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Name: Starscream
Series: Cybertron
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Cybertronian Jet

Thanks to Griffin for loaning me Starscream for this review (mine is sealed).



JET MODE
Height: 3.5cm Length: 9cm Width: 8cm

   A milky grey jet with some metallic red paint on the wingtips and along the spine of the fuselage, Starscream has a black nose, black thrusters at the back of the wings and a black robot head partly visible just in front of the tail. There's a purple canopy painted on behind the nose and a small stamped Decepticon logo between the head and canopy. This jet is roughly an arrowhead shape with twin-finned tail that tapers to a single point, which makes this a rather warped pyramid overall. The light grey plastic feels a little cheap, to the point where Starscream feels like a knockoff (albeit a good one). The colours establish this as a Starscream quite well, and work together - I just wish the grey plastic wasn't milky.

   This a vastly scaled down version of the original Supreme Starscream, which is obviously rather simplified. There's also a Mega version, which has a different colour scheme, and again this tiny version is far simpler.

   Despite the simplification, the two weapons available on those larger toys are still available. A black gun swings out from underneath the left side wing while a sword swings out from the right side. There's no mechanism here, nor any Planet Key - you simply fold the weapons out yourself - but it's nice that this toy has these two weapons. There are no wheels nor any other play value.

   A simple grey plane that really does all it has to, but I do wish they'd gone for a slightly higher grade of plastic. The weaponry is good at this size, even if the paint job is extremely simple compared to the larger versions of character, making this a fun if limited jet mode.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Swing out the nose to reveal the boots, flip up the nose halves to form his feet. Fold the rear down to reveal the face, rotate down the tail. Swing out the arms and flip out the forearms. This transformation scheme matches that of the larger toys (with some simplification), which makes a mockery of the idea of a Supreme Starscream.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8.5cm Width: 7.5cm

   Again based on that milky grey, Starscream has black feet, thighs, forearms and a black head with a silver face. There's extensive red here, on the torso, shoulders and the wings which sit on the outside of his arms, and there's also red on his kneecaps. There's some gold paint on his grey shoulder pylons, while the Decepticon symbol is central on his chest. The colour layout is good, even if I don't think much of the grey plastic. The facial sculpt is pretty good for a toy of this size.

   The robot proportions are quite good, and the weapons again fold out from the wings on his arms. There are tiny holes in his fists, even though Starscream doesn't come with detachable weapons. The poseability is pretty good here - the head turns while the shoulders, hips and knees are ball jointed. The elbows can only swing backwards as part of the transformation while the feet can swing down, which is also part of the transformation but is useful in robot mode.

   That this robot mode is well formed with good poseability again mocks the gigantic version of this character being based on the same design. The poseability makes this a fun robot mode, while the twin weapons are useful. The red is slightly more dominant now which makes this robot mode feel slightly less cheap- and that alone makes this Starscream's better mode.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of although the mould has been repaint twice as limited toys - Ramjet and Skywarp. Sunstorm is a general release repaint of Starscream.

OVERALL

   For the price this is a good little jet with decent colours and good weaponry. The robot mode has great play value for such a small toy, and the play value is enough to make this worthwhile. While the bad grey plastic bothers me, there's still enough here to make Starscream worthwhile - 7/10

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