I’m going to do something I don’t normally do tonight and review a toy that I didn’t fall in love with like I thought I would; one that even I’ve already made arrangements to sell. I don’t think it’s a bad toy, but it just wasn’t the right fit for me and I paid way too much to find that out.
I often feel the need to be more discriminating than I am (don’t we all?). I’ve been really bad this year though. I partially blame not having my collection set up. I find that when my collection is displayed, I feel more like a discriminating curator. I’m more careful. When it’s in boxes… or piles, I’m a little more cavalier about adding to the heap. The ReCollect! Blog was to be my effort to combine my time-consuming site duties with my time-consuming collector duties. As some of you have noted, it hasn’t worked… yet.
Anyway, I picked up this guy (but forgot to subscribe in time, leading to the high price) for two very simple reasons. I don’t know about the parade of black repaints that Scourge/Nemesis Prime has perpetuated, but I tend to like figures redone devoid of color. My favorite Spider-Man costume is black. Keaton Batman rules all. U.S. Agent. War Machine. I’m still bummed there isn’t a good Justice Lords Superman figure. I guess black is the new black. The other reason, is… evil Optimus Prime. Duh.
I didn’t watch the RiD cartoon that closely, so my first exposure to Scourge was this RiD toy (with that sweet vac-metal tanker), but I never saw it in person. I had the cool fire truck version of RiD Optimus and the matching Ultra Magnus, but I had left Toys R Us just before Scourge came out as a TRU exclusive and when it did come out, I missed it. It was either because I didn’t have a lot of money right around then or because I really wasn’t interested in walking into TRU at the time, I forget. Probably both.
I’ve never really gotten around to going back and grabbing him in the decade since either. While I love vintage Transformers – and the old Scourge is essentially designed like a vintage Transformer, a repaint of 1995’s G2 Laser Optimus Prime (check out the Ultra Magnus in these pics, he too is a repaint of Laser Prime). I have a tendency to lean towards more modern interpretations a; so the TFCC Scourge should’ve been right up my alley.
When the little brown box arrived, I was excited. I knew what to expect, I’d see the Generations version of G2 Prime a few times at Ross and knew that Scourge was his rightful redeco. The alt mode is a little unfaithful to the original, but it looks like a semi truck (much more so than at least the legs of the Masterpiece version) and has a lot of clever touches like the sword hilt doubling as the hitch or the arms being fuel tanks. I did have some trouble getting all six wheels on the ground, but that could’ve just been me. I never did open the instructions… Continue to Page 2…