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Name: Devastator
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: N/A, Gestalt comprising High Tower, Long Haul, Mixmaster, Overload, Rampage, Scavenger & Scrapper



COMBINED ROBOT MODE
Height: 14.5cm Width: 18cm

   A motley of construction vehicles, Devastator's arms and one leg are yellow while his right leg is green. Most of the torso is red while the collar and head are grey with green eyes and green inside his mouth. Calling the numbers, Long Haul is the right leg, Rampage the left leg, Scrapper the right arm, Hightower the left arm, Mixmaster the head and collar, Scavenger is the shoulders and upper torso while Overload is the groin and back. The colours don't really tribute those of his G1 namesake aside from some green, and the vehicles visible on the limbs don't really line up either. The tribute is still there, but in a conceptual rather than a visual way.

   Any fusion at this scale is inevitably short in stature and risky. Devastator's size _is_ small, but there's a lot of effort in this fusion, which isn't the case with Monstructor, and he doesn't use a safe formula of connecting pieces like the Micromaster gestalts. While he's far from perfect, Devastator is an ambitious effort - there are no add on or connecting pieces, and the individual components are all decent efforts in themselves. So he has some problems such as the right arm almost touching the ground and a notable hunchback, with his head halfway down his torso. While these shape issues are notable, the amount of effort in this set is hard to miss, so while they're shortcomings, they don't ruin Devastator.

   There's pretty much no play value here - not that I'd ask much of a fully-contained fusion of seven legends toys. The arms can be swapped, as can the legs, since all four limbs use a common connector. There's some poseability in the "hand" formed by Hightower's mask and head while the legs can move around a little and the head can also move a little. There aren't any dedicated joints here mind you - nor any weapons - Devastator is designed as a statue.

   While there are a lot of limitations here, Devastator is better than one might expect at this scale. He's a very good fusion for the size, with a satisfying fusion, which is non-trivial. Everything is contained which is amazing at this size - even if he does lack true hands.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. Sold as a set in the anglophone markets. In Japan Devastator was shipped in cases of 24 Legends, with extras of Long Haul, Mixmaster & Scavenger, which in theory makes these more common.

OVERALL

   An excellent combiner for the size, Devastator splits into seven Legends toys - most of which are good toys in their own right. The larger set features six non-transforming vehicles, and while we don't see Devastator being formed from individual robots in the film, fans wanting a more traditional gestalt would be well served buying this set, which they should find more satisfying as a set. Granted, his size counts against him, but there's merit in this fusion being so well done at Legends scale. Recommended if you like Legends or if you want a more traditional gestalt - 8.5/10

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