The new upper eschelon of Decepticon leadership was easily my favorite thing to come out of the original Transformers movie. I can’t exactly put my finger on why, but I absolutely loved Galvatron, Cyclonus and Scourge from the moment I laid eyes on them. They were all so sleek and new and nothing like the Decepticons that had come before them. Scourge got a little love not all that long ago as part of Hasbro’s short lived Titanium line, and now he gets the proper mainstream overhaul in Generations. Purists may be a bit bummed out about his new alt mode, but I think most will find a lot to love in his new robot form. Let’s check him out!
Ahhh, yep. That’s the Generations packaging. We just saw it a few days ago when I looked at Kup, so I’m not going to say a lot more about it. Scourge comes packaged in his alt mode and he fills the bubble out pretty nicely. His weapon is mounted alongside him.
Scourge’s new alt form is a flying-wing style bomber, and I really thought I was going to have a huge problem accepting it. In fairness to Hasbro, it’s a pretty good homage, considering they decided to go with a real world aircraft and not the sci-fi interstellar hovercraft thingy that the original G1 Scourge used as an alt form. Why they decided to make the change is another matter. The G1 inspired colors translate very well and there are a lot of other similarities at play here. Scourge can even poke his head out of his alt mode like he sometimes did in the G1 cartoon. Some sculpted panel lines add detail and there are two sets of folding landing gear that are a nice touch but really don’t support the aircraft. All in all, this alt mode comes close, and as much as I would have preferred a sci-fi alt mode, this bomber mode ultimately gets the job done.
Transforming Scourge is fidgity and not a whole lot of fun. Some of the parts shifting is stubborn and the hinges on his wings are prone to pop off at least once during the transformation process. I also tend to think that Hasbro over complicated his arm designs just to beef up the complexity of the toy. Nonetheless, once he’s in robot form, I’m willing to forgive an awful lot of this toy’s shortcomings.
Yep, that’s Scourge all right. There are obvious differences to be found, particularly in his legs and feet and the configuration of his wings, but when you look at where it really counts, this Scourge is close enough to the animated original to make me a very happy Transfan. The configuration of the chest is particularly nice as is the way he wears his offset Decepticon insignia. The head sculpt, though, that’s where this figure is a real homerun. The paint apps on my Scourge’s face aren’t quite as neat as I would have liked, but they aren’t bad enough to ruin the figure. And speaking of paint apps, they even painted the tips of his claws, just like the animated version. Sweet. You can split his wings to come up with something a little more like the original toy, but I’m content to leave them in the bomber configuration, as they don’t get in the way as much.
Scouge comes with a beefy gun that is a big tease because simply by looking at it, it seems like it could be a Targetmaster. But don’t get your hopes up, as this is not Fracas. The gun simply splits apart and folds up so that it can be stored inside his wings. It’s a cool gimmick, but with the tooling that went into making the gun do that, Hasbro could have just as easily given us a proper Targetmaster like they did with Universe 2.0’s Cyclonus figure. Boo!
In the end, Scourge is far from a perfect figure, but he does hit enough points to make him a big win in my book. Granted, a lot has to do with the fact that I love the character, so I may be willing to forgive a few more sins than the average collector. The new alt mode is something that I’m gradually getting used to, mainly because it undoubtedly captures the color and personality of the original toy. And in bot mode, Scourge needs to make no apologies at all. It’s only the troublesome transformation that blemishes this figure a bit for me. If you’re really a G1 purist, you may still want to consider the Titanium version, as it did a remarkable job capturing the spirit of the original toy, diecast and all. But believe me when I say, this Generations version is still an excellent update.