In 2011, TakaraTomy released Devastator as the 20th Encore figure. He was apparently reverse engineered from a set of existing toys since the original mold had been lost to time. Or KO manufacturers. I picked up this release since it was easier to get this than to track down decent Constructicons at good prices. Fast forward to 2013 and TakaraTomy decided to jazz up Devastator with a more yellow version of Devastator replete with a new head sculpt that better emulated his look from the cartoon. Oh, and Mixmaster would now feature a purple mixing drum. Imaginatively titled Encore 20A - Anime Devastator, this release seemed to be met with a solid "Ho-Hum" from everyone. Especially me.
I'm still not sure what prompted me to pull the trigger on this purchase. Once I got him and opened him up, I just put the decals on and combined the Constructicons into Devastator and put him with the other Devastator. It turns out that there are quite a few differences besides the head and drum.
I think that my biggest problem with this release is that I feel as though TakaraTomy should have just done this release over the original Encore release. It's just superfluous, I guess. I'll be more positive on my next post, I promise.