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Name: Scorch
Series: "European" Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Rear Guard
Alternate Mode: Pickup Truck



PICKUP MODE
Height: 5cm Length: 10.5cm Width: 7cm

   A rather aggressive looking yellow pickup, Scorch has a cobalt blue bullbar on the front and a blue missile launcher in the tray, with transparent pink windows and headlights. There are yellow stickers on the doors and bonnet with red flame patterns - the bonnet sticker also sports an Autobot logo. With stabiliser fins above the rear tyres, a turbine on the back of the launcher and the flames, this is a very souped-up truck.

   Scorch has black wheels with moulded tread and there's a poorly moulded winch on the front. While all of the small Turbomasters are sporty looking, Scorch seems the most forced, since the shape of his truck mode is a little contorted - the bonnet slopes and the stabilisers are just plain out of place. Still, he looks like he _could_ be an actual pickup model with some modifications which is more than I can say for some of his teammates.

   As with all Turbomasters, Scorch's main gimmick is the missile launcher, and it shoots a canary yellow missile about two feet (60cm). The missile is a slightly brighter shade than Scorch himself, but it's close enough to work with him. He comes with three missiles, one is meant to sit in the launcher pointing out over the roof while the others clip onto the stabilisers (which is the real reason for them). He'll roll on his wheels although mine sounds like he needs some lubricant.

   Not a terribly spectacular vehicle mode, but it's not the worst of the set and in truth doesn't have any glaring flaws. Mired in mediocrity maybe, but the missile launcher is well placed and slots into the tray quite nicely.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Remove the launcher, swing the rear down to form his legs and fold down the outer rear to form his boots. Pull the front wheels down slightly, which will release the arms. Swing the arms out to the sides and bring them back up to his sides, unfold the forearms. Fold down the bonnet to form his groin and flip over the roof to reveal his head.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 12cm Width: 9cm

   Again yellow with blue on his thighs, upper arms and head, Scorch has flame patterns on his lower torso and some orange paint on his knees. The front tyres sit on the insides of his upper arms without sitting flush against the torso. The upper chest is the transparent pink windshield, the torso strongly reminiscent of Trailbreaker. The mouth area is silver while the eyestrip is a pink lightpipe. The colours suit him a little better now than in his car mode, but they're unexciting.

   The spare missiles can stay on the stabilisers but will have to turn and face the knees - which were the back of the car. The launcher now forms a rather large handgun that doesn't quite work - which is more the fault of his arms than the launcher. The truck front for a torso works quite well, the head sports large antennae on either that are similar to those on Wheeljack. The boots are a single piece which is mildly annoying. Still, the emphasis on visible alt mode elements is nice - and far too uncommon at this stage in the G1 line.

   Poseability is disappointing. The elbows bend, but the forearms are very short which means he can't lift his missile launcher to 90 since it'll hit the upper arms - and they look small. Scorch's arms actually attach at the _hips_, via struts that run up to behind his elbows. I don't mind the attachment point so much, but the detached shoulders looks really bad. The missile launcher still works but since he can only aim down, the missile wont go as far as it potentially could.

   Despite the problems with his arms, this is still Scorch's better mode by virtue of his interesting transformation scheme. The torso and head are both visually appealing and take a poor robot mode and make it look decent.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of. Scorch wasn't sold in the United States, although he did reach Australia, Canada, Europe and Japan.

OVERALL

   A forgetable toy with two fairly mediocre modes, Scorch's missile launcher is fun but there are better Turbomasters that offer the same gimmick. His Trailbreaker-inspired robot mode is his strongest point, but it's not enough for me to recommend him - 4.5/10

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