Starscream & Swindle - Armada - Figures

I wonder why they never made a Starscream for RID? He would have been a great addition to the small Predacon/Decepticon army. Oh well, nice to see him in Armada anyway-

Jet mode: First his mini con-Swindle is a race car, red and black colours with a tiny bit of silver. His robot mode is disappointing, his race car mode is better and it best as Starscream's powerlink activator. Starscream is a great looking jet. Reds, lots of that, some black, some greys and some yellows. They all come together quite nicely really. If you press down his on cockpit, you get a laser firing sound, press down again when Swindle is attached to the undercarriage and you get a launching sound. Also if you attach Swindle to the powerlink, only active one, at Starscream's back and pull back a little, you'll get the sound of jet engines, kind of.

The weight is good, the powerlink gimmick isn't bad as his launchers flip up and over when Swindle is attached. It's a shame though that the cockpit is bent because of the US safety laws, do they honestly think someone would be stupid enough to ram Starscream into their eye? Even with the cockpit being bent, it's a simple matter of tilting him a little and he can still be deadly enough if you're stupid enough to ram him into your or someone else's eye. He's not oerfect, but he is fun, good to finally have a new jet TF.

Robot mode: A very easy transformation later and Starscream is in his glory. Almost looks like his G1 counterpart, only more modern. His left wing can be used as a sword, does stress marks to the hands though. His sounds can be used in this mode as well and Swindle can active Starscream's missile launchers in this mode too, which look a little too big on him, but fun nonetheless.

The colours are still the same, only they look a little nicer and they give Starscream this very red fashion. He's not all that heavily armed though, so I just use my imagination and imagine he has guns and things that are hidden and appear instantly. Not a bad mode at all, disapointed at how easy he was to transform though when you consider his size. Oh well, at least he's a lot of fun.

He's not a perfect toy, but he's not all that bad if you just use your imagination. He's not very poseable because of his transformation and the sword he has tends to leave stress marks in his hands, the mold could have been done better. But when all is said and done, he is a good version of Starscream, just not a perfect one.

ReviewerTony Neil Watt  
DateJuly 11th 2003  
Score 7 stars (7 out of 10)  

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