Starscream - Energon - Figure

Review for Energon Starscream

To start of with the negative, there are three things that I don’t like about this figure. 1) From below and from the side it’s too clear this is a Transformer. 2) His weapons are too big (I gave them to Tidal Wave and they fitted very nicely on his lower arms -- I don’t even want to think about how Starscream looks with the weapons combined into their sword mode. 3) His Transformation is uninspired: it’s the same as G2 Dreadwing, later released as Smokejumper in Robots in Disguise and as Starscream in BWneo (making it appropriate). I don’t have any real problems with that, except I think the arms are hard to transform and would like it if they had fixed this.

With the negative behind me, I can only state that this is in my opinion one of the best Starscream figures ever, if not THE best.

Jet mode.

Incredible. Small, but filled with details. Extremely nice colors ranging from matt black, bright green, silver, dark gray, light blue, dark metallic red, and even some gold. The wings are translucent dark green with matt/flat black painted over most of them and a metallic red stripe. The left wing has some bright green to bring out some technical details. A dark purple Decepticon logo is on either wing, but are hard to see because of the matt black. I like it. The top of the jet hold many detail made clearly visible by silver paint. Most of these are purely decorative and not realistic. Doesn’t matter, it looks great. Near the exhaust, there’s more detail, including what appears to be damage. Under the canopy a pilot’s chair and control panel is clearly visible. All in all an extremely beautiful design!

A little bit more negative. The aft wings are positioned a little bit too low, but it’s not really disturbing. On some places the plastic show signs where it was cut off the mold. A little bit sloppy and a bit of a shame. It deprives from another wise perfect figure

Robot mode

The robot mode is so clearly Starscream that the colors don’t really matter. The dominance of the matt black and dark gray is replaced by more light blue and the translucent green of the wings. There are also several parts in a darker blue. I think this is the first time I’m glad they used the transparent plastic, because in these colors it looks great. This is truly a magnificent figure. Highly detailed, great pose-ability, the colors work really well. MAGNIFICENT !!!!! I want to be critical and have something negative to say, but I really have to stretch. Okay, I think the pelvis seems a bit weird and it looks misaligned, like he needs surgery.

Oh, before I forget. Both in jet mode as in robot mode there’s some kind of hyper mode in which the wings are folded up and the missile can be launched or something. Doesn’t matter. You don’t really want the wings folded up in jet mode (you’ll crash) and in robot mode, well the figure looks great as he is with the wings on his back.

This is truly a MAGNIFICENT figure. If not for the difficulty in transforming the arms and some minor flaws in the production area (badly finished plastic cut offs), this would be a perfect figure. I currently have six Energon figures out of their packaging (Inferno, SkyBlast, Strongarm, Shockblast and Rodimus) and this one clearly beats them all. Very, very highly recommended. I don’t want to give a perfect score or a near perfect score (reserve that for Binaltech/Alternator and masterpieces/supreme Transformers), but this is as close as it gets to being perfect for a regular Transformer.

ReviewerRawhide (a.k.a. Roma  
DateAugust 24th 2004  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  

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