Transformers Ravage
Transformers Ravage
Transformers Ravage
Transformers Ravage

After appearing in Revenge of the Fallen Ravage seemed nailed on as a figure in the Legends assortment. However, for various reasons - possibly that the first wave of RotF Legends spent so long sitting on shelves they actually began to decay into a fine dust. No, honest. Instead, the Legends Ravage figure was held over to the 2010 line's Hunt for the Decepticons sub-theme. If this came out in the UK I missed it, though it does seem to be one of the harder to find Legends - presumably it was released in smaller numbers after the price-bracket's poor performance for RotF.

Thankfully, a boxed set was issued by Hasbro named 'The Ravage Infiltration'. In the UK it was only available in Sainsbury's supermarkets and seems to have been released at a reduced price of around £7 (for reference, UK RRPs of individual Legends figures in the UK are £5-6). The set came with two Autobots, Flak and Rollbar (recolours of the RotF Scouts Scattorshot and Dune Runner; it probably goes without saying that these are hugely uninspired figures in lurid schemes), a trio of unposeable soldier figures (recoloured from the 2007 movie Screen Battles sets), a neat cardboard diorama box inlay and a recoloured version of the Legends Ravage figure.


The first Legends Ravage was released in a sort of metallic grey/silver colour all over, which didn't look too far from the promotional CGI render but not much like the character's on screen appearance - though it's difficult to work out exactly what colour that is considering he either appears in murk or super-bright sunlight. This one mixes black and grey plastic on the limbs with painted pale metallic blue on the body and - in a very neat touch - the tops of the legs. It's a complex scheme for such a small figure that really comes off and apparently it's very screen-accurate, though again it's difficult to compare with the film. He looks like he could be screen-accurate at any rate and crucially has that evil red eye in there. The paint applications are extensive for such a small figure, including faint silver Decepticon logos on the shoulders that blend nicely with the blue only catching the light from certain angles - the effect is nice and subtle.

While being scaled down to about a third of the Deluxe's size (maybe more; I don't have the latter anymore for an exact comparison), Ravage still has a fair amount of articulation. The jaw movement is gone and the only joints on the front legs are at the shoulder and ankle, while the guns just move as a single unit rather than retaining their pumping action. However, all four legs and the tail can move through a decent range, certainly enough for some great poses, and the small size really adds to the figure's play value. Ravage looks superb scrabbling over most of the Deluxe/Voyager/Leader Autobot figures or more amiably perched on a Leader class Megatron figure.


Rereading my old Deluxe Ravage review for orientation, I was baffled by the decision to review the 'robot' mode first contrary to pretty much all my other reviews. I switched the text around and tried to do this one the normal way, and remembered why - Ravage's vehicle modes are basically his feline form with a few bits folded away, and it's pretty counterintuitive to discuss it ahead of the robot mode.

However, fair's fair, the Legends one has a bit more effort gone into it - notably the large pointed part from the underside of the cat that forms a little bit more of a spaceship-style nose for the thing (this does look a bit like Ravage with a big mask on, though). The 'wings' still look inescapably like robotic animal legs folded up however, and the mode still doesn't really look like anything. Ambitiously, the instructions even attempt a third 're-entry' mode, with the legs folded up alongside the body (in a similar fashion to the Deluxe's alternate mode). This is even less convincing.


Once again, the cat mode is terrific fun with very good articulation and detailing for a Legends figure. Generally Hasbro seem to have designed it very much with this in mind, then fiddled with the thing to get a transformation with as little compromise to the 'robot' mode as possible. Bluntly, the only reason Ravage transforms is so that kids don't get baffled by a non-transforming Transformers figure. For older fans, he's a great addition to any movie figure display and a neat desktop fiddle toy. If you can find the boxed set cheap, he justifies the price alone even though the rest of the set is terrible.