Ok I will admit, I have been Ranting (it’s in the blog title people) about not having this guy, and a good bud in Canada (hope of William Shatner and Chris Jericho, so that means a country of awesomeness) got me the hook up. Has this been worth the wait? Is this worth the rage? Read on!
This repaint also came with a FE Bumblebee who will get reviewed in the future and two guys from Mech who are totally out of scale. While they are kinda cool, they are not even worth photographing, but I may have them getting assaulted by leader class Brawl some time…we are here to talk about Starscream!
The repaint has an interesting color scheme I will give it that, with the light purples (ok, lavender) instead of the dark steel blues. It also has a more uniformed coloring of the plane. The wings and the body were different colors on the first version of this guy. Not bad, but…ok, LAVENDER? Why not black? really…anyway, on with the body of this review on..well the body…
Jet mode is a very sleek design, making Starscream look like a high speed model. But from the side view, the under carriage really adds bulk. It is worst in the front because of how the robot waist is positioned.
While all the body kibble becomes the main plane body, the legs…well…they don’t hide that well. While the FE design is of course more show accurate with it’s size scale, I think the RID handles the kibble slightly better.
Now to be mean, compared to the Cyberverse Commander mold, I actually think it pulls off the plane mode best of all three. In some ways I think that version was the intended deluxe that got bumped to a smaller scale.
Robot mode, oh this I do like. The arms are nice and spindly. He looks like a robo-skeleton with nice sharp angles. I don’t dislike the paint job as much, though again, change the lavender to black and he’d just be rocking. I like how the tail fin fans out and goes against the main wings, adds some nice dimension. Also the jet engine is the kind of kibble I like, showing enough of the alt mode to know it’s really part of him.
His arms allow over dramatic poses, and his hands, while again I would KILL for them to use ball joints on the hands more often, these do suit my needs. Big thing is the fingers are splayed and angled just right. It looks proper for him to be talking to him self with big gestures..
…or driving it through the body of an Autobot prisoner…
My only major issue actually are his feet. They do not balance that well at all. The heels and the toes can adjust, but the sides of the feet are static. he has to balance on those and your choice of heel or toe. Considering that Starscream is pretty top heavy, this can be a problem. RID Starscream has his tail fins on his ankles, and while they are not that pretty, they are quite functional.
One thing I do find amusing between the three…the smaller he gets the more complex his weapons are. Deluxe has the single rocket, FE has the cluster rockets, and Cyberverse has those cannons. Just an observation…
In the end I am glad I have a FE version. I will say I may have put him too high of an expectation for while the complaints are few, they do really bug me. Getting him to stand shouldn’t be a chore, but it is, and all that kibble in the jet mode…when the 9 dollar version does it better, it makes me wonder. He is a great addition to your collection though, especially if you can get him at a decent price. The two pack is great because if you also don’t have FE Bumblebee, you get that mold as well.
Now just need Prime and Megs…