Hasbro Transformers Age of Extinction Scorn Hasbro, 2014
Day #951: June 26, 2014
Scorn Fantastic name
Transformers Age of Extinction Generations Deluxe Class
Item No.: Asst. A6508 No. A7813 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Sword, spear tail Action Feature:Transforms from Spinosaurus to robot Retail:$14.99 Availability: May 2014 Other: M4 Series #004
The aesthetic for the first few Transformers movies didn't click for me - but when I saw the medieval armor-inspired Scorn I knew I was in. The figure is less gangly and kibbly than some of the movie guys, but you can still see some weirdness - vestigial teeth hang off his robot hips for no reason, for example. As the first and so far only Spinosaurus in any of the many Dinobot teams, it's a unique character and new to this line. Grimlock you know, Slug is an update of Slag, but Scorn? There's no other Scorn.
Packaged in dinosaur mode, this figure comes out incredibly easily - there's only one rubber band holding the sail in place, but you can just tear open the bubble and pop the figure out without having to cut any ties. Hasbro: thank you for this. The dinosaur is pretty good, with moving arms and legs plus the most articulated dinobot neck I think I've ever seen. The sword weapon stores in his tail, which seems to be somewhat awkward massaging in place. The robotic blue eyes pop out of the red and grey face nicely, and the robot dinosaur stands well. It's amazing they crammed it in the bubble. I am told that the red paint on the rubbery grey tail can flake off with too much flexing - as such, don't put it in a box or bag where it can rub up against something else. Be careful with it.
Transformation is a snap - there are lots of moving parts in the legs, and the head pops out with a bit of a struggle. The fin splits in two and becomes a swell backpack, while his only fist is in the head of the dinosaur. The "spear" arm is nothing too special, but the clever foot transformation gives him some of the most useful toy articulation in the line.
The purple 5-inch robot mode is pretty good - each knee is double-jointed, with nicely articulated hips, elbows, and other bits give you just south of 20 joints. The waist is articulated, but the design causes it to be locked in place when you put him in robot mode - the movement is required for transformation, so you could transform it wrong or file down the tab. The robot head could look up if they filed down some tabs on the back near the neck, instead it swivels stiffly and doesn't have all that much range to it. I'm glad to say the kibble doesn't really get in the way, and aside from the rather useless left arm it has spectacular arm and leg movement. While mostly red, grey, and orange, the blue visor on the knight-like helmet jumps out and gives the figure added life. For years Hasbro has given figures rather lifeless clear eyes, it seems all of a sudden they decided that painting them a really bright color would do wonders to up the ante in the personality department. (See also: Swerve, Cosmos.)
Along with Drift, I'd say Scorn is a real winner. It's fun in both modes, easy to figure out, with loads of articulation and a cool (if short) sword. Also, you probably don't have a lot of Spinosaurus toys since most of the toys lack the distinctive gator-like long snout - in particular Kenner's first attempt for The Lost World was a bit of a turkey. This toy is fun and if IDW put it in the comics tomorrow, it'd fit right in with some of your more extreme design G1 toys. It's not all that different from Lockdown in this regard, so if you have the guts go ahead and get this one. If it's on sale, doubly so - it's pretty nice so far!
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