Man, Scourge and the Sweeps really just made no impression on me as a child. Why were there transformers that were all identical to each other, some without even their own name? Even the Insecticons may have started out en masse, but they eventually got whittled down to three individual 'cons.
Honestly, this whole origin story is a lot better than the conversion job/GO FORTH MY MINIONS thing from the movie. That was one of its weakest elements, imo.