It's been a bit of a rollercoaster of a mad theory day so far. General consensus seems to be that Scorponok is based on Omega Supreme based on the waist engineering. But if that's the case, then given we know that this Scorponok is meant to be a double headmaster like Fortress Maximus, then he'd end up looking something like this:
Which lead me to the conclusion that actually, in the same way that Omega's tank comes out of the chest, that Scorponok wouldn't be a double-headmaster, but that the smaller robot will end up living in the larger robot's chest:
Based on the look of the smaller robot:
And looking at the scorpion mode head I wasn't convinced that the "helmet" wasn't going to remain on the body, as with the original.
But then this came up:
Which actually looks like I'd gotten it wrong. And then this:
clearly shows that the orange antennae come off the helmet... which could be because they'd otherwise just be hanging off the smaller robot awkwardly. So they detach and come there instead.
So... is he actually a double headmaster and did I just the get scale wrong, or am I on to something here...?
Lots of interesting hypothesis on Scorponok and his size/Headmaster but personally, the smaller he is, the happier I will be.
I just hope he has a decent gold Marvel face. It was the same model as in the US cartoon but that was white.
I am comforted by the fact that there are an extremely limited number of guys who fit the Commander Class scale (and even fewer still that Hasbro will acknowledge), and Scorponok and Fort Max are two of them.
I want to love this, and I kind of do, but there's one big disappointment here for me, as there have been with the other base modes: No actual play features! Ramps, yes, but launcher to shoot the car down the ramp with! These things should be easy, but I guess that Hasbro's forgotten that these are still actual toys. And the little scorpion legs won't be moving, either - that was one of the best things about the original!
And whilst that latter could necessarily not be a problem, the other part of how Hasbro's chosen to deal with them is. On seeing just how small the little seat that mini-Zarak fits into is I was wondering what else was contained within Scorponok's torso, because it's pretty bulky. Was it home to some cavernous play feature for base mode? No. It's where the legs fold into to give him cartoon accuracy. And that's disappointing. But ah well - I wasn't expecting much more than this, really.
But he does look nice, and I do like double-headmaster feature, so... I'll be buying him anyway. But with reservations.