A long time ago, someone traded me a Scourge, with a little scuffing and some peeling stickers, missing his handgun, trailer; pretty much everything except for his slightly warped red sword and the clothes on his back. And so he made his way in my collection, intimidating the other, smaller bots and lamenting his lack of ankles. He's every bit as cool as people say, except for one nagging drawback... It's cherry flavored. Eventually I got tired of looking at his poor transparent sword, unlit like the ones on Laser Prime and Magnus. Surely if any of the three was deserving of an intimidating red glow, it was he! So that's what I set out to remedy. Photography 101. I basically undid all the modifications they made to the mold when they removed the electronics -- I re-carved (and improved) the wiring channels in each arm, rebuilt the battery compartment and the pushbutton mechanism on top of the cab, and replaced all of the missing electronics from scratch. This...is my GLOWSTICK I kinda wish I owned a laser OP so I could have seen how it was intended to go, but since I took my time (at least 20 hours on this project!) and carefully planned out how it was all going to work, then testfit all of my parts and electronics obsessively beforehand, it all worked out pretty well. It was almost like a fun little puzzle, figuring out how Hasbro originally designed it to work, and then reverse-engineering it and making it better. A one-bot rave machine. I used much brighter LEDs than I probably needed to, but I wanted his accessories (Well, accessory) to shine super bright. On top of the LEDs, I also added foil 'reflecting' panels to help direct and channel more of the light into the fist hole. No more spooky stories, it's time for bed. Did you notice anything strange about the above photo? Look again. Glow Glow Gadget. Still didn't get it? Here's a hint...since when is Scourge a southpaw? Look ma -- no hands. Yes, that's right. I figured that while I was at it, I'd make a little improvement to the lighting mechanism, so I stuck an LED in BOTH hands. But with one small difference: There's a tiny little switch hidden in the gap under the fuel drum on his left arm. It's so small, that you either need a long fingernail or the edge of the sword hilt to flip it, but when it is turned on, that arm glows regardless of the button on the back of the figure. The switch itself is black and all but invisible unless you're really looking for it. I chose to implement the left fist light in this way, because I reasoned that at some point I might like to have him wielding his laser sword in one hand, while firing off momentary bursts from the lightpiped laser gun he is supposed to have but I don't yet own. The right fist and headlights light up with the button, the left fist only toggles on and off. Nothing to see here. But that's sort of the point. And yes, I didn't forget the headlights... though bright red headlights don't make a lot of sense in reality, I guess when the windshield is already red and the truck turns into a giant robot, suspension of disbelief has already taken the day off. Not the same as infrared, sorry guy. The stickers were kinda poor to begin with, but now they're in even worse shape after having been peeled off (with the help of goo-gone) and reapplied, so I really wish Reprolabels would start selling a RID Scourge set...it would be as simple as a quick hue modification of the existing laser prime set! In the meantime, I'm going to be on the lookout for some red foil stickers I can use instead, since I think that would look pretty cool in place of the original, somewhat dull, windows. Anyways, there it is. This was a rather time consuming project, but it turned out spectacular and I learned a lot about wiring up complex joints from it.