Transformers Rampage
Transformers Rampage
Transformers Rampage
Transformers Rampage
Transformers Rampage
Transformers Rampage
Transformers Rampage
Transformers Rampage

The Constructicons were the big addition to the Decepticon ranks for Revenge of the Fallen. The model for their combined form was so complex that it completely befuddled Hasbro. The CGI model for Devastator consisted of nine Constructicons, all (presumably) with robot modes, even if only four of these forms were seen on screen in the end. Hasbro's largest version, the Supreme class toy, was made up of six vehicles that had no robot modes.

Hasbro also made individual, non-combining versions of four of the Constructicons. The smallest of these was Rampage, put out at the Deluxe price point, possibly due to the need to spread them out a bit (the others were Voyagers). The most noticeable thing about the initial release of Rampage's toy is that it's yellow whereas the character seen (and unlike most of the new Decepticon recruits, named onscreen) was red. There was a yellow bulldozer seen combining for Devastator, so you have to assume that it's a clone body-type. Takara however released a second version, Desert Attack Rampage, which follows the onscreen coloration more closely. This may or may not have had a for Western release, I've rather lost track. I do have both the yellow one and the red Japanese one though because I have a problem.


Now, all notes on Rampage's vehicle mode come with a qualifier. Between the figure's complicated transformation and Hasbro's usual inept instructions plus my own eagerness to transform the Transformer I'd just got instead of memorising how the thing looked, I'm not entirely sure I've got him back in bulldozer mode properly. This thing is a nightmare of loose parts. The spring-loaded underside doesn't really lock into anything and thus lifts the damn tracks off the ground. Also a problem is the little panel on the end of the pistons behind the blade, which comes unclipped very easily and then just flops around.

Even without these problems a lot of Rampage's vehicle mode is just slapdash. The cab especially just looks like a flap of plastic stuck over the end of the thing. Rampage is also covered with join lines, something that fails to make up for the near-total lack of detailing on the thing. Not much point in those plastic windows and lovely soft-plastic treads when the main body of the thing can't hold together, is it? The bulldozer blade can probably move a bit but the whole thing's got no rigidity, so pretty much anything can move on this one if you want it to. Actually, anything can move even if you don't want it to. One nice detail on the Desert Attack version is that the plough carries a large tampograph closely resembling the character's onscreen appearance.

The first release of Rampage is much worse. For a start, the all-yellow scheme is a clear minus - okay, so a yellow bulldozer forms part of Devastator in the film and is labelled as Rampage on the combining toys, but for the individual figure basing it on the version with robot mode scenes would be best. The yellow also just looks cheap. The standard version is also missing the impressive tampographing on the plough, with a simple silver strip along the bottom of the blade. Aside from a few bits of grey and black, it's all-yellow, missing the slight secondary scheme on the red version, as well as a couple of other paint applications. Rampage is such a sparse figure anyway that this really doesn't help.


The Movie figures have really brought to the forefront something which has been gradually happening to many figures from other lines over the past couple of years - this relatively new trend of robot to alternate mode being considerably more tricky than going the other way (or vice versa). In the case of Rampage, opening him out into robot mode is relatively straightforward, even if the blade section falls off half the time. Getting him back into bulldozer mode however is a nightmare. Back on the robot mode, Rampage's is more or less optional. By default or design there are different configurations. Firstly, he can assume the 'jackhammer' configuration seen on screen, with a spring-loaded 'leg' that can bounce along the ground. Sadly, he can't support himself in this mode. The plough (which ends up as a massive backpack) can be removed and used as an impromptu stand. This also makes his resemble the CGI model, but then it involves pulling a chunk of the toy off so it's a bit of a cheat. And if they were going to cheat, a clear plastic dedicated stand would have been nice.

Rampage can also be given a four-legged configuration with adjustments to the jackhammer and the backpack also providing two claws for the back end. This is fairly stable but also looks a bit daft (if different). The best configuration I've found is a halfway one, with the front legs in jackhammer mode, but the supports down from the backpack. This gives him a little film accuracy but also some support. Of course, how much it's worth the effort is open to debate. For a start, Rampage doesn't really have a torso. He has a back that has a head on top of it and a waist underneath, but his chest is basically a hole. The arms can flail around a bit but in all honesty there's very little to do with the thing.


Rampage is a weird mess overall. Regardless of the leg configuration the robot mode is just rather lacking, being a head and some limbs with little tangible connection. The fiddly transformation and fractured vehicle mode don't add any charm and once you've got used to the strangeness of the whole thing he's actually very irritating. The toy is so badly designed it's a write-off anyway but considering the blandness of the first release the red version is definitely the one to go for if you have to have a Rampage.