I'd bring him back as a Headmaster later... three times. You already knew there was something wrong with me. First I'd have Skorponok return (and abandon his mass shifting technology due to what it did to him) and design his body as a double transtector. I'd try to keep the scorpion alt mode for all three pieces (this is how he adjusts his strategy - he can't mass shift, but you can't be certain what size version of him you're dealing with). When Skorponok is temporarily defeated, an ambitious Mo Zarak (I can't not use Mo!) alters himself with Cybertronian technology to a) become superhuman and b) make use of the rest of Skorponok... and would ultimately also fail and be captured. What begins as a rivalry in prison (not a normal prison, obviously) between the two becomes a bizarre friendship and they are the ones who realize that a war machine as potent as the Skorponok double transtector requires a team to control it (the difficulty of the task would probably be what caused both to fail in the past). Once they make good their escape the deal is struck. Mo abandons more of his humanity to become the small headmaster cyborg component, Skorponok remains in control of the "average Cybertronian" sized component of the unit, and the two together control the full sized citybot version, which I would then dub Dark Skorponok to make things easier to discuss.
Besides the two of them in control, I'd actually play this up as more of an unusual combiner: besides the human (or Nebulan) component, I thought to get a proper size Skorponok we need him to technically be a "combiner" anyway. Maybe I am wrong, but this way Hasbro can release several good sized Transformers that combine to make a citybot that is on par (or perhaps better) than what we've gotten in the past. The actual G1 Skorponok did have Fasttrack (not that he showed up in the cartoon and I have no clue about the comic book), so it isn't a completely random direction to take it.
Or maybe not. It's crazy, but I like it, so I thought I'd share it. The thread could use a good laugh.
Edited by Otaku, 23 January 2012 - 02:05 PM.