"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Warrior Class Scatterspike Toy Review
Release Date: November 2016
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, Walmart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Blaster, Quill
*Images and text below from Hasbro's Web Site:
In the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series, Bumblebee leads a team of Autobots. Their mission: capture Decepticons that are loose on Earth … and do it without being discovered. Join Bumblebee and his team and help them chase down Decepticons with Transformers: Robots in Disguise figures. Scatterspike is a big galoot of a prospector who has come to earth looking for a big score. She attacks Autobots with her firing quills. Each one has a special power. Trick is, Scatterspike doesn’t know what her quills do until she hits a target. How’s that for a secret weapon?
Transformers Warriors Class figures are made for fans of classic Transformers conversion play. This Scatterspike figure changes from robot to SUV and back in 7 steps. It comes with a drill accessory and works with Mini-Con Weaponizers figures. Each Mini-Con Weaponizers figure converts from robot to weapon in a single step. Add a Mini-Con Weaponizers figure to the battle and imagine Scatterspike just got mightier. Mini-Con Weaponizers figures are each sold separately and subject to availability. Transformers: Robots in Disguise figures unlock content in the Transformers Robots: in Disguise app. Scan the Decepticon shield on this figure to unlock Scatterspike and a drill. Download the app, scan the shield to activate the code, unlock, and play. App content is for ages 9 and up (see details below). [Non-licensed items include:] Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
When "Robots in Disguise" came back for a new season the showrunners found creative ways to introduce new Decepticons without breaking the budget. Like the toy line, this meant introducing "retools/redecos" of existing animation models. One of the "recycled" animation models was Quillfire's. This time out the designers gave the model a new head and colors to create a new character: Scatterspike! To help fill out the Decepticon ranks in this line Hasbro put a new deco on the Quillfire figure and released it as Scatterspike. This review will focus on the changes made to the Quillfire figure for this release, so check out my original review for detailed thoughts on the sculpt.
Scatterspike is packaged on a blister card. The backing card uses the standard promo art for the character showing with his mouth open looking rather threatening. If you are facing the card you will see the red "Transformers" logo set vertically on the right with the "Robots in Disguise" logo above it. The figure is packaged in robot mode inside the bubble. The insert has a photo of the vehicle mode and the art for the character on the side. The insert features a green border has Scatterspike's name on the bottom, but above it is a gear design with a robot outline and the term "Mini-Con Weaponizers" with curved arrows going from the robot to the words. This is referencing the ability for 2016 "Weaponizer" Mini-Cons to connect to larger Transformers using 5mm pegs. Interestingly while the figure itself is a straight redeco of Quillfire the artwork features the animation model for Scatterspike which has a different head altogether. The back of the packaging has photos of the figure in both modes indicating 8 steps to transform the figure. It also has the instructions to the side.
Scatterspike is a straight up redeco of Quillfire, so no retooling was involved. I found this rather unfortunate because Scatterspike's head design in the TV show is very distinctive. Whereas Quillfire has a porcupine-like head, Scatterspike's head looks more reptilian, almost like a fictional dragon. Both head designs are kind of long with a snout at the end, so I can see why the designers did not want to spend the money to tool a whole new head, but I still think it is a missed opportunity.
Scatterspike is cast in an interesting combination of colors: metallic red-brown, metallic lavender and metallic black. I really love the way the "Robots in Disguise" line is leaning towards using metallic colors in their plastic choices. It adds a certain visual appeal to the figures and Scatterspike is no exception. The red-brown color makes up most of the figure, with the lavender used on smaller parts like the hands and thighs. The black parts are also smaller sections such as the head and feet.
The paint colors used on this figure include silver, yellow and metallic black. The silver is mostly found on the head, where it is used to paint the eyebrows and lower jaw. The yellow is found on the shoulders, waist/hip area and the feet. The black is used for the faux windshield on the chest. The finishing touch is a scannable Decepticon symbol on her chest that unlocks the character when scanned into the official "Robots in Disguise" app. Interestingly this deco layout is very different than the animation model. That model barely has any lavender (there's only a small bit on the head). The brown used on the show is much lighter too. Still, I'm not really stuck on show accuracy with this figure. I think the colors come together very nicely and the figure looks great.
All the joints on my copy of this figure are nice and tight. The weapons attach to the hands without a problem and you can still store her spike on the back of the figure.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the weapons and set them aside for now.
- Swing the robot hands into the forearms.
- Swing the robot feet back.
- Rotate the hip/waist section around.
- Connect the two lower legs together.
- Swing the back panels out and down.
- Attach the spike weapon into the quills behind the head section.
- Swing the panel behind the head open and swing the head back, then close the panel.
- Swing the middle of the body back on the central hinge.
- Swing the part with the windshield forward, attaching it to the hood section.
- On each arm, swing the forearms back up against the shoulder armor.
- Push the arms (now the sides of the vehicles) in. There are clips on the sides that attach to grooves on the top of the cabin section.
- Swing the robot legs (now the rear of the vehicle) up, then push it in. There are tabs on the legs near the knees that fit into grooves on the doors.
- Swing the back panel down.
- Flip the vehicle over and attach the blaster to the slots on the rear of the vehicle.
Scatterspike's vehicle mode is the same as Quillfire's: a boxy looking SUV or a vehicle related to a Humvee in design. This mode is mostly mad eup of the red-brown plastic, with the black plastic found on the wheels. The front and side windows are painted metallic black, but the rear window is left unpainted. The grille is silver and the headlights are yellow. Interestingly, there are green circles on the sides of the wheels. The circles on wheels design is something that was seen heavily in the animation on the show, but did not appear much in the toy line early on. I'm really happy to see this detail being used now but interestingly the circles are green in color while the animation model has purple circles on the wheels. It still looks cool, it's just an odd change.
It's very easy to dismiss Scatterspike as a lazy redeco but I am really happy with how her deco came out. I also think it's very cool that a "female" Decepticon has a body form that does not look like a thin, humanoid female. If you're looking to bolster your "Robots in Disguise" Decepticon forces this 'con belongs in your collection, however the lack of a new head sculpt may keep a lot of fans away from this redeco.