Cybertron Toy Reviews: Scattorbrain vs. Monocle

in 2006, Action Figure Review, Armada, Cybertron, Mini-Con

Cybertron

General Information:
Release Year: January 2006
Retailer: General Release (Target, Wal-Mart, Kay Bee etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on retailer)
Transformation Difficulty Level: 2
Accessories: None

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Mini-Cons were one of the most successful aspects of the Transformers line in the past few years. Now the little robots are brought back as full fledged Autobots and Decepticons, removing them from their status as a third faction all their own. Having chosen sides, the Mini-Cons are now all packed in "versus packs", with one Autobot and one Decepticon affiliated Mini-Con in each pack.

The Scattorbrain versus Monocle two pack features redecos of Iceberg from the Armada Adventure Team and Drill Bit from the Armada Destruction Team respectively. This review will focus on the changes made to the figures for this release. Check out their original reviews for more details.

Scattorbrain

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Tech Specs:
There are legends on the Moon among human colonists of ghost vehicles - autos and aircraft without drivers - that sometimes charge in from the barren, lunar desert to destroy a settlement or a vital terraforming project. The vicious ghosts then disappear into the depths of the lunar night, leaving few survivors. Scattorbrain for his part relishes his status as a legend, and plays up the ghost angle at every opportunity, appearing for a few moments on the horizon near a human outpost, and then disappearing before he can be identified; occasionally attacking smaller outposts to wreak a little havoc and keep the rumors going.

Strength: 9.5 Intelligence: 7 Speed: 4 Endurance: 5.5 Rank: 5 Courage: 8 Fireblast: 6 Skill: 8.5

Review:
Scattorbrain's deco pattern in vehicle mode is directly carried over from Iceberg's. Gunmetal grey replaces the red from iceberg and the front shovel and treads are cast in grey plastic. The arms connecting the shovels to the main vehicle as well as the hook arm on the right are cast in neon green (offering continuity in color with the other two members of the Lunar Assault Team). Paint deco is provided by two colors. The windows are painted metallic blue while the sides of the treads the boosters in the back are painted metallic silver. Metallic silver is also used for a Decepticon symbol painted over the Mini-Con symbol on the top of the vehicle. In robot mode the face is painted differently than Iceberg's. Whereas Iceberg only had his eyes painted, Scattorbrain's face (including the eyes) are painted green (matching the green from the vehicle mode).

Although the deco pattern is not very different than Iceberg's, I have to admit I love the choice of colors. The green contrasts nicely against the gunmetal color, and the metallic look of the paint colors gives it a very machine-like appearance. Very nice.

Monocle

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Monocle could be considered one of the mysterioius ghost vehicles, but for a different reason. He and his companions on the Exploration Team stayed on the Moon after most of the other Mini-Con robots left because they wanted solitude and quiet contemplation. They spend most of their time on the dark side of the Moon, where few humans go, and are occasionally spotted by explorers driving across the empty landscape, or meditating on the floor of an old crater. Their peace is distrubed only by the disruptive aggression of Scattorbrain and the other members of the Lunar Assault Team.

Strength: 8 Intelligence: 8.5 Speed: 8 Endurance: 9 Rank: 5 Courage: 7.5 Fireblast: 8 Skill: 9

Review:
Monocle (whose name I suspect is a nod to a fellow fan who uses that screen name) is cast in yellow, light grey and dark grey plastic. The drill and the treads/wheels are light grey with the shoulder joints set in dark grey. The windows are painted metallic silver, with a large dark grey Autobot symbol on the front window. The side windows are painted dark metallic grey. In robot form the optic sensors and feet are painted dark grey.

While his deco pattern does differ slightly from Drill Bit's , Monocle could have used more color. At the very least, the same spray pattern that was applied to Drill Bit's drill should have been added here. Without it, he just looks really plain. This is partly a consequence of light grey and yellow being fairly bright and "plain" looking colors without additional detail.

Final Thoughts:
While I do like the way Scattorbrain looks, Monocle is just too plain for a redeco (especially of a sculpt that has been released twice already). Not recommended unless you are a completist.