Click the image above to see the alt mode, or view more photos here
First/Last Comic Appearance (US) -
First/Last Comic Appearance (UK) -
First/Last Cartoon Appearance - The Transformers: The Movie, August 8th 1986 / Episode 85 (Season 3 #20), November 12th, 1986
First Toy Appearance - 2011
Click here to see Figure Details and review
Manufacturer - Hasbro
Toyline - TF2010
- Custom Scrapheap headswap
- Added a Autobot symbol to the windshield, in place of the rubsign
Scrapheap was another barely-seen Junkion character, but I still wanted him to complement Wreck-Gar and Junkyard. However, preventing me from doing so was the fact that you could only buy Scrapheap in an E-Hobby set with alternate versions of Kup and Hot Rod, for a rather silly price. Also, the deco was a bit too dark when compared with the other Junkions, especially when Scrapheap was supposedly a mixture of yellows, reds and light browns. Salvation came from a replica of the Scrapheap head, which I bought along with a 'Reveal the Shield' Wreckgar. And, lo, Scrapheap was born.
Appearance (Robot Mode) 8/10
I think that this custom works rather well as the character. Because I already have the United Wreckgar, this donor body is different enough to be carried off as another character, and the nice headsculpt really differentiates it nicely. The light piping is effective and the head has been painted to a good standard. I am a fan of this mould in general, and I think the muted paint apps actually work here to cement Scrapheap as a 'background' character, which is what made me plump for the United Wreck-gar in the first place.
Appearance (Alternate Mode) 8/10
I like everything about this alt mode. I'm so impressed on how little robot kibble is visible. You can see the hands above the engine if you look carefully, but that's about it. The wheels move very freely and I also love the little touches like the licence plate, and the rubberised handlebars which are flexible enough to allow any spare Junkions to hold them.
The exceptionally clever transformation is marred somewhat for me by the automorph feature, which apparently puts great strain on the rubberised handlebars. I haven't had an issue myself yet, but I have read examples of people snapping them. The entire top of the bike literally lifts off from the running gear, and is unfurled to make the robot legs. The engine becomes the chest and the arms are unfolded back on themselves to form the shoulders. Finally, the head is revealed by lifting it forward. Half of the rear strut detaches and is then transformed to become a melee weapon, which reminds me of one of those flimsy wheels which spin in the wind.
This mould is capable of most of the articulation you would expect from a modern deluxe figure. The way that his head is set into his neck and the surrounding kibble give it a limited range of movement, and also he bends at the knee oddly because of how his legs are used in the alt mode. His head is balljointed, as are his shoulders and hips, he has bicep and thigh swivel, jointed elbows and knees, wrist swivel and ball-jointed feet.
I have worries regarding this figure, and they are centered around the automorph feature, and also the fact that the rubbery handlebars deform quickly when packed away, which is why when I store this mould I do so with the handlebars bent to the side, rather than facing out.
Overall - 38/50
Because the E-Hobby set is sooo expensive, I recommend that you try this configuration out to represent your Scrapheap, as I think it works very well, and the colour scheme is even more suited to the original character than the official one. With this guy in place, I feel my Junkion collection is complete!