Cybertron Toy Reviews: Scrapmetal

in 2006, Action Figure Review, Cybertron, Decepticon, Galaxy Force, Terrorcons

General Information:
Release Year: February 2006
Retailer: General US (Toys R Us, Target etc.)
Price: $5.99 (Depending on Retailer)
Accessories: Planet Key

Scrapmetal package art

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Tech Specs:
Scrapmetal is little more than a beast. Once, they were merely a dangerous breed of mechanical vermin from the depths of Cybertron, but he and his Terrorcon brthren have been mutated by the power of the black hole. Much larger than they once were, and far more dangerous, these creatures now swarm on the surface of Cybertron, led by Scrapmetal, who has gained the ability to reason, and plot. Now that he has tasted the power that comes with command, his only desire is for more power.

Strength: 5.5 Intelligence: 2 Speed: 6 Endurance: 10 Rank: 3 Courage: 4.5 Fireblast: 8 Skill: 5

Cybertron Scrapmetal is the US release of the figure released in three color schemes for Galaxy Force as Ramble. Thus far Hasbro only plans on releasing a red version of this figure. This review will focus on a comparison between the Cybertron and Galaxy Force versions. Take a look at Galaxy Force Ramble's review for details on that figure.

Most of the Transformers Cybertron figures come with a Planet Key that includes a code printed on the back. Entering this code on the official Transformers web site unlocked additional content. Srapmetal's code is sf2x and unlocks the following text: A mindless drone. A merciless killer. A species of metal munching insecticons – the Scrapmetal are legion and they never take prisoners. Displaced and mutated by the effects of the black hole, these hive-minded creatures want nothing more than to sate their thirst for electrons and neurons as they try to eat their way through Cybertron and anything that gets in their way. There was a ancient tale that these creatures evolved from an experiment that was performed millions of years before. There was once a race of insect-like Transformers that had clone minions...could the Scrapmetal be descendants of these three bots? That is a story for another time...

There are only two primary details changed between Galaxy Force Ramble and Cybertron Scrapmetal. The points on the rear legs in vehicle mode are now a very dark shade of red instead of the regular shade of red used on Ramble. A similar swap was made on the red-orange deco patterns on his legs and arms. They are now a darker shade of the same color.

I found that Scrapmetal's Planet Key gimmick works slightly better than the one on Ramble. All the joints on Scrapmetal are just as tight as Ramble's, allowing for great posability, which is critical since his joints are needed for posability in both modes.

Final Thoughts:
There's no question about it, this is a Transformer you want in your collection. The only shame is that he is only available on the red color scheme. I would have liked to have at least seen the blue one in the US too. Then again, with Hasbro's consistant use of sculpts for redecos, we may very well get a deco here that has not been released anywhere else. Highly recommended.