Transformers Movie (2007) Starscream (G1 Deco) Review

in 2007, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Generation One, Movie (2007), Seeker, Target Exclusive

Transformers Live Action Movie

Starscream box art

General Information:
Release Year: June 2007
Retailer: Target Exclusive
Price: $19.99
Accessories: Missiles x 6

Images:

Tech Specs:
Sole survivor of the catastrophic battle that destroyed the other DECEPTICONS, STARSCREAM fled into the vast and cloudy skies of Earth, away from the searching eyes of the AUTOBOTS. His alien skin totally transparent to the primitive sensing technologies of humanity's armies, it was easy for him to find a place to hide. Altering his exterior was a simple matter, and made it even easier to hide from his enemies. With MEGATRON gone, and the AllSpark lost, he waits, and plots, and plans for a future in which he rises at the head of a mighty DECEPTICON army to reclaim all that his former leader lost.

Strength: 8  Intelligence:Speed: 10  Endurance: 7
Rank: 8  Courage: 5  Firepower: 8  Skill: 6


Target has been a focal point for redecos during the run of the Transformers Movie. One of their coolest releases was the G1 color themed Autobot Jazz. At the same time that figure was released, a redeco of the Voyager sized Starscream was created. Like Jazz, the point of this deco was to give him a color scheme that would echo the G1 character's colors. In addition, fans also got a new head sculpt which had previously been reported as the head for the Thundercracker figure that would follow this one in mass release. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for htis release.

Vehicle Mode:
Starscream is one of those characters who is iconic like Optimus Prime, and thus his colors have become heavily associated with the character. The animated series used very bright colors, and thus most people associate a bright grey, red and blue with the Decepticon Air Commander. However, the original figure used slightly darker tones of all those colors, and this release of the Movie Starscream follows suit.

The two basic colors from Movie Starscream have been swapped out for new ones. The beige color is now a light shade of grey while the black has been replaced with dark blue. The only piece which breaks this pattern is the small flap on the back that covers his robot head in this form. In the first figure this mirrored the beige that dominated the color scheme. Here it is cast in dark blue instead. Much like the G1 Starscream, the translucent plastic on the cockpit cover is now an amber color, almost orange.

While the first Starscream figure relied on silver and black for subtle details and spray ops for painted detail. While they were effective, they hardly grabbed your eye. In fact, the point of those details seemed to be to add texture to a canvas rather than contrasting against the canvas. In the case of this Starscream figure, the entire paint pattern is all about contrast. Running along the edges of the front sction of the jet and the wings and fins are thick, red lines. Dark blue paint is used on several parts including the nosecone, the back edge (near where the robot head sits) as well as the sections in the front under the nosecone with the two triangular points. On each wing is a black Decepticon symbol set at an angle with wings coming out the back that resemble Air Force wings.

Quite a few fans felt that the color scheme of the movie Starscream was not only "inaccurate" to the character, but overall it also just looked very dull (real world accurate or not). This color scheme definitely goes the opposite color, sacrificing "realism" for a classic color pattern.

The missile firing mechanism still works perfectly well, and during transformation I noticed no oddities so despite a few uses, this tool is holding together well.

Robot Mode:
In robot mode the color scheme and the new head sculpt work together to create a very Starscream-esque vibe. I don't doubt that had this been the CGI model used, there would have been less grousing about the look of Starscream in the film (not a lot less mind you, just less overall). The head sculpt plays largely into this. The design is a compromise between Starscream's G1 head and the insectoid look of the movie head. The top part is undeniably a Seeker head, with its two rectangular sections sticking up and a central crest. This head design has much more of a humanoid face with two eyes, a nose and a mouth (wide open with serrated teeth to boot). The sides of the head use the movie Starscream's design influence with a "collar" of sorts wrapping from the back around to the sides. This melded design looks scary while evoking the G1 design very well.

The color patterns from the vehicle mode carry over into this form. Now you can see the inner wires and tubes on his chest, which have all ben colored red. The red from either side of the cockpit form a nice angled pattern on his chest. A lot more blue is seen in this form thanks to blue patterns on his arms and legs. What's nice is the way the much stronger colors manage to come out in this form while not overwhelming it. In some ways, they work out very much like the G1 Starscream, with red focused on the torso and blue focused on his hands (or in this case, claws).

The head itself also has a very G1-esque influence. The outer "helmet" portion is black, with the yes set in red for light piping. The face is painted grey, matching the grey plastic on the rest of the body.

All of the joints are still stiff on this figure. In fact, his arm and leg joints are slightly more stiff than the ones on my first movie Starscream.

Final Thoughts:
The fact that this is a Target exclusive will no doubt drive some fans nuts since it is the most "G1 Starscream-esque" of all the releases so far. With that in mind, this is a definite upgrade to this figure in my opinion and out of all the versions I have seen so far, this is the one I like the most. Highly recommended.