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Name: Devastator
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Warrior
Alternate Mode: N/A - Gestalt comprising Bonecrusher, Hook, Long Haul, Mixmaster, Scavenger & Scrapper.



COMBINED ROBOT MODE
Height: 21cm Width: ~15cm (depending on how you position Scavenger's bucket & arm)

   A six member Gestalt team, Devastator has Scavenger for a right arm, Bonecrusher for a left arm, Hook for his upper torso, Long Haul for his lower torso, Mixmaster for gis left leg and Scrapper for his right leg.

   I've always thought of Devastator as one of the weaker G1 Gestalts, although I'm aware of him being one of the more popular. The individual robots are all very good toys, which is more than can be said for other Gestalts, such as Piranacon, who has a strong combined mode and some really bad individual toys. The biggest problem I have with Devastator is the amount of add-on parts (ten, in total) including both lower arm sections. The worst part is the connecting pieces that join Long Haul & Hook to each other and Long Haul to both Mixmaster and Scrapper. The other thing that has always bugged me about this Gestalt is the fragility of him. You only have to pick him up for things to fall off, especially the chest & waistplates.

   There are lots of good things about this Gestalt, mind you. He's got one of the best colour schemes of any Gestalts, since all six toys share the same colour scheme. He _looks_ like a fusion of six construction vehicles, as opposed to Abominus who doesn't look like he's made of animals. He's also very bulky & imposing looking. He's more show accurate than most G1 Gestalts, also.

VARIATIONS

   None as such, though there were yellow & orange G2 versions.

OVERALL

   A mixed bag, I _do_ like Devastator, more for his appearance than his engineering. Fragile and with too many pieces thrown in to make the six components combine. Still, it's a good set of six toys that make him up, and he _looks_ great, even if he doesn't have the best play value or engineering. While most people will get him simply because of his prominence in the cartoon & the movie, I can only give him 6.5/10

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