G2 Scavenger Toy Review

Individual Review

Name: Scavenger
Series: Generation 2
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Mining & Salvage
Alternate Mode: Steam Shovel

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

   A yellow shovel with a yellow bucket & bucket arm, a bright purple window and bright purple treads. The purple is what you'd call "Decepticon" purple, and is notably lighter than the purple found on G1 Scavenger. 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 makes 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. You can attach Devastator's wrist with a chromed drillbit, although this drillbit doesn't fire as it does on the G1 version. You can attach his handgun to a small hole on top of the cabin.

   A good mode, with good motion possibilities. A bucket hinge would be good, though the arm works anyway. The colours are decent enough, if not quite as iconic as those of the G1 version.


   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.

Height: 10cm Width: 4cm

   Yellow on top and purple from the waist down with chrome silver in the middle of his torso, Scavenger's robot mode looks nice - I actually think the colours here work better than on the original (although, again, the green is more iconic). His head is black with a silver face while the yellow bucket arm hangs out from his... skidplate.

   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 colour scheme really works on this toy - probably better than on any other G1 Constructicon.


   Based on the G1 Scavenger. Comes in the common yellow and a rarer orange version. Not to be confused with the yellow, grey and dark purple European version.


   A nice toy and, unusually, a G2 recolour that actually looks better than the original. Of course the G1 version is better fit for the cartoon, so this is a nice recolour, but not really a replacement. The mould is strong for it's age and the steam shovel mode is fun - 8/10

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