The first thing that I noticed was the packaging on the back. My Skywarp and Scoop had stickers placed on the back for Hasbro Asia. Had BBTS sourced from them? Did Hasbro US bring some stock over to meet demand? Perhaps we may never know. Perhaps I'm too lazy to find out, you decide.
|Hasbro Far East?
Loving the "Double" Targetmaster concept so much and Scoop even more, I was both shocked and stoked at Hasbro's announcement that Scoop would be part of the 2014 assortment. I was downright ecstatic when I realized that he'd still have two Targetmaster weapons. Then I read The Transformers: Robots in Disguise issues featuring Scoop. because of course Scoop would show up. How else would Hasbro throw a comic in with the figure? I'm not a fan of Scoop's portrayal so far in the comics. He basically just spouts religious prophecy and blames Starscream. That really isn't how I imagined him. I thought that he'd be a gung ho fighter.
Chasing Amy had something to do with it?
|If you're gonna shoot, shoot with flair
|Proud Papa with the kids
Out of all of the characters that Hasbro and Takara had to choose from, Scoop seems like he came out of left field. There are, after all, numerous other characters that could have been chosen for an update. Waverider, Slag, Snarl, Swoop, Brainstorm, and the Throttlebots all come to mind. Perhaps Scoop isn't that far-fetched, since I'm fairly certain that any designers at Hasbro, if they were around during G1, were probably at an age where figures like Scoop are their first Transformer memories. It is nice to see late G1 getting some love.