Batbot's the only guy in which I've had a personal hand in creating the character, so it's kind of surreal to see if he's gonna get a toy. But I'd also be happy to get Slugfest and Blaster (who've made appearances outside Recordicons) and Eject, Ramhorn, and Rewind, who are new.
When I preordered Scrapheap's three-pack, I knew I'd be selling off at least one of the two other guys. Blue Rodimus was a no-brainer. Screw that dude! I don't need him! And I figgered I'd probably be selling off the extra Kup, too, since I was pretty satisfied with the colors of the Generations Kup that I already owned. He was green!
And the photography of the e-Hobby three-pack Kup depicted him as bright blue, almost a cyan.
Part of the reason for Kup's often-blueishness, though, is his original toy just doesn't photograph right. When you put a camera to it, photos come out cyan-y. I can't imagine Hasbro or Marvel or whoever could be bothered all that much to make sure that they were color-correcting all of their reference material as they sent it back and forth from one another. So, well, blue Kup.
(For the record, I would totally dig a blue Kup if they went through the trouble of swapping his helmet and face colors like the toy's. I would love a Big Looker Storybook Kup.)
And a small part of me hoped the same was true with the official photography of e-Hobby's Kup.
Indeed, e-Hobby Kup is deliciously teal. Bright and vibrantly so. (After I took photos and he insisted on coming out cyan, I attempted to color correct his colors as much as possible in Photoshop.) As much as I liked the darker minty green of Generations Kup, I can't resist a more vividly teal color scheme. So it looks like it's my Generations Kup that has to go.
Another thing that sets this Kup apart from the other decoes is his painted battle damage. There's silver paint scrapes painted up and down the surface of his vehicle mode. This is a look that's appropriate for Kup, so I'm glad to have that as well. It's a nice bonus. It wouldn't have been enough without the teal, but with the teal it's something I won't scoff at.
I'll be auctioning him soon, whenever I get around to it. I mean, he is sort of pretty, but I don't need him. I've got two many versions of this mold in the house already, and one of them I also need to sell! (Challenge at Cybertron Rodimus) And I've got a Transformers Club Side Burn on the way. Yeah, this guy's got to go. I'll let you folks know when that happens.
I'm actually much more interested in the box's art than I am this little blue Rodimus. We'll see if I can cram in images of both it and this toy. If not, the box wins out. Sorry, Rodimus!
UPDATE: Whoops, looks like you'll have to go to TFWiki to see the car mode.
I gots an e-Hobby 3-pack! It came with a pointless translucent Hot Rod, a potentially redundant Kup, and this third guy who I actually wanted. How much of the rest of the set will I be selling off? Further news as events warrant!
The guy I wanted was Scrapheap, who is a Junkion. He's not the first non-Wreck-Gar Junkion toy to be made, but he's the second! The first was Detritus, an e-Hobby redeco of Hound from several years back. I don't have him. Though with the potential for an actual Junkion army, I kind of want to now. Oh well! No big. Not like he can ride anybody. He was, as I noted, a G1 Hound redeco.
Scrapheap's a retool of Reveal the ShieldWreck-Gar. In addition to Wreck-Gar's head, the mold has two other generic Junkion heads, and Scrapheap uses one of them. There's no plans yet to use the third anywhere, but it'll probably be a long while before that happens, what with the third live-action film imminent. Scrapheap gets his name from a list of Junkion names that one of the original cartoon model designers came up with for the other Junkions. The Ark: A Complete Compendium of Character Designs applied the name to a prominently-featured generic Junkion, but this toy's head seems to belong to the guy the Ark book dubbed "Rubbish." D'oh!
The colors I'm a little lukewarm on. It's just chocolate brown, bright red, and a few shades of silver. It's a little boring. I mean, yeah, Junkions are earthtone colors, but I feel like I would have preferred something a little more vibrant.
Not that it matters too much. This guy's probably going to be spending a lot of time in motorcycle mode. The Wreck-Gar/Scrapheap mold is designed to ride itself. ...if you know what I mean. There's two pegholes on the motorcycle seat and two corresponding pegs on the underside of the robot mode pelvis. There's also slots on the side of the motorcycle that can attach to the robot mode legs of the rider. That's what the main event is. Scrapheap exists so Wreck-Gar doesn't literally have to ride himself. He can ride this other guy that looks 90% like him.
I'm tempted to get Takara's version of Wreck-Gar and chop off one of my Wreck-Gar's beards just so I have three distinct Junkions. Hmmm.