Review by JoshB
Like many of you I walked by this thing at the store, thinking “It’s just so big”. It looked really clunky, and to be honest, it was much too expensive for a guy who doesn’t regularly collect transformers. While I loved the Cybertron Prime, this one didn’t do it for me.
Well, come Christmas morning I found him under my tree. Apparently Santa wanted me to have him. Who am I to say no to Santa? I suppose I could have returned him and bought something else, but I didn’t think that to be appropriate. I kept him, and I’m glad I did.
Cybertron Starscream is big; bigger than Unicron. At 13” tall, he is probably the tallest transformer I own. He is big and chunky, to say the least.
Starscream has a ton of cool little features. He comes with a removable crown, a light up gimmick, spring loaded weapons, and he even fires missiles. Two Cybertron Planet keys activate the translucent weapons beside each arm. Insert the keys and the arms spring out. One side is a blade, the other a missile launcher. When the keys are not in use they are stowed in small compartments behind the head. Starscream also features 2 cannons on the chest that you can move up and down.
The light and sound features are activated by pressing a button behind Starscream’s head. 2 “AAA” batteries are required, but not included. You’d think if you were paying $40 for this toy, they would include batteries. The light and sounds work in both Robot and Jet mode.
Although he looks like a brick in the package, Starscream is fairly poseable. He has joints in the shoulders, elbows, waist, knees and feet. The head also turns and his eyes light up. Everything clicks when you move it, and everything stays where you put it. It’s a nice solid TOY, something you can feel comfortable letting the little ones play with.
Transformation to jet mode is not rocket science. Those demanding a challenge should look elsewhere. Starscream looks good in jet mode, but it is a far cry from the days of his F-15 fighter jet form. In Jet mode, the electronics still work, and the jet can roll around on three wheels.
The thing I like about Starscream, besides his good looks, is the fact that I don’t have to think about it. I can just play with it, and not worry about breaking it, or forget how to transform it. It is solid and instinctive. Starcream also has great shelf presence – If you like big fun robots, pick him up. Like all bigger transformers, you are bound to find him on clearance at some point.
|Posted 31 March, 2006 - 16:34 by JoshB|