OAFE – Transformers: Masterpiece Starscream review (2023)

In their war with the Decepticons, the Autobots had a secret weapon. No, no teamwork, no friendship or anything like that. And no, notOmega Supremeor their human friends. It wasn't even something that was on her side. No, the Autobots would have been destroyed in minutes if Starscream hadn't been actively trying to undermine Megatron every second of the day.
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Reproduced exactly as he originally appeared in the popular cartoons and comics of the 1980s; This is a figure truly worthy of one of the most skilled and deadly Decepticon warriors. Chosen to command the Decepticon army's elite air warriors due to his phenomenal skills and bloodthirsty nature, Starscream is a well-known and feared name in Cybertron and beyond. He is so in his element that wherever he goes, heaven is his alone.

Starscream was one of the original Transformers, released in the US in 1984, which means two things: first, it was heavily represented in animation since there weren't many characters competing for airtime; and second, his toys were an absolute mess. The redesign basically meant taking all the pieces off, tweaking them a bit, and then putting a few pieces back on. The toy had nothing to do with the cartoon version at all, and it took a lot of imagination on the part of the kids to tie the two together. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, but fans still wanted toys that really captured the character's looks.

After Hasbro und Takara hunMasterpiece Optimus Prime, rumors of further offers made the rounds. There was the obvious repaint of Ultra Magnus, but there was more - eventually photos of a Starscream prototype surfaced that promised even more good things.

The first thing that strikes you about Starscream is that he's small...OAFE – Transformers: Masterpiece Starscream review (2)Well, compared to the giantMP Prime, at least. He's 9" tall to the top of his shoulder towers, putting him somewhere between Prime and the Alternators. While the original toy could barely move his arms, Masterpiece Starscream moves his neck, shoulders, biceps, elbows, wrist, waist, etc. hips, thighs, knees and ankles as well as a few other joints for his wings and the same. The jet's engines serve as its heels and are mounted on ball joints, allowing you to easily bring it to a halt. He has another five joints in each hand - thumb (spherical joint), index finger (spherical joint at base, hinge in middle), and the other three fingers (spherical joint at base, hinge in middle).

The fingers were wrongly mounted on my Starscream,OAFE – Transformers: Masterpiece Starscream review (3)But it was easy to correct: remember that the curved part of the fingertip should face the palm, and the fingers should fold slightly down, not up. If you need to repair your device, simply peel off your fingertips, rotate the ball joint base and reinsert. Very easy. Just don't drop any of the pieces.

For MP-03 Starcream (not to be confused withMP3-Schallwelle) was released in Japan, there was no announcement of a US release, so many fans paid import prices to get their own. They found that Takara had chosen an odd dark grey-green color for the character instead of the more traditional color scheme. Well, while trans fanboys like to resent Hasbro's coloring apps, this is one case where they have to admit Hasbro got it right - the US release is decked out in classic grey, red and blue colors, which really shows how weird Takara's color choices were.

Starscream is armed with his iconic weapons,OAFE – Transformers: Masterpiece Starscream review (4)the Null Beam Cannons, which can disrupt the flow of electricity in any circuit for up to two minutes. The 4¼-inch turrets protrude above the elbow joints in his upper arms but pivot below the biceps, allowing them to pivot with the arm to allow for some really nice menacing poses. The turbines on his chest can be lifted to reveal missile batteries, as was the case a few times in the series.

While Starscream doesn't have any bonus weapons, his dexterity allows him to wield the included MegatronMP Prime. That happened a lot in animation, but the old toys clearly couldn't do it. Well, there was a Commemorative Series release with a tiny Megatron and new fists meant to hold him, but it didn't come out until 2003, 19 years later.

There are large chunks of beam around Starscream's legs.OAFE – Transformers: Masterpiece Starscream review (5)Instead of wearing the plane's tail fins on the outside of his ankles like the old Toys and Classics version, they sit on long fuselage strips that attach to ball joints at his hips. Why did they do it like this? Well, the cartoon showed Starscream with undecorated legs instead of tail fins, and the toys tried to replicate that look. There are a number of solutions to this problem. In the "real" transformation, they stick out directly behind the robot, so they can't be seen at all from the front, but this makes it more backward-heavy. You can take the bits off the ball joints and put them on your ankles, but that seems unnecessary to me. I just let them hang straight and keep the fins close to where they should be without having to disassemble anything or unbalance the character.

One of the coolest little features of the figure?OAFE – Transformers: Masterpiece Starscream review (6)You can change his facial expression. A separate piece from the gray head, the silver face is actually a hollow tube attached to a needle. You can pull the face down, rotate it, and slide it back into place, giving your character one of two facial expressions: a gruff frown or a slight grin, both of which work perfectly for the character depending on what phase they are in located. at the latest rebellion. against Megatron is in.

OAFE – Transformers: Masterpiece Starscream review (7)There's also one part of the transformation that everyone who flaunts their character online seems to miss: the air intake towers on his shoulders need to be tilted forward in robot mode, rather than in the same position they were in on the plane. It's a small thing, but it's important. Why? Because it enables an otherwise difficult part of the transformation. So do you remember being tipped forward? To the right. Tilted backwards? Incorrect.

If we stopped at that, Starscream would just be a very poseable, highly detailed action figure. That's nice, but you need more. A true Transformer must earn their name by transforming into something else. There were a few characters that mimic Starscream's cartoon appearance, but this is the first that could also become an F-15 Eagle.

Starscream's Takara release had notoriously brittle plastic,OAFE – Transformers: Masterpiece Starscream review (8)It felt like it would shatter if you moved it (which it actually did on a number of occasions). That's another correction the Hasbro version makes: This is a nice, sturdy toy and shouldn't fall apart in your hands. The transformation is quite complex, but after going through the instructions once I got the hang of it.

Clench your fists, twist your hands behind you, then swing your forearms out to the side and pull your hands up. Pull your head, chest, and wings up, rotate your shoulders up, and swing your arms back down. Slide the chest and bow through the body, raise the canopy and fold down the pilot's seat. Finish inserting the nose cone, then twist the entire section up and lock. Swing the "ribs" to the center of the body and rotate the arms inward. Push the legs together, then move the lower legs up toward the hips and pin the tail fin pieces. Swing your feet around and fold them to the body. Fold the wings, lift the flaps, and push down the large panel to complete the torso.

OAFE – Transformers: Masterpiece Starscream review (9)Remember how we told you the air intakes should face forward? This is where it gets important. There's still a bit of work to be done, but if the towers were to recline, it would be insanely frustrating to get the pieces in place. Flip out the little flaps, turn the whole thing upside down and when you set the air intake in the "jet" position everything slides easily into place. Then just fold down the tail fins and you're done!

Starscream excels in jet mode. WhileMasterpiece PrimeWhile Masterpiece Starscream focuses mostly on the robot, it's more about the vehicle. The aircraft is approximately 12½ inches long with a wingspan of 8½ inches. Since a real F-15 is over 60 feet long, the 1/60 scale Starscream is far too small to compete with the 1/24 scale Alternators. To keep up with these guys, he'd have to be more than twice his size now. 1:60 is popular with Gundam kits (another Japanese favorite) but the only TFs it would scale with are the original minibots like Bumblebee or Windcharger. Perhaps.

Nevertheless, there are many authentic details on the plane. The flaps move, the landing gearOAFE – Transformers: Masterpiece Starscream review (10)can be lowered, the canopy opens, the nose cone folds to the side to reveal a detailed radar assembly, the airbrake lifts from the tail of the aircraft and the panels over the engines lift for service access. This is a really nice representation of an F-15 Eagle, especially because it's painted the right shade of gray. Hasbro also sprayed a dirty gray color down the center of the plane to denote the kind of stains left by exhaust fumes and smoke over the years.

OAFE – Transformers: Masterpiece Starscream review (11)Takara's release of Masterpiece Starscream received mixed reviews, mostly because of the paint job. Most fans didn't like the odd gray-green used for the body, while others argued that it made it look more realistic like an airplane. Some said it wasn't realistic enough, as no real service jet had ever been painted red and blue. And of course, the red Takara chose was more of a dark magenta, which also irritated some. But by choosing the G1 colors Hasbro was able to avoid all that. The gray is more like what real planes use, the red is bolder, the blue is deeper, the canopy is orange (just like in the cartoon), and it even has Decepticon symbols on its wings. Takara's release had a sticker sheet that Hasbro doesn't have, but will that be a deal-breaker for anyone? Barely.

Since "Zero Rays" aren't a real weapon and would therefore ruin his disguise, Starscream has a few substitutions. Specifically, it's four missiles that can be stowed under its wings - two on each side. These aren't the G1's oversized cluster bombs, but realistic missiles; AIM-9 Crosswinder. They don't come loose from their mounts, but still look very nice hanging under the wing. You can even leave them in place in robot mode. Of course, if you want to arm him with the guns, you can - the pins are the same size on both guns. Technically, the rockets should be mounted at a 45° angle to their location, but that's a side issue.

OAFE – Transformers: Masterpiece Starscream review (12)As if that wasn't enough firepower, Starscream also comes with a small black plastic clamp. Wow, exciting! Yeah, okay, so it looks like throwing it away if found in other toys' packaging, but it serves a purpose here: slot it into the bottom of Starscream's nose cone and you can snap the Megatron Cannon over it There. TakeThe, Autobots!

Starscream also has another accessory never found on any other working Transformer: a human. Yes, Spike has been seen as both a PVC figure and a metal encased headmaster's head, but that doesn't really count. This is a specially designed human figureOAFE – Transformers: Masterpiece Starscream review (13)look like a human and drive the vehicle. The man in question is the disgraceful Dr. Arkeville, the chrome-domed mad scientist who sided with the Decepticons. Maybe you remember himthe Alternators story? yes, the vent

DR. Arkeville is a single solid piece of plastic molded from the same light gray plastic as Starscream's body - another improvement over the Japanese version. See, the Japanese release was cast in this dark grey-green and only had one coat of paint to brighten his lab coat. Which meant, yes, his skin was dark grey. This one is already cast in a light colour, so his only paint job was used to make his face pink, resulting in a much better looking accessory. Despite being cast in a seated position, Dr. Arkeville is only about 2.5cm tall, which is perfect given our 1:60 scale: do the math and you'll see that he would be 4'4½" sitting and 5'7½" standing.

According to the original plans, MP Starscream was to come with a few more accessories; namely the cloak and crown he wore at his coronationTransformers: the movie. You can even see the folding tabs on his shoulders where the cloak would have been attached. Neither the US nor Japanese releases have these extras, but our Starscream has its crown, so to speak: it's painted on the sides of the cockpit. Maybe sometime in the future Takara will release Starscream with these extras - see how they worked outOptimuswith publication after publication. Still, it's not really worth waiting for alone. You can bet kitbashers are already working on versions they can sell you.

Sold in a large square box with classic style graphics throughout, Masterpiece Starscream features a large gray display base measuring 7 inches wide by 4 ¼ inches wide by ¾ inches thick. The base is not smooth and flat, but covered with intricate technical details.OAFE – Transformers: Masterpiece Starscream review (14)There is a Decepticon symbol on the top and a name tag on the front. The clip that holds Megatron under the nose cone can be stowed under the base, and the weapons you're not using - the Sidewinders or the Zero Beams - can be clipped to the top so you don't lose them. It's a very nice base, but we're not done yet.

The kit also includes a 6-inch clear display stand in the shape of a faint flash. There are 1¼ inch long notches on the back and right of the base for this stand to slide into. Depending on which side of the stand you place it on, there are special connectors that allow you to 'fly' Starscream in jet or robot mode. Impressively! The connections are solid - a hook and mount for the plane, a simple hole for a peg on the robot's waist - and the toy looks great in both modes. And when you're not using it, the clear stand tucks away under the base, too. Due to the great detail of the sculpture and the dark touches of color that bring out the details, this toy looks like a high-quality statue when displayed.

Masterpiece Starscream is an absolutely fantastic toy, make no mistake. It might look small at first glance, but don't be fooled - it's highly recommended for any old-school Transformers fan. A must. The paint is better, the quality of the plastic is better, and yet this Wal*Mart exclusive is only about 1/3 the price of the Japanese version. We pay less for better toys? If this weren't essentially a re-release of last year's toys, it would be a strong contender for the titleToY awards. Hell, it could still just be based on the upgrades.


How tall is masterpiece Starscream? ›

Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream Version 2.0 stands an impressive 10-inches tall in robot mode. Not only is this figure incredibly detailed, but it comes packed with an extinsive array of accessories.

What jet was Starscream in Transformers? ›

F-15 Eagle

Is Starscream taller than Megatron? ›

Optimus Prime: 28' Starscream: 31' Blackout: 33' Megatron: 35'

How tall is mpm 10 starscream? ›

From Takara Tomy and Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MPM-10 Starscream jumps straight out of the big screen and into your collection. MPM-10 Starscream stands 11.0-inches tall in robot mode features an extreme level of detail and likeness to his appearance in the Transformers live action movies.

What animal is Starscream? ›

Beast Mode

His beast form is a dark brown vampire bat and later becomes a mechanical Transmetal bat.

What is the purple Starscream called? ›

Skywarp is a repaint of Starscream, and in the same spirit as Starscream, Skywarp is a pretty close match for the original toy. The purple is much deeper than on the G1 Skywarp toy, but largely exists in the same areas - nosecone, thrusters and along the front of the wings.

What is the strongest Starscream? ›

Cybertron Starscream is by far one of the most physically powerful versions, able to outfight entire teams of Autobots and even dueling Primus. He also executes his plans more carefully; he bides his time, feigning loyalty to Megatron before tricking his leader into a trap.

Is Starscream the weakest? ›

No. In most versions of the Transformers story, Starscream is a high ranking member of the Decepticons and was a military leader even before that. Shrewdness only gets you so far, so he must be fearsome in his own way. He's not a weak Cybertronian.

How strong is TFP Starscream? ›

Starscream is extremely strong and tough. He could lift Megatron up over his head, no question. But Megatron would reach down and severely maul him before he could toss him into a smelter or something. Megatron has immense weight and power at his command and can bring it all to bear almost instantly.

Is Starscream small? ›

Activators Starscream is a small toy with cutesified proportions in both robot and F-22 modes.

What is Starscream's weakness? ›

Megatron declaring Starscream's greatest weakness will always be his boundless arrogance. Starscream was ruthless, cruel, conniving, selfish, cunning, and above all arrogant. As mentioned before he is traitorous on occasion. When he does something, it is usually for his own personal benefit.

What is Starscream actual size? ›

Size wise, Starscream stands at about 7 inches (roughly 17.78 centimeters) tall. This puts him on par with "Combiner Wars" Cyclonus in terms of height.

Is Starscream bigger than Optimus Prime? ›

A: About 7-9 inches, he is larger than the voyager Optimus Prime.

How tall is classics Starscream? ›

Hasbro Transformers Deluxe Classic Starscream (Multicolor)
Product Weight204.12 g
Product Width16.76 cm
Product Height7.62 cm

How tall is cyberverse Starscream? ›

Released as part of the Happy Meal promotion for Cyberverse, Starscream is a 4-inch-tall non-transforming figure with articulation at the neck, hips and arms.

Is Starscream an F 14? ›

Starscream (The F-14 Tomcat) | Transformers artwork, Transformers comic, Transformers.

Who is Starscream's brother? ›

Starscream was born in one of sky cities of Seekers. He is the first born son of two mares and he lived happy and joyful childhood. He also has two younger brothers Skywarp and ThunderCracker.

Is Starscream A Boy or a girl? ›

In the French dub of The Transformers: The Movie (but not in the TV series), both Starscream and Shrapnel were referred to as female, with Megatron calling Starscream "une imbecile" at one point (French articles are gendered), and Shrapnel referred to as "Mademoiselle".

Who killed Starscream? ›

Starscream was Megatron's combat partner in the original three movies until he was killed by Sam using one of Que's boomsticks and grapple-glove in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

What is the female version of Starscream? ›

Slipstream (aka Slipstrike), the Female Starscream, is the Starscream clone that raises the most questions. She possesses considerable strategic thinking, a biting sense of humor, and a short temper. Like all of the clones, she represents an aspect of the original Starscream's personality...

What is Starscream's real name? ›

In fact, the Decepticon Thundercracker (another fighter jet) was originally given the name Starscream. Ultimately, it was comics writer Bob Budiansky, who also named Megatron, that insisted on Starscream as this 'bot's name.

What is Starscream leader of? ›

Starscream commands one of the most fearsome military units from Cybertron: the Seekers. The squadron has brought him great power and glory, but that means nothing as long as Megatron is the one who rules the Decepticons. Until Starscream can claim that throne, he will have to be content to be king of the Seekers.

Is Starscream a good guy or a bad guy? ›

Type of Villain

Starscream is the secondary antagonist of the Transformers franchise, serving as the secondary antagonist of the original 1984 cartoon. He is a Decepticon from many different continuities of the Transformers universe.

Who is the most loved Transformer? ›

Highly considered the prime of primes, Optimus is the most loved and celebrated member of the Autobots and stands at the top of the Transformers legacy.

Who is the most deadliest transformer? ›

He also stated that it is a written rule in the archives of Hasbro that Shockwave is the only Decepticon that Megatron fears. Coming straight from Desanto as well as Hasbro themselves solidifies the notion that the One-Eyed Guardian of Cybertron may in fact be the most dangerous life-form in the Transformers franchise.

How tall is tfp Starscream? ›

Hasbro Transformers Prime Powerizers Voyager-Starscream (Multicolor)
Product Weight380.5 g
Product Width7.87 inch
Product Height10 inch
Product Depth3.9 inch

How tall are masterpiece Transformers? ›

From Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-04 Prowl stands an impressive 6.5-inches tall in robot mode.

How tall is Supreme Class Starscream? ›

At an impressive 15" tall, he is loaded with electronic lights and sounds.

Who is the tallest transformer ever? ›

A 27-inch tall figure that weighs 19 pounds (8.6 kg), the tallest transformer to-date. From the Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy series and the widest diameter of any transformers figure with 30 inches, a larger diameter than the previous record holder (Fortress Maximus) by over 4 inches.

Who is the tallest Transformer toy? ›

Unicron, the biggest and most expensive Transformers toy ever, smashes all expectations. Unicron and a 10-cent coin.

What was Starscream's original name? ›


His ghost traveled through time to come upon the dim-witted Predacon Waspinator, and he took over the Predacon's body and called himself Waspscream. Waspinator's voice changed to that of Starscream and his Predacon logo turned to a Decepticon one.

How old is Starscream in human years? ›

Starscream - Mid thirties. Arachinid - Mid to late thirties. Skyquake - Mid forties.

How tall is mpm 12? ›

Product information
Product Dimensions‎2.76 x 5.51 x 9.45 inches
Item model number‎MPM-12
Best Sellers Rank#530,865 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games) #33,284 in Action Figures
Customer Reviews4.2 out of 5 stars 32Reviews
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How tall is Masterpiece Ironhide? ›

One of the oldest and toughest Autobots. Ironhide comes in his Red Vanette version in alt mode. Also comes with several accessories. Robot mode stands 21cm tall (8.3 inches), and alt mode is at 18cm/7inches long, and can easily fit in MP-10's trailer.

How tall is masterpiece Jetfire? ›

13.8 inches

What class is Starscream? ›

The Voyager Class Starscream figure converts between robot and jet mode in 11 steps.

How strong is Starscream? ›

Starscream is extremely strong and tough. He could lift Megatron up over his head, no question. But Megatron would reach down and severely maul him before he could toss him into a smelter or something. Megatron has immense weight and power at his command and can bring it all to bear almost instantly.


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