"Bad guy version of good guy character" is a classic fictional trope. Is it really that hard to grasp the concept?
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I think part of it is also Laser Prime just has one mean headsculpt, so it contasts with the more gentle and heroic Optimus Prime in a person's mind.One thing I always loved about Scourge/Black Convoy is that he was an oil tanker.. That seemed just perfect to me for an evil Prime, especially with the ridiculous level of weaponry that Laser Prime mold has. (Kind of a G2 thing. Bless your little 90's-ass heart, G2.)
It's funny, when I first saw pictures I was like "Awesome! He even has the upside down G2 symbols!" He looks great! But then the fandom started trotting out the comparison pictures and it's stark how different two black Primes can look.
I have the original Scourge, so I might just dig him out and call it a day, but if I didn't, I'd be strongly considering grabbing this toy.
There's a huge leap between "Hasbro realized battle damage is unpopular and re-issued a figure to not have it" and "Hasbro designed an entire deco to double-dip on the figure."
I wouldn’t rule it out completely but toy Galvatron and Cyclonus offer an immediately different appearance from the retail release.
Would they release a Scourge extremely similar to this toy, especially when that might cut into sales of a retailer that they gave the exclusivity deal to?