Today we have an actual Transformer! Hell, not just any one though, oh no…Master Piece Star Saber! For those not familiar with the character, he was in one of the final Japanese series, Victory. What is interesting is that this is a non Prime/Convoy character that led the Autobots/Cybertrons. I have a KO of the G1 figure and always found it a real neat piece of design, but now he gets the MP treatment! Brace yourself, this is a long review though…
I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure just where to start this review, but I figured let’s go from the ground up! Star Saber was what was called a Brain Master. Essentially the main guy is a real tiny robot that combines with a larger one. Just a gimmick to sell toys, yes, but an interesting concept that alas was only really fleshed out in fanfics across the web…
Oh and when I say tiny…yeah smaller than the memory chip I use for my camera! Not much articulation, but a neat amount of detailing.
Now Lil Saber here has a sweet ride of course, well more of a star fighter. I love this, it is like a flying dagger. The little Brainmaster fits right in the cockpit, no issues.
The colors are brilliant, and I love the Autobot symbols on the wings. The robot mode is compact, so not too much visible kibble.
The transformation is actually simple for an MP, actually pretty much a voyager transformation until you get adding the little robot. He fits in the chest cavity.
It does take a bit of work to get him propped in there right, but when you do you close the hatch, the robot rises and the face slides into the head.
Now we have Saber, who is about current Voyager size. He looks like he is right out of the cartoon with coloring and details. Articulation is decent, now waist swivel and due to the face gimmick, head can only look up and down.
He can hold his blaster fairly well. There is also a small sword hilt and blade he can use.
Now we come to this gorgeous part…It is kind of like a booster sled, and this is the bulk of the fun.
Yeah that combines with the jet mode to give Star Saber his badass complete alt mode! Big ole cannons on the front, rocket boosters in the back…
Plus it is huge!!! Over 18 inches in length! I love that it comes with a display stand for this mode, mostly because my main gripe is that the landing gear sucks. With the stand, all is good!
Now in the show, usually the jet would deploy from the booster part, the smaller robot would do some fighting, and he would interact with the booster sometimes. He could even drive it…which made no sense, but hey it looked cool. Now I like him surfing on it myself. Reminds me of Technoman and Paegus. This may end up being my choice of display to be honest…well still there is that LAST mode…
Yeah that booster transforms as well, I know, you are surprised lol. Again a rather simple transformation of mostly unfolding.
This is sizably larger, and that smaller robot? Much like the even smaller one, he goes in the chest.
Getting him in there is probably the trickiest part of the entire process, but no where near impossible. He folds and slides in not unlike Powermaster Prime, save that the legs fold upward.
The Rifle stores on the back by the way.
There is also storage for a larger blade as well in his back. This was also in the g1 toy. The nosecone of the jet becomes the hilt and you just sandwich the blade in the tip.
Add the weapon, put on the helmet and god damn! We have a hell of a super robot here! Oh and remember that display stand? It is actually his shield! I love that. You do have to switch out the cradle for the handle, but hey, it looks great!
Oh and his blaster? Umm yeah he can hold it…but badly…it really isn’t worth bothering with in this mode, keep it pegged to his back…
To give you an idea of just how massive this robot is, here he is next to MP Prowl! Yeah…
Now next to LEADER Jetfire…again that is no puny figure here. Finally to hit it home…
Combiner Wars Superion! Ok maybe he can nearly look eye to eye…but it takes a combiner to match the stature here. This guy is gigantic!
Articulation in this mode is well…well better than the G1 figure. I mean you have knees, hips, fingers waist and all…but I didn’t even try the one legged test. I can get him posing dramatically with the sword, so I’m happy. Oh and speaking of the sword there is an extended handle if you want him to dual wield the blade, but I like the sword and shield combo myself.
This is an amazing figure. Even if not a Transformers fan, but a fan of Super Robots, this is worth your time. This guy in some ways the ancestor of the Brave robots, and that is pretty badass. He is imposing, majestic, and rather badass with a dash of heroic. He is not with faults, and sacrifices were made for all the modes. I think they paid off though in the long run. I mean think, he starts as a figure smaller than a memory chip to being larger than a combiner! Now he isn’t cheap, about $170, but you are getting your monies worth. This guy is a Japan only figure after all. I rate Star Saber a solid A.