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Name: Scorponok
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Robotic Scorpion



SCORPION MODE
Height: 5.5cm Length: 10cm Width: 6cm

   A silver robotic scorpion with black on the sides of his body, a soft brown plastic on his stinger and four red eyes. There's very little brown here compared to the larger toy - there's a single brown touch of paint on the body. His mouthparts are painted gold while there's a silver Decepticon logo on the right side, facing backwards. The silver plastic shines quite well - it's much better than the plastics usually found on Legends toys. I would have liked to see more brown, but this is a good colour scheme nonetheless.

   There are three legs per side, all fixed in place. There are two joints in the tail, but sadly there's no joint at the base, both are at the top of the curved tail. The arms have ball joints at the base and on their elbows, however, so Scorponok does have some poseability here. The claws rotate, but don't spin.

   I'm not sure about the black when there's so little brown here, but this is a good scorpion mode all the same. The silver plastic used looks good, the poseable arms are nice and while much of the scorpion is static, it's well formed.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pull the sides out, pivot the base of the tail up, swing the sides of the beast back to form robot legs, rotate the boots so that the beast legs are point down. Stand him up, fold the head down into place, which should also drag the arms down.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 9cm Width: 5.5cm

   The robot is mainly silver, with a black chest and black on the outside of the boots. The red eyes are gold mouthparts are still visible on his head, while the brown stinger sits over the top of his head. The gears on the back of the scorpion are on his chest, although they're fixed on this figure. The Decepticon logo is now on the outside of his right foot, which is hardly prominent. Again there's more black than I'd like and not really enough brown, but Scorponok doesn't look bad. The shiny silver plastic again does wonders for this toy.

   The beast legs sit awkwardly on the front of his boots, although they look bad without getting in the way of anything. They can actually be unclipped and set aside if you really want, although this leaves gaps in the shins. One notable improvement over the larger toy is the position of the tail - rather than dragging awkwardly between his legs it rises up with the stinger over his head (similar to his Beast Wars namesake). Otherwise the layout is the same as that of the deluxe.

   Scorponok's articulation is good - the shoulders, elbows, knees and hips are all ball jointed. The last location doesn't work so well, the hips are poseable but the legs pop off quite easily. Thankfully the prominent beast legs don't interfere with the poseability.

   I really dislike the look of the legs on his boots, and want more brown, but overall this is a great robot mode for a Legends sized toy. The tail is dealt with much better than on the deluxe, so this robot mode is better than that of the deluxe despite the beast legs.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   A really satisfying Legends figure, Scorponok isn't the best I've seen, but he's better than the full sized version in many ways. The scorpion tail is dealt with much better in the robot mode and the poseability is good in robot mode. The colours aren't quite right, thanks to the pointless emphasis on black instead of brown. The beast legs on his robot boots do bother me, but he just represents much better value for money than the deluxe version - 8/10

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