The Voyager class Starscream is part of a 2pk release that is a ToysRUs exclusive. Starscream comes packed with Vector Prime. Vector Prime himself is identical to his solo packaging, so if you haven't put him in the collection yet, save up for the 2pk instead. There are enough differences between the Supreme and Voyager class (besides the obvious size difference) to warrant a review.
Right away, the first obvious difference is the paint scheme. Instead of being primarily white with red, he his now primarily crimson red with silver. I like the combination myself, but I can see how the Supreme figure would conjure up homage to his G1 counterpart. Another noteable difference is that he now has a missile launcher on his belly. This launcher does fire a projectile. 2 other not as noticeable differences before I move on. The turrets on either side of the cockpit are now molded into the figure, so are no longer aimable. Also, his Cyber Key slot in the back is no longer a transport holster... unless you want his Cyber Key mode visible. The back slot is now the Key actuator. While he retains his Decepticon key (which is exactly identical to his Supreme counterpart's, right down to the online code), he does lose the Earth Key. Also to note that, per the anime, he now has energon blades on BOTH sides. Added with the launcher below and he's packing some power. Transformation is identical to his Supreme counterpart with 2 exceptions. One, he no longer has a folding nosecone. That now splits and is part of his lower legs. Two, his tailwing still splits in 2, but does not fold back. They still rotate 180 degrees, however.
I personally like this figure better than the Supreme one in robot mode. For one, his face on the Voyager issue has more of a Starscream trademark look to it, very snide. The launcher now becomes a hand launcher, which is very cool indeed. I also noticed that the venting behind his cockpit is different than in the Supreme issue. Why, I do not know. Other than that, not many other changes besides coloring.
The Key works the same here as in his Alt mode, with the slot in the back operating both blades. While I lament the loss of the stationary holster, I do like the "one slot does all" approach on this model. More than likely, it was done to keep down costs. At any rate, even if you already have Vector Prime it's worth getting this Starscream. There's enough difference to justify it, especially if you didn't buy his Supreme version yet. In which case, save the $50.
|Reviewer||Michael Henry |
|Date||October 15th 2005 |
|Score|| (10 out of 10) |
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