Series: Generation 1
Categories: Decepticon Jet
Desolation follows in my trail.
Scourge is fearsome, merciless and implacable hunter. Created from Decepticon wreckage, he leads "The Sweeps", a wolf pack of tracker-terminator's designed to hunt down and eradicate Autobots. Scourge possesses powerful high-tech scanning equipment and a disintergater ray that can cut through solid rock. In robot Mode, he carries a laser blaster that shoots short bursts of intense heat. Scourge's only weakness is his arrogance..
Scourge is a typical Transformers figure for that year, the first year in which Transformers stopped using old Diaclone and Microman designs and created their first original figures. He is all-plastic, barely posable (the arms move and you can bend the knees a little, that's it), and his resemblance to the cartoon character leaves a bit to be desired. Oh, the face and most of the body is more or less accurate, but he is missing the signature 'bat-wings' and finger claws TV-Scourge had. Still, look-wise Scourge is still a decent robot and recognisable as his TV counterpart. I call him average.
As simple as they come, Scourge folds his 'wings' around him and becomes a hovercraft / spacecraft. The vehicle closely resembles the TV-counterpart, but that isn't that hard a job. There isn't really much I can say about this vehicle mode.
Scourge was created by Unicron from the remains of one of the G1 Seekers, either Skywarp or Thundercracker (start your discussion here). He didn't play a large part in the movie, but was of the main bad guys in the third season of the cartoon, mostly paired with fellow Unicronian Cyclonus. He could also replicate a seemingly endless number of Sweeps as his army. The Sweeps were the redshirts of the Decepticons, getting shot, crushed, and maimed with frightening regularity. Fun guys.
As a figure Scourge isn't much, but he does his job of more or less resembling the cartoon character. The figure was later released anew as a Targetmaster, Scourge's weapon replaced with a Nebulon figure. All in all I'd recommend Scourge to G1 fanatics, but from today's standpoint he's an average toy at best. A nostalgia bonus puts the plus behind the C.