Barrelling down the highway, its motor roaring, its headlights blazing, and its horns blaring, the mighty oil tanker is the undisputed king of the road. Now imagine one that transforms into a battle platform bristling with artillery and a power-hungry evil robot with a bigass sword, and you've got Decepticon Commander Scourge. Thanks to Superspy for sending me this baby.
A slightly recoloured Black Convoy, who in turn is a heavy recolour of G2 Laser Optimus Prime, Scourge is a longnosed oil tanker that measures a whopping 38 cm(15") long. By themselves, the trailer and cab measure 24 cm(9.4") and 22 cm(8.7") respectively. The cab is black with blue detailing, silver exhaust stacks, chrome hubcaps, grille, and bumper, translucent red headlights and windows, and purple Decepticon symbols on either door. A button on the roof activates the electronics---if there were any, that is. The trailer is black with beautiful chrome sides that you can see your reflection in. On the back is a sticker with red and yellow rearlights and the name "Scourge" printed above a license plate that reads "D-012." Nice touch.
Thanks to his wide plastic wheels, Scourge rolls along nicely on both carpet and bare floor. In case of attack, he can employ the disc launcher mounted on top of his trailer. Five black discs, which lack the G2 Autobot symbol that Black Convoy's and Laser Prime's had, are fired by turning a round knob. They travel for a distance of roughly two feet.
All in all, this is one mean and powerful-looking oil tanker. I wouldn't advise trying to hitch a ride from it.
Transforming the cab to robot mode is pretty easy: split apart the vehicle's front to form the arms, pull down the legs, open the black grille on the chest and swing up the robot head. The front of the trailer unlatches, the sides swing out, and pressing a tab on the underside causes the gray central tower to deploy.
At 19 cm(7.5") tall at the head, Scourge is big enough to go toe to toe with almost any Ultra-sized figure. He's mostly black and gray with lots of blue detailing and silver stickers on his chest and shoulders. The shoulder stickers include purple Decepticon symbols. Scourge's head is black with blue details, a silver crest and mouthplate, and translucent red eyes that glow before a light. To say that this robot looks sinister would be an understatement.
Of course, Scourge wouldn't be complete without his personal arsenal. First there's the twin rocket launchers mounted in his shoulders, his infamous "Barrage Attack." Next, his double-barrelled laser gun, black with translucent red parts. Then there's his handheld missile rack, which shoots FIVE black missiles a distance of about a metre. And last, but definitely not least, his translucent red Sword of Fury. Because as we all know, the coolest weapon will always be the sword.
In addition to having ratchet-jointed hips and knees, Scourge is articulated at the head, shoulders(two joints), upper arms, elbows, and waist. This puts him on par with almost any BW-era toy.
This thing is BIG. 50 cm(19.5") wide, 41 cm(16") long, and an 18 cm(7") tall central tower, it takes up some serious space. Still mostly black and chrome with flat gray for the tower. Scourge's laser gun attaches to the top of the tower, the missile rack attaches to the right section of the trailer, and the disc launcher swings up to face forwards. Topping it all off is a central cannon that fires air pressure missiles courtesy of a blue bellows connected by a rubber tube. Ammunition consists of the five afore-mentioned discs, ten small missiles, and two large air pressure missiles with red heads. Simply pressing on the bellows causes the cannon to launch its missile only about a foot or so. Slam your fist down on it, however, and the missile will travel up to 15 FEET. Woohoo!!
A final note should be made about accessory storage. The Sword of Fury attaches to the underside of the cab via a couple of slots. The right half of the trailer has slots and a hole for holding five missiles and the loaded missile rack respectively. The left half holds one of the air pressure missiles. The laser gun is stored in the front section of the trailer. The other air pressure missile is too long to be stored inside the trailer without getting bent, so I just leave it aside.
Susp Sez: Even without light-up features, Scourge is easily the most fun toy in the RID line, except maybe for Air Attack Optimus Primal. The oil tanker looks sinister and gorgeous with its black and chrome colour scheme. The robot has great poseability and is big enough to be imposing, yet small enough to interact well with other RID toys. The battle platform boasts enough firepower to take out Iraq single-handedly. The fact that Scourge is a TRU exclusive is a mild shame, since it means fewer kids will have the opportunity to own this abso-freaking-lutely magnificent toy. OTOH, an exclusive Scourge is infinitely better than no Scourge at all. 10/10
"Vengeance is an excuse for failure. I do not seek vengeance." -Scourge
|Date||June 8th 2002 |
|Score|| (10 out of 10) |
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