Though he was thought destroyed during the Unicron Battles of Transformers Armada, Starscream returns in Energon in a smaller, yet much improved form. Borrowing elements of Starscreams past, including G1, G2, BW2, and the War Within, and the intuitive transform sequence of the Generation 2 Decepticon Smokescreen, Energon Starscream is back in a big way, figuratively speaking that is.
Based of the Raptor F-22 fighter jet, Starscream is 6 1/4" long with a 4 1/2" wingspan. His primary color is dark gray with lots of silver-painted details throughout. A Decepticon insignia lays in an Energon Chip receptacle, just behind the cockpit. The wings are made of a clear, green plastic that is painted mostly black with red highlights and Decepticon insignias molded into each wing. The left wing has some light green damage painted on, akin to a circuit board in appearance. There are other areas of damage throughout the toy as well, including a damage section in the rear left of the jet and a bum front, right intake vent. his undercarriage is made up of black, light and dark blue and he has retractable landing gear under the cockpit and on each robot leg.
Folding the main wings down reveals the missile launchers. While not conductive for flight, this action allows you to press the buttons to fire the missiles that were previously unavailable. It seems an odd design in Starscream's jet form since kinetic launchers could have been used instead. Additionally, the two Energon weapons Starscream comes with can attach to the underside of the main wings. They look best when the sword is attached to the right wing and the rifle to the left.
To transform into robot mode, retract the landing gear and bring the robot legs and hip section around 180 degrees. Rotate the leg fins 180 degrees, fold out the feet, and rotate the lower legs so that the fins face forward. Rotate the back section of the jet around 180 degrees and carefully fold the arms down and out, rotating the tail fins down or to the opposite sides. bend the rear section back and down until the back locks into place with the torso.
In robot mode, Starscream stands a little over 5 1/2" tall to the top of the panels behind his head. His right shoulder and upper arm are made up of the same clear, green plastic as the wings and also has similar damage as the left wing tip does. Starscream sports a nice amount of articulation: neck, full shoulder and hip, and bending elbows and knees. His face closely resembles Starscream's of old, but in a more youthful way. Perhaps dying was good for him.
While Starscream may look unarmed in robot mode, he hardly is. Fold the wings down and swing them up and forward gives him use of his missile launchers. The Energon weapons can attach there as well, adding to his firepower. He can also hold either weapon in either hand. These weapons also combine to form a gigantic sword, over 7 1/2" in length from blade tip to the end of the handle, for Starscream to dispatch his enemies with.
Starscream is a truly well designed toy with gimmicks that do not get in the way of the overall look and feel of the toy itself. The resemblance to his various former namesakes is a nice touch and his colors, while not traditional Starscream, play well off of each other. The arms can be a little difficult to move in transforming to robot mode, so take care in that regard. Otherwise, buy Starscream and have fun.
Final Grade: A-
Thanks to Jay of Toy News International for the Starscream images. See more at the link below.
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||December 23rd 2003|
|Score||(9 out of 10)|
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