So far, the scout class figures have not been featured in the movie. Now, we finally get to look at a scout who WAS in the recent film. This review will focus on Scalpel, the Decepticon medic/Frankenstein
Scalpel has a massive database of anatomical data for millions of creatures across the universe. He can disassemble anything that doesn't struggle too much in a matter of minutes, and usually put it back together with only a few parts in the wrong place. He serves as medic to the Decepticon army, but most Decepticons prefer to suffer in silence rather than allow Scalpel to work on them/p>
It's no wonder Decepticons stay away from this medic. With 5 insectoid legs and two barely usable arms, it's a wonder he can get anything done. The legs are PVC gray with purple on the tips. The body is mostly white with black at the abdomen and various purple accents. The head is mostly two huge red eyes with clear piping.
Tragically, this is another example of a movie concept not working on a figure. The legs never look right and have a hard time supporting the figure. The little arms love popping off their ball joint. The stalk where his upper body sits always seems a bit too high. While the rest is forgivable, the legs ruin any chance of decent poseability.
The arms are too small to do anything with and constantly pop off the ball joint. The legs are, for lack of any better term, unusable.
Peel the upper body back. Lift up the 2 side panels. Fold the arms up into themselves, rotate them around 180 degrees, then fold them underneath the body. Remember, these ball joints love popping off so take your time. Fold in Scalpel's antenna. Rotate the side panels 180 degrees, then fold them together to conceal his head. Fold the body so that it sits above the round panel with the Decepticon insignia. Rotate the legs to a position where the hooks on the upper legs face out, as well as the tips of the lower legs. Slide the left leg assembly back. One at a time, fold up the legs into the base. Close all the panels to finish.
In alt form, Scalpel becomes a tabletop microscope. The white and black coloration remain, as well as some glimpse of the purple. Most of the important details are here, including the focusing knobs and the clasps for the microscope slides.
There is about 2" of slide on the height so that you can "zoom in" on the subject matter. It's a nice alt mode, but is mostly useless since the viewer doesn't work.
|Date||July 6th 2009|
|Score||(6 out of 10)|
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