Transformers have a pretty big history with construction vehicles; this guy, G2 Roadblock, the Constructicons, Wedge and so on. I had no idea that I was drawn to those figures but apparently I am as we have all of the afore mentioned figures.
Scoop (who shares his Hasbro trademark with a GI Joe from 1989, a year after the G1 version of the Transformer hit shelves) was released with the current Spring '14 wave of Deluxe Generations figures which includes Armada Starscream, Mini-Con Assault Team and Skywarp. Each of the figures in the wave come with a Transformers comic with an exclusive cover featuring the character you're buying. I'm not a big fan of the TF comic as of late so I'm not even sure if the characters appear in the book or if they just grace the cover. I'm sure some Transformer fans like the added bonus, I couldn't care less though. The artist that did the cover was great though.
The figure comes with two little "Targetmasters" figures; Holepunch (blue) and Caliburst (Yellow/Orange). Not sure what happened but the original names for these two in the 80s were Holepunch and Tracer. There's no mention of Scoop's function other than his alt vehicle mode as a Loader, but his original figure was listed as Field Infantry. It should be mentioned that Holepunch's original bio revealed that he was an office manager before becoming a Targetmaster. In the Transformers universe, all Headmaster and Targetmaster figures were of humanoid form, I can't remember if any were from earth or if they were all Nebulons. Either way, I sound super nerdy.
The figure was fairly easy to transform and OH MY GOD HIS HEAD SITS IN THE LOADER CAB LIKE HE'S DRIVING! Hahahaha! That's awesome. I tried to get a good shot of it for you guys to see. That's awesome. As far as getting him back and forth, it wasn't necessary to look at the directions, just glancing at the images on the packaging was enough, which I really like when that's possible. I don't like having to look at Ikea instructions when trying to turn a robot into a bed frame.
The two Targetmaster figures form two separate blasters or combined form one blaster that is twice the size. Simple Targetmaster math, folks. I'm a huge fan of the color scheme and I'm glad that Hasbro is embracing the crazy neon colors that came out at the end of the G1 line and ran through the entirety of the G2 figures. I don't mind bright or neon colors in my figures. The weirder the better.
Liz: Like most of you out there, I didn't understand most of this. However, for a brief moment there, I thought there was a Transformer named "Amanda Starscream," which will now be the name of our first born child...which will never happen cause ain't nobody got time for that.