and now Scourge.
The newest toy to be released under the name “Scourge” is a return to a previous character, Robots in Disguise Scourge.
I have definitely not shied away from my love of Robots in Disguise, the series that refused to take itself seriously. Though all of the Decepticons were the least interesting characters in it, that’s only because they just could not compete with the madcap Predacons, lead by Sky-Byte. Even then, the Decepticons got to join in the fun occasionally, including episode 18 “The Test” which saw them sweeping up leaves in a forest to try to prove to the Autobots that they were changed ‘bots and ready to join the side of good.
Spoilers: it was all an act, the big fakers! One other thing that I like a lot about Robots in Disguise is how close to the toys the animation models stayed. Scourge himself was a black repaint of the original G2 Laser Optimus Prime, a toy much beloved for its articulation.
An evil clone of Optimus — originally Black Convoy the evil clone of Super Fire Convoy — Scourge was the result of an Autobot protoform in a stasis pod scanning Optimus Prime, a fuel tanker truck, and a human all at the same time all while being corrupted into a Decepticon by Megatron. This explains why his alt mode isn’t Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime’s fire engine.
His trailer unfolds into base mode, complete with air powered missile launcher, spring-loaded six missile launcher, and disc launcher.
With the electronic lights removed, he trades the original’s clear sword for his red “Sword of Fury”.
The teal was a welcome but unexpected detail to break up the black. I personally think he does the truck mode better than the original.
Robots in Disguise excelled at using G1 and G2 molds and that extended to the small scale “Spy Changers”, my favourite thing about the entire toyline. Alongside the repainted G2 molds, original Spy Changer molds of some of the others characters were released, which is how Scourge got his first (and only) original mold toy.
A perfect rendition in miniature, the only thing he is missing is a tiny red sword.
The reason this post is so timely, coming right on Botcon week is that Tiny Scourge and I have a history. For reasons that now escape me, I took him with me to Botcon 2010. Thus started the tradition of a series of “Tiny Scourge cares not…” photos being posted on Facebook during Botcon. Last year, Tiny Scourge even took on a pet, Tiny Ravage.
However, Tiny Scourge cares not for making friends and it appears Tiny Ravage, despite being all stabby, pointy bits, was just too willing to buddy up at Botcon.
Tiny Ravage also proved to be quite the alcoholic. He has therefore been replaced this year. All shall be revealed the rest of this week in
“Botcon 2013: The return of the continuing journey of the on-going adventures of Tiny Scourge”
Meanwhile Robots in Disguise Scourge’s adventures in toy form didn’t stop with his 2002 Spy Changer release.
In 2003 he joined Robots in Disguise Destructicon Bludgeon when he was released as Robots in Disguise Destructicon Scourge.
1. Robots in Disguise had ended a year prior.
2. What the heck is a “Destructicon”?
Despite these two oddities, the particular brilliance of this toy is that he is a repaint of the other original mold G2 Optimus toy, “Hero” Optimus Prime. With his ludicrously large air pump missile launcher, he is a remarkably frustrating mold. Most of his great articulation is hampered by being back-heavy.
Apparently Scourge still had some mileage left in him. Last year the Transformers Collectors Club announced that Timelines Scourge would be included in the first ever Transformers Figure Subscription Service. Being a repaint of Reveal the Shield Optimus Prime, itself an update of the G2 Laser Optimus Prime that original Scourge was a repaint of, is absolute perfection for this character. He arrived on my doorstep last week as the surprise first release of the Subscription Service.
True to TFCC figures, his paint applications are amazing. He even manages to one-up the other three versions of Scourge by including the upside-down G2 Autobot symbols that Scourge sported in the show, but not on his toys.
He also has some seriously awesome art for his bio.
I didn’t buy the Generations “Combat Hero Optimus Prime” repaint, which brings the versions of this mold I own to only… four?
I can’t even say which is my favourite version of this mold. They all do so well, partially because three of the four are club exclusives and benefit from copious amounts of extra paint applications. I think it might be Shattered Glass Ultra Magnus with his Diaclone colour-scheme and crystal skull head mold, but even then it’s a very, very narrow margin.
Staying on the topic of comparisons, this Scourge update does a tremendous job of carrying on the name.
Evil black trucks in every size imaginable.
This new Scourge makes the third Transformers Collectors Club’s Robots in Disguise update.
I am all for any re-treading they want to do of the Robots in Disguise universe.