Transformers Devastator
Transformers Devastator
Transformers Devastator
Transformers Mixmaster
Transformers Rampage
Transformers Scavenger
Transformers Scrapper
Transformers Long Haul
Transformers Hightower

Devastator caused Hasbro some real headaches. The combiner was designed by ILM for Revenge of the Fallen with a CG model utilising something like 13 million parts. This was a problem for the toy designers - an accurate Devastator would be incredibly complex and expensive. In the end Hasbro made a Supreme version featuring six combining but non-transforming components, three (or four by accident...) individual non-combining figures of the most prominent Constructicons in the film and a smaller version made up of seven combining transforming Legends figures. Oh, and some Happy Meal toys, Robot Heroes and all that sort of thing. Let's not get bogged down here, life's too short.

In the film itself when Devastator combines, Rampage, Mixmaster, Long Haul and Scrapper are all elsewhere at the same time. Devastator instead forms from a red/white mining excavator (possibly Scavenger), another Mixmaster, another Scrapper, another Long Haul, a yellow bulldozer (which may be a Rampage unit in different colours), an articulated dumper truck (maybe Overload), a crane (presumably Hightower), an additional yellow bulldozer of a different model to Rampage, and an additional yellow dumper truck that could be anyone (but isn't Payload). Onscreen there's nothing to suggest whether these can transform - they could just be Devastator components that have no sentience, they could be clones of the Constructicons that chose not to transform, they could have completely different robot modes. You can see why the toy designers didn't really know where to start, can't you? This review is for the Supreme version, which has come in for considerable criticism due to the non-transforming nature of its' components. The UK RRP was £99.99 and I stumped up for one for around a third of that on ebay, albeit missing the combined robot's ears (not a big loss for me as the CG model doesn't have them).

Mixmaster is a little larger than his Voyager counterpart but a lot heavier and more solid. The toy also has a lot less detail on it. The (unmoving) mixing drum seems much larger proportionally, and seems to start sprouting out of the back of the cab, and just blend into the truck bed as well. There's no silver paint, clear windows or wheel hubs on this one either. The ears missing off my Devastator would go on the top of the drum in this mode - though I'm not sure if they would actually cover the top of Devastator's face that's inexpertly hiding there. Mixmaster's other problem is that he contains all the electronics for Devastator. These are motion activated and tend to go off pretty much constantly when Mixmaster is in his vehicle form, which is incredibly annoying.

Rampage is present in his yellow scheme (which is the only one seen to form Devastator in the film, and which does work better in the combined form). Again he's a fraction bigger than his individual Deluxe release. The simpler nature of the toy means that this Rampage actually hangs together in vehicle mode, which is nice. The darker yellow and more solid construction means this one actually looks much better than the Deluxe - though obviously this one can't transform. However the tracks are one massive moulded part and the lack of connection between the moulded pneumatic pistons mounted on the bonnet and the bulldozer blade is very lazy.

Scavenger is a mining excavator and has the same colour scheme as the first Voyager version of Demolishor. He's also the size of a house. It's possibly the largest vehicle in the whole line full-stop - much bigger than Optimus Prime, and while not as long as Jetfire, Scavenger is taller and wider. The only thing I'm not sure on is the Ultimate Bumblebee. But yeh, Scavenger is massive. He's also largely hollow with moulded tracks - resulting in a very cheap feeling vehicle. The bucket arm can move but the scoop itself has a big hole in the bottom - oh dear. The back end is a mess of barely-disguised Devastator parts. Oh dear oh dear.

Scrapper, despite being seen in robot mode in the film, has to date only been represented by a Legends class toy and this non-transforming Voyager-sized front-loading digger. The toy is made out of the same solid-looking dark yellow plastic as Rampage and actually has some nice detailing sculpted onto it - though what that grey block behind the scoop is all about I don't know. The scoop (which seems to be mounted very far back on the thing to my eye) can move a little, but it more likely to split into thirds thanks to the combination mechanics. Still, unlike Mixmaster and Scavenger there's a veneer of quality to the thing thanks to a couple of careful paint applications.

Long Haul is around Deluxe-sized - the only member of the Supreme set that's not the largest version of the character, the individual figure being a Voyager. In fact, Long Haul has only vague similarities to his alternate mode as seen elsewhere, looking like a smaller model in fact. Of course, no point trying to work out what exactly as the truck bed is just a mess of semi-disguised Devastator parts. The dumper can't tip either and bafflingly the main rear piece has a dirt-style paint application that isn't followed through on any other part of the toy.

Like Scrapper, this and a Legends figure are Hightower's only toys to date - although Hightower didn't have a robot mode in the film and thus can't really complain. His vehicle mode is modelled on a crane truck, again around the size of a Voyager. It's much simpler though - even the yellow is a little bit more Playskool than that featured on Scrapper and Rampage. The tracks are again solid unmoving blocks, while the crane jib and support can move aimlessly. There are some decent sculpted winches and the like moulded into Hightower but without paint applications they don't really come off.

Combining these vehicles is very straightforward and less satisfying (as it happens) than the Legends version. Scavenger's superstructure folds away and forms the arms and torso, Mixmaster clips on top and opens up to make the head, Long Haul and Rampage convert into the legs, while Scrapper and Hightower attach to form the arms. Devastator is fucking massive. I own a handful of taller toys, such as the Deluxe Voltron, but Devastator just permeates all-round hugeness like few others. He barely fitted inside the lightbox, which is why the pictures are both a bit murky and don't really put him through his paces.

The shape of him is pretty good even if he doesn't quite have the asymmetrical, ragged feel of the CG model. Unlike the Legends figures, and most combining Transformers he feels like a big robot that can separate into smaller modules, rather than a pile of smaller figures. Devastator looks slightly childish compared to much of the Revenge of the Fallen line, but he's still rather good. Despite his gargantuan disposition, Devastator is still too small to interact with most of the full-size movie figures; though you can fit Mudflap in his mouth the Autobot isn't in much danger of being swallowed. However I'm tempted to invest in some Legends simply to play with Devastator - he makes a terrific playset. As it is the figure has passable if unspectacular articulation in his own right. Devastator can just about manage his crawling posture seen in the film, but looks better on his haunches. This is where he's most stable - the mix of small legs, big arms and a very heavy head compromises the robot's balance, though it can still manage a few impressive poses. Devastator is also very sturdy, holding together well. While a bit inaccurate and obviously quite flawed at the same time he's quite a guilty pleasure.

Devastator is something of a curate's egg. The combined mode is quite charming and impressive just by being bloody massive and makes a decent display piece. However, it's undeniably disappointing that transformations - however rudimentary - couldn't be worked in for the vehicles. Even though most fans were forewarned over this it's still a missed opportunity and gives the toy a half-finished feel. The original RRP is preposterous even by relative standards, but a reduced or second hand one might be a pleasant surprise contrary to all the vitriol aimed at the figure.