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Sir Auros' review of: Scarem

Name: Scarem
Ground Commando
First cartoon appearance: N/a

Megatron's cloning experiments have added a new and sinister member to the Predacon ranks: Scarem. A cold, calculating, cyber-organic beetle, Scarem can travel at extremely high speeds over any type of terrain - even when upside-down. His body shell withstands and incredible amount of firepower. When on the attack, Scarem's ultra aggressive fighting methods are nearly impossible to stop. Now, the Maximals must use everything at their disposal to stop the vicious assault of Scarem.

The great thing about Beast Wars was that you were always finding interesting little gems like Scarem here on delicious sales and could afford to buy several figures at a time. It's not a bad figure for the price I paid for it and I'd actually pay up to $5 for the thing.

Beast Mode:
The beast mode is pretty much what one can expect from a Transmetal 2 figure. It's vaguely shaped like an animal and covered in gaudy, plastic painted to resemble shiny metal with organic parts poking out here and there. Scarem's beast mode isn't bad, but it's not great either. The beetle's legs are kind of hard to align correctly and the pincers suffer from the same problem. Certainly not the mode I would choose to display the figure in and it's not even that much fun. I mean, what can you do with a beetle?

Robot Mode:
Now, I usually go on and on about how much I HATE figures without any actual hands or with one hand and then some sort of gun or claw in place of the other hand, but I actually like the sickles Scarem has in place of hands. It just strikes me as very insect-like and somehow just works with this figure. They allow for some good poses and they're just freakin' awesome darnit! The legs also seem to work out well for this character and the only real complaint I have with the robot mode is the position of the head. The head seems to move from being a focal point since it's almost hidden between two oversized shoulderpads.

Transformation: 5 Really not difficult and doesn't necessitate a perusing of the instructions even once. Getting the legs positioned right in insect mode can be a little tricky though.
Durability: 8 The metallic paint can chip, but that's about the only part of this toy that isn't fairly sturdy.
Fun: 8 I enjoyed playing with this toy and he can be put in interesting poses in your collection.
Price: 9 I have yet to find this figure on ebay, but considering one could still purchase it for $3 or under at KB Toystores up until about a year and a half ago, I wouldn't imagine the figures are priced more than they're worth.
Overall: 8 Probably one of the best of the Transmetal 2 figures and pretty nice as a Transformer in general.
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