Revenge of the Fallen Stalker Scorponok Toy Review

in 2009, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Movie (2007), Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Infovmation:
Release Date: October 2009
Price Point: $11.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

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Text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
Back on CYBERTRON even before the war, SCORPONOK lurked in the dark, unpopulated places of his world, waiting for unsuspecting travelers to pass by. He would burrow silently through the shifting powdered iron of the planet’s southern deserts, stalking his prey. The robots he hunted never even suspected his presence until he burst from the ground in a shower of glittering, steel sand.

Add another warrior to your action-packed robot battles with this awesome STALKER SCORPONOK figure. Start the excitement in robot mode and then convert him to sinister scorpion mode a spring loaded “stinger” attack and drilling “pincers” that really spin!

In the first Transformers film Scorponok was a very prominant character who was the primary Transformer involved in a key action scene against the military. At the end of that sequence, he burrowed underground not to be seen again. In "Revenge of the Fallen" the creepy Decepticon appeared again during the climactic battle with the Decepticons in the desert. That minute or so of screen time was enough to justify a redeco of the Scorponok figure from the first movie toy line. This review will cover what has been changed in this figure for this release.

Beast Mode:
In the first iteration of this figure, Scorponok was meant to be part of the Decepticon Blackout, so his colors were made accordingly with silver and gold parts. His paint details were also based on being part of Blackout with various panels saying things like "Rescue" on them (the irony of which I really do appreciate). In the "Revenge of the Fallen" toy line he is portrayed more as an individual unit with his own color scheme. The primary plastic colors in this form are black and light silver. The black and light silver replace the silver and gold from the original figure. The exceptions to this are the parts that make up his head and shoulders. These sections are cast in a very dark grey which is quite distinct from the black on the rest of the figure.

Paint details are done in red, silver and gold. Red is used for some of his larger details including the circles on the shoulders and in a nice touch, the ends of the stinger in his tail, looking like a weapon that has been bloodied. Other red parts include the eyes and the weapons built into the arms behind his claws. Silver is used for additional detail including the raised sections on the top and sides of his forearms. The designers also painted Scorponok's mandibles, making them silver so they stand out more. Gold is used for two primary details. First are a series of Cybertronian markings on the back of the scorpion mode. These marks resemble those found on the Allspark cube and unify his look with the one adopted by Starscream in "Revenge of the Fallen". Gold is also found on his forearms where the numbers "916-96" are painted.

As for why I should never write a toy review half asleep, I totally missed on my first pass that this figure is a homage to Beast Wars Scorponok who was also black and red. In addition the "916-96" is actually a reference to 9/16/96, the date the Beast Wars series began it's regular run (but not the original air date, that was actually April 1996). The symbol on his right robot leg (forming half the back of the beast mode) is a movie-esque glyph based on the Predacon symbol from the same series.

Looking at this deco scheme I can't help but think that there was some inspiration taken from G1 Ravage who also featured black, silver and red as primary colors. In that way Scorponok fits well with Ravage (though "Revenge of the Fallen" Ravage is light on the red). I love these colors when put together on one figure. The gold is a nice extra touch that adds an element to the beast mode while not being too large or hokey.

Scorponok's joints are still tight and his tail stinger weapon still launches effectively.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Swing each section with the scorpion legs to the side and rotate them around and back.
  2. Swing the robot head down.
  3. Swing each robot arm down.

Robot Mode:
Almost all the parts visible in robot mode are visible in beast mode so there's not much to tell beyond the torso's color change. As a carry over from the beast mode, the armor panels on his torso are black while the center drums are light silver. On the edge of the chest armor on either side of the drum are details painted in red. The red looks really nice and dramatic against the black plastic. It looks like energy is glowing from inside his body and again the visual allusion to G1 Ravage plays out nicely here. The use of red in his weapon ports behind his claws looks fantastic as well.

All of Scorponok's joints are still tight. This is especially true of his claws, which you really have to push a bit to get into place if you're splaying his claws out to the sides.

Final Thoughts:
Stalker Scorponok is a good redeco of the Scorponok figure. While there have been at least three other releases of this figure, this is the one that is dramatically different in tone and color than the previous versions. He's also a Beast Wars homage which is always awesome in my eyes. I stand by my original statement that Scorponok is a bit of a quirky figure. The scorpion mode is awesome, but his robot mode is definitely a funky one. If you already own Scorponok, I'd say this is an easy one to skip unless you're a completist. That said, I do list him as recommended for a really nice deco and with no mold degradation to boot!