Cybertron Toy Reviews: Starscream (Legends)

in 2005, Action Figure Review, Cybertron, Decepticon, Galaxy Force

General Information:
Release Year: Summer 2005
Retailer: Speciality Stores (Walgreens, Meijer's etc.) and Toys R Us
Price: $4.99 (Depending on Retailer)
Accessories: None


*Image from the Official Transformers web site.

Tech Specs:
Evil villain and sky commander of the Decepticons.

Strength: 10 Intelligence: 7.5 Speed: 10 Endurance: 8 Rank: 9 Courage: 7.5 Firepower: 10 Skill: 8

It would seem that any inaugural wave of Transformers the past few years has to include a Starscream figure somewhere. Legends of Cybertron wave one was no exception. In all his War Within inspired glory is Starscream. It would probably be helpful to familiarize yourself with the sculpt via my Galaxy Force Starscream review which this design was based on.

Robot Mode:
Starscream follows the design of the larger figure. He has classic Starscream elements including the design of the head and the vertical sections on either side of his head. He also has a cockpit on his main body and weaponry built into his arms. The War Within influenced parts include the thick arms with wings on either arm and the more squared off sections of the arms and chest.

The Legends of Cybertron sculpts have had a wide range of detail levels. Some like Evac have "just enough" detail. With Starscream the sculptors made sure he had that and then some. Looking at the head sculpt you won't just see two vertical sections on his head and vents on either side. He also has smaller designs on the lower portion of the helmet. The arms have several squares and lines etched into the plastic, giving it a really nice level of detail considering the size of the figure.

Starscream is cast in two primary colors of plastic: grey and a dark blue (that looks black under some lights). Metallic red paint is used for details on the arms, the torso and his legs. These all pretty much correspond with the same color patterns on Galaxy Force Starscream. A dash of gold is used for the details inside the protrusions on either side of his head. Metallic silver can be found on his feet and face. Metallic purple makes up the cockpit, substituting for the translucent cockpit on the larger figure. A Decepticon symbol is tampographed onto the chest, something the larger figures do not have - but definitely looks good just where it is (and it's probably meant to bring emphasis to his affiliation in package).

Like his larger counterpart, Starscream has a sword that flips out of his right arm and a blaster that flips out of the left. Starscream has seven points of articulation in this form, several of which are ball joints. This makes him one of the most posable Legends figures, not only in number of points but also range of motion.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing the lower arms back.
  2. Rotate the triangular piece on his back around so it points up.
  3. Swing the back section up.
  4. Rotate the arms so the wings are horizontal.
  5. Point the robot feet down.
  6. Swing each lower robot leg out to the side, then swing them up and in, connecting the two lower legs together.

Vehicle Mode:
Starscream's vehicle mode is pretty much a clone of his larger self. The main difference is that the guns on either side of his cockpit are sculpted into that section rather than being independently moving parts. They're also not colored, but with their distinctive shape they're hard to miss. You can swing out both weapons in this form. There are no real color surprises her, you just get to see more of the silver on the feet (now the nosecone).

Final Thoughts:
The Legends of Cybertron Starscream is one of my favorite Legends figures to date. He uses many of the design elements from his larger counterparts and has wonderful detailing. His posability is great for a figure this size as well. Highly recommended!