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Name: Scavenger (well, none officially)
Series: "European" Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Steam Shovel

Click here for my fanfic tech spec for Scavenger (Jackhammer).



SHOVEL MODE
Height: 8cm Length: 6cm Width: 4cm

   A yellow shovel with a grey bucket & bucket arm, a dark purple window and dark purple treads. I say dark purple since it's a different shade to that on the G2 Constructicons. The cabin is on his left and the arm is made of a slightly softer plastic as the rest of him, so it's flexible when you play with him and not brittle.

   The dimensions I gave are assuming you have the arm folded back, his length and height are going to vary. The arm has a joint at the base and one midway along, although the bucket is fixed to the front half of the arm, it still allows for pretty good play value. The top half of the vehicle can swing 360 degrees around while the treads stay put, which is an added bonus. His treads have no wheels on them, so he slides rather than rolls. He has no play value in his weapons in this mode, unlike the other versions of Bonecrusher who can use Devastator's wrist as a missile launcher. You can attach his handgun to a small hole on top of the cabin, though.

   A good mode, with good motion possibilities. A bucket hinge would be good, though the arm works anyway. The colours aren't spectacular, the G1 and G2 versions work better, without the third colour this version has.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Make sure the arm is pointing forward, then fold down the treads, flip the feet out. Flip up the head and pull out the arms. Give him his gun.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10cm Width: 4cm

   The loss of grey makes this the better coloured mode, but they've taken away the die cast metal peg used to attach him to Hook in Devastator mode that is on the chest of the original. Anyway the legs are groin are dark purple, the chest and arms yellow and his head black. Oh yes, he has the shovel arm on his back, it sort of just sits there, sticking out.

   A well designed robot, overall. Even his kibble-arm on the back doesn't really get in the way - it's light enough that he has no trouble standing. It's show accurate, too, since the cartoon Scavenger has it, too. Part of the transformation involves securing the yellow part of the torso against the metal part, so that the swivel of the shovel mode is disabled. This is achieved by the legs holding the front of the shovel in place. He has holes on his shoulders that are identical to those on his fists. I suspect they're there to reduce the amount of plastic, and therefore cost, involved. But they allow him to have a "fusion cannon" similar to Megatron, although of all the Constructicons, Scavenger's the one I'd least expect to have delusions of grandeur.

   His only real poseability is his arms, although his head can look up and down, and his feet can swing out or in and he can lean forward.   

   Scavenger's biggest downfall is the hollow plastic on his arms, and even then there's an upside to that. His legs are a little skinny, also, being the treads, but they could be a lot worse. The loss of the metal peg on his chest makes it seem like something's missing, though. But at least this colour scheme works.

VARIATIONS

   Based on the G1 Scavenger, but with no variations of this toy as such. There was also a later G2 Scavenger, who was also yellow but a lighter purple, and he had the connecting peg - and a name.

OVERALL

   Scavenger is a good toy, but the G1 toy has a better colour scheme, is in the show colours and probably most importantly, can combine. The "European" Constructicons are cheap and easy to find, at least in Australia, but in the case of Scavenger I'd recommend you bother finding one that can combine. Still, if you can get him cheap, this version's not a bad toy by itself - 5/10

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