"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Warrior Class Starscream Toy Review
Release Date: August 2016
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: Toys R Us Exclusive
Accessories: Blasters x 2
*Official images below are from the Toys R Us web site.
Over the past six years the on-screen Transformers universe has been building a world that began with "Transformers Prime" and "Rescue Bots" and is currently continuing with "Robots in Disguise". However, "Robots in Disguise" has largely relied on a cast of new characters, with Bumblebee and Optimus Prime being the main carry over characters from "Prime". Occasionally other characters from "Prime" have appeared including Ratchet and Soundwave. As part of their promotion for the Toys R Us "Clash of the Transformers" line, Starscream is the feature character returning to the limelight in "Robots in Disguise" in a new form. This version of the character had several toys in the "Prime" line including the First Edition and Beast Hunters figures. This figure however is a whole new design and sculpt.
Starscream is packaged on a blister card. The backing card uses new art featuring part of Starscream overlaid on a background consisting of Starscream's head and technical drawings of the character on a grid (similar to the backgrounds on "Generations" figures). If you are facing the card you will see the red "Transformers" logo set vertically on the right with the "Robots in Disguise" logo above it along with the "Clash of the Transformers" sub-line title. The figure is packaged in robot mode inside the bubble. The insert has a photo of the vehicle mode and the art for the character on the side. Part of the insert also features a circular part with a cog symbol and the term "Mini-Con Weaponizers", indicating the ability of the figure to work with Mini-Cons. This is referencing the ability for 2016 "Weaponizer" Mini-Cons to connect to larger Transformers using 5mm pegs. The back of the packaging has photos of the figure in both modes. It also has the instructions to the side, showing nine steps in total.
In "Transformers Prime" Starscream had a very different design than most folks were used to seeing for the character. Sure it had elements of his G1 design, but the lanky look with thin limbs and a very stylized head were mostly a new design. Even his colors were very much tied to that specific design, featuring none of the brighter blues and reds of the original. This time out however the designers decided to take G1 Starscream and reinterpret him through the lens of the "Robots in Disguise" aesthetic. Several of the key design elements from G1 Starscream are present here including:
- The wings of the jet mode wind up on the back, sort of like a cape. However here the official transformation has them pointing down.
- The head design features a crest in the center and "vents" flanking the sides of the helmet.
- The head is flanked by two small pylons.
- The torso features vents on the sides of the chest and a piece of the cockpit in the center.
- Each arm has a long weapon attached to it.
- The wide shoulder armor pieces are reminiscent of Starscream's "coronation armor" from "Transformers: The Movie".
- The knees rise up over the thighs slightly and are angled in shape.
There are some differences of course. The proportions of this figure are very different than G1 Starscream. The upper body is very wide, then it narrows at the waist before widening again at the legs. His head is elongated and not quite as rectangular as the G1 version. He also has many more sleek and angled lines than G1 Starscream. This is most apparent on the legs which feature fins from the vehicle mode angling downward on the lower legs and feet that come almost to a point in the front. It's a very dynamic looking figure and reflects the "Robots in Disguise" aesthetic well.
Starscream is cast in some really gorgeous colors. Most of the figure is metallic silver but there appear to be two shades of it. One is more silver, the other is slightly blue-grey in color but with metallic silver flake. Other parts are metallic light blue and red used on other parts. I really love the way the plastic looks if you shine it under a light thanks to the concentration of the metallic flake in the plastic. Paint colors on this figure include black, metallic blue, yellow, red and silver. I was happily surprised with just how much paint there was on this figure. The light blue is on the shoulders and knees. The black is concentrated on the head, with silver on the face and red used for the crest. Yellow is used for the cockpit section on his chest. The finishing touch is a scannable Decepticon symbol on his left shoulder that unlocks the character in the official "Robots in Disguise" app.
There are fifteen points of articulation on this figure. The elbows are ball joints, allowing for a wide range of articulation. He lacks waist articulation however. Starscream includes two weapons which attach to 5mm ports on the sides of his forearms. He can also hold these weapons in his hands.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the weapons and set them aside for now.
- Straighten out the arms and legs.
- Swing the fists into the forearms.
- Pull the arms and the sides of the chest pieces out to the sides a bit, then swing them down.
- Swing the wings up.
- Hold on to the entire back piece with the wings and swing it down.
- Swing the nosecone piece on the back up.
- Point the robot feet down. Swing up each leg individually, then connect the lower legs together using the tabs in the middle.
- Swing the arm/chest sections down. There are tabs on them that clip into parts of the central frame on the underside of the vehicle.
- Swing the wings in. They tab into slots on the lower legs.
- Attach the weapons to the wings.
Starscream's vehicle mode looks like a futuristic, experimental jet which is fitting for a Cybertronian vehicle. The front is mostly made up of the nosecone which is long and narrows in front. The wings sweep forward instead of back while the vertical fins on top sweep back. The horizontal fins sweep forward, but they have a distinct angle in the middle. Overall Starscream looks very sleek and dangerous in this form.
Silver is the primary color in this form, though blue can be found on the top with a bit of red sticking out. Here we get to see a lot of yellow paint come together on the cockpit section. The wings have red line trim towards the front. In many respects this is a very classic G1 Starscream color scheme. He is missing one thing however: Decepticon symbols on the wings. Without them the wings look a bit plain (though I guess it helps sell him as being "in disguise").
In addition to the wings have 5mm ports for weapons, Starscream's forearm ports can also be used in this mode.
i love this figure. It looks great in both modes and it has a fun transformation. I love being given a look at the classic "Seeker" design in the "Robots in Disguise" aesthetic. I would love to see Thundercracker and Skywarp version sof this sculpt! Highly recommended.