Transformers Scavenger
Transformers Scavenger
Transformers Scavenger
Transformers Scavenger

Alright, alright. This figure isn't really called Scavenger - it was released as Demolishor. The two share a body type but onscreen the latter was mainly white; Scavenger was only seen in vehicle mode in Egypt, as one of the Constructicons forming Devastator. However the first release of Demolishor was produced in Scavenger's colours for some bizarre reason - as further corroboration, the Legends version of the design was also named Scavenger. The original concept art also follows the Scavenger colours - presumably Demolishor's death was a later addition to the screenplay and so the character had to be modified to avoid confusion, instead causing different confusion.

What could have been an annoying situation has been largely rectified by the mould being recoloured closer to the film character and bundled with the ice cream truck twins Deluxe in America, also being given an individual release by Takara. Thus freeing up this version of the mould to be reassigned by me and any other obsessives out there.


Scavenger's vehicle mode is a mining excavator. Like fellow Voyager Constructicon Long Haul this is meant to be a massive machine and a lot of the detail brings this out, like the ladders either side of the digging arm or the well-sculpted cockpit. It's nice and chunky, even if the back end is conspicuously hollow. Hasbro have gone to the expense of rubber tracks though they can't roll - there aren't even castor wheels for him to roll on, which is a shame. The digger arm has three points of movement which isn't bad going, while inside it are a pair of rotating drives that turn when the arm is moved. This Mech Alive function seems to have been mainly designed for the robot mode, but adds to the excavator too.

The colour scheme is generally rather striking - moreso, it must be said, than the white version. Plus Hasbro go a bit mad on the paint applications too - there are striped hazard panels on the sides of the body and wear or grime all around the shovel arm (as well as some painted wiring). Not a bad effort overall as it makes the thing look like it's actually done a day's work, unlike Long Haul or Mixmaster. The vehicle overall is fun and well done.


The compact vehicle mode folds out into a much more expansive robot mode. Initially the transformation is quite daunting as pretty much everything moves, but after a few tries it's quite easy while remaining good fun. Scavenger obviously has an incredibly unusual robot form. The Revenge of the Fallen Decepticons add a few different looks, and this is arguably the weirdest (aside from maybe the Legends Hightower) with a giant wheel for legs, no torso to speak of and huge long arms with scoops on the end. I personally think it's great to have the variety, he really does look like a massive thug of a Decepticon. In theory you can even recreate the rolling motion the model had onscreen though in practise the ratcheted joints make this hard work.

What Scavenger does have sadly is something of a balance problem. He can pull off a basic pose with the scoops acting as stabilisers nicely enough, but anything more dynamic requires patience. There's just so many joints on him, and moving one part requires careful counterbalancing of another. The big problem is the rubber tracks, which deform under the figure's weight. Segmented plastic tracks might have looked less impressive in excavator mode and have lost the illusion of the robot configuration being two giant tyres (cf. the CG model), but it would have lent the figure better balance. However Scavenger does provide good play value through all his joints, and it should be remembered that this - and not his display possibilities - are really the object of the exercise. Taking this into account the articulation is excellent,as basically everything can be tweaked and moved.


Overall it's a fascinating design. It's not flawless and requires a bit of patience while you get used to the flowing transformation and the limits of the robot mode's balance, but you'll be rewarded by a genuinely unique and well-executed toy. The only real drawbacks are his limited repertoire of solid display poses and - for scale fascists like myself - the figure being too small to interact with my full-size Optimus Prime and Ironhide figures (he should have been a Mega Ultra Supreme six footer, I tell you!). I'd say Scavenger is the best looking version if you only want to pick one version of the mould too.