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Name: Scrapper (well, none officially)
Series: "European" G1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Payloader



PAYLOADER MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 9.5cm Width: 4cm

   Almost entirely yellow in payloader mode, with a grey canopy. Mind you, the original was entirely green, so the grey represents a difference. Of course, the tyres are black, but then yellow (or lime) tyres would be a little much. The grey cabin roof is a slightly softer grade of plastic to the rest of Scrapper. There's no Devastator parts, so the flying payloader mode is out.

   Yellow aside, he's got big plastic tyres (the same as Long Haul's tyres), and a big shovel on the front. The shovel moves up and down thanks to a joint at the base of it's arms, but there's no joint at the shovel end of these arms - the arms and shovel are one piece. You can sort of see his robot arms on the sides of this mode, but they do a good enough job of being steps for a driver to get into the cab that it's not a big issue.

   While somewhat simple, it's not bad. An extra joint (or set of them, really) at the shovel's end of the arms would have made him a lot better, though. The yellow's fairly realistic, and I do like the addition of the grey, partly because it distinguishes him from the G2 version, but also because it breaks up the yellow a little.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Flip the rear section over to form the feet, lift the shovel halfway, pull the head out and fold the shovel the rest of the way. Position the arms and give him a gun.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 9.5cm Width: 4cm

   Scrapper's yellow continues into his robot mode, on his arms & lower legs, but his thighs are chrome silver, his torso is dark purple and his head black (with a silver face). Not quite as nicely coloured as the vehicle mode - or the original's robot mode - but it's not bad. The purple is a darker shade than the G2 Scrapper's.

   Scrapper can move his arms at the shoulders, and you can fold his knees - thanks to the transform - but that's it for poseability. His body proportions are good, although his head is rather square, when it probably didn't have to be. The shovel on his back does make him back heavy but he still stands ok.

VARIATIONS

   None as such, but he is a repaint.

OVERALL

   Without the parts to form Devastator, or show accurate colours - you'd probably want the original first - but as a standalone toy this is a decent Transformer. Scrapper's one of the better Constructicons. Get him if you want this toy, or get it cheap, otherwise you'd probably skip him and get the original - 6/10

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