Hey, it's a new toy of Scoop, why the hell not? He's one of those guys I had a toy of from my childhood but who never became important beause he really got much fiction, so this feels like one of those times that Hasbro reaches into my specific nostalgia.
Mind, since these guys have to be presented in the comic books they come packaged with, Scoop's getting some characterization now. However, it's kind of hard to figure out what it is. Broadly, he seems to be a religious zealot, but specifically, he's kind of violently bipolar about how Starscream fits into those prophesies he totally buys into. Does he like Starscream? Does he hate him? Depends on what issue it is! Is he a jerk? Is he a hero? Is he just misguided? Does he believe what he's saying or is he putting on a front? I'm not sure the story knows?
Anyway, New Scoop is a little more deceptively complex than you'd think by looking at him. Visually, he looks like the original toy but with joints, but there's a lot more going on in that torso than is first apparent. The whole front of his chest is just a panel that folds down, and his shoulders are both on a rotating tumbler separate from the real meat of the body. It's all fine in robot mode, but in vehicle mode, nothing really holds together very well. The slots and tabs are pretty shallow, and there's always one of them kinda hanging loose, it seems. So if you want to buy this for a young kid to smash around, that's probably not gonna end well. It's gonna come apart pretty easily. It's not a sturdy brick like the original Scoop. (I bring this up because I've been asked about it a few times already, and so it seems like a common concern.)
His Targetmaster partners, Holepunch and
Tracer Caliburst, are not immune from problems either. Their gun modes' pegs are on rotating joints which are held between their legs by a shallow hinge rather than being pinned through, and it takes a lot less force to punch that chunk of plastic out than it is to push the peg through any kind of fist of peghole, so that's kind of frustrating. You have to be kind of calculating to get the peg into the hole without the toy disassembling.
Also I kind of wish the yellow paint on the shovel hadn't been budgeted out of the production version.
Those are some definite negatives, but he's not all bad! I am very happy with his colors. He's mostly orange, which if you know me is a big plus in my brain, and his yellow is this very attractive faded yellow that I hope we see more of. It's kind of a shortcake color. I want to eat it. The robot mode is great, as noted, and I love that we get new toys of Holepunch and Tracer and that they combine into their double weapon still. And he comes with a comic book! ...though if I recall correctly, he spends his time in it being a weird religious creep behind bars. I'm not sure if that's gonna make him some kid's favorite character.Tweet