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Name: Scavenger
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Power Shovel



POWER SHOVEL MODE
Height: 5cm Length: 6.5cm Width: 3.5cm

   A claret power shovel with dark grey treads, a light grey bucket and light grey on either side of the square body, along with stamped Decepticon logos. There's a cabin on the left side, also painted light grey. There's a big gap from above, with large charcoal tyres visible. The colours are almost the same as those of the voyager Demolishor - the two are basically the same concept. The colours work well enough and the paint job and sculpt are adequate for a Legends toy.

   The play value here is limited, as you'd expect. Unusually, Scavenger has only two plastic wheels underneath his treads, towards the front. The giant wheels are meant to be the second pair of wheels, but they roll only with significant force so they slide while the smaller hidden wheels roll. The bucket, which faces forward rather than back, swings forward and up to around 180.

   While he's not green, this vehicle mode is fairly close to that of his G1 namesake, aside from the forward facing bucket. He's relatively static but that's to be expected at this level. The wheels in the centre are very visible, which is my main complaint.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Swing down the big wheels, split the bucket and fold the sides down. Rotate the "wings" so that the stripes face forward, swing one big wheel up and the other down. Stand him up on the "front" wheel and the halves of the bucket.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 6.5cm Width: 9.5cm

   A claret droid-like robot, Scavenger's shape is distinctly not humanoid. The sides of the vehicle form wings on either side, those big charcoal wheels sit on top and on the bottom, with a claret head in the centre. The bucket arm forms arms which hang down from the wings. The "hands" are light grey while his face is painted gunmetal with amber eyes. The colours are essentially similar to those in vehicle mode.

   It's a very unusual robot mode shape, and again it's a close match to Demolishor, who appears in robot mode in the film. I'm not sure what the inspiration for this droid-like mode is, but it's certainly something different. I can't say I think much of the shape when it comes to the more expensive Demolishor, but at this scale something quirky is a little less confronting.

   Scavenger's play value is limited by the fact that he needs the lower wheel and both hands as a tripod on which to stand. The arms swing forward and the elbows can bend, but whatever pose you end up placing the arms in, remember that he needs a tripod. This limits the poses significantly. You can run him along a rougher surface and the wheel underneath will roll.

   As odd as this robot mode is, I prefer it at this scale to Demolishor's voyager scale. Frankly, at that pricepoint it would feel like a poor deal - but at this size he's just something experimental. It is accurate to Demolishor in the film, and the giant tyres are an interesting visual feature. The play value is about as good is it possibly could be here.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   A good little shovel mode and one that fits the name is mixed with a downright bizarre rolling drone of a robot mode. Sure, he looks alien, but Scavenger doesn't really look like much aside from Demolishor in the film. Effectively Scavenger & Demolishor are the same thing anyway - this is close enough to being a Legends of that character. The robot mode won't please everyone - and I'm not really a fan of the concept, but at this scale (and as part of a set) it's harmless enough for the idea to be fun rather than offputting - 6/10

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