The GeeksverseREVIEW | Transformers: Age of Extinction Scorn (Hasbro)

REVIEW | Transformers: Age of Extinction Scorn (Hasbro)
Published on Friday, June 13, 2014 by
Everybody loves robots. And everybody loves dinosaurs. So does it follow that everybody will love a transforming robot-dinosaur? Joe tries to dig into the great philosophical debate of our time in his review of Hasbro’s Scorn.

  • reviewtransformersscorn_008Figure name: Scorn
  • Line: Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Manufacturer’s description (from packaging bio): 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!  

So the Bayformers, as they have been named by the Transfans on the Internet, are back. A brand new movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, arrives in theaters soon (and it will probably do gangbusters at the box-office like its predecessors, in my estimation, regardless of perceptions of quality) and along with the movie comes lots and lots of toys. I’ll be honest, there’s a lot of stuff that I think looks good and there’s a lot of stuff that looks just downright terrible.

The big new additions to the Transformers roster in the new movie are the long-awaited fan-favorite Dinobots. Led by Grimlock, some of this wave’s figures are based on old-school characters with different names and others are wholly new creations. One of those new Dinobots is the subject of today’s review, Scorn.

Packaging

I really like the design Hasbro went with for the packaging for this line. It’s very bold and looks markedly different from their previous movie line packaging. It features a big photo of Scorn, who appears to be silver, which leads me to believe that there was a decision made to have the toys in different colors than their movie counterparts in order to differentiate them on the shelves and more importantly to parents. I have no real facts to back that up, I’m purely speculating based on my years of collecting. Scorn is packaged in his dinosaur mode and the bubble insert features a picture of Scorn in his robot mode.

The back features a bio, a portion of which we’ve reproduced above. There are also photos of Scorn in both modes and a cross sell image gallery. It also mentions that the tail becomes a spear, something I’ll touch on later in the review.

Design and Articulation

Scorn in his dinosaur mode is a Spinosaurus. The figure, in dinosaur mode, features ball-jointed hips, but moving them throws it off balance. Spinosaurus-mode Scorn also has ball-jointed shoulders, a swivel neck. and an articulated jaw that opens and closes. Overall, I really like the figure’s dinosaur mode: It’s very cool-looking and aesthetically, it fits in well with more general post-G1 Transfomers collections—it wouldn’t look especially out of place alongside the Beast Wars/Beast Machines-era figures—and not just the movie figures.

While the dinosaur mode is fantastic, the robot mode is where this guy really shines. If this figure isn’t a love letter to Transformers: Beast Wars, then I don’t know what is, as it looks notably reminiscent of the original Beast Wars Megatron. The robot mode headculpt is a classic Transformers head in that it looks humanoid (even with the faceplate) and it doesn’t look like an insectoid Bayformer head design at all.

The figure has a right hand, which is hidden in the top of the dinosaur head, but I have seen some images online of people just using the beast head as a claw hand of sorts, thus furthering the Beast Wars Megatron comparison. Articulation-wise, the robot mode’s shoulder pads swivel, and the upper arms are pinned at the top, inside the shoulder pads, allowing them to move up and down. The robot mode also has swivel biceps, ball-jointed hips, swivel thighs and hinged knees. You can get a fair amount of dynamic poses from him.

Paint

Most of the parts are molded in the appropriate colors, but what few paint applications there are on the figure—such as on the robot mode’s faceplate and shoulder pads—are applied very well, with little slop. The colors really pop!

Accessories

The only real accessory is Scorn’s sword, which can be stored in the dinosaur mode’s tail. While the packaging mentions that the dinosaur mode’s tail becomes a spear in robot mode, in reality the tail just  becomes Scorn’s robot mode left arm.

Final Thoughts

Scourge is a fun deluxe figure with a satisfying and a not-too-difficult transformation. Even Transformers collectors with no particular fondness for the Bayformers designs will want to pick this up, as it can fit in well with non-movie Dinobots figures and Beast Wars figures.

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