode is quite impressive with its interchangeable limbs and overwhelming firepower, but if you've gotten too used to BW/BM-style poseability, then you are in for a disappointment.
|Date||November 28th 2001 |
|Score|| (8 out of 10) |