Transformers Ransack
Transformers Ransack
Transformers Ransack
Transformers Ransack

Ransack is one of the more interesting Revenge of the Fallen Scouts. The character - another Seeker who was going to attack Jetfire - was actually in the script for quite some time. Initially he was designed as a Model T Ford before being switched to a biplane. Ransack was then dropped, though he probably appears in the film's novelisation. While not named, a Decepticon biplane does attack Jetfire just after he Spacebridges to Egypt and promptly gets killed for his trouble. I'm guessing this was a bit too much by that stage with one random senile airborne Seeker already clonking around.

Nevertheless it meant there was a decent design sitting around, and seeing as Hasbro were turning sketches made on napkins into toys Ransack was pretty much guaranteed a figure. The only catch is that it was in the Scout class - generally a fair sign you're about to waste eight quid on some half-arsed piece of crap that was designed in about an hour.


So, Ransack's vehicle mode is a World War I biplane, an Albatros D.III to be precise. That's actually a bit different, isn't it? Piston-engined aircraft featured occasionally in Gobots (the most commonly spotted is Zero, but the line also included Ace, Bolt and Bent Wing) but a biplane is much more ambitious, and Ransack has twenty-odd more years of design advancements. The sparse layout of an Albatros compared to - say, some awful car - means Ransack is a decent size, probably around the classic 1/72 scale.

The Luftstreitkräfte's flamboyant colour schemes in World War I means for once the designers can cut loose on a plane without making it look stupid. The mixture of maroon, teal and grey works rather nicely and there's a fair amount of detail on the thing. On the downside there are some big join lines (especially along the sides of the fuselage behind the cockpit), a few bits piled up between the top wing and the cockpit and some random bits behind the wing-mounted armament. Talking of which it's a bit of a shame the guns couldn't be removed and put on the cockpit and the bombs under the fuselage, but that's nitpicking.


And when it comes to the transformation, we find out the difference between something that's been properly designed by someone with talent and something which has been slung out to round out an assortment. Ransack is blessed by a neat flowing sequence without any frustration. The arms can pop off the first few times until you get used to them, but pop back on easily enough.

The resulting robot really captures the aesthetics of an ILM Transformer and has a wonderful slightly skeletal feel that reflects the old-fashioned nature of his alt mode. Ransack also has a fair bit of character - he looks a bit mad and decrepit. Okay, so that's Jetfire's character but it's still more character than something terrible like Stratosphere. Ransack has decent articulation as well, including an ultra-rare waist joint. Combined with the design it makes him wonderfully expressive - he's better at ranting Jetfire style than Jetfire's toy is. The wings on his back tend to flap around a bit, but again this works in the figure's favour - it's easy to imagine an onscreen Ransack being a bit spit-and-bailing-wire and on the point of falling part. It really is quite a charming figure.


Ransack is a really pleasant surprise in among the dross of the Scout Class figures. The design fits with the larger figures in the range and is really well executed - both modes have individuality without looking garish, and the robot mode especially is a charming piece of design. It's a big shame he didn't get into the film. I'd happily recommend Ransack to anyone, even those who aren't keen on the live action aesthetic.