"Age of Extinction" Deluxe Class Scorn Toy Review

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Age of Extinction

Scorn General Information:
Release Date: May 12, 2014 (Online); May 17, 2014 (Stores)
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Sword

Images:

*Images and text below from The Official Transformers Web Site:
Scorn has the jaws of a dino and the personality of a tank. He's a rumbling, thundering war hammer on legs.
Convert, arm and attack with all the Transformers action you can handle! This Scorn figure is a high-powered fighter whether he's in robot mode or dino mode. With a sword in one hand and a spear in the other, he's a double danger to any enemy in robot mode. When he converts to spinosaurus mode he has a terrible chomping jaw and armored tail! Keep converting him back and forth so he can handle whatever his foes dish out!

  • Includes figure.
  • 2-in-1 Scorn figure converts from robot mode to dino mode and back.
  • Chomping jaw and armored tail Spinosaurus mode.
  • Tail becomes spear in robot mode.
  • Includes sword.
  • Changes in 8 steps.
  • Deluxe Class Series M4 #004 Scorn.
  • Ages 8 and up.

"Age of Extinction" features a kind of Transformer that fans have been wanting to see on the big screen since the first movie: Dinobots. Originally introduced in the "Generation One" cartoon series and toy line, Dinobots have appeared again and again over the years in the "Transformers" toy line. Going as far back as "Beast Machines", the Dinobos have represented a sub-group of characters that often played by their own rules and generally represented great power. The Dinobots Grimlock and Swoop even made an appearance in the "Energon" toy line. In more recent years, the Dinobots even made an appearance in the "Power Core Combiners" line as well as the "Generations" toy line.

While other Dinobots in "Age of Extinction" such as Grimlock and Slug can trace their roots back to a G1 character from the 80's, Scorn is a new character altogether. He still maintains the Dinobot naming convention of having a name that begins with the letter "S" and the name seems to reflect the surly attitude generally ascribed to Dinobots.

Beast Mode:
While more "classic" dinosaur beast modes such as the T-Rex go to G1 inspired Dinobots like Grimlock, Scorn takes on the beast form of a Spinosaurus. While this Deluxe Class figure is smaller than Dinobot leader Grimlock's Voyager and Leader Class figures, the Spinosaurus was actually larger than the T-Rex and every bit the fierce predator that the T-Rex has been portrayed as in pop culture. Having a childhood love of dinosaurs, I'm always happy to see Transformers featured as dinosaurs that are not often seen in the line. We have plenty of T-Rexes and Triceratops in the history of "Transformers", not so much the Spinosaurus.

Scorn features many design elements taken directly form the Spinosaurus. These include:

  • Along the back of Scorn is a "sail", his own representation of the "neural spine" growths found on the Spinosaurus. Like the real life creature, these form in a curved shape.
  • The beast mode head has a long, narrow snout that comes to a rounded end. There is however a distinct "gap" in the teeth on the real life Spinosaurus that is absent here resulting in rows of teeth that may not be scientifically accurate, but look great.
  • While short, the beaset mode arms are not tiny and stubby like a T-Rex, rather, Scorn's beast mode arms look like they could aid him in a fight, complete with three claws.
  • Unlike the legs of a Velociraptor, the Spinosaurus legs are rather thick and powerful looking and Scorn's legs reflect this, along with three claws at the end.

While the above details borrow nicely from the real life Spinosaurus, this is an alien robot in disguise (and in the "Bayverse" to boot). That means it's going to feature a ton of detail that you wouldn't find on a Spinosaurus. This includes rows of spikes running along the tail, segmented armor sections on the legs and neck and a extra spikes and bumps on the head that add some rich detail to the figure. From a texture perspective there's a lot going on here and I really dig it.

Scorn is cast in red, silver and gunmetal plastic. The silver actually accounts for two types of plastic. He has regular ABS silver plastic on parts like his neck and knee joints, but the "sail" on his back and the tail are made up of silver PVC plastic, making it soft (and therefore safe) while providing sharp looking detail. The color that really dominates however is the red plastic, and it's a bright, vibrant color that also matches nicely with his name. Smaller joints are gunmetal such as the sections inside the lower legs.

Paint details are done in silver, gunmetal, red, orange and light blue. The silver and gunmetal are used mostly to fill in smaller mechanical details such as parts of the beast mode head (including ridges right above the eyes, which really look nice). The silver is also used for an Autobot symbol found on the left side of the figure. Perhaps my favorite deco is the orange, which is painted onto raised designs on the central portion of the body. The way the lines are designed and the brightness of the orange against the red heavily suggests the look of flowing lava, and it fits with the ancient theme of this creature. Red is used to paint moset of the tail (leaving some silver at the end in a really nice fading pattern) and on the sail. The finishing touch is light blue, which is used for the beast mode eyes. In contrast to the rest of the colors, the blue is a nice finishing touch as it adds that element of "energy" coming from within the character expressing itself via "glowing" eyes. This is one of my favorite decos in the line so far.

Scorn has an impressive nineteen points of articulation in beast mode. Often time beast modes can fall into the trap of having too many "shellformer" parts stuck together or restricted movement but no such problems here. I also appreciate the way the robot mode joints were used to give parts of the beast mode articulation such as the tail, which can pivot and rotate. The same can be said for the head, which can rotate at the neck while the jaws also open and close. From an articulation perspective I'm very happy with this figure.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Remove the sword from the underside of the tail and set it aside for now.
  2. Straighten out each of the beast mode legs.
  3. On each foot, swing back the middle toe.
  4. Swing the top panels on the legs down to the sides, revealing several spikes.
  5. Swing the hip section down.
  6. Swing the section with the beast mode arms down.
  7. Swing the sail section back, then rotate the halves of the sails. Attach the tabs on the sails to the corresponding slots on the back.
  8. Rotate the central body of the beast. This will cause the robot head and details near the shoulders to rise up. You may need to manually pull the head up a bit more to fully reveal it.
  9. Rotate the right arm around, then swing out the robot fist from the top of the beast mode head, there is also a small "thumb" like section on the bottom of the beast mode jaw, you can swing that out as well.
  10. Rotate and straighten out the left arm.
  11. If the panels on the lower legs are opened up, you can push them together or leave them open depending on your preference.
  12. The sword can be placed into the right fist or stored in the left arm/spear.

Robot Mode:
Scorn has a distinctive look in this mode. Reminscent of "Beast Wars" Megatron, his left arm is a giant spear weapon while his right arm has a fist - but also has the beast mode head as part of the forearm. The sail halves on his back give him an ornate and dynamic appearance that is really striking. All the Dinobot robot modes in "Age of Extinction" take influences from knights or samurai warriors, and Scorn is no different. His head has a simple visor eye/mouthplate design, but the shape of the helmet recalls some basic helmet designs of medieval knights. The layers of armor on his torso look like panels on an armor suit and his front toes point upward in a manner similar to Grimlock's.

Some of the smaller details come from the "Bayformer" influence such as segments of armor that are separated by indentations. You'll find this everywhere from his upper arms to his mid-body to the shoulder armor. Some of these sections wind up looking like segments of a spine or bone. Layered on top of this are spike details all over the figure. You'll find them on his shoulders, upper left arm, the armor on his hips and even the inside of his thighs. Given his aggressive name, this appearance makes total sense and looks great.

This mode shows off the same plastic colors as the robot mode, with the red still taking center stage followed by silver and gunmetal grey. Since most of the robot mode parts appeared in some form or another in beast mode, there are really no color surprises here. There is a bit more orange on the mid-body and you'll find light blue and silver on the eyes and mouthplate respectively. His chest has a silver Autobot symbol on it. Overall Scorn looks great but there is one thing you need to be careful with. I had Scorn in a bookbag kicking around for a day with my other stuff (including a laptop, eyeglass case etc.) and somewhere along the way, a bit of the paint on the rubbery tail piece peeled off. It isn't horrible, only small bits on the edge came off, but I can see much more paint coming off with some roughhousing so be warned.

There are nineteen points of articulation in this mode. This includes four on each arm and five on each leg. His sword is a short one with a nice flat detail on one side and a more serrated edge on the other. It's cast in red plastic, matching the rest of the figure. His right hand has a 5mm opening, allowing him to hold the sword or other 5mm peg weapons.

Final Thoughts:
Scorn is one of my favorite figures among these early "Age of Extinction" figures. In fact, if his tail didn't have the paint peeling issue I would've given this a "highly recommended" rating. I'm willing to let it slide because the figure is so strong overall, but others may feel differently. Recommended, with reservations.