Transformers Demolishor
Transformers Demolishor
Transformers Demolishor
Transformers Demolishor

Demolishor is (or rather was) a quasi-Constructicon. On the one hand he transforms into a construction vehicle and has the same body type as Scavenger. On the other, his brief life ended before any other Constructicons arrived on Earth, meaning we have no idea if he could form part of Devastator. He's also - I believe - the only construction-type Decepticon in the film to show many signs of having sentience (aside perhaps from Rampage being referred to by name).

Toy-wise the initial Demolishor came out near the start of the line. However that version was coloured like Scavenger and is accordingly reviewed here. TakaraTomy gave the figure a more screen-accurate colour scheme, releasing the result as Shanghai Attack Demolishor. This is the one I'm reviewing here. Hasbro also released the recolour in the 'Shanghai Showdown' multipack bundled with the ice cream van Skids & Mudflap toy.


Demolishor transforms into a Terex RH-400 excavator - a massive vehicle in real life, not to be confused with the sort you see on roadworks and the like (such as the one the original 1985 Scavenger was based on). Fittingly this scale comes across thanks to the rails alongside the cabin, and the cabin itself for that matter. The thing's got a really nice chunky feel to it, helped by the big soft plastic tracks (which sadly don't move). The back end is a bit of a mess, though - there's just a gap behind the shovel arm.

The white is a bit too clean for this sort of thing, sadly. A few attempts at detailing, like the metallic swarf on the arm and the simulated scratches on the red lines only serve to show that the bulk of him is whiter than Nicola Roberts. The white also emphasis the join lines on the toy, notably down the middle of the shovel arm. The shovel arm can move at three points, the middle one activating the Mech Alive gimmick - a neat, if inessential, pair of turning differentials. Overall it's a nice enough mode, it just looks ever so slightly bland rendered in white; Scavenger looks a bit better thanks to the darker colour scheme.


Demolishor is blessed with a genuinely inventive transformation. One which - as it happens - is still relatively straightforward, even if the instructions make it look very long-winded. There are some really nice touches, including a fair stab at replicating the way the CG model's caterpillar tracks form two large wheels. One of these goes below the head as a sort of ersatz foot, with the other above, really capturing the unique design. The arms then hang off the sides of the body, though on the toy they function more as stabilisers (though using the halves of the scoop as hands is surprisingly convincing).

Sadly, Demolishor's severe balance issues counter the fluidity of the toy. In theory, it's possible to replicate the character's idiosyncratic method of movement, with the wheels capable of rotating around the had and the arms swiping at things at the side. Sadly, the rubber 'tyres' deform from the weight of the figure, and are too thin for the robot to stand up on anyway. So, you'll spent a lot of time just trying to get Demolishor to stand up, let alone seriously exploiting his articulation. The white colour scheme works better in this mode - unlike on the original version, the red head stands out a bit better and isn't lost in its' recessed mounting while the more broken-up layout of the vehicle mode parts helps too.


Overall Demolishor is a decent toy - he's great fun to play with, even if he lacks the stability (and stature) to make a good display piece. The figure is one of the most successful of the recent attempts at non-biped robots, and also has a slick and fun transformation to boot. However, this version looks blander than the first version in vehicle mode, even if it has a bit more definition in robot form. If you already have the original there's not much to gain by upgrading (especially as Demolishor's scenes in the films are all set at night, meaning the coloration isn't actually that obvious). The Shanghai Attack version is worth getting if you don't have either though, especially if you can find the multipack with the twins cheaply.